Monthly Archives: September 2012


Developers scramble to ready apps for iPhone 5

Now comes the mad rush to make apps ready for the phone's larger, 4-inch screen. by Casey Newton   Credit: James Martin/CNET) As rumors of a big-screen iPhone 5 intensified late last month, engineers at the read-it-later appPocket went into hacking mode, scouring the Internet for ways to tweak the iPhone's official software development kit so they could redesign their app for a bigger screen. Ever since Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, widespread speculation has held that the next iPhone would boast a 4-inch screen. For hundreds of thousands of developers, that posed a potential problem: Would their apps look strange on a bigger screen? And how would they build mock-ups when the official iOS simulator showed the old 3.5-inch display? Such is life in the Apple developer ecosystem: You make crucial product decisions based on guesswork and design apps for devices you've never seen. This time around, the iPhone speculation proved largely correct. But even now, developers are tweaking their designs without an iPhone 5 in hand -- and by necessity, they're getting creative. For Pocket, which claims 6 million users, that meant hacking the iOS simulator. Various Web sites offered instructions on how to modify the simulator so it could display the 4-inch screen. App developers are re-working their apps to prepare for a larger screen. (Credit: James Martin / CNET) The modifications made the simulator buggy, said Nate Weiner, Pocket's founder and CEO. But eventually it worked. Within a couple days, Pocket expects to release an update that will make it ready for the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen, more than a week before the device becomes available. "The biggest question is how it feels," Weiner said. "That's going to be hard to do to until you get it in your hand. Is that [...]

By |2012-09-27T10:56:06+00:00September 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Many Android owners plan exodus to the iPhone (survey)

  By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | September 25, 2012 -- 12:56 GMT (05:56 PDT)  An online survey of 600 smartphone owners by research firm Ask Your Target Market (AYTM) suggests that a significant number of Android owners are planning to jump ship and buy an iPhone over the next 6 months. Of the 40 percent that admitted to owning an Android, 22 percent said they were going to make the switch to the iPhone within the next 6 months, while 73 percent were going to buy a new Android handset. iPhone users it seems are a lot more loyal. Of the 23 percent that owned up to owning an iPhone, only 9 percent said they were planning to defect to Android, while 87 percent were going to buy another iPhone during the next 6 months. Overall, Android owners are 2.4 times more likely to switch to the iPhone than vice versa. The findings of this survey tie in well with a larger survey carried out by Techbargains, the results of which were published earlier this month. Buried in the data is bad news for Microsoft and RIM. Data from the survey suggests that neither company is going to do well over the next six months, with RIM's BlackBerry platform feeling the biggest squeeze. Based on the data it seems like the mobile platform race continues to be dominated by two players -- Android and iOS. For those who like to dig through the raw data, AYTM has published it here. Earlier this week Apple revealed that it had sold 5 million iPhone 5 handsets during the first three days of them being available, and some analysts suggested that this figure could have been higher had the company not suffered from screen [...]

By |2012-09-25T22:30:54+00:00September 25th, 2012|Uncategorized|

iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide!

An Apple employee riles up his coworkers outside the Fifth Avenue Apple store to celebrate the release of the iPhone 5, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in New York. Hundreds of people waited in line through the early morning to be among the first to get their hands on the highly anticipated phone. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)   By KELVIN CHAN The Associated Press In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops across the globe to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple Inc. stores in Asia, Europe and North America to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone. In New York, several hundred people lined up outside Apple's 5th Avenue store. Jimmy Peralta, a 30-year-old business management student, waited three hours before getting the chance to buy his new gadget. Was it worth the wait? "Definitely," he said, noting that the new phone's larger screen and lighter weight compelled him to upgrade from the iPhone 4. "A little treat for me on a Friday morning, why not. Why not be part of something fantastic? It's just such a smart phone it does all the thinking for you, you can't get any easier than that." Catheryne Caveed, 23, was in line at a Verizon store in the Queens borough of New York. An iPhone 4 user, she had no regrets about skipping last year's model, the iPhone 4S. The only real upgrade in the 4S, she said, was Siri, the voice-controlled "personal assistant." "The 4S looked the same as the 4," Caveed said. With the 5, "everything is different — even the headphones." Apple's stock closed up $1.39, or 0.2 [...]

By |2012-09-22T22:36:24+00:00September 22nd, 2012|iPhone|