With a blink of an eye, the iPhone will turn 5 this week. First officially launched in the US on June 29, 2007, the iPhone entered the mobile phone market at a time when RIM and Palm (remember the Palm Treo?) were still at the top of their game. To mark the occasion, research firm Strategy Analytics have gathered some staggering numbers in their latest report: 250 million iPhones shipped and $150 billion in revenue for Apple.
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the WWDC 2012 Keynote, Apple has quietly released the iPad Smart Case, an accessory iPad owners have no doubt been waiting for since day one. It’s essentially a Smart Cover, but with a polyurethane hardshell to protect your iPad’s aluminum back. The Smart Case is now available for shipping at the Apple Online Store and priced at $49. It also comes in 6 different colours and you can even get a free engraving on the back of the case. You can now finally ditch that Smart Cover in favour of its newest sibling for the added protection – that is if you don’t already have the Griffin IntelliCase.
ZAGG, one of the best known accessories maker around for the iDevice, has once again launched their annual Memorial Day Sale event. Nearly everything is 50% off, including the ZAGGsparq (a portable battery pack and charger) and the ZAGGsmartbuds (earphones w/mic). Meanwhile, their Keyboard Cases for the iPad, which rarely go on sale, are now 20% off. As such, you can finally pick up popular items like the ZAGGFolio Keyboard Case (TMA review) and Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG (TMA review) for only $79.99. If you can do without a case, the ZAGGkeys Flex comes with an excellent bluetooth keyboard and a foldable stand/cover (now $63.99). This Memorial Day Sale is on for only 2 days, ending May 29th. And as an added bonus, if you spend over $9.99, you’ll be sent a ZAGGfoam (an antibacterial cleaner) for free. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Memorial Day Sale landing page for the complete details.
Finally, ZAGG’s also holding an iPad 3 an Hour Giveaway, where a new iPad will be given away every hour during Memorial Day. Good luck!
The 20% savings on Apple iTunes gift codes (US App Store) are back courtesy of Bestbuy.com’s Deal of the Day promo. For those not familiar, they’re iTunes gift cards in digital form. Once purchased, a redeem code will be sent your way shortly after via email, though the catch now after the recent changes is that you must own a US credit card or Paypal account to make the purchase. The codes can be used to buy music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and of course, apps on iTunes and the App Store. The gift codes start at $15 (now $12) and go all the way up to $100 (now $80). The deal ends at midnight EST tonight, so head on over to the landing page here to take advantage of the savings.
Every once in a while, I’ll come across an app in my TMA inbox that stands out from the crowd – either by way of features or uniqueness. One example was GestureMatic, an app that allows you to perform various functions via user-created gestures. And most recently, I came across a 3rd party Web Browser app that’s unlike anything we’ve experienced before on the iDevice — Portal. Using a unique “Portal” button at the bottom of the screen, you tap on it to bring up a 1st gen like iPod click wheel interface, where you can then perform all the actions you’re used to on Mobile Safari…and a whole lot more.
It seems that many of the most popular puzzle games involve bright, colorful characters in fun settings. That’s perfectly fine by me, and Moonsters is no exception to the rule. You play a trio of quirky aliens that are lost, hungry and just want to go home. The game feels like something ripped from a Disney cartoon, yet it’s challenging enough to give even the seasoned puzzle gamers pause when trying to score four stars on a level…this is a nice solid puzzle game that deserves a place among the best in the genre.
Once you do give Moonsters a chance, you’ll find a surprisingly addictive game that’s hard to put down. Now that it is free, be sure to grab it for your app collection. Lots more Freebies can be found within, including Burger Queen, Doodle Fit and Knight Defense!
TouchMyApps is giving away 10 copies of 50in1 Piano, an intuitive app that’ll help (aspiring) musicians learn how to play the piano. Developed by Alexander Gross, creator of the powerful and GarageBand-like Xewton Music Studio for the iPhone, 50in1 Piano will also allow users to record their own songs thanks to the numerous instruments and drum beats found within.
Learn to play the piano, create your own songs and even sing to your compositions! 50in1 Piano lets you do all that with one single app!
It combines a piano keyboard, 50 studio-quality instruments, 100 piano lessons, real-time effects, 100 beat loops and much more in a user-friendly interface.
So if you’ve always wanted to be a little more proficient playing the piano, or fancy creating your own beats on the iDevice, 50in1 Piano is a fun and versatile app that’s also affordable ($1.99). Check out the full contest details on how to enter after the break!
Alexander Gross, 50in1 Piano, Size: 182 MB – $1.99
It appears that Skype is finally going to allow users to make video calls on their iDevice. In a help page found on Skype’s website earlier this morning (which has since been pulled), a section titled How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone? gave a quick glimpse of what we can expect when the service goes live:
To make video calls with your contacts, you will need an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod touch, 4th generation iPod touch or an iPad. Your contacts will only be able to see you if your device has a camera. Make sure your device is running iOS 4.0 or above and that you are using Skype for iPhone 3.0 or above.
The contacts you are calling must be using one of the following Skype clients:
- Skype for Windows version 4.2 and above
- Skype for Mac OS X version 2.8 and above
- Skype for iPhone 3.0 and above
You can make Skype video calls by using a WiFi or 3G connection*. The quality of the video will depend upon the available network conditions.
*Additional data charges may apply. Check with your operator for details.
Aside from Apple’s Facetime, there are plenty of apps that already support video calls, like Yahoo! Messenger, fring: Video Calls + IM and Tango. But seeing how a vast number of people actually rely on Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, video calls via the Skype app won’t come a moment too soon. Take a look at the full help page after the gap.