Tag Archives: hackulous

Auxo for iOS 5.1.x now available on Cydia

Auxo5x

Auxo — the popular jailbreak tweak we covered in depth last week — is now available on Cydia with iOS 5.1 support in tow. As you may recall, the initial version only supported iOS 6 out of the gate, and many users, pined for iOS 5.1 support, since a great majority of jailbreakers have chosen to remain on 5.1 firmware for obvious reasons.

Thanks to developer, Kyle Howells, who assisted with porting the tweak, the team behind Auxo was able to meet its turnaround time for adding support for the older iOS firmware. Did the team have to make any sacrifices in order to bring such an awesome tweak to iOS 5.1? It sure doesn’t look like it to me. Check inside as we go hands on with Auxo for iOS 5.1 on video…

As you can see from our video, Auxo for iOS 5.1 works exactly like it does on iOS 6.x. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a difference between the two. If anything, the new version of Auxo with 5.1 support works even better, because it adds bug fixes, performance upgrades, and new languages.

The video that I included with this post is designed to show you how the tweak works on the lesser firmware, and it’s not an in-depth dive into all of its features. If you haven’t read our original synoposis of Auxo, or you’re still wondering what all of the fuss is about, then I urge you to check out our original post about the tweak. There, I broke down every aspect of Auxo in full detail, and also included a more in-depth video that what accompanies this post.

While most iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4G users could have easily upgraded to iOS 6 in order to run Auxo, jailbroken iPhone 4S owners had no such luxury. Now, with the introduction of Auxo 1.1, users of the jailbroken iPhone 4S can enjoy the improved app switching experience on much faster hardware. Sadly, I lost my jailbreak for the iPhone 4S, so I am patiently waiting for an iOS 6 jailbreak for that device, and obviously, I’m looking forward to running Auxo on my iPhone 5 as well.

So what’s next for Auxo? Well, the most logical next step for the team is to implement iPad support. Auxo is the type of tweak that would translate well on the iPad’s larger screen, and the team has assured me that they are working diligently to bring the experience to Apple tablets.

I won’t say I was skeptical, but I was a tad doubtful whether Kyle Howells could bring Auxo to iOS 5 in an accurate fashion. I guess I shouldn’t have been skeptical at all, after all, this is the same guy who brought us great tweaks like MountainCenter, along the marvelous SwipeSelection and Emblem, which were both featured as one of our top tweaks of 2012. Given his track record, I should have realized that if anyone could have pulled this off during the short time allocated for its completion, it would have been Howells.

Well over 300,000 views later, it’s easy to see that there is a massive interest in Auxo. That interest is sure to increase, as folks running older firmware can now take advantage of the improved app switching that made Auxo our 2012 tweak of the year.

Have you tried Auxo on your iOS 5.1 device yet? Is anyone running Auxo on an iPhone 4S? If so, let me know what your experience was like in the comment section below.

Update: as many have pointed out, this release is for iOS 5.1.x only, not necessarily 5.x. For instance, if you’re running 5.0.1, it won’t currently work. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

(589)

Hackulous shuts down: piracy app Installous is gone

iOS 5 jailbreak Installous

In what seems like a small victory against app piracy, the Hackulous team announced today on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.

Although it’s still unclear what the reasons behind the shut down are, Hackulous claims on its website that it’s mostly due to stagnant forums and the difficulty to moderate them. Although I never hang out in the forums, I find it hard to believe that there was little activity in there, especially given the notoriety of Hackulous in the piracy world…

The short message left by the Hackulous team on the website reads as follow:

Goodnight, sweet prince.

We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.

With lots of love, Hackulous Team

As far as I know, Installous was the easiest and fastest way to install cracked apps onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. At this time, it appears that the Hackulous repo is down, meaning that you can’t install Installous or AppSync anymore, those two apps being necessary to install cracked apps from third party pirate sites.

As I mentioned above, this is just a small victory against app piracy in general. I’m fairly certain that other developers will pick up where Hackulous stopped, and will likely provide updated versions of Installous and AppSync in the future.

App piracy is one of the reasons why some people jailbreak their iOS device, and the fact that there is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, and more specifically no jailbreak at all for the iPhone 5 might be one of the reasons why Hackulous is shutting down.

