When iOS5 was first announced at WWDC back in June, many iPhone enthusiasts began clamoring over new features like the revamped notification system, PC free functionality and iMessage. On the other hand, I was more excited about a small, but significant feature: the ability to set custom alert tones.
As a former Android owner, the ability to customize my phone down to every last detail was something I knew I would miss when making the switch back to the iPhone. The worst part though, was having to choose from a short and rather pathetic list of built-in custom tones; the end result being every iPhone owner using “Tri-Tone” for all their notifications.
Now that iOS5 has given iPhone users the ability to choose the manner is which they receive text, email and other notifications, the next challenge for said users is finding and installing their desired alert tones. Join us after the jump and we’ll show you how to do just that.
I am, unabashedly, a fan of magazines. Not only do I enjoy picking them up on a monthly and/or weekly basis, but I also like spending time flipping through the pages and pouring through my favorite articles. And in the interest of fair disclosure, I also write for several currently as well.
But magazines aren’t doing so hot as a whole, and people have been calling for the death of print media for years. They’re considered by many to be “old media,” and websites such as this one are their worthy successors. It wasn’t until the iPad came along that they had hope to transfer for the digital era, but even that wasn’t enough to really turn the tide.
With iOS 5, there’s new hope. It’s called Newsstand, and it’s completely changed the game.
The notification system on the iPhone has been made fun of for years now, and many people considered it broken because it wasn’t as cool as the alternatives. Admittedly, I fell into this camp myself, mostly because I was interrupted by a text message too many times while playing Infinity Blade, causing me to get cut in the neck and die. The system needed to change, and it did. Thankfully.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from continuing to complain, which puts us in the position we are today. Now we have “too many” options for our notifications, and some people are even finding them to be too confusing to work. In reality though, the new notification system in iOS 5 is a step above the previous model, it just takes a few tweaks to get things perfect. Want to find out what they are? I’ll tell you after the jump.
The big feature in the iPhone isn’t the better camera or the faster processor, it’s a piece of software called Siri, and it’s very popular. Just by hitting a button you can speak whatever you want into the phone and get your answers in just a few seconds. “What time is my next appointment?” “How do I get to mom’s house?” “Where can I get a piece of pizza?” It’s quite the amazing piece of software.
But with any type of new technology, there are a few hiccups in the road. Siri isn’t perfect at answering every question, but that’s not even the most important part. Frankly, you can kind of look like a douche using it.
So how do you avoid looking like a jerk while still using the service? And is it useful enough to use every day? We’ve lived with Siri for a few weeks now, and we’ve got some answers.
iOS 5 has been officially released, and iOS developers are eager to begin making use of the many new features available in the iOS 5 SDK! If you’re at all interested in developing for the iPhone as well as using one, our First Look at the iOS 5 SDK is a must-read.
With the release of iOS 5 SDK, the iOS development platform has reached a new level of maturity. It is apparent with this SDK release that Apple is really listening to the needs and requests of the development community. Not only has Apple recognized the common goals and pain-points expressed by iOS developers, but they have also sought to provide tools at the SDK level that will solve many of the common problems we face and completely alleviate some of the most frustrating pitfalls.
With the latest SDK, one thing is certain: it has never been more exciting to be an iOS developer!
Well it’s official, we have a new iPhone today and it’s called the iPhone 4S. There was a lot of big news that came out of Cupertino today, most of it covered live via Twitter. You do follow us on Twitter, right? If not, hit us up at @iphoneappstorm today.
But if you weren’t there to watch it all go down, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Hit that more button and let’s get into all of the big news of the day.
If you’ve ever had trouble uploading and sharing files around the web you certainly wouldn’t be the first. There are so many services today which include tons of free storage space. Dropbox may be the most well-known and it also features a fantastic iOS app. However, with the release of Stratus, CloudApp is now a hot new contestant in the ring.
You can check out CloudApp on their official website where you may sign up for a free account. If you already have a login, proceed into your account settings page. You’ll need to have an account either way to access and store content onto Stratus. Once you’re all set, let’s continue and see just how accessible Stratus can be.
As soon as WWDC was announced, we all knew that the latest version of iOS would be announced — it was just a foregone conclusion. But what we didn’t know, was how much it was going to change how we work and what we do. Then the beta testers got their hands on it, spilled the beans to everyone, and now we know all of the facts and info about the latest version that we can. And yet, what we don’t know yet is how it will affect us personally.
Well, you don’t know, but I do. I’ve got iOS 5 running on one of my devices right now, and I’ve gotta say, it’s changed my world completely. I don’t think it can be released fast enough, frankly, and I can’t wait for it to be polished up and perfect for general consumption. Want to know how it’s changed my world and how it’ll change yours? Hit the jump and I’ll tell you.
Well, WWDC came and went and we still don’t have a new iPhone to hold in our hands. Of course, we knew going into the event that we weren’t going to see new hardware, but now the big question is, when is it going to happen?
Right now, one of the popular theories going around is that Apple will announce it at the annual iPod event in September, and that will be the new release date from here on forward. That sounds pretty good, but we’re not positive that’s going to be the case; Apple could definitely pull a switcheroo and announce it earlier or even later if they want, that way they don’t tick off anyone who bought a Verizon iPhone 4 new earlier this year.
So we’d like to hear from you to see if there’s a general consensus among the masses. When do you think the new iPhone will be released?
With all the new features that are popping up in both Lion and iOS 5, there’s a lot of speculation as to exactly where Apple got these ideas. A company that’s known for its innovation is suddenly being accused of being completely unoriginal and building off of the work of others without giving credit.
For instance, some say the new Notifications Center is a derivative of Teehan+Lax’s famous home screen concept. TUAW takes this conversation even further with a recent article that points out several new official features that Apple owes to jailbreak developers.
One of the most shocking stories published in this arena is a recent Cult of Mac article where a Cydia developer claims that Apple not only stole his idea for Wifi Sync, but even ripped off his icon!
The interesting counterargument to all this is that we see all these ideas and demand that Apple give them to us, then we they do, we fault them for it! After all, is adding a unified notification screen really such a unique idea that Apple shouldn’t try it because others have done so? That argument simply doesn’t seem sound and is definitely no way to keep your users happy.
So what do you think? Is Apple shamelessly stealing the ideas of others or are they doing an admirable job of giving users exactly what they’re asking for? Where is the line between the two?