Apple’s devices have had class-leading optics since the iPhone 4. Part of the secret sauce that made for such fantastic photos, however, isn’t in the lenses or the glass, but in the software. Apple’s camera software — and the software built by developers for the App Store — have always been fantastic.
With that said, what camera app do you use? There are dozens on the App Store — from Instagram to Camera+, Apple’s stock app to Camera Plus, it’s hard to go wrong. Each program offers specific features that appeal to some users. Personally, I use Apple’s stock camera app for my quick shots (accessing the camera from the lock screen can’t be beat), and then Camera Plus for anything that I have time to make look nice.
What about you?
If you are still in the market to purchase a new iPhone this holiday shopping season, look no further than Walmart. Beginning this Friday, the big box retailer will be selling the all-new iPhone 5c, regularly $99, for just $27. Just be prepared to sign your life away to AT&T or Verizon for the next two years.
While there were better deals for the iPhone 5c on Black Friday, $27 is one of the lowest prices you will find for the iPhone 5c through the remainder of this year. Walmart will also be selling the flagship iPhone 5s for $127 on a two-year plan, down from $199. Will you take advantage of these deals?
More than six years after the original release, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple’s iPhone will soon be available on China Mobile, which is the largest mobile carrier by customer base in the world. China Mobile, which has more than 700 million customers, is likely the last major holdout for the iPhone, which is available on other carriers and in other ways in China.
The Chinese government, which controls China Mobile, last month stated that the iPhone would soon be available on the network. Apple and China Mobile, however, refused to comment on that development, so many presumed that it was simply a case of incorrect information. The above image was leaked by a smaller carrier that resells China Mobile’s network, but was promptly pulled after it went live.
Specific details are as-of-yet unknown, but The WSJ has a fantastic track record for these types of reports. With the iPhone being on the world’s largest carrier, it’s likely that iOS will experience at least some benefit in terms of marketshare.
Touch ID was one of the major features of the iPhone 5S, and received almost universal acclaim for its accuracy and convenience. While other fingerprint readers have appeared on mobile devices, Apple’s was the first to be accurate enough to practically replace the passcode.
Dr. Drang, a notable blogger, noticed this about the sensor:
I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay with time.
I rescanned my fingers this weekend, and Touch ID has been amazingly fast and accurate since then. Just as it was when I first got the 5s, and just as it was a few weeks later when I rescanned my fingers for the first time.
I’ve noticed something similar, though I have personally attributed it to physical conditions. As Dr. Drang states, this does seem impossible. Have you experienced this on your iPhone 5S?
A recent report from analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that the iPhone 5S is outselling the 5C at roughly a three-to-one rate. However, the 5C is still helping Apple eat into the marketshare of mid-end smartphones, where Samsung and LG dominate with devices running Android, in developed countries.
According to the report, 80% of new 5S owners are former iPhone users, while the iPhone 5C is attracting 50% of its customers to jump ship.
A few things to note: first, there is no way to get absolute numbers from this data set, meaning that conclusions are hard to draw. Second, this is an analyst firm, and as such the data may not be accurate in almost any way. Remember, these analyst firms do not necessarily work for you. Last, the iPhone 5C may well be drawing users from a number of platforms. While Android is the most popular base OS, Blackberry, Symbian, and even Windows Phone have footholds in various locations. A colorful, powerful iPhone may well attract those users.
Still, this much is easy to say: both devices have proven to be incredibly popular with buyers.
Yesterday, Apple seeded iOS 7.1 beta 1 to registered developers, but surely, many a non-developer jumped the gun and installed the beta software on their “daily driver” devices. After noticing crippling or annoying bugs, which is sure to happen with beta software such as this, these same people are likely now looking to downgrade back to stable, officially released, iOS 7.0.4.
Luckily for them, iFans member iDoctorApple has posted a YouTube video made by himself that outlines the process. Head to his forum thread to see the video, and let him know if you hit any roadblocks in the process!
Have an iPhone that you dropped in the toilet? Tried to save its life by drowning it in rice for a week to no avail? Well Apple now has an answer for you. They’ll pay you for that poor, lifeless device. Apple’s iOS device recycling program has always promised a gift card in return for your used iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Mac desktop, but they’re now extending the program–as of Monday–to accept the iPhone and iPad in water-logged form.
Impressively, the prices Apple is offering for water damaged devices are actually quite fair. A 32 GB Verizon iPhone 5 will snag you a full $235 Apple gift card. Want to know if your device is technically water damaged in Apple’s opinion? Check out this support article.
Does anyone have a water damaged device that they might sell now that this is an option?
First and foremost, congratulations on planning to get an iPhone for Christmas or otherwise. Now, what to do next you ask? Not a problem. You’ve stumbled upon the perfect community to learn all about your new smartphone, whether you are a first-time iPhone user or perpetually upgrade to the latest devices. A wealth of tips, tricks and other information is found within to make the experience with your new iPhone as seamless as possible. Get started now.
iOS 7 has been out for exactly two months now, and most–almost 80%–of iOS device users have adopted the latest operating system. I could spend an entire post comparing that statistic to historical adoption rates of Android operating systems, but I’m not interested in starting a debate in that regard. What I think is interesting is to look at the number of people still running iOS 6. As you can see in the above graph, more than 20% of iOS devices currently active are still running iOS 6.
Besides the fact that many iOS devices simply can not run iOS 7, there are many reasons why users would want to stay on iOS 6. Maybe you want to stay on iOS 6 because there are jailbreak features you absolutely can’t live without. Maybe you simply hate the flat design that was spearheaded by Jony Ive. Whatever the case, there are bound to be members of the iFans forums that are still on iOS 6. Why are you still on iOS 6?