What to Expect from Apple’s iPhone Event

Without [completely over] stating the obvious…

September 10, 2013 was the day.

It was iPhone 5S day. Nearly everyone that I’ve talked to over the past few days have asked me what I think will actually happen with Apple’s release of the new iPhone. With the caveat that it ain’t over until Apple says, “thanks and goodbye,” here’s my brief rundown of what I felt Apple would have announced at the event.

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In summary, I think we’ve heard and seen everything. I don’t think there’s going to be too much new or previously unknown or unannounced. These were my thoughts prior to the event:

New Models

I think you will see two new models of iPhone released. The iPhone 5S – a premium model, and the iPhone 5C – a more affordable device. I don’t think that the 5C will be labeled as a budget model. Unless Apple sells it at a loss and prices it at $299-$349, the device while perhaps “more affordable” than the more familiarly priced 5S, at $499, $599 and $699.

I also think that the 5C WILL make an impact with customers of budget conscious, post paid carriers like T-Mobile in the States, NTT DoCoMo in Japan and China Mobile. Its possible that tens of millions of additional iPhones could be sold due to the addition of these last two carriers.

The reported color choices of the plastic-backed 5C are also a likely lock. I’d also call the 4 color variations of the 5S – white, black, graphite and champagne – a done deal.

Biometric Sensor

This is all but a certainty at this point. Tools like this will pair well with the enhanced security measures in iOS 7, and make the iPhone a very difficult phone to steal and then sell. Security is a huge deal in iOS 7, so enhancing it with this type of hardware tool is more than logical.

iOS 7 and Other Software
You’ve seen my predictions and thoughts on iOS 7. The mobile OS is going to take a GREAT deal of getting used to. I’ve been using it for months and I’m still not completely sold on it. Apple is going to take a ton of grief on it, as I do NOT think the masses will receive it well. The flattening of the OS will not be well received, as it doesn’t appear to have the Classic Apple spit an polish that most of us are used to. The new editions to the OS are simply additions that have already been seen and added to other platforms. The Notification Center and Control Center are both remakes and overdue on iOS.

We’re also going to see iTunes Radio finally get the limelight it has been craving. The free service has pre-created music stations, as well as stations that can be created based on individual songs or artists. Apple will offer it ad-free to subscribers of its iTunes Match service.

AppleTV will also see updates to it that will allow Apple’s set top box add-on to play additional content. Some of the additional options/ apps are really very nice, especially if you have a cable subscription.

We’ll also likely see the iPod Classic finally retired, and will see updates to the iPod Touch line; but probably not a price cut. Updated iPads will be announced at a later date. Don’t look for updated models on Tuesday. That day will be all about the new iPhone 5S/5C and iOS 7.

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Raspberry Pi gets its own Appstore

The tiny Raspberry Pi computer is the latest device to get its own app store. The Pi Store opened for custom on 17th December contains a range of apps from games to developers’ tools. Currently there are twenty five apps available to download in the Pi Store, but this number is expected to grow significantly in the coming months.

The Pi Store is a collaboration between the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Indie City – operators of an online marketplace for independent game developers – and Velocix. The foundation launched the store with the aim to enable “young people to share their creations with a wider audience, and maybe to make a little pocket money”. Currently all apps are free to download except Storm in a Teacup. Storm in a Teacup features 50 levels of physics based puzzles and is priced at £1.99.

The range of apps on the Pi Store is already diverse. There are five games on offer including Freeciv which is an open source empire-building strategy game. OpenTTD, the popular open source transport simulation game can also be found in the store. Despotify is a Spotify client for the Raspberry Pi and is free to download, however users need a Spotify Premium account to use the app. LibreOffice brings an extensive suite of office applications to the Raspberry Pi and is compatible with Microsoft Office files. There are also several apps intended to assist Raspberry Pi developers. The Pi Store is also intended to be the hope of “Pi-related” media including the MagPi e-magazine and tutorials produced from the community.

The Raspberry Pi has widely been regarded as a success since its launch earlier in the year. Amateur and professional developers alike have written and ported a wide range of applications to run on the system but until now there has been no obvious place to find or distribute these applications. The Pi Store changes this and will greatly simplify the experience for developers and users.

A blog post on the Raspberry Pi foundation website encourages the community of Raspberry Pi users to embrace the store. The community has been asked to submit their own projects to populate the store and to review and rate the apps already on offer. The store features a clever recommendation engine which will learn about you and your preferences as you rate, review and download apps. These recommendations will improve as you interact more and more with the store.

The Pi store itself is easily browsed and well constructed. Apps can be found through their category or through their tags. There is also useful search and sort functions in the store. All apps on the store have a content rating so users know whether the content is appropriate for the recipient. Given that the Raspberry Pi is based upon an open source platform all apps also detail their associated licences so users are aware if they can modify or redistribute the app.

To download apps from the store, Raspberry Pi users must first download the Raspberry Pi Store application. Users can download the application from Raspberry Pi’s official download page.

