Apple Hardware Year in Review

Apple SVP Eddy Cue famously said earlier this year that 2014 was going to be a banner year for Apple products.

With the year coming to a close, now is a good time to reflect back on the hardware that Apple released over the last 12 months and examine where Apple went right and where they went wrong.


Category: Apple,Apple Retail,Hardware,iPad,iPhone,iPod,Opinion

10 Years of the iPod


It’s hard to imagine Apple before the iPod now, but 10 years ago, it didn’t exist yet. Apple was back on track, but it had yet to release a device that could be considered a ‘game changer’. Initially, I don’t think anyone believed that the iPod would have the success that it has had. The early reviews were split on it, with half seeing it for the brilliant device that it was, and the other half only seeing it for what it lacked (Windows compatibility and USB connectivity).

Still, it’s not a stretch to say that the iPod is the device that defined the modern Apple. It definitely gave them the resources and clout to tackle devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Category: Apple,iPod

Apple upps capacity on iPhone and iPod Touch

Apple today released updated versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPhone is now available in a 16GB version for $100 more ($499), and the iPod Touch is available in a 32GB version for $499. The previous 8GB iPhone ($399), and 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($399) iPod Touch models are still available.

Category: iPhone,iPod,News

iPhone Battery Life

Well, today I decided to stress test the iPhone’s battery. I pulled the iPhone, fully charged, from its cradle at 7AM this morning. I had initially dropped the screen brightness to a very low setting. But for todays test, I upped it to about 50%. Keep in mind that at 50%, the iPhone is very very bright. (more…)

Category: Apple,iPod,Reviews

iPhone Review

As if the world needed another iPhone review, I finally feel like I’ve had enough time with mine to offer up my opinion. For the record, I acquired my iPhone last Friday night in Stamford, Connecticut at 11:30. Walked right in to the Apple Store, told them what I wanted, and walked out with it three minutes later. No line, no crowds, no fuss.

I activated it the next morning. Being away from home, I had my wife’s iBook with me. This wasn’t such a big deal, except that it was running OS X 10.4.9 and iTunes 7.2. So, before I could activate the phone, I had to upgrade both. Enter Starbucks and the T-Mobile hotspot WiFi. $9.95 and 25 minutes later, I was upgraded and ready to activate the phone. (more…)

Category: Apple,iPod,Reviews

AT&T Rate Plans for iPhone Online

Apple and AT&T have announced the rate plans for the iPhone. While many had speculated a $35-$45 data plan that would sit on top of a voice plan, the facts reveal a much simpler structure (of course, this is Apple calling the shots, right?).

There are three plans at $59.99 (450 minutes), $79.99 (900 minutes) and $99.99 (1350 minutes). All come with unlimited data for email and web. All come with 200 SMS messages (although you can add SMS plans to any of these plans for additional fees). All plans include unlimited night and weekend minutes, except the $59.99 plan, which includes 5000 night/weekend minutes. Of course, all include unlimited mobile to mobile and rollover minutes. (more…)

Category: iPod,News

Apple delivers iPod Updater 2005-09-23

Apple released the iPod Updater, which delivers iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle, iPod Software 1.0 for iPod nano, iPod Software 1.2 for iPod with color display, iPod Software 1.4 for iPod mini, and iPod Software 3.1 for iPod with Click Wheel.

According to Apple:

iPod Updater 2005-09-23 delivers the following software: Features of iPod Software 1.1.2 for iPod shuffle: – Bug fixes for iPod shuffle

The software is available through Software Update or Apple’s Support site (link below).

[ iPod Updater 2005-09-23 – 32MB ]

Category: iPod

HP confirms it: No WMA support for the HP branded iPod

Wired Magazine is reporting that the speculation regarding WMA support for the HP branded iPod is just that – speculation.

Category: iPod

About the author

A user of Macs since they had silly names like Performa and Centris, Theodore Lee is a techie who prides himself on his vast knowledge of all things Apple. OS X Factor was started in 2001 (originally as macosxcentric), and continues to churn out tips, tutorials, reviews and commentary on the tech sector.