Apple.

Ben Logan
11 September 2013

Apple have continued with their endeavour to rival Android and bring elements from 1970’s science fiction novels into our day to day lives with the announcement that the new iPhone 5 will include an integrated fingerprint scanner, referred to as Touch ID. Rather than unlocking their mobile with a passcode, pattern or face recognition, the user will be able to gain access as well as make purchases with the press of a digit. We’ve seen the technology used before on laptops, but this functionality integration into the iPhone will be a great feature for those for whom the input of…

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Ben Logan
21 August 2013

Apple have recently filed a patent, titled “Working with 3D objects”, which seems to describe fresh methods of manipulating user interfaces within a 3D space. While there is little official word of this yet, the possibilities of the announced system are fascinating, with a few juicy details being given away by the patent: “An apparatus for generating or modifying 3D objects can include a sensor to detect touch inputs, 2D gesture inputs that are associated with a surface, and 3D gesture inputs that include a movement perpendicular to the surface. A data processor is provided to receive signals output from…

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Ben Logan
22 February 2013

We’ve been keeping close tabs on all the rumours emerging about Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch – the latest news reports from Apple Insider and Patently Apple are that a patent application for “an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch” has been made. Rather than some of the previously assumed ideas of what an iWatch would entail, this recently submitted patent describes a wristband with a bi-stable spring (as might be found in a snap bracelet) and a nifty function that ensures the device only displays visible surface area based on a…

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Ben Logan
12 February 2013

There have long been whispers about the possibility of Apple releasing a wrist watch device, although on the other hand it is sometimes easier to count the things that the technology giant is not rumoured to be working on. Nevertheless, while there have been no official announcements, the Internet has recently lit up with speculation and fan produced concept art, stoking discussion on the rumour. Now reports have reached us that Apple are testing a watch-like device powered by iOS in their Cupertino headquarters, so we could be on the brink of another new platform gold rush. Though details are…

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Ben Logan
28 March 2012

Siri has proven to be very popular with iPhone 4S users – more than half of those polled in a recent survey claim to be very satisfied with Apple’s voice command system. In addition, rumours have already begun to spread about the possibility of Apple launching a TV set with a Siri voice interface. Only a small amount of users said that they were actually dissatisfied with the Siri system, however only 37% would like to see a similar interface made available for television sets. John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics at Parks Associates, the company who conducted the survey,…

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Ben Logan
17 February 2012

Apple has long aimed for the ideal of a seamless user experience regardless of whichever of their devices a person happens to be working on. This utopia is now one step closer following the latest release of their OS X. The operating system update will see a better unification of their iPad, iPhone, iPad touch and desktop machines than ever before. Version 10.8 has been announced with the name Mountain Lion. It comes complete with many of the new features users are familiar with in the iOS 5, but tweaked for enhanced use on desktop Macs. Features range from the…

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