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Which apps rose to the top of Apple’s charts for 2014?

Which apps rose to the top of Apple's charts for 2014?

Did you edit images on your iPad with Pixelmator this year, or maybe you lost a few hours playing Monument Valley on Apple’s tablet?

How about your iPhone? Did you give your brain a workout with Elevate or did you get sucked into endlessly playing Threes?

If you answered yes to any of those, then you were part of the “in crowd” that embraced Apple‘s picks for top mobile apps and games of the year. Apple released its annual “best-of” ranking today, with those four apps taking best-of show awards.

Here’s a rundown of Apple’s nice list.

iPad

App of the year went to Pixelmator, at $9.99 one of the pricier apps in the App Store and one which Apple described as “an astounding image editor — an incredible showpiece that’s guaranteed to help your photos pop.”

The runner-up was Storehouse, a free app that’s all about storytelling, allowing users to meld photos, videos and text and then share them.

Game of the year went to Monument Valley. This “genre-defining effort wows at every turn,” Apple said of the $3.99 puzzler.

Runner-up here was Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the first iOS game to come from Blizzard. The game is free, but has in-app purchases.

Best iPad apps

  • New York Times Cooking
  • Microsoft Word
  • VSCO Cam
  • Yahoo News Digest
  • Replay Video Editor
  • Hanx Writer
  • Star Walk Kids
  • 120 Sports
  • Adobe Voice
  • GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine
  • Makr
  • 1Password
  • Joy of Cooking
  • Nighty Night Circus
  • Molecules
  • OmniFocus2
  • Toca Nature
  • Auxy
  • Slice Fractions
  • Flickr
  • Launch Center Pro
  • Yahoo Weather
  • Incredible Numbers
  • Post-it Plus
  • Stephen Hawkings Snapsots of the Universe.
J. “Josh” Jennings Moss has spent time on the police beat in Florida, on the political trail in Washington, D.C., and on the business front in New York. Among the places he’s journalized: Condé Nast Portfolio, FoxNews.com, ABCNews.com, the Advocate, the Washington Times, and the Tampa Tribune. Moss graduated from the University of Arizona and lives in New York City.

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Apple Delivered A Game-Changing Innovation With The iPhone 5S And The Reviewers Are Freaking Out Over It

Jay Yarow

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POGUE: The Camera And The Flash On The iPhone 5S Are Great

Apple Is Going To Have A ‘Grotesquely’ Low Supply Of The New iPhone 5S On Friday

GENE MUNSTER: I Still Have A ‘High Conviction’ That Apple Announces A Television This Year

The fingerprint scanner Apple built into the iPhone 5S is a smash hit with reviewers.
It’s getting nearly universal acclaim. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal calls it a game changer.

It sounds like a major innovation that is going to completely change how we interact with our phones. Swiping to unlock is going to be a thing of the past.

Here’s a sample of the reactions:

David Pogue at NYT: “It’s nothing like the balky, infuriating fingerprint-reader efforts of earlier cellphones. It’s genuinely awesome; the haters can go jump off a pier.”

Walt Mossberg at WSJ: “After using Touch ID, I found it annoying to go back to typing in passcodes on my older iPhone.”

John Gruber of Daring Fireball: “Touch ID is way faster than ‘fast enough’. I’d call it ‘I can’t believe it works this quickly’ fast. It’s also very accurate — only a handful of times over the past week have I had to try a second time, and each of those times, I hadn’t really squared up my finger with the sensor.”

Jim Dalrymple of Loop Insight: “The fingerprint sensor solved a problem and makes my handling of the iPhone more efficient. That’s what a feature should do.”

Myriam Joire Engadget: “And it is indeed fast: the scanner was able to pick up all of our fingers in fractions of a second and from any angle. It’s so natural, in fact, that we almost forgot that passwords and unlock screens even existed on the 5s; on countless occasions we tried to unlock the iPhone 5 and 5c with the scanner before realizing that we had to use the “old-fashioned” slide-to-unlock method.”

Scott Stein, CNET: “A few previous smartphones have added fingerprint sensors before, like the Motorola Atrix, but those were more awkward bars that needed finger-swiping. The Touch ID-enabled home button feels invisible; it works with a tap, can recognize your finger from many angles, and feels like it has less of a fail rate than fingerprint sensors I’ve used on laptops. It’s impressive tech. It worked on all my fingers, and even my toe (I was curious).”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-fingerprint-scanner-reviewed-2013-9#ixzz2fFqOSZxD

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If You Already Have An iPhone 5, Do Not Buy One Of Apple’s New iPhones This Year by Kevin Smith

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Apple Announces New iPhone 5S That’s Twice As Fast And Has A Fingerprint Sensor

By now you’ve heard that Apple unveiled its newest iPhones yesterday, the 5S and 5C.
The 5S is a faster version of the iPhone 5, which is being discontinued in favor of the colorful iPhone 5C.

