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Apple to focus on speed and reliability for iOS 9

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A new version of iOS comes every year, and that grueling pace has taken its toll. New features come quickly, but so do bugs and complexity. For iOS 9, Apple is taking a step back to deal with these issues.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple engineers are focusing on “fixing bugs, maintaining stability and boosting performance” in the new release. iOS has been beset by quite a few battery draining bugs recently, so look for fixes here. It seems likely that we’ll see a few new features in the release too, but expect them to take a back seat to overall speed and reliability.

Another area of emphasis is reducing the amount of space needed for updates. Historically, updating to a new version of iOS has required many gigabytes of free space, requiring users to delete content from their device to begin. This is particularly tough on users of 16GB devices, which quickly become filled with apps, photos and music. Apple have already taken steps to reduce the amount of space needed for updates with iOS 8.1.3, and it seems likely they’ll continue to improve the situation with iOS 9.

Expect iOS 9 to be announced at Apple’s traditional venue, the WorldWide Developers Conference on June 8th. A beta release for developers will likely accompany the announcement, and then we’ll see the new version released to the public in September alongside a new line of iPhones.

Do you agree with Apple’s approach? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

4 ways to make finding your phone easy

Monday, January 26th, 2015

According to a study by promotionalcodes.org.uk, the average Brit spends almost ten minutes a week looking for their mobile phones. Using the power of multiplication, we can see that adds up to eight hours a year and three weeks over the course of your life (assuming you are born and die with a mobile phone, and your time spent searching doesn’t change over your lifetime… and that mobile phones are still a thing decades in the future).

Avantree PowerHouse Desk USB Charging StationRegardless, it’s still an interesting statistic. The most common tactic to losing your phone is to call it from another, which 57% of respondents said that they would do immediately, while 35% would search at least five minutes before resorting to the tactic.

If you’re having trouble finding your mobile phone, it might be helpful to have a designated place to deposit it. For example, you might pick up an Avantree Powerhouse charging station, which can charge devices for the whole family and makes it much easier to remember where you left your phone.

Another option is to use a wearable which can make your phone sound an alarm, even if your phone is set to mute. For example, you can do this with an Android Wear smartwatch (like the Moto 360G Watch R or ASUS Zenwatch) and the app Wear Aware. You can even configure the app to automatically alert you if you walk away from your phone, or if your phone walks away from you!

You can even get Nokia NFC / Bluetooth ‘Treasure Tags‘, which help you find even more commonly lost items (like your keys, or your luggage). Of course, the connection also works the other way around, so you can locate your phone by pressing a button on the tag itself. If you’re just looking for a find-your-phone solution, this is one of the cheapest.

Wear Aware - Phone Finder - screenshot

The final way to locate your phone is cheaper than that though – it’s free. Using the Android Device ManagerFind my iPhone or Microsoft’s Find My Phone, you can see where your phone was last spotted on a map, send a text to the phone, or just get it to ring. This is a good option for finding your phone both in and outside your home.

4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus announced: bigger, faster, smarter

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Today Apple unveiled their new iPhones, ending months of rumours and speculation. As expected, two models debuted, both far larger than their predecessors. One model measures 4.7 inches, while the other spans a phablet-sized 5.5 inches. The new iPhones include a faster processor, contactless NFC payments, an improved camera and many other upgrades. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.

Design

The most notable difference between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 is undoubtedly that of size. The display of the iPhone 5S measured just four inches across the diagonal, but the iPhone 6 is available with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen. That’s a massive jump for Apple, who just two years ago were shipping a flagship phone with a 3.5-inch screen.

Apple are including a one-handed mode to alleviate some of the ergonomic downsides of these larger displays. The larger height and width of the iPhone has also allowed Apple to shrink the thickness of the iPhone. It’s now 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus, while maintaining the same weight. The larger size is cleverly considered by Apple, who have added a ‘reachability’ gesture which moves the screen down so you can reach the top buttons.

Size isn’t the only difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. The new phones also include a noticeably thicker border between the caps on top and bottom and the main rear panel. These are intended to improve reception, giving signals a place to escape the metal body. Other details include a lock button on the right hand side instead of the top, a circular flash and a camera lens that protrudes from the chassis.

