Posts with tag iPhone
Hath Hell frozen over?
Steve Jobs didn’t quite care for IBM back in the 1980s, but that means nothing today as both Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to “transform enterprise mobility”. According to a joint press release published just a few minutes ago, the companies claims that the new partnership aims to “redefine” the way businesses get work done, as well as address key challenges in the mobile enterprise category.
The centerpiece of the deal appears to be a new lineup of enterprise mobility applications powered by IBM’s “big data and analytics capabilities” coming soon to the iPhone and the iPad, as well as bringing IBM’s cloud services to the platform allowing for device management and security. Apple will also be beefing up their AppleCare service and support to meet “the needs of the enterprise.”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had the following to say about the news, “iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today… for the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”
The two companies are calling all of this IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions, and it will “totally transform how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction” – all according to the press release, of course.
No word yet when we’ll see all of this in action, however Apple does note in the press release that iOS 8 will improve enterprise support over previous releases of the software by “improving of the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed, or restricted, with expanded security management and productivity features.” iOS 8 was, of course, announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco just a few short weeks ago.
We have published to Apple and IBM’s full press release after the break.
Free music streaming & a 7 night stand
T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced at the company’s “Uncarrier 5.0” press event the latest in the company’s attempts to revolutionize the cellular industry, and as expected there were quite a few interesting changes to the way T-Mobile does things in an attempt to get you to switch away from your current carrier to everyone’s favorite magenta crew for your next smartphone.
John Legere started off the announcement by promising to give the press “doobies” (which he didn’t) and promised not to spew a “crock of bullshit” to everyone (which is up to you to determine). Then we got the stats – 17 million new T-Mobile customers since the start of the Uncarrier initiative just a couple of years ago – an impressive number, but not one that AT&T or Verizon Wireless are likely all that worried about.
As for what’s new with T-Mobile itself, the announcements were nice, but not necessarily huge. Legere made a point of saying that T-Mobile was built “mobile strong”, allowing for better data consumption than on other carriers – in fact, according to Legere, T-Mobile customers use over 100% more data than AT&T customers on average. To complement that, T-Mobile is enabling totally, completely free music streaming on some of the world’s most popular streaming services – including Spotify, iTunes Radio, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and Rhaphsody for all customers. Any music you stream in those devices won’t go against your allotted data pool, so you can jam out to Spotify all day and all night.
The other big announcement was T-Mobile #7nightstand – err, Test Drive – which allows you to try out an iPhone 5s on T-Mobile’s network totally, completely free of charge for 7 days. All you need to do is give T-Mobile a card number and return the phone to any T-Mobile store within that 7 day period, and you’re done. It’s an easy, and honestly kind of fun way to try out both Apple’s platform and T-Mobile’s network in one foul swoop, a fact that likely contributed to Apple’s partnership.
At the end of the day, these announcements are fun, and the free music streaming in particular is extremely helpful, but we’re a long ways away from actually uncarriering like T-Mobile is so prone to saying. Still, with each Uncarrier event the company is getting closer – and at this rate, we’ll be there before you know it.
Here's what's (probably) coming, not what's not
Another day, another dollar. Another June, another WWDC conference. Last year Apple bestowed upon us the new, Jony Ive-ified iOS version, iOS 7 – with its colorful hues, stark white backgrounds, and gradients – oh, the gradients – and it was the talk of the metaphorical town. But iOS 7 is so last year – let’s fine out what Apple has in store for us this year. This is – once again – what to realistically expect at Apple’s WWDC 2014 event, taking place next Monday, June 2nd… and not what’s not.
What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. We’ve got a pretty good track record here, with only one small miss with our iPhone 5s/5c event predictions.
Still not full HD
The new display resolution is likely because of the new size options the iPhone 6 is rumoured to have. It’s also likely a response to all the Android phones out there with “full HD” 1080p displays, though the new rumored resolution still isn’t 1080p. Of course, as with all the new screen resolutions that have been introduced over the years, this will require developers to rewrite their apps to support it.
Going further into rumour territory, iOS 8 supposedly will feature up to five horizontal icons with this new resolution but the only source we have on that one right now is China’s slightly dubious Weibo.
Somebody plug that hole before we drown
Apple’s mobile platform is under fire once again today, this time after a new revelation has revealed that iOS 7 leaves users’ email attachments unencrypted, potentially allowing enterprising hackers to grab any files sent and received by an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0.4 or newer. The new flaw was revealed today by security researcher Andreas Kurtz and published by ZDNet.
