Hands-On Review of iOS 7

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iOS 7 Gold Master has been released to developers and is, effectively, the final version that will be released after September 18 through normal update channels. I got my hands on this early release and have had the opportunity to put it through its paces and, true to their words, Apple has revamped its mobile operating system in a beautiful and innovative way. Read more »

WWDC 2013: So Many Announcements

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Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off with the keynote address on Monday, and wow was there a lot of exciting news!  This is a quick roundup of some of the most exciting announcements. Read more »

Apple Rumors, iTunes Updates, and App Store Gifts

Apple releases iTunes update. Credits to LifeHacker.

Recently, more news unfolds with Apple’s progress, particularly with its upcoming iDevices. While most of these are rumors – yes, rumors about Apple just doesn’t seem to stop right? – such as the iPhone 5s, or maybe iPhone 6, there is more news that should be taken seriously. Here is some of the latest Apple news: 1. iTunes 11.0.1 By now, most of iTunes users must have familiarized themselves with the recent iTunes update, which featured a whole lot of user interface improvements /changes. But these users have also found themselves thrown into a bit of confusion with some of the useful features of the previous iTunes 10.xx versions removed, especially the Duplicate Track Finder, where you could, obviously, remove or merge some repeating songs across your library. With iTunes 11.0.1, Apple re-includes the very useful feature.  Other than that, Apple also fixed some issues with the AirPlay button as well as some other small bug fixes. To do the update, simply open your iTunes program, go to Help menu and select Check for Updates. You can also opt to go to the Apple website and download the updated installer.   2. Gift Apps from the iOS App Store  Further acknowledging its customer demands, Apple is bringing the holiday spirit across its platform by re-adding app gifting for iOS App store, as reported by 9to5mac. It must be recalled that Apple removed this feature since the iOS 6 iteration, but now the guys decided to bring it back, just in time for the holiday season. If you want to send someone an app as a gift, just click the action button located on top of any paid app, and you may purchase the app up to 90 days before your scheduled gifting date. Apple was kind enough to add a scheduling feature to assist you with your plans of gifting.   3. iPad Mini with Retina Display If you are one vigilant Apple fan, you must be too familiar with the news, as well as the skeptic predictions regarding the rumor. While the thought of an iPad Mini to be built with Retina display is all too tempting, some reviewers noted the “impossibility” of one simply because of the fact that Apple wanted the iPad Mini to be as light and as thin as possible, while keeping all the iPad features. Adding a Retina display onto the iPad Mini would mean a bit of an added thickness, not to mention additional weight. And now, Digitimes has reported that Apple now has plans to increase the resolution of the iPad Mini. Reports state that Apple’s next generation iPad Mini will “focus on enhancing the device’s display resolution.” Although it wasn’t directly stated that a Retina Display is to be integrated into the system, the news is big enough to create a stir, most especially to individuals all too excited to have a taste of the iPad Mini. Have more news about Apple? Let’s talk about it in your comments below! Read more »

Review – Is the iPad Mini Worth the Cost?

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Do you ever get the feeling anyone who reviews Apple products is getting paid to give it a good review? So let’s do some research to see if the iPad Mini really is as good as people say it is. We’ll delve into the specs of it and while were at it we’ll compare it’s specs with a top competitor, the Google Nexus 7. Specs First the iPad Mini The iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen with 1024 x 768 resolution and 162 ppi density, weights 11.01 oz, Dual core 1000 MHz processors, 512 ram, 16 gb of storage and 2 cameras at 5 megapixels back and 1.2 front-facing. Now lets take a look at the Google Nexus 7 The Google Nexus 7 has a 7 inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and 216 ppi density, weights 11.99 oz, Quad core 1200 MHz processors, 1024 ram, 16 gb of storage and with only 1 front-facing camera at 1.2 megapixels. The Differences The iPad Mini is lacking in the power and display department whereas the Google Nexus 7 has a smaller screen and only one camera. Now here’s where it gets dicey for the iPad Mini, price. The iPad Mini sits at a base of $329.00 and the Google Nexus 7 goes for $199.00. That’s 130 dollar difference in price for .9 inches of a screen, an extra camera on the back and the Apple name on your tablet. Read more »

