iPhone &amp; iPad http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/iphone-ipad/features en-GB CES 2015: 10-minute pitch - Wikipad's Gamevice, the gadget that turns your iPad into a games console http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wikipads-gamevice-gadget-turns-your-ipad-games-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Proper analogue game controls come to your iPad Air or Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wikipad-main.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During CES 2015, the biggest and craziest tech show on the planet, <em>Stuff</em> hosted numerous movers and shakers from the world of technology on our International News Stage.</p> <p>Fraser Townley, President of Wikipad, joined us to introduce the world to the Gamevice, an MFI-compatible controller for iPads Mini and Air that hugs your tablet in its elastic embrace and furnishes it with proper analogue game controls.</p> <p>Check out the full pitch below.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yK7C5YwXmeI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wikipads-gamevice-gadget-turns-your-ipad-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wikipads-gamevice-gadget-turns-your-ipad-games-console/feature#comments CES 2015 iOS games iPhone & iPad Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:27:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457825 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s Lightning port is getting third-party accessories beyond headphones http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-lightning-port-getting-third-party-accessories-beyond-headphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Docks, charging battery cases, game controllers and speakers will all be able to use the female Lightning port </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple’s Lightning port is getting third-party accessories beyond headphones" alt="Apple’s Lightning port is getting third-party accessories beyond headphones" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone-6-plus-lightning.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has already opened up its proprietary Lightning port to third-party companies for headphones (see <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/ces-2015/ces-2015-philips-new-lightning-compatible-noise-cancelling-headphones-don-t-need-no">Philips&rsquo; recent CES launch</a> for an example), but it&rsquo;ll soon be allowing those same companies to make other Lightning-compatible accessories too.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There can be only one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These accessories will only be permitted to possess one Lightning port, so you won&rsquo;t be seeing multiple headphone dongles allowing more than one set of cans to be connected to a single iPhone or iPad.</p> <p>The report goes on to say that the Lightning port will be able to directly charge the accessories, as well as enable passthrough power which would, for instance, allow you to charge your iPhone 6 through a third-party Lightning dock. Apple also claims that Lightning charging works faster than USB, meaning accessories with high-capacity batteries would see a significant boost in charging time if Lightning is used.</p> <p>Given that Apple has yet to confirm any of this, we suggest you take it all with a pinch of salt &ndash; but it&rsquo;s interesting nonetheless. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on future developments.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/12/details-on-apples-upcoming-lightning-port-specs-for-third-party-accessories/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/janitors/15711288362/in/photolist-pWmsE7-5yPafU-7b29pF-4s3WXA-qaDJqg-8wtd9M-9Fht4B-6VWc3X-ngAfdS-pRAuwV-buGAmB-5PHQN7-nUhxH6-8MpvjT-8brzo9-6aQxLt-db6SPF-4bP4og-5vun7g-nwcdmC-nvUibE-9Azk6K-4dgkeH-9JUS3Z-p8mpvZ-p8kuMf-ppQmfr-ppNM95-p8moG4-ppNMe5-p8m4Bm" target="_blank">Karlis Dambrans</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-lightning-port-gets-lego-brick-cap/news">Apple Lightning port gets a Lego brick cap</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-lightning-port-getting-third-party-accessories-beyond-headphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-lightning-port-getting-third-party-accessories-beyond-headphones/news#comments Apple iPhone & iPad Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:46:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457512 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad http://www.stuff.tv/apple-2015-apple-watch-iphone-7-and-figuring-out-ipad/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s predictions and hopes for Apple over the coming year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will we see a third size of iPhone this year?" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-plus-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&rsquo;t need a crystal ball to know at least some of what Apple will unveil over the next 12 months.</p> <p>Apple Watch is imminent, and unless Tim Cook goes mad and decides Apple really needs to scrap everything and get into the spooky porcelain clown business, we&rsquo;re going to see new iPads, iPhones and Macs.</p> <p>So what follows isn&rsquo;t just Stuff&rsquo;s predictions about what Apple will do in 2015, but also our wish-list for the company over the months ahead.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make a smaller iPhone 7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plenty of people were clamouring for bigger iPhones and Apple gave us two. Now we&rsquo;re being awkward and asking for a smaller one as well, for those who don&rsquo;t possess banana thumbs, and who are quite happy with a smaller screen.</p> <p>It needn&rsquo;t be cheap and it shouldn&rsquo;t replace other models - we&rsquo;d gladly see an iPhone 5s-sized iPhone 7 &lsquo;mini&rsquo; sitting alongside the standard model and the gargantuan Plus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="We loved the iPhone 6 - but will 2015 go one better?" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-main_3.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Figure out the iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&#39;s easier said than done, given that the iPad was never well-defined in terms of its use-case, sitting halfway between an iPhone and a MacBook Air. But devs gave us great apps, and the device cemented itself in niches from medical work through to music creation. Oh, and tens of millions of normal people bought one too.</p> <p>Sales have stagnated of late, though, and Apple&#39;s response appears to be a scattergun approach, flinging out as many iPads as possible. In 2015, we hope Apple is more &#39;Apple&#39;, focusing on only the very best hardware, and not trying to fight Android tablets at the lower end of the market.