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Apple has ridiculed all its critics with iOS 7

Who said that it was time for Apple to say goodbye to the smartphone supremacy and give the throne away. With the launch of BB 10, iOS had become the oldest operating system that had not undergone any major revamping. Many believed that Apple had not changed iOS ever since its launch, making its look outdated.

With the head of industrial design teams at Apple, Sir John Ivy coming on board to leading human interface software team, there were some radical changes expected. But iOS 7 has exceeded the expectations of many, giving all the critics some to think about. The preview of iOS 7 was shown at WWDC (worldwide developers conference) 2013, and it was ushering in a whole new look. The cosmetic changes done by Jonathan Ivy was evident as iOS has shed off all its glitter and put on a flat look. This major redesign of iOS was on cards for a long time and Apple has done all it can to ensure that it can rejuvenate its mobile platform.

While presenting the keynote, Apple CEO, Tim Cook called it “a stunning new user interface.” Their headline for the new interface was also on the same lines stating that they have made something good even better. There is no denying the fact that user design is the most vital aspect in the current smartphone market. There have been many reports that have stated the fact that the main reason behind this redesigned interface was that Jonathan Ivy believed that iOS wont hold the test of time and become redundant like in the case of Blackberry.

Although the preview of iOS 7 is available to all registered developers of Apple as a beta, the real deal would only be available to user in the coming fall. There would be a range of new features available in iOS 7 with the likes of:

  • New redesigned interface
  • New Lockscreen
  • New Icons
  • Flatter theme with emphasis on white and translucent
  • Background
  • Weather app with live and dynamic displays
  • Multiple page support in Folders
  • More detailed and social notification center
  • Audio calls on WiFi using Facetime
  • Notification syncing across devices
  • Phone and Message blocking
  • Whole new Camera interface

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Apple could Finally Come Out with a Music Streaming Service Next Week

The future of technology is heading towards wearable devices, which would take mobility to a whole new level. Last week, Apple CEO publicly announced their plans towards everything from the future of wearable technology to the iteration of iOS as directed by the hardware design guru, Sir John Ivy. Apple is expected to wrap up all of its licensing deals with some major service providers in a tender to launch a streaming music service to battle spotify in the coming week.

Apple and the music labels have been striving over the royalties of upcoming iRadio, that many believe would be an ultimate pandora killer. With the evident success behind iTunes, this streaming music player will get an added leverage to come to the mainstream. However, music labels have seen the arrogance that Apple can throw, which is why they are cautious before taking this step. They don’t want to walk down the same road as in the case of iTunes, where Apple enjoyed the monopoly and dictated policies to record labels.

Apple is expected to debut the service as part of their Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Since December, people were keen to welcome the service as speculations were going on regarding the next step by the cupertino company. But it has been delayed over time due to negotiations with record labels.

With the reports that have been coming in, it sounds like it will be similar to Pandora and offer similar features. The case Apple plans to offer it as free service, supported by ads, adding further to this will be personalized radio channel that could be created by users based on favorite song or artist.

Purchasing songs will be at much ease as the service will be tightly woven with iTunes. Apple has agreements to stream songs from Universal Music Group’s record. Apple was also rumored to get a lower cost for music than competitors, which apparently is not the case. Many people are surprised why Apple, which was the global online music pioneer, has been so late to enter the music streaming business.

Apple has been trying to enter streaming music arena, where people can listen music through a subscription service. In the tech market, rest all have entered this business with wide variety of business models. Apple is likely to enter market until it has distinctive product. The iPhone was not the first Smartphone, still it managed to make smart use of touch interface. iPod was not the first portable music player, but was the first to get the digital music store.

Technology is unlikely to offer major advantages, both business wise and consumer wise as the user model seem to be encoded with greater competitive tools. Two advantages no other service does is to entirely bridge the gap between streamed and purchased music.

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Is Apple App store nearing its saturation point

There has been a huge debate going on the issue of Apple and its stringent policies of App store. There are many developers that have seen their apps kicked off from the app store just because they did not adhere to the preposterous regulations of Apple. Although this has not slowed the iPhone application development but there are signs that show that the glory days of Apple are nearing the tip of the iceberg.

Currently there are over 800,000 apps in the Apple app store making Apple the king of application database. In the recent numbers made public by the Cupertino company it was clear that Apple has been hugely successful in monetizing its app store with a revenue generation of over $10 billion. No other platform has been able to generate such a massive amount of revenue. But recent trends show that making it big in iOS app market is getting tougher and tougher due to increased competition and number of applications in app store.

It is generally seen that average number of apps that iPhone users install in their smartphones is around 30-40. With total number of applications nearing a million, coming in that top 100 applications has become a daunting task. It has been seen that established publishers and iPhone app developers have been able to generate substantial revenue while only two percent of first-time developers make it to the top 250 list of publishers.

