Applelinks iOS News Reader - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Apple iPhone 5S To Be Powered By A7 Quad-Core CPU and GPU, 2 GB of RAM, iOS 7
Retina Display For Next iPad mini?
Which Platform Will Dominate The Post Post-PC Era?
Microsoft's Surface Pro A Joy To Use. . . As A Notebook PC
FileMaker To Present The Tablet Productivity Payoff At TabTimes Tablet Strategy West
Tuber 3.0 for YouTube - Experience YouTube As Never Before
iDetective HD 1.0 for iPad - Monitor Activity on any Mac or PC Remotely


Apple iPhone 5S To Be Powered By A7 Quad-Core CPU and GPU, 2 GB of RAM, iOS 7

iOSDoc's DanielVanEngel has posted what he says is an exclusive photo of the iPhone 5S motherboard with Apple's forthcoming A7 processor supplied by a very reliable source.

The report says the iPhone 5S's Apple A7 processor will clocked at 1.2Ghz and iOS 7, with the phone's form factor probably very much similar to the current iPhone 5, with only hardware and software improvements, as well as iOS 7 which is projected to include a highly improved Siri, able to do a lot of new cool stuff, plus widgets and an improved notifications center.

VanEngel expects the new A7 SoC to be much faster than Apple's dual-core A6, and to also bring the PowerVR quad-core SGX554MP4 graphics processor featured in the 4th generation iPad to the iPhone, and that upgrading from 1GB of LPDDR2-1066 RAM to 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR-800 memory should improve performance and multitasking even more faster, but all the added power raises concern about battery life.

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Retina Display For Next iPad mini?

In a commentary, Digitimes' Max Wang and Jackie Chang say Apple may introduce the new iPad mini with resolution of 2,048 by 1536, which would increase the device's production cost by more than US$12/unit. If the prices and specifications of all other components stay the same, the new iPad mini with a Retina display will carry component costs above US$200/unit, and increase the the total OEM cost for iPad mini by more than 30 percent.

They say most market observers believe the new generation of iPad mini will upgrade the resolution from the series' present 1,024 by 768 to the fourth generation iPad's 2,048x1,536.

Wang and Chang note that Apple's share in the tablet market began to decrease in the third quarter of 2012 and by the fourth quarter had slipped to around 44% - down from 70% at the beginning of the year, and that firms such as Acer and Asustek have introduced new tablet models with retail prices around US$149-159/unit. In addition, the Nexus 7 by Google and Asustek is reportedly to be reintroduced with Full HD panels while holding the price point constant at US$199/unit in the second quarter of 2013, and that both Samsung and Acer plan to introduce 8-inch tablets in the second quarter to compete with the iPad mini - Acer's offering to be priced around US$202/unit.

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Which Platform Will Dominate The Post Post-PC Era?

Writing for TechCrunch, Oracle's former VP of Internet Division Peter Relan contends that Android has already won the smartphone OS marketshare war.

However, Relan maintiains that many unknowns remain in the larger post-PC-era war, which has only just begun and already seen an explosion of devices and form factors, all competing to fill the void of the now-ancient desktop computer: tablets, smartphones, minis, phablets, ultrabooks, hybrid laptops elbowing for dominance, and several key factors will determine which device types survive through 2015:

• Consumer and worker choice
• Device distribution channels
• Platform ecosystems
• Technology advances
• Economic development in BRIC

Like many, Relan thinks a tablet takeover is inevitable, but with multiple form factors: large tablet, mini tablet, and hybrid tablet, and suggests that the iPad mini with a Retina display could even be the next big thing with the mini tablet wars just getting started.

For prosumers and profrssionals however, Relan predicts that the hybrid tablet (eg: Microsoft Surface Pro) will rise to the top but won't really begin asserting market traction before 2014.

