iOS

Rumor Claims iPad to get Split Screen View in iOS 8

11:10 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple's iPad may finally become a multitasking tablet thanks to the addition of a split screen view in iOS 8 that lets two apps run side by side. The rumored feature will support displaying and interacting with two apps simultaneously, and it may support apps interacting with each other, too.

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iPad multitasking and split screen app view is something we've been wanting pretty much ever since the original iPad was released. Assuming the report is legit, this will be a very welcome feature in iOS 8.

Rumor Claims Hi-Def Audio Support Coming in iOS 8

9:48 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple may be planning on adding support for high definition audio playback support in iOS 8, and will release new in-ear headphones and updated Lightning cable designed to take advantage of the better audio quality. If true, that means iPhone owners would be able to listen to 24-bit 48 kHz audio files, which can offer better fidelity than the 16-bit files iOS 7 and earlier support.

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Better audio quality playback in the iPhone and iPad would be a welcome treat, but if our listening options are Apple's own earbuds or Beats headphones, why bother?

3 Free Funny Apps for iOS

7:54 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · iOS

Free on iTunes

Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.

California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Smartphone Kill Switches

6:35 PM, May. 8th, 2014 · · iOS

Thieves

California moved a step closer to requiring smartphones sold in the state to be remotely wiped and killed if they're stolen. A similar bill failed to pass in April, but according to Bloomberg, the new version was crafted to allow companies more time to implement the kill switch and to remove tablets from the requirement.

Apple’s iPad Gets Another JD Power Award, Cheap Tablets Get Low Satisfaction

3:38 PM, May. 7th, 2014 · · iOS

D Power Award

Apple's iPad was king of customer satisfaction for tablets, according to JD Power's 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1. The research company announced on Monday that it was giving the iPad its self-titled JD Power Award, and that an increase in cheap tablets has led to an overall decrease in customer satisfaction for the segment.

Google Finally Adds Offline Map Viewing for iPhone

11:50 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · · iOS

Google rolled out an update for its Maps app on Tuesday, finally adding the ability to save maps for offline viewing. The change give Google yet another leg up on Apple's own Maps app that doesn't offer a way to quickly save maps to avoid getting lost when an Internet connection isn't available.

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Easy offline map viewing? Your move, Apple.

Vanity Fair Profiles Samsung’s History as a Willful Copycat in Multiple Industries

7:49 PM, May. 5th, 2014 · · iOS

The Samsung Copier

Two U.S. juries have found that Samsung willfully copied Apple innovations and technologies, and those cases established that Samsung wilfully and deliberately set out to copy the iPhone. A five page spread in Vanity Fair digs deeper into Samsung's corporate culture, and the magazine detailed that Samsung has used willful patent infringement not just as a crutch, but as a deliberate, bottom feeding strategy.