Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Apple Live Keynote

Apple's Keynote is less than an hour away! Apple is providing a live feed straight from their site! They only typically do this for major events. You don't want to miss what Apple has in store today. Go check it out here.


Apple Event October 22

Hello fellow Apple enthusiasts!! Apple announced last Tuesday they would be hosting an event today! Some key topics they may discuss include : the release date of the new Mac Pro (announced in the spring), new iPads, and possibly the new iWatch. They will possibly demo the Mac Pro with OSX Mavericks as well as the new iPads.

Their title "We Still Have a Lot to Cover" leaves some speculation as to what Apple will be doing in their final quarter. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, hinted to new whole category. This means there are going to be category's of Apple TVs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, macs, Mac Pro, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and more unannounced category's to come! 

Apple has always amazed us in every event they do. Let's see how they amaze us this time! T minus 2 hours!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 22 : iPad Event!

Well, we all knew it was coming. Now, it has finally been confirmed. On October 22, Apple will host an event presumably centering around the next-gen iPads and the new Mac OSX software : Maveriks. Invitations were sent out this morning substanitiating long rumored claims for the date. The invitation text reads, "We still have a lot to cover."

This is only Apple's second press conference besides WWDC so Apple had better bring it. Apple's iPhone 5s has been a huge success. Hopefully we can see similar results with the products Apple reveals next week. They still have a lot to cover, and Christmas is just around the corner.

Who knows? Maybe we will hear word about the rumored iWatch as well. Tune in next Tuesday to check out all the details . Keep it right here at MacRepublic!

What are you looking forward to next week for Apple's press event? Let us know in the comments!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Remembering Steve...

Today marks the two year anniversary of the late Steve Jobs. It seems like it was just yesterday that he was still with us. To Steve we are especially grateful for his vision, eye for design, and willingness to take risk that we all so greatly appreciate around the world.

The iPhone 4S came out shortly after his death, later to be coined the "iPhone for (4) Steve." He truly was a remarkable man. Heading up the most innovative company, his hand in products have impacted millions. Steve was always one for design, seen in each one of Apple`s products.

It has been said, that even before the iPhone 5 was released, Steve had his hand in designing it. With the iPhone 5s released, it would seem that next year`s iPhone would receive a new form factor. A completely new shape that Steve had no part in designing. How will Apple live up to Steve`s legacy?

Jony Ive has done a pretty good job on the next version of iOS : iOS 7. Let`s hope that he continues his signature for incredible design with the new iPads and iPhones to come. The new iMac looks great. If this is a harbinger of Ive`s design then Apple`s greatest days are still to come!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

iOS 7 Video Review

iOS 7 has landed! Check out the new features below!

iPad Mini 2 Aspirations

Last year around this time, following the iPhone announcement, Apple held a conference centered on the next-gen iPads. If Apple were to follow the same pattern this year, it would be logical to assume the conference to take place somewhere in the fourth week of October.

I currently own an iPad 2, and I'm looking to, sometime, upgrade my hardware. Once the iPad mini came out last year, I immediately knew that I wanted that form factor for my next iPad. The only problem was that it lacked a significant upgrade

There are currently four main things that I would like to see that would totally sell me for the new iPad mini.

Retina Display:

In all honesty, this really should've been on the very first iPad mini to begin with. It's understandable that Apple wanted to keep light, with plenty of charge to last the day. But, come on! Hopefully Apple can make this a reality this time around. A retina display would finally complete the line of iOS devices all having retina displays.

Better Camera:

This shouldn't even be a discussion. Apple will update the camera. The question is, "How good will it be?" Recently Apple updated the iPhone 5s with a wider camera aperture, a new burst, and most notably, a slow-mo mode. With all these new additions to the phone, the camera app has become increasingly popular and very fun. In addition to iOS 7's new camera filters a refreshed camera will certainly be appreciated.

Biometric Sensor:

Also, new to the iPhone, the long-rumored fingerprint sensor has been a huge hit. I was very disappointed to see that the iPhone 5c didn't have one. Perhaps, because it was meant to be a lower-end device, or just a premium iPhone 5 exclusive. Either way, a fingerprint sensor for an iPad would be a giant leap forward for the iPad in terms of security and technology.

Faster Processor:

This is yet again a given, but it needs to be voiced. The first iPad mini had so much potential. It was a pretty big letdown for the phone (iPhone 5 at the time) to be faster than the iPad. Having only an A5 chip and the same resolution as the late iPad 2 it was more or less a step backwards.

This year Apple needs to bring it in terms of performance. The iPad mini is perfect for just about everything, and they need to make a processor that an keep up. With games such as Infinity Blade 3 and Injustice, an iPad needs more processing power. As we move forward in our post-computer age, mobile power is becoming more and more essential.

What do you think would be a killer feature in the new iPads? Let us know in the comments below!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My New Favorite Wallpaper. (iPhone)

Hey guys, so recently I've been looking for a worthy wallpaper to go along with iOS 7, and I stumbled upon this one as I was going through my wallpaper archives. I'm not sure exactly sure where I got it from, but I though I'd share it with you. Hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

If you know where to find the original image ,comment below. Thanks!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

iPhone 5S review and comparison

As promised, here is a video of the review, un-boxing, and comparison of the new iPhone 5s. A few things not mentioned in the video: the iPhone 5s has a slow motion camera that shoots at 120 fps (frames per second), and a new burst mode that takes as many pictures as you want, really fast. It then groups those pics into a group that you can then go into and choose which ones you want to keep, and which ones you wish to discard.

 Check out our thoughts after the jump!

After just unboxing the brand new iPhone 5s we noticed a startling difference between the unboxing experience between the 5s and the 5. The color of the box no longer corresponds to the color if the iPhone therein.

 Before the if the iPhone was black, the box would be black, if the iPhone was white, the box would be white. No more! It seems now with apples new iOS 7 push for everything to take on a lighter tone, and be more simplistic, (and perhaps to save ink) they have opted for white boxes for all three colors of the iPhone. 

This might not seem like a big deal. But for a company that obsesses painstakingly over every single detail this is a major departure from their customary packaging.

For the rest if the unboxing experience, it remains much the same. Coming with a pair of EarPods, the regular wall-adapter, lightening cable and instruction guides. I did however notice that the box was strangely heavier than I first remembered. This detail is probably inconsequential but nevertheless deserved to be said.

Don't forget to check out our unboxing video and comparison with the late iPhone 5! Let us know what you think of the new iPhone 5s in the comment below.