Relan says Android won the smartphone war because it's free and because hardware manufacturers can commoditize the hardware and carriers offer cheap or free Android hardware, but Apple is still king of app ecosystems. On the other hand eighty percent of tablets are Wi-Fi-connected, so wireless carriers loom a lot less large in distribution power, and while Android is again offering a larger spectrum of choices than Apple, being three years behind will be hard to overcome. In laptops, he says Google's Chromebook doesn't have the enterprise design chops to dethrone Windows 8 yet and Microsoft bringing its productivity software to the Cloud, Google's wheelhouse and OS X gets an entreÚ in the enterprise because BYOD brings with it iPhones and iPads.

Relan also predicts that Apple will also continue to dominate the app ecosystem, but that a hybrid tablet is unlikely from Apple, given their distaste for Microsoft's hybrids (although with the caveat that they also scorned 7-inch tablets until they made one) and thinks that Microsoft "has really stumbled onto something" with the Surface. He expects the iPad mini and Android to cannibalize the e-Reader market, and that Samsung's dominance of developing world markets will make Android the real winner of the platform ecosystem wars, some of whose major battlegrounds will be in the so-called BRIC nations - Brazil, Russia, India and China, Android having, the most versatile platform in the world working on almost any non-Apple device in the world. Relan anticipates that by 2015 an Android OS will power nearly 70 percent of all computing devices.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro A Joy To Use. . . As A Notebook PC

The Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman notes that Microsoft's Surface Pro, which runs Windows 8 Professional and has no limitations on the software you can install is compromised as a tablet device, bulky, heavy, and expensive with relatively poor battery life comparted to, say, an iPad, but he still likes it a lot and would consider buying one if he was in the market for a thin, ultraportable Windows notebook - the Surface Pro being a much better notebook computer than it is a tablet.

Silverman summarizes that as a Windows notebook computer, the Surface Pro is a joy to use - very fast and responsive, thanks both to its processor and the use of an Solid State Drive for storage. The touchscreen is excellent, with no lag at all, and Windows 8's interface feels like a natural extension of your gestures.

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FileMaker To Present The Tablet Productivity Payoff At TabTimes Tablet Strategy West

The Tablet Productivity Payoff will be discussed by Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc., at the TabTimes Tablet Strategy West conference, Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Burlingame, Calif.

Rosenberg will share real-world mobile trends gleaned from more than 500,000 downloads of the companys FileMaker Go for iPad and FileMaker Go for iPhone apps.

"We're finding that organizations are combining tablets with custom solutions created using the FileMaker Platform to generate major productivity gains, improved customer support and cost savings," says Rosenberg. "Our more than half a million FileMaker Go downloads give us insights into where the biggest benefits are happening."

Rosenberg will focus on the benefits of connected mobile solutions, which link tablets, smart phones, desktops, and key business systems. He will share how innovative businesses are quickly and cost-effectively creating and deploying these connected mobile solutions.

FileMaker is a TabTimes StrategyWest Premium sponsor and will demonstrate easy ways to create and deploy iPad and iPhone solutions in the expo area.

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Tuber 3.0 for YouTube - Experience YouTube As Never Before

Independent iOS developer Muhammad Bassio has announced the release of Tuber+ for YouTube 3.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Tuber for iOS is claimed to bring you the best YouTube experience you may ever have, with a fully functional YouTube on your iOS device offering many features you don't want to miss. Advance search includes 15 categories in 50 regions. User can share the videos by SMS, e-mail, or on Facebook and Twitter. A free version with ads and fewer options is also available.


Main features:
(*) Simple, Intuitive, Nice looking GUI
(*) Side menu with 7 standard YouTube feeds as well as 7 user feeds
(*) 2 Themes to choose from
(*) Advanced search supporting 6 filters other than the keywords
(*) Ability to setup the preferred video quality (low, medium as well as HD & Full HD)
(*) Like/Dislike videos
(*) Subscribe to video author
(*) View/ add comments
(*) View related videos
(*) Add video to watch later, Favorites or Playlist (creating a new playlist is also available)
(*) Share videos by SMS, e-mail or on Twitter & Facebook (on both iOS5 & iOS6)

Sign In process handled by Google servers, so all user data is safe & secure.

