https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Sharp Reducing Fourth Gen iPad Display Production Due to iPad mini Popularity https://touchreviews.net/sharp-reducing-fourth-gen-ipad-display-production-due-ipad-mini-popularity/ https://touchreviews.net/sharp-reducing-fourth-gen-ipad-display-production-due-ipad-mini-popularity/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:23:03 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21930 Read More]]> New iPad and iPad mini

Apple’s iPad mini has been around for several months, and with device consistently increasing in popularity, it is no surprise that part productions for the device have also increased. According to a report from Reuters, Sharp is reducing the production of the 9.7” displays for the fourth generation iPad, due to the popularity of the iPad mini.

This production is reportedly in response to a shift in demand from the full-sized iPad to the mini after a slowdown in late 2012. Two sources who reported to Reuters noted that 9.7” displays have “fallen to a minimal level” at the company’s Kameyama plant in Japan.

The sources didn’t say how much of the slowdown was due to seasonal changes in demand or consumers opting for the smaller iPad mini and were unable to characterize Apple’s overall tablet sales.

Apple has already experienced a whirlwind of negativity and has seen a decline in its stock price after the web became abuzz with reports that the company was cutting iPhone 5 orders due to weak demand for the product. Despite these reports being reiterated by many major news outlets, a number of other analysts have negated these claims in support of the iPhone 5.

With reduced production of the fourth gen iPad displays, it is possible that the Cupertino company is looking to release a newer model, likely with a different type of screen. This may be the first time that Apple includes an IGZO display in its iPad, as previously reported. KGI securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned that Apple’s next iPad will be significantly lighter and thinner. The ‘iPad 5’ may include a better screen, updated cameras, and a faster processor.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/sharp-reducing-fourth-gen-ipad-display-production-due-ipad-mini-popularity/feed/ 1 Sponsored Feature: Ensight Media on waking up with Radio Alarm Clock https://touchreviews.net/sponsored-feature-ensight-media-waking-radio-alarm-clock/ https://touchreviews.net/sponsored-feature-ensight-media-waking-radio-alarm-clock/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:24:24 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21428 Read More]]> Radio Alarm Clock

Waking up on time is so important – you don’t need me to tell you that, though. 

It’s likely you use a set tone or a panicky spouse to help you rouse from your slumber, mind, rather than a sound you actually want to hear.

EnSight Media’s latest app Radio Alarm Clock helps to make waking up as enjoyable or bearable as possible, though, offering several radio stations and tones to choose from. 

Manchul Ko, CMO of Ensight Media, spoke to us about how his company’s app stands out in a crowded market, how easy it is to use, and why it shows how the sound of smooth jazz is popular (almost) worldwide.

Accessibility is essential in an app like Radio Alarm Clock, but fortunately it’s as simple to use as you might hope.

“You can listen to just the radio function if you like, but if you want to use the app’s other features, just tap on the alarm feature and Sleep timer,” Ko says.

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Simply touch ‘CH+’ and choose your favourite channel – you can either select the channel by country, pick from SHOUTcast channels, or search for channels directly and save them as Favourites.” According to Ko, not only is Radio Alarm Clock easy to use, but it’s also one of the more enjoyable alarm clock apps you can download.

“For heavy sleepers, it’s great that they can wake up with a smile using our app. I mean, the iPhone’s default alarm sounds are not friendly, at all,” he explains.

” For light sleepers, it’s good that our sleep timer feature will put them to sleep easily by their listening to nature sounds or radio stations or MP3s.”

What really helps separate Radio Alarm Clock from the many similar apps out there on the App Store, though, is its presentation – its design charmingly harks back to the early 20th century.

Radio Alarm

“Users of the app are touched by its unique retro UI & UX design, since nowadays everyone is really focused on a purely digitalized world,” Ko explains.

” One example of this retro design is visible when the app streams the radio channel, for the app displays a ‘Channel Streaming’ animation – the user might really think that it actually searches the channel by itself.”

Intriguing presentation and ease of use are present and correct, then, but there are also tons of different stations to explore. Ko says a few favourite stations have emerged.

“Through the SHOUTcast channels, French Kiss FM and Absolutely Smooth Jazz are popular,” he says. “In their respective regions, the BBC, Europe 1, France Info, Japan-A-Radio, and K-Pop channels are also widely used.”

