Apple kicked off its October 22 media event with a artsy video that served to set the tone for the event, revealing its design values. The video was previously shown at June's developer conference, and in some ways it seemed like a swipe at critics who claim that Apple's taking too long to innovate in some fields. Apple CEO Tim Cook also included some words about the recent launches of the iPhone 5s and 5c and iTunes Radio, as well as some words about the App Store.
Following its aborted first launch attempt several weeks ago, the artist formerly known as Research in Motion has returned with its BlackBerry Messenger app for iPhone and Android -- although you'll still have to wait to actually use it.
So it turns out—maybe, possibly—that Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" slogan for tomorrow's event might have a double meaning after all. Cult of Mac reports that blogger (and former Apple employee) Jamie Ryan suggests that tomorrow's event could see the release of a "keyboard" cover such as we see with the Microsoft Surface.
Looks like all those exciting rumors about a new Apple TV appearing after tomorrow's event might be a dud, after all. That doesn't mean that an update isn't on the way, but in the words of former TechCrunch writer M.G. Siegler, we might have to wait a while for a signficant upgrade.
Apple's taken some heavy strides in an attempt to make Siri more appealing to iOS users, but it seems that the majority of users favor simple typing over voice commands. How much is a majority? As Cnet reports, research from a firm called Intelligent Voice suggests that as many as 85 percent of iOS users haven't even used Siri yet.
We don't claim to know for sure what Apple will unveil at its media event in San Francisco tomorrow, but judging from update text and icons on the company's iLife and iWork for iOS web pages, those skeuomorphic icons will soon be a thing of the past.
While Apple's built-in Camera app continues to improve, we can't help but feel it's far behind the innovative pace of third-party solutions -- and one such app has just received a very big iOS 7-style facelift.
You almost have to wonder what John McCain would think of the following. Earlier today, a man named Mark Menacher filed a small claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Time Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego, claiming that he objects to the automatic downloads of iOS 7 install files that occurred on "legacy" phones such as the iPhone 4S.
The banners are going up in San Francisco, and that means another Apple media event is on the way next week. Given that it's likely to the be the company's last such shindig for 2013, there's plenty of speculation and anticipation about what Cupertino has in store for us on Tuesday -- but in the meantime, let's coast into the weekend with a recap of what else is making news...
iOS 7 was considerably different than the versions of Apple's mobile OS that came before it, and the days following the announcement were filled with complaints from adopters who wanted to revert to good ol' iOS 6. As it turns out, however, a new report from Mixpanel (via 9to5 Mac) suggests those iPhone users are in a small minority.