Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers

If you're a frequent flier who hasn't yet invested in a tablet of your own, Southwest has you covered: As part of a larger partnership between the airline and television provider Dish, Southwest will now not only provide in-flight entertainment for passengers who have iOS devices of their own, but will now also offer iPads to those without their own compatible smartphone or tablet.

The tablets -- which are the iPad 2 model -- will be available for passengers to "check out" at kiosks within terminals at Chicago-Midway, Denver and Oakland airports. If you're flying between any of these cities on a WiFi-enabled flight, you'll be able to loan an iPad and enjoy a selection of live and on-demand content for free during your trip.

Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers

If you're a frequent flier who hasn't yet invested in a tablet of your own, Southwest has you covered: As part of a larger partnership between the airline and television provider Dish, Southwest will now not only provide in-flight entertainment for passengers who have iOS devices of their own, but will now also offer iPads to those without their own compatible smartphone or tablet.

The tablets -- which are the iPad 2 model -- will be available for passengers to "check out" at kiosks within terminals at Chicago-Midway, Denver and Oakland airports. If you're flying between any of these cities on a WiFi-enabled flight, you'll be able to loan an iPad and enjoy a selection of live and on-demand content for free during your trip.

Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers

If you're a frequent flier who hasn't yet invested in a tablet of your own, Southwest has you covered: As part of a larger partnership between the airline and television provider Dish, Southwest will now not only provide in-flight entertainment for passengers who have iOS devices of their own, but will now also offer iPads to those without their own compatible smartphone or tablet.

The tablets -- which are the iPad 2 model -- will be available for passengers to "check out" at kiosks within terminals at Chicago-Midway, Denver and Oakland airports. If you're flying between any of these cities on a WiFi-enabled flight, you'll be able to loan an iPad and enjoy a selection of live and on-demand content for free during your trip.

Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers

If you're a frequent flier who hasn't yet invested in a tablet of your own, Southwest has you covered: As part of a larger partnership between the airline and television provider Dish, Southwest will now not only provide in-flight entertainment for passengers who have iOS devices of their own, but will now also offer iPads to those without their own compatible smartphone or tablet.

The tablets -- which are the iPad 2 model -- will be available for passengers to "check out" at kiosks within terminals at Chicago-Midway, Denver and Oakland airports. If you're flying between any of these cities on a WiFi-enabled flight, you'll be able to loan an iPad and enjoy a selection of live and on-demand content for free during your trip.

Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers

If you're a frequent flier who hasn't yet invested in a tablet of your own, Southwest has you covered: As part of a larger partnership between the airline and television provider Dish, Southwest will now not only provide in-flight entertainment for passengers who have iOS devices of their own, but will now also offer iPads to those without their own compatible smartphone or tablet.

The tablets -- which are the iPad 2 model -- will be available for passengers to "check out" at kiosks within terminals at Chicago-Midway, Denver and Oakland airports. If you're flying between any of these cities on a WiFi-enabled flight, you'll be able to loan an iPad and enjoy a selection of live and on-demand content for free during your trip.

Southwest, Dish offer free iPad entertainment to travelers originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple keeps iPad 2 in its lineup for $399

To much surprise, Apple is keeping the iPad 2 in the lineup, alongside the new iPad Air. Maintaining its US$399 price, Apple cited its continuing popularity and use as a reason for keeping the 2 1/2-year-old device around, a long lifespan in the tech industry these days.

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iOS 7 on an iPad 2: First impressions

Apple iPadShorty after Apple released iOS 7, we began hearing reports that it's buggy on the iPad 2. Everything from crashing apps to general wonkiness seemed to be troubling some users. With that in mind, I updated my own iPad 2 to iOS 7 try it out. Here are my first impressions of Apple's new mobile operating system on an older piece of hardware.

Installation

Installation was a breeze. After backing up my iPad, the process unfolded as expected. It's noteworthy that iTunes would not execute the installation until a full backup was complete. It failed at first as I had to free up some space on my MacBook Air's drive. Once that was done, it went swimmingly.

Issues

The only issue I've encountered is with responsiveness. Tapping a folder to open it sometimes takes half a beat. Likewise, scrolling through thumbnails of running apps via multitasking isn't as smooth as it is on my iPhone 4S. Also, the lovely blur effect that's seen when you pull Notification Center down on more contemporary hardware isn't there on the iPad 2. Instead, you simply see a darker version of whatever is behind the sheet.

I also found a slight delay when pulling up a keyboard, especially in Mail and Messages, as well as when switching keyboards (alpha vs. symbols, for example). Note that none of this is annoyingly bad, but it is noticeable.

