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Craigslist has an enormous global user base -- the site gets more than 50 billion page views, and users post over 80 billion classified ads per month, according to the company -- but its size, anonymity and lack of policing also deter some would-be buyers and sellers. Most people have -- or know someone who's had -- a sketchy experience on Craigslist. For instance, when Josh Rubin of Sacramento ...

Apple releases first iOS 8.4 beta, includes new Music app

On Monday, Apple released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers, which among other feature includes what the company calls a "sneak peek" at a revamped Music app that now offers a new Miniplayer, global search, a better iTunes Radio experience and improved "Now Playing" screen that allows custom art from users, along with a Recently Added automatic playlist. In addition, Apple updated its Xcode 6 ...

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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How can I download iOS 7 apps in iOS 6?

Not possible. Aside from the App Store outright forbidding it, think about the practical implications of what you're proposing.

What if the developer uses a framework in which no iOS 7 equivalent exists?

I'm not a developer, but there would be little incentive for me to support older iOS versions.

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Posted on 24 June 2014

Has Apple Maps shown any sign of improvement yet?

Apple's cartography works a lot better than people think it does, especially with the updates it received for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. The problems that still exist are as follows:

  • Low-res 3D imagery due to the inability to spend countless time making sure every 3D tree across the entire US looks good
  • Inaccurate location data from Yelp in less-populated areas
  • Inaccurate navigation data from TomTom in less-populated areas
  • Terrible satellite data in third-world countries and sparsely-populated areas of the US (and classified military bases)

Apple's Mapping Solution is nowhere near perfect yet... but neither is anything else, every service has its own flaws. For navigation and map exploration, Apple's Mapswork great in most areas... just try it out first in iOS or OS X and see for yourself! (You can always download Google Maps on iOS or use the website on OS X to use as a backup, for college campuses and mall interiors for example)

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Posted on 22 November 2013

Will Apple develop its own public transit solution for iOS Maps?

While Apple, as usual, has not and does not comment on future plans, there is some evidence that the company is working in this direction.

In July, Apple acquired transit navigation service HopStop, a company that offered subway, bus, walking, cycling and tax directions in over 500 cities. This was followed a month later by the acquisition of a transit app developer, Embark, a small Silicon Valley startup that developed free transit apps for iOS. The report on that acquisition cited "people knowledgeable about the deal" as indicating that Apple had specific plans to integrate Embark's technology into the Apple Maps application.

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Posted on 4 November 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

Stagnation is not necessarily a bad thing. Innovating for its own sake is a zero sum game. For example Palm's WebOS was innovative but made no impact at all. Both WP8 and BB10 are innovative but there best case scenario is to be firmly in third place.

Innovation is only good if it sells product and provides value to end users beyond just being the latest flash-bang no one will care about in a year.

The smartphone form factor is now defined and as such there are limits to what can be designed within it. Apple defined the form factor and has been polishing it ever since. One day a new form factor will come along and the process will begin anew.

iOS is an established player just like Windows, Palm OS, and Symbian before it. It is wildly popular, has a massive support network, and shows no sign of slowing down. With each new release it is polished, tweaked, and improved. Is that as exciting as being a new up start? No, but to think that Apple has screwed the pooch and needs to make major changes to stay on top is nuts. Others are being very innovative right now, but unlike iOS they could very well fail completely.

I don't believe that Apple really cares about being number 1 or not. I think they are concerned with a balance between size and market value per unit. They make much...MUCH more per unit than Google does. Market-share is not everything. In the end I think it will be Android firmly at number 1 due to the many cheap handsets, iOS at #2, and about 12 percent market share left primarily for whoever wins out between WP and BB...with 2% left for everything else. This is until something else totally different comes along and blows the doors open again as mobile is doing to the traditional PC market now.

Android is very innovative, but that costs. For example my friend with an iPhone is still receiving full OS updates years later, while my Android friend has gone through two phones in that time, and will likely have to get a third. I'd rather have stability, reliability, and value instead of the latest geek penis replacement. Most people do not replace things for some cool feature, they do so because their current device is obsolete in a more holistic sense. With contracts possibly going the way of the Dodo this could become more apparent.

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Posted on 6 April 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

With the release of Facebook Home, this question needs re-addressing.

