Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Apple needs more innovation

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Early last year Apple’s share price was over $644 a share making it the worlds most valuable company, since then the share price has fallen 24% in the last 3 months and looks like it might continue without something happening. I imagine the death of the founder and visionary Steve Jobs caused uncertainty in future products and slightly disappointing release of the iPhone 5 could have caused the shares to fall. Recently they released the iPad mini and the great looking iMac, but I don’t think these are innovative enough to increase sales as much as necessary for shares to increase back to the highs of last year. Another factor that could have effected the share price was that Apples competitors are now producing products that match and in some cases surpass Apples, for example the Google Nexus 7. I imagine Apple are trying very hard to think of the next big thing that will put them clearly back on top.

iPhone 5 possible price

Friday, August 31st, 2012

I was reading an article published in The Times regarding the new 4G network and it mentioned that phones that are 4G enabled are most likely going to be 50% more expensive than the same phone without 4G. Could this mean that the new iPhone is around £750? If so will they produce a non-4G version which will retail for the same amount as the 4s does now? I also hope they get the 4G right unlike with the current iPad (version 3) which is 4G, but only available in the states. I am looking forward to the new iPhone 5, but I do hope they do not overprice it.

iOS 5 retain and release gone!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

With the next release of iOS development of apps has changed and there is no need to use retain or release, the new ARC (Automatic Reference Counting) memory management takes care of it all. This will reduce crashes and memory leaks and saving time in the development process. At compile time it understands the objects and releases the objects when it knows  they are no longer required, this is very similar to other development languages. This does however mean a lot of work to get existing apps to run, but new apps will be quicker and more reliable when developing.

iPhone 5 – Will it be 3D?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The new Apple iPhone 5 is planned to be launched on 13th September (I’ve read) and there is a lot of articles and comments on the NET about what new features it will have. I think to keep up with Apple’s competitors it needs to have some nice new features and cannot rely on just it’s a bit quicker and the camera has more megapixels. So what could Apple do to make the new iPhone WOW the public? One thought is that the phone could be 3D, this would not be new to mobile phones because the HTC Evo 3D phone currently is a glasses-free 3D phone, but if Apple could include this it would at least compete with HTC.  

iPhone application development with Delphi Prism

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I have just watch a very interesting video (Link) which demostrates how to develop iPhone/iPad applications using Delphi Prism. The video is a overview of how to develop a simple application, it uses xCodes interface builder for the xib files. I am interested in how this will work with xCode 4, seeing as the interface builder is integrated into the main IDE.

iWeb Font Problem Solved

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Recently I have been using Apples iWeb application to produce a small web site. At first I thought the application worked well and found it easy to use with its WYSIWYG interface. However when I published the site locally and viewed it in Safari it was all over the place, the fonts were the wrong size, type and even colour and the position of some of the paragraphs were incorrect. I tried moving the paragraphs around, only having 1 font type per paragraph, but when one area was fixed another broke. I finally found the solution to the problem, before publishing the site and viewing it in Safari, simply go to the ‘Safari’ menu item and select ‘Empty Cache’.

iPhone 5 mid summer release

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Just read an article about the iPhone might be released mid summer 2011, apparently it will have a 8 megapixel camera, which is being supplied by Sony. Have not heard is there will be a camera flash, but it will also most likely have the A5 chip.

Xcode 4 released

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I have recently been on an xcode course and we used version 3, I found that compared to Delphi and Visual Studio, xcode was behind the times by quite some way. To do interface design you had to use interface designer which is a separate application, so you have to keep remembering to save the interface. Also unlike Delphi there is no background complication so errors in code are not reported until you manually compile the application. The code completion is weak and no way as good as Delphi.

However, while on the course xcode 4 was release and we got to have a quick look, Apple has made a massive leap forward with the IDE and now the interface builder is part of xcode, also the compiler is new, this means background compilation is possible so errors are reported instantly and the code completion works much better.

I am looking forward to moving onto xcode 4 when I get a moment, it looks much better and now is up to date with Delphi and Visual Studio.

Word Lens – Now thats clever

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Iphone smallI’ve just downloaded an app for my iPhone which is very clever. When the iPhone came out I thought of ideas for great apps, one of them was to be able to point your phone at foreign words like signs and for the phone to translate the sign with the words translated. It would work like how you would see the sign if you knew the language, like looking at foreign words through some magic english translator glasses. I thought to write an app like this would be almost impossible, but there is now an app called ‘Word Lens’ which does this. Currently it only translates from English to Spainish and vise-versa, but I can imagine it would be great if it could work if you visited places like China or Japan.

Apple and leaks do not go together.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Apple has recently removed the Wikileaks app from its app store. Clearly it was OK at some point to pass Apple’s strict guidelines, however according to the developer of the app there are 2 reasons why Apple has removed the app from iTunes. The first reason states “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected”. And the second is “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users”. How can an app like Wikileaks get through the guidelines to start with then Apple later decide the remove it. The second guideline regarding the legality of apps and regions, I would like to know how and if Apple manage to block apps from regions, for example encryption is outlawed in certain countries, but searching on the app store I can find many apps that advertise encryption. I think it might be a case of following other companies, but Apple need to look at their guidelines and the apps they allow to sell (which they make money from), which in my view from the outside do not conform to these guidelines.

