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Monday held some big news, as it was announced that Instagram is going to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. There were many mixed feelings on this move by the photo sharing service. Some felt that it was unfair to see their precious network disappear into another one, but others — namely users of Facebook — felt that such a purchase would enhance their photo sharing experience. The latter is probably correct, but there’s more to it than that.

Facebook’s main goal of this purchase is to gain users. Just think about it: Facebook is a service that relies on the number of users who frequently visit. When that number begins to diminish, they search for a way to get new users. This acquisition — that’s right, $1 billion for users — is the answer to that problem. Keep reading for a look at what could happen to Instagram. (more…)

As predicted by pretty much everyone, Apple held an event on March 7th, and it was to announce the new iPad, complete with its Retina display and all sorts of other fancy tools. As seems to be the case with the iPad, whatever we find inside could make its way into the next iPhone.

So now, let’s take a look at what the iPad has presently, and what we think will make its way into the next iPhone. Spoiler: not everything will make the crossover.  (more…)

As most of you probably know, Apple held a press event this past Wednesday, and they introduced the new AppleTV and the new iPad. Note, that’s note the AppleTV 3 or iPad 3 as some had expected, but just the new iPad.

So what does this mean for the next iPhone? Will we see an iPhone 5, iPhone 4G LTE or just the “new” iPhone? It may not sound important, but it kinda is.  (more…)

It’s official: March 7th, we’ll see what the new iPad is going to look like, and what fancy new features will drive people to the mall to pick it up in droves. But this isn’t iPad.AppStorm, this is the iPhone site, so what does any of that have to do with us?

Easy. With the original iPad, we saw the A4 chip that ended up in the iPhone 4, the A5 chip from the iPad 2 is currently in the iPhone 4S — and that’s just the start of it all. So what does a new iPad mean for the next iPhone? Let’s find out.  (more…)

Many iPhone apps take their design cues from the status quo; Apple began the iPhone’s life with a light blue, left-to-right application style and many apps still follow a similar pattern. Even if they’re crafted of the finest skeuomorphic Corinthian leather, they’re still just another take on the same old design paradigm.

Then there are the apps that do something special. The applications that throw their hands up and say, “I’m going to be different!” Here are a few of them, and what app designers can learn from each one. (more…)

If you follow anything Apple, you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding the working conditions at Foxconn, the supplier of such products as the iPhone and the iPad. This controversy has been swirling around the news outlets for a while now and things have really heated up over the past few weeks.

I’m here to ask one important question: how much do people really care? Forget about what the press wants you to think and ask yourself that question. Deep down, how much does it really matter? (more…)

Any time I see a free app, I automatically look for the Top In-App Purchases bar to appear across the top of the app’s page. I’ve been trained to do this by the so-called freemium model that has taken the App Store by storm.

My feelings on this model are mixed. Is it a lie that is used to convince people that an application can be enjoyed for free, only to find out that you have to pay for the most features, or is it an innocent business model that capitalizes on a feature of the App Store? (more…)

It would make USB syncing a thing of the past. It would remove practically all of the wires from our lives, hold all of our personal information in a secure data center, and make it readily available to all of our devices. It wasn’t MobileMe. The “it” is iCloud, and Apple made a lot of promises about what our lives would be like once it was released.

So, where’s all of my stuff? Where’s the fast, “magical” syncing? Better yet, why aren’t more applications taking advantage of what Apple’s built?

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When it first came out, I loved Path. I thought that the concept for having a simple and clean social network made up of the people that I truly call my friends was awesome, and I appreciated the 50-person limit. Then Path 2 came out, and I loved the interface, how it worked and everything about it. Path 2 changed the game.

Then we find out the other day that Path would upload the user’s entire address book to their servers, making what is my personal information now the property of someone I didn’t authorize to do so. Turns out that Hipster does the same thing. Although Path has since apologized and deleted all of that data from their servers, the damage is done. Fact is, if we’re going to work with an app, we need assurance that they developer will treat our data correctly. But why is it so important for us to believe a person who’s making an app?

It comes down to trust.

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For those of you that aren’t familiar with typical American culture, I can break it down for you in one simple sentence: bigger is better. If you have the option of using a larger, bigger, better version of an item, you’d better take advantage of the opportunity. If you aren’t driving a Hummer, you’re doing something wrong.

We’re starting to see this mentality around our phones. Gone are the days of something small enough to be mistaken for a pack of gum; no, we want something with a 5.3 inch screen — anything less than 4.3 inches is for babies. Should the iPhone get a larger screen, or is it perfect the way it is? Let’s take a look.

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