The Great Flappy Bird Saga of 2014 seems to finally be at its end. After the massively popular game was pulled from the App Store (and Google Play) by its developer, Apple is apparently now rejecting blatant rip-offs and clones of the game. (more…)
This somehow slipped through my dragnet of news last week, but Apple recently released their eighth Supplier Responsibility Report. The report displays various graphs and statements regarding the treatment of manufacturing and assembly plant workers around the world. It’s worth a look, and kudos to Apple for issuing these types of reports.
The report itself is downloadable at the bottom of the source page.
iOS is renowned for its focus on design and visual appeal. The tools that Apple provides to third-party developers are second to none, and this has resulted in a plethora of fantastic apps. So: what one app is the most attractive, appealing, or best designed on your phone? My personal choice at the moment has to be Paper (the Facebook app, not the drawing app), because of its use of simple gestures and hierarchical design. What’s yours?
Apple continues to grow its assembly and manufacturing base, and the latest burst of growth is in the US. The Mac Pro is entirely assembled in the US, and it seems as if other Macs are also being made in the Texas as well. This comes after Tim Cook, Apple CEO, stated in 2012 that the company would invest $100 million a year in expanding their US manufacturing operations. The US is the “third-largest hub,” trailing China and Japan.
Paper recently was released to quite a bit of fanfare. The app displays your Facebook timeline, as well as various other news topics, in an attractive layout. The app itself is fast and easy to use — just ask our forum members. However, it is exclusive to the US App Store for now. Rafael Conde has put together a guide showing how to download Paper — or any US-only free app — from anywhere in the world.
Here’s a quick iOS 7 tip that may not be clear to everyone — it wasn’t clear to me until fairly recently. Under iOS 7, the multitasking APIs changed so that apps have more flexibility. They can take better advantage of the powerful specs of modern iOS devices. However, these changes have resulted in at least one major — and often unknown — break from past versions of iOS. (more…)
Many things changed with iOS 7, and the transition to the latest OS from Cupertino hasn’t exactly been as smooth as many hoped for. While most critical bugs have been squashed by the previous four public updates to iOS, there are still issues to be found. Most of those problems have been fixed in the yet-to-be-released iOS 7.1, but an issue I have that I haven’t heard much discussion about are the issues with the App Store. (more…)
Yesterday’s large iPhone 6 “leak” has been confirmed to be fake, and are actually in fact just some very good renderings. The renderings come from Martin Hajek. You can view the debunking images for yourself, but the evidence that these are fake is fairly conclusive.