Apple releases iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Posted by: Brett

Apple has finally released iOS 7 to the public. iOS 7 brings to the table a slew of new features, including a completely new design, Control Center, AirDrop, iTunes Radio, and enhancements to Safari, Notification Center, Siri, multitasking, and more. You can check out my full feature review here.

iOS 7 is available on the iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and new, iPad mini, and the iPod touch 5th generation. You can update your device in iTunes or by going into Settings, General, and Software Update on your device.

Source: Apple

iOS 7 public release set for September 18th

Posted by: Brett

At Apple’s iPhone event today, the company announced that iOS 7 will be available to the public next Wednesday on September 18th. iOS 7 was announced back at WWDC in June and has been available to developers as a beta since. The last beta, beta 6, was released almost one month ago on August 15th.

iOS 7 brings a slew of new features to iOS devices including Control Center, improved Notification Center and multitasking, AirDrop, iTunes Radio, improved Siri, and a completely revamped design.

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Apple announces iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c

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Apple has announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at their press event today in California.

The iPhone 5s, which Apple is calling “the most forward-thinking phone” and features some upgraded hardware. The 5s includes the new A7 SoC and Apple says it’s 64-bit, making the 5s the first and 64-bit smartphone available in the world today. The A7 has over 1 billion transistors and has a die size of 106mm. Apple re-engineered iOS 7 with a native 64-bit kernel, as well as 64-bit libraries, and drivers. All of the stock apps are 64-bit and the device will be able to run 32-bit apps as well. Overall, the chip is up to twice as fast for both CPU and GPU tasks and features OpenGL ES 3.0.

The 5s also features a motion coprocessor which Apple is calling M7. The M7 is constantly measuring data from the devices sensors such as the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope. Apps will be able to take advantage of this sensor thanks to the new CoreMotion API. The device’s battery is also a larger 5.96 Wh battery (which is roughly 1570 mAh) and now offers up to 250 hours of battery on standby (225 on the iPhone 5), 10 hours of 3G talk time (8 on the iPhone 5), as well as 10 hours of LTE browsing.

The new 8-megapixel iSight camera on the 5s features a larger f/2.2 aperture and a “true tone” dual-LED flash which has a cool blue LED and one warm amber LED allowing for more natural skin tones and colors when used. The new camera sensor has a 15% larger active area and pixels on the sensors measure in at 1.5 microns, producing clearer images. The camera app also has a burst mode allowing you to take 10fps by holding on the shutter button. The photos you took will be analyzed and you’ll be presented with what the device thinks are the best photos. The 5s can also capture 720p video at 120fps with a new slow motion capture mode. You’ll be able to select which part(s) of the video you want to play in slow motion.

Next, the iPhone 5s features a fingerprint sensor in the home button which Apple is calling “Touch ID”. Touch ID is a capacitive sensor that is 170 microns thin and has a resolution of 500 pixels per inch. The sensor can be trained to recognize multiple fingerprints and it can read your fingers even if your press the button upside down or at any other angle. Users can also use the sensor to authenticate App Store and iTunes Store purchase. So if you’re downloading, books, apps, movies, TV shows, or music, you can use your fingerprint instead of your password to confirm the download.

Also announced was the iPhone 5c which will be replacing the iPhone 5 in Apple’s device lineup and will feature essentially the same specs as the iPhone 5 – an A6 chip, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and a 4-inch Retina display – but with a slightly larger battery improved FaceTime HD camera, more LTE bands, and a polycarbonate shell which Apple says has no “seams, or part lines, or joins”.

The 5S will be available for $199, $299, and $399 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB in silver, gold, and “space gray”. The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB and will come in white, green, pink, blue, and yellow. The iPhone 5s will not be available for preorder while the 5c will be on September 13th. Both devices will be available online and in stores on September 20th.

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Apple releases iOS 7 beta 6 to developers

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Apple has unexpectedly seeded iOS 7 beta 6 to developers. The update is weighing at around 13MB for most users, so it’s likely this was not meant to be a huge bug fix update. The timing of the update as out considering beta 5 was released just over a week ago.

Update: iOS 7 beta 6 has a build number of 11A4449d which is barely different from beta 5′s build number of 11A4449a. The Apple Developer Center notes that the update fixed “an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.”

Source: Apple

Microsoft to launch Windows 8.1 on October 18th

Posted by: Brett

Microsoft has announced they’ll be launching Windows 8.1 on October 18th, four months after being announced in late June. Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out at 12AM that day in New Zealand (4AM on October 17th in Redmond, California) as a free update to all Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Windows 8.1 will be in retail and on new devices on the 18th as well.

Windows 8.1 brings a slew of new features and tweaks such as the return of the Start button, better Start screen customization, Internet Explorer 11, and more.

Source: Microsoft