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We knew it was coming. We knew it would be flat. What we did not know is that once again Apple would make a great OS even better. Just like Apple always does with new products; it does not just catch up to features that were missing it innovates them as only Apple can. I have not been an Apple fanboy for a while truth be told I got board with the OS. It seemed that the Android could do so much more because it was open source. Each I wanted a feature, I had to go Cydia to find a tweak. For the non tech savvy folks, I don’t know how they do it. All my iDevices have to be jailbroken. It is a necessity for adding features that Apple simply does not have the time to add into a OS until it needs a boost. This is the case with iOS 7. Apple has once again taken it’s upgrades and features from the jailbreak community. 90% of the features introduced today are available right this moment on Cydia if you have a jailbroken phone. The new features and or upgrades were for Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. Now lets go through the updates.
Control Center gives you quick access to the controls and apps. You can switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, adjust the brightness of your display or use flashlight.
You can get the same features right now from the cydia store if you download: AUXO
Notification Center big update was that it was transparent and could be used from the lockscreen. You can get the same features right now from the Cydia store if you download: Springtomize
Multitasking has always been an issue for the iOS. Android just does it so much better. Even after these updates it is still not anywhere near as robust as Androids multitasking. However it is a good step. The way you multitask in iOS 7 is with cards. You just press the Home button twice to see preview screens of the apps you have open. To quit an app, just swipe it up and out of preview. You can get that same features right now from the Cydia store if you download: CardSwitcher
Intelligently scheduled updates.
One new feature that iOS 7 has that is not in the jailbreak community is it can learn when you like to use your apps and can update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check Filpboard in the morning around the same time everyday it will have your feed ready and waiting for you. That’s a feature that will be very helpful. iOS schedules updates during power-efficient times. Like when your device is on and connected to Wi-Fi. So your battery isn’t drained unnecessarily.
Filters. iCloud Photo Sharing & Air Drop
All the cool kids are doing it. So, why not Apple. You can now apply filters to photos. iCloud Photo Sharing now lets other people put thing in your Photo Stream.They can put photos, comments to your stream and finally videos. AirDrop is Apple’s answer to Samsung’s bump photo share feature. AirDrop lets you share photos, videos, contacts almost anything else from any app that supports the feature. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop will only work over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted. Sorry Dropbox and Flickr, looks like Apple will be taking that business you.
iCloud Keychain. iTunes Radio
1Password, it was fun while it lasted. Looks like Appple will be taking that buinness from you now. Or, maybe not. Now iCloud can remember your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers for you. Would you want this though? After all the talk of the NSA having a backdoor into Apple and a number of other big tech companies, I’d be hesitant to use this feature. It works on all your iOS 7 devices and your Mac computers running OS X Mavericks. Apple says that this is all done with 256-bit AES encryption. I’ll pass. Thanks. However, I will be using the Activate login needed if my iPhone is lost or stolen feature.
iTunes Radio is here. After all the hype it’s just another Pandora. Social sharing is really lacking. What it is lacking it makes up in the iTunes walled garden. The more you listen to the radio the more it will be personalized. You have to scrub as with all streaming music services. iTunes Radio will be available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV for free. Checkmate? Only time will tell. What would be cool is if it could be combined with a Shazam type program.
OS X Maverick: Just the facts
OS X Mavericks, the next version of Mac OS X marks Apple’s move away from cat-themed names for major OS X releases.
Highlights about OS X Maverick from the keynote:
Finder now has tabbed browsing support just like your web browser, so that you can see contents of various directories without having to juggle between multiple windows. You can drag files and folders across tabs, as you’d expect.
You can now tag documents when you save them, so that they appear in a single group in Finder. Documents can be tagged from any device and OS X will sync them using iCloud. These tags will also be searchable from the Finder, so that you can find documents more easily.
Better Multiple Display Support
Docks, menus can now appear on each display, and full screen mode no longer makes all screens except for one useless. There’s multiple monitor support for Spaces as well, so now you can move between different spaces on one screen without affecting the other one.
Safar’s home page now has a sidebar that shows you your bookmarks, reading list and shared links. Shared links are links shared by your friends on various social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. There are various under the hood optimizations for performance improvements, some advanced features like the addition of OpenGL 4 for better graphics, an updated Safar and a lot more.
Apple has not released the new iPhone yet but that has not stopped people from coming up with ideas of what it might look like. This concept was created by Ran Avni. His concept of the iPhone 6 would have a 3D camera and an edge-to-edge 5-inch screen. That’s right Apple will be jumping on to the 5″ bandwagon just like they followed everyone else with a 7″ iPad Mini. Check out the concept video below.
We know that Apple has a U.S. Patent showing that it has been working on an iPhone with flexible wraparound display. The people at the great tech magazine T3 have created a 3D rendering of such an iPhone. The rendering is complete with specs. The flexible wraparound display has 1615×1800 resolution. There is no Home button. In fact all but the power button appears to have a virtual.
Click below to see what iPhone 6 could look like:
PressReader is one of the few apps out there that go above and beyond what is advertised. The app has most major publications from around the world.
