Posts tagged iOS 6
Apple has begun testing out the first update to the much anticipated iOS6, this release has been distributed to network carriers for testing. This will be the first update since the large release of iOS6 nearly a month ago and will hopefully address some of the issues we have been seeing over the past few weeks including the iPhone 5 screen bug and the camera flash bug.
iOS 6.0.1 should fix the horizontal lines bug on the screen when the keyboard or app folder is open, and it will also fix a problem with the camera’s flash not going off.
In addition, the new software will improve Wi-Fi support, fix cellular data not working in some cases, add a consolidated cellular data switch for iTunes Match, fix a bug that allowed access to Passbook pass details from the lock screen, and also finally fix the bug that caused Exchange meetings to be unexpectedly cancelled for the entire calendar invite group.
Also worth noting is that rumors have surfaces that apple is already testing out iOS 6.1 which will be the next major release update, however with no details of what this update will involve we can’t say with any certainty if this is true.
Apple’s latest iPhone operating system iOS 6 is now available to download. You can get your hands on this by either plugging your iphone into your computer and clicking update, or by running a software update on your device itself from the settings menu.
Chances are this may take a while as everyone is going to be updating as soon as they find out about it but for an extra 200+ features it is likely to be worth the wait, but for those of you that can’t get your hands on iOS 6 just yet have a read through the full breakdown of features below.
Maybe the best and most overdue addition. (Almost) everyone uses Facebook, so the deeper it’s stuffed into the soul of iOS, the better. Now, just like Twitter, you can directly link your Facebook account with your iOS, allowing your phone to talk directly to Mark Zuckerberg’s big beautiful brain. You can directly post photos from your photo album to Facebook, update your status from the notification center, and sync your contact list with each person’s corresponding Facebook account. It’s terrific stuff, and takes a big step into the turf of Windows Phone—the current lord of social media integration. We want to see more of this.
There are millions of free apps in the app store which stitch together camera images to make panorama shots already, but now it’s a built-in feature with your iPhone’s camera like it should be! —240 degrees of wide-wide-wide shooting, melded together automatically. Those should be a lot of fun to text around.
Your virtual girlfriend has now become a lot better, apparently integrating greatly with the new apple maps and also with third party app’s such as open table to allow you to at least mostly book your restaurant table without doing anything!
Chances are that none of these cool features will make their way across the pond to the UK though so not much to get excited about here for all us British folk!
Unfortunately not as good as it could be … no NFC in the new iPhone, but you’ll be able to use your screen as a scan-able gift card/plane ticket/voucher/etc. with Passbook, which creates a virtual bundle of all those annoying cards you cram into your wallet. Here’s an ideal little scenario for you: a free cup of coffee at Starbucks, because you’ve got a $25 credit built right into your phone. Hand it to the cashier, beep, coffee, slurp, bye.
The new maps are not bitmap-based anymore. Say goodbye to the horrible and slow tile loading. Now they are vector based, which means faster loading-it still loads sectors, but very fast based in our hands on experience-and smoother, much better graphics.
Apple’s Maps will provide with turn-by-turn navigation, just like any other car GPS app. It looks quite good. We have tried and it seems quite neat, with Siri driving directions and 3D view, with clear signs.
Now every location in Maps includes a card that gives you all you need to know about it. If it’s a restaurant, it will show you reviews and ratings, along with photographs, similar to Google places!
Siri is completely integrated with Maps. You can ask for directions with your voice, it will guide you while driving and, if you ask her something like “Are we there yet?”, she will answer you with the estimated time of arrival. And tell you to shut up.
