When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone 5 years ago, many downplayed the device’s significance to the industry but still assumed it’d sell good thanks to Apple’s Mac fanbase. The iPhone quickly proved it could hold its own in the world, and thanks to the App Store and iCloud, you could easily use an iPhone today even if you didn’t own any other computer at all. Many iPhone users have never owned a Mac, and despite most Mac users love of all things Apple, there’s still many Mac users that have never owned an iPhone.
I’m one of those. I’ve owned an iPod Touch, and loved it, but continued using my old phone for voice calls and txts since iPhones are only sold unlocked in Thailand and cost more than an iPad upfront. Even with Apple’s upcoming launch of the next iPhone, I’ll be paying more attention to details about the next iPod Touch unless they seriously cut the unlocked iPhone’s price.
Whether for cost or just because you don’t use the phone that much, there’s still many of us who don’t have an iPhone. Are you in that number, or are you more devoted to your iPhone today than your Mac? We’d love to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll on the eve of Apple’s next major iPhone launch.
Ever get nostalgic for 8-bit gaming, but don’t want to play an old game in Dosbox? Shaun Imman‘s critically acclaimed The Last Rocket was a hit on the iPhone when it launched last year, earning 10 stars in our own review.
The Last Rocket has just recently been released for the Mac, and I was eager to try it out as soon as I saw it in the App Store. Spoiler: it was every bit as good as I expected.
This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on March 16th, 2011.
We all love our phones, and often try to express ourselves through them. While it’s fairly easy to do so via individual backgrounds, creating ringtones isn’t quite that simple. Of course, there’s GarageBand which can be used for this purpose, but isn’t there an easier way?
Indeed there is. Today we will introduce 4 different apps available on the Mac App Store which enable you to quickly and easily create ringtones for your iPhone. Meet Ringtones, Ringer, i Am Ringer and iRingtones!
9to5Mac recently posted an article titled, “Does Apple have to kill the iPod?” that has a lot of people talking. Though I definitely don’t agree with all of the logic presented, the overall topic is one that I’ve been considering myself for quite a while.
The entire line of iPods seems to be in a state of uncertainty. Read on too see why I think that iPods aren’t going away anytime soon but are indeed ready for some major changes.
I’m excited to let you know that we’ve chosen the ten lucky winners! Did you make the cut?
- Sébastien Lavoie
- Toby Adams
- Florian L.
Congratulations – we’ll be in touch soon with your promo code!
Competition Now Closed
Ensoul is a great application for creating and preparing beautiful iPhone backgrounds and contact images. It has a stunning interface, a simple workflow, and even handles the process of transferring the images across to your phone (you can read our full review here).
Entering the competition is really easy. All you need to do is leave a comment below, telling us how often you change your iPhone background! Is it every month? Every week? Or every day?
The competition will run for one week, and I’ll pick ten winning comments at random on Thursday, 24th March. Best of luck, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say in the comments!
While the iPhone can already be considered beautiful in itself, there’s nothing wrong with adding some personal touches to it. Specifically, setting your own custom backgrounds – after all, it’s your phone so why not make it look like it belongs to you?
So far, for creating backgrounds on your computer, you had to manually set the size of the desired image (which at least for me involves Googling around a bit) and then send it in some awkward way to your iPhone. Not to mention setting images for your contacts.
With Ensoul, a nifty Mac application, you can create backgrounds and set images for your contacts with just a few clicks, work in a beautiful interface, and transfer everything to your iPhone easily. Meet your iPhone’s new beauty advisor!
I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected the five book winners! It was fascinating to read all your New Year resolutions – I hope you’re managing to stick with them…
Congratulations are in order to:
- Luiz Felipe Berti
- Frankelly Valdez
- Johan B.
- Lia Belle
We’ll be in touch shortly with information on how to download your free copy of the book. Thanks for entering!
Competition Now Closed
If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you start planning all the resolutions and achievements you want to try and reach in 2011. It’s always an exciting process, and something that often leads to an unusual brainstorming process of weird and wonderful things you could try in the New Year.
Well, why not add another idea to the pile? We published our first AppStorm book a few months ago, iPhone App Entrepreneur, which explains everything you need to get started in the wonderful world of iPhone (and iPad) software development. It isn’t as difficult as you may think, and could definitely be something to explore next year.
We’re giving five copies of the eBook today, to help you on your way. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, sharing one idea for a New Year’s Resolution. It could be anything at all…
We’ll be picking the winners in one week – best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!
This year AppStorm is taking part in Blog Action Day to raise awareness about clean water and water conservation. We’re going to take a moment to think how using your Mac also uses up the world’s water resources, and showcase a few apps useful for understanding this better.
We’ll also think about a few fundraising ideas that you could explore, using the software already on your Mac! Join us after the break for some handy Mac tips, and fascinating environmental information.
I’m incredibly excited to let you know that the first ever AppStorm book (in conjunction with Rockable Press) is now available to buy for just $19. iPhone Entrepreneur brings together insight and ideas from experienced iPhone developers and users to help you understand how to approach the development of your own app.
Whether you’re an experienced developer or just starting to think about creating an iPhone app, this book will help you make your next release a real success. Read on to find out more, read a few testimonials, and grab a discount!
Announcement time! I’m incredibly excited to let you know that the first ever AppStorm book (in conjunction with Rockable Press) is coming soon!
If you’ve ever thought about developing an iPhone app (or even if you already have), this book will be a fascinating read. It will provide you with all the knowledge and technique you need to spot a great opportunity, get the most from the App Store, make smart decisions about development, craft a stunning interface, and promote your app successfully.
I’ve conducted a series of interviews with some phenomenally successful iPhone developers that have kindly shared their expertise, and also completed a fascinating survey of over 1,000 iPhone users and developers.
Read on to find out more, and discover how you can sign up in advance for a voucher that will give you 25% off the purchase price when it goes on sale!