Posts Tagged ‘Apple-iOS’

Apple planning to “radically” change iOS Maps?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

You can read into this from whatever angle you want and we’re sure many people will probably do so in terms of the Apple iPhone 5, but we’ll just go ahead and post what we have been hearing along the Apple news wavelengths.

Thanks to Apple Insider who was able to pick up info on a couple job positions Apple is looking to fill. According to the job listing, the Cupertino based company is looking for applicants with “excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming.” Their label will be iOS Maps Application Developers and will be responsible for changing the look, feel and interaction of iOS Maps which is currently powered by Google.

It has been known for quite some time now that iOS Maps is light-years behind what Google has to offer in version 5.0 of their Google Maps which allows check in’s via Google Latitude, one of the best navigation experiences on a smartphone.
With these new job postings it seems that Apple might be interested in taking on Google head on in offering an in house solution for navigation and what not instead of relying on third party sources such as TomTom, Navigon and other to provide navigation to iPhone users. It could also mean that iOS Maps might get some type of social media plugin which could allow users to check in etc. similar to SquareTrade, Facebook Places and Google Latitude.

This could also lend some credence to the rumor that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone for customers in other countries. Such an idea would mean the company would be wise to provide applications for basic features such as navigation etc. Currently most rumors are pointing to a June unveiling of the iPhone 5 and if that is the case most naturally we could be seeing some fruition to these Maps rumors then.

Source: Apple Insider

Apple iOS 4.3 and White iPhone Coming Soon

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is about to arrive; further pushing the operating system further along the evolution the ladder. Its Cupertino based rival, the Apple iOS is not about to be left behind in this time and age. The new OS is reported to be getting a new system before the end of the year rolls out.

Apple’s iOS 4.3 will be featuring plenty of new features –in particular, for the iPod Touch and the iPhone OS. Some of you might remember that the previous patch, version 4.2 provided features for all systems, but focused mainly on the missing features on the Apple iPad touch screen tablet.

Aside from the new version of the iOS, another update from Apple has also been reported as well. A recently released bit of information is certain to make some of you folks happy: the white iPhone 4 is back in production and will be released soon.

While we still cannot grasp why so many people are so excited about the plain looking, all white version of the Apple iPhone 4, the bottom line is that it is expected to roll out by spring of 2011. It will certainly be a long wait, but the release is at least certain. The only thing we can hope for now is that the new smart phone version will also have a fixed antenna –unlike the original iPhone 4 that suffered from the issues that were later regarded as the antennagate.

With the rivalry between Apple and Google growing stronger by the minute, it cannot be helped that the newly launched Microsoft Windows Phone 7 mobile platform remains pretty much in the back with low sales results –which is quite a surprising result as it was originally expected that he competition would be a three way fest between all the companies involved.

Coming Soon: Newer Tech for Mobiles

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

When Windows Phone 7 was first announced in this year’s Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer left out the fact that there would be no copy and paste. The issue was not brought up until several months later and much to the dismay of expectant fans, it came true when the mobile platform finally came out last October.

But now, it seems that the WP7 OS really needs cut and paste technology. It is a simple function that has left many wondering why it was never put in the platform to begin with. In any case, Microsoft has already seen the light and that is why they are adding in the feature for an upcoming OS update due to come out early next year.

Of course, copy-pasting is not going to be the only new feature implemented in the update. According to reports, the new OS will be getting an update so massive that we might as well call it the Windows Phone 8. So far, no other exact details regarding the upcoming changes have been revealed, but we are certainly excited about it.

Speaking of OS updates, the Apple iOS will be getting its own overhaul. This time, as opposed to bringing new phone features, the OS update will be streamlining the system’s overall power consumption settings: in short, it will make your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch battery last longer. This has been made possible with a new technology that manages bandwidth by allowing it to “sleep” from 3G communications when not needed.

Apple also has another surprise for the tech industry as they have revealed the manufacturer of the camera for the iPad 2. While the actual information about Largan Precision is not all that impressive, the real news here is that Apple is more or less confirming the iPad 2 and more importantly, they have also confirmed that the tablet will finally have a built in camera.

Today’s Top Stories in Mobile News

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Nokia is fast becoming the new king of delays. With the massive scheduling setback that the Nokia N8 has already gone through, one would think that Nokia would be more prudent with the release date. Now, the Nokia E7 has been set back for a January launch, hopefully this is the only delay that the handset will go through.

A new social networking phone from Nokia is also coming out. The C6 handset will feature a touch screen display, an 8 mega pixel camera and support for HD video recording and playback. Expect to see this mid range device spreading out once it becomes available to the public.

