As Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone on Wednesday, it will come with the next version of iOS, the iPhone operating system. With that introduction, iPhone users will be upgrading apps and trying out all of Apple’s cool, new features.
One of those new apps users may download has been made by one of the youngest app developers in Apple history.
Charley Hutchison is a seventh-grader from Mississippi and his goal was to have an app in the Apple App Store before his 12th birthday.
“I’ve always been really interested in computers. Then my parents had an iPhone, and I really loved playing with apps on there, so I decided, why don’t I make my own app?” Charley said. “If there’s so many already on the store, surely I can make one myself.”
MyCalendar Mobile, by K-Factor Media, is a simple iOS app with one purposeto help you remember your friends birthdays. Its primarily focused on Facebook friends, but it can also gather birthdays from the Contacts stored on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (though its not optimized for that last device), as well as accept birthdays that you enter manually into the app.
The first time you open the app, it prompts you to download the birthdays of all your Facebook friends. (You can also re-run the Add option any time you want.) Once thats finished, the squares on the calendar are filled with little birthday present iconsone for each birthday on that day. Tapping on a day displays a list of the birthdays happening on that day, with the persons photo (either from Facebook or your Contacts). Theres also an Upcoming option which provides a list-view of birthdays happening within the next several days.
That snapshot of the perfect latte, that soft-focus sulpture, that flawlessly-lit “candid” shot of a friend: Instagram is helping you fake it, and a new app is going to undo its good work.
The world has embraced Instagram because it makes drab iPhone photos look as if they’re artfully composed, well-lit and interesting. And that’s exactly why many photographers who use traditional film and digital cameras resent it: It makes it easy for everyone to do what has taken them years of practice and expensive equipment, and it can make iPhoneographers think they’re as good as the real thing. Sometimes they are. But, most of the time, when you take away the fancy filters, you’re left with a photo that’s rather ordinary.