AccuWeather launches MinuteCast on web version, iPhone and iPod touch app
Weather prediction and reporting app AccuWeather has launched its new MinuteCast feature. Now available for its web version as well as its iOS 7-optimized app for iPhone and iPod touch, MinuteCast gives users a continually updated forecast, ideal for making decisions based on weather. MinuteCast predicts start and end times for precipitation on a by-the-minute basis for the next two hours, specific to a user's exact street address. Precipitation is tracked at approximately a half square mile, and refreshed every five minutes to provide users with the most relevant and accurate forecast available.
iOS 7 update deals with SSL connection problems
Apple has released a pair of new iOS updates, iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6. Release notes indicate that the former deals with a problem in "SSL connection verification." 6.1.6, meanwhile, eliminates several bugs experienced by iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch users.
Handles card, barcode scanning
Accessory-maker Griffin and ShopKeep have announced ShopKeep Mobile, a new point-of-sale case for the iPod touch. The case uses Griffin's Olli hardware platform, but is specifically design to be used with ShopKeep's POS app. Built into the Mobile are a credit card reader and a barcode scanner; the unit can also connect to receipt printers.
Sephora Shares giving away music, magazines, books, and apps for free
Cosmetics chain Sephora has announced that it is offering a variety of music, books, magazines and apps for free with its Sephora's Selections program. Its rotating selections are available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and only within the US using the Sephora To Go app. Sephora's current selection includes journaling app Day One, remixer djay 2, sound-art program Silk, the company's own "selfie" photo program A Beautiful Mess, and the Sephora Shares Holiday Playlist, consisting of eight free holiday songs.
MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iPod touch and Apple TV
Today at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished MacBook Pro models, iPods and more. The 13.3-inch refurbished MacBook Pro with a 2.5-inch Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $999. A $350 discount is offered on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $1,449.
Update brings iOS 7-style interface, unified application, more
Musical app maker IK Multimedia has unveiled its redesigned mobile loop-based music-making app, Groovemaker 2 -- currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch, but with a future update bringing a universal version that will work natively on the iPad. The updated app features a "completely redesigned" iOS 7-style interface, a new Grid interface that allows for simplified loop remixing, a new high-quality time stretch function, new sharing features and more.
iPod touch available at lowest price from Target
Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is available at a reduced price for Black Friday this year, with many online retailers competing for the lowest sale price. MacNN has found the best deal currently available is from Target, which sells the device at normal retail price but with a $50 gift card upon purchase, making the unit's net price $180 for the 16GB harddrive capacity, available in black or silver.
refurbished iPod nano and Touch from $99
This week at Apple's online store, find savings of up to 33 percent off a selection of refurbished iPod and iPod touch models. The 16GB seventh-generation iPod nano with a 2.5-inch multi-touch display, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio has seen a $50 discount to $99 and is available in yellow, silver, green, purple, slate, blue, and pink. For $179, after a $40 discount, is the fourth-generation refurbished 32GB iPod touch available in black or white.
New products take advantage of special iOS 7 gaming APIs for third-party hardware
Even though the iPhone and iPod Touch already widely outsell dedicated handheld mobile gaming devices, Apple has expanded gaming options in iOS 7 by introducing new APIs for third-party hardware controllers. Two new such products, from Logitech and ClamCase respectively, hint that they will be part of a wave of authorized "Made for i" (MFi) hardware that takes advantage of the new APIs. Both of the forthcoming devices are external gaming "enclosure" type controllers that nestle the iPhone while adding physical buttons and joysticks.
iPhone accident replacement fees rise to $79
In addition to expanding to Europe, AppleCare+ is now also available for the iPod touch and iPod classic. In the US this costs $59, and extends warranty coverage from one year to two, with matching phone support, and two accidental damage incidents at a reduced $29 fee. Previously, only regular AppleCare was available for iPods.
