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 OS X Mavericks Download Link Now Live https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mavericks-download-link/ https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mavericks-download-link/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:08:53 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=23128 Read More]]> OS X Mavericks

During the special event today Apple announced the worldwide availability of OS X Mavericks. The tenth major release of OS X brings technological advancements, new apps and battery enhancements to the Mac.

Apple is beginning a new pricing model for its software updates of OS X with the release of Mavericks. Today Apple announced that OS X Mavericks will be available for free as a digital download from the Mac App Store.

The tenth major version of OS X brings iBooks and Maps app to the Mac for the first time. Users will now be able to read and buy books from their Macs. Maps app provides directions, street view and integrates with Calendar app.

Safari includes shared links from your social networking accounts like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It also bring significant speed and performance improvements to the browsing experience.

OS X Mavericks brings new ways to organise your files by assigning tags to each file. Multiple tags can be assigned to a single file to make it easier for you find a file and organise your work flow. Finder now also includes tabbed browsing to avoid the clutter of multiple Finder windows taking up your screen space.

One of the most notable features in the new software update is iCloud Keychain. This allows you to upload your log in details from the KeyChain Access app to iCloud and autofill your username and passwords. This would also be available to iOS devices in a new update.

Advanced technologies included in the update make it more energy efficient and make your Mac more responsive even as you use more apps. One of the ways the company has accomplished this by introducing App Nap and Safari Power Saver. These features allot more resources to the app in the forefront while slowing the apps in the background.

OS X Mavericks is now available for download for free from the Mac App Store. Follow the download link here. The update comes at 5.29GB.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/os-x-mavericks-download-link/feed/ 1 Apple Updates iBooks with Better Asian Language Support, Paid Japanese Books https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-ibooks-asian-language-support-paid-japanese-books/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-ibooks-asian-language-support-paid-japanese-books/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:04:27 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22238 Read More]]> iBooks update

With Asia a major source of revenue for Apple, and its products becoming hugely popular in countries such as Japan and China it is not surprising that the company is releasing more of its online services in the region.

On Tuesday, Apple updated the iBooks application with improved Asian language support on the books available in the iBooks store, and finally opened up Japan to the iBookstore. Now, users in Japan will be able to download books through the online store directly to their iOS devices.

What’s New in Version 3.1

The iBookstore in Japan now has hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase, including fiction, manga, light novels and more. This version of iBooks also includes a number of improvements for reading Asian language books.

Apple did not limit the book titles available to Japanese users, allowing them to download books from all over the world, including a large selection of Japanese titles. Types of books include fiction, manga, light novels, and many others. iBooks 3.1 is a sizeable 43.1 megabyte update and is now available through the App Store on both iOS and through iTunes [Direct Link].

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-ibooks-asian-language-support-paid-japanese-books/feed/ 0 Apple Airs Two New iPad mini TV Ads, ‘Books’ and ‘Photos’ https://touchreviews.net/apple-airs-ipad-mini-tv-ads-books-photos/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-airs-ipad-mini-tv-ads-books-photos/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:51:50 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21592 Read More]]> ipad mini tv ad

Apple has aired two new iPad mini television ads in the United States, highlighting the iPhoto app on the full sized iPad and iPad mini as well as iBooks on both devices. During the iPad mini media event, Apple played and later aired the first iPad mini ad, called ‘Piano’. The new ads, called ‘Photos’ and ‘Books’ very cleverly show the similarities between the fourth generation iPad and iPad mini, and shows the mini as a fully capable device.

The first ad, ‘Books‘ focuses specifically on iBooks, and shows the full sized iPad and iPad mini opening books with different titles, showing the difference in size between the two devices. However, Apple specifically chooses book pairings that show the distinction between each device, including titles such as: The Sun Also Rises and The Valley of the Moon; East of Eden and How the West Was Won; and, Moby Dick and Gone Fishing.

This shows how Apple focuses on displaying the iPad mini as a full iPad experience with all of the same features of a full sized device. The ad ends with pages of a book being flipped while a person holds the iPad mini in one hand followed simply by the words, ‘iPad mini’.

The second ad called ‘Photos’ shows the full sized iPad next to the mini, the same way as the previous ad, but this time shows off the iPhoto for iOS application. The ad shows both iPads running the app and syncing up the same photos, with one half on the full sized iPad and the other on the iPad mini while classic song, Two of a Kind by Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer plays in the background.

