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Keynote: Make World-Class Presentations With Transitions and Animations

February 27, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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Ever wanted to create powerful presentations directly from your iPhone? Well then, you’ve missed out on a lot (at least I have) because you haven’t downloaded Keynote.

It’s an app that enables you to create presentations from scratch from any of the given templates. Also, you can edit presentations saved to the iCloud. The app also has options to create and edit slides, edit transitions and animations, as well as insert tables, graphs and charts to get your message across.

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Apple Should Further Improve iPhone Screen Durability

March 16, 2013 — by Simon Ng4

This is a guest post by Sarah Hewitt.

Apple’s iPhone 4S and 5 are winning in the battle of the smartphones according to strategy analytics. In Q3 of 2012 the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the single most popular smartphone globally but new statistics show that Apple edged ahead again in Q4, selling 27.4 million iPhone 5 and 17.4 million iPhone 4S. Q3 of 2012 had seen the Galaxy S3 overtake both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 in sales but it ultimately only sold an estimated 15.4 million units in Q4. Watching this close race proves that the battle for domination of the smartphone market is tougher than ever before where every feature and every flaw counts in winning or losing customers.

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Microsoft and Samsung Try to Patent Apple’s Pinch and Zoom Concept

March 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1

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Software giant Microsoft and South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics try to patent Apple’s “Pinch and Zoom” concept, which was popularized (and patented) six years ago on mobile devices, particularly with the introduction of iPhone.

It’s understandable why Google, their ecosystem and even Microsoft would love this patent to be invalidated, because it’s one of those perfect features that you have to have in order to be a modern day touch-screen computer. Well that doesn’t seem to faze Microsoft in the least.

The US Patent Office recently published a new patent application showing Microsoft’s engineers that they have actually invented the “Pinch and Zoom” concept as if Apple’s technology (and patent) never existed. Microsoft describes in their filing:

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Apple and Beats Partnership Could Lead to New Music Service

March 7, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine during a visit in Los Angeles in late February to find out more of Beat’s “Project Daisy.” The music project was announced in January with scant detail according to Reuters.

Apple’s Internet products chief Eddy Cue, a key player in setting up its iTunes Music Store, also joined the meeting, at which Cook expressed interest in Daisy’s business model and its rollout plans, although the two did not discuss specifics of a deal, the sources said.

Could this be a start of a promising venture?

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Next Generation iPad and iPhone May Feature 128GB Model

January 28, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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Would you consider buying 128 GB iPhone model? If the 64GB is not enough, the next-generation devices could come in handy for you that will carry a 128 GB storage. An RT from hacker iH8Snow from @iNeal via iDownloadblog gave us a hint that a double storage in the future is possible due  to a new system partition key size found in the BuildManifest of iOS 6.1 which is the latest firmware distributed by Apple to the developers.

We should be seeing 128GB iDevices soon. iOS 6.1 beta 5 has 128G system partition key in BuildManifest.

The unboxing of iOS 6.1 BuildManifest opened the door to the rumor mill that 128 GB storage model could really be possible in the upcoming models.

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According to iMore,

Apple has historically increased storage sizes as a product differentiator, and when the cost of the required NAND flash storage made it cost effective to do so. Going from 64GB to 128GB and keeping the same size device means double density flash.

While the BuildManifest showed the partition key size of a possible 128 GB storage, this does not necessarily indicate that Apple is going to roll out an iPhone 5S with built-in 128 GB storage. But the presence of such partition shows that the company is preparing for the possibility. However, this will remain a rumor and can only be confirmed once the California-based company calls for the press.

The additional storage could affect the price points of the next models. Unless Apple provides the same price points regardless of the storage capacity or get rid of the 16GB and offer 32GB, 64GB and 128GB as baseline.

So, going in reverse order, component prices for high density flash would have to be cheap enough for Apple to maintain current prices and margins. And, Apple would have to be in the right place in their product cycle that it’s a feature and not a throw-away.

Is it time to upgrade? Could this be possible? Are you willing to shell out a few bucks for an upsize storage?

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Apple’s Ambitious Futuristic Headquarters Delayed

November 22, 2012 — by Sette Capati1

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Bloomberg reports that Apple recently submitted its proposal of ambitious futuristic “spaceship” headquarters to the city of Cupertino. However, the project might not be finished by 2016.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a spaceship campus? Apple can make it possible. The project was originally presented by the late Steve Jobs himself way back in June 2011 to the city council.

“The iPhone maker included the new timetable in an updated proposal it submitted to the city on Nov. 14. While Apple, the world’s largest company by market value, had wanted to break ground on the 176-acre campus this year, the city may not complete its environmental impact report until June, and Apple may not be able to start work until 2014.”

The campus was originally targeted to complete in 2015. According to David Brandt, Cupertino’s city manager, Apple could conceivably break grounds in 2013, but if only everything works smoothly.

Highlights of the proposal:

  • Apple Campus 2 designed to show 4 levels of offices, evergreen landscape, cafeteria
  • Big corporate auditorium and 45,000 sq. ft. fitness centre
  • Circular four-storey main building
  • Glass surrounding exterior
  • 7,000 of trees, 80% spent on landscape

“Apple notified the city in August that it planned to update its proposal in September. By filing in November, possible approval in early 2013 became unrealistic, said Brandt. In its original plan, the company said it envisioned moving in by 2015.”

Bloomberg reports there are no substantial changes to the original plan.

Its completion in 2016 is going to be one of the most remarkable events (ribbon-cutting) and sights in the vicinity of Cupertino. This will be the first largest building in the world to house valuable utility equipments, more underground parking spots, and employees up to 14,200.

So is this the fruit of their labor from the iPhones, iPod Touchs, iPads, iMacs and Macs profits?

Overall, the place is way awesome. I look forward to its completion.

[via Bloomberg]

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iPad Mini Rumor Roundups with Infographics

October 19, 2012 — by Sette Capati0

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The iPad Mini craze is just starting. It’s not a surprise anymore that Apple had pursued a diminutive tablet. For the past few months, the rumor mill has given the public leaked information and speculations that stirred excitement to the iOS community.

We all look forward to the 7.85-inch tablet. It’s final. Apple had already invited the media and sent out invitations for the launching. There’s more to come, but in terms of rumors and speculations, Apple has been doubling the secrecy before the big day.