Developing Radio Alarm Clock was harder than you might expect, however, and integrating the radio channels into the app was certainly being the biggest challenge.

“Our biggest difficulty was supporting the various streaming formats and overcoming the technical issues and guidelines,” Ko says.

In terms of updates, Ko tells us there are no concrete plans in place.

 “It is hard to guarantee specific features at this moment, but we will try to focus on social options that will help you interact with other Radio Alarm Clock users who listen to the same radio channels.”

You can download Radio Alarm Clock for iPhone now – it is currently free to download [iTunes link].

]]> https://touchreviews.net/sponsored-feature-ensight-media-waking-radio-alarm-clock/feed/ 0 Apple to Debut Tweaked iPad and New “iPad Mini” After iPhone 5 Launch? https://touchreviews.net/apple-debut-tweaked-ipad-new-ipad-mini-iphone-5-launch/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-debut-tweaked-ipad-new-ipad-mini-iphone-5-launch/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:40:08 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20696 Read More]]> iPad Mini Mockup

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported on upcoming 5th gen iPod touch and iPod nano models, and revealed details on the design and internals of the devices. Earlier this week, Kuo also revealed details about the iPad Mini, mentioning that this smaller iPad, along with a tweaked full sized iPad would be released following the announcement of the iPhone 5.

Kuo claims that Apple will likely release the iPhone 5 sometime early on in the September-October timeframe, leaving time for the company to release a tweaked iPad, and the smaller “iPad Mini”. With component shortages and a short sale time, Kuo believes that the unit sales will only be slightly higher than the second quarter.

iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.

In his report, Kuo went on to estimate that Apple will sell 1.8 million units during the period of its introduction, and will surpass the estimated 13 million units of the full sized iPad in the fourth quarter. The iPad Mini is reportedly going to debut in late September, following an increase in production in August.

Aside from the iPad Mini, Kuo also notes that the full sized iPad will be tweaked, most likely on the internals to reduce cost and adjust thermal issues. Kuo’s claims confirm a report earlier in the year from Digitimes, which suggested that an upcoming iPad refresh would include a thinner enclosure, IGZO display, and technology to address heat dissipation.

Many of the claims addressed by Kuo about the iPad Mini, iPad, iPhone and iPods appear to confirm previous rumors on the web for several weeks. It is very likely that Apple will release an iPhone 5 this fall, followed by a tweaked full sized iPad and even an iPad Mini. However, the finite details about the release remain unknown, such as the IGZO display and thinner profile. The iPad Mini and tweaked iPad are expected during the September/October timeframe, the same time frame for the next generation iPhone and the public release of iOS 6.

{via MacRumors — Image Credit: CiccareseDesign}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-debut-tweaked-ipad-new-ipad-mini-iphone-5-launch/feed/ 6 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Schedules Grand Reopening of SoHo Store in NYC https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-schedules-grand-reopening-soho-store-nyc/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-schedules-grand-reopening-soho-store-nyc/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:41:08 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20555 Read More]]> soho

Apple Inc. (AAPL) opened up a new retail store in NYC late last year, the Grand Central Station store but in the process, put one of its oldest locations in New York for renovations, the famous SoHo Store. Apple’s SoHo store underwent a major reconstruction earlier this year, and is set to reopen this Saturday. The SoHo location is only one of the 6 retail stores that Apple operates in New York City and serves most, if not all of lower Manhattan.

AAPL sent out emails to past customers and customers subscribed to the company’s newsletter, telling them to come down to the SoHo store and celebrate the repening of the location in its original spot. The store, located on Prince Street was temporarily moved a few blocks over, in order for Apple to renovate and expand the store. The temporary location was also two floors, with product displays on the first floors as well as a full Genius Bar, however, lacked the massive amphitheater that the original location offered.

