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Amazing iPhone 6 hack brings the Android Lollipop experience to iOS

Have you ever wanted to try Android without actually ditching your iPhone in favor of a brand new Android device? There might be a way to do that, as long as you still have access to an iOS version that can be jailbroken, as the app that’ll get you an Android experience on your iPhone 6 can’t be found in the App Store. As posted on Reddit and imgur, Andrios is “an Android experience for iOS ...

iOS 8 increasingly mirrors Yosemite and readies for the arrival of the Apple Watch

Apple has released iOS 8.3, the latest update of its mobile OS, for download. This is the third major iOS 8 update since its release on September 17, 2014, which coincided with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iOS 8 operating system, compatible with all Apple products from the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and the fifth-generation iPod Touch, not only includes a new application called Health that ...

Hugely influential iOS developer: ‘I don’t think anyone will look back fondly on the iPhone 6′

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Apple, Amazon lead rave new world of online maps - but why now?

Arguably the biggest news to come out of Apple's WWDC preview of iOS 6 this year was the word that the company would develop its own mapping software, ending its long-standing practice of using Google Maps for navigation on the iPhone.

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Reviews of: iOS 6

Completely reasonable update to a good mobile operating system. One way to figure out how good iOS is to compare it to it's best competitor, Android Jelly Bean.

I carry both an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 4 and use both regularly.

Really bad on iOS, really good on Android

  • Maps: iOS 6 maps are really bad and iOS was nearly broken as a user experience until Google released Google Maps for iOS. There's a really good argument that iOS maps just needs time to get better, but from my standpoint as a user I don't care about that whatsoever.
  • Calendars: I don't understand how this works, but my calendar is always out of date. I'll delete a recurring event, but the Calendar app on iOS will remind me about it for several weeks. Sometimes it works. No way to provide a reason when declining or deleting an event. Inviting people to an event/creating an event is really bad. Good luck booking a room and adding someone that you don't have in the iOS Contacts app.
  • Mail: The built-in Mail app is close to useless. Even if you use it with iCloud, the search is close to broken — searching on the server, even with iCloud, never works for me — and it forces emails out of the cache randomly which can be terrifying if you need a confirmation code for something and you're unsure if you'll have a good network connection.

I spend so much of my time using these core features that it really hurts that they're not very good on iOS. I've installed Google apps for two of these functions, and before those were available, it really hurt.

Better on iOS

  • Developer tools: Writing an iOS app is a really nice experience. Xcode is reasonably good, the documentation is excellent, the frameworks are pretty good, and most importantly you're only targeting a small number of devices. The last thing is a real advantage for iOS developers. It's easier to make a really good app. There are generally more good apps on iOS.
  • You can trust the store: I haven't yet installed any apps on my Nexus 4 that aren't from a well known developer that I trust. You can really trust the store on iOS. Hey Android, why does this app want to access my calendar data? Why can't I say no?
  • Better battery life: You can trust that iOS is doing whatever it needs to do to minimize battery usage. The battery life on my Nexus 4 seems worse to me than the iPhone 5. My iPhone has never turned off in the middle of the evening if I charged it the night before, but this has happened once or twice with my Nexus 4. Having to worry about background processes eating battery on Android really sucks.

Someone said, to paraphrase: "Google is getting better at visual and interaction design faster than Apple is getting better at online services." This is really true.

In conclusion: My review of iOS 6 is that you should seriously consider an Android phone. iOS 6 compared to previous versions of iOS is generally an improvement, but Maps really hurt the user experience for a number of weeks, and only then was fixed by a third party.

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Posted on 6 March 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

I think iOS development has slowed but not stagnated.

In particular, iOS6 was surprisingly missing any major new developments.

As any platform matures, we would naturally expect fewer earth-shaking changes, but iOS6, to me, is a mystery.

At this point, a little slowing does not pose any commercial risk. But Apple needs to maintain a clear advantage in usability and simplicity over other platforms.

Some context.
  • iOS1.0 - first version. Revolutionary. Getting so many aspects right.
  • iOS2.0 - Development API - allowing third party apps, which are compiled, and exploit Cocoa.
  • iOS3.0 - The push notification is rolled out. Obviating the need for apps to perform polling.  iPad "big screen" version.
  • iOS4.0 - Apple rolls out a solution for multi-tasking which avoids the need to leave apps running un-necessarily in background.
  • iOS5.0 - Has lots of under the hood changes to improve memory management. Siri. iOS cuts the cord. iCloud
  • iOS6.0 ... maps?

With each release of the OS, major new functional advances took place. Each making iOS a little more complete.... With the exception of iOS6.

To me, this is puzzling.  There are two explanations for this. iOS6 was released as planned... and they just planned a bunch of apps.

Or - as I think - iOS6 missed its ship dates and now those new intended features won't appear until next year.

It's probably worth comparing iOS to rival platforms too.  Are they overtaking Apple?

Microsoft, having had a substantial presence in the smartphone space for decades, are behind in the market. Having failed to launch a modern smartphone OS until WP7  - This was at the end of 2010 more than three years after the iPhone.

We now have WP8 and it is a good product.  It's efficient and not hard to create applications for.  Had WP7 been released in 2007, we would have some interesting competition in the market.  In terms of an app building platform, iOS has advantages in areas, WP8 has advantages in others.

One stand-out feature is the way that apps can safely provide services for other apps.

But the three year delay means that WP will struggle to find traction. Most consumers have bought into a platform. And only move if something massively better comes along. So while WP8 has some interesting engineering, there's no possibility of it becoming a commercial success. 

Android, is a very different type of product to iOS. It is clear that Android is regarded more like a conventional desktop OS. 

Apple regard iOS as a platform for appliance computing. The immutable interface just a framework to plug-in apps. And when the app runs, the device transforms into that thing. No app should ever be allowed to change or undermine any other.  This control is like a guarantee to users and developers.

No such curation takes place on Android, this is its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.  Developers, manufacturers, users have the freedom to mess with each and every aspect of the system.  This allows amazing flexibility and customisability.  But with it comes complexity, less consistency  and the requirement for users to perform more housekeeping.

The ability to customise the base experience produces the illusion of more change. There's no doubt that Android has face-lifts with more frequency than Joan Rivers. But it's an error to consider this customisation as a significant advantage.  Being able to change a thing isn't the same as making it better.

Advantage has to be measured in terms of outcomes. So looking at common tasks like reading a book, or finding a fact or taking a photograph, non-expert Android users seem to struggle more.  They talk about having to turn-off stuff to extend battery life. Or not being sure where their address book has gone.

So from my perspective, Android is certainly ahead on face-lifts and widgets , but unless Google can gain control and produce a flawless, consistent, and meticulously reliable platform, it feels more like an expert-enthusiast product than a consumer product.

Back to iOS - I would certainly like to see a little more change in the next version. So my fingers are crossed that features which should have been released this year, make a showing in 2013.

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Posted on 1 January 2013

Why did Apple remove the YouTube and Google Maps apps from the iPhone?

Google would not permit Apple to implement turn by turn directions on the iOS platform. They wanted to have free turn by turn a unique feature of the Android platform.

For Apple to maintain parity in the market with Android, it had to come up with a solution to provide turn by turn directions.

For YouTube, there is a Google provided app that is superior to the original Apple app.

