Category Archives: iPhone 5
This will be a rather quick review, not just because silicone iPhone 5 cases are quite commonplace, but because there are mainly just good things to say about these new cases from Ballistic Case. They’re all members of the Ballistic Case Aspira series for the iPhone 5 (US$34.99), and three readers will have a chance to win one.
Drop tests provide us with a decent general idea of how a device will fare when faced with the unthinkable.
Of course, the idea is to keep a handset protected and try and avoid dropping it from various heights, but should this accident ever occur, drop tests offer a reasonable indication of how robust and durable a device is.
Vloggers GizmoSlip posted a clip to YouTube on Friday showing the all-new Samsung Galaxy S4 in a drop test against its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, as well as the Apple iPhone 5. Find out just how much damage each smartphone sustained in the video clip coming up after the break!
Circadia is a great game that I wrote about a little over a year ago — it’s put together by a developer named Kurt Bieg, and until now, it’s basically just been sitting on the App Store waiting to be found. But Bieg has just put out a nice solid update for the game, and that gives me another chance to recommend it to you.
The game is simple and ingenious — it’s musical, but the music of it is what you make yourself rather than the pop songs that you’ll find in Rock Band or other music titles. Beig says in the latest App Store update that the game has reached 100,000 downloads, and that’s a great number for a little title like this. He’s updated the title to make it work with the iPhone 5, and there’s also a new “infinity mode,” featuring randomly generated levels that you can play anytime you like. There are also new tone sounds, which is a pretty impressive feat on Bieg’s part, and finally there’s an in-app purchase to just unlock all the levels, if you happened to be stuck on a certain one.
Those of us around the TUAW newsroom are always looking for alternative power sources for our gadgets because we are so dependent on them. Whether it’s because of a transformer failure down the street, a widespread outage due to a hurricane, or just because we’re nowhere hear a power plug, the TUAW team loves to write about these little generators. There are solar iPhone cases and twig-fueled cookstoves that put out enough juice to keep you going, and now there’s the Eton BoostTurbine 2000 (US$59.99).
As much as I like the name of this unit, I think the folks at Photojojo have a better name for it — The Crankerator. That’s what powers this sturdy aluminum box; an external hand crank that pops out and lets you (or your kids) charge an internal 2000 mAh battery pack.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock fell to its lowest price since December 2011 today following a report from Cirrus Logic, a producer of chips used in the iPhone and iPad, that it was dealing with an inventory surplus.
Cirrus Logic said one of its customers is moving to a newer component causing the slowdown, The Associated Press reports. It did not specify which customer made the switch, but Apple is reportedly its biggest customer.
Investors took this as a sign that iPhone and iPad sales might have fallen short of expectations. Apple’s prices fell about 6%, and the market closed with Apple stock at $402.80, down $23.44. At one point, the stock had slipped below $400.