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iOS 7 preview: Accessory support for iBeacons, game controllers, and more!

iOS 7 preview: Accessory support for iBeacons, game controllers, and more!

iOS 7 increases iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch support for accessory makers, including new iBeacons for location transmission, game controllers, and a slew of improvements for speakers, keyboards, and more! iOS 7 will bring not only an entirely new, dynamic interface to the iPhone, iPod touch,...
iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

iOS 7 continues to build on Siri, adding access to settings, new partner services and features, including results from Bing, Wikipedia, and Twitter, and a newly redesigned natural-languge interface Apple introduced Siri, their personal digital assistant, in iOS 5 as a secondary, natural...
iOS 7 preview: Gestures controls, consistency, and collision

iOS 7 preview: Gestures controls, consistency, and collision

iOS 7 adds new gestures for control center, for navigating in Mail, Messages, and Safari, and more iOS 7 continues Apple's long history of gesture-based controls, some system-wide like the new swipe up from the bottom bezel to open Control Center, and some app (or multi-app) specific, like the...
iOS 7 preview: Photo Streams finally get truly social sharing

iOS 7 preview: Photo Streams finally get truly social sharing

With iOS 7, shared Photo Streams are finally, really shared with anyone and everyone able to add not only comments, but photos and, now videos as well, all their own While technically part of the new, upcoming Photos app, the iOS 7 update to iCloud's Photo Stream is significant enough that it...
App Store Year One: Shocking successes, game-changers, and unpredictable pain

App Store Year One: Shocking successes, game-changers, and unpredictable pain

In celebration of the App Store's 5th anniversary we're taking a look back at its history, including its initial launch, immediate success, and the passion and pain that came with it Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008, five years ago this week. Over the course of the next few days...
iOS 7 preview: AirDrop lets you easily share your stuff, no bumping needed

iOS 7 preview: AirDrop lets you easily share your stuff, no bumping needed

iOS 7 AirDrop lets you easily share photos, video, contacts, passes, and more with the tap of a face and the miracles of wireless! With iOS 7, Apple's peer-to-peer, ad-hoc Wi-Fi file transfer protocol, AirDrop comes to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Originally introduced on the Mac with OS X 10.7...
iOS 7 preview: Photos automagically filters your life into collections, moments, and more

iOS 7 preview: Photos automagically filters your life into collections, moments, and more

iOS 7's Photos app not only gets a makeover, but gets automated organization by year, collection, and moment, as well as filters for your post-processing pleasure Just like its partner, the Camera app, the iOS 7 Photos app is newly objectified, gamified, and... filter-fied? Here's how Apple...
Forget icons and typefaces, iOS 7 is the birth of dynamic interface

Forget icons and typefaces, iOS 7 is the birth of dynamic interface

I've been watching the iOS 7 video over and over again since WWDC 2013. Part of that is because I'm writing our iOS 7 preview series, and part of it is because there's just so much to unpack about what we were shown, it's implications and ramifications. From the moment Tim Cook debuted it on the...
Apple releases iOS 7 beta 3 - download it now (if you're a developer)!

Apple releases iOS 7 beta 3 - download it now (if you're a developer)!

Apple has just released iOS 7 beta 3 to developers. It's available both as an over the air (OTA) download and, if past is prologue, it'll be available soon from Apple's developer web site (assuming, of course, you're a registered iOS developer). Apple's public information about iOS 7 beta 3...
Do you want 3rd party software keyboards on your iPhone? [Poll]

Do you want 3rd party software keyboards on your iPhone? [Poll]

Would you use 3rd party software keyboards on your iPhone? Earlier today, as part of Talk Mobile, we talked about the importance of keyboards. The iPhone has a virtual, software keyboard designed by Kenneth Kocienda et. al, back in 2007. Inarguably impressive for its time, it combined useful...
iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

With iOS 7, Apple is adding the ability to block people from reaching - especially disturbing or otherwise harassing - you via the phone, FaceTime, and Messages. One of the downsides of the constant connectivity we enjoy on the iPhone is constant availability, and while it's annoying when people...
iOS 7 preview: Lock screen gains access to notifications, controls, some confusion

iOS 7 preview: Lock screen gains access to notifications, controls, some confusion

iOS 7 brings not only live, physics-based wallpaper to the iPhone and iPad Lock screen, but Notification Center and Control Center access as well! The Lock screen exists in some between-space, where your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad are no longer off or asleep, but nor are they fully awake and...
iOS 7 vs. Instagram vs. Google+ vs. Twitter: Black & White photo filter comparison

iOS 7 vs. Instagram vs. Google+ vs. Twitter: Black & White photo filter comparison

I recently previewed the new Camera app Apple will be releasing alongside iOS 7 this fall, and one of the things that stood out for me the most was not so much the inclusion of built-in photo filters - everyone seems to be adding those these days - but the subtly and restraint shown in which...
iOS 7 preview: Camera gains real-time filters, and... a square

iOS 7 preview: Camera gains real-time filters, and... a square

iOS 7 Camera brings an all-new interface, along with a new Square photo mode, and a bevy of new, real-time Filters. The Camera app has gotten the same objectified and gamified makeover as the rest of iOS 7, but Apple also managed to sneak in a few new features as well. First is, um,Square mode...
iOS 7 preview: Multitasking for every app, coalesced and just-in-time

iOS 7 preview: Multitasking for every app, coalesced and just-in-time

iOS 7 multitasking not only packs an all new card and icon hybrid interface, but a new way for every app to multitask, intelligently, and without a huge hit to battery life or performance. iOS 7 finally brings multitasking to everyone on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. And by everyone, I mean...
iOS 7 preview: Sprite Kit and UIKit dynamics promise easier games, game-like apps

iOS 7 preview: Sprite Kit and UIKit dynamics promise easier games, game-like apps

I've written a lot already about how Apple is changing the interface game by making iOS 7 not only objectified but gamified. It almost feels like you play it as much as you use it. The original iPhone's interface required OpenGL support to such a level that it eventually birthed a mobile gaming...
iOS 7 preview: Notification Center gets new Today screen, predictive traffic info, and more!

iOS 7 preview: Notification Center gets new Today screen, predictive traffic info, and more!

Notification Center now provides drop-down access not only to all your alerts, but your most recently missed alerts, and includes an all-new, contextual Today screen as well as Lock screen access! Notification Center debuted in iOS 5 as way to quickly, easily see all your system and push...
Should Apple bring the iOS 7 design language to OS X? [Poll]

Should Apple bring the iOS 7 design language to OS X? [Poll]

Should Apple make OS X look like iOS 7? Should Apple bring iOS 7's new, clarified, deferential, depth-driven look and feel OS X? For the last few years Apple has worked diligently and deliberately to bring iOS nomenclature and metaphors back to the Mac, and create a more consistent experience...
iOS 7 preview: Inter-App Audio isn't contracts or intents, but is a start

iOS 7 preview: Inter-App Audio isn't contracts or intents, but is a start

While full-on inter-app communications -- similar to Android's intents or Windows Phone's contracts -- were high up on many geek's iOS 7 must-have list, nothing of the sort was announced by Apple at WWDC 2013. Well, almost nothing. Apple has added inter-app communications to iPhone and iPad, they...
Apple releases iOS 7 beta for iPad and iPad mini

Apple releases iOS 7 beta for iPad and iPad mini

The just-released iOS 7 beta 2 has now hit Apple's developer portal and the big news is -- an iPad version is now available for download alongside the iPhone and iPod touch version. Two weeks ago, at WWDC 2013, Apple released iOS 7 beta 1 but restricted it to iPhone and iPod touch only, saying an...

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