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The problems with the Apple Maps app that have emerged since the launch of the iPhone 5 and the roll out of iOS 6 have deepened to the point that chief exec Tim Cook has actually had to make a public apology.
In the days after iOS 6 arrived, many people began to complain of poor performance from the Apple Maps service, comparing it unfavorably to the Google Maps service which it replaced.
As well as geographical inaccuracies and issues with a lack of detail, Apple has subsequently been criticized for including detailed images of secret or sensitive government and military installations across the world which are usually redacted by Google and its rival mapping services.
500 million searches have already been made using the Apple Maps app, although it is now being suggested that just four per cent of iOS 6 users are actually accessing it on a daily basis.
Back when Google Maps was Apple`s choice for native navigation and location based services, it is thought that 25 per cent of iPhone owners used it every single day of the week at least once.
Mr Cook said that Apple was working hard to remedy all of the issues that have been highlighted over the past few weeks. He even pointed out a number of third party apps that could be used as alternatives to Apple Maps for the time being, including MapQuest and Waze.
Mr Cook said that customers could use their iPhones to access Google Maps via the Safari web browser and pointed out that Nokia also has a similarly equipped online mapping service.
It seems that Apple is being put in a difficult position because it not only made its proprietary software the standard for mapping in iOS 6, but also completely removed Google Maps support so that there is no app for users to turn to when their main option fails to deliver the goods.
Whether or not iOS 6 will eventually be fully reunited with a Google Maps app or not remains to be seen, but hopefully the apology from Mr Cook will be taken to heart by Apple customers and help them endure while an update for the Apple Maps app is created.
Back in 2010 you may remember that the launch of the iPhone 4 was marred by the news that the phone had antenna issues when held in a particular fashion, resulting in dropped calls and much fun-poking by Apple`s rivals.
This year other companies, including the Google-owned Motorola, have already released adverts in which they satirize the reports surrounding the Apple Maps app.
Interestingly it seems that the problems with the mapping have not dissuaded people from picking up the iPhone 5, because it was reported that 5 million units were sold in the first three days following its international release.
Since cheap phones can now provide impressive navigation and mapping, Apple really needs to step up and fix its own service or else face annoying its loyal customers.
If you are a fan of Facebook and the owner of an iOS device then you may already have been using the social networking service`s dedicated instant messaging app in order to chap with friends while out and about.
Following the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 last month, the Facebook Messenger app has now been updated in order to keep in step with the latest changes to Apple`s flagship device and software platform.
In terms of interface, Facebook Messenger can now offer a side-swipe gesture which lets you look at who else is online and available to chat at any given time.
The app will please people who have upgraded to the iPhone 5 because it now fully supports the 640×1136 widescreen resolution that is afforded by the larger four inch display found on this new model.
The Facebook Messenger app has received a number of other tweaks, including the ability to order your friends list according to who you talk to the most. This means that your favorites can sit at the top of the list, rather than residing further down which might require a lot of scrolling finger work each time you want to get in touch.
To make the app look more closely related to the iOS platform, the text from contacts taking part in a conversation now appears in little stylised speech bubbles, so it resembles the kind of aesthetic which has defined the iPhone`s SMS capabilities for some time.
The Facebook Messenger app is still free to download and use, provided you have Wi-Fi connectivity or a decent data allowance on your iPhone.
When it comes to Wi-Fi, some iOS users may have been encountering issues since upgrading to version 6 of Apple`s mobile operating system.
CNET reports that a number of forum posts have popped up on Apple`s support page, with people complaining that since they downloaded the iOS 6 update to their devices they have had trouble either connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots or maintaining decent speeds once they are hooked up to one.
Other connectivity issues have been highlighted, with iPad owners stating that AirPlay is no longer working as well as it once did, or indeed functioning at all in some cases after iOS 6 has been installed.
Any Apple customer who has encountered problems should not panic, because you are not alone and the company will already be developing fixes to help overcome issues.
It is always worth remembering that each new iteration of iOS is going to have a few bugs early on, no matter how well it has been tested, which is why subsequent updates are generally required.
Even the best smartphones can be struck down by a software issue, but overall it is good to see Apple continuing to support its older devices with iOS 6 updates and also to see third party apps getting updated to work with this new platform.
The iPhone 5 is finally here, with Apple`s official launch revealing all of the intimate and much debated details about the device that will doubtlessly be breaking sales records across the world once it launches in late September.
The most obvious new feature of the iPhone 5 is its display, which measures four inches across the diagonal and has a resolution of 640×1136. This gives it the same pixel density as the 3.5 inch Retina Display that was found onboard the iPhone 4 and 4S models, although it clearly has a larger surface area and a new 16:9 aspect ratio, which allows for an additional row of icons to appear on the homescreen, amongst other things.
The style of the device is very similar to that of the phones that Apple has launched over the last two years, which means you get a chassis fashioned from alloy and glass with rounded edges and excellent build quality. It is thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S and is also lighter, tipping the scales at just 118 grammes, despite the increase in its display size.
