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Problems with Downloading and Other iOS 7 Issues

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Adoption of iOS 7 has been remarkable. According to the New York Times, an estimated 18[ercent of iOS users had downloaded iOS 7 within the first 24 hours. So many people were downloading it that some university networks crashed, and Apple's servers struggled under the load. This strong demand for the new software has led to problems. 



FitTrip App Creators Help with Colorado Flood Relief

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Gusto Technologies, creators of the FitTrip App now on Kickstarter, are helping out fellow residents of the Boulder, Colorado area who lost almost everything they own to the flooding that occurred during the week of Sept. 12. Close to 13 inches of rain fell in the region in just a few short days. 



7 Basic Tips for iOS 7

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So far I really like iOS 7, but my immediate impression was that it was harder to see. I had a light wallpaper and the white text on the lock screen and icon names was barely visible. (The text was white in the past, but it was superimposed over the darker shadow that give the icons their 3-D look.) So I immediately went to Settings>Wallpaper & Brightness and chose a darker image. Plus, I was initially confused about a few things. Here are some basic tips to help you get oriented.



Exciting Kickstarter Campaign: Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ Bike Computer

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Here’s a last minute chance to get involved in the realization of an exciting Kickstarter project for which the funding period ends Sept. 20, and if the goal is met shipping will begin Oct. 1st.

The project involves a bike computer from Wahoo Fitness powered by an iPhone, for access to GPS, music, and app functionality connected by Bluetooth.



Do the M7 Coprocessor's Capabilities Have to Stop at Fitness Apps?

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Apple's recent event revealed the iPhone 5S, complete with space gray, silver, or gold color schemes, new camera features, and a fingerprint sensor. It also highlighted the new M7 motion coprocessor, designed to gather motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.

Fitness apps that would normally fall on the A7 chip will now rely on the M7, a more efficient alternative that draws less battery. With a new set of CoreMotion APIs, developers can also contribute a variety of fitness and motion tracking apps for iOS 7.



Roundup of Early iPhone 5S Reviews

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Wow, the headlines in my RSS reader suggest the new iPhone 5Ss is being very well received, with lots of superlatives. Here's the respected John Gruber on the Daring Fireball website: "This is what innovation, real innovation, looks like." He rebuts arguments that Apple has lost the ability to innovate and argues that the refinements in the iPhone 5S show real innovation. He offers a very detailed review of the camera, Touch ID, and the 64-bit architecture, including benchmarks showing how much faster the iPhone 5S is than the iPhone 5.



Is the New A7 Processor in the iPhone 5S Really Twice as Fast? It Depends...

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The new iPhone 5S is coming very soon, and a lot of people are wondering the same thing... (maybe for the first time). Is it worth the hype? Let's face it, Apple didn't exactly blow socks off at their recent press event, though I was still pretty impressed, particularly over two things: the ARMv8 64-bit design and support for OpenGL 3.0 ES. Some would say, "well, you are a fanboy writer for a magazine called iPhone Life." Of course, I should be impressed, right?! You might be surprised to know I'm not really such a fanboy of the iPhone (more the iPad and iPod), But I digress from the question at hand. Can the new iPhone 5S render a startling 2X performance boost over the iPhone 5, and will that translate to better iStuff in the future? I'll try to sum it all up for you. Without being too much of a fanboy, I promise.



Sketchy Rumors Suggest iPad Event Coming in October

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Now that the new iPhones have been launched, the rumor mill is gearing up for the iPad launch. Apple's previous introduction of new iPads was in October of 2012, so it seems very likely this year's iPad event will again be in October. A French website recently said that gossip indicates the date will be October 15. See the Google translation here. Whatever the date, it will be interesting to see what Apple announces. Quite a bit is known about the forthcoming fifth-generation iPad, but the next iteration of the iPad mini remains a mystery. And it's also a mystery whether the new iPads will incorporate some of the iPhone 5s features, such as Touch ID and the M7 chip.



Don't Install iOS 7 (Until You Do This First!)

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Are you excited about the iOS 7 update available tomorrow? Well, don't get so excited that you forget to take this very important step first - back up your device! Also, bear in mind that not all your apps will be up to speed with the new update. Hopefully the hard-working developers are doing their best to make the transition as smooth as possible for us. In the meantime, we just need to be patient. 



How Does A7 Processor on the iPhone 5S Compare to Other Phones?

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By now you probably know that the A7 processor in the new iPhone 5S has a 64-bit architecture that makes it twice as fast as the iPhone 5. And I've previously posted on what the implications are beyond the greater speed. In a word, 64-bit is simply much more robust and positions iOS devices to have the horsepower necessary to run the same sort of sophisticated programs as those on a desktop computer. Why is 64-bit better? 



