Posts by Kyle Frost

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with Touch ID improvement (again) and more

Apple has just released iOS version 7.1.1, which of course is a small update as it is simply bumping the number from the previously released iOS 7.1. It appears it is just a bug fix update, as you can tell from the change log below. You can get this update either by going on your computer and plugging your phone into iTunes and selecting “Update” or by…

Report: Human Interface VP Greg Christie is leaving Apple due to “friction” with Jony Ive

Mark Gurman, the well-known Apple blogger that often has leaks which pan out to be accurate more times than not, is now laying out some interesting news. According to Gurman, Greg Christie, the guy who came up with “slide to unlock,” is leaving Apple. Why would someone who has influenced the iPhone be leaving Apple? Jony Ive, apparently, is the reason. The…

Ex-Apple Store Genius posts iOS battery saving technique guide

Scotty Loveless is a former Apple Store employee, where he worked as a Genius and iOS technician. He also has a blog at Overthought.org, where he happened to write a post titled “The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain.” He has, over the years of working at the Apple Store, researched how to best combat the effects of battery drain on iOS devices,…

Stay connected better while driving with Mobile Home [Review]

If you drive a lot, such as myself, something you may do is use your phone while driving. We all tend to admit that it isn’t the safest thing to do, however we all (or at least, most of us) seem to do it anyway. With this, however, I found that I was keeping my eyes on the road more than before because I was using Siri instead of holding my phone in my…

Build your own WWDC Countdown app for iPhone [Code Tutorial]

WWDC dates have been announced, and you’ve seen some opinions on what may be shown there. What about a countdown? Every time Apple announces a new event date, I fire up Xcode, open my ol’ stock Countdown project code, and drop in some new images as well as the updated date and put it on my phone. I love keeping a little countdown on how long until Apple’s…

5 things I want in iOS 8, a developer’s perspective

Now that we are rolling into April, we are only about 2 full months away from our first glimpses of iOS 8 – that is assuming we see it at WWDC ’14. iOS 8 will more than likely be a refinement of iOS 7 with maybe few UI tweaks – similar to those of iOS 7.1 – and hopefully many backend tweaks. With iOS 7, Apple showed the new direction that it plans to go…

Change your app UI based on UISwitch state [Code Tutorial]

Note: This week’s tutorial is based on the last tutorial, “Build your own clock app for iPhone.” You can either do that tutorial first, or download the code from that tutorial here: TiP_Clock. Last week I showed you how to build a custom clock, so today we are going to build on that. For an app you may be working on (or wanting to start working on), you…

5 app I couldn’t live without – Kyle’s choices

Apps, apps, and more apps. That’s what I have on my phone. In terms of memory storage, I’m not one to keep many songs (I stream, as you can tell from my list), I don’t keep movies or videos – that’s what an iPad is for – so all my storage is made up of apps and photos (I take a lot of photos). However, because we can’t use stock apps, Camera didn’t make…

Build your own clock app for iPhone [Code Tutorial]

Using time in an app is something many users want to do. For whatever reason you may have, using the current time can be a vital backbone to your application. If you have an app idea that needs to use the time, but don’t know where to start: here you go. Or if you want to just build a nice looking clock app to throw on your phone, here is a simple way to…

Report: 500 millionth iPhone sold

According to a report coming out of Forbes, it is estimated that Apple has passed the 500 million cumulative iPhone sales mark. That’s right, five hundred million iPhones. That is a lot of devices, to say the least. Something that is interesting to take note of is that Apple didn’t make a big deal about the 500 millionth iPhone being sold (assuming of…