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5 iPad 2 Plus Rumors   Leave a comment

Everything seems to be growing by increments these days.  First you have Google, then you get Google Plus.  Now, Apple has joined the game with rumors that the next iPad will not be the iPad 3 but rather the” iPad 2 Plus.”
Here is a compilation of the rumors that are floating about regarding the iPad 2 Plus:
1. Release date.  According to recent rumors, the iPad 2 Plus will be released in the third or fourth quarter of 2011.  This means that the release date of the iPad 3 will probably be pushed back until 2012.
2. HD screen.  The iPad 2 Plus is rumored to have the HD retina screen that was rumored to come with the iPad 3.
3. New supplier.  Apple is rumored to have obtained a new supplier for the iPad 2 Plus in addition to current supplier Foxconn Electronics.  Taiwan-based Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are being indicated as the potential contenders for the possible orders.  Insiders say that Pegatron is the likely winner because it already has reportedly received orders for the iPhone 5.
4. Geared for pro users.  The focus of the iPad 2 Plus will reportedly be pro users who will most be attracted by the HD display.
5.  Pro apps.  Another rumor is that the iPad 2 Plus will be accompanied by pro versions of popular photo and video apps like aperture and final cut.

Posted July 11, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPad

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5 iPhone 5 Rumors   Leave a comment

In my last post I talked about rumors surrounding the upcoming iPad 3.  There are just as many rumors flying around regarding the iPhone 5.  Here are just some of them:

1.  Better camera.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to have an 8 megapixel camera.  The iPhone 4 comes equipped with only a 5 megapixel camera, so this is quite an improvement.

2.  Slimmer and lighter.  Apple is rumored to continue trying to make its products sleeker and lighter, and the iPhone 5 is no exception.  There are rumors of a complete redesign.

3.  Aluminum backing.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come with aluminum backing, instead of the glass backing and the exterior antenna of the iPhone 4.  This may be a way of avoiding the well-publicized problems that the iPhone 4 had with reception due to its exterior antenna.

4.  No Home button.  Steve Jobs reportedly never wanted the iPhone to have any physical buttons, and his dream is rumored to have come true for the iPhone 5, which will reportedly lack a Home button.

5.  Qualcomm’s wireless chips.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come equipped with Qualcomm’s wireless chips rather than with the current Infineon chips that most versions of the iPhone 4 are provided with.  A version of the iPhone 4 that is carried by Verizon currently uses Qualcomm’s wireless chips.

Whatever the new iPhone 5 looks like, Apple hopes to ship 25 million units by the end of the year.  The launch may occur as early as in September, and as late as in 2012.  Are you planning on getting the new iPhone 5 when it goes on sale?

Posted July 7, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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4 iPad 3 Rumors   2 comments

As the proud owner of a first-generation iPad, I am really looking forward to what Apple has in store for us with the iPad 3 when it hits stores possibly as early as October or sometime early next year. Here are some rumors that have been floating around the web.

1. Retina display. A very exciting rumor is that the new iPad 3 will have a retina display screen like that of the iPhone 4.  A retina display has twice the resolution of an iPad or iPad 2 screen.  This rumor originated with the discovery that some iPad apps included images that were sized to work with a 1536 x 2048 retina display.

2. 3D display.  Even more exciting is the rumor that the next iPad will allow users to watch videos in 3D.  Evidence for this includes the filing by Apple of several patents for a 3D display.  With the advent of the Nintendo 3DS, an iPad with a 3D display seems very likely, if not now, then soon.

3. Flash camera.  Another rumor is that the iPad 3 will have a flash camera much like that of the iPhone 4.  Even  less need to carry around a separate camera!

4.  Lower price.  The iPad now has more competition than when it first launched.  Consumers have other tablet options, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the new HP TouchPad.  There is therefore a rumor that Apple will lower iPad prices when the iPad 3 launches.

Whether any of these rumors turn out to be true or not, one thing is sure…I will probably be first in line to get the iPad 3 when it comes out!

