Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Blog Graduation

It has been about 2 years since I started this blog, and now it is graduating to it's own domain name. I will not be posting anything here. Instead, I will be posting everything HERE. All the previous posts can be found there as well. Thank you for everything, and see you there :)

New Blog URL:

Monday, 17 June 2013

iOS 7: Contact Blocking Fail!

iOS 7 came with this new feature that allows you to block contacts. I was extremly excited for this because I wanted to block all the ads from my carrier. Apparently, this is not possible.  Unfotunatly, I couldn't block any number that came from my carrier. Too bad!

iOS 7: Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working!

I've been using iOS 7 for a few days now with no problems. Until I noticed this, keyboard shoertcuts are not working with me! I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts, so it would be great if Apple fixed this problem in the next beta version of iOS 7. 

Hopefully Apple will fix this soon but I'm curious if anyone else had this problem?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Dots, a Game About Connecting

Dots is a simple FREE game on the app store that you should defiantly check out. Here's the link:

This game is very simple, it shows you some colored dots, you just link each dot with other dots of the same color. To connect the dots, you swipe from each dot to the other. But you can't connect the dots unless they were next to each other vertically, or horizontally. 

This game has a time limit, you should connect as much as you can on time. It is  really a great game. 

iOS 7: Home-Screen

We finally reach the main course, the home-screen. The real flat design doesn't show until now. Take a look at it.

Unlocking the device is the first thing I would like to go through. When I say unlocking I mean the animation while going from the lock-screen to the home-screen. It now doesn't just show the apps all at once, instead it shows one icon coming at a time which I consider a good change.

The home-screen is all about applications. So, each icon has a new look now. They don't have that shadow on the back anymore and they don't look like they're in 3D. Now we can clearly see flat-but-cool icons on the home-screen. Here's a comparison between the home-screens of iOS 6 and iOS 7:

iOS 6 on the left and iOS 7 on the right

One other noticeable change is the dock. It used to be on a glass shelf that shows reflection,  but now the dock is like all the other icons except for the blurry background.

Also, on previous iOS versions we had the search page, but now we don't. Now you just swipe down anywhere on the screen except the top and the search bar will pop-up.

Folders have new exciting look and features just as well. They now have total new design and you can put as many apps as you want in a folder. There are also pages in each folder on iOS 7 and we can change the names of the folders just like we used to do in the past.

One last thing, the labels design of iOS 7 can be noticed on the home-screen. You can see the icons and the wallpaper moving as you move the device.

I think that Apple did a good job on the home-screen. The design is cool and some annoying things we had on our home-screens are gone, that's good enough for me!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

iOS 7: Lock-Screen

Another change in iOS 7 is the lock-screen. For the first time ever we don't find the classic slide-to-unlock on our devices, isn't that cool?

First of all, there is no arrow to drag to unlock. Now you can slide anywhere on the screen from left to right to unlock. However, if you had notifications an you didn't want to open them, you should slide from the bottom of the screen. This means sliding your notifications opens them as usual..

Next we have the camera. The camera is still the same. You still slide from the bottom right to the top to run the camera.

Then we go to the new stuff, now you can slide to your notification center directly from the lock-screen. In the previous versions of  iOS, we had to unlock first. You can now also access control center from the lock-screen by sliding from the bottom to the top.

iOS 7 features the labels design. This label design works on the lock-screen as well as the home screen. What this feature does is that it makes the wallpaper moves when you look at the screen from different angles. It sort-of looks like the screen now has 3D in it.

Other things just stayed the same but flattened, such as the passcode, emergency calls, and the clock. By the way, everything now has this new thinner font.

For me, I like the new lock-screen and the new design, mainly because it's changed. The old lock-screen was getting boring. I did not find any problems with the lock-screen, that's good enough for me. What about you?

Friday, 14 June 2013

iOS 7: Powering On & Off

iOS 7 came out for developers with a lot of  changes. I'll try to go through any changes I find on my trip with iOS 7. So lets start with the powering.

First of all, the way you turn your device on and of is still the same. You still hold the power button for a few seconds to turn your device on or off. However, the design has changed. When you hold the power button to turn of your device it shows you the same old options: Slide to Power Off-button, and the cancel-button. But we don't find anything to move to power off. All we have now is a big red bar with the caption: "slide to power off" but nothing to move like that arrow we are used to since the first iOS. I guess this is a part of the "flat" plan. Plus, the cancel-button is also flattened and redesigned.

Turning the device on has also changed , but not so much. The only difference I found was the Apple logo. The scratch that used to cut the logo is gone.



Here's the deal, the flat design is pretty cool, but not all the way. I would like to see something actually moving when I'm sliding to power off the device. However, everything else is pretty good for me. What about you?