iOS 6.0.1 Rolls Out, Several Known Bugs Fixed

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Following reports of several glitches that has been plaguing the latest iOS 6, Apple has taken action by releasing an update, iOS 6.0.1. Although this is basically a bug fix update, several improvements are provided to continue giving satisfaction to Apple customers. This update is now available to all Apple devices running iOS, including the iPod, iPad, and the iPhone. The update reveals several improvements on reported bugs, such as: prevention of wireless software installation on the iPhone 5 horizontal lines appearing across the touch keyboard camera flash bug Wi-Fi and carrier network bugs passcode lock bugs Exchange meeting bugs   Out of these reported bugs, the most notable, and probably the most economically damaging, is the Exchange meeting bug, wherein the glitch actually causes an entire meeting to be canceled whenever a single user declines an invite via Exchange. In terms of privacy concerns, the Passbook code glitch has also been fixed. It was reported that the bug causes all your personal information to be out in the open. To update your iOS software, simply go to Settings, then go to the General settings tab, select Software Update, and allow your iOS device to refresh to detect the software update. Depending on the strength of your internet connection, the software update may take about 9 to 10 minutes to download, then less than five minutes to install on your iOS device. Your mobile device should have enough power for you to successfully install the update, or you may have to plug it into a power source. If you are having problems with your wireless network, you may opt to update your iOS software via iTunes. You can do this by opening your iTunes software, then connect your iOS device via USB, letting your mobile device sync into iTunes. This will automatically detect your iOS software, and then let you know that there is an available update.   Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire Ignites iPad Mini With Comparisons Chart

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Just last week, Apple held another press conference where it announced a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. A new line-up of iMacs, a new Mac Mini, a new retina iPad, and the rumored iPad Mini was also announced. Apple released the iPad Mini as a competitor to 7-inch tablets such as the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. The specs in the iPad Mini are decent. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions in black and white colors. The screen resolution is not retina, but it’s an ok 1024×768 display with 168 pixels per inch. The processor is a dual-core A5 processor and it also has an HD front and back facing camera along with 1080p HD video recording and stabilization. The battery lasts up to 10 hours on such tasks as web browsing and watching videos and 9 hours on a cellular data network for the same tasks. The iPad Mini is available on Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless. Now onto the Kindle Fire specs. The Kindle Fire comes with 32GB and 16GB of memory depending on which model you get. Amazon has a “Special Offers” feature on their website that takes off $15 from the original price. The screen resolution on the Kindle Fire is 1280×800. The Fire comes with Dolby audio and dual-speakers. You also get free unlimited cloud storage after you purchase the Kindle Fire to store everything you download on the device. Amazon has even put up a full spec comparison list against the iPad Mini. After viewing the specs chart, you can obviously see the Amazon Kindle Fire offers much more for much less. Coming out with this list is a very smart move, especially including a quote by Gizmodo, a major tech blog. Amazon is also trying to wake consumers up by showing them that Apple is not always ahead in the game when it comes to specs and pricing of products. Apple, however, does have one advantage and that is the App Store. The App Store is what has made Apple’s iOS devices so successful in today’s market. Amazon, on the other hand, uses Google Play and it’s own Amazon App Store for their apps. For video, Amazon uses its own service called “Prime Instant Video.” However, since it is Apple, a lot of people might still buy the iPad Mini just for the name and the way the device looks. Apple, as a matter of fact, sold out of their white iPad Mini as soon as it was made available. Does this move by Amazon change the way you think about the Kindle Fire and iPad Mini?  IMAGE SOURCE: Amazon.com Read more »

WWDC 2012 Recap: New Macbooks, iOS 6, and OSX Mountain Lion

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June 11th, was the day we had all been waiting for. It was the day Apple would announce new products and push out new features to current laptops. It was the first WWDC without their co-founder Steve Jobs. In my opinion, current CEO Tim Cook did a fantastic job hosting his first WWDC. He spoke very well and dressed a little more casual. No black turtleneck for Mr. Cook. After Siri introduced a crowd of thousands with some jokes, the CEO went up on stage to a huge round of applause. Is it just me, or does Apple really know how to do brand marketing? The Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros were upgraded. They now have Ivy Bridge processors and updated Intel HD Graphics. The prices for the Macbook Air did also drop $100, and 2GB of RAM is no longer an option. There is no longer an option to purchase a 17-inch Macbook Pro. I am actually really happy Apple took away the 17-inch Macbook Pro, because it was too big and too heavy. The only Macbook Pro models you can get are 13-inch and 15-inch. Wait though, Apple did announce something new and awesome. The announced a 15-inch Macbook Pro with a Retina Display. The specs of this computer are incredible. It is thinner than other Macbook Pro models, and weighs just under 4.5 lbs. Not as light as a Macbook Air, but it is lighter than a Pro. All of these Macs are on the Apple Store right now. There were no Mac Mini announcement and no iMac announcements. The Mac Pro did receive a small unannounced upgrade though. They upgraded the CPU of the Mac Pro but otherwise nothing else has changed. Read more »

