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February 18, 2013

With the recent departure of longtime iOS chief Scott Forstall, many expect some big changes in iOS 7. Not only is Jony Ive taking over design responsibilities related to iOS, but also Apple is increasingly coming under criticism for its aging core iOS apps and highly requested features already available on other platforms that it has yet to implement. We discussed some of the big software features iOS 7 might have in store, but today we present a roundup of the best iOS 7 concepts we could find starting with a new one from the creator of jailbreak tweak Auxo.

Sentry, the original designer behind the popular Auxo jailbreak tweak, yesterday posted the new Quick App Switching concept above (via iFun). While Auxo provided a screenshot of running apps integrated into the iOS multitasking tray, the concept above takes a different approach and aims to add speed to the app switching process.

This next concept comes from YouTube user imjeanmarc and shows a tray accessible from the lock screen, providing quick toggles for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.:

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February 15, 2013

Update (Feb 21st): This has been fixed according to a reader. The iTunes and App Stores use HTML on the backend so Apple can “push” updates via backend code changes:

As of this morning, the bug is gone! No update required! Looks like the somehow they pushed the update! I can no longer change the account in the App Store or iTunes store! This reminds me when I was beta testing 6.0 and Apple changed the behavior of downloading updates not requiring a password (they also allowed free apps with no password for a short while). That didn’t need an update to change either. They seem to have ways of fixing App Store behavior without needing to update iOS. I’m still running 6.1 on my devices, haven’t gone to 6.1.2 yet.

Would be nice for an official answer from Apple, but so far, it’s working correctly! Also, I see redeem and send gift are grayed out also, at the bottom of the App Store. Same for iTunes Store.

For those unaware, iOS 6 received some beefed up Restriction settings when it was released that allowed users to select “Don’t Allow Changes” for an entire account linked to an iOS device. This option was particularly useful for schools and organizations that wanted to limit a device to a specific account and keep students and others from installing apps not approved by the institution. Without the restriction, students or employees could easily change the iTunes account linked to the iOS device. Unfortunately, as noticed by one frustrated 9to5Mac reader, it seems there are several backdoor methods of bypassing the setting…

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February 14, 2013

ZAGG, an accessory maker that first received a lot of attention for its super-tough invisibleShield screen protector, these days also happens to be making some of the best iPad keyboards around. While ZAGG has big competition from the likes of Logitech and Belkin, its earlier folio and keyboard cover designs have been among our most recommended keyboards for iPad. ZAGG’s latest creations are not only its first dedicated to Apple’s smaller iPad mini, it’s also a new design for the company that helps set it aside from much of the competition.

The first thing that makes ZAGG’s iPad mini keyboards stand out is the company’s decision to sell two models: the ZAGGkeys Mini 7, and a slightly larger keyboard dubbed the Mini 9. ZAGG’s giving you the ability to get a keyboard only 10 percent smaller than a traditional Apple keyboard and built into a solid, good-looking iPad mini case, which something most of the other guys aren’t providing.

Unlike Logitech, Belkin, and others that have gone with the Microsoft Surface-style, magnetic, clip-on keyboard covers, the new Mini 7 and 9 go with a more traditional, folio case design.

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We first heard about Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock in June when the company announced a redesigned low-profile docking station for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. As Matrox released its own $249 Thunderbolt Dock this winter (Amazon), Belkin pushed back the product’s original September launch date and showed us a completely redesigned Thunderbolt Express Dock last month at Macworld. Today, the company has finally launched the product and started accepting pre-orders. Available through Belkin’s website, the redesigned Thunderbolt Express Dock will lose the eSATA port Belkin originally included and gain an additional Thunderbolt pass-thru port. It’s also selling for $299, which is $100 less than Belkin originally announced:

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Adobe announced updates on Thursday to many of its HTML5 design tools for Creative Cloud users. Among the updates, we get new features for Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, and Edge Code. Adobe is also releasing the first public preview of its Adobe Edge Reflow responsive web design tool. Head below for all the details:

EdgeReflowPreview_Responsive_021413Adobe Edge Reflow: After giving us a look at its new responsive design tool Adobe Edge Reflow in September, Adobe is finally releasing the first public preview free of charge to all Creative Cloud users. Adobe said the tool provides designers with the ability to create responsive layouts and high-fidelity web designs using CSS, a resizable design surface, and real-time previews with Edge Inspect. Users will also be able to extract the CSS for use in Dreamweaver, Edge Code, or another editor. Adobe detailed today’s public release in the video above.

