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Small Changes in iOS 7 Cause Big Smiles

The largest overhaul yet of the Apple mobile operating system will come with the new iOS 7.  The new system is already causing a divide in the Apple community.  There are the users who love their current iOS version and are reluctant to embrace any change, while other users are eagerly awaiting the new system and are excited to see the changes.

These relatively diminutive additions and tweaks have already captured the hearts of some users, even though they don’t deal with any of the large-scale changes that are typically touted on the commercials for the latest iPhone.  While there won’t likely be a smarter Siri or apps that update themselves, these changes will most likely be just as important in the final tally.

 

Folders Get an Update

When folders were first introduced on iOS, many users were ecstatic.  Gone were the pages upon pages of apps, but in their place, users soon realized they had pages upon pages of folders, instead.  This is due to the folders only holding a specific amount of apps.  In iOS 7, folders will be equipped with pages that can be flipped through, finally allowing all of your related apps to be in one folder.

 

Compare and Contrast

If you’ve ever had trouble reading your lock screen clock due to interference from a specific wallpaper, iOS 7 has fixed that for you.  The new version monitors the background brightness and automatically adjusts the color of the font.  Shading will be employed around text, enabling it to be more clearly defined in low contrast areas.  The font will also switch from black to white, depending on the background wallpaper that is selected.  This may be one of the most helpful (and most easily overlooked) new features.

 

Safari Gets a Touch-Up

There’s nothing really wrong with the way Safari handles multiple tabs, but it is a less aesthetically pleasing than it could be.  That problem is solved in iOS 7 with a wonderfully smooth tab switching upgrade that makes closing unwanted tabs easier and faster, while allowing you to snap to the tab you want with no fuss.  Its buttons also get a bit of a tweak; they’ve been redesigned to feature icons rather than the labels present in previous versions.

 

Lock Screen Improvements

The familiar “slide to unlock” feature gets a makeover.  The highlight color will now be presented as a shifting color and there’s a new arrow that makes the feature a bit easier to see.  The arrow located at the top of the screen for the Notification Center has been transformed into a rounded linear shape.

 

Control Center Gets Easier Access

It’s easier than ever to access Control Center in iOS 7.  Just make a quick swipe up from any page for immediate access to activate Airplane mode, switch wi-fi on and off or access any other Control Center option.  You can even do this from the lock page, making access to Control Center actions more convenient and less time consuming.

 

Notification Center Employs Swiping Accessibility

The major change for the Notification Center comes in the form of being able to swipe between notifications by when they were received.  This includes being able to switch between “today,” “all” and “missed.”  This option makes it easier to look over older notifications that may have been buried in the previous version, as well as allowing for greater organization.

 

Multitasking Taken to a Whole New Level

The way you multitask is about to change, too.  The new version of iOS will be able to learn about when you typically use your apps, automatically updating the content for those apps prior to the time when you usually launch them.  Pressing the home button twice allows you to see preview screens of any apps you have open.  Updates become less of a battery drain and more convenient with iOS 7.  The new iOS will schedule any updates at times when the iPhone is already on and connected to a wi-fi source, resulting in less downtime and better battery usage.

 

AirDrop Comes to iOS 7

AirDrop is available for the first time on an iOS platform.  You can share virtually any type of document without e-mail or text.  AirDrop allows sharing of documents between users via wi-fi and Bluetooth.  You won’t have to set anything up to start sharing and your files are encrypted for security.  You can choose to share your file with a single recipient or send it to an entire group.  You’re automatically visible, but you can become invisible to anyone or everyone with a quick visit to the Control Center.

 

Many Other Features Get an Upgrade in iOS 7

From mail to photos and far beyond, there are many tweaks to existing features that make them more accessible and user-friendly.  The phone buttons get a makeover and so does the camera.  Sharing gets easier via iCloud and you’ll also have access to an iCloud “key-chain,” an encrypted and very secure service that can remember your passwords for any site you visit.  There’s also an option for password generation, where Safari makes a hard-to-guess password and even remembers it for you.