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Is it a bird? A plane? Apple&#039;s not really sure either" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-02.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get Retina everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As soon as you see a Retina display, you&rsquo;re forever spoiled. It&rsquo;s like individual pixels from low-res displays cut into your very eyeballs. In 2014, Retina made it to desktops in the shape of the 5K iMac, but the device we&#39;re hoping for is the MacBook Air Retina. And, yeah, we know: blah blah technology limitations blah. But if anyone can pull off this feat of engineering, it&#39;s Apple.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/5-things-you-need-know-about-imac-retina-5k-display/news" target="_blank"> 5 things you need to know about the iMac with Retina 5k Display</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Lo-res just won&#039;t cut it any more" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t let Apple Watch suck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re pretty sure &#39;Make it suck&#39; isn&#39;t in fact on Apple&#39;s list of things to do regarding Apple Watch, but we really want this device to be brilliant.</p> <p>First, it&#39;ll shut up people who bang on about how Apple never releases new things any more (for at least *several* minutes); secondly it&#39;ll give the rest of the wearbles market a much-needed kick up the bum - but only if it&#39;s any good.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news">Apple Watch: 11 things you need to know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The one thing it doesn&#039;t do is tell the time..." alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iwatch-homescreen_1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take Apple TV seriously </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love the Apple TV. It&rsquo;s a great little unit, with a simple user-interface that certain TV manufacturers *cough*Samsung*cough* would do well to ape instead of whatever hideous nightmares they&rsquo;re concocting for the next generation of smart TVs.</p> <p>But Apple&rsquo;s also being overtaken by its rivals in terms of functionality and scope; the Apple TV needs more apps (especially outside of the US), and could do with better gaming smarts, even if it remains a conduit to your telly, with the rest of the set-up being an iOS device and a controller.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature">Why every Apple fan should own an Apple TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Tidy, but could pack a little more punch" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-06_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sort out iOS gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of games, it still feels as if Apple&rsquo;s bemused by them, despite their success on iOS. There have been hints at better things during 2014, such as the Indie Games Showcase on the App Store, but Apple needs to do more to surface objectively great titles, stop pushing freemium garbage, and make finding games you might want to play a non-hellish experience. Some more granular gaming categories and a big dynamically updated list of titles that support controllers would be a good start.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Unsure who&#039;s driving this thing..." alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-02_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dial down the keynotes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s still king of keynotes, but that&rsquo;s only because everyone else&rsquo;s are so awful. Recent Apple keynotes are hardly among the classics. Although they admittedly feel a touch more human than when Steve Jobs was calling the shots, they also bang on for far too long, and too often spend excruciating chunks of time playing out truly awful dad jokes. The odd bit of humour is fine, but flab isn&rsquo;t; cut them back, Apple!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/top-5-ways-tell-apple-wave-iphone-6-microwave-charging-fake/feature">Why you&#39;d be a mug to believe the iPhone microwave hoax</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="As far as next year goes, we think less is more" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/wwdc-14_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Refine OS X Yosemite — fast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In this writer&#39;s experience (and there are those in the Stuff office who would disagree), OS X Yosemite hasn&rsquo;t reached its potential. It&rsquo;s oddly buggy, and it visually feels like a bit of a hodgepodge of styles. You have a kind of iOS minimalism and translucency butting up against gaudy, cartoonish icons.</p> <p>The dark mode is also sub-par, not affecting enough OS X elements and failing from a readability standpoint. It all feels a bit OS X 10.0 rather than 10.10; OS X 10.11 needs to settle down, Apple ensuring its desktop OS matches the sleekness of its devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/7-things-you-need-know-about-mac-os-x-yosemite/news">7 things you need to know about Mac OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Still lost in the wilderness" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Desktop-2.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be a bit more open </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re not suggesting Apple should open-source everything, nor inform the press about its every move. But it does need to be at least a little more open in 2015.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s untenable that App Store screw-ups appear to best be fixed by devs trying to kick up a PR storm, and we wonder whether everyone&rsquo;s best interests are served in iOS devices still only being able to install apps from the App Store.</p> <p>Time for an Apple Store VP, and an &lsquo;Anywhere&rsquo; install switch, albeit buried deep in Settings, to keep it away from the Muggles.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">35 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Open like an... iPad" alt="Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipads_1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ignore everyone and do what’s best </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, ignore everything we just said, Apple. In fact, ignore what everyone else says, too. Just carry on doing great things, because that&rsquo;s worked out pretty well for you so far.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to be a keyboard pundit, banging on about what Apple should or shouldn&rsquo;t do, but often the best route for any company is to make what people *need* rather than what they *want*.</p> <p>That said, we *really* won&#39;t say no to that shiny new 4in iPhone 7.