If you were an Installous user, it looks like you’re going to have to spend $0.99 on that app after all. If you are a developer, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear the news. If you are an iOS user, consider this day a victory for iOS and a chance to have an amazing developer community keep coming up with awesome apps.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

 

(129)

The iDownloadBlog top news stories of the week

Like every Sunday, we bring you the stories that were the most popular on iDB during this past week. Whether it is a news piece, an editorial, a tutorial, a new jailbreak tweak, or an accessory review, we sum it all up in one convenient place.

If you like what you’re reading, please make sure to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network. We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+

We’re social! Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader.

 

(105)

Apple’s Christmas ad, as it should have been…

Remember Apple’s Christmas commercial with a girl singing “I’ll Be Home” to her grandfather via FaceTime on an iPad mini? Yeah, it was that memorable – and for all the wrong reasons, cynics might add. Well, bright folks at Amidio certainly did seize the opportunity to take Apple’s idea and one-up it a notch.

Have a look at their version and dare telling me it doesn’t beat Apple at its own game. Here we have a grown up (and cutesy) girl singing the same song, but using Amidio’s Futulele app to also play the tune on her iPad mini. Not sure about you, but I can instantly tell which one I like better…

Pretty nice PR stunt on Amidio’s part, I’ll give them that.

Kudos to Rob LeFebvre of Cult of Mac for spotting this little gem.

Futulele, a $3 download, turns your iPad or iPad mini into a digital Ukulele instrument. It comes with eye-popping Retina graphics and features 72 realistic sounding Ukulele string samples.

Amidio writes in a blurb:

It is not a secret that many iPad owners also have an iPhone, so Futulele is an excellent and innovative reason to get the best musical juices flowing out of both. A special guitar-shaped case holds the two devices, making it possible to select the chord on the iPhone and strum along the iPad screen, just as on a regular instrument.

Changing a chord requires only one tap, and the strumming technique is easy and convenient. No external wires or hardware accessories are needed, since the devices use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (selected automatically) for communicating.

Check out the graphics.

Futulele (iPad screenshot 001)

Futulele (iPad screenshot 002)

Lots more videos of people playing songs on their iPads can be found at the official web site.

Key features include:

• the best-sounding digital Ukulele • very easy to play! No music background needed! • crystalClear 4.0 Sound Engine with 72 MultiSamples • strings respond to the speed of strumming! • gorgeous Retina graphics (fully optimized for the new iPad) • 4 Side-Buttons for FingerPicking with Pitch Bend • automatic Strumming mode with 15 Patterns • 132 Possible Chords • 15 Pre-Defined Chord Sets • create you own chord sets easily • record to .WAV/.M4A • 4 FX: Grand Stereo Reverb, 3-Band EQ, Lush Chorus, Tape Delay

Fukulele for iPad works with Amidio’s player software for the iPhone called Futulele Remote, a free download, which receives chord information from iPad running Futulele and then sends info about the current chosen chord back to Futulele.

For reference, here’s Apple’s original Christmas 2012 ad.

As Steve would have said, that’s a typical agency bullshit.

I think it’s safe to say that Amidio one-upped Apple at its own game.

Samsung’s holiday ad – even though it ruined my childhood – also comes across more convincingly than Apple’s lukewarm commercial, in my opinion.

Oh, and Samsung probably won’t miss the opportunity to poke fun of Apple with their upcoming Super Bowl ad attack.

Speaking of advertising, my best holiday ad from Apple still is their last year’s commercial featuring Santa Claus and Siri.

The fact that it’s amusing doesn’t hurt either. Of course, that was before Siri backfired.

There’s this unmistakable Disney feel to that commercial and the warmth of the holiday season that I usually associate with Coke’s Christmas ads.

In fact, if you ask me, Coca Cola has best Christmas commercials, no?

(270)

How to copy all your Instagrams to Flickr

Flickstagram teaser

Instagram’s exploding popularity is having long-time iPhoneography buffs pay notice and watch in horror as mainstream users cannot get enough of its crappy filters and the obscenely low 612×612 pixel resolution. And with Facebook and Android now in the picture, no wonder some early adopters go to the extremes of closing their account while others, like Apple’s marketing honcho, stopped using Instagram for it “jumped the shark”.

To the most ardent fans, the last straw was Instagram’s confusing handling of the recent terms of service changes – even if it was much ado about nothing.