The amphitheater is often used for celebrity visits, product demonstrations, and staff briefings. Apple rescheduled many of the events and relocated them to other stores, but brought them back for the reopening of the permanent SoHo store. The first 3,000 customers to visit the store will receive a commemorative t-shirt, similar to Apple’s other grand openings. The store will open on Saturday, July 14th at 10AM ET.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-schedules-grand-reopening-soho-store-nyc/feed/ 0 Apple Releases new “Do It All” iPad 3 Television Ad https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-do-it-all-ipad-3-tv-ad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-do-it-all-ipad-3-tv-ad/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:43:17 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20340 Read More]]> Apple recently introduced a new television ad for the new iPad 3, called “Do It All”. The ad, which focused specifically on the retina display, also highlighted a number of features and apps available on the iPad, including Mail, using iBooks, and a number of other features.

The television ad is very simple and begins with a person using the iPad 3. A narrator then goes on to say the following:

Send a note. Stay informed.

Catch a show. Make your point.

Make a memory. Make a masterpiece.

Read something. Watch something. And learn something.

Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display, on iPad.

Apple is continuously promoting the new iPad  3 and the fact that it carries a retina display, however, is doing so in a very subtle way by not speaking about it directly. This is only the second ad that Apple has created for the new iPad, the first being an ad introduced in March called “This Good”.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-new-do-it-all-ipad-3-tv-ad/feed/ 0 Apple Product Displays Begin Appearing in Walmart Stores https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:29:32 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19894 Read More]]>

Apple has been expanding their retail stores all over the world, with over 357 retail stores worldwide with plans to build a number of others in China and the United States. Now, Apple is expanding their retail efforts by setting up new product displays in Walmart stores around the country. Although Best Buy has had smaller Apple product displays in their stores for quite some time, this is the first time that Apple has introduced such a wide variety of products and accessories in a major retail outlet other than its own stores. The first Apple Store within a store was spotted in an Arkansas Walmart, where ifoapplestore snapped a couple of pictures and posted them online.

A report from 9to5Mac also speculated that the displays may be a prototype for future expansion into the Sam’s Club retail chain, which is the warehouse retail division of Walmart. Sam’s Club is usually within the same retail area as Walmart and are readily available in areas that do not have a local Apple Store. The new displays have back-lit graphics, just like the Apple Stores, the same classic wood table, the iconic array of display products and under-table accessory storage.

The under-table accessory storage features the same products available in the Apple Store, with anything from chargers, docks and headphones. This new display is available in Lowell, a town of 7,500 residents. The town does not have a local Apple Store, and would therefore benefit from the new store within a store at the local Walmart. At this point, this is the only known Apple Store within a Walmart in the United States, however, Apple will likely expand this idea into other Walmart Store, and maybe eventually Sam’s Club as well. This is a great idea not only for Apple and its retail expansion, but for the other retail stores such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

{via ifoapplestore}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-product-displays-appearing-walmart-stores/feed/ 1 Apple Responds to Complaints of New iPad 3 Overheating https://touchreviews.net/apple-responds-complaints-new-ipad-3-overheating/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-responds-complaints-new-ipad-3-overheating/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:57:08 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19806 Read More]]>

Many users of the New iPad 3 have complained that their new device often overheats after long usage. The iPad 3 heating up is expected by some to be a result of the higher resolution display and the faster processor. Although some users have reported only a small amount of heat, others have reported that they could not hold their devices due to the overheating.

Apple responded via The Loop, to the issue, saying:

The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.

Users of the New iPad 3 typically have 30-60 days to return the iPad if they are not satisfied with it and also have the option of taking their new device to the Genius bar for replacement at any of Apple’s retail locations.

In addition to overheating customers have also noticed that the new iPad takes longer to charge. This is due to the fact that Apple increased the size of the battery to give same 10 hour battery life on single charge.

Has your iPad been overheating? Are you going to get a replacement? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-responds-complaints-new-ipad-3-overheating/feed/ 9 iTunes Movie Trailers and NetFlix App Updated for New iPad 3 Retina Display https://touchreviews.net/itunes-movie-trailers-netflix-app-updated-ipad-3-retina-display/ https://touchreviews.net/itunes-movie-trailers-netflix-app-updated-ipad-3-retina-display/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:17:04 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19799 Read More]]>

With Apple’s New iPad 3 sporting a Retina Display and most developers updating their apps to accommodate the higher resolution screen, it was only a matter of time before major apps such as the Netflix app and Apple’s own apps got the upgrade to Retina Display quality.

