Apple’s WWDC 2014 event is just around the corner, and the company has already confirmed the specific date and time for the launch keynote. It’s planned to happen from 10AM to 12PM on Monday, June 2nd at Moscone West, as it has for the last couple of years. Surely we’ve seen Apple launch blockbuster products like the iPhone 4 in the last couple of years, but lately WWDC has been a software-focused event. It’s hard to predict if things will change this year, but rumors point to a possibility.
The biggest things to expect at this event are definitely iOS 8, [...]
It seems like every time a new version of iOS or Android is announced, we hear the same mantra of “Android fragmentation” coming from various media outlets and fan-boys. I’ll be the first to admit, there are several versions of Android running on literally hundreds of models of Android-powered phones and tablets compared to only a very small percentage of iOS users running anything other than the latest version. But iOS suffers from something potentially worse: feature fragmentation.Feature Fragmentation
From this year’s WWDC we learned quite a bit about [...]
Apple is holding its developer conference (WWDC) in approximately two weeks. WWDC is roughly analogous to the Google I/O that concluded a few weeks ago. According to the WWDC website, we will be able to get an in-depth look at what to expect next in both iOS as well as OS X and developers will be shown how to take their apps “to the next level”. It’s really an impressive shindig with over 100 sessions, hands-on labs, events, and even the opportunity to connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers — and Google may be laying in wait to steal Apple’s [...]
iOS 6 is what I’d consider to be a mixed bag. There are a lot of reasons why it matters, but none of these include the word “ground breaking”. Apple has answered some of our requests with features like turn-by-turn navigation, or simple things like a “do not disturb” button for notifications, but almost every one of these features is just a catch-up to what others have already offered for years. Usually, if you’re late to the game, people don’t really mind if you figure out a way to do it better, but I sadly can’t say that about iOS 6. [...]
In this “covert” video we demonstrate the new features of iOS 5 which Apple states will be coming to the iPhone 4 (GSM/CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2, and of course what everyone is waiting for the iPhone 5/4S.
Since this is the beta version some features will probably change with the final release due out in late summer or early autumn. Some new apps included are Newsstand, Videos, Music, Reminders, and a few more. The biggest changes are seen in the settings, widgets, notifications, and iCloud integration. Stay tuned for more information [...]
As WWDC approaches many developers are already getting a first hand experience with the upcoming iPhone 5. It seems as though Apple has made it a crucial point to prevent the mayhem of rumors that plagued the supposed release date of the white iPhone 4. Apple has just given some preliminary specs to the new iPhone 5 which will be available June 26th at 5:00pm. Apparently the new device will be sporting the dual core A5 chip with a few improvements over the version in the iPad 2. The new chip will be able to not only do 3G for both CDMA and GSM but will also include the 1700 band after [...]
We know that Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is on track for early June, and if we’re going by habit alone, Apple is likely to drop the iPhone 5 on us all. Why, then, are there so many rumors flying about that the WWDC could be a software-only event this year?
Ever since 2007, when the first iPhone debuted, Apple’s had a new model to reveal at each WWDC. Each time the company’s issued a press release (usually coming in late April-early May, making this year’s a full month early) announcing the event, but never promising new iPhones; Apple [...]
The first hands-on video shows off iPhone 4 features as well as iMovie and in this second video, we take a look at some of the multitasking capabilities of iOS 4–Apple renamed iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4–as well as the iBooks with PDF reader on the iPhone. iBooks will now wirelessly sync bookmarks, notes, and last page read wirelessly across all your iDevices. Additionally, if you have an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, you’ll just need to purchase your book once and then you can sync it across all your devices from the iBookstore.
The iPhone also supports [...]
Steve Jobs kicked off WWDC this week by announcing the iPhone 4 with FaceTime video calling capabilities. The phone offers a number of improvements over its predecessors, including the highest resolution screen on a smartphone, IPS display technology for wide viewing angles, and sharp graphics and text. All this adds up to what Jobs called “retina display.” Jobs says that 300 pixels per inch–the standard used in print publishing–offers smooth lines for text and images. With over 300 PPI on the iPhone, images, graphics, and texts will be smooth without any [...]
The best part, for me, about the iPhone 4 is that it brings the pixel count to over 300 pixels per inch, which means that text and images are rendered as crisply as printed paper. Texts that are small in PDFs can now be readable, especially in the iBooks PDF viewer. The high pixel density screen, modern construction with smooth lines, and sleek stainless steel finish and reinforced glass that Steve Jobs says resembles Sapphire crystal and has the strength that’s 30 times as tough as plastic all give the iPhone 4 a unique place in the stylish and functional category. [...]
We got some face time with FaceTime at WWDC for video calling on the iPhone 4. Currently, video calling is limited to WiFi, meaning that you would initiate a call over your carrier’s network and must also be connected to a WiFi hotspot or router to activate FaceTime. Within the app, you can switch between the front and rear cameras to show yourself off or the action around you to your caller, as well as rotate your device seamlessly between portrait and landscape.
Steve Jobs says that there is no set-up required for FaceTime, but both calling parties do need [...]