See this post in the Daring Fireball blog by John Gruber.
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So Apple’s options were:
  1. Continue for one more year with iOS Maps as it was — no turn-by-turn directions, no vector-based map tiles — and thus go for another year at significant feature disadvantage to all other major phones on the market, and then face the same decision one year from now.
  2. Work out a new deal with Google, granting Google more prominent branding and more (and more personally identifying — that’s what Latitude is all about) location data from iOS users in exchange for modern features like turn-by-turn and vector map tiles. More Google branding, less user privacy.
  3. Cut the cord with Google now and go ahead with Apple’s own mapping services — which have been in development for years, with several prominent acquisitions of mapping technology companies — so that they can add turn-by-turn directions, greatly improve the aesthetics of the map graphics, use vector map tiles, add the visually impressive Flyover mode, and, most importantly, take control of their own destiny.

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Posted on 14 November 2012

How can iOS 6 be improved?

In no particular order:

  • Do Not Disturb: Allow text messages from people on the Favorites list to bypass DnD in the same way as phone calls.

  • Apple ID: Integrate the "Apple ID" as a system-level account in a manner similar to the existing Twitter and Facebook integration. Every app that needs access to your Apple ID currently requires the user to login separately. If a password changes this means re-entering it at least half a dozen times on every iOS device.

  • Notification Center: Allow enabling/disabling Do Not Disturb, Airplane Mode, WiFi, LTE, and Bluetooth from the Notification Center instead of digging into the Settings app every time.

  • Bluetooth Audio: Finally change the top bar icon for bluetooth headphones/audio devices from one that looks like the now-discontinued Apple Bluetooth headset to something more generic.

  • Safari: Allow a user to toggle incognito mode on/off from within the app. Allow users to set up alternate "read later" services to work instead of the native "Reading List" integration

  • App Store: Allow apps to auto-update in the background when on WiFi. Allow apps to include a demo video in their store listing.

  • Newsstand: Allow users to remove/disable Newsstand or put it in a folder. Allow other apps the ability to update content in the background even if they aren't a part of Newstand.

  • Apps: Allow apps on the same device to swap data and register handlers for particular types of data that other apps could then use as a conduit.

  • iCloud: Allow apps to access documents created by other apps. For example, allow a third-party text editor to read/write documents saved into iCloud by TextEdit and vice versa.

  • iCloud Storage: Give every customer an extra 5GB of iCloud storage for each iOS device activated on their iCloud account. This allows for every device to be safely backed up without running into data storage limits or requiring people to pay $20/yr for an additional 10GB of cloud storage.

  • iTunes in the Cloud: Improve the reliability of iTunes Match/iTunes in the Cloud. It got a lot better on iOS 6 and with the iPhone 5, but playback can still be erratic at times.

  • Lock Screen: Allow notifications to be cleared from the lock screen individually without unlocking the device.

  • Calendar: Abandon the "faux paper calendar" look on the iPad and re-skin the app similar to the efficient look on the iPhone.

  • Siri: Allow third-party developers to write apps that interact with Siri.

  • Game Center: Allow users to find their friends using Facebook/Twitter, instead of using email addresses for everything. Nobody uses email to talk to their friends.

  • Phone: Allow Skype and other approved VoIP providers to become the "default" phone application on an iPhone/iPod Touch and use all the features that comes with that access. Allow users to opt-out of voice service on their iPhones and solely use Skype. Allow making phone calls over any WiFi network.

  • Messages: Integrate Facebook Messages directly into the Messages app. Sort out the issues where messages may go to the wrong device. Put the persistent history of every conversation over Messages on every device attached to the service (like Facebook Messages already does).

  • iPhoto in the Cloud: Not specifically related to iOS, but Apple needs to launch a service that stores all of the photos in a user's iPhoto/Aperture library in iCloud for a yearly fee. All photos AND videos shot on iOS devices would automatically be added to this cloud archive.

  • Misc: Integrate Dropbox as a system-level service alongside Facebook and Twitter. Allow apps to natively read/write from Dropbox.

  • Misc: Find a better way to secure Apple IDs that isn't a password easy enough to type quickly on a small keyboard. Apple IDs control vast access to extremely personal data and the ability to purchase things via the iTunes Store/App Store/Apple Store (via EasyPay).

  • iPod Touch: Again, not strictly related to iOS. Ship an iPod Touch with a cellular modem and data-only access to the Internet under an iPad-like integrated billing system. Allow the option to pay for data service via an Apple ID, instead of typing a credit card directly into the device.

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Posted on 30 September 2012

Are you hesitant to upgrade to iOS 6 because of the lack of a Google Maps and YouTube app?

  • You can download the YouTube app in 10 seconds from the app store.
  • You can use Apple Maps in areas that have decent coverage, plus the new turn-by-turn directions and 3D visualizations are pretty awesome, and I already use them all of the time.
  • You can use Bing maps, Google maps (via browser), Waze, Mapquest, others, as Maps replacement for areas with spotty data.
  • iOS has a bunch of other nice upgrades.
Annoying, but not a deal killer, and you gain more than you lose.

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Posted on 28 September 2012

What are the coolest uses/implementations of Passbook?

  • Medpasses is using Passbook to remind users what medications they need to take, how much of that medication, when they need to take them and what each medication looks like:
  • BillGuard integrated Passbook in a useful and unique way: After adding your credit cards to their website, it offers to email you passes for each card that show you the card's current balance, how many recurring charges and fees the respective card has and, on the back of the pass, gives you a list of each card's most recent transactions. Pretty seamless and useful integration:
  • Klout integrated Passbook in a useful way, albeit a logical one: After downloading the app, you can add a pass to your Passbook that will automatically update when your score changes and displays your name, score, and a QR code that you can use at places providing Klout members with special access or services:
  • Airbnb added Passbook integration for guests staying at an Airbnb listing. The pass includes the check-in and check-out dates, the listing's address, the confirmation code, and the host's name, phone number and email address: More info in Richard Heard's answer to What do the passes generated by Airbnb's iPhone app look like?

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Posted on 27 September 2012

Who – so far – has been excoriated, shamed, and fired at Apple over iOS 6 maps?

I doubt anyone is in trouble over this.

I guarantee that every person who worked on iOS6 Maps knows exactly what is good and bad about the product and have not been at all surprised about the backlash. I'm sure they went ahead with the release will full knowledge and support of the management team, all of the way up to Tim Cook.

Apple *had to* switch to its own Maps product, both because its contract with Google was going to end within a year and because it was way too important of an asset for it to not own long term. But, whenever that switchover happened, it was going to cause some pain.

This release was just one of many steps in a multi-year process which has so far included at least 3 acquisitions plus new partnerships.

Taking some short term pain for long term gain is something that Apple is very good at and has a strong track record doing.

(Edit 12/19/2012 - it is clear I was wrong about this given the fall out that has ensured. I had assumed that a project this large could not have shipped without wide knowledge inside of Apple of the tradeoffs involved. Guess not. Link:  Apple Fires The Guy Who Was Running Apple Maps).

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Posted on 26 September 2012

What do Apple employees think of the iOS 6 Maps app?


I left the company a few months ago and have talked with over 5 employees about what their opinion of it is. None of us are retail. None of us are on the mapping team.

First, it is important to consider, this is Apple's first try. Numero uno. Take a look at Google Maps in 2005. It wasn't well done.

Apple will fix the issues and glitches. Transit applications will be improved upon for public transportation extremely quickly. It isn't in our blood to let a product have such prevalent issues.

