Okay, we're gonna briefly touch some other stories this week, but you know what it's all about here on Mac|Life dot com -- the iPhone 5 is our story of the week, just like the whole internet. So in case you weren't glued to the keynote and you haven't followed our regular stream of updates, here's how it went down and here's what you need to know.
One of the most remarkable things about the iPhone 5 is its significant weight loss. At 112 grams (that's 3.95 ounces, or approximately 1/4 of a pound), it's 20% lighter than its precedessor. For something that's rarely out of our hands and pockets, that's not insignificant.
We got to wondering what else weighs about as much as Apple's newest iPhone. Here's what we found!
For those of us who live up north, that crisp fall air is already starting to slowly creep in as the days and nights grow cooler. Summer is winding down, but one of the best things about the impending changing of seasons is the gorgeous blasts of color that will soon spread across the lush natural terrain as the trees transform and shed their leaves. It's a beautiful time of year. Whether you're already in the thick of it or prepping for a trek to scope out some beautiful autumn vistas, here's a great collection of apps for your inner leaf peeper.
Many third-party case manufacturers sent out press releases yesterday with the news that some of their best selling cases are now compatible with the iPhone 5. Obviously, we have no physical way of refuting these claims (we've had the unfortunate circumstance of receiving products that were not at all compatible with a newly released iOS device), but here are a few of the manufacturers you might consider purchasing or pre-ordering an iPhone 5 case from.
Who knows what Apple is announcing this Wednesday? An iPhone? A thing? Who knows? But if they do, you'll probably want to upgrade, right? And you may be wondering what to do with your current phone? You could always sell it, or you could make use of your investment and give it a new job around the house.
This is it. The last hot Apple news before the new handset arrives. Are you excited yet? We're surprised the rumor mill wasn't quite as churny as we expected, though there were a few leaks that got us excited. I guess if the police aren't bashing in someone's door, the thrill is gone. Well, here's ten stories to keep your home fires burning until Tuesday.
Every four years, the political hype machines of both major parties start up with the goal of churning out pitch-perfect rhetoric and the right plan for the people. Unfortunately, the machines usually just devolve into devices built to hurl insults and accusations instead of providing thought-provoking debate and a discussion of the country's future. At some point during the cycle, the same thought seems to cross every person's mind: "I could be a better President than those guys." Whether you're confident in your debating skills or you've got a knack for mudslinging, we've got some games that will let you take to your own campaign trail. Prove politics is more than a game -- or at least is a contact sport -- with these eight iOS experiences.
Rumors! Rumors! Nothing but rumors half the time! Well, we've got a few of those and plenty of other news. Just wait until next week, though, as September officiallykicks off "Overheated Speculation Month" for Apple watchers. Meanwhile, here's a few overheated news stories from this week that are raising up some dog day like weather around these parts.
Ever since Populous came out in 1989, video games have allowed us to act out the fantasy of being all-powerful gods. The god game is now a genre unto itself, varied in style and theme but always giving players the ability to change the world around its tiny virtual people and creatures -- subverting their free will but seldom denying it. Here are 10 iOS games that follow in this spirit and let you play god, which can mean flattening mountains, smiting non-believers, abusing your subjects, and crafting entire landscapes from nothing.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.