This can be due to the rigorous process of evaluating an application before it is launched on iOS, which makes it very hard for the newbie developers to make it to the top in the app store. Google on the other hand makes it very easy for developers to publish applications by just signing up as a developer.

The bulk of the revenue is shared among the veteran iPhone app developers as they are well versed with the regulations and norms of Apple. Just 17 percent of the top 300 apps that are available on the App Store are new apps, with gaming applications gulping up the majority of that pie. Video and photo apps is the next category that is very popular in the appstore.

The biggest problem in this booming mobile application market is that there is a point where a user seizes to use applications. An app market is based on relevant applications and not on the size of the database, There is no doubt that the quality of applications in the app store is way better than that of Play store, but Android is fast catching up to iOS.

This parity among the developers have brought out an important question of ingenuity which has been lacking in the application development and whether Appstore is reaching its saturation point. Consumer-Centric applications are dime a dozen, which is why developers are now turning to enterprise mobility solutions for the next phase of application development. It is a market that has a lot of potential as enterprises strive for new solutions to become productive.

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iOS7 likely to be released in the second quarter of 2013

There have been a lot of speculations going on the blogosphere on the next iteration of iOS. There have been many developers that stated that iOS7 has been appearing in their developer logs. What is more interesting is the fact that the IP addresses belong to the Apple’s Cupertino Campus. This has generated a lot of buzz around that Apple is testing its next version of iOS and looking how some popular applications work on it.

Although it might be in its developmental phase, but many believe that with the next iPhone scheduled to be released in the month of June, Apple might add the flavor of iOS7 over it. Another speculation that has been going around is the fact that Apple might open Siri to developers, which means that programmers would be able to tap into its capabilities and develop applications. This newer version of Siri 2.0 is a must and would lead to a lot of innovative applications. Till date Apple has kept its default application in a closed ecosystem and developers have not been able to utilize the true power of iOS.

Another feature that iOS users have been waiting for a long time that Apple should open its OS for more customization like widgets that are found on Android. Although The sheer fluidic user experience of iOS cannot be denied, but it has not changed much since its inception with static rows of icons.

Apple has seen a lot of bashing in the recent time for its bullishness to not change with time and impose things on others. This has been the major reason why ios apps developers have now started to shift there attention towards android, which according to them gives more room for innovation and development.

It is just a matter of time that Apple recognizes this and takes some drastic changes in the way it handles its most valuable asset, iPhone. There are a lot of hopes on iOS7 that it will bring with it some pleasant changes. There have been some hint towards that with Apple even putting a job posting seeking a person that can evolve and enrich Siri.

IOS has always been a superior mobile OS as compared to others with a plethora of applications. But with android catching up to it on both, fluidity front and number of application front, it is high time that Apple flexes its muscle and comes up with some huge. Users can only speculate that Apple has something big in store for them in the form of iOS7, but they all will have to wait for it to be released.

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Apple Locks Down App Screenshot Upon Approval To Halt Scamming

It seems Apple is making its application ecosystem more stringent with new set of rules that prohibits iOS apps developer to change the screenshot of iOS application after it has been approved. This move has been made by the Cupertino company in order to prevent scammers from replacing the screenshots with fake ones and tricking people into buying fake applications.

Earlier iOS app developers were able to change the screenshots at their ease after they have been published on the app store. In this way, some developers combined names that were identical to the titles of some popular applications, hence tricking users in buying their application. Although this will come as a bad news and will affect some legitimate iPhone application development, it will make sure than there are no bogus applications in the app store.

There have been many cases of fake iPhone games development with publishers naming their games identical to some popular iOS games. Some of the examples include various applications named HALO 4 which actually were simple racing or chess games. Another example of this also included a game name “Mooncraft” that had screenshots similar to popular game “Minecraft” and tricked users into buying the application. Once the applications were submitted, the developers used to change the title as well as the screenshot to trick people. Now Apple has taken cognizance of it and laid forward these rules to ensure such practice does not happen again.

There are many iPhone apps programmer that now feel that they will have a difficult time as they wont be able to update their screenshot portraying the new added features with every iteration of their application. But Apple has come around and said that the iOS apps developers would be able to change the screenshot, when they give the binary for approval on each application update.

Over the years, Apple has come with many regulations as well as tools to ensure that the application ecosystem of iOS is secure and there are no malicious applications in its app store. But at times these regulations have taken a hit on the iPhone application development, with developers having to alter the way they implement their applications. However, Apple has been at forefront with its iPhone development solutions to ensure that high quality applications are created for its OS.

There is no doubt that this new feature will prove a bit frustrating for some developers, who have legitimate applications, but if it is able to stop the scamming on the app store, then it is a welcome change brought forward by Apple.

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