Sony is moving away from the Sony Reader hardware and has just released the Sony Reader application for mobile phones. Anyone who has used the Reader will be familiar with the app controls and will also appreciate the familiar visual layout of the tool as well.

Motorola has announced that the heavy duty Defy Android smart phone will finally receive an update to the OS bringing it t version 2.2 Froyo. Users of this Gorilla glass protected smart phone should expect the updated to be released shortly.

A new Tron inspired light cycle application from Coke combines a basic game with GPS for a massive real world light cycle match. Of course, the game is not as fast paced as one would think, but being able to navigate through town without crashing a light wall is going to be a pretty tough challenge once a lot of players start joining in.

It has been stated that the news iOS update will be coming out on December, Apple’s new 4.3 update promises plenty of focus on RSS feeds and content publication so iOS users might want to check out this new update when it comes out. Also it has been announced that a Jailbreak feature for the third generation iPhones has come out for version 4.2.

A Closer Look at the iOS 4.2 Update

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The new iOS update is officially out (after several weeks of waiting and a few delays slowing it down) and here is the quick summary of everything that users can look forward to.

First off, be aware that this update is primarily targeting iPad users over those who only have an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Apple has made no specific comment regarding this matter, but apparently, it seems that recent statements saying that the iPad is nothing but an oversized iPod Touch has needed some amending from the Cupertino based company. In any case, expect that most of these new features are only good for the touch screen tablet.

The iPad will now have multitasking features thanks to the OS update. This feature is pretty much the same as the one in the iPhone 4. This means that this is actually pseudo multi-tasking; given how Apple tends to cut features short, this is already more than what we can hope for when it comes to getting features that are actually practical.

Another important iPhone 4 feature that got implemented with the iOS 4.0 update is the use of folders. As to why it was not part of the features brought over initially to the iPad, we have no idea. But it is finally here now and it will spare users that endless stream of icons as users tend to fill up their menus with an overload of apps.

The consolidated inbox of the iPhone 4 also makes an appearance here as well. This is particularly useful for folks who happen to have multiple email accounts and would like to have all incoming mail sent to a single viewing area.

Of course, the update also brings features for other devices as well, the MobileMe remote access service is now free, AirPrint and AirPlay are now available, and the iPhone gets customized message alert tones per contact.

Skyfire Sales Show that Apple Users Want Flash

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Steve Jobs has been pretty hard pressed about bringing in Flash playback support on the iOS. After all, a vast amount of web content is currently unavailable for the millions of users of iPhones, iPods and iPads.

According to the Cupertino based demigod, Flash is unstable and would cause the iOS to crash –a lot. This might seem like a pretty sound argument, unless one factors in the fact that the open source Android mobile platform is able to run Flash content without so much as a hiccup. Further announcements that the Windows Phone 7 will also have Flash player support also means that the Microsoft made OS is not prone to the same weakness as the iOS.

Lastly, Adobe has announced that they will be launching Flash player support for a wide range of operating systems such as the Palm WebOS, RIM BlackBerry OS, Samsung Bada, Symbian, Nokia MeeGo and more –with the sole exception of the iOS –which means that Apple’s OS is weakest in terms of compatibility.

And while Apple is keen on not working hard to fix this issue, the users have spoken, and the weekend sales revenue of the Skyfire application in the US iTunes store shows that Flash is an in-demand content for iPhone users.

Right now, there is no localized version of Skyfire available in the UK, though reports from the jailbreak community has shown that many UK iPhone users with modified iOS firmware have also excitedly obtained the application.

At one point in time, Steve Jobs stated that Flash format media will fade out, and he pointed at the fact that if the non-Flash capable iPhone is selling millions, then people do not care about having Flash support. But as these new sales figures show, Flash is a much wanted feature. In fact, Apple stands to gain so much more by actually delivering direct Flash support for their users.

The Long Road to Standardization: Google’s Android OS

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

One of Google’s biggest problems with the Android mobile platform is the fact that the system is very fragmented. For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is simply the fact that so many different versions of the Android OS are currently available.

This is because the Android operating system is used by a wide range of mobile phones and that there has been a lot of versions that have been released in the past couple of years. The other important factor here is that many manufacturers have come out with Android devices as well –which means that being able to provide a uniformity of user experience is completely out of the question.

The BlackBerry OS, Palm WebOS and the Apple iOS are not prone to this same issue –this is because the other mobile platforms are stuck with only one phone manufacturer. But since the strength of Google’s open source platform is its distribution, delegating it to only one phone maker would not be a good idea.

According to recent studies, the Android 2.2 Froyo has grown to reach a significant portion of Android users. Currently, the latest OS holds about 38% of the Android population. About 41% of users are still using 2.1 Éclair and the rest are split between 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut.

