Spring has sprung and sprung with a vengeance. Sunshine! Warm air! Being outdoors is once again a treat. Just as the vernal equinox passes us by and leads us to a bit more moving about, it'll soon be iPad launch day and we may find no good reasons to go back inside for quite some time.
Meanwhile, as we await that wonderful sidewalk cafe life with our reading and our data streaming right by our sides, here's this week's menu of the best stories from a week of Mac|Life. Order well.
Less than three years after the launch of Apple’s handset, Final Fantasy, the role-playing classic that practically defined its genre, has arrived for the iPhone. And with the exception of a few tweaks that could be made, it's arrived in fine style.
Where Final Fantasy I defined the role-playing genre for the late '80s/early '90s, Final Fantasy II took the core idea and experimented with what could be done with it. That being the case, the classic sequel has come to the iPhone and iPod touch in outstanding form with only a few wrinkles to iron out.
As if summoning the ghost of Johnny Cash singing his classic “I Won’t Back Down,” HTC has made it clear to patent rival Apple that they also won’t back down from a fight -- and they’re fully prepared to defend its honor.
Apple may take some heat for its App Store policies, but never let it be said that they aren’t constantly working to improve their developer relationships. This week’s big change came in the form of new tools to allow iPhone OS developers to set the exact release date of their applications as well as schedule price changes.
Man, Apple's been coming down pretty hard on third party vendors lately.
First it was the sexy apps, then the WiFi sniffers, then the book-only
apps. In the latest round of purging, Apple takes it to the physical
Whether it's just because they want more store space for
their own products or they're cooking up their own screen films or they
really think their oleophobic glass screens are all that tough, Apple has told
screen protector vendors that they're quits as far as the Apple Store
and the website goes. Whaaat?
It's almost an article of faith among the in-the-know crowd that the
iPhone OS 4.0 will bring third party multitasking to the iPhone and
iPad. Steve-o claims it's just too much of a drain on the battery, while
other handset makers let their customers be big kids and make up their
own minds about power management.
Well, perhaps the competition
from Google phones might be enough to force the issue, and if it
doesn't, here's someone who's cracked the multitasking nut beautifully.
Have Google and Apple stopped having super-fun sleepovers with smores and pillow fights? The New York Times seems to think so and we're not that surprised. An analytics firm points to some surprising sales information concerning Android and iPhone handsets.
Finally, one of our favorite apps and services makes an announcement that makes us sad. So very sad.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Twitter and Facebook questions!
Okay, they weren't that hard-hitting.