There's bad news for One Direction fans: my daughter's beloved 1D app now crashes when you try to play a video. But that's likely an incompatibility bug in the app. Or maybe it's a commentary on One Direction.

The good

The rest, so far, has been all good. Web surfing on mobile Safari is what I expect. Mail does as well. In fact, I haven't had an app crash or refuse to function. It's also notable that the parallax effect works, as does the "dynamic" wallpaper. A few of you had questions about that on Twitter.

I plan on spending more time with it over the weekend, but after a day's use, I can say that, aside from some minor responsiveness issues, iOS 7 seems just fine on the iPad 2. I'll have more after the weekend.

iOS 7 on an iPad 2: First impressions originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung wins ITC ban of AT&T compatible iPhones and iPads due to patent infringement

Samsung got a big win in the International Trade Commission today, as the ITC handed down a final ruling finding that several models of AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads infringe a Samsung patent, and issued an exclusion order preventing them from being imported, sold or distributed in the US. This final ruling comes months after an ALJ determined that Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's IP, but clearly, the commission felt differently upon its review. This final determination holds that AT&T models of the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G, plus AT&T iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G models infringe four claims of Samsung's patent number 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications.

The ITC reversed the ALJ's ruling in part based upon modified construction of several key terms in the claims at issue, but upheld the prior decision regarding the other three patents Samsung asserted in the action. So, what does this mean for Apple? Not a tremendous amount, truthfully, as the newly banned devices are no longer Cupertino's standard bearers and account for little of massive profits. Plus, Apple will, no doubt appeal the decision in court. Still, Samsung's bound to feel pretty good about the victory, and every little bit helps in its quest to remain atop the smartphone heap, right?

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AT&T rolls out expanded 4G LTE coverage to 16 US markets

AT&T customers scattered around the US have something to be happy about today -- 4G LTE coverage was just switched on several market areas. The company announced that the following markets can now access the 4G LTE network with their iPhone 5s, LTE-compatible iPads or iPad minis and other compatible smartphones:

  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Casa Grande, Ariz.
  • Culpepper, Va.
  • Dover, Del.
  • Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Leonardtown, Md.
  • Linglestown, Pa.
  • Longview, Wash.
  • Ocean City, Md.
  • Port Townsend-North Whidbey Island-Camano Island, Wash.
  • Prince Frederick and Calvert County, Md.
  • Roanoke, Va.
  • Salem, Ore.
  • Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Shelton, Wash.

AT&T plans to extend LTE to a total of 79 new markets by the start of summer, which is just a scant three weeks away. LTE is up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G data network, and TUAW editor Dave Caolo is anxiously awaiting its arrival on Cape Cod so he can rely less on slow WiFi service when he's having his car worked on. Soon, Dave, soon...

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Does it matter if the iPad mini cannibalizes iPad sales?

On October 23rd, Apple introduced its fourth-generation iPad, the iPad mini and a slew of Mac refreshes. Somewhat lost in the reaction to those launches and refreshes was what I think is the most interesting story of all: the iPad 2, and how competitive it has been in this market.

Today, a bit of the iPad 2 story is hitting the news as analysts discuss whether the iPad 2 and the iPad mini are cannibalizing iPad sales. I think there's a bigger discussion to be had that goes beyond basic cannibalization. I hope you'll have patience with me as I try to draw together a number of different strands.

The iPad 2 is an amazing device. It is, in many ways, the little tablet that could. It offers a complete tablet experience at a very affordable price. In discussing the iPad mini price point, Phil Schiller stated, "The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices." [emphasis mine]

Consumers were saying that they wanted Apple, that they wanted iPad and that they were willing to forego premium features like the Retina display, upgraded cameras, LTE connectivity and better processors to purchase that experience.

It's often taken for granted that Apple doesn't cater to value buyers, but I think that it does. From the Mac mini to the iPod shuffle, Apple has had a place for frugal buyers -- offering great value at lower price points.

If you're thinking about comparing specs, as Amazon did quite pointedly, you're missing the mark. Yes, I could buy "more computer" for the same price I just spent on my new Mac mini, but buying Apple is about not compromising the quality of your computing experience. Hardware specs are just that: bloodless specifications that say precious little about your actual day-to-day experience.

There's a reason Apple keeps earning those "satisfied consumer" awards. Buying Apple is about retaining customers for life -- not someone who buys Asus one year and Kleeborp the next. With Apple, you hook consumers on the experience, the ecosystem and the consistency.

That's why I think positioning another member of the tablet family around/below the current iPad 2 price point is much smarter than people are giving Apple credit for. In a tough economy, Apple is filling all the seats in its stadium, not just the ones near the field.

