Screen space is not an issue for devices like iPhone 6 Plus as it is for the iPhone 5s. So those using smaller devices need to leverage apps that let them see more screen.
Minuum is an app that can be set as a default keyboard on iOS 8. It features an auto-correct that learns what you type, a keyboard that can be minimized to a single line on the screen, and predictive typing for getting to more words quickly.
The keyboard extension can be used in minimized mode or in full screen.
A while ago I was engaged in a business plan with a friend of mine about mobile games. Mind-mapping is the very first thing after brainstorming in order to best capture and visualise our pieces of ideas. It is yet one of the best school-taught methods to organise ideas in an intuitive way. I did try a few iOS apps on the iPad that allow me to do so. However, they never do a good job due to some weird bugs or lack of ease to use. Until recently I opted into MindNode.
Life is full of decisions. Now with some iPhone apps you do not have to think it in your brain or find pencil and paper for evaluating your choices and making a quick decision that is best suiting your needs. Recently, I had luck to a redeem code of Indecisive – decision maker and risk analysis tool for objectively choosing the best choice on Reddit from its developer and glad to try it out for free.
If you are an indecisive person (Disclaimer: I am not), Indecisive helps you make a better decision by allowing you to objectively evaluate each choice and advise you the best option with a few clicks.
There has been tons of music apps on the App Store and jailbreak tweaks that are really creative in the sense that they juice up the music listening experience from both visual and practical perspectives. Yet could I find a rather all-in-one music player that fulfills my needs: 1) Sharing music with album artwork; 2) Color-change based on album artwork; 3) Minimal and intuitive to use, until I received a copy of Transcynd from Compatic Arts.
Transcynd is a Music Player that is well-designed and offers important functionalities within your finger touch. The core of the user interface is Cards. There are three of them – Control, Lyrics and Share Cards. This is the first time that I try out players with this special design that is very intuitive to me and easy to use and assess what and where I need to.
The rumor mill is now pacified as Apple has finally released the official features of iOS 8 with more goodies and overhauls in store for developers and end-users.
At the WWDC event, which started June 2, 10:00 AM Pacific time (June 3, 1:00 AM, Hong Kong time), Tim Cook and the other Apple executives took charge while armed with the keynotes, as users worldwide were able to watch the event in real-time via Apple live stream.
So, for our roundup, here are the iOS 8 features:
New camera features
Apple beefed up the iOS 8 camera with Time Lapse photography, an interesting feature, which developers can take advantage of since there’s a new programming kit for the camera app that will allow third-party sources to access the camera features and integrate extension that weren’t possible in current software version.
The Photos app includes editing options that will allow users to make necessary changes of images with a simple thumb gesture. The features are quite similar with the iPhoto, but simpler. It has smart image analysis on the changes (seen in the demo) and post-edited photos will be synced with the iCloud. With Photos app in iOS and Apple’s plan of building a Yosemite version, there’s a possibility that the iPhoto will be ditched.
We’ve heard rumors and seen leaked images with native fitness and health integration (dubbed as Healthbook) in the upcoming iPhone and iOS 8. Apple provides the Healthkit API for developers to start building apps that will allow them to link apps and unify users personal health data to a single database. As Apple has shown, the data will be available to medical platforms and applications where you can privately store the data, or even better, show them to your doctor(s). Apple showed the list of healthcare companies and institutions, too.
Better and seamless syncing—that’s what Continuity is all about. It’s a group of features that automatically integrates your iOS and Mac devices activities, files and more.
Seamless iCloud drive sync
Aside from the mail and documents backed up in your iCloud, your photos will now be synced automatically in iCloud with free 5GB storage. Other storage plans start at $1 per month.
Files are merged; there’s no difference between local and cloud files. What’s stored in your device operates like a cache on what’s in your iCloud. We just hope that there will be more security on this turf.
Improved Mail app
Apple also deployed a few tweaks on the Mail app that allows users to mark a message as “Mark as Read” with a single swipe gesture, and more actions for “Trash, Flag, and More” (right to left) with another swipe, or entirely pull it to delete the message.
Spotlight features are also beefed up where users can access it (swiping downward) on a locked screen with more results and suggestions from a number of sources, aside from the native database of the device, such as Wikipedia, News, iBooks store, iTunes store, music, suggested websites and many more.
New interactive notifications
Users can interact with the notifications without leaving the current app. This can also be done on a locked screen (tap and swipe) where it won’t require users to unlock it. Got a new message? You can type reply (downward swiping) without closing or leaving the app.