If you’ve been seriously contemplating importing your Instagrams over to Flickr but were put off by the tedious manual uploads – worry not, turns out there are a few ways to get that job done without too much fuss. iDB has you covered with this quick guide to bringing in all your Instagram photos to Flickr with just a few clicks…

I’ve tested a bunch of services which take the pain out of importing Instagram snaps into Flickr, having narrowed the choices down to two super simple web apps. The whole process boils down to authorizing a service to access your Instagram and Flickr account, choosing where to import the images on Flickr and setting your album privacy.

That’s all there is to it, really.

Flickstagram

Flickstagram is easy. Just sign in with both your Instagram and Flickr account, choose a privacy level for the imported photos (Public, Friends and Family, Family or Private) hit the Go! button and walk away.

Flickstagram (screenshot 001) Flickstagram lets you set your Flickr set’s privacy level prior to importing.

A few moments later, depending on the size of your Instagram library, all your Instagrams should appear in a Flickr set titled ‘Instagram Photos’. Of course, your Instagram photos are kept intact and will continue to be available online.

Free The Photos

Free The Photos is powered by CloudSnap and is very similar to Flickstagram. Upon signing in with both your Instagram and Flickr account, check the “Alert me once my migration finishes” box and type in your email address where you’ll receive an alert once the migration is finished.

Hit the big Free Your Photos button and you’re done.

Free The Photos (screenshot 001) Free The Photos notifies you via email once it’s done importing your Instagrams.

Note that imports take anywhere between a few minutes to hours. Your mileage will vary depending on the size of your Instagram. And privacy freaks needn’t worry: neither Flickstagram nor Free The Photos will store, keep or use your photos or data because everything is streamed directly from Instagram to Flickr.

And because both services preserve meta data, the imported Flickr photos will include your Instagram captions, comments, location data and the original photo date. Even Instagram hashtags get converted to Flickr tags, which is a nice touch.

IFTTT

IFTTT (pronounced like “gift” without the “g”) is an acronym for IF This Than That. The web app operated by a San Francisco startup lets you create powerful connections to “make the Internet work for you”. It’s like Apple’s Automator app in OS X, just for the web.

IFTT (Instagram to Flickr) Every time I share any new Instagram, IFTTT will automatically upload it to Flickr.

While the IFTTT service won’t import your past Instagrams into Flickr, you can use it to automate all Instagram uploads going forward.

I should also share a few tips before signing off.

After you’ve brought in all your pictures from Instagram, go to Flickr’s Organizer section and change the sort order for your new set to Date Posted. This will ensure that the images in your Flickr set appear to visitors in the same order as they were on Instagram.

Flickr (Organizer, sort order) Remember to match your Flickr photos sort order to that on Instagram.

You also don’t need to be reminded to go through all of your Instagrams before transferring them to Flickr. Chances are you wouldn’t want some of the kinkier snaps publicized on Flickr, now would you?

The easiest way to avoid this: first, copy your Instagrams to a private Flickr set. Then, remove all unwanted images from the set before setting its privacy level to Public.

Please be aware of the following limitations concerning importing.

Firstly, if you’ve never set your location preferences in Flickr, location data attached to your Instagrams won’t get carried over to Flickr.

Secondly, Instagrams transfer to Flickr as they are, meaning very low resolution. See, even though Flickr from the onset was designed to store your images in their original resolution, Instagram wasn’t.

Instagram web profile (screenshot 002)

Instead, mobile Instagram apps always resize your snaps to low resolution just before sending them to the cloud. According to an Instagram help doc, the originals are currently being resized to the paltry 612-by-612 pixel uploads that we love to hate.

And thirdly, because free Flickr accounts can only receive 300MB of data per month, Free The Photos will migrate up to the last 10,000 photos. Flickstagram, on the other hand, will import only your first 1,500 photos.

Flickr (free vs paid account)

This won’t bother most folks, but clearly this is something of a concern to die-hard fans who have a few thousand Instagram snaps.

As for Flickr’s aforementioned bandwidth limitation, it doesn’t apply to paid accounts. A Pro Flickr account costs $25 per year to remove ads and enable unlimited bandwidth, among other benefits. Oh, almost forgot – Yahoo has a nice holiday gift for free account holders: three months of Flickr Pro, totally free of charge.

Flickr Holiday Gift 2012

You’ll want to take advantage of this offer and up your photo uploading limits in order to be able to bring in all your photos from Instagram in one fell swoop.

