Posts tagged with: iOS 7
  • by | December 18, 2013 6:59 PM

    Looking at the latest round of iPads, it's easy to say we've come a long way. In just under four years' time, Apple has managed to make the latest full-sized iPad 211g lighter than the original. It's also 2.8mm shorter, 20.2mm narrower, and almost half the thickness – 7.5mm versus the 13.4mm thickness of the original. The outward appearance has drastically changed, as well. It's lighter, more premium, more comfortable hold, and, well, prettier. All the while, Apple has maintained the same screen size, 9.7-inches, and quadrupled the resolution, effectively doubling the density – 264ppi ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    Let’s face it, tablets aren’t perfect. We’ve had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don’t think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don’t. There are companies that’ll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, tablets aren’t new. We’ve used them for over a decade, and it’s interesting to note that ...

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  • by | December 9, 2013 7:34 AM

    Appsfire is a company focused on app discovery services, and they apparently closely monitor the status quo of the Apple ecosystem. A little more than a year ago it claimed that Apple has approved 1 million applications for the iTunes app store, but so far we have not seen that number materialize neither in reality, nor in any official mention -- though Apple usually makes a big deal out of its iTunes diversity. In a recent blog post, Appsfire claims that there are now 1 million apps ready and available to download in the AppStore, out of the 1.4 million "ever approved" by Apple. The same ...

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  • by | December 7, 2013 2:19 AM

    Earlier today, while we were busy hanging with some of you fine folks on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Live, a lot was going down elsewhere. Our LG G Flex review was in the final polishing stages; our own Taylor Martin was kicking out some coverage on Motorola's mold-breaking budget wonder, the Moto G; and friend of the show Marques Brownlee was interviewing Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility. All that activity demands a followup, of course, and what better venue for an end-of-week wrapup than the Pocketnow Weekly podcast? We can't think of any, either. So whether you're here ...

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  • by | December 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    Of all the new features present in Apple's release of iOS 7, iBeacon is probably one of the less well-understood. That should start changing as more and more users are exposed to places where iBeacons are deployed, but for the moment they just haven't had that many opportunities to see the system in action. That situation could be getting better right now, as Apple makes a big push to get iBeacons active in its retail stores. Starting today, all of Apple's stores in the US will begin using iBeacon technology, including both stand-alone Bluetooth transceivers and iPhone and iPads using ...

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  • by | December 6, 2013 9:49 AM

    According to the latest reports, Apple strikes China Mobile deal, which allows the Cupertino-based company to have its phones on the line-up of the world's largest mobile operator by users, at more than 700 million subscribers. The information was published by The Wall Street Journal and originates from "sources" familiar with the matter which remained anonymous. China Mobile is expected to have a conference in Guangzhou on December 18; that date seems to be the date hinted for Apple's products to be available on the carrier's line-up. However, the carrier is expected to unveil a brand ...

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  • by | December 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    I’m probably going to be overly dramatic with the following statement I’m going to make, but it’s true: I’m tired of hearing Tim Cook repeat how excited he is about 2014. We’ve heard so many CEOs repeat this over and over, and when the company's 2013 line-up wasn’t much to get excited about, it’s honestly a hard glass of water to want to swallow. I don’t know about you, but I’m mixed about Apple’s 2013 line-up. We knew that the iPhone wouldn’t get much more than an iterative update, which has been the norm from Apple in the last six models it’s launched of their ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 6:26 PM

    Most of us in this industry get asked a lot of questions from people in the market to buy new mobile products. "Which smartphone is the best current deal?" "Should I get this phone or that one?" "Which is the best tablet to buy?" But of all the questions I've been asked in my four years of service to the mobile tech media, there is one question that is inherently more difficult to answer than others: "Should I buy a small or full-sized tablet?" The question is difficult to answer to begin with because … who actually needs a tablet? Should anyone buy a tablet to begin with? Of course, ...

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  • by | November 28, 2013 2:31 AM

    It has become somewhat of a habit that every new iPhone sells better than its predecessor -- except the iPhone 5s, which really doesn't have a predecessor, or it is its own predecessor, if you will -- and that is exactly the case of the iPhone 5s. Apple told us this information, but we're always curious to see what third parties think, because, you know, company issues figures are, well, company issued. Fiksu is tracking the iPhone user base, among others, through its iOS SDK, and has concluded, as seen in the graphic above, that the iPhone 5s is already representing the largest part of ...

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  • by | November 23, 2013 3:20 AM

    If you're a frequent traveler or simply don't want to be tied to a carrier and be locked into a contract, an unlocked phone is the perfect solution. Apple has recently started selling the unlocked iPhone 5s in the US (while other regions already had it) and, according to the current status, it will ship within one-two weeks. The price is the same as in the case of the T-Mobile iPhone 5s (which is also unlocked, but contains a T-Mobile SIM card), and it will set you back $649-$849, depending on which storage option you choose (16, 32, 64GB). As Apple notes, "if you buy a SIM-free iPhone, ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    Last month, Apple announced two new tablets, the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air bears a new design, creating unity between the design of the full-sized iPad and iPad mini. It's now lighter, thinner, and more powerful. While the iPad mini didn't receive a major design overhaul, its guts and display are greatly improved over last year's iPad mini. Internally, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are now virtually identical. The question remains: is one better than the other? Should you fork over the extra cash for the full-sized model? Or is the extra ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 5:04 PM

    Last year, apple released a product many of us were convinced would never happen, a miniature tablet. The late Steve Jobs himself talked poorly of smaller tablets, from a usability standpoint, on an earnings call just two years ago. Nonetheless, the company pushed forward to provide the iPad mini in 2012. While many of us may not have agreed with what Jobs said at the time – that 7-inch tablets would have to be sold with sandpaper so users could whittle their fingertips down to one-fourth their current size – there may have been some truth to what he was saying. The iPad mini was a ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 3:12 PM

    Last week saw Apple deliver the very latest iOS 7 update, iOS 7.0.4. Lacking any major improvements, it was a largely forgettable release, focusing mainly on a few bugfixes. What about something a little more impactful? Enough with this 7.0.x series – today we see Apple pushing its platform ever forwards with the distribution if iOS 7.1 beta to its developer community. And truth be told: we may be moving on up in build number, but it's still a lot of bug fixes. It's more than just that, though, and you'll also see some tweaks to the Notification Center display, some small branding ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 7:01 AM

    Apple's latest addition to its tablet lineup as released earlier this week, the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina Display. Last year's miniature tablet from Apple was a success, yet it was perceived by many to be a compromise – both in performance and display quality. Apple reacted by upgrading the internals and, more importantly, the display. All the while, it managed to maintain approximately the same size, and utilized the same, much loved design. Of course, an upgrade this large warranted a price increase. While the old iPad mini only dropped $30 (rather than the expected $100 ...

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  • by | November 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    "For the first time Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS", wrote Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley, after analyzing numbers published by IDC two weeks ago. "Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%. Android's unit share grew to 66.7% from 58.5% a year ago, largely driven by Samsung and Lenovo, while iPad share declined to 29.7% from 40.2%." This all means that, according to Huberty, if up until now, Apple marketshare was somewhat less than Android's in a specific quarter and the ...

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