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Apple Announces iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As expected, Apple announced new iPhone models at its media event, revealing the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s is the successor to the current iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c is a new, lower-cost model with a plastic housing and feature set similar to the existing iPhone 5.


The iPhone 5s looks almost identical to the current iPhone 5 but has a new, faster 64-bit A7 processor and a motion coprocessor, dubbed the M7, that can track motion continuously while requiring less power than main A7 processor. The most significant new feature in the iPhone 5s is Touch ID, which includes a capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that can be used to unlock an iPhone or authorize iTunes purchases. The iPhone 5s also has an improved camera with a larger sensor, a new burst mode, and the ability to capture HD (720p) slow-motion video.


The lower-cost iPhone 5c will have a 4-inch Retina display and come in blue, green, white, blue, red, and yellow with a hard-coated polycarbonate back and a reinforced steel frame inside. It will have an A6 processor and features an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the rear and a new FaceTime HD camera on the front.

The iPhone 5c can be pre-ordered starting on September 13 and will cost $99 for the 16 GB models and $199 for the 32 GB models with a 2-year contract. The iPhone 5s will be available in silver, gold, or space gray and will cost $199, $299, and $399 with a 2-year contract for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively. Oddly, the iPhone 5S cannot be pre-ordered and will be available in stores and available for order online starting on September 20.

Do you plan to get a new iPhone 5s or 5c? Right now I’m planning on getting a 64 GB space gray iPhone 5s and it’s looking like I’ll have to get up very early on September 20 to go stand in line to get one.

iOS 7 to Be Released on September 18

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

ios 7 iconAt today’s media event, Apple announced that iOS 7 will be launched on September 18. iOS 7 was first previewed at Apple’s WWDC keynote in July and boasts more than 200 new features, including a redesigned interface, improvements to Siri, and iTunes Radio, a new music streaming service.

iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps.

Apple published an overview video of iOS 7 in June in case you’d like to see it in action:

iOS 7 will be free to download and will be available for the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and the fifth-generation iPod touch and later.

Apple Unveils iOS 7 with Redesigned Interface Hotness and New Features

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Along with announcing the next major version of Mac OS X Mavericks at today’s keynote event, Apple also previewed iOS 7 and boy is it lovely.

iOS 7 gets a total design overhaul with a new color palette, typography, and “flatter” icons for the built-in apps. The multitasking tray now features a cards-like view of open apps and the new Control Center, which can be activated by sliding up from the bottom of the screen, reveals toggles to quickly change Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings.

Notification Center also gets the new look treatment and it will be accessible from the Lock Screen, which is a very welcome change for yours truly.

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iOS 7 also gets AirDrop, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that first debuted in Mac OS X Mountain Lion to quickly send pictures and other files to other users nearby.

Safari gets a new tabs view, full-screen browsing, and easier access to bookmarks, your Reading List, and even links shared by people you follow on Twitter.

Camera hops on the filters wagon (surprise, surprise) and offers easy swipe-based navigation to switch between photo (full, square, and panoramic) and video modes.

There’s much more new stuff in iOS 7 and you can check out a video and more information on Apple’s site here.

A beta version of iOS 7 is available to developers today and it will be released to the public in the fall, presumably around the same time the next iPhone model is released. To use iOS 7, you’ll need an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini, or 5th-generation or later iPod touch. Apple’s press release notes that “Some features may not be available on all products” so be forewarned that you won’t get all of that iOS 7 hotness if you have an older device.

Apple Announces Mac OS X ‘Mavericks’ With Updated Finder, New iBooks and Maps Apps

Monday, June 10th, 2013

At today’s WWDC keynote event, Apple unveiled the next major version of the Mac operating system, Mavericks, which offers over 200 new features including Finder and Safari enhancements and new iBooks and Maps apps.

In Mavericks Finder gets window tabs and tagging capabilities so that you can more easily view, categorize, and search your files. Maps comes to the Mac from iOS, offering search, integration with Mail, Contacts and Calendar, and even turn-by-turn directions which can be sent to an iOS device. During the keynote event, a demonstration showed that directions sent from a Mac to an iPhone will generate a push notification on the iPhone that will immediately take the user to the Maps app to display the directions.

iBooks will be able to access ebook content in the iTunes Store and offers reading features like bookmarks, day/night themes, and access to all of the iBooks content you’ve already purchased.

Keychain moves to iCloud in Mavericks, offering synchronization of passwords between Macs and iOS devices and integration with Safari and other apps to quickly enter saved passwords and credit card information. (The keynote demo was brief but it looks like iCloud Keychain could be a solid competitor to my current favorite password manager, 1Password for Mac and iPhone/iPad.)

With Mavericks, Apple is moving away from the big cat naming convention to focus on California locations. This version of Mac OS gets its name from a popular surfing area in northern California, not far from the company’s Cupertino headquarters.

Mavericks is available as a preview build today to developers and will be available to consumers in the fall though no pricing has been announced yet. You can check out Apple’s own preview site of Mavericks’s new features right here. If the last two versions of Mac OS X are any indication, Mavericks should be priced reasonably around $20. You can still download Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion today if you’d like though you should probably wait until Mavericks is available in a few months at this point.

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Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote Event Live Online

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developer’s conference today with a keynote event at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) and if you’ve got a Mac or iOS device and an internet connection, you can watch it live online. Per a press release, you can watch it using the Safari web browser with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later or a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. The live stream will be available through this dedicated page on Apple’s site.

