iOS Archive

iOS Fragmentation Low Compared to Android

OpenSignal, the app and service that helps locate the best areas for signal coverage for various network providers, has published a great visual report on just how significant a problem fragmentation is for Android when you compare it to iOS fragmentation.  Effectively, for iOS, there isn’t any.

Take a look at this chart from the OpenSignal report:

iOS Fragmentation versus Android

iOS Fragmentation versus Android

It is a pretty amazing view of how little iOS fragmentation there actually is today.  An amazing 91% of iOS users that OpenSignal has tracked through their app are using iOS 7.x..  And in fact, if you take in consideration iOS 6, an astonishing 99% of users are in the last two versions of iOS.  Part of this of course is the fact that Apple pushes, for free, iOS updates and does so to a very wide swath of the devices that are out there.

This is in stark contrast to Android who by every measure, have a significant problem when it comes to fragmentation.  I’ve said before that this will ultimately spell trouble for Google and Android.  The question, in my mind is when.  It may be sooner than I think.

Orderly for iOS Gets Major Update

Tekton Technologies today is thrilled to announce the release of Orderly – Tasks and To-Do Lists 2.5, a major update to their productivity app exclusively designed for iOS7, with nice simple gestures, and auto adjustment of fonts based on the amount of content, adding even more convenience and ease of use for users of this App. Featuring awesome themes and location based reminders, the Orderly for iOS app makes sure that a task never goes unnoticed. 

Once a to-do is created, it is displayed on one of three shelves using Apple’s bookshelf metaphor: High Priority, Medium, and Low. Users can instantly view all their To-Dos, expand and contract them with pinch gestures, edit items, change their priority, mark them as complete, or swipe them to delete. The Orderly for iOS app includes two full-screen bookshelves, Home and Work, allowing users to keep To-Dos posted according to priority and location.

Orderly for iOS – .99 Cents – Download Now

OneFootball for iOS Review

This weekend here in England has been the start of the 2014-2015 football season.  All the leagues, most notably the Premier League and the Champions League, start in earnest as do many of the European leagues across the continent.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking for a good app for my iPhone and iPad to follow my favourite teams along with keeping up with news from around the various leagues.  I think I’ve found it in OneFootball for iOS.

OneFootball for iOS allows you to select your favourite team and follow them in detail as well as get push notifications during matches (when you can’t find your way to the pub to watch for some reason) and detailed information on each match and the season.  Further, you get a great news feed of all the information from across all the various national leagues and can even go into another league and setup notifications for a particular team.  All this in an app that is free.

Yahoo Finance App Gets New Home Tab in its Latest Update

The Yahoo Finance app is the latest app from Yahoo to get updated, now with a lighter and brighter look and an improved Home tab that makes it easier for your to track your stocks at a glance.  The update, v2.2 for those keeping score, is a universal app and available now in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Yahoo Finance (Universal App) – Free – Download Now

System Monitor Utility for iOS Gives Detailed System Info on your Device

System Monitor Utility for iOS is an app that is designed to grant a quick overview not only of the hardware of iOS devices, but as well as detailed information about running processes or memory distribution. System Monitor Utility delivers all the informations about the hardware and software that users probably would pay more attention if they didn’t have to dig deep to collect these data.

System Monitor Utility (Universal App) – .99 Cents – Download Now 

How To Use The Compass App To Mark A Bearing

One of the built-in apps of iOS is the compass.  It is often overlooked but is actually quite a powerful tool as it is not only a compass but is a level (both horizontal and vertical) as well.  One of the key things you can do with an analog (in-other-words, the old handheld versions) compass is to mark a bearing then navigate your way towards that bearing.  You would often have an indicator on the compass dial that would tell you the bearing you marked then by using the compass needle you could figure out your direction and if you were heading towards that bearing.  Did you know the compass on your iPhone can do the same?  In this How To I will show you how to use the compass app on your iPhone to mark a bearing and navigate your way towards it.

Review of Evernote Jot Script Stylus – The Ultimate Stylus

Looking back over the last 16 years that I have been writing reviews of mobile products and solutions, I’ve reviewed dozens of stylus’ in that time.  Most have been pretty good.  Some have been great.  Then comes along the Evernote Jot Script.  This Evernote-branded-built-by-Adonit is simply the best, most accurate stylus I’ve ever reviewed.  While the price will put some readers off to trying it, if you are looking for the ultimate performance for handwriting or drawing on your iPad or iPhone look no further than the Jot Script.

Review of 2048 – Highly Addictive and Challenging Maths Puzzle Game

There are puzzle games.  There are maths games.  There are puzzle maths games.  Then there is 2048.  2048 is a relative new game to the App Store and it already has a cult-like following.  The premise is simple:  Move tiles on the play board to add them up until you reach the magical 2048 tile.  Sounds easy right?

Good Luck.

2048 (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Apple Releases Updates to iWork Apps for Mac and iOS

With the release a week ago of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, it wasn’t a question of if Apple updated iWork apps but only a matter of when.  That when is today with the Cupertino company releasing updates for all three of the iWork apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – for both Mac OS X and iOS as well as the iCloud based versions.

Perhaps the biggest new features for all three apps on all three platforms is the new View Only function.  This allows you to share a file but those whom you share it with are unable to edit the app.  You can initiate this feature from your iOS device, iCloud or your Mac.  Almost as important, you can now search all three for files by their name which will dramatically improve searching if you have dozens of files.

In Keynote on iOS, you can now tap-and-hold while you are presenting to illuminate on a slide.  Like PowerPoint for

Keynote for iCloud New Features

Keynote for iCloud New Features

iPad, Keynote now has a laser pointer but also gives you an array of colour markers to highlight on a slide as you are presenting.  It is provided in a small tray that pops up at the bottom of Keynote when you are in Presentation mode.

Finally there is also Retina display support now in all three of the apps for iCloud.

I have been an exclusive iWork apps user for nearly a year now and while there are still elements that the Microsoft apps do better – particularly when comparing Numbers and Excel – it works for me.

The iWork apps are either free or $9.99 each depending on if you were new to iPhone or iPad with the release of iOS 7. For Mac users, the apps are $19.99 each.  That means, worst case, you are paying $89.94 for all them, $10 less than a year of Office 365.  Plus the iOS versions are universal apps that work equally as well on your iPhone or iPad.

Keynote for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users) – Download Now

Keynote for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

Numbers for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users) – Download Now

Numbers for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

Pages for iOS – $9.99 (Free to new iOS users – Download Now)

Pages for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

iOS 7.1 Beta 5 Released to Developers

Apple continues to tweak and improve on the next version of iOS with their release of iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to their developer community yesterday.  The latest beta comes 15 days after the release of Beta 4 and continues to focus on user experience improvements in the UI and functionality of iOS.

One of the changes for example are changes to how the Shift button looks when it is enabled, disabled and in Cap Lock.  These updates are designed to give you a better visual indicator at a glance the setting of your shift key.  Mac Rumors posted a great comparison shot which I’ve linked here showing you the different modes.

Keyboard Changes in iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to the Shift Key (Enabled, Disabled, Caps Lock) – Courtesy of Mac Rumors