With that in mind, now’s also a good time to re-think your photo sharing strategy, especially if you dislike Instagram for what it is – a clearing house of kitten snaps and images of breakfast plates and converse shoes.

Should you think of another great tip or stumble upon useful advices on importing Instagrams to Flickr, please share them with fellow readers down in the comments.

 

(127)

Analysts cut AAPL target price average to $740

Yahoo finance (AAPL, 20121228)

All of the concerns voiced about the impending leap off the ‘fiscal cliff’ and its associated increase in capital gains taxes on stock sales have sent Wall Street into a tizzy. The end result: knocking Apple’s target share price down to $740. Nearly a dozen analysts have cut their target price for Apple stock amid talk that the iPhone maker has a dodgy future, what with supply questions hanging over the executives at One Infinity Loop. Despite all the rain clouds, the $740 per share target price reduction is about $225 more than Friday’s opening on Wall Street…

According to a chart of analyst forecasts by Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at Fortune, there are holdouts from the $740 outlook. Leading the pack is Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets.

White has a price target of $1,111 for Apple shares. He continues to recommend the stock as a “Buy.” Then there are others who believe Apple’s salad days are gone.

Peter Misek of Jefferies sees Apple’s future in chasing emerging markets, such as China and India, where mobile consumers are starting to adopt smartphones like the iPhone en masse.

If you type “sell” into Google Finance, you’ll get Apple’s stock info.  Is Google… goo.gl/BriZ2

 

Earlier this month, Misek made news by predicting Apple will unveil a new iPhone in June or July of 2013, returning to its usual mid-year schedule for product announcements. But along the way, he told investors the price for smartphones has likely peaked and he trimmed his target price for AAPL shares to $800.

AAPL gap

High-profile Apple watchers such as Gene Munster of Piper Jeffray or Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu also missed the down elevator. Munster has a $900 price target, while Wu isn’t far behind at $840 for Apple.

Although a number of analysts trimmed their price targets for Apple, only two of the 11 Wall Street observers recommended investors sell their AAPL shares. The majority of analysts retained a “Buy” recommendation – or even “Outperform.”

If analysts were teenagers and Apple was heartthrob Justin Bieber, I would suggest the questions surrounding the iPad maker was just a phase. masse When Apple announces its next ‘album,’ Wall Street will be one of the first in line.

(106)

Chitika: iPad rules ‘biggest ever’ holiday

chitika_tablet_chart

How did holiday sales of tablets shake out? Although sales numbers aren’t yet available, we can get some idea of which devices were in most demand. For instance, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, followed by Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and Google Nexus devices were the top three non-iPad products serving ad impressions in December, according to an ad firm.

Although the iPad (both the full-size versions and the iPad mini) accounts for 87 percent of U.S. and Canadian tablet-based ad impressions, the Kindle Fire was next best with 4.25 percent of tablet traffic. The Samsung Galaxy tablets had 2.65 percent, while the Google Nexus family of tablets garnered 1.06 percent of tablet traffic, according to ad network Chitika…

Per data, for every hundred iPad impressions, the Kindle got five, the Galaxy got three and the Nexus just a bit over one impression.

What about Microsoft’s Surface, which flooded the holiday airwaves with commercials and product placements? For every hundred iPad impressions, the Surface registered a whopping 0.22, according to Chitika.

iPad mini promo (Smart Cover, launching Safari)

By the way, the anemic numbers of the Surface mirror the tiny 0.13 fraction of tablet traffic reported reported earlier.

Obviously, the Kindle Fire did best against the iPad.

The 4.25 percent share of tablet impressions December 8-14 was a twenty percent increase over the same time last year, when the analytics firm announced a 3.75 percent share of tablet traffic.

Kindle Fire HD (two up, front, portrat, landscape)

The Samsung Galaxy, after all the free publicity from its rancorous court fights with Apple, gained only a fraction of North American tablet traffic. The South Korean firm’s percentage rose to 2.65 percent, up from 2.36 percent a year ago.

Google appears to be the dark horse, little discussed, but registering a fifteen percent increase over 2011. According to Chitika, the Google Nexus family of tablets rose from 0.91 percent of tablet impressions to 1.06 percent in December.