Second, it is important to consider a few things that this mapping application adds:
  1. Live routing that works well and in the background. Today, I was in a rush for somewhere and stuck in traffic. My GPS on my 4 year old car was not re-routing me. Apple Maps got me there in time.
  2. Very quick and awesome 3D mapping, plus Flyover. Very well done and will only improve.
  3. Integration with Yelp. Great to get quick reviews of nearby restaurants.
  4. Siri integration.

Third, as employees, we aren't worried. Once a few glitches and more transit applications become more prevalent, iOS 6 is top of the line and the iPhone 5 is some extraordinary hardware to match the operating system.

Take this as you will.

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Posted on 20 September 2012

What do cartographers think of the new Maps design in iOS 6?

I think they are aesthetically an improvement over the Google tiles. I love the textured water and parkland. I also like that roads on the map are scaled appropriately, this provides a good sense of context when you are panning around a familiar area.

I wonder about the lack of labelling on the Apple map. Comparing the two versions, there is a lot more useful textual information on the Google maps. It may be that the detail on the Apple maps is still being built up.

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Posted on 3 July 2012

What apps and startups will be forced to pivot or die due to iOS 6?

I don't think we can safely say the release of iOS6 will kill any apps (other than Google Maps, which is not made by a startup). And for companies that are pursuing a cross-platform strategy (particularly those in games and social communication / communities), they'll still need native iOS apps to succeed. A few reasons not to declare death to startups, including Waze:

  • GameCenter was supposed to kill the market opportunity for 3rd party gamer graphs to connect game players. GREE, Mobage, and others continue to make steady progress in building game graphs. GameCenter is an important piece of the iOS puzzle, but it hasn't become the end-all-be-all solution for game distribution, discovery, or social networking.

  • Ping was supposed to be Apple's solution for music social networking when it launched. It was supposed to destroy the competition. Hasn't happened and Ping is being shut down.

  • iMessage was supposed to kill all of the 3rd party free SMS clients like WhatsApp, TextPlus, etc. My sense is that hasn't happened and those apps might have a harder time standing out on iOS but are doing fine overall. I could be wrong there, though.

  • Facetime has not destroyed the opportunity for Skype or Tango or any of the other myriad person-to-person video calling solutions.

At the end of the day, I think some of these new features will really pose a threat to those companies who have two things in common:

1. Deep and exclusive focus on iOS as a development platform and no beachhead on Android or some other relevant desktop / web platform.

2. Products that were merely filling technology gaps that Apple had not addressed and where Apple's solution is clearly better. Turn-by-turn mapping could be the one in most peril.

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Posted on 12 June 2012

How will Apple Passbook impact Square's product strategy?

I guess it depends on how far out you want to look. Here's how I would assess the current starting position for the two companies - FWIW I do not or have not worked at either company but own a tiny bit of Apple stock:

Square - Square has been hard at work building up both consumer familiarity with seeing the Square device in the wild (and to a lesser extend the Pay with Square option that allows you to leave your phone in your pocket). Square has relationships with 10s of thousands of merchants and many times that number of consumers who have swipe a card and paid with square.

Right now Square runs on both the iPad and Android devices, so their short-term focus is likely on building up the largest network of merchants and consumers who are comfortable using Square so that it feels as natural and normal as paying with a Visa card - that requires building consumer trust and winning merchants over. That's why I believe Square has had an aggressive distribution strategy with the dongle swipe device, as he who wins over the largest and most influential set of merchants will get in front of the most consumers and hence likely build the biggest network.

Square also has a lot of other ways to build stickier, deeper relationships with the merchants they acquire beyond simply processing the swipe. They can provide CRM, point-of-sale software and systems, etc that I doubt Apple would provide. So there are lots of opportunities for Square to further entrench itself.

Apple - With the release of Passbook Apple now has an opportunity to be a digital wallet. The iPhone is a great device and consumers love it. While it should be fairly straightforward for Apple to strike direct deals with the United Airlines, Live Nation, Safeways of the world, I am not sure how they will go after long-tail merchants and how exactly Passbook will work at the point of sale. Will it be a scan-based system that doesn't require any additional hardware? Will there be some kind of virtual terminal that works with an iDevice in the loop. The most recent announcement does not state how Passbook will work as a full wallet as the pesky question of how it will work with traditional swipe-based transactions. Until that's clear, I don't see how the two companies are competitive.

The core question is whether Square will be able to build up enough marketshare and mindshare with long-tail and torso merchants to have a strong shot at locking up the largest merchants in the swipe transaction space before Apple releases and scales its payment offering for both consumers and small merchants. I certainly wouldn't bet against Square given how hard it is to win over merchants, especially those on the long tail.

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Posted on 11 June 2012

How will Apple's new mobile wallet Passbook impact other mobile wallets?

Don't let the loyalty play here fool you, this is a wallet.  don't forget we use wallets for more than just payments.  I and many others have said all along, payments will NOT lead the charge for digital wallets. 

This will replace tickets and coupons as well as loyalty cards, followed by receipts and then payments is the natural next step. 

Look at Starbucks success with their prepaid card and mobile app.  It is successful due to its' ease of use, ubiquity and daily usage.  Big box retailers like Home Depot (sorry PayPal) or Macy's are not frequent enough to change our behavior, however if you roll them all together under an iUmbrella (tm) and then use if for everything, voila a wallet is born.

Apple already holds 100 million credit cards, using them to pay is not a far off bridge. The key is by the time Apple tells us to pay with our iPhone, we will already be using it for 50% of what our leather wallets do. 

A final thought - NFC, which I am a big advocate of, has nothing to do with this announcement.  NFC, bluetooth, QR code, swipe, whatever it is just a modality.  Apple will use whatever works best for users (and profits them)

Now if Apple can solve the single sign on across all my accounts, they will really own my loyalty.

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Posted on 11 June 2012

How will Apple's new mobile wallet Passbook impact other mobile wallets?

Apple has entered into the mobile wallet marketplace by sticking just a toe in the ocean of mobile payments.   In the process Apple will change just about all aspects of discounts, ticketing and payments.

Meet Passbook

Today 6/11/2012, is the moment that many have waited for, the beginning signs of the Apple mobile wallet called Passbook.  Passbook is an iOS 6 app fully integrated into iOS 6 with developer APIs to extend current features to other iOS apps. Passbook will have APIs for centrally locating just about all gift cards, loyalty cards, reward cards, incentive cards and ticketing.  Much like the iOS Newsstand and Books apps this is more of a conduit for innovations. 

Passbook is partly the work of the designer of Starbuck’s very successful 2D barcode mobile payment solution,  the mobile wallet and NFC genius Benjamin Vigier now working at Apple.  This guy is a powerhouse that designed Paypal Mobile, Sprint MyMoneyManager, Mobile Wallet applications for 2 top #5 US carriers, mFoundry Mobile Banking WAP platform, NFC Wallet for a top 3 US bank and led SanDisk mobile commerce and NFC activities.  We will see a great deal of his work at Apple in the coming months.

I have had some time to digest my early exposure and early information about Passbook and can say with rather high certainty we are seeing the first brick in Apple’s “mobile wallet” system.

Beautiful Passbook UI.