Many are expecting that the shift from Donut and Cupcake to the Éclair and Froyo platforms will be happening during this last quarter of the year (Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA series will be getting Éclair in the UK by early 2011 –or so many rumors say) until the start of 2011. In the meanwhile, the Android is quickly catching up with the Symbian mobile platform in terms of distribution –with many expecting total market saturation by the end of the year.

iPhone news: Lock Bypassed, Tesco Bar Scan App Launched

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So you have run out of your favorite jar of pickles, or dip, or six pack. Need to get more? The best way may no longer be to hop out and head over to the grocer, a more convenience approach would be to whip out your Apple iPhone and take a quick scan of the bar code and have the product added into your virtual shopping cart.

It may seem like a little too overdone, but actually being able to save time on commute and simply having the grocery delivered is a big convenience, and Tesco knows this. CEO Laura Wade-Gery certainly knew that she had a great service for Tesco’s supermarket products when she launched this feature.

The best part of it all is that the app is completely free to download. While users will still need to pay for all the things they order, this certainly helps keep the daily needs of any household on proper stock. The only limit here is that the items to be scanned should be carried by Tesco; because they obviously cannot sell what they do not stock.

On a more serious note, it appears that someone has been able to find a way to bypass the password screen when moving the iPhone from a screen lock to accessing the phone’s address book. While the override will not allow access to other features of the phone, this is still a major security issue that Apple needs to address as soon as possible –as of the time of writing; Apple’s iOS 4.1 is still vulnerable to this flaw.

For those wondering how the bypass works, this is done by going to the emergency call mode (just tap the button), entering three hash marks (the # sign), pressing the call button and then quickly pressing the lock screen button on top of the device. This will grant the person instant access to the contacts list, though messages, email and other functions will still be locked out.

OS Wars: A Situation Report

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

There is no doubt that a mobile platform can make or break a phone, while this is true there are also times when a platform is not considered –such as the case of the Samsung Wave which was a resounding success, not only for the phone itself but also for the Bada operating system.

Right now, the big players are still preparing for the big sales this coming holiday season. Google is still fixing up its mobile handsets by getting everyone updated to version 2.1 Éclair or 2.2 Froyo as soon as possible. But even with such diverse fragmentation, many believe that the platform would eventually surpass all other OS in terms of distributions.

Apple’s iOS has been on the quiet side of the news (though Steve Jobs has not). With no new innovations and hardly any ground breaking achievements, the Apple made OS is certainly taking it sweet time. Still, it is hard to argue that anything needs to be done about the platform right at this instant. The Apple iTunes store is still selling plenty of apps and the next iPhone 4 version seems to have fixed the antenna issue.

The big variable factor right now is Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. From what we have seen so far, Steve Ballmer has delivered on his promise to change the way we use mobile phones. But as to whether WP7 will be the unstoppable winds of change or that one door of progress we are all loathe to cross still remains to be seen. Either way, WP7 is looking all set to change today’s mobile phone standards.

RIM’s BlackBerry OS is not to be left behind either. With the success of the OS 6 which focuses more on media, the use of the new QNX OS for the Playbook tablet seems to be opening up plenty of new possibilities for the Canadian phone maker.

Apple’s Anti-Sexting Patent Approved

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

A patent filing for a function that would monitor and censor words in text messages –sent or received has been approved for Cupertino based Apple.

The patent itself is not new; it has been filed for more than two years ago (back in 2008) as part of Apple’s plans to turn the iPhone into a completely ‘porn-free’ platform. Some would regard Apple’s actions as double standards since the crackdown on adult oriented content in applications seem to be limited only to those submitted by un-established brands.

Getting back on topic, sexting has become a serious issue for many minors and a feature such as Apple’s newly approved patent would certainly attract a lot of parents. For those not familiar with the term, sexting is when text messaging or texting is used as a channel or medium for communicating using terms that are considered sexual in a very malicious manner.

While monitoring text messaging may seem like a simple enough feature to implement, the fact is that such as function comes with plenty of ramifications. First off, text messaging is something that should be handled by the phone manufacturer –not the OS developer as the function is a core feature of a handset. In the case of Apple, this is simplified as they control both the iOS and the iPhone.

However, another more important factor to consider is the very nature of the feature –it monitors the content of the text messages being sent and received. While a simple auto-detection script may seem like a relatively harmless thing, it can be modified or altered to be used as a way to log the content text messages sent by individuals.

For now, the technology has just been approved and while Apple has yet to actually come up with a real function that makes use of the patent, there are already rumors that it may be present in the next Apple iPhone.