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iOS 7.0.3 has been released

703update1Apple has released an update to iOS7 today, which will upgrade your iPhone to iOS 7.0.3 (build 118511) which is the most recent update since the last one only 7.0.2 (build 118501) which was itself released only a month ago.

The new update brings support for iCloud Keychain and among other things, fixes some of the accelerometer issues. This update is available to download over the air as it is only 92.8MB for the iPhone 5.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
  • Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
  • Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
  • Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
  • Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
  • Improves system stability when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software

The new “Reduce Motion” feature could now help to alleviate some of the concerns many users reported, who where finding the new parallax and other effects in iOS 7 to be visually unsettling. This new feature introduces a new, more subtle “cross fade” effect.

iOS 7 Sounds created by Owl City

Electronica artist Adam Young, the man behind the popular music of Owl City, is thought to be responsible for many of the new sound and tones in iOS 7.

Alongside the top-to-bottom redesign of the visual user interface in iOS 7, Jony Ive’s design team with Young’s help has also reworked all the sounds in the OS as well. It isn’t clear exactly which sounds Young worked on, though many of the message and ringtones sound similar to his music.

 

Some of Adam Young’s more well-known songs, under the Owl City name, include his breakout hit FirefliesGood Time with Carly Rae Jepsen, and When Can I See You Again?from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.

 

 

Young began creating songs in his parents’ basement, sharing tracks on MySpace before signing with a record label and receiving commercial success. Like many musicians, he uses Macs and a number of different software titles including Apple’s LogicPro Tools, and Propellerhead’s Reason.

Apple sued over Automatic iOS7 Downloads

Not long after iOS7 was released some user reported that upwards of 3GB was being used up on their devices by “Other Content”. This turned out as we reported in a previous article to be a “Pre-Download” containing install files for iOS 7 which are required to perform the upgrade, however for users planning on sticking with iOS 6 there is no way to remove these files.

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For many users this was a great feature as it meant less time for them to actually update their devices as the majority of the files had already been downloaded without their knowledge, however for those who plan on sticking with iOS6 or who are short on storage space, this turned out to be a big issue as there is no way to remove the extra 3GB on set-up files without installing iOS 7.

 

One user in particular seems more annoyed by this than any other, Mark Menacher is actually suing Apple, more specifically apple’s CEO Tim Cook for his “disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS 7 is corporate thuggery”.

Steve Jobs was reportedly rough on company employees in pursuit of happy customers, but Tim Cook apparently cultivates a culture of contempt for customer satisfaction in pursuit of corporate profits. It is a policy that will eventually fail.

According to a report over on CNet Mark is asking for a way to delete the iOS 7 installer from his iOS 6device, plus an additional $50. He has filed a similar complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

Automatic iOS 7 download causes frustration among iOS 6 users

Just a week after iOS7 was released it is already causing frustration among iOS6 legacy users due to the update automatically downloading itself onto all devices, even before you have chosen to update your device.

All users who have iOS6 installed will have experienced a forced download without any intervention of iOS7 install files over the air. What this means is that without asking you, your phone has downloaded the new software without any warning, while you where sleeping and the phone was on charge!

The reason this has gotten users annoyed is because the update occupies around 3.1GB of storage space, and this data cannot be removed without first updating to iOS7.

CNET confirmed the behavior on both an iPhone 4 as well as a fourth-generation iPad, both of which were running the latest version of iOS 6 before 7 arrived. For the iPad, the download began within minutes of turning on the device and plugging it into A/C power. When finished on both devices, it accounted for a little more than 3GB of space that was previously available on the device, and did not show up in the storage management settings submenu.

A similar situation arrose last year when users of iOS5 noticed that iOS6 was downloading OTA (Over the air) without their knowledge and preventing them from adding new music / apps due to a lack of space. During this week apple has claimed that over 200 million devices have upgraded to the new iOS7, meaning that this is the fastest software upgrade in history, however by upgrading everyone without them knowing its not surprising!

iOS 7 set to ruin SnapChat?

A new feature in iOS 7 means that app’s like SnapChat can no longer inform users when a recipient of a message takes a screenshot. In iOS 7, screenshot behavior has been modified, and as the notes state, “Active touches are no longer canceled when the user takes a screenshot.” This may seem like a small change however it has a number of implications for several apps that rely on this method of detecting screenshots in order to notify users of unwanted behavior, such as saving a Snapchat.

When a user opens a Snapchat photo in the app, a finger is required on the screen to hold the photo open while viewing the picture. The act of taking a screenshot interrupts the picture viewing and closes the photo, which is the method that Snapchat uses to detect an “illegal” screenshot, thereby notifying the sender of the photo that a snapshot has been saved.

