Analysis: What makes Apple's "Handoff" possible?

Apple is maintaining its stance that devices must remain separate, but without universal apps across mobile and desktop, this leads to a less seamless and more jarring experience for the end-user. As a partial solution to this, the company introduced a set of features at WWDC earlier this year for the upcoming iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite releases called "Continuity" whereby work can be continued easily from one device to the next.

In its demo at WWDC, the experience was as fluid as it needs to be. "Handoff"...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Testing.

How will Swift affect the iOS developer community?

If you haven’t heard, Apple unveiled a brand new programming language exclusively for Apple developers this week at WWDC. The new language is called Swift and is designed to streamline the development of iOS and Mac OS apps. While any Apple-backed programming language is an exciting prospect, Swift definitely has the potential to shake up the Apple app ecosystem in ways that are both good and bad for the developer community.

The Good:

Swift is meant to be a...

By StartApp, 16 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.

Android vs iOS vs WP8: The Battle of Fitness

Summer is here, and many of us are coming to terms with the effects comfort-eating over the previous three seasons has had on our stomachs. I myself have taken up running using RunKeeper alongside a whole host of sit-ups, push-ups, and squats apps from Runtastic's fantastic suite of applications in the hope I can take my top off poolside without ending up with the beach to myself (although that doesn't sound half bad.)

The apps I chose specifically because they all sync with

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Apple iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Apple is "killing in the name of" future headphones

If there is two things you can agree on with Apple, it's that A) The company likes to take even the most simple things and try to do them differently, and B) They very much like proprietary things which work exclusively with their devices.

Apple recently bought Beats, which started its journey as a overly-priced headphones manufacturer with distinct design. Apart from being much like its new owner, many wondered why Apple would want Beats. Maybe it's to continue the company's "cool" image amongst the kids?...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Devices.

Opinion: Why I’m sticking to Android despite newly-level playing field…

I’ve never been considered an Apple “fanboy” but I was a big iPhone fan up until last year when I converted. I was never caught up in the hype of the original iPhone, sure it had multi-touch, but it didn’t have the applications I even had on my Symbian-based N95 despite many wrongly thinking Apple created apps on the smartphone. Indisputably however, it brought a new level of hardware design and showed us a future of what a smartphone should be with its innovative multi-touch. When the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Apple iOS, Platforms.

WWDC 2014: Another predictions article…

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back and iGeeks everywhere are trying their very best to contain squeals only similar to those generated at a Justin Bieber concert. As usual, we’ve heard rumours of what to expect from a company more under the microscope than ever before…

The last revolutionary product released by Apple was the iPad – which despite being launched in 2010 – still has had no true competitor in terms of sales. Not even the power of Samsung, which...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Patent digging reveals possible new iOS 8 details

Occasionally I like to dig through a few patents for details on what we can expect from upcoming products by influential companies. Most of the time the biggest innovations are covered up or not made public until the last possible minute – but even the small details can have big impacts.

Apple published several patents this week – although originally filed back in January – which may give us a glimpse at new additions we can expect in iOS 8 ahead of its inevitable reveal at the...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.

Apple to begin cracking down on non-compliant developers

Apple has been slowing phasing out the old UDID, the unique identifier used to track ads, due to increased privacy concerns and changes to Apple’s ecosystem. In its place, they introduced the IDFA and have been strongly encouraging publishers to adopt the IDFA throughout 2013.

Since its rollout, rules surrounding the IDFA have been pretty loose. With this latest rule change, Apple wants to ensure that all developers are using the IDFA correctly, and that third-party advertisers aren’t...

By StartApp, 16 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers.

Report: iOS 8 to get Windows 8-like multitasking and HD audio playback

Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) is just around the corner and the rumours and reports are starting to heat up about what we can expect. It’s only natural to assume we’ll get our first look at iOS 8 – but now we’re getting a clearer look at what will ship in the latest mobile OS thanks to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

Multitasking on iOS has been oft criticised and poked at by...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.

Dear Apple, Open up or be left behind…

Four years ago, Steve Jobs announced iOS’ video-calling feature ‘FaceTime’ would become Open so applications can be built cross-platform for the benefit of everyone. iOS users can keep in touch with their contacts in the bigger market which is the Android ecosystem, and vice-versa.

iOS users are still limited to calling each other. Despite adding features like FaceTime Audio (shouldn’t that be VoiceTime?) we're without a way to get in touch with our non-iDevice counterparts.

There's a...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Industry, iPad, Platforms.