iOS 7 will bring not only an entirely new, dynamic interface to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, along with powerful new APIs for app developers. But accessory makes are getting some great new features as well, and that means, presuming they take them and run with them, we'll be getting great new accessories that tie into our location, that let us get our game on, and that make our existing speakers, keyboards, and more work better than ever.
Today on Talk Mobile, we're talking about the keyboard. Since the birth of the iPad, there's been a desire to use it more and more to get things done. The biggest hurdle for many is the full touchscreen nature of using a tablet like the iPad, but thankfully there's plenty of hardware to choose from. Likely connected to the sheer popularity of the iPad, third-party manufacturers have come out with a whole host of hardware keyboards to help you get real typing done. Some are good, really good, others not so. Here we round up some of our favorites for the iPad!
Back at PAX East I met up with the guys at Plantronics, and they gave me a set of light and sporty Backbeat GO stereo Bluetooth headphones to try out. They adopt the ultra-light look that seems to be all the rage in stereo Bluetooth accessories. As if the form factor wasn't enough to entice music-loving busybodies, the Plantronics Bluetooth guy told me that there's a light oleophobic coating on the headphones to fend off sweat.
Staples has started selling Apple accessories. Covering a wide range of products, items such as iPad Smart Covers, Airport Base Stations, and Apple TVs can be found on the office supply chain’s online store.
iPhone accessory maker mophie has revealed some details on the restrictions of Apple’s Lightning accessory program. Apple has made it more difficult for third-party manufacturers to produce Lightning accessories outside of Apple’s program.
Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include a few games, an Apple service that is easy to take for granted, an awesome iPhone dock, and a fitness app.
To see what we picked, follow along after the break!
I love Domeskins. They're like skins but are thicker, giving them an almost 3D look and feel. I have been using them for a week and, at first, I put them on because of the beautiful look and matching wallpaper. Almost immediately after that, I came to appreciate Domeskins for the wonderful feel and extra grip they provide for my iPhone. With Domeskins, when I place my iphone on a surface, it will stay in place and I don't have to worry as much about it sliding to its doom, or being nudged into oblivion. It just stays.
A helpful accessory for parents made its debut at CES 2013 called the VivoPlay by Evado Filip. In addition to GPS and Wi-Fi location-tracking, the VivoPlay has a built-in SIM card and service which allows parents to call their kids directly or vice versa right from the device.
At CES 2013, Olloclip began showing off a new case to go along with their lens system called the Photo Dock. It offers a flip-up section which doubles as an access point for an Olloclip and a more prominent shutter button.