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Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad?!

Despite hearing about this rumoured news story in November, it looks like there may just be some truth behind it. The Daily have re-ignited speculation of Microsoft Office coming to the iPad after they claim to have had time with a working prototype and that the app is being submitted to the App Store soon for approval. Microsoft Office for iPad will apparently allow creation and editing of Word, PowerPoint and Excel to work on and offline. It is unlikely that Microsoft will be making an Android copy of the software.

Should this be true, it could potentially be Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot despite the almost guaranteed popularity of the prospective app. Currently Windows Phone 7, a rival to Apple’s iOS, boasts some qualities that could potentially make it an attractive platform.  A main reason to purchase a Windows Phone is to stay within the Microsoft ecosystem, having the best Office suite available with you, where ever you go. However, this decision could turn things ugly for Microsoft should they choose to do so. Granting a full mobile copy of Microsoft Office to the iPad could be catastrophic for a range of tablets that don’t even exist yet. This decision would potentially move most companies in the corporate world to move to the iPad, a killer blow for Windows losing all attractiveness to the Windows 8 to-be-released tablet range.

If this decision was to go through, it would show just how serious companies are taking the iPad with a serious rival set to stand aside to their biggest rivals in the market they are rumoured to be entering by the end of the year, with already ARM version of Windows 8 being produced. The timing of the release of the app is expected to go hand in hand with the iPad 3 release, perfect for Apple.

"A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the yet to be released Windows 8 desktop operating system."

The only competition Microsoft Office would face on the App Store would be Apple’s own iWork suite which works efficiently on iPad but has fallen short of key services needed such as DropBox support but does boast iCloud sync. The move from Microsoft could also see a step up in Apple’s own iWork ’09 suite which is already in need of change. There are also currently some free third party applications which offer a capped Microsoft Office with apps such as OnLive (US only) and CloudOn (US and recently introduced to the UK) which offer the ability to edit and create documents. 

The move could also path the way for other big name companies to bow down to Apple’s superiority with companies such as RIM desperately in need of re-inventing themselves and could possibly see BlackBerry Messenger, BBM, coming to the iPhone.

Apple aims to fix Antenna-gate lawsuit with a free iPhone bumper or $15 for iPhone 4 owners

The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, with a brand new design and a re-designed antenna system which was incorporated in a stainless steel band which wrapped around the edge of the phone. However the phone, designed Jonathan Ive, lead to many complaints about the antenna signal when users held the lower left edge of the phone. This resulted in many dropped calls and poor signal strength for users globally. The only real solution available to help fix the problem was to use a bumper. Many customers sent complaints in and a few lawsuits started to develop.

Apple then responded to the situation, firstly advising all iPhone 4 users to “avoid gripping [the phone] in the lower left corner” and then later, Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners would be entitled to a free iPhone bumper or a refund to users who had already purchased one.

20 months later, one of the lawsuits is finally seeing a settlement.

The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim that Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4–particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”

From the settlement from Apple, it seems that original iPhone 4 buyers will be offered $15.00 or a free bumper to help resolve the issue, once and for all. An additional website will be set up,, in the next few weeks where owners can find out what they are entitled to. At the moment, it is unsure that Apple will offer the re-numeration to those who previously were given free bumpers over 20 months ago. Included in terms of the settlement is that Apple is obliged to email all iPhone 4 owner and the customers will have 120 days to claim.

In the latest model of the iPhone, these issues seemed to have been cleared up despite the phone sharing the same form factor as it predecessor. This has also been confirmed by a Consumer Reports study.   

(Source: CNET)

Massive EA App Sales

EA Sports Sales

EA, in similar fashion to other holidays, are marking the upcoming President’s Day (the third Monday of February) with bumper sales across their whole range of apps. They are now selling fantastic apps at a mere price point of $0.99 or £0.69, a true bargain. Sales won’t last long so act fast!


FIFA SOCCER 11 for iPad


FIFA SOCCER 12 for iPad

Dead Space

Dead Space for iPad

The Sims 3

The Sims 3 Ambitions

The Sims 3 World Adventures



Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad

SHIFT 2 Unleashed

SHIFT 2 Unleashed for iPad


Monopoly for iPad

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for iPad

Mirror’s Edge

Mirror’s Edge for iPad



Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad

Reckless Racing

Reckless Racing for iPad

Fight Night Champion

Trenches II

Trenches II for iPad


MADDEN NFL 12 for iPad

Monopoly Hotels – Free

Bejeweled Blitz – Free

Theme Park – Free

FIFA Superstars – Free

Sales won’t last long so act fast!


App Review: Slide to Unlock (game)

The creators of Slide to Unlock, The Falco Initiative, have successful taken a frequent task for all iOS users and have turned it into an enjoyable game to play and compete with your friends. They have transformed a message that you see every time to unlock your iOS device, to a simple yet addictive game. There is currently only iPhone and iPod Touch as no iPad version has been released.

The game itself comes with a classic mode where you unlock as quickly as you can to prevent a build-up of 5 different slide-to-unlock bars. The app works with OpenFeint and Game Center an also gives you the option to share your score with others on Facebook and Twitter. As well as social options, the iconic click is played when you slide. 

