Today Samsung unveiled the Samsung Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smart watch. Now on paper the smart watch is a great idea but the factor is the price point of $299 with a one day battery life is not a good selling factor. The watch has an accelerometer and a pedometer and can tell you the weather. Also it can support 70 apps at launch according to Samsung so what is the problem?
The battery life… For something $300 dollars you would expect a better battery life than a day or less depending on the usage factor which is something Apple is going to try and overcome. Apple is going to have to make something with a much better battery life if they want to have that price point with probably more features as well, or they could just go with a better battery life and drop the price significantly with the same features. Either way they do it they need to have same or more features than the galaxy gear with a significant battery life because I was sort of excited for the galaxy gear but now I am going a no go until generation 2 or a better price. Maybe I will go with the iWatch depending on what it brings to the table.
Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 7. Developers go download it!
I know I haven’t been updating the site. Due to the Summer break I have been enjoying some time off and I have been tweeting the Apple news instead of posting to this site. Now I am going to start working on the site updating every time I can as the school year is starting it will give me some entertainment and I will get to enjoy bringing my knowledge back to people on Apple products. So far here is what is going down in the pipeline:
- iPhone event is supposedly September 10th
- iPhone 5S is supposedly coming in a gold version
- iOS 7 is on beta 6 preparing for GM seed
- iPad 5 will be redesigned
- iPad Mini will have a retina display
- iPhone may feature A7 for 35% faster.
The site will be updated periodically from now on.
Developers go get it if you haven’t.
I can’t believe it has been 6 years…
The World Wide Developer Conference is in full swing now and to follow what’s going on you can look directly to the left or go to this link for my twitter and see it there. NOTE: for the latest tweets you will have to refresh your browser… Better to just go to the twitter website to be honest.
We are a little under 3 hours away from the World Wide Developers conference and right before the conference Apple has taken down the Apple Store. This could just be for some maintenance or it could be gearing up for the new hardware rumored to be announced today.
WWDC 2013 will be streamed through Apple Devices running Safari here.
You can read our rumor roundup for WWDC 2013 here.
Airdrop is a great way to share files between Macs very easily. All you need to do is drag and drop the file and then it is shared if the other user accepts it. It would appear that Airdrop may be making it’s way to iOS 7 that is being revealed next week from today.
Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person’s iPhone to another person’s iPad.
While iCloud synchronization works well for sharing photos and documents between two iOS devices owned by the same person, the AirDrop feature will allow seamless individual file exchanges between iOS devices belonging to different people.
This would be great for iOS as it would allow people to share something instantly with no trouble at all. I can’t wait for it and I hope it is true but Apple was rumored to do this last year and scrapped it but I hope they introduce it this year.
WWDC countdown clock is available here and iOS 7 information can be found here including what I want.
I talked about some things I wanted to see with iOS 7 in the iPhone and now I am going to do the same thing with the iPad. So lets get started.
For multitasking I want it pretty much the same as what I said with the iPhone. Live tiles with toggles. If you want a more I’m depth look then read it in the iPhone post.
Now remember this is from a software standpoint so this is not about retina or anything like that. You can find that in let’s talk about the next iPad mini. What I am talking about is 2 different apps side by side. The iPad is supposed to be a post PC device and in many ways it is but there needs to be away for two apps to run side by side at once. Maybe not in this update but someday it has to happen for the iPad to fully beat the PC.
Before we get to the iPad on this one let us take a trip to 2007 with the release of the iPod Touch. The iPod left out some of the most basic apps including email and then later on got them in a software update for $10. Even though the iPad comes with standard apps there are a few missing such as a calculator and weather. Before iOS 6 the iPad didn’t even have a native clock app and instead of just installing a clock they should have brought the missing weather, stocks, calculator, and clocks app into one sort of app or section. Something like dashboard for the mac where you can have different clocks and alarms but also a calculator, stocks, and weather all in the same screen. It makes sense!
Now Facetime is going to be a little weird due to the fact that it goes both on the Mac, iPad, and past and current iPhone’s and iPod Touch’s. Now With the iPad there needs to be the ability to be able to talk to more than one person at a time using the giant screen. Even with the iPhone 5’s added screen size there is a way to have more than just one person chatting with you at a time. The iPad could easily fit 3 and the iPhone 5 could fit 2 people. It would work s being able to tell what device you are on then having a “+” near the end call. If both you and the person currently on call are using iPad’s or Macs you can add up to 2 more people and if one person is using an iPhone 5 you can have one extra person. If one person is on an iPhone 4/s then you can’t add someone so the call will still look fine for them.
I don’t know about anyone but one of the best things about Messages for Mac and Skype is that you can share your screen with someone so you can tell them how to do something they don’t understand. Something small but I think that would be great especially for people like myself who need to help a lot of people with their iOS problems.
One of the things that has annoyed me ever sense the iPad was introduced was that the home screen is exactly the same as the iPhone. Don’t even deny that it is. Without a few of the default apps the home screen is exactly the same and it is annoying me because there is so much extra space you can put. The iPad has great battery life so yes I am going to say it – GIVE IT WIDGETS. The screen is big enough for them and the battery is good enough to handle them. Just give some functionality to the space and the home screen. I have faith in you Ive don’t disappoint.
Most things I want for the iPad are also in the iPhone version of this same post. So if you want to check it out: Let’s Talk iOS 7 (iPhone). I have hopes for iOS 7. I think it’s going to be great for something new.