Apple Releasing iPad Mini

Apple is expected to announce the iPad Mini this coming Tuesday, a pint-sized version of its iconic tablet. Being an Apple fan myself, I am very curious of what the new iPad Mini will look like and how it will differ from its “big brother” the iPad 2. Apple itself hasn’t offered any information on the new iPad, or even acknowledged its existence, but do to a number of leaks and rumors we have a good idea what the new release will have in store for us and after doing some research myself I found this article via with some good information:

Screen Size

Current rumors peg the iPad Mini sporting either a 7.85- or 7-inch screen. That puts it in the same class as the Nexus 7, Google’s darling tablet that debuted earlier this year, as well as Amazon’s newKindle Fire HD 7.


While it’s a certainty the iPad Mini will be priced lower than the original iPad, that’s about all we know about how Apple will position it. While other 7-inch tablets draw customers with a low price point (typically starting at $199), for Apple such a low price would put the iPad Mini in direct competition with the even smaller-screen iPod touch, which starts at $299.

Lightning Connector

Debuting earlier this year in the iPhone 5, Apple’s Lightning connector will no doubt be the connector of choice for the iPad Mini (and all of its mobile products going forward). However, that means the new tablet, much like the iPhone 5, isn’t going to work with a number of different accessories without the help of an adapter.

Launch Date

Current rumors point to Apple launching the iPad Mini a week after Tuesday’s announcement, Nov. 2. While the tablet may or may not hit stores that day, a launch in early November is certain capitalizing on the holiday season is an obvious part of Apple’s timing.



Fall into Fall: Local Orchards

Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland

Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland (Photo credit: Jim, the Photographer)

Looking for a great pumpkin to carve? Or maybe you just want to get into the fall spirit by planning a fun event this October weekend? Whatever it might be Kimberley Vassal has you covered with some great fall event ideas! Check out the local orchards from around the area for daily events!

Highland Orchards is offering a Fall Harvest Festival, Noon- 5pm, Every Weekend in the Fall from September 15th till November 1st. They also offer “Pick Your Own” all season, it’s an awesome activity to enjoy with family and friends! For more information on Highland Orchards visit there website,

Another great local orchard to check out is Linvilla Orchards. There “Pumpkinland” & “Pick Your Own” open everyday! (Friday & Saturday 8am -9pm-Sunday thru Thusday 8am -6pm). Also, Autumn Moon Hayrides are offered most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October. They end at a campfire with marshmallows to roast and apple cider. These are just some of the many events Linvilla will be offering this Fall season, for more information visit there website,

iPhone 5 In-Store Release Happening Across Nation

The iPhone 5 was released this morning at Apple stores across the country. I decided to not partake in the hourly long wait in line, instead I plan on waiting a week or two for the lines to die down and more importantly the issues/bugs be worked out. Lets face it, with any new product there always seems to be some type of issue or problem… such as, the antenna issue with the iPhone 4.

The phone itself has undergone several changes, as I reported earlier this month. The screen now measures 4 inches instead of 3.5-inches, which brings it more in line with premium smartphone offerings from its competitors. Apple says that it’s also 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is also supposed to be much faster than earlier phones, and comes with a material makeover in aluminum and steel. It is also the first Apple phone with the capability to run on high-speed 4G LTE networks.

Apple iPhone 5 Pre-Order Batch Sold Out In 1 Hour


Yes, another iPhone related post! I put off ordering my new Apple iPhone 5 this morning and after reading an article on the a few minutes ago, I will have to pay with my valuable time (time = money). The article reports that Apple sold out of their entire stock for the new iPhone 5 within an hour. I also read in another article that Verizon has pushed back the ship date if ordered through them till September 26th.

According to Business Insider, about one hour after the iPhone 5 pre-orders were made available to the public (at 12:01 a.m. PT on September 14), the entire stock was sold out. Shipping estimates on the company’s site now currently say it will take at least two weeks to deliver phones in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Germany.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few who could access the Apple Store last night, and you’re concerned cellphone carriers won’t make good on the promised release date, then prepare to wait a few weeks or get ready to camp out in front of an Apple Store on the September 21st release date.


iPhone 5 Released with new Features and Design


If you’re like myself you’ve been waiting for this day for awhile, well its finally here! The new iPhone 5 was released yesterday and Apple has just come out with this awesome commercial explaining the new features and design concept behind the phone. Check it out below and for more info visit


New iPhone 5 Set to be Revealed on September 12th!

This just in, After months of breathless speculation and rumors that started even before the release of the iPhone 4S, the day has finally arrived, well we hope so… The release of the new Apple iPhone 5 is close by according to an invitation obtained by the tech site The Loop, Apple reps will take the wraps off its much-ballyhooed smartphone on September 12, at 10 a.m., at the Yerba Buena Center, in downtown San Francisco.