Apple cleverly signifies the power and similarity of the iPad mini to the full sized iPad entirely through the song and several pictures on the screen, going back to its strategy of letting the device speak for itself and not focusing on technical details.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-airs-ipad-mini-tv-ads-books-photos/feed/ 0 Apple Introduces iPad mini With 7.9 Inch Screen, FaceTime HD, and LTE Wireless https://touchreviews.net/apple-introduces-ipad-mini-79-inch-screen-facetime-hd-lte-wireless/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-introduces-ipad-mini-79-inch-screen-facetime-hd-lte-wireless/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:54:22 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21423 Read More]]> Apple Announces iPad mini

It’s finally here! On Tuesday, Apple introduced the iPad mini during a media event at the California Theatre in San Jose, California. The iPad Mini has been a rumor around the web for several months now, and several weeks prior to announcement, parts began to leak. The iPad Mini is only 7.2-mm thin, down from the full sized iPad’s 9.4 mm and sports a 7.9 inch screen.

This is a drastic reduction from Apple’s full sized iPad, which sports a 9.7 inch Retina Display. The iPad mini, although much lighter and thinner resembles more an iPhone then an iPad and houses the same internals as the 4th generation iPod touch, including the 5MP iSight Camera for images and video, as well as the FaceTime HD camera for video calls, and the A5 chip. 4G LTE will also be available on the Cellular model of the mini.

The iPad mini also has the same resolution as the iPad 2 at 1024 by 768 pixels and weighs only 0.68 pounds, half the weight of a full sized iPad. Even with these lower than full sized specs, Apple is introducing a thinner, lighter, and powerful product to the tablet market, which has recently seen an increase in 6-8 inch devices. Amazon’s Kindle has dominated the e-reader market, and Apple is getting a leg-up by introducing a product that, when paired with iBooks can compete directly.

It is yet unknown whether the iPad mini will cannibalize sales of the iPod touch, which carries the same technical specs and now has a 4 inch screen. The iPad mini is priced at $329, as predicted for a base WiFi model and adds on another $130 for WiFi+Cellular. It will be available for Pe-Order on October 26 and will go on sale on November 02.

{Image Credit: Fox News}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-introduces-ipad-mini-79-inch-screen-facetime-hd-lte-wireless/feed/ 10 Live Video Stream of Apple’s iPad Mini Keynote Event Available via Web and Apple TV https://touchreviews.net/live-video-stream-apple-ipad-mini-keynote-event-web-apple-tv/ https://touchreviews.net/live-video-stream-apple-ipad-mini-keynote-event-web-apple-tv/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:41:34 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21418 Read More]]> iPad mini live video stream keynote event

Apple’s special iPad mini keynote event scheduled for today is expected to unveil all-new smaller iPad. The new “iPad mini” is rumoured to feature a 7.85 inch screen with 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi), the same as iPad 2.

The company’s move to introduce a smaller version of the iPad will help iOS penetrate the ebook reader market and compete with the Kindle devices. Apple is widely expected to announce iBooks 3.0 and the announcement of iPad mini could be closely tied to Apple’s education initiatives. The iPad mini will also feature front and rear facing camera, lighting connector and could come in different colors.

According to recent reports, the entry level model of iPad mini is expected to be priced at $329. The new device could prove to be ideal for schools and those who want a tablet put prefer a smaller screen.

Steve Jobs was opposed to the idea of a smaller screen tablet however many believe that it was Eddy Cue who saw the potential of a smaller screen tablet that could help push iOS deeper in education market.

Unlike iPhone 5 media event, Apple will be live streaming the video of the iPad mini keynote event on Apple.com and via Apple TV, the event will kick off at 10 am PDT.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/live-video-stream-apple-ipad-mini-keynote-event-web-apple-tv/feed/ 3 Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Price iPad Mini at $329 for Entry Level Model? https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-price-ipad-mini-329-entry-level-model/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-price-ipad-mini-329-entry-level-model/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:10:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21413 Read More]]> iPad mini price

With Apple Inc. (AAPL) “iPad Mini” media event scheduled for October 23rd, reports about pricing for the new device are beginning to appear online. Over the weekend, 9to5Mac reported that the iPad Mini would be priced at around $329 for an entry level WiFi only model. That is a $170 difference from the full sized WiFi only model. According to the report, there will also likely be two higher capacity models, which will be priced at $429 and $529 respectively.

