2013 Archive

What We Expect From Today’s Apple Media Event

Today we are expecting many things to come out in the Apple media event being held at their Cupertino campus.  As the event has been building, the rumour mill has been in overdrive trying to sort out what is going to happen and what is going to be announced.  Here at AlliOSNews we have put together our list of what we expect to see and what we do not expect to see.

iPhone 5S – Chance of Happening:  100%

The star of the show in many ways, we fully expect to see a new iPhone 5S today from Apple.  Every year we see a new iPhone be it an update from the previous model or an all new model.  With the iPhone 5 still going strong, 2013 marks a “S” year and we will see an updated version.  Expect to see a new & improved camera, processor and general performance increases in the new iPhone 5S.  The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that we will see a fingerprint scanner in the new iPhone and we can expect to see a new Graphite and Champaign colour option available in addition to the standard White and Black units.

What We Want To See From WWDC Next Week

 

With WWDC only a few days away its time for us here at AlliOSNews to put together our list of wants, hopes and things we are pretty darn sure we are going to see next week.  In previous years we have posted a list of things we expect to see and assigned a probability of those things happening.  Don’t worry, we are still going to do that.  But this year, with TechMomTuesday Tricia on board, we thought we give you two views for the price of one read.

‘Cause we love you like that.

Clinton’s comments will be in Blue while Tricia’s comments will be in Orange

Hi. Pleased to be here at my first predictorial. I’d like to kick things off with a disclaimer that while I wear my nerd stripes proudly – I am in no way, shape or form of the developing ilk. Not that prevents me from my opinions.

So we will start with the most obvious…

iOS 7 – Change of Announcement:  100%

This is the Developer conference so it only stands to reason that the next version of iOS would be introduced at this event.  The real question though is what exactly will be in iOS 7?

For me, I’m really hoping that the rumours stand true and we see a cleaner, more industrial look to iOS.  I’m so over the faux leather looks and green felts.  I hate them in OS X and I feel the same about it in iOS.  Frankly, its distracting.

I’m also hoping that we see a much improved Notification Center.  There are so many things that could be done with this part of iOS like being able to turn WiFi on or off, or go into Airplane mode or set up Do Not Disturb.  All these things require me to go into Settings which is just-that-many-more taps for something that should be simple.

If the Lock Screen is improved with some more information or the ability to quickly respond to a Tweet or iMessage, that would be a bonus for me.  It is the same way I feel about Flickr and Vimeo integration.  Great if it happens but it is a bonus item for me.

Apple has already shared that there will be new versions of iOS and OS X. So that’s happening. For me the question is more when it will be released widely to users. Given historical precedence – my bets are on developer release and discussion next week with access to the general public coming this fall (along with more consumer product shiny toys).

I’m looking forward to the possibility of enhanced sharing tools like AirDrop on my devices. This will be very helpful in the TechFamily when it comes to files and photos – sure beats, “Hey honey, can you remember to email that to me? Oh, it’s too large? Ok. Let’s go find a USB” – because we’re usually sitting next to one another, clearly on the same Wi-Fi network.

Allegedly there is also going to be more “intuitive” gesture-based info-finding. While I appreciate the drive to reduce the amount of click-throughs, I quoted intuitive because sometimes it’s a bit much and I end up gesturing to a screen I wasn’t going for. Then, given my directional ineptitude in all facets of life, I inevitably can’t figure out how to simply swipe back to where I was and just start pushing buttons to start over.

comScore April Report Shows Apple Still Growing in The US Market

The analysts over at comScore have released their April 2013 smartphone research for the US market with Apple being the only major brand to gain both in devices and platform in the month.  The report covers February, March and April in the United States market and is a comparison of quarter-over-quarter growth.

From an OEM perspective, Apple ranked number one with marketshare at 39.2% of the 138.5 million smartphone owners in the United States.  According to comScore, this is an increase of 1.4% over the previous quarterly numbers.  Samsung was a distant second at 22%.  Only Apple and Samsung showed increases in OEM marketshare while HTC, Motorola and LG all saw declines.

