• Wednesday Morning News

    Adobe has officially released Creative Cloud to both consumers and professionals alike, and the release of Creative Cloud to the general public comes alongside a release of a new suite of the same old apps. Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and the rest of the Adobe suite are all included as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, but there's a number of other apps that are also included, such as After Effects, SpeedGrade, and Muse. Macworld has a good run-down of the release.

    The makers of Fantastical have released Chatology, an app which aims to solve the search part of Messages and or iChat, if you're not currently running Mountain Lion. As you'd expect from Flexibits, Chatology is well integrated with Messages.app and overrides the default keyboard shortcut to make searching your message history easy. Whether you have thousands of messages or just a few hundred, Chatology is the app that will make searching them less of a pain.

    We're not exactly sure when Apple plans to release the lower-cost iPhone, but cases for the thing have just been revealed. If the case is anything to go by, the lower-cost iPhone will feature a curved edge, similar to the iPhone 3G/3GS of yesterday, with a slightly thicker profile than the iPhone 5.

    What could turn out to be the first Apple authorised iPhone gaming controller has been shown in a blurrycam shot. Logitech are the purported manufacturers of the device which is supposed to hold an iPhone 5 lengthways. If so, the device turns the iPhone 5 into a somewhat long handheld, albeit one with physical buttons and a d-pad, instead of those on-screen controls you might have already come across.

    Voice Memos is missing from the first iOS 7 beta, but a leaked screenshot straight from a WWDC session shows what the icon might look like when it does make its eventual return. I don't know about you, but that icon doesn't exactly scream "make a voice recording" like a microphone on the previous icon did. Maybe it'll grow on me, though.

    There's a hidden settings page within the settings app of iOS 7 that allows you to tweak many different aspects of the new iOS. The hidden settings page has toggles for all sorts of options not normally adjustable, such as allowing nested folders, toggles for various gestures on the iPhone, and even sliders to adjust transparency amounts and so on. The settings page isn't available for all users, and it's likely only Apple employees will ever get to use it officially, but it interesting seeing what kind of options are built-in to the system that we just don't know about.

    The evolution of the iOS home screen shows how far we've come since the 1.0 days, where there were no iTunes or App Stores. For the most part, the look and feel of the home screen has been mostly unchanged for pretty much every version up to 6.0, which only serves to drive home the difference between iOS 7, and the rest of iOS.

    Many people think that iOS 7 will be all about a minimalistic UI with less eye-candy, shininess, and whatever else, but the important thing to keep in mind that is apps are content, too. I can't wait to see what iOS developers and designers will come up with for iOS 7, seeing as it represents such a large shift in thinking: throw out everything you know about design, because iOS 7 just changed all the rules.

    Ask anyone, and they'll tell you that the future of design is more than making iOS flat. IOS 7 strips away all the extraneous pieces of iOS: the unnecessary borders, shadows, and details in favour of a more clean, refined look. It's futuristic. It's modern.

    The most interesting piece by far I've read about iOS and OS X this week is the parallel universe where iOS acquires OS X. Contrary to what they tell you, NeXT acquired Apple (not the other way around), and Pixar acquired Disney (well, kinda). There's another inverse acquisition on the horizon, and it might turn out to be the most interesting one yet.
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