Applelinks iOS News Reader - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Using The New 128GB iPad As Main Computer
Is The iPad A True Personal Computer?
iPhone 5 Ranked Fifth In User Satisfaction, Behind Four Android Powered Devices
Full-Size iPad's Massive Tablet Market Dominance Days Behind It?
Apple Continues To Dominate Mobile Video Viewing, With 60% Occurring On iOS Vs. 32% On Android, Report Says
Are Smartwatches a Dumb Idea?
Kensington Equips iPad with 360 Protection, Announces New KeyCoverT Case
Document Writer Released for iPhone and iPad
Indian Motorcycle Accelerates Toward Historic Relaunch With Updated Free 'Indian Rides' Mobile App


Using The New 128GB iPad As Main Computer

iSource blogger brad0885 is posting a series of reports on his adventures experimenting with a 128 GB iPad as a substitute for his 13-inch MacBook Air.

He says over the past few months he's found himself using his mobile devices more and more and the MacBook Air less and less - not that he doesn't like the MacBook Air (he says he thinks it's the best computer he's ever owned), but its just that his iPad and smartphone are able to do more and more of the basic tasks he requires of a computer, resulting in his using the laptop for literally minutes a day or for bigger computing projects, while spending hours per day on my mobile devices.

Consequently, he's begun to to wonder why he has a thousand dollar machine sitting on his work desk basically going unused, and has begun to think he could ditch the laptop all together and move solely onto mobile devices for all his computing needs with the recent release of the 128GB iPad providing the perfect excuse to give this idea a try, using it in a week long trial as his main compute and attempting to go the entire week at home and work using solely the iPad.

Likes So Far

Improved Focus - a silver lining to the dark cloud of the iOS's inability to display two apps or windows open at once on the iPad.

Battery Life - A whole day of heavy use and plenty of battery left to do it all again,

The Ability to Still Type Quickly - but a Bluetooth keyboard is a must for anyone trying to go solely iPad.

Finding a Somewhat Workable File Management System - Dropbox and CloudMagic

Early Dislikes

Awkward Handling of Photos by iOS - New solutions are needed in the next iOS update will be needed to deal with this many photos on an iPad efficiently.

Gorilla Arm - "One of the biggest downsides to going all touchscreen and no mouse is the fact that you always have to reach up to select anything on the screen when using the iPad on your desk with a keyboard" - inconvenience and fatigue of which being referred to as Gorilla Arm by some, and it's also much slower reaching to the screen to select something rather than just clicking on it with a mouse. He says if there's one reason that might cause him to eventually ditch the idea of going solely iPad, this may be it. [Editor's note: the fix for this would be for Apple to add mouse driver support for Bluetooth mice, but they've so far been doggedly, perversely stubborn about doing so. Ed.]

Awkward Text Editing - Selecting, copying, pasting, and moving around text on a touch screen is awkward, and replacing mouse clicks and drags with taps and finger holds on a glass screen will never be as efficient as using a mouse.

Extra Steps for Almost Every Task - Doing things on an iPad requires an extra step for many tasks here or there versus a computer

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Is The iPad A True Personal Computer?

AppleDailyReport's Dennis Sellers notes that last week the Canalys research group reproted that Apple is the world's top computer vendor with 20% market share including the Mac and the iPad, while other market research firms, such as IDC, and Gartner, flatly deny the iPad is a personal computer.

Whether a machine that's a closed system, has no built-in keyboard, or USB connectivity, and is lame for content creation should be considered a real personal computer is debatable, but Sellers observes that what isn't is that, as Gartner notes, worldwide personal computer shipments are down because tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by cannibalizing PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs, and says he's argue that if the iPad is replacing older PCs, then it must be a sort of personal computer.

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iPhone 5 Ranked Fifth In User Satisfaction, Behind Four Android Powered Devices

Market Research firm On Device Research have posted findings from their latest device satisfaction study, which asked 320,000 mobile and tablet users in six countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Indonesia, about how satisfied they were with their device.

Results were surprising, they report with the much-anticipated iPhone 5 only ranking fifth in device satisfaction in a study of 93,825 US mobile users, behind four Android powered devices.

On Device reports that US mobile users reported a higher satisfaction with their Motorola Atrix device (8.57), an Android powered device at a lower price point, than Apple iPhone 5 users (8.23), and that although Apple created one of the most revolutionary devices of the past decade, other manufacturers have caught up, with some Android powered devices now commanding higher levels of user satisfaction.


The 4G effect

Whats really interesting, says On Device is the 4G impact - the top 5 devices for satisfaction in the US are 4G capable devices, and users with a 4G subscription reported a higher device satisfaction (7.76) than those with no 4G subscription (7.28).

Device satisfaction also has an impact on network operator satisfaction, which also showed a positive increase (+0.48) amongst 4G subscribers. 4G users also have a higher monthly mobile bill.

