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Why Buy iPod Touch 5th Generation Instead of iPhone 5?

 

If you are an ‘Apple Lover’ then you must know about the next Apple event on September 10th 2013 where the new iPhone 5C and 5S will be launched. The news is not a rumor as it’s confirmed by Apple itself. It may seem harsh for many of the Apple devotees reading this but deep inside they will agree that the Apple’s iPhone charm has started diminishing after the launch of its latest iPhone 5 last year. Trust me being an Apple lover myself; it is tough for me to write this post. But, being practical and valuing your hard earned money, I am listing out these 5 reasons why you should buy iPod Touch 5th Generation instead of upgrading to iPhone 5 or the upcoming new generation iPhones.

iPod Touch
iPod Touch 5th Generation

Please take a look at the following reasons and decide yourself.

  1. 1.       Huge Upgrade from its Predecessor:

The 5th generation iPod touch is bigger when it comes to the screen size yet a lot lighter when it comes to the weight if you compare it with the previous iPod touch 4th generation model. The camera is way better in terms of quality as well. Adding to which iPod touch 5th generation offers double storage at the same price. Further it is twice as fast because of the upgraded chip which is similar to that used on iPad 2.

(P.S. you may add a comparison table for 5th Generation iPod touch & 4th Generation iPod touch)

Hence considering the vast improvement from its predecessor, iPod touch 5g is a worth buy.

  1. 2.        It’s a better bargain compared to iPhone 5.

The 32 GB iPod Touch 5g is currently available at $299 in Apple’s online store whereas a 32 GB iPhone 5 costs around $749 (non-contracted model). Now if you opt for the 5th generation iPod then it will save you $450.

Additionally, Apple’s warranty terms for iPod Touch is not complicated. Unless it is jailbroken, you will get full servicing at Apple’s service center within the one year’s warranty period without any hitches.

  1. 3.       Experience an iPhone at almost 1/3rd of its price:

You will get all the features of the iPhone 5 except texting and calling on 5th Generation iPod. iPod 5g can be termed as an iPhone without a phone!

You can pretty much have access to all the apps on iTunes that are compatible with iPhone. Even Siri is available in iPod 5g. The most important factor is that an iPod also gets an iOS update along with iPhone and iPad devices.

  1. 4.       It’s not just a Mp3 player anymore. It has an impressive Camera as well.  

 

If you have used iPod touch 4g or previous iPod touch model’s you will observe a good upgrade in the 5th generation iPod touch when it comes to the camera features. The quality and experience is way better when you take snaps from your iPod 5g device.

With a 5 MP camera, the 5th generation iPod has the newly launched camera feature called iSight developed and introduced by Apple at the launch of iPhone 5 last year. Now the iPod 5g device is also equipped with a LED flash which makes indoor photography livelier.

Panoramic shots, a feature that is available on the iPhone is now available on iPod 5g as well taking it one step closer to the features of iPhone 5.

  1. 5.       Storage Space gets doubled at same price.

There is a 16GB iPod touch 5g variant available on the Apple store which is quite similar to the previous 4th generation model without many upgrades. Whereas to experience the full-fledged 5th generation model of iPod touch, the 32 GB variant is the best that you can get, it comes with all the features of an iPhone except the calling facility. The 32 GB variant of iPod Touch 5g is placed at the same pricing of 4th iPod touch 16 GB variant, hence making the storage double at the same price with some newly cool added features.

Almost everyone wants to grab the new iPhone. But on the practical note, the iPod Touch 5g is an awesome device if you are buying the new iPhone for the sake of its newly added features. So I recommend to better buying iPod Touch 5th generation instead of the new iPhone.

Top Must Have Accessories for an iPad

iPad Accesories
iPad Accesories

Apple devices have a sleek and delicate built which needs extra protection (accessories) from any kind of jerks and accidents. These accessories must be attractive and practically useful for a person carrying the device. Today, there are different kinds of iPad accessories available in the market to protect your precious device. However, it’s important to invest in right kind of accessories that protects your iPad in long run. Below listed are few of the must-have accessories for your iPad.

