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iPhone Life Magazine Vol 5, No 2

The only magazine dedicated to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Each regular issue is chocked full of reviews of apps, accessories and Apple handhelds. It’s also loaded with tips and how-to’s, user profiles, business solutions, and more. To read it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch download the free “Zinio Newsstand & Reader App” from iTunes App Store

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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
when entertainment becomes boring

I grew up as an only child in Venezuela until the age of ten, when my first brother was born. At home we had a tiny TV with 4 channels, two of which I always skipped because they never showed any cartoons. We didn’t have a computer, cable TV, or even a phone. I was bored a lot, and I battled the boredom by creating games, puzzles, and challenges for myself. I once made a slingshot out of spare wood left over from the bunk bed my stepdad built. The thing looked like a handheld medieval catapult, and it scared the neighbors. Another time, I used my mom’s typewriter to write my first “book”—a one-page story about a soccer ball that could feel, so it didn’t appreciate getting kicked around.…

1 min
meet our writers

Nate Adcock Systems Test Engineer natestera@gmail.com Article page 58 Todd Bernhard Founder, No Tie Software todd@toddbernhard.com Article page 61 Steve Boss Radio Host on KRUU FM 100.1 sboss@me.com Article page 54 Jacqui Lane Tech Journalist jacqui.frye@gmail.com Article page 49 Jonathan Marks Professional Photographer jonathan@jonathanmarksfneart.com Article page 90 Siva Om Web Designer and Writer sivaom@iphonelife.com Article page 77 Dan Rasmus Strategist and Industry Analyst dwrasmus@danielwrasmus.com Article page 80 Mike Riley Advanced Computing Professional mike@mikeriley.com Articles pages 68, 72 Rebecca Santiago Editor in Chief Emeritus, The Tufts Daily santiago.rk@gmail.com Article page 74 Bryan Schmiedeler Programmer bryanschmiedeler@appleinfocus.com Article page 22 Dain Schroeder Tech Enthusiast dainschroeder@mac.com Article page 44 Randy Siegel Senior VP at Fixmo randy@randysiegel.com Article page 81 Mike Wewerka Founder of TechHog.com mike@techhog.com Article page 42 Kellie Worrell Math Teacher brainstarsapp@gmail.com Article page 86 iPhone Life Staff David Averbach Publisher and CEO david@iphonelife.com Article page 26 Nina Benjamin Associate Editor nina@iphonelife.com Articles pages 28-36, 64 Alex Cequea Editor in Chief alex@iphonelife.com Articles pages 28-36, 68 Hal Goldstein Senior Editor, Founder…

2 min
istats, news, stats, tidbits, & more

THE NUMBERS $4 BILLION A late 2012 study by eMarketer showed that mobile ad spending reached over $4 billion in 2012. This represents a 180% increase from 2011. The figure is higher than previous estimates, which were forecasting an 80% increase, or a total of $2.6 billion for the year. In the report, eMarketer cited Facebook’s mobile news feeds and Twitter’s Promoted Products suite as the main driving forces behind increased mobile ad spending. By the end of 2012, Facebook’s mobile ads alone were generating about $3 million per day. Mobile ads, which include search, display, and messaging-based ads that run on smartphones and tablets, are expected to continue to grow at a steady pace, with total mobile ad spending projected to reach over $20 billion by 2016. 99% PAY CUT At first glance,…

2 min
ask the experts!

Confused With iTunes I love my Apple products, but I’m having trouble with iTunes 11. I went to iTunes and saw that 11 apps needed to be updated. I clicked on the Apps tab and scrolled down to the bottom right to click on the Update All button, like I’ve done a million times before, but there was no button anywhere to update all my apps. I’m old, but I’m not stupid! What happened? -Vickie Georges Dear Vickie, You’re not alone in your confusion. Apple updated iTunes 11 towards the end of 2012, and it was the most significant overhaul of their software in many years (see article on page 22). You can still update all your apps with one click, but finding the options takes a few steps. When you first connect your iDevice…

8 min
ipad mini

Since its fall 2012 release, the iPad mini has been a big hit. It quickly sold millions and was a top gift item over the holiday season. People love the fact that it’s thin, light, and more portable, yet still offers the same user experience as the full-sized iPad. iPad mini Specs The 7.9-inch display gives you a viewing space that’s two-thirds the size of its larger sibling. It has the same screen resolution, 1024 x 768, as the iPad 2, which means, of course, that all current iPad apps work on the iPad mini without needing to be rewritten by developers. It’s about as thick as a pencil—just over a quarter of an inch thick. And it weighs 0.68 lbs—half the weight of the larger iPad. Even though I’d read a lot…

4 min
hands on with itunes 11

In late November 2012, Apple released iTunes 11, and it was the media management software’s most significant interface overhaul ever. Apple almost completely redesigned the user interface, featuring what they call “simplified views of exactly what you want.” You may be in for a shock the first time you open up iTunes 11. But although the visuals have changed, the fundamentals haven’t. Let’s take a look at what’s inside. GOODBYE, LEFT-HAND SIDEBAR The classic left-hand sidebar for accessing your media content, devices, and playlists is gone. Apple has replaced it with what they call an “edge-to-edge” design. A dropdown menu in the left-hand side provides access to different types of content, such as Music and Movies, while a button on the right toggles between the iTunes Store and your Library. Cover Flow…