Passbook, An IOS Wallet API

By creating Passbook Apple will establish a secure standard for storing and sorting virtual cards, tickets and offers in iOS devices.  There will be a number of features included on the launch date but many more will be unveiled as the product becomes more integrated with Payment Cards.   Apple has already established an impressive number of large retailers to use and integrate Passbook into existing iOS apps, for example Starbucks massively successful mobile payments app (Brian Roemmele's answer to What retailer is the most successful in mobile payments?).  More retailers will announce how they will use Passbook in the summer as they realign front end systems and back end systems.

Passbook's user interface presents the user's personal items in a card-like interface that is updated live as things change. This skeuomorphism ( visual design is very much like the former Square Card Case (How important is Square's new stand-alone Card Case app?) that has been replaced by the “Pay With Square” app.  Passbook goes far beyond this concept by being a truly open system that any retailer can use regardless of what payment card company is processing the payment.  There will also be a rich feature set of controls that allows the user to finely tune the use of the system covering access to personal data and location information on to prior purchase history.

Passbook displays an image that is related to the functionality of the items in the wallet.  For example, a coupon has a serrated edge showing graphically that it is a discount.  In another example tickets will have a half circle cut at the top to present the image of a Ticket Stub.   Each item in the wallet will come with a number of user and merchant set perimeters.

We are really seeing the stage being set for the framework on how Apple will integrate with Visa, MasterCard and the other Payment Card networks. 

Notable Features

Geolocation-  The appropriate reward/incentive/gift card/ticket will be automatically presented for use as the iOS user enters the retail location.  Passbook is integrated with the lock screen so that when the device is near a retailer, a message pops up alerting the user that he or she has a ticket or rewards card that can be redeemed. This very powerful feature will allow users to have instant access to Passbook functions, however in the future retailers will be able to push offers/credits/incentives to users based on a number of criteria including location. 


  • Starbucks will integrate their wildly popular Payment System that will open a card in Passbook app when within a preset distance from a store location.  The users will have instant access to the Starbucks Payment Card barcode and present the iPhone to scan as normal.
  • Target will be able to present an instant coupon as the user enters the store.  The can also notify the user of the balance on registered gift cards.
  • When entering an Amtrak train (CalTrain, Path, Subway) platform, Passbook will notify the user of the amount of credit/rides that are available and present a barcode to be scanned by the ticketing agent.
  • Eventbright, for example could create a "daily deal" integration to help fill local events in the last days or hours of the event maximizing attendance.

Live Updates-  All cards will have a dynamical update function that allows for up to the second changes to be made and pushed to Passbook and through the a standard iOS notification.   Using geolocation and live tracking it will be possible to allow tickets 


  • Virgin America may need a boarding gate change and they can push an update on a Passbook ticket with the user receiving a notification.
  • Target will be able to dynamically update the amount on a Target gift card with-in seconds.

Calendar and Reminders Intergration-  Passbook will have synchronized tickets and offers with the Calendar and Reminders apps.  This will make allow for future events to have a card Passbook that will notify and activate at an exact date. 


  • You can purchase an airline ticket that has date exclusions with reminders that can be set to notify you when you are in an open use date.
  • Through the calendar invite function you can push event tickets to friends to RSVP and attend.

With just these basic features combined there will be a rather rich user experience.  As developers extend use cases and Apple extends more advanced functionality and integration we will witness a spectacular platform for new wallet/payment innovations.  There is even a whimsical shredder that virtually "shreds" as a reenforcement for a card deletion from Passbook.


Apple will be very pragmatic and practical in using technology.  Absent in this version is any mention of NFC technology.  This is not at all surprising as Apple has not yet released an iOS device with NFC, however there is little doubt that this is on the way (Brian Roemmele's answer to Why does the iPhone 4S lack NFC support?).  Apple is using the simple bar code on the iOS screen for redemption.  There will also be other server based ways to access cards on the user’s iOS device through the API that would activate via just Geolocation.  All of this integration is just dead simple and just works.

When NFC is released on the next iPhone we will see far deeper integration to retailer’s existing payment systems through NFC readers that are being rapidly deployed at the larger retailers as a part of Visa’s and MasterCards mandate to have a high degree of EMV and NFC acceptance by 2014.  There will be financial and liability inducements to merchants to adopt upgrades to the existing payment equipment as nearly 100% of US payment cards will have EMV and NFC by 2014 ( and  There is nominal costs of less then $100 for these upgrades for most merchants and in many cases the upgrade will be free.   Apple will be at the tip of the spear with NFC integrated into the iPhone just as more NFC systems will be in use at merchants.

Passbook And Payment Cards

Thus it is just a matter of time before we see the Payment Card integration of Passbook (with a slight name change) in the future.  At this point Apple will have no desire to replace Visa and MasterCard but to become a conduit for these existing services.  Apple’s own iTunes accounts will be available for retail purchases at the Apple store, however there is little chance that iTunes will ever become a retail payment system.

Siri + Passbook,  A Transaction Completion System

In my post, Will Siri become a transaction completion system? I spoke to how Siri will become a transaction completion system.   In this use case one could say "Please order a Venti Macchiato and pay with my Starbucks payment card. Leave a 10% tip.".  This would be theoretically possible with the iOS 6 release of Siri and Passbook when it hits the market.

The Passbook Conduit, Disruption Not Needed

Passbook is a platform for innovation and is a very bold move that will impact any company wishing to be a part of what is currently called the “mobile payments” market.  Apple is wisely choosing a path to work with rather then against existing infrastructure.  I have advised far too many companies that have been wrongly convinced that there is true “disruption” in the mobile payments industry.  Some startups have burned so many bridges in believing they will be disruptive that they have simply no path back to working with the many companies Apple is choosing to work with.  The idea that there would be disruption in Payments has wasted the talent of some of the best people in tech by focusing on the wrong "problems". 

Game Changer But Not Game Over: A Gold Rush Opportunity

Passbook will have a direct impact to all existing and startup companies that are in Payments,  gift cards, loyalty cards, reward cards, incentive cards and ticketing.   Over time the impact on the Google Wallet, Pay With Square and PayPal Here/Retail will be rather significant.   I would also add any company that create discounts and offers to consumers as Passbook will be the central hub for this activity in iOS. I however can see 100s of massive opportunities for existing and startup companies to work in and around this new Apple ecosystem. 

Very much like the app store, Apple will actually liberate 1000s of new ideas and startups.  Companies that have been working with me over the last few years will likely be some of the first to announce product into this new ecosystem.  If you had dreams of spectacular wallet ideas, your platform has arrived. I am predicting a huge "gold rush" opportunity in this industry as Apple fully deploys in to becoming the conduit of all possible transactions, not just Payments.  We have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

Apple has a rather long history of changing the business plans of even the most successful companies, today we are seeing this again.  Passbook will render irrelevant and redundant perhaps dozens of products in the market and not yet to market.

Some may claim that this move by Apple is minor at best and perhaps ignore the true gravity of Passbook, however history will show this would be a regrettable position to take;  betting against Apple.

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Posted on 11 June 2012

What's new in iOS 6?

  • Shared Photo Streams. From within the photos app users can now choose to share them with friends, who will be notified of this. The app supports direct commenting on images also.
  • FaceTime Over Cellular Networks. This drew a big round of applause, and is self-explanatory.
  • Updated Phone App. Users can now quickly and easily reply to missed calls using the new lock screen shortcut. A list of standard messages is displayed when the icon is swiped up, and this also support custom messages as well as geofencing.
  • Do Not Disturb. This much-rumoured update adds functionality that blocks notifications from lighting up the screen or making sounds. The settings for this are pretty in-depth, allowing you to set certain contacts to bypass this, as well as bypassing this if a certain number of calls are received from the same number.
  • Siri Updates. Siri can now launch apps, and provide far more information than before. 'Siri knows about Sports', and can provide scores and other data. In addition to this Siri can now display Yelp (product) reviews and features OpenTable integration. Support is also provided for movie questions, with Siri using data and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Users can also watch film trailers directly.
  • Turn By Turn Navigation. Siri now handles Turn by Turn navigation from the Maps app, and you are informed of route changes. Asking where the nearest place to buy gas is will modify the route to accommodate this. If you ask 'Are we there yet?' Siri tells you to relax, yes really.
  • New Accessibility Options. Quite substantial updates here, notably the single app mode disables the home button and allows a device to be locked into one app. Perfect for schools and museums. There is also enhanced support for autistic and disabled users.
  • Entirely New Maps App. Google Maps is long gone, and Apple's own maps service uses over 100 million business listings and Yelp (product) integration to provide more information. Traffic information is now crowdsourced, with users anonymously providing data about traffic flow. Flyover mode adds realtime satellite mapping all over the world in 3D, similar to the Google Maps update announced last week.
  • Smart App Banners. When visiting a site on Safari that has an app, a new banner appears inviting the user to download it.
  • Safari Updates. Mobile Safari now features its very own offline reading list, and tabs are synchronised with desktop version
  • Mail Updates. Pull to Refresh for inboxes, multiple Email Signatures, and new Mail VIPS who's messages display more prominently across the app and also have their own inbox.
  • Passwords No Longer Required For Some AppStore Actions. The AppStore no longer requires a password when updating apps and downloading previous purchases. You can now open apps that are already installed from the AppStore.
  • A 'New' Banner Appears On Newly Downloaded Apps.
  • Reminders Has A Badge Displaying Outstanding Tasks.
  • The Lock Screen No Longer Has A Lock Icon.
  • System-Wide Sharing Menu.
  • New Darker Camera UI.
  • New Flatter Buttons And UI, Much Less Pinstripe.
  • Redesigned iTunes. The iTunes Store now has a black navigation bar.
  • New White Dialing Screen.
  • The iPad Finally Gains A Clock App

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Posted on 11 June 2012 search results

A subreddit for legacy iOS versions and devices!

This is a subreddit dedicated to Jailbreak(ing) info for old/unsupported iOS versions, and devices (iOS 6 and lower for example). This is meant to be the same as /r/jailbreak but for those who need support they can't always find there.

Posted on 23 November 2014

[PSA/HOW-TO] Successfully TETHER downgrade iPhone 4 from iOS 7 to iOS 6/5/4 WITHOUT SHSH. *GeekGrade method* WINDOWS ONLY

The wait is finally over guys! Downgrade all limera1n devices (from the iPhone 4 down) without the need for SHSH.

I myself have used this method and sucessfully downgraded my 32GB iPhone 4 on iOS 7.1.1 to iOS 6.1.3 without the SHSH! I will post pictures for you guys to see :)

Before attempting this, you guys will need everything on this list:

-A windows computer running any version of iTunes

-iReb (download)

-iTunes patched (32-bit) (64 bit)

-The IPSW_geekgrade custom firmware to which you want to return to. (download)

-Redsn0w (download)

-The original firmware that you want to go back (people going to iOS 4 won't need this)

Now for the guide, what I USED was a written instruction which can be found here

If you guys prefer to watch a how-to video, you may want to watch this


  • Cydia will be preinstalled! :D

  • This is a TETHERED downgrade. Meaning if you need to to restart the device or reboot, you will need to use redsnow.

  • If you're going to downgrade to iOS 6, you need the 6.0 IPSW for the 'original frimware you want to go back to' (it doesn't matter what version of the modified GreekGrade IPSW you have, but you need the original 6.0 IPSW regardless of what iOS 6 version you're downgrading to.

  • For the ones going to iOS 5, It will serve the IPSW for the version specification: EX. If you want to go back to iOS 5.1.1, you will need to also download the official firmware 5.1.1, if 5.0.1, you need the original 5.0.1 and so on. (Please note this is ONLY for iOS 5. For 6, again, you JUST need the original 6.0 IPSW)

  • For the ones who want tot go back to iOS 4, you JUST need the custom GeekGrade firmware.

If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I will do my best to reply to all of you :)

And now, here are pictures of my iPhone 4 during the downgrade process

EDIT: I want to add this to inform you guys that the device LOCKS like normal, nothing will happen. The phone will work exactly like how it's supposed to. The only issue that it's a tether downgrade, if the phone dies or you shut it off, you need to tether boot it through the computer.


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Posted on 24 April 2014

For those of you who had iOS 6 Jailbroken, and upgraded to iOS 7...Do you really miss anything? I had 60+ tweaks, and only miss maybe 2 or 3 - Curious on others' opinions

I jailbroke my iPhone 5 within a few days of evati0n release. After about 2 months I had upwards of 60 tweaks. I was really happy with it -- it made iOS 6 SO much better.

Then... I dropped my phone in the ocean... It hit some rocks, broke the screen, then sunk to the bottom. I retrieved it, and fortunately I was dumb enough to buy the AppleCare+... So I got a new phone, but it was already on 6.1.4. LOST MY JAILBREAK!

So I went about a month with the stock iOS 6... I kinda thought I'd get used to it, but I was surprised how much I missed all of the tweaks.

Then I updated to iOS 7...Now I hardly miss my jailbroken iOS 6.

Not only does iOS 7 have a lot of the features I loved*, it also had some features that I couldn't find in Cydia.

For instance, I loved Zephyr and NCSettings, but iOS 7 integrated those seamlessly, PLUS I can finally swipe "right and left" to go "back and forward" in Safari. (I tried 3 or 4 tweaks to do so, and they were all buggy)

The only things I do miss, are Activator (loved being able to control my music with the (+) (-) buttons when the screen was off), the ability to swipe left/right to change tracks in the music player (forgot the name of the tweak), SwipeSelection, and adblock.

*I do credit the jailbreak community for a lot of the improvements made in iOS 7


Edit: Another thing I don't miss -- Although it didn't happen too often, I don't miss my iPhone randomly freezing/restarting, and having to tediously figure out which tweak/combination of tweaks caused it.


So, that's my spiel. Interested if others had similar/opposite reactions.

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Posted on 7 October 2013

Here's a tip for those who can't decide if they should stay on iOS 6 jailbroken or upgrade to iOS 7

I am not sure how many people I will help out with this post, but I am going to try and help out anyone who is stuck in the "upgrade or stay" predicament.

I cannot decide if I should upgrade to iOS 7 or stay on iOS 6 jailbroken so here is what I did: I made a list of all the tweaks that I jailbreak for. I then removed them UNLESS they will be on iOS 7. For example, I left NCSettings installed because I will have Control Center on iOS 7. I removed Activator because I will not have it on iOS 7. I made my phone as similar to iOS 7 as possible. iOS 7 will be released in three days. I'm seeing if I can live without those tweaks I removed. If I can, I will upgrade. If not, I am staying. I am just trying to help some people out because we don't know how long we have before an iOS 7 jailbreak, and no one wants to make the wrong decision.

Update: After doing this for almost 24 hours, I am surprised by my results. I can go without everything I thought I couldn't. Everything but f.lux. Why is f.lux not available on the App Store anyway? It's not a huge change to iOS is it?

