The good news for Appleholics: iOS7 is finally here!
The bad news for Appleholics: It’s not exactly here-here, at least for large numbers of disgruntled users.
Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5 will be replaced with two new phones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
The new iPhone 5S — which has a 4-inch display and comes in black, silver, and gold — has a new chip system that should be twice as fast and Touch ID, a fingerprint security feature built into the home button that can be used to unlock the phone or make purchases.
“Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike,” Apple senior vice president Jony Ive said in a promotional video.
The 16GB model goes on sale for $199; 32GB for $299; and 64GB for $399, all with a 2-year-contract and available for purchase Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting Sept. 13.
For frugal techies, Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C. The new device, made of plastic with a 4-inch display, is available in five colors: green, white, blue, red, and yellow. At a cost of $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model with a two-year-contract, the Apple iPhone 5C will go on sale at the same time as the 5S.
The iPhone’s camera is getting a major upgrade, as Apple has increased the pixels to 1.5u to capture more light.
Apple also announced details of its completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will be ready for download on Sept. 18. Having a hard time choosing? Try the new iPhone 5F, as promo’d by the folks over at Funny or Die:
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On Sept. 10, Apple is holding an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California to reportedly unveil new models of the iPhone, from a standard upgrade for the iPhone 5 to a brand new model that’s meant to be more affordable for those in developing regions. The event will also feature the release of an overhaul to the iOS mobile operating system, according to Bloomberg.
All that sounds great and fancy, but what does it really mean for those of us with iPhones? Well, iOS7 has been introduced with a number of new features, including a Control Center, a Notification Center, and better multitasking (so all of those commercials can finally stop). It also promises an overall more organized experience when it come to things such as photos, and easier sharing with AirDrop, which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to share anything from an app. And did we mention the more colorful screen?
So far so good. But considering my iPhone is pretty much my best friend at this point, there are a few other adjustments I’d really like to see: READ FULL STORY
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced upgrades to its OSes, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro — and a direct competitor to your favorite internet radio station, Pandora.
iTunes Radio is coming this fall and will contain, at least, the following features: It will be available on all iOS 7 devices (that means it won’t be on your iPhone without an upgrade); it will include ads, unless you subscribe to iTunes Match; it can create custom stations built around a song or artist; it will allow you to buy the songs that you stream; and it will allow you to “thumbs-up” a track you like. Yes, it’s a lot like Pandora.
Other highlights from the WDC below:
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Adele had a good year — again.
Though 21‘s American release came in February of 2011, the album’s sales were strong enough to put the soul singer at the top of iTunes’s album chart for a second straight year. The electronic entertainment store also reported strong showings for 2012’s usual suspects (The Hunger Games; “Call Me Maybe”) and a few less predictable picks — well done, Sherlock and Alcatraz. Here’s a rundown of what moved the most on iTunes this year:
We all like Google Maps, right? And we all like iPhones, right? Well, cousin, I’ve got a big idea for you. And not just any big idea. I’m talking a daring, unlikely, transgressive, high-concept, four-quadrant, gamechanging, universe-denting Big Idea: What if someone put Google Maps… on the iPhone? Stop! Don’t run away! I know it sounds crazy. I know we all love the Apple Maps application, or “Mapple” as it’s called by no one. I know we all love how Apple Maps plots a route from our house to the local movie theater that takes us on a 20-mile detour through a shadowy one-lane mountain road located on the precipice of an active volcano that doesn’t exist. I know that the whole idea of using Google Maps on our iPhone seems like a beautiful fantasy from a better world — a world called Early September 2012. READ FULL STORY
Two weeks ago, beloved universe-denting tech giant Apple sold its 100 millionth iPad. That might sound impressive. But we all know the sad truth. Around this miserable world, Apple consumers are using their iPads in 100 million different ways — reading books, surfing the internet, playing Angry Birds, playing Angry Birds Space, trying to find the one specific place in their apartment where the Wi-Fi won’t cut out while they use FaceTime, checking Twitter during the presidential debate so they can tweet about how annoying Twitter gets during the presidential debate. And they are all thinking the same thing: “Truly, this iPad is indeed a fine device. But why must it be so grotesquely obese? Would that Apple could create a beautiful new iPad! Would that I could replace this pot-bellied butterball of a tablet with something thin!”
Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook has a message for you. READ FULL STORY
It’s easy to make a snarky joke about Apple Maps, the Google Maps replacement that has single-appedly transformed a nation of happy-go-lucky iPhone users into ravaging hordes who roam the earth like feral dogs and yearn, hopelessly, for death. (See what I mean?)
But it takes real skill to create a unique take on MapGate. And strangely enough, that take was recently posted on MAD Magazine‘s blog.
That’s right: The people who brought you “Smellville” have hit home with the following parody, which reimagines Saul Steinberg’s classic “View of the World from 9th Avenue” New Yorker cover as drawn by Apple Maps. The Mississippi has replaced the Hudson, the Equator is squatting where New Jersey should be, and Wasilla, Alaska appears instead of Washington, DC. It’s a great send-up that gets extra points for being so meticulously composed; check out how similar it is to the original by comparing it to Steinberg’s cover after the jump.
One week ago, dystopian techno-despotic megacorporation Apple effectively stunted the evolution of human society with the introduction of a new operating system — named “iOS 6,” as in “iOS 666,” as in Satan — which replaced beloved cartography system Google Maps with a far more insidious in-house application. Called simply “Maps,” the application was filled with images from a fearsome Bizarro-Earth where Portland was a nature preserve, Europe was accessible on the 405 freeway, and the North American landbridge never sank back into the ocean. A generation of smart phone users — incapable of holding more than two directions in their mind at once — found themselves wandering the streets of our once-great society, hunted, despised, living like animals. Home? We had no home. According to Apple, our home was only accessible by going northeast on a southbound dirt road and taking a left turn at the Yangtze River Valley. READ FULL STORY
While half the country is spending the day winding through centipede-like lines in hopes of nabbing an iPhone 5, a growing number of early adopters of iOS 6 (the software update for iDevices) are online puzzling over‚ or more accurately taking potshots at‚ Apple’s brand new Maps app. A replacement for Google’s stalwart navigation app, which had been included since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 (and c’mon, it’s the best), Apple decided for unknown reasons to go it alone with their own version. But despite the addition of a cool flyover mode and GPS-style turn-by-turn navigation, the app’s many and mounting hiccups are inspiring users to express outrage‚ in the way we Americans know best — by creating a snarky internet meme!