Thin (iPad) Air: Apple’s Latest Device Offerings

In its first major redesign of the successful iPad tablet, Apple unveiled its newest addition, the iPad Air. Like the newly released iPhone 5S, the iPad Air has a 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor. It also has a 5-megapixel iSight camera and FaceTime HD front-facing camera and 10 hour battery life. Other iPad Air specs:

  •  Lighter, slimmer version. Weighs only one pound!
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Screen size remains the same – 9.7”
  • Houses the A7 processor chip like the iPhone 5S making it 72x faster than the original iPad

 

DSC_0619Ready to buy? If you’re looking to run CoPilot on this light Apple slice, you only have a short wait. The Wi-Fi only iPad Air is available on November 1st for $499 and goes up to $629 for a 16 GB version with 4G LTE connectivity.

Also announced was the new iPad mini with retina display and the same processor was the iPad Air and iPhone 5S. The new mini will be available in November with its WiFi only model priced at $399 and the mobile connectivity model for a cool $529.

Both the iPad air and the iPad mini will have fast processing, LTE connectivity and crisp,clear screens. We cannot wait to see CoPilot running on these new devices!

Earlier we talked about Nokia’s latest efforts in the phone and tablet market. We’ll be watching the market closely to see how consumers react to the choices from both Apple and Nokia.

How did you feel about Apple’s big announcement? Surprised? Shocked? Indifferent? Let us know in the comments.

Bright City Lights Turn Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and city skyscrapers all across the world are lighting up pink to bring awareness to the masses.

For our Android and iOS customers looking to get into the charitable spirit, we invite you to download our Breast Cancer Awareness theme for $.99. Proceeds for this app theme will go to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

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Check out some of the beautiful buildings turn a shade of pink for a great cause.

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U.S. –  Over 100 buildings in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Camden, NJ participate in Lights for the Cure. The fountain in Love Park uses pink water and makes for a popular photo op in the city of Brotherly Love.

 

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 Belgium

Flagey Building, Brussels

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France

Le Grand Palais, Paris

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Germany

Brandenburger Gate, Berlin

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The Netherlands

Philips Headquarters, Amsterdam

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Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Liz Hurley at Harrods

United Kingdom

Harrods Department Store, London

What other city’s skyscrapers are going pink this month? Let us know in the comments!

Greatest Hints: 7 CoPilot Tips To Remember!

Our iOS 7 day sale ends today. To help you decide whether or not to get 10% off our CoPilot Premium apps, we’ll remind you of all that CoPilot has to offer. There are so many great features in your CoPilot app that can help make your navigation guide as personal as possible! We’ve given you some Helpful Hints in the past – here’s a refresher of our most popular tips:

 

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There are plenty of ways to customize CoPilot to your liking but perhaps the best way to showcase your style is choosing the right theme! The easy part is getting there – Head to Settings – > Themes. The hard part is making a choice between our gorgeous themes.

 

 

 

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Our new connection settings feature allows our users to control how much of their data CoPilot uses while helping you navigate the open road. You can manage your Cellular Data Usage by tapping Settings -> Cellular Data Usage

 

 

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In addition to lowering screen brightness and turning off vibrate mode, CoPilot offers a way to help reduce the amount of battery used.

Inside the CoPilot app, you can go to Settings -> Power Saving. Once there, choose a lower setting which will move the map display fewer times per second and help save your battery.

 

 

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If you’re looking to hit the road with multiple destinations, CoPilot’s Trip Optimization feature will help you save time and money no matter how many stops you have.

The Trip Optimization feature allows you to plan for 20 different stops. To add stops  go to Route -> Plan or Edit Trip -> Add Stop.

 

 

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Once you park your car, you can save the location by going to More -> Parking. Once there, simply tap to save this location. You can also leave yourself a note in case you want to remember the price of the garage or what time the meter runs out.

 

 

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Powered by INRIX real-time traffic information, ActiveTraffic™ gives CoPilot users the ability to battle traffic head on with information on the fastest, most efficient routes. Drivers will save time and use less gas, which means saving money! MyCoPilot-> Features & Upgrades to get traffic info and get ahead!