Company adds new matching color to iPod line; iPod Classic untouched
In addition to the "Space Gray" color option it unveiled for its iPhone line earlier today, Apple has altered its iPod options to add the color to the choices available, or replaces any previous black option -- except for the 16GB iPod touch model and the iPod Classic, both of which were offered in a dark gray style prior to today's rollout. The iPod Classic, unchanged in its two gray color options, remains available on the Apple online store despite rumors to the contrary. The "Space Gray" makeover strongly hints at forthcoming changes to the iPad.
Follows wording change suggesting all iOS devices now supporting textbooks
Shortly after changing the wording regarding iOS device compatibility on its iBooks Textbooks pages, a new dedicated page for the educational e-books has been spotted in the Education section of the iOS 7 App Store for iPhone -- confirming that the wording change was heralding new compatibility for iBooks Textbooks and iPhones (and by extension, iPod touch devices). While the section (which is currently only available to developers and testers running iOS 7) is not yet fully functional or stocked with many selections, the category artwork does appear to be optimized for the 4-inch iPhone display.
Utilizes existing Lightning cables for charging
Accessory maker TwelveSouth has launched a new HiRise stand, this time for smaller Lightning-equipped devices. The unit operates like a dock, propping up a device for easy viewing and control while it continues to charge. Owners must, however, have their own Lightning cable ready to make the stand work as intended.
Refurbished iPads as low as $279
This week at Apple's online store, find reduced prices on iPad, iPad mini and iPod. The refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip and 5MP iSight camera is $279 after a $50 discount. For $319, after a $80 price drop, is the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip, and FaceTime with dual cameras.
Carrier says iPod touch case caught up at FCC
FreedomPop, the service looking to disrupt the low end of the wireless industry with free service and low cost devices, apologized this week for delays in shipping its WiMax iPod touch cover. The cover, FreedomPop says, is caught up in the approval process at the Federal Communications Commission. To make it up to pre-orderers, the company is offering a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2GB of free data, as well as the possibility of a free sleeve.
Non-developers likely finding sources, but beta reported unstable
Mobile advertising and analytics firm Chitika has noted that some 0.22 percent of the iPhone and iPod Touch US userbase is already running the iOS 7 beta, just a few days following its debut. While reports of iOS 7 testing were seen on most Mac, iOS and technology sites for weeks before its first developer release, the sheer growth of the beta OS has grown steadily since Monday, doubling what was seen in the final beta of iOS 6, for example. On top of that, the iOS 6 beta also included iPads, while an iPad version of iOS 7 is not yet available.
iPod nano, iPod touch, iPad mini
This week at Apple's online store save up to 33 percent on the refurbished iPod models. The refurbished 16GB iPod nano is available in yellow, silver, slate, green, purple, blue, and pink and has seen a $50 discount to $99. Currently 4th generation iPod touch models start at $129 for the 8GB configuration, and are $149, $179, and $229 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.
Player still in shadow of iPhone, iPad
Apple has sold over 100 million iPod touches since the device was launched in 2007, the company tells The Loop. The media player was conceived as a stripped-down iPhone, lacking any calling, texting, or cellular data functions, but otherwise sharing the same touchscreen interface and many of the same features. It has since become popular as a gaming platform, owing to its ability to run many of the same apps as the iPhone without the extra cost.
Rear camera, color options, iPod touch loop removed from 16GB music player
Apple has added a new iPod touch with a smaller 16GB capacity to its roster. The quiet addition to the iPod touch range slots behind the current 32GB and 64GB fifth generation devices, launched last year, and though it has lost some of its storage space, Apple has opted to remove a number of other features from it as well.
Mac mini and iPods
Find bargain prices on refurbished Mac mini models today at Apple's online store. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, an Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240 to $759. For $889 is the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and dual 750GB hard drives.