Posted July 4, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPad

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No wall outlet? No problem. How to charge your mobile with AA batteries.   Leave a comment

Whenever I travel I always bring along my cord charger for my iPhone and iPad, but I always worry that I won’t have access to a power outlet when I need it. That’s why I decided to get the iGO powerXtender. It uses two AA batteries to recharge your mobile device. You can purchase different “tips” which allow it to connect to whichever brand of mobile device you have. I use it for my iPhone and iPad.

The iGO powerXtender was a real life-saver when I went to Argentina with my family. The voltage in Argentina is 220 Volts so if I had wanted to rely on my cord charger for my iPhone and iPad I would have needed an adapter. Besides, we spent a lot of time sightseeing with no easy access to an outlet. The iGO powerXtender was a real life-saver!
I now carry it in my purse all the time because you never know when you will need to recharge your phone on the go.
Are there any other chargers out there that any of you also recommend? I would love to know, thanks!

Posted July 3, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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REVIEW: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4   1 comment

Mophie juice pack air for iPhone 4

I use my iPhone 4 heavily during the day, and I have a one-hour commute on the train to and from work every day, so having a battery life extender for my iPhone 4 was a must. I decided on the Mophie Juice Pack Air after seeing it in the AT&T store where I got my iPhone 4. It can double the duration of the battery so that I no longer have to charge my phone during the day. I like the sleek design, and the case offers some protection should you drop your phone. I have only two complaints. One is that the Mophie juice pack is charged via a micro USB, so you cannot use a regular iPhone 4 charger. You can connect the micro USB provided with the juice pack to a wall plug, or you can connect it to the USB of your computer. The only way to charge your phone with a regular charger is to remove the juice pack and charge the phone directly. My second complaint is that when the juice pack is charging there are very bright lights that flash along the bottom, showing the progress of the recharge. If, like me, you charge your phone on your nighstand or anywhere near where you sleep, the bright lights will be very disruptive to your sleep patterns. Fortunately, the lights can be turned off by holding down the button at the bottom of the charger for a couple of seconds. Other than that, I am quite happy with my Mophie Juice Pack. Cost is roughly $80.

Does anyone recommend any other juice packs out there?

ETA: The flashing lights cannot be turned off while the phone is charging. The lights can only be turned on or off once charging is done.

Posted June 14, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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Reading pdf files with iBooks   Leave a comment

In my work as a patent attorney I have to read a LOT of documents. It is a pain to carry around those heavy printouts of patents, cases, office actions etc. An easy way to read these documents on my iPad or even iPhone is to use iBooks. I email the documents to myself. When I open the email, I download each document by tapping on the document icon at the bottom of the email. Once the document has finished downoading, I am automatically asked if I want to open it in iBooks. I click yes, and iBooks then automatically opens and voilà! I can read my pdf anytime I want by opening iBooks. This is great for plain old reading, however it does not let you annotate the pdf. I have read on that iAnnotate is a great app for (surprise!) annotating pdfs! I have downloaded it but have not yet had the chance to try it out. Stay tuned…

Posted June 11, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, Apps, iPad

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Through the looking glass–a patent lawyer’s adventures with mobile technology   Leave a comment

I decided to start a blog because I wanted to share my experiences navigating the wonderful new world of mobile devices like the iPad and the iPhone in both my career and in my personal life. I am a patent attorney and my scientific background is in biochemistry. I love computers and gadgets, but am pretty much self-taught when it comes to how to use them. I also love social media. I have a twitter account (@deboraplehn) from which I microblog about anything and everything that interests me. I found that sometimes 140 characters just wasn’t enough for me to share with others my experiences. After lawyertechreview featured me in an article for App Friday, I received a lot of positive feedback. Many colleagues enjoyed the article and were curious as to what other gadgets or apps I used. This made me think that other people, like me, were new to the world of mobile gadgets and might enjoy hearing about my adventures as a new user. This is why I decided to start this blog. I hope you will enjoy it and I hope many people will share their stories and expertise with me as well!

Posted June 9, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, Apps, iPad, iPhone

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