Posts tagged: iOS

iOS 8 now installed on lots of machines!

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iOS 8 has been picked up by the Apple loving members of Society in a rather big way! The operating system launched in September alongside the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and has since seen it’s  adoption rate zoom up to 68% of compatible iOS devices.

 

This is a four % jump since the last time Apple listed the adoption rate back on December 23rd. Hey all you guys who got new iPhones for Christmas? You should totally sell us your old stinky iPhones. Because we like old stinky iPhones, and we’ll give you cash! Win Win!

 

iOS 7 has had an understandable dropped to 29% and other iOS versions represent a mere 4% of the App store user base.

 

Apple gave developers a third beta of iOS 8.2 in December, which should be released imminently.  It apparently will include a load of bug fixes and support for Apple Watch integration.

 

Record week in the App store!

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It’s a good time to be an Apple! The company is currently celebrating their recent successes, namely, Apple Pay customer growth, record breaking App store success and high job creation! Yay!

 

The first week in 2015 set a new record for Apple’s App Store, bringing in almost $500 million. Now that’s a tasty start to the new year. Apple are also celebrating the record breaking year that was 2014 for the App Store, with a 50% increase in billings, and developers earning more than $10 million from revenue.

 

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.”

 

So… 2014 was the time to turn that dumb idea that you secretly though was the best most genius thing ever into an App. But… we think it’ll probably work in 2015 too, so go knock that bad boy out of the park!

 

 

Apple is also celebrating Apple Pay customer growth, and job creation from the industry surrounding iOS and the App Store. With just over a million jobs created or supported by Apple in the U.S,  a massive 627,000 are related directly to iOS and the App Store.

 

You can see the full press release here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting tool revealed in iOS 8 Beta 5 released today!

This morning, Apple released the Beta 5 update to iOS 8 as well as OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer preview 5 to developers. Aside from being good news indicating that things appear to be moving along relatively smoothly with the new iOS, there is something we think is particularly exciting being reported about the updates in iOS 8 Beta 5.

 

What’s so exciting iPhone Antidote? Well, kids, Healthkit now includes the addition of Spirometry.

 

Uh…. wha?

 

Spirometry! Apart from being an excellent word to say, (c’mon, say it aloud, you know it’ll make you feel good..) spirometry is the most common of the pulmonary function tests measuring lung function. It’s an important tool used for generating pneumotachographs, which are helpful in assessing conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

We hate ALL those stupid things, so spirometry is a tool we’re excited to hear will be included in iOS 8.

 

The Health app was also updated with new icons for Body data, Data Exporting, and a new option for showing Medical ID on Emergency Lock screen. Those things are cool too, we guess.

 

 

Image from page 569 of “The science and practice of medicine” (1866) by Internet Book Archive Images is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

SKype free group messaging coming soon to iOS

Good news iOS folk! Last month, Skype began offering a group video calling feature to Windows Tablets! Them first!? Unfairses! Well, not really, because Skype is owned by Microsoft…

 

Up to 10 people can get in on this free group calling, which is great, obviously, for families, friends who are on different continents, long distance group relationships, etc. Get a stand for the tablet and it becomes room calling, except there’s 10 different rooms in your room. Did anyone say party?

 

Anyways. Skype has just announced that the group video calling feature will be coming to ALL mobile platforms, for FREE, in the next to near future. Which means iOS most likely, although it was not specified. Also not specified was the date, although people (who say that they’re) in the know say that this will happen before the year is out.

 

10 rooms within a room parties for ALL!

 

The Real Guide to Using Siri

Hands up who uses Siri?

 

 

 

A lot? Sometimes? Only to see if you can get funny answers?

 

 

 

 

There are a lot people that don’t know about mysterious Miss Siri. Did you know for example that you can do this with her?

 

 

 

 

No? Here’s part one of our complete rundown on Siri – what she is, what she can do to improve your life, and the future she can bring us.

 

 

Siri is an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. She’s basically an App, present on all Apple devices after Siri was acquired by Apple on April 28, 2010. The original application ceased to function on October 14, 2011.

 

She uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user’s individual preferences over time and personalizes results.

 

 

 

 

Although a lot of people think SIRI stand for ‘Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface, the name Siri is actually Norwegian, meaning “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”. It was named after the intended name for the original developer’s first child.

 

Currently, Siri supports English (American, Canadian, Australian, British), French, German, Japanese, Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Mandarin (China, Taiwan), Korean, and Cantonese.

