Latest posts by Alex Heath

Rumor: Hands-On With iPad 3 Shell Reveals Familiar Design, Improved Cameras

As he has done in the past, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge has claimed to have seen the rear shell of the next-generation iPad. He also revealed a prototype shell of the iPad 2 during CES last year and correctly predicted the tablet’s basic upgrades and features.

This time, Horwitz has followed up on his previous iPad 3 report with the claim that he has touched the rear shell of Apple’s next-generation iPad. He notes that the exterior design of the device hasn’t changed, but he does expect better cameras and a higher-quality screen.

Is Android Really “Open?”

Google has always touted its Android operating system as being “open” when compared to Apple’s “closed” iOS platform. In MG Siegler’s recent blog post, the TechCrunch writer/Apple pundit explains why he hates Google for ultimately turning its back on the customer:
All of this backstory knowledge fuels my rage. When I see Google talk about how “open” the platform is, setting it up as the foil to the “closed” (and framed as “evil”) iPhone, I want to scream and rip someone’s head off. It’s not only the most extreme example of being disingenuous that I can ever recall seeing. It’s nuclear bullshit.

Apple, for all the shit they get for being “closed” and “evil”, has actually done far more to wrestle control back from the carriers and put it into the hands of consumers. Google set off to help in this goal, then stabbed us all in the back and went the complete other way, to the side of the carriers. And because they smiled the entire time they were doing it and fed us “open” bullshit, we thanked them for it. We’re still thanking them for it!

Vimeo For iPad Coming Later This Month

Vimeo has an iPad app in the works that’s expected to drop before the month is over, according to The Verge. The popular video service launched an official iPhone app several months back with on-the-go uploading and basic video editing.

The preview images show a totally new interface for managing and creating videos on the iPad. Not only will you be able to shoot and edit videos on the iPad in Vimeo’s upcoming app, but you can view your friends’ content and browse Vimeo for more videos in-app.

The iPhone Turns 5 Years Old Today

Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone five years ago on January 9th at Macworld. He famously said, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” He was right.

In a post-iPhone world, it may be difficult for most of us to remember what the industry looked like before Apple’s announcement at Macworld in 2007. The iPhone has profoundly impacted not only the mobile phone market, but the device has also led to other redefining products, like the iPad.

How to quickly reopen recently closed tabs in Safari on iPhone or iPad

While this tip may seem a little trivial, it will most likely solve an annoyance that many of us have experienced when surfing the web on the iPad or iPhone.
When you’re browsing in Safari and you accidentally close a tab, it can be a pain to try and find that URL again in your history or search recommendations. That’s why there’s a handy little option for opening recently closed tabs on iPhone and iPad.

Instagram Gets Friendly With Facebook

One of my favorite social networks, Instagram, just got a whole lot more friendly with Facebook. Photos that you now send from Instagram on your iPhone to Facebook will be automatically added to a folder called “Instagram Photos” in their full size.

Not only will your Instagrams appear full size on your Timeline in all of their retro glory, but every pic is consolidated into one helpful photo album for reference.

Third-Party Apps Running Fullscreen on the Apple TV

We’ve been keeping you up to date on the developments surrounding third-party iOS apps and the Apple TV. Steven Troughton-Smith has been working with other developers to bring all kinds of iOS apps to the jailbroken Apple TV with the hopes that Apple will open up access to the App Store for its set-top box.

The first app to be shown publicly for his project is Jackoplane’s Frequencies. As you can see, the app is running fullscreen on the Apple TV in the full 720p resolution.

pod2g Enlists 3 Legendary Hackers to Help With the A5 Untethered Jailbreak

pod2g has been working feverishly to give us an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. While the untether for A4-based iOS devices and older on iOS 5.0.1 has already been released, the A5 untether has yet to see the light of day.

Now, pod2g has listed 3 legendary jailbreak hackers, planetbeing, MuscleNerd, and p0sixninja, to help him with the A5 jailbreak for iOS 5:

How iOS Multitasking Really Works

There’s been some heated discussion in the blogosphere about the misconception of the iOS multitasking bar. Most iOS users are under the impression that apps can drain battery life and hog system resources when left in the multitasking bar, but a developer by the name of Fraser Speirs has attempted to clear the air.

You don’t need to manually manage the iOS multitasking bar because the apps you see after double tapping the Home button are not actually “running.” In fact, it’s better to think of the multitasking bar as something like a browser history, not a task manager.

Zephyr Gesture Tweak Updated in Cydia With More Options and App Blacklists

Chpwn has updated his popular jailbreak tweak called Zephyr with a couple big improvements. The gesture-based tweak brings intuitive, iPad-like navigation gestures to iPhone and iPod touch owners.

Version 1.0.2 of Zephyr is now available in Cydia as a free upgrade to existing users. The update brings with it the ability to blacklist certain apps and set custom finger swipes for each gesture.

iPhone 4S Launching in China and 21 Additional Countries Next Week

Apple has announced that its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, will finally launch in China and 21 additional countries Friday, January 13th. After this rollout, the iPhone 4S will be available in 90 countries.

China Unicom has been the only official iPhone partner in China in the past, and Apple has made no announcement that it will be expanding to China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier.

Apple to Announce Q1 2012 Financial Results on Tuesday, January 24

Apple has updated its investor page with a notification that it will hold its Q1 2012 financial results on Tuesday, January 24th. The Cupertino company will announce its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, meaning that the results from the fourth calendar quarter in 2011 will be provided, including holiday sales.

Investors and enthusiasts alike can tune into Apple’s live audio stream on the 24th to hear CEO Tim Cook and other execs reveal financial results and answer questions about the company. This upcoming earnings call is expected to hold record-breaking results for Apple.