Only a couple of months have lapsed since Apple released iPhone 5. Already the rumor mill is abuzz with iPhone 5S release rumors. It has sort of become a tradition for Apple to release a smartphone with the S moniker, ever since it first did back with the iPhone 3GS. Apple released iPhone 4S after its hugely successful iPhone 4 and word on the street is that the company will definitely be releasing an iPhone 5S as well.
The Apple iPhone is one of the most sold smartphones around the world. It has single-handedly changed the world’s perception about smartphones. Needless to say, the US iPhone market share has always been high with respect to other nations around the world, considering the company is based in Cupertino California. For the very first time Apple’s iPhone now accounts for over 50% of the entire US smartphone market share, 53% to be precise.
Less than a month has passed since Apple announced iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch. A lot of apps have already been updated so that they are compatible with the longer screen of iPhone 5. WhatsApp for iPhone 5 was until today not available in the iTunes App Store, however that has now changed.
Less than a month has passed since Apple announced iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch. A lot of apps have already been updated so that they are compatible with the longer screen of iPhone 5. WhatsApp for iPhone 5 is still not available in the iTunes App Store, however that is about to change in the very near future.
There are confirmed reports that WhatsApp for iPhone 5 will indeed be released very soon. To further cement this fact, a beta tester of this app called Robert Webbe, has posted a screen shot of the updated app on his Twitter account. WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and I am quite sure that iPhone 5 owners are anxiously awaiting its release.
Apple introduced its own messaging service dubbed iMessage with iOS 5.0. It has proved to be a moderate success up till now, the occasional service outages notwithstanding. However it has not been able to cope up with WhatsApp which is undoubtedly one of the most widely used IM service on a variety of clients. The reason why WhatsApp is so popular is because it is available for a plethora of platforms and it supports free cross platform messaging and a lot more. iMessage on the other hand is limited to iOS and Mac OS devices.
Several builds of WhatsApp for iPhone 5 have already been seeded to beta testers. On the face of it the new version does not come with any major features that have previously not been there. It looks like this update will merely optimize the app for iPhone 5 and its 4 inch 1136 x 640 resolution touting Retina Display. The graphics don’t seem to suggest that but given the fact that beta testers are being used, its a subtle hint that some new features might be making their way in this new update else there won’t be any need to use beta testers.
Since WhatsApp for iPhone 5 is in beta testing at the moment it has obviously not been submitted to Apple for approval. We can expect a swift approval from Apple, the only thing that can delay WhatsApp for iPhone 5 release is extended beta testing. Nevertheless, the release is going to take place very soon.
Tired of the traditional “Slide to Unlock” notification? what if there was a faster way and one that didn’t require a steady hand? This handy tweak takes away the task of sliding and replaces it with the act of pinching your lockscreen so that you can unlock it. Another benefit is that the unlock is silent so its an ideal way to unlock your iDevice in case you don’t want anyone to hear the unlocking sound then tweak is also very handy, but given the nature of the tweak it really can’t be shown in screenshots but it does work and is yet again very easy to install and use, This is where “Pinch To Unlock” can be really useful.
Those of us who have a Nintendo DS should make it their duty to play a large library of games before claiming to be true enthusiasts of the handheld, with Scribblenauts and Super Scribblesnauts being on said list. Both the games were absolutely superb, fluid and gave players of all ages the level of creativity very few games at the time could give on a handheld device. While Scribblenauts itself was a very limiting game the game got a much needed overhaul in Super Scribblenauts which was easily the series better game, Scribblenauts has a simple premise. It has no story to it, just endless imagination and creativity. You are presented a situation throughout the game via the levels and are given the simple and at times daunting task of collecting “Starites” It can be as simple as getting a Starite off a tree or even as challenging as solving a series of riddles to be rewarded with the Starite at the end of it all. This is where Scribblenauts Remix comes in for the iOS so that players can dive into the world of imagination and near endless possibilities.
Super Crate Box isn’t your regular run of the mill arcade game, the game is punishing, difficult to survive and it only gets much harder. This is what gaming used to be like before it came to where it is today, this isn’t your simple Temple Run or Angry Birds which any average Joe can just pick up and be a pro at. This game will literally put you in a corner and punish you for it. You have to find a way to NOT being cornered and survive! This is a return to the golden days of gaming, back when 8 bit and 16 bit graphics were considered the pinnacle of great graphics!
SwipeAway is an absolutely amazing Cydia Tweak that let’s you do away with messy applications ruining your appswitcher. This is especially useful when your children are done experimenting with almost every game in the App Store and hand you back the iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch with the appswitcher completely cluttered with a mess of God knows what apps from and there are endless rows of them stretching as far the eye can see. Ordinarily you would have to hold down one app an tap the red ” – ” to make them go away but what if I told you about this handy tweak that completely empties your appswitcher out in a single upward swipe? This is where SwipeAway comes to play.
Bad Piggies is Rovio’s newest entry, best known for the sensational line of a large mobile game called “Angry Birds” people were getting tired of the same old birds being shown off in different ways, first they were on earth, then they took the holidays, other special events and then even went as far as the reaches of space defying gravity just to get their revenge on the green pigs. But Bad Piggies is a game that does away with the birds and takes us to a completely new concept. While the concept has been done before by other studios Rovio has worked its magic and made it something even more incredible. If you are tired of the bird’s eye view of things it would nice to see things from the pigs’ perspective for once.
Hackers rejoice! No we don’t mean jailbreakers or unlockers. This here is more about hardware hacks, and there aren’t many like this. We’ve had news from an unauthorized accessory maker that they’ve reverse engineered Apple’s Lightning Chip and they claimed that unofficial accessories might well be on their way.
These new cables and accessories include a light-up cable and a docking station. The accessories were highlighted on Tuesday for the first time. The 3rd party reseller claims that the new cable, featuring Apple Lightning Chip; “fully supports iTunes, Data Sync, Battery Charging for iPhone 5 and even supports all future iOS upgrades.”
The reseller even has a video on his website demoing the new gadgets and showcasing their functionality and compatibility by charging and syncing an iPhone plugged into a Macbook.
AppleInsider reported that these authentication chips were found inside Apple’s Lightening connector and these chips were found as a warning to users not to buy unofficial accessories as they might not be compatible with iPhone 5 and other devices featuring the same Lightening connectors.
Chinese suppliers were reported to be working on cloning these chips but it was not at all expected that unauthorized devices would be available for sale months earlier. The video posted on Tuesday tells us that one company reverse engineered Apple’s new tech way faster than expected.
These unofficial accessories appeared immediately on sites like Amazon and reseller sites like alibaba.com after Apple announced iPhone 5 with its new connector pin. However, the shipping dates were delayed because these unauthorized resellers were unable to create their own phony Lightning accessories.
The official Lightning accessories are expected to be available on stores this fall. Third-party accessory makers have been put on-hold because Apple is making major changes to the “Made for iPhone” accessory rules, again showing their focus on quality.
The new connector is 80 percent more compact than its last-gen predecessor. This enables Apple to make its devices even smaller, take the iPod Nano for example. Also, the connector can now be inserted into the devices either ways, enabling better usability and lesser risk.
The new connector was a topic of great criticism among the critics, mainly because previous accessories would be incompatible with new hardware. Apple made an adapter for this purpose but it’s not a free/cheap solution so the voices continued to surface. However, we’re sure that users will ultimately make the switch because they frankly have very little choice in the matter. For their sake, let’s hope Apple continues to offer incentives that justify the connector’s newest iteration, apart from the visual changes that we’re already familiar with.