Category: iOS Software



With WWDC right around the corner rumors are running high with news about new iMacs, MacBook Airs, and more.

Here’s what I think we can hope to see at WWDC:

1. With Intel’s new Ivy-bridge processors out, and Apple’s whole computer line-up awaiting an update we can will definitely predict that Apple’s new machines will definitely carry the Ivy-Bridge Chips.

2. USB 3.0 is becoming more and more popular, and rumors from 9to5mac show that USB 3.0 will replace USB 2.0 in all future Macs

3. More RAM: Currently the most RAM an Apple Macbook can hold is 8 GB, but rumors are showing MacBook Pro models with up to 16 Gigs of RAM. Now that would be one monster laptop.

4. Apple’s top-of-the line Mac, the Mac Pro, has not been updated for 2 years. And sources are showing a scarcity in Mac Pro’s at Apple Stores. Professional workers would love to see a new Mac Pro, so hopefully we will see an update next week.

5. 15-inch MacBook Air. For a couple of months there have been rumors that Apple is adding another model to their MacBook Air line. So we can assume that it will be the 15-inch. But we don’t know weather their is enough technology to create a 17-in MacBook Air

6. Retina Display Macs: Display technology has become more and more advanced. And some images found in the source code of Mountain Lion show images with a large number of pixels that would only fit on a Retina Display.

6. iOS 6: Pictures below show that Apple will be showing iOS 6 off and most probably release developer versions. Some features we might see in iOS 6 are Facebook sharing integrated into Apps, Siri for the iPad, Apple’s new Maps app, and iCloud improvements.

7. Mountain Lion: Versions of Mountain Lion have already been seeded out to Developers so we can probably hope to see Apple release Mountain Lion to the public at WWDC.

8. Apple TV SDK: Sales of the Apple TV has been steadily increasing and at AllThing’s D’s D12 conference Tim Cook stated that the Apple TV had become something Apple would pay more attention to. So we might see Apple release an Apple TV SDK, so the Apple TV can become a more attractive offer to people.

All of this seems like too much to be releases at one WWDC keynote, but these are just predictions that may or may not come true.

-MacMusings

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Rage is a FPS game by iD Software. After getting over 100, 000 likes on Facebook they decided to make it free for a week. The game guides you through certain arena’s where you can move your orientation, but not your position, the game automatically moves “you.” And in there you have to kill these zombie-like creatures with a gun. Along the way you can hit bull’s-eye’s, get more ammo, and grab money.

It’s a fun shooter game. But be warned it’s pretty violent, and the graphics are really gory. Otherwise while it’s free, go and grab it from the App Store. The links are below.

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Today Apple released financial information about their fiscal third quarter with a record for iPhone and iPad sales. Apple announced sales of $28.57 Billion and a Net Profit of $7.31 Billion. This was a around 3-4Billion more than what analysts had predicted. The Quarterly Earnings Call results were announced by Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer.

Apple Sold 20.34 Million iPhones that’s record high, even without Apple releasing a new phone in a year. Analysts think that it’s the Verizon (CDMA) iPhone and the White iPhone that are really driving sales. 9.25 Million iPads were sold, that’s a record for the iPad as well.

Unfortunately Apple sold only 3.95 Million Mac’s this quarter. So Mac sales were down. But there was a 59% growth in Mac ales in the Asia-Pacific Are. iPod sales were also down with only 7.54 Million iPods sold.

Apple additionally announced that Mac OS X 10.8 Lion will release tomorrow, July 19, in the Mac App Store. No information was given on time of release.

Overall this was a great Fiscal Quarter for Apple. Hopefully in the next Fiscal Quarter Mac and iPod sales will be higher.

-MacMusings

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Evernote is known for it’s amazing note-taking application on the Mac and iOS Devices. Now they have come up with this new Application for the iPad 2 called Evernote Peek. The Smart Cover was Apple’s cover accessory for the iPad 2. One interesting feature of the Smart Cover working with the iPad was that when you opened the cover, the screen would automatically on and would off when you closed it. So with Evernote Peek you load questions into the App, then you close the Smart Cover. To start you open the first flap of the Smart Cover to reveal the question. You answer it then you open the second flap to see if your answer was correct. Then you close it so it can pick another questions. That’s how it works. It’s so amazingly simple yet it’s the first Application that uses the Smart Cover.