Current-gen refurbished iPods from $129
At Apple's online store this week, take advantage of price cuts on refurbished iPods and iPad minis. The refurbished, current-generation 16GB iPod nano has been reduced by $20 to $129, and is available in yellow, silver, slate, green, purple, blue and pink. Also available now are refurbished current-generation iPod touch models. The 32GB Touch is priced at $249 after a $50 discount, and comes in white, blue, pink, black, or yellow. The 64GB touch is priced at $349 in blue, pink, black, yellow or white.
iMac, iPod and iPad at discounted prices
Apple's online store currently offers a wide selection of refurbished iMacs, iPods and iPads. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $1,099. For $1,269 is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Users can collect unused data for later; 30 percent already on board
FreedomPop, a cellular internet service provider and maker of an iPod Touch case that can turn it into a full working smartphone, has just implemented a new "data rollover" feature for its plans, which let users keep unused data from month to month. The service, which offers 500MB of monthly WiMAX and LTE cellular data for free following the purchase of one of its custom sleeves for iPhones or iPod touch models, allows users to share data with friends and earn additional free data through referrals. It provides either mobile or home internet service.
Discounts up to $50 available on iPads, iPods
At its eBay refurb store, Apple is now selling the 13.3-inch MacBook Air for $899 -- $100 less than the price of a similarly refurbished model at the official online Apple store, AppleInsider notes. Other products are also getting unusual deals, such as 32 and 64GB iPod touches, which are going for $179 and $229 -- $30 and $50 off Apple's normal refurb costs. Verizon models of the iPad 2 are listed at $429 for 32GB and $529 for 64GB, in each case $50 less than normal.
Orders must be in by January 30 to ensure on-time delivery
Apple has launched a special Valentine's Day promotion for the upcoming holiday on its online store, highlighting the iPad and iPad mini as gift ideas along with an assortment of iPad accessory categories. Also featured is the company's iPod touch and iPod nano, augmented with offers of free shipping, free engraving and even a Valentine-themed Apple Store gift card good for hardware or software purchases at online and retail Apple Stores. The company has added a special webpage showing order delivery deadlines.
Refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros. Take advantage of special limited-time pricing on the refurbished fourth-generation iPod touch, which starts at $129 for the 8GB model, $179 for the 32GB configuration, or get a 64GB Touch for $229. The refurbished 8GB iPod nano is also available in silver for $99 after a $30 price cut.
iPod touch only $229
Deals from DealNN this week include price cuts on iPods and notebooks as well as some Cyber Monday deals that are available all week. BestBuy.com's deal of the day today is on the 4th generation 32GB iPod touch in black which has been reduced by $20 from $249.99 down to $229.99, which ties Apple's price for a refurbished model. The iPod touch features 32GB of memory for up to 7,000 songs, 40,000 digital photos or up to 40 hours of video. A one year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Wii U, iPhone, non-Apple tablets among other coveted tech
The Apple iPad is far and away the most coveted product for by kids and teenagers, a new Nielsen study suggests. 48 percent of surveyed kids aged 6 to 12 would like one in the next six months, while 21 percent of those 13 and older want the device. The iPad mini is fourth place amongst the 6-12 group at 36 percent, and ninth place in the 13+ demographic, coming in at 11 percent.
May be caused by touch panels
The iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch are both showing problems with handling diagonal swipes, accounts say. While the devices should work properly with regular gestures, quick diagonals can cause response to drop off. The issue is reproducible in multiple apps, and in iOS 6, 6.0.1, and the 6.1 beta. Other devices -- like the iPhone 4S and the fourth-generation iPad -- are said to be immune.
iPod touch special price, starting at $129
Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of special limited time pricing on refurbished 4th generation iPod touch models now starting at only $129 for the 8GB Touch in white. A $70 price drop is offered on the 32GB iPod touch making it $179, while the 64GB iPod touch has seen a $100 price break to $229, both models are available in white or black.
