Its products are ubiquitous around the world and each announcement from the company generates huge press attention, frantic tweeting and unparalleled excitement. But up till now, hardly anything is known about what actually goes on inside Apple’s core and how the company functions. The company is known for being one of the most secretive on the planet and even employes an internal security service – or Worldwide Loyalty Team (dubbed the Apple Gestapo by some employees) to investigate internal leaks.
This week at AppStorm we’ve looked at not one, but two interesting iTunes companion apps. Notice that I used the term “companion” and not “replacement.” This is because these apps are meant to supplement your iTunes use, not get rid of it.
iTunes is a powerhouse of functionality and serves as the go-to hub for your syncing music, movies, books and apps to various iOS devices. But as great as iTunes is, the increasing popularity of apps like Ecoute and Sonora bring to mind interesting questions about whether or not iTunes has become bloated over the years. In iTunes you’ll find everything from half-baked social networks to ringtones, which is admittedly a lot of extra functionality when you just want to listen to your favorite tunes without all the distractions.
On the other hand, maybe the features aren’t the problem. Perhaps Apple just needs to rethink the interface entirely. The final possibility is of course that we’re all over thinking this. iTunes is exactly what we need and requires very few, if any changes.
What do you think? If you could change one thing about iTunes, what would it be? Vote in our poll and then leave a comment below with your thoughts. Have you tried Sonora or Ecoute yet? Do you think there’s a legitimate market for these types of apps? We want to hear your thoughts.
To celebrate the New Year at iPad.AppStorm, we’re going to be giving one lucky reader a brand new iPad 2! It’s been vastly successful over the past year, and today you have the chance to get your hands on one completely free!
This iPad 2 Needs a Loving Home
We’re going to be giving away a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, usually priced at $499. Black or white – you can choose!
This fantastic upgrade to the original iPad is thinner, lighter, contains two FaceTime cameras, a faster processor, more memory, and the ability to snap on one of Apple’s awesome Smart Covers.
It’s a marvel of technology, and the perfect way to browse AppStorm! Head over to iPad.AppStorm to find out how to enter…
In a surprise turn of events, Apple has revealed its list of 156 suppliers along with its annual 2012 Supplier Responsibility report, an annual report compiled from internal audits of all of Apple’s suppliers. Alongside Foxconn, which manufacturers products such as the iPhone, iPad and Mac-range of computers under contract, the list also included well-known companies such as Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba (the full list can be viewed here). The suppliers listed account for around 97 percent of Apple’s external procurement measurements.
Our featured sponsor this week is Artboard, a truly impressive vector drawing application that’s simple enough for everyone to use.
Artboard has all the features you need in an advanced vector editing app: over 20 tools for drawing and navigation, custom shapes, clip art, boolean operations, layers, advanced style creation and a lot more. And it’s only getting better!
There’s a new Format Bar that simplifies the interface for creating simple styles without needing to open any palettes. Also, advanced “stacked” styles can now be created with the Style Inspector.
If you’re new to vector editing or just need to learn your way around Artboard, the developers include a helpful orientation video to help you get started. There are also some free tutorials available on the Artboard Website.
Go Get It!
Everyone loves getting a new Mac, but not everyone loves dishing out the requisite dough. Whether you’re looking at a $599 Mac Mini or a $2,499 Mac Pro, the expense can be burdensome. With new Macs, shopping around doesn’t typically help too much as prices tend to be fairly uniform.
However, if you’re willing to venture into the land of refurbished Macs, price tags can become much more friendly. For instance, on the Apple.com Refurbished Mac page you can typically find savings of up to almost 30%.
Today we want to hear your thoughts on refurbished Macs. Cast your vote in the poll to let us know if you’ve ever purchased a refurb, whether through Apple or someone else. After that, leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. Were you happy with your refurbished Mac? Would you recommend this route to someone else?
Our featured sponsor this week is PhotoStyler, a fantastic and unbelievably easy way to edit photos on your Mac. With dozens of gorgeous presets, you’re never more than a click away from beautiful photos. You can also venture off on your own and leverage a powerful but simple toolset to customize the result.
With PhotoStyler, you can achieve amazing vintage effects: lomo, cross-process, tilt-shift, borders and frames; all this and more can easily be applied by anyone with no photo editing experience. Then finish off with easy sharing options for Facebook and Flickr. I really love this application and am confident that you will too!
Go Get It!
Go grab your free trial of PhotoStyler from the Neatberry website. Once you realize that you can’t live without it, the full version can be purchased for $29.99.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
Ever since the release of the Mac App Store, I’ve been waiting for one specific category to take off: News apps. More specifically, innovative and free news apps.
This expectation isn’t some fanciful dream but something that arose out of a clear precedent: the iOS App Store. Today we’ll briefly discuss what the iOS App Store has in this area that the Mac App Store is desperately lacking and whether or not we can expect this void to continue in the future.