Nexus 10 (front, right-angled, home screen)

All of which brings us back to the iPad and the doom-and-gloom forecasts that Apple’s tablet is rapidly being outpaced by Android alternatives.

At least in North America and in terms of advertising, the iPad plummeted an entire one percent – 87 percent now versus 88 percent in November. No doubt, Apple executives are nervous at the prospect of their closest competitor gaining 0.68 percent in a year.

 

(98)

The top jailbreak tweaks of 2012

Top Jailbreak Tweaks of 2012

A few weeks ago I published a somewhat controversial post about jailbreaking, and how its popularity is waning. This wasn’t intended to be controversial, but it ended up that way, and after some thought I began to backtrack (a bit) on my stance.

The problem stemmed from the fact that I didn’t do a very good job of explaining my stance. I didn’t intend to say that jailbreaking was dead, my main point was just to show how innovation in the jailbreak community was being stifled by sometimes lazy developers, but mostly by Apple’s efforts to stamp out jailbreaking.

While I still stand by my post, I felt that I needlessly ruffled a few feathers, and probably should have kept those thoughts to myself for the time being. When I began to work on this post — the top jailbreak tweaks of the year — it became more apparent that we actually have seen lot of innovation this year. Most of that innovation was earlier in the year, but nevertheless, there have been lots of great jailbreak tweaks to come out in the last 12 months.

Take a look inside as we cover some of this year’s best jailbreak efforts from the development community. I’ll also crown 2012′s top jailbreak tweak of the year.

Here is our complete list of top jailbreak tweaks for 2012 (in no particular order). We understand that perhaps we omitted your favorite jailbreak tweak. That’s not to say that other tweaks aren’t worthy enough to make this list, but a lot of factors were considered here, and to be honest, there were so many tweaks released in 2012, that we may have left off one or two by accident. Still, if you’re new to jailbreaking, or you haven’t kept up with it like you should, this list is a fine start to get your going.

Be sure to click on the name of the tweak for a full article accompanied by a full video walkthrough of each tweak (or app) in action.

  • Blutrol – Use the iCade arcade cabinet with unsupported games
  • Aero – Allows you to switch apps with style
  • AnimateAll – Animate the Lock screen, Home screen, Notification center
  • Ayecon – Simply the best jailbreak theme ever
  • CameraTweak – The most robust camera tweak to ever grace Cydia
  • Dash – Provides you with a full screen app switcher
  • Dashboard X – Finally, adds real working widgets to iOS
  • Deck – Access a plethora of system functions via a handy hotbar
  • Emblem – OS X inspired notifications on iOS
  • FoldMusic – Adds music directly to Home screen folders
  • WeeRoll – Adds over a dozen animations to Notification Center
  • Hands-Free Control – Control Siri with no hands
  • Merge – Combines iMessages by contact
  • Motion – Add crazy animated havoc to Home screen icons
  • Neurotech Siri – One of the best looking themes for Siri
  • NowNow – Use Siri to invoke Google voice search
  • Octopus Keyboard – The BlackBerry 10 inspired keyboard
  • PaperLock – Another cool slide to unlock modification
  • Quasar – Run multiple apps side by side
  • Stride – Unlock your phone using 8-bit drawings
  • SwipeBack – Easily navigate backwards with a swipe
  • SwipeSelection – How text editing on the iPhone should be
  • Unfold – Unlock your iPhone accordion style
  • AssistantLove – Use Siri to play music with Spotify
  • AuxoiDB’s 2012 Tweak of the Year

As you can see, Auxo is our top jailbreak tweak of the year. It was a tweak that started as a mere concept, eventually finding its way to reality by means of a very talented development and design team. A lot of times you’ll find a tweak that a lot of people get excited about, but there’s still a very vocal group of individuals who don’t particularly like the idea or the way it was implemented.

Auxo defied this trend, and is almost universally praised for its excellence. The main complaint about the tweak is that it just isn’t available for all devices and iOS versions as of yet.

Obviously, the lack of an iOS 6/iPhone 5 jailbreak hurts a bit, but there have been a lot of good tweaks and apps to come down the pipeline over the year, especially during the beginning and middle of the year. As I look back on this year, I can say with a certainty, that from a pure development standpoint, 2012 was one of the best years for jailbreaking yet.

Here’s to an even better 2013! And here’s to finally getting a legit iPhone 5 jailbreak in 2013!

