iPhone Life magazine

[COMMENT] Apple Store app

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I normally don't complain much about some of the things Apple does, but something needs to be said about the pathetic state of the Apple Store app. Many of you are aware of exactly what I am talking about. Why doesn't Apple show iPad owners some Universal love?

Apple created the iPad, so you would think that Apple would have created a standalone Apple Store app for iPad. Or better yet, create a Universal Apple Store app that can be used on any iOS device. As it stands today, the Apple Store app looks horrible on my iPad's (3rd generation) Retina Display.

It's almost like Apple thinks no one does any shopping for Apple products on an iPad.



[COMMENT] Graphical User Interface (GUI) Design

We now know more or less why Scott Forstall was recently shown the door at Apple. With John Browett, it is quite obvious why he was given the boot (i.e. "Browett-ized") - he was not exactly the brightest light on the Christmas tree. It has been reported that there was a power struggle between Scott Forstall and Jony Ive. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but the fact that Ive is now the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design can only be seen as a good thing.



[PROGRAMMING] iOS Programming - Updated Icon/Image Sizes PDF

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I've updated my iOS programming icon/image sizes PDF with the names of the actual files and a few notes regarding the iPad. Unfortunately, with the added notes it is now a two-page PDF. You should find this version of the PDF a lot better though. You can download the PDF from my personal Web site here.

 



[COMMENT] iPhone 4S Replacement

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When Apple released iOS 6 GM (Gold Master) for developers I installed it on my iPhone 4S (64 GB, white). As I was going through the configuration screens, to my surprise, I did not get the screen asking for my wireless network. I thought that was a little odd.

When I reached the main screen I tapped Settings to check the Wi-Fi setting. For some reason the ON/OFF switch was ghosted out. Very strange...



[PROGRAMMING] iOS Programming - Updated Icon/Image Sizes PDF

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Since the iPhone 5 is being released soon, I have updated the PDF I created (for creating icons/images when programming iOS apps) for the new 4-inch Retina Display. This makes a very handy reference for when you need it.



[NEW APP] Super Hexagon

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Terry Cavanagh has recently released the very addicting Super Hexagon (superhexagon.com) game. It's 66% off right now - only 99¢! 

 

 



[REVIEW] Kindle for iPad

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Ah... Now that university exams are over I can resume my blogging. For those that want to know... Yes, I did quite well on the three exams I wrote - all "A"s and two IT certifications achieved (CompTIA A+ & CIW Web Foundations Associate) out of 18 that I have to complete for my Bachelor of Information Technology (Software) degree program at Western Governors University.

 



[REVIEW] Karate Champ XL

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Today I decided to play a game of Karate Champ on my new iPad before beginning my studying for the day. When loading the iPhone app I was informed that an iPad version, Karate Champ XL (revolutionaryconcepts.net), was available for only $4.99.



[PROGRAMMING] iOS Programming - Updated Icon/Image Sizes PDF

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I have updated the PDF for creating icons/images when programming iOS apps. It is a handy reference for when you really need it.

 

You may download the PDF from here on my personal Web site. Enjoy! :)



[REVIEW] F-Sim Space Shuttle

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Last week I purchased the F-Sim Space Shuttle app from Ledinsky Software (f-sim.com) for my iPhone and iPad. It is available for $3.99. This Universal app has updated graphics for the Retina display on the new iPad.



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