In terms of processing power the iPhone 5 uses a new A6 processor which has two physical cores and is reported to be clocked at 1GHz, although talking about things such as CPU speed is not as relevant when discussing an Apple device, because it always chooses to opt for efficiency rather than all out brute force.
The iPhone 5 is claimed to offer double the processing and graphics power of its predecessor the 4S, which is attested to by the number of videogame demos that Apple used during its launch presentation. In addition the larger display means that games look better than ever on the phone.
On the rear is an eight megapixel camera which is actually a little smaller in physical terms than its predecessor, but equipped with better processing capabilities to help it deliver quality snaps. On the front is a new 1.2 megapixel camera which can be used to record 720p video and also harness FaceTime for video calls.
The iPhone 5 is the first Apple handset to feature an integrated LTE antenna, which means that it will be able to connect to mobile data services at a theoretical maximum of 100Mbps, although in practice this will vary, as with any wireless signal.
This is good news for those who live in areas with LTE coverage, because it means that high speed connectivity is not only available on Android-based devices.
Some are disappointed by the fact that the iPhone 5 lacks NFC (near field communication) capabilities, which have become increasingly important over the past 12 months. However, this is hardly going to hamper its sales as it offers a suitable evolution over what came before it and it is, after all, another iPhone.
The iPhone 5 represents a very important launch for Apple, since it is necessary to drive the range forwards. Although it is not as revolutionary as the first iPhone was when it hit in 2007, it definitely has the potential to achieve great things.
Apparently, the design of the upcoming new iPhone believed to be coming in October could be slowing up the handset’s production.
That’s according to a report from 9to5Mac, which claims that at least one assembly line for the new iPhone is being stalled because of troubles with the handset’s new design. According to PCWorld, that design is something like tear-shaped, with a rounded back, and it’s giving the machines producing the handset some troubles.
Unnamed sources cited by 9to5Mac reportedly confirmed a couple of rumors we’ve been hearing about the next iPhone: specifically, that there’s not one new iPhone in the pipe, but two. That’ll be a handset similar to the iPhone 4 (perhaps known as the iPhone 4S) and the actual iPhone 5, a redesigned model that’s a bigger technological step forward from the current handset. The launch is now believed around Oct. 7, with Apple expecting to have 10 million handsets available at launch.
Sources also told 9to5Mac the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen than the iPhone 4, and a thinner, rounder body.
This wouldn’t be the first time something about a new iPhone handset stalled up the actual phone’s manufacturing process. The finally released white iPhone 4 was set to come out just a few months after it was initially announced way back in June 2010, but all kinds of trouble with the white paint and the heat applied to the phone during manufacturing caused months of delays (it only just came out in April 2011).
AT&T accidentally lists iPhone 4S (maybe)
Speaking of the iPhone 4S and white handsets, an interesting screen grab made its way around the Internet this weekend that suggests Apple might have both on-hand in coming months.
The screenshot shows this item: “iPhone 4S white,” listed on an internal AT&T product system. The shot comes from Engadget, which received it from a tipster. If it’s the real deal, it seems to back the rumors coming out from 9to5Mac and others stating that we’d be seeing a more iPhone 4-like handset coming up this fall.
It also appears that Apple plans to have a white handset on hand at launch, which is a pretty big deal given how popular the white iPhone 4 has been. Part of the sustained demand for the iPhone 4 has been the numerous different models that have been released since its original June announcement. First there was the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 that dropped in February. Then, in April, the white iPhone reinvigorated iPhone 4 sales after a huge wait, since the alternate-color handset was announced right along with the original iPhone 4.
White is pretty popular among iPhone owners, for whatever reason, and it would make sense that Apple would want to get the white version out early to try to drag in more customers.
The invitations are being distributed to selected members of the press, with the event set to begin at 10am PT that day. I hope I get mine in the mail today ha ha…
From what I have heard the event invitation will show four iPhone icons:
Starting from left to right in a clockwise direction the icons are: the calendar icon (which og course is set to Tuesday October 4), the clock (set to 10am, this will be PST); the phone icon (set to “1″, which may well suggest one call, or one phone) and the place, this time depicted in a Maps icon. At bottom, the invitation reads, “Let’s talk iPhone”.
Notably, the invitation does not suggest a plurality of phones.
Should this turn out to mark launch of the new iPhone 5, the device is expected to host the same A5 processor as the iPad 2, which will deliver excellent improvements in both graphics and processing power.
You can also expect it to be equipped with more RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and combined support for both GSM and CDMA networks, so you should be able to use the same smartphone on both Verizon and AT&T’s (and also, in future, Sprint) networks. Finialy spreading the wealth a bit.
iPhone 5 may also support some interesting new iOS 5 features (click here on IOS 5 to see what I wrote about on this) where , including a new virtual assistant technology which exploits technologies from Apple’s Siri acquisition and also new features licensed from the world’s leading voice recognition software developer, Nuance.
