Which iOS features should be on the Mac OS X?

Which iOS features would you want on your Mac? Touch screen definitely sounds like a fun feature for the Mac. Wouldn’t it be cool to change your Mac into a touch screen like an iPhone and change it back? There are rumors that Apple is planning to make an iMac with a screen that pivots into a horizontal touch mode. It sounds like it will be a combination of a Mac and an iPad. It sounds like they should call it a MacBook touch or something like that. Combining the features of both would be really cool because the touch screen is what attracts many users to iOS devices. There are also many other features that would be great for Mac OS X.

Virtual iPhone dashboard widgets could be a possible feature for Mac OS X. Your Mac would have a screen that looks similar to an iPhones, with wallpaper, apps, and etc. It would be easy to organize your programs and it would make use of all the free space on your desktop. When you look at your Mac desktop, it looks very empty and spacious, but your iOS devices have different pages of apps. Some may prefer to have this feature offered on their Mac. It should be an optional feature.

What else does your iOS device do that your Mac doesn’t? Your iOS device has the option to alert you automatically if you receive an email, even if your device is on sleep mode. Wouldn’t it be smart to give that feature to your Mac? The idea of having your Mac alert you that you have received a new email while the Mac is on sleep mode is fairly simple. Apple should definitely allow people to use that feature and for those that don’t want to, turn it off.

Have you ever noticed that when you play music off your iPod touch or your iPhone, it is simple and organized, but when you play music off iTunes, it can look pretty cluttered? Don’t you think it is time that Apple made an iPod app or Music app on your computer that may be simpler and more organized then your iTunes? I think so. Also, my iTunes can be really slow, so I think having an iPod app might help.

When you are outside, you take out your iPhone and can surf the internet from wherever if you have 3G, right? If you are lost, you can just check your GPS on your iPhone too and find directions. There are many people that also take their MacBook everywhere, so shouldn’t they have the same features as an iPhone? Should there be 3G for the MacBook? I think that 3G should be made available for MacBook users, especially when it is made available for the iPad.

Another feature that iOS devices have is that many iOS apps have notifications that are provided by third-party software. It notifies you if there is new information and other important news. Apple should definitely provide a feature that provides notifications for your apps on your Mac too.

When you go on an airplane, you can click Airplane Mode on your iOS device. But can your Mac do that? Not that I know of. If Apple adds that feature, that will be really helpful to those that travel a lot with their MacBooks. You should definitely add that feature on so people don’t have to manually turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth separately.

Your iOS device has iBooks and Game Center, but your Mac still doesn’t have either of them. It is about time that Apple provides iBooks as a feature. If I wanted to read a book on my Mac, rather then my small iPhone, I would really want that feature. Game Center should also be a feature for Mac OS X. People get pretty competitive with gaming on the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s time for the competition to get started on the Mac.

All and all, I figure that Mac OS X definitely needs an upgrade. Why does iOS have so many features that Mac OS X doesn’t have? It’s not because it isn’t useful on the Mac, so it’s probably about time for Apple to improve Mac OS X. Once Mac OS X gets more features such as an iPod app and touch screen, I can’t wait to use my Mac.

What do you think?

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How to: The Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is pretty much a marketplace for various apps ranging from games to news. The Mac App Store is very similar to the App Store on the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. If you have used the App Store on iOS, you would know what the App Store is like. Many of the apps on the Mac App Store are the same as the apps on the App Store. First of all, you need to get the Mac App Store. How do you get the Mac App Store? The Mac App Store is available for free. You need the software update for Mac computers running Mac OS X v 10.6 or later. Run a Software Update and the Mac App Store should come with Mac OS X Version 10.6.6.

After you update your Mac and restart it, the Mac App Store icon should appear on your Dock. Click the icon labeled App Store to open it. When it is opened, you will see the main page for the Mac App Store. You can see New and Noteworthy apps such as Angry Birds. On the right side, you can see Quick Links such as Sign In and Account. The main page is a good place to look for the hottest and more popular apps. If you want to buy or download an app, you need to sign in or make an account. You can click Sign In under the Quick Link buttons on the main page or click the Sign In button under the Store button on the top left of your computer screen. After you make an account and sign in, you can buy and download apps. If the app is free, click the blue Free button to download it. If the app is paid, click the blue Buy button with the Price Tag on it. After clicking it, the blue button should say Installing. After it is installed, it will say Installed. The app should now be added to your Dock. To see the apps that you have purchased, you can click the Purchases button on the top.