Apple has approved the update for the Netflix application which will now utilize the new display in all of its menus, its app icon, and many other small parts of the app. Netflix also promised via their Twitter account that they will also be including HD streaming very soon.

The @Netflix iPad App now has high resolution icons and images, enhancing Netflix on the new iPad, HD video to follow later. Enjoy!

Alongside the Netflix application, Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app was also updated, bringing full Retina quality to the HD movie trailers in the app. Apple’s movie trailer service was strictly limited to iTunes, but Apple released an app to bring movie trailers to the iOS platform. Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailer works on both Wi-Fi and LTE, however, users on a limited data plan could find themselves running out of data rather fast if used for long duration.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/itunes-movie-trailers-netflix-app-updated-ipad-3-retina-display/feed/ 2 Lego: Life of George Review – Two Huge Brands come together and Create Loads of Fun https://touchreviews.net/lego-life-of-george-review-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/lego-life-of-george-review-iphone/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:18:26 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19755 Read More]]>

Lego: Life of George Review

There are times when two things that you hold dear collide and instead of becoming even greater than the sum of their parts they become a monster. Take my love of all things deep fat fried and Cadbury Creme Eggs, put them together and it becomes a sickly sweet mess. But then you can take miniature things and ponies and you get miniature ponies which are simply delightful.

Therefore when I saw that Lego had brought out a game that included physical Lego blocks and an iPhone app I was hoping that it would fall under the latter category rather than the former. The iPhone / Lego combination has come together in ‘Life of George’ a $30 Lego set that works with a free iPhone app with the same name.

George is a frequent flyer and on his travels he takes a lot of pictures of the things that he encounters and he presents these things via the Life of George app in the form of photo albums. Each set of pages consists of 10 hidden items and by tapping on any of the 10 blank pictures reveals the image that you have to build out of the real Lego bricks that come as part of the set.

You are up against the clock and things can get a little tricky especially with the smaller pieces and in your hurry you can often find that what you are building falling apart. As soon as you have built your matching creation you can tap the screen, place the creation on the supplied display board and snap a picture.

You need to make sure that the board is positioned correctly and that there is no glare on the picture to ensure that the app can compare it correctly, but given that you’ve done that then you are scored based on speed and accuracy.

With 13 different locations and 10 creations per page there is a lot of building to be done and that’s before you include the 30 levels that have been added with the Christmas update and 50 spaces that are made available for you to create you on creations to play with. These My Life creations are great fun and really bring out the creativity in the ‘child’. The only tricky part is getting the lighting right when taking the photograph to add your creation to album. The accuracy is pretty great but if there is any glare in the picture it can be seen as there being no block there at all.

Of course all the creations are flat 2D creations, and while I would love it to be possible to include 3 dimensional creations to build I don’t see how an app would be able to record the accuracy of that!

There is also a two player option where you can go head to head on a single device on 5 randomly selected creations taking it in turns to see who has the overall best speed and accuracy. It would be nice if you could share your own creations with other players either via a code or uploading them a website as would GameCentre integration to compare your high-scores with other players around the world.

If you are a fan of Lego and have an iPhone or iPod Touch then Life of George is an excellent combination of the two and well worth the $30 price point. Life of George is available at all good Lego stores and re-sellers and via the Lego Website.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/lego-life-of-george-review-iphone/feed/ 0 Apple’s TV ad for “The New iPad” – This Good https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-ad-the-new-ipad-this-good/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-ad-the-new-ipad-this-good/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:46:45 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19737 Read More]]>

As Apple does with all of their newly launched products, they released the first TV ad for “The new iPad”, solely focusing on the new Retina Display. Eventually, as time progresses, Apple may highlight other new features of the New iPad, including the A5X chip, and even the 5MP rear-facing iSight camera.

As with all of Apple’s ads, they did not mention specifications or pricing, instead focusing on the simplicity of the device and its features. The ad shows how the device can be used to edit a photograph, read a book, watch a movie, and draw a picture. Then the following words are said, describing the New iPad:

When a screen becomes this good, colors are more vibrant. Words are pin sharp. Everything is more brilliant. Because when a screen becomes this good, it’s simply you and the things you care about. The stunning Retina Display on the new iPad.