 

The original American voice was provided by Susan Bennett in July 2005. Now, in settings alongside your choice of language, you have an option of gender for Siri’s voice.

 

 

 

 

 

NOW, here’s the important stuff. Here’s what you can use Siri for to make your life more efficient:

 

 

 

SPORTS
Ask Siri for baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer scores as well as schedules, rosters, and stats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EATING
Ask Siri to search for restaurants or bars using different criteria. Siri will give you results based on these as well as photos, reviews, and reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIALISING
Siri can post to Facebook for you as well as on other people’s pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siri can also tweet for you.

 

 

 

 

 

You can also search for recent tweets. Say, ” What is person’s name/company/brand saying?”  and Siri will show you their most recent Tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAZINESS

With iOS 7, you can ask Siri to open apps. Just say something like “Play Angry Birds” or “Open iPhoto.” You can even say ‘Take a picture.’ Although Siri won’t actually take the picture for you, she’ll just open the app for you.
Use Siri to turn Bluetooth and other settings like WiFi on and off simply by saying, “Turn Bluetooth/WiFi  Off/ On.”

 

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATION

 

Tell Siri when and where you want to be reminded of something.

 

 

 

Schedule meetings. Say who, what, where, and when. Siri puts it on your calendar and sends an invitation to the person you’re meeting with via email.

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, Siri can write and send all of your emails or text messages or even organize for you to FaceTime with someone.

 

 

 

 

 

Use Siri to set the Alarm Clock for you.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, for Part one of All About Siri, we give you one of our favorite Siri features: What planes are above right now?

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Part Two so you’ll know how to use Siri to make your life more efficient!  Until then, here’s some Siri inspired humor, just for you guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Hapshirecatteries.co.uk, Imgur.com & iPhoneAntidote.

iPhone Tip Of The Day Camera Edition

 

 

 

Got iOS 7? You special little kitten you! Wanna know a camera trick?

 

You can now focus photos on iOS 7 without tapping the screen with your finger!

 

Instead, focus the photo by holding down the volume button for a few seconds, like you would do on DSLRs and point-and-shoots.

 

Nice!

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of thedailytouch.com & OMGcutethings.com

The fastest growing iOS game in History?

 

 

 

 

We don’t really know about this guys. We want to tell you about this game, but then we think about the consequences.

 

There will be lots of work not being done. Everywhere. Everywhere, everyone will be playing this game and not doing work. Society might break down.

 

 

But then we think of the positive’s, which are 1. It’s fun. 2. It’s not a solo player game and therefore can be enjoyed socially,  3. It can make you learn and 4. It’s CHRISTMAS! So we encourage playing!!

 

But here is your warning: It’s super, super addictive.

 

The game is called QuizUp. 

 

Despite only being a smidge over 3 weeks old, the game is the fastest growing mobile game. Ever. It’s made by some crazy Icelandic magicians and it already has 3.5 million registered users (and growing). The average player plays for 40 minutes a day. The average player. 40 minutes. It’s worth repeating that particular stat.

 

You can register using Facebook ( with the usual game access to basic information and friend list) or using your email address.

 

If you sign up using FaceBook, you’ll have your profile picture showing to your opponents, but just in case you don’t want your profile picture associated with the fact that you don’t know which movies Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever has NOT acted in, then you can change it to a cute logo of an octopus, or a sad panda.

 

 

Not really like that, but awwww.

 

The Gameplay itself is fast and clean. It’s your basic quizzy, general knowledge game, with a format that will be intuitive to you if you’ve ever watched Who Wants To Be A Millionaire or played Trivial Pursuit. Once you start playing you are given categories to choose from.

 

The categories are what you would expect and way, way more. They’re fluid with user submitted questions being added daily ( without the app needing to be updated!), and they are specialized, with categories ranging from Geography to European Countries to Fruits and Vegetables, to Biology. We could go on. So far there’s over 200,000 trivia questions.

 

If you sign in using Facebook, categories will be suggested to you using the basic information on your Facebook profile. For example, the category ‘The 49ers’ was suggested for iPhone Antidote. Because the 49ers rock, obviously.

 

Once you choose a category, you are set against another player and given multiple choice questions. You get points for answering correctly, and you get more points for answering correctly quickly. You have to beat the other person’s amount of points by the final question ( you get double points for getting the last question correct), and then you win.

 

 

Yay. And then you play again because you feel smart. And again because then you got too cocky and lost and you want to feel smart again.And so on. And on.

 

The more you play, the more XP you gain and you can then move up a leader board against both your Facebook friends and on global, local, country-by-country, and state-by-state lists.