May satisfy EU requirements for micro USB charging mandate
Apple has quietly added another Lightning adapter to its online store, this one converting the Lightning port found on the newest iPhone, iPads and iPod Touch models to a micro USB port. The adapter is capable of syncing as well as charging when used with a compatible micro USB charger of sufficient output to charge the relevant device. Apple had previously offered a 30-pin dock connector-to-micro USB adapter, but limited its sale to Europe only. The new adapter is likely to be sold worldwide and presumably meets EU criteria.
iPhone case slated for November
FreedomPop has launched the Freedom Sleeve Rocket, a promised case for the iPod touch. The accessory costs $99, but opens access to FreedomPop's 4G services, which run on Clearwire's WiMAX network. The first 500MB of data is free, but costs go up to $10 per GB after that threshold. The current case also only works with third- and fourth-generation Touches.
ThinkGeek now shipping 8-Bitty wireless gaming pad for iOS, Android
ThinkGeek is now shipping the 8-Bitty retro wireless game controller for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. First introduced at the American International Toy Fair in February, the device is now shipping for $30, slightly higher than its previously promised $25 starting point. The device is compatible with both iOS and most Android devices, connecting over Bluetooth.
Alleged e-mail explains omission
Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, has reportedly responded to a customer inquiry regarding the lack of an ambient light sensor in the fifth-generation iPod touch. Surprised by the lack of auto-brightness setting for the new Touch, Raghid Harake asked for further explanation. Schiller allegedly replied, noting that the fifth-generation devices lacks an ambient light sensor and explaining that "it's just too thin!"
Apple attempting to save costs over equivalent iPhone parts
A teardown of the fifth-generation iPod touch reveals some key differences with the iPhone 5, with which it nominally shares a lot of similarities, according to repair outfit iFixit. The Touch has just 512MB of Hynix RAM, for instance, versus the 1GB of RAM in the iPhone. While both devices use a 4-inch Retina display, the Touch component is described as a "much simpler, cheaper design." The new Touch also uses a Home button with a rubber membrane, said to be inferior to the redesigned button in the iPhone 5.
Showcases new Touch, Nano, Shuffle colors
The ad for the new iPod lineup seen at the iPhone 5 unveiling last month has now been broadcast on television, and posted by Apple on its website and YouTube channel. The spot, which showcases the colorful lineup consisting of the refreshed iPod Touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle, uses computer graphics to have the devices bounce and dance through a portion of the song "Yeah Yeah" by Willy Moon. The ads emphasize the new colors rather than any new features, even though both the Touch and Nano received significant updates.
Uses biofeedback to deliver customized coaching
Sports and fitness app makers Pear Sports are now offering a free app that interfaces with a $150 kit sold at Apple retail stores to help users achieve fitness or weight-loss goals using personalized coaching from top personal coaches based on the biofeedback the kit sends the app. The product includes a Bluetooth heart monitor, a pair of Pear earbuds for listening to music and the coaching, and the app for iPhone or iPod Touch. The app provides real-time feedback and encouragement using data gained from the heart rate monitor.
Fate of new iPod nano still unknown
[Updated with news of Nano shipments] Apple is beginning to ship the first online orders of the fifth-generation iPod touch, reports say. In general, shipments appear set to be delivered on or around October 15, in the US and some other countries as well, including Australia. The player may in fact already be available in some Apple retail outlets.
iPods, MacBooks, FREE headphones
This week at DealNN find deals on iPods, MacBooks, storage and find out how you can get a FREE pair of headphones. This week JR.com has cut the price on the 4th generation 32GB iPod touch from $299 down to $259.95. The iPod touch features front and back cameras, FaceTime video, HD 720p video capture, iMessage, iCloud, iOS 5 and a 3.5-inch multi-touch LCD with 960x460 resolution. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
New Nanos may also be ready to go
Apple is finally on the verge of shipping orders of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch, buyers say. While the player was announced at the same time as the iPhone 5, Apple originally only set a broad "October" timeframe for deliveries. Some people who preordered the Touch now report that their order statuses have been changed to "Preparing for Shipment," meaning that units should be sent to couriers within the next few days.