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0">10 great apps for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple in 2015: the year ahead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and figuring out the iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-2015-apple-watch-iphone-7-and-figuring-out-ipad/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-2015-apple-watch-iphone-7-and-figuring-out-ipad/feature#comments Apple iOS iPhone & iPad iPhone 7 Watch Fri, 02 Jan 2015 11:35:09 +0000 Emily P Burt 1455405 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple sued over “deceptive” device storage space due to iOS 8 size http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-sued-over-deceptive-device-storage-space-due-ios-8-size/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bulging size of the latest OS has at least a couple Apple users fuming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 running iOS 8" alt="iPhone 6 running iOS 8" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-preview_2.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Smartphones and tablets always have less usable storage than what&rsquo;s mentioned on the box, but although common knowledge, it didn&rsquo;t stop a couple of angry Apple users from filing suit against the company this week.</p> <p class="p1">Miami, Florida residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara employed three law firms to file the class action suit on their behalf on Tuesday, which takes Apple to task for allegedly misrepresenting the amount of storage space available to consumers on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-sued-over-deceptive-device-storage-space-due-ios-8-size/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-sued-over-deceptive-device-storage-space-due-ios-8-size/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone & iPad Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:19:55 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1456445 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous http://www.stuff.tv/apple-2014-good-bad-and-hideous/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s been another big year for Apple, from the highs of the iPhone 6 Plus to the lows of people bending them. Here’s Stuff’s round-up of the best and worst bits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s been a vast and sometimes bewildering year for Apple. " alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-01_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple manages to do more in a year than many companies manage in their entire histories. Some of its achievements are amazing; other decisions make you stare wide-eyed at news, in total bafflement. Here&rsquo;s what we reckoned were Apple&rsquo;s highs and lows during 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-20-mac-app-store-apps-and-games-your-new-macbook-pro-or-macbook-air/feature">20 great Mac App Store apps for your new MacBook or iMac</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE GOOD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>1. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus </strong></p> <p>And people say Apple never listens. To be fair, Apple&rsquo;s always listened to the sound of profits, and those now require larger handsets. So everyone got bigger iPhones and there was much rejoicing, because they were both rather good, even if the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> required banana thumbs to use one-handed.</p> <p><strong>2. 5K iMac</strong></p> <p>The &lsquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-retina-5k-display-hands/review">27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display</a>&rsquo; (as Apple&rsquo;s awkwardly dubbed it) proved to be drop-dead gorgeous, and available starting from a surprisingly reasonable two grand. Dell&rsquo;s management team then presumably threw darts at a photo of Tim Cook, in having to drop its new 5K display&rsquo;s price, which originally only matched the new iMac.</p> <p><strong>3. Opening up iOS 8</strong></p> <p>iOS doesn&rsquo;t yet match Android in terms of extensibility, but <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a> went way beyond iOS 7, with extensions for sharing, actions, keyboards and the Photos app. Power users get new tools; devs get new business opportunities; and everyone finally gets swipey keyboards.</p> <p><strong>4. Continuity, not convergence</strong></p> <p>With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Apple further integrated its systems. You can fling in-progress documents between devices, and pick up calls on your iMac. But your iMac isn&rsquo;t pretending to be an iPhone, and your iPad isn&rsquo;t a laptop in disguise, with a touchscreen superglued on. This is a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Bigger screen, better times" alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iPhone-6-review-main_4.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Good (continued) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>5. Apple Watch </strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12-things-watchkit-tells-us-about-apple-watch/feature">Apple Watch</a> is something new and, for Apple, quite daring. It&rsquo;s not first to market, but then Apple&rsquo;s never first - it just wants to be best. Apple Watch is also Apple broadening its horizons; rivals have tweaked people&rsquo;s tech buttons with their own smartwatches, but Apple&rsquo;s also gunning for the fashion world.</p> <p><strong>6. Rising Mac sales</strong></p> <p>For a while, everyone thought the Mac was on borrowed time, but Apple celebrated the Mac&rsquo;s 30th birthday in 2014, and bucked trends in the PC market with rising sales. This will only continue with the 5K iMac and a likely Retina MacBook Air in the not-too-distant. (Well, we can hope.)</p> <p><strong>7. Personal privacy</strong></p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s quite clearly differentiating itself from another tech giant with its stance on privacy. During 2014, Apple placed emphasis on encrypting user data so even it can&rsquo;t gain access, and stopping governments and devs alike digging too deep. This might result in odd moments of frustration due to limitations, but it&rsquo;s an honourable and important stance.</p> <p><strong>8. Another IBM partnership</strong></p> <p>This time, it&rsquo;s not about chips (Sorry, PowerPC fans.), but the enterprise. That&rsquo;s not really Apple&rsquo;s thing, but it&rsquo;s certainly IBM&rsquo;s. Cue: some really weird buzzword-drenched press releases that felt distinctly un-Apple. But fruits of labours are now showing, with some very smart apps; and if iPad can further cement itself in business, it might thrive rather than stagnate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review">Apple iPhone 7 - all the rumours rated</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="675" title="Brave new iWatch" alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Good (continued) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>9. OS X public beta </strong></p> <p>Usually, we get a raft of rumours just before an Apple OS arrives, but for OS X Yosemite, Apple went public with the beta, collecting data, fixing problems, and giving people a taste of what was to come - probably a wise move, given the radical visual overhaul and subsequent freak-out that iOS 7 caused.