(101)

MacPhone and more early Apple designs detailed in new book, ‘Design Forward’

Early Apple designs (image 001)

The Apple v. Samsung trial in August was a real treasure trove of information that gave us a peek behind the curtain and into Apple’s design process. But what about some of Apple’s early product designs that never came to fruition? Industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger and his upcoming new book titled ‘Design Forward’ offers an interesting glimpse into Apple products that never were.

In it, you’ll find ten original photographs depicting designs for various computers Apple was researching at the time, including one for a tablet and another for a phone hybrid called the Macphone. We’ve got images right after the break…

Designboom (via The Verge) offers several excerpts and photos from the book. Hartmut throughout his career worked with the likes of Wega, Louis Vuitton, Sony, SAP and of course Apple and Steve Jobs.

Early Apple designs (image 002) Apple considered the MacPhone in 1984, right before the Macintosh was launched.

Early Apple designs (image 003) The Snow White 2 concept from 1982 would express ‘americana’ and was aimed at “reconnecting high-tech design with classical american design statements”.

Early Apple designs (image 004) The ‘Baby Mac’ concept from 1985 was Hartmut’s “ticket for a voyage toward a mysterious destination”. It would eventually become the winner.

Frog Design, a San Francisco-based design shop, was established way back in 1969. The company started out as ‘Esslinger Design’ when Hartmut Essslinger opened a studio in the Black Forest of Germany along with Andreas Haug and Georg Spreng “to promote the concept of emotional design”.

In 1982, the firm partners with Apple to help create the Apple IIc, which was later inducted into the design collection of the Whitney Museum and got voted Time Magazine’s “Design of the Year”. Frog’s Apple IIc design paved the way for Apple’s Snow White design language.

The official web site offers a quick backgrounder on the Apple partnership:

It was precisely this mix that appealed to top executive Steve Jobs back in 1981, when he began searching for the elusive magic that would give Apple a market edge. Back then, computing was a sea of anonymous beige boxes. Jobs combed the world for a strategy-focused design company – and found it in Esslinger’s team.

A multimillion-dollar deal was struck, enticing Esslinger Design to establish a California office. A few years later, the Apple IIc was launched with great fanfare. The design was named “Design of the Year” by Time Magazine and inducted into the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of Art. Apple’s revenue soared from $700 million in 1982 to $4 billion in 1986.

With the move to Northern California, they changed the name to Frog Design, an acronym of Federal Republic Of Germany.

I like their work on the Apple IIc, but surely am glad as hell Apple axed the Macphone and canned that tablet design. Of course, Apple never really gave up on tablet computing.

In 1987, the company unveiled the Newton MessagePad pocket computer (Jonathan Ive designed the second-generation MessagePad110, seen below). Even though it had handwriting recognition and was in many ways ahead of its time, that device was short-lived as Jobs axed it right upon his return from exile in 1996.

Newton MessagePad 110 (image 001)

Nearly a decade later, Jobs was toying with a prototype touchscreen surface that he could type on.

He’d later share an anecdote at the WSJ’s D8 conference of how one of the team members showed him the rubber-band scrolling and immediately he thought to himself: “Oh my God, we could make a phone out of this”.

“When we got our wind back and thought we could take on something next, we pulled the tablet off the shelf, took everything we learned from the phone and went to work on the tablet”, he said.

The rest is history.

Designboom has a bunch of images of other strange Apple products that never were so hit the source link for more.

Design Forward is available for pre-order from Amazon and is set to ship January 16, 2013.

 

(161)

Google Maps Gets 10 Million Downloads On App Store Within 48 Hours

ios6-google-maps

When Apple first introduced iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, one of new features was Apple’s own Maps app which replaced Google Maps.  Unfortunately for Apple, the new app wasn’t well received. Users complained about things from missing roads to 3D glitches that seemed to be popping up all over the place. Thankfully, the few (seemingly long) months of being stuck with just iOS Maps is now officially over.

Google released its iOS 6 optimized Maps app a few days ago (for free) in the Apple App Store. And within just the first 48 hours of being released, the app has received over 10 million downloads and is now one of the top free apps available on iOS. The new app, unlike the old iOS version, now features turn-by-turn navigation and seems to have gotten a more polished UI compared to its Android equivalent. Download it now and tell us what you think!

Via: 9to5 Google
Source: Jeff Huber (Google+)

(142)