 

For every category there is also a message board which so that those particularly passionate about the Herbs & Spices category can talk about it after a game if they feel the urge.

 

The game is free, but don’t worry, you won’t be annoyed by ads or be feeling the need to buy more lives or make any other in-app purchases. Plain Vanilla has partnered with brands who then create sponsored games, so you might end up playing a category sponsored by the Twilight Brand. And then you can show off everything that you know about Twilight. Like how Edward the Vampire is actually..something something.

 

 

Right now, QuizUp is only available for iOS. (An Android version is coming in January.) Get it in the App store!

 

Play away kids, but don’t say we didn’t warn you about the addiction!!

 

Oh, and try and find us on there, we’re a sad octopus and we’re really good at European countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Pando, 8Tracks, Perezhilton & Bitcointalk.

Top 20 Games for iOS by revenue & country!

 

Wanna know which iOS game app rules?

 

Yeah? Wanna know which iOS game app rules in which countries?

 

We got you!

 

… Or actually, a company called Newzoo has got you.

 

The following is their international top global app list for September 2013 ranked by revenue.

 

1. USA – Candy Crush Saga
2. Japan – Puzzle & Dragons
3. China – 我叫MT Online
4. United Kingdom – 神魔之塔
5. Australia – Candy Crush Saga
6. Canada – Candy Crush Saga
7. Germany – Clash Of Clans
8. France – Candy Crush Saga
9. Korea – 몬스터 길들이기 for Kakao
10. Taiwan – 神魔之塔
11. Russia – Clash Of Clans
12. Italy – Candy Crush Saga
13. Switzerland – Clash Of Clans
14. Hong Kong – 神魔之塔
15. Brazil – Candy Crush Saga
16. Singapore – Clash Of Clans
17. Sweden – Candy Crush Saga
18.Thailand – Candy Crush Saga
19. Spain – Candy Crush Saga
20. Netherlands – Candy Crush Saga

 

So, Candy Crush Saga, Huh? Definitely time to invest on whatever it is they’ve got going on over there! (The evil addictive awesome candy).

 

 

 

 

OR OR OR! Time to invent the next hottest game! Yeah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of play.google.com, Pinterest & Dailymail.

Everything you need to know about iOS 7

 

 

So, like bunches and bunches of fellow Apple product owners around the globe, you downloaded iOS 7 onto your iDevice and are a little unsure about some of the features… or you’re thinking about updating but are a bit scared too because of how different it’s supposed to be.

 

Please don’t fret our pretties! We’re here to guide you through every little part of iOS 7 and to convince you why you should update, even if it is a little bit scary.

 

 

There has been, apparently, a few people for whom the download hasn’t worked properly. That sucks, and is solely because so many people have been trying to download it at the same time. If this is happening or has happened to you, all we can suggest is to try to be patient. It will download.

 

At this stage download errors probably shouldn’t be occurring, as the speed bump of super keen iOS 7ers should have died down. We’ve heard reports of the download taking hours, but this too should no longer be happening. Our download took 36 minutes, and it was super easy.

 

 

Our first impression was BLAM BRIGHT AND BLOCKY. Our second impression was a thoroughly great one. Everything is simplified in a way that some part of you deep inside you knew you wanted, but most of you you had no idea until you saw it come to life in front of you.

 

It looks fantastic, and everything seems to work organically and smoothly and flawlessly together.

 

For the first couple of minutes after we downloaded iOS 7, the phone was responding a little slowly, particularly in the Photos app, but that only lasted a few minutes, and then everything was working at regular speed.

 

So. What’s new? What’s different? How do I find the whatsamacallit now?

 

 

Follow us into the iOS 7 rabbithole!

 

 

 

Alrighty, so we’re looking at a completely new design with over 200 changes, and yeah, it looks pretty different. But don’t freak out too much. First things first. Now you can slide to unlock on any part of the screen.

 

 

 

 

Take a deep breath, and take it all in. Look at the icons independently, if you want. Each one is in line with each other, in grid formation, and borderless. They seem bigger than before. The designs on them are simplified, with less detail and fuss.

 

 

 

Jony Ive redesigned the iOS so that each icon looked less like it was a real thing. The note pad no longer looks like a fake representation of a notepad, for instance.

 

 

Everything has a white backed interface, which also might take some getting used to, but makes everything look a hell of a lot more simple and and refined and ….unflippety. Yeah. Unflippety.

 

 

There is a new color palette. Basically, the new colors are bright, they’re boppy and distinctive.