</p> <p><strong>10. Apple Pay</strong></p> <p>Non-Americans were rightly bemused by the big deal Apple made about how tricky it is to actually pay for things with cards, but Apple Pay *is* important in showing that Apple continues to think different and think big. The system beats clunky rivals for user experience, but only time will tell if retail fiefdoms will be an insurmountable hurdle for Apple.</p> <p><strong>11. An insanely large cash pile</strong></p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s growth has slowed, but it nonetheless continues to have record quarters in terms of income and profits. 2014 saw it buy Beats, among other things, and continue to invest in what if feels matters, such as green energy provision.</p> <p><strong>12. Tim Cook</strong></p> <p>We always thought people were idiots for yelling that Cook should stand down as CEO, and 2014 was his year. Apple became Cook&rsquo;s Apple, with new products and new ways of thinking. Also, props to Cook himself for his shareholder meeting responses (&ldquo;When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don&rsquo;t consider the bloody ROI!&rdquo;), and his level-headed and sincere Businessweek article about his sexuality: &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I&rsquo;ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it&rsquo;s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/everything-you-need-know-about-apple-iphone-6-and-6-plus/feature">The A-Z of Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Scaling the heights of Yosemite " alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Desktop-2_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>1. Dwindling iPad sales </strong></p> <p>iPad sales are in a slump, with&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em> arguing we&rsquo;ve reached &lsquo;peak tablet&rsquo;. Clearly, the iPad&rsquo;s hardly dead tech, though - Apple&rsquo;s still selling millions of the things every quarter. But 2014 was the first year its &lsquo;magical&rsquo; device was questioned, and 2015 will in part have to be about reinvigorating sales.</p> <p><strong>2. iPad mini 3</strong></p> <p>And this isn&rsquo;t the way to do that. Usually, we recommend getting the newest and greatest iPad. In 2013, the iPad mini 2 was phenomenal value, almost identical to the iPad Air. This year, the Air 2 got some major upgrades and the iPad mini 3 got&hellip; Touch ID. For 80 quid. The iPad mini 2 is now a much better buy than its successor, and that&rsquo;s just crazy.</p> <p><strong>3. Bendgate </strong></p> <p>Every iPhone gets its *gate, and this time it was claimed the iPhone 6 would bend just by keeping it in your pocket for a bit. Subsequent independent testing showed this to be codswallop - Apple merely got a handful of complaints, and the new iPhones were on par with other devices of similar size, in terms of &lsquo;bendiness&rsquo;. But the tag stuck, and Apple had another PR headache on its hands.</p> <p><strong>4. Enforced U2</strong></p> <p>Last time we joked about this, a disgruntled U2 fan ragequit our Facebook feed, so we won&rsquo;t dwell. But, yeah, it was uncool for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple to inject <em>Songs Of Innocence </em>into everyone&rsquo;s library</a>; worse, it made some people think they&rsquo;d been hacked.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature">Apple Pay? More like pay Apple!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s cute, but is it worth the cash? " alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-main_1.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bad (continued) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>5. iCloud celeb &lsquo;hacks&rsquo; </strong></p> <p>Undoubtedly one of the worst tech stories of the year, celeb nudes were spread online by people bereft of empathy or kindness. An iCloud hack was initially blamed, but Apple argued the celebs had most likely been caught out by phishing. Regardless, this was a bad moment for Apple and, frankly, the entire tech world.</p> <p><strong>6. Apple TV</strong></p> <p>We love the Apple TV, but we&rsquo;re not sure Apple does. The little black box has merrily sat there throughout 2014, getting the odd new &lsquo;app&rsquo; and not much else, while the competition&rsquo;s blazed past. C&rsquo;mon, Apple - don&rsquo;t give up on the little guy!</p> <p><strong>7. App rejection craziness</strong></p> <p>The PCalc widget gets featured on the App Store while simultaneously being threatened with expulsion. Launcher&rsquo;s dev claims Apple has his app publicly pulled as a warning to other devs. <em>Papers, Please</em> is told to scrap dystopian pixelated nudity, which Apple considers &ldquo;pornographic&rdquo;. File manager Transmit for iOS is forced to remove iCloud upload, and therefore Apple&rsquo;s standard iOS Document Picker. Most of these decisions were later reversed, but this was not a good year for the apps review team.</p> <p><strong>8. Upsell hell</strong></p> <p>Upselling is part and parcel of capitalism, but Apple&rsquo;s gotten cynical. Its kit used to be ordered &lsquo;good/better/best&rsquo;. Now you get &lsquo;no way in hell/OK, FINE/best&rsquo;. Apple should simply not be selling 16GB iPhones and iPads any more; the low-end iMac is also a joke. This feels like accountants figuring out how to boost earnings rather than a company with products where you&rsquo;d say to someone: &ldquo;Get whichever model you want - they&rsquo;re *all* good.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">The 38 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="All quiet on the TV front" alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-06_1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bad (continued) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>9. Bugs </strong></p> <p>In 2014, it often felt like Apple was doing too much. An iOS 8 update temporarily removed iPhone cell capabilities; a &lsquo;reset all settings&rsquo; bug wiped iCloud files; and OS X Yosemite can be crashtastic. &lsquo;It just works&rsquo; became &lsquo;It just works&hellip; mostly&rsquo;, and that&rsquo;s not very Apple.</p> <p><strong>10. iCloud storage</strong></p> <p>It was good to see Apple drop iCloud&rsquo;s ludicrous pricing tiers to a level that was less ludicrous, but the free 5GB tier now looks pathetic, and should at the very least be increased to allow back-ups across all your devices. We shudder to think how rapidly iCloud accounts will fill when Apple properly turns on auto-uploading every photo you take and edit you make to Photo Stream.