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iOS 7 bug found, allows you to bypass Activation Lock and switch off Find My iPhone without password

Within iOS 7, to delete an iCloud account requires you to have Find My iPhone disabled. And, if you need to change any settings for Find My iPhone, you need to log in using your Apple ID and password. The whole reason for this security is so that no one can grab your iPhone and switch off the location service, in order that you can track it, disable it…

Apple needs to allow me to leave iMessage group messages

iMessage is one of the few reasons that I am hesitant about giving up my iPhone. The service is so convenient, especially as I am often in areas without cell service, and the only way I can message people is through WiFi on iMessage. It’s probably one of my favorite iOS features, and one that I use literally every day (realistically probably hundreds of…

What Siri can learn from Windows Phone’s Cortana

At Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference today, among other things, the team from Redmond unveiled the latest iteration of their mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8.1. The star of the show was arguably Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant for Windows Phone. Cynics will say that Cortana is a blatant rip-off of Apple’s own Siri…

iPhone 5s vs. Nokia Lumia 930 – Spec Sheet Comparison

Nokia just took the wraps of its next Lumia flagship, and it looks a great update to its existing lineup. From a manfacturing and design perspective, it looks like the spitting image of the Verizon-only Lumia ICON released earlier in the year. Its main difference is its GSM network capabilities and its brightly colored plastic back. Like the ICON, it…

Fantastical 2 for iPad – First Look and Walkthrough [video]

Flexibits finally made Fantastical available for iPad today, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in. At $9.99/£6.99 it’s not the cheapest calendar app, and that’s the introductory price. At some point in the near future it’s getting raised to $14.99/£9.99. Price aside, it looks fantastic and works beautifully. Natural language is as reliable and…

Fantastical 2 for iPad is here, at long last!

At long last, Fantastical 2 has crossed the iPhone/iPad border and landed on the App Store, fully optimized for our favorite iOS-powered tablet. Like the iPhone version, it’s got an amazing natural language engine, can display maps, and give you the option to call, email or message meeting invites right from the app. For me, alongside the natural…

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…

iWork for iCloud updated; comes with design improvements

It was only a few days ago that Microsoft finally pushed out an iOS version of its famous Office package. Now, looking to have one over its prime competitor, Apple has updated its iWork apps for iCloud, Mac and iOS. The update brings updated designs for the document, spreadsheet and presentation editors in Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud. As well…

What makes the iPhone so special?

In 2007, Apple released what the world called “The Jesus Phone”. If Steve Jobs wanted to “put a dent in the universe”, this was the product that really did it. No product before or since had as big impact on the consumer market as the iPhone did when it was released in 2007. Unlike everything else on the scene before, it had no buttons, except one. It…

Apple allegedly looking in to buying Japanese chipmaker

For years, Apple’s created its own custom designed silicon chips for use in iPhones and iPads. And although everything is designed in-house, it’s always had to rely on other companies to manufacture them. The same can be said for the chips and drivers exclusively responsible for the LCD display panels. But, a report from Nikkei.com claims that our…

The Top Apple stories of April Fools’

As you well know, today is April 1. As always this meant a swathe of hilarious spoof news stories across the web, some of which were found to be more convincing than others. Right here, I’ve picked out 6 of my favorites concerning Apple from today. Boeing, Cupertino to ‘explore weaponisation of Apple technologies’ – The Register Fresh from The…