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If you are a fan of Facebook and the owner of an iOS device then you may already have been using the social networking service`s dedicated instant messaging app in order to chap with friends while out and about.
Following the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 last month, the Facebook Messenger app has now been updated in order to keep in step with the latest changes to Apple`s flagship device and software platform.
In terms of interface, Facebook Messenger can now offer a side-swipe gesture which lets you look at who else is online and available to chat at any given time.
The app will please people who have upgraded to the iPhone 5 because it now fully supports the 640×1136 widescreen resolution that is afforded by the larger four inch display found on this new model.
The Facebook Messenger app has received a number of other tweaks, including the ability to order your friends list according to who you talk to the most. This means that your favorites can sit at the top of the list, rather than residing further down which might require a lot of scrolling finger work each time you want to get in touch.
To make the app look more closely related to the iOS platform, the text from contacts taking part in a conversation now appears in little stylised speech bubbles, so it resembles the kind of aesthetic which has defined the iPhone`s SMS capabilities for some time.
The Facebook Messenger app is still free to download and use, provided you have Wi-Fi connectivity or a decent data allowance on your iPhone.
When it comes to Wi-Fi, some iOS users may have been encountering issues since upgrading to version 6 of Apple`s mobile operating system.
CNET reports that a number of forum posts have popped up on Apple`s support page, with people complaining that since they downloaded the iOS 6 update to their devices they have had trouble either connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots or maintaining decent speeds once they are hooked up to one.
Other connectivity issues have been highlighted, with iPad owners stating that AirPlay is no longer working as well as it once did, or indeed functioning at all in some cases after iOS 6 has been installed.
Any Apple customer who has encountered problems should not panic, because you are not alone and the company will already be developing fixes to help overcome issues.
It is always worth remembering that each new iteration of iOS is going to have a few bugs early on, no matter how well it has been tested, which is why subsequent updates are generally required.
Even the best smartphones can be struck down by a software issue, but overall it is good to see Apple continuing to support its older devices with iOS 6 updates and also to see third party apps getting updated to work with this new platform.
Apple is a company that tends to forge its own unique path, which rivals later follow in order to echo its commercial successes and design innovations, which is why its decision to call the third generation iPad by the same name as the 2010 original, with no numerical suffix denoting its relation to its older siblings, has to be accepted as one of its quirks.
The new iPad remains one of the most popular tablet devices on the planet, easily outpacing its rivals in terms of sales not only due to the reputation of its brand but also because of the experience that it offers.
The first secret to the success of the new iPad is in its 9.7 inch Retina Display. Whilst previous iPads featured screens of the same size, the pixel count has been doubled here to provide a resolution of 2048×1536.
For those keeping score, that gives the new iPad more onscreen detail than all 1080p full HD TVs that sit in living rooms across the world and because this is compressed onto a screen that is much smaller, it means that there is so much detail that your eye cannot distinguish the difference between one pixel and the next, for a truly natural viewing experience.
Of course a great display is nothing without the right hardware to back it up and deliver excellent content to it, which is why the dual core A5X processor and GPU solution within the new iPad is a boon. You get significantly improved graphics capabilities thanks to the PowerVR chip, which means that Apple sees the iPad as easily competing with Android-based quad core tablets in terms of performance when running intensively visual-oriented tasks such as playing games or processing video.
The five megapixel iSight camera on the rear of the iPad is another of its major features, because if you watch any sporting event or go to any major gig or gathering you will doubtlessly see someone holding aloft an iPad to capture video or take photographs. The first two generations of the iPad were a little lacking in this department, but with full HD 1080p video capture and a better sensor resolution the new iPad is a more appealing companion for photography fans.
In terms of connectivity the new iPad kicks things up a notch thanks to its use of LTE networking in areas where this is available. Of course there are more basic models with Wi-Fi only which makes them more affordable, but for people who require constant connectivity at high speeds the new iPad provides them with an excellent platform for this.
There is not really any secret as to why the iPad 3 is such a good tablet, because it showcases everything it has upfront and is so popular that there are few potential buyers who will not already have experienced its capabilities at the controls of a friend`s device.
The iPhone 5 is finally here, with Apple`s official launch revealing all of the intimate and much debated details about the device that will doubtlessly be breaking sales records across the world once it launches in late September.
The most obvious new feature of the iPhone 5 is its display, which measures four inches across the diagonal and has a resolution of 640×1136. This gives it the same pixel density as the 3.5 inch Retina Display that was found onboard the iPhone 4 and 4S models, although it clearly has a larger surface area and a new 16:9 aspect ratio, which allows for an additional row of icons to appear on the homescreen, amongst other things.
The style of the device is very similar to that of the phones that Apple has launched over the last two years, which means you get a chassis fashioned from alloy and glass with rounded edges and excellent build quality. It is thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S and is also lighter, tipping the scales at just 118 grammes, despite the increase in its display size.
In terms of processing power the iPhone 5 uses a new A6 processor which has two physical cores and is reported to be clocked at 1GHz, although talking about things such as CPU speed is not as relevant when discussing an Apple device, because it always chooses to opt for efficiency rather than all out brute force.