  • iPad screen protector: This is one of the most popular and useful accessory which can be easily bought online or from any other store in the market. A screen protector keeps your iPad safe from dust, dirt particles and scratches. It is one accessory that extends the lifespan of your iPad. Definitely an iPad screen protector is a must-have, especially if you are planning to use your iPad for longer hours every day.
  • iPad carrying case: It is very much necessary that you carry your iPad comfortably with you. A good iPad carrying case is another must needed accessory you need for your brand new iPad. A good case not only keeps your iPad safe and protected while you travel, but it also ensures that your precious device does not get damaged from a fall. There are hundreds of carrying case options available in the market and it comes in various shapes, sizes and colors as well.
  • Wireless keyboard: No matter how much we love working on touch screens, we always feel comfortable using a handy keyboard to type long sentences right? If you do lot of writing (i.e. typing) stuff on your iPad, the best way to protect the screen is to buy a wireless keyboard. There are many wireless keyboard options available in the market which comes with a stylus as well. Just go to the market to get a perfect match accessories and price suitable to your pocket.
  • iPad waterproof case: This is yet another best accessory for those who love to stay close to their gadget and actually an add-on for carrying case. Now  I know that you always want to protect your precious iPad from any kind of liquid that can cause possible harm, an iPad waterproof case completely seals your device and provides 100% protection against water, coffee, beer or anything liquid.
  • iPad sound system:  iPad itself comes with a good quality of speakers that produce quality sound, but it wouldn’t hurt to use some extra boost specially on your weekend party!! There are many companies that have designed various sound dock systems on which the iPad itself can be mounted and connected. Seems a nice option to me…. What about you?

There are many cool accessories available in the market. You should always choose the one’s which gets into usage on the regular basis rather than gathering dust on your shelf.

[Rumors] iPad 5 Release Dates, Pricing and Specs Round up

 

Along with so many rumors and leaks all over the web about the new iPhone 5C and 5S and the launch dates of iPad Mini 2, there will be many other speculations going around the web about the announcement of the 5th generation iPad very soon. Hence we have rounded up all the updates and rumors flying on the web about iPad 5’s release dates, pricing and specifications for our valuable readers.

iPad 5 Release Date
iPad 5 Release Date

Let’s check out these rumors:

iPad 5 Release Date:

With the announcement of iOS 7, it is pretty much predictable that Apple will be looking forward to launch the next generation iPad, probably named as iPad 5 in autumn 2013. There are no official announcements from Apple on iPad 5 yet. The tech bloggers around the web have made this speculation based on the last year release of iPad 4 in November 2012, having unveiled it in October. Thus, we can expect a 5th generation iPad revealed soon given the fact that the design of iPad 4 was two-generations old and Apple won’t be waiting longer to release the next iPad powered by iOS 7.

Our tech sources have also hinted that the new iPad may be revealed in October 2013 alongside the iPad Mini 2 which would be just weeks after the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch event.

iPad 5: Specs

There are more rumors without many facts when it comes to next iPad specs right now. Apple has a tendency to make their devices slimmer and lighter compared to its previous generation models. Hence we are expecting the new iPad will be somewhere around a third lighter and thinner than iPad 4. Such a design change would make it around 500g in terms of weight and roughly 7mm thick.

Most of the rumors on the specs of the 5th generation iPad are based on iPad Mini. Some reports suggests that making the iPad 5 thinner than iPad 4 can be achieved, if a thinner glass is used while others advice to use smaller or fewer LED backlight. Such a change will also enable the use for a smaller, thinner battery without compromising on battery life. The other trick which is rumored is the one used in iPad Mini, where LCD screen is laminated to the glass reducing the thickness and glare/reflections altogether hence, improving quality.

Other reports which are flowing on the web every now and then about the specs and new features of iPad 5 are as follows:

  • Haptic Technology (something Android tablets used for a long time)
  • Upgraded Rear Camera (as seen in iPhone 5, an 8 MP rear camera won’t seem surprising to us.)
  • Faster Processor (Being it the Apple strategy generation by generation models, a faster processor is surely on the list.)
  • New Colors: Slate (offered on iPad mini), Gold and Gray.

iPad 5 Price:

Pricing is the easiest and pretty much the most accurate predictions when it comes to Apple device launches. As it’s been a custom with Apple products the prices of the current iPad 4 will reflect onto the 5th generation iPad.  According to industry sources, the fifth generation iPad may cost around $499 for the Wi-Fi  16GB version, $599 for the 32GB, $699 for the 64GB and $799 for the 128GB tablet.

