As an apple user, yesterday I joined thousands of people in upgrading from iOS6 to iOS7 for my iPad 3rd Generation. However, before I upgraded, I did a little research. In this, I ended up finding the blogger Jim Lynch, who said that the iOS 7 was “an Estrogen-Addled Mess Designed for 13 Year Old Girls”. I found this very interesting, and did a little more research into the “gendering” of products. I found that PepsiCo recently decided to focus its marketing for Diet Pepsi entirely on women and not men. It was also interesting to see that the color scheme and the typefaces used on Diet Pepsi are somewhat similar to those being used in iOS 7.
I also found out that women are the majority users for iOS and most men enjoy the Android interface. Which is fairly different from when the iPhone originally launched in 2007. So, it makes sense to gear this toward women, or make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Anyways long story short. I didn’t take Jim Lynch’s advice, and I downloaded iOS7… because listens Gents, do not let the color of your iPhone software influence your masculinity. Sure if you have a choice, be appropriate, but really anything else is, itself (fussing over your iPhone being to girly), emasculating. But you know, since this is the first ever post in our new subcategory “Bar Talk”, I think I would like to give you all a couple of background suggestions to assert your dominance as men if anyone happens to view your iOS device. Here are some manly backgrounds:
And there you go, you now have a much more manly iPad or iPhone. Another good background is always just the family or loved ones. Other ways of making your iOS device super man like is to download some awesome Catholic Apps.
iPieta - This app was built amazingly. It has one of the best libraries for spiritual reading, including the Douay-Rheims Bible, the Works of St. Josemaria, Lorenzo Scupoli, and many other Saints and top dogs. It also has the Summa of St. Thomas, and a plethora of prayers and novenas, along with the a capability to create reminders for when to pray, do spiritual reading and you can also set bookmarks, highlight favorite phrases or verses, and create notes. This is probably the Leader of Catholic Apps and is about 5 american dollars. Mea Culpa - This is the confession application, the app for one's examination of conscience. It is very good because you can create an account that is password protected and at the end of each day log in and begin to examine your conscience. One thing that I found that could be particularly helpful in remembering what you want to forget is "counter". You can actually choose to mark how many times you committed the sin. This would be especially helpful for Mortal Sins. It also has a very nice and easy guide through confession, so you can bring the app in with you, if you don't yet have the Sacrament memorized. You can also set reminders on this app so you don't forget to examine your conscience at night (like St. Josemarie Escriva suggests we do, and I concur). Another big plus: The App is Free.
Vatican.Va - This is the official application of the Holy See. It has magisterial updates, and information for the Apostolic See. Other Apps like this include "The Pope App" , the "News.VA", and "Missio". These together as a force create a pretty good arsenal of Catholic fire power.
Answers for Catholics - This app has bible verses with apologetic notes, over 200mb of free audio and video to help with apologetics, Live Catholic Radio - News -Blog, quotes from the early church fathers. This is great for understanding the faith or preparing yourself to defend the faith.
Other apps include:
- Mobile Apostle
- Scriptural Rosary
- Compendium – Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Vericast – http://www.vericast.net/
- Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Health
- Lauds & Vespers
- Divine Office
- iBreviary – Catholic Prayer Book
- Universalis – Catholic Calendar
- Catholic Calendar – Free
- Divine Mercy Chaplet
- NAB Olive Tree Bible