With the new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, iSight camera and the incredible new high resolution retina display the third-gen iPad has raised the bar for other tablet manufactures. It will be interesting to see how Motorola and Samsung catch up with Apple with their tablet releases in 2012.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-ad-the-new-ipad-this-good/feed/ 7 iPad 3 Display Supply May Cause Shortage Post Release Date https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-display-supply-cause-shortage-release-date/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-display-supply-cause-shortage-release-date/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:06:47 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19615 Read More]]>

Apple is all set to unveil the iPad 3 at a keynote event on March 7th as the company has already sent out media invitations for the launch event. According to the photos of iPad 3 display parts which appeared on the web the third generation iPad will feature high resolution retina display.

Retina Display on iPad 3 will have a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels and now a new report published by DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s display suppliers have been slow in ramping up their production. If this turns out to be true then Apple could face shortages and be unable to meet the demand for its new iPad. This could further impact Apple’s plan for international roll out.

Apple may not unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads (iPad 3), which are expected to be launched at a company event on March 7, due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays, according to industry sources in the supply chain.

The report goes onto mention that Apple would only be able to ramp up the product assembly around the second quarter of 2012. The Cupertino, Calif. based company has been careful in selecting suppliers of QXGA display panels and replaced Chimei Innolux (CMI) with Sharp while Samsung Electronics and LG display continue to supply the high resolution panels.

the whole supply chain has failed to substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels, the sources revealed.

Apple has been faced with product shortages post release date of a new device as the demand has mostly surpassed the company’s projected sales figures. As the supply chain struggles to ramp up production shipping time of iPad 3 may be pushed to 4-5 weeks time frame.

iPad 3 keynote event will kick off at 10 am Pacific at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and we will bring you live all-in-one coverage of the event.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-display-supply-cause-shortage-release-date/feed/ 0 iPad 3 Rear Panel Measures 0.81mm Thicker Than iPad 2? https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-rear-panel-measures-081-mm-thicker-ipad-2/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-rear-panel-measures-081-mm-thicker-ipad-2/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:01:41 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19598 Read More]]>

Rumors of Apple announcing the iPad 3 were put to rest on Tuesday, after the company issued invite for a special media event on March 7th. The event is clearly intended to unveil iPad 3 and announce its release date. The invite shows an iPad in use, and a line reading, “We have something you really have to see. And touch”.

Now, with the third-gen iPad announcement confirmed, previous rumors about the iPad 3 being thicker than the 2 have re-emerged. Rumors of the iPad 3 being thicker spread after the back shell of the iPad 3 was found and measured.

The iPad 3 shell was measured with a digital vernier caliper, showing that it is 9.50mm thick. That is exactly 0.81mm thicker than the current iPad 2 which comes in at about 8.69mm, revealed from an image posted by Apple.pro.

The measurements confirm claims from late last year that the third generation iPad would carry the same 9.7” screen size with a thicker shell. The thicker shell would allow Apple to possibly house a larger battery and more improvements.

Other reports suggest that Apple is looking to use dual-LED light bars in the iPad 3 to accomodate and light more pixels, possibly a Retina display. Apple’s invitiation usually hints at what might be introduced at the event, it is likely that by saying “we have something you really have to see”, they are referring to a higher resolution screen. The iPad 3 is going to be announced on March 7th at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco. The event will be held at 10AM Pacific, and 1PM ET.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-rear-panel-measures-081-mm-thicker-ipad-2/feed/ 1 Apple To Unveil iPad 3 on March 7th and Announce Release Date https://touchreviews.net/apple-unveil-ipad-3-march-7-announce-release-date/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-unveil-ipad-3-march-7-announce-release-date/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:40:12 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19592 Read More]]>

Apple earlier today sent out media invites for iPad 3 launch event which will be held on March 7th, Wednesday in San Francisco. The third-gen iPad will be unveiled at a keynote event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10 a.m Pacific and 1 p.m Eastern time.

Last week we highlighted a report which suggested that Apple was planning a media event in first week of March and today the Cupertino, Calif. based company officially confirmed the event date. The invite sent out to media has image of an iPad with  Maps, Calendar and Keynote apps showing on the dock and the text reads “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”

Apple brought Retina Display to iOS devices with introduction of iPhone 4 and then it made its way to fourth-gen iPod touch. According to various rumors and speculation we’ve reported in the past, iPad 3 is widely expected to feature Retina Display with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels and include a faster processor. While most evidences revealed in the past confirm the inclusion of Retina Display it’s still unclear if Apple will use a quad-core chip or a dual-core chip with enhanced graphics.

