Claimed photos of iPhone 6 molds, schematic and manufacturing equipment surface

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

Apple’s next iPhone is thought to be up for an announcement in September so it’s no surprise unverified photos of supposed cases and schematics are starting to surface. More purported photographs of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds and production equipment have cropped up over the weekend, hinting at a few design changes.

We have no way of confirming the legitimacy of these photographs and are reposting them here for the sake of discussion.

Jump past the fold to learn more and join the discussion… Read More

 

Readdle’s Printer Pro for iPhone is free today only

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2014

AirPrint, Apple’s wireless printing technology is great except when it is not. The problem with AirPrint: limited vendor support. Unless you own a printer that works with AirPrint, you’re out of luck.

But things don’t have to be this way and thanks to a myriad of printer-related apps on the App Store, you can easily send images, documents and other content in select iOS apps to non-AirPrint printers.

One of the best printer apps on the App Store, Printer Pro for iPhone by Ukrainian developer Readdle has gone free for the next 24 hours. This nicely done and powerful productivity app normally retails for five bucks a pop so now’s a good time to grab Printer Pro for iPhone free of charge if you haven’t already… Read More

 

Harmonix announces upcoming ‘Record Run’ game for iOS

By Cody Lee on Apr 12, 2014

The name Harmonix is legendary in the console gaming world, as it was behind a number of popular games in the early 2000′s—Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central to name a few. And now it’s hoping that success will translate into the mobile world.

The studio announced its first mobile game yesterday at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) East called ‘Record Run.’ It’s an endless runner of sorts that asks players to avoid various obstacles and collect vinyl records, while jogging to the beat of a custom soundtrack… Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 6 cases surface in two different sizes

By Cody Lee on Apr 11, 2014

Most of the reports we’ve seen thus far regarding the iPhone 6 have pointed to two separate models: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch. It’s possible that Apple is simply testing two different designs, and only plans on releasing one, but the consensus is that both models will make it to market.

Adding evidence to that theory is a new photograph, which surfaced online earlier today, of what are supposed to be two iPhone 6 cases. It’s hard to tell how big they are, but it’s being said that they were made to fit new, larger iPhones, and there’s a mysterious cutout on the left-hand side of each of the cases… Read More

 

Warhammer Quest goes free as Apple’s new App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

Like every Thursday, Apple yesterday refreshed the App Store’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion.

The company’s been running this promotion for months now and we’ve seen both must-have and mediocre apps and games go free in Apple’s continuing mission to boost downloads by giving cherry-picked titles additional exposure. Warhammer Quest by Rodeo Games and Games Workshop is the latest title to go free for a week.

Previously costing five bucks and now available free of charge until next Thursday, this dungeon-based game will win you over with its addictive mix of role-playing and strategy elements.

Released ten months ago, this iOS adaptation is set in the Warhammer world and stays true to the original in looks and design. The game involves hundreds of weapons, armors and items and – yes – challenges you to battle through the legions of orcs, goblins, skavens and other creatures… Read More

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 launching April 17, gameplay trailer posted

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

We recently told you about Gameloft’s upcoming movie tie-in mobile game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Building on the original Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel is said to offer flashier and more detailed graphics, improved controls and of course updated movie-based content.

Both the game and the movie are slated to land on the same day and now Gameloft’s given us a firm release date: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms next Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Unlike many triple-As these days, Spider-Man 2 is a premium title, Gameloft has confirmed, so we expect it to cost a few bucks and (hopefully) not include any in-app purchases. Gameloft today posted a new trailer showing in-game action and I’ve included it right after the break… Read More

 

Minimalist iPad weather app, Morning, now available for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

Morning by Tamper, the beautiful weather app for the iPad and one of Apple’s App Store Best of 2013 apps, has been updated with native support for the iPhone. Now available in the App Store free to those who’ve purchased it, Morning version 1.5 brings its sleek, minimalist interface to the iPhone and iPod touch.

On the iPhone, Morning includes all the features of the iPad version, including more than two dozen UI themes.

On the iPad, this new version of Morning has also introduced a few new nice-to-haves, detailed after the jump… Read More

 

1Password for Mac and iOS 50% off in wake of Heartbleed bug

By Cody Lee on Apr 11, 2014

If you’ve been holding out on purchasing Agile Bits’ popular 1Password app due to price tag, you may want to pay attention. In wake of the nasty Heartbleed bug that has compromised millions and millions of usernames and passwords this week, the developers have decided to discount both Mac and iOS versions of the app by 50%… Read More

 

Marvel for iPhone turns your sketches into interactive app prototypes

By Cody Lee on Apr 11, 2014

Let’s say you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, and you just got this wonderful idea for an app that’s going to make you a millionaire, what do you do? Chances are, your first move would be to draw out the app on paper so you could get a better visual of it. But something’s missing, and that’s where the Marvel app comes in.

Marvel is an iPhone app capable of capturing sketches of your app ideas and turning them into interactive prototypes. Simply take a photo of your drawing and apply ‘touch’ hotspots to the image using Marvel, and then link other photos to those hotspots. And in no time at all, you’ll be tapping your way through your app… Read More

 

‘Age of Empires: World Domination’ coming to iOS this summer

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Last summer we noted that development studio KLab had reached a licensing deal with Microsoft to bring its popular Ages of the Empire franchise to mobile devices. And today, KLab gave the game an official title and a vague release date. ‘Ages of Empires: World Domination’ is coming to iPhones and iPads this summer… Read More

 

Ubisoft’s Trials Frontier racer now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Good news gamers, the official mobile version of Trials is now available. First revealed at E3 last year, Ubisoft’s Trials Frontier is a mobile-exclusive entry in the popular stunt biking series, and it landed in the App Store this morning with support for both the iPhone and iPad.