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Posted on 15 September 2013

A few lesser known settings that may improve your battery life (iOS 6)

These are some settings that I have found to have helped with my battery life on my iPhone 4S running iOS 6.1.2. These settings may not necessarily be for everyone but, hopefully, they can be of help to others with similar battery issues that the standard battery drain guides cannot resolve.

Disable unnecessary Notification Centre (NC) widgets.

  • How: Settings -> Notifications -> Edit: drag unnecessary widgets out of the 'In Notification Centre' list and into the 'Not In Notification Centre' list.

  • Why: Widgets such as Calendar and Mail will frequently pull information to keep 'updated'. The fewer widgets you have, the better.

  • Why Not: You are in need of constant updates from all these applications (apps).

Disable 'Emergency Alerts'.

  • How: Settings -> Notifications: toggle 'Emergency Alerts' to OFF.

  • Why: Essentially a form of push notification that has a constantly open IP connection.

  • Why Not: You require or would like to have these notifications from your service provider.

Disable Siri's 'Raise to Speak'.

  • How: Settings -> General -> Siri: toggle 'Raise to Speak' to OFF.

  • Why: The raise to speak function utilizes the infrared proximity sensor to constantly check how close a surface is to the face of the phone, as well as the iPhone's accelerometers.

  • Why Not: You are a frequent user of Siri and its 'Raise to Speak' feature.

Disable Mobile Data/Cellular for iTunes, FaceTime, Passbook Updates, and Reading List.

  • How: Settings -> General -> Mobile Data (or 'Cellular'): under 'Use Mobile Data for:' list, toggle 'iTunes', 'FaceTime', 'Passbook Updates', and 'Reading List' to OFF.

  • Why: Your mobile data will be used for these apps or features and whenever they update in the background.

  • Why Not: You require these apps to have mobile data access (as opposed to wifi).

Disable automatic time zone setting.

  • How: Settings -> General -> Date & Time: toggle 'Set Automatically' to OFF.

  • Why: Location services will be used to check your position on a regular basis in order to adjust the time according to the time zone you are in.

  • Why Not: You frequently change time zones or require this feature.

Disable unnecessary System Services that require Location Services.

  • How: Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services (Note: System services can only be accessed when Location Services is toggled ON): toggle any of these system services that you do not require to OFF (personally, I have left only Compass Calibration on).

  • Why: These system services are not essential to the phone's basic functions but utilize Location Services which can be a strong battery drain.

  • Why Not: You require or utilize these system services.

Disable Diagnostics & Usage reporting.

  • How: Settings -> General -> About -> Diagnostics & Usage: select 'Don't Send'.

  • Why: Whenever a crash or error report is generated, the log is automatically sent to Apple in order to help address the issue in future iOS updates, using mobile data and Location Services.

  • Why Not: You wish to help Apple address crashes or instabilities in iOS.

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Posted on 1 March 2013

Compilation of free, minimal UI tweaks and apps for new jailbreakers (iOS 6.1) with video demos

I jailbroke my phone recently and spent a good amount of time researching free, minimal UI tweaks/apps. I've seen other compilation lists here, but none of them focused on the budget-minded, chaotic-good jailbreaker. So, here is my list for all the other newly jailbroken users out there who are frugal and don't want to pirate. There's gotta be at least a couple of you guys out there. Video links for your convenience.

  • StatusTab - allows you to pull down the status bar in full screen apps
  • NCTabClock - similar to StatusTab except shows only the clock
  • SwipeBack - brings swipe gesture navigation to iOS (similar to Alien Blue UI, for example)
  • SwipeSelection - keyboard modification to change the way selection and cursor movement are done (hard to describe, watch the video)
  • SwipeShiftCaret - simplier than SwipeSelection, good for non-English keyboards
  • Activator - create your own UI shortcuts with gestures, button presses, swipes, etc.
  • LastApp - use Activator to create shortcuts to your last app (I use double-tap on status bar)
  • NowNow - short press home to access Google voice search (needs Google search app installed)
  • DietBulletin - shrinks notification banners to the size of the status bar
  • LowPowerBanner - changes the lower power alert to a banner (so it doesn't take focus from app). Doesn't seem to play nice with DietBulletin at the moment.
  • BrightVol - change brightness with volume buttons, but only after pressing both of them simultaneously (press again to revert back to volume)
  • SwipeAway - close all apps in app switcher by swiping up; or close inidividual apps by swiping down
  • Better Switcher Position - switches music icon and lock orientation icon positions on app switcher (good for lefties)
  • f.lux - save your eyes at night, definitely worth installing
  • NCsettings - like SBSettings toggles, integrated in the notification center. Much more minimal looking.
  • Lorem - swipe notifications in notification center to dismiss them
  • QuickClear - single tap to clear notifications, a more subtle tweak than Lorem
  • BrowserChanger - change your default browser to Google Chrome, for example
  • MapsOpener - makes Google Maps the default maps app (doesn't work in Yelp unfortunately)
  • Bytafont - changes your default font (Geo Sans Light and Droid Sans are popular on /r/jailbreak)
  • Delete Word - do you use ctrl+backspace a lot? This brings shift+backspace similar functionality. I do notice a bit of lag with this one unfortunately.
  • DismissMyKeyboard - does your keyboard ever get in your way? Dismiss it by swiping right on the space button
  • Five Icon Dock - add a fifth icon to your dock
  • AutoProtect - poor man's CleverPin: won't ask for passcode at lockscreen when on home wifi
  • Wallpaper+ - did that subtle black gradient/shadow on your wallpaper ever bother you? This tweak gets rid of it and makes your wallpaper appear true to color.
  • AlbumArt on AppSwitcher - replaces the Music icon on the appswitcher with the now playing album art
  • NowListening - whenever a new song comes on, the track info will display via a notification banner

These DO NOT work with iOS 6.1 right now, but keep an eye out for them in the future:

  • WeatherIcon - add weather to your status bar and then some
  • AppSlide - makes your home button act more like a back button
  • Ipsum - double-swipe nofications in lock screen to dismiss them (swipe right then back left)

I hope some of you find this useful. I'd love to hear about other free and minimal tweaks people have found.

EDIT: Added NCTabClock, Five Icon Dock, AutoProtect, QuickClear, AlbumArt on AppSwitcher, NowListening, and Wallpaper+.

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Posted on 10 February 2013

Neat little detail in iOS 6.1 that I haven't seen anyone mention yet.

When iOS 6 was released, a lot of people commented on how the knob for the volume controls 'shimmers'. iOS 6 uses the iPhone's accelerometer to detect when you're tilting the phone, and it quickly replaces the image of the knob to make it looking like the knob is shimmering like how a real metal knob does.

Well, I just noticed something brand new like that in iOS 6.1. If you look at the lock screen music controls, there is a glowing line between the controls and the volume slider. At first, I thought the glow was off-center and that this was a error on Apple's part. But now, I've realized that the glow actually shifts left and right based on how you tilt the phone.

Try it out. When your phone is locked, double click the home button to bring up the lock screen controls. Then, while looking at that glowing line, tilt your iPhone into landscape mode and then back into portrait mode.

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Image 2

Neat. Obviously this is an extremely minor detail, but I haven't seen anyone mention it yet. It's comforting to know that Apple still cares about such tiny details that the vast majority of people will never even notice.

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Posted on 29 January 2013

Get an alert when the iOS 6 jailbreak comes out!

