Like anyone who regularly reviews headphones, I've noticed that the majority of them have no unique features or qualities. So for example, it's rare to find headphones in the T 51 P's price class that aren't made in China, but this little $289 Beyerdynamic is made in Germany. The lightweight, 174 gram, mostly metal design doesn't have a hinged headband, but the ear cups fold flat for easy storage in the supplied, beautifully designed carry case. The headphone lacks a mic or inline controls, marking it as a design intended for the serious audiophile who … Read more
Apple's iPod business has shrunk to the point where the company no longer even mentions it among its main product list at quarterly earnings. And while unveiling this year's latest iPhones last month, Apple rolled out a new iPod color without little fanfare.
Some way to treat a product that sold 26.4 million units in the past 12 months and helped pave the way to the company's current riches.
But as time goes by there's simply no arguing that the iPod has become a less important Apple product, especially because it generates less and less … Read more
Apple's iPhone once again led the company to earnings that were higher than what Wall Street expected.
On Monday, Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.26 per share on sales of $37.5 billion. Analysts, on average, forecast the company to post earnings of $7.92 per share on sales of $36.8 billion.
Apple said it sold 33.8 million iPhones, 14.1 million iPads, 4.6 million Macs, and 3.5 million iPods during the quarter. Wall Street was expecting sales of around 32 million iPhones, 15 million iPads, 4.26 million Macs, and 4.2 million … Read more
Apple reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday, and once again all eyes are on the iPhone.
That's not a new story for Apple's financial health, the bulk of which is fueled by the now six-year-old product line. But this quarter's special. It includes, for the first time, two new iPhones -- the 5S and 5C.
Those phones hit store shelves last month and only eight days of initial sales are included as part of this quarter. Still, with a record 9 million phones sold in the opening weekend, Wall Street's anticipating that Apple will post its … Read more
The ALO Island is a USB-powered digital audio converter/headphone amplifier, and it's a honey! Functionally, it's not so different than many of the other USB digital converter/amps I've covered on this blog, but it's a bit bigger. The others are about the size of a thumbdrive; the Island is a 1.25x1.25x3.25-inch aluminum "brick," but it's still small enough to be considered a portable device. It handles low- and high-resolution files, up to 192kHz/24-bit. The Island sells for $299 in the US direct from the ALO Web site, … Read more
After months of rumors and leaked parts photos, Apple's new iPads finally made their official debut -- but once again Apple didn't bring many surprises to its latest launch event.
Yes, we got a new trimmed-down 9.7-inch iPad Air) along with the much-anticipated iPad Mini with a Retina Display and some Mac upgrades. But that left plenty of other product refreshes and announcements in a "to be determined" state.(the
What follows is a comprehensive list of products Apple did not unveil today. To be clear, few if any of these products were expected. … Read more
Hauling a u-lock around is bad enough, and keeping track of its key can also be a headache. Is there a better solution?
One approach is BitLock, a keyless lock controlled by your smartphone that lets you set up a public or private bike-sharing network.
Turns out it almost didn't happen. Vanity Fair has a lengthy story describing the design philosophies of Apple design head Jonathan Ive and fellow designer Marc Newson, as they get ready to showcase products especially designed for an auction next month organized by U2 frontman Bono's Product (Red) anti-H.I.V. campaign.
One of the best gems of the story describes how Ive … Read more
If Apple really had inspired a religious following, Jonathan Zufi would be its high priest.
On his Web site, ShrineofApple.com, Zufi has collected thousands of high-quality images of nearly every Apple product ever made. He did so as a tribute to the company that inspired him and countless others growing up during the advent of personal computing.
The goal is to catalog every single one of those Apple devices, a mission Zufi has been on since 2009 that has turned out roughly 150,000 photos and found the 42-year-old Australian native purchasing more than 500 Apple products. … Read more
CNN recently reported on the "death" of the home stereo system, and while that's an exaggeration, few people -- young or old -- have "stereos" anymore. CNN was asleep at the wheel on this one; precious few folks have had stereos for decades. Music is now almost always consumed in cars, and over phones and plastic computer or Bluetooth speakers. If there's an imminent "death" on the horizon, it will surely strike MP3 players and iPods. Phones have already taken over as the portable music players of choice. Do you know anyone … Read more