Monthly Archives: July 2012
Most of us have heard at least one sort of rumour about the iPhone 5, whether it’s details about the four-inch screen, the miniature-sized dock connector, or the loss of the home button. Another video has been leaked by the Japanese website Macotakara, claiming that they have found what they think is the new iPhone 5 housings.
Take a look for yourself here.
The video of the housing supports claims of the four-inch screen, and also about the smaller dock connector.
Of course, Apple has not confirmed that they are even working on the iPhone 5 yet, let alone the release or announcement date, which also has been spread across the internet. More rumours speculate that Apple plan to announce the releases of both the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini at a special event on Wednesday, September 12. Apparently, the iPhone will go on sale nine days later, on September 21.
App4Phone.fr (a French Apple-dedicated website) claims to have received ‘exclusive’ information about the iPhone 5. The information came to them from a “Chinese source that specialises in the manufacture of the accessories”, who allegedly received specifications on the product, and decided that it would be in their best interest to blab to the world.
The iPad Mini, however, is still a work-in-progress for the rumour department, although blog site iMore speculates that it could easily be released on the same day. The iPad Mini would be the same as the 9.7-inch original, but with a 7-inch screen, instead.
These rumours do have some logic floating behind them, as the iPhone 4S had been announced on October 4, and then was released 10 days later. Having this kind of schedule with the release fits Apple, indefinitely.
Of course, there’s no information floating around about the arrival of the iPhone 5 to New Zealand (if there is even one in progress). Last year, the iPhone 4S arrived November 11, after being released in the US on October 14. If Apple were to follow suit, then we probably wouldn’t expect to see support for the iPhone 5 until a month after the official States release.
CNET has placed this in their rumour category, also, although they do believe that this would work well for Apple financially, if they do go with the September release date:
“Last year, the company launched the iPhone 4S in October. Demand for the new phone rewarded Apple with a gangbuster calendar fourth quarter. But the third quarter suffered as smartphone buyers held off purchases in anticipation of the new iPhone. Releasing a new phone in September ensures that Apple ends the calendar third quarter on a high note, with the expected heavy demand extending into the fourth quarter.”
Believe what you like. Personally, I’m still on the fence about the whole thing. The iPhone 5 seems like it could be viable, although I think the iPad Mini is a little bit of a stretch. It’s a great concept for all the die-hard Apple fans to fantasise about, but I don’t think that I’m going to be losing any sleep over it, for the time being. How about you?…Read More
Yes, we’ve all felt the hype over the Olympics during the big lead up, and now it’s finally here. Within today’s society, EVERYTHING needs to be made into an App, so, of course, the London 2012 Olympic Games have their own applications that allow the world to stay up-to-date with their favourite sports, and see how well their country is competing against others.
Alas, one application is not enough to satisfy the cravings of the entire fandom.
First up is the Results Application. This nifty app is my favourite of the two, as it has practically all the features that I personally care about.
It contains a schedule tab, which will tell you when each of the different sports are played, and whether or not they are playing for a podium position.
The next tab across is the sports tab, which, essentially, tells you what sports are actually held at the Olympics this year. Tapping on a sport will take you to each event, and furthermore when that event will take place. You can also flag the sports that are your favourites.
The medals tab brings up a leaderboard, boasting the overall winning country, and showing off what medals have been won. Tapping on a country will bring up information on what medals were won in what sport. The medals can also be sorted by individual athletes, and by individual sports.
There is an entire tab dedicated to biographies of the athletes themselves, so you can follow up on your favourite competitor.
The ‘My Games’ tab allows you to set-up the country that you are supporting (of course, New Zealand) and the timezone that you are in, allowing the schedule you let you know the local time of the events. You can even set up an option to get a Push Notification when your team wins a medal.
This Application is more to do with physically getting involved. This app is virtually useless to us, unless we’re actually at the events in London, or we just want to stick out nose in and pretend that we’re important enough to know all of this. The “What’s On” tab lets the users know when the sports are on (same as the Results app), but also keeps us informed with tourist-y adventures, such as GEOMETRY, a kinetic installation which exploits wind-farm technology to drive two masts which cross on which mirrors are attached. Like I said – useless to us.
This application comes with a map, which is pinned with important places, such as the stadium, places where the torch has been through, and other tourist destinations.
The “Buzz” section is probably going to be the most useful to us, but still as handy as a tennis racquet with no strings. It lets us see read up on the Official London 2012 news, view photos, and embeds links to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and the official website.
The “Guide” section is used to plan a day at the Olympics, letting you know about the ceremonies, the Olympic Torch relay, and the ever-so-controversial safety and security.
You can mark everything in this app that you find to be important, and have it saved in the separate “My Games” section, where it is all sorted and organised for easy access later.
My least favourite of the apps, but I guess that’s because I’m too lazy and poor to actually get myself to the games.
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Thanks to our good friends at Watermark we’ve got a press release about Shapeshifters new App.
Shapeshifter have released a revolutionary 3D application for their single “Monarch”.
Through an augmented reality Shapeshifter have created an interactive world for users to create their own music video experience.
Developed by New Zealand creative collective Watermark, this groundbreaking app allows you to Interact with the plants and creatures that appear – just about everything responds to touch or proximity.
You can share your experience by taking photos and videos of the application and sending them to friends and Shapeshifter and upload them to their library on Shapeshifter’s website.
Simply download this app from iTunes and get a copy of the ”marker”. The marker is the image needed to trigger the experience. To get a copy of the marker, have a look in the ”help” section in the app for information or get it from the Shapeshifter website. Print it out, or look at it on screen to begin your journey.
This app is free and will only work on the following devices: iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad2, iPad3. There will be an android version being released at a future date.
Download the free Shapeshifter “Monarch”