 

 

 

 

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At WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs showed to the world what iCloud was. He began with saying how 10yrs. ago people realized that the computer would become a “personal hub”, it would be where you would keep all your media. So before to get photos, music, videos, etc on your devices they had to be synced wit your Mac. But nowadays every the devices hold all types of media, and it was hard to make sure that all your devices had the media you wanted when you wanted it. So now the Mac is also going to become a device and the “personal hub” will be moved to the cloud. And Apple’s cloud will be iCloud and it will store information and push information to all your devices to maintain in sync. And it will happen seamlessly without you having to do anything. So for example you download a song on your iPad it will automatically download on your Mac, PC or any other iOS device for free. Then Steve jokes,”Why should I believe them? They’re the ones that brought me MobileMe.” Because MobileMe wasn’t much of a success. But MobileMe had three major apps Contacts, Calender, and Mail. And now Apple has rewritten those Apps from the ground up for iCloud.

Contacts: Now when a contact is made on an iPhone, the contact is pushed to the Cloud and then to the other devices. So every device attached to your Apple ID will have their contacts synced automatically.

Calenders: Same for Calenders, you make a new event or update an event on one device it is pushed to all your other devices automatically. You can even share calenders between devices.

Mail: And again you messages, inbox, folders, settings, are all synced between all your accounts at your me.com email account.

App Store: On all your devices you can view a purchase history, even if the app is not installed on your current device. But since all those Apps are synced to the cloud, you tab a button that will let you download that App onto your device from the cloud for free.

iBooks: Like the App Store you can view your purchase history, and it is all saved on the cloud so your books will automatically download to all your devices for free.

Wireless Backup: Once a day iCloud will automatically back up your device. it backs up everything including settings, music, photos, apps, books, and other information. So if you have to restore your device or you get a new one, the backup will automatically sync the device.

Documents in the Cloud:  When you use iWork on one of your devices and create a document, the document is sent to iCloud and then pushed to all your other devices. So this works with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. And also developers get API’s to put this system into their apps for iCloud integration. And this works with Macs and PCs.

 

 

Photo Stream: So you can take a Photo on your iPhone and then be able to watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.. Also if you import photos on to one device it will be sent directly to all your other devices. To sync with a Mac it will send the photos to iPhoto and for PC with the Pictures Folder. And to save storage space Photo Stream it will only store the 1,000 most recent photos and for only 30 Days in the iCloud Server. To keep a photo permanently all you have to do is save it to an Album.

 

iTunes in the Cloud: So same as before buy a song, podcast, movie, tv show on one device and the purchase history is saved in the iCloud. So go to any other device and tap to download the same media for free onto that device straight from iCloud. Or as an option you can have it automatically download all purchased content on all of your devices.

 

So those are all the Apps that are a part of iCloud. iCloud is the next generation of iCloud. and MobileMe was $99 annually. But iCloud will be Free! All these amazing services Free from Apple. Their is a Developer Preview available today. And for the rest of us it will ship along with iOS in the Fall. And that’s iCloud from Apple. I think it’s really great that Apple has been able to make all these amazing features and let customers have it for free. So good on Apple.-MacMusings

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Scott Forstall SVP of iPhone Software started out by giving out a few numbers.

  • 200 Million iOS Devices sold
  • 25 Millions iPads in 14 Months
  • 15 Billions Songs sold in iTunes
  • 130 Million books downloaded from the iBooks Store
  • 425,000 Apps on the App Store
  • 90,000 Specific iPad Apps
  • 14 Billion Downloads from the App Store
  • 2.5 Billion Dollars paid to App Developers
  • 225 Million Accounts
  • More than 100 Billion Push Notifications Sent
  • 64% of Mobile Web Browsing is done on iOS

Then he moves on to the future of iOS; iOS 5. Scott says there are more than 1500 API’s for Developers and more than 200 User Features. Like for Lion Scott will only go through 10 major features of iOS 5.

Notifications: Notification Center; Swipe down from the top to view the Notifications Center and all your notifications. Also at the top of Notification Center is is Stocks and Weather. I guess that’s Apple’s answer to mobile widgets. anyway so while you’re in an App a small animation will pop-up at the top of the phone to inform you of a notification, but you can ignore it and continue using your app, it will slowly fade away. Also on the lock screen there is an improved list to view all your new notifications. All you have to do is slide your finger on the notification and it takes you directly to the app the notification came from.

