Labelled “the ultimate iPhone, iPad and iPod manager”, iExplorer 3 does seems to be a very comprehensive piece of work. iSensei has long had PhoneView from Ecamm Network in his dock for its ability to look into the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as if they were a mounted hard drive, able to view and manipulate individual files directly, which you can’t do within the devices themselves nor from iTunes. This new iExplorer from Macroplant seems to take that concept even further.
As you can see from this screenshot (don’t ask iSensei who this ‘Ricardo’ is. No idea) you can view your IM messages, contacts, notes, photos & videos, apps, iCloud files, call history, voicemail messages, etc. etc. Pretty much everything that’s stored on your iOS device, including what you’ve worked on in 3rd party apps! You can drag off music to your computer and it’ll even skip any duplicates.
Nice to be able to see the specs of your device and what you’ve consumed in memory. It’s clean, nicely designed and could be an iSensei Essential. The stickler is the price: $35. That’s a bit steep, in our book. (Still, PhoneView is only $5 less and doesn’t seem to do quite as much and certainly not as purty.) And, like PV, it does support ALL iPod touches, iPhones and iPads ever created. It’s Mountain Lion-ready and Retina Display enhanced.
This is a tough one. iSensei may just have to forego his 3-martini lunch tomorrow and buy this sucker. Check it out and let us know what YOU think!
What We Think We Know But Aren’t Sure
(Always a Fool’s Mission)
OK, with only a few days to go (anxious!), iSensei is going to stick his neck out and GUESS what he thinks the iPhone 5 will have, now that we’re pretty sure (but not certain) that it will be called the iPhone 5. Let’s get to it:
- Larger 4″ screen - Yeah, hard to be wrong on that. Too much circumstantial evidence plus it makes sense given how competitor’s phones screens have grown. Will likely accommodate another row of icons/apps on the home screen and a wider picture/video experience, which’ll be nice. Oh, and definitely keeping the Retina Display. It’s so sweet.
- Larger case to accommodate new screen – About as wide, a little thinner (cool) but a millimeter or two taller. Should keep it from becoming one of those awkward “mini-tablets” some of the new Android phones are.
- Metal back - Probably. More durable than glass or plastic, though probably plastic on the top and bottom of the back for improved antenna range. These things are filled with antennas.
- New smaller dock connector - Makes sense. Old 30-pin version you use for syncing and charging now has been around quite a while and they can free up a fair amount of space inside by miniaturizing the plugs. Apple will sell adapters for about $10 a pop. iSensei would prefer free but that’s just not going to happen. We’ll all adjust. Trust me.
- Headphone jack on the bottom - Yeah? Really? Why? Though, the way iSensei puts his phone in his pocket (bottom side up) may be the way many others use it so, easier on the headphone jacks. We’ll see.
- New iOS (operating system) – Most definitely – version 6.0. They always release a new one to take advantage of the new hardware. Will likely also run on iPhone 4 and 4S (and iPad 3) offering them some additional benefits, but not everything the 5 will be able to do. Maybe not earlier models than those. Forces the software to be too weak to accommodate the slower, less powerful hardware.
- More Siri - Yup. Definitely lots more data on sports and movies, the two most highly requested categories of info. Beyond that, hopefully a more robust upgrade, moving it out of “beta”. Siri’s a great idea but needs muscle. Too skinny now.
- Improved earbuds - Sounds possible. It’s amazing Apple’s never upgraded the funky white ‘buds that have come with every iPod/iPhone since 500 A.D.
- 4G/LTE - That faster phone/network connection that the iPad 3 got in the Spring. Very welcome, if so. Likely.
- 3D - Nope. Stereo speakers - Don’t think so. NFC - It won’t, so don’t even bother to ask what the hell that is.
Alright, well, enough speculatin’ for now. The real deal will be on display this coming Wednesday the 12th so be sure to check back later in the day for iSensei to brag “I told you so!” (except iSensei wouldn’t use the pronoun “I”, so there. Not unless he’s had too much of his ‘Special Sauce’ at least…)
Thanks to techradar.com for the iPhone image but not the snappy comment.
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