Apples new mobile operating system iOS 7 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple mobile devices. Of course, not all older Apple devices will be able to use iOS 7, but most of the newer ones will. Here is a list of the iOS 7 compatible devices. You will see that I’ve listed model numbers after the versions. If you don’t know what version of a product you have, just grab a magnifying glass and look at the back of the device for the model number.
This week there have been three significant announcements by major players in the tech world. Google announced that it would purchase Motorola Mobility, HP announced that it may be getting out of the PC business, and HP also killed the Touchpad Tablet, the Palm Pre smartphone, and the whole Palm WebOS operating system.
Of these announcements, the one that moved me emotionally was the last one. I am saddened by death of the Palm WebOS operating system. I tech edited the book “Palm Pre for Dummies”, so I really got into the nitty-gritty of the WebOS operating system and I loved it. It is easy to use and full of great features. I actually like it better than the current version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system and it is a good alternative to the current version of Apple’s iOS operating system.
The failure of the HP Touchpad Tablet saddens me even more. We need someone to develop a good tablet to be competitive with the Apple iPad. So far none is appearing. Even those by major players, like this Touchpad and the Blackberry Playbook seem to be total flops. They got in the market too late. their prices were too high, and their designs were not up to par with the iPad. For the average consumer less competition means fewer choices and high prices. It is inconceivable to me that no major tech company can give Apple’s iPad a run for the money.
My last hope is the Amazon tablet. Although there has been no formal announcement of this product yet, I believe that Amazon is working on it and that it will make its appearance before the Christmas selling season this year.
If you don’t use Twitter, you are really behind the times as this week even the 84-year-old Pope is Tweeting. Pope Benedict XVI used Twitter to announce his new website, The Vatican Today site at www.news.va. As seen in the video below, the Pope used an iPad to press the button to launch the new site which gives current news on Vatican events.
This proves that you are never too old for technology and that even the age-old Catholic church realizes that hi-tech is where it is all happening!!
I recently wrote an article explaining “Apps” with info on what they are, how they work, and how popular they are. It seems that there is an app for everything. Yet, this latest development still surprised me. There is now an app titled “Confession” and it is sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
For $1.99 you can buy this App at the iTunes store and get help examining your conscience and getting through the process of confession. You still have to visit a priest to get absolution, but you can take your iPhone or iPad into the confessional to help you along. However, you may want to tell the priest that you are using the confession app on your iPhone so he doesn’t think you are playing Angry Birds while you are making your confession.
I don’t know how useful this app will be in getting Catholics closer to their church, but I think it proves two things:
1. The Pope is embracing digital technologies quickly.
2. There really is an app for everything!