January 31, 2013

News: Mac Pro Sales to Halt in Europe on March 1

Although the Mac Pro is badly outdated and has been neglected by Apple from some time, apparently it’s also not going to be welcome in most of Europe and select other countries in about a month. MacRumors is reporting that the Mac Pro will be discontinued (in its current form) beginning March 1, due to lack of compliance with new regulations. This will take place in all the European Union countries, along with EU candidate countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland…

January 29, 2013

Link: The Day the iPad Became the Mac ☍

Matt Alexander over at OneThirtySeven discusses Apple’s new 128GB iPad, which will cost $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $929 for the cellular model:

Moreover, with a price immediately comparable to the 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple has ostensibly released an iPad that broaches into the realm of full-time workhorse device. Boasting enormous storage for a predominantly cloud-driven iOS device, a Retina display, enormous battery life, and an extensive suite of software, today’s addition to the iPad line brings the entire product-line into the realm of the Mac.

When considering the iPad, we infrequently consider specifications. This is primarily due to the fact that the iOS ecosystem has mostly done away with the need for knowledge of core speeds and memory allotments. Although they certainly play into device capabilities, Apple has simply not widely shared this information with its consumers.

And yet, today, thinking about a 128 GB Retina-enabled device available for several hundred dollars less than my 128 GB non-Retina Air, specifications become a rather interesting narrative to follow. Today’s iPad, available for $929 with an LTE radio, improves upon the battery life, display, storage, portability, and connectivity of my 11-inch Air.

I think this is a very interesting point of discussion, especially as my iPad gets much more use—even for productivity—than my Macs.

January 23, 2013

News: Apple Reports Q1 Results

In one of the most anticipated quarterly earnings reports yet, Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 first quarter ending December 29, 2012. In the conference call, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share…

January 21, 2013

Review: Speck SmartFlex Card Case for iPhone 5

Speck SmartFlex CardOne of the biggest complaints from the tech press regarding the iPhone 5 was its lack of NFC, or near-field communications, a technology primarily used for mobile payments. While this technology is still nascent, the idea of using your phone as an electronic wallet appeals to many. Speck hopes to help combine the phone and wallet concepts with the SmartFlex Card Case, an $35 iPhone case that allows storage of up to three cards and cash…

January 14, 2013

Review: Incase Snap Case for iPhone 5

Snap CasePerhaps you are the kind of iPhone user who appreciates the aesthetic of the device, but wants to keep it protected. Sure, there are basic films that protect against minor scratches, but what if you’re still paranoid about drops and bigger bumps along the way? Incase hopes to solve this with its $30 Snap Case, a redesign of a popular iPhone 4/4S case…