Press reader is on on almost every mobile format from Android to iPhone and more. PressReader means you can have all your publications with no compromises in quality. The large screen of a tablet like the iPad works best if you want to read the paper. If you are on the go in the morning like me, I suggest that you use the iPhone. I use the app like a podcast. Every morning on the drive or metro to work. It reads me USA Today. Before I was only able to fit sections into my day. Now I can hear the who thing read. PressReader has auto-delivery of newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With over 2,300 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 55 languages, you will find something to read.
Pro: 2,300 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 55 languages. PressReader is the best app of its kind.
Con: You need internet connection for PressReader to read you the publications. It would be helpful for those that ride to metro or subway to not have to steam content.
Cost: Free to play up to $29.95 to commit.
Aye/Nay: This is a Aye. This is a slick easy to use program that has mountains of content. $0 to start, it’s worth it.
iTunes Link: PressReader
Siri sucks and the commercials are a blatant lie. That sounds very harsh and the 1st thought of a lot of people. For those that hate Siri, the jailbreak community has responded. The jailbreak community often comes to along and makes Apple’s iOS much better than it is. Later Apple incorporates that idea into its own. Most of the time without giving credit, as was the case with inclusion of Wireless Sync on the iOS 5. We digress, Siri has gotten a lot better with OS 6. However it still does not work when you want it and some of the results are less than desired. Google the search giant also has an assistant called Google Now. Google Now is ridiculously faster than Siri and more accurate. What caused this writer, a die hard Apple iPhone user to switch over to Google Now is its ability to understand plain human speech. Thanks to the simple to use Evasi0n everyone should have a jailbroken iPhone. The NowNow tweak on Cydia can be used to replace Siri with Google Now. Watch the video below, to see the hack in action.
Just in time for Valentines day, Apple on has announced a new iPad, sort of. The new iPad is just like the old one. No new updates at all other than one big thing. The memory size goes up from 64GB to 128GB for the price of a decent laptop. The fourth-generation iPad tablet will be available on February 5th. The cost is $799 for the Wi-Fi model or $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. I would wait for the new model that actually has real updates. This seems rush as a desperate move to grow revenue. This is very unlike Apple. Rather this is very unlike a Steve Jobs ran Apple. The stock slumping must be really effecting the leadership. Apple’s full press release follows below.
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.
“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime”
“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”
iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.
“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”
“The features and capabilities of iPad give us the ability to set a new standard for multitrack recording and editing on a mobile device,” said Rim Buntinas, WaveMachine Labs’ CEO. “Users of the Auria app can play 48 mono or stereo 24bit/96 kHz tracks simultaneously, record up to 24 of those tracks simultaneously, and also edit and mix with familiar tools. With its portability and all-day battery life, iPad has revolutionized recording for audio professionals allowing artists to record anywhere.”
“The bottom line for our customers is winning football games, and iPad running our GamePlan solution unquestionably helps players be as prepared as possible,” said Randall Fusee, Global Apptitude Co-Founder. “The iPad’s unbeatable combination of security, being thin and light, having an incredible Retina display and also being powerful enough to handle large amounts of data enables us to deliver a product that takes film study to a new level and ultimately gives our users the best opportunity to prepare, execute and win.”
The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance**. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world***, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.
iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store℠, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore℠.
Pricing & Availability
The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple has just released iOS 6.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the release notes the main thing the update provides is LTE support for more carriers and giving Siri the power to make purchases. Siri can not buy movie tickets from Fandago if you live in the USA. If you have iTunes Match, you can now download individual songs from iCloud. You can download the update right now over the air. For the iPhone 5 the update is 107MB. If you don’t see it go to settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. You can only download the update if you are on a wifi network. If you have Apple TV there is good news for you too. Apple TV now has Bluetooth keyboard support, Up Next, and makes better use of the iCloud service.
UPDATE: MuscleNerd has confirmed that it is safe to update to iOS 6.1. So jailbreakers can go and update to iOS 6.1. Sunday may be Fun Day!
Incase you have been living under a rock; Apple gave Google Maps it’s walking papers when iOS 6 came out. It replaced it with its own Maps app. Only problem was, this app was not up to Apple specs. Truth be told the app was worthless. I like many had to find an alternative. Waze became my go to.
We now have good news! Google Maps came out on the Apple AppStore last night. Well, really this morning. Go download it ASAP before Apple finds a reason to pull it. We are going to set are new default navigation app Waze aside for today to give Google Maps a full run through.
So far it has voice navigation, local search, Street View and the much needed transit feature. Download Google Maps at http://t.co/gjZ9RJb9
Look for our review soon.
Apple blocked updates to Microsoft’s SkyDrive app for iOS. The reason is money. Apple is wants a 30% cut of revenue from the users who sign up for a SkyDrive subscription. Apple does this with all apps in the App Store. It’s that pay wall. It is one of the risk you run into when you develop apps for sale in the Appstore. Microsoft’s app lets you sign up for free SkyDrive account. Then later if you wish you can sign up for a paid subscription. at a later time. Since Microsoft is not paying Apple’s required 30% of sales on all subscriptions. Apple has blocked all updates to the app. It even has gone as far as to block out updates to apps that integrate with SkyDrive. They too cannot update until Microsoft and Apple work things out. Microsoft tried to push an update that removes all subscription options from its SkyDrive app but Apple still rejected that version. The last update to SkyDrive was released this past June. I can see stopping Microsoft but when you go after other developers that can not control the API, it is a problem.