Newsstand: There is a place in the App Store dedicated to Magazines and Newspapers. So when you download something from that section it will download in an App on the homepage called the Newsstand. The UI for Newsstand looks almost exactly like the iBooks App. Also for Newsstand it has background downloads, that automatically download the latest issue of the mag or newspaper.

Twitter: you can sign into Twitter directly in the Settings App, once, and you” always be signed in. You won’t have type in your log in information every time you want to go to Twitter. Now you instantly tweet directly form the Camera, Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps and more. You can also optionally add your location if you want people to know where you are. I don’t know why you would tell people that, but that’s up t the person’s choice. you can use Twitter to get a person’s picture and twitter username to add to your account.

Safari: In Safari itself there are many new features. First is reader, which takes the article you’re reading, takes everything on the web page off it, and makes it look like just one article that is fit for the iOS device. It even automatically will change the font to fit the display. Also when in reader you can email the whole article instead of just the link, unlike before. Next feature is Reading List which let’s you save an article for reading later, and it automatically syncs with all your other devices with Safari. Then comes Tabbed Browsing just like it is on Desktop Safari.

Reminders: Stores lists of things, can attach dates and locations to you reminders. One crazy awesome features is adding locations to reminders. So for example you have to message your friend once you get a restaurant. As Mr. Forstall said, it will set up a “Geo-Fence” around that area, so when you get inside that “geo-fence” it will give you a reminder to message your friend. I think that’s really cool, and by WWDC’s crowd’s reaction I think they liked it too. Also reminders will sync with iCal and Microsoft Outlook.

Camera: Now on the lock screen you can instantly access the photos app to take pictures. But since this feature is usable without typing your pass-code, you will not be able access previous photos. And instead of tapping the screen to take a picture you can push the volume up-button. Optionally you can add lines for better use of the rule-of-thirds. and you can pinch-to-zoom here also. And by keeping your finger over an are you can place an Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock. And now you can edit your photos directly on the iPhone! You can crop, rotate, and remove red-eye.And the amazing one-tap to enhance feature from iPhoto is now on the iPhone.

Mail: Now you can have Rich-Text Formatting, ability to change indents, drag addresses between the address fields, flag messages, and you can search the contents of your message. Also the Keyboard for the iPad can be split and moved for better thumb typing, and this is an all iOS feature.

PC Free: Now when you open up your new iOS device you don’t have to connect to iTunes, instead you’ll be prompted with a “Welcome” display and a quick set-up. Also Software Updates are over the air. Whooooo!!! Also there will be delta updates so it will only download the changes and not the whole OS.

Game-Center: You can add Profile Photos, you can directly compare achievement points, can view friends of friends, and can get friend and game recommendations. All in just Game Center. Also you can download games straight from Game Center. And there is support for turn-based games like Words with Friends.

iMessage: Now there will be a messaging service for all iOS devices. So now you can message on the iPad and iPod touch. Some cool features in iMessage include the ability to see if the recipient has received or read the message. You will also be indicated if the other person is typing. And your messages will be synced between all your iOS devices. Also it is usable over Wi-Fi and 3G.

Now you can sync wireless with iTunes over Wi-Fi. And there will be a developer seed today. For the rest of us who are not part of the Developer Program will get iOS 5 this fall. iOS 5 will be compatible with all iPads, the iPhone 3GS and 4, and the 3rd and 4th iPod Touch.

This a major new update for iOS and will surely attract more users as soon as it comes out.

-MacMusings

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Apple released Press Info on Tuesday telling the Public that Steve Jobs along with other Apple executives will be unveiling Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud at the opening WWDC Keynote on June 6 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. With this news there is one surprise, three clarifications, and one disappointment. The surprise is that Steve blogs Jobs will be the Keynote presenter even though he is on sick leave! A clarification is that Lion will be announced more publicly and most likely be given a date and price for it’s release at WWDC. Also that the next generation of iPhone Software will be called iOS 5 and be announced to the Public along with it’s release date. Another thing Apple might do for iOS Developers is give them a Gold Master version of iOS 5 immediately, before the real version is out. Last clarification is that after hearing so many rumors that Apple will release cloud service and what it might be called, Apple finally confirmed that it will be called iCloud. But we still don’t know the features of iCloud so we will have to wait till Monday’s keynote. Unfortunately Apple said nothing about a new iPhone. Other Apple-related blogs say that the next iPhone won’t be released until the September music event. This is ending the tradition of announcing the iPhone at WWDC which Apple has been doing for the last three years. Hopefully Jobs’ “one more thing” might be the iPhone 4. But this is the only information that we have now. All we can do now is speculate or wait till Monday to get all the information.