As with the full sized iPad, a $130 premium will also be applied for Cellular models of the iPad Mini, boosting the prices to $459/$559/$659. Apple is widely expected to unveil the smaller 7.85 inch version of the iPad at the event, which is also expected to arrive with the new Lightning connector, alongside a tweaked full sized iPad, a 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro, and perhaps even updated models of the iMac and Mac Mini.

With the new iPad Mini set at a lower price, Apple will be able to compete with leading ebook readers such as the Kindle from Amazon. Apple already carries a wide variety of books and publishers through its iBooks service and pairing it with a smaller and slimmer iPad would be optimal for customers looking to read books on their iOS device.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-price-ipad-mini-329-entry-level-model/feed/ 0 Apple Issues Invitations for October 23rd iPad Mini Media Event https://touchreviews.net/apple-issues-invitations-october-23rd-ipad-mini-media-event/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-issues-invitations-october-23rd-ipad-mini-media-event/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:59:18 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21403 Read More]]> iPad mini media event invite keynote

On Tuesday, Apple issued invitations for a media event on Tuesday, October 23rd, likely to introduce the rumored iPad Mini. The arrival of the invitation was first reported by The Loop, the invitation has numerous colors surrounding half of an Apple logo in the center, with a tagline that reads, “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

The design of the invitation is reflective of the one seen for the introduction of the original iPad, and the half Apple logo may likely reflect that the new device is smaller in design and screen size. Rumors last week suggested that Apple would be holding a media event on the 23rd and that invitations would be issued this week. At the event, which has also been rumored to be focused on iBooks, Apple is widely expected to introduce the new iPad Mini, a smaller, lighter version of a full sized iPad.

The iPad Mini is expected to carry a smaller 7 inch Retina Display or IGZO display technology, the new Lightning connector, as well as a variation of Apple’s A6 chip which is currently found in the iPhone 5. Initial reports also pointed to a tweaked full sized iPad with a Lightning connector and other improvements to make an appearance at the event, but a new report from Digitimes suggests that this may not happen until the first quarter of 2013.

Apple’s October 23rd event is going to be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, California and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-issues-invitations-october-23rd-ipad-mini-media-event/feed/ 2 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Highlights ‘iCloud’ in New TV Ad https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-highlights-icloud-tv-ad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-highlights-icloud-tv-ad/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:54:05 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19578 Read More]]>

Apple Inc. (AAPL) recently launched a new TV ad called “Harmony” which in 30 seconds highlights iCloud service for iOS and OS X. AAPL has been posting a series of iPhone 4S ads which show the all-new voice assistant Siri and the much improved camera and now with the latest ad the focus has turned to iCloud.

iCloud automatically stores music, photos, apps, calendars, contacts, documents and keeps all your iCloud enabled devices in sync. When Apple introduced iOS 5 during WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs took to the stage to talk about iCloud and repeatedly said, “it just works”. The new TV ad in a similar theme conveys that iCloud is “Automatic. Everywhere.”

The ad begins with the all-new welcome screen in iOS 5 which gives you an option to use iCloud and then goes on to show an album being purchased on iPhone 4S which then shows up on iPad 2 and MacBook Air. Then photos, calendar, app purchases, contacts update and iBooks are all shown to sync between different devices.

With the introduction of iCloud users can not only keep their iOS devices in sync but can also backup to the cloud, set up the device without connecting to iTunes and with iTunes Match they can upload their entire music library to the cloud.

iCloud is a free service available on devices running iOS 5 or higher however, if you need to add more space for backup then you could purchase additional storage right from your device.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-highlights-icloud-tv-ad/feed/ 2 iTunes U for iPhone and iPad Available on App Store https://touchreviews.net/itunes-u-iphone-ipad-app-store/ https://touchreviews.net/itunes-u-iphone-ipad-app-store/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:59:54 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19243 Read More]]>

At a special education event on Thursday, Apple introduced a revamped version of their iTunes U services. iTunes U is a collection of podcasts in both audio and video formats, from a number of universities in the United States. Topics covered range from chemistry to basketball and offers a range of choices for different lessons and tutorials.

