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Imminent iPad 3 Launch Leads to Mass old iPad Trade-In’s!

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Unless you live under one massive rock, you’ve been hearing all about how the iPad 3 is scheduled to be launching on March 7th, 2012 in San Francisco.  Because Apple sent out invitations on Tuesday, February 28th for what’s expected to be an iPad 3 media event (or could it be the rumored iPhone 5 that Steve Jobs was working on until his last day? We’ll see!) , tablet trade-in volumes have risen dramatically.

Macworld reported that online autioneer eBay, which Tuesday said that tablet sales- nearly 98 percent of which were iPads – were 10 times greather this month during the same stretch in 2011 in the run-up to the debut of the iPad 2. Retailers have already begun to slash prices of Apple’s iPad 2 in anticipation of the launch.  According to the Washington Post, Radio Shack is discounting iPad 2 models by $20 and $50.

The new iPad 3 is rumored to have a number of innovative features.  Some of which include:

  • A sleek new Retina display with double the pixels from the first two iPads – close to 2048 x 1536.  (The pixels are so small you can’t even see them with the human eye!)
  • An updated camera that is sure to impress
  • That quirky voice assistant Siri
  • A faster new A6 processor giving this version a big boost over its predecessors
  • An enhanced touch screen with haptic feedback that would make multitouch-typing easier
Read the complete list of rumored upgrades in our previous post, 5 Epic Features of the New iPad 3.

Are you interested in getting rid of your current iPad to purchase the 3rd generation one on March 7th?  Well you’ve come to right place! Contact your local iHospital location for more details on buying back.  One of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices will be happy to go over all your options with you.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

Everything You Need to Know About the New iPad Adobe Photo Apps!

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Adobe Systems Inc. is launching its iPad Adobe Photo App, Photoshop Touch, today to mark the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  Photoshop Touch will include features for combining images, applying photo effects to create printed pages and websites, work in layers, extract parts of an image, and refine work imported from your desktop Photoshop program.  The new app will sell for $9.99 in Apple’s iTunes App Store. It runs on the iPad 2 and is compatible with iOS 5.  Check out some of the advanced editing tools in Macworld’s article, Photoshop Touch App Arrives for the iPad.

Adobe previously released another neat application called Adobe Ideas.  Our very own Nikesh Patel, who works at iHospital North Tampa, recently reviewed Adobe Ideas and gave it the coveted 4iV’s score! You should definitely check it out!

Ultimately, Photoshop Touch will be cloud based and will work in conjunction with Creative Cloud.  This is expect to arrive early in the summer of 2012.  In the meantime, you can produce and edit your work on the iPad app and email, post and/or sync your work with your personal computer. 

The iPhone 4 Was the Most Purchased Smartphone in 2011

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According to Macworld, the top three smartphones sold in the United States last year all belonged to Apple.  The number one spot went to the wildly popular iPhone 4, the 3GS was in number two and the 4S came in third, even despite an October release late in the year.  The RIM Blackberry Curve 8530 and HTC EVO 4G came in fourth and fifth.

The results are available in ComScore’s annual Mobile Future in Focus Report  and it’s also important to note that Apple is the top-selling smartphone manufacturer in the United States with 29.6 percent of the market share.

Apple’s iPhones only make up roughly 30% of the total smartphone market.   And because there are more than one hardware manufacturer building phones for the platform, Android is holding the number one spot at 47.3 percent of the market.  The ComScore report also suggests that Blackberry users are more likely to switch to an Android rather than an iPhone. Seriously?  (Don’t forget to check out our iPhone repair section in case your part of the 30% and are in need of help!)

iPad 3 will Include Siri on March 7th Debut

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According to the Modmyi blog, the beloved little voice assistant Siri will be one of the many features included on the new iPad 3 rumored to be debuting on March 7th, 2012:

On Tuesday, Apple.pro revealed that one source close to the next-gen iPad admits that Siri voice control will be one of the biggest selling features of the iPad 3, not to mention a dual-core “A5X” processor, and a 1080p camera with image stabilization

The iPad 3 is expected to make it’s world debut on March 7th and launch shortly afterwards in the United States in mid-March.  It will then launch in Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Germany in April, with Hong Kong to follow soon afterwards.  

