Mailbox, announced today, is an application launching next year that brings a fresh email experience to iPhone users. It is a completely new approach to email management that allows you to reach “inbox zero” more quickly. It is built with the concept of to-do-list management, allowing you to simply mark emails as tasks to get done at your time of choosing. Mailbox’s promotional video above provides a look at the app.
Whereas most Mail apps rely on buttons to archive, delete, and file emails for later, Mailbox relies on a simple and colorful set of swipes. “Email was designed 30 years ago for computers chained to desks,” Underwood says. “Everything about it is slow and clunky. If you want to make it fast and mobile-friendly, the entire experience needs to be modernized.” Swiping a message to the right archives it (symbolized by a checkmark), while swiping a message to the left saves it for later (a yellow clock symbol). Swiping a message to the right and holding deletes it (symbolized by a red x), and swiping a message to the left and holding opens a List screen where you can move / label messages. In grand total, there are four ways to act on a message in your inbox, which means there’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s worth it.
Ellis Hamburger, the author of the review, calls it his “new favorite email app for iPhone.” It appears, unfortunately for some, that Mailbox works exclusively with Gmail. TechCrunch, which also posted a review of the application, says that Mailbox solves fundamental issues with email that some experience:
Every now and then, I get my hands on an application or a piece of technology that I can’t wait to tell the rest of the world about. Something that is a joy to use, tackles a major problem in a totally intuitive way, and makes otherwise difficult tasks unfathomably easy. Something that has the potential to fundamentally change the way we do things. Mailbox, which was created by the makers of task-management application Orchestra, is one of those apps.
The application is currently in beta, and the developers do not specify a launch other than coming “in the New Year.”
According to Digitimes, Apple’s next-generation iPad mini’s enhancements will center around the device’s display resolution. Digitimes says its sources did not specify whether or not this new iPad mini would feature a Retina display, but knowing Apple’s want to ensure application compatiblity, it is highly likely that if Apple goes higher-resolution on the iPad mini, they will be going to the third and fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad’s resolution of 2048 x 1536 (something to note is thatDigitimes says that the current 9.7-inch Retina Display iPad has a resolution of 2058 x 1536, which is incorrect.)…
The site also claims that the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad will be lighter. The site’s sources claim that this will be due to new LED light bar technology that will allow Apple to power the 9.7-inch Retina display with only one light bar. The third and fourth generation iPads feature two LED light bars.
While Digitimes‘ track record is infamously unreliable, the site does have a credible track record in regards to the technologies that power the displays in Apple’s products. For example, the site wasone of the first to claim that Apple would launch a new MacBook Pro in 2012 with a screen resolution of 2880 x 1800. Additionally, the publication accurately pinpointed information about the third-generation iPad’s Retina display. That includes accurate information about the device’s LED light bar technology (which the site discusses in today’s report).
The iPad mini, thus far, has been praised by many for its thin, light, and small design. However, the most commonly discussed wish for a future generation of the device is a higher resolution display. Apple packing in a Retina display into a device of its current proportions would surely be a major achievment of engineering, and it seems this potential work would be highly praised by Apple customers used to iPhone, iPod touch, and 9.7-inch iPad Retina displays.
After Apple abandoned Google Maps for its own mapping technology in iOS 6, Google has been working on a new, standalone app to submit. It’s finally here.
Unlike the previous Maps iOS app by Google, this one features turn-by-turn navigation. There’s also Google Street View, a feature sorely lacking in Apple Maps. The app has a different look and feel from the stock Google Maps app of old. Here are the full release notes from Google:
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
Update: The App Store is now saying “The item you tried to buy is no longer available.” We’re not sure why. Hang on.
The updated app brings a host of new features, and is available for $7.99, which is 50 percent off the typical price of the security app from atebits software.
1Password will generate unique, strong passwords for every site you visit on your iOS device, protecting all your data behind a single master password. It’s secured with military grade 256-bit AES encryption, and uses standard iOS libraries to be sure there are no third-party backdoors or security gaps. If your iOS device is stolen, 1Password has an Auto-Lock feature, ensuring that your data is protected.
You can store all your information in 1Password, not just passwords. Store credit card numbers, notes, Passport info, bank account numbers and access codes, and more. Mark items as favorites, or organize your data securely into folders. You can search within the app for attachments, and even view them within the 1Password app.
There’s even a built-in browser for secure surfing, logging into websites and shopping online, giving you access to your 1Password vault data, without ever having to hop out to Safari. You can auto-fill credit cards, address info, and the like while you brows multiple tabs securely.
Further, 1Password has iCloud support, letting you sync your data across all your enabled devices, as well as the ability to use Dropbox across the 1Password apps on Mac, Android, or Windows PCs.
The universal app is available now, and will run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Buy it once and install it on all your iOS devices with no subscription or other hidden fees.
A mysterious hacker has begun teasing the first untethered jailbreak for the latest devices running iOS 6, including the iPhone 5, the iPad mini, and the fourth-generation iPad. The hack will not come from the usual suspects — the iPhone-Dev Team — but rather from an individual calling himself “Dream JB.” He promises it will arrive on December 22, but are we getting our hopes up over nothing?
A jailbreak for iOS 6 has been available for a long time, but it’s a tethered solution that means once you’ve used it, your iOS device has to be plugged into your Mac or PC every time you need to boot it up. Restart your iPhone on the train home from work, then, and it’ll be pretty much useless until you get home.
What’s more, that jailbreak isn’t compatible with Apple’s latest iOS devices, which means if you have an iPhone 5 or a fourth-generation iPad, you’re stuck using the firmware the way Apple intended it to be used.
That may not be the case come December 22, however. If Dream JB fulfills his promise, we’ll be jailbreaking our iOS 6 devices — untethered — before Santa comes down the chimney. For those of you who may be doubting that promise, Dream JB promises a video proving the hack is coming tomorrow:
Proof will be posted both here and on my Twitter account on Wednesday. As far as the video that will be uploaded, it will be a single-take shot of the entire jailbreak process, including a restart and usage of the device to prove it is untethered. It will be uploaded as raw video straight from my camera to YouTube. So no edits in any form. Thank you all for your patience and support.
I must admit, I’m pretty skeptical about this given the fact we haven’t heard of Dream JB before. The reaction of the jailbreak community on Twitter hasn’t be good, either, with many calling Dream JB’s promises false. Having said that, I’m also incredibly excited to see if that video, and indeed the jailbreak itself, comes to fruition.
For those who are interested, this is what Dream JB has to say about himself:
My identity will remain an obscurity. I am not affiliated with any known dev team. This project is individual and solely run by me alone. I am here to show the world that the source of an exploit or jailbreak can be from outside the norm.