Updates on iOS 7 Beta 2 and Onwards

Dear Readers,

In recognition of creating new content and devoting more time to other things, I have contacted Apple to disable and refund my developer account. Being the amazing company that they are, Apple kindly refunded me for the renewal fee I paid this year.

This means that I will no longer be able to post updates on the progression of iOS 7 and it’s features delivered in each beta update.

I understand that my blog gained a lot of attention from these posts, but I had to take this decision so that I could put the money to better use outside of my blogging and passion for software and technology.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed creating the posts about iOS and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me through those posts.

I apologise for any inconvenience and I hope to deliver some similar content in the future.

Thank you.

Too big for your pocket?

Hey!

Today I wanted to talk about something I’m really passionate about – and that’s technology. 

Technology on its own is too broad, so I’m just going to talk about a small part of it and thats mobile phones. More specifically, are they getting too big? 

I’m talking about this because today, Samsung introduced the “Samsung Galaxy Mega” which comes in two screen sizes: 5.8″ inches and 6.3 inches (diagonally). Thats ridiculously large – for me.

On first glance, it looks just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 which was unveiled in March. The design is really nice and keeps in line with Samsung current design language. By in large, Samsung likes to keep its design scheme the same throughout the year, and it works great for them; as it does for Apple.

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But if you think about it, 4 inches used to be pretty big. Now its the average size for a smart phone.

When you get to a 5 inch phone, the colloquial term for it is “phablet”. Thats when a device is large enough to be considered a tablet, but small enough to be a phone. Of course, they are not officially advertised as “phablets”! 

Lets go back to 2007, where it all started. The Apple iPhone was the first phone to feature a “large” display. It set the standard for how a smart phone should look. 3.5 inches was a huge size and many considered it too big for a phone. It was like the 4 inches of today. When Steve Jobs announced it he said “..get rid of all these buttons and have a giant screen…a giant screen!”. He famously called that 3.5 inch display “giant”. Wowz.

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5 years later, we have the iPhone 5 with its amazing 4 inch Retina display. Many people have disliked this new screen size because its simply taller and not wider. Apple argues this by saying “typing on the keyboard, for instance — you can still do with one hand”

But how big is too big?

My first phone had a 2 inch display and I thought it was big! I remember watching movies on this “large” screen! It was a slider phone too, which made it so compact. Few years later, I got a Samsung phone which had a 3 inch screen (I think). This made my previous phone look so small and made my wonder how I used it! Some more years later, and I used the iPhone 4S with it’s 3.5 inch Retina display – it beats my previous phones in all directions.

Samsung is taking the biggest risks right now by releasing devices with all screen sizes. With Samsung, you will surely find a screen size for you. As you get to 8 inches, only tablets are offered to you.

The funny thing is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with its 5.5 inch display, is one of the top selling phones for Samsung right now. More consumers are choosing Samsung over Apple or BlackBerry for the screen size and customisation options in the OS.

I have been honoured to try out the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPhone 5. I’m going to sound like an Apple fan boy for saying this – but the iPhone 5 felt the best. Transitioning from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5 feels good. I have average sized hands and could reach the top of the screen with a bit of shuffling. The width of the phone is the same, so there is nothing more to get used to. On the other hand, the Samsung devices that I tried, required me to use both of my hands.

Different phones will appeal to different people. Thats why it’s best to just use what you love and love what you use.

– Mr F 

The new iPhone – My Predictions

“It’s almost here”. Well, that’s what Apple says anyway.

Apple has issued invites for an event on the 12th of September. We can all safely say we will see a brand new iPhone showcased but we know little about it. We have seen some ‘pictures’ of the supposed iPhone but photos are just photos. I thought it would be fun to throw my preditions on the interwebs and it would be great if you commented yours!

1. An all new design

Steve Jobs was always one to have a unique looking product. Remember when the iPhone 3G looked awesome? With the iPhone 4 next to it, the 3G looks chunky and outdated. I’m prediciting an awesome new design for the next iPhone. I also think we will see some sort of taller screen on the next iPhone. I think it will be like a flatter iPhone 4S.

2. 4G LTE

Something we can’t take advantage of in the UK but it will be awesome for Verizon and AT&T customers in the US. 4G LTE provides fast data downloads over your mobile network. The new iPad has this so its given that the next iPhone will.

3. NFC Chip

NFC or Near Field Communication is a way for devices to share small amounts of information. You can use it to pay for coffee or buy a meal at a restaurant. Google has their own app for their devices called “Google Wallet”. Could Apple be using their new Passbook app for their NFC technology?

