Category Archives: Apple Updates

Updates from around the world about Apple existing and emerging products, cultural and business issues, trends, and announcements.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points to Office for iPad’s early App Store success

The emergence of Microsoft’s office applications on the iPad platform will greatly enhance it’s functionality, especially when developing and sharing office documents with colleagues and friends using PC-based operating systems. What do you think about Microsoft offering these as “free applications” but requiring a subscription to fully unlock all of the features and functionality?

Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free

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Along with a new version of Office for iPad, Microsoft made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today. The apps have updated in the respective app stores and can be snagged here for iPhone and here for Android.

The change log notes that the apps are free for “home use.” As Emil Protalinski pointed out earlier today, this seems to imply that “Microsoft still plans to require that businesses have an Office 365 subscription.”

You can now use Office for free, including editing, on every device except for the iPad, ironically, which requires an Office 365 subscription to unlock editing capabilities. There are free Office apps on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and Windows RT devices, and for anyone on a regular PC, Office Offline is a decent solution.

Microsoft’s goal is to arc people towards paying for Office 365. But at the same time, use of free Office…

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Office For iPad Review: Surprisingly Worth The Wait

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Microsoft has launched new Office for iPad software, finally, after people have been asking for it since, oh, say, the day in 2010 when the iPad originally launched. The new apps are currently available for anyone to download, so you can scratch that four-year itch, but is it worth it? Read on to find out why Microsoft’s iPad-based productivity suite will be a lifesaver for some, but probably not a necessity for your average tablet user.

Video Walkthrough

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Basics

  • Free (but editing requires a $5/mo Office 365 subscription)
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint support in separate apps
  • Cloud autosave and collaboration (but not real-time concurrent)
  • Available in 135 markets in 29 languages
  • Product info page

Pros

  • Reads all Office formats perfectly for free
  • PowerPoint offers presentation mode free

Cons

  • Full functionality requires recurring $5 monthly commitment

Design

The Office for iPad apps are each, to a tee…

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Here’s What An iPhone 6 With A Curved Display Might Look Like

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It’s that time of year again, friends. It’s been a few months since the last iPhone was released, which means everyone is trying to figure out what the next iPhone will look like.

Once upon a time, this meant there was a constant stream of fakes being passed around forums and blogs as the real deal. Lately, though, it seems many of the folks with enough talent to make a real-enough looking fake are instead using their skills for good — or, at least, to pad their portfolio; instead of throwing away their work for a few laughs, they’re polishing the hell out of it and calling it a concept piece.

If one is to believe the rumor mill, the next iPhone could sport a curved display — potentially playing on Apple’s massive, half-billion dollar investment into sapphire glass.

What, exactly, would a curved glass iPhone look like? In…

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Mophie Space Pack Review: Have Some Extra Storage With Your iPhone Backup Battery

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Apple offers the iPhone in a number of different storage capacities, ranging from 16GB to 64GB, but it doesn’t offer expansion storage options to let users add their own via micro SD or any other format. Mophie has spent years building backup battery packs for iPhone devices, and now it’s adding additional space to store your files, too, with the appropriately named Mophie Space Pack.

Basics

  • 16 or 32GB storage capacity
  • 1700 mAh battery for up to 2x iPhone power
  • 2.57″ x 5.66″ x 0.63″
  • 2.8 oz
  • iPhone 5/5s compatible
  • MSRP: $149.95 (16GB) or $179.95 (32GB)
  • Product info page

Pros

  • Spare storage and power in one
  • App UI is well designed

Cons

  • File types supported limited
  • Occasionally glitchy software

Design

The Mophie Space Pack has the advantage of being familiar – which is a good thing in this case. It’s essentially just a Mophie Juice Pack Air, the existing extended…

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Apple Patents Built-In Automated Emergency Detection And Assistance For iPhone

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A new patent application by Apple just published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) adds a feature to an iPhone that may not be as cool as an optical heart rate sensor, but could be just as (or more) life-saving: the new tech would use data from onboard sensor to automatically detect when a user is subject to physical attack, including car crashes and violent personal altercations, as well as sudden medical emergencies.

Once the iPhone uses information from those sensors, which include contact detection to determine if someone is suddenly separated from their device in the middle of an interaction, or if a user doesn’t move for an extended period of time in unusual circumstances. It could also draw from cues including a device being dropped, headphones being detached, or even auditory cues like a loud noise being picked up by the mic. The patent also describes one version…

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Apple Adds Support For External Retina Displays In Recent OS X Beta

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Apple just added external Retina display support in a recent beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, According to 9to5mac. 4K monitors can now run the operating system at a pixel-doubled resolution, like on a Retina MacBook Pro. It could also be a sign that Apple is getting ready to release a long-anticipated external retina display.

Like on the MacBook, the display setting screen will allow you to “scale” the resolution. You can choose between the native 4K resolution or a Retina-like resolution with bigger windows but sharper text. It increases the pixels per inch density.

When it comes to software support, Retina-optimized apps for the MacBook Pro are already optimized for the external Retina displays. It uses the same HiDPI method.

But the most challenging part of supporting external Retina displays comes from connectivity. While Thunderbolt 2 is capable of transferring 20 Gbits per second, Apple’s website only promises

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