Posts by Sam Adams

iPhone users still driving almost half of all mobile web traffic

For the past several years, iPhone users have been driving a huge chunk of mobile web traffic. Despite Android’s rapid growth and marked increases in market share, the iPhone still accounts for 46% of all mobile web traffic. 43% of this traffic belongs to the first five generations of iPhone, while the iPhone 5 accounts for 3%. • iPhone 5: 3…

Apple rejects game because of developer’s opinions

Terry Cavanagh is an iOS developer who recently submitted his cool 8-bit platformer, “Don’t Look Back,” to the App Store. To his surprise, however, the app was rejected because he chose to express a negative opinion of in-app purchases in its description. A game about fantasy. Don’t Look Back is a short game I made in 2009. This is a completely…

Apple store to support Passbook-based purchases

Apple will reportedly be supporting Passbook-based purchases in-store, some time in the near future. Those “familiar with Apple’s retail operations” claim that the EasyPay iPod touch payment system was recently updated with the ability to scan barcodes from Passbook. It seems most likely (according to sources) that users will be limited to purchasing…

Awesome ‘iTV’ concept simplifies channel navigation

User interface designer Adrian Maciburko has designed a great UI for a better (and unfortunately non-existent) Apple TV. From what I can see, it seems like in his concept, Apple would manifacture the television set with built-in storage, and the “iTV” would basically filter the cable signal into its own UI, like PVR boxes do (only this UI wouldn’t…

New iPod touch ditches ambient light sensor

A couple of different outlets have confirmed that Apple’s new iPod touch doesn’t have an ambient light sensor. This means no auto-brightness, which is a feature iOS users have been accustomed to on every device since the platform’s launch. I found this out the hard way. Typically, I keep my device brightness at low levels while indoors but still use…

Report claims iPad mini event will focus on iBooks

The infamous “multiple sources” reported today that Apple’s upcoming iPad mini event will focus on its e-reading capabilities. Due to its smaller size, the iPad mini will be reportedly be pitched as a full-on consumption device, whereas the current iPad is also seen as a tool for creative input. Other companies have already taken this route many…

2012 iPad mini rumors visualized

There have been a ton of Apple rumors this year, especially regarding the fabled “iPad mini.” UK online shop Gimmietech has just unveiled an incredible infographic, compiling all of the significant rumors regarding the iPad mini from February 15th, to October 2nd. The rumors include cases with holes for smaller dock connectors, speculation from competing…

iExpander promises Micro SD, 30-pin, extended battery, flash power

In past generations, the iPhone was thin, but adding bulk made it very uncomfortable. Now, with the incredibly thin iPhone 5, a case like the iExpander is much more acceptable. The iExpander adds Micro SD memory, a 30-pin connector, extended battery life, and an added flash to boost your lowlight photos. You’re adding a considerable 6.3mm of…

Rumored iPad mini ‘delayed’

Mockup by www.ciccaresedesign.com iPad mini rumors have taken a hit recently, leading to a report in Digitimes making claims of a “production delay.” The expected invitations for an October 10th announcement event were not sent out, meaning the sources who claimed the existence of the iPad mini in the first place are now starting to…

Apple hires top Samsung chip designer

Apple has just made a big move in hiring Jim Mergard, a top chip designer from Samsung. This new hire signifies that Apple is steadfast in continuing the design of custom chipsets. Apple’s previous A4 and A5 chips were built on Cortex-A8 and A9 architecture, with some tweaks here and there as needed. With the A6, Apple has built the chip design from…