Posts tagged with: iOS 7
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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    The routine is one we know well by now: Apple releases a major new iOS update alongside the launch of a new device, Apple users start upgrading en masse, and in the weeks that follow we start learning about new bugs and watch Apple fix them. That meant the arrival of iOS 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 back in September, followed by iOS 7.0.3 late last month. Apple's not quite done yet, and today we see it make with iOS 7.0.4, delivering its own assortment of bugfixes. All told, it sounds like a pretty minor update – in fact, while we're sure there must be other little tweaks that aren't getting much ...

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    When Apple introduced the iPad mini with Retina Display, together with the last-gen full-size iPad, called iPad Air, the company didn't make an announcement regarding the availability of the improved mini slate. There's been a lot of speculation on the delay, and there were even reports claiming that display burn-in issues are preventing the smaller iPad from being available. You can now order the iPad mini with Retina Display from the Apple Store. You can choose from Space Gray and Silver, 16, 32, 64, and 128GB storage options, as well as WiFi-only or Cellular-enabled variants. Prices ...

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    If you fancy Boost Mobile, the Sprint-powered pre-paid carrier, and you've got your eyes set on one of the new Apple iPhone models, you'll be glad to know that both the iPhone 5S -- currently, already reported as being out of stock -- and the iPhone 5C are available. The higher-end model will set you back $549.99, which is $100 less than what Apple is asking for. In addition, you can get another $100 off if you are a new customer until November 24, making this a $449.99 offer. No wonder it is out of stock! The iPhone 5C is there though, the last year's iPhone 5, and will cost $449.99, ...

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    It was three and a half years ago when Apple kick-started the modern tablet market we all know and (well, at least some of us) love today. The original iPad upended the space, proving that 10-inch devices did in fact have a place in this world. And to this day, Apple has held and proven its dominance over all those who have taken a stab at the tablet sector, though it's market share has been steadily slipping over the last year, give or take. The competition has been heating up, and Apple was in need of a refresh to its aging iPad lineup. Enter the iPad Air. Apple boasts that the iPad Air ...

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    Contest Update: We're in contact with the winner (Luca from Austria) and are in the process of shipping his Nexus 5 to him. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nexus 5 giveaway! You know the old saying: sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you're the ball. Sometimes you're a radio champ, sometimes you make a 90-minute podcast based entirely on leaks and rumors, only to have the subject of those rumors officially unveiled just hours later. Life's rough. Well, this week we're looking to correct that bit of poor ...

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    Last week, Apple released the latest addition to its popular iPad lineup, the iPad Air. It's lighter, thinner, and narrower than all full-sized iPads before it. But how does it actually stack up to its predecessors? We put the iPad Air up against the iPad 3 this time around. With the same displays, similar internals, and the exact same software, the two tablets have quite a lot in common. But are the iPad Air's improvements worth the extra cash? Should you upgrade from your old iPad to the Air? Watch this iPad Air vs old iPad comparison to find out!

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    Shortly after the release of Apple's iOS 7.0.3 update, Henri Lamiraux, the company's iOS Engineering Vice President, has decided to retire. The information has been allegedly confirmed in an email to 9t05mac by Lamiraux himself, and there's his LinkedIn profile to back the information up. According to Lamiraux, the decision to leave was taken a little while ago; iOS 7 was his last release. He has started working at Apple 23 years ago as a Software Engineer for Mac OS, coming from Electronic Arts. Lamiraux worked with Craig Federighi as well as Scott Forstall and he was mostly ...

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    Apple recently announced its latest iPad refresh, the iPad Air. Along with its new design, which is virtually identical to the iPad mini, it is now much thinner and lighter – 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner, to be exact. Inside, it also features Apple's new A7 chipset, 1GB RAM, a 32.4Wh battery, and up to 128GB of storage. So does any of this make the iPad Air a better tablet than before? We can't say for sure just yet. We've got plenty of testing and comparing to do over the next week before we give it the full review treatment. Until then, enjoy the iPad Air unboxing below!

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    Apple announced the iPad Air, the fifth generation tablet from the Cupertino-based company, on October 22. It is now available to purchase on Apple's online store and will ship between 24 hours and a few days, depending on your region. You can also head down to your local Apple brick-and-mortar store to grab one in person at 8a local time. Available in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB storage flavors, as well as in two colors, the iPad Air will set you back anywhere between $499 and $929. It packs the same 9.7-inch screen with Retina resolution display, and it is now powered by Apple's A7 chip, ...

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    In the last month and a half, we have come face to face with major updates to the three most popular mobile operating systems: first iOS 7, then Windows Phone 8 Update 3, and now Android 4.4 KitKat. The question we're left wondering, however, is: which of these major updates is the most innovative, warranted, and necessary? That's no easy question to answer. Each update brought dozens of new features and capabilities to each platform, both in terms of hardware and software. We've parsed all the change logs and broken down each update into several different categories.   Hardware ...

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    Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering, took a jab at Android and NFC at WWDC this year when he said "There's no need to wander around the room, bumping your phone." He said this in reference to AirDrop and iBeacon, which was introduced with Apple's iOS 7. But, before we get into iBeacon, let's talk about NFC -- Near Field Communication. Many smartphones powered by Android, Windows Phone 8, and even BlackBerry come with NFC inside. NFC is awesome! With NFC I can change profiles on my phone for home, work, or car mode. I can automatically join a friend's WiFi ...

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    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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    Just a couple of weeks ago, we all waited and forgot about BBM reaching iOS and Android, since first of all it didn't happen, and second, it's not like if we had any buddies left in the platform. The company has gained and lost buyers in the last couple of weeks, and it all seemed like if the cross-platform BBM project was silently abandoned in favor of securing an economic future. All the drama came to an end two days ago, or at least part of it, as the app was finally launched on both iOS and Android at the same time, and if you thought that people didn't really care about BBM, think ...

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