By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2014
After transitioning its MacBook Pros to high-resolution Retina screens, the ultra-portable MacBook Air – my favorite Apple notebook of all time – has remained hopelessly stuck in the past with that normal-resolution display. I don’t want to trade portability for power, but non-Retina computing just doesn’t cut it for me anymore, simple as that.
I guess you could say I’m ready to upgrade to a Retina MacBook Pro, unless – unless Apple brings out a Retina Air at some point this year. Of course, it’s always easy to argue that a Retina-fied MacBook Air is going to remain wishful thinking until all the technological pieces have fallen in place. After all, aren’t Retina screens known as power and GPU hogs?
Yes, but fourth-generation Intel Core processors have made some great strides in power efficiency and graphics performances, as evidenced by the mid-2013 MacBook Air refresh: these systems now rock up to twelve-hour battery on the 13.3-inch model, or nine hours for the 11.6-inch version.
The bigger problem: Retina needs a powerful backlighting to push more light between those densely-packed pixels, in turn requiring a larger battery inside the Air’s already ultra-thin enclosure.
Me, I’m willing to sacrifice battery performance and be back at six hours of runtime in exchange for that ultra-sharp Retina screen. Which brings me to my question of the day: is Apple going to give the MacBook Air a Retina treatment this year, do you think? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2014
Two years ago, our iPhones were all 3.5-inch. It was a time when jumbo-sized handsets had started to steal Apple’s thunder as a bunch of people responded enthusiastically to bigger smartphones from the Android camp, namely, Samsung.
Our non-scientific poll asked you back in May 2012 whether the then-unreleased iPhone 5 should rock a bigger screen. More than four out of each ten respondents voted for a four-inch display being the new gold standard for iPhones going forward.
But a lot has happened in the past eighteen months. Fast forward to today and all of a sudden what seemed preposterous in 2012 is commonly accepted in 2014.
The line between a smartphone and a phablet is now blurred to the point where a lot of Apple fans have taken notice of these oversized handsets and are now demanding that Apple responds to the trend accordingly.
The rumor-mill is adamant that Tim Cook will further diversify Apple’s mobile product portfolio in 2014 by commissioning a 12.9-inch iPad alongside larger-screened iPhones. Taking it all in, what screen size the next iPhone should be, do you think? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2013
Apple a week ago begun airing its nicely done iPhone 5s holiday ad. Titled ‘Misunderstood’, the tear-inducing video tells a tale of an introverted teenage boy who surprises his family with a thoughtful holiday gift, an iMovie clip he created on his iPhone 5s to cherish the time his family spent together.
The 90-second spot bursts with emotion and is now all over the place: it’s been prominently featured during yesterday’s NFL game, for example. More importantly, it seems to have been well-received due to its powerful emotional aspect.
Samsung and Microsoft-owned Nokia meanwhile have fired their own ad salvo in their national battle for the hearts and minds of consumers this holiday season… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Dec 22, 2013
Like several of our commenters joked about, today’s release of evasi0n7 could be summed up by this quote by Steve Jobs, relating the stolen iPhone 4 episode.
“So this is a story that’s amazing. It’s got theft, it’s got buying stolen property, it’s got extortion, I’m sure there’s sex in there somewhere. So someone should make a movie out of this. This whole thing is very colorful.”
All jokes aside, today was a day full of surprising events. The release of evasi0n7 itself was a surprise, especially in regards to the upcoming release of iOS 7.1. Then there was of course the suspicious addition of TaiG for Chinese users, and the long silence from the evad3rs about this all until they finally cleared the air. All this left us with the sour taste of a jailbreak that may or may not really be ready for consumption, as we summed up here.
Now that we have all the pieces together, we’d like to find out if you have, will, or will not jailbreak your device… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013
Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is finally here and available via online orders, with shipping or pickup at the company’s brick-and-mortar outlets. In fact, the new iPads are already being featured prominently on the online Apple Store.
Wasting no time whatsoever, Apple’s web store is now pitching both new iPads as perfect holiday gifts, even with the initially severely constrained supplies of Retina iPad minis.
With that in mind, today I want to focus on a Retina successor to Apple’s best-selling tablet, the iPad mini. Do you think you’ll be getting an iPad mini with Retina display this coming holidays? The poll is right past the fold so cast your vote and meet us in comments. Should be fun! Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2013
As we count the remaining days – or should I say hours? – until Friday’s iPad Air launch, I reckon those of you who frequent iDB have made up your mind by now. I’m guessing you’ve read everything there’s to know about the tablet, checked out big media reviews and just really thoroughly talked this through with your friends and family members – all in the service of making an informed purchasing decision.
