1st iOS 7 compatible game controller

20 Nov, 2013 11:13

It’s a great news for hardcore mobile gamers.

Checkmate, Logitech! MOGA announces the first iOS 7 compatible game controller (the company already made some game pads for Android gamers), pricing at US$99, which will be available on Apple Store as accessories tomorrow. This controller will definitely bring gamers to a brand new gaming experience, especially in shooter games.

Moreover, the gamepad also acts as charging case, enabling longer gaming time with those battery-draining 3D games.

iOS 7.1 beta available for Developers

19 Nov, 2013 10:37

Apple released iOS 7.1 beta (build number 11D5099e) for Developers on Nov 18, 2013.

What’s New in iOS 7.1 beta?

1. UI Improvements, especially in Notification Center
2. Dark keyboard style
3. Upload Burst Photos to Photo Stream (iPhone 5s only)
4. Toggle system font with bold text no longer requires restart
5. new “HDR Auto” mode in Camera
6. Speed improvements

What iOS 7.1 beta fixed?

1. network connection issues
2. iTunes sync issues
3. Multi-peer Connection issues
4. Timer issues
5. Optimized closing animation using pitch-to-close gesture (iPad only)

Along with iOS 7.1 beta, Xcode 5.1 also released Developer Preview (build number 5B45j), which includes iOS 7.1 beta SDK and Mac OS X 10.9 SDK.

iPhone 5s & 5c Final Specification

11 Sep, 2013 12:29

Here is the iPhone 5s & 5c final announced specification:

  iPhone 5s iPhone 5c
CPU A7 64-bit @1.8GHz
M7 motion processor
A6 @1.3GHz
RAM 1GB * 1GB *
Cellular Network Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Location Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass
Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Digital compass
Main Camera 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
ƒ/2.2 aperture
5 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Front Camera 1.2MP (1280 x 960)
720p HD video recording
Backside illumination sensor
1.2MP (1280 x 960)
720p HD video recording
Backside illumination sensor
Flash Light White & Yellow (True Tone Flash) White only (LED Flash)
Video Capture 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
True Tone flash
Slo-mo video
Improved video stabilization
Take still photo while recording video
Face detection
3x zoom
Video geotagging
1080p HD video recording at 30fps
LED Flash
Video stabilization
Take still photo while recording video
Face detection
3x zoom
Video geotagging
Storage 16, 32, 64GB 16, 32GB
Dimension 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97mm
Weight 112g 132g
Battery 1570mAh 1507mAh
Screen Size 4″ (1136 x 640 @326ppi Retina) 4″ (1136 x 640 @326ppi Retina)
Sensor Three-axis gyro
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Fingerprint identity sensor
Three-axis gyro
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Fingerprint Scan Yes (Touch ID) No
SIM Card nano SIM nano SIM
Connector Lightning Lightning
Color Space Gray, Gold, Silver Pink, Green, Blue, Yellow, White
Operating System iOS 7 iOS 7
Release Date 2013-9-20 # 2013-9-13 #
Price 16GB: HK$5,588
32GB: HK$6,388
64GB: HK$7,188
16GB: HK$4,688
32GB: HK$5,588

Worth to mention is, iPhone 5 is now off the shelf.

* Unofficial data
# in selected countries only, available in Apple Store & Online Store

12 Hours before iPhone 5S / 5C Launch

10 Sep, 2013 14:44

Final Guess on iPhone 5S / 5C Specification

  iPhone 5 iPhone 5S iPhone 5C
CPU A6 @1.3GHz Dual Core A7 @1.5GHz Dual Core A6 @1.3GHz Dual Core
Main Camera 8MP iSight F=2.4 12MP iSight F=2.0 5MP iSight F=2.4
Front Camera 1.2MP (720p) 1.2MP (720p) 1.2MP (720p)
Flash Light Single LED Dual LED Single LED
Storage 16, 32, 64GB 16, 32, 64, 128GB 16, 32GB
Screen Size 4″ (1136 x 640 @326ppi Retina) 4″ (1136 x 640 @326ppi Retina) 4″ (1136 x 640 @326ppi Retina)
Fingerprint Scanning No Yes No
Color Black, White Black, White, Champagne Gold, Silver Pink, Green, Blue, Yellow, White
Operating System iOS 6 iOS 7 iOS 7
Release Date 2012-9-21 2013-9-20 2013-9-20
Price from HK$5,888 from HK$5,888 from HK$4,088

From the specs above, iPhone 5S is not really outstanding. Besides a brand-new iOS 7, we do want iPhone 5S to have more RAM ( at least 2GB ) to support more background apps, NFC and faster CPU. Since there are quite a few Android phones having better performance than iPhone 5, we do hope iPhone 5S can be the No. 1 in the market again. Stay tuned for more information for the announcement 12 hours later.

iOS 7 Benchmark on iPhone 5

15 Jun, 2013 10:54
  iOS7 iOS6
System 3519 3610
CPU 23437 22909
Disk 12163 11989
Memory 3389 2580
2D 1226 1574
3D 1700 1716


It is concluded that iOS 7 does not affect iPhone 5 performance much. The statistics remain more or less the same.

