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We all know that iCloud is coming down the pike sometime soon, but for now, we’re still stuck with tethering our iPhones via USB anytime we want to put in an update or update our music. After writing about iOS 5 the other day, I realized that I maybe sync my iPhone once a month, and sometimes even less. That got me thinking: How often do you sync your iPhone?

Of course, soon this won’t be an issue, but it would be interesting to find out. Because if we skew towards not syncing, well then that makes Apple’s job easier by making the updates automatic. It saves them money on Geniuses, as well as fixing bricked iPhones because someone couldn’t update it correctly. On the other side, if we sync all the time then what does that say about us? Let’s find out, shall we?

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.

Some people (apparently a great majority) get some wild enjoyment out of firing furious fowls into rudely constructed structures that protect a pile of prig-looking pigs. It’s not just iOS devices, but Android, Palm and other charts are topped with the best-selling physics-based destruction game “Angry Birds”. But we already knew that, so I’m always interested in seeing which new app will surface to the number 2 spot on the mobile gaming charts; and I’ve found a winner: “Tiny Wings”.

Tiny Wings features a bird with a problem: his wings aren’t big enough to fly. Your mission is simple, keep your bird in motion with high-and-long glides over the colorful hills of rolling digital islands. Start slow, sliding down a grassy slope, then let gravity and aerodynamic velocity take it from there.


Earlier today Apple kicked off their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a keynote speech that was chock full of new goodies for virtually everyone who uses their software regularly.

Mac.AppStorm has all the info on what’s coming with Lion and iCloud and we’ve got the lowdown on outstanding new features of iOS. Let’s take a look!


The iPad is on its second generation and the iPhone is on its fourth, resulting in thousands and thousands of apps of all types to download. For those that own both devices, the slight differences between the two systems can be annoying. Some apps only run on iPad and some only on iPhone. Others exist on both systems but require separate downloads.

Today we’ve got a collection of some of the best universal apps in the App Store. By “universal”, we mean that these apps will run simultaneously on your iPhone and iPad. Many of them even offer free online syncing so that your data is always the same no matter which device you’re on. Enjoy the list below and be sure to check out our sister site iPad.AppStorm for more great iPad apps!


Photography-related apps make up a sizable portion of the App Store. With these fun and useful tools you can build panoramas, apply vintage effects, create 3D images, and more. Many of the apps, such as Camera+ seek to not only complement the default camera app’s features but replace them completely with a much more fully featured utility.

Our poll question today asks how often you use the default camera app that comes built into your phone as opposed to a third party solution. Do you use exclusively third party apps or do you like to stick to the default utility and then import the resulting images into other applications?

Vote in the poll and leave a comment below telling us your typical photography workflow on the iPhone.

We’ve all seen the videos before: Some adventurous soul took one picture each day for a year and turned it into a video. Whether it’s a guy growing an epic beard or a girl posing the same way for 15 months, the videos are fascinating to watch and quite popular as well. If only you could make one yourself.

Well if you were motivated, you probably could. Just put that tripod and camera in the living room, set a daily timer and get after it. Most of us aren’t motivated though — not for this type of project anyways — so we just watch the videos on YouTube and think about how cool it would be to make one of our own.

Everyday is out to change that idea. It’s a very simple app that reminds you to take a picture of yourself every day, then forms it into a movie. Now, there’s a bit more to it than just that, so let’s get into it after the break.


At long last, the white iPhone 4 is available for purchase. I lost track of how many times this thing has been delayed and how many times Mac rumor sites have claimed that it was just around the corner.

Interestingly enough, it seems that it was the camera holding it back all this time. There were issues with the white glass back leading to washed out photos. It’s fascinating that simply changing the color of the device can lead to so many unforeseen issues! Fret not however, all of these problems have been addressed and Apple has probably learned a great deal about offering color variations for future products that contain cameras.

Today we want to know whether you even care that the white iPhone has finally made it onto the scene. For all its hype, it’s still just an iPhone 4. If you’re not a fan of black though, this could be just the catalyst you needed to take the plunge and fork out the cash to upgrade that aging iPhone 3GS.

Cast your vote in the poll and leave a comment below with your thoughts. Are you buying one? Why or why not?

Granted, the app store is flooded with text editing applications. But now and then a gem comes along that makes you rethink your current workflow. Essay for iPhone is such a gem.

Plain text notes are easy enough to accomplish. For that, the Notes app from Apple suffices. But what if you want structure and emphasis to your document? Maybe a heading? Some italics or even a list? That’s what’s called rich text editing and that’s where Essay rocks. The universal app takes rich text editing to a new level, paired with accessible file formats and easy synchronization. We’ll take an in-depth look at Essay and how it compares to other popular apps.

This week news outlets all over the U.S. exploded with a juicy conspiracy story: iPhones are secretly keeping track of the location of their users on a minute-by minute basis! (Read about it here)

The gist is that your phone creates a file with this information which is then hidden deep on your computer upon sync. As far as anybody can tell, the file isn’t being transmitted to Apple in any way. If this is true, the only privacy threat then comes from people that know how to access the file and have direct access to your computer. In other words, if you’re cheating on a tech-savvy spouse, you’re bound to get busted (unless you encrypt the data).

Obviously, there are two primary reactions to this information. Some are convinced that Steve Jobs and Obama are huddled in a room watching everything you do, others are taking a “Who cares?” approach because their lives aren’t really that exciting anyway.

Today we want to hear your opinion on the matter. Is this a major invasion of privacy or no big deal? Vote abovet and leave a comment below explaining your vote.

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