In a week where the newly announced iPhone 4S was expected to dominate headlines around the globe, the sad passing of one man overshadowed Apple’s keynote presentation on Tuesday.
And pretty much everything else.
Part-entrepreneur, part-showman, part-innovator, Steve Jobs was all Apple. The company he co-founded in 1976 may have lost the brightest star in the tech firmament, but Jobs’s legacy will live on in products such as the iPhone 4S.
As predicted on these pages last Friday, the newest addition to the iPhone line-up sports an 8-megapixel snapper, dual-core A5 processor, and a new ‘diversity’ antenna system. Google it.
One element that remains conspicuous by its absence across The Big A’s entire range of portable devices - including the iPhone 4S - is, of course, support for Adobe’s Flash Player.
In 2nd place on the UK paid-for apps leaderboard today, though, lies Skyfire, a web browser for iPhone that touched down on British shores last November and that plays ball with Flash videos.
Without wishing to tax your brain nodules via some technical mumbo-jumbo, the Skyfire Web Browser renders Flash-filled sites on its own server, converts them into HTML5, and relays the video content to your iPhone.
[Segue alert, segue alert.]
For fans of EA’s FIFA 12 and the sport of football itself, Skyfire Web Browser means kissing goodbye to those annoying missing plug-in icons on the BBC Sport pages.
And just in case you were wondering how many FIFA 12 zealots there are on Apple’s mobile platform, Electronic Arts gave a pretty precise indication of the title’s reach in a very recent press release.
The video gaming giant managed to shift a colossal 879,000 copies of FIFA 12 in the game’s launch week on iPhone and iPad, generating somewhere between $3 million and $5 million of revenue in the process.
Can the current king of the soccer sim jockey its way past Skyfire Web Browser over the following seven nights, or will Disney’s Where’s My Water? pull the plug on EA’s short-term aspirations?
Tune in next Friday to find out.
The official Top 10 UK Paid Apps chart (7 October 2011) is looking as follows: