Ian Paul of PC World reports that you can get an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 4 at deep discount right now — not very surprising considering the strong rumors that the 2012 version of the iPhone will be announced on September 12th. If you are interested in buying a new iPhone but you can wait a few weeks, I recommend that you wait. If you are looking for something larger than an iPhone but smaller than an iPad, the latest rumor (John Gruber; Jim Dalrymple) is that Apple will release a smaller version of the iPad, but will do so in October so as to not steal the attention from the new iPhone in September. Interesting, if true. And now, the rest of the news of note for the week:
- We are waiting for the jury to come back with a verdict in the Apple v. Samsung trial regarding whether Samsung copied the iPhone and iPad. Nick Wingfeld of the New York Times examines some of the corporate secrets and other tidbits that came to light during that trial. One example: 78% of iPhone owners use a case. That's far higher than I would have expected. I can report that in the Richardson household, that number is 50%. (My wife uses a case; I don't.)
- Trial consultant Ted Brooks discusses options for printing from an iPhone or iPad.
- If someone sends you a confidential text message while you have your iPhone on a table with others nearby, they can see the text message when it flashes on your screen. (The same is true for part of the message in an email.) Allyson Kazmucha of iMore discusses this and shows how to adjust your settings to gain privacy.
- Kazmucha also compares remote access apps for the iPad. I use and recommend LogMeIn Ignition.
- Dan Moren of TechHive reviews GateGuru, one of my favorite apps to use when traveling.
- If you are really into photography, you'll enjoy reading these two posts from Haje Jan Kamps at Pixiq. This one explains why one could not use an external flash with the iPhone's camera even if you wanted to do so. This one explains how the iPhone deals with its fixed f/2.8 aperture.
- Martyn Williams of IDG News Service explains how police used Find My iPhone to track down the iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' home.
- And finally, my prior posts this week discussed using external keyboards with an iPad to help restore that feeling that you are typing on a real computer keyboard. But what if you want to restore the feeling that you are typing on an old typewriter? Austin Yang, a designer currently based on Scotland, came up with this amusing idea: