In Part One, I covered from 2006, when Nintendo became the kings of console gaming and were still flexing their muscles and substantial lead in mobile gaming, up until 2013 when Apple had turned the tables in mobile and Nintendo’s revenue and stock price were in free fall. Now it’s time to take a look at how and where Apple dropped the ball in gaming, the App Store in general, and especially on the big screen, and the ramifications.
Apple's earnings were supposed to be good this quarter, but they turned about to be even better than expected, and the good news stretched across most of their product lines and services. Even the iPad is looking good again! Let's take a look at the highlights.
I finally managed to track down a Nintendo Switch in stock right before Prime Day, which is NOT as easy as you might think. You can find bundled “deals” at ThinkGeek/GameStop and other retailers, but finding a stock Switch alone for the regular price of $299 takes either luck or signing up for in-stock notifications or trackers. This after close to five months on the market shows a level of interest that feels reminiscent of the first year of the Wii. I don’t think predicting sales of 100 million Switches is reasonable right now, but to dismiss this unique very and well-designed hybrid console is just as unwise.
I am in the car a lot as part of my job, and have been for years. As a project manager for a contracting firm, I am also very reliant on my iPhone to keep in touch with customers, fellow employees, and sub-contractors who are working for me. Even when I am in the car, my phone is still my lifeline to keep my projects moving forward.
Because of this, I have tried MANY different kinds of smartphone car mounts, none of which I have found to be particularly foolproof or durable. I’ve used the dashboard suction cups mounts, vent mounts, cup holder mounts, and most recently, a rear view mirror mount. I’m usually lucky to get six months out of them, no matter how much I spend or how careful I am with them.
We are likely at least two months from the release of the iPhone 8, assuming that’s what Apple actually settles on calling it. However, this is the time when the rumors of a device usually start taking shape into something more substantial than just conjecture over fakes and prototypes. So we should start to see a clear picture of the coming iPhone emerging, right? This year, the normal rules may not apply.
Some of the most popular items I have recommended from our Deals store are Lightning cables. If you are an iPhone and/or iPad user, it’s hard to have too many. Between the living room, the bedside table, the car, and maybe the office, it certainly pays to be covered and have a cable standing by at the ready. And don’t even get me started about kids wearing their cables out and coming to borrow yours. If you have children with iOS devices, you know what I’m talking about.
Life has been mostly lemons around my house the last two days, but I’m going to make a little lemonade right here and FINALLY turn my attention to the new iPad Pros. I got the 10.5″ model yesterday, and I just got my hands on the new 12.9″, which arrived late this afternoon and is currently restoring with my apps and data. I’ll defer my remarks on the 12.9″ until I’ve actually had some time with it tomorrow, but I’ve had enough with the 10.5 to at least form some early opinions:
The rumors of a new 10.5″ iPad Pro have been with us for over six months now, but as we get closer to a probable release at WWDC, the device is finally coming into clearer focus thanks to case leaks and the device mockups that are now leaking from reputable sources. Unfortunately, according to well-known leaker Shai Mizrachi concept artist Benjamin Geskin, the device matches early reports to a degree, but doesn’t go as far as the long-rumored bezel-less design we all think the iPhone 8 will have.
Update: Congratulations to David Welden, who won the Carved Acoustic Acorn, and Emily Smith, who won the Wood Power Bank!
Thank you to everyone who signed up for these giveaways. We will be doing more in the future, so keep an eye out for more chances to win great mobile gear.
Here is your chance to win the two Carved products that I reviewed on the site yesterday. These are two high quality, beautifully made accessories that retail for $59 and $49, respectively. They will work perfectly with your Apple devices, and any other mobiles devices, as well. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this.
If you want to check them out more closely before entering, click the link above to check out the review, or click here to see what Carved has to say about the Wood Power Bank, or here for the Acoustic Acorn Bluetooth Speaker.
A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.
I am a huge sports fan, and have been since I was a child. I played a few when I was younger, and I still watch just about any team sport you can think of in some amount today. As we head into the middle of Spring, College Baseball is going strong and the Major Leagues had their Opening Day just a week ago. As such, it felt right to break out a little National Pastime parlance to describe Apple’s newest addition to the iPad family.