Apple has now removed the iTunes U service from a tab deep within iTunes and has created a brand new application, simply called ‘iTunes U’. This goes in part with Apple’s new push for education, following the release of textbooks for iPad, bringing a number of textbook publishers under the Apple umbrella.

If you’re an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

The iTunes U app is available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on the App Store for free [App Store]. This new app brings together all pieces of the iTunes U service, and tightens Apple’s control over their multiple updates to the service over the past few years.

Apple’s education services went into the shadows recently, but is now poised to become a focal point of Apple’s revenue stream and targets a larger audience for their products.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/itunes-u-iphone-ipad-app-store/feed/ 5 Apple’s Education Media Event Video Now on Website and Podcast https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:04:20 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19234 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple held a special education event in New York City and introduced a number of software products, including the newest version of iBooks, iBooks 2, bringing textbooks to the iPad from large publishers including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton-Mifflin.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple also released an iBooks Author application, which allows users to create their own textbooks for the iPad 2. Since then, Apple has posted the video of the event to its site, alongside all other past events.

The Cupertino company also posted the Podcast for the event in both HD and standard formats. Apple is continuously increasing support for iBooks and is attempting to move into the e-reading market to compete with other popular reading devices such as the Nook and Kindle.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-education-media-event-video-website-podcast/feed/ 3 Apple Releases iBooks 2 With Interactive Textbooks For iPad https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:43:24 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19228 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple announced, at a special education event in New York City that they have updated the iBooks application to iBooks 2 for iPad to accommodate interactive textbooks, something that has remained unchanged for generations. Apple is looking to redefine the usgae and distribution of textbooks and information, and is using its already available iBookStore and bracnhing out.

Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks.

– Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
– iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
– Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
– Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textbook
– Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
– Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the page

With the addition of textbooks in iBooks 2, Apple is trying to make textbooks into what the App Store is today, by increasing reliance on Apple’s services to get books and materials for students. This is very similiar to how Apple created the iTunes Store, revolutionizing music, and the App Store.

Apple is currently partnering with McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which are responsible for 90% of textbook sales in the United States. McGraw-Hill and Pearson are releasing several titles for the iPad today and will be releasing more as time progresses.

Prices of textbooks range from $14.99 or less and allow authors of the textbooks to add information as they like through their ‘iBooks Author’ app which allows users to create their own textbooks. iBooks, which caused a small stir during its introduction and is slowly picking up as a major part of Apple’s education movement.

iBooks 2 is currently available in the App Store as an update to the current application.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ibooks-2-interactive-textbooks-ipad/feed/ 6 Apple Schedules “Education Announcement” Event For January 19th https://touchreviews.net/apple-schedules-education-announcement-event-january-19th-new-york-city/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-schedules-education-announcement-event-january-19th-new-york-city/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:15:53 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19153 Read More]]>

The Loop reported on Wednesday that Apple has scheduled an education announcement on January 19th in New York City. The invitation simply reads “Join us for an education announcement in the big Apple” and does not disclose any specific information.

The New York Times later confirmed that the event is going to focus on digital textbooks and that no new hardware would be introduced.

The event will showcase a new push by Apple into the digital textbook business, but will not feature any new devices, according to a person briefed on the event who did not want to be identified talking about it before it occurs.

The event will take place in New York’s famous Guggenheim Museum, and is not open to the public, only press invited as with all other Apple events. Reports of the event were revealed last week, with many online news sources suggesting that Apple was planning to announce new hardware. The event will be highlighting publishing and digital textbooks, suggesting that Apple might ready to revamp their iBooks Store and its offerings from different publishers.

iBooks was released after the announcement of iOS 5 and gained some attention, but definitely not enough to Apple’s liking. With these new improvements, Apple will try to move further into the publishing market.

The event will be held on Thursday, January 19th, however, a time for the event has not been announced. The event will likely be held around 10AM, similar to earlier Apple events.