For those unfamiliar with Trials, it’s a long-running platform racing franchise famous for its crazy characters and physics-based gameplay. And this new mobile version adds in a mix of social features, allowing you to challenge your friends and compete against other racers… Read More

 

Case maker’s iPhone 6 model hints at a larger display, thinner design

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Most of the reports we’ve seen thus far regarding the iPhone 6 point to a larger display and much thinner profile. And earlier today, our friends over at Nowhereelse.fr posted new evidence to support that theory: a case maker’s model for the handset from Chinese case manufacturer Elam.

As you can see in the photo above, the design of the phone looks very similar to what we’ve seen so far. Note the device’s extremely thin profile, rounded corners and larger display. It looks very much like the device we’ve been seeing lately in purported schematics and designer mockups… Read More

 

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile for iOS is now available for download

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

As we recently reported, Atari promised to unleash a mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon unto Apple’s iOS platform soon. Based on the original RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, the mobile which simulates amusement park construction and management has just arrived in the App Store. The game challenges you create the amusement park of your dreams and exchange rollercoaster blueprints with friends on Facebook and Game Center.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, will run you $2.99 and is now available in the App StoreRead More

 

Apple confirms iPhone UI creator’s departure, shoots down ill-founded power struggle claim

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

Yesterday, blogger Mark Gurman reported that Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, will be leaving the company. Christie’s name is on a hundred Apple patents, among them the famous slide-to-unlock invention asserted in its second California patent trial against Samsung.

The herald of Apple’s iOS design aesthetic, his departure was framed as a significant loss for the company based on Gurman’s assertion that Christie was forced out due to his falling out with Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design, over iOS design direction.

However, turns out that Gurman’s sources were wrong: Apple on Thursday denied the claim of an internal power struggle. Christie’s departure after 18 years of service was planned and is part of a leadership transition inside the Human Interface group, Apple said in a statement to several media outlets… Read More

 

iPhone 6 to include relocated sleep/wake button and larger, higher resolution display

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Last night, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a monster research note to investors with a timeline of when he thinks Apple will release their new products this year. He also offered details on each product, which he’s learned from his supply chain connections and other sources.

We’ve already covered Kuo’s iWatch predictions, which called for a “fashionable” smartwatch with advanced features like biometric sensors and wireless charging, and now it’s time to look at his iPhone forecasts. The analyst sees two Apple-branded smartphones launching this year… Read More

 

‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

We’ve been looking forward to the new Family Guy game on iOS since it was first mentioned last December, and we’re happy to say that it is now available for download. Head on over to the App Store, and you can grab ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ for free.

For those who have missed our various posts on the title, the game is a joint venture between Fox and TinyCo studios, and it involves you helping Peter Griffin and the rest of the Quahog residents rebuild their city after it’s destroyed. Read on for a full overview… Read More

 

A timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple is preparing to release a bevy of new products this year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The highly regarded analyst has laid out a timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch in 2014, beginning in Q2 and going all the way through December.

Kuo sees Apple starting with an iMac refresh in late Q2, followed by upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad mini. He then sees the company introducing a new 4.7-inch iPhone and the oft-rumored iWatch in Q3, and closing out the year with a refreshed Apple TV, 5.5-inch iPhone and a 12″ MacBook… Read More

 

iPhone UI creator Greg Christie departing after falling out with Jony Ive over iOS design direction

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Ever since Tim Cook took the reigns at Apple, the firm’s been in a perpetual shakeup mode. The most famous change at the top occurred on October 29, 2012, the day a press release was put out saying “Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple” the following year.

The unexpected change saw Apple’s lead hardware designer Jony Ive assume a greater role as he got to “provide leadership and direction” for Apple’s Human Interface (HI) group across the company, on top of his longtime role as the leader of Industrial Design.

With Ive in charge of all design at the company, Apple has ushered in a new era of visual simplicity with the release of iOS 7 last September, representing the biggest rethinking of the iPhone’s user interface since the handset’s inception.

However, a new report asserts that collaboration between Ive and Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, has been a rocky one

In fact, Christie is rumored to be leaving Apple soon as a result of his falling out with Ive over the iOS’s design direction… Read More

 

Apple poaching Broadcom talent as rumors of in-house baseband chip development intensify

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Following talk of Apple’s rumored initiative that would have it develop its own baseband chips for 2015 iPhones and iPads in-house, AppleInsider has learned the firm’s recently poached a pair of longtime semiconductor engineers from chipmaker Broadcom.

Both men are experienced at building RF hardware and have led the effort to produce baseband transceivers used by Nokia and Samsung devices.

Apple counts Broadcom as its supplier: the iPhone 5s uses a Broadcom touchscreen controller and the handset’s Wi-Fi chip by Murata is based on Broadcom’s BCM4334 module, according to a teardown analysis by repair experts over at iFixIt… Read More

 

Rumor: mass production of 4.7″ iPhone 6 in July, 5.5″ version in September

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

It used to be that 2014 would see a simultaneous double-iPhone launch until Reuters earlier this week asserted the larger model could get delayed due to production issues with 5.5-inch screens. As a result, only the rumored 4.7-inch model is said to be ready for a launch in September.

A new report from Japan echoes this notion. Apparently mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone has been tipped to start in July. As for the 5.5-inch model, the story claims the bigger handset is scheduled to enter full production in September, meaning Apple may not be able to release its phablet before the holiday quarter… Read More