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The worlds most popular word-processing system has announced that it will be jumping into various platforms, including iOS and Android in early 2013. Office on you iPhone and iPad, how good would that be?
According to The Verge, Petr Bobek, the product manger for Microsoft announced in the Czech Republic today that apps would be made available in march 2013.
The Office for iPad rumour has been flying around for months now, ever since the following picture popped up earlier this year.
So the rumour of Office on iOS has been around for a while but now the official announcement has arrived from the Microsoft product manger. This is awesome and long awaited news for Apple and smart-phone fans.
Being able to use Office on my iPad will be simply amazing as a student. No-longer will I have to use these other apps that claim to be as good as Office.
Typing on the iPad however, is not one of my favourite pass-times. Is it just me, or does the clicking of keyboard keys still beat the slapping of iPad glass?
I’m not sure if Office on iPad will be a massive hit, do many people feel the need?
I suppose I am just thinking of Microsoft Word, rather than Excel, Power Point and Publisher. I can see Power Point being very popular if it is released as an app.
There has been no confirmation in terms of which apps will be released or how much they would cost.
As it always is with these rumours and announcements, there is always changes and miss-communications, its like a giant game of Chinese whispers. I have just read on Mac Rumors that the release will be “after March”.
So it might be a little longer than first thought, but surely this confirms that it is on the way.
I’m surprised it has taken this long for Office get on board the iOS wagon, I hope it pays off for them.…Read More
iOS 6 became available for download early this morning. After installing it on my iPhone I can tell you that patience is important.
Just like when iOS 5 arrived, a lot pf people are having problems downloading it. It took me two goes this morning on my iPhone. The first time I was trying to use applications at the same time and I dont think it liked it. So if your having problems, try what I did; change the auto screen lock to ‘never’ so you can watch it download and just be very patient. I would also recommend plugging the device into a charger.
Anyway, mine took almost an hour to complete, which is a little long. The wait was worth it though.
Having an iPhone 4, I was a little worried that I would miss out on some of the updates but it looks like the only thing really is the siri update.
My favourite and probably the biggest change in iOS 6 is the new maps. I previously used other map apps when driving because the old iPhone maps did not include turn by turn navigation which was up to my standards. I have not been for a drive yet but the maps app already looks very good.
Being able to use the app in landscape position is a significant improvement for me. It is now a lot easier and safer for me to find my location.
Another sneeky thing that I have just noticed is that you can now Tweet from the notification center. If you slide it down from the top of the screen a tweet box appears. Thats handy I suppose.
Safari has also had a little spruce up. You can now share via Facebook and the whole thing looks a lot better.
The app store has had some design upgrades and looks very impressive. The Genius tool has become the center option. I never use it but its not hiding anymore.
YouTube has just dissapeared which means that you need to download the new idependant YouTube app. Dont worry its a lot better than the old one anyway.
Most of the apps that come included in the iPhone have had small adjustments, some just a colour change.
The coolest change for me is the maps, just because I drive a lot. Once you download iOS 6, get into it and explore the new upgrades. I plan to install it on my iPad later.
Let me know how you feel about it.
Check out a full run down of the updates from Apple here
Edit: There is currently world wide problems connecting to wifi with iOS 6, hold fire on downloading it if this will effect you. Hopefully they will fix it soon…Read More
So I am sure everyone has been buzzing over the Apple announcement yesterday morning, regarding the new iPhone 5, iOS 6 and iPod updates. The time zone difference worked perfectly for me, waking up early on my birthday to watch a perfect run down of the event from Ben.
The most exciting thing is that iOS 6 will be available for download next Thursday New Zealand time. This means that we can play around with most of the new features before the release of the iPhone 5 in New Zealand on the 28th of September.
According to an article by Tom Pullar-Strecker, the iPhone 5:
“will carry a recommended retail price here of $1049 for the 16GB model, $1199 for the 32GB model and $1349 for the 64GB model”.
Obviously Vodafone and Telecom will come up with some plans which will make the handset somewhat cheaper. It will be interesting to see whether they stick with the existing plans or create a new set.
