It’s 2013 and, if tradition reveals itself for another year, we can expect to hear some details of iOS 7 over the next few months. There’s a bunch of new stuff we’d love to see in the next generation of iOS alongside a number of improvements to what there already is.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at few of the areas we’d like Apple to take a look at with iOS 7, both to improve the current experience and better compete with the ever-growing rival options from Microsoft, Google and others. (more…)
This past December, our own Jacob Penderworth discussed why he felt the iPad App Store has fallen into ruin. Penderworth stated that “instead of fixing the problems the old App Store had … Apple decided to create a hat of its own which you must draw from each day to download something.” Essentially, Penderworth felt that Apple shouldn’t have changed the App Store as drastically as they did, as it was already functioning fine. Instead, he suggests Apple should have tweaked the user interface and the left the rest as it was.
Being a fellow writer, I guarantee both Penderworth and I spend an exuberant amount of time browsing the App Store, however, I hold almost an entirely different opinion of the iPad App Store since the release of iOS 6. Hit the jump to learn how the App Store has been changed for the better. (more…)
“The eleventh of June this year was just the beginning,” I told my friend as we compared issues with the “new and improved” iOS App Store. Nothing had changed for the many regular users of Apple’s mobile operating system, but there was a major release that day: iOS 6’s first beta. Developers — and users with developer accounts — were excited to test out Apple’s latest offering. It wasn’t exactly what we expected.
First there was the issue of Apple Maps, which had many appearance problems and was overall a disaster. Sadly, that was the main center of slating from the press, and no one paid any attention to the ailing new App Store. It was redesigned and apparently made better, but Apple forgot one big thing: fixing bugs. The beta really was just the start because issues continued to burden users, even to this day. Apple changed only a few things in the App Store, and it all its efforts, there was not a single bug fix issued. Let me explain. (more…)
The battle for dominance between iOS and Android is not diminishing. Since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and Android the year following, a back and forth struggle between the two operating systems continues to endure, with Android clearly winning the numbers game with a 75% worldwide market share. While not a very big threat at the moment, Microsoft has thrown their proverbial hat into the ring with the recent release of Windows Phone 8 and the Surface.
With all three mobile operating systems striving to become the clear choice for would-be smartphone buyers, I find it rather interesting that Google and Microsoft continue to build their presence on iOS, while Apple seems content to playing in their own backyard (so to speak). Why is this important? Hit the jump to find out. (more…)
iTunes Match is an offering from Apple where you pay a fixed fee per year($24.99), and using iTunes, it matches the music you have in your library with its own central store. Once matched, these tracks are then available to listen to on all of your Apple devices, or through iTunes on up to five PCs.
Let me say up front that I love iTunes match now, but it hasn’t been an easy start. Like any worthwhile relationship, there has been some learning to do, adjustments to be made here and there and even some compromises made. And there has certainly been a lot of patience needed. Let me explain: (more…)
It’s only been out since 24th October 2012, but Letterpress (the new iOS app from Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame) has taken iOS gaming by storm. The crashing of Game Centre — the weekend following the launch of Letterpress app — has been attributed to its huge success. So what is the appeal of Letterpress, is it really the perfect word game? Following it’s update to version 1.1, on 17th November, is there really any room for improvement? (more…)
The New York Times was one of the earliest iPad adopters. So early in fact, that they were able to show off their app alongside the device itself at it’s January 2010 introduction. Since then, the New York Times has continued to be an excellent example of print media adopting new and emerging digital platforms.
However, in early October, the New York Times did something a little different. They launched an “experimental” HTML5 web app for select subscribers that could very well replace the native offering in the App Store. Let’s take a look at the New York Times’ release and what it means for web apps as a platform. (more…)
Whatever it takes to get an edge.
In professional sports, as in business, people are always looking for those extra little advantages; the details that make a difference. Tweaks to practicing regimes, personalised changes to helmets and even adapting meal times to change players’ biorhythms for games in different time zones could be the difference between winning and losing. So when a revolutionary piece of technology comes along there can be no hesitation by teams in the NFL, not when a special shiny ring is at stake … (more…)
It’s Game Week here at iPad.AppStorm, and all this week we’re going to have tons of reviews, giveaways and other good stuff, all centered around the gaming world!
The iPad has been dubbed as one of the most revolutionary devices in the modern technological industry. It went from doing simple, productive tasks such as checking email and browsing the web, to creating movie trailers and full-length songs. Many corporations have adopted this platform into their daily work routine and even expanded what people can do on the go, freeing people from the chains of their desktops.
Like on any mobile computing platform, people have created games to test the limits of the device. But is the iPad powerful enough to take on the mobile gaming industry? Is there a market for tablet gaming? Can the iPad compete with the dedicated gaming console giants we all know and love today? Lets take a look. (more…)
The thought of a smaller iPad strikes fear into the hearts of many, with some going so far as to call the idea a large smartphone. True, there’s a lot of speculation surrounding the tablet and many reports have claimed that it will be unveiled next month during a special Apple event at which the next iPhone will also be either released or previewed.
There’s so very much information to gather about this rumored device that one could spend days looking for it all. Even the good John Gruber wrote an in-depth article exploring the many possibilities of a smaller iPad. I, however, have decided to jot down my own thoughts on the idea along with some useful information for all of you wondering what such a device would be like. (more…)