Apple last week set the scene for launch of iOS 5, when it confirmed plans to reset iTunes Match and iCloud beta accounts. This suggests iOS 5 could ship on the announcement day with devices set to hit channel in mid-October in the US and later in international markets.
In related news, Apple has also recently seeded an all-new, iCloud-supporting beta test of the next iteration of OS X 10.7 (Lion). I will write more on this later.
With the focus on the iPhone this Christmas, Apple is reportedly hoping to shift 26 million iPhones in the next quarter.
I bet my daughter will what to upgrade her Iphone 4 as soon as possible.
Apple has released to developers a new beta 4 IOS 5, remember that will be available this fall. This time, it has been able to use the new Software Update option that prevents us from having to update the firmware from iTunes leaving behind the annoying updates, download and upgrade, or having to restore. The new update fixes a number of bugs that have been suffering in recent days with the “bad” beta 3 IOS 5.
The new beta 4 remember that iTunes comes with 10.5 Beta 4 and the firmware for the AppleTV 2 is still beta 3 that enables other improvements to use the iPhone Mirror Mode 2 without cables.
If Mac or Windows PC is no longer available, it is necessary to save the important data from your iPhone to a new PC.
With up to 32 gigabytes of storage capacity that is iPhone is home to countless data. Besides music and movies, most users their addresses, dates and other no less important files have also always there. At home is when you synchronize the database with the PC or Mac via iTunes simply adjusted. Precipitated from the PC, either through a hard drive crash or theft, good advice is expensive. Backups are known to occur with Windows users as unpopular as the Mac community. If there is no backup of the hard disk , it is important to restore it to a new PC, the data of the iPhone. Since Apple has not provided this way actually, there are special tools and techniques to apply. We show you how to get the inventory data from your iPhone to the PC.
iPhone Windows data rescue
Music, movies, and apps will always flow from a PC to the iPhone. For copyright reasons, Apple has chosen this path on iTunes. If you connect the iPhone or another IOS device with the PC and launch iTunes are syncing music, movies and apps on the iPhone replaced by the PC. All apps that once the user has purchased in the App Store and are still available, he can reload – it’s free. Simply download the apps on the new PC again. When purchased music and movies is not possible, they must be purchased new. You have to rip your own music again. Fortunately, there is little money for tools that allow the songs, including playlists, photos and videos from iPhone to save.
The free tool iFunbox usually works pretty well, but occasionally annoying crashes. DigiDNA has Pics Aid ($ 20), Tune Aid (20 dollars) and Disk Aid ($ 10), three professional tools for data recovery in the offer. Pics and Tune Aid Aid care for photos or music / video disc Aid to the remaining data. Disk Aid, you do not, here we can offer Step 3 (data backup on the new computer) for free. In Windows Explorer also helps to take pictures on the PC. Save the first step photos, movies and music from iPhone to upload your new apps from the App Store.
The Apple iPhone was launched one week ago in the U.S.. After five days of intensive use, it’s time for a review: the iPhone is really as revolutionary as Apple wants us to believe and walk as a Dutch user against all limits? When you grab the iPhone exactly, as you sit on the couch, traveling or if you are in bed? Laptop makers are and should start worrying? Of course we looked also at issues such as battery life, design and performance. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple shows in product reviews on the website is always the battery life of the iPhone. For example, the iPhone 3G speak a duration of five hours at a 3G connection and a talk time of 12 hours if your EDGE / GPRS. Good to know, but how does Apple those numbers?
And how can you measure whether your iPhone’s battery has deteriorated? Which phone and backlight settings you have?
All settings are at default (factory settings), with the following exceptions: call forwarding is activated, the iPhone has a Wi-Fi network connected, the Wi-Fi feature Ask to Join Networks “is turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength and various other factors.
This is a playlist of 358 songs used, from CDs that are imported from iTunes (in AAC encoding, 128 kbps), plus songs from the iTunes Store purchased (AAC encoding, 256 kbps). All settings are at default (factory setting), except the following: call forwarding is enabled, Wi-Fi is turned on and the iPhone is connected to a wireless network.
The ‘Ask to Join Networks “on Wi-Fi network is turned off, like the automatic adjustment of backlighting.
As reported by MacRumors via the portal AppleNApps , it seems that the house of Cupertino is thinking of introducing in the coming months, a new iPhone model at low cost.
This version is mainly based on the streaming of content related to the new service “icloud”, it seems that the new iPhone will be called “iPhone icloud”.
From some independent sources, but reliable, we note that Apple will launch two models of smartphones, the eagerly anticipated new iPhone 5 (thinner, A5 processor just like his older brother iPad 2, the rear aluminum) while the model “low-cost “.
“IPhone icloud” will consist of several components related to its predecessor, iPhone 4, but will lower costs by providing a cheaper material.
Its price could be around 400 euros.
This new policy will allow lower costs, according to Apple, to increase the percentage of iPhone users at the same time promoting the service “icloud” already built-in smartphones.