When millions of users hit the download button once iOS 7 becomes available this fall, it's going to take some time to get acclimated to all the new accoutrements. New buttons, fonts, shapes and colors are hiding around every corner, and just about every little detail has been refreshed, from the battery icon to the semi-translucent folders.
Still, there's a certain familiarity to iOS 7. Wildly different as it may be, it retains the simplicity and intuitiveness that we've enjoyed for years. Icons still adhere to a neat grid, navigation uses the same swipes and taps; essentially, the interface changes in iOS are superficial, focusing on design rather than changing what we know.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
Remember when we thought that mere touch controls were cool? That sounds so last century in relation to the revelation that the beta for iOS 7 supports the ability to control iPhones by simply moving your head from left to right.
For the past six years, Jony Ive and his team of designers have churned out gorgeous design after gorgeous design--tablets and handsets that people need to touch and want to hold. Every line and curve has been impeccably crafted down to the finest detail, and the results have been nothing less than staggering: metal-and-glass works of art that fit as comfortably in our hands as they do in our pockets.
Like many brand-new Apple products, owners of the latest MacBook Air models are finding the notebook's 802.11ac Wi-Fi a bit finicky, with reports of dropped connections last week and now a software bug in OS X that appears to be causing slower file transfers. But take heart: Cupertino usually gets all of these issues fixed sooner rather than later...
Seems like everywhere you look, Apple's iPhone is on sale at bargain prices -- a big departure from a couple years ago, when there were simply no savings to be found. But if you want the absolute best deal, head to Walmart.
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!
Most of us aren't expecting a radical new design for this year's iPhone, especially considering that iOS 7 will be a significant change -- so it won't come as a big surprise to see what the rumored "iPhone 5S" probably looks like.
So, it seems as though Tim Cook was serious when he declared Apple was doubling down on secrecy. For the first time in years, we were actually surprised by the bulk of a WWDC keynote, from the audacious Mac Pro to the transcendent iOS 7.
To the surprise of approximately no one, however, was the lack of new hardware to run the shiny new operating system. Any iOS release--particularly one with so many radical changes--is going to need a fair amount of beta time before it's unleashed on the public, and there was absolutely no way Apple was going to announce a new iPhone for an old operating system.
So, autumn it is. But if you're hoping for a redesigned iPhone 6, I have some bad news for you: This year's iPhone won't look any different than last year's.
If you've been wanting to know what the so-called iPhone 5S looks like but don't have the patience to wait for someone to lose it in a bar, we've (maybe) got some good news for you. This morning a leaked image of the new iPhone's supposed logic board started circulating throughout the Internet after it appeared on Japanese blog Macotakara, and now MacRumors claims to have photos of the display itself. The kinda-sorta bad news? There's not much visible difference, although that was expected.