Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday 9 December, 2013

Apple iPad Air Probably The Best Tablet Computer On The Market - Forbes Review
iPad Air One Month In - A Tote-Worthy Tablet
2013 In Perspective: Doing Real Work With The iPad
74 Percent Of iOS Devices Now Using iOS 7
iPad Air Keyboards: 12 Models To Consider
Bing App Updated To Version 4.3 For iOS 7
Android The Best Present You Can Give An iOS Device Owner - Google's Eric Schmidt
UNIEA Offers 5 Christmas Sale Promo Codes
iOS 7 Wallpaper Fix - Position Your Backgrounds Like You Want
Christmasfy - A Free, Fun Photo Booth To Decorate Your Photos This Holiday
Free A Christmas Tree Makeover for iPhone - Know Before You Buy Decorations

Apple iPad Air Probably The Best Tablet Computer On The Market - Forbes Review

Forbes' Ewan Spence says "iPad Air" is a worthy name for Apple's new tablet, thanks to its thinner design and comparable battery life to its desktop compatriot, the MacBook Air. He says the iPad Air arguably serves the same purpose, as a lightweight general purpose computing device which is both portable and powerful.

Spence acknowledges that there are countless Android tablets available, with the associated focus on high specifications and the voluminous Google Play store, but maintains that the iPad Air is more than an iteration on Apple's successful product line, but feels like the synthesis of everything that has come before, allowing Apple to create a tablet that can fit into your life without you having to compromise any of your expectations. And when you want to stretch your wings, the iPad Air is ready to take flight.

He observes that one impressive attribute of this redesign is that the iPad Air retains everything that you would have found on the iPad 4 (including the 9.7 inch screen), but shrinks everything non-essential. The design team even managed to shave a single millimeter off the height of the tablet, and every major physical dimension is smaller.

And while the iPad Air's new A7 processor runs at a modest at 1.4GHz - significantly slower in clock speed than some top-line Android tablets that are available during the festive period (with some of them clocking in at over 2.2GHz), Spence observes that raw speed isn't the only measurement of success, and the iPad Air never feels slow.

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iPad Air One Month In - A Tote-Worthy Tablet

CNET's Brooke Crothers says that after more than a year and half of mediocrity, Apple finally made its largest iPad worth hauling around, in his estimation.

Mediocrity? He uses that descriptor because the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 were compromised by the extra weight and thickness needed to support the early Retina displays which required a relatively large backlight apparatus and, concomitantly, more battery power to keep the display lit for the roughly 10 hours of rated battery life. With the Air, you get a slim, one-pound design with the same - or better - battery life, faster processor, and great screen, and after over a month he says he won't miss his iPad 4, and a seemingly small but important factor that adds up over time: the way the weight is balanced when holding a tablet for long periods, with the iPad Air now a lot closer to matching the Mini in portability.

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2013 In Perspective: Doing Real Work With The iPad

ZNet" James Kendrick observes that 2013 has seen the tablet explode, fueled by the appearance of many models running Windows 8. The iPad mini arrived on the scene in October, 2012 followed by the iPad Air a year later, both of which kept Apple's tablets front and center. And with PC sales dropping into a tech sinkhole, the tablet has assumed a bigger role in both work and play for many.

Kendrick says he's long used tablets in his work, both with and without keyboards, but as someone who makes a living with his writing, the keyboard is an important accessory. (Editor's note: not for everyone who uses the iPad for professional writing. I use my iPad for more than 50 percent of my drafting and composition, and while I do have a Bluetooth keyboard and a keyboard case, I very rarely use either, and get along quite well with the onscreen virtual keyboard, especially the enhanced keyboards of Scriptus, Textkraft, and Easy Writer. Ed.)

However, Kendrick reports that in 2013 he's written over 250,000 words on his iPads with keyboard attached - a lot of writing, and he says he hasn't regretted a single word. Most of that work in 2013 was performed with a previous generation iPad, followed more recently with an iPad Air.

Kendrick notes that Evernote (free) is the app he uses more than any other - a place tostash reference material for later access, and is primary editor for writing articles. It is cross-platform so it's on every tablet, laptop, and phone he uses. I can read reference material on his phone when time permits and write on the iPad or other tablet when the time is right. He says he write's better on his iPad setup than on any other, finding it even better than his expensive MacBook Pro for writing.

Your editor wouldn't give it quite that enthusiastic a thumbs-up; I still prefer laptops for editing and proofing. but I agree that at the creative end, the iPad has much to recommend it (and I'm still using an iPad 2, although looking forward to upgrading to an iPad Air. Ed.

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74 Percent Of iOS Devices Now Using iOS 7

Apple's iOS Developer Site says that 74 percent of devices are now using iOS 7, as measured by the App Store during a 7 day period ending December 1, 2013, with iOS 6 holdouts at 22 percent and older OS versions at just 4 percent.