The iPhone 5 is claimed to offer double the processing and graphics power of its predecessor the 4S, which is attested to by the number of videogame demos that Apple used during its launch presentation. In addition the larger display means that games look better than ever on the phone.
On the rear is an eight megapixel camera which is actually a little smaller in physical terms than its predecessor, but equipped with better processing capabilities to help it deliver quality snaps. On the front is a new 1.2 megapixel camera which can be used to record 720p video and also harness FaceTime for video calls.
The iPhone 5 is the first Apple handset to feature an integrated LTE antenna, which means that it will be able to connect to mobile data services at a theoretical maximum of 100Mbps, although in practice this will vary, as with any wireless signal.
This is good news for those who live in areas with LTE coverage, because it means that high speed connectivity is not only available on Android-based devices.
Some are disappointed by the fact that the iPhone 5 lacks NFC (near field communication) capabilities, which have become increasingly important over the past 12 months. However, this is hardly going to hamper its sales as it offers a suitable evolution over what came before it and it is, after all, another iPhone.
The iPhone 5 represents a very important launch for Apple, since it is necessary to drive the range forwards. Although it is not as revolutionary as the first iPhone was when it hit in 2007, it definitely has the potential to achieve great things.
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56 after a long and highly public battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
It is a sad day indeed…
A statement released by Steve Jobs’ family says he passed away peacefully surrounded by family, “In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world including US President Barack Obama who paid tribute to the Apple genius saying he “exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity”.
“He transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.”
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented,” said Obama
Jobs resigned as the company’s CEO in August after being on medical leave since January 17. The unveiling of the iPhone 4S on Tuesday was the first time he had not been at a major product launch.
A spokesman for Apple said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
RIP Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011
The tributes have been pouring in from all around the world for Steve Jobs…
Here is the text of the email that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to staff to announce Jobs’ death:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp co-founder and chairman
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor,” Gates said in an e-mailed statement. “I will miss Steve immensely.”
“Insanely great” was of one of Jobs’ favorite expressions.
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,” Gates said.
“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.”
“I’m truly saddened to learn of (his) death,” he said. “Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder and CEO
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Larry Page, CEO of Google
“He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder
“People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself.”
Paul Allan, co-founder of Microsoft
“We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”
Steve Case, Founder of AOL
“I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages.”
Walt Mossberg, tech columnist for The WSJ and co-executive editor of allthingsd.com
“That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple’s CEO in August. He was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford, and set the mold for many other corporate leaders in many other industries.”
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Apple has released to developers a new beta 4 IOS 5, remember that will be available this fall. This time, it has been able to use the new Software Update option that prevents us from having to update the firmware from iTunes leaving behind the annoying updates, download and upgrade, or having to restore. The new update fixes a number of bugs that have been suffering in recent days with the “bad” beta 3 IOS 5.
The new beta 4 remember that iTunes comes with 10.5 Beta 4 and the firmware for the AppleTV 2 is still beta 3 that enables other improvements to use the iPhone Mirror Mode 2 without cables.
As reported by MacRumors via the portal AppleNApps , it seems that the house of Cupertino is thinking of introducing in the coming months, a new iPhone model at low cost.
This version is mainly based on the streaming of content related to the new service “icloud”, it seems that the new iPhone will be called “iPhone icloud”.
From some independent sources, but reliable, we note that Apple will launch two models of smartphones, the eagerly anticipated new iPhone 5 (thinner, A5 processor just like his older brother iPad 2, the rear aluminum) while the model “low-cost “.
“IPhone icloud” will consist of several components related to its predecessor, iPhone 4, but will lower costs by providing a cheaper material.
Its price could be around 400 euros.
This new policy will allow lower costs, according to Apple, to increase the percentage of iPhone users at the same time promoting the service “icloud” already built-in smartphones.
The world around the small iPod music player from Apple is great – and open to change.
Whether Mini, Nano ipod or Classic ipod - no matter what version it is, the iPod from Apple is a bestseller. Many appreciate the portable multimedia player for their design, others swear by the ease of use. The database system that no other software than iTunes allows for filling of the player is, however, not to everyone’s taste. Experimentation with alternative software can try their luck. Which also allows customization of the player and the installation of additional applications. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple’s latest iPhone hit the shelves on Friday 19 June, but with less fanfare than previous models. The iPhone 3GS has the same case, style and, apart from the ‘S’, the same name at its predecessor – the iPhone 3G.
In many ways Apple’s new iPhone 3GS is a minor step forward for Apple. After all, it looks almost identical to its predecessor (the iPhone 3G), which itself offered very few changes from the original iPhone model. But with the iPhone 3GS, combined with the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update, Apple has addressed all of its product’s key weaknesses while adding several important new strengths. Read the rest of this entry »
Externally, the iPhone 3GS is almost completely indistinguishable from the iPhone 3G model, which is still available for purchase. Front and centre is the iPhone’s signature feature: a bright, beautiful high-resolution 3.5-inch diagonal touchscreen, offering a resolution of 480-x-320 pixels. Read the rest of this entry »
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