 

 

Each app uses black lettering on a white background and each one has a different accent color. For example in the messages app  it’s red, for notes it’s pale gold, for photos it’s blue. The font is, well, Apple calls it more refined- it’s better looking, basically. It’s neater, rounder, tidier.

 

 

 

 

There’s a few apps that have changes which are mostly aesthetic, so we’ll show you these first, and let you know if there are any small upgrades.

 

 

Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

We LOVE the new Calendar. It’s red accented, and allows downward scrolling through the months, the ability to see declined events, and an inbox tab for invitations to events. As with most of iOS 7 it’s super simple and easy to navigate between seeing today as a whole with events hourly and seeing it as part of a month.

 

 

 

Clock 

 

 

Also red accented, the Clock icon now displays the correct time. Sounds funny when you read that first, makes sense the second time around.

 

As you can see above, some of the clock faces are black, and some are white- simple really, black denotes somewhere where the sun has set, and white for where it is still daylight.

 

Times can also be swapped from digital to analog by tapping on the city name.

 

 

 

Calculator 

 

 

The calculator pretty much works the same as it did before, and as we believe it always will, because it’s a calculator. it calculates, and it’s good at it. Stop putting pressure on it to do more with it’s life already. It’s orange accented, cos it wants to be dammit.

 

 

 Notes

 

 

 

 

 

Notes! The app that tech writers everywhere used as an example as Apple moving away from skeuomorphic design! It’s here and it’s definitley not skeuomorphic. It’s the simplest representation of a piece of paper we’ve ever seen, really.

 

 

With this version you also have the ability to look at notes separately according to account – gmail, iPhone, or all.

 

 

Maps 

 

 

 

 

Maps now offers turn-by-turn walking directions and automatic night mode. Walking directions is cool, because we like to walk. Automatic night mode uses the current time in your location and an ambient light sensor to judge which mode, day or night, is more suitable. That’s some future stuff, there.

 

 

 

Music 

 

 

 

Within the updated, red accented, music app, you can now play music purchases from iCloud.

 

 

Phone App 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No functional upgrades, because it’s the simplest function of all, really, on your iPhone. But now it looks simple, round, and kinda old fashioned crossed with futuristic? Can that be a thing? Like the old rotary phones that had circular finger dialing bits, crossed with the simplistic representation of awesome technology. Yeah, it’s a thing now.

 

 

Movies 

 

 

 

 

You can now play movie and TV show purchases from the iCloud. that’s… Kickass….

 

 

And now a photo of iPhone Antidote’s cat, because why not? His name is Oscarpants. He’s staring into your soul.

 

 

 

Let’s see.. what else is there? oh yeah-

 

 

Control Center.

 

 

The new Control Center can be accessed by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. It includes quick access buttons for AirPlane mode, toggling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Orientation Lock, and the Do Not Disturb mode.

 

 

It can also be used to adjust volume, brightness and open apps like Calculator, Clock, and Camera. Here is also where you’ll find the much talked about flashlight. ( Interesting fact we just learned- Australians call Flashlights torches. Weird.)

 

 

The control center also holds the music player widget, where you can control your music- FF, RW, etc. And yes, we did have skrillex playing when we took this photo because we wanted you to think we were cool. Did it work?

 

 

If you don’t want this option because of your gaming preferences or if you just like swiping a lot and don’t want anything to come of it, you have the option to turn it on/off both within apps and on the lock screen via Settings > Control Center.

 

 

Notification Center.

 

 

Improved both visually and functionally, the notifications center is like a little man inside your phone. This guy gives you all the important information you need to know about your day. Messages, calendar events, stocks information, reminders, weather.

 

You can choose specifically what you want to be displayed here in settings and you still access it by swiping down from the top of the screen.

 

Now however you get the new ‘today’ tab, and if you dismiss a notification on one device, it will be dismissed on all of your devices. Something new that’s really cool is if you have an appointment in the calendar, the notifications screen will provide location based information like weather and driving times for where your appointment is.

 

 

AirDrop:

 

 

K guys- This is just for those lucky enough to have an iPhone 5 or later, the 4th Gen iPad, the Mini and the 5th Gen iPod Touch. Sorry everyone else.

 

Similar to a feature popular with Samsung features where users bump their phones together to exchange files and photos- except you don’t have to bump phones together with this feature. Because we’re cooler than that.

 

Basically – turn it on, tap share in an app and it will tell you nearby iOS users in the vicinity. Tap on the person you want to share contacts, websites, photos, etc with and that person has the option to accept or reject the information. If they accept it, it’s immediately sent over WiFi.

