In 2010 when the iPad was new and the iPhone was already fairly well established, Apple was hard at work figuring out how to improve and innovate with the iOS interface. Patent No. 8,839,150 titled ‘Graphical objects that respond to touch or motion input,’ describes a system that handles files and folders in way that is similar to OS X but with some unique features such as size / mass correlation and motion based transfer.
Apple’s upcoming wearable computer will come stock with a handful of apps, many of which we’ve already told you about. However, by the time the Apple Watch is finally available for sale, not only will Apple have a large number of apps available for us, but many third-party developers will be on board, as well.
A patient and detailed reader recently posted on MacForums all 64 apps that were quickly shown off at Apple’s Sept. 9 media event. There are 23 Apple apps and 17 third-party apps, plus a slew of unidentified apps that could be ready for launch in 2015.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently participated in an exclusive interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose. The first in a two-part interview had Cook speaking with Rose on such topics as iPhone sizes, competing companies, and new products. During the first half, which aired last Friday, Rose questioned Apple’s stance on consumer right to privacy. Cook made it very clear that Apple doesn’t want your data and you should question what others are doing with it.
Well, we were wondering when it would happen. Apple’s recent connection with the theft of celebrity nude “selfies” via iCloud was sure to put the iPad maker in the hot seat at some point. PayPal appears to be the first to use the issue against Apple. Apparently, the online payment service feels a bit threatened by the potential of Apple Pay.
When Apple announced its upcoming Apple Pay feature, it quickly became clear that the service required a near-field communication (NFC) chip, which doesn’t exist in any currently existing iOS device. Sure enough, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come equipped with NFC technology, something Apple has resisted for years. The Apple Watch will likely include the same chip since it is also compatible with Apple Pay.
This Wednesday, Apple will make iOS 8 available to the public for download. Thanks to a few technology tweaks a few years ago, Apple has made it possible for users to simply tap “Download” in order to update their devices to iOS 8. However, nothing ever goes as smoothly as that. Apple’s media event and the preorder launch of the iPhone 6 is evidence enough for that.
We’ve got some tips for how to smoothly transition from iOS 7 to iOS 8 with as little problems as possible. We’ve also got some advice for what to do if you do end up having problems downloading the big update.
Apple’s upcoming wearable computing device is called the Apple Watch, but it is so much more than just a timepiece. It promises to bring a more intimate way to connect with people, an easier way for you to communicate, and interactivity with your iPhone unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone to function, but Apple has good reason for such shenanigans. It is because the Apple Watch is meant to compliment the iOS ecosystem and make mobile computing more convenient than we could have imagined.
In a publicity stunt surely meant to impress rather than offend, Apple gave away U2’s latest studio album last week to everyone with an iTunes account. They didn’t just offer it to everyone, they placed it into each account as if it had already been purchased and that didn’t sit well with everyone. Honestly I’m not sure why, except in the cases where automatic downloads are turned on and ‘Songs of Innocence’ popped onto peoples’ phones.
Apple devices are universally recognizable, but incredibly individualized. Every mobile device, as well as desktop and laptop computers, can be customized, personalized, and accessorized. The Apple Watch will be no different. It is simply a matter of figuring out what users want to do with their wearable technology. We’ve got some ideas for what we’d like to see in the future.