 

Apple Fans Anticipate Roll-out

The new version of the popular Apple mobile operating service is eagerly awaited by scores of Apple fans.  New versions of old features are creating a lot of excitement with the select few who have the beta version and Apple’s new iOS 7 seems to be a slam-dunk before it even arrives.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Samsung to Introduce Galaxy Gear Smart Watch in “Unpacked Episode 2″

Published on August 14, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

 Getting the Jump on Apple

Samsung will be holding a special event on September 4th to unveil their new wearable computing device, dubbed Galaxy Gear.  In an attempt to garner interest prior to Apple’s anticipated iPhone introduction on September 10th, the company will be bringing out their third attempt at a wearable watch-like computer.  The Galaxy Gear will be Samsung’s first-ever smart watch. 

 

Unpacked Episode 2

Insiders had, until recently, speculated that the Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event would showcase another product, the Galaxy Note III.  This appears to still be the case, with the Note III and the smart watch sharing the spotlight.  The event, scheduled for September 4th, will be held in Berlin in advance of the 2013 IFA Consumer Electronics Limited global innovations show which will be taking place between September 6th and September 10th.

 

Smart Watch Rumors Confirmed

Samsung’s patent submission

Possible Layout

In an application for trademarks for Galaxy Gear, made in the U.S. and filed in August, language was present that obliterated any doubt of Samsung’s intentions.  Included in the language was a description of “wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages.”

Samsung’s ambitions in the wearable computing arena don’t end at smart watches, either.  A simple check of current patent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals that Samsung, a Korean company, holds many filings for wearable computers, including gloves and hats, as well as bracelets.

 

Apple Won’t Take it Lying Down

March saw rumors fly about Apple’s anticipated iWatch.  It’s been reported that Apple has approximately one hundred designers who are trying to make a wrist-watch type device that can handle some of the functions that are now associated with the iPad and iPhone.  Apple has already filed a patent for a wrist-watch type computer and is seeking to trademark the iWatch name in countries like Japan, Mexico and Taiwan.

 

The Lowdown

As far as trends go, you can expect to see a lot more about wearable technology.  It’s the next big thing according to people in the know.  With companies like Samsung and Apple poised to introduce the next generation of devices, wearable tech will soon be raking in its own fair share of the tech-savvy market.

 

 

 

 

 
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While iPhone 5S Gears Up for Launch, Rumors Swirl Around iPhone 6

Published on August 12, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News, Rumors

Apple iPhone 5S announcement Sept 10th

Possible Release Date for iPhone 5S

Inside information has come to light that the iPhone 5S will be introduced on September 10, 2013.  Rumors had been circulating around the September 10 date for some time, but sources are now saying it’s confirmed.  The information has come from a confidential source that has the inside track on Apple’s launch plans and is extremely reliable.

The iPhone 5S is said to be the new flagship model for the brand.  It keeps the familiar iPhone aluminum and metal construction, while rolling out a new, better-quality camera, a faster processor and, possibly, a fingerprint scanner to provide an additional layer of security.  There are also rumors flying that the new iPhone 5S will be available in a gold color in addition to the well-known black and white color options.

The actual release date for iPhone 5S will likely be in late September.  If Apple follows its typical schedule, the release will be a few weeks after the announcement.  Apple has a tendency to announce a new product and its release date at the same time, so the exact release date will most likely be known on September 10, as well.

Rumors Surround the Anticipated iPhone 5C

Speculation has been floating around that Apple will also be introducing a new, low-cost iPhone.  The iPhone 5C is said to sport a plastic and fiberglass shell instead of the traditional metal and aluminum construction.  This change will allow Apple to offer the iPhone 5C at a lower cost and in a variety of colors.  Some allegedly leaked photos of the new, lower-cost devices show iPhones in many different shades, including lime green, red, yellow and others.

iPhone 6 Infinity Rumors are Already Circulating

With less than a month to the announcement about the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 Infinity is already inspiring buzz among Apple enthusiasts.  The iPhone 6 Infinity mock ups are sporting a wrap-around screen, sparking the imagination of app developers and users alike.

While there are several logistical problems that would have to be overcome with this type of design, it is definitely catching the attention of Apple iPhone fans.  Several sites have offered a design template where users can offer their own take on the wrap-around design.

With the new generation of iPhones not quite on the market, Apple fans are already planning the next.