Yes, some iDB team members have also made up their mind. You can imagine we’re absolutely eager to learn about our readership’s position on the iPad Air. From your vantage point, is it a buy or pass? Cast a quick vote right below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2013
We’re less than 24 hours away from tomorrow’s big reveal at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT so all eyes are on Apple’s next-generation iPads.
By all accounts, Tim Cook & his sidekicks should unveil a fifth-generation full-size model featuring bumped up specs and a thinner and lighter iPad mini-style appearance. A second-generation iPad mini with the sought-after Retina display treatment should be on tap as well.
Even though it’s customary for major Apple media events that some of the predictions pan out while others never come to be, these new iPads should be a no-brainer and we’ll find out soon enough for sure.
Until then, iDB invites you to participate in a non-scientific poll and tell us which iPad you are looking forward to the most… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013
Apple’s new iPhones go on sale tomorrow at 8am at Apple and carrier retail stores across the United States and ten major international markets – among them, for the first time on launch day, China. Early signs of severely constrained supply led analysts to project a blockbuster opening weekend.
With nearly a third of customers already on iOS 7, some folks have cunningly obtained a new iPhone by virtue of installing the free iOS 7 update. To all you power users out there who happen to be in the market for a new iPhone, your choice couldn’t be simpler: the sleek, fast, 64-bit, fingerprint-reading, top-of-the-line iPhone 5s.
If you count yourself among this club, your First World Problem comes down to the choice of color. So, what finish would you pick if you were buying an iPhone 5s? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013
We now know nearly one out of each three iOS users has upgraded to iOS 7 in the first sixteen hours of its availability. Have you? We’re only asking you to tell us whether or not you upgraded by now, in order to get a better understanding of the iOS 7 adoption rates thus far.
This being a non-scientific YES/NO poll means readers who haven’t upgraded yet but are planning to should of course vote with a ‘no’… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2013
Haters are unapologetically disparaging Apple’s iPhone 5c as an old iPhone 5 dressed up in some fancy colors. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you. At the same time, the device appears to be quickly selling out pretty much everywhere, from the United States to China. Prudent watchers are wise to warn against underestimating the power of the color in marketing, even more so with the world’s greatest marketing machine pitching the colorized iPhone 5c.
We’ve already asked you whether you’ll be getting an iPhone 5s or 5c and now we zero in on the colorful iPhone 5c. So, which iPhone 5c color are you? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2013
Now that Apple has told us everything there’s to know about its new iPhone 5c for the colorful and the flagship fingerprint-scanning iPhone 5s that runs Apple’s advanced, in-house designed, two times faster 64-bit A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, would-be shoppers will have a chance to pre-order the former starting tomorrow.
Even though the company won’t provide pre-orders for the top-line iPhone 5s, both handsets are scheduled to simultaneously land on store shelves next Friday, September 20. Folks who frequent this blog by now have learned additional tidbits about the handsets in order to make an informed purchasing decision.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a little non-scientific poll asking a simple question: which new iPhone are you planning on buying come September 20, if any… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2013
Everyone is complaining about Apple’s rumored iPhone 5S allegedly being offered in gold / champagne color, but something tells me it’s going to be hugely popular with guys who like to show off and the types who were offended by Samsung’s ads and now want to let the world know they have a new iPhone.
But what about the others? Can you stomach the very though of the gold/champagne iPhone 5S?
Undecided people are probably keeping their fingers crossed that leaked images don’t look nearly as good as the real thing. Can you picture a gold iPhone variant at all in your mind? More importantly, if the iPhone 5S will be indeed offered in several color choices, will you be buying the gold/champagne model? Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2013
The responses to the radical user-facing changes Apple has made in iOS 7 have been a mixed bag thus far. While some users welcome the new designs and like the way the software looks, others dislike the update so much they say it could kickstart Apple’s downfall.
But it looks like the voices in the latter camp are just the loudest, and don’t necessarily represent the majority. Because according to this online poll conducted by Input Factory’s Polar platform, most folks actually prefer the overall UI design of iOS 7 to that of iOS 6… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2013
With the first iOS 7 beta now available to Apple’s registered developers, Twitter is on fire with both praises and complaints from those who have downloaded and installed the software to their devices. At first blush, a lot of people seem to dislike the redesigned home screen icons – and I bet some folks will actually miss skeuomorphism in iOS 7.
