Watch 6 years of iPhone evolution in 6 minutes before the iPhone 6 hits — Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the iPhone, thanks to consistent evolution and changing audience expectations. When the iPhone 3G was introduced, people marvelled at its 2 megapixel camera. Take a look back on the six previous years of iPhone evolution with this handy video from PriceBaba.com’s YouTube page.
Updated App Store review guidelines cover HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and creepy apps — Ahead of the fall launch of iOS 8, Apple has updated its App Store review guidelines to include guidance on new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. These guidelines detail how developers may use these new features provided in iOS 8. Any app that violates these guidelines may be rejected during the review process.
New Apple apps in iOS 8 — With iOS 8 there are quite a few new features to enhance your photography. Some of these features have been available in other apps, but all are nicely integrated into the stock photography software Apple provides.
One of the interesting new features is what Apple calls ‘Smart Composition Tools’. When activated, they automatically straighten horizons ( a big problem in many photos) and do some smart cropping.
Another new feature is audio messages inside the Messages app. You record a message then send it.
Microsoft Office for iPad adds monthly subscription option — Microsoft’s productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly instead. The company has now added monthly payment options of US$6.99 (for the Personal license) and $9.99 (for the Home license) as in-app purchases.
Valiant Hearts for iOS explores World War I’s human side via puzzles, love letters, and cartoon visuals — Many games dig back into historical conflicts for context, but World War I isn’t a hugely popular subject. Regardless, whenever a real-life war is tapped for a game setting, you’re usually armed with a weapon, pointed at opposing soldiers, and told to kill.
Not so with Valiant Hearts. It’s a cartoon-like game (pictured above) with fabulous hand-drawn characters and settings, no intense gore or realistic depictions of death to be seen, and it unfolds via puzzles and simple interactions. It costs NZ$6.49.