4. New dock connector?

Apple has been famous for including the same port on all of their devices. From iPods to iPads, there has been one connector called the “30-pin dock connector”. Apparently, Apple is going to forget about it and move on to another standard of connectors. We’re not sure how many pins it will have or if it’s really true but it will be interesting to see how it will work. If it is true, that means hundreds of accessories will be incompatible with the new iPhone.

5. Upgraded cameras

The iPhone 4S packs one of the best rear facing cameras on a mobile phone. Can it get any better? Perhaps we’ll see a 12MP camera on the back of the next iPhone. If Apple doesn’t update the rear facing camera, it wont be a big deal. The front facing camera might get a needed update, bringing it from the current VGA to 1.3MP – naming it a FaceTime HD camera.

6. Nano-SIM Cards

The current iPhone SIM card is micro and the next generation of SIM cards are called “nano SIMs”.  They’re even smaller and I think all it will do is make it harder to upgrade to the next iPhone. There’s a small chance it will be nano though!

7. Longer battery life

We can’t get enough of using our devices so why not increase the battery life again? I’m expecting the battery to be even longer to power that beautiful larger screen!

8. A good name

The naming of the next iPhone is really undecided right now. Technically, it is the 6th generation iPhone, but that doesn’t mean it will be called the iPhone 6.  Some people say that it will just be called “The new iPhone”, but more people believe it will be called “iPhone 5”. Thats what I think too. It will be called iPhone 5,  and I’m saying this because of Apple’s previous naming strategy – 3g, 3gs then 4, 4S, 5?

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Those are my predictions for the next iPhone. I had more but that’s all I could remember 😆

What are yours?

– Mr F

iOS 6 – My Predictions

WWDC or the World Wide Developer Conference, is Apple’s week to shine in the world of everything software and hardware.

I’m not going to talk about iCloud, the Mac line, OS X Mountain Lion or about the new iPhone in the post because I think that’s been covered about 1000 times each week. We will see the new iPhone in October just the iPhone 4S! Let forget about it until then? 😆

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If you asked me yesterday or a week ago wheather or not Apple would unveil iOS 6, I would have said “Maybe..”.

If you ask me today, I would say “Yes!” because there is now solid evidence of one of Apple’s topics.

Apple has put up some posters for iOS 6 around their campus and this kind of thing gets me excited! :). Note the new logo for iOS 6. Its a change from the bubbly ones 😉

iOS, if you didn’t know, is Apple’s platform for their mobile operating system. It’s found on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There have been 5 major iterations of iOS and the next one gets unveiled on Monday.

I don’t know what iOS 6 will bring but this is what I’m hoping to see.

3D Maps – No More Google

This has been rumoured for a while before the leaked photographs began to show up. Google announced their version before Apple did which kinda confirms that Apple will certainly unveil their own. I’m hoping we get new 3D Mapping software to compete with Google’s new 3D maps on Android. 

Widgets

I also want to see some sort of widgets on the iPhone/iPod/iPad. iOS 5 brought out notification centre. A whole new way to see your notifications. It’s far from perfect, but its a great addition.

It would be great to see notification centre being used for more than just notifications. Turning Wi-Fi on and off (and more) from there would be a good addition.

Sure, I can jailbreak my phone to get these features but I shouldn’t have to.

Siri

Siri is an amazing start for what it is right now. Its a personal digital assistant that talks and listens to you. CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, said that ”users should stay tuned” when asked about improvments to Siri.

I really hope they open up the Siri API. Opening the API means that developers can have access to Siri when they want. For example, you could ask Siri to post a tweet, update a status, open an app or take a picture – without pressing any buttons. I thought they deeply intergrated twitter in to the OS in iOS 5, so why I can’t I tweet with Siri?

It would be cool if they added more commands to Siri such as ‘reduce brightness’, ‘bluetooth on/off’ and more. 

Finally, it would be amazing if they took that beta tag off Siri, but something tells me that they will launch a full blown Siri app for the next iPhone before they do that.  There is also speculation that Siri will be brought to the 3rd generation iPad. It would further improve the selling points for the new iPad. That would amazing too.

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These are my top features for iOS 6. I’m also expecting some clean-up around the OS itself, just as iOS 5 did which should make the overall experience smoother than ever! Don’t forget, you will be able to download iOS 6 over-the-air from your current iOS 5 devices.

I am uber excited for iOS 6 and can’t wait to see what features lay in wait! The event takes place at 10AM PST thats 6PM GMT.

iOS 6 is expected to debut a release with the new iPhone in October. That sounds about right because it’s what happen last year.

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But lets take a moment to think about what we wont see at the conference. Steve Jobs. He surely was a genious beyond anything in the world and after his passing away, he still lives on in the form of these gadgets we can’t live without.

It will be the first major Apple event where he will not be present. May he rest in peace.

What’s on your wishlist? If you have an Android device, what are you favourite features for it?

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– Mr Fun