Metaphorically speaking, it's about how much each seat costs. Concert tickets are typically offered at many price points. And yet stadiums still sell out.

The notion that someone will merely buy an iPad 2 or iPad mini once, then never buy an Apple product again, denies about 30 years of buying pattern data and the Apple halo effect.

While analysists discuss exactly how much the mini is going to cannibalize premium iPad sales, Apple can take a longer view. Bringing customers into the Apple ecosystem, regardless of which level they arrive on, helps lock them into long-term profits that derive from secondary services like App Store, iTunes and iCloud -- not to mention future hardware sales.

Apple is making money on each iPad sale, while Amazon loses money on each Kindle Fire HD. Plus, the iPad doesn't feel like a commerce portal the way the Fire does. Consumers are buying a full tablet experience, not a front end to a mall.

These are lifestyle purchases. An iPad 2 or iPad mini customer is making an investment in doing things, having fun and accomplishing tasks on their device, not just floating on an upward cycle of durable goods sales.

In today's Washington Post, analyst Sameer Sing points out that documents sourced from the Apple/Samsung patent case indicate that "iPad 2 cannibalized approximately 60 percent of third-generation iPad sales, i.e. for every 5 million iPad 2 buyers, Apple lost 3 million third-generation." This cannibalization would presumably extend from the iPad 2 to the iPad mini over time.

Do the mini and the iPad 2 primarly cannibalize sales or create them? Perhaps there's a third option: instead, they could be building a new class of Apple customer. In a depressed economy, many consumers aren't looking to buy premium. The iPad mini and the iPad 2 offer an attractive lifestyle-purchase option compared to the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.

As Steve Jobs once said, you make good stuff and people will buy it. The mini and the iPad 2 bring that good stuff within the purchasing radius of many more potential customers.

Does it matter if the iPad mini cannibalizes iPad sales? originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Virginia Beach McDonald’s adds free iPad use to its menu, McRib still seasonal

DNP McDonald's adds free iPad use to its menu, McRib still seasonal

In an age of grab and go eating, it seems somewhat odd that a fast food restaurant would feature an attraction that causes its patrons to drop anchor and stay. However, the house with well over one billion served is doing just that. A Virginia Beach McDonald's has leveraged the popularity of another Big Mac maker, by stocking its location with free to use iPads. Yes, the tablets are mounted on tables, but after polishing off a hearty array of Mcfixings, you're likely to be bolted to your seat as well. Franchise owner Hugh Fard got the idea while attending the annual worldwide McDonald's convention in Florida. While it's great to see major eateries incorporating the use of new technology, we can only wonder just how greasy shiny those fancy Retina displays will be after spending a day under the golden arches.

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iOS 6 review

iOS 6 review

Starting tomorrow, iOS users will be prompted to update their devices to the newest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system. As difficult as it is to believe, we're already onto the sixth version of the OS, which continues to be updated with new features on a yearly basis. After pushing out so many upgrades critical to plugging a few major feature holes, the vast majority of its 200 advertised enhancements are strictly granular, as Apple continues to polish its popular OS.

That doesn't mean, though, that this build is coming to the masses without any jarring UI changes: Apple has declared independence from Google by adopting its own Maps, added a few nice features to Mail and iCloud, thrown Facebook integration into the mix and introduced the Passbook for paperless tickets. The question is, how does it stack up against previous refreshes? Read on to find out.

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Elgato releases EyeTV Mobile for iPad, iPhone

Elgato used Germany's IFA 2012 tradeshow as a springboard to announce a new version of its EyeTV Mobile product for the iPhone and iPad. The dongle connects to the dock connector and lets a user receive DVB-T broadcasts on their iOS device. Due to improved chip technology, the latest version of EyeTV Mobile is significantly smaller than previous models.

EyeTV Mobile will go on sale in September for £89.95 through Elgato's online storefront and other resellers. It's compatible with the new iPad, the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. The companion EyeTV Mobile app is available for free from the iOS App Store.

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IFA 2012: Elgato presents mobile TV solutions for iPad, iPhone and Android

Munich, August 30, 2012 - Elgato today unveiled the new EyeTV Mobile, a redesigned, even smaller model of its highly acclaimed DVB-T TV Tuner designed to fit the iPad's and iPhone's dock connector. With the IFA 2012 launch of the new EyeTV Mobile comes the announcement of EyeTV Micro, an ultra-compact DVB-T TV Tuner for Android smartphones and tablets. Also on display at this years IFA is the Game Capture HD, Elgato's solution for recording and sharing PlayStation or Xbox gameplay. Visit Elgato in Hall 12 / 113.

