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  • Apple Introduces iOS 8

    Apple Introduces iOS 8

    Last year, Apple revealed the biggest change to-date of iOS, the mobile operating system that many of us have been using for years. Now, the true evolution begins. Jony Ive and the iOS team have had plenty of time to listen to feedback and dig deeper into features introduced before Ive ever took control of software. And finally, iOS 8 is here. We’ve been expecting a new Healthbook… Read More

  • New “iOS Blocks” Concept Video Imagines How Widgets Could Work On The iPhone And iPad

    New “iOS Blocks” Concept Video Imagines How Widgets Could Work On The iPhone And iPad

    A new iOS concept video and extremely detailed explanation from UX and graphic designer Jay Machalani imagines how Apple’s iOS operating system could have its own version of Android’s widgets or Windows Phone’s “Live Tiles,” by introducing a new interaction that’s sort of in between each. In a blog post titled “Pushing iOS” the designer… Read More

  • The iPhone Is Still The Best Smartphone

    The iPhone Is Still The Best Smartphone

    I see a lot of phones in my work here at TechCrunch, and I’m genuinely impressed with where the average level of quality is at compared to where it was even just five years ago. I’ve seen Android mature so much in that time that it’s amazing – but for all the work Android OEMs have done in terms of narrowing the gap with the iPhone, which had a considerable lead on… Read More

  • Tim Hortons Launches In-App Mobile Payments For U.S. And Canada

    Tim Hortons Launches In-App Mobile Payments For U.S. And Canada

    Tim Hortons is Canadian-born, much like myself, and it offers up affordable coffee and donuts, much unlike myself. The company has been making inroads in the U.S. market over the past few years, and today it’s introducing a feature that’s popular at major U.S. competitor Starbucks: mobile payments. The updated Tim Hortons TimmyMe app now lets you pay with a barcode from your phone… Read More

  • Apple Is Winning The Smartphone Game… For Now

    Apple Is Winning The Smartphone Game… For Now

    Since the dawn of smartphone time, Apple and Samsung have been battling for the throne. Today, according to research by Counterpoint, Apple currently wears the crown, selling the more iPhones this quarter than any other smartphone and handily beating out all other rivals with the iPhone. Samsung, however, sold more handsets than any other retailer. Still, Android is the OS of choice for many… Read More

  • Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

    Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

    Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) that would introduce mechanical shutters to mobile devices that would slide shut when they detect a potential fall or impact, protecting sensitive weak points like speakers and microphones. These areas are currently kept safe using wire mesh and extremely small openings, but a shutter system would make it possible to build devices with bigger… Read More

  • Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

    Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

    Apple has a new patent that could pave the way for future solar-powered mobile devices, according to AppleInsider. The new intellectual property describes a method for embedding a solar array within a layer that includes touch sensors, and which can all be fit within a flexible display module, in order to save space in its ever-shrinking electronic devices. The patent is a modified version of… Read More

  • Apple Patents Photo Backgrounds To Help You Remember Who You’re Texting With

    Apple Patents Photo Backgrounds To Help You Remember Who You’re Texting With

    Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that makes it easier to remember who you’re texting. This could help alleviate the incredibly painful SMS fails where you send a message to the wrong person, occasionally with catastrophic results. The system works using contact pictures employed in the background of text conversations as a big, glaring visual… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Testing 1704×960 Resolution Display For iPhone 6

    Apple Said To Be Testing 1704×960 Resolution Display For iPhone 6

    A new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman claims Apple is testing a 1704×960 resolution display for its upcoming iPhone. The new display res for the iPhone 6 would allow the device to keep the same screen resolution as the iPhone 5s (16:9) and denser screens in terms of pixels per inch than the current Retina standard, regardless of whether Apple goes with 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch displays… Read More

  • Apple Patents Wraparound Edge-Mounted iPhone Displays With Virtual Buttons

    Apple Patents Wraparound Edge-Mounted iPhone Displays With Virtual Buttons

    Apple has a new patent granted today (spotted by AppleInsider) for a side-mounted wraparound display that could be used to add virtual buttons to the edges of future iPhones in place of physical controls. The display would run the circumference of the device, and offer up virtual versions of current physical controls, including volume up/down, but it would also make it possible for Apple to show… Read More

  • Apple Patents Optical Image Stabilization For Higher Resolution iPhone Pics

    Apple Patents Optical Image Stabilization For Higher Resolution iPhone Pics

    Apple has been working on optical image stabilization tech for use in their iPhones and other devices, according to a new patent application filed with the USPTO (spotted by AppleInsider). This could allow future devices to boost image resolution considerably by stitching together multiple exposures for each picture. This isn’t exactly how others use optical image stabilization, which… Read More

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