EdgeAnimate_UI_021314Adobe Edge Animate: Today’s update to Edge Animate brings new features, including: “gradients, CSS filters, and enhanced font support.” Adobe highlighted new CSS capabilities that consist of the ability to style and animate linear and radial gradients, new CSS filters such as blur, greyscale, brightness, contrast, sepia, and saturate filters, and a visual web font selector to add typography and live preview web fonts.

Dreamweaver_EdgeWebFonts_021413Adobe Dreamweaver: As for Dreamweaver, Adobe has updated the app exclusively for Creative Cloud members to bring integrated access to typography and a new fluid grid layout. The fluid grid layout feature was first introduced in Dreamweaver CS6, but it now includes “class tags in addition to ID tags” and a new editing UI. Users will also be able to preview and select Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver.

Adobe Edge Code preview: Adobe also highlighted new features of the latest Adobe Edge Code preview: expand full story

Kickstarter: Today Kickstarter announced that it is finally launching an official app for iPhone and iPod touch. The app provides users with the majority of features accessible through the website including the ability to find, filter, and back projects, watch project videos, follow and keep up with projects in an always up-to-date Activity tab, and receive notifications when someone backs or launches a project. The app also includes creator tools such as a feature to “take pictures and videos with their iPhone camera and post them as project updates straight from the app.”

DIE-HARD-IPhone-AppDIE HARD: Fox Digital Entertainment today released the official DIE HARD iOS game in support of the upcoming “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD” feature film. You play as Jack McClane as you “blast your way out of Moscow’s mean streets and travel to the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl.” The developer called the game an “endless shooter”– a combination of “the “endless runner” and “first-person shooter” genres. It’s available now for 99 cents.

With DIE HARD, the mission was to develop an app with the gameplay and attitude to match the groundbreaking nature of the DIE HARD franchise, its longtime hero John McClane and new protagonist Jack McClane.  In a twist on the endless runner genre, where the player runs from danger, DIE HARD equips the player to face the action head on, running towards foes and confronting them from a first-person perspective.

Skype 6.2 for Mac: Skype was updated with a few new features and improvements. Users can now send Skype credit as a gift through an eGifting feature, as well as send “one-way SMS without verifying your mobile number. ”

QuickBooks Online for iPad: Intuit announced today a new iPad app for QuickBooks Online. It’s free for subscribers, but the app also provides a 30 day free trail and monthly and annual subscriptions for $13 and $125. Full list of features below: expand full story

iPhone-5-Side-Profile The-Best-Platform-For-BusinessWe told you earlier this week that Microsoft published a new support document to address the “continuous loop” exchange bug on iOS devices running iOS 6.1. The company recommended a number of workarounds, such as blocking or throttling users on iOS 6.1 devices, while it worked with Apple to find a permanent fix. Apple confirmed on Thursday that it has “identified a fix and will make it available in an upcoming software update.”

Apple also provided some temporary solutions for users while they wait for the software update fix. Apple recommended users avoid the problem entirely by “not responding to an exception to a recurring event” on devices running iOS 6.1, and it suggested users disable and re-enable the Exchange calendar using the following steps:

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February 13, 2013


As noted by Mac4Ever, Adobe has recently updated its end-user license agreement for Adobe Director 12 and requested that developers publishing paid iOS apps provide Adobe with 10 percent of earnings above $20,000. The recently released Adobe Director 12 introduced the ability to publish games directly to iOS, but developers in Adobe’s forums are not too pleased with the company’s decision to take 10 percent of earnings from iOS apps published to the App Store. At least one game published with the software is already available on App Store: Rally Point 3 by Xform Games.

