Badminton cracked my iPhone 7

My first iPhone is the 3G, heavily protected with a thick case, but when the iPhone 4s came out, with its promise of a stronger exterior, I stopped using a case and used every iteration I owned almost always naked from unboxing. I thought, if Apple says it’s durable, whether glass or aluminum, it must be. Even with a few silly drops here and there, every iPhone I owned survived without cracks. That’s true until today.

It was my usual Sunday cleaning drill at home, when I saw my wife playing badminton outside with a nephew. I joined in. I actually missed playing and just as I was happily sweating it out with heavy smashes, I heard a loud thud from what I thought was a TV remote. Everyone watching us play was in shock: it was my jet black iPhone 7! You can tell from the look on their face, I must be stupid for not being careful or not investing on a protective case. continue reading »

Who’s the better Steve Jobs?

So this first trailer reveals Michael Fassbender taking up the role of Apple’s former CEO, with the tandem of Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adding a more serious twist to their recipe for this Steve Jobs biographical movie, tagging along Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels in the cast. Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal in Jobs was mostly criticized for being ho-hum, will this be any better? We’ll see on October 9.

The bigger iPhones are here!

It’s become an annual gadgetry watchdog of sorts, even for Instagram’ers who are on the lookout to upgrade and improve their phoneography. And when Apple officially announced the much-rumored and highly-praised iPhone 6 big duo, its fastest iPhone roll-out ever, it’s only a matter of weeks before these huge iPhone-siblings are expected to get locally introduced, just in time for the snap-shooting-fest of the holiday season. The new iPhones are both equipped with the Retina HD touchscreen display, now with enhanced iSight camera featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, enabling quick photo and video snapping.

As expected Globe Telecom, my network of choice and the first to bring the iPhone here in the Philippines, has already put up its iPhone 6 page at http://www.globe.com.ph/iphone6 where you can register your interest for getting either the 4.7 iPhone6 or the bigger 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus. Smart subscribers need not worry, as it has likewise posted its own page at http://www1.smart.com.ph/pages/iphone6.

If my guess is right, we should be snapping strikingly color-rich photos and steadier videos with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by November 2014, until then, we all know what we’re saving up our Christmas bonuses for.

UPDATE:

Pre-order for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starts November 7 while the official local release will be on November 14 for both Globe and Smart.

The OS X Yosemite public beta 1 is now available for download

That is, if you’re one of the first one million users who signed up to the OS X Beta Program, as Apple’s been sending out notification via email this morning.

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When Apple announced OS X Yosemite–the new version of its operating system that powers every Mac–slated to succeed OS X Mavericks this coming October, the OS X Beta Program was also introduced, giving customers early access to Yosemite to try out the release and contribute to its development by submitting feedback. So as soon as the preview registration was open last June, I signed up. continue reading »

iOS 7 turned Instagram flat and roundish

It’s been a week since Apple released iOS 7, its totally revamped mobile operating system that embraces what most call as flat but a clean and bright design statement, ditching its skeuomorphic tendencies, of which critics were quick to proclaim as Android-ish. And while Instagram may have missed the first week of rollout, today it has released version 4.2 that adopts the iOS 7 look and feel, and a few aesthetic tweaks.

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Yesterday I was playing around with Studio Design app and posted circle-cropped posts on Instagram and it was such a coincidence that the app would later release an update with a simplified (read: flat) interface and rounded profile photos in the feed. And yes, today’s my birthday 🙂

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Thin borders, clean background all throughout, and the photos and videos are now larger (and padding smaller) in grid views, with the resolution enhanced as well, supposedly for a better Instagram’ing experience. So far I’m not complaining. Go ahead and update your Instagram app for iOS.

From Instagram Blog.

Cheers to 5 years of Apple’s App Store!

It’s July 10 yet ahead of App Store’s 5th year anniversary today, Apple launched (or perhaps leaked) a limited-time offer that includes 10 of its most notable iOS apps – that’s five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps – all of which you can download for free, in celebration of the first five years of Apple’s App Store.

Check out what these 10 apps are here. Though I own some of the apps on offer already, I of course downloaded the rest, with Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and BADLAND being my personal favorite.

iPhoneography with the new iOS 7

So Apple has finally unveiled iOS 7, proclaimed by its top honchos as “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone” confirming rumors of its departure from skeuomorphic styling, in favor of a somewhat simplistic and flat redesign, completely changing the user interface. While this is a welcome aesthetic change, some of the features being hailed as new, have been integrated way ahead with other mobile platforms.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with my iPhone and no software hiccup can make me give it up, but there’s always this appetite that only Apple can whet with exciting and breakthrough surprises, and the WWDC 2013 announcement of iOS 7 seem to be just that, flat. Anyway, I’m all for a clean look and feel, already I’m liking the distinct color palette and that fancy subtle motion and layering, but it’s really the new Camera app that I’m curious about.

This is how you’re camera will look like in iOS 7. Impressed?

Excerpt (and image) from Apple:

iPhones are used to take more photos around the world every day than any other camera, and with iOS 7 the new Camera app features filters so you can add real-time photo effects. The Camera app now includes a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe.

With a camera that’s already very impressive (at least in the iPhone 4/4S/5) I smell Instagram’ing influence with this update, so Apple has given in to square framing and filters – hurrah for the insta-retro-artsy. And why not? It spawned its own brand of photography, what we now call iPhoneography (or simply phoneography as a general term to include all mobile devices with camera). Should I complain that these too-basic of features are not included in previous/recent iOS versions? No, because there’s been a bunch of apps for that.

I will not be surprised if this new Camera app solidifies the iPhone’s top ranking as camera of choice, as with the iOS 7, snapping square photos and applying photo effects will now be a tap or gesture away. Instagram’ing will definitely be more fun and easy.

But we’ll have to wait until around September this year, when iOS 7 is set to be released, to give it a proper Instagram’ing and iPhoneography spin.