UK and 4G

In contrast, in the UK where there is only one 4G network operator EE, the iPhone 5 is under less pressure from competitive devices, ranking second in user satisfaction.

However in the study of 52,140 UK mobile users, the HTC One X scores higher (8.47) than Apple's iPhone 5 (8.21).


As 4G opens up to more UK cities in 2013, it will provide opportunities for both mobile network operators and handset manufacturers, to increase satisfaction, device usage and loyalty.

The full US & UK Device Satisfaction On Device Research report can be downloaded at:


Dvorak Dubious About Apple-Negative User Satisfaction Survey

"Is it really possible that the Motorola Atrix HD outscored Apple's iPhone 5?" asks PCMag's John C. Dvorak. "Doubtful."

Dvorak says results reported from a user satisfaction survey of more than 320,000 smartphone users conducted by OnDevice Research are "the most ludicrous" ever, with the iPhone 5 coming in fifth and last, scoring 8.23 out of 10, the oddest part being that the Motorola Atrix HD came in first, with an 8.57, with the middle three of the top five being the Motorola Droid Razr M (8.5), the HTC Rezound 4G (8.32), and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (8.26).

For one thing, Dvorak notes, when the highest and lowest scores come within less than a point of each other, is there really a statistically important difference anyway?

Secondly, were the users all experienced with the other phones? If not, were some models overrated because owners didn't know any better.

"I mean, who buys a Motorola phone?" says Dvorak, who asserts that the survey was conducted to put Apple in a bad light, and observes that the fact is that very few serious iPhone users would ever buy anything else, so if the iPhone got low marks, they would be from casual users who may have had trouble with the device.

Dvorak does concede that Apple has owned the smartphone market for the past six years and is becoming the Model T Ford of the industry, recalling how Henry Ford kept the Model T on the market much longer than he should have, until his executives (led by his longsuffering son, Edsel) forced him to do something new.

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Full-Size iPad's Massive Tablet Market Dominance Days Behind It?

So thinks Citi analyst Glen Yeung, cited by CNET's Lance Whitney, who reports that Mr. Leung projects the 9.7-inch iPad under pressure of increasing competition not only from 7-inch tablets but potentially a burgeoning congery of new touch-screen PC Ultrabooks with Intel requiring new models based powered by its next-generation Haswell processor to include touch capabilities some to sell for as little as as low as $599. Leung predicts that the flagship iPad's market share will continue to shrink this year despite the debut later this year of a fifth-generation model.

Quoting Leung in in a Citi investors note released Tuesday, Whitney says the full-size iPad is also being hurt by demand for its smaller sibling, with sales droping by 9 percent in the U.S. and 26 percent in Japan year-over-year subsequent to the iPad mini launch last October, and more consumers opting for not just the mini, but other 7-inch tablets like Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and Google's Nexus 7 as well, with the overall market share for 7-inch tablets soaring 41.2 percent in the fourth quarter from 12.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, while the share held by 10-inch tablets simultaneously fell to 40.6 percent from 67.3 percent.

Whitney also cites data released by IDC in January showing a 43.6 percent share for Apple's tablet in the fourth quarter, down from 51.7 percent a year earlier, Leung summarizing that after analyzing the data, Citi have new concerns about the health of the 10-inch tablet market and absent any material innovations they remain concerned about Apple's ability to maintain market share.

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Apple Continues To Dominate Mobile Video Viewing, With 60% Occurring On iOS Vs. 32% On Android, Report Says

TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington reports that a new study from video monetization company FreeWheel reveals that the mobile video market grew from 2 percent in 2011, to 12 percent of overall online videos watched in 2012 - a huge increase, and the main benefactor of that jump is Apple, whose iOS mobile OS grew its share of total mobile video views to 60 percent, compared to Androids 32 percent take of all mobile views.

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Are Smartwatches a Dumb Idea?

Apple has the tech world buzzing with news of a new product that will combine some features from iPhones with a wristwatch-like device. Apple wouldn't be the first to introduce a wearable device like this - Sony and Motorola both came out with small devices that you wear on your wrist that sync up with your phone. However, the expectation from the industry is that Apple's product will be higher in capability and quality. Tech expert Karl Volkman of Chicagos SRV Network, Inc., weighs in on the rumors and what this could mean for Apple.

"Apple has distinguished itself as a leader in the industry for innovative, easy to use products," says Volkman. "However, its unclear whether a smartwatch will be a revolutionary product for Apple as the iPod and iPhone were when first introduced to the market. An iWatch would have to provide significantly better capabilities and usability than its competitors to do so.

"By pairing a smartwatch to a phone, the device would be able to alert a user of incoming emails, messages, and calls while providing information such as weather and news headlines. Similar devices include fitness products that you wear like a wristwatch and provide information about physical activity levels and movement. It's predicted that the iWatch would include all of these features and potentially more."