To be honest, I can not wait for the iPhone 5. The design of the handset looks so sleek and well created, I am going to have no problems upgrading from an iPhone 4. How do you feel about it? take the poll above and lets see what the consensus is, I am thinking it will be pretty one-sided.…Read More
This time next week we will be only hours away from the unveiling of the new iPhone 5 (hopefully).
According to Mac Rumors, Apple has sent out the invitations to the event next week. Below is a picture of the invitation. Check out the shadow that the 12 makes, this confirms that the new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5.
The excitement is starting to build, everybody seems to be preparing for the release in one way or another.
I got an email this morning from a company called Grove, you might have herd of them, they make some very cool handmade iPhone cases from bamboo.
Grove have given customers the chance to pre order one of their iPhone 5 cases. This is not uncommon, some case manufacturers are starting to make iPhone 5 products.
A lot of companies and rumour blogs are confident that the new iPhone is going to be virtually the same style but taller and with a two-tone back. The photo on the right from Grove shows the screen is capable of having another line of icons.
This next photo from Mac Rumors shows the two-tone design on the back of the iPhone which most people are confident will appear next week.
Lastly, to conclude this iPhone 5 wrap-up and to increase your excitement even more, a video. This quick clip from Mac Rumors gives you an insight into what the new screen size will look like.
Just recently, it had been revealed that Apple didn’t want to have anything to do with Google, when it comes to their Maps app. Now, in the beta developer’s preview of iOS 6, Google gets knocked out again, with the native YouTube app being totally deleted from the pre-packaged iOS. In case it wasn’t totally clear, Google owns YouTube.
Google is one of the main competitors to Apple, and it’s clear that neither wants anything to do with the other. An Apple spokesperson stated in a statement on Monday:
“Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the app store.”
However, Google was unavailable to comment. It would appear that YouTube is just far too popular for Apple to try and remove completely from their devices, but it is clear that they are trying to no-longer promote Google in anyway possible, which includes removing native apps for their services.
Apple and Google previously had a relationship in their attempts to remove flash from the iOS, working with capabilities in the realease of HTML 5. More information on the technical background between the companies can be found on the post made by AppleInsider.
I’m not bothered about this at all, Apple has already confirmed that YouTube will work in Safari, along with the fact that Google are still working on an iOS 6 compatible app. If Apple were to make YouTube totally inaccessible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users, then their sales would dramatically drop, as too many people unconsciously rely on the video site. Obviously the two companies can’t completely ignore the others existence, as their combined global impact has been larger than the pool of others.
I’ve already downloaded a bunch of apps for third-party services, one more couldn’t hurt, right?…Read More
Apple has already told the world that they will be disconnecting their Maps app from Google’s servers with the release of iOS 6, but they’ve recently announced that they also plan on redirecting all third-party app requests to their own mapping servers. This means that the majority of mobile maps traffic will be taken from Google, in a strategic move to rule the smartphone industry.
The release of the original iPhone Maps app acted as a touch-friendly interface for exploring Google’s online maps, back in 2007. Google, however, has introduced Android as competitive threat, due to the mapping compatibility with both operating systems. Apple is now attempting to limit its dependence upon the Google partnership for iOS maps.
Apple has begun working on its own maps server for iOS 6. This is quite a substantial move, considering the amount of time that it has taken for Google to get their mapping service to its standing today. Google has successfully taken competitors head-on before, such as Microsoft and their release of search-engine Bing, although Microsoft has limited presence on the internet and mobile devices.
Apple, however, easily makes up more than half of the mobile device population, including the majority of tablets with the iPad, a firm grasp on music players with the iPod, and is demanding the spotlight in smartphone devices with the iPhone. Also, it’s fairly important to add that Apple don’t intend on replacing Google’s maps, but is simply launching plans to provide and deliver significantly better mapping services. The introduction of Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6 will remove Google’s version from all the mobile devices running iOS and that have made the decision to upgrade. Apple is extending the iOS 6 upgrades back to 2009-era iPhone 3GS users, which means that virtually all iOS users can and will upgrade.
