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‘Peak iPad? We’ll See.’

‘Peak iPad? We’ll See.’ | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Nice piece from MG Siegler.
If the iPad is a fad, it’s the greatest fad in the history of American business.
And so I repeat: the iPad got too successful, too quickly. And everyone (including Apple) got spoiled by those insane numbers.
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A few people in the press are asking if the iPad has peaked.  I'm wondering if those people have been paid to write articles.

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The Mobi EyeFi card turns almost any digital camera into a digital hub

The Mobi EyeFi card turns almost any digital camera into a digital hub | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
One of the things that keeps me coming back to the iPhone for photography the ease of sharing photos.
The Mobi EyeFi wireless memory card brings a similar experience to almost every digital camera. Basically it's an SD card with a WiFi chipset.
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The mobi eye-fi has change the way I do instant photography.  My iPhone is no longer my goto phone.  I shoot on my DSLR, instantly transfer to my iPhone, and process and post to social media.

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John Paczkowski: No Wearable Device or New Apple TV at WWDC

John Paczkowski: No Wearable Device or New Apple TV at WWDC | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
John Paczkowski, writing for Recode:
If you’ve been anticipating the debut of some new category-defining hardware at Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, a word of advice: Dial back your expectations or be disappointed.
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That's no surprise.  WWDC = World Wide Developers Conference.

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The Mobi EyeFi card turns almost any digital camera into a digital hub

The Mobi EyeFi card turns almost any digital camera into a digital hub | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
One of the things that keeps me coming back to the iPhone for photography the ease of sharing photos.
The Mobi EyeFi wireless memory card brings a similar experience to almost every digital camera. Basically it's an SD card with a WiFi chipset.
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The mobi eye-fi has change the way I do instant photography.  My iPhone is no longer my goto phone.  I shoot on my DSLR, instantly transfer to my iPhone, and process and post to social media.

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Don’t Expect To See The iWatch Or Revamped Apple TV Unveiled At WWDC 2014

Don’t Expect To See The iWatch Or Revamped Apple TV Unveiled At WWDC 2014 | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Everyone waiting for the iWatch or revamped Apple TV will once again need to be patient.
According to Re/Code, Tim Cook will not unveil either device at WWDC 2014.
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Fund This: Korner, for accessible home security

Fund This: Korner, for accessible home security | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Korner is a new connected security system that aims to be simple to set up and be highly affordable. Owners place a single-piece tag at the corner of a door in the house, and connect an Ethernet dongle into their router.
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Much Ado About The iPad

Much Ado About The iPad | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Riccardo Mori, in an excellent collection of thoughts about the iPad's cyclical demise:
Also, it would be interesting to further investigate where those ‘unrealistic expectations’ come from.
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Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card with your iPhone

Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card with your iPhone | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Google Wallet for iOS. Apple may be developing a mobile payments system of its own.
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How Steve Wozniak wrote BASIC for the original Apple from scratch

How Steve Wozniak wrote BASIC for the original Apple from scratch | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The linked article is Woz reminiscing about his journey creating BASIC for the Apple I.
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Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors | TechCrunch

Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors | TechCrunch | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it

Apple has been issued a couple new patents by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), including one for hover touch sensing, the likes of which we’re starting to see rolled out in Android-powered devices lately like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Another patent issued today covers an embedded heart rate monitor that could add one more sensor to the iPhone, with potential for biometrics and fitness apps.

The touch and hover patent describes a means for detecting when a person’s finger is near to, but not actually in contact with, a touchscreen device. It outlines ways in which hover input can be used to issue commands to a device, with those screens outputting an electrical field to help determine the position of a user’s finger. But the system is about more than just the kind of hover controls that other OEMs have implemented to relatively little effect: Apple describes how the system can be used to offer more effective and accurate errant touch detection.

The hover field could help a mobile device better identify which touches were meant to actually spark an action, and which were accidental or incidental to something else. Apple already does some touch rejection with the latest iPads and their thinner side bezels, and with palm rejection in some apps, but this could theoretically help improve the performance of any accidental touch detection.

The patent also describes a method for better dealing with changing weather and environment conditions when it comes to accurate touch detection. It would work by allowing touch devices to take a baseline reading when conditions are optimal, and then detecting via sensors when conditions change and tweaking touch detection settings slightly to modify and improve accuracy when, say, the weather gets cold. In general, Apple seems to be looking at hover touch tech as more of a supplementary tech than something that will find expression in actual interface design.

As for the heart rate monitor, Apple’s patent describes a sensor found in the screen bezel or other conductive portion of the device that could read EKG data. You could imagine it going into the conductive metal ring around the Touch ID sensor in the current iPhone 5s design, for instance, which would be fitting also because of similar function between the two sensors.

