New iPhone component. Maybe for iPhone 5. But it is neither a battery door nor a middle pate. If it’s real, I love the design.
It’s not everyday a review product makes it’s way to the door of the DinoRobo office, so to say we were excited to receive this package from Grove doesn’t quite describe the overwhelming emotions the entire staff displayed. Take note, gadget accessory creators; we want to review your stuff! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to showcase one of your new products on our blog. We’d be honored. On to the review! Continue reading →
Galileo is a OS-controlled robotic iPhone platform that allows you to control the viewing position of an iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch (4th generation) remotely from your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Web browser. Created by designers Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly. The device is set to sell for $129.95, but if you back the project now you can snag one for just $85 at kickstarter.
Every other blog is doing one, so why not! The next iPad will soon be on all of our wanted lists, or so Apple hopes. Depending on what Apple’s next generation iPad is decked out with, it might just be the go to tablet.
So let’s keep this short and sweet. What are we hoping to see? What rumors are floating around on the net? Here’s the list: Continue reading →
Nerf has upgraded their Lazer Tag system to include augmented reality to make blasting your friends and opponents even more fun.
The new guns feature a slot to load your iPhone or iPod Touch that, when paired with the appropriate app, displays a HUD that provides your power level, leaderboard progress, equipped gear, and even the trajectory of your shots. Continued sessions will grant you better loot to expand your arsenal of gear and attack types.
If you don’t have a friendly body nearby, the app will allow you to go rounds with virtual enemies.
Nerf’s new Lazer Tag system will be available starting August 1. Individual guns will set you back $40, picking up a pair will cost $70.
Apple has been immensely successful by having a limited line up of products on the market. Looking back to their late nineties computer sales strategy, they limited the options to include an iBook, PowerBook, iMac, and Power Mac. Eventually the Mac Mini came to fill a niche, but Apple has stuck to this simple strategy of only providing a limited amount of products that are easily recognizable; practically iconic.
Apple has done the same with their mobile devices. With the iPod, there are just enough options to fulfill almost every consumers needs, while at the same time keeping each and every iPod unique and easily distinguishable. This strategy has clearly translated over to Apple’s marketing strategy for the iPhone.
Apple has only ever released an updated iPhone yearly, and the iPhone has continued to maintain the same basic design and functionality from the beginning. Releasing a single iPhone update per year has been a tremendous marketing strategy for Apple. Allowing millions of consumers to adopt the same phone means that third parties have time and incentive to create and market countless cases and accessories. It means that iPhone users throughout the world will have a very similar user experience across the board.
It’s no wonder that smartphone manufacturers want to adopt this strategy. AppleInsider reported that “four major smartphone makers are reportedly planning to reduce the number of new handsets they produce, in an attempt to capture the success Apple has had in releasing just one iPhone model each year.” They continue: Continue reading →
Bloomberg reported Friday, January 6th, that China Unicom (China United Network Communications Group) is offering a free iPhone 4S to users willing to sign up for a multi-year contract. There are two options available for the promotion that begins on January 13th. The first option will cost users 286 yuan ($45) a month and will include “a 32-gigabyte model with a three-year plan, while a commitment to two years for a monthly fee of 386 yuan allows users to get the 16-gigabyte model,” says Bloomberg.
This is by far the best deal available for the 4S in China, but it might end up hurting China Unicom in the long run. Continue reading →
The iPhone 4S had an incredible holiday season. In September of 2011, Apple sold about 17.1 million iPhones, an incredible amount of devices. But December sales of the 4s? According to AppleInsider, “Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray sent a note to investors on Wednesday, in which he increased his projected iPhone sales for the just-concluded December quarter from 26 million to 30 million. He said that total remains conservative, as the latest domestic data from the NPD Group suggests sales could be as high as 34 million in the quarter.”
While these sales figures are staggering, this has Munster thinking. If the iPhone 4S has done this well without a new form factor or any major technological advances when compared to the iPhone 4, how crazy will the iPhone 5 sales be when it’s (presumably) released this year? Continue reading →
It’s been a long wait to see a public method to get Siri working as it should be on a device other than the iPhone 4S. On Wednesday, iDownloadBlog shared information on a new jailbreak app called Spire that allows Cydia users to install Siri. Spire was created by jailbreak developers Ryan Petrich and chpwn.
The International Business Times yesterday revealed two new applications for patents that Apple has filed relating to fuel cell technology, suggesting the possibility of fuel cell batteries in future Apple products. Apple usually isn’t quick to use new hardware technology until it’s at the peak of it’s existence, so don’t expect to see such tech in next years iPhone 5. But don’t rule it out completely.