Web site problems with Safari on MacBook Pro

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Ever since the latest update of Safari I have had numerous problems with multiple web sites. The RicRac stopwatch page has flash film of the stopwatch application on it which works fine on other browsers, but with the latest update causes Safari to close. The navigation buttons do not work correctly with Hotmail and I have just tried to download an application from Download.com which does not work. I am now losing confidence in Apple that their updates are indeed downdates.

iPad Point of Sale

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Currently the company I work for is developing an iPad application for point of sale. I have noticed various other companies developing such apps but how good is an iPad as a POS solution? I can see quite a few pros and cons. To read my full article click here.

Hash (#) key on Mac

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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Last year I started using a MacBook Pro and it soon became apparent after carefully going though each key on the keyboard that the hash/number (#) key was missing. I thought that apple had made a mistake and that no one at apple uses the ‘#’ key so they did not bother to include it. I recently found that the ‘#’ character can be done by holding down the ‘Alt’ key and pressing ‘3’.

Warning: Do not swat flies with an iPad

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I have recently heard that Apple has had a lawsuit filed against them after users reported they cannot use the iPad in direct sunlight as it overheats and switches off and that Apple claim the iPad is like reading a regular book. The iPad automatically switches off to protect itself when it gets too hot, I think this is a good feature of the iPad. Although Apple claim the iPad is like reading a book there are obvious differences because it is an electronic device. Users of the iPad should not need to be warned that although Apple claim using the iPad is like reading a book it is not a book or magazine and should not be used in the same way.

iPhone iOS 4

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I have just installed the new iOS 4 on my iPhone 3GS and not much has changed. The first change I noticed was there is now a background image when browsing your apps, this can be changed in the settings. They have added a nice feature called ‘Folders’ and like the name suggests this allows you to put apps into folders, which is useful if you have loads of apps that you want to group together. The camera now has a 5x digital zoom which is OK, but the Gorillacam app is still better. They have added the ability for Multitasking, this allows apps that have been developed for iOS4 to switch between each other instantly. I think this feature should have only been allowed for iOS4 apps because it does not with current apps and when you select the app that has already been open it does not run from where you left it but restarts the app. Also to close the app down you have to double press the main button to display the multitasking panel and then hold you finger over the app you want to close which causes the wobble and then select the negative icon to close the app. Overall not much has changed which could be a good thing, I like the folders option but dislike the multitasking.

XCode now requires Snow Leopard

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I have a MacBook which is about 6 months old and have had XCode on the Mac for about the same time. I noticed that my iPhone requires development to be produced in a newer version of XCode, so I thought I would update to the latest version of XCode. Looking on Apple’s site they only do XCode now for Snow Leopard OS, this means I need to update my MacBook at a cost of $25. Is this another clever way Apple thought of getting money from their customers? After spending £1500 on a MacBook to find I need to spend more money 6 months later to update the OS it a bit annoying.

iTunes change of address

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Have seen a few questions asked about how to change your address in iTunes. I simply went into iTunes and went to iTunes Store, on the right hand side you need to ‘Sign In’ with your details, then from the drop down menu select ‘Account’ and this will then display your account information allowing you to change the details. I did however come across a problem with UK postcodes, it reported an error if they are in the format AA12 1AA, to fix this problem I selected ‘Check for updates’ from the menu and this installed the latest version which apple must have fixed. 

Apple iPad prices in the UK

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Apple has announced what the prices will be for the iPad in the UK, as expected they are overpriced compared to the US prices. The price for the basic model will be £429 (£337 in US) and £699 for the top of the range model (£561 in US). The company I work for is currently developing software for the iPad and I have had a quick play with a model we got from the US, it is a nice piece of kit, however it does lack what I would call some basic features like USB ports and a web cam which are features on most cheaper netbooks. The screen works the same as the iPhone and is great to use, I can imagine I would need to keep cleaning it though. Because apple has overpriced the iPad for the UK and the first models released (28th May) lack the features of my netbook and macbook, I will be sticking with my netbook for the time being.

Top 5 Free iPhone Apps

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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Below is a list of my top 5 free iPhones apps. I have chosen my top 5 from which apps I use the most, enjoy to use and the ones I think have been designed the best. I can imagine this list will change from month to month, but at the time of writing this these are the apps I would recommend. 

  1. Sky News – This app works well even when there is no wireless or 3G network.
  2. Right Move – Quick app which works well on 3G, intuitive, easy to use with few faults.
  3. Facebook – Works similar to web site with all the features I need.
  4. Gorillacam – Improves the basic iPhone camera with features like zoom, self-timer, anti-shake and a spirit level for level shots.
  5. The Trainline – Useful app if you use trains, work similar to the web site.