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In iOS 7, taking a screenshot no longer closes the photo viewing window in Snapchat, which means no notification is sent when a screenshot is captured. As screenshots no longer interrupt on-screen touches, the photo stays open and the app is unable to recognize the screenshot action. iOS 7 users will be notified if an iOS 6 user takes a screenshot of a sent photo, but the reverse is not true.

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Snapchat’s screenshot detection, which is designed to be a safety measure to keep photos private, has had issues in the past. Earlier this year, several screenshot workarounds surfaced, along with an app called Phantom available on Cydia, allowing users to save photos without sending notifications, however with iOS 7, a workaround or jailbreak isn’t required as the app’s core functionality is disabled.

While the change has immediate implications for Snapchat users interacting with other users running iOS 7, it will ultimately require Snapchat and similar apps to come up with a new method for detecting screenshots or to abandon the feature entirely when the final version of iOS 7 is released.

The Biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone

The release of iOS 7 is going to be a major milestone for Apple, with the release of 10 new key features for the device apple is describing the update as “The Biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone” and saying it involves a comprehensive end-to-end redesign of the user experience.

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Along with the new iOS 7 which is available to beta testers and developers as of today, 1500 new API’s will be made available in the iOS 7 SDK for developers and a new feature called iBeacons for Bluetooth LE Location.

The re-design of all the icons and apps shows a less “reflective” style of design and everything looks a bit flatter, a demo of all the new apps and icons is visible on the Apple iOS7 Website.

iOS 7 will be released to the public in Autumn of this year, so get ready because its only a few months away!

 

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This is a brand new feature for iOS 7, Swipe up from the bottom of any screen on your iPhone, including the lock screen and you will be presented with a variety of quick access controls to allow you to change WiFI, Bluetooth, Screen brightness, volume, AirPlay, launch quick apps such as flashlight or camera, and obviously all the the usual iPod controls.

 

Siri

Good old Siri hasn’t missed out in this update, with new skills allowing Siri to controll your bluetooth, increase and decrease brightness and also play voicemail messages, along with new web services such as twitter, bing search and wikipedia.

 

Air Drop

Air Drop is a new feature for this vertion of iOS and is essentially Bump, air drop is “Absolutely the easiest way to share with the people that are right around you. Any app that supports a share sheet, your friends that are around you show up right there.”

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The app is based around sharing media with those around you and promises “No need to wander around the room bumping your phone” with a simple screen where you tap who you want to send content to, they accept and off it goes, just like everyone usedto back in the days when sending pictures over Bluetooth was popular.

The Air Drop system is said to be System wide for any app that supports a share sheet, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi. Supported by iPhone 5, 4th-gen iPad, iPad mini and 5th-gen iPod Touch.

 

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Activation Lock

With Activation Lock, if a thief tries to turn off Find My iPhone or wipe a device, the thief will not be able to reactivate the phone without a user’s iCloud user name. It is designed to be a theft deterrent.

 

iOS 7 In The Car

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iOS 7 has been designed to add extra functionality to in car entertainment systems such as radio’s and built in navigation systems by allowing music and actual integration within iOS to display music messages and calls on built in displays and navigation systems.

This feature will most likely be implemented into existing car hands-free kits and media systems by allowing the car controls and steering wheel controls to control the music which is being played from an iPod, similarly to the features currently available with a iPod USB cable and a compatible aftermarket Head Unit.

Currently the involved manufacturers are Chevrolet, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundi, Kia, Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan and Volvo. These car manufacturers are aiming to have the system integrated and working by 2014.

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Other Smaller Changes

Folders on your home screen can now have multiple pages, no longer are you limited to having only 9 apps stored in a folder.

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A new gesture has also been introduced to allow you to go “back” to the previous screen, this is most likely to be a swipe from the left of your screen however you should be able to customize this in your settings.

Compass and Game Center redesigned, no more wood & green felt! – New designs will have a “sense of purpose”

Apps will update in the background over the air, adapting to how you use your phone, if you always open an app first thing in the morning such as facebook, iOS 7 will ensure the app is updated overnight ready for use the next morning.

 

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All Leaks Are Wrong about WWDC

On the weekly episode of The Talk Show by John Gruber, we hear a few surprising rumors about the software being unveiled at tomorrows conference.

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Gruber who has previously been able to share some pieces information due to his close ties within Apple, has said that this time around he has had little information about the upcoming iOS 7 and has actually indicated that “all leaks are wrong” to date in regards to the new software.

[ad 1]He said himself that he is not exactly sure what that statement means but the biggest rumor about iOS 7 to surface was that it would be adopting a flatter design now Jony Ive has replaced Scott Forstall in heading up the Human Interface department in apple.

I know almost absolutely nothing. I don’t think I’ve been this ignorant of what’s coming, software-wise, for a keynote since the iPhone 1 back in 2007. Which is great…I’m super excited. […]

The one thing I keep hearing over and over again from friends who would know is…the one word I keep hearing is that some of the stuff they’re going to show is “polarizing”.

