iPhoto Released for iOS (TechKon Exclusive)

 

During the Apple Keynote on March 7 Apple announced new updates for many of its iOS applications. While, those updates were quite something it wasn’t the thing that was hyped as much as iPhoto. Apple spent a reasonable amount of time showing off the wonder on the new iPad. The 106 MB iOS 5.1 only application is available for the iPhone and iPad. iPhoto joins the ranks alongside iWork (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), iMovie and Garageband which completes the iLife suite for iOS.

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  1. Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels points out that iPhoto for iOS isn’t using Google Maps. I’ve looked at Apple’s about information, and they relay no information regarding a third-party for their mapping software. In house solution?
  2. iPhoto for the iPhone isn’t incredibly fast (this might be a first run issue and caused by photos still being added to the library) and other possible bugs. There’s also a lot of loading pop-ups as images are edited and the library updates. Some people are also not huge fans of it crashing.
  3. Tools like sharpen are choppy, but are usable. Otherwise, the interface gives you a lot of options. Not quite Snapseed, but very learnable.
  4. You touch directly where you want to edit for most of the precision tools which is a thing that will take a bit to master. It isn’t quite a replacement for professional editing tools like Photoshop and iPhoto for Mac but is definitely a powerful tool on iOS and is headed in an amazing direction.

Update: Gruber at Daring Fireball is reporting that the maps data being used in iPhoto’s location feature is still provided by Google, but that the maps provided in iPhoto’s slideshow and journal sharing options are an Apple in-house solution. Assume something big is happening sometime in the future with mapping. Apple did purchase acquire two mapping companies recently so we shall what Apple plans on doing with them.

iPhoto for iOS Screenshots

iPhoto Description

iPhoto is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4 or later.
With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before – all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips. And with iCloud, you can share your experiences as stunning photo journals.

Use simple gestures to quickly sort through photos and find your best shots. A powerful set of Multi-Touch tools helps you perfect color and exposure, crop, straighten, and retouch images. Enhance pictures by adding beautiful, Apple-designed effects with just a tap. Or use fingertip brushes to apply adjustments exactly where you want them. In addition to posting photos to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, you can beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream photos and slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web to share your stories with friends and family in a whole new way.

Smart Browsing
• Use simple gestures to quickly sort through dozens or even hundreds of photos
• Automatically find similar photos, so you can quickly make comparisons
• View multiple photos side-by-side to help you choose your best images
• Tap to mark any photo with a flag, select a favorite, or hide an image
• Resize and reposition scrollable thumbnail grid for optimal browsing in any orientation

Multi-Touch editing
• Simply touch and drag on the parts of the image you want to change
• Touch and drag on the image to adjust blue skies, greenery, and skin tones
• Drag the white balance loupe to make precise color corrections
• All image adjustments are completely non-destructive and can be modified at any time
• Straighten your pictures with a tap using automatic horizon detection

Brushes
• Use your fingertip to paint photo adjustments right where you need them
• Turn on edge detection to help you apply adjustments with even more precision
• Lighten, darken, and change saturation or sharpness selectively
• Paint out spots and blemishes with a powerful Repair brush
• Brush away red-eye, or use the Soften brush to minimize wrinkles

Professional-quality effects
• Enhance your photos with dozens of beautiful, Apple-designed effects
• Touch and drag to add drama to landscapes with a selection of graduated filters
• Create a perfectly toned black-and-white photo by simply dragging your finger
• Pinch and zoom a vignette or tilt-shift filter to focus on a key part of the photo
• Apply artistic effects to transform your photos into brilliant watercolors

Photo Journals
• Share your stories in a whole new way as beautiful photo journals
• iPhoto automatically flows your pictures into a great-looking layout that’s fun to personalize
• Freely move and resize photos with a touch of your finger
• Touch and drag to add captions, maps, dates, and even the weather
• Publish your photo journals to iCloud as stunning web pages to share

Other great iPhoto features
• iPhoto is a universal app, optimized for both iPhone and iPad
• Create cinematic slideshows of your photos with a few taps
• Post directly to Facebook or Flickr and view friends’ comments on your photos
• Beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, including all non-destructive adjustments
• Use AirPlay to stream photos and slideshows to your HDTV over Wi-Fi with Apple TV
• Print your photos wirelessly on an AirPrint-enabled printer

Some features require an iCloud account and/or compatible internet access.
AirPrint requires an AirPrint-compatible wireless printer.
AirPlay is compatible with the second-generation Apple TV or later.

You can download the application from the iTunes store here.

Feel free to drop a line in the comments section below voicing your opinion on iPhoto for iOS.

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GarageBand version 1.2 hits ITunes store!

That’s right folks, Apple brought us quite a few treats today including an update to Garageband!
What’s New in Version 1.2
• Start a Jam Session to play or record live with up to three of your friends using iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch*
• Conduct an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
These are some of the new features that are included in the update! I am most excited for the ability to record music with other people! A new and creative way to collaborate wherever you are! So go and check it out on iTunes! Here is the link.
Source: [Apple]

The New iPad(3) and all of its glory! Part 1:Hardware

The rumors have rung true! The new iPad (3) is coming and boy is it going to be a delight! While the iPad may not look completely different on the outside, it is a completely different beast under the hood. Much of the speculation over the last few months have been spot on! So now the breakdown of the iPad (3). First the display, since that has been one of the biggest controversies in the debates. The iPad will have 2048 x 1536 resolution making it a true Retina display. That type of display on a 9,7 inch screen is absolutely mind-blowing. Something only Apple could pull off. So naturally having a display of this caliber requires a little more power to support such a masterful display. The new processor is called the A5X which is a quad-core GPU processor with a dual-core CPU. So the graphics are really given a step-up on the new iPad. With just these two upgrades I am already sold but this is just the beginning. These two features are going to be the biggest selling points of this iPad, no doubt about it!