Sweaty Fingers May Not Work with Touch ID

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While opinions vary about Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S Home button, there does seem to be a consensus that Apple will yet again be successful in bringing a new technology to the mainstream in an area where others have failed. Other smartphones have used biometric sensors, but according to a Reuters report on Yahoo News, those offerings have largely flopped because the sensor was inconveniently located on the back of the phone and would often take a number of tries before it would work. Apple, in its trademark way, has made biometric security simple and effortless.



A New iPhone 5C for $0? Yes, Check Out T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has announced its pricing for the new iPhones, and it's definitely an appealing option. You can get the iPhone 5C for $0 up front and the iPhone 5S for a $99 down payment. Then you make monthly payments on top of the $50/month plan for unlimited voice, text, and data. For the iPhone 5C, you'll be making 24 monthly payments of $22/month. The total cost of the phone ends up being $528, which is less than Apple is charging. And the cost of your monthly plan will be $72/month. BUT, here's the sweet part. 



Business Lessons from the iOS Community: Making the Case for Incipio

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Incipio is a difficult company to categorize. And that is a good thing. They make some of the most recognizable cases for iPhone, iPads, and Android phones; and their sister company, Tavik, makes swimwear and apparel. After Apple revealed the iPhone 5C and 5S, Incipio immediately followed with a same day announcement of a wide range of cases for both products. They understand the anticipatory nature of the Apple market. Regardless of the yawns or cheers from analysts, the fervent Apple customers start looking immediately beyond the announcement horizon for industry support. Incipio vows always to be first to market.



Wal-Mart Selling iPhone 5C for $79 and iPhone 5S for $189

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Apple generally exerts tight control over the price retailers charge for Apple products, but in a somewhat unprecedented move is allowing Wal-Mart to sell the new phones at a discount. You can get the 16GB iPhone 5C for $79 (regularly $99) with contract and the iPhone 5S for $189 (regularly $199). According to AppleInsider, the iPhone 5C will be available for preorder in-store at that price beginning September 13. But if you're in the market for a 5S, you'll need to wait and buy one in the store on September 20. 



Autodesk has Seen the Future and It Holds a 3D Printer

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What does a computer-aided design leader do after 30 years in the market when confronted with mobility and tablets? If it’s Autodesk, it reinvents itself. Well, not completely. Autodesk, maker of the well-known AutoCad suite of design products, continues to support its core customers. But here’s the thing: It took 30 years to build that very loyal base of 17 million customers; it took just three years to build its mobile apps base of 140 million users.



Dating in the Tech Age: Sprint Will Ruin Your Game

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There are so many obstacles that could keep a newly single woman from getting back in the game—the need to lie on the couch and over-analyze things, an earth-ending asteroid, a bear standing between her and George Clooney—but you wouldn't expect her choice of cell phone service provider to be one of them...



iPhone 5S 64-bit Processor Takes Mobile Computing to New Level

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The new iPhone 5S will be up to twice as fast as the iPhone 5, thanks to its 64-bit architecture. While a 64-bit processor is common on desktop computers, the iPhone 5S is the first phone in the world to have this architecture. Apple demoed Infinity Blade III to show what this powerful chip can do, from loading complex environments nearly instantly to supporting graphics with four times as much detail. 



Note to Apple: We Are Underwhelmed

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I hate to say I told you so, but in the wake of Tuesday's relatively unimpressive media event I don't know what else to say. Perhaps the bigwigs at Apple should spend more time reading iPhone Life; we seem to have some really spot on ideas of how they might recapture some of their magic. When our Editor in Chief, Alex Cequea, posts something like this kind yet critical analysis of what Apple could have done better, that's another sure sign Apple loyalists are unhappy with the direction the company is headed.



Will the iPhone 5S Make You a Better iPhoneographer?

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Let me start off by saying that I'm not a techie, but I consider myself an artist whose main tool is my iPhone. Like all Apple aficionados, I eagerly awaited news on the latest version of the iPhone. While the new colors and the introduction of Touch ID are welcome additions, the only news I wanted to hear about was the iSight camera.



Final Chapter of Infinity Blade Series Previewed at Apple's Event. Set to Launch Alongside New iPhones.

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If you're curious about the capabilities of the A7 64-bit mobile chip in the new iPhone 5S, wonder no more. The folks from ChAIR were good enough to be there once again to help Apple show off the incredible gaming capabilities of the new iPhone 5S.

Featuring an advanced chip set designed by Apple that further blurs the line between console and mobile gaming, the iPhone 5S is set to once again redefine our understanding of what mobile gaming can be. Infinty Blade III presents an amazing example of what phenomenal gaming devices this new crop of 64-bit iDevices will bring.



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