Publish to iOS devices workflow – Adobe Director 12 can now publish games directly to iOS devices,through a simple, yet powerful workflow. Existing games can be republished to run on the iOS platform. Enhance the gaming experience by incorporating new support for accelerometers and other device specific interactions. * Additional Fees Apply.

Adobe thoroughly outlines its policies on earnings from paid iOS apps in additional terms and conditions linked from Director 12’s product page. Developers publishing paid iOS apps in the App Store will be required to inform Adobe and then pay 10 percent of revenue paid by Apple above and beyond the first $20,000 USD in earnings: expand full story

Update: Jim at the Loop isn’t feeling this one. picture 2-150

Jefferies & Co.’s Peter Misek, the analyst who has predicted an Apple HDTV for quite sometime, today provided his roadmap for upcoming Apple product launches (pictured above via BusinessInsider). Misek is expecting an “iTV” related event next month in March, the low-cost iPhone and iPhone 5S in June or July, and the iPad 5, second-generation iPad mini, and iTV in September or October.

He also believes that a 4.8-inch iPhone 6 is coming next year in June 2014—after running into manufacturing issues with in-cell display technology in the larger form factor and the move to a 20 nm processor: expand full story



Apple quietly made some updates to specs and pricing for some of its Retina MacBook Pro lineup. Apple announced today in a press release that it lowered the price of the entry-level 128GB 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to $1,499 and the 256GB model to $1,699. The models previously sold for $1,699 and $1,999.

Apple also upgraded the processor in the latter model with a 2.6GHz processor (up from 2.5). As for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros, Apple said the entry-level model would now come with a faster 2.4GHz quad-core processor. The higher-end model will come with a 2.7GHz quad-core and 16GB of RAM (up from 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz).

Apple also dropped the price of its 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB to $1,399. That’s discounted from the regular price of $1,499. Apple’s online store doesn’t appear to have been updated to reflect the changes.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (128GB)- Now $1,499 (down from $1,699)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (256GB)- Now $1,699 (down from $1,999), 2.6GHz processor (up from 2.5)

15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (256GB)- Now a faster 2.4GHz quad-core (up from 2.3GHz)

15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (512GB)- Now a faster 2.7GHz quad-core (up from 2.6GHz), 16GB RAM (up from 8)

13-inch MacBook Air (256GB)- Now $1,399 (down from $1,499)

Evidence in October suggested that Apple would improve production techniques to fix issues with thermal heating and screen ghosting on the Retina MacBook Pros. The upgrades also come after retailers just recently started offering similar discounts on some MacBooks.

Apple’s full press release is below:

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February 12, 2013

We reported on Friday that AOL had informed its corporate employees via email that it would be temporarily disabling the ability to manage meetings with Exchange on iOS devices running iOS 6.1. AOL confirmed that it was working with Microsoft and Apple to fix the “continuous loop” bug, and many had highlighted the problem on Microsoft’s forums. It doesn’t appear Apple addressed the issue with its recent release of iOS 6.1.1, and Microsoft has now published an official support document to detail workarounds for the bug.

When a user syncs a mailbox by using an iOS 6.1-based device, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Client Access server (CAS) and Mailbox (MBX) server resources are consumed, log growth becomes excessive, memory and CPU use may increase significantly, and server performance is affected. Additionally, Office 365 Exchange Online users receive an error message that resembles the following on an iOS 6.1-based device: Cannot Get Mail, The connection to the server failed.

Microsoft suggested a few workarounds for the issue while it waits for Apple to fix the bug. First, it informed customers to “not process Calendar items such as meeting requests on iOS 6.1 devices. Also, immediately restart the iOS 6.1 device.” If problems with Exchange continue, Microsoft recommended and provided instructions for removing and recreating the device partnership, creating a custom throttling policy for iOS 6.1 users, or blocking iOS 6.1 users entirely.

Microsoft said it is working with Apple to resolve the issue and recommended customers “open an Enterprise Support case with Apple”: expand full story


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