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Apple iOS7 Is Here

ios7Apple, Inc. recently released the newest operating system for its mobile devices, including the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. The new OS is a major overhaul to its predecessor. Long gone are the skeuomorphism design of the Steve Jobs era. The new iOS7 utilize the “flat” design UI to guide users through its new “swipe heavy” navigation. There’s also a new layer of transparency at different stages of the menu, allowing you to make sense of where we are at within the context. The 3D feel have also been replaced with flat colorful buttons.

The lock screen has been revamped to support a new control center and notification agendas. Double-clicking on the home button now launches a carousel of recently used apps. With a flick of a finger, you can effectively navigate between opens apps or swipe upward to close them.

Brand new is the iTunes Radio, which is very similar to Pandora Internet Radio. You can choose radio stations according to genres, and while the songs are streaming for “free” with limited skips, there’s always the $1.29 BUY button for you to download onto your device to listen offline.

This is only a few of the new features in iOS7, visit http://www.imore.com/ios-7-review for a thorough introduction. People who are used to the look and feel of iOS6 may need some time to get adjusted to the new interface, as it is a drastic change to the look and feel of the operation system. If you already upgraded to iOS 7, what’s your favorite new feature? Like it or Meh? Let us know!

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A Fresh Apple and Some New Windows

Apple is in the news… again!

On Tuesday morning, February 28, Apple sent invitations to the tech news media inviting them to come to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 7 for one of their famous “events.” All eyes are on Apple to announce the iPad 3. That is evidenced by the nature of the image submitted with the invitation; a definite iPad-looking photograph of a finger on the calendar app.

There is much conjecture about what new features might be released with the third generation iPad. The most prevalent is that it will include a tablet-sized version of their Retina display, offering the high resolution that can currently be seen on the latest generation iPhone and iPod Touch.

Another circulating rumor is that there will be a 4G version available for both the Verizon and AT&T cellular systems. While this is a nice convenience, it is one that comes with a cost as you would need to enter a contract to use the service. While some may need that kind of connectivity, my own personal style is happy with the Wi-Fi version. With the expansion through the years of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, I find that I am never disappointed that I didn’t splurge for the cellular model.

One thing is for sure; with Apple, we will never have things fully figured out prior to their event. They always seem to pull some unanticipated surprise from their hat. Does anyone remember when the iPod Touch was first announced? Everyone thought Steve was winding down to close the event when he said, “We’re not done yet…” and unveiled for us that slick, new media machine that fits in your pocket. Jobs was famous for his “one more thing” announcements that preceded some great new Apple products. So, whether the iPad 3 comes next week or not, you can still expect the unexpected from the post-Jobs Apple.

And more from Microsoft…

As we turn now to Microsoft, I am feeling more and more sure of my early predictions that this will be a good year for that company. This week, a public preview of Windows 8 was released for anyone to download. While it is readily available for anyone to test-drive; it may be wise to not jump in without exploring the ramifications. Microsoft was careful to emphasize that this is still a beta (test) version and there may still be issues with drivers and software compatibility. So, proceed with caution. Also, if you overwrite your Windows 7 OS, there is no option to turn back. You will have to continue to use the beta until the official launch at which point you will have to buy the new OS.

When the official release date is announced (expect it to be in the fall of this year), I anticipate a media publicity blitz as the folks at Redmond, WA promote the cross-platform convergence between desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

We’ve only just passed the two-month mark in 2012 and it has already shaped up to be a very exciting year for technology-minded people. Stay tuned for more as the year continues to unfold.

Randy Kightlinger

Computer Service Technician

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