The iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini are now all packing the famous A7 microprocessor. This magnificent beast of engineering brilliance not only outperforms its predecessors in speed and battery life, it is also the first mobile 64-bit “system-on-a-chip” designed for mobile computing. What this means for fellow Candy Crush addicts (we have a Google Hangout every Sunday night) is the main CPU, graphics, and motion processor all sit together in a small cubical in the principal’s office and work together. Instead of delving deep into technical specifications of version numbers, register counts, cluster configurations and the like, let us assume the A7 is “the complete package,” doing everything a savvy person needs for updating Twitter or Facebook at a red light about the genius in front of you painting their toenails on their dashboard instead of updating Twitter or Facebook.
This fall, Apple launched two iPhones together for the first time. The amazing iPhone 5s has topped the US sales chart at all the major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-mobile, beating Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are still battling for second position. While the iPhone 5c is at second position at AT&T and Sprint, Samsung Galaxy S4 ranks second at Verizon and T-mobile.
I've heard all of the propaganda, and seen all of the concept mockups, but I just haven't been able to wrap my mind around an iWatch. I mean, I don't even wear a regular wristwatch. Granted, back in the day I loved my calculator/Pac-Man watch (which was the pinnacle of high-tech back in Fort Collins, Colorado in the early '80s), and later my Casio G-Shock, but it's been almost a decade since I've worn a wrist watch with any regularity. Not since the invasion of smartphones have I made it a point to wear a wrist timepiece.
So when rumors of an Apple iWatch (or whatever it will eventually be called) started to circulate I was not overly enthused, and thus far, I have barely felt compelled to weigh in on the subject. Until now that is...
Apple’s September announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c brought welcome news for users wishing for new productivity applications along with their enhanced devices: free copies of the popular iWork and iLife apps. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, are staples for any professional interfacing with Microsoft Office documents, Adobe Acrobat files, Open Office formats, and the options even include saving certain Pages documents as iBooks files. iLife includes applications like iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie
Today, Apple expanded the generosity in multiple ways. In addition to introducing the new iPad Air, the updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro computers, the company announced that iWork and iLife will now come free on any new iOS or OS X device purchased.
The iTunes app store has amazing astronomy applications which show you the wonders of the universe. Check out these five apps that let you dive into the universe and explore the stars, planets, and other celestial objects in the space while standing on your rooftop with your iPhone in your hand.
MemoZy (free) is a new app from DesignPlusD, Inc. that seeks to improve the way users utilize their mobile devices to organize their lives. Since the Palm Pilot Stone Ages, digital planners have held an obvious appeal for those with hectic schedules, complex projects, or a simple desire to tidy up their plans. Their disadvantages have often fallen into one of two categories: inflexible or overly complex. MemoZy seeks to offer users all of the functionality they expect and more, while avoiding the hassle of infinitely nested menus.
AppSeed, a project on Kickstarter, hopes to bridge the gap between digital and handwritten prototypes. Designers could potentially streamline the early stages of designing an app and quickly transition the hand-drawn sketches into a functioning prototype on their iPhone.
It’s been yet another fascinating week in the world of Apple news, so let’s get right to it. This week’s roundup includes results from the first ever touchscreen responsiveness benchmark tests, a neat comparison of all the iPhones since the first iteration back in 2007 as well as new video that’s leaked featuring the new, soon-to-be released large iPad.