If you've ever wanted a clear idea of how opposed Apple is to the idea of customizable interfaces, consider the case of poor Themer, which was pulled from Google Play earlier this month following a copyright claim from Apple. The offender? According to TechCrunch, it's a little Android skin called Seven that mimicked the look of Apple's latest mobile operating system for devotees of Cupertino's mobile arch rival.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that we'll see an update to the Apple TV, but today marks the first appearance of what looks like proof that a hardware refresh is on the way. As 9to5Mac notes, it's a simple thing, really--an inconspicuous mention of "AppleTV 4,1" found buried in the framework for the existing Apple TV's AirPlay connection features. That designation corresponds to no existing models, which means in all likelihood it refers to a new device entirety.
Ever wanted to know just how far technology has jumped ahead in the last 22 years? According to Bret Swanson at Tech Policy Daily (via Cult of Mac), you can get the best idea simply by considering what it would have cost to build the current iPhone back then. According to his estimates, it would have cost Apple more than $3 million to build an equally capable machine in 1991, and that's on the cheap side.
The more news we hear about the beta patches for iOS 7.1, the more it sounds like a release of Apple's operating system that should make even the staunchest critics happier. And according to 9to5Mac (which seems quite in-the-know these days), we won't have to wait much longer. Based on their "reliable" sources, we'll likely see the highly anticipated patch sometime in March.
If current trends hold their course, it looks as though we may end up with that highly anticipated iOS port of Final Fantasy VII after all. But first we're being treated to Final Fantasy VI, which makes its first appearance on the App Store today (well, following yesterday's sudden appearance on the New Zealand app store).
In case you haven't heard, the latest game to drive iOS players wild is the deceptively simple Flappy Bird, which requires you to guide an ugly little bird through green pipes that surely must agitate the copyright lawyers working for Nintendo. How popular is the free little app? According to a new report from The Verge, it's raking in around $50,000 per day through advertising.
Ever felt as though you should be devoting your time to other, nobler pursuits while gaming? Cancer Research UK knows the feeling, and in response the British charity has created Genes in Space, a space exploration game for iOS that lets you voyage throughout the cosmos and help find the cure for cancer. And yes, at the same time.
We've heard before that Apple plans to place a lot of emphasis on health monitoring with its upcoming iWatch, and each new bit of news seems to confirm it. As 9to5Mac reports, the latest proof seems to come from Apple's alleged hiring of Roy J.E.M. Raymann, a sleep researcher from Philips Research, who's the latest name in a growing list of health professionals associated with the iWatch team.
The folks over at Pebble know the iWatch is coming, but that isn't stopping them from delivering a great experience for the many fans of its successful smartwatch. And with today's launch of the dedicated app store for the device we first heard about back in December, that experience just got better.
As expected, today's launch of Paper by Facebook for iPhone marks the social media giant's latest attempt to shake up its effective but aging template. If there's a problem, it's that it triggers a touch too much deja vu. Existing apps like Feedly and Flipboard already offer similar services drawn from RSS feeds and the like, but Paper cobbles its magazine-like interface out of posts from your Facebook home feed and a hodgepodge of other links suited to your interests.