Of all the subtle yet significant enhancements in iPhone 5, perhaps the sneakiness is FaceTime. Not only do we get a 720p camera for the first time on an iPhone, we also get the ability to make FaceTime calls wherever we are, thanks to iOS 6's untethering from Wi-Fi.
Brace yourselves, because it’s coming. The rumors of a smaller iPad have swirled since, well, the first iPad came along, and it no longer seems to be a question of if we’ll see one, but when. There’s no doubt that a market exists for a junior iPad; Amazon and Google have proven it with their own pint-sized tablets. And judging by past Apple patterns, a mini iPad makes sense in Apple’s timeline. While nobody knows exactly what the device will look like, what its tech specs will be, or what it will cost, one thing seems sure: Apple will release a smaller iPad, and here at Mac|Life, we think it’s a smart move.
When Steve Jobs took the wraps off the iPhone back in 2007, he described it as, among other things, a "widescreen iPod with touch controls." But when we finally got our hands on one, we realized that wasn't exactly true. Sure, it was wider than any of the iPods at the time, but it wasn't quite widescreen--rather, the iPhone utilized a 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, closer to a standard-definition television set than an HD one.
After months of speculation, pleading, rumors, and faulty divination on the part of tech pundits and Apple fanatics, we may have kind of nailed down a firm date for the unveiling of the next iPhone. What will it look like? What’s it packing? Will we see the release of a smaller iPad on the same day? I don’t know! Neither do you! But let’s talk about it anyway. That's what makes this whole thing so fun.
When Chair Entertainment released Infinity Blade to iOS devices back in 2010, there's no way the Epic Games-owned developer could have predicted the game's overwhelming success. Just last month, Epic's Tim Sweeney crowned Infinity Blade as the company's "most profitable" title ever; a huge statement, coming from the company behind the mega-selling Gears of War franchise. Skycages is the third, and sadly final, free content update for Infinity Blade II.
Whether we're ready or not, iCloud is poised to take over our digital lives. With the last remnants of Mobile Me officially dead and buried, Apple is launching iCloud onto the main stage with Mountain Lion and, once iOS 6 comes out, bringing tighter integration between our Macs and iOS devices, and promising immediate access to files, websites, media and just about anything else we need, right when we need it.
But while it may seem all rosy on the surface, some people might be a bit leery about sinking their teeth into Apple's data buffet. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the fledgling online service (besides that awful iCloud.com email address).
Apple vs. Google: the debate rages on, only amplified by the recent WWDC and ongoing Google I/O conferences. With the introduction of Apple’s iOS 6 and Android’s Jelly Bean 4.1, which showcased new products, improved features, and a few surprises, users are even more divided. It’s the Giants vs. Dodgers all over again. Both titans announced some pretty drastic changes to their products and operating systems, but will Google be able to kick Apple out of its top spot in the mobile sphere?