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30 03, 2015

The iPad Air 2 is Great, and the Apple Watch Stinks

By |March 30th, 2015|Categories: Opinion, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I recently (and unnecessarily) sold my original iPad Air to help fund the purchase of an Air 2. I had read scant information on whether or not this was a wise financial move, so I made an unwise one. However, I stand by my decision, and I’ll tell you why. Firstly, there is still a compelling iPad-sized hole in my daily life. I love my MacBook Pro for heavy content creation (writing, recording, photo and video editing), and I love my iPhone for everything an iPhone is great at doing (taking photo [...]

10 03, 2015

I Don’t Believe in the Magic of Apple, but Not for the Reason You Think

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is a difficult post to write. I’m not afraid of what people will think of me. I’m not worried that it goes against the last seven years of my life. Actually, it's difficult to write this because I believe people need to know the truth about Apple, and I have to figure out how to get them to listen. I don't think the Apple Watch is stupid, or that Apple is going downhill. I don't think they'll ever make a car, but they'll definitely improve our driving experience. I'm not writing this to hur [...]

11 03, 2011

iPad 2 live from Aspen Grove

By |March 11th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , |

Hey everybody, We're hanging out here at the Aspen Grove Apple Store in Littleton, CO.  We're up with Steve and Erica from TUAW near the front of the line.  Come say, "Hi." if you're here as well.  We're just posting a couple photos from the line right now... we'll have full coverage of many iPad-2-optimized applications over the weekend.  We're starting with GarageBand, iMovie, Real Racing HD, Infinity Blade, etc.  Let us know if there is anything you'd like us to cover as well.  Thanks!   [...]

3 03, 2011

GarageBand and iMovie coming to iOS

By |March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A large portion of Apple's Keynote this morning was a demo of iMovie and GarageBand for iOS.  On Apple's iMovie page, it states specifically that it is only compatible with iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4th generation.  There are no requirements listed for GarageBand, but we'd assume that it requires newer devices as well (at least iPhone 3GS).  Let's talk about iMovie first. We've heard many people wonder why they couldn't manipulate photos and movies on their iOS device... for a long time n [...]

3 03, 2011

iPad 2 available on March 11th

By |March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As most of you are aware, Apple introduced iPad 2 today.  Many of the new enhancements were predicted ahead of time... probably because this is the iPad Apple should have shipped originally.  Seriously, Apple left 1st generation owners in the dust with this update.  Hardware discussion is coming up but we want to talk about pricing first. The resell value of old iPads has diminished greatly thanks to the new hardware and Apple's deflated prices.  Apple is selling refurbished 16GB Wi-Fi iPads for [...]

25 02, 2011

iPad 2 to get Thunderbolt – Nope

By |February 25th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , |

Updated: Apple announced the iPad 2 on March 2nd and there was no mention of Thunderbolt. One of the most popular topics right now is Thunderbolt.  It's a new input/output protocol (like USB) that will change they way we interact with our devices.  Imagine transferring your entire iTunes collection to your iPad in under a minute... yeah, that would be hot. There have been rumors going around that the iPad 2 had a Mini DisplayPort connector for a couple months now.  Some case manufacturers have e [...]

28 12, 2010

World of Goo comes to the iPad

By |December 28th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Gaming|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve missed out on the amazing game that is World of Goo, now would be the best possible time to snag it for your brand spanking new iPad that you received this holiday season. If you didn’t just get one, hopefully you’ve had one. If you don’t have one at all, we’re sorry… it really is awesome for casual gamers. We’ve been completely addicted to World of Goo on the iPad since it came out, so we figured we’d toss a quick review into the inte [...]

27 04, 2010

iPad Video Out: it’s not what you think

By |April 27th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What would have been one of our primary "real-life" applications for the iPad has been thrown out with the trash. If you head over to Apple's iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter, you'll see a product that is getting bashed with every new review posted. In fact, all of the reviews give it a grand total of 1.5 out of 5 stars. That's just sad. Apple literally removed one of the most productive features of the iPad by limiting the video out to a select few functions. Most movies will play from the iT [...]

14 04, 2010

Facebook Video Player for iPad

By |April 14th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The name really says it all. Facebook Video Player for iPad is a new app from Kemal Taskin & Elma DIGIT@L. This app is -- I mean this seriously -- one of my favorite apps on the iPad. I guess I would consider myself a Facebook junkie but my wife is a lot worse so I don't feel that bad. Love you, babe. One of the biggest complaints about the iPad, iPhone and/or iPod touch is its lack of Flash. I've been brainwashed into thinking that Flash sucks by Apple (in truth, it really does... at least on t [...]

11 04, 2010

Cocoa Touch Apps iPad Unboxing

By |April 11th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , |

Nothing too fancy here, just a quick little unboxing movie we shot last weekend. We were surprised with a couple things: Apple went with the old bulky power adapter because of the higher wattage -- and -- they're shipping desktop size stickers with the iPad... interesting. Pardon the quality, we shot it on our 3GS. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel: youtube.com/cocoatouchapps. Please comment and rate! [...]

6 04, 2010

iPad Wi-Fi issues are your fault… says Apple

By |April 6th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A support article turned up yesterday on Apple's website that documents the issues that many users have been reporting with the iPad Wi-Fi connection. Honestly, we'd chalk most of this up to user error -- and that's exactly what Apple's doing. At least for now, Apple suggests that it's an issue with your wireless network. If you read through the notes below, it appears to be more common on non-Apple routers that utilize dual-band technology. If you have a network running wireless-g and a network [...]

17 02, 2010

Hulu making videos available to Cocoa Touch

By |February 17th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We already have a YouTube app that makes our lack of Flash a little less painful, but many of us are getting a lot of video content from Hulu lately. We don't rely on it to serve up all of our videos -- we find ourselves navigating the TV networks' websites on a semi-frequent basis -- but having the option to play shows directly from Hulu would definitely be nice. The fine folks over at TechCrunch have supposedly spoken with people deep in the business who claim that Hulu is already working on a [...]

17 02, 2010

Microsoft may compete with iWork on the iPad

By |February 17th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , |

With the latest browser developments, we'd be surprised if Apple allowed Microsoft to sell Office for the iPad... but we'll leave the predictions for the analysts who get paid too much to say too little. We want to stress that Mike Tedesco, Microsoft Senior Product Manager of the Macintosh Business Unit, only mentioned this in passing. He didn't make a formal announcement, and we fully expect Microsoft to play the waiting game before investing any resources into an iPad build of the Office suite [...]

7 02, 2010

Paper iPad, because you can’t wait

By |February 7th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A graphic designer from the iPhone development firm behind Boxee Remote, and many other apps, has given us a cut-out template that makes our paper iPads look a little more convincing. We've been hearing about people creating mockups to fool their friends but this is one step beyond far. The design was initially created to help the Revolutionary Concepts development team visualize exactly what their products will look like on a 9.7 inch LCD at 1024 by 768. It's a really cool concept, and you coul [...]

5 02, 2010

Guess what? The iPad is pretty cheap to build

By |February 5th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , |

According to recent analysis of the parts Apple's using in the iPad... it could cost them as little as $270 to build the base model of the iPad. There are also manufacturing costs and warranty costs estimated at $10 and $20 respectively. That's still pretty darn good. They'll make a lot of profit off of me when I buy the 64GB version. :) In fact, each level you go up, Apple's making exponentially more profit. There's a cost difference of $75 between the 16GB and 64GB Flash chips, but Apple's mak [...]