An even smaller EyeTV Mobile
Thanks to highly efficient chip technology, the new EyeTV Mobile is just half the size of any other TV tuner for the dock connector. Despite its ultra-compact enclosure, EyeTV Mobile can be used with different aerials to get the best possible reception both on the move and at home. EyeTV Mobile will be available for the new iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, and iPhone 4S in September at a price of GBP 89.95 £ through Elgato's online shop and resellers. The EyeTV Mobile app is free and is available on the App Store.

EyeTV Micro turns Androids into TVs
EyeTV Micro brings powerful DVB-T reception, extreme portability, and clean design to Android. It connects to the Micro USB port which is common on many smartphones and tablets. Alternatively, EyeTV Micro can be connected to a computer using the included USB adapter cable, and Mac or PC software. EyeTV Micro ships with different aerial options to deliver the best possible reception both on the move and at home. It will be available in September for Android devices with a dual-core CPU, NEON support and Android 4.0.3 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") at a price of GBP £54.95 through Elgato's online shop and resellers. The EyeTV Micro app is free and is available on Google Play.

Game Capture HD
Elgato also shows the Game Capture HD a simple and stylish solution for recording and sharing PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 gameplay using a Mac or PC. With Elgato Game Capture HD, gameplay videos are easier to record, edit and share than ever before thanks to its innovative hardware design, powerful H.264 encoder, and software that is specifically tailored to gamers needs. Elgato Game Capture HD is available for EUR £179.95 .

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Motorola’s latest ITC complaint against Apple targets newer iOS devices and Macs, messaging and sync

iPhone 4S and Motorola

Motorola filed its most recent ITC complaint against Apple so late into last week that the court system couldn't immediately provide more details; we're only just seeing documents now that the weekend is over. As it stands, the case involves seven patents that mostly touch on staple technologies of the modern mobile world, such as syncing messages between devices and bookmarking media playback on one device to resume on another. Does that last technique sound familiar? You might recall it being a cornerstone of the movie and podcast support that Apple has implemented since 2005. Despite reaching that far back into history, Motorola is just as eager to modernize the targeted hardware list to keep its complaints relevant -- the current iPad, the iPhone 4S and other devices are at risk of a trade ban, posing more of a threat to Apple's bottom line than the dust-covered (and near-finished) initial legal challenge from October 2010. Before coming to any conclusions, though, remember that the newer complaint isn't likely to have any speedy resolution of its own. Past ITC cases have usually taken a year and a half to complete, which could leave most or all of today's technology as another distant memory.

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Dear Aunt TUAW: Which iPad should I buy?

Dear Aunt TUAW,

I decided to sell my iPad 1 and pick up an iPad 2 or 3. not sure which one yet. I will see what the [next iPhone] launch brings. Also, in your opinion will the iPad 2 be supported longer than the iPad 1 was? Just trying to decide what to buy next.

Your loving nephew,

Blake

Dear Blake,

The move from iPad 1 to iPad 2 was revolutionary; from iPad 2 to "new iPad" more evolutionary. Auntie's pretty sure that some new tablet hotness will appear next Spring, but she's uncertain whether Uncle John is right about an upcoming miniPad this Autumn-- he's been sounding the drums loudly, when he isn't sneaking cookies from the pantry.

It's hard to make buying decisions mid-year, when you're out of phase from the normal delivery time, but Auntie (as always) has an opinion. She recommends buying a new or refurb iPad 2. (The refurb models are $130 off, and give you 3G and GPS for the same price as new WiFi models.)

iPad 2 models currently start at $399 and Auntie thinks they'll retain a good part of that value come this Spring, when you can do the eBay-mambo-trade, and swap up to the newer new iPad, i.e. what the marketplace will call the iPad 4.

The "new iPad" a.k.a. iPad 3 (see what Auntie did there?) is a great device, and Auntie thinks it's dripping with tech hotness, but we're already almost 5 months into its life cycle. If you have the money, sure, go ahead and buy. The Retina display is brilliant -- or it is when you can see it through your drool tracks -- and who doesn't love Siri? But most of us are counting our pennies these days and Auntie thinks the 2 is currently a better buy.

Will the iPad 2 be supported longer than the iPad 1? Given that the 3GS, which the iPad could beat into a jelly, is still supported, well, Auntie cannot say. Do not listen to the wind, and do not depend on Apple to support your babies longer than it must.

Hugs,

Auntie T.