 

 

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You choose the type of vocie you want to hear and you can control how often you hear CoPilot’s spoken directions. You can customize your CoPilot experience even more with our Guidance options.

Head to Settings ->Guidance to get started.

iOS 7 7 Day Quiz Answers and Winners!

In anticipation of iOS 7, we asked our fun Facebook fans to participate in a little quiz.

Congratulations to:

  • Paul Smith
  • Eric Daly
  • Lester A. Norman
  • Jerry Manis
  • Brett Nolan
  • Simon Arnold
  • Gary Zuber

And our grand prize winner,  Steven Rose!

We hope you enjoyed answering all of our Apple themed questions. Here are all the answers and for those that won, congrats and enjoy the fruit of your labors!

Women's City Golf TournamentQuestion 1- iOS fans can take their love of Apple out on the green at the golf course in which country, whose 17th hole is an apple shaped island? A: USA. The Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima Valley, Washington is located in an apple orchard.

Question 2- This apple is BIG, but not the Big Apple. Which country hosts this huge fruit attraction? A: Canada. Yes, the “big apple” is actually located north of NYC in Colborne, Ontario!

Question 3- Which country invented apple pie? A: Even though there’s nothing more American than apple pie, the US of A can’t claim to have invented it! It’s originally from England with early apple pie recipes dating back to 1381. 

Question 4-Which country is home to the largest Apple Store? A: Amsterdam boasts the biggest space for the famed retailer. The store (the country’s only one!) opened on March 3, 2012 and expands over 11,000 square feet. It also employs over 300 Apple geniuses who speak 14 different languages.  

Question 5- A hotel in which country gave their guests 24-karatgold iPads to use during their stay? A:  United Arab Emirates. The luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel allowed their guests to use these unique gold plated 64GB iPads, priced at a measly $10,200.

Question 6- America may have Rydell High but which country is home to the Pink Lady, the queen of apples? A: Australia. It was developed in the 1970s by John Cripps in Western Australia. Today, it is still Australia’s favorite apple and is now grown in around 15 different countries and sold across more than 30 countries worldwide

Question 7- Which country is this?  A: USA. That was a screenshot of Central Park in New York City, New York! 

The iPhone5s and 5c are here!

 

September brings the age old tradition of school, apple picking and Apple picking! The new iPhones are here and this year – you get a choice! Apple isn’t just releasing one new flagship phone – their giving you variety in the shape of the iPhone 5s and the colorful iPhone 5c.

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Aesthetically, the 5s is practically the same as the now discontinued iPhone 5, with the same case design, materials and screen size. It comes in gold or space grey but otherwise nothing new externally to report. Under the hood though, the iPhone 5s does include a few notable improvements and enhancements:

  • New A7 64-bit chip. Described by Apple as a World-first, the A7 is claimed to be twice as fast as the A6 found in the iPhone 5. Will users know the difference? It’s hard to say, as the 5 was no slouch, but it certainly prepares the way for faster performance for graphics-intensive apps – including possibly CoPilot in the future.
  • Fingerprint Recognition. Apple call this ‘TouchID’ – meant to provide a new way to secure your smartphone.
  • New and improved ‘iSight’ camera with dual LED flash, larger sensor and other enhancements. Apple claim the iPhone’s camera is already the world’s most popular, although – thanks to Nokia and others – it would be hard to argue that it’s the best in the world. For most though, the improved camera will probably be the greatest new feature in the 5s.
  • M7 coprocessor. Perhaps the most surprising new feature of the 5s is its new processor dedicated to measuring motion, taking that function away from the device’s main processor. In theory, this should allow location-based and fitness apps to track physical activity and movements more efficiently and reducing power consumption. It should also allow for more intelligent detection of speed and types of movement. We will be investigating this to enhance CoPilot’s walking and cycling modes.