 

 

 
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Apple iPhone 5S top rumors that may become fact

Published on August 9, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News, Rumors

Top 5 iPhone 5S rumors that may become fact

 

Apple iPhone 5S will be released later this year, although an official launch date has not been released, nor has official specifications.  We at www.AppleApproved.com want to put together a list of rumors that we believe are strong candidates for fact.  Here are your Top 5

1. The most obvious one iPhone 5S will launch this year

Rumor mill has churned up many dates for the release of the iPhone 5S and what we have concluded is that the release date will most likely be in September.  Now depending on which website or source you hear from it can be early September or Late September.   If we were to take an educated guess, early September would be a good times since that about the same time Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Note 3… always competing for attention.  J

2. Form factor should be the same (Should like just like the iPhone 5)

The guys in Cupertino have had this pattern of keeping the same form factor during for 2 generations, so as far as we are concerned the iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5S, the appearance should be very similar.  There might be some slight changes but physically both phones will be the same.

 3. One of coolest new features… Fingerprint Sensor

We believe that the best new feature on the Apple iPhone 5S will be Fingerprint sensor, although Apple inc has not confirmed it, there is a lot of evidence out there on the web from credible sources saying that this will happen.  Here is something to think about to help show how true this may be, the beta version of Apple’s iOS 7 included biometric fingerprint support.  But we will not know till we see official specs and pictures from the guys at Cupertino.

4. Higher resolution camera

The iPhone 5S should include at least a 12 megapixel camera sensor.  The previous S model, iPhone 4S, had a resolution upgrade from the iPhone 4. Also to continue to be competitive they need to keep upping the resolution, since the Galaxy S4 and other smart phones are not coming with higher resolution.

5. Another obvious one… iPhone 5S will come with iOS 7

I think that this one is one of the most accurate and can almost be Fact, that the Apple iPhone 5S will come with iOS7.

 

 
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Apple Fans Willing to Wait

Published on August 8, 2013 by in Apple, News

Eager Apple enthusiasts have already started congregating outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.  The iconic structure has attracted individuals desiring to be the first to get their hands on the anticipated (but as-yet-unconfirmed) iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  Apple isn’t even planning to confirm the existence of these devices until September 10th, when it is widely believed that the company will introduce the next generation of its flagship handset.

Wait?  What Wait?

People who are camped out in front of the Fifth Avenue store aren’t very concerned about the wait for the newest iPhone.  Even when confronted with the likelihood of a delay of ten days or more before the devices actually go on sale following the announcement, the handful of people already waiting said they wouldn’t be giving up their spots for anything.  The prospect of sacrificing a few weeks of showers and sleeping in their own beds to be the first with the latest Apple offering seemed to be a deal they were willing to take.  None of them had any desire to be one of the unlucky Apple fans that have to walk away from the debut of a new device empty-handed.  They lack firm information on the pricing of the new devices, exactly when they will be ready for sale or even if the new devices really exist, but these are small problems for the patient customers.  The overarching reason among the half-dozen or so people already gathered to wait it out is simply to make sure they don’t miss out on the first wave of the newest Apple devices.  Such dedication is not uncommon among avid Apple fans.

Playing the Waiting Game

If you’re planning to camp out in anticipation of Apple’s iPhone release date, there are probably a few line-waiting rules you’ll need to know, especially if this will be your first time.

  • Sticking around is very important.  This means that if you and three friends plan to camp out to get your hands on the new iPhones, then all of you need to stay in line.  Don’t think that you’ll be taking turns saving the place in line, because this is one of the worst infractions of line etiquette.  We all know how crazy it can get when new devices are released, so be patient and stick around.  You might even make some new friends!
  • Check the weather.  You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for cold nights and hot days, so make sure you have some way to check on the weather forecast periodically.
  • Pack the essentials.  Don’t forget that you’re going to be tethered to your spot in line.  You need to plan accordingly.  Take snacks, water, changes of clothing and camping equipment.  If you don’t plan on having food delivered every time you want to eat, you might want to take a cooler along with more substantial fare like sandwich stuff or other food that can be eaten cold.
  • Secure a power source.  You’ll want to stay in contact with the wider world while you’re waiting, so figure out how you’re going to keep your devices charged during your vigil.

With the much-anticipated announcement coming in just a few days, you might want to nab a spot near your local Apple Store.  Interest in the next generation of iPhones is growing by the day, and you might find yourself walking away empty-handed if you don’t take steps to prevent it!

 

 

 
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