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powershell

The leaks were right – Logitech has a gamepad case for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it will be widely available in early December.

The PowerShell is part of the gaming-focused G Series, costs $99.99 and contains a standard directional pad; four main buttons, labeled A, B, X and Y; two trigger buttons; a dedicated pause button; and a 1500 mAh battery that charges the iPhone/iPod. It works with the iPhone 5 and 5s and the fifth-generation iPod touch on iOS 7.

Notice what’s missing from that list? Logitech said the case won’t work with the new iPhone 5c because the 5c is 0.4-1.37 mm bigger in all dimensions. In order to accommodate the iPod touch, which is 1.5 mm thinner than the phones, the case includes a removable sheet of padding.

Global product marketing manager Mark Starrett said Logitech has been working with Apple since before the official announcement of iOS 7’s third-party controller support at this year’s WWDC. That OS-level support means the accessory manufacturer has not had to work with developers to ensure their games’ compatibility, but is talking with a handful about marketing partnerships.

Logitech is not currently planning to make a comparable gamepad case for Android devices, even though Google has offered third-party controller support on its OS for much longer. With “four or five” competing standards, “Android is just a mess,” Starrett said.

Unlike the Moga Ace Power gamepad case, also unveiled this week, the PowerShell does not collapse for portability. The rigid case is designed to be used in landscape mode, with the home button pointing toward the user’s right hand.

At launch, about 300 games will work with the case, but they’ll be universal, meaning that PowerShell owners won’t have to download different versions of the apps for touch and non-touch gameplay. Starrett said Logitech has already tested dozens of those games with the PowerShell, and expects Apple to roll out a new section in the iOS App Store for gamepad-compatible games.

ios 7

For those who have been refreshing their iPad’s software updates every few minutes for the past few hours, Apple has officially launched iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update is compatible with the iPhone 4 and newer, the fourth-generation iPod touch and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, and the iPad mini.

This update will require 3.1GB of free space on your device. Check out our tutorial on how to download iOS 7 here. We’ve even got a few suggestions for what to do if the download is too big.

iOS 7 includes the following new features:

  • New design
  • Redesigned interface updates the entire system and every built-in app
  • Subtle motion and animation; layers and translucency provide depth
  • Elegant new color palette and refined typography
  • Updated system sounds and ringtones
  • Control Center
  • Quick access to commonly used controls and apps with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  • Turn on & off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb; adjust screen brightness; access media controls; turn on AirPlay and AirDrop
  • Quickly access flashlight, timer, calculator, camera and music controls
  • Notification Center improvements
  • New Today view gives you an overview of your day, including weather, calendar, and stocks
  • Notifications dismissed on one device dismisses across all your devices
  • Multitasking improvements
  • Preview screens of open apps when you switch between them
  • Permits any app to keep content up to date in the background
  • Camera improvements
  • Swipe through different camera modes – video, still photo, square aspect, and panorama
  • Real-time photo filters with iPhone 4S or later, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Photos improvements
  • Automatically organizes your photos and videos based on time and location into Moments
  • iCloud Photo Sharing supports multiple contributors and videos, plus a new Activity view
  • Add photo filter effects
  • Flickr and Vimeo support
  • AirDrop
  • Quickly and easily share content with people nearby
  • Securely encrypted transfers with no network or setup required
  • Supported on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account
  • Safari improvements
  • New iPhone tab view that lets you easily switch between open web pages
  • Unified smart search field for both search terms and web addresses
  • Shared Links shows web pages shared by people you follow on Twitter
  • iTunes Radio
  • Streaming radio service
  • Pick from over 250 featured and genre-focused stations
  • Start your own station from your favorite artist or song
  • Siri improvements
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for US English, French and German
  • Integrated Wikipedia, Twitter search, and Bing web search results
  • Change settings including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and brightness
  • Supported on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • App Store improvements
  • See apps relevant to your current location with Popular Near Me
  • Discover age-appropriate apps in the Kids category
  • Keep your apps up to date automatically
  • Find My iPhone Activation Lock
  • Turning off Find My iPhone, erasing your device, reactivation, and signing out of iCloud requires your Apple ID password
  • A custom message can be displayed on your device even after a remote erase
  • iTunes Store improvements
  • Preview and buy songs you’ve heard on iTunes Radio while inside the iTunes Store
  • Add to, and shop from, your iTunes Wish List
  • Scan code with camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards
  • Music improvements
  • Play music purchases from iCloud
  • Rotate your iPhone or iPod touch to browse your music with the Album Wall
  • Videos improvements
  • Play movie and TV show purchases from iCloud
  • View similar movies and TV shows from Related
  • Maps improvements
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions
  • Automatic night mode
  • Bookmarks shared across devices via iCloud
  • Mail improvements
  • New Smart Mailboxes, including Unread, Attachments, All Drafts and To or CC
  • Improved search
  • View PDF annotations
  • FaceTime audio calling
  • Block unwanted Phone, Messages and FaceTime callers
  • Support for sending long MMS messages
  • Pull down on any Home Screen to reveal Spotlight search
  • Scan to acquire Passbook passes
  • New ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds
  • Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Italian, Korean, and Dutch
  • Inclinometer in the Compass app
  • Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0 support
  • Accessibility features
  • Individuals with limited physical motor skills can now control their device using Switch Control
  • Customize closed caption style
  • Handwriting input support in VoiceOver
  • Math input support using Nemeth Braille in VoiceOver
  • Select from multiple premium voices for speak selection and VoiceOver
  • Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids and stereo audio for iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Enterprise features
  • Manage which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
  • Per App VPN
  • App Store license management
  • Enterprise single sign-on
  • Remote configuration of managed apps
  • Automatic data protection for third-party apps
  • Exchange Notes syncing
  • Install custom fonts
  • New management queries and restrictions
  • Education features
  • Mobile device management for Apple TV
  • Request AirPlay Mirroring from a student device to Apple TV
  • Pre-configure AirPlay destinations and AirPrint printers
  • Streamlined MDM enrollment
  • Ability to restrict changes to accounts
  • Web content filtering
  • Authorized apps can initiate single app mode
  • Configure accessibility settings for single app mode
  • Features for China
  • Tencent Weibo integration
  • Chinese-English bilingual dictionary
  • Improved handwriting input with improved accuracy, stroke order independence and support for simultaneous multiple character input
  • Bug fixes

If you are receiving the following error message when attempting to download and install iOS 7, “Software Update Failed: An Error occurred downloading iOS 7.0,” don’t worry. You are not alone. I am having the same experience right now. I also received the message, “Unable to Check for Updates: An error occurred while checking for a software update,” on my iPad when attempting to download iOS 7.