While designers are bemoaning the aesthetic merits of Apple’s new operating system, some users are experiencing a different kind of upheaval. The new animation and parallax scrolling is making users sick, literally.
Over 9 Million Mac Fans are replacing their old iPhones this week, an optimistic number unless you’re an old iPhone. Old iPhones are on their way out to make room for new iPhones, with sleeker colors and a better operating system with thin fonts. Who will play with old iPhones now? Landline?
If you think that sounds like the equivalent of Toy Story for Adult then you should check out this parody form Funny or Die. Unlike the Pixar equivalent, it doesn’t have a happy ending. Sorry iPhone 4. Read more
Apple sold nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models during its first weekend, setting a record for iPhone opening weekend launches.
The company reported these sales on Monday. It includes global sales for the first three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. Both devices are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” stated Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
Apple also revealed that orders for iPhone 5s exceeded expectations, and that online sales will be filled in the coming weeks.
The Chaos Computer Club has already hacked into Apple’s new fingerprint ID system TouchID, the new identification tool on the iPhone 5S. While the technology is supposed to be extra secure, the group has shown that there are flaws to this type of security system. Here is more from the CCC site:
“In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake”, said the hacker with the nickname Starbug, who performed the critical experiments that led to the successful circumvention of the fingerprint locking. “As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints.” Follow this link to see a video demonstration on how they did it.
The news comes as politicians have voiced concerns about the privacy issues related to having a fingerprint hacked versus having a password hacked.
There was a surprising moment over the weekend when Apple’s iPhones were selling in unexpected numbers. In fact, had the company made enough phones, consumers would have doubled the number of sales from last year’s 5 million. Consumers were so excited to obtain the shiny new gold phone, they spent over two weeks waiting in line.
This short video documentary by Casey Neistat on You Tube captures some of those consumers. While some dedicated fans were willing to wait for over 15 days just to get a shiny new iPhone other more fortunate consumers paid others to sit in line for them. Watch the video below. Read more
Apple has introduced a new category in the App Store catering to kids. The new Kids Section in the App Store organizes apps aimed at kids into three different age ranges including kids under 5, 6-8, and 9-11.
The new category comes as part of the iOS 7 release. TechCrunch has more:
The company first revealed this “Kids” section at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this summer when the revamped iOS 7 mobile operating system was first revealed. The updated mobile App Store app also saw a number of other changes, including the removal of “Genius” from the bottom menu in favor of apps “Near Me” for example, support for automatic app updates, and more.
Apple began allowing kids under 13 to have an iTunes account back in August. If you’d like to find cool apps for your child, check out our Recommend Children’s App of the Week column. (Via TechCrunch).
Apple’s new iPhones are now widely available and the company is expected to sell 5-6 million this weekend. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster made this prediction in a note to investors.
In the note, Munster predicted that Apple will sell about 2.5 million iPhone 5S devices and about 3 million iPhone 5C devices.Mashable obtained the note, here is an excerpt from the site:
‘We believe that Apple will likely sell all of the 5Ses they will produce for launch weekend,’ Munster wrote in the note. ‘Based on Apple not taking online pre-orders for the 5S, which we believe was to avoid customers immediately seeing delivery times for 2+ weeks out, we believe the 5S is more production-constrained than the iPhone 5 was at launch, likely due to the addition of the finger print technology.’
Reports are already circulating that the new gold iPhone is sold out until October.
Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system is live today, is your iBook optimized for the long awaited release? Don’t worry if you have been dragging your feet. Apple has created a great video to help you take advantage of the new system. It guides publishers through the updated iBooks Author toolset and gives you tips on how to enhance your book for the latest OS.
iBooks Author lets you use a drag-and-drop interface to create rich and immersive books for the iBookstore. Discover best practices for book design and asset preparation, and learn how to use the iBooks Author interface efficiently to develop your book. See how to enhance your book with rich media such as audio, video, and animations, plus get tips for testing your book before submitting it to the iBookstore.
Follow the link to watch a number of tutorials on how the new OS affects other apps such as iTunes, Maps and Passbook.
Apple has revealed two new iPhones — the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. Both phones ships September 20th in the U.S.
At a press conference in Cupertino, CA, Apple’s Philip W. Schiller, revealed that the phones. CNET and The New York Times are among sites live blogging the event and we are gathering details from these sites.
The iPhone 5 C comes in five colors — green, grey, light blue, peach and yellow. Owners will be able to pick the color of the phone’s home screen as well as the color of their case. The phone has a 4-inch display with an A6 chip inside. The battery is larger than in the iPhone 5. It features an 8 megapixel iSight camera, with 3x video zoom and it comes with filters built in. It has a new FaceTime HD camera with larger pixels to help in low light. The 16GB phone costs $99, a 32GB is $199, with a contract.
The iPhone 5S is made of aluminum. It has an A7 64 bit chip, the world’s first. iOS 7 has been retooled to support this new speed which is 40x faster than the previous iPhone. The new phone’s battery power is equal to or greater than that of the current iPhone. The phone also has a new chip called the M7 that can monitor motion. It includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. The phone also comes with a new Apple-designed camera lens with an f/2.2 aperture. Apple claims that the camera can take photos like an SLR camera. The camera even has a slow motion video recording feature.
The iPhone 5S also features a fingerprint login tool called the Touch ID sensor. It is built into the home button. The phone can recognize the owner’s fingerprint and use this to login to the phone, as well as to buy apps. Phones can have multiple different thumbprints for a single phone. The phone costs $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for a 64GB model.
THIS POST IS BEING UPDATED AS INFORMATION IS BEING REVEALED.
Apple revealed today that the new iOS 7 operating system is coming September 18th. The new platform has an updated notifications screen, along with a new feature that allows for searching in the home screen. Siri has also been improved to incorporate tweets into queries. It also has new sounds including new ringtones and new noise alerts.
The operating system also brings updates to Apple’s photo and music apps. The Photos app has a new photo organizing and sharing feature that lets you organize photos by year grouping them into moments and collections. The music app brings iTunes Radio.
Apple is also making iPhoto and iMovie free.
CNET is live blogging the Apple press event event.
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