This feature allows iOS devices to interact seamlessly with the OS X Yosemite. From the name itself, your iPhone knows what your Mac is doing and likewise. If you’re working on a Mail message in the PC and would like to take a break, you can pick it up where you left it and continue what you’re working on your iOS device.
New keyboard features
This is one of my favorite features—the iOS 8 keyboard comes with QuickType, a context-sensitive predictive typing that provides users words they can use by tapping the suggested words instead of typing. What’s more, the iOS keyboard will welcome third-party apps such as Swype or SwiftKey.
Siri is getting beefed up, too, with Shazam built-in integration and automatic interaction once you plug it in your car (just say, Hey Siri! Without touching the home button). It will also allow users to purchase apps in iTunes. It has 22 new dictation languages in its database and streaming voice recognition.
Touch ID with apps
The Touch ID feature will allow users to access their account via bank app and useful for authorization.
It’s easier to share all files with your family with this new feature—from family calendar to photos and locations—with each member updated. They can also share e-books, music, movies, and share the same credit card. What’s more, the credit card holder (e.g. Dad) will receive a notification for permission if one needs to purchase an app.
Extensions for developers
There are a lot of goodies in store for developers, such as extensions and the ability to integrate widgets just like in OS X. From Safari widget, to eBay widget, and extensions of custom keyboards, the new iOS ecosystem provides opportunities for developers and users to make the mobile experience more interactive and engaging.
Unannounced, but confirmed…
DuckDuckGo in Search features
Apple is also expanding Safari’s search engine features with DuckDuckGo, a startup, which is allegedly known as an anti-Google, that doesn’t track users for advertising purposes.
And many more…
You can send text messages and videos whether via keyboard or voice messaging. The Enterprise features are tailored for corporate end-users with built-in self-configuration functions and stronger encryption.
We know you’re very much excited to test the iOS 8. But for now, the goodies go to the developers, as Apple seeds the beta version. The official iOS will be available in the fall for free.
I have been out of touch with the blog for over a month but it does not mean that I am away from the community, particularly trying out new cool themes. And recently I got myself hands on a cool theme called Patience
Patience is brand new WinterBoard theme for iPhone that is currently in beta. It is co-created by two famous designers in the community Zooropalg from France and iPix from the UK. The theme comes with a handful of packages and add-ons and with both iPhone and iPad support. There will also be many features upcoming in the final release in Cydia that provides users with extensive way to customise their device.
Eventually I gave this a try after all the criticisms have settled.
Ayeris is a new Winterboard theme for iOS 7 created by well-known designer Surenix with a controversial price tag of $3.99. The word ayeris, which is pronounced as Iris, like the ring-shaped membrane in your eye or the Greek god of the rainbow, is about communicating the excellence of timeless design to and for the world, according to Surenix in the package description. This appears to be what he strives for by releasing this new theme since the existence of ayecon, his iOS 6 based theme.
It is never too late to introduce something great and legendary. A while ago I purchased and installed a tweak called iTouchSecure on my iPhone 5s, and it greatly improved my productivity and saved me a lot of time in entering lengthy strong passwords in various apps.
iTouchSecure is a jailbreak tweak which is developed by SpiritOfLogic, the same developer for the famous iRealSMS, PwnTunes and PhotoAlbums+. The tweak features at autofilling passwords everywhere in both iOS apps and Safari, authenticating with Touch ID for any Password entry by storing passwords encrypted in local keychain like Apple does.
It has been a very busy week in the jailbreak community with loads of new and updated tweaks and themes. Designers are very eager to tease and release their hot new themes for free or with affordable price tags. I am also very busy in trying out these tweaks and especially themes as I am getting bored for those updated from iOS 6 base or awaiting for new updates for those that I own for more icons and excitements. Recently iSkeuos designed by Paarth (a.k.a iPhoneiHelper) caught my attention on Cydia and Twitter.
The theme now supports over 135 icons that are crafted from the ground. It also comes with 5 nice wallpapers, Classicdock, mask, overlay and shadow. What is more, it also themes Safari App UI, Message bubbles, keyboard and gratefully Control Center toggles and other parts of it.
If you have kids or family members that share the usage of your iPhone, the very first concern is fear of getting your important or private stuff messed up or deleted. There are some security tweaks like AppLocker or BioProtect that can block apps or settings access with password or TouchID protections. But the key issue is the setting is global. It also locks you down from getting in protected areas even though you can unlock it. It is annoying and time consuming.
In Android Kitkat and Windows we know we can set multiuser or guest accesses. But what about iOS? Good news here is GuestMode, an upcoming jailbreak allows you to do so.