Twitter for iOS updated: new conversation view in timeline, notification enhancements

screen-shot-2013-08-28-at-2-36-19-pmTwitter has updated its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application with a redesigned timeline and conversation view. The new conversation view inputs a blue line to indicate a conversation between people on Twitter that you follow.

Conversations have a new look! They’re easier to find and fun to join.

• A blue line indicates a conversation between people you follow
• The first Tweet in the conversation now appears above the most recent reply
• Tap to see all of the replies

This release also includes various other improvements:
• New notification settings
• Bug fixes for direct messages, login verification and mor

User can also now more easily tap to see replies to a tweet and instantly Reply, Retweet, or Favorite a Tweet. The Twitter website and Android apps are seeing a complementing update:

Twitter also says that improved notifications and bug fixes are included in the update. The update is version 5.10 and it is available for free on the App Store. 



Top 10 iOS 7 Updates in iPhone 5 Features

Tech giant Apple recently introduced its latest operating software at the just concluded WorldWide Developers’ Conference.

The event was held in San Francisco, CA wherein Apple presented its new and improved iOS update, which gives the mobile operating system a superb design and some new features for iPhone and iPad fans such as quick-access system controls, automatic app updates, and Apple’s AirDrop file-sharing system.

To the delight of many Apple fans, the new iOS comes with new fun features such as the music streaming feature dubbed as iTunes Radio. Apple’s new iTunes Radio expands the pre-existing iTunes with familiar features that include radio stations you can build around a favorite artist, and featured stations. Apple seems to be gunning for Pandora, Spotify and Google Music. The iTunes Radio will be tied to your Apple ID, so you can use it wherever you have iTunes installed. It’s free and will be ad-free for iTunes Match users.

iOS 7 will be available to your iPhone and iPad this fall. As usual, registered iPhone developers get a crack at the new iOS 7 beta beginning today, but iPad developers will have to wait for a few weeks.

iPhone 5 features include a 4-inch Retina screen display that boasts 1136 x 640 pixels. All previous iPhones had 3.5-inch screens. Like earlier Retina Displays, the screen offers 326 pixels per inch. iPhone 5 is powered by A6 processor paired with Apple’s iOS 6.

The smartphone supported 4G/LTE connectivity and dual band Wi-Fi. It also boasts panoramic photos with the use of its 8 megapixels rear camera and improved FaceTime with 1.2 megapixels front camera. Lastly, iPhone 5 has replaced the 30-pin connector with an 8-pin lightning dock connector.

In terms of software features, iPhone 5 added Passbook, Apple-created Maps app, including turn-by-turn GPS navigation, improved Siri features and Facebook integration.

The latest handset from Apple is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract with a mobile company.

iPhone 5 was released last September 2012 and will soon receive updates via the latest iOS 7. With the aid of the new software, iPhone 5 will now pack exciting features. Below are the top ten features that we will see in iPhone 5 when it run with iOS 7.

New User Interface – Loyal Apple users will feel the change in their device brought about by the new look and design of the software’s interface giving it a flat yet elegant design. However, many critics claimed that Apple removed the intricate designs and “skeuomorphic interface elements” on icons that give make each icons appear alive and bubbly. Apple promises a 3D effect that makes your wallpaper appear some distance behind the icons. The new interface also shows off circles that resemble the rays of sunlight giving off a relaxing and serene feel.

Back Button – There will be no physical back button on the new iOS powered iDevices but what you will get is the back gesture which is also present on the BB10 OS. The iOS back button will show up when you require the feature but when it is not needed it won’t show on the screen. You can do this by swiping from the left side of the screen. The feature will be available on Safari internet browser and Mail but may not be available on other apps.

iTunes Radio – Apple’s new iTunes Radio expands the pre-existing iTunes with familiar features that include radio stations you can build around a favorite artist, and featured stations. Apple seems to be gunning for Pandora, Spotify and Google Music. The iTunes Radio will be tied to your Apple ID, so you can use it wherever you have iTunes installed. It’s free and will be ad-free for iTunes Match users.

Improved Siri – Apple increased and improved Siri’s capabilities. Users can now control some of its phone settings such as play a past voice mail, turn on Bluetooth, and increase the brightness settings via the voice assistant feature.

Automatic App Updates – One very useful features of the new OS is that the App Store gets automatic app updates in the new OS.

New Camera Features – The new camera app shows all your shooting modes so you can tap them to frame your shot such as still, panorama, video, and a square, Instagram-like configuration. Another button will let you apply filters to the still or square shots. Apple also drops the endless list of photos that you may or may not break out into albums. With iOS 7, Apple treats photos as moments in time organized around geotagged locations, not just chronology.

Better Safari Browser – Apple improved its Safari browser by adding a unified search and URL field just like that of Google Chrome as well as removed the navigation bars until needed. It seems that Apple followed the footsteps of Android-based devices which updated its browser with such features.

Anti-Theft – To put an end to iPhone theft, Apple has come out with new security feature called Activation Lock. When somebody steals your iPhone, unless he enters your iCloud user name and password, he will not be available reactivate your iPhone.

Powerful Multitasking – The previous versions of iOS allowed you to view a small window that showed icons of the apps that are running in the background when you double tapped on the home screen. With the same action on the new iOS 7, you can see a large window display interface of the apps in action. Also, depending on how often you use certain apps, the OS will those apps get updated regularly.

Enhanced Notification Center – The new notification center is organized into different categories such as All, Missed and Today. When you tap on Today, you will see to-do’s, weather, calendar events and stocks for the day. Below it, you will see a preview of events for tomorrow.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Hints That New iPhone, iPad Won’t Arrive until Fall

Today alongside the large announcements revolving around Apple’s Q2 2013 earnings, Tim Cook spoke briefly about what Apple has in the pipeline. In doing so, he seemingly killed off rumors that there might be new devices this summer.

His quote that says it all is: “Our teams are working on new hardware, software, and services that we can’t wait to introduce this Fall and throughout 2014.” Tim Cook does say that some of what’s currently unannounced will arrive “throughout 2014″ but that’s most likely software. Apple’s WWDC is always in June and in recent years it’s been used to talk about features in iOS and OS X — in other words, software. At WWDC 2013, Apple is expected to talk about iOS 7 and OS X 10.9.

There have been some rumors that Apple could introduce an iPhone 5S, a fifth-generation iPad, or a second-generation iPad mini at WWDC this summer, which would break the usual one-year product refresh cycle. However, Tim Cook’s comments specifically mentioning fall product introductions are likely referring to the new iPhone and iPad. The iWatch is something else we’re waiting for as well, but some speculate that might not be a reality until 2014. Cook did mention new product categories during the conference call, so it’s possible the iWatch is what he was referring to.