AppleInsider reported that:
“Apple won’t be supporting the original 2010 iPad in iOS 6, but that entire year’s production only represents a fifth of the installed base. And by the time Apple begins offering iOS 6, it will have sold more new iPad models in just the fall quarter than it sold in all of 2010.”
Not only will Apple be supplying map data to its own iOS Maps app, but all other applications that require map data, whether it is creating their own custom maps, plotting directions or pinpointing locations, will now automatically get data from Apple rather than Google. Already existing apps will “just work” with Apple’s maps, regardless of previous coding.
While Apple is distancing itself further and further away from Google, they are inching themselves closer to Google’s other rivals, including Yelp, the review service that Siri already relies upon for information and user reviews in the US.
In iOS 6, the new Maps app will provide Yelp information, in regards to reviews and user submitted photos. Google Places is a similar service to Yelp, and there were intentions to use the popularity of Google Maps to promote Places, and totally replace Yelp altogether.
“By giving Yelp a large new audience with Siri last year, and expanding that partnership to provide local reviews and check-ins in iOS 6 Maps, Apple is not just forging a competitive partnership to bolster its own offerings, but also lending critical support to Google’s competitor, a clear shot that targets the very revenue centers of Google’s mapping plans.”
I’m in agreement with Apple’s plans to create their own mapping service, from a business perspective. They’re close to effectively taking on a virtual monopoly that no other company has had the revenue or guts to challenge. The maps themselves, however, is something that I’m still not totally sure of. Google has had plenty of years in development and research, and are currently the leaders in this department. I still feel that Google are more reliable in the mapping service, although I’m still open to the idea of Apple changing my mind. Do you guys think that Apple are making the right decision in taking on Google, once again?…Read More
Sure, the occasional zombie game for the iPhone or iPad can be quite amusing, but when your application actually becomes the zombie, then it’s no longer fun times. ‘Zombie Apps’ is a term used by mobile analytic firm Adeven. These ‘Zombie Apps’ are applications that have managed to sit in the App Store with no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking. AppTrace, a new tool developed by Adeven, shows that there are 400,000 of these apps infecting the store, out of a total of just over 650,000. That’s approximately 2/3 of the entire App Store. The company’s CEO Christian Henschel spoke to Gigaom about their findings, saying that he believes it is “really tough for smaller, independent application developers” to be discovered in the current iOS App Store.
Christian Henschel states:
“The reality is there are only a couple of thousand apps that really make some kind of downloads. This is based on Apple’s closed system — it’s tough to discover those kinds of apps. You don’t have proper search, so the only way to discover new apps is through the top listing. If you’re not on those lists, it’s not sure that you’re being discovered by anyone else. The top 25 tend to be the same companies who spend millions of dollars to get to the top of those lists. If you’re an independent, small app publisher, then it’s really tough to be discovered.”
Apple announced in June that there had been a total of 30 billion downloads from the iOS App Store, and that $5 billion had been paid out to the App developers. If exposure had been made available to these ‘Zombie Apps’, then perhaps the total number of downloads would be higher, along with the payout.
Apple has reportedly been working continuously behind the scenes to improve the discovery of content on the App Store. Earlier this year, Apple bought Chomp, a search engine for mobile applications. The price had not been disclosed, but it had been reported by Bloomberg that the Curpertino, California-based company paid about $50 million USD for Chomp. It expected that this acquisition is going to enhance the discovery of new applications and content on the App Store.
AppTrace has many competitors, with the likes of Keen.io and Count.ly, except AppTrace is trying to take a different approach. AppTrace is, so far, easy to use, and has an aesthetically-pleasing interface. They claim to be faster, more comprehensive and better sourced, with data being refreshed every six hours at the latest.
Henschel goes on to comment about his new release:
“We’re not only measuring success within the app, but also within the ecosystem. We will also soon be launching a feature where you can compare apps against each other, which is something that’s not available at the moment.”
This certainly seems promising for current and upcoming app developers. At least we can see that the issues with application promotion have been addressed, and are slowly, but surely, being dealt with. I am no developer myself, but even I can see the use for these new features – I’m especially looking forward to the integration of Chomp. Do you guys feel that this has been a worthwhile investment?…Read More