Starbucks releases iOS 7-friendly iPhone app with a few new tricks.

We’ve already seen Starbucks show off a new way to pay and tip your barista in the long-awaited update to its iPhone app it previously announced, and today it is finally available and features a brand new design for iOS 7 when buying your latte.

starbucks-3.0_1xPreviously, the Starbucks app featured a number of various tabs on the bottom navigation bar, but the updated version has been dramatically simplified to focus on three main sections under the headers Pay, Stores, and Gift.

Reward member profiles, messages, and Pick of the Week content is now featured in a clean view with the app’s new tip feature as well.

The update also comes with a new icon to represent the refreshed design of the app.

However, the update does remove customized drink saving within the app. Starbucks advises you screenshot the view of your customized drink to save it if you use this feature.

Starbucks for iPhone is available for free on the App Store (although your milage may vary for the next few minutes following yesterday/this morning’s iTunes Connect issues).

Here’s a neat new physics feature in iOS 7.1 control center.

Here’s a neat new physics feature we’ve just discovered in the control panel for iOS 7.1. The sliders for the volume and brightness controls have been given their own physics. When you quickly swipe the slider, the volume or brightness will continue to keep sliding depending on how fast you move your finger. Here’s a video demonstration for your viewing pleasure.

Apple is getting serious about enterprise solutions for iOS.

After years of meager services, iOS 7 marked Apple’s return to providingserious mobile enterprise solutions for businesses. Utilizing a wide range of options and mobile device management (MDM) services, iOS 7 can help, whether your office provides company phones or employees use their own.

The MDM service allows IT departments to control settings, app installations and policies for a device remotely. Workers who bring their own devices can self-enroll in the MDM program by accepting the MDM installation profile already on their phone. Under MDM, IT can enroll devices in enterprise services (include Microsoft’s), update settings, monitor compliance with corporate policies, and remotely wipe or lock lost devices.

One of the major issues that comes with employees utilizing their own iOS devices is the security and privacy of both parties. Businesses can protect communications via managed apps with specific VPNs. Confidential messages are sent utilizing these IT-approved apps and authenticated using a secured VPN client to securely connect to Cisco IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP VPN.

Employees worried about their personal security can rest easy. Personal and corporate data are stored separately from one another, with IT departments only gaining access to specifically managed apps. This lets you keep your personal privacy on Facebook even while working within an enterprise setting.

Apple is offering volume purchasing for businesses, allowing for the apps and books to be purchased and pushed to every device using the MDM service. IT departments can even develop their own custom apps specifically for their employee’s needs.

The company created a special page highlighting how various organizations from PespiCo to the Mayo Clinic have implemented MDM and iOS’ new enterprise options into their own day to day operations. You can view these video profiles directly at Apple’s site.

Make beautiful parallax iPhone wallpapers.

The parallax effect is the new “motion” wallpaper laying behind the app icons on iOS 7. The subtle effect is meant to give some depth to the flat design of iOS 7, though some have said it gives them motion sickness. However, if you like parallax and want to make your own wallpapers that work well with the effect, you may want to check out a great article by CNET’s Jason Cipriani that describes the process.

Cipriani notes that photos with depth and texture work best. If you pick a photo that has virtually no texture and is only a single color, don’t expect to get much motion from your background.

Also, make photos at least 400 pixels wider and taller than your iOS device’s screen resolution. This is because the wallpaper needs to shift in the background to give the appearance of motion. If your wallpaper is just limited to the iOS device’s screen resolution it will need to be zoomed in on, which can create a less-than-desirable look. For iPhones and iPod touches with four-inch screens, use an image that’s 1,536 x 1,040 pixels. For Retina display iPads you’ll want 2,448 x 1,936. For more tips and screen resolutions, be sure to check out Cipriani’s article.

Apple release iOS 7.0.2, fixes lock screen bypass bugs.

Apple released iOS 7.0.2 and fixed the two lock screen bugs that made headlines earlier this week. One affected Control Center and the other took advantage of an exploit in the emergency dialer. These hacks allowed unauthorized users to access photos, contacts and social-sharing features without entering a passcode. Besides these pretty big bug fixes, the update also brought back the Greek keyboard for passcode entry.

Folks running iOS 7 can download the update over the air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also manually install it by connecting your iPhone or iPad to your computer and launching iTunes.

iOS 7: How to get your WiFi working again.

In addition to battery issues, many of the complaints I’ve heard about iOS 7 center around WiFi. After upgrading, many people are getting the dreaded “unable to connect” message. There is a solution that’s been passed around on the Apple discussion forums that should work for most people. You’ll need to spend a couple minutes with your phone and router.

Put your phone into Airplane Mode. Then, go into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Then, reboot your router if you have access and take your phone out of Airplane Mode. You’ll be prompted to join your network again, and it should work this time.

You can do this with Airplane Mode turned off, but several people on the forums say they’ve had better luck with Airplane Mode on.

Source: TUAW.

In full BW interview, Tim Cook talks about buying things with Fingerprints and Android duopoly.


This morning, Bloomberg Businessweek has published the entirety of its interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Earlier this week, the magazine gave us a look at its conversation with Cook, Jony Ive, and Craig Federighi, though today’s article is a much more extensive look at the thoughts from Cook.

Notably, Cook discusses the new fingerprint scanner Touch ID system in the iPhone 5s. Cook seems to enjoy that users can unlock their iPhone with the touch of a fingerprint, but he seems to imply that purchases with Touch ID are the bigger picture. He notes that Touch ID can now be used to download items from Apple’s online media stores, but it seems that purchases will become even more important as the technology continues to develop:

You know, the first time that you buy something with your finger, it’s pretty profound. It’s one thing to use it as security. This is really cool, and a lot of people will love it, because they open their phone multiple times a day. But the buying is even a more startling experience, in a way.

Speaking of the features in the new iPhone, Cook goes onto to share some notable details behind the development and integration of the new iOS and the iPhone 5c:

And somebody thought through the wallpaper. Wouldn’t it be great if it was like you were putting on your shirt and your pants, and they actually matched or made some sense with each other? You know? Technology companies don’t think of those things, or, usual technology companies don’t think of those things. Nobody worries about buttons and finishes. Nobody really worries about the experience, and we do. We’re really proud that we do.

Cook adds that the iPhone 5c was not about increasing marketing share or hitting certain lower price points, but it was about giving consumers options, creating a differentiation factor from the iPhone 5c, and expanding the iPhone’s reach.

In addition to Touch ID and the design of the iPhones, Cook discusses Apple’s iOS Duopoly with Google’s Android mobile device operating system. The Apple CEO makes it clear that the mobile phone OS market is a competition between Apple and Google.

For smartphones, I think it’s even more a two-operating-system world today than it was before. Maybe that changes. Maybe it doesn’t, but that is the state of things today. I think that Android is more fragmented than ever and, as a result, when you look at things like customer satisfaction and usage, you see the gap between Android and iOS being huge.

Cook also discusses Android fragmentation:

Yes. And it’s just not growing in the—it’s not like a baby that becomes an infant. It’s not like that. It’s an exponential. It’s a compounding problem. And think about all these people that they’re leaving behind from a customer point of view. People do hold on. Most people hold on to their phones a couple of years. They enter a contract and honor that contract and then upgrade after that two-year period. So in essence, by the time they buy the phone, many of these operating systems are old. They’re not the latest ones by the time people buy. And so by the time they exit, they’re using an operating system that’s three or four years old. That would be like me right now having in my pocket iOS 3. I can’t imagine it.


Source:  9to5Mac.