</p> <p><strong>11. iOS install lag</strong></p> <p>At Apple&rsquo;s October iPad event, Apple oddly for the first time spoke about combined install figures for the last *two* major releases of iOS. This is because iOS 8 had stalled. Maybe this was because of the whopping amount of space required for an over-the-air update (hey, Apple, we keep saying about those 16GB devices&hellip;), or perhaps it just didn&rsquo;t look that different to the average punter. Even today, it lags behind iOS 7 uptake during the same time period (around 60%, compared to high 70s for its predecessor), and that&rsquo;s not good (even if Android would kill for similar figures).</p> <p><strong>12. Death of the iPod Classic</strong></p> <p>Most of us saw this coming, but that little music player was representative of the &lsquo;new Apple&rsquo;, and it&rsquo;s sad to see it go. Still, it&rsquo;ll live on for a while in news reports of crazy people buying whatever stock remains of the 160GB model, for crazy prices; because, clearly, a device being on sale for *five years* doesn&rsquo;t provide enough time to place an order!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-obituary-thank-you-music/feature">iPod Classic Obituary</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2592" height="1944" title="Bidding farewell to a giant of the music industry" alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/IPod_classic_6G_black_new_interface-2007-09-15.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE HIDEOUS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>1. That new Finder icon </strong></p> <p>Someone thought this was a good idea? Seriously?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0">10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="768" height="768" title="Yes, we&#039;re uncomfortable with this too. " alt="Apple in 2014: the good, the bad and the hideous" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/0yBOXTMMpHVGaCLX4k-yKuRMqrUM_ARCMwImIxbmlC8.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-2014-good-bad-and-hideous/feature#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone & iPad iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:04:26 +0000 Emily P Burt 1455764 at http://www.stuff.tv Imminent Apple Pay rollout in Europe revealed by job listing http://www.stuff.tv/apple/imminent-apple-pay-rollout-europe-revealed-job-listing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s recruiting staff to support the expansion of its NFC payment system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Pay" alt="Imminent Apple Pay rollout in Europe revealed by job listing" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-pay_1.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Apple is firming up its plans to roll out Apple Pay in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) according to a job advert posted by the company.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The listing for an Apple Pay intern within the London-based Apple Pay team was spotted by <a href="http://www.iclarified.com/46099/new-apple-pay-team-in-london-will-expand-service-into-europe-middle-east-india-and-africa"><em>iClarified</em></a>, but now appears to have been removed (or maybe the position was filled?). The advert stated that the selected candidate would be working &quot;to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA&quot;, making clear their commitment to get the cardless payment system running in the UK and beyond.</p> <p class="p2">Apple has been working hard to encourage take-up of its NFC-based payment system, which enables users to load their credit cards on to their iOS device and leave their wallet at home, using TouchID fingerprint recognition to verify transactions.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">It now supports the cards that account for 90% of the credit card transactions in the US, though support has been withdrawn from a number of merchants setting up their own NFC-based payment system.</p> <p class="p2">The company is also recruiting staff for Apple Pay in China, backed by Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba.</p> <p class="p2">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iclarified.com/46099/new-apple-pay-team-in-london-will-expand-service-into-europe-middle-east-india-and-africa">iClarified</a> via <a href="http://appadvice.com/appnn/2014/12/apple-pay-could-soon-be-launched-across-europe-middle-east-india-and-africa">appadvice</a>]</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news">Apple wants iPhone to pay for train fares, access secure locations</a></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/imminent-apple-pay-rollout-europe-revealed-job-listing/news#comments Apple iPhone & iPad Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:27:03 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1455658 at http://www.stuff.tv Coming soon: the unbreakable iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-patents-system-ensure-dropped-iphones-sustain-less-damage/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patents system that detects accidental falls and makes your iPhone land like a cat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s patent should help this happen less often" alt="Apple&#039;s patent should help this happen less often" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/broken-iphone.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The US Patent and Trademark Office has this week awarded Apple <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(700%2F79.CCLS.+AND+20141202.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/700/79+and+isd/12/02/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/700/79+AND+ISD/20141202)" target="_blank">a patent</a> that may help future iPhones and other devices stay in one piece for longer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shifting your weight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS, already included in many of Apple&rsquo;s devices, would be used to determine its position, orientation and descent speed. Data from each of these sensors would be fed to the CPU, which would then tell the device how to change its momentum in order to land on a stronger point.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s document mentions than an electric motor be used to shift a device&rsquo;s weight, but it&rsquo;s also possible that the vibration motor already used in the iPhone could perform this role.</p> <p>As with all patents, this one&rsquo;s existence doesn&rsquo;t mean the system will be coming to Apple&rsquo;s products soon &ndash; or even at all. But it&rsquo;s an interesting insight into the sort of things the company is delving into at the moment.