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Pocket Legends – is the largest 3D Massively-Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game for mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android. You choose your character, pursue quests, upgrade your stats while you meet thousands of other player along the way. What makes it really cool is that while playing, you’ll be connecting not only with other iPad/iPhone players, but also with the Android users around the world. Moreover, the game plays over virtually any connection: wireless, Edge, 3G or 4G connections and most mobile devices.


Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift – is a fun puzzle game where you’ll have to find a way to get the candy to Om Nom, the adorable monster. The game combines great physics, tricky levels, and bright colorful visuals with a special winter feel. To play, simply swipe your finger across the ropes and collect the stars by touching them with the candy, but it’s not always simple. Think before you slice and be sure to avoid the enemies and obstacles. Every level is different and getting that candy to Om Nom won’t be easy!


Puzzle Planet – is a fun puzzle game recommended for anyone who enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles. Help the alien Nur and his furry friend Glood navigate the wonders of Planet Earth and solve jigsaw puzzles along the way. You get 3 scenic Puzzle Destinations to start, with 6 puzzles each. “Just so we’re clear, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill, sit-at-a-card-table-with-your-grandma-sipping-lemonade jigsaw puzzles. These are wickedly challenging and lightning fast. You’ll need lizard fingers and an alien brain to solve them fast and rack up the points.”


Fruit Ninja HD Lite – is a simple game where you swipe the screen as fruit flies around to slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Sounds boring? Well, its not, you are not going to believe how much fun it is to play. Just try it! A little bit deeper, Fruit Ninja HD Lite features a sample of Classic Mode, as well as a taste of the local multiplayer mode – Zen Duel! You can also check out the Dojo, where your success in game can unlock awesome new backgrounds and blades! There are also a small sample of achievements to unlock, with three exclusive to Fruit Ninja HD Lite!


Simply Solitaire HD – is a styled version of Solitaire and I guess, this tells it all. The game feature rich content and polished visual style, plus natural card layout and there is much more to tell. There are 2 game modes: 1 Card Draw (for everyone) and 3 Card Draw (for experts), achievements, leaderboards and much more things I’ll let you find out on your own. Have fun!


Check back later if you like. I’ll update this article with more other cool games. Also, if you have any other suggestion, please leave a comment.

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Sir Insult-a-lot 2.0 Released

RookSoft released version 2.0 of Sir Insult-a-lot, an iPhone application that can generate up to 20 million insults on the fly. Sir Insult-a-lot version 2.0 is now available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Sir Insult-a-lot version 2.0 now features insults as part of the user experience. The developers added built-in insult-sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and email as well as completely revamped the user interface for better usability. They also added new high-res graphics for retina display.

Want to have even more fun with the Sir Insult-a-lot? Engage in an all-out no-holds-barred insult war with your friends. The winner can be chosen in many ways – The Quick Draw (the quickest to say the insult out loud), The Smart Aleck (he who knows what all the words mean), The Fake Smart Aleck (she who can fake knowing what all the words mean while keeping a straight face), The Dictionary (he who can provide the most convincing dictionary definitions for all the words), The Punisher (she who insults with the most force and injury), and so on.

Sir Insult-a-lot encourages word-skill building by using a list of words which are unusual and not so common. If you are a word enthusiast, this will definitely help build your vocabulary while providing loads of entertainment.

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Augmented Reality Browser for iPhone

Wikitude has announced the next generation of the „Best Augmented Reality Browser 2010″ (Augmented Planet). From today Wikitude 6.0 is available for download on Apple’s App Store http://bit.ly/ihmykZ . Wikitude overlays the live picture generated by the smartphone’s camera with local information (categorised in so called content “Worlds”). The new user interface offers a customisable “Home Screen”, a full text search in all available Wikitude Worlds ( for example Wikipedia, Mobile Coupons, Twitter, Starbucks etc.) with over 125 million places worldwide. Wikitude World Browser is available for the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3Gs. It is also available for the iPhone 3G and the iPad but without Augmented Reality, as the 3G doesn’t have a digital compass and the iPad doesn’t have a camera – yet.

Speed, personalisation and intuitive handling are the key ingredients of the Wikitude World Browser for the iPhone. As soon as the app is started, all available points of interests (POIs) in your surroundings are shown. The corresponding details of the POIs are subsequently downloaded in the background – a procedure that noticeably increases the speed of the app.

Of the more than 1000 Worlds available in Wikitude, the user can drag his favourite Worlds to the Home Screen, making them easier and quicker accessible in the future. The user is also able to rearrange these Worlds, very much like rearranging Apps on the home screen of the iPhone.

A search-function located in the top area of the Home Screen enables the user to perform a full-text-search through all available Worlds. The personalised search-function can also be moved to the Home Screen itself. “Sushi” fans or “WiFi” hunters for example will love this feature.

All delivered information is available in three different ways: in Augmented-Reality-View (information is overlaid on the real-time camera view, augmenting reality so to speak) as well as on a map or as a list. With the flick of one finger the user can move between the different options. While viewing the app in the list-mode or map-mode a small yet very useful compass needle points towards the next point of interest.

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