Best Car Mount Options Available for iPad Mini

 

Car Mount fir iPad Mini
Car Mount for iPad

IPad mini car mounting kits are a way to increase the resourcefulness of your new gadget. Now, It is not just one of your flashy accessories, iPad mini car mount can be very useful especially when you are out for a long journey. These car mounts are handy and can be the best way to use your iPad to entertain kids on the backseat or on the dashboard for GPS or other navigational aids.

Let’s look at the best range of different types of Car Mounts for iPad Mini:

iPad Mini Car Seat Mount: This particular Car mount provides you a full 360 degree flexibility for your iPad mini. This 18 inch car mount can be set up in the center where you can place your iPad mini and get the best usage of your GPS system. It’s easy to install and flexible to use. You can place you iPad mini in landscape or portrait viewing mode as per your requirement.

iPad Mini Headrest Mount: IPad mini can be the best source of entertainment tool for people on the backseat.  A nice game, movie or TV show can keep your folks occupied and entertained on long trips. This adjustable iPad Mini headrest Mount is a perfect solution for viewing pleasure. It’s flexible still sturdy and the best option to use your iPad mini in the car for entertainment.

iPad Mini Dashboard and Windshield Mounts: If you are looking for a car mount that can give you a complete 360 degree rotation to you iPad mini, then look no further. These car mounts are perfect when you are using your iPad mini as a GPS, Route planner, jukebox or anything you desire. You can mount it on your dashboard as well as on the windshield whichever suits you better.

Apple iPad Mini 360 Adjustable Car Windshield Suction Mount: This is one of the most popular high grade car mount for iPad mini. This car mount comes with a special suction technology that can perfectly fit on car windshield.  It has 360 degree turn, so allowing you to make the most out of your iPad mini.

iPad Mini – Car Yoke Mount: This particular car mount is sturdy and best to use your iPad mini inside a car or an airplane. The unique X-Grip mounting system can fit on almost any kind of surface or case. The C clamp gives the mount a nice grip on glare shields or other self like surfaces. Socket technology gives freedom to do any kind of placing adjustments with your iPad mini.

Car mounts are the best accessories for your iPad mini. It’s a better way to utilize your precious gadget in a safe and convenient way.

8 Best iPod Cases for 7th Generation iPod Nano

iPod Cases for iPod Nano
iPod Cases for 7th Gen iPod Nano

 

If you own an Apple product whether an iPhone, iPod or iPad, it doesn’t seem complete without a proper case added to carry it around. The style look and feel of these cases has changed eventually with new generation of Apple products being launched year by year. Here we have listed “8 Best iPod Cases for 7th Generation iPod Nano”.

Being the thinnest model of iPod Nano ever made, the Apple’s 7th Generation iPod Nano also boasts of the largest screen as well. Hence being in an all new form, you will require a fresh case for your new iPod Nano.

Take a look at these 8 best cases for your 7th Generation iPod Nano:

1. Cygnett Holster Hybrid Case

Cygnett is the brand that comes to my mind when we talk about cases. 4 products out of the 8 listed here are from Cygnett. The first on the list is Cygnett Holster which is a dual material and has a clip on the back that can be attached on your clothing.

Ref: http://www.cygnett.com/ipod/black-and-green-holster-hybrid-case-for-ipod-nano-7.html

2. Air Jacket Hard Crystal Case

Next on our list is Air Jacket Hard Crystal Case. This is the most durable iPod Nano case among the list and is made out of hard plastic that protects the front edges, sides and back of your gadget, while you can access the ports and buttons. This Crystal case comes in different set of colors such as black, yellow, white and purple.

