It's that time of year again: Consumer watchdogs JD Power posted the results of their recent Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study. It should come as no surprise that the iPhone is once again king of the hill in the hearts of those who participated in the study, allowing iPhone owners to stand proud in the knowledge that they possess a handful of awesome.
The world of smartphone app development is a frustrating, constantly changing place. To get a feel for what developers have to put up with, you needn't look any further than the iTunes App Store. For the longest time, developers were allowed to churn out their creations using third-party software... until they weren't. Out of the blue a little while back, they were once again. Should they be victorious in the long uphill battle to complete an application, that app has to go through a stringent approval process, where it could very well be disallowed, forcing the developer to either scrap her project or tweak it to Apple satisfaction. Throughout this process, developers make no money from the sweat of their brows. Worst of all, should the developer want to deploy his wares to a number of App Stores, she'll be forced to jump through a number of similar hoops once again. With such a development environment, nobody wins. Innovation is stifled by strict and oft-times frustrating App Store rules, consumers yearning for an application available on one platform to come to another often goes unsated, as developers spend so much time fighting through red tape that they're too busy to transfer their work to a different OS ecosystem. Fortunately, things may be looking for individuals interested in cross-platform mobile application development, as a number of players in the mobile telecommunications game have banded together to sort out a universal web-based approach to application development. Their solution is one that will seem very familiar to long-time iPod touch or iPhone users: Web Apps.
Forgive us for not being entirely objective, but we let out a large groan when we read this headline. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg hinted at a recent Goldman Sachs conference that we shouldn't bet on the possibility of a Verizon version of the iPhone any time soon.
If you need more evidence that we’re living in the future, check out the video below from Visa, who has started a test program in New York City which allows subway riders to pay their fares with nothing more than your iPhone.
I've been a Verizon customer for ten years now, since before you could purchase a monthly texting plan and unlimited minutes. I was with the company when they switched from black-and-green cell phone displays to color ones, and when Motorola was still considered one of the top tier mobile handset manufacturers. I remember my first phone with a color display--the Motorola T720i--and marveling at the phone's texting and mobile web capabilities (back then, it only cost $5 a month to get on Mobile Web). But then, as the phones became more colorful, and might I add "smarter", Verizon introduced its own app store of sorts, called Get It Now.
Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.
Many Apple fans around the world wouldn't be able to go a day without their beloved iPhone, and it appears that South Korea is no exception. Today KT Corporation, the local carrier of the iPhone in South Korea, announced that there have been one million iPhones sold in only 9 months.
We want to believe, we really do. However, with each passing day and every new rumor it gets harder and harder to keep the faith. The iPhone has been shackled to AT&T for so long that fathoming the notion of the handset on another network without jailbreaking is becoming harder and harder. We're sure it will happen eventually, but when? Susquehanna Financial Group believe they may have an answer to this vexing question.
If you prefer to take your daily dose of out-and-about with a hearty helping of headphone-funneled music, you'll know that from time to time, some of the finer points of the great outdoors, such as blaring truck horns warning you of the possible end of your life, might escape your attention. As tired a phrase as it is, we have to say, there's an App for that.
If you're in Paris this week, and are underwhelmed by the centuries of culture, art and architecture muddling up the place, you could do worse than reporting to the 2010 Paris motor show. If you choose to do so, you'll have a chance to take a gander at some of the most advanced transportation technology in the world. If you're an Apple fan (and if you're not, we have to wonder why you're visiting our site: glutton for punishment, perhaps?) you'll want to pay particular attention to some of the wheels brought to the show by BMW and Mercedes. Both companies have opted to use the show to show off prototype scooters that utilize an iPhone not only as a key but also as the only user-interface element outside of the handlebars.