While I appreciate all things Apple, I do see faults with iOS, and especially the iPhone's "locked down" interface. That alone is reason to call iOS stagnated. Mark Zuckerberg knows this too, as does Google, which is why they are a big threat to Apple. And why Facebook's Home has potential to take off. How will Apple respond? With the supposed iWatch and iRing? (Do some searching, it may be rumor, it may happen. Who knows.) I'll come back to hardware later.

Regarding operating systems, Facebook Home does what iOS doesn't: transform your "first glance" at the phone; whereas an iPhone gives you a lock screen, and then the last app used or a grid of app icons; Home brings you timely content with a personal touch. And in terms of what Windows is doing, their Mobile Tile interface is one of the best things to happen to cell phones. Facebook saw that, which is why they're trying to do it better.

In the grand scheme of things, I see iOS in the same position that Apple's OS has always been in: really really locked down, giving the user the experience Apple wants, with little to no customization. Which tells us this: Apple is less about OS development, leaps and bounds, customization, and more about selling hardware and integrating the hardware among users, which has been the selling point of iOS, OS X, and iCloud. Microsoft, Facebook, and Google are less about hardware, more about user interface. Albeit, Microsoft has/had the xbox, Surface, and (r.i.p.) Zune. And with Google Glass, and the supposedly customizable Android phone that may come via the Motorola division, Goolge's getting into hardware too. Those two are trying to beat Apple on both fronts.

It's not enough to have great hardware, which Apple does, you also need a unique interface, and one that meets the user's needs, preferences, and "likes," (pun intended) as in the case of Facebook. Apple has had great highs, followed by lows. Will we see the same happen in a post-Steve-Jobs era? Or will Apple innovate on the hardware and/or software end? I'm excited to see what happens, and am glad to see technological innovation at the forefront of business, design, and marketing.

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Posted on 5 April 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

One thing I find a bit strange is that the interface has changed close to none since the very first iteration of it in 2007. I'm sorry, but no matter how good a product of any kind is, in 5 years if you can't find ANY room for improvement or change on anything, you must not be trying very hard. Especially given Apple's reputation for innovation and creativity. Look at Android and Windows Phone, they've both come a long way since their inceptions.
I think this is an eternal problem at Apple. Every good idea they come up with, they leave to rot. While competition drives other companies to continually improve their products, Apple doesn't play that game, which leads to stagnation and falling behind. From iOS, to the iPhone, to the iPad, after announcing these revolutionary products, all they've done over the years is give them a refresh every year or so and stick a new number behind the name.

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Posted on 26 January 2013

Has iOS stagnated?


I think the assumption many people make about the "stagnation" in iOS is related primarily to the look and feel of the user interface, without understanding just how much is going on underneath.

First, before getting into any details, iOS 6 introduced over 200 new features. That alone makes any claims of stagnation hard to believe.

And when you get into the details, you realize that a LOT is new. One can of course argue that the new features aren't valuable or well-executed, but that's different from stagnation. While some of these features are not revolutionary and exist on Android or elsewhere, they're still new additions to iOS.

Major features like Maps, Facebook integration, Passbook, launching apps with Siri, and deeper iCloud integration no doubt took enormous efforts to add to the platform.

What hasn't changed is the overall look and feel, which also isn't very customizable. I think the reason is that the overwhelming majority of iOS users are happy with it, so Apple didn't see a reason to update it. If the question were "Has the user interface of iOS stagnated", you'd probably get very different answers.

As a side note, I do believe that there are some features in iOS that need to be improved dramatically, such as the Mail app, Notification Center, and Spotlight Search, to name a few. So it's fair to say that certain features are stagnating, but not the platform as a whole.

Apple isn't just sitting around counting their money; they just have a different philosophy about how products should be developed and prefer focus over feature creep. This clip with Steve Jobs explains it pretty well:

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Posted on 1 January 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

You can't really measure innovation. I suppose you could put together a list of consumer-facing features from version-to-version, but then what about Auto Layout, Collection Views, State Preservation, etc.... there's a lot of new stuff that isn't part of Tim Cook's keynote.

