What’s in a name: Why the new iPad isn’t called iPad 3

The cat is out of the bag: Apple’s new tablet won’t be called iPad 3 or iPad HD, but simply the new iPad. That may sound like an odd choice at first, but it signals a profound change, as the iPad is dominating the post-PC world.

How Apple could screw the U.S. wireless industry

All signs point to Apple unveiling the first iPad with LTE on Wednesday, but if that tablet — and more importantly the forthcoming iPhone 5 – doesn’t support LTE, then Apple will have struck huge blow to the wireless industry and impeded mobile broadband’s progress.

Motorola forces Germany to ban iOS push mail

After a patent dispute in Germany between Motorola and Apple, local users of iCloud and MobileMe have now had push email functions disabled. But don’t be surprised if the same problem wings its way across the Atlantic soon.

Path soups up photo features with iPhone app update

Path has updated its app for the iPhone with the debut Wednesday of version 2.0.5. The key new part of the update is the addition of a new effect called “Depth” that brings what’s known as tilt-shift capabilities to Path’s photo taking feature.

Macworld | iWorld 2012 highlights for general Apple users

We’ve already talked about some key highlights from the Macworld | iWorld 2012 show, particularly from the prosumer and developer angles. But my focus here is on those products average Apple users might be interested in, for both Mac and iOS devices.

5 music-focused iTunes alternatives for Mac

iTunes may be great for syncing your iOS devices, or buying songs, movies, apps and books, but it’s not exactly the most nimble music player anymore. Here are five great Mac-compatible alternatives that focus on the music, without the bloat that iTunes brings.

Do we want textbooks to live in Apple’s walled garden?

Apple’s new textbook offering and book-authoring software are attractive, and the idea of digital textbooks makes sense, but they are both locked to Apple’s walled-garden ecosystem. That may be fine for music and movies and games like Angry Birds, but is it appropriate for educational material?