The new iPhone 4 and updated Safari 5 aren't the only items getting attention at this year's WWDC conference. Apple recently recognized the top 10 iPhone and iPad apps that lead the way in design, performance, and innovation. I have a few favorites of my own, but take a look at these apps that Apple says "stand out above the rest" and see if you agree!
With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4, it's easy to get lost in the magical Apple haze. Sure, it's a fantastically designed phone and easy to use, but is it something you can't live without? Some would say no. Here are five reasons to skip the iPhone 4, and a few suggestions on other smartphones you should consider instead.
- AT&T — AT&T has a bad reputation for spotty, intermittent service, with an overabundance of dropped calls. Since this is your only network option for the iPhone 4 (for now), it's either dive in (for two years) or stay far, far away.
- Front-facing VGA camera — The iPhone has two cameras, but the front-facing VGA is of poor quality compared to the rear-facing 5MP HD version. FaceTime video calling is great, but you're going to have to do it on a lower-quality cam if you want to see your friend on the other end.
See the other three reasons, and learn about your best options and comparable alternatives, after the jump.
Now that the iPhone 4 has been unveiled, demoed, and photographed, you're probably wondering if you should throw down the $200 — $300 it takes to bring one home. Apple calls the iPhone 4 the biggest leap since the first iPhone — and I'd have to agree. Here, five reasons you should snatch one up come June 24. Stay tuned for the rebuttal, when I offer up some worthy iPhone 4 alternatives.
- Screen quality — Apple introduced the new LED-backlit Retina Display on the iPhone 4, which brings the clearest picture ever on a smartphone. Coming in a 326 pixels per inch (four times the amount of the 3GS), it delivers a crisp and vibrant picture without the fuzziness of individual pixels.
- iOS 4 — The rebranded operating system will come standard on the iPhone 4, allowing you to multitask, organize apps into folders, get all your email in one inbox, and read books with iBooks among (many) other things to save you time and patience.
See the remaining three reasons to get an iPhone 4 after the break.
With months of speculation coming to a close, we finally have all the details on the new iPhone 4. Coming with a brilliant display, sleek design, 16 or 32GB of on-board memory, and tons of new features — including iOS 4, iBooks, and Facetime video calling — you could say this is the most impressive iPhone yet.
Adding to the long list of features is the price — starting at just $199, this is also the most affordable iPhone to date (considering its power), and it stacks up to some of the other notable smartphones on the market right now, including the HTC EVO 4G. I kind of fell in love — it comes in white! What say you — are you getting an iPhone 4, or do you have your eye on another handset?
After Steve Jobs's keynote at yesterday's WWDC conference, I got a chance to check out the new iPhone up close. Also on display was the new FaceTime video calling feature that the CEO was so proud of. Using the phone's front- or rear-facing cameras, you can call any other iPhone 4 user and chat face to face via a WiFi connection. With little delay, the calls seemed clear, crisp, and connected. Check it out in action below!
At last year's WWDC conference I was surrounded by belching guys and booth babes, but this year took a different turn. There were decidedly more women in the crowd, and zero scantily-clad booth babes — just tastefully dressed ladies that passed out fliers as keynote attendees filtered out of Moscone West.
Although the men were no more classy (I was nearly run over by an older gentleman to get a better seat), there were a few standout trends in the crowd. Check 'em out below.
- iPads — Naturally, the Apple fans brought out all their gear for the keynote.
- HTC EVO 4Gs — Although iPhones and iPads dominated the landscape, I saw quite a few non-Apple smartphones in the crowd.
To hear about my favorite trend at the WWDC keynote, just keep reading.
After Steve Jobs's keynote presentation at today's WWDC conference, I got an opportunity to check out Apple's new iPhone in person. Turns out, it's lightweight, easy to handle, and really stylish and sleek, but picks up fingerprints like a magnet. Not surprising, since the front and back are both made of glass. Check out the iPhone 4's form factor in this gallery of pics, and stay tuned for more WWDC coverage!
Coming as a free download on Mac (OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or later) and Windows, Safari 5 will include Reader, which will allow you to browse news articles in an easy-to-read scrolling format, and will be opened up to developers to create extensions. Additionally, Bing will be made available in the search field, and the new update will reportedly boost performance by 30 percent over Safari 4. Strangely enough though, the links for downloading aren't live just yet, but you can wait for it to appear at www.apple.com/safari.
Update: The press release has been pulled by Apple. Stay tuned for another update!
Update 2: It's back! Download Safari 5 here.
When I asked, most of you said you'd watch Netflix movies on your iPhone, and now one of the top 10 most downloaded apps in the iTunes App store is heading to the iPhone! The new Netflix app works with your subscription, allowing you to watch the start of a movie on your TV and finish watching it on your phone. The Netflix app will also allow you to check your queue, get recommendations, and access the full movie and TV streaming database. Coming this Summer for free, you can watch flicks over both WiFi and 3G.