And I also heard from somebody that just “all the leaks are wrong”. Which is interesting. I have no idea what to make of it.

The main presentation starts at 10AM PST tomorrow which is around 7PM UK Time as we mentioned in our rumor roundup. One thing is for sure and that is that something big is being announced tomorrow and its based around apples major software in the form of iOS and OSX.

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WWDC 2013 – What We Know…

wwdc_2013_logo-250x239With the annual Worldwide Developers Conference just around the corner on Monday 10th June at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (18:00 GMT) we are going to give you a summary of what we know so far and what we are expecting to see revealed.

Back in April when the conference was actually announced, it was little surprise that “new versions” of iOS and OSX where going to be showcased and everyone has made the assumption that these will follow the trend and be named iOS 7 and OSX 10.9 as has been the case since the iPhone launch got delayed back to Summer in 2011. The focus on this conference does seem heavily focused on software rather than new hardware which is exactly what we would expect with an “s” version of the iPhone 5 now due.

 

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The operating system of the iPhone has remained mostly the same since its launch, with the tiles having a shiny mirrored effect and being laid out in a simple 4 x 5 grid with pages to scroll through but all that could possible be about to change. The new look is said to be a new style “Flat Design” from the new man in charge of the “Human Interface Team” Jony Ive.

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iRadio is another feature which is said to be making an appearance at WWDC this year with iOS 7, after lengthy talks with content providers it seems like apple has finally come to a solution for a “pandora” like internet steaming service. This app has been on the cards for apple for a very long time however lengthy discussions about licencing and content have proved costly for apple and so the process has been very dragged out. Just last week apple has reportedly signed a deal with Warner Music in what seems to be a last minute push in order to get the app ready for its launch at WWDC, the actual service however would not go live until iOS 7’s launch at the end of this year.

iOS 7 is expected to be seeded to developers during the conference so they can test out the new code before its widespread general release.

 

OS X 10.9, MacBook & Mac Pro

With engineers being pulled from this project in order to get iOS finished on time its no wonder this announcement comes later than it was expected back in February. This will tie in with other hardware announcements we are expecting to see with new models of the MacBook series and possibly a new model of the Mac Pro. These new models have been hinted at since some model numbers where leaked in the lead up to WWDC last week, the serial numbers where listed as below which fits in with the pattern of current MacBook Air Model Numbers.

MD711LL/A — Better — USA

MD712LL/A — Best – USA

MD760LL/A — Better – USA

MD761LL/A — Best – USA

 

 

Further model numbers have also been leaked around the same time however it is not yet known which products they correspond to.

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The release of a new Mac Pro is almost guaranteed at this WWDC as the comapny has been forced to stop selling current generation Mac Pro’s in Europe as a result of non-compliance with a safety legislation. Currently (incase you haven’t noticed) all Mac Pro’s have been taken off shelves in the UK

What are you hoping to see this year at WWDC? let us know in the comments below, now you can even sign in with Facebook!

Simple iOS7 Banner has been seen at WWDC

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Apple has been seen erecting banners today at the Moscone Center which is the location for this year’s “WWDC” or Worldwide Development Conference next week.

Apple has previously announced that their latest iOS operating system will be announced and showcased at this event.

[ad 1]The banner is very different to previous banners that we have seen at this event as previous banners have been plain white backgrounds with text and a tagline on them, this banner features just a simple number 7 in what appears to be the Helvetica Neue Extra light font against a fancy carbon fibre style textured background.

The WWDC conference Starts on Monday and will open with Apple’s annual keynote speech. We are expecting to see iOS 7, OS X 10.9, the iRadio streaming music service and new Macbook model.

Possible new iOS 7 Concept features

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F. Bianco’s Concept images for iOS 7

Earlier this week we reported that the latest iOS7 was running behind schedule and we may have just found a reason as to why, as concepts are starting to emerge of a radically re-designed user interface, featuring things like “Mission Control” and “Widgets”.

[ad 1]A graphic Designer called F. Bianco has generated a set of images (posted on Flickr) detailing some possible features of the new iOS operating system, which to be honest I actually quite like the look of! The idea behind the images was to give apple a hint as to what changes they could make to their new iOS operating system to make it a bit more user friendly and to improve the user’s experience.

Apple will likely be looking to re-design the iOS interface now Facebook has announced its radical new way of interfacing with android handsets called Facebook Home which will be “based around people rather than apps”.

One of the most interesting features that has been created here is the ability to use an app as a “widget” meaning things like the calendar and music can be controlled from the home screen, rather than having to actually launch the app. Other features could also be accessible from this quick menu such as settings toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth and Location services, just think of the improved battery life! (more…)

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