[Via MacRumors] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-schedules-education-announcement-event-january-19th-new-york-city/feed/ 5 iBookstore Purchases Blocked and Unreadable on Jailbroken Devices https://touchreviews.net/ibookstore-purchases-blocked-unreadable-jailbroken-devices/ https://touchreviews.net/ibookstore-purchases-blocked-unreadable-jailbroken-devices/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:51:14 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14343 Read More]]>

What seems like Apple’s latest attempt to deter jailbreakers has emerged today after the company has blocked jailbroken devices from opening books purchased from the iBookstore. The latest version of iBooks – 1.2.1 – triggers a “jailbreak check” before it opens a DRM-protected book and then refuses to open it if it detects that the device is jailbroken.

The message some users are receiving when they attempt to open their iBookstore purchases reads:

There is a problem with the configuration of your iPhone. Please restore with iTunes and reinstall iBooks.

Clicking ‘OK’ on the error simply returns you to your book shelf within iBooks so that you can admire the front covers of all the books you’ve purchase but cannot read. It seems, however, that books and PDFs that aren’t purchased from the iBookstore, and therefore aren’t DRM-protected, can be opened and read as normal.

Comex, a member of the iPhone Dev-Team, explained through a tweet earlier today how Apple’s new jailbreak check works:

It seems that before opening a DRMed book, iBooks drops an improperly signed binary, tries to execute it, and if it works concludes that the device is jailbroken and refuses to open the book.

At the moment it seems iBooks is the only application affected by jailbreaking an iOS device, and there are no system-wide issues to be reported. It’s believed that this move is part of Apple’s plan to minimize e-book piracy, however, what might be the next move the Cupertino company takes to thwart jailbreakers? If they can block a jailbreaker’s access to iBooks, could they block usage of the Safari, Mail, SMS, or Phone applications?

Of course, one easy way to get around this issue would be to install a previous version of iBooks…

{via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ibookstore-purchases-blocked-unreadable-jailbroken-devices/feed/ 1 Apple (AAPL) Responds to Claims that Sony Reader & Kindle Will Be Banned from App Store https://touchreviews.net/apple-aapl-responds-claims-sony-reader-kindle-banned-app-store/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-aapl-responds-claims-sony-reader-kindle-banned-app-store/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 22:46:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14068 Read More]]> Speculation regarding a change in Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store approval process has been rather widespread today, after the Cupertino company rejected Sony’s ebook Reader application for supposedly selling books outside of the App Store. Of course, this lead many to question the future of other ebook readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, or the Nook application – if Sony’s application didn’t meet the new App Store terms, why would the others?

Based on comments from Sony, the New York Times reported that AAPL is “further tightening its control on the App Store,” and it suggested that applications which rival Apple’s own iBooks app may be in danger of being removed from the App Store. It was thought that Apple was unhappy with the availability of ebooks outside of Apple and in-app purchases.

It’s not uncommon, however, for some of us journalists to get it wrong from time to time, and a rather timely response issued by Apple today has clarified the company’s position on third-party ebook readers and ebook sales through iOS apps.

An official comment from Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller confirmed that the company has not “changed our developers terms or guidelines.” Speaking to John Paczkowski of the New York Times, Miller explained that Apple now require applications to offer customers the ability to purchase books from within in-app purchases if they are also available to purchase outside of the app. So the company isn’t banning sales outside of the App Store, they just require applications to give users the option of purchasing through this route if they wish to do so.

Although Apple will argue that this move is to make life easier for the user, it’s hard to ignore that the company takes a cut of everything sold through iTunes and the App Store. Many already complain that the books sold through iTunes and the iBooks application are overpriced, and so we turn to the alternatives, who offer the same titles at a lower price, and we save our money. However, when we purchase books from Amazon for our Kindle app at present, Apple doesn’t see any of our money.

Buying books within applications through in-app purchases will undoubtedly be easier for the user – you simply select the book you want to purchase and click ‘buy’ – iTunes already has your billing info, and so your books begins downloading. There’s no redirection to a website in Safari where you must first login, then find the book you want to buy, then enter your credit card details, and then get your download.