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/12/02/apple-patents-active-fall-protection-system-that-shifts-iphones-in-midair" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/siraf72/11885592144/in/photolist-j7hLsu-4wPHZz-8VxBLG-4k8gUR-5qp8Xf-6uUqtQ-bMm36e-6KBWu5-83Kp1b-6Djj9a-7g7Rob-7enMtC-7eiSvk-5Aq26C-9U7LuE-6Djj98-6FgoW4-67WVLR-98ThJW-98Ti7Q-98ThVL-98QafR-98QasH-98Qa3x-6Tz9oL-4QNDTV-8L9bGe-6Fkwxd-jTAph7-jTyQue-9uohZW-gScvK5-gfBwSw-542f5v-82UtxR-82UtHB-6K65dt-9U4WMz-78v2qe-7ZgnN5-6jufn8-fs6r9w-frR7Pn-fs6qjE-8j3kXG-7VPBEc-9fM7ve-3Xinxb-6fnqrA-5iuhDK" target="_blank">Faris Algosaibi on Flickr</a></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-patents-system-ensure-dropped-iphones-sustain-less-damage/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-patents-system-ensure-dropped-iphones-sustain-less-damage/news#comments Apple iPhone & iPad Smartphones Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:39:17 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454563 at http://www.stuff.tv Tired of your iPad Air 2? Maybe the 12in iPad Air Plus will float your boat http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks of a faster, bigger Apple tablet make their way onto the web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/newipad.jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple could be planning a huge surprise for us, but keeping all that secrets behind closed doors seem to be too much of a task. First, there were <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-pro-could-cram-122in-screen-and-dual-speakers-body-no-thicker-iphone/news">rumours of a larger iPad Pro</a> becoming a reality, and now word of an iPad Air Plus is making the rounds.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An idea worth pursuing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But we think launching a new set of larger devices will do Apple some good, pushing it into areas other vendors have traditionally operated in. The instant success of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6l">iPhone 6 Plus</a> is an indication of the public&rsquo;s interest in owning larger screened mobile devices.</p> <p>Then again, if there&rsquo;s a range of larger iPads in the works, there&rsquo;s the possibility of Apple downsizing its MacBook Air offerings to just offer these larger slates with removable keyboards (that&rsquo;s not confirmed, or even hinted at &ndash; we&rsquo;re just toying with ideas here).</p> <p>And you probably won&rsquo;t have to wait as long for this device as you would for the purported iPad Pro (that one&rsquo;s believed to be going on sale <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news">sometime in Q2 next year</a>). The iPad Air Plus might rear its head as early as Q1 2015. Stay tuned &ndash; we&rsquo;ll bring you more information about the device as it comes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&#39;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_ipad_air_plus_details_make_the_rounds-news-10349.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-2-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news#comments Apple iOS iPhone & iPad Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:09:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454353 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple website lets you free your phone number from iMessage http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-website-lets-you-free-your-phone-number-imessage/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, you&#039;ll be able to receive texts from iPhone users </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s Deregister iMessage site" alt="Apple&#039;s Deregister iMessage site" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/deregister-imessage.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has launched a new website that lets former iPhone users deregister from the iMessage service.</p> <p>Since 2011, some Apple customers who switched from iPhone to another device have discovered that text messages sent from iPhones to their number were being intercepted by iMessage &ndash; and sent to their non-existent iPhone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-website-lets-you-free-your-phone-number-imessage/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-website-lets-you-free-your-phone-number-imessage/news#comments Apple iPhone & iPad Smartphones Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:38:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1452738 at http://www.stuff.tv Your next iPhone could have a glasses-free 3D display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/your-next-iphone-could-have-glasses-free-3d-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple reportedly working on 3D screen technology for future iPhones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Your next iPhone could have a glasses-free 3D display" alt="Your next iPhone could have a glasses-free 3D display" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-3d.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s only been a few short weeks since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6l">iPhone 6 Plus</a>&nbsp;debuted, but Apple&#39;s already beavering away on its successor&nbsp;&ndash; and it could be adding a whole new dimension to future iPhones.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/your-next-iphone-could-have-glasses-free-3d-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/your-next-iphone-could-have-glasses-free-3d-display/news#comments Apple iPhone & iPad Smartphones Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:28:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 1452381 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: 1Password http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The secure locker for passwords has gained thumb power and the means to work in other apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro2.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an app that&rsquo;s benefitted from the underlying changes to and relative openness of iOS 8, it&rsquo;s 1Password. The password manager has long been popular on the desktop, providing a simple, convenient way to create insanely complicated passwords and &lsquo;inject&rsquo; them into browser forms.</p> <p>The net result is greatly enhanced security, and the app adds further useful features, such as storing multiple identities (for instance a simplified set of details for forums), secure notes, wallet entries, and software licenses.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Security silo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On iOS, however, the app&rsquo;s inability to worm its way deep into the system always left it as an awkward security silo. There was no integration with Safari for iOS, meaning you either had to use 1Password&rsquo;s basic built-in browser to shop online or visit forums, or laboriously copy and paste passwords across to Safari.