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iMania: Release of iPhone 6

Even with last week’s fiasco surrounding security breach claims on iCloud, Apple still came in strong with the release of iPhone6.

Fans scurried their way through stores to claim “first to try”, “first to buy” or “first to have” the newest iPhone in the market.

What is it that made us really excited with the release of iPhone6?
Well, let’s have a recap shall we?

From our August Phablet Race post, we looked at some of the rumours and expectations for the new iPhone. Now that it’s released, let’s see if rumours are true or if they misled us.

images Rumoured Release Date: Probably September 9
The release did in fact happen on it’s set day, September 9, 2014.

images Cost: starts at around AU$1006|$944
A source we found say that the pricing are as follows:
16GB – AU$869
64GB – AU$999
128GB – AU$1129
Being only $7 out from the mid-range option is pretty close and a good indicator.

The target sale date in Australia is September 19, but pre-orders are open from the 12th. Here’s what the launch told us about the new iPhone.

images What to expect: major revisions, including design
Apple definitely delivered because it’s bigger and definitely better.

Dimension:
iPhone6: 138.1x67x6.9
iPhone6 Plus: 158.1×77.8×7.1
To make the device bigger without the having the uncomfortable feeling when you use it, they have made a noticeable revision on the design making the sides rounded for a smooth handling and looking a lot more slick.

Display:
iPhone6: 4.7 inches
iPhone6 Plus: 5.5 inches
Both using Retina HD Display

To compare to the current iPhone 5S, its display is 4 inches, with the iPad Mini being 7.9 inches.

images Coolest Rumour: addition of NFC
We are giving a soft check on this as well, as this functionality is not yet available and will be coming in this October.

But that doesn’t mean we can leave this off, this makes us all the more excited as this will change the way on how we do transactions. Apple Pay is a technology that provides a security feature built in you device so you can use your iPhone to pay in a hassle free way.

Apple has maintained the cool feature of iPhone6’s predecessors, improved other features and introduces other features. What to say what they’re going to do next. Only time will tell.

Even if you don’t plan on picking up the iPhone6 straight away, don’t forget to download the new iOS 8, available from September 17.

Yours in current trends,
Brio Team

 

Phablet Race

The race is on…

I was reading updates from TechRadar the other day and rumours are rife about the release date of the new Phablets from Apple (iPhone6) and Samsung (Samsung Galaxy Note 4).

iOS and Android fans alike, we are excited for the first glimpse of these new gadgets and how they will differ from their predecessors.

Juicy Tidbits

On iPhone6

Rumoured Release Date: probably September 9
Cost: starts at around AU$1006 / $944
What to expect: major revisions, including design.
Coolest Rumour: addition of NFC

On Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Rumoured Release Date: probably September 3
Cost: starts at around $800
What to expect: Samsung’s 4th generation Phablet.
Coolest Rumour: flexible display (three-sided screen)

 

image of iPhone5
iPhone5
image of Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

 

 

 

 

 

Yours in mobile trend,
Brio team

Tracing the iPhone’s problem

Ever wondered what a map of EXACTLY where you have been over the last month looked like? Got an iPhone? Well, here’s something you probably didn’t (but should) know!

It may come as a bit of a shock, but you might like to know that your iPhone is actually capable of doing this. The technology is nothing new or special, 3 cell phone towers are used to triangulate your exact co-ordinates which are then stored in a database with a timestamp. Due to the fact that your phone does this without the assistance of its GPS hardware, this is NOT something that can be turned off or that you can opt out of. Though this method of recording your position is potentially less accurate, it is countered by the fact that it stores this information timed to the second. Want to see what this information looks like when its displayed through a program on a computer? Check this out:

Washington DC to New York from Alasdair Allan on Vimeo.

The next interesting (or scary fact), is that it’s been happing since June 2010 with the release of iOS 4. The information is kept in a file that is synced to your computer via iTunes where it can be deleted (along with the rest of your phones back up) but the next time you sync your device a new copy of the file will be created. It is also moved to a new device when the old one is replaced.

Perhaps the most intriguing piece of information about all of this is that it took two security researchers to stumble across it for the information to come to light. Apple have stored all of this without the user’s permission or knowledge through the use of undocumented and seemingly hidden features of its mobile operating system. Telephone service providers are able to record this information however it requires legal documentation and is normally only accessible by the police. It is pretty easy for anyone who has access to your computer to get hold of this information which for some is more worrying than the fact that your phone stores it in the first place. Unfortunately at the moment there is no way of opting out of this either. Discoverers of this information have written a simple program on Mac OS X that is capable of displaying this information on a map which illustrates just how detailed the stored information is. If you’re interested in trying it out visit their website.

As someone who likes to keep my personal information cards close to my chest, I strongly recommend reading the articles that inspired me to write this post, visit:

iPhone Tacker – http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/#1

Gizmodo – Your iPhone is Secretly tracking everywhere you go

The Guardian – iPhone keeps records of everywhere you go

Yours in spying and secretly tracking things,
Lee

KPI time!

OK… so it is now officially the end of the working year and I was thinking the other day about a few things I have set for myself to have done by the yearly reviews next year in July.

One of my ‘KPI’s’ was to have an iPhone application submitted to the app store. Now I just remembered this and thought I better get cracking and get an idea together for an app that would be useful to people. In saying that, I have come up with my idea, and I will reveal once we are published in-store!

Something that I came across for the app I am creating, is that the user must have an internet connection to use it. Apple are very kind and have provided a class called ‘Reachability’. This class checks to make sure the user does have a connection and if not, then warns the user the app is not going to work until they manage to get one. Having no internet connection and not warning the user about it, is the (according to Apple) third most reason for an app to be rejected.

The ‘Reachability’ code can be found on the Apple Developer site

Now that I have got this under control… I know what i’ll be doing over my Xmas break!

Yours in iPhone development,
Lee

iPhone UITableView Selected State

While playing around the other day in Xcode, I wanted to change a row of a table view to a different colour other than blue when selected. Now after having a look high and low for a solution, I figured I would throw a few things at it and see what I could come up with. I managed to sort it all out by using the below code:

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {
cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyleGray;
}

With ‘cell’ being the UITableView row, you can use the above to change the selected state to gray. Other options available are:

UITableViewCellSelectionStyleGray (demonstrated above)
UITableViewCellSelectionStyleBlue (default)
UITableViewCellSelectionStyleNone

More information can be found here.

Yours in iPhone Development,
Lee

iPhone 4

It’s 1:50 on a Friday. Not like any other day… except this Friday is special. Yes, it’s iPhone 4 day, and I spent my entire lunch break waiting in internet lines to get my very own. Just like everyone else it seems. As my internet froze and I’m still phone-less.

This just won’t do! These little guys know exactly what i’m talking about… I could buy an HTC Evo (it’s apparently better than the iPhone 4)… but it’s just not an iPhone 4!!