5s verdict? Just like with previous iPhone ‘S’ models, the 5s takes the iPhone 5 and improves it, but only in an incremental way. That said, it should be enough to win-over those who want the latest and greatest iPhone. Will it tempt those looking for cutting-edge mobile technology and innovative new features away from Samsung’s Galaxy range? Doubtful, but it should enable Apple to bridge the gap until the (hopefully larger-screened) iPhone 6 arrives this time next year.

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Many Apple fans and analysts had expected a cheaper iPhone to help address developing markets and to take-on iPhone-5c-CoPilot-USinexpensive Android and Windows Phone devices. The accepted perception was that the iPhone 5c would be aggressively priced, but have a plastic case and lower specs than the iPhone 5 to avoid competition with the 5s. But we see now that the 5c packs virtually the same specs as the iPhone 5, and is priced only a little lower than the 5s. Perhaps the best way to describe it is the ‘slightly less expensive’ iPhone. The case is plastic, but maintains a quality feel. What is most notable about the 5c is the different colors that users can choose from. The monochrome iPhone era of black and white is finally over and the colors extend beyond the case, with matching themes in iOS 7.

5c verdict? It seems that many observers were disappointed about the 5c because of it’s relatively high price. It is thought that this will prevent Apple from achieving a substantial jump in market share. However the 5c does offer a colorful and discounted version of what was the flagship iPhone. It can also be assumed that in a year the 5c will drop in price to the level of the now entry-level iPhone 4S.

For us, the new iPhones are great platforms for CoPilot. We hope they are successful, and we’ll certainly be working hard to ensure that CoPilot is optimized for them.

 

The Shiny (or should we say flatter?) New iOS 7

The much anticipated Apple event yesterday provided more details on what Tim Cook described as the OS that will “quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.”  We first got a peek at iOS 7 back in June and it appears the early buzz was pretty much on the money.   The shiny (or should we say flatter) new mobile OS delivers a complete visual overhaul with an all-new user interface, Control Center, smarter multi-tasking, iTunes Radio and an improved Siri now available in male or female voices.IOS_7_Home_Screen

The new look of iOS 7 features a slightly translucent-looking keyboard, redesigned icons and new buttons.   It’s a clear move away from the textured “skeumorphic” approach in previous iOS versions, where graphics were designed to emulate the “real world” (you won’t see the felt table cover in game center and leather stitching in Calendar). It’s clearly going to have implications for developers, many of whom will likely update their apps to compliment the new style.

iOS 7’s new Control Center adds the highly requested (and presently offered by rivals) quick access toggle bars to control brightness, switch-on flashlight, turn on airplane mode and do not disturb.   iOS 7 also brings new ways to discover apps and allows automatic app updates. This means CoPilot users will be able to download our latest app updates without taking any action.  If you still prefer to see the “What’s New” info to see firsthand what we’ve improved or added, you can always switch automatic updates off.  The choice is yours!

iOS 7 will be available as a free download for iPhone 4, 4s and 5 from September 18th.  It will also be available for iPad (iPad 2 or later), iPad Mini and iPod Touch (5th generation) although apparently owners of these devices may need to wait till October.

iphone_5s_5cWe were also formally introduced to the iPhone 5S and 5C. Both new devices will be available on September 20th with pre-orders for 5C starting this Friday, Sept. 13th.   We’ve been excited to see (and get our hands on) both devices up close and personal for some time and will report more on them later this week.

Our verdict?  As you can imagine here at CoPilot, we’re Apple fans and so it’s great to see iOS get a full make-over.   For many existing iOS iPhone, iPad and iPod owners, it’s going to feel a bit like getting a new device. To celebrate its arrival, we’ve got a few cool things in store for you.  So stay tuned over the next few weeks!

Tackle Game Day Traffic with CoPilot!

Football season is back! Whether it be college or pro, we know many of you are headed to the stadiums to cheer on your favorite team. Face paint? Check. Tailgating must-haves? Check. Traffic? Don’t forget to check!

Use ActiveTraffic™ to make sure you won’t miss any of the action!