In addition to an improved display iPad 3 is also expected to feature better rear camera for taking photos however the front-facing camera might not receive any update. It is believed that in order to feature the high resolution display and better camera the iPad 3 might be thicker than iPad 2.

Apple is known to introduce complete product re-design every alternate year so iPad 3 is expected to retain the same design as iPad 2. The company could also introduce new Apple TV with “A5X” chip that could deliver 1080p content to your HD television.

Are you excited about iPad 3 launch event? What are your expectations from the event? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-unveil-ipad-3-march-7-announce-release-date/feed/ 24 InvisibleSHIELD by Zagg for iPhone 4S and iPad 2: Review (Part 1) https://touchreviews.net/invisibleshield-zagg-iphone-4s-ipad-2-review/ https://touchreviews.net/invisibleshield-zagg-iphone-4s-ipad-2-review/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:42:14 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=18933 Read More]]>

[rating: 5/5]

InvisibleSHIELD by Zagg for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Review: I love to take care of my iPhone4S  for two main reasons. Firstly I like the way it looks, especially sans case and secondly I like to keep it in great condition so that I can resell it when the iPhone 5 comes out.

Up until now I’ve blown my way through many, many cases, from the extreme of the OtterBox to the more streamlined Apple Bumper and it’s the later that I’m currently using with a large degree of care to ensure that the front and back remain scratch free.

I’ve purchased screen protectors before but have never been entirely happy with them. This is mainly due to my application of the said protector which has often left my devices screen covered in small, and in some case large bubbles. Needless to say they haven’t stayed on for long.

However, there has always been one screen protector that has always called out to me and that is the invisibleSHEILD by Zagg, it dominate the Internet when searching for such things and in in-store displays are full of them too and not only for iDevices.

After witnessing first had a friends iPhone which was wearing an invisibleSHIELD applied wonderfully by a local store I decided to give it a try myself.

I got in touch with Zagg letting them know that I was planning to review the invisibleSHIELD for my devices and they kindly sent me a couple to review. One for my iPhone and another for my iPad 2.

The plastic screen protectors come with 3 additional items, an instruction pamphlet, a squeegee and a tube of application solution to be sprayed onto the invisibleSHEILD, (note, not the iPhone), to help provide excellent adhesion, placement and minimize those pesky bubbles.

The document provides both instructions for applying the screen protector and installation tips as well so I went about preparing my environment so that I would be ready to apply the invisibleSHIELD.

With a clear table, clean hands, and a clean and switched off iPhone 4S I set about applying my invisibleSHIELD. In addition to washing your hands it is recommended that you spray some of the application solution onto your hands so that fingerprints are minimized. I did that and then removed the protection piece for the back of my phone and dampened it with the solution.

I wasn’t sure how much of a spray was required to meet the guidelines of ‘slightly moisten’ but I covered the protector with enough that it was completely covered but not enough that would cause the liquid to run down or collect in pools.

With the invisibleSHIELD ‘slightly moistened’ I placed it lightly against the back of my device. Luckily for me I got it pretty accurately positioned on my first attempt and then went about using the squeegee to remove any excess water and bubbles. This worked very well although I was careful to ensure that I soaked up any of the liquid that came out from underneath the protector before it got close to any of the buttons and ports.

The pamphlet states that micro-bubbles and imperfections will work themselves out over two to three days but straight away I was pretty happy with the results and so after giving the back piece 5 minutes to set I started to repeat the process with the front piece.

Unfortunately things didn’t go quite so smoothly this time and I found myself having to remove the invisibleSHIELD and re-align it multiple times. Even with this though after squeegeeing out the excess liquid and bubbles again I was pleasantly surprised with the results, especially considering that this was the front of the phone which I would be looking at most often, if not exclusively compared to the back of the phone!

With the phone given a few minutes to ‘set’ I turned the phone back on and with the screen turned on the minor imperfections that should disappear after a few days were already not showing up and the texture of the invisibleSHIELD inself makes the phone feel more secure in my hands that without.

