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While Apple did show off several of the more prominent new features of iOS 7 at their WWDC keynote, and on their iOS 7 website, one thing they didn’t mention was support for game controllers. According to Apple’s developer website (as noted by Touch Arcade), Apple will include official game controller APIs for developers in their latest SDK.
Apple’s developer preview of iOS 7 has been out for a few days now – but so far we have not seen the software demoed on an iPad, or even what the iPad interface will look like. Until now, that is! As noted by iGen, Apple has updated their iOS page with the first images of iOS 7 and the iPad – and while the images are anything but surprising, it’s nice to catch this first glimpse.
Since its unveiling at WWDC 2013, iOS 7 has been described as: confusing, cool, horrid, beautiful, amazing, childish… You get the idea. Such reactions are a given when a company changes an iconic product. (See “New Coke.”)
Steve Jobs was originally against the idea of an e-book store when the idea was first brought up by Eddy Cue. He did have a change of heart however, when it was brought up again after the development of the iPad.
We have hooked up a local retailer to give away 5 copies of Apple’s iWork suite – Apple’s powerful productivity suite for Mac, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. All three iWork apps together would normally cost you $60, but thanks to a generous donation from a local retailer who had some unneeded extra licenses, we’re giving away 5 copies today absolutely free!
AppleInsider reports that Apple allowed developer The Foundry, publisher of industry-standard 3D painting package 3D digital painting tool MARI to put the new Mac Pro through its paces, however, they kept the tubular machine under wraps in a giant steel cabinet.
Apple has made changes to some of the icons on its official iOS 7 website, most notably to the Weather, Passbook, and Reminders app icons. As one of the most visible aspects of the iOS revamp, the icons in iOS 7 have been subject to reactions ranging from admiration to ridicule.
Some see a new Apple product and merely gaze at it and drink in its beauty. Others look at the same object and think, “How the hell do I pop this puppy open?” iFixit has performed one of its patented teardowns on the new 11-inch MacBook Pro, and found a smaller SSD, with a slightly larger battery that provides longer life.
Samsung CEO J.K. Shin sounded off this week, reassuring investors that the Galaxy S4 is selling quite well thank you, and also dismissing any talk that his company is anywhere close to calling a truce with chief rival Apple.
Testifying in the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple on Thursday, company executive Eddy Cue said the company “didn’t care” what price publishers set for e-books. “I didn’t raise prices,” he testified.
There’s good news for our readers living in any of the 27 European Union countries, As of July 2014, you’ll pay the same rate for calls and data traveling within Europe as you do at home.
Microsoft has released Office Mobile for Office 365 for the iPhone. The app allows Office 365 subscription users to access Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents from their iPhone. No native version for the iPad has as yet been released.
Many have been left wondering about the Macs Apple didn’t mention at their WWDC keynote. According to our sources, however, Apple is planning to launch new iMacs, Mac Minis, and Retina MacBook Pros at their fall iPhone and iPad event.
Apple has made the iWork for iCloud versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers available to registered developers as a beta release. The new, browser-based version of Apple’s popular office suite was announced on Monday at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
While Apple’s new icon and design elements in iOS 7 are certainly radically different from prior versions of iOS, not everyone is a fan of the changes. Some folks are even questioning the design skills of those involved. Apparently there’s a good reason for that: the icons weren’t designed by Jony Ive or Apple’s design team at all!