Back during WWDC, Apple announced that its beloved productivity suite, iWork, would be hosted on the web, thus allowing the Cupertino giant to compete with Google Drive. But now it appears that Apple might be taking that competition far more seriously than anticipated. Based on a welcome screen in the iOS 7 beta that was uncovered by German site ifun (as reported by MacRumors), Apple might be bringing both iWork and ILife to the masses for free on iOS.
With more than 300 million iCloud users, Apple is perfectly poised to expand upon the services it can offer, demonstrating a cloud-based version of iWork that will be available as a developer preview starting today.
Stuck with a mere 16GB on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? That may no longer be an issue if manufacturer Kanex has anything to say about it, introducing a new inexpensive option for creating a private cloud at CES.
So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
Microsoft is making huge strides on bringing its productivity line-up to the cloud, so it's understandable that Apple is seeking to offer an alternative. Today, rumors are surfacing that Cupertino is partnering with VMware to push the company's own iWork software to the net.
Your Mac provides you with a number of options to turn your photos into works of art, but one that you might not have considered is to craft your images into your own comic book. Following some simple principles and using a range of Pages features, you can quickly build your own visual story by adding images to a document and positioning them in order. The process isn’t as difficult as you might think and offers a fun way to share your photos with friends and family, complete with your own text to help tell the story.
When you’re out and about with your Mac laptop, there are a few things you can do to extend your battery life. First, I shut off Bluetooth in the menu bar, then bump down the screen brightness as much as I can stand, close applications I’m not using, and if I’m desperate, turn off AirPort. That’ll do the most to prolong my battery life, but it sure hampers the experience of using my Mac.
Keynote makes creating presentations fun and the presentations themselves more interesting and engaging. Sometimes, however, the content of your slideshow tests even Apple’s powerful presentation tool when it comes to an aesthetically pleasing product. For example, if your slideshow doesn’t include many images (or none at all) and needs to display a lot of facts and figures, the Keynote templates, attractive as they are, will be hard pressed to keep your slides monotony-free.
Planning on writing a book this summer? Or perhaps you want to take a stab at that movie idea that's been percolating in your head for a few years now. Your Mac is the best tool for composition, and there's an arsenal of software that can help you get started. Whether you want to utilize a free app or can spring the cash for something chock full of features, there's an app that can faciliate your writing needs.
That sweet little iPad app you see there in the corner could very well be Spotify, which currently tops our list of iOS apps that really need a tabletized update. As Premium members, we look forward to blasting a barrage of ‘80s one-hit wonders from our iPad, and doubling up the screen resolution of the existing iPhone/iPod touch app simply won’t do (although it does look quite clean on our new iPad, FWIW). While we are waiting for Spotify’s special event on Wednesday, let’s kick back and soak in the day’s news for this lazy Monday, April 16, 2012.