Edit 1/27/2012: Since planetbeing, pod2g, pimskeks, and Musclenerd have formed a new team called Evad3rs, there's no guarantee the new jailbreak tool will be posted to the Dev Team blog. The best thing you can do is to follow the four of them and their new twitter @evad3rs.

This post by /u/bottledLighting prompted me to think if there was a way to get an instant alert when the iOS 6 jailbreak is out. And there is!

Just head over to IFTTT and make an account. Link your email and phone number (if you have texting). After you're ready to go, use this recipe I just made. It'll send you an email when the Dev Team posts a new article to their blog. Alternatively, you can use this recipe which will send you a text.

This is more for people (which I believe is most) who have lives (I don't) and don't have all the time in the world to constantly browse /r/jailbreak, and jailbreak related sites. It's also for people who would just love to have something like this.

If you're not already using IFTTT, why aren't you? Seriously. It's awesome.

This post will also be linked to in the sidebar, for your future viewing pleasure.

Shamless plugging once again, but for our Alien Blue subscribers, here's how to view subreddit sidebars in the app.

Edit: Words.

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Posted on 1 December 2012

Why you should keep 5.1.1 instead of iOS 6.

Hi everyone!

As a lot of iDevice users, I'm thinking about upgrading my iPhone to iOS 6. But I'm also thinking about a big part of my iPhone : the jailbreak.

Actually, I think a non-jailbroken iPhone/iPad is useless. Because you can't really enjoy those kind of devices with such restrictions (Thanks, Apple <3).

But I did it anyway. I'm currently running a jailbroken iOS 6. Yeah. Cool. What now?

Tethered jailbreak (means I have to start my iPhone from a computer), had to install Cydia via SSH (and didn't worked several times. Took me 1hour to success, instead of 5mn with a finished jailbreak), and, most of all : ALMOST NO TWEAKS COMPATIBLE.

Actually, I run my iPhone with Zephyr, Winterboard, Activator, ManualCorrectPro, and an early BiteSMS beta (7.0b1). Almost all the tweaks says "Not compatible with iOS 6", or install, but doesn't work (IntelliScreenX is doing that). Themes are not doing fine too. Loop respring, or it stays in Exit Safe Mode.

So, if you don't want to be in this kind of troubles, please trust me: Be patient, and wait for a real jailbreak, with compatible tweaks.

Hope it makes you think 'bout that.

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Posted on 27 September 2012

AMA Request: iOS6 Maps developer

Whose idea was it to ditch Google Maps? How much time/planning went iOS6 Maps? How quickly are reported problems being fixed? What mapping systems was it based on, or was it an attempt from scratch? Were you surprised by all the negative feedback?

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Posted on 24 September 2012

Cool new "hidden" iOS 6 feature.

I've seen here and there a lot threads about issues with app switching and double home click action in iOS.

I discovered this feature accidentally, since I haven't seen any blog or thread here talking about it.

Here it is : Go to settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Home click speed, and choose "slow". WOW ! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING !

Ever since I've made the switch, no more accidentally ending on the home screen when alternating between apps, ! Reaching the lock rotation button no longer takes me 3 tries...

Well for my iPhone 4, this might be one of the best iOS 6 features.

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Posted on 22 September 2012

I don't think Google Maps got enough credit until now...iOS 6 Maps is horrible.

Let me just say this. I have a Galaxy S2 running CM10 and the iPad (3rd gen) running iOS 6 since yesterday. Android phones are just better for me, so I have an android phone. The iPad is an unrivaled tablet, so I have an iPad (though i'm looking into getting a Nexus tablet because it works better with Google services that i use constantly).

I compared iOS 6 maps with Google Maps on my phone last night and the difference is night and day. There is no nicer way to say it other than to's horrible. A huge step back. I use Google Maps everyday and all the feature I use constantly is no where to be found in iOS 6 maps.

I keep hearing people say that Google is going to bring a Maps app to iOS, but those are all wishful thinking. They have never said anything like that. I've been seeing lots of ads for Google Maps with no sign of a iOS app. They said they would release a YouTube app which they did, but never said anything about a maps app.

I look at it both ways, there are 2 ways of doing this. Release an app because it makes good business sense, or don't release one, which forces people over to Android.

People are going to be pissed.

EDIT: WOW, I did not expect this to get so big!!

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Posted on 20 September 2012

iOS 6: Huge UX Disappointment... (x/post from /r/ios)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but there are some horrible functionality downgrades in iOS6, to the point that I am concerned for the direction of Apple. I never was, until this morning when my install finished. The App Store search is useless now. If you're an app developer and your app isn't in the first 5-10 results, you will never be seen.

As you can see, search now displays ONE result at a time. Can you imagine Google showing one result at a time and having to switch through pages for more? This is absurd, if I swipe through 50 apps and decide I'm interested in that 3rd app I saw, I have to swipe back through 47 apps I've already looked at, one by one. They reduced information density to almost zero, the exact opposite of what they need to do with the app store. Presenting a list view is superior for many reasons, you can compare apps, prices and ratings at a glance, you can view 10x as many apps with a single swipe to load a new page of results, and more. They have also removed transit from maps, so if you rely on maps to get you home from the bars DO NOT UPDATE. When you select the icon for transit directions, it loads the app store with 3rd party transit apps. They have made iOS 6 significantly worse from a UX standpoint, I immediately regret upgrading. I love apple, and have never doubted their direction, until now.


Some people don't seem to understand why the new search is bad UX, and this picture sums it up nicely:

Even if you know EXACTLY what you are looking for, you would never want google to simply return one result per page. "But they added a screenshot of the website, now its better!" No it's not, it's much, much worse, more tedious, and overall less informative. Even if you know precisely what you're after, it's possible that other content is better, or otherwise appealing to your tastes. Think of any context of search, google, steam store, amazon, and have them return one single result per page...unacceptable.

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Posted on 19 September 2012

Latest iOS 6 beta adds 'Wi-Fi Plus Cellular' option to keep data flowing around weak hotspots


This is something that has irritated me since my first iPhone, as it hits me almost every single day. I usually remember that I want to listen to the Audible highlights from the New York Times just as I'm leaving my house. While this is fully streamable from where I live over 3g, when I'm in my car, the wifi at my house is still in range at 1 bar, preventing anything from happening until I drive away / turn off wifi.

I encounter a similar problem when I leave work and attempt to use Siri to make a call. I'm outside my work building, but still baaaaaaaarely connected to the work WiFi, which means Siri pinwheels for about 30 seconds.

I'm crossing my fingers that this will solve my damn problems.

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Posted on 9 August 2012

YouTube app disappears from iOS 6 beta 4.

EDIT: Verge reports: Apple: YouTube app will not be included in iOS 6, Google working on standalone version

Apple's entire statement is below.

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

More Update:

Engadget has also heard from Apple and learned that while iOS 6 devices will lose the stock YouTube app, iOS 5 devices will not. It seems that either Google's licensing agreement permits it to stay on the older OS, Apple didn't want to go to the trouble to push out a point update that takes away a feature, or some combination of both.

UPDATE 2: from Engadget

A YouTube spokesperson has provided us with the following quote: "We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users." Not much to go on, really, but reassuring that the company's actively forging ahead with a new effort. Something tells us it'll take every opportunity to trumpet the awesomeness of its standalone app after being quietly pushed / left out of the latest iOS 6 beta.