The figures for Apple are also strong from a platform point-of-view according to comScore.  iOS saw a 1.4% increase amongst users while Google, BlackBerry and Microsoft saw declines.  From the comScore report:

Top Smartphone Platforms 3 Month Avg. Ending Apr. 2013 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jan. 2013 Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jan-13 Apr-13 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google 52.3% 52.0% -0.3
Apple 37.8% 39.2% 1.4
BlackBerry 5.9% 5.1% -0.8
Microsoft 3.1% 3.0% -0.1
Symbian 0.5% 0.5% 0.0

You can read the full report at comScore but it does bode well for Apple as they are on the cusp of announcing the next major version of iOS next week at WWDC.  Clearly people are still interested in Apple & iOS.

WWDC 2013 Tickets On Sale 25 April 10:00 AM PST

Apple has just announced that tickets for WWDC 2013 will go on sale tomorrow, 25 April at 10:00 AM PST.  This announcement was expected but unlike last year, Apple has given a days notice so everyone can be prepared.  Last year the announcement was made the same day tickets went on sale and many in Europe and Asia missed out.

WWDC 2013 will be held in San Francisco June 10-14.

Here is what you need to keep in mind when you are preparing to order your tickets according to Apple:

Eligibility

 

To buy a ticket, you must be a member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (5:30 a.m. PDT, April 24, 2013) and at the time of your ticket purchase. Developers between 13 and 17 years of age must have their ticket purchased by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.

 

 

Purchasing

 

Ticket purchases are limited to one (1) per person and five (5) per organization. The same credit card may be used up to five (5) times to purchase all of the tickets for your organization. However, each team member must sign in with their own Apple ID and purchase their own ticket.

As is usually the case with this event, WWDC 2013 is expected to be a sold out affair.  Last year tickets sold out in less than an hour and there is no reason to expect this year will be any different.  With announcements expected around iOS 7, the next OS X and other product information, this will be a big event.

For those who are time zone challenged, 10:00 PST means:

12:00 CST

13:00 EST

18:00 BST

19:00 CET

03:00 Sydney (+1 Day)

More information can be found at this Link

MLB At Bat Update Gets You Ready for The 2013 Baseball Season

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season only weeks away, the league has just updated their iOS universal app MLB At Bat for the 2013 season.  The update brings all of the latest news, information and updates from around the league now in Spring Training as well as the upcoming regular season and playoffs.  2013 marks my 3rd season of using the MLB At Bat app and I have every intention of doing so even though I now live in England.  It is the definitive sports app. Period.

While the latest release of MLB At Bat is focused on the 2013 season, there is a good list of updates and improvements in the app.  The Release Notes for version 6.0.0 highlights some of those changes and improvements.

In Game View on MLB at Bat

In Game View on MLB at Bat

New for 2013 (additional features coming Opening Day)
- Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
- Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
- Batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
- Re-designed individual team pages (iPhone)
- Updated news section interface (iPhone)
- Classic games library (iPhone and iPad)
- Re-architected navigations (iPhone and iPad)
- Additional push notification options (iPhone)

As was the case in the 2012 version of MLB At Bat, the app itself is free and there are in-app purchases to get you more detailed information about games including video highlights and play-by-play audio.  First, if you are a MLB.TV subscriber, the app is free as part of your package.  If you are not a subscriber, then the in-app purchases give you two options:

  • One-Time fee of $19.99 for the entire 2013 season, Spring Training through to the World Series
  • Monthly recurring subscription of $2.99/month

Finally, if you link the app to your MLB.com account, you can listen to radio broadcasts of any came on your Mac or PC as well as in the MLB At Bat app.

MLB.com At Bat (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Apple to announce 1st Quarter results in January 23 conference call

Apple has announced on their Investor site that the next Quarterly Earnings conference call will take place on January 23rd at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM GMT.  The call will cover the sales and company statistics for the the 1st quarter of Apple’s Fiscal Year 2013 which runs from October through December (calendar Q4).  The Q1 report is always the one investors like to hear because the sales figures from the Christmas holiday shopping season will be included.

This report will also be the first time we get real sales numbers for the iPad Mini from Apple.  All indications are that the newest iPad has been a rousing success but numbers are numbers and we will know for sure come the 23rd.

You can get more information about Apple financials by visiting their Investor site.

Apple posts article on Do Not Disturb issue with it being fixed on 7 January

Apple has released an acknowledgement that the sporadic issues with Do Not Disturb are legitimate and are being addressed.  On the Apple Support site yesterday, Apple posted article TS4510 which outlines the problem of Do Not Disturb mode staying on even after the scheduled time for it end has passed.  The resolution to the issue is interesting:

Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.

