If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, a number of Apple's competitors must be blushing in the wake of WWDC 2011. With Cupertino's unveiling of iMessages -- a service that may sound all too familiar to users of RIM's BlackBerry messaging service -- and a number of system tweaks for iOS that mimic the features offered by a number of apps available via the Cydia App Store, it appears that Apple is paying close attention to what their business rivals have been doing.
As stoked as we are to see these great perks coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall, we feel there's a few more tricks that Apple could learn from the other guys. Here are five of our favorites.
It’s do or die for iTunes. The world-famous music program burst onto the scene over a decade ago, completely reinventing the way we buy music. But in that time, the scene has evolved, and while iTunes’ never-ending sales have, well, never ended, it’s clear that iTunes needs an overhaul -- especially since serious, impressive competitors like Rdio are making waves. While we wait for Apple’s much-rumored MobileMe-based solution to arrive, we put together five changes iTunes must make to take the industry by storm (again).
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 18 months you've probably heard of the augmented reality flying video game/real world quadrocopter that is the Parrot AR.Drone. We've seen this thing at every industry trade show or publicity opportunity imaginable (though it's still admittedly pretty cool.) Now the company has announced a new promotion: an online flying competition.
Technologies like Skype have been around for some time, letting us make calls from our computers. The iDevice revolution put VoIP calling in our pockets, but services like Skype are actually rather limited. Yes, you can Skype or fring on the 3G network now, but only to other members of the same service. Skype can call Skype and fring can call fring, or you can pay to make calls to numbers outside of their service. Not a bad deal if you're calling another country, but paying to use your iPhone data package you already paid for to call your buddy seems like a raw deal to us.
Not surprisingly, a couple apps have come up with an interesting alternate form of calling.
Mobile music tagging is so 2007! What the kids really want these days is to learn the words of the songs they’re tagging, which is why Shazam has announced its first corporate acquisition, bringing synchronized lyrics to its iOS apps -- well, at least the paid ones, anyway.
The company behind the PowerVR graphic processor unit used in Apple’s mobile devices has announced that six key partners have started licensing their next-generation GPUs, but Apple’s name isn’t on the list -- yet.
One of the smaller, but still significant, announcements out of WWDC last week was that of Newsstand, a new way to organize and display all of your news and magazine subscriptions from the App Store. So, for instance, if you subscribe to a magazine like Time or a newspaper like The Daily, you will be able to view and manage all of these subscriptions in one place on your iOS device.
After the snoozefest that was the Google I/O event, today's Inside Search event is a party of crammed inside a browser of amazing search features. Google annouced features for both the mobile and desktop space. Get ready to figure where that mystery photo of you was taken.
Much to the chagrin of Apple Geniuses everywhere, a new report claims “about half” of iOS device owners have never backed up their new toys via iTunes, a move that would certainly make tech support easier. Thanks to the forthcoming iCloud, that problem may soon be a thing of the past.