If you have a second or third generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later, you can also watch it through a special “app” available in the main menu.

Apple is expected to announce and preview the next major versions of iOS and Mac OS X today and some minor hardware updates may also be unveiled as well. I don’t know about you, but I am going to be glued to that live stream this afternoon. Here’s to hoping Apple will surprise and delight us today!

Apple’s 50 Billion App Download Contest Concluded, Winner Announced

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Apple this morning announced that its App Store had reached the 50 billion download mark and that the contest to mark the occasion, which had started on May 2, has concluded. The winner of the contest, who gets a $10,000 App Store gift card, is Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio.

Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.

Ashmore’s winning download was the free iPhone game Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, the developer of Mac app Lost Photos, which we featured earlier this week.

Apple’s App Store has seen incredible growth since its launch in 2008. As pointed out by our sister site MacRumors, the App Store took about 3 years and 8 months to reach 25 billion downloads and only 14.5 months for the next 25 billion to reach 50 billion downloads.

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Apple Kicks Off Countdown Contest to 50 Billion App Downloads with $10,000 Prize

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Apple announced a new contest yesterday to commemorate the upcoming 50 billionth download from the App Store with a $10,000 App Store gift card as the grand prize. Additional prizes of $500 App Store gift cards will be given to those who download the next 50 apps after that.

To enter, all you need to do is download an app (free or paid) and if you happen to download the 50 billionth app or one of the 50 after that, you win. If you’d rather not go through the trouble of downloading an app, you can enter to win by completing an online form right here. You can find the official contest rules here.

The contest page in iTunes also lists the top free and paid apps of all time. Unsurprisingly, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja top the paid list while Facebook and Pandora Radio top the free list.

Apple held a similar contest to mark the 25 billionth download in February 2012, also offering a $10,000 App Store gift card prize then, which was won by Chunli Fu of China. That contest lasted less than two weeks until a winner was announced and I’d wager this contest will conclude even faster than that, so get to downloading apps sooner rather than later to increase your chances of winning. If you’re not looking to spend any money, check out our Top 200 Free iPhone Apps and Top 200 Free iPad Apps lists.

‘Reeder’ for iPhone Gets Feedbin and Standalone RSS Support

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Following the announcement last month that Google will be shutting down its Google Reader RSS service in July, developer Silvio Rizzi promised updates to his popular Reeder app earlier this month to make it usable after the shutdown and dropped the prices of the Mac and iPad versions to $0 until these updates hit. The first of these updates has arrived for the iPhone version of Reeder with the addition of Feedbin support and the ability for the app to act as a standalone RSS reader.

Feedbin is a paid RSS service that works similarly to Google Reader. But if you don’t want to pony up the $2.00 per month to get a Feedbin account, you can just use Reeder as a standalone RSS reader. If you take the latter route, you can add your subscriptions manually or import your existing subscriptions from your Google Reader account. Easy peasy.

The Mac and iPad versions of Reeder are still free and will remain so until Rizzi releases updates to them that add the same new features that just made it the iPhone version so get to downloading them now if you haven’t already. The iPhone version of Reeder is just $2.99 and it’s an excellent app to stay on top of your RSS feeds while on the go.

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PSA: Zinio Offering Up to 50% Off Digital Magazine Subscriptions

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

If you got a new iPad or iPhone over the holidays and like magazines, you should check out Zinio’s current sale. Zinio is a digital publisher with a free iOS app that lets you access the company’s catalog of hundreds of magazines.

Zinio’s sale knocks up to 50% off the top 350 magazines offered, including titles like Macworld, PC Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. You can find all of the magazines on sale here. This sale ends on January 7 so head over to Zinio’s site sooner rather than later.

I’ve been subscribing to Car & Driver through Zinio for a couple of years now and I love having some light reading material on hand anytime through my iPhone or iPad. Zinio’s reader app is universal and available for free in the App Store. You can purchase subscriptions or individual issues directly from Zinio’s site or via in-app purchase in Zinio’s app.

Zinio is also running a giveaway through which you can win an iPad mini. This giveaway ends at 12:22 pm EST on January 7 and you can find the details on how to enter here.

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Australian Police Advises Mildura Visitors to Avoid Using Apple’s Maps App [UPDATED]

Monday, December 10th, 2012

As pointed out by our sister site, MacRumors, the local police of Mildura in Victoria, Australia are warning visitors to avoid using Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6 due to poor directions that have left motorists stranded. Maps has apparently led some to a national park that’s over 40 miles away from the actual location of the city of Mildura.

Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.

Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.

The article goes on to state that the police have contacted Apple to flag this issue.

Apple has taken quite a bit of heat for inaccuracies in its mapping data when Apple moved away from Google’s mapping solution with the debut of iOS 6. The criticism was so strong that Tim Cook issued an apology in late September, promising to make the app better.

I haven’t seen corrections to any of the inaccurate information in Maps that I’ve reported (you can find instructions on how to report errors here) but hopefully Apple is indeed working diligently on these and all the other myriad issues that have been pointed out in the past few months.

There are many alternatives to Apple’s Maps, several of which we highlighted in this article. My personal favorite from that list is Navigon. Also worth a look is newcomer Sparkling Maps, which uses Google’s map data and provides turn-by-turn voice guidance at the bargain price of $.99. Though no matter which app you use, check your directions against another reliable source so you don’t get stranded in an unknown location where help may be hard to find.

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that Apple has fixed this issue, removing the listing for Mildura within the Murray Sunset National Park.