Because things will be easier this way, most customers will choose to buy this way, and Amazon and Sony and all the rest will lose a little bit of the money we paid for our books to Apple. This could mean that the price of ebooks through third-party sources is slightly increased, however, I’m sure they’ll still be cheaper than Apple.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-aapl-responds-claims-sony-reader-kindle-banned-app-store/feed/ 2 Google Books Now Available for iPhone https://touchreviews.net/google-books-iphone-app/ https://touchreviews.net/google-books-iphone-app/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:45:57 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=13280 Read More]]> Google today officially took the wraps off the eBook store we’ve been expecting and launched apps for both Android and iOS to boot. While comparisons will inevitably be made with Amazon’s Kindle service as well as Apple’s fledgeling iBooks, Google’s offering does have a couple of interesting angles worth noting.

Google Books iPhone 4One of the interesting things of note is that Google has, perhaps typically, gone for the open approach. Any device that can handle JavaScript can handle a book – there isn’t any actual need for the aforementioned native apps. The advantage of those though is that they make offline reading possible – perfect for those times when you’re away from WiFi or 3G coverage. Your reading status is synced between devices using the Google Books servers – par for the course with this kind of tech these days.

The online store – currently around 3 million books strong – is web-based like Amazon’s Kindle store and is (currently) only available in the US (Free, View in iTunes). Purchasing is handled using your existing Google account and Google checkout. Expect prices similar to what you’re used to paying at their competitors too.

I’ve personally spent limited time with the iOS app and considering I’m not based in the US haven’t been able to test out the purchasing of books. The app itself does work as expected and comes preloaded with 3 free books, the pick of which for me is Jane Austen’s Price and Prejudice.

All the usual features are in there too; chapters are selectable as you would expect, and text size and colour scheme can be changed to taste. There’s also a search feature that will list all uses of the word specified.

At the time of writing I’ve not yet managed to highlight – even for copying – any text whatsoever. Whether this is choice or oversight is unclear.

So there we have it, another entry into the eBook market, or at least the US one. It’s early days for Google Books, but so far it seems to function as advertised – but can it compete with the jugganaut that is Amazon?

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Google Books App Google Books iPhone 4 Google Books iPhone Google Books Settings Google Books ]]> https://touchreviews.net/google-books-iphone-app/feed/ 1 Did Apple’s iPad Help Amazon Sell More Kindle eBooks? https://touchreviews.net/ipad-help-amazon-sell-kindle-ebooks/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-help-amazon-sell-kindle-ebooks/#comments Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:55:42 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7954 Read More]]> About six and a half months ago (January 27th, 2010 to be specific), most technology bloggers and analysts chose the casket for the Kindle. The iPad was going to kill the Kindle device and distribution model. iBooks was going to take over as the de-facto eBook marketplace just like iTunes became the world’s biggest music store. Amazon looked like it was going to be another victim on the road to Apple dominance.

Jump back to the present and it seems that the early demise of the Kindle product line is not going to be so fast or simple. Amazon today announced that their eBook sales are outpacing regular hardcover book sales. For the last three months, Amazon sold 148 eBooks for every 100 hardcover books. Further, last month, Amazon sold 180 eBooks for every 100 hardcover books. These numbers defied all expectations. So what happened?

No one can say for sure what happened since Amazon does not release any data about where the majority of the sales were made and which device is used more extensively, but there were several factors that definitely helped. Aside from the hardware differences between the iPad and the Kindle devices (weight, display type, comfort in holding, etc…), Amazon dropped the price down on the Kindle devices. At $189 for the 6” Kindle and $389 for the 9.7” Kindle, these devices are priced much lower than when they were released and the math works much better. Avid readers who read multiple books each month realize the savings alone in the cost of the book. A reader reading 20 books a year will pay for the device in the cost saving when compared to purchasing hardcover books.

But the most interesting theory behind these numbers is that one of the reasons for the increase was the release of the iPad. On the same day of the release, Amazon’s Kindle App for the iPad was also released. Further, Amazon started a marketing campaign targeting iPad users. The purpose was to convert users from using iBooks to using the Kindle App. It looks like they succeeded. There is no doubt that the iPad as a hardware device is a great device and many people do not care about the display type when reading is involved. Amazon succeeded in doing something that many companies have failed. They turned the iPad into “their” device. They created a platform and delivery mechanism that worked the same across not just one device (the iPhone version of iBooks only became available recently) and allowed the user to switch between devices effortlessly with features such as location synchronization.

