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HELLO! Welcome to this sample of Swipe: the iPhone magazine. We’ve put together a taster of what each edition offers, with all the hottest iOS news, reviews of the latest apps and accessories, plus expert advice from the people that bring you Tips & Tricks – iPhone Secrets. We hope you enjoy this small slice of what Swipe has to offer, and don’t forget to check out the full free trial on the App Store. Happy reading!

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NEWS News

iOS 6.1 UPDATED

PATENT WATCH

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iOS 6.1 UPDATED MORE UPDATES

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t seems an issue of Swipe can’t go by without Apple updating iOS, and this issue is no different. Apple have updated some users were having with Microsoft Exchange and batteries draining quickly. To update, open Settings, General, then Software Update. >


PATENT WATCH APPLE HAS IT SAVED

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ore evidence has surfaced that Apple is indeed planning to create something you wear on your wrist. Patently Apple found a new patent has been registered with the US Patent & depicts a wearable computer in the shape of a snap bracelet that could double as a wristwatch as well.

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The patent goes further, though, stating display and allows users to adjust playlists, review a list of recent calls, respond to text messages, and more. It would also take advantage of a solar panel beneath the screen, as well as kinetic energy to help keep it charged. Of course, a patent application doesn’t mean Apple is making it, but we’d be very surprised if we don’t see an iWatch in the near future. >

A small hint as to what lies ahead?


APPS Apps

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In an app store full of complex weather apps, Haze is a breath of fresh air

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veryone wants to know what the weather is going to do, and there are plenty of utilities on the App Store >


that can do just that – providing you with a detailed breakdown of humidity, pressure, precipitation and temperatures sometimes (like in the morning when you’re not really awake) you just want know if you should wear gloves or carry an umbrella.

Purple Haze

Haze does just that, with three main screens showing the hours of daylight, the temperature and the chance of rain. Simple. You can swipe left and right between these screens or tap the three icons at the bottom, but there’s also the option to switch between screens just by tilting the phone, which is activated via the Settings. >


Stat-fans can tap the central circle for more weather info

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The color of the background alters depending on the weather, changing to warm or cool colors accordingly.

Across the top of each screen are the forecasted values for the next four days, and a subtly animated backdrop suggesting whether the next day will better or worse. For example, if the chevrons are gently pulsing downwards, it will be darker, cooler or wetter; if they’re pulsing upwards it will be brighter, warmer or drier. If they’re static, tomorrow will be much like today. >


Tap the central circle on each of screen, and you’ll get a bit more information. So on the temperature screen, you get low temperature, the windchill, and the speed and direction of the wind. Tap it again and they disappear leaving you with just the current temperature. >

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Finally, if you swipe downwards, you’ll get the settings page, with a number of options. You can turn the sound on or off (although the chimes are nice); swap between Centigrade and Fahrenheit; and switch to a new color theme, with more themes becoming unlocked as you use the app. The Settings page also gives you a weather fact every time you access it. Did you know the highest recorded temperature in Russia was 45.4°C? >

The Settings screen >


The more you use Haze, the more themes you unlock

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It’s bone dry today, but Weds is looking a bit dodgy

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And that’s pretty much it. Haze is designed to give you just the weather navigate. Amateur meteorologists might require something more detailed, but if all you need is a quick guide to the layers of clothing needed, or the chance of getting rained on, Haze is ideal.

HIGH CHANCE OF PURCHASE

“Haze is modern, beautifully minimalist, and very easy on the eyes and ears. It’s a shame all weather forecasters aren’t this attractive”

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FEATURES Features

THE EVOLUTION OF THE iPHONE

ACCESSORIES


The Evolution of the iPhone Rumors abound about the next iPhone, but what can we expect to see, and what does the future hold for the device that reinvented the way we communicate? >


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he internet is abuzz with suggestions that there are actually three phones lurking in Apple’s R&D departments. For starters, we have the iPhone 5S; the iterative annual upgrade to Apple’s evolution not revolution. Its appearance According to reports, and following the typical upgrade pattern, it’s probably safe to assume greater processing power (a quad-core A7 chip has been mooted), more memory (2GB RAM), improvements to Siri, and possibly some subtle differences in production to rectify any issues that the iPhone 5 threw up (like the metal antenna band where the paint wears off). >


So the iPhone 5S is a no-brainer, but there have been repeated suggestions of an iPhone 6, an iPhone ‘Plus’ (also known, probably mistakenly as the iPhone ‘Math’), and the much-vaunted but still unproven budget iPhone.

Coming to the big screen

It’s possible the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus are one and the same. Multiple sightings talk about an iPhone with a place it somewhere between the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy SIII and the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II. Certainly for many users the larger screen real estate afforded by the Samsung devices are worth the minor hassle of carrying a bigger device. And

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A larger form factor would help the iPhone compete against its big-screen rivals, for whom demand is strong, and having two screen sizes – alongside the existing iPhone 5 – is hardly diluting the brand (it has two screen sizes with the iPad, after all). > Marco Arment predicted a larger iPhone on his blog marco.org

Image © Marco Arment

despite being ardent Apple fans, even we sometimes get screen envy when our


Image Š Marco Arment

With the Samsung Galaxy 4 due any week now, and new phones like the HTC One pushing a raft of user-friendly features, Apple needs to work harder to stay ahead of the pack.

How the iPhone 5 and 6 would stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II

The potential third device is a low-cost iPhone. This topic tends causes heated

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debate: critics suggest it would lower Apple’s margins, cannibalize its own market share and go against the Apple ethos of creating premium products.

The iPhone for the rest of us

But Apple is in the dirty business of making money and there are two strong arguments for such a device. First, to increase its global market share it needs to expand beyond the well-heeled territories of the US and Europe and look to Asia and South America – which is And secondly, the market for low-cost smartphones is expanding rapidly, with an estimated worth of $135 billion in 2013. Not only is that a revenue stream Apple can’t afford to ignore, it >


represents an awful lot of people who have yet to enter the Apple ecosystem, and to whom you can potentially sell other Apple products. However, ‘budget’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘poor quality’. All Apple has to do is cut back on some of the more expensive components – plastic for the case, a less cutting-edge processor, lose a camera, maybe even a non-retina display. Ironically, you’d end up with something akin to the iPhone 3GS, which was widely hailed on its release. Ultimately, it would still be an iPhone with almost all of the iPhone’s functionality but without the eye-watering price tag. The latest reports now suggest a $330 model arriving some time in 2014. >


Bigger, better, more On top of all these new technologies there is of course the gradual evolution of the current components: higher megapixel cameras; 1080p video; bigger, faster memory; more powerful multicore processors; improved battery life; and additional antennae so the iPhone will work anywhere in the world. Apple will also unleash iOS 7 at some point in 2013, which in itself can refresh the iPhone in terms of features and user experience. But whatever happens, it’s going to be a fascinating year! What would you like to see in future iPhones? Email us your ideas at: swipe@intelligenti.com


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THIS WEEKS Q&A


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Q& A If you have a question that you’d like the Swipe team to answer, send them to swipe-ideas@intelligenti.com. >


Q

I can’t delete Facebook email addresses from my Contacts app, how come? Francis Paul

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If you enable Facebook with iOS 6, you can also choose to sync friends’ details to the Contacts app, including their email address. For some reason it’s not possible to delete email addresses synced from Facebook. But you can disable this from Settings, Facebook, then turn off the Contacts option. >



Issue 14 - iPhone Evolution