"Products like the Sony SmartWatch and MetaWatch have started the trend," Volkman observes. "It makes sense for Apple to collect information about all available products and attempt to create a better, more well-rounded device that can outsmart the competitors."

Karl Volkman, is Chief Technology Officer of SRV Network, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, and an IT Professional with over 30 years of experience.

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Kensington Equips iPad with 360 Protection, Announces New KeyCoverT Case

Kensington has announced a new addition to its line of tablet keyboard cases with the Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad. The product is designed to equip mobile professionals using iPad 4th gen, iPad 3rd gen or iPad 2 with durable, 360 hard-shell protection. The Kensington KeyCover is the first in a new family of hard shell tablet cases to be released throughout this year. The product is available now for pre-order online at and


Ideal to take on the go between indoor and outdoor work environments, the sleek but rugged KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard case features an anodized soft-touch finish that resists fingerprints and smudges so it always looks smart. Nothing makes emailing, surfing the web, and working easier and more satisfying than a real, high-performance keyboard. And the removable, touch-typist optimized Bluetooth tactile keyboard on the KeyCover is claimed to really deliver, and also includes shortcut keys to help you work more efficiently.


The Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell iPad Keyboard complements the aluminum back of your iPad for the a combination of aesthetics and 360 hard-shell protection. Inside the KeyCover features a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with high-performance keys optimized for the touch typist. KeyCover securely holds your iPad in both landscape and portrait modes so you can enjoy hands-free viewing.


• Rubber feet for stability
• Automatic wake and sleep modes when KeyCover is opened or closed
• Pop up stand supports tablet in typing mode
• Easy access to I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras
• Compatible with iPad 4th gen, iPad 3rd gen or iPad 2
• Bluetooth: V3.0
• Working time: 120 hours
• Standby time: 200 days
• Battery capacity: 380 mAh


The Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad sells for $79.99.

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Document Writer Released for iPhone and iPad

Nexscience has introduced Document Writer 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Document Writer features a superior word processor, offering rich text editing, PDF conversion, file management and a cloud sharing framework through which users can seamlessly work with cloud based storage systems like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Users can create professional quality documents in open standard format that can be viewed or edited in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word or any other standard word processing application. The app also features a high quality viewer for Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, Text and a wide variety of image file formats. Users can download files from virtually anywhere: from the internet, from a computer through a USB cable or from an external file management system like Dropbox or Google Docs.


"Mobile Smart Phones are now capable of doing what we used to do with our desktop computers" says Faisal Faruqi, CTO for Nexscience and an Industry veteran. "With increased computing power and rich hardware capability in smart phones, the innovation in applications is taking the benefits of mobile technology directly to common users"

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 Gen) and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 4.0 or later
(*) 16.3 MB

Document Writer 1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.


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Indian Motorcycle Accelerates Toward Historic Relaunch With Updated Free 'Indian Rides' Mobile App

Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, has announced the availability of its enhanced Indian Rides mobile app, featuring new interactive functionality that allows fans of the brand to actively engage with the revived and reconstituted Indian Motorcycle Company. The rich media app made its public debut in January at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City with the help of celebrity Mike Wolfe, creator of the HISTORY Channel's American Pickers series. The updated app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately for both Android and iOS smartphones.


The Indian Rides app now reveals the sound of the upcoming engine which was designed from the ground up to capture the spirit of Indian Motorcycle. It features an interactive graphical image of a motorcycle throttle and starter switch, allowing users to simulate starting the historic new engine. Leveraging the smartphones gyroscopic sensor, the user holds the phone in landscape mode and it becomes a functioning, interactive throttle. The app incorporates a professionally recorded, high-fidelity audio clip of the new Indian Motorcycle engine, enabling fans to rev the engine to get a sense of whats to come in 2013. The app will continue to be enhanced with new features and elements throughout the year.

"Our world-class engineers and design team have invested an unprecedented amount of time to perfect the power plant that will be the life blood of the all-new Indian Motorcycle coming later in 2013. Loyal fans of the Indian brand will appreciate that it represents the perfect blend of new, state-of-the-art technology and the iconic design elements that made this brand a legend," says Rod Krois, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. "Our team created the app as an entertaining and engaging tool for our community to become interactive participants in the creation of the future of Indian Motorcycle."

The Indian Rides mobile app is specifically tailored for Indian Motorcycle riders and fans, but offers powerful benefits for all biking enthusiasts. In addition to the new interactive engine sound experience, the app allows bikers to display their current map location, view weather conditions and advisories, find and contact nearby Indian dealers; search for local service like gas stations, restaurants and lodging with integrated direct dialing, save waypoints of interest, track and save favorite rides and routes, and easily share saved routes on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The app includes automatic map caching so riders can enjoy most mapping features even when cellular service is unavailable.

The updated Indian Rides app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately by visiting the following links: Indian Rides for Android; Indian Rides for iOS/iPhone.

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc., is America's original motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America's most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world and fans of the Indian Motorcycle brand can visit:

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