</p> <p>As of iOS 8, this has all changed. Because of app extensions, 1Password can be directly triggered&nbsp;from a Safari Share sheet, providing rapid access to all of your usernames and passwords. In fact, 1Password goes further, because it can also be used with any third-party app that builds in support; examples that have gotten on board early include Slack, Instapaper, and Treehouse.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-1.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, iOS already includes its own roughly equivalent secure password system, iCloud Keychain, but 1Password is superior in terms of cross-platform support (iCloud Keychain is a strictly iOS and OS X thing) and also in enabling you to edit your entries on a mobile device. Furthermore, if you have an iOS device with Touch ID, 1Password can be configured to work with that, significantly speeding up accessing your secure content.</p> <p>As with any new release, there&rsquo;s the odd gremlin lurking - for example, on the iPad, 1Password&rsquo;s dialog awkwardly lurks behind the keyboard in landscape mode. Additionally, while the desktop version boasts a useful security audit, flagging old or weak passwords, this is omitted on mobile.</p> <p>Still, any feature disparity is excusable when you consider 1Password for iOS&rsquo;s new price tag of <em>nothing at all</em>. You only pay (&pound;6.99/US$9.99) if you want &lsquo;pro&rsquo; features (extra categories, custom folders and tags, multiple vaults, custom fields), and most people won&rsquo;t need them. Existing 1Password for iOS users get them for free. Presumably, the developer&rsquo;s aiming to make its money on the desktop, which makes the mobile offering beyond a mere bargain, propelling it into no-brainer install territory.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8">Download 1Password for iPhone and iPad</a> (requires iOS 8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">See all of our Apps of the Week here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-2.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1Password does exist for Android, and can be grabbed in a free-trial version from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>. The app is broadly similar to the <em>old</em> version for iOS, and is therefore something of a silo. &lsquo;Premium&rsquo; features in this version are very different from those in the iOS release, amounting to essentially any adding, editing or organising items. That&rsquo;ll set you back &pound;4.99 and we reckon the app is way clunkier than its iOS sibling, which is a pity. If you&rsquo;re a dedicated 1Password user, the Android release is still worth grabbing, but if you want a password manager solely for Android, there are better options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A useful but limited iOS app just became essential, thanks to iOS 8&rsquo;s new powers. Download it now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review#comments App of the Week iOS apps iPhone & iPad Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:16:50 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448314 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extensibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photos and Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bubbling under </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once the bugs are squashed and kit/apps take full advantage, iOS 8 will be great. Even in its current state, it&#39;s very good.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iOS 8 preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third-party keyboards, a Health app, new gaming skills and much more </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv How to remove U2’s Songs of Innocence from your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s given you a new album you probably don’t want. Here’s how to get rid of it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="684" height="512" title="U4" alt="How to remove U2’s Songs of Innocence from your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On September 9, Apple announced new iPhones, an Apple Watch, a new payment system, and the mandatory acceptance of a mediocre new U2 album for anyone with an iTunes account.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking at your iPhone or iPad Music app, carefully weighing up whether to avoid scrolling down past T in the Artists tab, or just putting your device out of its misery by smashing it with a hammer, WAIT!</p> <p>It&rsquo;s possible, by jumping through some stupid hoops, to remove <em>Songs Of Innocence</em> entirely!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1) First, open iTunes (sorry, iTunes haters), and sign in with whatever Apple ID you&rsquo;re using on your devices. Feel free to curse if this means installing iTunes on your PC.</p> <p>2) Click iTunes Store and then the Home icon, and then click Purchased from the Quick Links section in the sidebar. Quietly seethe at the many U2 adverts goading you from the top of the screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="930" height="581" title="You Too" alt="How to remove U2’s Songs of Innocence from your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-1.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>3) Click Music and you&rsquo;ll see <em>Songs Of Innocence</em> lurking not entirely innocently. Hover your cursor over the cover art, and then gleefully click the little cross in the top-left corner. The artwork will vanish.</p> <p>4) Now go back to your iOS device, ensuring it&rsquo;s signed into the same account. In theory, <em>Songs Of Innocence</em> should vanish entirely within a second or two. If it doesn&rsquo;t, go to the Settings app, select iTunes &amp; App Store, and then turn the Music switch off and on again. Twice, just to be sure. That&rsquo;ll do it. Sorry, Bono.</p> <p>Note that if you&rsquo;re one of the &lsquo;crazy ones&rsquo;, in a sense other than how Apple alluded to them in a classic advert, you can get your freebie back. Select Account from Quick Links, and click the Manage link next to Hidden Purchases. You&rsquo;ll then be able to raise <em>Songs Of Innocence</em> from the dead, like some kind of doddering music zombie.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">This is the iPhone 6 - hands on with Apple&#39;s new smartphone</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="721" height="312" title="Ewe Too" alt="How to remove U2’s Songs of Innocence from your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-2_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone & iPad iPhone 6 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:16:21 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447311 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rogue + Threes! + whimsy = addiction + fun + a surprising amount of death by giant snail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_6079.PNG" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Collaboration and a unified front are all very well, but there&#39;s a point when these things can go a teensy bit too far.