For most of 2013, we've been reading about Apple's supposed decline. As the weeks ticked by without any new products to speak of, the discontented din grew louder, declaring innovation was dead in Cupertino, with the ghosts of the iPhone and iPod forever haunting the halls at 1 Infinite Loop.
If its critics would do a bit of homework, they would see that Apple's innovations aren't born out of thin air; they follow a pattern of intense focus and fine-tuning. In short, Apple looks to its own products for inspiration.
You probably remember the WWDC demo. Under the biggest spotlight on the grandest stage, Anki co-founder and CEO Boris Sofman unrolled an 8-foot mat and introduced the world to a new kind of gaming experience, one where the cars are real, but the reality is still virtual.
"If you look at toys from 20 years ago and compare them to toys today they are, minus a few differences, pretty much the same thing," said Hanns Tappeiner, co-founder and president of Anki. "We saw a big gap between (toys and video games) and we thought we could use robotics and AI to bridge that gap, to combine real physical things with some of the things we love about video games. And that's what we did with Anki Drive."
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
There are many times when you need to run a shell script or command at regular intervals. This can be to clean up your system or run maintenance tasks on your computer. For these jobs, you'll want to use something called "Crons." A cron job is a simple way of specifying a command and run interval to the operating system. We'll show you how to create these jobs, and how to remove them once they become unnecessary.
A better you. We all dream of it, but it’s hard. Maybe that’s why it stays just a dream for some of us. Well, now you have a friend on your side to coach you along, to help you get more organized, smarter, more productive, fitter, and just better all around. That friend is your iPhone, and there are apps for that.
Apple is widely starting to be known primarily for its portable products (and, yes, we’re including laptops in that category), but you also have to give it recognition for its solid, sexy desk-bound models as well. There are some pretty sweet deals on these home computers this week, and we’ll show you where to find them.
As much as we wanted to believe pie-in-the-sky rumors of iWatches and iTVs, 2013 played out pretty much according to script. But 2014 is wide open — and something tells me it's going to be a huge year for Apple. So what does Apple have in its bag of tricks?
OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.
One of the more surprising (and nicer) changes Apple made to OS X with Mavericks was the ability to use any TV or display connected to an Apple TV as a second display for your Mac. All Macs that supported AirPlay mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion now have the ability to use AirPlay-connected TVs as a second display in Mavericks. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn this feature on and configure additional options, like changing where the audio comes from and the size of the secondary display.
Back in 2009, Jonathan Zufi had a dream. Inspired by a memory of a programming game he played as a kid, he set out to provide a complete depository of Apple's diverse catalog, a place where people could leisurely explore and appreciate its history.
And ICONIC was born. Loaded with more than 650 images, the stunning coffee-table book presents a history of Apple's products as seen through Zufi's lens. But these aren't Best Buy catalog shots or even Apple PR images; flipping through the pages of ICONIC is like having Zufi explain everything he admires about Apple. The angles, shadows and lighting all give a unique perspective to the subjects, like you're looking at them for the first time.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. We’ve got a good mix of new options this week, from the promising Bit.Trip Run! and Anomaly 2 — both of which found success on other platforms before launching on iOS — to high-profile free-to-play offerings like Thor: The Dark World, Backyard Monsters: Unleashed, and Stack Rabbit. And if you’re seeking some Halloween-themed thrills, audio-centric horror adventure Papa Sangre II is well-timed to provide some sound-based scares.
When I downloaded the iOS 7 beta a few days after the WWDC keynote, the first thing I noticed was how long it took for my home screen to appear. Every time unlocked my phone, there it was, a very noticeable transition that delayed my ability to start tapping. All in all, it took about a half-second longer than iOS 6 to get to a useable home screen; it might not seem like much, but it breaks down to about two hours a year based on my own usage.
And it's not just unlocking. Across iOS 7, animations add a fraction of a second to most navigational actions, from opening folders to closing apps. I barely noticed the transitions in iOS 6. They were functional, neat and fast, never drawing unnecessary attention away from the task at hand. Now they seem to demand my attention.