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Apple’s Mobile Software and Retail Chiefs Announce Departure

By on Nov 2, 2012 in iPhone |

Things have been relatively quiet for Apple this year, considering. The last couple of years have seen complaints surface over the treatment of workers at the Chinese manufacturing plants that produce their popular mobile devices (not to mention the fact that they outsource these jobs in the first place), and they lost their beloved CEO and visionary, Steve Jobs, at the end of last year, but 2012 has not delivered much news on the Apple front. Of course, the iPhone 5 finally fell into the hands of consumers after months of waiting. So that’s good news for the penultimate tech mogul. And the iPad mini is set to release well ahead of the holidays. Well, there was also that uproar over maps. Okay, apparently the company can’t go long at all without making some headlines and shaking things up. And the latest grist for the rumor mill is that they’re tossing chief executives out the window by their golden parachutes likes it’s going out of style. So far the company has relieved two big players of their duties; Scott Forstall, who has been with the company for years and was heading up their mobile software division, and John Browett, who was named Senior Vice President in charge of retail operations back in April. The loss of Forstall apparently comes as no surprise to industry insiders. Although he clearly excelled in his position, if Apple’s mobile successes are any indicator, he was notoriously difficult to get along with, a character flaw that Jobs is said to have kept in check as CEO. But it seems that the succession of Tim Cook did not produce the same understanding, and the two have allegedly been butting heads for the past year. The situation reached the boiling point when Forstall refused to formally apologize for the “maps” snafu, forcing Cook to do the job for him. So it’s not hard to see why his head is on the chopping block. It is equally clear why Browett got the can, although what is unclear is why they hired him in the first place. During his tenure at Dixons in the UK, the chain became notorious for their terrible customer service. And as soon as Browett took the reins at Apple he did what he apparently does best: he began laying off employees at retail locations, demoting those that remained, and offering only minimum weekly hours to part-timers, according to reports. Of course, Apple quickly back-pedaled and said that they would be reversing Browett’s “formula” and going back to their old retail model. And shortly after it was announced that Browett was out. He is slated to stay on through the New Year in order to act as an “advisor” to Cook, who is taking over his duties. Unfortunately, it seems that plenty of duties will be handed off to others in the absence of these two bigwigs. Cook seems to be adopting a fair share of the burden, although the search for Browett’s replacement is already underway, while internet services overseer Eddy Cue will take on the twin burden of Siri and Apple Maps and head of design Jonathan Ive will handle other software concerns. This state of affairs is bound to raise concerns. Fixing the problems they’re currently facing is not as easy as getting an iPhone 5 otterbox to protect their new handset. Whenever executives at this level start getting the axe it means a period of upheaval. But whatever Cook has up his sleeve, it can’t be worse than the trouble these two caused over the past year (we...

New Apple iPhone Patent Makes Components Invisible

By on Oct 16, 2012 in iPhone |

About a decade ago, it might have been cause for a legitimate double-take if someone were to tell you in casual conversation that Apple was developing a new technology that would essentially make components of a mobile phone invisible when they’re not being used. Of course, it would also be equally as unbelievable to hear that Google (just a simple search engine ten years ago) was developing transparent glasses that would allow for a computer-interfaced augmented reality experience, or had already successfully created a driverless car. These things, however, are all a reality today, and what’s fascinating is how relatively unsurprising these ridiculously advanced technologies are to those of us who have grown up with the more recent technological advancements. Since the introduction of the iPhone in June of 2007, Apple has successfully maintained its status as a developer of some of the most advanced and intuitive developments made to the smartphone and mobile computing in the history of either product. The innovative iOS operating system and its application to the iPhone and iPad products have made Apple a titan of consumer product design, development, and marketing — and the trend it set to continue, if the company’s most recent patent application is any indication of what’s to come. The company has recently applied for a patent for a new development that will essentially render components of the phone invisible when they’re not being used. Having developed a technique that uses what’s known as polymer-dispersed liquid crystal display, Apple has designed a way to create screens that are essentially “curtains” whose opacity can be adjusted based on whatever the user needs at a given moment. This is an important technological development for a few different reasons. Other than the fact that it yields obviously cool implications in terms of functionality and usability, it also means that phones using this technology can remain relatively small without sacrificing hardware like front- and back-facing cameras, or reducing screen size. Apple, with this patent application, appears to have noticed the fact that many of its competitors have developed phones whose screens and sizes are getting larger and larger. The problem with this arises when it comes time to fit comfortably in a user’s pocket — Apple’s new patent application takes square aim at this problem by creating a situation where hardware and screen space can be in the same place on a phone. iPhone photography is no joke, and the increasingly heightened capabilities of iPhone’s cameras are one of the phone’s biggest selling points. The user experience and screen size are drawing points as well, however, and with this new patent application Apple hopes to have found a way to offer users both without needing to make an oversized phone that’s cumbersome or awkward to use. This new “invisible component” patent could seriously change the way mobile phones are made, and once again Apple finds itself leading the charge in this new and important development in the way smart phones are...