It seems like a lot of people are bored with the paradigm of a bunch of Home Screens containing App Icons that you can launch from. I think those people should get used to it. Compare the public beta of OS X, released in 2000, to Mountain Lion: you've got a menu bar up top, a dock at the bottom, and windows opening in between. Everything looks nicer and there are bells and whistles like Dashboard and Mission Control, but it's essentially the same thing.

Babies know how to use iPhones. Literally. That's a good thing. I wouldn't expect Apple to break that.

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Posted on 1 January 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

No, I do not believe so. Not every update to a platform can be huge, and iOS 6 is an example of that. When iOS 5 was released in 2011, it offered a much greater change to the platform that was noticed quickly by users. iOS 6 changed a lot too, but not as much for the consumer as for the developer.

iPhone OS 3 wasn't a very huge change either, although it introduced support for the iPad -- which was new at the time and launched with that -- and of course Push Notifications
. With iOS 6, many built-in applications got cosmetic updates, and developers have a lot of new material to work with for the update. If you notice more and more of your app updates calling for iOS 6 now, either for a specific feature or even the entire app, that is why.

iOS has come a long way since iPhone OS 1, and sooner or later you cannot update something significantly anymore without a complete redesign. We may eventually see a complete redesign of iOS, but I somewhat doubt it for the near future. iOS is successful, leaving Apple with just over 50% of market share in the US, and while they will keep working on it for sure they would probably be wisest not to completely redesign it. (Don't fix something that isn't broken)

iOS 6 introduced Passbook, the biggest Maps update to date, Shared Photo Streams, a Clock app for iPad, Facebook Integration, Share Widgets, a newly redesigned iTunes Store and App Store, updates to Siri, FaceTime over Cellular for compatible devices, changes to the Phone app and its features, VIPs for Mail, iCloud tabs and Offline Reading List for Safari as well as full-screen browsing in landscape for iPhone and iPod touch, Guided Access, Panorama mode for compatible devices, and a whole bunch of new features for China.

Yes, there is more innovation for other mobile platforms right now... but that is because there is a lot of room for improvement on those platforms.

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Posted on 1 January 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

Has iOS stagnated?

A lot of people will define "innovation" by added features that are easy for the marketers to write up for commercial ads (which is not a bad or wrong thing.) But Apple is still doing what it has been doing all along, i.e. polishing the existing to perfection.

This polishing brings only innovations in depth, but not breadth of the OS' features. Their merits can be appreciated only by using the same features, not by going through the what's new list. And that is why it's hard to give examples for my answer here. However, it is evident when you go through the what's new list for iOS 6 or Mountain OS on Apple's site. You will feel there's nothing new there. But once you update and familiarize with those features, you will at least not want to go back to the less polished versions any longer.

This can be seen as a stagnation by some.


I was asked to add to my original answer a few examples of depth-wise innovations Apple has been putting into iOS.

Examples for depth-wise features would be in the evolutions of the essential/core features of the iOS itself. For example, the lock screen control. It went from only iPod playback to now with Podcast specific controls, camera quick access, phone call actions, etc.

The screen rotation and layout adjustments also have been evolving constantly ever since the iPad has come on and widespread the tablet use. The improvements are clearer for the developers over the years especially in iOS 6. They way Apple has been improving it benefits both iPad and iPhone, and developer and user alike. The ease of implementation and how savvily it seem to "just work" subtly keep user experience nice and smooth all through the changing and different ways we use our mobile device over the years. As a mobile developer, the screen rotation and auto layout is one reason I place iOS higher than other OS's.

The "It just works" approach to personal data is also another one that iOS excels. To non-power users, as mobile features expand in breadth, getting their personal data organized, finding them and backing them up are incredibly difficult or even impractical to their lives. iCloud came in when Cloud computing was (or still is?) a buzz word, but Apple really only used it to mainly help solve this oldest problem in personal data management. With iCloud, you don't even need a computer anymore. All your PDA data (contacts, reminder, alarm, calendar, weather, spotlight, etc.) are now automatically synced and pushed among your devices, and backed up when charging. When you move to a new device, these data will just move in with you automatically.

