As we just mentioned, Apple doesn’t license their female connector technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it. Take for example, the USB Fever iPad iPhone cable extender. This cable makes it easy to extend the iPad or iPhone from it’s original point.
Some possible applications would include: A developer testing the device and doesn’t want to wear down the contacts of the Apple device. Connect where other accessories get in the way. Your other cable is worn down and you don’t want to drop the $50 on the Apple branded version.
The Apple cable extender is $12 and ready for the taking.
Did you know Apple will license it’s male 30 pin connector technology to just about anyone, but they will never license the female 30 pin portion of their connector? For most, not a big deal, for some, they’d love to have that ability.
Things could get interesting down the road as Apple was just awarded another patent for their 30 pin connector. This time the pin-out includes support for data and power communication to 3.0 devices and also Thunderbolt devices. What does this mean?
It means Apple will be able to keep their slim line design and proprietary connector interface via their 30 pin connector. The new design will still communicate with 3.0 devices, but without the traditional USB port interface. A bit brilliant if you ask me.
With the increased sales volume of Apple products, this new connector type could become an industry standard – oh wait – it can’t – because Apple wont license their female part of the connector. This means tablets like the Motorola Zoom and others could not pivot off the 30 pin design. But rather stay with traditional power pins and USB interface. This gives Apple the edge up on keeping their products slimmer and thus more light weight.
What do you think?
Nest is a contemporary looking storage slash stand for Apple products. The Nest is a device-stand small enough to prop up your iPhone and sturdy enough to hold up your iPad [via the back door sliding tray].
Very clever indeed. It would be great to see their creative genius make up a solution for multi Apple products as well. As I’ve mentioned before, my house alone has 3 iPhones and one iPad. We are constantly searching for a bulk charge center that will keep the USB power cords organized and the devices available.
Back to the Nest – different color insert lining for padded storage. The rubber insert folds over the top so that when an iPad is set flat on the top, it will not slip. Making it easy for the user to read, type and browse the device while in use.
The Nest is bargain at just $15.
Doing a bit of research for iPhone chargers I came across the Dynamic8 iPhone and iPad charger. The look is fantastic and is very contemporary. No protrusive charger sticking out half way into the drivers console, but rather flush, stylish looking accessory.
- Enjoy full use of your iPhone or iPod during car trips, and arrive with your battery fully charged
- Amber/green charging status light
- Detachable dock connector to USB Type A cable that you can also use to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer
- Easily replaceable 2 Amp automotive blade-type fuse to protect against spikes and surges
- Works with iPhone, iPad models that feature full-size dock connector, and iPad shuffle (1st generation)
Only down side…they call it the “iCar Charger”
The AirStash, in one word, Amazing. This device solves all the problems of lack of storage with Apple products. With the AirStash you can now budget down to purchase the cheapest iPad or iPhone because the AirStash gives you the extra storage you need.
The AirStash, in simple terms, is a wireless storage dongle you carry around which provides unlimited storage.
The AirStash uses self powered WiFi to sync with your iPod, iPad or iPhone. The AirStash uses an SD slot for unlimited storage. The controller on the AirStash will recognize up to 32GB SD cards…from there you just swap out memory and keep saving.
Since the AirStash is wireless you can stream audio or video from the device to your Apple product. This means you can run GBs of music or videos without bogging down all the memory on your iPhone or iPad.
The only drawback I see is that you cannot dump photo’s from your Apple product to the AirStash [I’ve emailed the company to make sure my info is correct]. But you can easily take pictures using a digital camera [that uses SD cards] and simply pull the SD card from the digital camera and upload those photo’s to your iPhone / iPad.
The AirStash [kudos on the creative name] is available for $99 and is well worth the money rather than paying $100s more for a bigger Apple product.
If you’re not convinced yet, watch this 3 min YouTube video and get hooked.
The iTunes backups for your mobile iPhone device or iPad device will eventually suck up much of your hard drive space. From the source article, this can be as much as 20% or more, depending on the amount of content iTunes is backing up.
To alleviate this problem, you can redirect your iTunes backup location to be an external storage drive, or a 2nd hard drive on your system. By using a Windows symbolic link routine, you can take control of where the backup location will reside.
For this tutorial you’ll need to download NTFS Junction utility [free] and do some CMD prompt edits to bring it all together. If you are not comfortable with the above, yet quest the solution, then I recommend getting someone a bit more knowledgeable with Windows to perform the task.
- So to begin, you need to download this free tool to create NTFS Junctions. (This is a tool provided by a Microsoft engineer on Microsoft’s website ironically enough)
- When you unzip that file, extract the junction.exe into the C:\Windows folder so that you can run in from anywhere.
- Next up, you need to move all of your existing backup files to their new location. This could be secondary hard drive, or another partition, or even an external hard drive. Before we move the files,