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Chitika Two-Month Update: iOS 7 Adoption Rates Surpassing Those of Predecessor

Chitika says that one week following its release on September 18, 2013, iOS 7 users were generating more than 51% of all iOS-based Web traffic within North America. Growth has continued through the following two months, with iOS 7 usage rates surpassing the 70% mark within the continent. This makes it very likely that iOS 7 will continue to substantially outpace iOS 6 adoption, which reached 83% close to six months following its release in September 2012.

Market research form Chitika reported numbers nearly identical to Apple's earlier last week, showing 74.1 percent of devices using iOS 7.

Breaking down iOS 7 adoption by users of Apple's two marquee devices, the iPhone and iPad, a similar picture emerges. To quantify iOS version distribution by Apple device, Chitika Insights examined tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian iOS-based online ad impressions within the Chitika network generated between October 25 and November 18, 2013.


The note that as seen in our their report on iOS version distribution, iPhone users are slightly more likely to have updated to the latest OS version as compared to iPad users. The greatest difference being that iOS 5-equipped iPad users still generate close to 9% of total North American iPad Web traffic. The slightly lower adoption rate of iOS 7 is likely least partially due to features like AirDrop not coming to the iPad 2 or 3, minimizing the incentive for users of those devices to upgrade.


The latest analysis again underscores that iPhone users, and iPad users to a lesser extent, update at extremely high rates, acting as a distinctive selling point when it comes to attracting application and mobile Web developers to the platform. While still-active legacy devices make it unlikely for iOS 7 adoption to substantially surpass the nearly 90% adoption rate of iOS 6, the latest operating system will likely reach that point in a much quicker timeframe than its forerunner.

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iPad Air Keyboards: 12 Models To Consider

iDownloadBlog's Jim Gresham says:

"As iPad becomes more of a portable workhorse, the need for professional grade accessories drastically increases. Our own Jeff Benjamin swears by his iPad to muscle common tasks for his daily blogging needs. Of the most important professional additions, the keyboard rates at number one.

"A virtual keyboard is perfect for portability. Software keyboards only take up screen space, but do not take up space in a travel bag or add weight. They are equally as noticeable when trying to actually accomplish some real work. The Bluetooth keyboard is the answer for users looking to get extra mileage from their iPad Air. Inside, we give a short spotlight to some of the best iPad Air keyboards"

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Bing App Updated To Version 4.3 For iOS 7

Bing is a search engine designed to work beautifully on your iPhone. Whatever you're looking for, Bing can find it and help you get there. Whether down the street, the other side of the world, or somewhere in between, Bing has the answer.


• From the homepage, you can quickly access the information that matters to you, such as popular articles, trending images, and weather forecasts.
• Share what you find on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
• Save what's important so you can access it anywhere, anytime from SkyDrive.
• Find shops, restaurants, and much more nearby and get ratings, price, directions, maps, and other info.
• Get walking and driving directions with current traffic conditions and maps
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New in Version 4.3:
- A cleaner, simpler UI for iOS 7
- Access News to quickly find out what’s happening from homepage.
- Enhance the stability of “back” button.
- Enhance daily image hotspot searches
- Save the daily image found on the search engine home page to camera roll for use as a wallpaper or for other use.
- Images and bookmarks can now be saved in the app and synced via Mirosoft's SkyDrive service to other devices
- Share what you find on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
- Earn Bing Rewards credits for your web searches.
- Improved Maps search results.
- Updated Bing logo and color palette.
- Gift Finder Find appropriate gift ideas for family and friends.

• Requires iOS 4.3 or later
• Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
• This app is optimized for iPhone 5


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Android The Best Present You Can Give An iOS Device Owner - Google's Eric Schmidt

Don't know what to buy for a friend or family member this holiday season? TomsHardware's Kevin Parrish reports that if Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt had his way, everyone would purchase Android devices for those who already own iPhones and iPads, making the suggestion in his latest blog, and even going as far as to give step by step instructions on how to purchase, activate and hand over a new Android phone.

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UNIEA Offers 5 Christmas Sale Promo Codes

Universal Electronic Accessories (UNIEA), a designer and manufacturer of innovative electronic accessories, has announced a site-wide Christmas sale beginning December 6th and running through Christmas Day, The sale will feature 5 exclusive promo codes that will allow Christmas shoppers to maximize their savings and get more Christmas shopping done in one place at


FREE Gift Sets For iPhone Users

Considering that one-third of all smartphone users own an iPhone, shopping for iPhone cases as Christmas gifts is always a safe bet. For every order over $75.00, shoppers will receive a FREE gift set, which will include:
• The U-Motion Armband for the iPhone 5s or 5C
• The LUCID 2-pack of cases for the 5s or 5c

This free gift pack has a retail value over $48. Shoppers can access the 5c gift set using promo code UXMAS5C at checkout, and the 5s gift set using promo code UXMAS5s.