What makes this interesting is the “resume normal functionality” statement.  Does this mean that whatever this bug is, likely algorithm related, runs its course on 7 January and things return to normal?  Or does it mean that we can expect to see a hot patch of some sort for iOS 6 to resolve the issue on 7 January?  It really doesn’t matter but the blogosphere is alight with the idea that this will be a software patch – I’m not convinced yet. :-)

A deeper question – and I’d like to hear your thoughts – is why does Apple have a difficult time with the calendar rolling to a new year and Daylight Savings Time?  They have been plagued with issues related to one or the other or both in iOS 4, iOS 5 and now iOS 6.

You can read TS4510 here and remember to turn off DND manually between now and the 7th.

Scheduled Do Not Disturb Not Turning Off on Some iOS 6 Devices

There have been some reports via Twitter and a few other Apple centric sites this morning about a bug impacting scheduled Do Not Disturb and the rolling of the calendar to 2013.  I can report that I’ve seen the bug on my iPad (3rd Generation) but my Scheduled DND turned off as normal on my iPhone 5.

Take a look at this screen capture I made this morning from my iPad.  Note the scheduled DND is still enabled even though the time is past the scheduled end time of 08:00.  I had to manually turn of Do Not Disturb instead of it disablingDo Not Disturb Error 01 Jan 2013 itself automatically as it did throughout 2012.

The interesting thing is that I did not see this problem on my iPhone 5.  The Do Not Disturb is set up exactly the same way on it as it is on my iPad and it disabled itself as normal this morning.  Others have reported this being a problem on their iPhone 4S and 5 so it doesn’t seem to be isolated to just the iPad.  In other words, it could be the worst kind of bug:  No method to the madness.

I will update this post as I gather more information or if Apple releases any statement regarding this maybe-or-maybe not bug.

Starting off 2013 right – Our apps to help with those New Year resolutions

2013 is officially here and much of today’s conversations will revolve around three main topics:

 

 

  • Looking back at how crazy/great/sad/wonderful/challenging 2012 was for you/us/them
  • Who will win the college Bowl Games in the US/Who is going to win the Premier League in England
  • 2013 Resolutions

Depending on who you are, it may not be in that order but you can bet that last year, next year and sports will come up in every. single. conversation.  Looking forward to 2013, are you setting resolutions or setting plans to change something about yourself or your lifestyle?  There is a reason that many of us set resolutions at the beginning of the year:  It is a easy place to remember where you started from on your quest.  The tricky bit is keeping that resolution going come the first day of February.

We live in a world driven by apps for mobile devices and when it comes to resolutions and keeping them, developers may be the unsung heroes for many of us.  These apps can help keep you on track on any life changes you want to effect in 2013 and frankly make it easier than it ever has been to be successful.

Tricia and I have put together a list of the apps we use the most in some key categories & we think that they could help you as well in kicking off your 2013 resolutions the right way.  No this list isn’t exhaustive and in fact you will see that we don’t always have the same apps in mind.  That’s because we are individual users, just like you.

Weight Management/Weight Loss/Diet Monitoring/Food Service Apps

Clinton:  My documentation of the amount of weight I’ve lost in the last few years is out there and I’ve made no secret that I use to be a big, big boy.  In the last two years I’ve dropped just shy of 80 lbs and I’ve more-or-less kept it all off (+/- 5 lbs.).  I do that through MyFitnessPal.  MyFitnessPal is a service that allows you to track your exercise, diet and set weight loss (or maintenance) goals that is realistic in expectations and in targets.  This isn’t an app that will tell you that you’ll lose 10 lbs in a week.  No, this is about lifestyle changes and maintenance and it is the best for it as far as I’m concerned.  Just scan the barcode of the item you are eating or do a search in the hundreds of thousands of items in the MyFitnessPal database and you can track your caloric intake easily and accurately.  Plus, if you couple in exercise devices such as a FitBit, the two services will automatically synchronise so you don’t have to manually enter in your exercise.  Brilliant, eh?

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal – MyFitnessPal.com

Tricia:  Caffeine survival (Starbucks): Coffee addiction aside, this is one of the greatest consumer apps I’ve found. No need to rifle through your Mary Poppins bag of stuff to find your wallet. Simply navigate to the app, scan and that sweet caffeinated nectar of the gods is yours. Also earn discounts and rewards to maintain your addiction.

Starbucks – Starbucks Coffee Company