Mac OS 10 has given Mac users a slick GUI full of fancy visual goodies, and with the release of Lion right around the corner, it's only going to get slicker. However, we must not forget that Apple's attention to detail hasn't just been limited to their most recent releases -- they've always been pioneers on the interface front. This gallery features Apple's most humble beginnings -- their most famous icons you're sure to remember with fondness, and a few current updates as well.
Around the house, room by room, we break down some of the best apps to assist you in the kitchen, get you working in the garage, organizing the den, and even playing in the bedroom
Life on the road is better with an iPhone. Life on public transport improves exponentially with the powerful portable device and apps numbering in the bajillions (according to the latest audits). Your business life is probably faster and more efficient than ever before (as well as being more 24-hours-a-day, if you let it).
How does the GarageBand that we know and love work on the iPad? Simple. It doesn’t. Instead of futilely attempting to replicate the experience of the Mac version, GarageBand for iPad plays to its touchscreen strengths and ultimately feels more accessible and less demanding. Is it stripped down? Definitely. Dumbed down? Anything but. Make no mistake -- GarageBand for iPad is not an inferior wannabe version.
Once exclusively the province of iOS users, FaceTime for Mac now lets you reach out and touch someone from your computer—or see how they look the morning after the big party. We’ll skip the usual buildup—yes, FaceTime for Mac is great for making high-quality video calls to friends and family on iOS devices and other Macs over Wi-Fi. But as futuristic as that killer feature is, FaceTime’s contact management needs to catch up with the 20th century.
Since last October’s Back to the Mac event, official news about Lion, Apple’s iOS-inspired update to OS X, has been as scarce as white iPhones. But with Lion’s summer release rapidly approaching, Cupertino has begun pulling back the curtain on what’s sure to be the biggest update to hit our favorite operating system in years.
We've seen what Apple could dish up when it came to word processing, and we've seen the competitors bring occasionally impressive functionality to this realm. We've even seen word processing on the iPhone, which, while not glamorous or particularly easy, is still nice. Spreadsheets were likewise a solid contender for data crunching even if there were some major shortcomings in the apps which sought to dethrone Numbers from its rightful place.
The third and final installment is at last at hand. Presentations, the scourge of corporate meetings.
Spreadsheets aren't anyone's idea of sexy. Here's a cell, it adds up other cells; here's a cell, it averages other cells. And so on. In fact, this has long been the underappreciated workhorse in any office suite, but spreadsheets can pack loads of functionality into those little cells.
Just like Word, Microsoft's Excel has long dominated this realm. Apple has a worthy competitor in Numbers, but how does mobile spreadsheet creation stack up? Which mobile software gives you the spreadsheet power you've always wanted? Let's do the math.
Back when it was just the iPhone, there wasn't much demand for mobile word processing, but when the iPad came along, people expected full computer functionality. Apple heeded the call with mobile versions of iWork, but Microsoft Office still remains king of document software. The popular .doc is still the number one format with a bullet, and a variety of office-based software has arisen to handle it.
In our special cage match office productivity App Showdown, we go three rounds to find out who is the undisputed master of the mobile domain, Apple or its competitors.
Apple just released an updated build of their Xcode 4 preview. Why would a person need Xcode, you ask? If you're into developing Mac or iOS applications, it's just about the only way to go. As to why a person would care about the new version of Xcode, it's a massive rewrite, featuring a rearranged application interface, fully integrated Interface Builder -- trust us, it's a huge deal -- a rewritten debugger, and even a new Fix-it feature, which not only knows what's causing the bug in your software, but can actually fix it for you.