Mobile World Congress from an iOS perspective

Apple may not have joined other smartphone and tablet makers in Barcelona, but the iOS platform is very much a focus

Apple doesn't do trade shows these days, not even the world's largest mobile trade show. But that's no reason to overlook last week's Mobile World Congress. Apple may not have joined other smartphone and tablet makers in Barcelona, but the iOS platform is very much a focus of that mobile get-together.

To find out just how big a shadow the iPhone and iPad cast over MWC, I talk to two folks just back from Spain--Leah Yamshon and Armando Rodriguez. While the mobile accessories on display last week in Barcelona weren't all that different from what we saw at CES in January, Leah managed to spot a few mobile apps that are worth a mention. And Armando talks about the Android tablets and smartphones unveiled at MWC and what that might mean for future Apple products.

Download Episode #345

Show Notes

During the podcast, Leah mentions an iOS app capable of combining short video clips, but she blanks on the name. It's FrameBlast, a free iPhone app. Leah also spotted a number of touch-typing keyboard apps that aim to improve upon the on-screen keyboards that have become standard with smartphones these days. (I saw a predictive keyboard app myself back at CES--it was called Fleksy, and it happens to be available for the iPhone and iPad.) And while it's not an app per se, AppMachine can help you build one. Still in beta, AppMachine is a browser-based app builder aimed at people with minimal programming experience.

According to Armando, smartphones with giant screens were everywhere at MWC. While it's unclear whether Apple will follow suit by expanding the iPhone's screen, Armando thinks Cupertino should take notice of the higher-resolution screens accompanying the latest Android smartphones--particularly, the Optimus Pro from LG.

You can find all of our coverage from Mobile World Congress at our sister site, TechHive. You'll find more than a few video reports from Barcelona as well on our Video Center page.

You can subscribe to the Macworld Podcast by clicking here. Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: http://www.macworld.com/column/mwpodcast/index.rss

You can find previous episodes of our audio podcasts at Macworld's podcasting page.

Have any feedback on this podcast? Send regular podcast host Christopher Breen an email; audio comments in the form of an AAC or MP3 file are particularly welcome. You can also leave us a message at 415/967-3622 if you'd like to have your comments included in a future podcast.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags smartphonestabletsAppleiosoperating systemssoftwarehardware systemsconsumer electronicsiPhonesMWC

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Philip Michaels

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?