iOS

iPhone 3GS Review

My First ever post… I had a different site before which I’m now pulling down. I wanted to bring this post as a good reminder of my start…. posted back in Sep 2009

Also a good way to start my posts again after a year of Steve Job’s death.

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Apple Xcode available for free on Mac App Store

 

Apple Xcode
Xcode

With an update to version 4.1 of Xcode Apple has made it free on the Mac App store. This application was initially made available on the App Store at $4.99 and was widely downloaded both by developers and users who wanted the feature of additional multi-touch gesture on their iPads

It is apparent that this move from Apple is to invite more and more developers including amateur, hobbyist and just the curious ones to code for the Mac & iOS platform. One will be able to develop and use his/her own application outside the Mac App Store. To be able to sell your application on the Mac App store you’ll still require a developer registration which will cost you $99 per year.

Originally, Xcode was always free even if you had registered as a free developer with Apple until it was made available on the Mac App Store with the release of version 4.0.  If you were registered as a free developer with Apple, you would get all tools for free but would not be able to post the app on iOS App store (Mac App store had not come to existence yet).

Through Xcode, one can create apps for Apple’s entire platform. Creating apps in this case covers all of interface design, coding, testing and debugging within a single window. It also has the full screen support which has been made standard with Mac OS X Lion

 

Glass-Free 3D on iPad 2

When it comes to 3D, I’ve always been someone who is not very keen about the technology and am convinced that it does not make sense as a technolgy if you require those hideous glasses to have a full effect of 3D. In fact any form of accessory required to make a piece of technology work is a major bottleneck for the success of that technology. One of the reasons tablets or touch devices not being successfull until the launch of iPhones is precisely the major reason. You would argue that you also need controllers to play games and still games have been so amazingly successful! To defend the arguement I would say that games is something you choose to get involved in, it is something you use as an escape mechanism or something that you want to indulge in. When it comes to something that is of high degree of indulgence then almost nothing comes in the way.

Does 3D fall in that category? I believe, No! So if there is something that is more of a technolgy gimmick, something that is good to experience once in a while and something that the tech industry thinks they can make huge revenues from by pushing the idea to general consumer then it needs to evolve to a level where consumers dont mind using if it was easily available and for which they didnt have to go that extra mile.

For me, 3D should be something that is just available, something that is easily accessible and something that does not require any accessory or tools to make it work. Maybe, it is time when the television makers start thinking about 3D from a whole new perspective. It maybe a case where the shape of tele changes completely. Where a flat box or panel TV with a screen is no more required and may be you could use something that is drastically different from the current structure.

A group of researchers called the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction demonstrate head-tracking 3D effects on the iPad 2. The program in this case is designed to track your head position through the front camera and adjust the view angle accordingly. Head ahead to the video of the technology in action below.

3D on iPad 2 – Video

3D on iPhone – Video

Mac App store now Open!

Mac App Store

I randomly visited the Apple website to check if there was any announcement on the Mac app store and here’s what I find!

App Store

The store is announced to be open in one small corner of the front page and when you click on the link you are directed to the main page for Mac App store.

Importantly and quite obviously the link from that page suggests that you can only open it from Mac OSX. This might be good and bad depending how you look at it. If you are a Mac user through and through then you would not find an issue with it but if you are someone who uses Mac for personal use and PC at work then this might be a bit of concern to you as you would not be able to check /Navigate for the best Apps to suit your need from a PC.

Mac App Store notice

From the first look it looks like the store has both productivity applications and games. The games are obviously game center enabled which takes Apple game centre to a whole new market. You’ll find IOS games for the Mac and will be able to play them on the Mac. This means that developers will be able to taper both markets and will be able to make more sales using the gamecenter platform.

The Mac App store is definitely a new beginning and it remains to be seen how this move shapes for Apple.