Apple also introduce Siri. Looking at it as a breadth-wise feature, Siri is an artificial intelligence. However, looking at it depth-wise, Siri is, in fact, a monolithic interface to creating, using, and searching for the above PDA data. Now you don't even have to remember where the Clock icon is on which page on your iPhone or what step to tap to set an alarm. Just tell Siri what time you want to set an alarm. And this easy interface is true with the PDA apps Siri is supporting. Even though Siri is not yet working great. I am sure as mobile features keep expanding in breadth, Apple will only be even more aggressive in improving this one easy interface for keeping those expanding features under control.

Personally, I take iOS's current solution to  this ~40 year old personal data  management problem alone to make it the best OS in the computing history.

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Posted on 1 January 2013

Has iOS stagnated?

Yes, but mainly because it's been too successful. 

Now they can't take too many risks because of fears of what they might lose.  They can only make minor incremental changes and even those (if good) bring as much criticism as praise.  If bad, like maps, they're just a disaster.  With Steve Jobs gone, no one has the personal authority to take this type of risk anymore.

On the positive side, iOS still does everything that's needed for the smartphone.  So it'll take a long time before it's obsoleted.  It was so far ahead of the curve that it doesn't need to innovate for a while.

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Posted on 1 January 2013

How much did Apple pay Swiss Federal Railways to license their clock design in iOS 6, after first copying it without permission?

That article states that the companies agreed to keep the amount paid for the licensing deal a secret.

Contractual secrets are backed up by significant financial penalties for disclosure. There would be serious repurcussions for anyone that leaked the details on that payment, so you are almost certainly not going to see those details here on Quora only days after the contract was signed.

But it never hurts to ask, right?

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Posted on 12 October 2012

Can I prohibit my users from upgrading to iOS6?

Define "many problems"...

Enterprise is well supported on iOS 6. If you are in a business environment and really want to stop them from updating, you can ask people not to update or you can make a configuration profile to distribute to them that locks out Software Update with a password.

If they are business devices that should work fine. If they are personal devices, you really shouldn't mettle in their business on it.

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Posted on 2 October 2012

Why did Apple apologize for iOS 6 Maps?

Apple apologized because they care about their customers. With the iPhone 4's antenna issues, they apologized by releasing the bumper that solved it.

While Apple Maps functions just fine, it is "not good enough" for many people. With all the complaints it has gotten in just the first week, it was good for Apple to release a statement apologizing. It shows the character they have as a company that I personally admire.

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Posted on 29 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

Will Apple approve a standalone native Google Maps app for iOS 6 in the App Store?

I don't see any reason why not. They've already approved google voice, google drive, chrome, and all other major google apps. However, Google publicly said they haven't submitted an iOS Google Maps app yet:

That's why I saved a bookmark on my iPhone. I can use google maps in the meantime.

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Posted on 25 September 2012

What are good reasons to postpone upgrading to iOS 6?

Because it almost never makes sense to upgrade any software, outside of security updates, immediately when it's released (especially the operating system!). Do you really need the upgrade? No. On the other hand, the upgrade could easily break your configuration, leaving you without the software that you've come to use daily.

A much better strategy is to let the reckless early adopters try the new product, find all the problems with it, and force the manufacturer to improve the offering, before upgrading. This is actually common knowledge -- most people wait for the second year of a new automobile model, or wait for the first service pack before installing a new version of Microsoft Windows.

For mysterious reasons that the envy of the global private sector, people are different when it comes to Apple products, and it's certainly not because Apple is immune to buggy or sloppy software updates.

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Posted on 24 September 2012

What are good reasons to postpone upgrading to iOS 6?

It's not jailbroken yet.

That's my reason anyway.

I suppose the inferior maps app has some bearing too, but as soon as Google offers their app store app, that will be moot.

After that, if you don't jailbreak*, I don't know why you wouldn't upgrade, unless you are on an older device.

*In other words, if you don't care about taking control of your own property and you like doing what you are told by the technology elitists in Cupertino.

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Posted on 21 September 2012

How does Do Not Disturb mode work on iOS6?

Do Not Disturb allows you to silence any incoming notifications as well as keep your screen off, so as to not disturb or distract you. You can enable it manually or schedule it to begin (and end) at a certain time everyday. In addition, you can allow phone calls from certain contacts groups to ring through as well as repeat calls from the same person within a short period of time.

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Posted on 21 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

IOS 6 SDK: what's new for a developer in this?