Other Small Changes
Many other small things have been changed like the emoticons in emoji and the theme for the iPod however these all add to the feel of the new operating system. Still nothing up to the standards of BiteSMS or IntelliscreenX that you can get for free from Cydia but definitely worth the update if your currently running iOS 5.1
The official changelog from apple is below
This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:
◦ Apple-designed, vector-based maps
◦ Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)
◦ Real-time traffic information
◦ Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metropolitan areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation) and iPod touch (5th generation)
◦ Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews and available deals
◦ Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route
• Siri improvements
◦ Sport: scores, player stats, game schedules, teamsheets and league standings for American football, baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey
◦ Films: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts
◦ Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information
◦ Send a Tweet
◦ Post on Facebook
◦ App launch
◦ Eyes Free in supported automobiles
◦ Local search available in Siri-supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
◦ Additional country and language support for Canada (English and Canadian French), China (Mandarin), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Italy (Italian), Korea (Korean), Mexico (Spanish), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Taiwan (Mandarin), US (Spanish)
◦ Supported on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation) and iPod touch (5th generation)
• Facebook integration
◦ Single sign-on from Settings
◦ Post from Photos, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Notification Centre and Siri
◦ Add location and choose audience for any post
◦ View up-to-date Facebook profile photos and contact information in Contacts
◦ View Facebook events and birthdays in Calendar
◦ Like content and see your friends’ Likes in App Store and iTunes Store
• Shared Photo Streams
◦ Share selected photos with the people you choose
◦ Friends can view shared photos in Photos app, iPhoto and Apple TV
◦ Friends can like and make comments on individual photos
◦ One place for boarding passes, store cards, film tickets and other passes
◦ Barcode display for boarding flights, buying coffee, getting into films and other actions
◦ Passes displayed on Lock Screen based on time or location
◦ Passes can be automatically updated
◦ Supported on iPhone and iPod touch
• FaceTime improvements
◦ FaceTime over mobile network support for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation)
◦ Receive FaceTime calls, sent to your iPhone number, on your iPad and iPod touch
• Phone improvements
◦ Do Not Disturb to suppress incoming calls and notifications
◦ ‘Reply with message’ option when declining a call
◦ ‘Remind me later’ option based on time or location when declining a call
• Mail improvements
◦ VIP mailbox to quickly access mail from important people
◦ Flagged email mailbox
◦ Insert photos and videos when composing email
◦ Open password-protected Office docs
◦ Pull down to refresh mailboxes
◦ Per-account signatures
• Safari improvements
◦ iCloud tabs to see open pages on all your devices
◦ Offline Reading List
◦ Photo upload support
◦ Full-screen landscape view on iPhone and iPod touch
◦ Smart app banners
• App Store and iTunes Store improvements
◦ Updated store design
◦ iTunes Preview history
◦ Complete my series
◦ Complete my album
• Game Center improvements
◦ Challenge friends to beat high scores and achievements
◦ Post high scores and achievements to Facebook and Twitter
◦ Friend recommendations based on your Facebook friends
• Accessibility improvements
◦ Guided Access to limit device to one app or restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen
◦ VoiceOver integration with Maps, AssistiveTouch and Zoom
◦ Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S
• Improved privacy controls for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos and data shared over Bluetooth
• Reminders can be reordered in the Reminders app
• Custom vibrations for alerts on iPhone
• Clock app for iPad
• Clock alarm with song
• Search all fields in Contacts
• Automatic film mode for improved video sound quality
• Definitions of a selected word for Chinese, French, German and Spanish
• New keyboard layouts for French, German, Turkish, Catalan, Arabic and Icelandic
• Keyboard shortcuts shared across devices via iCloud
• Bluetooth MAP support
• Global network proxy for HTTP
• Features for China
◦ Baidu web search
◦ Sina Weibo integration
◦ Share videos to Tudou
◦ Share videos to Youku
◦ Improved text input for handwriting and Pinyin
• Bug fixes
Apple has just sent out its traditionally cryptic invites to the next big event in the tech calendar, The invitation says the event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am (Pacific Time).
The image which is above may be a clue as to the content of the event, seeing as the shadow of the “12” is actually a number 5, possibly hinting towards the announcement of the long awaited iPhone 5. This event has been planned for some time as the date had been leaked a few months back however nothing had been confirmed at that stage.
For those of you that haven’t been keeping up we also have an article about the name of the new device and also the possible design of the new iPhone. The updates specs of the device are rumored to support 4G LTE networks, and feature a larger 4″ sharp touchscreen, along with NFC technology to use with the new apple walled feature integrated into iOS6.
Typically around this time of year apple will also announce a new iPod and there are also rumors that an iPad mini will be announced at this event also however i personally cant see apple throwing all these different devices out at the same time as people wouldn’t be as likely to buy them all at once!
Finally there are a couple of rumors surfacing around an all new product previously dismissed by Steve Jobs the “iTV” which is something of a wildcard, it has been on the table for quite some time however never actually made it into production and who know’s this could be epic, it could also be a giant flop, only time will tell.