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Longtime Apple Human Interface designer Greg Christie is retiring from the company, and reportedly friction between he and designer Jonny Ive hastened his departure. According to 9to5Mac’s sources familiar with the matter, Christie’s software group will now report to Ive, who himself oversees the industrial design of Apple products. Aside from the important fact that Apple is losing a man in Christie who’s served important roles for the company and spanned the Newton to the iPhone, this management shakeup is notable because it unites Apple’s software and hardware design... Read more...
So much has changed in the tablet market since Apple starting shipping its first iPad around three and a half years ago. Prior to the original iPad, the tablet category didn't really exist, not like it does today. Apple wasn't the first to market with a tablet -- not by a long shot -- but Steve Jobs and the gang were the first to release a tablet that people actually wanted, and bought. And bought, and bought, and bought. There was no competing with the iPad in the early days, not when Google's hardware partners insisted on charging the same premium for Android tablets as Apple was for... Read more...
MOGA makes products that can turn your mobile device into a mobile game controller, delivering a more engaging gaming experience with console-like controls while on the go. The company keeps rolling out new controllers for Android and Windows 8 devices, and now MOGA offers one for iOS devices, too. The MOGA Ace Power supports the iPhone 5S/5C, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th-gen) running iOS 7 and offers a secure lock for keeping devices nestled safely into the controller. The controller connects to device via the Lightning connector and includes analog sticks, L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and... Read more...
The Pebble smartwatch is getting better, but it’s not the hardware that’s getting a bump, it’s the software. Pebble announced that the smartwatch is now fully integrated with iOS 7, and the second iteration of its SDK, the Pebble SDK 2.0, is coming as well. The iOS 7 integration provides a more seamless experience with the Notification Center. Any notification you get on your iPhone will pop up on your Pebble. That includes usual suspects such as calls, texts, and emails but also calendar items, social media, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox, and more. The new capabilities will come... Read more...
Apple has a new indoor mapping feature in iOS 7 called iBeacon, and Major League Baseball has wasted no time in leveraging the feature to enhance the gameday experience at ballparks. The MLB’s At the Ballpark app will use the feature to create “micro-locations” within stadiums and offer information on points of interest as you walk past them, a virtual hole punch for food vendors at the stadiums, team store discounts, locate your seats, and more. Credit: Mashable The MLB’s iOS app developer, Marc Abramson, told Mashable, “We've been looking at customizing the app based... Read more...
Apple’s walled-garden approach to mobile is legendary, and rarely was the company’s control over the entire iPhone/iPad, iOS, and apps ecosystem more evident than when it changed its proprietary 30-pin connector to the new Lightning interface and effectively punched an entire industry of iOS accessory makers (and customers who suddenly owned products incompatible with their new iPhones) in the neck. Makers of iOS accessories have to go through Apple’s MFi program in order to ensure that their products are up to Apple’s rigorous standards, and in the case of Lightning connectors,... Read more...
While perhaps a bit unnerving, let's not act like this hasn't happened before. While Apple's engineering team is no doubt massive, there's only so much a fixed group can find. We're talking about bugs in particular; while iOS 7's final build squashed a ton of quirks, a couple of security issues have presented themselves now that the operating system has been unleashed to the masses. In fact, most major companies find themselves in similar spots shortly after a major OS release: users discover exploits, and then, the firm has to work overtime in order to issue a patch (or two) to ensure it doesn't... Read more...
Conan O’Brien is developing a taste for tech-based humor, and on tonight’s show he (gently) sent up iOS 7. Today of course is the day that Apple’s latest major overhaul to its mobile operating is available for public download, and Conan decided to update his iPhone on the air, against the advice of his faithful sidekick, Andy. “You should really be careful, because the new updates can frequently be very buggy,” warned Andy. The man is a prophet. Here’s what happened: Maybe the problem was that Conan wasn’t using an iPhone 5 (what generation is that thing,... Read more...
Although it went unmentioned in yesterday’s Apple hoopla, there’s reportedly an Apple TV software update coming from Cupertino, and it will land the same day as iOS 7, on September 18th. Of all of Apple’s products, Apple TV probably gets the least attention, but according to AllThingsD, this update will bring with it some choice features, in particular a new trick for AirPlay that will allow users of Apple TV to play content they’ve purchased via iTunes on someone else’s Apple TV. However, it’s likely that more Apple TV changes are coming; for one thing, the... Read more...
iOS 7 is looking to bring a host of design changes to Apple's iPhone operating system, but it will evidently be bringing one other important change: a patch. Currently, a security flaw exists whereby hackers can engage with an iPad or iPhone by connecting a spoofed "fake charging station." The exploit was discussed at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas this week, and Apple has said that the issue has already been patched up in the latest beta of iOS 7. Of course, the final version that's released to the public will include the patch, too. Apple has thanked the researchers for bringing... Read more...
At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, iOS 7 was unveiled to the world. While the masses were told they would have to wait until autumn to get their hands around it, developers were granted access to an early beta right away. As the days pass, Apple engineers are getting closer and closer to having a final version ready for release. The latest beta, v4, was just issued to devs globally, and it's arguably the biggest jump yet. Many developers are suggesting that iOS 7 Beta 4 finally feels polishing and nearly ready for release, and the hinted feature set is worth appreciating. For starters,... Read more...
Apple is getting even more serious about gaming. While games on iOS devices have been part and parcel of Apple’s mobile strategy since day one, the company is taking the next step forward--it’s actively facilitating the development of game controllers for iOS games by third-party companies. AppleInsider snagged some slides from a WWDC presentation that outlined some possible form factor options and also named Logitech and Moga as hardware partners. There are two styles--a form-fitting controller wherein the iOS device rests inside the unit and a standalone gamepad. Both ostensibly would... Read more...
We were expecting a Jonny Ive-led redesign of Apple’s iOS with the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC today, but what Apple unveiled has a lot more going for it that just a heavy facelift. It’s true, though, that the whole look has been revamped; the fonts have been tweaked to be cleaner and simpler, there’s a bit of motion to make the interface seem “alive”, a lot of the items are translucent, and the reliance on skeuomorphs has been pulled back quite a bit. However, all that teasing about a black and white iOS 7 seems to have been substantially overblown. There are hundreds... Read more...
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is slated for June 10th-14th in San Francisco, and according to V3.co.uk, tickets for the event sold out in mere minutes. Even compared to last years’ run on tickets, when WWDC sold out in about two hours, that’s blazing fast. It’s perhaps a more notable achievement because this years’ attendees have to already be a part of Apple’s developer program. Apple is widely expected to unveil details and updates about its next mobile operating system, presumably dubbed “iOS 7”, as well as the latest... Read more...
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