 

 

You do have the option to turn this feature off, and to only have people within your address book requesting to send you information. Just in case you were really strict on getting random people on the bus sending you stuff. Not to say that stuff wouldn’t be awesome. It might be.

 

 

 

Multitasking

 

 

Yay! Multitasking improvements!

 

Double tap the home button to run through all the apps that you have running, and now you can see a preview of that app in a ‘card’. Switch between them super easily by flicking through the cards, and clicking on the one you want to go to.

 

This also permits any app to keep content up-to-date in the background.

 

What is sweet and a little bit oddly addictive is that to close an app that’s running, you just flick the open image upwards. You can close multiple running apps by using multiple fingers. Try not and say ‘Whee’ when you do it, we dare you.

 

 

 

Camera

 

 

The camera improvements are really noticeable and really nice.

 

Instead of toggling with a often super amazingly frustratingly hard to move in a hurry button, you now have the option to swipe to choose a camera mode.

 

You have the option of shooting in video, still photo, parnoramic and a newbie- square aspect, which is basically cropped and instagram sized. Hipsters and positive outlook memer’s rejoice – there is also the choice of 8 real-time photo filters with iPhone 4S or later, and 5th Gen iPod touch.

 

To apply the real time filters, simply tap on the colored dots at the bottom of the screen. These can be removed or swapped out at any time, even after you’ve taken the photo.

 

 

 

Photo App

 

 

The photos app has been improved  by the addition of a new organizational system and new ways of sharing. You also have the ability to edit the photo and add filters.

 

Now you can select multiple photos and share them to the photo stream, share them on Facebook, iCloud, mail, message Flickr airplay or print.

 

Your photos are now organized really neatly into Moments, Collections and Years, with every compartment having location and date information. Tapping on a Year, and then a Collection within a Year will display photos taken throughout the course of the year, which are divided into Moments.

 

Entire Moments, which are essentially different events, can be shared all at once (via AirDrop, Messages Mail, Facebook and Flickr) rather than on an individual basis.

 

 

 

Spotlight Search.

 

 

Spotlight, used for searching and opening files etc on your iPhone, and previously found on a screen to the left on iOS 6, is now found by swiping down from any screen. Not all the way from the top, cos then you might find yourself looking at the notification center and getting all kind of confused.

 

Try a medium swipe down the middle. There, you go, that’s it. What? We can’t really see you….

 

 

 

Passbook

 

 

 

You can now scan tickets and coupons etc using the camera function on your iPhone, for use within the Passbook App. If you click on ‘Apps for Passbooks, it’ll take you to Disneyland. Just kidding, it’ll take you to the app store and show you the apps you can get to use in the passbook app.

 

 

 

Weather

 

 

We have, so far, loved playing around with the weather app. It’s very pretty and includes representations of what it looks like outside at that precise moment, so cloudy or rainy or starry or what have you. For every location it also gives you the Sunset time and a 5 day forecast with minimum and maximum temperatures.

 

 

Other weathery type information it gives you is humidity, chance of rain and wind speed. Handy.

 

 

Compass

 

 

 

Compasses are pretty cool. And that’s not just because the girl we have a crush on has one tattooed on her arm. Erm… anyway. This one has the red accent on north.

 

 

 

It looks really nice, and now includes a built in level that you swipe to the right to access. If you double tap on the level screen you’ll zero it out at any angle.

 

 

( A level is used to see if surfaces are… level… )

 

 

 

Game Center

 

 

The Game center got a pretty nice makeover. No more fake green felt and wood, now there’s only colorful bubbles of glee on a white background.

 

 

 

Siri:

 

Siri can now be a dude or a chick, depending on whatever reason you have for having a preference.

 

She/he can also now pull up restaurant reviews, change settings, it has integrated Wikipedia, Twitter search, and Bing web search results, it can post to Facebook, and play Voicemail.

 

Also, if you have a hard to pronounce name, like Gargumel, Siri will attempt to learn to pronounce it. How nice.

 

 

Folder Size:

 

 

We googled ‘really big folder’ and this was one of the first hits. we’re going with it. Now you can fit as many apps as you want within a folder, with multiple pages.

 

 

Activation Lock

WHAT IF I LOSE MY PHONE?

iOS 7’s got your back, that’s what.

My iPhone Activation lock means that if you lose your phone, or it gets stolen, then it’s incredibly hard for those awful robbers or the people who find it to use it. Basically, no matter what they try and do in order to use it – erase the device, reactivate it, etc, they won’t be able to do anything without your iTunes password.

