• Monday Morning News

    The iPhone 5s launched last Friday, and even though people who said they weren't going to upgrade from their iPhone 5, many people did. But those who wanted the special gold, champagne, whatever-you-want-to-call-it version often left Apple Stores disappointed: Anthony tweeted about a woman in tears because there were no gold iPhones at that particular Apple Store, and Lee Hutchison from Ars Technica documented a similar tale on the other side of the world. Demand for the gold iPhone 5s, it seems, is far, far greater than anticipated.

    IFixit have done their due diligence on the iPhone 5s and taken it apart for the world to see. It's fascinating they chose to take apart a gold 5s instead of any other colour one can't help but wonder where and how they managed to get their hands on a gold model, which were rarer than hen's teeth. In any case, the teardown revealed a few important facts: Apple's new A7 chip is made by Samsung (not Intel as was previously rumoured), and the M7 is indeed a separate chip, made by NXP Semiconductor.

    The best thing about any new Apple product is that there are often little touches that brief hands-on experiences miss, and the 5s is no different. Dustin Curtis has written about some of the finer details in the design of the iPhone 5s stuff that you wouldn't notice normally, but surprises and delights you all the same when you eventually do notice.

    Similarly, iOS 7 also has the same great attention to detail that we've come to expect from Apple, no matter how ugly those default icons for Apple apps are, or how much we hate the new interface. The animated equaliser graphic that shows the currently-playing song in Music, for example, or the little switch on the flashlight icon that changes position depending on whether the flashlight is on or off.

    But if you're installing iOS 7 on older hardware, there's a few things you've got to know. IOS 7 on the iPhone 4 loses a few features, drops a lot of the translucency of the OS, and feels generally more sluggish than iOS 6 does. Over over on the iPad 2, it's a slightly different story: you can tell iOS 7 was designed for a Retina display in mind, and even though it's not the sluggard that it is on the iPhone 4, it's still not as good as it could be.

    I've always noticed Android devices weren't quite as good as iPhones when it came to touch responsiveness, but was never sure whether it was a hardware or software thing, a combination of both, or perhaps my own reality distortion field. Now I know why there always seemed to be a perceptible "lag" from Android touchscreen responsiveness, thanks to benchmarks from Agawi.

    I think Apple just Rickroll'd us on the support page about Understanding Control Center. Well played, Apple, well played.

    While you're waiting for those iOS-compatible game controllers to come out, feast your eyes on the GameCase, the first official controller to be revealed. It kind of looks like someone took an Xbox 360 controller, split it in half, and added an iOS device in the middle, making it look a little like a bastardised version of the Wii U.

    A long, long, long time ago, back when the MacTalk podcast was in its infancy, the tenth episode was named "Level 28 Basket Weaving". I bring it up only because weaving is kind of the main gameplay behind Strata, an iOS title I've been enjoying recently. I've kind of stopped playing games on iOS for a number of different reasons, but Strata caught my eye because it's something different from the usual. It's still a minute-or-two killer (i.e. "toilet game"), and it still has in-app purchases, but it's a pretty nice little game.

    A horrific article on 9to5Mac explains how Touch ID can be used with more than just fingers, including just about any other appendage you can imagine. Don't say I didn't warn you...

    Bloomberg recently published an interview with Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Craig Federighi which was worth reading. But even more so is the full, unedited interview, which gives a somewhat unadulterated version of events just like if you had met Tim Cook in a bar and sat down for a chat.

    IOS 7 includes a little-known feature called MultiPath TCP, and this new communication method means your smartphone or tablet will always stay connected regardless of your current connectivity situation. It means that as long as you have a working communication method Wi-Fi, mobile, or otherwise then your communications with the outside world will always work.
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