</p> <p>That point is probably when you&#39;re part of a cooperative tasked with raiding dungeons full of things very much out to kill you, yet still feel compelled to act as one, no matter the consequences. This includes when said consequences involve stumbling into a pool of acid, just because your cohort fancied grabbing a nearby piece of bling.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone/iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Navigating snails and Sir Swapsalot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You begin in a catacomb, two semi-randomly chosen fantasy characters (barbarian, mage, and so on) dumped among walls, golden chests, and odd-looking shells. Swipe and your pair of heroes/kleptomaniacs move as one, and the shells materialise into roaming monsters. Open a chest or make too many moves and more foes or hazards materialise, potentially blocking your path to the exit and getting all fighty if you venture too near.</p> <p>Turn-based titles, and especially roguelikes like the brilliant 868-HACK, often force a steely kind of concentration, and a chess-like approach to fighting your way onwards.</p> <p>This is immediately evident with The Nightmare Cooperative, which further ramps up the complexity through the manner in which your party moves. Getting a pair through the initial catacombs is fairly simple, but since you can pick up more team-mates along the way, the variables multiply, not least when the monsters become brighter and weirder.</p> <p>The motley crew includes giant homing snails that leave an ice-slick behind them, and Sir Swapsalot a character that switches place with any adventurer that stumbles into his line of vision. You therefore repeatedly find yourself in situations where a single swipe could simultaneously result in battles with monsters, gold collection and death.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The maddeningly addictive puzzle game&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6077.PNG" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6082.PNG" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy on the nightmare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Initially, then, despite some tranquil sound design and sharp, modern graphics, The Nightmare Cooperative is heavy on the nightmare bit, feeling like a savage and frequently unjust ordeal.</p> <p>Often, the game becomes about cutting your losses, sacrificing one of the team so that the others may survive. But it nonetheless grabs hold, and you&#39;ll want to beat it rather than feel beaten.</p> <p>Once you master the game&#39;s intricacies, how some enemies can be manipulated and used to your advantage; the way in which careful use of collectable potions can get you through otherwise seemingly deadly situations, you&#39;ll find your way to new sets of dungeons and, with some good fortune, the end of the quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-they-need-be-fed-3/review">They Need To Be Fed 3 for iOS/Android review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6083.PNG" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That the game even has an end is surprisingly rare on a modern mobile puzzler, and The Nightmare Cooperative&#39;s strictly defined nature changes the way you approach subsequent quests.</p> <p>It&#39;s not simply about seeing how long you can stay alive, but also how smart you can be within given time constraints.</p> <p>The fixed boundaries might not make for the most open game nor the most expansive, but The Nightmare Cooperative is frequently thrilling and punishing in equal measure. A focussed, novel and polished mobile title that rewards those determined enough to stick with it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-nightmare-cooperative/id905878967?mt=8">Download The Nightmare Cooperative for iPhone/iPa</a>d</strong></p> <p>Coming later this year for Android&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">More App of the Weeks for iPhone, iPad and Android&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" alt="App of the Week: The Nightmare Cooperative review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_6078.PNG" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS games iPhone & iPad Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:17 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447222 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 8 launches on 17 September for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or newer http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-launches-17-september-iphone-4s-and-ipad-2-or-newer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest major OS update hits just days before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus debut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" alt="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-ios8.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-55in-iphone-6/news">two new smartphones</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news">a dazzling smartwatch</a> to reveal, Apple spent considerably less time than usual repeating the features of iOS 8 at today&rsquo;s event. But now we know when we&rsquo;ll actually be using it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the latter end, you can expect everything from the Health app to the Handoff feature that lets you move active content between your iOS devices and Mac, plus there&rsquo;s third-party keyboards, easy voice and video swapping within Messages, Family Sharing, and overhauled photo management.</p> <p>And on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you&rsquo;ll also have access to Apple Pay, which uses each phone&rsquo;s built-in NFC chip combined with Touch ID and your account details to keep your wallet firmly in your pocket or bag. That feature won&rsquo;t launch until October, however.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.apple.com">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-47in-iphone-6/news">7 things you need to know about the iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" alt="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone6-ios8b.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-launches-17-september-iphone-4s-and-ipad-2-or-newer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-launches-17-september-iphone-4s-and-ipad-2-or-newer/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone & iPad iPhone 6 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:47:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447117 at http://www.stuff.tv