Next it’s on to covering the much larger screen space of my iPad 2, a much bigger task and one which I will return to along with my thoughts after using my invisibleSHIELD iPhone of a few days.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/invisibleshield-zagg-iphone-4s-ipad-2-review/feed/ 7 Apple’s iPhone 5 / 4S To Feature Larger Screen? [Photos] https://touchreviews.net/apple-next-iphone-5-4s-larger-screen-photos/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-next-iphone-5-4s-larger-screen-photos/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:28:23 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=15749 Read More]]> iPhone 4S / 5 Photo

New photos published by M.I.C. Gadget today reveal a white iPhone 4 with a slightly larger display, which many are already dubbing the ‘iPhone 4S’ or ‘iPhone 5′; the next generation iPhone which will feature Apple’s A5 processor – the dual-core chip that recently debuted in the iPad 2. Despite its larger display, the iPhone in the pictures is no bigger than the iPhone 4 – the bezel around the edge of the screen is just much thinner.

The M.I.C. Gadget report states:

Man, we don’t know if this is real, but at least we can see that it has a larger display and edge-to-edge glass. Maybe it’s a mockup, but we are sure that it’s not an iPhone 4.

The photographs certainly look like they’re more than just dodgy fakes. As well as the iPhone photo above, there’s also an image which compares the current iPhone’s digitizer with the one featured on the new device. In this image, you can clearly see how the surrounding bezel has been reduced to make way for a larger screen:

White iPhone 5

As you can see from the image, the display on the right also features the new-look proximity sensor, which was recently revealed on a white iPhone 4 sold by Vodafone in the U.K. A larger display also ties in with iPhone design drawings that have previously been leaked.

Whether this device is called an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 5, it certainly looks like the next iPhone will feature a larger screen.

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Despite having a much lower pixel density, according to an in-depth scientific analysis by Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, the display in Apple’s iPad 2 delivers “almost identical” performance to the Retina display featured in the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch. Soneira added that the iPad 2 “has excellent display hardware,” but needs a software update to address slight issues with anti-aliasing and the automatic brightness controls.

So, basically, the iPad 2’s display hardware is pretty darn good – instead it’s the software that falls a little short. With a few changes from Apple, however, things might be a lot different…

Enhancements to anti-aliasing within iOS would compensate for the iPad 2’s lower pixel density, which is the same as the original iPad at 132 ppi. The iPhone 4, with its Retina display, boasts a whopping 326 ppi, more than double that of the iPad. However, Soneira believes this to be “something of an overkill,” and that pixelation can be reduced at lower resolutions and ppi with anti-aliasing methods.

Furthermore, Soneria found a “bug” in iOS that means the automatic brightness controls on all devices locks brightness on “the brightest ambient light sensor value that has been measured at any point starting from the time unit was awakened,” even after a decrease in ambient light.

Fortunately, because both of these issues are due to software, they’re incredibly easy to fix – Apple just has to make the improvements to iOS and close the gap between the iPad 2 display and the iPhone 4 display. If there were issues with the iPad 2’s hardware however, it would be a different story.

Apple are expected to introduce a new display with a higher resolution to its third-generation iPad, but for the time being, the iPad 2’s display is fantastic if you can look beyond pixel density.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/expert-ipad-2-display-good-iphone-4s/feed/ 1 New iPhone 4G / HD screen resolution 960 x 640 https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4g-screen-resolution-960-x-640/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-4g-screen-resolution-960-x-640/#comments Sat, 29 May 2010 22:12:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6960 Read More]]> iPhone 4G Screen Resolution 960x640

As WWDC 2010 gets closer more and more details about Apple’s next iPhone 4G / HD are being uncovered.

Today SuperPhone.cz claimed that they had obtained the next iPhone 4G / HD  screen parts and examined it under a microscope to find out the exact screen resolution. They confirmed that new iPhone 4G / HD features a 960×640 screen resolution and supports an IPS panel. This new screen resolution quadruples the total number of pixels when compared to iPhone 3GS and would make rescaling the apps which you have already purchased an easy task.

These claims certainly seem to be a good proof however, we would still need to wait for the official confirmation on June 7.

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