Most weeks, the OWC Blog Staff picks a particular free application to review. However, this week, we went with something else that’s free to install on your iPhone or iPod Touch – iOS 4, the Operating System that comes with the iPhone 4 is also available for previous model iPhones and iPod Touch.
With its easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and rock-solid stability, iOS — Apple’s mobile operating system — is the foundation of iPhone. And even as other phones try to catch up, the technologies and features built into iOS 4 keep it years ahead of the competition.
Elegant and intuitive interface.
The first time you pick up an iPhone, you know how to use it. That’s because the revolutionary Multi-Touch interface in iOS was designed for the most natural pointing device ever: your finger. So whether you’re using one of the built-in apps or one of the over 200,000 apps and games available from the App Store, you control everything with a tap, drag, swipe, pinch, flick, or twist of your fingers. Even tasks that might seem complicated — such as starting a FaceTime call or editing a video with iMovie — are simple, easy, and fun.
Each week, the OWC Blog Staff picks a free iOS App to check out and review. This week’s selection is the Stanza book reader by Lexcycle.
Read books on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! Lexcycle Stanza brings the digital book revolution to your pocket with a reading interface that is unrivaled in its clarity and ease of use. With over 4 million downloads around the world, Stanza has become an iPhone phenomenon, and is featured as one of the top three Apple favorites in their “App Store Turns 1″ celebration.
Purchase popular new books from a selection of over 50,000 contemporary titles available in various partner stores, or choose from an additional 50,000 free classics and recent original works available from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, and many other sources. Store and categorize hundreds of books in the organizer, and transfer your own ePub, eReader, PDF, Comic Book Archive (CBR & CBZ), and DjVu books from your Mac or PC to Stanza by dragging & dropping the files into the “File Sharing” section of the “Apps” tab of your device in iTunes.
Your entire summer reading, your class syllabus for the whole year, all the reference material you will ever need: all at your fingertips. Literally.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Author: OWC Tim
iPhone 4! We go into details on what the new iPhone offers, and host Tim Robertson discusses an issue many of you will face: is it worth buying this new iPhone? Is there a compelling reason to do so? There are a lot of reason, pro and con, and we try to cover them all. And if all that was not enough, Apple released Safari 5 with some cool new features. And listener Jim sends an update from a previous show on what new Mac and equipment he decided to purchase, with a few questions.
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Since at least September (and, really, quite a bit of time before then), rumors and speculation have abounded about Apple’s amazing new tablet device. How big was it going to be? What OS would it run? What price points are we looking at? How would it integrate with our current systems? How many unicorns would it be brought in upon the backs of?
Well, the waiting is over. Today, Apple introduced it’s new product, the unfortunately-named iPad.
We’ll save the pondering of the intangibles for later, once it’s all had some time to sink in. For now, let’s take a look at what is being offered.
- It’s fairly compact—half an inch thick, 9.56″ tall and 7.47″ wide—and it weighs in at about 1.5 pounds.
- It sports a 9.7″ backlit LED Multi-touch display that runs at a 1024×768 pixel resolution.
- The iPad is powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 processor.
- All iPhone apps will run natively, both in standard size and in full screen via pixel doubling.
- A version of iWork for the iPad will be available, with many of the features found in the full version.
- All the “Standard” applications from the iPhone (Safari, Mail, Maps, YouTube, etc.) are updated to work additional features like the new pop-up menus.
- iBooks is the new feature, with a built-in store, much like the iTMS or the App Store. Books are sent/saved in the EPUB format.
- Adapters will be available to export 1024×768 resolutions via VGA, or up to 576 and 480p.
- The battery supports up to 10 hours of Web surfing via Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music. In standby mode, it’ll be good for up to a month on a full charge.
- An optional keyboard dock is available, and it will also work with an Apple Wireless keyboard.
- Apple will also offer a “camera connection kit” which will allow you to plug your camera in via USB or use an SD card to import pictures.
- WiFi connectivity is available on all models
- A version with 3G data connectivity will be available, with 2 Data plans via AT&T – 250MB/month for $14.99 or unlimited for $29.99
- The WiFi-only versions will be available within 60 days. The “WiFi+3G” version will be available in about 90 days.
- Pricing for the unit itself breaks down as follows:
That’s the “hard data” rundown. However, there is a lot more to this device that can’t be broken down into technical specifications. Stay tuned to the OWC Blog for a closer look into the pros and cons of the new iPad.