Ref: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0099UPE1C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_9GNDqb1GFJBJ5

3. Cygnett Second Skin Silicon Case

The second Cygnett case that makes it on our list is Cygnett Second Skin Silicon Case. As the name suggests, it’s almost like a second skin to your iPod Nano with raise edges to give that extra protection. It gives a soft touch feeling on the device hence making the center button easily accessible. Cygnett Second Skin Silicon case is available in 2 colors i.e  Red and Black.

Ref: http://www.cygnett.com/ipod/black-second-skin-silicone-case-for-ipod-nano-7.html

4. i-Blason Sport Armband

Cases same as their gadgets have evolved as per the needs of the user. One such evolution of cases came as a sporting Armband case for iPod Nano. I-Blason Sport Armband case is the most stylish Armband accessory for the 7th generation iPod Nano.  Mostly used while jogging or working out at gyms, this armband lets you listen to your nano hands-free. It’s available in black and pink colors. The case strap is made of soft stretchy Velcro with a separate silicon case to hold your Nano.

Ref: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UKAY5I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_3NNDqb092M3FJ

5. Cygnett FlexiGel

Cygnett FlexiGel is yet another soft feel iPod Nano case with scratch and impact resistant features because of its gel form base. It has a vibrant glossy finish with raised edges on the corners to offer screen-down protection and gives access to all functions of your iPod Nano with the case on. It’s available in black, purple and pink colors.

Ref: http://www.cygnett.com/ipod/purple-flexigel-case-for-ipod-nano-7.html

6. CrazyOn Digital Ionic Active Sport Armband

CrazyOn Digital’s Ionic Active Sport Armband for iPod Nano, I feel is the most stylist iPod accessories on the list. As it is made up of neoprene material, this armband gives maximum stretching for comfort and protection. Active Sport Armband is available in black, blue, purple and silver gray colors. Featuring a sporty look, this armband is the most colorful option for joggers and gym-goers.

Ref: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0099UPQQU/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_CANDqb165251A

7. CrazyOn Digital Ionic Slim Slider Case

CrazyOn Digital’s Ionic Slim Slider Case is one of the slimmest cases for your 7th generation iPod Nano. It’s so slim that once put on your iPod Nano its gives the same tactile feel as if you are using the device without a case at all. It’s made from TPU – a plastic and silicon hybrid. This Slim Slider case gives complete shock protection and has scratch resistive properties. It’s available in 4 different colors.

Ref: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0099UPRS2/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dKNDqb1FDHARG

8. Cygnett Action Wristband Case

And last but not the least that making it to the list is a wristband from Cygnett. The Cygnett Action is a snap-on wristband case that provides a perfect alternative to other armband cases. Like the armband cases, Cygnett Action is also a perfect training partner with an easier access to all functions. Cygnett Action features a feather light silicon case along with integrated snap-on wristband.

Ref: http://www.cygnett.com/ipod/action-nano-case-for-ipod-nano-7.html

 

iPhone 5 Speaker Dock – Which One Is The Best?

The new iPhone 5 came with a new connector, losing the 30-pin Dock connector, for a smaller, faster and better “Lightning” port. However, that came with its certain disadvantages as well, as all legacy accessories that worked up to the iPhone 4S are now useless. Obviously, manufacturers quickly caught up, by releasing accessories compatible with the new Apple handset. With so many new options on the market today, which one is the best iPhone 5 speaker dock?

iphone 5 speaker dockThe speaker dock is by far one of the most popular iPhone 5 accessories. It’s the best way to transform your smartphone into a room-filling jukebox, while still charging it. It’s also a nice place to store your iPhone whenever you are at home – that’s because you can always remember where you’ve put it and never again ask another family member or friend to call you so you can find it.

Top 3 iPhone 5 Speaker Docks

Bose has quickly issued an update to its popular SoundDock series, making the 3rd generation SoundDock compatible with the last-generation iPhone. However, the quick transition didn’t leave too much room for other improvements, so the $250 Bose is asking for will only buy you something very similar to the SoundDock series II, which is after all a 5 year old audio system.

iphone 5 speaker dockIn appearance, sans the new Lightning connector, there is no difference between the latest SoundDock model and its predecessor. However, despite its age it is still a handsome design that you would like to show off on your desk. You get true Bose quality here, but without any Airplay or Bluetooth connectivity. That means your device has to be in the dock connector at all times in order to play music. There’s a remote, though, with which you can control the sound system, so you don’t have to go to your iPhone every time you want to raise the volume or skip a song.