Jefferies analyst Youseff Squali’s analysis of the Kindle circulation estimates further supports this theory. Squali wrote:

We believe that Kindle’s e-book sales are benefiting from the launch of the iPad, since the Kindle e-book store offers a broad (and probably the richest) selection, with over 630K titles, which iPad owners can easily chose from. Our current estimates for 2H10/FY11 could also prove conservative as we assume only 10% Y/Y growth in Kindle device sales with no contribution to e-book sales from the iPad. A more probable scenario, based on a higher unit sales of Kindle and e-books, yields an additional ~$100M and $200M upside to our revenue estimates for FY10 and FY11.

Essentially, Squali deduces that due to a small growth in Kindle device sales, it is clear that the growth in eBook sales is due to other devices and specifically the iPad.

All of this leads to a very interesting question regarding who will be crowned king of the eBooks platform. Unlike iTunes, Apple does not have a first-to-market advantage when it comes to eBooks and has made some execution mistakes with iBooks. Barnes and Nobles is also making a move for this market and have released their own eBook reader application for the iPad. It is clear that Amazon is the current king but no one knows how long that will last for.

Which device do you use for eBooks? Are you an iPad reader using the Kindle App or the iBooks App? Which do you like better? Let us know your thoughts.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-help-amazon-sell-kindle-ebooks/feed/ 6 Publish your own ebooks with Apple via iBookstore https://touchreviews.net/publish-ebooks-apple-ibookstore/ https://touchreviews.net/publish-ebooks-apple-ibookstore/#comments Mon, 31 May 2010 16:40:30 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6976 Read More]]> This is a story that has sort of drifted under the radar for a while. Back in early May Lulu announced that they offer a service to aspirng writers for them to publish their own works via their service, which could then be distributed in the iBookstore.

This is a valid way to get into publishing your works. But it was always hinted by Apple that you could also go direct to them if you wish.

Apple has now clarified this for us all. And it is indeed possible to publish directly with Apple without going through Lulu or Smashwords. There are a few steps, which you need to take. But you can totally go it alone if you wish. So the choice is now yours.

In order to publish direct with Apple, via the iBookstore this is what you need to do, as well as write a book of course!

After you have applied for a publishing account. First you need to obtain an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for each of the works you wish to publish. Details on how to do this are here.

Secondly you need to have a copy of your book in ePUB format. There are many free ways to do this. Details here.

Finally, you need to use a Mac running at least OS X 10.5, in order to encode your book with Apple’s software. You can always borrow a friend’s Mac if you are PC based.

The business model is supposed to be similar to that of iTunes App publishing, or iTunes music distribution. With you able to set the price and Apple taking a cut, and you setting which countries you wish your book to be published in.

This is the perfect use for an iPad and Pages in my opinion. Imagine sitting on a beach and writing books with an iPad – and making that your career!

]]> https://touchreviews.net/publish-ebooks-apple-ibookstore/feed/ 2 UK iBookstore Launches https://touchreviews.net/uk-ibooks-store-launches/ https://touchreviews.net/uk-ibooks-store-launches/#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 18:11:34 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6941 Read More]]> ipad uk ibookstore

It was looking for a while as if the European, and UK pickings in Apple’s iBookstore might have been a bit lean. Apple was said to be having some problems getting parters to come into the iBookstore fold. Part of the reason for this was apparently to do with differing regulations for book agencies in the UK particularly.

As of this morning in the UK, Hachette UK, Penguin, HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan have all opened their doors, metaphorically, in Apple’s new virtual book emporium, iBookstore, on the iPad.

The good news is that there seems to be a lot of content to choose from, and Apple are offering sample portions of books. The bad news is that prices are not as competitive as some had hoped.

Unfortunately prices seem to be a little higher than through other online eBook services, some people are reporting. Hopefully Apple can iron that out moving forwards.

Have you picked up an iPad in the UK today? Are you planning on using iBookstore for your reading material shopping?
Let us know in the comments.

[9to5mac] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/uk-ibooks-store-launches/feed/ 0 Amazon worried about Apple’s iPad? https://touchreviews.net/amazon-kindle-worried-apple-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/amazon-kindle-worried-apple-ipad/#comments Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:27:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6258 Read More]]> Some say that Amazon is worried about the iPad.

Amazon was always going to face competition from other e-Book readers. But they perhaps didn’t expect the paradigm shift that has potentially come with the iPad and Apple’s iBook Store.

