When Apple announced that Lion would be available for purchase through the Mac App Store, it left many wondering what would happen if there was a problem with our Macs. In the past, you could always count on inserting a CD or DVD, allowing you to boot up in times of trouble. Lion is a different beast. There is no CD or CD, thanks to the electronic delivery. Apple promised to sell Lion on USB sticks and you can purchase one from the Apple Store for $69. This is great if don’t mind paying the extra fare for both installation […]
When I purchase a new gadget, the first thing I normally do is seek out some sort of shield to protect it from scratches. I’ve used a number of products in the past, most of which required wet applications. They require a some sort of Windex-like substance and prior to application, I felt like a doctor scrubbing in for surgery. On the advice of my podcast compadre Marianne Schultz, I decided to give to trial the Steinheil EX Ultra Fine on my iPhone 4.
Earlier this week, the blogs were afire with a rumor that Apple would be producing two iPhones in 2011 — a full featured “iPhone 5” and a toned-down “iPhone 4S” available at a cut-price and on a prepay contract. While people are divided as to if this will actually happen (my money’s on no), it does raise a very interesting point: Apple needs a prepaid iPhone.
Apple will censor the bejeezus out of everything in the app store. Sometimes, this is seen as okay (racism, hate speech, etc), and sometimes it really isn’t (classic literature, modern literature, political discontent), but what it boils down to is that this is Apple’s ecosystem, and as much as you may or may not like it, they have complete control over the situation. Then why is it that content that would never pass muster in the App Store is freely available for download in other parts of iTunes? Warning, racy language ahead…
Passage is a short, fantastically unique game by computer programmer and game designer, Jason Rohrer. The 8-bit game, which is a piece of art comparable to that of paintings or literature, has been around for several years. Originally a free download for PC, the game was ported to iOS in 2008 after receiving widespread, critical acclaim. The game is basically a representation of life and love, and a poignant reminder of the passing of time. Your character is a boy, whose entire lifetime plays out in your hands. Passage lasts only 5 minutes; there are no elements of danger in […]
Widgets have been one of the major features requested and rumored for iOS since the early days of the platform. Ever since Apple started letting developers create apps for iOS, we’ve been wandering if they would ever implement a widget system, allowing tiny applications for common tasks without having to boot up a whole new instance. Apple bakes this into OS X with Dashboard, so why not iOS? In fact, the lack of certain basic apps on the iPad prompted some to claim that widgets were just around the corner. Hopes were high that iOS 5 would finally bring this […]
I’m a developer or at least I have a developer account that is used to submit the everythingiCafe app to the App Store. I’m also a tech blogger who covers Apple. The lines between those two started blurring within the blogosphere a long time ago. Apple’s Developer program, priced at just $99 per year, allows developers the ability to download the latest beta versions of iOS. When you do so, you must agree to a lengthy non-disclosure agreement or NDA. The NDA effectively means that you shouldn’t discuss any aspects of the software you’ve just downloaded. Remember, the reason for […]
Yesterday, many of iOS developers left the WWDC keynote with their heads hanging due to Apple replicating their apps functionality in iOS. As wounded as they are, I have a gut feeling that they’re incidental casualties in a much bigger battle. In the Apple developer word, there’s the term “Sherlocked” — it’s when you create an app, and the Apple rocks up and provides the same functionality baked in essentially destroying your version. It’s named after an event that happened with Mac OS 10.2, which shipped with Sherlock 3, killing off Karelia Watson, amidst claims that Apple copied the indie […]
There was plenty of speculation regarding iCloud. Apple was going to deliver a Cloud service done right and music was going to be at the forefront. With deals completed with Sony, EMI and others, everything was in place for Monday’s announcement at WWDC. Both Amazon and Google had already launched their services. Google’s Music Beta is as the title suggests is an invite only beta. Amazon offers no clear method of listening to music in your “cloud drive” from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Both of those services have gaps and certainly aren’t geared for iDevice owners. Surely Apple […]
Next month, everythingiCafe (formerly everythingiPhone), will celebrate our fifth anniversary. Call us crazy, but we started the site in May of 2006 with the hope that Apple would one day announce a phone. That day came in January of 2007 and ever since then, we’ve been a bustling iPhone community with a membership of over 126,000 members. For the past seven months or so, we’ve been working on creating an entirely new forum experience for readers and members alike (Not a member, join today). Today we’re pleased to announce the new everythingiCafe forums.