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There are over 145 stadiums in the United States, all with their own unique atmosphere. Looking to find the stadium that offers a little more than football? Here’s a list to get you started:

Scenic Sports Spectator:

If you’re nice or nautical, try “sailgating” at Husky Stadium. If boats aren’t your thing, head to the CenturyLink Stadium to catch the SeaHawks play. This Seattle staple is home to over 30 craft beers so if you’re not enjoying the game, you can at least enjoy a variety of beer.

Foodie Football Fans:

Surprisingly, the same place that you can find an authentic Philly cheesesteak is the same stadium PETA touts as the #1 most vegetarian friendly stadium. Lincoln Financial Field offers up great local cuisine from the city of Brotherly Love including soft, warm donuts by neighborhood favorite Federal Donuts.

Preservers of Pigskin Past:

If you’re looking to get some history out of your football experience, why not head to the Superdome in New Orleans? This place has hosted more Super Bowls than any other stadium and is surrounded by a city rich in culture and American history. Or you could catch a game at High Points Solution Stadium at Rutgers University, the birthplace of college football.

No matter which Gridiron Gang you belong to, we hope you make it to and from the stadium with ease. Enjoy the game!

-Team CoPilot

CoPilot in the news: August

August brought another free map update and the end of the summer travel season. We hope everyone took advantage of the great weather and made the most of their summer vacations. We’ve got some great stuff coming in the fall and we hope you all are as excited as we are!

Here’s a comprehensive roundup of all the great reactions CoPilot received this month. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to write about us, we appreciate your support!

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CoPilot Live and Jibbigo apps make travel abroad easier by Adam Balkin

“But, a big advantage of this one is the maps can all be stored within your phone so you don’t need a data connection. That’s great if you aren’t getting a signal wherever you happen to be or if you are paying a fortune for data services. ” Read More

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CoPilot GPS Navigation App Comes to Windows Phone 8 by  Khristen Foss

“I personally put this GPS app to the test, the iOSversion, on a recent journey from NH to TN with many stops in between, and not a clue as to where I was going. The app was insanely precise, and allowed me to choose from a variety of routes to get to my destination.” Read More

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GottaBeMobileCoPilot Live Premium Review:  Offline Maps for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch by Kevin Purcell

“Before using CoPilot Live Premium we preferred Navigon as our offline GPS app of choice. However, we uninstalled Navigon and now prefer CoPilot Live Premium. It’s worth the price and works great with plenty of extras.” Read More

Back To School: Tech Tips for Dorm Living

Now that you’re out on your own, you’re quickly realizing just how much things cost. It’s easy to take for granted simple things from your parents house but if you have a smartphone or a tablet, simple tricks can help you avoid spending money for the simpler pleasures in life.

No need for expensive speakers!  Stick your smartphone inside an empty glass or plastic bottle to blast tunes during a study break.

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No TV? No worries! Use 3M hooks to mount a smartphone or tablet. It’s not the same as 72” screen but it gets the job done.3m tablet mount

Ebooks over Textbooks! Check and see if your 1,000 page textbook is available in e-book form. It’ll not only save you time but also keep you from lugging around huge books from class to class.

EReader-books-FeaturedAnd don’t forget this tried and true testament to laziness for your dorm room desk. You’re welcome.

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And if you’re still strapped for cash, win an iTunes gift card with our Instagram contest. Details here.

Have a great school year!

Helpful Hint: Which Theme Are You?

IMG_1801There are plenty of ways to customize CoPilot to your liking but perhaps the best way to showcase your style is choosing the right theme! The easy part is getting there – Head to Settings – > Themes. The hard part is making a choice between our gorgeous themes.  We might be able to help!

 

Take this simple quiz to find out which theme is right for you!

 

Besides CoPilot of course, the app you use the most is:

A)  QR Barcode Scanner

B) Twitter, FB, Tumblr..hold on let me update my status that I’m taking this quiz.

C) HuffPo or CNN

D) Plants vs Zombies

 

The one show you absolutely cannot miss is:

A) Mythbusters

B) Real Housewives of Anywhere

C) Our America with Lisa Ling

D) The Walking Dead

 

It’s the weekend! We can find you at:

A) Home.

B)  A party!

C) Book Club

D) Walking my neighborhood…in costume.

 

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