So maybe you've got one of these
Or maybe you've heard about this thing:
Here's a thread to talk about Apple's fancy new devices, as well as offering suggestions on apps and tips on using them.
Maybe you've jailbroken your phone and are running all kinds of crazy stuff with custom themes, or you like the stable, sanitized and safe environment of Apple's 'Walled Garden.' Either way, there's plenty to talk about and speculate on!
Here's what's coming to the iPhone this summer:
: yes! you can finally multitask on the iPhone! Suck it, Android! Actually, the iPhone could already multitask, in a very limited sense, and only with Apple's proprietary apps. Now, third-party apps will be able to run in the background. You can listen to Pandora while you play some Plants Vs. Zombies! Talk on Skype and toot on Twitter. Using some fancy code thingies, apps you love will be able to easily switch back and forth, each one being 'flash frozen' in whatever state you left it in, ready to be brought back into the same state as you left it.
: Now you can organize and store apps within folders. Just drag and drop one app onto another an a folder is created to store them. With folders, an iPhone can now hold over 2,000 apps! Holy fuck that's a lot of fart apps!
New Mail App
: The Mail app is getting a few very nice updated, including threaded conversations, as well as a unified inbox, so you no longer have to jump between several inboxes on different email accounts.
Bluetooth Keyboard Support
: for when you to take a crack at writing the next War and Peace on your phone. Actually this is pretty great if you want to travel really light but still want to be able to have an extended conversation through email or IM or whathaveyou. Should even include copy & paste functionality.
: goddamn APIs! Over a thousand new ones! Holy fuck that's a lot of APIs! APIS!
Camera ZOOOOOOOM: TIMES FIVE. PLUS, VIDEO TAP-TO-FOCUS. Also apps now have unfettered access to camera APIs and metadata.
: Apple's vision of what mobile advertising should be. As Jobs said it during the keynote "Search isn't where it's at on mobile devices." Created using HTML5, iAds can be immersive, interactive, and can help app developers make some money from their free apps.
A whole bunch of other cool shit!
All of this is awesome, right?
If you own a 3GS or the latest-gen iPod Touch, fuck yes it is! You get all the features of iPhone OS 4. If you own a 3G, you get some of these new features, but you're not getting multitasking, sorry don't have enough RAM to handle all this new multitasking hotness. If you own an original iPhone. . .well. . .your contract should be up for renewal soon, right? The next-gen iPhone is likely right around the corner! If you've got an iPad, you'll have to wait till Fall before you get these new features.
Anyway, if you've got about an hour to kill, check out the actual keynote, it'll help you understand how some of these things work better. Also, learn how Steve Jobs would decorate his imaginary dorm.
Motherfucking apps! They're what makes the iPhone such an incredible device. Think about it! One second it's a phone. The next, it's a tiny ebook, the next it's a game system. After that, it's a word processor, then it's a music synthesizer. It's a goddamn shapeshifter, is what it is! So what do you use your iPhone for?
Here are my top five most-used apps (feel free to list your own, and I'll add them to the OP)
- the best Twitter client on the iPhone. Award-winning, easy and intuitive, and packed with features while maintaining a clean look, it's great. It's not free, though.
- do you wind up finding things online that you don't have time to read at that moment? Maybe you ride the train or want something to read when you're in the doctor's office. Instapaper is a great app for that. Using a nifty bookmarklet in your browser, you can add all kinds of writter works to Instapaper, with all the uncessary crap on a page stripped out, leaving just content.
- an gorgeous-looking RSS reader, that syncs with your Google Reader. Even has Instapaper functionality.
- ever want a second brain? Evernote is just that: a place to capture, collect, and organize all the crazy input that comes into our lives. Evernote's iPhone app is wonderful for capturing info so you don't have to keep it in your head. Want to remember that awesome beer you had at that one place? Snap a photo and it'll geotag and upload it to Evernote. Find a neat recipe you want to try on a food blog? Using Evernote extensions or the bookmarklet, you can throw it right into a 'Cooking' notebook to try out later. Evernote on the iPhone makes is super easy to hang on to info.
- a startlingly smart dictation app for the iPhone. Speak, and it figures out what you said, more or less. Copy that text to the clipboard, or send it as an email. Very handy when you're driving.
It's just a big iPod Touch! Goddamn right it is! A 9.7-inch multi-touch wireless tablet computer! How damn cool is that? Already several competitors have their own tablets in the pipeline, but the iPad is already selling strong, with over 450,000 sold as of last weekend's launch. Already over 3,500 iPad apps are available. You can even run your iPhone apps on it (they they look pretty weird, since they don't scale properly to the iPad.)
There's two versions of iPad, right now. the iPad and the iPad 3G (available at the end of April) the iPad has WiFi, great for keeping at home, or bringing with you to the coffee shop. The iPad 3G has wireless too, but if you wanna be connected anywhere* (*within AT&T's 3G network) the iPad 3G can handle it. This kind of connectivity doesn't come free, though. For $15 a month, you get 250MB of data (light web browsing, email, that kind of stuff.) If you're a heavy data user, you can sign up for unlimited data at $30 a month. Aw man, another contract to sign, another two years of your life owed to AT&T. Wrong! Data on the iPad 3G is without contract! If you find yourself using it where you don't have Wifi, you can just buy a month's worth of 3G access right from the iPad!
Both iPads come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. Vanilla iPad rings in at $499, $599, and $699 for each, while the iPad 3G comes up to $629, $729, and $829. Gotta shell out a little more for that 3G antenna hardware.