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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...
Apple releases iOS 7 Beta 2 - Developers, go get it!

Apple releases iOS 7 Beta 2 - Developers, go get it!

Apple has just released iOS 7 Beta 2 to developers. It's now available over-the-air (OTA) and on-device via Settings > General > Software Update, and should be soon as complete download via developer.apple.com as well. The only public-facing information about it right now is that it...
How iOS 7 compares to previous versions [Chart]

How iOS 7 compares to previous versions [Chart]

iOS 7, at least as much as we saw of it at WWDC 2013, compared at a glance with previous major releases. We began including version charts in our reviews last year, including our monster iOS 6 review, and we'll be doing more with this come the fall. For now, however, I'll just leave it here so...
Regarding iWatch, iTV, iPhone 5S, bigger and less expensive iPhones, iPad 5, and iPad mini 2

Regarding iWatch, iTV, iPhone 5S, bigger and less expensive iPhones, iPad 5, and iPad mini 2

Absent fact, rumors run rampant. It's only natural. Secrecy breeds curiosity, and huge fall releases of almost every product in Apple's lineup leads to speculation about what, if anything, they have left for the new year. The broad strokes are probably obvious -- there'll be new phones and new...
iOS version code-names

iOS version code-names

While iOS doesn't enjoy public code-names like OS X - no Snow Leopard or Mountain Lion - they do use internal code names, typically derived from ski resorts. Here a list of previous, current, and future iOS code-names. 1.0: Alpine (1.0.0 - 1.0.2: Heavenly) 1.1: Little Bear (1.1.1: Snowbird, 1.1....
iPhone OS 2.1 review

iPhone OS 2.1 review

iPhone 2.1 (build 5F136) is an incremental point update to the much larger and more encompassing iPhone 2.0 software release we reviewed back in early July. Light on new functionality, it focuses instead on bug fixes, which given the many problems that accompanied the massive 2.0 rollout, is a...

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