Specifications

One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is contactless payments through a scheme called ApplePay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor and a Secure Element. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.

The iPhone 6 will include a higher resolution 1334 x 750 pixel IPS display, which as mentioned earlier measures 4.7 inches. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 1920 x 1080p screen at 5.5 inches. Inside either phone, you’ll find a new Apple A8 64-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least 16GB of internal storage (up to 128GB). The whole thing is powered with a 1810mAh battery – small by Android standards, but enough for Apple to claim the same battery life as ever.

There’s an upgraded 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera up front for all your selfie needs. The iPhone 6 Plus also boasts optical image stabilisation, which allow the camera to operate at slower shutter speeds without being affected by shaking.

Features

One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is its contactless payments system, called Apple Pay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.

The iPhone 6 launches with iOS 8, with includes a lot of new features that bridge the feature gap between iOS and Android. Messages now includes multimedia content, third-party keyboards are now possible, and Apple have built a fitness app called Health which interfaces with iPhone sensors and the iWatch. More Android-like features include improved notifications (which can now be actioned directly from their dropdown menu or the lock screen) and widgets (in the notification center).

Accessories

The iPhone has always enjoyed a wide range of third-party accessories, and the iPhone 6 is no different. We’ve already begun to add both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accessories to our virtual shelves, and we’ll add dozens if not hundreds of additional accessories over the next few weeks. These range from cases and covers to chargers, in-car accessories like car chargers and car holders, battery packs, desk stands and screen protectors.

Most people will pick up at least one iPhone 6 cover for their new phone, and we’ll be well covered here. The iPhone 6 cases section of our shop already includes nearly 100 items, and will only grow from there. There are slightly fewer iPhone 6 Plus cases available, but these too will grow in number. Expect cases from all the biggest names, including OtterBox, LifeProof, Spigen, Moshi, Zenus, Belkin and many more.

UK price and release date

The iPhone 6 will go on pre-order from Friday, and the full launch will be on September 19th. The iPhone remains a premium handset, and as such will command a full price point when purchased sim-free. The 4.7-inch model comes in at £539, while the 5.5-inch model is slightly more expensive at £619. Of course, the iPhone 6 will also been available on contract.

Conclusion

So – the iPhone 6 has finally been announced! I’m excited to see the public and critical reception to the new phone, so please leave me your comments and impressions below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Top 10 addictive iPhone and iPad games 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In this article, we’ll share ten of the most fun and addictive iOS games for the iPhone and iPad in 2014. Take a look!

1. Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft

Blizzard are well known for creating addictive game franchises, from World of WarCraft, to StarCraft, to Diablo. Their latest is a (digital) collectible card game called Hearthstone, which vaguely resembles Magic: the Gathering. Like that game, it’s incredibly deep, with satisfying strategic battles against AIs and online opponents, but here you don’t have to pay a penny for the pleasure.

2. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is probably the most beautiful game on iOS right now, with a brilliant style inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher. Each level is an impossible puzzle with its own rules, and discovering them is an absolute joy.

3. Walking Dead: The Game

Telltale are the best in the business at creating point-and-click adventure games, and The Walking Dead is one of their best efforts. The game is set in the same world as the TV show, but with a different cast of characters. There are puzzles to solve here, but the biggest challenge is making tough decisions under stress with long-reaching consequences. Each episode is punctuated with a few of these really big choices, and your decision will stay with you for some time afterwards – particularly if things don’t go to plan.

4. Micromon

Micromon is a Pokémon clone, with the same familiar formula of capturing, training and battling. The game is currently #1 on the App Store with a 4.5/5 rating. While the game doesn’t have the depth or the polish that Pokémon is famous for, it’s still one of the best creature-hunting games created for Apple devices.

5. Hitman GO

Hitman GO is a surprisingly good strategy adaption of the assassination-focussed Hitman series. You take turns positioning your hitman, making your hit through stealth or outright bloodshed. The game’s simple rules are extended through the layout and equipment found in each level, and it becomes increasingly challenging to complete each objective as the game progresses. The game has cool “scale model style” graphics too, like you’re playing with a board game.

6. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

In this game, you attempt to become a major celebrity through fashion, dating, modelling and other such things. While this game looks like it ought to be awful, it’s surprisingly well constructed. Two words of warning, though: in-app purchases. Progressing in the game without spending real money gets increasingly difficult, and the game is making millions of dollars. Don’t get sucked in.

7. Godus

Godus is the latest god game from Peter Molyneux, who created Black & White back in the day. As the name suggests, you act as a god for a growing group of followers, sculpting the landscape, influencing nature and setting an example for your people. The game looks quite beautiful, and developers 22cans have promised more powers to come.

8. Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Minecraft is a leviathan in the gaming world, where players build the most fantastic contraptions from harvested wood, stone and metal. The Pocket Edition is a faithful recreation of the full experience you’ll find on PC and consoles, and is a perfect fix for anyone that’s jonesing for a little creative construction on the go.

9. Hoplite

Hoplite isn’t much to look at, but beneath the simple pixel graphics there’s a game of immense strategic depth. Like other roguelikes, you’ll find elements of randomisation and permanent death, so it’s important to choose each move carefully if you want to survive long. It’s an addictive experience for strategy aficionados.

10. Two Dots

Dots was a simple but brilliant game, tasking you with connecting the dots in a colourful and frantic manner to beat your high score. Two Dots is the sequel, an extension of that basic concept into a deeper game with adorable artwork and more varied objectives.

Bonus: 868-HACK

868-HACK is probably the most challenging game on this list. It’s a roguelike set in a 6×6 grid, where you’re tasked with hacking “precious data while the world sleeps.” Threats like viruses and glitches will seek to distract and destroy you, while you seek siphons to gain cash, energy and abilities – and ultimately to escape to the next level. It’s very hard, and very addictive. Good luck.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful. If you’d like to share your own selections, please do so via the comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading the article and have a good one!

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Krusell announce range of iPhone 6 cases

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The iPhone 6 is still some months or even weeks from being announced, but that hasn’t stopped case manufacturers from using leaked and secret information to create iPhone 6 cases. Today Krusell have announced a range of iPhone 6 cases, in three lines: Kalmar Flip Wallet, Kalmar Wallet and Malmo FlipCover. Let’s take a closer look at each.

Krusell Kalmar Flip Wallet Case (Black, Brown)

Krusell Kalmar iPhone 6 Flip Wallet Case - Black    Krusell Kalmar iPhone 6 Flip Wallet Case - Brown

First up is the Flip Wallet, which comes in the popular folio form factor and is made from a combination of genuine leather and soft microfibre. The case includes a horizontal flip cover that includes four pockets for storing your cash and cards. A magnetic closure system ensures the case stays closed, keeping your iPhone’s screen protected at all times.

Krusell Kalmar Wallet Case (Black, Brown)

Krusell Kalmar Sony Xperia Z1 Wallet Case - Black    Krusell Kalmar Sony Xperia Z1 Wallet Case - Brown

The Kalmar Wallet is a little less orthodox. On one side it’s a traditional vertical flip cover, while on the back you get space for your cash, cards and ID like a traditional wallet. However, it’s still made of the same high quality genuine leather with a soft microfibre lining. If you’re looking for a wallet replacement, the Krusell Kalmar Wallet is a great choice.

Krusell Malmo FlipCover Case (Black, Blue, White)

Krusell Malmo FlipCover iPhone 6 Case - Black    Krusell Malmo FlipCover iPhone 6 Case - Blue

The Malmo FlipCover is our final case. It opens horizontally, like the Flip Wallet, but is made from synthetic materials instead of leather. The case is a little more stiff, which allows it to gain a new ability: the flip cover can be folded back to serve as a media stand, keeping your phone at a convenient angle in landscape mode so you can keep an eye on incoming notifications, watch videos or play games.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the cases on show today! We’ll have many more iPhone 6 covers in the weeks and months ahead, so stay tuned. You can let us know what you think of the cases in the comments below.

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