The differences in sound quality are nonexistent as well. It still sounds very good, as with all Bose devices, but not good enough to justify the $250 price tag. Since 2008, when the SoundDock system too originally launched, the speaker industry has gone a long way, and you can buy a similar system for maybe even $100 less. Although Bose has the brand recognition on its side, it’s not the iPhone 5 speaker dock we recommend.

Philips has released some of the cheapest iPhone 5 speaker docks on the market today, the $80 DS1155 clock dock and the $90 DS3205 speaker dock. They are undoubtedly some of the most affordable Lightning speakers yet to be available.

philips-ds1155Somehow similar to the updates Bose made, the new Philips models resemble earlier designs. The clock dock is still a UFO-shaped speaker that includes a clock and a night light, all in a compact design, just 7-inch long in diameter.

Unlike the Bose designs however, these don’t feel premium. They are mostly made out of black fabric and some cheap plastic, but for the price, we can’t complain. The more expensive, $90 model resembles a tall angled bowl.philips iphone 5 speaker dock

The sound quality is not the best, but it’s the one you would expect from such a price point. When you hit the maximum volume level, you’re likely to hear some distorted sound, although admittedly, these two models sound better than the JBL OnBeat Micro, which is a bit more expensive.

All in all, if you’re on a budget, these are two of the best iPhone 5 speaker docks we recommend.

JBL’s OnBeat Venue LT is the last iPhone 5 speaker dock we will review today, and it’s worthy of our recommendation. For just $199 you get a quality speaker dock that has only one noteworthy flaw.

jbl onbeat venue LTSimilar to its predecessor, that used the now-obsolete 30-pin dock connector, the OnBeat Venue LT can operate wireless as well as while the iPhone is docked. However, the design is quite different and it may not be suitable for most modern homes. Check the pictures for yourself and decide whether it’s right for you or not.

The controls are a little unusual, mainly because there is no remote control, something pretty weird for a $200 audio system. Despite these apparent drawbacks, the JBL system makes up for the flaws where it matters the most: in the way it sounds. You’ll be amazed at how loud the little thing can get, and how good the bass is. Overall, the sound is solid and balanced, while not being somehow exceptional. It’s very good value for your money.

These are just three of the most popular iPhone speaker docks that make use of the Lightning connector and are thus compatible with the latest Apple handset. It’s up to you to decide which iPhone 5 speaker dock fits your needs the best.

What is the iMac?

The iMac is the home computer all in one package that Apple currently sells in order to compete with the more popular personal computer.  There have been several different models in the past decade, each one improving upon the last in order to give users a better produce that allows them to do more, store more, and browse more all at a fair price that gives customers a pretty good bang for their buck.

When did Apple start making iMacs

One of the first questions people started to ask when the iMac was announced was basically what is an iMac. The first iMac came out in 1998 and a new concept was introduced along with it, something that hadn’t really been seen much before in the past with modern computers: an all in one system. The first iMacs looked like your standard large monitor of the day, but that nice thing about these iMac was that the computer itself and the monitor were all packaged as one component. This meant that you could place it where you would want your monitor to go and you wouldn’t have to worry about placing a tower anywhere.

What made the iMac sell so well

The iMac was an easy to use computer that came with everything you need straight out of the box. Its simple operating system was, and still is, a major factor in the popularity of the iMac. Since 1998, millions of iMacs have been sold around the world as there has always been a fairly strong market for both PCs and iMacs. What may be one of the biggest selling points however is the aforementioned all in one composition which makes storing and utilizing it so much easier than with most computers before it.

iMacs today

iMacs Today

 

As the years go by, Apple has continually been looking at the previous iMac generations and coming up with new ways to improve upon them. This can be something as simple as designing a new mouse in order to make a user’s hand more comfortable, or it can be something truly groundbreaking such as setting the internal parts of the computer in the stand for the screen. This has really taken the all in one concept to a whole new level of functionality since you can have an entire computer system, speakers, monitor, and computer, all for the size of a standard monitor.