Ask this kind of thing on the Developer Forums in the future, Apple is picky about what does and does not void their privacy contracts.

If you go to the iOS Dev Center, there are the documents "What's new in iOS 6" and "iOS 6 API diffs" to take a look at. They are extremely useful, and show that while iOS 6 is considered less of an upgrade than iOS 5 was it has quite a lot there hidden for developers to use.

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Posted on 18 September 2012

Which new iOS 6 features of iPhone 5 will not be available on the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS?

  1. Panorama is only for the iPhone 4S and 5, and the new iPod touch.
  2. Siri is only for the iPhone 4S and 5.
  3. Flyover is only for the iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 4S, new iPod touch (probably), and 5.
  4. Turn-by-turn audio directions are only for the iPhone 4S, 5, and new iPad.
  5. Dictation is only for the new iPad, iPhone 4S, and 5.
  6. Several new UI Elements are only for the iPhone 5.
  7. FaceTime over Cellular needs the iPhone 4S or an LTE-capable device.

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Posted on 13 September 2012

Will Apple offer its maps online for desktops?

A Mac client is not unthinkable. Apple sure does like to offer cool toys in order to sell more profitable products. I would guess that it will appear after Apple feels that Maps has sold its share of iOS converts, just as Siri was only available on the iPhone 4S, but now appears on the iPad and the dictation feature is in Mac OS.

I imagine offering it online to anyone, Mac or other PC, is definitely not a selling point. At least not nearly as strong as having such a cool feature limited to Apple customers. If anyone can use it for free in a browser, you introduce a lot of cost without a lot of benefit.

Although I may be underestimating the benefit of associating Apple with cool maps... :3

EDIT—I wrote my answer before Apple's Maps were released. It seems that maybe Apple's maps aren't so cool after all...

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Posted on 13 June 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

What new features or improvements should be included in iOS 6?

A lot of features provided by the jailbreak community.

  • FolderIcons - Let us change those ugly folder icons
  • Folderenhancer - Nesting folders
  • Folderenhancer - Remove icon limit in folders
  • MultiPage - Per page background
  • Perpage - Widgets on the springboard
  • Gridlock - Placement of icons anywhere
  • Intellisreen X - Notification Center on the lockscreen.
  • Infinidock - Increase the limit for the dock icons
  • Safari Download Manager - Download with Safari
  • Safari Upload Manager - Upload with Safari
  • Rich Text for Mail - Complete rich text editing in mail and notes
  • Backgrounder - True multitasking
  • API for Notification Center - (Let developers create (and sell) widgets)

There's no reason for Apple to not include these things, other than being a prick about their OS.  If they included them, they would remove many of the reasons people need to jailbreak.

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Posted on 10 June 2012

What new features or improvements should be included in iOS 6?

  • Fully Integrate/Aggregate Social Networks: Have OS-Wide Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Google Plus, Tumblr integration
  • A New Maps App: 3D Mode, Turn By Turn Navigation
  • New & Improved Siri, Across All Devices
  • AirDrop
  • Revamped Notification Centre Widgets
  • Contacts App Sync (With Social Networks)
  • Toggle Settings Through Notifications Centre
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Dropbox Integration (Over Apple's Dead Body)
  • More Audio/Video Format Support
  • Built in Browser Viewer for PDF, PSD, DOC
  • Hide Stocks and Weather App
  • Better Stocks & Weather App
  • Automatic Tagging Scheme For Files

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Posted on 10 June 2012

What were some of the features rumored to be included in iOS 6 prior to iOS 6's introduction?

I'm hoping they open Notification Centre Widgets to Devs (similar to what exists now in iOS5 for Weather and Stocks) so we can get custom widgets for, for example, RSS Feeds, application shortcuts, word of the day, Mint graphs (fingers crossed), Facebook/Twitter/Instagram activity feed + more

I haven't seen much of this on rumour sites - but I think it's a logical direction to take in Notifications

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Posted on 4 April 2012

What were some of the features rumored to be included in iOS 6 prior to iOS 6's introduction?

Apple's own mapping solution to replace Google Maps.

Enhanced Siri capabilities in more languages and countries worldwide.

Things that other mobile OSs currently do more of/better at which Apple may seek to include in their own way:

More background services/processes allowed in the API for pseudo-multi-tasking of apps.

