Feeling kinda hungry? Well then, this week's got some tasty tidbits to tease your tastebuds as well as a few new games worth your time. Plus, if you wanted to get a little FaceTime in, you'd best be packing the latest iOS, and at last, Google slinks out of the shadows. All that and more, plus the latest skinny on Apple's latest worst kept secret, the iWatch.
To the surprise of almost no one, Apple announced big profits on Wednesday — $10.6 billion of them — actually beating the expectations of analysts. But at the same time, those same critics are crying a death knell for the iPad, which actually wound up selling a few million less in Q2 2014 than they did the year prior. But we wouldn't count iPad down and out just yet — it's still the tablet king, after all...
Keyboard design isn't something that generally gets a whole lot of attention.
Back when they were our primary input devices, keyboards were mostly viewed as cumbersome necessities, plastic nuisances that extended ungracefully from the backs of our PCs, resting lifelessly on our desktops with little character or personality. Even on laptops, where the keyboard can make or break the design, they were often an afterthought: cheap, flimsy keys crammed into fixed spaces, with little attention paid to how they felt under your fingers or where the optimal position for the mouse might be.
The number of differentiators between iOS and Android has gradually evaporated over time, but one cavernous gap remains: Apple won’t allow third-party developers to create alternate keyboards — a hurdle that hasn’t stopped a longtime favorite on Google’s mobile platform from trying anyway. SwiftKey Note might sound a lot like Fleksy, an alternative keyboard for iOS that actually attempts to build a better mousetrap than Apple’s own. But this is something else entirely: A note-taking app that instead improves upon Apple’s standard touch keyboard.
Thursday was certainly not a dull day when it came to iOS apps, and we've got a trio of them to share with you to cap off the week. There's also some chatter about new hardware coming down the pike, including details on how shutterbugs can throw their hat into the ring to try out the latest Eye-Fi hardware. Read on for more, and enjoy the weekend!
It's not often iOS users have reason to be jealous of their Android-toting friends, but the ability to swap third-party keyboards would be one such example — and it's a problem developers are attempting to find creative ways to solve.