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July 22, 2014
in iPhone

Apple has placed the biggest order yet for the latest iPhone iteration. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple placed a 70-80 million unit order, this includes both the confirmed 4.7-inch model and still speculated 5.5-inch model. Both of these models are of a huge improvement on the 5 and 5S' 4-inch display. To put things into perspective, Apple ordered somewhere in the region of 50 and 60 million units for last year's 5S and 5C orders.


May 27, 2014
in iPhone

Apple is working on a new software platform that can turn an iPhone into a remote control for your lights, security system and other household appliances. There are already a vast array of applications and products for home use that allow for connected home solutions such as the Philips Hue WiFi connected light bulbs, but this new solution will centralise the platform for a more seamless experience.


September 27, 2011

Apple on Tuesday officially announced its iPhone 5 launch event. According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held on October 4 at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus. The event will begin at 10:00 am PT.

 

 

March 15, 2011
in iPhone

The new app utilizes the iPhone's camera to identify denominations of U.S. currency

A new iPhone app could help the visually impaired recognize the difference between denominations of U.S. currency. 

Walking up to a store register and paying for something with cash can be extremely difficult for the millions of blind people residing in the United States. With dollar bills being the same shape and size, no matter the amount, it's hard for the visually impaired to distinguish between a $1 bill, $10 bills or $100 bill. Often, a blind person will set up methods of recognizing the difference between each denomination by folding them into separate shapes and sizes, but now, an iPhone app may make life much easier than that.
The new application is the LookTel Money Reader, and it is able to distinguish the difference between a $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bill. According to LookTel, which is made by Ipplex, the new app does not require an internet connection and can read the denomination in real-time. 
The app utilizes the iPhone's camera as a way of reading the denomination of the bill. Once a user has waved the dollar bill in front of the iPhone's camera, it will announce the value of that bill aloud. 

Austin Seraphin, a blind iPhone user, uses an app called Color Identifier to help him "see" colors around him. He has described the iPhone as "the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever."  (Source: cbsnews.com)
While this new app could prove to be useful for the visually impaired, it isn't the first app to do so. For instance, Austin Seraphin, a blind U.S. citizen, has said that the iPhone has changed his life forever. In his blog, he has noted how accessible the iPhone is for blind people, and even called Apple's mobile device "the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever
According to Seraphin, Apple's VoiceOver feature is the most helpful characteristic of the iPhone. It reads messages and other apps like stocks and weather aloud, allowing the visually impaired to control and browse the iPhone's touch screen. 
In addition, a color-picking app called Color Identifier allows Seraphin to aim the iPhone's camera in a certain direction, and it describes the colors around him. 
Seraphin has admitted that some apps are not as accessible as others, such as iTunes, but the apps and features that do allow him to maneuver the device are an excellent start that helps to make life easier, and the new LookTel Money Reader is another addition to the growing number of apps helping to make the iPhone more accessible to the visually impaired. 
The LookTel Money Reader is available for $2 on the Apple iOS platform. LookTel noted that the Money Reader "will soon be available on other platforms."

 

April 8, 2010

Just a bit more than a year after we first laid eyes on iPhone OS 3.0, Apple is back with the latest big revision of the OS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iPhone OS 4 is shipping this summer (iPad in the fall), and the developer preview will be out today. iPhone 3GS and new-gen iPod touch will get all the features, but some features won't make it to the iPhone 3G, original iPhone, and older iPod touches. The biggest new feature is multitasking, which Apple says is going to be the "best" implementation in the smartphone space, though it's obviously not the first. App switching is activated by double tapping the home button, which pulls up a "dock" of currently running apps, and Apple claims it can do this without hurting battery life or performance for the front app. Unfortunately, this multitasking won't be available for devices older than the 3GS and new iPod touch. Multitasking is just one of seven different new "tentpole" features, including Game Center, enhanced Mail, and more...

Notable new features for users ("tentpoles" are in bold):

Multitasking.

Spell check (like on the iPad).

Bluetooth keyboard support (again, on the iPad).

User-defined wallpaper (a jailbreak favorite).

Tap to focus when recording video, just like with photos, and a 5x digital zoom for the camera.

Playlist creation and nested playlists.

App folders for sorting apps! You can even put an app folder in the dock.

Enhanced Mail! You can have a merged inbox view, switch between inboxes quickly, and sync to more than one Exchange account. There's also threaded messaging (at last!) and in-app attachment viewing.

iBooks, just like on iPad, only smaller. You can wirelessly sync books between platforms, a la Kindle. Enterprise features, including remote device management and wireless app distribution.

Game Center. It's like Xbox Live, but for iPhone games. Includes achievements, leaderboards, and match making. It will be available as a "developer preview," and out for consumers later this year. 

January 31, 2010

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Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch. Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs. Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.

On Google, Jobs confirms the much-reported competition between the two companies.

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.” Audience roars.

As for Adobe, Jobs said they are lazy and Jobs blames Adobe for a buggy implementation of Flash on the Mac as one of the reasons they won't support it.

About Adobe: They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

Those are the main points covered by Wired's article. Many of the details of the Wired report line up, so we believe it likely to be accurate. Some additional key points that we learned:

- Apple will deliver aggressive updates to iPhone that Android/Google won't be able to keep up with
- iPad is up there with the iPhone and Mac as the most important products Jobs has been a part of
- Regarding the Lala acquisition, Apple was interested in bringing those people into the iTunes team
- Next iPhone coming is an A+ update
- New Macs for 2010 are going to take Apple to the next level
- Blu-Ray software is a mess, and Apple will wait until sales really start to take off before implementing it.

 

January 5, 2010

Apple today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone and iPod touch  users worldwide.

“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

iPhone and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

 

November 4, 2009

 

iTunes App Store

Apple has announced that there are now over 100,000 titles available at the iTunes App Store. Over two billion downloads have been made, and the store is currently accessible in 77 countries. The total number of apps which have passed through the store is higher; Apple does not count deleted titles.

Though mostly symbolic, the figure does reflect the growing dominance of the App Store. Similar storefronts for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices have comparatively marginal numbers of titles, reflecting both their recent inception and a lack of attention from developers. Apple's efforts have been in effect since July of 2008, when it introduced both the App Store and the necessary iPhone 2.0 firmware.

 

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