Since processor and memory speed have both been increasing quite a bit recently, and especially since the first iMac came out, it is important to keep the newest generations of iMacs going strong in order to run the newest games and programs. The iMac 27 is the newest iteration of the iMac, with a 27 inch screen, you can easily fit plenty of boxes or programs on your screen at once to help you make better use of your iMac.

When people ask what are iMacs, they can expect to find an answer that deals with an iMac being a solid computer that has excellent support behind it and decades of research going into it in order to give customers value for the money they spend on it.

How To Upgrade Your iMac’s RAM

While iMacs are designed to be sleek, streamlined machines, there are times when you may want some extra performance power without having to buy a completely new computer. This is when being able to upgrade your iMac RAM will be extremely useful since it can be done in only a few easy steps depending on what kind of model you have.

How to upgrade your iMac RAM

Upgrading your computer’s RAM really depends on what sort of model you have. The common element among all iMacs is that you can install iMac RAM underneath the screen in slots that are designed to be easy to access. This should cover the most basic ways to upgrade an iMac’s memory.

  1. Be sure your iMac is shut off in order to cool down all of the components inside and so that nothing is loaded while you are either removing older sticks of RAM, or installing new ones.
  2. Take all the cords running to the iMac out and unplug the power cord. This is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of the installation, and so that you are not dealing with an electrified board which may be dangerous if left plugged in.
  3. Put something down on your table or wherever you are planning on installing the iMac memory so that the screen doesn’t get scratched or damaged, and to protect the surface of the table.
  4. Turn the computer over face down with the bottom pointed towards you in order to have easy access to the memory access door.
  5. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen the screws that hold the access door to the computer. Once the access door is completely off, keep it close so it doesn’t get lost.
  6. There should be a tab or tabs that are inside the compartment. For replacing iMac RAM, you’ll want to kind of pull on these tabs in order to get the old RAM sticks to come out before you try putting the new ones in.
  7. Putting the pin side of the memory stick inside the computer first, place the RAM stick into the slot gently in order to fix it into place. You should hear a clicking noise once it is firmly in place.
  8. Re-tuck the tabs the same way that you found them when you opened the iMac up. This makes room for the access door which you’ll now be putting back on in order to close it all up.
  9. Hook all of your cables back up and boot up the computer. If the installation went well, your computer should boot up just fine and you’ll notice an increase in performance.

If the computer refuses to reboot, try repeating the steps again, taking care to make sure you don’t damage anything or try forcing the sticks into place. Try another reboot, if it doesn’t work, try swapping out the new sticks for the older iMac memory sticks. If that solves the problem, there may be something wrong with your new RAM sticks.

Benefits of increasing your iMac’s RAM

The main reason why people take steps to increase the amount of RAM in their iMacs is because more memory will usually lead to an increase in performance. Your computer should run faster, programs will run quicker, start up faster, and there shouldn’t be any choppiness in videos or other graphically intensive animations.  Computers will naturally start to slow down after a couple of years due to the number of programs that have been installed on it, as well as a progression of games and programs that take up larger and larger amounts of memory. Some programs just need more memory than others, if you start using a program like this regularly, you might notice a reduction in speed. Installing a brand new program may even require you to get more RAM for your iMac since your computer may not be able to handle the processing needs of the new program with specs from years ago.

Upgrading your iMac’s memory is also a very cheap alternative to buying a new computer altogether. Buying memory sticks can cost you anywhere from $50-$100 or more depending on how much RAM you would like to add. This can give you pretty close to the performance of a brand new computer at a fraction of the price. On top of all of this, you don’t even have to deal with transferring files over to a new computer!

Where to find iMac RAM

Most people, when they are looking to upgrade their iMac RAM, will order their memory somewhere online at one of the many web-based computer and electronics shops around. These sites can run the range from mega retailers such as Amazon, to smaller niche market sites like NewEgg. You will usually find the best deals online, and the widest selection. The only drawback is you may have to wait a couple of days before you have it in your hand, and there is a chance you might have to pay for shipping.

