Welcome to the last part in this three-part review on Apple's latest software update, iOS 7. In the time span between the last review and this one, Apple's already gone ahead with a tweak...that adds up to absolutely nothing at all.
But, this blog post isn't about that! Rather, it'll be showcasing the last round of hits and misses in some of the new features. Continue reading
With bated breath, Apple users everywhere have finally been handed a new software update- ioS 7. But is it any good? Or is it just another case of Apple playing the "carrot and stick" game, giving its users just a couple of useful, new features at a time? Let's dive in and take a look! Continue reading
by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
It hasn't been that long since I was in college, but the dinosaur of a computer that I used to type up research papers in my dorm room would be a laughingstock on today's college campus. iPhones and iPads were still just a twinkle in Apple's eye. Today, though, most college students can't imagine living without an iPhone or iPad—and for good reason! They help you stay organized, keep in touch with friends and family, share photos, and communicate. They can also help you stay sane during your college years. Here's a roundup of 5 of our favorite iOS apps that we think every college student needs. Know of one we didn't list? Share it in the comments!
1. Amazon Student (free)
After signing your life away on student loans and tuition checks, there are still textbooks left to buy. Save money with Amazon Student, an app that allows you to scan barcodes of the textbooks you need in the campus store and compare prices online at Amazon.com. You can also use the app to trade in used textbooks. Need another reason to download Amazon Student? Free two-day shipping for college students. 'Nuff said.
2. iHomework ($1.99)
Forget lugging around a planner. Let your iPhone or iPad do the work with iHomework for $1.99. It's an app that lets you coordinate your homework assignments, schedule your workflow, and keep track of deadlines. You can also log your grades so that you keep track of what your report card might look like at the end of the semester. Plus, you'll never miss class again, unless it's on purpose, with the built-in alerts for when class is about to begin.
3. Dictionary & Thesaurus (free)
No need to add a dictionary and thesaurus to your list of textbooks. Just download the Dictionary.com app for instant access to definitions and synonyms. Look up words while you're reading for class or listening to a lecture.
4. Mint.com (free)
Managing your finances is part of becoming an adult. But without some help, it can make your life more stressful. Mint.com is here to help you stick to your budget, avoid overdraft fees, and pay your bills on time. You can manage multiple financial accounts (including your checking, savings, and credit card accounts) all in one place.
5. AroundMe (free)
Unless you go to college in the town where you grew up, you'll need some help learning your way around a new city. AroundMe shows you where the nearest banks, hospitals, restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, and grocery stores are so that you can find your way around with as few U-turns and scenic routes as possible.
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by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
If you love the smooth, sleek design of the iPhone 5 and the slim, minimalistic appeal of the MacBook Air, Jony Ive is the one to thank for it. As the leader of industrial design at Apple since 1996, Ive is well regarded for his remarkable design aesthetic. And as the man responsible for determining the look and feel of each Apple product, he's known for the household product that he created more than he's known as a household name.
Apple Leadership Shuffle
After a recent shift in leadership at Apple, Jony Ive is now head of all design, including software and industrial design. What you see physically when you hold an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, or a MacBook in your hands is all the result of Ive's genius. What you see on your iPhone screen or other device when you actually use it is now also his responsibility.
The new iOS 7 platform—coming this fall, according to Apple's website—is the brainchild of Ives and the design team under his leadership. The former head of software design, Scott Forstall, was fired by Apple, apparently as a result of his abrasive management style and sharp clashes with other executive leaders, according to a news update on iDownloadBlog.
Ive Praised by Cook
The new responsibilities for software design are in addition to Ive's current previous responsibilities as head of Industrial Design. Apple described the change in leadership in a memo sent out to their employees from CEO Tim Cook, saying, "Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design." The email praised Ive's accomplishments at Apple, saying that "His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple's products for more than a decade."
Ive's title shifted from Senior Vice President of Industrial Design to a broader description: Senior Vice President of Design. By dropping "Industrial," Ives is now in charge of all design at Apple, including the software.
Coming Soon: iOS 7
Ive's first major accomplishment as head of design at Apple will be big news soon, when the new iOS 7 platform is available on all consumer devices created by Apple. Besides being installed on all new devices going forward, iOS 7 will also be available for software updates on older models, such as the iPhone 4S.
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Image Credit: Screenshot of Apple YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ErUMeT7uE