Free Gift sets For iPad Users

With the launch of the iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina this year, Apple's favorite tablets are bound to be a hot item under the Christmas tree. UNIEA is also offering a free gift set for the iPad as well. If shoppers spend $150 or more, their gift set will include:
• A LUCID translucent case for the iPad Air or Mini Retina
• A Duo Squeeg designer microfiber cloth
• A Doodler Stylus

The retail value of this gift set is over $78. Shoppers can access the iPad Air gift set using promo code UXMASAIR, and the iPad Mini Retina gift set can be accessed with the UXMASMINI promo code.

Additional 15% Off Promo Code

In addition, shoppers can opt to use the UXMAS13 promo code at checkout at for 15% off their entire order. This offer cannot be combined with the free gift set promotion, but can be used on any size order.

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iOS 7 Wallpaper Fix - Position Your Backgrounds Like You Want

Ever had a frustrating experience setting a picture as your iOS 7 wallpaper? Mobile app developer Bernhard Obereder has nnounced the release of a new utility app called Wallpaper Fix. One of the most annoying things users report about iOS 7 is the way it handles the placement and positioning of wallpapers. No matter how hard you try to pinch and drag your picture, which you were able to do in iOS 6 (the way you were able to do in iOS 6), iOS 7 zooms back out and creates often dissatisfying backgrounds. This is because there is only one way to position the background image and you can not influence that. These frustrating times are over thanks to Wallpaper Fix.

Wallpaper Fix lets you freely resize, rotate and position your picture in order to use it as your custom iOS 7 wallpaper in seconds. iOS 7 needs wallpapers to be of specific dimensions in order to work properly with the parallax effect. In Wallpaper Fix you just position your picture the way you want to and Wallpaper Fix automatically does the rest for you. It is as simple as that!

"When I switched to iOS 7 I could no longer use my favorite pictures as my wallpaper. I was very disappointed and decided to create a little app to fix my problem" says Bernhard Obereder, CEO of the Austrian mobile development company, "As I saw that this is a problem many users are running into, I chose to make my little helper called Wallpaper Fix public."

Language Support:
(*) English and German

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 7.0 or later
(*) 5,5 MB

Wallpaper Fix 1.0.1 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) for a limited time and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Christmasfy - A Free, Fun Photo Booth To Decorate Your Photos This Holiday

Winnipeg based Touche Apps has announced Christmasfy 1.2.1, their fun new and easy-to-use entertainment app developed for iOS devices. Don't have a Santa Claus beard or hat for your Christmas picture? No worries! You can easily add some after the picture is taken! There are over 20 categories and over 200 items to choose from. People can also add custom text to their creations to convey any message they desire. Creations can be shared instantly to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more.


Supporting the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Christmasfy was developed for people who love sharing their photos on social networking sites. People can decorate their images with Santa Claus hats, beards, snowflakes, or add a reindeer and Christmas tree to their living room.

Upon launching the app, the user has the option to take a photo, select a photo from their library or select any colour as a background. The items that can be used to decorate the photo will appear at the bottom of the screen. The user can browse over 200 items across 20 categories until they find exactly what they are looking for. Placing items consists of tapping the item and then tapping the screen where they would like to place it. Items can be moved, resized and rotated using pinches and gestures. Items can also be mirrored if they desire or certain items can be placed in front of others if they are placing many items. A custom caption of various colors and fonts can be added as well.


When a user is done decorating their creation, they can share it instantly to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Email, MMS, or save it to their photo library.

If decorating isn't your thing, users can simply sit at the home screen and watch as the snowflakes fall randomly all over the screen while they listen to some great Christmas music!


(*) Over 200 items including beards, hats, gifts and more to decorate your images
(*) Add hilarious captions to your images
(*) Share your creations on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more
(*) Easy to use! Choose a category, select an image and tap to place it
(*) Modify, resize and rotate your images using natural gestures

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 4.3 or later
(*) Optimized for iPhone 5
(*) 42.9 MB

Christmasfy - Photo Booth Editor with Holiday Christmas Stickers! (v1.2.1) is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Free A Christmas Tree Makeover for iPhone - Know Before You Buy Decorations

A Christmas Tree Makeover for iPhone allows users to change the colors of the Christmas tree decorations with a realistic looking result. The app lets you better visualize the chromatic theme for your Christmas tree and helps you pick the Christmas Tree decorations accordingly.

A Christmas Tree Makeover allows you to see just how well would those crazy-colored decorations match with your old ones. So you should give it a try on your iPhone before you buy some fancy ornaments and find out that the overall look of your Christmas tree is not as stylish and classy as you had expected.

Key Features:
(*) Enhance your Christmas tree appearance by instantly mixing your favorite colors
(*) Listen to holiday jingles while decorating
(*) Save your creations and share them with your friends
(*) Use your customized trees as wallpaper

Device Requirements:
(*) Compatible with iPhone 4
(*) Requires iOS 6.0 or later
(*) 13.5 MB

A Christmas Tree Makeover is Free for a limited time and available worldwide exclusively through the AppStore in the Entertainment category.

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