Most computer repair shops should have some iMac RAM on hand which would allow you to get it installed that day and enjoying it hours later. There may not be as large of a selection, but the people there should know exactly how to use it and can give you pointers and possibly even install it for you. The price will probably be higher at a computer shop for iMac memory but it might be well worth it in order to have it installed that day and by someone who knows what they are doing to ensure that everything goes right.

If you are looking to upgrade an iMac’s memory, there are plenty of options to choose from. Just be sure that you have a good grasp on either installing new memory, or replacing old memory sticks so that you can have your iMac running at full speed quickly and without incident.

iPhone 5 on Sale – The Best Deals

The iPhone 5 is clearly an impressive device. The 6th generation of Apple’s handset boasts a 4 inch Retina display, a 8 MP full HD camera and a new, more powerful A6 processor. However, it all comes at a price, and a pretty steep one, as we’ve already get used to from previous generations.

T-Mobile has finally got its hands on the iPhone 5, making Apple’s latest smartphone available on every major U.S. wireless carrier there is. With so many possibilities, customers may get confused when searching for the best iPhone 5 price.

The aim of the article is to help potential buyers find out which carrier sells the handset for the cheapest price, and what other iPhone 5 on sale deals are out there.

Which Carrier Has The iPhone 5 on Sale?

Assuming we want unlimited voice minutes and text messages and at least 4GB of data per month, T-mobile is the clear winner of the price contest, with its total cost of ownership at just a bit above $2,200. That’s more than $1,000 cheaper than Sprint’s “Simply Everything” plan, that shoots the iPhone’s price up to more than $3,300.

AT&T and Verizon share the same price point at $2,840, still $600 more expensive than T-Mobile. Although our choices may come as extreme to most users (people don’t really need unlimited everything) it’s for an example only. We do believe, however, that 4GB of data is sensible in today’s LTE world.

Without doubt now is the absolute best time ever to be a T-Mobile consumer. Not only their offer is the cheapest, but you are not tied to any contract, and thus there are no early termination fees.

iphone 5 on sale

However, there are certain disadvantages to opting for T-Mobile too. For example, you can only use 500MB of data as a hotspot, and if you want more, then you have to pay extra. Moreover, when you exceed 5GB of data in any given month, T-Mobile reserves the right to slow down your downloading and uploading speeds.

What’s more, T-Mobile doesn’t have the same kind of coverage as AT&T and Verizon in more rural areas. And while the 3G speeds are generally higher for T-Mobile, their coverage area is nothing when compared to Verizon’s.

It’s up for you to decide whether T-Mobile’s pricing scheme is worth giving up certain advantages in exchange for others. If you live in a big city, then you should be just fine.

The cheapest price you can get an iPhone 5 for, though, does not come from any of the four major U.S. carriers. Instead, Walmart offers the iPhone 5 for just $1,729 over two years, considerably cheaper than any other alternatives.

After having the popular iPhone 5 on sale during the Christmas holidays, where one could buy the iPhone 5 for just $127 on contract and the iPad 3 for just $399 ( the same as the non-Retina iPad 2), Walmart has gone into 2013 with a industry-shattering announcement: it would start selling iPhones for ridiculous low prices using StraightTalk, a carrier that does not use contracts.

You have to pay the full price for the phone upfront ($649 for the iPhone 5, that is) and then $45 a month for unlimited everything. That means that if you are a Sprint customer, you pay double the price the iPhone 5 costs at Walmart. ($3,300+ as opposed to just $1,700)

As you’ve seen there are plenty of options, each coming with its own benefits and downsides. You may also want to wait a bit more, as the price for the iPhone 5 is likely to go down once rumors of the next Apple handset, be it the iPhone 5S or a new iPhone 6, make their way to the Internet. For now, though, in this article you can find the best options if you want to buy an iPhone 5 on sale.