Tested on iPhone 5 (GSM) – Model A1429 with iOS 7 first beta, Benchmark using PassMark iOS

WWDC 2013 – Mac Pro

11 Jun, 2013 12:23

Mac Pro

In a rare move, Apple offered a sneak preview of a “Mac unlike any we’ve ever made,” sporting a new, smaller cylindrical design powerful enough to drive three 4K-resolution displays.


“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller quipped after showing off a video of the new hardware, prompting loud cheers from the Worldwide Developers Conference. The new machine will be assembled in America.

The professional-grade machine will arrive later this year with next-generation Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores. It will feature the fastest ECC memory ever seen in a Mac with 60 GBps bandwidth.

The desktop also features dual workstation GPUs powered by AMD FirePro. That will allow up to 2 and a half times faster than the graphics of the last generation, capable of driving three 4K resolution displays on the new high-end machine.

Internal storage will be PCIe flash, with 1.25GBps reads, 1.0GBps writes. The system will also feature Thunderbolt 2 support with 20 Gbps throughput, 6 devices per port, and backward compatible with Thunderbolt 1.

The new Mac Pro is one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Giving it easy portability, the entire top of the new Pro is a handle, while ports are all organized on the back.

WWDC 2013 – iOS 7

11 Jun, 2013 11:09

“With an all-new design and all-new features, iOS 7 is the world’s most advanced mobile OS. In its most advanced form.” – Apple

Here are the new features of iOS 7:

Control Center
Control Center
Control Center gives you quick access to the controls and apps you always seem to need right this second. Just swipe up from any screen — including the Lock screen — to do things like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, or adjust the brightness of your display. You can even shine a light on things with a new flashlight. Never has one swipe given you so much control.

Updated Notification Center
Notification Center
Notification Center lets you know about new mail, missed calls, to-dos that need doing, and more. And a new feature called Today gives you a convenient summary of, well, today. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s a certain someone’s birthday, if you’ll need an umbrella, or if traffic will slow down your commute. You’ll even get a heads-up on tomorrow. You can access Notification Center from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down. And get up to speed.

Updated Multitasking
Multitasking has always been a smart way to switch between apps. Now it’s even smarter. Because iOS 7 learns when you like to use your apps and can update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check your favorite social app at 9:00 a.m. every day, your feed will be ready and waiting for you. That’s multitasking in iOS 7. It knows what you want to do before you do.

Camera in iOS 7 puts all your shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and center. With a swipe, you can capture what you want the way you want.1 Fast. And new filters let you do even more with each image. Give it a retro feel. Dial up the contrast.
Or go black and white. Artistic license is all yours.

Camera Filters
Camera Filters
You can apply filters to still and square photos. Pick a filter and see the effect before you take the picture. Or just take the shot and apply it later. If you ever change your mind and decide no filter is the best filter, you can simply remove it.

Now there are faster, easier, and more delightful ways to scroll down memory lane. Introducing Collections, Moments, and Years — smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place. Tap Years and all your shots fill the screen. Each year holds Collections, like your trip to San Francisco. And in that Collection are distinct Moments — photos from Union Square, videos from AT&T Park. So you can find a shot from whenever, wherever, in no time.

iCloud Photo Sharing
iCloud Photo Sharing
With iCloud, you can share your favorite moments with your favorite people by creating a shared photo stream. They can post photos, videos, and comments to your stream, and it all appears on everyone’s iOS devices — automatically. The new Activity view lets you see the latest updates from all your shared streams in one place.

Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is fine. But if that someone is right next to you, a text or an email suddenly feels like too many steps. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted, so what you share is highly secure.

Updated Safari
Browsing is bigger, better, and more beautiful with Safari in iOS 7. Buttons and bars — like the unified smart search field — stay hidden until you scroll to reveal them. So you see more content than ever on your screen. And with a swipe, you can go back or forward a page. It’s all designed so nothing gets in your way or slows you down.

iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio features streaming radio stations you’ll love from day one — from the best selection of music. The more you listen, the more personalized it becomes. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV for free. It’s radio re-imagined.

Updated Siri
Siri in iOS 7 gets a new look, a new sound, and new capabilities. It features a redesigned interface that fades into view — on top of whatever’s on your screen. A more natural speech pattern — in a new female or male voice — is even easier to understand. Siri is faster at answering questions and checks more sources, such as Bing, Wikipedia, and Twitter. And it takes on extra tasks, like returning calls, playing voicemail, controlling iTunes Radio, and more.

Updated App Store
App Store
Apps Near Me — a new feature of the App Store in iOS 7 — shows you a collection of popular apps relevant to your current location. And a new Kids category spotlights the best apps for children based on age. iOS 7 also keeps your apps up to date automatically, so you don’t have to bother. Another bonus of automatic updates: no more little red badge begging for your attention.

Updated Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone
Losing your iPhone feels lousy. Thankfully, Find My iPhone can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it. Which means your iPhone is still your iPhone. No matter where it is.

iOS in the Air
iOS in the Car
iOS in the Car seamlessly integrates your iOS device — and the iOS experience — with your in-dash system. If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the Car, you can connect your iPhone 5 and interact with it using the car’s built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free. Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions, and more. It’s all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so you can focus on the road.

and more minor updates and UI Improvements. iOS 7 will be available in coming fall.

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