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As a loyal user of the Sunrise calendar app for iOS, it was a little alarming to realize last week that they have a somewhat questionable way to dealing with iCloud credentials:

Upon first launch, Sunrise invites you to create an account, then asks you to add a calendar. The first option, “iCloud Calendar”, brings you to a screen where the Sunrise app itself, in its native interface and code, solicits your Apple ID (iCloud) email address and password.

These credentials are then passed along to their servers, according to their response to this issue:

When you type in your iCloud credentials, they are sent to our server only once in a secured way over SSL.

On Thursday, they announced a new version that uses a local method to generate the iCloud token, so your credentials are never sent out at all. You could make the argument that they should never have been transmitted in the first place, but I have to hand it to the Sunrise team in that they heard the outcry, and fixed it. I’ve actually emailed their support email about other issues before, and gotten a direct response from Pierre, their CEO.

Great app, good people behind it, great price… get it now before they wise up and start charging what it’s actually worth.

iPhone 5s Box

I did it. I broke down and got an iPhone 5s.

Brief thoughts:

  • It is. So. Fast. Compared to my old 4
  • The camera is amazing
  • LTE is a godsend, and T-Mobile actually has good coverage
  • I can’t live without Touch ID anymore, and I wish my MacBook Pro had it
  • AirDrop is kind of useless given that it doesn’t work between iOS and OS X
  • The UI translucency that wasn’t available on my 4 makes iOS 7 look way better
  • Finally have flyover navigation in iOS Maps, it works great
  • Seriously, it’s so fast

If you have an iPhone 4 still, you 100% should upgrade. Really.

iOS 7 Lock Screen

I’ve been using iOS 7 on my iPhone 4 for a few days now, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. It can get laggy, especially when opening and switching applications, but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately this lag hits a lot while I’m typing. A common problem is the keystrokes being processed lag behind my actual strokes by a fair bit. This happened in iOS 6 too, but the problem now is that it processes me hitting Send or Done before it processes the rest of my keystrokes.

iOS 7 Keyboard

This causes me to accidentally send texts cut in the middle. On iOS 6 this was never a problem so I’m not sure why this behavior changed between versions. Minor inconvenience that I have to adjust for I guess.

The camera is greatly improved. Since it’s still the same hardware, this means the changes must have been made on the software end. That just makes the changes even more impressive. The camera initiates faster, focusing is faster and seems to do a better job, but most importantly of all the camera takes photos much faster.

iOS 7 Camera

I don’t know if this is because they got rid of the shutter animation, but I’m sure that helps make it seem faster. I was having a rough time on iOS 6 with my camera taking forever to open, focus, and take the picture. But now it’s worlds better.

Overall verdict for iOS 7 on an iPhone 4? Bearable. But I think at this point it’s a matter of how long before I break down and get a 5S. The lack of translucency in the UI and missing out on features like Siri, turn-by-turn voice navigation and more are just one nail after the other in my iPhone 4’s coffin. God, I wish I had AirDrop and AirPlay.

At least the iOS 7 lock screen makes my background look awesome.

As it stands now, the Last.FM iPhone app only scrobbles your music when you connect it to iTunes and sync, as opposed to syncing it live, over the air. This has always been because Apple forbid 3rd party apps to run in the background, but the new iOS update added multitasking.

So, why has the Last.FM iPhone app still not updated? From what that Apple page I linked to says, Pandora can play music in the background. Has Last.FM abandoned their iPhone app?