Apple has quietly updated the App Store so that owners of out of production devices can download older, compatible versions of applications.
Reddit user Justinbeiberispoop notes “People with old iOS devices: You can now install the last compatible version of an app that works on your device!”
An example of the prompt that the App Store provides is shown at right.
The new option addresses a common complaint among mobile musicians: owners of older devices have not previously been able to buy software once it has been updated for new versions of the OS.
Apple today announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.
The announcements were largely what people expected Apple to introduce – a more powerful top-of-the-line iPhone and a more competitively priced iPhone.
The real news, though – and what makes today’s announcements relevant to musicians – is the state of performance on the iOS platform. The flagship iPhone 5s promises significant performance improvements – 2x the CPU performance of the previous model and an impressive 40x the original iPhone.
Apple characterizes the performance of the iPhone 5s as ‘desktop class’. There’s clearly some hyperbole there – but there’s also some truth to it, too. The new iPhone is built on a 64-bit architecture, even as popular desktop DAWs are being updated to 64-bit designs.
Here’s what Apple has to say about performance on the 5s: Continue reading
The developers of AudioBus, a tool for routing audio between applications on iOS devices, have updated it for iOS 7 – and they have more in store.
Here’s what they have to say about the update:
With iOS 7 just around the corner, we?ve just released an update to the Audiobus app that addresses some issues. We highly recommend updating now to stay compatible with our community of apps.
We?ve been working hard at Audiobus HQ on a significant Audiobus app update (among other things!). Keep your eyes peeled for these in our next update: Audiobus connection presets, multi-channel input device support, and a third thing that we?ll tell you about later on.
AudioBus is available in the App Store.
Daniel Rowland has a new video demonstrating how to convert video to audio (and how to convert audio to video) using the iOS app, PixiVisor:
“Using a stock GIF playing in Pixivisor from an iPad and a Mac. This is converted to audio and run through effects in Ableton Live and filters on an iRig Mix, then converted back to video in Pixivisor on another iPad. Modulated by a short drum loop from the Nine Inch Nails track, ‘The Warning’.”
PixiVisor is an iOS app that lets the user treat video as audio. Continue reading
Miselu, which last year introduced the Android-based Neiro mobile music computer, has announced that it is ditching Android for iOS and introducing an iPad keyboard/case, the C.24.
The C.24 is a two-octave wireless music keyboard designed for iPad. The C.24 transforms from a protective cover into a piano-style keyboard at the touch of a spring-loaded latch.
The C.24 employs technology that has never been used in the music instrument space before. The semi-weighted feel of the keyboard is created by the use of anti-polarity magnets. Additionally each key incorporates an infrared emitter detector pair, providing real time analog position data to track the performance. This optical key tracking technology delivers velocity and monophonic aftertouch more accurately than traditional switches.
The C.24 also provides additional tactile controls in a capacitive ribbon controller that extends across the width of the keyboard. The bar is divided into two regions, each with 32 embedded LEDs for visual feedback. One region is configured to function as eight assignable buttons while the other is designed for analog expression such as pitch bend.
Here’s a video introduction: Continue reading