If there are updates, you can click the Updates button on the top. You can click the grey Update button for each individual app or click the grey Update All button on the top right of the page.

What do you think? Comments?

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Average Joe's Tips

How to Sync Your iPhone or iPod Touch Wirelessly with your Mac

A myriad amount of people wonder, is it possible to sync my iPhone wirelessly with my Mac? If so, how can I? Well, the answer to the question is “Yes and No”, what I mean by “Yes and No” is it is possible to sync your iPhone wirelessly with your Mac, but you need have your iPhone jailbroken. To learn more about jailbreaking, read our “What is Jailbreaking?” article here.
So, now that I have briefly discussed about syncing your iPhone wirelessly, how do I do it? Well, let’s get started!

– 10 minutes of your time
– Jaibroken iOS Device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad)
– Backup of your iOS Device
– iTunes closed
– Download and install the required application for your Operating System (here)

Let’s begin

On your iOS device, launch Cydia and press the “Search” tab. In the “Search” tab, type in “Wi-Fi Sync” and select the option. Purchase the app from Cydia and get ready to sync.

Time to Pair

Now that the Wi-Fi Sync app has been downloaded, make sure the Wi-Fi Sync app is launched on your Mac (It should be located on the Menu Bar of the Mac). Then on your iOS Device, launch the Wi-Fi Sync app and it will search for your computer. Your computer should prompt you asking if you would like to pair with your device. Select “Yes” and also select “Yes” on the iOS Device. Now, you will be ready to sync!

Syncing Time

It’s time to launch iTunes, if it’s not open, go ahead and fire up iTunes. The syncing process should now commence. Be prepared to be amazed to see your iDevice and iTunes to be “Sync in Progress.” Do not exit the app! After the sync has completed, you may exit the app.

Finish Line

The pairing process was a onetime setup requirement. From now on, just launch the Wi-Fi Sync app and iTunes and the syncing should start.

This is an awesome idea and I’m curious to know why Apple hasn’t implemented it yet. What are your thoughts, let us know and leave a comment!


Cool! A Mac App Store!

If you ever had an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone, you would know what the App Store is. Now there is going to be an App Store for Macs, called the Mac App Store. It is coming January 6, 2011. The Mac App Store is a basically a marketplace for various Mac apps. You can look at the Mac apps through different categories. You can also use the search box on the top right to quickly search for the app you are looking for. When looking at app, you can look at the developer description, user reviews, and screenshots. If you decide that you want the app, just click to buy it. The Mac App Store allows you to download and install apps easily. You just need to type in your iTunes password to purchase and download apps. The app you decide to download and install goes directly to your Dock. If you bought the app, you can easily download it on every Mac that you use so you don’t have to buy the app for each Mac you own. You can also update your apps one at a time or all at once. The Mac App Store always keeps track of your apps and will inform you when an update is available to keep your apps up to date.

Apple also has a program called the Mac Developer Program. It costs $99/year to enroll in the program that allows you to distribute Mac apps on the Mac App Store. The program also helps you develop your apps. Apple is confident that the Mac App Store will be just as successful as the iOS App Store. What do you think? Are you looking forward to the launch of the Mac App Store? Do you think it will be successful?

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What is Game Center?

Game Center lets people play games against other people. In multiplayer games, you can play against people from all around the world. The Game Center app lets you expand your social gaming network. You need at least iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch users and you need iOS 4.2 for iPad users. Just tap the Game Center app, log in with your Apple ID, and you are ready to play. You create a Game Center nickname to help friends find you easier and once you are logged into Game Center, you’re always connected unless you decide to log out. You can look at the list of games supported by Game Center and you can launch it directly from Game Center. You also have the option to click the button “Find Game Center Games”, which takes you directly to the App Store and it shows you a list of games supported by Game Center. You can also add friends and when they accept your friend request, they are added directly to your friends list. You can view your list of friends and see your friend’s status and last Game Center game played. You can also view the leaderboards and achievements of your friends and compare. Auto-match also helps you find your friends if they are also looking for an auto-match, otherwise it will set you up with someone else from around the world.

Game Center is a very useful app. You can prove to your friend that you are better at Fruit Ninja than they are. You can compare your achievements and see who the more superior gamer is. Games are much more fun when you play with others and Game Center makes that possible. Take advantage of Game Center and beat your friends. Don’t let them beat you!

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