“It’s almost here,” reads the invite, which is emblazoned with the number 12, for September 12, 2012 and under that, the shadow of the number 5. So yes, the new iPhone will almost certainly be called the iPhone 5. But what will the iPhone 5 look like? I guess we will just have to wait and see… After-all, maybe some of the rumors just might be true!

25 Things Your iPhone Can Do!

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English: iphone Deutsch: iphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was recently browsing around and came across an article entitled, “25 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” and like many people all over the country, I myself am an iPhone user as well, So I had to read more. I found the article very helpful because they mention a ton of productive Apps you can get that make life a lot easier on a daily bases. Although, I knew many of the things they suggested I still found it helpful, So I decided to share the 25 things they deemed worthy of there list and you can check them out below! Make sure to head over to to check out the full article.

1. Work as a makeshift flashlight. The Flashlight app, available for free in the App store, allows you to use your iPhone’s camera flash as a bright flashlight. If you have an older iPhone without a camera flash, there are also apps that display a clean white screen, which also makes for a workable flashlight.

2. Save you money at the supermarket. Apps like and Grocery IQ use your location to find coupons and deals at local stores.

3. Control how apps access your private info. If you don’t want certain apps to access your location info, hit “Settings” and click “Location Services” to limit or grant access.

4. Help you lose weight. There are hundreds of weight and calorie apps, but my personal favorites are Calorie Count, which monitors your food intake, and Pushups Coach, which gradually builds you up to 100 pushups per day.

5. Help you sleep better. Check out apps like White Noise and Sleep Cycle to take advantage of your body’s natural rhythms to get deeper, more fulfilling sleep.

6. Update your address book with Facebook phone numbers. In the Facebook App, tap “Friends” and then tap “Sync” in the upper right-hand corner to update your address book with your friends’ Facebook info.

7. Stream podcasts. You can download podcasts on the iTunes store or use a service like Stitcher (free in the App Store) to stream Internet radio shows without taking up your iPhone’s limited storage space.

8. Show more detailed battery information. Visit the iPhone’s “Settings” menu and tap “General,” then “Usage.” You can turn on detailed battery usage information via this menu.

9. Show your per day usage information. From the same menu mentioned above, you can see the time you’ve spent since your iPhone’s last full charge.

10. Scan documents. Apps like Genius Scan allow you to scan documents easily with your iPhone’s high-quality back camera.

11. Use your own custom ringtones. If you have a chunk of audio that lasts 30 seconds or less, you can convert it to an AAC file in iTunes (check the rip settings). Rename its file extension to .M4R to turn it into a ringtone. For a more detailed explanation, visit Gigaom’s blog.

12. Change your text autocorrect to Spanish. Hit the globe icon in any text window to switch your default language from English to Spanish or vice-versa.

13. Run credit cards. Free apps from services like Paypal and Square allow you to charge credit cards at your business. Square even offers a free swiper, which makes the process much easier.

14. Act as a music studio. The iPhone App FourTrack is one of many apps designed to use the iPhone’s high-quality microphone to allow musicians to craft multi-layered demo recordings.

15. Play audio in mono. Visit the iPhone’s Settings menu and tap “General,” then “Accessibility” to turn the Mono Audio setting on or off.

16. Take panoramic photographs. Panorama, Photosynth and TourWrist all allow users to take stunning panoramic photographs with the iPhone’s camera.

17. Tune your guitar. Check out apps like Cleartune for a remarkably accurate instrument tuner.

18. Magnify small text. In the “General” section of the iPhone’s Settings menu, tap “Accessibility.” Turn on “Zoom” and double-tap with three fingers to zoom in on anything on the iPhone’s screen.

19. Sync calendars with your computer. Plug your iPhone into your computer and select the “Sync Calendars” setting in iTunes to sync your phone with your computer calendar.

20. Find directions by bus. After you look up a location in the Maps app, tap the bus icon before hitting “Route” to get directions via local bus routes.

21. Send voice memos to friends. If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, you can send a voice memo directly to a friend. Select the memo, then hit “Share” followed by “Message.”

22. Enable custom vibrations. Visit the Settings menu again and tap “General” and “Accessibility” to set custom vibration patterns for each person in your contacts. This is useful if you’re hard of hearing or if you spend a lot of time in environments where loud ringtones would be disruptive.

23. Help with home repair projects. Your iPhone can act as a decent level and plumb bob thanks to its built-in motion sensors. Check out the iHandy apps before tackling your next home project.

24. Get your finances in order. Check out Mint’s excellent financial app to keep track of all of your credit card, loan and investment accounts at once.

25. Speed up text messaging with shortcuts. Visit the Settings menu and tap “General,” then “Keyboards” to enable simple shortcuts for any phrase.

Features You Want in the New iPhone 5

If your like myself (a trusted Apple user) then you are probably patently or not so patently awaiting the iPhone 5 release! Rumors have been circulating the internet since the release of the iPhone 4s some are true but many are false. Lets get real, Apple just didn’t accidentally leak an iPhone 5 to some random “Joe” so he can test it and post photo’s of it and I doubt anyone is risking jail time to break into the “secret Apple laboratory” to get their hands on the new phone. What I’m trying to say is, if you come across one of the millions of fake photo’s posted claiming its the new iPhone 5, hate to break it to you but its probably not. However, there are a few good sites to check out that offer some great information and clarification on what the new iPhone 5 might offer, most popular in my opinion is Below is a video created about the top must-have iPhone 5 features, as voted on by CNET readers.

iPhone 5 News and Rumors!

Check the video below regarding the new iPhone that is expected to come out in October of 2012!

Awesome iPhone tips and tricks

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Whether you’re a seasoned user or brand new to the iPhone world, chances are you’re probably not using your smartphone to its fullest. Here we share a number of our favorite iPhone tips and tricks, some of which you may know already. Hopefully there’s a good number of ones you aren’t aware of yet.

Take a photo with your headphone cord: Now that you can use the volume up or down buttons to snap a photo, steady your hand while framing up the photo and when you’re ready to take the picture, press the button on the cord so it won’t shake the iPhone.

Use location-based reminders: You probably know Siri can be used to set a reminder, like saying “Siri, remind me to call mom at 4pm today.” But did you know you can set location-based reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say “Remind me to call mom when I leave here” or “Remind me to call mom when I get home” and you’ll be notified accordingly.

Get word definitions: Apple has recently added a built-in dictionary and you can access it in most apps that let you select a word. Simply press and hold on a word — such as in an email, reminder, iBooks, and so on — and you’ll see a pop-up option for “Define.”

Revive a frozen iPhone: If your smartphone freezes on you and pressing the Sleep/Wake button on top of the device doesn’t do anything, don’t panic. Instead, press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. You’ll be prompted to swipe the “Slide to Power Off” tab. This so-called “hard reset” resuscitates the frozen iPhone. You’ll first need to wait through a full shut down and restart.

See a 6-day weather forecast: If you’re one of the many weather junkies out there, you probably know you can swipe down the iOS device’s screen and you’ll see the Notifications center. Weather will be at the top, but did you know you can swipe to the left or right and you’ll toggle between current conditions and a 6-day forecast? Plus, jump to the Weather app by tapping anywhere on the weather

Dry out a wet iPhone: You’re not the first one to drop an iPhone in a toilet or sink. If this happens, don’t turn it on as you can damage the smartphone by short-circuiting it. Lightly towel dry the phone. Don’t use a hairdryer on the phone as it can further push moisture into areas that aren’t wet. Submerge the iPhone in a bowl or Ziploc bag of uncooked white rice and leave it overnight. If you have it, try using a desiccant packet you might find with a new pair of shoes or leather purse.

Dismiss suggested words: If you’re typing an email or note and the virtual keyboard is suggesting the correct spelling of the word — and you don’t want to accept it — you don’t need to tap the tiny “X” at the end of the word in question. Simply tap anywhere on the screen to close the suggestion box.

Take photos faster: Even if your iPhone is locked you can double-tap on the Home button and you’ll see a camera icon you can tap to open the camera immediately. Now you can use the volume up button to snap the photo, too. You can also use the volume up on the headphone cord to take a photo (if you want to) and pinch the screen to zoom instead of using the slider bar.

Find your lost iPhone: As long as you sign up in advance, the free Find My iPhone app will help you locate your device on a map (on your computer or other iOS device). You can display a message or initiate a loud ring (in case it’s under the cushions), or remotely lock or wipe its data.

Take an iPhone screen grab: On a related note, if you want to take a screenshot of a website or application, press down on the Home button and tap the Sleep button. You’ll hear the camera click, see a white flash and the screenshot will be saved to your Camera Roll.

Create an “app” out of a website you visit often: To add a website to your Home screen, just visit the webpage in Safari and at the top of the screen, tap the Go To icon and select “Add to Home Screen.”

Create a music playlist on the fly: You no longer need a computer to create a playlist. In the Music app, tap Playlists, then select Add Playlist and give it a name (“Marc’s Workout Mix”). Now, tap any song (or video) to add it to the playlist. You can add individual songs, entire albums, or all songs by a particular artist.

Don’t waste your day deleting messages individually: You can delete unwanted emails en masse rather than deleting one at a time. In your Inbox, simply click the Edit button and check off the emails you want to delete with your finger and then choose Delete.