Also, the ability to upload video to YouTube from iOS 6 beta 4 is still present.

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Posted on 6 August 2012

Hidden Features of iOS 6 Beta

UPDATE: Some images for fellow redditors! Clicky!

I figured it would be nice to make a thread to share some hidden features or features that weren't really talked about iOS 6 Beta at WWDC. Some things I noticed:

  • Downloading an app no longer pushes you back to the home screen.
  • An app that has been updated will get a blue ribbon overlaid in the corner that says "New" (similar to a newsstand app).
  • In the app store if an app is already installed the button will say "Open" instead of "Installed" and pressing it will open the app on your phone.
  • In iMessage you will be able to link your email address to a phone number.
  • Music app has been changed to look more like the iPad Music app.
  • iTunes/App Store apps have been changed.
  • The status bar now is a light semi transparent color and the color changes based off of whatever color the navigation bar color of the app you are using is.
  • iPad gets a really nice default clock app.
  • You can choose to show an iMessage alert from everyone or just numbers/emails you have in your
  • Bluetooth on/off toggle now directly at the top of the next to Wifi toggle


  • now uses a Photo Stream tab to access your photo stream instead of doing it as an album.
  • Share buttons now use a grid like way to select where you want to share (iMessage, email, twitter, facebook, etc) instead of popping up as a list.
  • In the iPad Clock app the temperature of a city shows up in the World Clocks view in addition to the time in that city.

Edit #2:

  • keypad is now a light colored theme instead of dark.
  • now has a dark bottom bar, along with a black shutter button.

Edit #3:

  • When Do Not Disturb is active a moon icon will appear next to the clock. You can also set a time to turn on/off the DND feature automatically and can allow/block repeated calls within 3 minutes to go through.

Edit #4:

  • A lot more emoji icons!
  • iPad has a thicker gray bar between the "categories" of the settings on the left scrolling table.

Edit #5:

  • has a slightly different font (less bold) and the blue background kind of has a glow/gradient.

Edit #6:

  • With the new zooming out all the way will show a 3D Earth instead of a 2D map. (only for Satellite/Hybrid view)

Edit #7:

  • In you can pick a song in your to be used as an alarm.

Edit #8:

  • Don't recall if this was mentioned but in you can set a different signature for each mail account now.

Edit #9:

  • Lost mode of Find my iPhone: When this is enabled the default wallpaper changes to a lock icon and a phone number can be input that will be displayed in addition to a message. A user can tap a button and if the device is an iPhone it will call the phone number you chose. In addition you will be able to see a location trail of the device if it changing location.
  • Find my iPhone now shows the battery state of a device (how full the battery is and whether it is plugged in or not).

Edit #10:

  • You can now adjust the speed required to activate Double and Triple-click Home from Default, Slow, and Slowest settings.

Edit #11:

  • When selecting a location for location based reminders you are no longer limited to locations in your address book. You can type a location manually.
  • You can have the phone notify a contact through a push notification automatically when you arrive or leave at a certain location. You no longer have to set up a reminder and then manually message them. I believe the caveat is that the other user has to have installed on their phone as it goes as a push notification through that app.

Edit #12:

  • When a device is locked a lock icon no longer shows up in the status bar.

Edit #13:

  • Searching for an app in spotlight now also shows you the folder it is in.
  • Adding a new tab in will create it to the right of your current tab instead of all the way to the right.
  • allows attaching of photos/videos from within the application.
  • The shutdown spinner indicator has been updated to retina quality.

Edit #14:

  • If you started push by turn navigation and moved to a different app you will receive a local banner as a notification when its time to make a turn.

Edit #15:

  • Formatting (bold, italics, underline) is available for email signatures.

Edit #16: Credit to Corrie9

  • While listening to podcasts or audiobooks, the skip buttons on the lockscreen and multitasking bar will change to rewind 15sec/skip 15sec.

  • The current date will be shown in notification center (only if there are upcomming events).

  • Double tap on an date in the calendar will take you to the day view of that date

  • With auto-brightness enabled, the brightness slider now represents the current brightness, is live updating. The setting you manually choose is the lowest it will go.

  • In Setting -> General -> About, the Serial Number and Wi-Fi-Adress (and some other long values too) can be copied (tab and hold)

  • The European volume limit is currently disabled, can be turned on and off in the music settings (button not working). Music through headphones is much louder on european devices now.

  • New EQ Setting: Late Night Mode. Reduces loudness by aprox. 50% allowing finer volume controll, may or may not reduce bass.

  • Updating apps via the appstore does not require a password anymore

  • Installing already purchased apps work without password too

  • Remote Web Inspector through Desktop Safari

Edit #16:

  • When searching for a song in you can "Continue search in store."
  • For iTunes match users there is no longer a cloud button to download a song, instead tapping the song will start playing it and download it to your phone.

Edit #17:

  • now can use badges
  • You can now rearrange mailboxes in
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Posted on 11 June 2012

The iOS 6 announcement is killing me!

I will admit that I am a huge Apple fanboy. But, for my phone I chose Android. I do own an iPad, and 2 Macs, so I have my fair share of Apple branded devices in the house.

So, I am watching the liveblog of the iOS 6 announcement. And the other fanboys are killing me.

Apple finally introduces a maps application that is on-par with the Android one and everyone screaming like this is something revolutionary.

Then I see VIP. VIP is pretty much Priority Inbox. Had that for a while on Android.

Next they start touting how iMessage is awesome and how you can reply to an iMessage on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. And I see that and I say to myself that I've been doing that with Google Voice for over 2 years now, except I can do it on my PC, my Android phone, my Mac, my Linux laptop, my iPad and pretty much any other device I ever buy.

Then they show the new answer call screen where you can reply via text or send a reminder. Now I know that send a reminder is new, but I know I have run ROMs on my phone that had a reply via text option. Again not seeing anything new here.

I'm sure all these "new" features will be polished and made to be smooth as butter. One of things people say about Apple is that it doesn't get it first, but it does get it right. And I do agree with that.

I do like iOS a lot. I bought an iPad. But I really think Apple needs to go fix core OS components like Notification Center. It might be because I am an Android user, but I never check notification center, because there is no visible notification that there is anything in the notification center (isn't that statement quite ironic).

Ok, my rant is done. Thanks for hearing me out.

EDIT: Ok, if Apple had just come out and said, here are our new features, then I would be OK with it. What rubs me the wrong way is how they take digs at Android first, and then proceed to show you a bunch of features that the OS you just attacked has had for a while.

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Posted on 11 June 2012

Sanity Reminder: We should only expect iOS 6 and 10.8 at WWDC. Anything else is an unlikely surprise. No Apple TV Apps, or entire Mac line refresh, or new iPhone, is not grounds for disappointment.

The level of insanity before this WWDC is higher than I've ever seen before. People are seriously thinking Apple is going to show iOS 6, and 10.8, and AppleTV with apps, and an entire Mac line refresh, and a new iPhone form factor, etc. It is beyond unlikely that they'll do all of that. It is very unlikely they'll even just do most of that. We should expect iOS 6 and 10.8 details, that's it. Anything else would be a complete shock. We should be excited to see the next OSes we're going to get for our iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs. If we let ourselves be "disapointed" with the imaginary stuff they didn't show rather than the awesome stuff they do show then that's pretty sad.

TL;DR: Don't expect anything other than iOS 6 and 10.8. If that's "all" we get that's pretty kick ass.

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Posted on 8 June 2012