jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, will be released just a few days after Apple celebrates its 37th anniversary on April 19. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely, the movie will chronicle Jobs' life and career from 1971 through 2001. The film is set to make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 25.
jOBS is from Open Road Films and Mark Hulme's Five Star Feature Films. It's not the Aaron Sorkin film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography being produce for Sony Pictures.
Apple officially released its Q1 2013 earnings report, and put an end to speculation that demand for the iPhone and iPad is low.
Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed recent rumors that iPhone and iPad production has slowed due to a decrease in demand. Cook explained using order cut “data points” is not an accurate way to determine what is happening inside of Apple.
“It’s good to question the accuracy about any rumor regarding build plans," Cook said. "I'd stress that even if a particular data point were to be factual, it would be impossible to interpret the effect on our business. Our supply chain is very complex... there's a long list of things that would make any single data point not a great proxy for what's going on."
Two iOS games more suited for October than January have popped up for free in the App Store. Puppetz is a platform and dual-stick shooter game where players control and fight various evil puppets. The game offers 21 unique playable characters, and loads of missions, unlockable weapons and achievements.
I gave the game a quick whirl and I wasn't terribly impressed. However, I'm not a big fan of side-scrolling shooting games on the iPhone, and I honestly didn't give it much of a chance. Fans of creepy and cartoonish platform games may enjoy it more than I did. The game is 100% free with no ads or in-app purchases. Puppetz is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It's bad enough that the mainstream media and blogosphere have been predicting Apple's demise due to supply chain rumors and analyst predictions, but now a new report from BrightWire has some Apple fans really concerned. BrightWire claims Chinese and Taiwanese news sources are reporting that Apple plans to release three new iPhone models in 2013, and one of the models will be called the iPhone Math!
Not only is it hard to believe Apple would pick such a ridiculous sounding name for an iPhone, but many believe the original meaning was lost in translation. However, BrightWire is sticking to its story while reminding people it's only a rumor. According to the original report, Apple plans to release both the iPhone 5S and iPhone Math before the end of June. The iPhone 5S will feature a 4-inch display, while the iPhone Math will sport a larger 4.8-inch display. Both cameras will be equipped with 8 megapixel cameras, and the third unnamed phone will feature a 12 megapixel camera.
FaceTime users with the iPhone 4S rejoice. You won't have to upgrade to the LTE iPhone 5 in order to use the service with an AT&T tiered data plan. Over the next few months, the carrier is rolling out cellular FaceTime access to everyone with a compatible device, except for those with grandfathered unlimited data plans.
Previously, FaceTime over cellular was only available to iOS devices with LTE, including the iPhone 5, third and fourth generation iPads, and the iPad mini. AT&T explains they have completed testing on their networks to ensure that providing this added service will not adversely affect subscribers.
Wouldn't it be convenient to keep the most important pending reminders in a place where you'll actually read them throughout the day? Now with the tweak Reminders+ and a jailbroken iOS device, users can link specific tasks from the stock Reminders app to the lock screen.
The tweak works by adding functionality directly to the Reminders app. Simply tap and hold the reminder you want to pin to the lock screen, and a menu will pop up. Tapping Add Bulletin or Remove Bulletin will add or remove the reminder from the lock screen, it's that simple.
Some tweaks do simple things and do them well. If you are lucky enough to have a jailbroken iOS device, Bolt will make some extra space in your status bar by removing an obvious redundancy. Apple includes the option for users to display battery percentage remaining under Settings -> General -> Usage.
What Apple did not provide is a mechanism to subsequently remove the battery status icon from the screen. Why show the empty/full battery icon and the battery percentage next to each other? Bolt adresses this quirk by removing the battery icon once and for all.
Now you can now add a little bling to your smartphone thanks to Case-Mate’s new Glam and Pearls Collections for the iPhone 5. The Glam series promises a “dazzling fine jewelry-look” thanks to a unique finishing process that adds sparkles to each case’s glossy, smooth surface. The cases are available in Champagne for $50, Silver for $40, Gold for $40, Rose Gold for $50, and Midnight for $50.
Case-Mate also dares you to "make a statement" with the exotic Pearls Collection. Each case is crafted from genuine mother of pearl, and Case-Mate promises that the individual pearls are "thoughtfully selected and carefully laid into an artistic design pattern". The Pearls Collection are $150 per case and come in Gold, White and Black.
Opera Software will launch a new mobile web browser based on WebKit dubbed "Opera Ice". The app will launch in both iOS and Android flavors, and provide a new design intended to simplify the smartphone web browsing experience. Opera's current app, Opera Mini will remain available in the App Store.
Opera plans continue development of Opera Mini and use the software as a platform to introduce its users to new mobile apps. When it comes to Opera Ice, the browser will feature an optional home page much like the Speed Dial featured on Opera's desktop software. Users can set their favorite or most-used web pages into a grid of icons for quick access.
There are plenty of toys on the market that use the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a remote control. How many of these send a live feed of their surroundings directly to your device? Now with the iSpy Tank you can turn your iOS device into the nerve center of your top secret espionage operation.
The free i-spy toys app provides complete control of the tank, along with up/down and zoom controls for the camera turret. Of course, you can shoot still photos of your target and record video directly to your iPhone. The iSpy Tank boasts a control range of up to 90 feet with its own built-in Wi-Fi network.