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With the introduction of the new iPhones came more big news with the iPhone 5s, the inclusion of the M7 coprocessor. As Apple puts it, the M7 is essentially the Robin to the A7’s Batman, but focuses purely on the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It also means that the M7 could put FitBit out of business.

Or does it? Because it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about my own experiences with mobile fitness devices. Although the M7 coprocessor does seem like it could be the stepping stone to replacing a FitBit, it’s not quite there. Not yet, anyway. (more…)

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 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…)

Sometimes, these opinion pieces are a real bear to write. Take today, for example. Knowing full well that my schedule is going to hell in a handbasket soon, I’ve put off writing this article for lack of a decent topic. And here I am, sitting in front of a keyboard, when Apple hits me with news that not only gives me a topic, but pushes the iOS-ification of OS X one step further.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of OS X Mountain Lion by now, but in case you are a boulder-living person, here’s a tip: OS X is getting closer and closer to iOS every day — but don’t expect them to merge anytime soon. Here’s why.  (more…)

In the years since the iPhone was introduced, the platform has grown by leaps and bounds, making it far easier and better to do the simple tasks we tend to do every day. In the process, iPhone gaming has become wildly popular, with all sorts of different styles making the transition from the web, consoles and PCs to the tiny phone that sits in our pockets or purses.

But for all the talk about how great the iPhone is for games, what are the limitations? What is good on the iPhone and what just plain sucks? I started thinking about it the other day, and you know, iPhone gaming sure is cool but it’s just not quite perfect for everything. Let’s hash this puppy out after the break.

There have been a ton of new releases for the iPhone recently, and a lot of talk about the latest and greatest social networks to come down the pike. We’ve seen Stamped, Path, With, Instagram and more come down the pike, and all of them are either iPhone only, or start out that way.

Now obviously I think that the iPhone is a great platform to put your developer money, but starting a social network is a big task. And frankly, there are a lot of faults in the plan, particularly when the only platform is the iPhone. Let’s talk about it after the break.

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 other day, I wrote a post about how the iPhone 5 needed to be a full redesign for a multitude of reasons. Again, this started me thinking about what exactly Apple could do to top the iPhone 4, because even though it has some pretty obvious flaws (see: antenna), it’s still the best cell phone I’ve ever owned by far. Even though I’m just one of those guys who buys the new iPhone per routine, the buying public needs a reason why the latest phone is better than the last one. I started to wonder what the killer feature in this next version could be, because there’s not really much left to do other than continue to keep up with technology.

After much debate, I couldn’t really come up with a firm, definitive answer. Instead, I came up with a few options, some of them more likely to happen than others. Let’s talk about them after the break.

Several reports and rumors have speculated that Apple is looking to dramatically revamp the default maps app. When the iPhone first launched, this app was perhaps the single best mode of finding where you were going on any device. It looked great, was extremely intuitive and had plenty of features. Unfortunately, though it has made a little progress in years since, it is definitely no longer the mapping pinnacle that it once was.

Today we’re going to toss around some ideas and suggestions for potential areas of weakness that Apple could benefit from updating.

The web has become saturated with surprisingly high quality content created entirely on iPhones. Never before has a device that contains a camera merely as a secondary feature so impacted the worlds of photography and cinematography.

The question is, are these industries better or worse with the arrival of the iPhone? Is this device improving the digital world by putting multimedia-based art forms into the hands of the masses or is it critically cheapening decades of hard work from serious professionals? Let’s discuss.

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