The iPad is a device which serves some very specific purposes and, if you have other devices that fill those purposes, you could very well find your iPad sitting around collecting dust. That’s how it is for me at least. (more…)
Photos.app is pretty good at viewing photos, but what about animated images? As you most likely know, these photos are most commonly saved in .gif format. As you may also know, you can save these photos to your camera roll. Sadly, though, you can’t actually view them (yes, I know you can view them if sent as a text message). This doesn’t help much because when viewing them in Photos.app, they’re just a still placeholder. You can’t even tell that they’re gifs unless you send them.
But for those of you still hanging out on Apple supported–but jailbroken–iOS 6, there’s a tweak to fix that. It’s available on Cydia store right now for $0.99 and it’s called Giffy.You can use it to view gifs within the native Photos app, or at any other time your device pulls up the image picker. Once installed, there’s nothing to configure.
Worth 99 cents or not? You decide.
We Are Social recently conducted a study that involved scanning Twitter, online blogs and forums to gauge reaction to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 920 following their respective launches. The results show that the iPhone 5 was the most criticized handset among the group, with the Galaxy S4 receiving the least number of complaints.
Areas of contention for the iPhone 5 included an overall lack of innovation, the new Lightning connector and poor Maps application. Additionally, a number of users were upset that the anodized coating seemingly wore off and exposed the natural, bright aluminum underneath. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said this was something “normal” at the time.
Among the posts tracked by We Are Social, only 11 percent were found to speak negatively about the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, it’s also important to note that the iPhone 5 was the number-one discussed smartphone in general, which provides more leeway for the number of negative complaints in total.
However, the iPhone 5 was by far the most talked-about launch on social media, with around 1.7 million conversations, compared to 300,000 mentions of the Z10, 140,000 references to the Galaxy S4 and 45,000 comments about the Lumia 920.
Apple is rumored to release the next-generation iPhone later this year, and it will be interesting to see how consumer reception is for the handset. Apple recently overhauled the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software with iOS 7, so it will be interesting to see what hardware changes will follow suit.
With the release of iOS 7, there will surely be countless developers ready to push UI updates for their apps. Apple has a new design language with this new operating system, and it expects developers to follow suit. How companies decide to do so, however, is up to them. One Tumblr account, iOS 7 App Redesigns, has been posting countless mockups of what many of your favorite apps–from Facebook to Rdio–will look like come the time iOS 7 is available. You can find the gallery after the break. (more…)
A few weeks ago, Apple launched a new advertising campaign at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new ads — both in print and on TV — are focused on Apple’s “Designed by Apple in California” tagline, and demonstrate how Apple products can enrich the lives of people.
According to Bloomberg, however, the new campaign has been met negatively by consumers. In fact, it has scored poorly among viewers compared to its normal advertising campaigns. What do you think of the series?
With the release of iOS 7, Jony Ive and his team stripped the operating system of all kinds of texture and pattern. Folders are now a translucent gray and, in fact, the notification center background is as well. Interestingly (and maybe ironically), some Reddit users have noticed that linen wallpapers actually look fantastic on iOS 7. The “parallax is satisfying and the icons float over it quite nicely.”
To grab these wallpapers, head over to this Imgur album on your iOS device and save ‘em to your camera roll. If you’re using the first beta of iOS 7 (or, in the future, any iOS beta), use the comments to let us know what you think of bringing the linen back to iOS.
Apple’s most recent iPhone ad campaign is pretty awesome in my opinion, but their latest iPad ads were lackluster in comparison. The music that Apple used in the latter set of ads was apparently just catchy enough for Alex Soto however, a YouTube user who decided to make some similar ads for jailbreaking. Unlike Apple’s own, these are pretty awesome–especially considering they’re a first for the jailbreak world. (more…)
The iOS 6 jailbreak has been around for a few months now, and the theming community (here and elsewhere) seems to be coming back to life slowly but surely. iFans forum member Ackbar has created a winterboard theme for Notes.app entitled GrayscaleNotes. You can find it on the Modmyi repo in Cydia, and the theme’s discussion thread can be found in the comments. If you think he did a good job, be sure to try it out and give him a thumbs up on the forums.
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Samsung released S Voice last June to compete with the Siri voice assistant on iPhone, and the South Korean handset maker has taken advantage of the opportunity to quietly poke fun at Apple. When probed with the question, “have you ever used an iPhone?,” S Voice humorously replies, “no, I have standards.” Likewise, ask S Voice if it is Siri and it will tell you something along the lines of, “I think I am, but I’m a little biased.” If you have a Galaxy S4 or another S Voice-enabled device, do these questions produce the same responses?