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On the last day of June Apple released a new version of iWork that now also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The price for each of the Applications is the original 9.99, and for owners of the iPad version of the Application can get the iPhone version for free.

I think it was good on Apple to make iWork compatible among all their featured products so they can view and edit those documents from an iPad to an iPhone and a Mac. But I don’t know anyone who is willing to make a document, spreadsheet, or a presentation on a small 3.5″ screen. So unless you have an iPad to use the apps with, then I don’t think it’s a good investment to use only on the iPhone.

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Today at the Apple Special Event Apple showed off many new products Software as well as Hardware. Steve Job’s made a surprise appearance and said,”We’ve been working on this product for a while, and I just didn’t want to miss today.” So let’s get straight to it shall we.

iPad 2: Apple released their iPad 2. It now come with Apple’s custom built dual-core A5 Processor, that is supposed to boost performance 2x and graphics all the way to 9x. This iPad will is going to be faster than ever (and people thought the original iPad was fast). But it still has the amazing 10hr. battery life. Also a built in Gyroscope for better orientation as Bob Mansfield the Head of Hardware said. This is going to be better for games that really use those sensors. Extremely new design. 33% thinner (13.4 to now 8.8) and almost 15% lighter (1.5lB to now 1.3lB). The new design completely makes the “side” disappear, it literally looks like a big iPod Touch. The iPad 2 will come out in White and Black, like the iPhone should have shipped but it seems that Apple has figured it out now. The iPad will come in a Verizon and ATT version, but separately not together. Not only has Apple preserved the battery life, but it has also preserved the price, exactly the same prices and same capacity as the last generation. Mr. Jobs noted that 5 out of 6 models were cheaper than the $799 price point of competition. Steve was obviously pointing toward the Motorola Xoom. 2 Amazing Accessories: Digital A/V Adapter and Smart Cover. The Digital A/V Adapter will let you have a real-time mirrored projection of what you’re doing on an iPad through a HDMI output, it also allows you to charge the iPad simultaneously and costs $39. Next the Smart Cover, which is a cover that attaches to you iPad with magnets and can fold to angle the iPad for viewing a movie or typing. $39 for polyurethane in 5 colors or $69 for leather also in 5 different colors. One software feature with this accessory is that when you open the cover the iPad will automatically wake and when closed, will go to sleep. That’s it for the iPad 2 Hardware-wise. the iPad will be available March 11th and Apple is not accepting Pre-Orders so you will have to wait in line at 5:00 to get one at a retail store.

iPad 2

Smart Covers

iOS 4.3: Scott Forstall, head of iOS, came up onstage to Demo iOS 4.3. Feature included Nitro JavaScript Engine which loaded JavaScripts twice as fast. iPad Switch preferences, either mute or oriental-lock. Personal Hot-Spot feature for iPhone 4. FaceTime for iPad. Also funnily Photo Booth from Mac was ported over to the iPad to make your ridiculous face even funnier. There are 9 choices, and using your finger you can change aspects of the effects like using a mouse on Photo Booth for Mac. iOS 4.3 will be available to iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 4Gen and 4Gen in March 11th.

iMovie for iPad: Randy Ubillos Chief Architect of Video demoed iMovie for iPad and showed how easy it was to make wonderful movies in a matter of minutes. iMovie for iPad had a cool theater interface, and more Themes and Transitions. iMovie for iPad will be available March 11th for $5.

Garage Band for iPad: Xander Soren of Music Marketing demoed the first version of Garage Band for iPad. There are hundred of touch instruments implemented into Garage Band that you can play directly on the iPad’s screen. Also with adapter’s you can add real instruments or with the mic record music while playing. You can have up to 8 tracks at a time, that you can edit add or delete stuff all directly on your iPad. Garage Band for iPad will come out March 11th for, again, $5.

That was pretty much all of the news today at Apple’s Event. Though I am wondering what happened to Mobile-Me. Retail Stores are no longer being supplied with the Boxed Versions of Mobile-Me and the Website is only offering the 60 Day Trial and no longer selling it. Who knows what apple has rolled up their sleeves. Come back soon after March 11th to see a review of the iPad 2.

-MacMusings

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