If you already have an iPhone 5, you’re probably not considering an upgrade to the 5C. The 5C is essentially the same phone as the iPhone 5, but wrapped in a plastic shell.

I’ve had every iPhone that’s been released since the iPhone 3G, so my first instinct is to automatically want the 5S.

But is it worth it for most people to upgrade every year like I did?

In short, the answer is no.

Physically, the 5S looks exactly like the iPhone 5. The 5S has the same display, nearly identical design, and same screen size as the iPhone 5.

The 5S only separates itself from the 5 with a new gold color, a fingerprint sensor, a faster processor, and a better camera.

The best thing going for the 5S is its new fingerprint sensor, or “Touch ID” as Apple calls it. This new technology lets you use your fingerprint instead of a passcode to unlock your device.

Megapixel-wise the iPhone 5S’s camera is the same as the iPhone 5: 8MP. The difference is that the 5S’s has a better sensor that lets in more light. The flash also has two tones so it will give you more accurate image colors.

Sure, the new camera’s slow-motion feature sounds cool, but there are a ton of apps —Slowpro, for example— that will give you this same ability.

If you have an iPhone 5, you can still update your software to iOS 7, which will give your phone the same look as the 5S along with a ton of the new software features.

For most people, all those new features in the iPhone 5S won’t be enough to justify shelling out the cash for the upgrade. Plus, most carriers only let you upgrade your smartphone at the subsidized price every two years. That means if you have an iPhone 5 but still really want the iPhone 5S, you won’t be able to get it for $199. You’ll likely have to buy it unlocked for at least $650.

Basically, if you are an iPhone 5 owner, it really doesn’t make sense to upgrade unless you are the type of person who always has to have the latest and greatest. You should only upgrade if you have an iPhone 4S or earlier iPhone model.

Plus, there’s a lot to look forward to next year. If Apple follows its pattern, it will introduce a new iPhone with a new design in 2014. And there’s already chatter that next year’s iPhone could have a larger screen.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-5-vs-iphone-5s-2013-9#ixzz2ecgLuUIf

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Tech More: Apple iWatch Steve Wozniak
Here’s The New-Product Wishlist Apple’s Wozniak Is Begging CEO Tim Cook To Make
Julie Bort

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has a wish list of stuff he’d like Apple to make.
When Reuters’ Sareena Dayaram asked during a video interview what advice Woz would give to CEO Tim Cook, Woz smiled and said, “I wouldn’t dare because I have a feeling the comeback would be more like a fight. And I’m really a non-conflict type of person.”

But, he said, “I can talk about what I want.”

He grabbed his wrist and said, “I want my wearable devices that are basically as complete as my iPhone in their functionality.”

He also wants larger screens on iPhones and other features that iPhone competitors have that are “better” than what the iPhone offers (though he didn’t name those features).

Most importantly, he wants Apple “dreamers” thinking up products that change the world “with some new product you wouldn’t even call a phone.” (The Apple iGlass perhaps?)

Here’s the full interview. Skip ahead to 3:50 to hear his Apple wish list.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-cofounder-steve-wozniak-begs-apple-for-the-iwatch-2013-8#ixzz2dJBJnkbQ

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Apple patents point to slimmer battery tech

Graphene, the wonder material whose glittering array of electrical and thermal properties won its discoverers a Nobel prize in 2010, could soon be helping Apple’s iPhones and iPads pack more power.

The company has filed a US patent application (2013/0136966) on a graphene-based heat sink for the lithium batteries and circuit boards in its tablets and smartphones.

Graphene is a form of carbon that comes in sheets one-atom thick, with its atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. It is 10 times better at conducting heat than graphite, which is often used as a heat sink in mobile gadgets.

But in order to adequately cool a battery, a graphite coating is typically 30 micrometres thick. That eats up space within the gadget enclosure that could be used for a bigger battery, explains inventor Ramesh Bhardwaj of Fremont, California, in Apple’s patent application.

Hot stuff

By coating a polypropylene battery casing with graphene, he says, the heat sink can occupy a fraction of the space of the graphite version for the same heat dissipation – allowing for a bigger, longer-lasting battery to be installed.

Graphene is also being explored as a substance for storing electricity in next-generation batteries and supercapacitors. At the University of Manchester, in the UK – where Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov isolated graphene in 2004 – researchers have just embarked on a £2.2 million research programme to create high-capacity energy-storage devices with the wonder material at their heart.

In another battery patent application filed this week, Apple gave still more clues that it is indeed working on a wristwatch-shaped device, as CEO Tim Cook hinted last week.

In US patent 2013/0136967 the firm describes the precision-manufacturing techniques behind making a curved battery – including how to apply pressure for sustained periods to a flexible lithium cell to create the curve, a little like an acoustic guitar maker might with a wooden panel.

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