Even so, Amazon has just posted earning results which were higher than Wall Street expected. They did, however, follow them up with far more conservative estimates for future earnings for the next quarter. Shares in Amazon fell 6% in after-hours trading. Not a huge surprise there. The markets are fickle and tend to react to future earnings rather than current earnings.

What is interesting to note is that now that Amazon seems to be on the back foot and few industry blogs are starting to rally round their position, and gently taint their commentary with warnings of Apple’s impending dominance. Referring to the control the media savvy tech giant currently wields over the music retail business.

And yet it was only a couple of months ago that Amazon was locked in battles with publishers over royalty terms that those publishers found unacceptable. And some of those same blogs were cleating about how “evil” Amazon were being!

What we need to remember is that Apple re-invented the music business. In many ways rescuing a crippled industry from its own bad management and lack of foresight. And now they seem to have opened up the publishing industry further than Amazon were willing to, and given “new media” a brighter future. Hardly bad things.

Apple, keen to get a foothold in the eBook market has offered more favourable terms to publishers and small authors. Whilst Amazon was busy trying to lock people and companies into its system prior to the iPad hitting. They have obviously been slightly nervous for some time. But do they really need to be?

Amazon have traditionally exceeded the expectations of their shareholders, and don’t seem to be in such bad position really. They have apparently just inked a deal with Target to physically stock the Kindle in their stores. Target will sell the Kindle at the same price as Amazon retails them online. Amazon will be taking a cut in profits on its hardware by selling that way, and kind of contradicting its own corporate strategy of being an online retailer. Consumers will potentially be able to compare the iPad and the Kindle in the real world side by side before buying too.

Overall, Amazon seem to have a good spread of strategies, and healthy market penetration, that should enable them and Apple to keep each other honest, and in the end benefit the consumer.

What we must also remember is that Amazon can still sell its eBooks onto many platforms, including the iPad and the iPhone with its Kindle apps.

All in all it doesn’t seem Amazon have much to worry about, even if the Kindle slowly dies as a platform. Although they are predicting 7 million Kindles will have been sold by the end of the year. Not a small number if it pans out that way. And some say that many avid eBook readers still prefer the easier to read image on the kindles e-ink display to that of the iPad.

For techies the iPad is a much better deal. You can have your cake and read your eBook. But not all readers are looking for a tech bargain, many are more familiar with the Amazon brand, and prefer the more “ink-like” display of the Kindle.

Do you think the Kindle will die? Is Amazon in trouble? Has Apple actually made the eBook market a better place for consumers? Let us know in the comments

]]> https://touchreviews.net/amazon-kindle-worried-apple-ipad/feed/ 1 Free ebooks from Project Gutenberg will work on the iPad https://touchreviews.net/free-epub-ebooks-project-gutenberg-ipad-ibooks/ https://touchreviews.net/free-epub-ebooks-project-gutenberg-ipad-ibooks/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:31:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5638 Read More]]> TheiPhoneBlog and 9to5mac reported today that the thousand of free books already available from Project Gutenberg should be able to work on the iPad.

The ebooks from Project Gutenberg are DRM (digital rights management) –free so will therefore work on the iPad and any other device for that matter. At the moment Apple are using the ePub fomat for their iBooks which are Fairplay DRM protected so will not work on any other device. Project Gutenberg will still be in the ePub format.

If you don’t know anything about ProjectGutenberg here is what 9to5mac reported from wikipedia.

Project Gutenberg, abbreviated as PG, is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.”Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, it is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of December 2009, Project Gutenberg claimed over 30,000 items in its collection. Project Gutenberg is affiliated with many projects that are independent organizations which share the same ideals, and have been given permission to use the Project Gutenberg trademark

As 9to5 states this is certainly great news for students, schools and even businesses. If they have access to an iPad then long term this would be a great investment. They have the hundreds of books stored ready to use at any time for free, where as if they bought the actual books it would cost them a small fortune. Whether or not the schools will be purchasing iPads for student use is another thing but I think it just goes to show that this is something that is to be considered for the future in schools and businesses that this is really the way forward.

What do you think? Are you an author, how would you feel seeing your book in this format? Do you know of any other great eBooks on offer? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: [tipb.com]
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