When Microsoft redesigned it’s Skype iPhone app from the ground up last month it lacked support for voice messages and when the company released version 5.1, the feature was still absent. Users could access voice messages on another platform, but simply couldn’t access the feature using their iPhones.
Developers have discovered a new hidden feature in iOS 8 beta that will allow users to find their parked car using the Maps application. The feature was not introduced during Apple’s WWDC event last week.
iPad fans have been asking for a split-screen multitasking feature for years because up until now we can only use apps individually in a full screen view. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple may be adding that feature soon.
Apple testing new App Store feature, this feature offers related search suggestions to users. It was first noticed by developer Olga Osadcha.
Just noticed “Related” search suggestions in App Store. Has it always been there? (iPhone only)
The new Related bar is directly under the search bar at the top of the screen. It displays various term suggestions tap one to bring up the new search.
Apple may be adding the feature slowly or just testing it with select users.
The age of lugging around a pricey DSLR kit just to capture casual fisheye, wide-angle and macro photos may be nearing its end — for some of us, at least. Designed by a startup duo in California, the Olloclip was the first project featured in our Insert Coin series, and we were thrilled to learn not only that it was successfully funded, but that the device is ready to ship to both early supporters and new customers just two months later. The accessory brings the functionality of all three lenses to the iPhone 4, and it does so well enough to warrant leaving your pro kit at home on occasion — assuming, of course, that your photographs aren’t responsible for putting food on the table.
So it’s perhaps not the most original moniker that Apple and Intel could have chosen, but it’s here just the same. After years of waiting Apple has launched its implementation of Intel’s Light Peak standard and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s making its appearance on new MacBook Pro models and it’s promising 10Gb/second transfer rates. That’s dual-channel, too so you’ll get 10Gb/sec both to and from your devices. Apple suggests this will be useful for external RAID arrays, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and also mentions support for “FireWire and USB consumer devices” along with HDMI, DVI, and VGA over DisplayPort. Apple expects that Thunderbolt will be “widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O,” but we think the USB 3.0 crew might have a thing or two to say about that. Full PR is embedded below.
Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only magazine The Daily, once described as “The New York Post Goes to College,” is now a go. Launched at a New York event this morning, it pledges to offer “the best of traditional journalism” with “the best of contemporary technology” like 360 degree photos and, naturally, lots of fancy multimedia content that is all pushed directly to the iPad every day. It’s priced at $.99 per week or $39.99 annually and launches today, unsurprisingly with Egypt taking the “cover” image. The team behind the new-age zine showed off plenty of that technology, including a magazine-like reading interface, letting you flip through pages, and a “carousel,” that gives you a higher-level view of the pages for easier browsing.
Who knew that credit card processing would be the new hotness for smartphones? The Square mobile payment system has been making waves by letting small businesses receive credit card payment directly on their smartphones. Now, mophie and Intuit are looking to get in on the same action with their Complete Card Solution for iPhone. It’s a $179 package that includes both mophie’s card-swiping phone case and the 3.0 version of Intuit’s GoPayment app. After a quick application users are said to be approved (or, erm, declined) within 15 minutes and can immediately start accepting payments. Full details, including just how much users will be forking over in fees, after the break.
On Feb 25, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple’s iPhone. Today’s patent reveals yet another innovative concept that is designed to help users control their incoming calls and voicemail by simply swiping their finger over the external camera lens. It will controlrewinding and fast forwarding voicemail. In addition, the new methodology will also enhance one handed navigation of web pages, documents, a contact list or your iTunes library by simply swiping the camera lens in different swiping motion combinations. In the future, the iPad may be able to take advantage of this feature if the camera is positioned correctly. This would theoretically allow a user to simply flick a finger over the camera lens to turn the page of a book or scroll a webpage without ever having to move your hand. This is an excellent idea on several fronts that will have Apple’s competition on the run, again.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 shows an iPhone 100 having a built-in digital camera in use for a telephone call or voicemail retrieval. The device technically could be any portable multi-functional portable device (iPod touch, iPad) with a built-in digital camera – but for the sake of clarity and simplicity, the following text will focus on device 100 only being an iPhone.
The built-in digital camera includes a lens 105 located on the back face of the iPhone can capture digital images of a scene that is before the lens and process those images and also detect finger swipes across the lens.
As seen in FIG. 1, a user is holding his iPhone to his ear so that he can hear the voices in a call or voicemail message. The user could easily reach the lens with a finger of the same hand that holds the iPhone. A voicemail command can be controlled by a swipe of the finger in the direction of the arrow 120 over the lens.
For example, during access of a voice mailbox, the user may swipe his finger in the direction of the arrow 120 over the lens to rewind the playback of a voicemail message. The user may swipe his finger over the lens in the direction opposite the arrow to fast forward the playback of a voicemail message.
In general, there could be one or more different directional swipes defined as corresponding to respective voicemail commands. Note that the user need not actually touch the camera lens when sliding his finger across the lens.
Alternative Tap Control: In another embodiment of the invention, the user could use his finger to tap the iPhone so as to pause playback of a voicemail message, or stop the rewind or fast forward of a message. While voicemail message playback is paused, the user may tap their iPhone to resume playback of the voicemail message. These voicemail functions can be performed without having to move the iPhone from its position over the user’s ear as depicted in FIG. 1, to in front of the user’s face. Therefore, the user is able to control voicemail playback while their iPhone is up against their ear, and without having to look for any buttons. Also, only one hand is required to implement these functions.
A similar concept may be applied to control call functions during a telephone call conversation with a called or calling party. The motions described above, namely sliding a finger in various directions across the lens and/or tapping the iPhone could also control call functions, such as merging multiple calls, setting a call on hold/unhold, and switching between or among multiple simultaneous calls. The setting of these motions to correspond with call control or voicemail control commands may be put into place by Apple or customized by the user.
Control iPhone Display Navigation via Camera Finger-Swipes
Apple’s patent FIG. 2 depicts another use for camera finger-swipes, this time for navigating the iPhones interface. The user holds their iPhone in the palm of their hand so that they could view the display screen 200. To scroll or navigate a handle location or to move the view of the display screen, the user moves their finger over the camera lens, in a direction analogous to the one that they wish to move the handle of the screen. FIG. 2 depicts the user using their index finger to swipe across the camera lens, but depending on the hand that is holding the device (i.e., the right or left hand) and the location of the camera lens, a user may choose to use another finger, such as his middle or ring finger, if it would be more comfortable.
Consider the following example of navigating the display screen. If the user wishes to scroll down on a webpage or text document, then the user would simply move their finger across the camera lens in an upward direction (i.e., towards the top of the screen 200). This would be consistent with moving the page “up” so as to bring a bottom portion of the page into view. To move the page down (and thereby bring a top portion of the page into view), the reverse needs to occur, i.e., the user needs to swipe across the lens in a downward direction. Note that navigation on the display screen (using a finger swipe across the camera lens) need not be limited to straight up and down, but rather could be performed in other or additional directions (e.g. left and right). Now that Apple is introducing “iBook” – think of flipping the page of a book using this method so that you don’t even have to move your hands from the iPhone or future camera based iPad.
In another embodiment, the finger swipe over a camera lens corresponds to the movement of one or more scroll bars for the page on the screen. For example, swiping a finger in the downwards direction would move an up-down scroll bar downwards, resulting in bringing the bottom portion of a page into view. Likewise, swiping a finger in the left or right direction would move a left-right scroll bar in the left or right direction, respectively (causing the left or right portion of the page into view, respectively).
[via patently apple]