Of the lesser known features incoming for iOS 8, a time-lapse feature for the camera is among the coolest. Taking pics at intervals, the new iOS camera app will provide a quick synopsis of a longer moment in time. Thought he feature isn’t a new one, it’s the first time it’s been included right into the stock camera. A new video shows just how great the new feature is.
CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.
Apple Stores in the US may let you walk out with a prepaid plan, soon. According to sources, the Cupertino firm will not only sell you a device at full price, they’ll also offer up a low-cost prepaid plan. This move is believed to be starting the last week of June.
Apple has detailed how its iOS 8 Controller Forwarding will work, turning an iPhone with a gamepad accessory into a wireless remote for iPad and Mac games. The new feature, which builds on iOS' existing support for third-party gaming controllers, is one of a number of tweaks and improvements to the Game Controller framework, revealed at WWDC 2014 this week.
You know that feeling — you get through several screens on a website that has something you want to buy, only to land on a page that wants all your gritty credit card details. You have to get your card out, painstakingly identify the rubbed out numbers on the card, and carefully enter them. One slip and you’re back to square one. In iOS 8, that scenario is going to be a lot easier with credit card scanning.
This week Game of Thrones is getting its own unofficial keyboard with Hodor. This keyboard was born this week in the wake of the introduction of Swift, Apple’s new mobile operating system developer language. You’ll find two iterations of this keyboard out in the wild - at least two, at this point - another appearing made by a completely different developer for Android.
While WWDC didn’t yield any new hardware, we’re all still expecting at least one iPhone 6 this fall. The device, often rumored to be larger, is also said to come in three sizes. The 4-inch form factor is likely staying, but a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version also seem to be incoming. A new line of thinking puts the 4.7-inch coming very soon, and the 5.5-inch version a touch further out.
There’s a new version of SmartGlass out there in the wild this week for mobile devices of all kinds. Both the Windows 8 (for tablets) universe will be seeing this update today as well as mobile devices running Windows Phone 8, Android, or iOS. This update brings a variety of TV-based updates to your device.