Apple’s patent for heart rate monitoring sensors describes ways they might be used to identify a user according to their unique biometric information. The fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s serves a similar purpose, but paired with a heart rate sensor, it becomes less of a convenience factor and more about secure identification.

As always, don’t expect to see these Apple patents go into devices immediately, but they do provide an interesting look behind the curtains at Apple’s R&D efforts. Two-factor biometric security would definitely put Apple even more in the lead when it comes to device-based security, and improving touch screens and their performance will always deliver benefits. And Apple already leads the pack in that regard, too, according to recent comparative tests.


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A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Mavericks edition

A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Mavericks edition | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Mavericks runs version 3.0 of Server.app, the user-friendly face of OS X Server. Andrew Cunningham The Mountain Lion version of OS X Server marked the end of a transition for Apple's server software.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Belkin’s Thunderstorm Brings Immersive Sound To The iPad

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Belkin’s Thunderstorm Brings Immersive Sound To The iPad | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Belkin’s Thunderstorm was easily one of the more interesting products being shown off at Macworld/iWorld 2013 that wrapped up in San Francisco on Saturday.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Kanex’s mySpot Puts A Wi-Fi Access Point In Your Pocket

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Kanex’s mySpot Puts A Wi-Fi Access Point In Your Pocket | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Road warriors take note. The mySpot from Kanex looks to be a lifesaver by turning a wired Ethernet connection into a Wi-Fi access point.
We’ve all been there during a trip.
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Foxconn to allow union elections

Foxconn to allow union elections | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Foxconn is reportedly allowing its workers to elect union representatives. A Telegraph UK report says Foxconn will hold elections for a union chairman and 20 members of the Federation of Labour Unions Committee.
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iPhone At 1 Billion. A Tipping Point.

iPhone At 1 Billion. A Tipping Point. | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
What can you do with a billion iPhones? What can all of us do with a billion iPhones? 
Analysts, telcos, networking firms and research consultants expect more than 4 billion smartphones in use by the end of this decade, maybe sooner.
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Put on a monocle, stick out a pinky and say "1 Billion 1iPhones".

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‘Peak iPad? We’ll See.’

‘Peak iPad? We’ll See.’ | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Nice piece from MG Siegler.
If the iPad is a fad, it’s the greatest fad in the history of American business.
And so I repeat: the iPad got too successful, too quickly. And everyone (including Apple) got spoiled by those insane numbers.
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A few people in the press are asking if the iPad has peaked.  I'm wondering if those people have been paid to write articles.

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How Would A Bigger, 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Compare Against Samsung’s Galaxy S5?

How Would A Bigger, 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Compare Against Samsung’s Galaxy S5? | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Physical mockups of the iPhone 6 have appeared in abundance over the past couple of weeks, and now one of the most recent iPhone 6 mockups has been compared alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset.
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Apple Employees Are Already Testing OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

Apple Employees Are Already Testing OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Apple’s OS X 10.9.3 might be available in public beta only, but the Cupertino, Calif. company is already internally testing a subsequent update to its Mavericks desktop operating system.
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How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about setting up and using Notification Center, from Lock screen notifications to the Today view, banners to popups, sounds to Do Not Disturb!
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Don't risk your safety, leave finding stolen iPhones and iPads to the police

Don't risk your safety, leave finding stolen iPhones and iPads to the police | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Find my iPhone, a technology that allows you to track down your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to the last place it was connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network, has unsurprisingly lead to incidents of "hero complex" over the years.
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When hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ takes you to a thief’s doorstep

When hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ takes you to a thief’s doorstep | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Interesting read and solid advice. If someone steals your phone, call the police.
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Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands

Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
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Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information...
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Apple, Microsoft may merge one day, says analyst. Wait. What?

Apple, Microsoft may merge one day, says analyst. Wait. What? | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
How could these rivals ever become one? Analyst Keith Fitz-Gerald envisions the two companies coming together in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Apple releases '12 Days of Gifts' app, now includes U.S. users

Apple releases '12 Days of Gifts' app, now includes U.S. users | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Apple has released its annual 12 Days of Gifts app, and for the first time ever the app is available to US customers. 12 Days of Gifts allows users to download one digital gift from the iTunes store each day between December 26 and January 6th.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Use CamRanger To Wirelessly Control Your DSLR

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Use CamRanger To Wirelessly Control Your DSLR | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The CamRanger, being shown off at Macworld/iWorld 2013, brings wireless control of a Nikon or Canon DSLR to any iOS device.
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Tweetbot For iOS Update Adds Chrome, Flickr, And Vine Support

Tweetbot For iOS Update Adds Chrome, Flickr, And Vine Support | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Tweetbot is a popular Twitter client and Tapbots, the team behind the app, has released a new update for it, adding link support for Chrome and 1Password, as well as image previews support for Flickr and Vine.
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