The screenshot above shows that to access an attachment, all anyone needs to do is navigate to the “Mail” folder hidden inside an iPhone, where the attachments sit ready for anyone to open. Apple has responded to the discovery of the security issue by confirming that the issue does exist, however the company has yet to confirm when it will be patched. Apple regularly issues security updates to their platforms and one can expect that this pretty significant issue will be fixed well ebfore the introduction of iOS 8, which is expected at this year’s WWDC developer conference.
Are you really surprised?
Let’s clear something up right now – no, the iPhone 6 will not totally revolutionize the design Apple first established with the original iPhone in 2007 and has refined endlessly for the last six years worth of new releases. Instead, a dummy unit based on “final schematics” of the final design of the iPhone 6 reveals what everyone with reasonable expectations should have expected for some time now – the iPhone 6 will look a whole heck of a lot like the last couple of years’ worth of iPhone designs. In fact, according to some photos of the dummy units, this may be Apple’s least radical new design yet – if these photos are to believed, the iPhone 6 will look literally exactly like a bigger, wider iPhone 5s.
The photos, seen above, portray an iPhone 6 in Space Gray – the same color profile Apple introduced across their entire portfolio of mobile devices with the iPhone 5s in 2013. Everything we know and love (or not love, I guess) seems to be fully in tact, from the ring around the home button indicative of Touch ID fingerprint recognition, to the dual-color design, Lightning cable port on the bottom with a standard headphone jack next to that.
So while the iPhone 6 isn’t slated for release until later this year (more than likely that September time frame), it’s worth tempering your expectations just a little bit now. 2014’s iPhone will very much be the same iPhone we know and love, only bigger, to attract the users who have just gone ga-ga over the Android market’s models of smartphones with ginormous sizes. Of course, that’s just what’s on the outside – inside, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a faster A8 processor, a significantly improved camera, a higher resolution Retina display, and more. Get exited?
Hey, wanna go get coffee?
iPhone users, time to dust off that Google Glass – it’s about to get just that much more useful. Given all its strengths, Glass’s support for iOS users has always been just a little bit – erm – subpar when compared to what Android users get (and that’s not entirely a fault of Google, I’m sure), but today Google is announcing a change that should make a world or two of difference – support for pushing text notifications from a user’s iPhone to Google Glass.
To enable the feature, you’ll need to update to a new version of Glass that’s slated to arrive later this week, and then turn the “Show Notifications” functionality on under Bluetooth settings for your Glass. It’s a simple little change that makes Glass feel just that much more connected to your mobile device – and notification pushing has always been one of the things Glass is best suited for.
Google is also upgrading Calendar support on Glass, bringing a new “Calendar Glassware” option that allows users to “change the title, time, location, and RSVP” of a calendar card, straight from Glass and using your voice. A small change, sure, but a welcome one for those of us who want to have everything neat and tidy.
Just an iPhone guy with a Nexus.
Years ago, I would have scoffed at the thought that I would ever switch to an Android device. I’m an iPhone guy, and I’ve always been an iPhone guy – I bought the original iPhone on the first weekend it came out all the way back in June of 2007, and I’ve been with iOS (then called iPhone OS) ever since. Sure, I’ve had a love affair or two with some competing platforms – I owned and used a Palm Pre 2 as my primary smartphone for a couple of months back in the day, and a couple of years ago I used a Nokia Lumia 800 to get a feel of Windows Phone 7 when it was still fairly new on the block – but I’ve always found my way back to Apple’s platform. It’s felt like home.
Well, a couple of weeks ago I had a realization – not only am I not an Android user, but as Android has continued to evolve and I’ve continued to ignore it, I’ve fallen considerably out of touch with Android, which is now the biggest mobile phone operating system in the world. Around my neck of the woods, I’m known as “the” tech guy, and in recent years I’ve been getting questions about how to do this or how to do that on Android phones. Sometimes I’m able to guess, but most of the time, my answer is simply “I don’t know, try Googling it.”
As a technology writer and fanatic, I consider it my job to know the answer to these questions. To really know what I’m talking about, to have an informed opinion, to be able to help as many people as possible whether that be in my writing or in person, I have to be familiar with what people are using – or else my word means little to nothing.
So today, I put down my iPhone 5s and activated a Nexus 5, effectively switching to Android full time for the first time ever. My Nexus 5 is a Google Play edition running Android 4.4.2 on the Sprint network, with all software updated to their newest versions. I’ve only been using the Nexus 5 for a couple of hours now, so I don’t have too much to say about it just yet, but I do have some early, early impressions. Read on after the break to hear what I think.
He designed the iPhone, have you heard of it?
Apple has officially announced following a scoop by 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman this afternoon that Greg Christie, Apple’s Human Interface Vice President and also known as the man who designed most of the concepts behind the user experience that would become a staple of the iPhone, and thus the modern smartphone as a whole, would be leaving the company after 20 years.