YouTube Standard Feeds:
(*) Trending: Popular videos with increasing popularity & ratings
(*) Featured: Videos recently featured on the YouTube home page
(*) Top Rated: Highly rated YouTube videos
(*) Most Recent: Videos most recently submitted to YouTube
(*) Most Viewed: Videos selected using an algorithm that combines many different signals to determine overall popularity
(*) Top Favored: Videos most frequently flagged as favorite videos
(*) Most Shared: Videos most frequently shared on Facebook and Twitter


User Feeds:
(*) Home: Recently added videos by channels in the user subscriptions
(*) Videos: User uploads
(*) Subscriptions: User subscriptions
(*) Watch later: Videos added to watch later list
(*) Recommended: Videos recommended by YouTube according to user activity
(*) Playlists: User defined playlists
(*) Favorites: Videos marked as favorite by user

Search parameters:
(*) HD only: Only videos available in HD resolution
(*) Category: 15 available categories to choose from
(*) Region: 50 regions to choose from
(*) Duration: Short (~4 min), Medium (~20 min) & Long (>20 min)
(*) Uploaded: Upload time (Today, This week, This month)
(*) Safe search: ON by default, but can be switched by user

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 gen) and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 5.0 or later
(*) 13.1 MB

Tuber+ for YouTube 3.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. A free version with ads is also available.

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iDetective HD 1.0 for iPad - Monitor Activity on any Mac or PC Remotely

Indie developer Vlad Polyanskiy has introduced iDetective HD 1.0 for iPad, his new utility that lets parents, managers, and teachers remotely monitor when and how any Mac or PC is used. The ideal app for supervising and documenting who is running which applications and for what duration, iDetective compiles infographic and text reports daily or for specific time periods. Providing informative statistics and screenshots for multiple Macs and PCs, the app allows users to message, shut down, hibernate, sleep, or restart remote computers.


Feature Highlights:
(*) Complete and detailed information about all applications being run on the remote computers under Mac OS X or Windows
(*) Window titles of open windows, with precise timestamps; see full filenames of the files open on the computer being used; check whether employees are really working or not
(*)Install iDetective onto your own machine and find out how much time you spend on work/entertainment/generally surfing the Web; the results will be surprising
(*) Reports on the programs being run, daily or for any other time period; iDetective gathers all relevant data and displays it as easy-to-understand infographics
(*) Real-time screenshots of the screen of the remote computer, which can
be saved and/or emailed
(*) Notifications each time the remote computer is turned on
(*) Huge information library of Mac & PC software titles; view an application while in use directly from iDetective
(*) Send messages to a remote machine
(*) Control over remote computers; shut down, hibernate, sleep, or restart
(*) Original, intuitive, and attractive user interface
(*) A myriad of other useful features already packed within the current release or due in soon to be released, free updates

With their global proliferation, access to computers is no longer a problem in most parts of the world. However, another problem has taken its place: control of computers. Parents have an obligation to supervise their children's use of home computers; unrestricted use can be as harmful as no access whatsoever. Among the simplest and most elegant solutions is iDetective. From their iPad, parents can easily verify that computers are being used according to the rules and guidelines they have provided their children. A foolproof system for monitoring usage, iDetective's non-technical user interface keeps parents updated in real-time as to who is using a computer, which computer is being used, how long it is being used, which applications and games are being run, and which websites are being visited.

The remote monitoring capabilities of iDetective can be invaluable in other settings as well. Managers and supervisory personnel can monitor the work habits of employees. Monitoring is completely transparent and undetectable by employees, though managers can easily message, shut down, hibernate, or restart remote computers.

In schools, teachers can refer to a daily history of every computer in their classroom, or look over the shoulder of a student in real-time. Owners of iDetective may also benefit from controlling their own computer usage. Viewing a bar graph of weekly usage, they may be surprised which applications they are in most.

Language Support:
(*) English, French, German, and Russian

Device Requirements:
(*) Compatible with iPad
(*) Requires iOS 5.0 or later
(*) 7.0 MB

System Requirements:
(*) Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
(*) Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Pricing and Availability:
iDetective HD 1.0 is now at the special launch price of $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available on request.

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