• Friday Morning News

    It's entirely possible Apple will keep the 8 megapixel sensor in the next iteration of the iPhone, and instead focus on improvements via software. Throwing more megapixels is unlikely to improve the camera in a meaningful way without compromising something else (form factor, image quality, low-light performance, etc), so keeping the same number and improving things elsewhere seems like a smart move.

    Marco Arment tells us all about when the iMac and Mac Pro can go Retina, but to make a long story short, he suspects a desktop resolution of 5120x2880 is still 1-2 years away, due to technology limitations of the current day.

    Read any iOS game review that features on-screen controls, and you'll often find that the reviewer complains about the awkward, screen-obscuring control scheme. But the best iOS games don't have on-screen controls, and you know why? Adding physical buttons to the iPhone solves a problem that doesn't exist, like Ben Kuckera says.

    Speaking of solved problems, the iPad is a solved design problem. In five or ten years time, what will an iPad look like? Fast Company says it's hard to imagine something that looks all that different to what we have now.

    Every man and his dog (literally) is getting some kind of wearable tech, but I've been waiting all week for iLounge's 2014 CES Best of Show awards, which usually show off the best stuff from CES this year. Check out the full list of awards and finalists after the jump.

    Image sharing service Droplr has chosen to discontinue free accounts, and will only be a paid-for product from this point forward (with a 30 day trial period). But on the paid side of the fence which start at $5 a month for personal accounts they've added increased file size uploads and unlimited file sharing.

    Apple wants their court-appointed anti-trust monitor to be replaced, citing a personal bias against Apple. Yes, this is the same guy that wanted to charge Apple over $1,100 an hour and the same guy that wanted to interview Apple's top executives for reasons that had nothing to do with the case.

    Attention to detail is one of Apple's strong suits, and they've finally fixed a wrong that has been around since the days of iOS 3. With iOS 7.1, Apple are finally re-centring the page indicators on the home screen, which means my OCD for this kind of thing can finally take a well-deserved break.

    It's interesting how the design of iOS 7 has evolved. As this tweet from Sentry shows, once it was all completely flat, but now it's changed to be something a little friendlier; it seems that buttons and icons are making a comeback.

    As we come to the end of another week, be reminded that yesterday, seven years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. But it's no longer just three devices in one. Sure, it is still a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device, but today, seven years later, the iPhone is so much more to so many people.
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