Now that Apple's miniaturized solution to the 7" tablet market has been in buyers' hands for long enough to come to the realization it more or less holds its own against its competition (including its 9.7" counterpart), we want to know whether the beloved features you have had to give up when downsizing were worth the airy-light, pencil-thin tablet dream that iPad mini encompasses or if it belongs in the bargain bin with dreaded failures such as the Blackberry Playbook. Of course, sales tell a story of another smash hit in numbers but just how much does that translate into the actual experience of iOS on a 7.9" non-Retina Display? Can iPad be just as "magical" in a smaller package or does the miniature size desperately shout catch-up to a growing segment of the market Apple's competitors have created?
Well, here is another story for the books to add about Google's conundrum with Apple. Speaking with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was pressed to answer questions regarding Apple's mapping technology. Schmidt used the forum to reveal the future (or lack of?), that the two technology powerhouses are heading towards.
As our concerns over the initial impressions that iPhone 5's black coating has a tendency to develop scratches quite quickly have went on to be reinforced by users after just days, we do wonder how much of a conscious decision to ship such an easily-marrable phone was by Apple. Certainly, Phill Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and a recognizable figure from recent keynotes, has taken inspiration from Steve Jobs to answer customer emails as he speaks out on the issue.
The WakeMate, available later this month, is a new iPhone accessory that aims to help you get a better night's sleep. Using Actigraphy, the WakeMate wristband monitors your sleep cycles during the night and relays the information to your iPhone. The WakeMate software then uses that information to determine the best time for you to wake up.
Like a traditional alarm, the software allows you to set a specific time for you to wake up, although you won't necessarily be woken up then. Instead, WakeMate will wake you up within a 20-minute window of that time, based on your current sleep cycle. The result is that you'll wake up feeling more refreshed and alert.