iPhone Case

I upgraded to an iPhone 5s a couple of months after the new phones were released. After going a couple of weeks without one, I thought it’d be a good idea to get a new case before I dropped the phone on the floor and cracked it.

There are so many iphone cases on the market right now
that it was hard for me to figure out which one to get. The iPhone 5s’ sleek design is great, and the weight of the thing is pretty amazing, especially to someone like me who waited a long time to upgrade. (I was sporting a 3GS, believe it or not). I really wanted to get a case that was ultra thin, but after looking into it, I decided that something that was a bit bigger would be better. A thin case might look great, but if what you’re trying to do in the end is just protect the phone, a thin case might not be the best way to go.

What I decided on was an OtterBox Defender in Grey/White. They have a LOT of different color cases to choose from.

It’s been a few months since I’ve had it, and I’m very pleased with how it’s held up. No scratches at all on the outer casing, and the thing came with a built in screen protector, so I didn’t have to fork out the extra money for one of those.

Building Apps For the App Store

The article “How to Become an App Store Millionaire: Make a Hit App, and Don’t Make Anything Else” – like Steve Martin’s advice of how to become a millionaire and not pay taxes “First, get a million dollars”. Both are easier said than done.

Link – via All Things D.

iPad HD with Haptic Feedback


So there’s a rumor going around this morning that the iPad HD will have haptic feedback. That means you’ll be able to feel objects on the screen. Sandpaper would feel like sandpaper, for example. Very, very cool if true.

And all this time we had the hint (from the invitation picture, above) all this time.

We’ll see in a few hours!

Update: Nope! No Haptic feedback.

IPad HD?

Well, the big announcement is tomorrow, and everyone expects it’ll be the the iPad 3. From the rumors, it might even be called the iPad HD.

So a couple of questions…

How are developers going to deal with the confusion of all the apps for the iPad that have the tag HD?

How are iPad graphics going to look on a much higher resolution screen?

How much memory is it going to have and how much more graphics processing power is it going to require?

Apple to Unveil Lion, iCloud at WWDC 2011

Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6

CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Apple’s North Carolina Data Center



I’ve been thinking about that Apple might be up to with the North Carolina data center they’ve been working on, and the announcement that Apple is making tomorrow. I think it’s pretty likely that they’re finally going to take the technology they bought from LaLa.com, and create a streaming music service.

What would this mean? No more having to download all your music to your devices. Have a huge iTunes library that won’t all fit on that nice iPod Touch, iPhone, or AppleTV? No problem. They know what music you bought, and can stream it to you. Want streaming only versions of those songs? Apple can use LaLa’s tech to do that too, for a price. It’d sure be something big enough to require a massive new data center.

If AT&T got wind of this early on, this might be the reason they decided to drop the “all you can eat” 3G plan earlier this year. That’s just speculation, of course…. as is the rest of this.

Update: Well, it wasn’t streaming. It was The Beatles… And Amazon is selling the The Beatles Stereo Box Set for $20 cheaper than iTunes, as of this writing.