Another great addition to the game is a speed recorder where it tracks how many you unlock, in how many seconds to create an accurate time of how long it takes you to fully slide and unlock your device. Compare your times with friends and make it quicker to unlock your phone.

Overall, it is an addictive game to play whenever you have a minute spare and offers a really good concept which is executed perfectly. However, earlier CoreInfo reported on a rumoured pre-release GM iOS 5.1. A minor feature which was shown was a changed lock screen interface, with the option to slide down and access the camera a permanently available which, if proved true, would change the length of the slide to unlock bar. This would result is the game being forced to update and change but The Falco Initiative would therefore be able to expand the previously limited areas to build up the game.

Even if that was to be the case, it is a fantastic addictive game which I definitely recommend you try out.      

Rating: *****

Apple TV removed from Best Buy

Due to increasing rumours and predictions of a highly anticipated and speculated product, Apple’s ‘hobby’ product has disappeared from the Best Buy inventory. The device which sold over 3 million units in 2011, with 1 million coming in the final quarter alone is now not available in Best Buy as the major retailer expects a release of Apple’s own rumoured TV.

The addition of features such as AirPlay in iOS 5 and AirPlay mirroring (for iPad 2, iPhone 4S and now Mountain Lion Macs) made the small TV media centre hub an attractive buy at only $100 or £100. Tim Cook announced the importance of the Apple TV when at GST.

It is a strange move for BestBuy to make as we don’t see an Apple TV set launch until the summer, maybe BestBuy know a little bit more than we do? It is very unlikely that we will see a release of Apple’s own TV set on March 7th with the rumoured release of the next iPad; it is more credible that it will arrive with the iPhone 5.         

Pre-Gold Master iOS 5.1 to include Japanese and Camera slider

According to BlogdoiPhone, they have acquired a pre-released copy of iOS 5.1 in a GM (Gold Master, almost final version software before public release) state. 

Their findings from this ‘GM iOS 5.1’ include only minor feature updates applicable to the lock screen and Siri.

From images shown on their website, iOS 5.1 will have a permanent camera quick-unlock feature. There would now be no need to double tap the home button to reveal the button to take you directly into the camera app, just the need to pull up the camera icon up to take you into the app. This would be quicker than repeatedly pressing the home button and so is a welcomed minor change to a feature Apple brought to the iOS platform in October.

The other feature found by BlogdoiPhone was Siri with the option for Japanese, an imminent feature which has already been covered by CoreInfo.

Despite questioning the legitimacy of BlogdoiPhone, it is know for carriers to receive early iOS builds that are not offerd as betas for developers. The two changes are nothing monumental but would be welcomed additions to the iOS platform. We are expecting the release of iOS 5.1 to coincide with the next generation iPad release at a rumoured date of 7th March.  

More iOS Devices sold in 2011 than the number of Macs in almost 30 years

If Apple needed any more evidence to economically satisfy the continual merging of iOS and OS X, this is the icing on the cake. Horace Dediiu from Asymco noticed an astonishing statistic when comparing the number of iOS devices sold compared to Macs. The iOS platform reached 316 million cumulative units at the end of last year. The iOS platform overtook the OS X platform in under four years and more iOS devices were sold in 2011 (156 million) than all the Macs ever sold (122 million).

Tim Cook, recently speaking at GST:

"This 55 is something no one would have guessed. Including us. To put it in context, it took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs. It took us about 5 years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about 3 years to sell that many iPhones. And so, this thing is, as you said, it’s on a trajectory that’s off the charts."


Stripping the iPhone - The Patent War

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(Source: BBC)

Messages for Mac Now Available

Apple have decided to make much sought after feature, Messages, available to the public as a beta.

Download Messages for Mac now!

-      Send unlimited Messagess to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

-      Pick up where you left off on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

-      Send a whole range of attachments, including; documents, contacts, location, images and videos.

-      Launch a Face-Time easily to bring the conversation ‘face to face’

-      Messages supports Messages, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

Mountain Lion Revealed

In rather unusual circumstances, Apple developers found themselves with a rather unusual package being delivered to them. To everyone’s surprise, it was the preview version of OS X 10.8 aka ‘Mountain Lion’. This move came just in time to steal most of the possible glory from soon-to-be-released Windows 8. This was such a shock as Apple normally announce a new version of the OS at a conference, such as the preview of OS X Lion, however the arrival of OS X Mountain Lion came largely unannounced.

The highlight of the new features to OS X:

-        iMessage – this service recently brought to iOS is revealed for Mac to replace iChat.

-        Reminders – now a separate app, again similarly on iOS, is available to create tasks, view and check off reminders. This spares the previously hidden interface of iCal which was used to manage tasks before.

-        Notes – similar to the iOS Version.

-        Notification centre – pop-up notifications from apps now on your Mac

-        Game Center – a games hub, similar to the iOS app

-        AirPlay mirroring – stream your Mac’s display over the air to an Apple TV

-        Documents in the cloud – an efficient, Apple based iCloud DropBox rival.

To sum up all these fantastic features that will be available for the Mac when Mountain Lion is released in the summer, it is definitely a merging of a very successful OS X with brilliant features from iOS 5. This shows the unifying of two operating systems, which makes sense, as we enter a post-pc era.