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7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $56!)

We’re starting out this week with a bang. We always share great lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free, but for Monday we have …

Apps

iPad Air Adoption Outpacing Last Year's iPad 4 and iPad Mini Launches

App marketing service Fiksu has been tracking adoption of Apple's recent products, sharing some interesting data today comparing the new iPad Air to previous iPad launches.<p>Two days after the launch of the iPad Air, the new tablet's share of overall iPad activity is five times that of the iPad 4 and …

CEO Confirms All iPads on T-Mobile Receive 200MB Free Data Each Month

T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted today to clarify his company's free 200MB monthly plans for iPads on its network. He reiterated that "everyone" gets 200MB of free data with no strings attached.<p>Earlier today, customers trying to buy iPads on T-Mobile were told they would have to pay a $10 monthly …

How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple ID – MacStories

Today, as originally reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has rolled out two-step verification for Apple IDs. Two-step verification makes it more difficult for someone to compromise your Apple ID by adding an additional layer of security. In this case, it’s an iOS device you own such as your iPhone (iPads …

Podcasts 1.2: Thoughts on the New Now Playing View, My Stations, and More – MacStories

Yesterday, Apple updated their podcast player by introducing some great new features as well as some visual changes to the Now Playing view. I've talked at length before about Podcasts and where it stands amongst other podcatchers on the App Store, but I'd like to revisit some of those notions as …

Apple’s hiring of Kevin Lynch draws criticism, questions

Adobe’s chief technology officer Kevin Lynch unexpectedly left the company to join Apple as vice president of technology, a hiring decision that …

Reviews: OtterBox Armor Series Case for iPhone 5

The first thing we noticed about Armor Series Case is its size. It makes your handset 0.64” taller, 0.66” wider, and 0.4” thicker; you definitely …

Apple adds Audiobus support to GarageBand

In an unusual move of supporting third-party APIs, Apple has released an update to GarageBand for iOS adding the ability to receive audio from other …

Apple: new apps can’t use UDIDs, must support Retina, 4” screens

Apple has announced on its developer website that starting May 1, the App Store will also no longer accept new apps or updates that access …

Apple updates Podcasts app to version 1.2

Apple has updated its Podcasts app to version 1.2, adding custom stations which update automatically with new episodes from your favorite podcasts, …

Apple acquires indoor GPS company WifiSLAM

Apple has acquired indoor GPS company WifiSLAM for around $20 million. WifiSLAM is a two-year-old startup that has developed ways for mobile apps to …

iLounge releases iPad + mini Buyers’ Guide

iLounge’s 2013 iPad + iPad mini Buyers’ Guide is now available for download! The newest edition of our guide features everything you need to know …

Apple’s Podcasts App Updated: Custom Stations & More

Apple’s <b>Podcasts</b> app for iPad and iPhone was updated yesterday, to Version 1.2. This is a fairly substantial update – with several nice new features and also a new look for the Now Playing screen. Or,as John Gruber puts it …<p>RIP skeuomorphic reel-to-reel tape deck.<p>Here’s the full list of changes in …

Apple

Best Free iPad App of the Week: Repix – Remix & Paint Photos

One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.<p>This week’s pick …

Apps

iPad App Store Features: 10 Apps that Wow

One of this week’s featured collections in the iPad App Store is <b>10 Apps that Wow</b>. Here’s the description of it:<p>From saving money on a last-minute hotel room to discovering the nether reaches of the cosmos, these apps offer truly awe-inspiring experiences. Each app is a bona fide conversation …

Google+ iPad App Just Got Another Big Update: New Features for Photo Editing, Communities & More

The <b>Google+ iPad app</b> has had another big update today, to Version 4.3.0. This one is packed full of significant new features and improvements for the app. Here’s the change list:<p>– New photo editing features: add filters, rotate and crop– New profile design– New notifications tray– New set-up flow …

Photo Editing

Need iPad Help – Just Ask

Got an iPad question you can’t find a good answer for? Need some help on fixing an iPad problem? Or just want to learn some great tips & tricks to get more out of your iPad? I’m happy to help out.<p>We’ve even got a page for that here: http://ipadinsight.com/help-page/<p>Here’s some of the topics I can …

iPad Apps

CVS Pharmacy Now Has an iPad App

<b>CVS</b> is a new iPad app for the CVS Pharmacy chain. The app promises a ‘virtual 3D’ CVS store experience, along with an impressive number of features. Features include:<p>General• Visit a virtual 3D CVS/pharmacy® store• Store locator with directions, contact information, hours and services• Shop using …

