Popular iOS game Dots, a puzzle game that offers a very addictive gameplay, now has an even more interesting sequel that will let players enjoy a story-based game experience, making the game less about competing for a high score and more about enjoying a more immersive experience. More →
Smartphones have been around for quite some time but truth be told, they weren’t terribly smart until the advent of on-device app stores. Apps had existed before, of course, but finding them and installing them was a huge pain that involved dealing with awful sites like Handango and then transferring files from your PC to a phone, so most people didn’t bother.
App stores changed all that and turned smartphones into devices that are always morphing, gaining new functionality with each app we install. The capabilities we’re now afforded are priceless — but they’re even better when the price is free. More →
In an interview during Re/code’s Code Conference, Apple’s senior vice president Eddy Cue echoed Tim Cook’s earlier references to the company’s product line for 2014, further building up anticipation for the devices Apple will launch in the second half of the year. More →
Apple’s designs have become so ubiquitous over the past ten years that’s it hard to remember a time when the company was struggling to find its identity. Early in Apple’s existence, the rising star of the industry brought in outside help to figure out how to make its products stand out. In fact, Frog, a design firm with studios all over the world, is credited with many of the earliest design prototypes for Apple’s future products. Of course, plenty of the designs were changed significantly from their conception (or scrapped entirely), but as Frog founder Hartmut Esslinger illustrates in his latest book, Keep it Simple, Apple might never have drawn so much attention without the assistance of his team. Among the stories, Esslinger includes some fascinating imagery of prototypes that never saw the light of day. We’ve included a few below, but head over the to The Verge to see the rest. More →
Founded by two ex-Googlers, Tangible Play is a company that has figured out a clever way to force children not to play on the iPad excessively. What the company has developed is an accessory and applications set that encourages kids to play using physical objects according to a set of instructions on the screen, thus preventing them from playing regular iOS games. More →
Do you want a quick way to zip files from your iPhone or iPad to your PC that doesn’t involve carrying a Lightning cable around with you everywhere? Then you might want to check out the iStick, a new USB flash storage drive that has both a standard USB connector and an approved Apple Lightning connector as well. The iStick, which is being developed by the Sanho Corporation, has launched a Kickstarter page where so far it’s raised close to $600,000, more than 6 times the $100,000 it had set out to raise and it still has 26 days to go. More →
Apple kicked off a new trade-in program that lets iPad owners turn in their older tablet models for credit that will count towards a new iOS device purchase, The Next Web reports. The offer is good for old devices, including iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and first-gen iPad mini, which can all be traded in, while the current-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display won’t be accepted by Apple retail store employees. More →
Apple’s iOS mobile platform is easily among the most user-friendly operating systems we have ever seen. But even still, there are so many features and settings that it’s practically impossible to remember them all. While it may never be possible to remember all of iOS’s features, there are some tips and tricks in particular that can dramatically improve your experience while using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. More →
In a recent feature covering 5 gorgeous free iPhone apps, we discussed a fantastic new calendar app called Magneto that looks to put a new spin on the traditional calendar format. As impressive as this closed beta app is shaping up to be, there are still some more traditional calendar apps that do a terrific job of organizing our lives. Now, one of the best — and most expensive — options out there for the iPhone and iPad has been made available for free for a limited time. More →
Apple is often criticized for selling its chargers at a high profit margin, especially when you can easily find an incredibly cheap version on eBay. Well, it turns out there’s a reason these counterfeiters can make such cheap chargers. Engineer Ken Shirriff tore down an Apple-branded iPad charger and a counterfeit version, and he found that the counterfeit version skimps on power quality, construction, and safety. The counterfeit charger, which advertised itself as a 10W charger, was in fact just a 5W charger.
After Apple announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2014, analysts began to question the future growth potential of the iPad. Sales were undoubtedly strong, but in an industry that expects constant improvement, the year-over-year decline was troublesome. Unfortunately, based on a recent research report shared by Business Insider from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty, the relatively poor performance of the iPad is just one indicator signaling significantly slowed growth for the tablet market as a whole in the coming months. More →