Category Archives: iPhone
Filmmaker, actress and comedienne Lena Dunham teamed up with Alex Karpovsky and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm in an advertisement for The New Yorker magazine’s new iPhone app. It’s a quirky short that introduces the salient features of the app. You can watch the promo clip in the YouTube video below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wizorb is a title that originally came out on Steam, but it just recently arrived on iOS, and it’s a nice one to have in our gigantic library. The game is a mix of breakout and the old 8/16-bit RPGs, and the combat is essentially the old Breakout game. You use a paddle at the bottom of the screen to knock a ball up into bricks and enemies above.
Wizorb wisely never backs down from its 16-bit RPG style, so the graphics, the spells, and even the music are delightfully retro, and should be familiar to anyone who played similar RPGs during that era.
Horace Dediu over at Asymco has put together some numbers on gaming users for the various consoles. According to his data, iOS is a contender not only for the top gaming platform currently, but for the top gaming platform of all time. Game Center currently claims about 130 million users, and Asymco says that if that number can represent all of iOS’ gamers, then it easily beats out the Nintendo DS’ 150 million unit sales. The PlayStation 2 is one of the biggest traditional consoles of all time, and even that console sold also about 150 million units.
Of course, the question is whether Game Center users indeed works as a representation of iOS gamers. In all likelihood, however, it’s actually low. Apple has sold about 400 million iOS devices, and not all of those users have obviously signed up for Game Center, though you could argue that a large number of those users still play games.
Cocoanetics has noticed something that’s become apparent to most iOS developers already: with the advent of iOS 6 in a few weeks, Apple is essentially phasing out support for iOS on the iPhone 3G. Apple is slowly deprecating frameworks that iPhone 3G-compatible apps require from Xcode and app libraries, and the upcoming version of Xcode (4.5, currently in development) specifically states that it does not support armv6 devices or anything below iOS 4.3.
In other words, both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G have become extremely difficult for iOS developers to support, and by the time iOS 6 rolls around this fall, there will be essentially no reason for devs to try and make sure their apps and games work on the older hardware. While it may be technically possible to maintain separate codebases for newer and older hardware (by running old versions of Xcode), even the largest developers won’t have financial reasons to do so.
Google’s Search app for iOS will soon receive an update that’ll improve the voice assistant component and bring it on par with its Android Jelly Bean counterpart. The upcoming version of the search app takes advantage of Google’s experience with speech recognition and its Knowledge Graph, which tries to make connections between different pieces of information.
For iOS users, the updated Search app will let you ask a question using natural language and receive a spoken answer. You can ask Google whether you need an umbrella, and it will tell you the current weather conditions. The range of information available via voice search spans everything from local movie listings to the height and weight of your favorite sports star.