Calling it the biggest change to the iPhone since the launch of the iPhone, Apple today unveiled the highly anticipated iOS7. Not only does the whole thing have a new, sleek, minimalistic look, but all kinds of functions have been added, borrowed, improved or modified to improve the iOS experience.
When Jony Ives took over as the lead UI designer for iOS last year after Scott Forstall got the boot, most people were automatically thinking of a massive graphical overhaul for the next version of iOS, and it sounds like that’s the case. The launch of iOS 7 is being pushed back until September as Ives replaces the familiar pseudo-realistic page tears and stitches with a more modern, minimal and flat, almost Windows Metro-like design.
In non-April Fool’s Day related news, it looks like that Apple some time ago filed a patent for an iPhone that would have a curved, wrap-around display that uses both the front and back of the phone. We already know, as Apple has already said, that they’re working on a curved glass display for an iWatch, so this technology could be an extension of that.
While Steve Jobs said that he only wanted one size of iPhone, it’s inevitable that as the market grows, people will want different sizes and different prices. With the iPad mini doing really well, many think it’s inevitable that Apple might come out with a “phablet”, a 5” device that’s bigger than most smartphones, smaller than a tablet. And this is what it might look like.
If you live in New York or are planning a trip to New York, a good MTA subway app can be a good starting place for getting to where you need to go like a pro. Now the MTA has released its own iPhone app that lets you track train departures and arrivals in real time before you buy your ticket.
Mophie finally released an external battery pack case for the iPhone 5 called the Juice Pack Helium. It wasn’t Mophie’s fault… if Apple wasn’t being such a stingy bitch over the Lightning connector, Im sure Mophie would have had this out on day one of the iPhone 5 launch. But now is better than never.
2012 was a huge, huge year for mobile gaming as more and more and more people picked up iPhones, iPods, iPads and Android devices by the armload. And in 2012, the biggest money-making trend for iOS game developers was making free-to-play games with additional paid content. Every single one of the top 10 grossing iPhone games from last year were free. Free game, then charge people real money for in-game items. Seems to be a winning strategy.
Saying that customers shouldn’t have to choose between price and having the latest gadgets, Walmart announced yesterday that it would be adding the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 to its stupidly cheap pre-paid plan. Since it’s a pre-paid plan, you’ll have to buy the phones up front, but after that it’s just $45/mo for unlimited everything.
Normally, with a brand new iPhone launch, consumers are awash in a sea of third party accessories of every kind the day the phone comes out. No so with the iPhone 5, thanks to the new Lightning connector and Apple’s stinginess on allowing companies to use the technology. So finally after all this time, there’s an iPhone 5 battery case, and it’s not from Mophie, but from iBattz.
(Alternate title: Winky-Face Emoticons Save The Day)
Early on New Year’s Day, a Brooklyn man called Nadal Nirenberg noticed that his iPhone was missing AND someone was using his OK Cupid dating profile from his missing phone. So he snapped into action to recover the missing phone by making a fake OK Cupid girl, with a cleavage-baring stock photo, and hitting on his own profile.
How easy was it to attract attention on OK Cupid?
“My best version of talking as a girl as a flirty girl, I should say, is adding winky face emoticons,” Nirenberg said.
Apparently the holder of the iPhone was pretty interested… and after a couple messages, Nirenberg arranged a date and met up with the thief, where he demanded —- and got — the phone’s return.
No word on how many of the Nice Guys of OK Cupid also hit on the fake profile.
Via ABC News