Every once in a while apps with hidden features slip into the official App Store, until Apple catches wind of the secret and pulls the app. If you're into retro gaming the free game Gridlee features a built-in MAME emulator, much like the ill-fated iMAME which was previously pulled. These emulators make it possible to play a wide variety of old video games, right on your iOS device without jailbreaking.
According to Touch Arcade, Gridlee is based on the powerful MAME4iOS which provides support for external controllers such as the iCade, advanced visual filters, and support for MAME cheats. Copying game ROMS into a special folder will make Gridlee start up with a list of installed games automatically.
The always reliable Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge has debunked some of the rumors we covered in our first 2013 rumor roundup. Apple is currently developing three iPhones, but that does not mean we will see all three in 2013. U.S. Apple fans will be getting an iPhone 5S this year. It will look like the iPhone 5 and feature a "larger rear flash," according to Horwitz. Apple is also developing a low-cost” plastic-bodied iPhone for China Mobile's 700 million subscribers. It''s unclear if the more affordable iPhone will ever make its way to the U.S..
As for my favorite recent Apple rumor, the iPhone Math is most likely the iPhone+. It's another new model in early prototyping stages which probably won't be released this year, if at all.
"Consider it Apple’s 'just in case / Plan B' hedge against ever-growing Android phone screen sizes," explained Horwitz.
Horwitz did not address the unnamed iPhone with a 12MP camera, which also came from the iPhone Math camp, but it could just be the iPhone 5S.
Apple is now offering the Bluetooth hipKey proximity and movement alarm in the Apple Store online. The accessory measures less than two inches across, yet packs a 90dB alarm and internal rechargeable lithium ion battery. With a range of 164 feet and battery life spanning from 2-4 weeks, hipKey watches out for your valuables and iOS device.
With the companion iOS app and built in motion mode, you can leave the hipKey in a purse or bag to be alerted as soon as the bag moves. The proximity sensor can also be used to give a warning when your iPhone is left behind or if someone tries to steal the device. Child mode will send an alert when your child wanders too far away.
How convenient would it be to secure your iPhone without ever having to enter a passcode again? One analyst is predicting that Apple will raise the stakes in the smartphone race by adding a fingerprint sensor to the iPhone 5S. AppleInsider observes that Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has a "particularly strong track record" when it comes to predicting Apple's upcoming products.
Not only would a fingerprint sensor push Apple ahead of the competition, but Kuo believes it would cause problems for others to catch up. Android and Windows phones typically have multiple buttons below the display. The addition of a fingerprint sensor would cause "intuition issues" for users. In contrast, the iPhone 5S will have only one button, perfect for integration with a fingerprint sensor.
We already pointed out in December that iOS devices seem to be running more Google apps than any other apps available in the App Store. So it makes sense that five of the top six mobile apps In 2012 were made by the search engine giant. Apple's decision to replace Google Maps on iOS 6 is the only reason why Facebook managed to nab the number one spot in 2012, according to the latest comScore Mobile Metrix ranking. Other apps rounding out the chart include Pandora, iTunes, Cooliris and Yahoo! Messenger.
Facebook also dominated in app usage accounting for 23% of time spent on apps. Facebook's redesigned app, which was much faster and user friendly, probably helped with usage. Facebook's sister app Instagram nabbed 3% of the market, while Gmail was the most used Google app. Various Google apps also accounted for 10% of app usage, making Facebook and Google products the most used on mobile devices in 2012.
Unlike like the previous couple of years which were filled with dreams of tear-dropped iPhones, the start of 2013 has been pretty quiet for the normally busy Apple rumor mill. The end of 2012 put an end to some the biggest Apple rumors with the launch of the iPad 4, the iPad mini, and the long awaited iPhone 5. This is also why Wall Street is predicting a slow start to the new year for Apple, and why AAPL is down even after the company recently announced a record $54.5 billion in revenue.
Apple CEO Tim Cook promised iOS fans some "amazing new products" in the company's quarterly earnings press release released yesterday. Here's what the rumor mill thinks they will be.
Some analysts are promising a 2013 summer release for the iPhone 5S. Apple isn't expected to make any changes to the iPhone's form factor like it did with the iPhone 5, but purported photos of leaked iPhone 5S parts show minor changes to the aluminum chassis. It is also rumored that Apple will offer the iPhone in an iPod touch-like array of colors, and introduce a Home button fingerprint sensor system.
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.