Touch Screen iMac – a Dream or a Reality?

iMac users have long been looking to increase the functionality of their computers by adding a touch screen option to their iMacs. A true touch screen iMac is something that Apple’s founder Steve Jobs did not seem to fond of, lamenting that people would get tired arms after just a few minutes of use. While at first this may seem like it makes sense, there are plenty of reasons why an iMac touch screen system would work well for all sorts of people. The consumers who can really benefit from a touch screen option include people who like to work with their hands, or those who might be using their iMacs for business. Another, sometimes overlooked segment, is young kids who may not be able to type very well, or at all, but can use a touch screen iMac to play educational games.

Touch Screen iMac for Business Use

Businesses can use a touch screen iMac if they were using their computer as a terminal. It can be much easier to just punch in numbers with a finger and print out receipts like that than with messing with a mouse or clicking in an out of other programs. This can find a widespread use in restaurants or other places where there are several people working at once and speed is important. Without the development of a touch screen iMac however, it is hard to tell exactly in what other ways it could affect businesses positively.

One possible other way however is that it may allow an expansion of tabletop entertainment systems. Many bars have games that are hooked into a touch screen computer that is made specifically for these games. With a touch screen iMac, bar owners can provide their patrons with a lower cost alternative to the several thousand dollar game machines, and offer them a wider variety of games, activities, or even internet browsing.

Touch Screen iMac for Educational Use

An iMac touch screen for educational purposes may be one of the most novel ways that touch screen technology could be utilized. Kids who now use non-interactive entertainment and educational mediums, such as TV, may have a lot to gain from being able to interact with their surroundings. Opening up the world of iMac apps to children can help kids learn to read and write at a younger age, as well as get along with others, and have an increased exposure to technology, helping them adapt to it later in their childhood.

Touch screens can also be used in grade schools, as well as pre-schools since iMacs can give kids instructions to point to something on the screen and then can respond once it’s been done. This is something that most schools or teachers have never had the ability to do until just a few years ago, once touch screen technology became cheap enough that an average consumer could afford it.

With so many possible uses for a touch screen iMac, there will probably be a time in the future where iMacs will come with optional touch screen technology. It may not appeal to everybody, but there is a niche market out there that would be well-served by a computer that doesn’t have to be run by a mouse and keyboard.

A Working Model Touch Screen iMac

touchscreen imacSince Apple hasn’t officially came out with a touch screen iMac, one enterprising company has developed a way using existing touch screen technology to turn 21 inch iMacs into a touch screen platform. The device is called the Zorro Macsk and is an adapter that fits over the screen of the smaller iMacs. The plate has receptors in it that read where you are dragging and clicking on the screen and translates that into similar mouse movements and actions to make it pretty much a true touch screen experience.

Buying the Zorro Macsk

In order to turn your iMac into a touch screen computer, you’ve first got to find a supplier for the Macsk. Since it is a little hard to find, you might have to do a little bit of digging to find one. Amazon seems to usually have some available for purchase even though their selection seems to be limited. This can be attributed to both high demand and low production of it, since it is sort of a niche device. At between $199-299, the price point does seem a little high for what it provides but if you find the right application for it, the Macsk would be well worth the price.

Installing the Macsk

Once you are lucky enough to get your hands on a Zorro Macsk, you then must go through the process of installing it on your iMac. The Macsk comes in a couple of parts which are fairly easy to assemble. You have the frame which goes on the outside of the screen and a special insert that goes in between the screen itself and the frame. While it does come with a set of easy to read instructions, it doesn’t take too long to figure out how to use it once you have it setup. Tapping on the screen once is like single clicking with a mouse. Double tapping is like double clicking with a mouse, and waving brushes things off the screen. What is a bit tricky is doing something like right-clicking since the Macsk can’t tell your right from your left hand.

Is the Macsk a Good Substitute for a Touch-Screen iMac?

Since there isn’t really any alternative to the Macsk right now, you can definitely say that the Macsk is a good substitute to having a non-touch screen iMac, if that is what you need. In the future if Apple does come out with a touch screen version of the iMac, the viability of the Macsk would be up in the air. If the feature comes standard on iMacs without a price increase, it will be impossible to reconcile paying extra for the Macsk. If there is an extra fee for the touch screen mode, the Macsk may still have a use, especially if the fee is quite a bit more than the standard price.