A few weeks go, it was brought to my attention again, through a conversation with my grandmother, that editing contacts or other items such as mail messages seem to be an odd practice at first and not intuitive. Even in the previous iOS 6 interface, this button always appeared to be an odd concept. Odd in the sense that new users, the thousands I’ve worked with, have a difficult time distinguishing what its purpose is. It may sound obvious to a common computer user, because the edit menu is where we go to cut, copy, and paste such as in word processing. However, many newborn users of iOS, even after reading the edit button, exploring for options, reading a manual, etc., do not know what the word means on a mobile device or why they should edit in the first place.
Fred Vogelstein, The New York Times:
It’s hard to overstate the gamble Jobs took when he decided to unveil the iPhone back in January 2007. Not only was he introducing a new kind of phone — something Apple had never made before — he was doing so with a prototype that barely worked. Even though the iPhone wouldn’t go on sale for another six months, he wanted the world to want one right then. In truth, the list of things that still needed to be done was enormous. A production line had yet to be set up. Only about a hundred iPhones even existed, all of them of varying quality. Some had noticeable gaps between the screen and the plastic edge; others had scuff marks on the screen. And the software that ran the phone was full of bugs.
A fantastic, behind the scenes recount of what took place in the years, months, and days leading up to the original iPhone unveiling on January 9, 2007. This is like the missing chapter from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography – all the cool stuff us nerds wanted to know about how the first iPhone was developed and launched. A definite must read.
Rene Ritchie, iMore
When people said they wanted a netbook, Apple understood they wanted lighter and smaller, and gave them the MacBook Air, and cheaper, and gave them the iPad. When people said they wanted multitasking on iOS, Apple understood they wanted to play Pandora while surfing the web or answer Skype calls while checking their email, and gave them specific API for just that. When people say they want bigger iPhones so its easier to read and they can see more content, Apple might, for example, give them iOS 7 Text Kit and deference and call it a day.
People tend to describe the solutions they think they need rather than the problems they’re experiencing, yet many companies respond to the former rather than doing the much harder job of figuring out the latter. Not Apple. Apple figures the hell out of that type of stuff.
Well put, Mr. Ritchie! One of my favourite Steve Jobs quotes is, “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”, which is a philosophy to live by at Apple. Rather than going for the most obvious solution, Apple aims to find different and often times better ways of fixing a problem. They took their first stab at addressing the “more content” problem with the taller 4-inch Retina display last year. iOS 7 takes that one step further by introducing shrinking and disappearing nav bars and UI elements, allowing even more of the chrome to get out of the way of the content. Just imagine how great the larger screened iPhone will be when it finally does appear, coupled with a comfortable 16:9 aspect ratio and the space-savvy iOS 7 UI.
The world’s biggest technology company has another trick up its sleeve. Making a slight shift from its one iPhone per year schedule, Apple will unveil two iPhones this year. According to our source, along with its customary brand new iPhone, Apple will refresh the iPhone 5, adding a colorful touch. The refreshed iPhone 5 and the new iPhone will be announced at a September 18 event, a date previously reported by CE: The Magazine. Update: First reported by AllThingsD, multiple sources have indicated the event date is September 10.
Update: First reported by AllThingsD, multiple sources have indicated the event date is September 10.
Apple will hold a press conference to announce the newest version of its iPhone on September 18, according to my sources. The next iteration of the iPhone will be released on September 27. Prior to the release of the new iPhone, iOS 7 will be released to the public on September 25, my sources stated.
Apple is planning another event, according to my sources, that will follow the September iPhone event, similar to Apple’s format from last year. A new version of the iPad and iPad mini, along with updates to the Macbook Pro line are scheduled to be announced.
In what may be the most anticipated earnings release in recent memory, Apple has unveiled their first quarter numbers, and they are huge. Apple posted its largest quarter ever, with $54.5B in revenue, and $13.1B in net profits, compared to revenues of $46.3 billion and a net profit of $13.1 billion year over year.
The world’s largest company sold a record 47.8M iPhones in the quarter, up 10M from 37M in the year-ago quarter, although they came up short when compared to the Streets’ expectations of 50M iPhones sold. 22.9M iPads were sold, meeting the Streets’ expectations, and up from 15.4M in the year-ago quarter.
These days, there are only a few ‘must-have’ apps for your iPhone. You have your requisite social network apps, Google Maps, a choice between Temple Run and Angry Birds, and CNN for breaking news alerts. Today we have a new entry to the list.
The Pebble smartwatch was the first big Kickstarter success story. In a little over a month, Pebble raised over $10.2 million dollars, thanks to nearly 69,000 backers. Today, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced at CES that Pebble has finally entered manufacturing, and that the first devices will begin shipping out to backers on January 23rd. At full power, Pebble’s manufacturing partners will crank out 15,000 watches per week, so Migicovsky says it will take 6-8 weeks to fulfill all of their Kickstarter orders, at which point Pebble will start shipping to those who preordered through getpebble.com after the Kickstarter campaign ended.