 

 

 

Messages.

 

 

Now you can see when a text or an iMessage was sent/received! Pull message bubbles to the left, and you can see exactly when it was you sent/ received that awesomely awesome text.

 

You also have the option to change how names are displayed within messages. Go to Settings > Mail ,Contacts, and Calendars > Short Name ( down the bottom under Contacts). Choices include first name and last initial, first name and last initial, first name or last name only.

 

 

App Store improvements.

 

 

With the App store upgrade, you can see apps that other people in your area are using in the ‘popular near me’ option’.

 

Apple has also added a new “Designed for iOS 7” section to the store. It highlights apps that have been updated or released with an iOS 7-style design, including notable offerings like Evernote.

 

 

Safari.

 

 

Safari looks really nice, and that’s coming from folk who generally prefer Chrome. Safari has itself a new tabbed layout. Tabbed pages can be closed quickly by swiping the page to the left.

 

For those looking for a more private browsing session, you now only have to click the ‘private’ button when a new window is created. Do Not Track can be enabled within Settings > Safari. 

 

 Scrolling now hides the app’s controls like in Chrome . You can OPEN AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF TABS, and scroll through them using a vertical card-like view.

Now there is also a tab in the bookmarks panel that shows links shared by your friends on Twitter and other social media sites.

 

 

EXTRA BITS

 

 

iOS 7 brings new ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds. Although for the traditional at heart, unless it makes you feel too old, you can still access the old one’s filed under classic.

 

Personally, we kinda like a phone to sound like a phone, but then we saw that this is what happens if you google the word classic.

 

 

 

 

FaceTime audio calling. Everyone loves FaceTime. Bringing friends together no matter where in the world they’re taking shots/having grandchildren.

 

 

Block Phone Numbers: You have the ability to block phone calls/messages/FaceTime requests on iOS 7. Simply go to Settings > Phone > Blocked to add contacts that will be prevented from contacting you (Their attempts will be sent to voicemail). Take that, Stalker Mc Stalkersons.

 

Automatic App Updates: You can have all your apps download their updates automatically, if going to the app store and doing it manually troubles your soul too much. If you go to Settings > iTunes & App Store, the default setting is off for all automatic downloads, but turning them on means you’ll never have to trouble your soul with it ever again. Warning: this can use battery when you don’t want it to and you can’t pick and choose in between apps.

 

 

iTunes Radio:

iTunes Radio can be accessed from within the Music app! Go here to learn more. We’ll be writing a review of iTunes Radio shortly, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked.

 

 

 

All in all, what a fantastic update, and super nice that we get kinda a new phone, even if we’re not actually getting a new phone. Doubly sweet for those who are getting a new phone tomorrow or in the next few weeks and are getting a double whammy new hardware new software BLING BLAM!

 

We feel like we’ve given you a pretty comprehensive run down of iOS 7 and the changes hidden within, but if you feel like delving a bit more into the ins and outs, Apple has made available free iOS 7 user guides on the iBookstore. At the moment, guides are only available for the iPad and iPod touch but a book targeted at the iPhone will likely follow.

 

 

Our final opinion in one sentence? Looks like iOS 7 kicked a Goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Macworld, Funnyjunk, All4humour, tumblr, cultofmac, imore, idownloadblog.

 

WWDC lowdown!

 

Alright guys, so yesterday was THE BIG DAY!

 

The four day annual world wide developers conference for Apple began yesterday morning, kicking off at the Mascone Centre in San Francisco at 10am.

 

As per usual, WWDC began with a perfectly orchestrated keynote speech given by Tim Cook, featuring a few other key Apple guys AND more importantly, featuring some new Apple software and hardware announcements and previews.

 

 

DOUBLE RAINBOW EXCITING!

 

 

For the first time, the keynote was broadcast live from the Apple website and on Apple TV.

 

The two hour address was, as expected, super stylishly presented, with multiple media presentations, some jokes, and a few fantastic and even surprising new Apple products and updates.

 

The top things you should know about that were announced today are:

 

 

– The new Mac Pro. Stellar, revolutionary and round.

 

– iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone came out.

 

– OS  X Mavericks – the new operating system named after a California beach break.

 

– New Macbook airs with super extended battery life.

 

– iTunes Radio – the much talked about radio product that actually sounds better than we expected!

 

 

Super double rainbow exciting, right!?

 

 

We’ll have even more from WWDC coming up this week!!