  • The new iPad will also feature LTE models. (LTE is a newer wireless technology that is (eventually) going  to take the place of 3G and is being tested in cities throughout the country and is supported by AT&T and Verizon in the US and by Rogers, Bell, and Telus in Canada.)

  • Moving on we come to the new and improved camera.  The camera on the iPad has (finally) been updated to 5 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front.  The camera technology used inside the iPad is quite similar to the iPhone 4S, which  has a backside illuminated sensor, 5 element lens, IR filter, and ISP (Image Signal Processing) built into the slate’s new A5X processor. A bunch of additional features have been added to the camera as well including auto exposure, auto focus, and built-in face detection, presumably to help sort through photos by faces in new photo management software (like iPhoto). Also, the new iPad will have the capability to shoot video at 1080p! 1080p seems to be showing up everywhere today which I feel signals that the rumors of an Apple Television is quite possible later this year.

 

  • The pricing and storage capacity will stay the same as earlier models with the 16 GB wifi model starting at $499 and coming in either black or white.

So these are just the hardware specs. Another article will be up shortly covering all the software details. iOS 5.1 is out but isn’t as exciting as one might think. Unless, you live in Japan then Siri is heading your way in your native tongue. So  are you thinking about pre-ordering? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to check out the

FYI: The reason for calling it the New iPad and not the iPad 3 is because Apple did not once call it the iPad 3 during it’s Keynote and so I have refrained from stating it as such but put it parentheses so you knew it was the newest model coming out.

Sources: [Verge] [Apple]

Apple TV Refresh Is Real! (Apple Event)

The new Apple TV refresh is not surprising since 90% of stores did not have them stocked anymore. So the interface definitely got revamped and has much more of an iOS feel. Over at theverge.com we see these screenshots.

                                                                              New Interface

The new Apple TV will also support 1080p video and will stay at it’s current price of $99. I personally think the new interface is a lot more pleasing visually but we shall see how it works in the following weeks.

Sources: [Joshua Topolsky] [Apple]

iOS 5.0.2 to Fix Additional Battery Issues Along-side Other Things

Apple has been getting flooded with people complaining that their iPhone’s batteries are dying too quickly. While Apple has been a little slow in responding, German site Macerkopf reports,

“iOS 5.0.2 coming very soon, solving the battery bugs. Should arrive before the end of next week. Apple is working hard on the update. In addition Apple ist working on the first big iOS 5 Update (iOS 5.1), bringing some siri-extensions. Also the Siri hardware-control is in work “take a picture”, “make a video”, “switch on/off WiFi”, “switch on/off BT” and more.

If these reports are true we can assume that iOS 5.0.2 is being created to fix the continued battery problems that have been plaguing iPhones since there initial release.  If this does come around the rumored time of next week, it would be a quick update coming only a week and a half after iOS 5.0.1. Since we haven’t seen Apple seed this update to developers we would be quite surprised if they did it in this manner. Apple only tested 1OS 5.0.1 for a week before the pushed it to servers for the general public.

Future updates that the source also points to would include improvements to Siri’s efficiency and additional integration.  These updates are supposedly hitting as close to as the beginning of next year. In Apple’s FAQ for Siri it states that additional language and expansion of maps and local search will also be included in the update. Which update that is going to be is still debatable but don’t be expecting it much earlier than New Years.  Extra capabilities that are being looked at by Apple for Siri include some fascinating features such as commands for tasks like taking video and photos, turning on toggles such as WI-Fi or Bluetooth.

The source Macerkopf  has been an infrequent source of rumors so it should be taken with a grain of salt.  We hope that these wishes do become a reality and will keep you updated on what happens. Where do you think Siri’s future lies? Tell us in the comment section below!

Sources: {Google Translate}{Macerkopf}{macrumors}

What is Motivation?

Motivation- 1. Something that has incentive or inducement. 2. The act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way. Inducement. – dictionary.com

I feel that personally it is easily to be motivated for a while but at the same time just as easy to get distracted by something. Staying motivated takes much work and requires one to have a goal set forth to reach. I felt motivated to start this blog four months ago. I felt that I didn’t even know where to start but I just dived in not knowing exactly where to start. So here I am four months later. Do I have many readers? Well not really. Do I wish I had more sure but I know that if I want more I need to stay on top of writing which I didn’t do all that well in August or September. So being motivated I feel means that you see a place you want to go but there is a door. You have to figure out someway to open that door so you can go to the place that you wanted to be. Maybe it would be easier to figure a way around the door, being conventional doesn’t always help. A weird analogy I know but one that helps me better understand motivation.

A few quotes on motivation I found quite interesting!

1.“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Unknown

2.“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

3.”In imagination, there is no limitation” – Mark Victor Hansen

4.“You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” – Adlin Sinclair

These quotes really helped me realize that motivation is not just a thought to act upon but a state of mind that helps you keep to your goals. Things that motivate me are my family, my interest in Apple, technology,and my savior Jesus Christ, with those things I can truly do anything.

For more information contact me via twitter @iJoeSegalla or at joeysegalla@gmail[dotcom]. Feel free to leave a comment or quote.