Cook thanks workers for 'another incredibly successful year'
As it did last year, Apple is extending the Thanksgiving vacation time it gives to some of its workers for 2012, according to an email memo from CEO Tim Cook. "To recognize the efforts that made this amazing year possible, I’m happy to announce that we’re extending the Thanksgiving holiday once again this year. We will shut down with pay on November 19, 20 and 21 so our teams can spend the whole week with their loved ones," he writes.
8GB iPod touch for $169 and more
At DealNN this week save on iPods, MacBooks and more. Today at BestBuy.com save $10 on the 4th generation 8GB iPod touch which was $179.99, but has been reduced to $169.99. That makes this around $5 less than buying this iPod brand new anywhere else. FREE shipping, a 10% off iTunes Card discount offer, and six-month financing options are available. The iPod touch features iOS5, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime Camera, HD video recording, Retina display Wi-Fi and comes with a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Lightning adapter not exclusive after all
Apple's new iPods and third-party Lightning adapters are now appearing on Amazon, AppleInsider observes. In terms of iPods, people can now preorder the updated Nano and Touch models, which ship in October. Amazon is also advertising the new Shuffle lineup, though the products are basically unchanged.
9-pin design could be limiting factor
[update] Apple has said that Video-out Lightning cables are forthcoming. A list of supported outputs have been added. The new Lightning connector used on Apple devices like the iPhone 5 doesn't support video-out, Apple's website suggests. Product pages for the company's Lightning-to-30-pin adapters state that "Video and iPod Out" aren't supported, even though the 30-pin products they attach to should be capable.
Limits for other devices not explained
The Panorama feature announced for the iPhone 5 will also work on other devices, Apple has indicated. The option is also being supported on two other devices, the iPhone 4S and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It's unknown why other camera-equipped devices, such as the iPad, are unsupported despite Panorama being built into iOS 6.
Nano gets tall screen, multi-touch, video recording
Apple today overhauled its iPod line, updating the Nano to the seventh generation, and the Touch to the fifth. The new Nano is switching back to a tall design, but now has a 2.5-inch multi-touch screen, with a Home button as on iOS devices. The player is almost half as thin as its predecessor, and uses the new smaller Lightning connector also seen on the iPhone 5.
Site links to missing press pages
Apple's website has accidentally exposed the company's plans for today's San Francisco press event, notes AppleInsider. Searching for "iphone-5" on the site points to a number of currently inactive pages, including a press release dated to September 12th with the title "Apple Introduces iPhone 5." Searching for "2012/09/12Apple" turns up a link to "Apple Unveils New iTunes," while the keywords "new iPod touch" actually bring up "Apple Introduces New iPod touch, iPod nano."
iPod touch rumored to get major overhaul
Along with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 5 today, Apple is expected to reveal its latest version of the iPod touch. According to the historically KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPod touch will gain a 4-inch in-cell touchscreen, a dedicated GPS receiver and a high-definition FaceTime camera. Multiple colors are also likely, dovetailing with a report suggesting a new accessory called the ‘Loop’ will be sold in multiple colors alongside the new iPod touch line.
iPhone, iPod may finally implement panoramic camera option
The new iPod touch should have a 1136x640 display like the iPhone 5, and is currently using an N78 codename, reports say. Developer Will Strafach -- better known as Chronic -- is claiming that the device will get an S5L8942X processor instead of an S5L8950X, which should finally upgrade the Touch to an A5-level chip, but still leave it behind the iPhone 5 in terms of performance. 9to5Mac sources say that Apple intends to keep the same base price point for the media player, on or around $200.
Touch, Nano may see major revisions
Beyond the iPhone 5, Apple's September 12th event will also see updates to the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle, according to 9to5Mac sources. The Touch lineup is thought to be getting some of the more interesting changes; while there will still be three models, the sources say that the cheapest one will be a tweaked version of the current-generation design, while the other two will be more substantially altered. The latter are linked to $299 and $399 pricetags, and are expected to come in several variations, though what that means isn't explained. It could imply real color options, instead of just black or white.