Greg Christie was essentially the head of design for all of Apple’s major platforms, including OS X and iOS, for years now. His influence was limitless – without Christie, both the iPhone and Mac OS X would look very, very different today. Christie will be sticking around Apple for a greater part of the rest of 2014, and following his departure Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, who famously took the lead in redesigning iOS 7 last year, will be taking on Christie’s responsibilities.
While Mark Gurman also reported that Greg Christie’s decision to leave was influenced by growing discord between him and Jony Ive, DaringFireball‘s John Gruber says that this was not at all the case, saying, “Christie and Ive may not see eye to eye on UI design style, but his departure isn’t nearly as contentious as Mark Gurman’s report at 9to5Mac implies. The basic gist I’ve heard is that Christie is a guy who’s been in a high-pressure, high-profile job for 18 years, most of it reporting to Steve Jobs. He’s made a lot of money and is ready to enjoy it.”
You know what Mr. Christie? I don’t blame you – I’d be ready to smell the roses after such a long time in Cupertino as well. Let’s hope Ive is up for the challenge.
An interesting mid lifecycle shift
In what can only be called an interesting mid lifecycle shift for two of Apple’s most popular lineups, Apple has this morning announced two big changes to both the iPhone and the iPad. First, Apple has officially announced a new version of the company’s colorful midrange smartphone, the iPhone 5c, that includes a reduced 8GB of storage alongside a price drop. This new version is available only in select markets overseas – sorry, America, you’re still stuck with the considerably less awesome iPhone 4S 8GB – and is available for £429 in all its original color options. The new 8GB iPhone 5c retains all other specifications of the older models, including an A6 processor, an 8MP camera, and a 4″ Retina Display.
Even more surprisingly, Apple has also taken the chance to at long last discontinue the iPad 2, the company’s 2011 tablet that stuck around as an entry level 9″ iPad until now for $399. The product has instead been replaced with the iPad 4, a model that Apple had previously discontinued in favor of the iPad Air last Autumn. The iPad 4 (again officially called the iPad with Retina Display) retains the iPad 2’s price tag of $399, but provides a considerable upgrade with a new A6X processor, 512MB of RAM, a Retina Display, and a Lightning connector. Unlike the 8GB iPhone 5c, the return of the iPad 4 will be available in the United States.
Still the early days
It should come as no shock or surprise that Apple is plowing ahead with the next major version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. Though iOS 7.1 was just released to much fanfare over the past couple of days, iOS 8 promises to be a much larger release with a further emphasis on new functionality rather than just simple refinements. Today we’re getting one of our first looks at Apple’s next OS as numerous screenshots of an early pre-release build has leaked onto the web.
If the images are to be trusted, and popular and often reliable Apple blog 9to5Mac believes that they are, iOS 8 will be focusing quite a bit on two things – feature parity with OS X, particularly in regards to iCloud integration – and health monitoring. A new application called “Healthbook” can now be seen on the home screen, and many are already speculating that this could serve as a point of integration between the iPhone and Apple’s oft rumored iWatch.
Also new are three new applications – Preview, TextEdit, and Tips – the latter two which should be immediately recognizable to anybody who has ever used a Mac computer for more than a couple of minutes. Both Preview and TextEdit feature iCloud integration on OS X, however iOS users have been unable to access Preview and TextEdit data from their mobile devices somewhat limiting its usefulness. Hopefully iOS 8 seeks to remove this gap.
iOS 8 is expected to be announced at the WWDC 2014 developer conference sometime this summer. Apple has traditionally hosted the conference around early June with an announcement and registration a short while before, so stay tuned for more on iOS 8 and WWDC.
Minor design changes
Apple has today seeded iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to registered, paying iOS developers. The new version, which is dubbed build 11D5134c, continues to improve upon the new iOS experience Apple debuted at WWDC 13 this June with iOS 7.
While Apple is, as per usual, quiet on what exactly has changed in this build of iOS 7.1, popular Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac has managed to get their hands on some screenshots and information regarding the release. According to the site, the changes are as follows:
- New “+” button for adding a phone number in the dialer to your contacts.
- iPad has gained new Siri voice gender options for the UK.
- Messages now scrolls more smoothly and with more animation.
- Shut down slider also more in line with the new, shinier Slide to Unlock text
- General bug fixes, performance, and stability enhancements
Apple has been developing iOS 7.1 for some time now, with the previous developer build having dropped on January 7th. Apple will likely release iOS 7.1 in the coming weeks as development wraps up in the near future. iOS 7.1 will be released for iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPod touch (fifth generation), and both generations of the iPad mini.