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.

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!

CoPilot App Updates come to iOS, requires iOS 6

Our latest update, v 9.4.0.276, is available now for iOS users! Here’s what you get with our  free update:copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode and other fixes

Following their exciting WWDC conference, Apple has made some changes to the requirements for detecting devices. Our CoPilot team has adjusted our process accordingly which means that all future app updates will work with devices equipped with iOS 6.0 or greater.copilot-data-settings-iphone4_US

Most of our users will be unaffected because every iPhone is that CoPilot runs on has iOS 6. If you have iOS 5, we strongly recommend updating to iOS 6 to continue using CoPilot and receiving all of our future updates.

For iPad (1st Generation) customers who are unable to update to a newer OS version: you can of course continue to use your CoPilot app exactly as before, but will be unable to update to a newer version of CoPilot on that device. You may wish to download the current app from the App Store to iTunes on your computer as a backup should you need it, as you may be unable to download and install it from the App Store to your device.

If you get a new iPad in the future, you’ll be able to simply re-download from the App Store and login to continue using it – and get future app updates.

Deft Device Stands For Your SmartPhone and Tablet

Travel season is upon us! As you head to the beach or lounge pool side, don’t forget to give your device a nice place to relax as well. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest device holders to make sure you’re coveted Co-Pilot enabled smartphone or tablet has a great resting spot.

If you’re…A CAT LOVER

 You’ve Gato Call Phone Stand from ModCloth $21.99

This fancy feline will gladly hold your phone while you’re tending to other important matters.

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If you’re…A TRENDSETTER

Smart Pebbles multifunctional cell phone holder by DesignMAX $10.40

 The heat-resistant, silicon based pebbles serve as a great laptop stand or device holder and come in many different colors.

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If you’re…NOSTALGIC

Jonathan Adler Smartphone Holder by Jonathan Alder $48.00

Though the price tag may be hefty, this Jonathan Adler piece does allow for charging while the phone is in place. Simply plug the cord into the bottom of the stand!

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If you’re…A BIG KID

Astronaut Smart Phone Holder $20

This useful action figure is also available as a soldier, polar bear or bell hop.

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If you’re…INTO TRUCKS

Lori Load Stand by Monkey Business $23.99

For all you CoPilot Truckers, here’s a flatbed for your smartphone.

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If you’re…A BEACH BUM

iBeach smartphone stand by treehouseoasis $36.00

These cute beach chairs will have your phone lounging in style. Available on Etsy.

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Already have a great stand for your smartphone or tablet? Did you DIY your own device holder? Tell us all about it in the comments!