Skype has just unveiled its newly redesigned iPhone and iPad app, Skype 6.0, which is available to download from the App Store now. Announcing the redesign via its official blog, Skype says that it has redesigned the app to be “much more natural and intuitive, and have added a bunch of new capabilities to make it even more delightful to use.”
Skype says that the navigation in the new app is “simple, familiar and gets you to your conversation fast.”
The new app lets you use swipe gestures to make calls quickly and manage messages, and also makes it easier to share photos, web links, emoticons and your location during a voice or video call on Skype.
Search has also been enhanced in the new app with the introduction of the “recents” tab to help you find contacts and groups more easily in your messages.
These features are also all now available on Skype for iPad as well as iPhone. You can now share your location, send large emoticons, view web link previews and send and receive photos all from Skype for iPad. And you can also now start a group chat or group voice call directly from your iPad.
According to a report in the New York Times today, via AppleInsider, Apple may have some surprises for next Wednesday’s special event that have yet to be discovered by the press. The New York Times says that it has heard from its sources that new metal finishes for the Apple Watch may well be announced at the event, including a gold version that is cheaper than the current 18-karat gold watch that costs $10,000 and upwards. Other possible materials that Apple could reveal include white gold, titanium, or ceramic.
The same source for the New York Times also says that Apple will reveal a new iPad range on September 9, as well as a revamped iPad keyboard. There is no word yet as to whether or not this could be the wireless keyboard with integrated battery that was previously leaked by the FCC, or a different product entirely.
A fresh report coming from Belgian website ANV confirms the opening of the first Apple retail store for Belgian consumers. Apple's first Belgian retail store is opening in Brussels on 19th September.
The date is shown on the hoarding outside the new store, located on Avenue de la Toison d’Or (also known as Gulden Vlieslaan). The wording on the hoarding reads the following - ‘creativity, to be continued,’ featuring paintings by local artists. The store is pretty big, with 1500 square meters, so Apple is going to mark its entry in style.
Apple is also rumored to plan a second Belgian store, in Antwerp, with the former Trade Fair building being rumored for a potential location.
According to a fresh report coming from the Entertainment Weekly publication, it seems that the Steve Jobs movie set to debut this weekend at the 42nd Annual Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. The executive director of the festival, Julie Huntsinger, said the following:
"We are thrilled to present such an exhilarating, diverse program for the 42nd Telluride Film Festival. This year was an abundance of riches, particularly within the documentary category, and we feel privileged to celebrate these films and their artists with our audience in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”
The movie is scheduled around the Labor Day weekend, as the festival runs from September 4 through September 7. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also going to be present at the festival. During the same event director Danny Boyle is going to receive one of the 2015 Silver Medallion Awards, which are "given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema."
Whether you're browsing for entertainment, or to find the location of a specific shop in town, Google Street View is a fantastic tool all around. On Thursday, the search-engine giant released an all-new and revamped Google Street View application on the App Store.
The new application has a modern user interface, allowing its users to pan around locations 360 degrees by dragging a finger on the screen. The new app also has a new feature where users can upload their own 360-degree photos and share them with the world.
This technology was first seen in Google's Photo Sphere Camera application, which has now been integrated into Street View. The new feature of Street View definitely adds more of a social aspect to the application.
Browsing around the app, it's interesting to see locations at different times from Google's many users. Google's all-new Street View app is now available on the iTunes App Store for free.
Apple's App Store has had its own dedicated Twitter account @AppStore since 2009. However, nearly six years have passed, meaning that the App Store has gained some mass as well as gone through a load of changes.
Most can argue that some mobile games are becoming on par, or even better, than some on consoles. We believe Apple knows this, so that's why today marks the day where Apple opened a dedicated Twitter account, @AppStoreGames, to promote gaming on the App Store.
The move to segregate gaming from the original App Store account is likely due to the forthcoming announcement of the Apple TV refresh. Rumors have been flying around that the new Apple TV will likely have enhanced hardware and downloadable games.
While I believe at first Apple will look towards third parties to create gaming controllers for the Apple TV. Some blogs have reported that Apple TV's new remote will feature a touchpad for games. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Apple ever does release a gaming controller of its own.
The unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is upon us. For the past few months we've been gathering more and more solid evidence of what we expect Apple to show all of us in just under a week. On Thursday in a new note to investors, critically acclaimed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo reaffirmed some rumored features.
In the note, Kuo claims that Apple's new iPhone models will feature Force Touch, a new rose gold casing, as well as an upgraded Touch ID sensor. The analyst also reaffirmed that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus would retain the 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage sizes, which we reported on yesterday.
Okay so we already knew most of that, but if you've been out of the loop, it's good to have a nice summary. However, one thing in the note to investors caught our eye. Quo mentions that he expects this year's iPhone models to also ship with upgraded FaceTime cameras on the face of the phones, 5 megapixels to be exact.
Whether Apple plans on upgrading the front-facing cameras this year is accurate or not, the cameras have been due for an upgrade. If Apple does upgrade the FaceTime cameras to 5MP, we believe it would be a huge reason for selfie-lovers to upgrade to the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus.
Hmmm... this is odd. We have had previous reports that the battery in the new iPhone 6S will be smaller than the previous generation iPhone 6; however, today's news makes that seem strange. According to the above images of a leaked iPhone 6S being measure, the physical dimensions of the device will be both thicker and larger than the previous iPhone.
The dimensions indicated by the pictures suggest the iPhone 6S will be 7.08 mm thick, and it will be 138.19 mm tall and 67.68 mm wide, compared to the 138.1 mm and 67.0 mm of the iPhone 6. What gives here? Why would a phone with a smaller battery take up more space and not be even smaller than before?
The only theory we can come up with is that the rumored Force Touch tech for the phone takes up more space, leading to the slightly larger new device measurements. What do you folks think?
Another new report coming from the same well-connected tech journalist Mark Gurman is bringing up some fresh details with regards to the storage capacity of the new iPhones. According to his sources, the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will retain the same storage tiers as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
Furthermore, the on-contract pricing will also be the same as the 2014 models: $199, $299, and $399 for the iPhone 6S, versus $299, $399, and $499 for the iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 5s will remain on sale as the on-contract “free” model and the 2013 iPhone 5c model will be discontinued.
The new iPhones are also believed use the stronger 7000 series aluminum which was first used in the Apple Watch Sport. Furthermore, it seems that new Apple Watch Sport band colors will launch during the event, as well.
Apple has unveiled at the WWDC conference an all-new News app which has replaced NewsStand for iPhone and iPad owners. When it was announced, the app had 18 publishers signed up and it seems that there are now more than 50. Peter Kafka with the Recode publication shared some more details:
"Publishers are also happy about Apple’s terms, which allow them to keep 100 percent of the ad revenue for ads they sell on their own and 70 percent of the revenue for the backfill inventory that Apple will sell. Publishers will also get credit from Web auditor ComScore for the stories that users view, so they don’t need to worry about Apple cannibalizing their audience numbers."
Apple hasn't yet released a full list of publishers, but some names that have been already confirmed include the New York Times, The Guardian, ESPN, and The Atlantic, among others. Both iOS 9 and the News app are expected to become available for iOS users somewhere in mid-September.