Camera in iOS 7

 

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Everyone loves taking pictures. With iOS 7, Apple has attempted to improve the picture and video taking experience with a completely redesigned Camera app.

Apple has included several new features in the revamped camera app and has kept old favorites. Returning features include, panorama, flash control, and hdr. New features include square mode, which allows the user to take instagram style photos. iPhone 5s owners will be able to experience other new features such as True Tone Flash, Burst Mode, Auto Image Stabilization, and Slow Motion Video.  

In addition to the new features, Apple has changed the interface in the new camera app. 

All in all, I think the users will enjoy the new features as well as the re-imagined interface.

Apple Searches for Maps Developer

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In a job listing, Apple is looking for a a web developer to work on a “secret” map project.  Apple wants someone with expertise in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, and other web languages.

It is likely that Apple is looking to build an online version of it’s maps application.

Apple Maps debuted in 2012 to negative reactions, but has improved vastly over the past year.  It will be launching on Mavericks later this year.

Tech Talks Dates Announced

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Apple today announced the dates for it’s Tech Talks, described by many as “mini WWDC’s.”  Following the overwhelmingly high demand for WWDC last spring, Apple announced that it would bring back it’s popular tech talks, this year focusing on iOS 7.

Tech talks will be held in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London.  Apple will focus on game development and app development in two separate lectures.  Tech talks are free to registered Apple Developers, who will need to apply.

Developers must apply by today.

Notification Center in iOS 7

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Notification Center in iOS 7 is more innovative than ever. Notification center debuted with iOS 5 in 2011 and has become an essential part of the iOS ecosystem. With iOS 7, Apple makes Notification Center better ascetically while adding Google Now like features such as directions and calendar.

To access Notification Center in iOS 7, simply swipe down from the top of the screen. Notification Center will appear, with it’s new look.

Apple has integrated Calendar directly into Notification center Your can now get a detailed view of what’s going on during your day as well as view the weather and reminders.

Notification Center’s Google Now like technology is particularly helpful. I’ve always been a fan of Google Now, and find myself using Notification Center more and more now.

Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Breaking: Apple Releases new iMac

Apple today updated it’s iMac, retaining the same ultra-thin design, while updating the processor, Wifi, graphics and storage. The new update mirrors Apple’s release of the new macBook Air at WWDC 2013. Intel’s new Haswell processors as well as 802.11ac Wifi has been added to the new iMacs.

20130924-212257.jpgApple’s Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Marketing, said, “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

The new iMac starts at $1,299 for the entry level 21.5 inch model and can be customized depending on need.

While many have hoped for a retina iMac, that option is likely out of the question for 2013. If we do see one, it would likely appear in the fall of next year.

We’ll have continued coverage of the new iMac. Stay tuned.

Breaking: Apple Releases new iMac

Apple today updated it’s iMac, retaining the same ultra-thin design, while updating the processor, Wifi, graphics and storage. The new update mirrors Apple’s release of the new macBook Air at WWDC 2013. Intel’s new Haswell processors as well as 802.11ac Wifi has been added to the new iMacs.

20130924-212257.jpgApple’s Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Marketing, said, “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

The new iMac starts at $1,299 for the entry level 21.5 inch model and can be customized depending on need.

While many have hoped for a retina iMac, that option is likely out of the question for 2013. If we do see one, it would likely appear in the fall of next year.

We’ll have continued coverage of the new iMac. Stay tuned.

Udate: To all who received this post a month late, we apologize. This was an error.

Airdrop: A Great Feature, Executed in Typical Apple Fashion

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Airdrop is a brand new feature included in iOS7. Like many other Apple products, Apple was not first to the scene with this type of instant sharing technology. Wifi Direct and NFC (found on almost all android flagship phones) both arrived before Airdrop. Like multitasking, the 7″ tablet, and even the MP3 player Apple truly showed that doing something first isn’t always doing something best.

Airdrop is first and foremost extremely easy to use. You can also easily access Airdrop settings from Control Center. To share a photo, simply touch the share button. Just like that, nearby Airdrop ready devices will show up. Select who you want to send it to, and in seconds, they’ll receive a notification asking for their approval. Its that simple. Because Airdrop works through bluetooth and wifi, you do have to be near the device that you want to share something with. If not, sorry, but email or iMessage will have to suffice.

I’ve experimented with technologies like NFC and Wifi Direct and was less than impressed with both. While NFC had the “cool” factor, it was not at all practical for quickly sharing photos or documents.  The concept of Wifi Direct is very similar to that of Airdrop. Despite this, it is littered with error messages and problems. While trying to share a photo with Wifi Direct, I found myself resorting to just emailing the photo.

Perhaps the biggest advantage that Airdrop has on its competitors is that Apple devices make up most of the web traffic in the US. With 9 Million iPhone 5s and 5cs sold this past weekend, it’s safe to say that Airdrop will soon become the industry standard for instantly sharing documents, photos, and contacts.Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 7.58.21 PM