It goes without saying that the iPhone 4’s A4 processor smokes the previous iPhone 3GS, but those expecting a speed jump equal to the iPad might be disappointed, based on some new benchmarks run with one of the early arrival handsets.
Welcome to our brand new weekly column. Every Tuesday, we’ll march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems. We’re kicking things off with five terrific new releases, and be sure to come back next week and every week to spare yourself the hassle of sifting the App Store’s latest game releases.
I have this touch-capacitive Pogo stylus, and it never made a lot of sense to me as an iPhone tool unless I was wearing gloves (not likely) or had severely sunburned the tips of all my fingers (even less likely). I know some people like them for typing or drawing, but I never used mine on the small screen. Now, though, I have an iPad, and I want to take notes on it, so I need a notebook-type app I can use to jot down ideas with the stylus or--in a pinch (heh)--my fingers.
This current quarter could be Apple's finest moment, according to an analyst that believes Apple could make up to $15 billion, beating other analyst expectations by $1 billion. It seems like Apple is on a roll with iPad sales, iPhone 4 preorders, Mac sales, and the elusive iPod (does anyone remember those things?). These factors, coupled with iTunes sales, could be making Apple a pretty nice cash stockpile.
Who knew that a Monday could be such a mad storehouse of riches? First the iOS software update and now this: Elgato has updated their EyeTV software to stream live TV to your iPad over 3G or WiFi. At this rate, we'll have to declare a new day of the week to be the worst out of seven. Wednesday, we're looking at you.
If you're already an EyeTV hardware owner running EyeTV 3.4 on your Mac, you'll need to download Elgato's EyeTV App ($4.99 to purchase new, or a free upgrade to exisiting EyeTV App owners) to get the WiFi streaming party started. If your TV consumption plans involve a 3G connection, Elgato recommends that you consider picking up an Elgato Turbo.264 HD, which utilizes adaptive streaming to provide decent reception under changing network conditions. Just be sure that your system is up to specifications before running out and buying something that may not work well for you--you don't want to ruin that awesome Monday buzz.
Facebook addicts, Facebook has released a new update of its ever-so-popular iPhone app. The new update includes the ability to watch Facebook videos, as well as check and write on the walls of events. Also, uploaded photos are now 720 pixels wide.
Check out the 3.1.3 version of the Facebook app fixes after the cut.
If you're like us, then you're totally obsessed with your Gmail--down to the point where you're meticulously organizing things in all those different folders. Fortunately, for the Google obsessed, the massive Silicon Valley company is announcing that it's releasing a big update in its Gmail interface on the iPad. The compose screen will now be a huge, full screen email form that pops up into its own window and fades out the background, leading to a distraction free writing environment. Google has also fixed any problems that prevented users from scrolling on long messages.
Apple really seems to know how to time their roll outs and their upgrades to keep interest at the maximum peak. First there was the iPad, then the announcement of what was then called iPhone OS 4.0, then all the "leaks" of the fourth generation iPhone, then the iPhone 4 along with iOS 4 and Safari 5.0 and the new Mac Minis and new MacBooks and Apple TV and and and there's just no end to it, is there? And as of next week, the brand new mobile operating system will be in everyone's hands for real and honest and – guess what? – we'll all be buzzing about that for weeks on end. Yeah, Apple's really got the whole release cycle down pat.
Meanwhile, here's the latest and the greatest from what's buzzing around the Mac|Life crew.
Last week, we were discussing writers as a tortured bunch, but maybe we jumped to conclusions. After all, isn't it the artists that are the tortured ones? No matter. As long as they've got the proper mediums to express themselves, the Internet will gladly receive any expression of their many, varied emotions. The tortured artist is nothing without his precious Macintosh. And here are a few applications (and a web app!) that will surely bring out that inner artist.