Rumor: Apple Ditching Google Maps on iOS Later This Year

Just recently, former Apple and current Apple employees came out to the Wall Street Journal and said that their company is ready to ditch Google Maps. Apple is instead creating a “technology of its own,” said the report. An unnamed source also said that Apple may be revealing this new application at its World Wide Developers Conference or WWDC 2012. Another report suggested that the quick rise of Android sales is the reason why Apple is also making this jump. Apparently, Apple’s intentions of buying companies related to Google Maps all started from at least 2009. The company bought Placebase in 2009 and then later bought Poly9 in 2010. In 2011, Apple bought a Swedish 3d-mapping company called C3. Google, however, hasn’t been reacting negatively towards these reports. We can only wonder if Google will have to use fire extinguishers to put out this fire, as they aren’t going to be very happy with this announcement. Maybe Last Friday, the company sent out invites to a event that will show off the “next dimension of Google Maps.” According to the invite, it is citing that Google Maps maybe launching a 3D map service and features of its own. Google’s press event comes just five days before Apple’s WWDC 2012 event on June 11th. What are your opinions on this? Is Apple making a move that could ruin Android? Or will Google’s announcement make more people ditch the iPhone? Leave a comment below! Source: AppleInsider  Read more »

Rumor: Next iPhone to have LTE and a Smaller Dock Connector

After Apple’s big iPad release, you all probably knew this was coming. I mean, what other Apple rumors were you expecting? Anyways, new rumors came out today via CNET. Of course, the obvious one, the next iPhone is going to have true 4G; LTE. Now, don’t get me wrong everyone knew about this one, it doesn’t surprise me at all. The last iPhone and iPad did not include 4G LTE and now the new iPad does. However, no iPhone announcements yet. The next rumor that no one would’ve guessed is a smaller dock connector. You all are probably asking yourself, “What is the significance of a small dock connector.” Well, I will be glad enough to answer that question. The reason why the current iPod connectors are so small is because they are very thin. The signs of this rumor point too a MUCH thinner iPhone. However, how thin can you get? I will be overall impressed if Apple makes a much thinner and faster phone compared to what it already has. However, due to the fact that 4G requires more battery life, therefore a larger battery, therefore more weight, I doubt this one is true but I will be overall surprised if it is. So readers, what are your overall thoughts about this? Please let me, and the rest of the OTN crew know in the comments below! [CNET] [Image] Read more »

Apple’s Earnings Much Better Than We Anticipated

I know you all were expecting an OSX Lion review. Well, do not worry that will come later. On Tuesday, Apple held a meeting discussing there new quarter earnings. Now, I know this news is two days old, but its very incredible. Apple absolutely blew the doors off with their new earnings. Apple had a 124 percent year-on-year sales increase according to the IBTimes. The main player in the meeting, was CFO of Apple Peter Oppenheimer. He said that the iPad 2 absolutely cannibalized the Mac along with destroying PC (Microsoft Computer’s) sales. I now see why Apple would want to add some iOS technology to OSX Lion, so both products get a fair share. Oppenheimer also announced that day that Lion would be coming out on Wednesday and that iOS 5 would be coming “later this Fall.” I am not surprised Apple is at this position. They are, indeed, a very successful tech company. However, bad news leaked later that day concerning about a Steve Jobs replacement. That took a hit at Apples stock. Your thoughts on this are very much appreciated, leave a comment below! Source: IBTimes Read more »

Google+ App Now Out for iOS Devices! Should we be Excited?

Too late? Maybe, but the official Google+ app is now available for all iOS devices! This includes the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone! This the official link I found for the Google+ app. Google+ started at about early June 2011m and is still currently in “field trial.” I actually did get invited to Google+ but there is one issue. You currently have to be over 18 years to participate in the field trial.Google+ is expected to be out of field trial on July 31, 2011. Google has already released and Android app for its social media service. As exciting as this is, the new Google+ app, for some reason, is not compatible with my iPod Touch 3rd Gen. device. Another strange thing thats occuring, is that Apple’s servers for updating your iOS device are currently not working. I think this is in preparation for OSX Lion. Also, when you look up Google+ on the App Store on your iOS device, you get no results. Its a weird situation I know. Well, just follow the link I posted above and download it from there. Read more »

A quick look at Barrel, one of Cydia’s coolest packages

  If your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad is jailbroken, you may already know about Barrel. However, people who haven’t heard of Barrel should read the rest of this post on one of my personal favorite Cydia packages, Barrel. With Barrel, you can animate the transitions between pages on your iOS device. Some of the effects given are really cool!   Barrel options are accessed easily through the settings menu and allows for really cool page animations. It costs $2.99 in the Cydia store and is highly recommended by myself, along with Cydia users all over the world. Read more »

iOS 4.3 Brings Personal Hotspot, Available for Devs

After the Verizon iPhone was announced, we knew that Personal Hotspot was going to come to other carriers pretty soon and it looks like it will be in 4.3. This new developer-only update doesn’t any other major updates other than Airplay for apps. This basically lets developers use Airplay to stream video to Apple TV which could bring some nice improvements to apps like Hulu and Netflix. It turns out personal hotspot has to be enabled by the carrier for it to work so maybe we won’t see it on At&t after all…. Read more »