CVS Pharmacy

Cool Things: New Logitech Keyboard Folio Cases for iPad and iPad mini

Logitech has unveiled a new line of keyboard folio cases for the iPad and iPad mini. They’re called the Keyboard Folio and the Keyboard Folio mini and, as the bit of the name would imply, they offer protection for the front and back of the iPad and iPad mini.<p>And as you can see in the promo photo …

iPad Mini

Concert Vault for iPad: Awesome Collection of Live Concert Audio and Video

<b>Concert Vault for iPad</b> is a new app that offers up a treasure trove of live concert audio and video from a huge range of artists and bands. The App Store description for the app is far from reticent in describing its virtues:<p>Concert Vault for iPad brings you something that you truly cannot find …

Concerts

iPad mini Refurb Models Start at $299 on Apple Online Store

Refurbished models of the iPad mini now start at just $299 on the Apple online store. That price is for the baseline 16GB WiFi only model and it’s a $30 discount on the standard price.<p>There are refurb models available for the full iPad mini range now – from 16GB to 64GB and both WiFi and WiFi + …

iPad Mini

Apple's Lower-Cost iPhone to Lack Retina Display?

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani has released a new research report today citing supply chain checks as the basis for predicting a June or July launch for both the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone, in line with other recent reports. Daryanani says, however, that the lower-cost iPhone …

Alleged iPhone 5S Home Button, Vibrator and Volume/Mute Flex Cable Parts Surface

<i>Nowhereelse.fr</i> reports [Google translation] that it has spotted a pair of alleged parts for the iPhone 5S. The parts appear to have been posted by Japanese vendor Moumantai.<p>The first part is the device's home button, which looks very similar to the home button on the iPhone 5 with the exception of …

Apple Adds 'Offers In-App Purchases' Disclosure for App Store Apps [Update: Now on iOS Stores]

As noted by <i>The Guardian</i>, Apple today rolled out a new "Offers In-App Purchases" disclosure directly underneath the Buy/Free button for App Store apps supporting the feature. The addition helps make clear to potential purchasers that free or even paid apps may require additional purchases in order …

Apple Acquires Indoor Mobile Location Positioning Firm WifiSLAM for $20 Million

<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Apple has acquired indoor location company WifiSLAM, paying around $20 million for the firm. Apple has confirmed the purchase, but declined to offer any details on its plans for the acquisition.<p>The two-year-old startup has developed ways for mobile apps to …

FAA Still Looking at Digital Device Use During Takeoff and Landing

A year ago, it was revealed that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was reexamining regulations regarding the use of digital devices like the iPad or Amazon Kindle during taxi, takeoff and landing of commercial aircraft.<p>Today, <i>The New York Times</i> reports that the industry group working with the …

Google+ for iOS Updated with Profile Redesign and Photo Filters

Google has updated its <i>Google+</i> for iOS app, adding new photo editing features like filters, rotation, and crop, alongside a new profile design that makes +1, reshare, and comment buttons easier to access.<p>Back in September of 2012, Google purchased Snapseed, which was created by Nik Software. The new …

Chevrolet Promoting Siri 'Eyes Free' Integration for 2013 Sonic in New TV Ad

Last month, Chevrolet announced that its 2013 Sonic and Spark had become the first cars to offer support for Siri's "Eyes Free" mode. The feature integrates Apple's personal assistant with the vehicle's entertainment system, allowing the driver to access information while keeping his or her eyes on …

Apple Launches U.S. iPhone Promotion Offering Free Next Day Shipping On All Models

Apple today launched a new promotion for U.S. customers, providing free next day shipping on all of its iPhone models. While Apple typically provides free shipping for all orders over $50, the promotion also includes the iPhone 4, which is free with a two year contract.<p>The shipping promotion comes …

Twitterrific Updated with Native Push Notifications and Performance Enhancements

<i>Twitterrific</i> for the iPhone and iPad was updated to version 5.2 today, adding support for native push notifications for mentions, direct messages, favorites, retweets, and new followers.<p>Previously, Twitterrific did not include native push notifications, instead using third party notification app …