How iPhone 4 Is Different From Previous Versions?

By on Mar 3, 2011 in iPhone | 1 comment

The iPhone 4 has been in the market for over a month now and after a lot of hype and publicity, people can finally see the actual product. The new iPhone 4 is different from the previous versions in both physical as well as software specifications. Some of the most prominent differences are: 1) The display size has been changed from 480×320 to 960×640; which makes the density of pixels per inch much greater than before which results in sharper and crisper images. The new retinal display adds excellent image quality to the iPhone 4 and you would be able to read text on the new iPhone like on a fine print book without any jagged edges. 2) The camera has also been improved a lot from the previous versions. The new iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel camera as compared to the 3 megapixel camera of iPhone 3GS. The improvement in camera features is also a step forward for the Apple iPhone brand of phones. The iPhone 4 also has an LED flash which would surely improve night photographs. 3) The video recording has also been improved from VGA to HD with LED light support in video recording mode. Recording videos in 720p full HD mode at 30 frames per second would truly put life into your videos. 4) The phone is available in 16GB and 32GB versions, which provides plenty of space to store high resolution videos and pictures. 5) The new iPhone 4 is approximately 24% thinner than the previous version and also has a very impressive new feature called the 3-axis gyroscope which provides even more developmental possibilities than previous versions by including pitch, roll and yaw along with three gravitational axis. Thus, the new iPhone 4 has 6-axis motion sensing capabilities which would provide developers with more powerful and innovative hardware to work with and bring cool new applications to the iPhone market. 6) New applications such as iMovie would allow you to edit movies directly on your iPhone. You can add audios, transition effects and much more with ease and without having to transfer the movie to your computer. In short, the new iPhone 4 has many cool new features which you would definitely find very attractive and useful. Apple iPhone has always been about excellence in quality and performance and the brand new addition to the iPhone series of phones is definitely a dream come...

Application Mania: A Selection of the Top Apps for the iPhone

By on Mar 3, 2011 in iPhone |

There are many types of iPhone applications, from social networking to music, camera apps and shopping apps. Many have bugs, don’t work properly, or are just plain annoying. Looking into the sea of iPhone apps, it’s understandable to feel a little confused. So many designers and publishers, each vying for your business. Social Networking For social networking on Twitter, Tweetie 2 is at the top. Twitter seems to have as many fans as it does detractors, but regardless of how you feel Twitter isn’t going to disappear just yet. Tweetie 2 can handle multiple user accounts, can translate tweets from different languages, and can sync up your personal twitter address book with the address book on your iPhone, so you can find all your twit friends, and any new friends who come your way. It also has the standard features, like reading and twitting, which sync with your online profile when you go to back to your computer. For the Facebook user, the best app for this on the iPhone is actually Facebook’s own iPhone app. All the features of the online version straight to your mobile, easy to use interface and menus, so you can easily get your messages and find out what’s happening where you’re not whenever you wish. Money Saving Yes, not only can your iPhone do more than your can, it can also save you money. With coupons and other such goodies, a free app that saves you money is a pretty good app to have!!! Valpak Local Coupons is an app that allows you to get coupons for your local area. All kinds of saving are available to be had, from buy one get one free meals to discounted oil changes. So, instead of waiting for the mail to arrive, just pop on to your iPhone and start saving with these coupons!!! The Yard Sale Mapper is just that. It searches for yard sales, tag sales and garage sales using craiglist.org’s database and brings you back the sales in your area. Using a map, finding directions is easy. So, if you have the weekend free, why not take your iPhone, and hunt the streets looking for bargains on whatever you can find!!! Camera Application One of the most fun, and most interesting camera apps available is the Hipstamatic. Combining many features of other cameras, such as different film settings, different styles of lenses, and many different kinds of flashes, there’s so many possibilities and choices for how your photos can turn out. For those artistic types (Or pretend artistic types.), you can pretty much have a little creative workshop in the palm of your hand with this...