Perhaps a better way of sharing information/files between apps, like Android's Intents, or Windows Phone's.

Perhaps better/deeper social media integration, with more services, e.g. Facebook (as seen with Twitter in iOS 5, Android, webOS, and Windows Phone).

Possibly more widgets allowed in Notification Center (since Weather and Stocks are currently already there, I think it's unlikely that we'll see them directly on the homescreens).

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Posted on 4 April 2012

What new features or improvements should be included in iOS 6?

Apple seems to have a long-term plan here.

Their plan is to slowly develop technologies and methods that give them a unique advantage.  At the same time they are busily rejecting old or common solutions that don't fit with their vision.

The one thing that is on the way-out is the user-accesible-file-system. Apple is halfway through a project to deprecate this dinosaur.

On the Mac it is still there, large as life, letting users clutter their file system with documents, be as untidy as they want, and pry into places where they should not go.

On iOS, things are much tidier. Too tidy. So tidy that it's not satisfactory.

Files remain a necessary evil, and in iOS there is no satisfactory way to handle  files. Apps can see into their own backyard, but anything beyond is a no-mans-land. - Occupied only with third party kludges and distinctly un-Apple-like solutions.

I think the hardest part of using iOS for many new users is figuring out how to work-around this issue.

Neither situation can stay like this. And I think the engineers need to roll-out a better solution that makes sense on both platforms.

Mac OS X needs to start shifting towards a more controlled situation for files  -  we will see more sandboxing, and perhaps the ability to view collections of files by metadata tags, and not just directories. 

If the Mac OS changes, iOS will need to change too.  It's reasonable that Mac users and iOS users will want to exchange data more easily. It seems sensible that for both platforms, the user experience of files should feel the same.
The metaphors should be the same, the UI should be similar.

If I had to guess one thing that iOS 6 would add - it would be the first implementation of a new filestore paradigm. This step would complete iCloud, which currently is only half a solution.

Some other 6.0 Wishlist items are

Extensions - A way for apps to advertise and perform services or functions for other apps.
Maps -  A new maps app.
Springboard2 - A re-design of the launcher and switcher

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Posted on 17 January 2012

What new features or improvements should be included in iOS 6?

In addition to the other suggestions already made, I think the next major improvement needs to be a proper background services API that goes beyond specific application categories and "task completion."

For anybody who travels in and out of data coverage on a regular basis (e.g. riding the subway, taking airplane flights, etc), the inability for third-party apps to actually update and sync information in the background is a huge limitation of iOS.  In the current implementation, your information in an app is only up to date as of the last time you actually opened that app and had a data connection available.

It's ridiculous that I need to mamually open several apps, individually, and allow them to sync before I hop on the subway, otherwise my information will be out of date.  Examples of this for me include Instapper, Evernote, Kindle, Dropbox and 1Password, among many others.  I have on several occasions been caught with outdated information and no data coverage available to update the information.

By comparison, it's a huge advantage of Android that this background syncing is available (since there are basically no restrictions on background processes at all) and app content remains relatively up to date regardless of when you last actually opened the app.

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Posted on 17 January 2012

What new features or improvements should be included in iOS 6?

The big addition I am hoping for is a better way to multitask or jump between apps on the iPhone. iOS 5 brought a nice method of swiping left or right with four fingers for the iPad to switch between apps, but the smaller screen on iPhone can't support this feature.

As many have suggested, a possible solution is to swipe left or right while holding down the home button to quickly navigate between apps sounds great to me.

Here is a link to a video someone made illustrating this concept. The user who made this video was recently hired by Apple, so we'll see where they go with this.


This is a feature I recently thought about and think it is much more practical: a guest account, particularly for the iPad. Many times have people asked to borrow my iPad to check something. While I'm not necessarily hiding something from them, I don't need them asking me for my password, possibly opening my mail, and risking them see something they find offensive. I would like to make a guest account where I can say what particular apps are/aren't available to open, won't require a password, and they won't be able to change any settings on that account.

This could be for the iPhone as well, because it is more frequent that people ask me to borrow my iPhone for one reason or another, and I don't want to have to have the worry that they may be snooping through stuff.


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Posted on 15 January 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. [link]

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.

Image 1

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

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