3 Sure Fire Signs the iPhone 5 Will be Released in Early Fall 2012

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The Internet is buzzing with news about the upcoming iPad 3 expected to launch in early March 2012, but what about the iPhone 5? It was rumored that the iPhone 5 was one of the last projects the legendary Steve Jobs was working on until his last day, but when can we expect to see it?  This is one of the most highly debated topics among Apple fans to date.  Previously, we heard reports the iPhone 5 would be launched during the summer at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, which would result in a short  lifecycle of the iPhone 4s (only eight months).

Here, we examine three sure fire reasons why we expect the iPhone 5 to launch in early September/October 2012.

1.) Japanese blog Macotakara reports that it has learned from a credible source that Apple is planning another September or October release for the iPhone this year which is moving away from their traditional mid-year launches seen prior to 2011.  The report also claims that Apple intends the later release date to be part of Apple’s long-term plans for iPhone launches, “According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to kept for years.”

2.)  According to MacRumors, a representative of a supplier known to provide parts for the iPhone stated that Apple’s ordering plans indicate a launch to happen early in fall, 2012.

3.)  A third source claimed to iMore  that Apple will be launching a LTE-enabled iPhone 5 in October.  This source is deemed to be more credible as it accurately predicated March 7 as the date of Apple’s iPad 3 media event.  Apple hasn’t officially announced the March 7 date, but the date has been confirmed as accurate by the well-connected Jim Dalrymple at The Loop.

Some of the expected features of the iPhone 5 include:

  • 4+ inch display with a Retina display
  • Updated casing
  • 4G LTE enabled which would also increase the thickness of the phone
  • Improved version of the personal voice assistant Siri
  • NFC functionality to complete sales transactions
  • Crack-resistant glass solution

All the signs point to Apple releasing the iPhone 5 launching in early September/October 2012.   Will you be pulling your sleeping bags out of storage to wait in line to replace your current iPhone?  Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for a reason to check out our newest edition, the iHospital in Nashville? Have you heard about iHospital’s latest service, Liquid-Armor? Protect and enhance your iPhone, iPad or iPod with a uniquely formulated nano coating that provides a scratch-resistant service, keeps your screen up to two times stronger, and also preserves touch screen receptiveness. We’re offering this service for $19.99, or at an additional $9.99 when you come into the iHospital Nashville for a repair.  This service is also available at all of our other locations.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Tech Check: iPad 3 Rumors via iHospital and Fox5

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Amanda Davis: Well the Internet is just wild with rumors of the next iPad and tonight in Tech Check, Fox 5’s Doug Evans sorts out the iPad 3 rumors and what it means for you, your laptop, maybe even your TV.

Doug Evans: Listen no matter what kind of tablet you have I hear people saying all the time with my tablet I don’t open my laptop as much, and I don’t even both with my desktop at all.  The iPad 3 just might take aim at your television set.

Apple sold more iPads at the end of last year then Hewlett Packard sold PC’s. A first. It shows how people are turning to tablets and away from traditional computers. In fact, one survey says tablet ownership in the US completely doubled after last Christmas thanks to strong sales of both the iPad 2 and the Kindle Fire.

Now comes the iPad 3 set to launch in the beginning of March according to Bloomberg.

Mike Bautsch, iHospital: The screen is just much crisper, much clearer.

Doug Evans: The iPad 3 will have double the resolution of the iPad 2 with a new Retina display screen. Now with better resolution and more online content such as everything from Hulu to cable channels, it’s possible with the iPad 3 more people might be reaching for their tablet and putting down their TV remote.

Mike Bautsch, iHospital: Videos, pictures are much nicer to look at on a higher resolution screen.  

Doug Evans: It’s also rumored that the iPad 3 will have a better camera for videos and pictures, perhaps in the 8 megapixel range. Also, a faster processor for speedier computing, and, 4G LTE compatibility for faster wireless networks.

You know if you got an iPad 2, would you need an iPad 3?

Mike Bautsch, iHospital: Probably not, the iPad 2 is an incredible device.

Doug Evans: Here’s the bottom line. If you’re in the market for an iPad, wait. The iPad 3 is coming in just a few weeks.  And if you want to save some money on an iPad, wait, Apple might drop the price of an iPad 2.

For Tech Check, I’m Doug Evans.

