You have to admire fine artist Jonathan Marks: every day for over two years he’s posted a photo to his Tumblr site that he’s taken with his iPhone. You can see quality in each photo, and clear evidence for his artistry. But he takes things a step further. For each photo, he posts both the original and then his version that has been tweaked for effect, exclusively using iPhone photo-editing apps. The differences are remarkable and give the viewer insight into how an artist sees things.
Take the following photo as an example. It’s a competent photo that shows off the ability of the iPhone’s camera, and shows his sensitivity to lighting and color.
Wow, the iPad mini rumors are really heating up. I'm really looking forward to the announcement this month. Today AppleInsider shared the rumor that production of the mini has begun in Brazil. And the French website NWE has posted a ton of photos comparing a mockup of the iPad mini with other tablets and phones. It gives a clear picture of how the new device compares with the current iPad and with tablets such as the Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7.
Japanese blog site Macotakara has posted another fresh crop of photos and a new video of the highly anticipated iPad mini (mock-up). Additionally, after a long stretch of silence in the wake of the iPhone 5's debut, new rumors and information have begun emerging fast and furiously! MacRumors reports on the latest whispering that points to the possibility of Apple sending out invitations on October 10th to an October 17th media event, where (fingers crossed) we will formally be introduced to the iPad mini!
Leading up to the announcement of the newly released iPhone 5, I was seeing a plethora of leaked images and video of the purported miniature iPad, however, since the iPhone 5 was introduced, things have been eerily quiet on the iPad mini front. However this latest tidbit of information has revived my optimism that the iPad mini is indeed on the near horizon. In fact, numerous sources are now reporting that the iPad mini is well into production in factories in both Brazil and China, with the iPad mini possibly becomming available for purchase by November 2nd.
Usage of Apple's new Maps app is way down, as users switch to alternatives out of frustration with the problems they're having with it. Earlier today Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized in an open letter: "At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.
Ever since the release of iOS 6, there have been reports of problems with WiFi. At first it was thought to be limited to the iPhone 5, but then there were reports of problems among users of earlier iPhones as well as iPads. According to CNET, the reports of problems have filled up 93 pages on Apple's discussion forums. And while that sounds like a lot, the article acknowledges that there's not yet any indication of how widespread the issue is, and many users aren't having any problem at all.
All Things D reported today why Apple switched to their own maps solution from the popular Google app: Google refused to enable voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. A maps app without voice-guided directions is problematic, because you have to take your eyes off the road to look at your phone. I paid $50 this summer for the Tom Tom app and found the voice directions invaluable when I was traveling.
I got my first hands-on experience with an iPhone 5 today, and I couldn't have imagined how cool it is. I mean, I've been reading (and reporting) the rumors for months. So it should have been ho-hum. But once you hold it and see how much thinner and lighter it is, and how the new shape feels sort of elegant, there's just something inside that says, "Yes, this is cool, this is gorgeous design, this is what a smartphone should be." I just didn't think that I'd be wowed, but I was.
The reviews of the iPhone 5 are generally quite positive, and Apple clearly has yet another winner. BUT... if you get one be sure to get a case. As the iFixit video below shows, the new iPhone scuffs more easily than the iPhone 4S. While the test in the video below shows some pretty vigorous scraping and banging with a set of keys and a steel ring to produce the scuff marks, in real world usage you won't likely be treating your phone so harshly. Still, you can imagine that over time it could collect some signs of wear.
With the blogosphere buzzing with complaints about Apple's new Maps app in iOS 6, Apple responded with a statement to the website All Things D: "Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it.