Last year, Apple announced iOS for cars, and this week, they unveiled more details on the system, now called CarPlay. It’s a highly simplified version of iOS with things like Messages, Maps and music controlled in large part by Siri. The OS doesn’t completely take over a car’s info screen, but works in tandem with auto manyfacturer’s own information system. Have your texts or emails read aloud, find music, get directions and navigate through third party apps like Spotify with your voice.
Ever since day one of Apple, Steve Wozniak was very much at odds with how Steve Jobs wanted to run the company. Wozniak was all about free and open source, Jobs was about design and marketing and making money. So a couple times a year, Woz makes some comment that completely goes against what Apple is all about now, so it’s not surprising when he recently commented that Apple would be smart to make varieties of iPhone with Android. The problem with that is that Android is becoming less and less open source every day, with only the most basic OS framework as part of the current version, and that’s all mostly from 1.0 or 2.0, everything else is slowly being rolled into the Google Play powered closed-source you-gotta-pay-to-put-it-on-your-phones chunk of code. The future is quickly turning into whose ecosystem you’re buying into and Google’s not giving that away for free.
According to a meeting Apple execs had with people at the FDA, the plans for iOS 8 include health monitoring, such as using tools in the phone’s hardware to monitor how much exercise you’re getting, as well as compatibility with the forthcoming iWatch and third party wearable devices to monitor things like heart rate, blood pressure, etc. iOS 8 will supposedly come bundled with an app called Healthbook to keep track of what lazy fuck you are. Yes, your iPhone is on its way to being a tricorder.
Apple got a lot of shit for the slow start of the Apple TV, but they hung in there, and now as the war for the living room heats up, they need to give the little black box a good update. And rumor has it that later this year, a brand new Apple TV will be hitting stores, with a huge update to the OS and possibly… hopefully… finally… include a game store, which would put Apple back into the game console market. Take that, Pippin.
Even though Apple has been trying to convince consumers that the iPad is more than just an expensive toy, Android or Windows tablets are still the preferred tablet for enterprise level users looking for something that’s closer to a “real” computer. But if the rumors are true, Apple could be prepping a 12.9” iPad Pro for launch in late Q3 2014, as something aimed towards those enterprise customers that want something to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop, and something a little more substantial than another screen to watch videos and play games on.
Just as it did when it was launched for Android, cloud storage service Box is offering 50gb of free storage for iOS users who download their app. The normal free storage amount is 10gb, and this 50 they’re offering never expires. Maybe if you’re looking for an alternative to Dropbox, this might be your thing. And hell, 50gb of free cloud storage ain’t bad.
For the past couple years, Apple users in Canada and Europe have had Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas to look forward to for some post Xmas freebies, and this year, us lowly Americans can now get in on the action. All you have to so is download the app and wait. On December 26th, every day for twelve days, Apple will be giving away an iOS freebie. Sometimes it’s a movie, an episode of a TV show, books, music, games or apps. Viva la free shit!
If you want to take better pictures with your phone, something closer to a “real” camera, you could grab the Nokia Lumia, but since it’s a Windows phone, you’d probably have to give up on all the apps you use on a regular basis. And yeah, Samsung is coming out with its own camera with an optical zoom, but Apple could slap a slim zoom lens on an iPhone any day of the week. What they’ve been waiting for apparently is to blow your fucking mind, with a camera that fits into an iPhone with shoot now, focus later technology like a Lytro. And this past week, they were finally granted the patent for such a camera, after filing the paperwork in 2011. Now if we could just get an iPad Pro…
As expected, at today’s big Apple event, there was not one but two new iPhones that hit the red carpet. There’s the iPhone 5S, which will be Apple’s new top of the line iPhone, available in black, silver or gold-champagne, with a fingerprint scanner and some serious guts and the iPhone 5C, a line of candy colored iPhones that are available for $100 with a contract. Also, iOS 7 will be released on September 18.
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The idea that the iPhone would come with a fingerprint sensor for unlocking and other etcs started before the iPhone 5 appeared, as there seemed to be good evidence to support the idea. With the iPhone 5S coming out later this year, it looks like that might finally happen. Also, in addition to coming in black or white, Apple appears to be adding a gold color option called “champagne”.