iOS 8: The Pixel Envy Review »

Nick Heer:

It is for this reason that I will be writing a review of iOS 8 in two parts. The first part, which is what you’re reading now, is a review of the first-party aspects of iOS. It is truly a review of iOS 8, not apps built for iOS 8. The second part, which will be released in weeks-to-months, is a review of what is possible when third-party developers get ahold of the thousands of new APIs available to them.

This is what I have gleaned from using iOS 8 every day since June 2 on my primary (and only) iPhone 5S and my Retina iPad Mini.

Just finished reading Nick’s epic—and wonderfully detailed review. Buckle up and enjoy.

Checkmark 2 »

The best thing going in location-based reminders just got a huge update. Location groups are especially killer.

iOS 7 Adoption Rate »

Shawn Blanc has a good piece about what iOS adoption rates could look like come this fall:

Note that there are two devices on Dempsey’s chart that can currently run iOS 6 but won’t be able to run iOS 7: the iPhone 3GS and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

The question is: of the 93-percent of active iOS users who are on iOS 6, how many of them are using a 4th-generation iPod touch or iPhone 3GS, and thus won’t be able to update to iOS 7 this fall?

It’s certainly not a majority, but also likely non-trivial.

I agree with Shawn here. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. I can only speak for my household and say that of the 5 iOS devices we own, only 3 are eligible to be upgraded. While I don’t know if my 60% translates to the larger group of millions of iOS users, I do think that it will be a large minority. The 4th generation iPod touch was a huge hit, particularly with kids. My 10 year old is a perfect example. He’s a geek like me, and is totally aware of what iOS 7 will (tentatively) offer, but isn’t interested in buying a 5th generation touch mostly because he says he loves the size and doesn’t prefer the 5th gen which my older son has.1

I think developers are in for some growing pains when iOS goes public, and we all know they’ll be able to handle it gracefully, but I really do hope this isn’t the beginning of a fragmentation problem like another certain mobile platform.

  1. He’s a ridiculous money saver, and could actually buy it himself. 

It's Time for a Change »

Ken Yarmosh makes good points, regardless of your stance on iOS 7:

The analysts have stated that Apple has lost it’s ability to innovate. Anecdotally, I hear comments from friends and family that the iPhone is no longer new or cool, with regular questions about whether to buy an iPhone or a Samsung device. So, whether your initial reactions to iOS 7 are of love, hate, or indifference, iOS 7 is exactly what Apple needs right now. It’s exactly what iOS designers and developers need right now. And it’s exactly the kind of change only Apple is insightful and bold enough to both recognize and make. It’s time for a change.

iOS 7 Wish List »

Federico Viticci at MacStories:

I know what I would like to see in iOS 7 because I have been using iOS devices every day. Like every year, I have put together a list of new features, changes, and fixes I’d like to see in the next version of iOS. Some of them revolve around “big picture” concepts, some are more practical minor fixes, but all of them would contribute to improving my daily iOS experience. I think the following list contains ideas that aren’t too absurd – many of them have been appearing in pre-WWDC wish lists for years now. You can take a look at my iOS 6 article from last year to see how it went.

Read this whole piece, and take your time. Federico is exactly right on virtually every detail —and there are a lot of details.