iOS 7 was a major departure from the previous generations, offering a fresh new take on what Apple thinks a mobile operating system should look like. But that doesn't mean it can't be tweaked further. The first significant update, iOS 7.1, was just released and it takes the O.S. further down the road.
The rumor mills pegged iOS 7.1 coming out any day now, to support an updated iTunes Festival app (free). However, that app update was released and did not require a new version of iOS after all. The app lets iOS users stream live video from the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference in Austin, Texas, as well as other Apple events.
UPDATE: Apple already released iTunes Festival as an app/button for those of us with Apple TV! This is a great way to enjoy the concerts at SXSW this week!
As rumors of the next iPhone swirl (do they ever stop?) it's fitting to look back at what happens to older iPhones. I've found great success in selling older iPhone's via services like SellYourMac.com, as long as I keep my iPhone in good condition. So I was intrigued by some just released research from ProtectCell.
Anticipation has been mounting for an update to iOS 7 for several reasons. There are still some outstanding bugs that cause Safari or the iOS device to crash, and betas have been available since November. The latest rumors indicate iOS 7.1 will ship any day now because a certain app from Apple will require it.
I am always swapping cases for my iPad mini, depending on the occasion. Sometimes I need crush-proof protection. Maybe even water-resistant protection, too. Other times I need an integrated keyboard. Sometimes I want the flexibility of a built-in stand with multiple orientations. And other times I want a rubberized exterior for a reliable grip.
Not to be outdone by Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon, the executives at Adobe decided to contribute software to the President's ConnectED initiative. Here's the official press release from Adobe. The ConnectED program is designed to bring computers and Internet connectivity to those in need, particularly in rural America. Now, Adobe will add $300 million worth of software such as Photoshop Elements and Captivate, as well as teacher training to the equation.
Apple's "iOS in the Car" was first discussed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2013, but at this week's Geneva Motor Show, it was formally introduced and rebranded as "CarPlay." The system lets Apple compete with Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Livio Radio and bring the Apple experience inside the car, fresh from the factory.
Yesterday I wrote a SCAM ALERT warning about telemarketers attacking Windows users. Today, I received an email offering to market my apps. I'm always interested in increasing sales of my apps, as most developers are (except for the guy who created, and pulled, Flappy Bird!) I had to download a PDF for the details, so I did, after verifying it was safe to do so.
One of the great things about being an Apple-based environment is the lack of (or at least scarcity of) viruses and malware. So I found it intriguing today when I received not one but two phone calls from 000-000-0000 according to Caller ID, trying to sell me anti-malware software.
The first time they called, I explained I had a Mac and that ended the call. The second time, I played along.
Apple just made a major enhancement to their 'iTunes Connect' service which is where app developers download sales reports, among other things. Before, the service was a utilitarian, mundane web page, with basic sales data, but was weak on charting and analysis. This gap in functionality spawned a variety of service providers who would crunch your sales reports and create elegant graphs including revenue and rankings. I can't share my sales data or any proprietary screens, as it might be covered by Apple's non disclosure rules for developers, but here is a screenshot from Apple's official iTunes Connect documents on their public-facing website.