Those who do love the new iOS 7 look tend to be equally passionate about the subject. We knew changes in iOS 7 would be polarizing and I’m still bipolar about it.
That being said, today we’re asking you to participate in our little non-scientific poll and vote on the subject of iOS 7 redesign. Please disregard iOS 7 features, this poll is strictly focused on finding out whether or not iOS 7 is aesthetically pleasing to your eye… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2013
If you’ve been following Apple stories lately, chances are you came across a news piece last week that calls for a black and white iOS 7 redesign.
You know, the facelift reportedly in the works under the guidance of Apple’s legendary design guru Jony Ive. It should be, in a word, awesome.
As asserted by the very reliable writer Mark Gurman, Ive not only got rid of skeumorphism, he also eliminated the shine and transparent gloss for one that’s flat and mostly black and white.
And with two weeks until Apple’s June 10 keynote at WWDC 2013, we’ll soon find out just how deep the rabbit hole of visual changes in iOS 7 go. For now, we’re asking you to join the discussion and tell us where you stand on the black & white iOS 7 revamp… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2013
Apple’s former SVP of Retail Ron Johnson just got booted as the CEO of JC Penney over dismal earnings and for failing to sprinkle a little bit of Apple’s magic dust to fix the retailer’s depressing mid-range brick-and-mortar department store biz.
And in a fitting twist of fate, it just so happens that Apple, where Johnson spent a decade refining the retail experience which is epitomized in the Genius Bar concept, has been struggling to find a suitable replacement to Johnson for nearly two years now.
We’re asking you to take a moment, asses the situation and make an educated guess as to whether Tim Cook should make an offer to Johnson or just ignore him in order not to send the wrong kind of message, that people can leave Apple on a whim resting assured the company would always take them back… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2013
Now that we’ve established that T-Mobile is the least expensive major U.S. iPhone carrier – thanks to its new policy of selling devices unsubsidized and separate of wireless services – the telco faces the ultimate test of reversing customer defection. If LTE is of prime importance to your mobile needs, you’re probably better off with AT&T and Verizon – both Rootmetrics and Consumer Reports rank AT&T’s LTE the fastest, with Verizon ruling the LTE coverage game.
On a flip side, while T-Mobile’s LTE is only available in seven major U.S. cities, its iPhone-friendly (and speedy) HSPA+ now covers 225 million people in 229 metropolitan areas. Whether or not LTE is a key factor in determining your preferred carrier, perhaps you’re merely thinking about switching away from your telco just to show your support for T-Mobile’s “Un-Carrier” model.
So, will you make the move come April 12? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2013
Silicon Valley giant Google rightfully trusts tech enthusiasts will be falling over themselves to adopt its Android-driven Glasses, going as far to commission a pro to take a series of fashion photographs featuring beautiful, smiling models. Apple, on the other hand (pun intended), is said to be entering the wearable computing space with a smart watch-like gizmo believed to be conceptualized as your most intimate computer yet.
Google’s bet is that advanced augmented reality features are enough to talk people into putting up with the unusual glasses dancing on their nose. And if iWatch talk is for real, then Apple must be thinking its users won’t have a problem wearing a curved-glass watch around their wrist like some Dict Tracy copycat.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle: some folks will readily adopt these wearable devices and others will wave them off as a function over form. Which brings me to today’s poll: if you were forced to choose between the two, which one would you rather wear in public – Google’s Glasses or Apple’s iWatch? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2013
Like any software release, the January 28 iOS 6.1 firmware update did fix some known bugs, but also has introduced a new set of issues. Specifically, the update is said to contain a bug that affects your iPhone’s battery life and 3G performance.
The battery inefficiencies could be related to an Exchange bug, clever people at AOL have learnt). Quick searches on the Apple Support Communities forum for iOS 6.1 battery and iOS 6.1 3G clearly prove these issues are more widespread than originally thought. While some people are seeing their iPhone 5 battery life dropping after updating to iOS 6.1, others are bitching about overheating issues.
To make matters worse, Vodafone advised its UK customers against upgrading to iOS 6.1 until Apple fixes 3G hiccups, which include the occasional difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or connecting to the mobile Internet.
What are you seeing? Read More