Apple’s New Mac OS X doesn’t Support Facebook Sharing

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Are you excited to test out Apple’s New Mac OS X ‘Mountain Lion’ this summer? Are you one of the 800 million+ members of Facebook? Mountain Lion includes a sharing utility that syncs with most applications but guess which gargantuan social media network is missing? You got it – Facebook.  With more than eight times as many active users than Twitter, you’d think Facebook would be number one in their list of sharing applications.

One of Mountain Lion’s newest elements is called “Shared Sheets” which it imported from its mobile iOS platform.  Users can easily bookmark items, add them to their reading list, message them, Tweet them and more.  Interestingly, Facebook is not listed among the list of applications in Mountain Lion’s new share sheets.  

5 Intriguing Facts about Apple’s New Mac OS X ‘Mountain Lion’

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Apple is launching a new Mac OS X 10.8 aka ‘Mountain Lion’ this summer and it promises to import features from Apple’s iOS.  Why should mobile have all the fun right? Historically, Apple launched all major Mac OS releases at its annual developer conference.  This time, they changed the game showing it off 9 months before it hits the market which means Apple and developers have less time to integrate new features and work out bugs.

Here are 5 intriguing facts about Apple’s New Mac OS X ‘Mountain Lion’ you need to know:

1. Developers get to preview Mountain Lion today! Looking for another reason to become an Apple developer? We have just what you need: Mountain Lion is being released as a preview to all developers today. The commercial release will be released sometime this summer through Apple’s Mac App Store.

2. Mountain Lion will include popular iPod and iPad features.  As Apple has previously done with Lion, the new Mac OS X 10.8 will come with many of the most popular features from the iPad and iPhone.  Their intention is to make Mac computers more useful and approachable to those who got an iOS device (such as an iPod, iPad or iPhone) in the past.  Their hoping Macs will become as essential as other iDevices. 

More Juicy iPad 3 Rumors!

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iHospital and Fox 5 discuss the juciest iPad 3 Rumors in this weeks Tech Check!

As we all know by now, the iPad 3 is speculated to be launched in the first week of March and as the date moves closer, more and more rumors are bubbling to the surface all over the Internet. What new features will it have? And what will the iPad 3 have to do with your current computer, maybe even your TV?

What to expect with the new iPad 3 

One of the juiciest rumors to date is that the iPad 3 might just take aim at television sets all over the globe.    Apple sold more iPads last year than Hewlett Packard sold PC’s.  This demonstrates the trend that people are shunning traditional CPUs in favor of tablet style devices.   Surveys also indicate the tablet ownership doubled since last Christmas.

The iPad will have a much crisper display with double resolution with the new Retina display screen which means you’ll also be able to view more online content.  This feature alone is making TV’s shudder all over the continent.  Will people reach for their iPads now instead of the remote?

It’s also rumored that the iPad 3 will have a much better quality camera that is at least 8 MP and a faster A6 processor for speedier computing. Another expected feature of the new iPad 3 is a lighting fast 4G LTE data speed.  Check out other expected features in one of our previous posts on 5 Epic Features of the New iPad 3.

The question everyone wants to know is if you have an iPad 2, will you be thinking of purchasing an iPad 3?  Are the new features so amazing that you’ll shell out the extra dough or perhaps sleep overnight to be first in line?  We look forward to hearing your comments below!

Did you know you can protect and enhance your iPhone, iPod and iPad with Liquid-Armor? iHospital is currently offering this cool new service for $19.99 or at an additional $9.99 when you come in to iHospital for any repair.  Drop in to one of our locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice today!  

Protect and Enhance your iPhone, iPad and iPod with Liquid-Armor!

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Want to give your iPod, iPhone or iPad super human strength and protection? Although it won’t jump over tall buildings or rescue kittens from trees, we promise our new liquid-armor protection service will add a solid shield of durability to your beloved iDevice.

Liquid-Armor is a uniquely formulated nano coating technology that shines and protects your Apple device.  It also:

  • Provides a scratch-resistant surface for normal use
  • Keeps your screen up to two times stronger than other protection methods
  • Anti static/high gloss, dirt repellent surface and water spill resistant.
  • Preserves touch screen receptiveness as well as the sharpness and vivid colors of the display

Starting today, we’re offering this cool new service for $19.99, or at an additional $9.99 when you come into the iHospital for any repair. Additionally all color conversions will be pre-treated with liquid armor to protect against dirt and scratches.

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