Making the Apple Watch mine
I’ve come full circle. I was probably 10 or 11 years old when I first fell in love with watches. I noticed a peculiar looking device on my grandfather’s wrist and upon further investigation, I came to learn that it[...]
You made it, dear readers: it’s finally Friday. Back to school week always seems like it takes an eternity to get through, but now you can sit back and relax, knowing that the long Labor Day weekend is ahead. Of course, you’ll need something to fill your time over the three-day weekend, so why not check out this great list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now, and find some sweet new apps to check out this weekend.
On Thursday, I ran a simple post that covered 10 of the best iPhone widgets in the App Store. Widget support isn’t new on Apple’s iOS platform, but it’s buried in the Notification Center and so many people have forgotten widgets are even there. While Apple’s implementation of widgets isn’t quite as functional as Google’s widget support in Android, widgets can still add tremendous value to the iOS experience, and yesterday’s post gave you 10 great examples of apps that do just that.
Following that post, I received a number of emails from readers who were excited to find some nifty new iPhone and iPad widgets, but also who wanted to recommend a few additional apps that people might not have heard of. In this post, I’ll share five of the more obscure recommendations I found in those emails — and be sure to keep sending in your recommendations via email or to @zacharye on Twitter. More →
The Apple rumor mill this week took a short break from all things iPhone related to deliver a startling revelation about Apple potentially wanting to develop and produce its own lineup of original programming.
According to one source who spoke to Variety, Apple is exploring the idea of creating “development and production divisions” capable of churning out long-form content “in a bid to compete with Netflix.”
With that bombshell of a rumor now dangling overhead, I thought it’d be helpful to take a look at how much it would cost Apple to get into the TV production business. As a yardstick, I took a look at the costs involved in producing some of the more popular long-form TV shows that have aired over the past few years. Suffice it to say, TV production is not cheap. At the same time, Apple is essentially printing money at this point so perhaps that won’t be much of an issue.
Let’s dive in and look at the numbers.
Apple is thankfully not turning a deaf ear to the myriad of complaints users have expressed thus far about Apple Music, the company’s nascent music streaming service. In an interview with The Guardian, iTunes VP Oliver Schusser said that the company is working hard to address a number of usability and performance issues before bringing the music service to Android.
Anyone who keeps an eye on the smartphone industry is aware of the iPhone’s dominance, but the latest comScore report shows that Apple’s market share has continued to grow throughout 2015. According to the data, Apple’s percentage of the U.S. smartphone market grew from 43.1% to 44.2% between April and July of this year. More →
Apple’s next iPhone will likely be named iPhone 6s. The company is expected to launch an “S” generation of iPhones every two years, following a major redesign, and that seems to be the case for 2015. The upcoming iPhone 6s might offer a bigger “S” upgrade than any previous such model, but that might not be enough for Apple to call it the iPhone 7 all of a sudden.
However, one company is deeply affected by the iPhone 6s name choice and is urging Apple to go with iPhone 7 on September 9th as the official name of the 2015 iPhone – just check the image above, taken in New York’s Times Square. More →
Apple over the past few years has devoted a ton of engineering resources towards ensuring that the iPhone camera remains best in class. Through a combination of subtle hardware improvements and clever software advances, each successive iPhone model has brought with it huge improvements in camera quality. With the iPhone 6s release just around the corner, camera quality on Apple’s iconic smartphone is about to take another huge leap forward.
Apple makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone market, but the software isn’t always up to snuff. That’s not to say that the stock apps on the iPhone and iPad aren’t effective, it’s just that other developers have taken the basic concepts and run with them to the point that better alternative exist for nearly every app on the iPhone. More →
There are only two more days left in the work week, which means two more lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale. Lucky for you, Thursday’s list is a terrific one. We’ve got 9 paid iOS apps on sale for free today, carefully handpicked from more than 150 paid apps that dropped for free today. You can also grab a few more premium apps for free if you jump back to yesterday’s post. More →
We have less than a week to go before Apple reveals all about the iPhone 6s but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has given us a few new morsels of information about the device to hold us over. Per 9to5Mac, Kuo released a research note that confirmed some key specifications of Apple’s upcoming iPhone, including its camera and its storage options. More →
When Apple first added widget support to the iPhone and iPad, Apple fans had mixed feelings. Many Apple users had been waiting for widget support for years, and they had hoped to see home screen widgets similar to the ones available on Google’s Android platform. Instead, Apple confined its widget support to the Notification Center, where widgets stay hidden from sight until the user swipes down from the top of the screen.
There are definitely pros (battery life!) and cons (no zero-touch information) to Apple’s approach, but the very fact that widgets are almost always hidden from sight has led many people to forget about them all together. Let’s fix that: Here are 10 apps with some of the best iPhone widgets available right now, and many of them are completely free to download and use. More →