Dear Aunt TUAW: Which iPad should I buy? originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSA: Google’s 3D City View and Tour Guide arrives for Google Earth on iOS today

PSA Googles 3D City View and Tour Guide arrives for Google Earth on iOS today

Google's 3D City View is now available on iOS. The Google Earth update adds three-dimensional imagery to major locations including Washington D.C, San Francisco and Boston. It's arriving alongside Tour Guide; select a notable attraction to go straight to it, with accompanying trivia you can bore your friends with later. Sadly 3D maps requires the processing hardware of the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or the third-generation iPad, but other iOS (4.2 or higher) device users can still get access to Tour Guide. Unsurprisingly, the update's available via the App Store -- but you shouldn't need a map to find your way there.

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Apple employs reservation system in China ahead of iPad launch

China hasn't had the best of luck with new iDevice launches. The devices are so popular in that part of the world, and the black market over there is so hungry for goods, that Apple often has issues with legitimate customers trying to get devices, and even sometimes have fights or vandalism break out when the items go on sale. But Apple has a new weapon against that kind of shenanigans with the upcoming iPad 2 launch: The company is rolling out a reservation system over in China, designed to make the iPad 2 buying process a lot easier and calmer.

Basically, customers will have to make a reservation online to even buy an iPad, which should hopefully do away with the long lines and long waits that led to frustration during previous launches. I'm sure there will still be some annoyed customers who are turned away because they don't have a reservation, but maybe the annoyance will be a little more spread out and not quite as inflammatory.

Of course, the real issue here is supply. Apple needs to make sure it has enough devices to meet demand over in China, and so far, because there is such a black market over there, it hasn't been able to do that. Meeting that demand will solve both the problem of raucous sales as well as increase profits overall.

Apple employs reservation system in China ahead of iPad launch originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 02:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad Smart Case hands-on

iPad's Smart Case handson

Surreptitiously introduced to Apple Stores in the midst of new MacBook introductions and hardware refreshes, the Smart Case is Apple's latest official option for iPad protection. It's teamed together the foldable Smart Cover of last year with a soft-touch rubbery shell to defend the other half of Apple's premier tablet. The case fits both the Retina display-decked new iPad and the iPad 2, so we decided to grab one to protect our iOS slab. Does it do the job? Well, it certainly protects the tablet from keys, spare change and other pointy objects, however, because it's made for two slightly different sized devices, it didn't fit as snugly as we'd hoped, with an especially wide rim around the front also reducing the premium feel of the Smart Cover-esque front flap. So, is it still worth the $50 price tag? That's a little trickier to say, so check out some more impressions and our verdict after the break.

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iPad Smart Case hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSA: Which iOS 6 features can my device run?

iOS 6 device array

So you're eagerly awaiting iOS 6 in the fall, but you'd like to know just how many features you'll end up skipping if you cling on to your existing iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for one more generation. Apple has gone to the trouble of alerting would-be upgraders just what features they'll get when they check for the update this fall, and we've compiled it in a chart for an at-a-glance view of what you'll need. The short answer: you'll want an iPhone 4S if you're craving every iOS 6 feature. Some feature gaps are defined by obvious differences like the absence of cellular hardware, but the performance limits of the iPhone 3GS or fourth-generation iPod touch turn their upgrades into a patchwork. There's also a pair of questions about iPod touch support and whether or not "iPhone 4 or later" explicitly rules out the media player; we'll update should we know more. Either way, it's evident that Apple is bending over backwards to support burgeoning markets, but also that anyone who bought in 2010 or earlier is feeling the pressure to pick up something new -- especially original iPad owners, who can't upgrade at all.

iPhone 3GS iPod touch iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPad 2 iPad (2012)
Chinese service integration X X X X X X
Facebook integration X X X X X X
FaceTime over 3G/4G - - - X - X
Flyover and turn-by-turn GPS - - - X X X
Guided Access X X X X X X
Made for iPhone hearing aids - - - X - -
New content stores X X X X X X
Offline Reading List - ? X X X X
Passbook X X X X - -
Phone replies and reminders X - X X - -
Safari tab syncing X X X X X X
Shared Photo Streams - ? X X X X
Siri - - - X - X
VIP list, flagged/VIP mailboxes - ? X X X X

PSA: Which iOS 6 features can my device run? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple intros new iPad Smart Case: clever enough to cover both sides, priced at $50

Apple intros new iPad Smart Case, clever enough to cover both sides

And we're still not done. A new iPad case has managed to sneak onto the Apple Store's online shelves, and it'll protect your precious slab on both the back and front. The Smart Case appears to augment last year's Smart Cover with an additional (polyurethane hardshell) coating for the back of your iPad. Priced at just under $50, the case fits both second and third-generation iPads and will arrive in six different color options. And yes, you can still get that ever-pressing message engraved onto it too.

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