Rene, Peter, and Richard talk CarPlay, how it works and what it means, the dangers of driving distractions, why Apple isn't first on smartwatches, and how badly we need iOS 7.1 already, and your questions answered.
Earlier this week we wrote about an impending update for the iTunes Festival app that was expected to require iOS 7.1 and thus would mean that iOS 7.1 would be coming soon and that's not what happened at all.
Well, the iTunes Festival app did get an update for SXSW with a refreshed design good for the iTunes Festival at SXSW (starting March 11 and running through the 15th with the likes of Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Capital Cities, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson all in attendance). But it didn't get a requirement for iOS 7.1 — in fact the minimum required version is a mere iOS 7.0.
The South By Southwest (SXSW) festival will be employing iBeacons during the festival this year for an improved experience. Attendees will be able to interact with the iBeacons through the official SXSW Go app.
CarPlay has so far been shown off on new vehicles, but what about folks with older ones? It's a question a lot of people are asking, since there are a ton of people with iPhones that own cars made by manufacturers already committed to CarPlay. In the case of Mercedes-Benz, it seems a solution is being explored.
We now have a better idea about how third-party apps work with Apple's CarPlay. So far, Apple has been fairly selective with app partners so far, with only Spotify, Beats Music, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio announced so far.
Ever wish you could take a video from your iPhone or iPad and watch it on your big screen TV? Well, with AirPlay and an Apple TV you can! Many apps have built-in AirPlay buttons but, sadly, they're often in different shapes, sizes, and places. Luckily, Control Center has an AirPlay button as well. That makes it easy to find and easy to use!
Support for MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) game controllers came with last fall's introduction of iOS 7. Some products have focused specifically on the iPhone and iPod touch market with devices that clamp on to the iPhone. SteelSeries is taking a different tack with its Stratus game controller, a standalone device that works with iPads too. It was introduced for $99, but SteelSeries has since cut the price to $79.99. The Stratus is available either in black or white.
Craft and DIY projects aren't just great time killers, they can also be huge money savers. From learning how to refinish that coffee table on your own to creating centerpieces and home decor on the cheap, anything is possible. Whether you want to contribute your own ideas or just check out other people's, the iPad has several really good craft and DIY apps to choose from. But which are the absolute best?