iOS 6: Features and more

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At WWDC Apple has shown us what iOS 6 will provide us.

New features:

  • New Maps App – A beautiful new Maps app. Apple have got rid of Google Maps and now have their own Maps application, much like the latest Google Maps app but this seems smoother and better visuals. The Maps are 3D and cities look amazing.
  • Passbook – Your new home for boarding passes, cards and coupons. You can pay for your Starbucks coffee with your Starbucks card in this app and it will provide flight updates for you flight.
  • New Siri – Now on the new iPad, new iPad only, sorry older generations. You can now ask her about Sports, Restaurants, Movies and more. Also you can use her to open apps and post Facebook updates and tweet for you.
  • Eyes Free –
  • Facebook Integration – Just like with Twitter you can now post everything to Facebook, you can even ‘Like’ Apps and Songs in iTunes and the App Store.
  • New Phone Features – Just like the camera icon on the lock screen when you get a phone call there is a phone icon in the bottom right hand corner of the lock screen. When you swipe this up you get the option of ‘Reply with Message’ or ‘Remind Me Later’. After you tap one of them you get more options. It can remind you when you leave your current location, when you get home, to work, etc. ‘Do Not Disturb’, a new addition to settings, suppresses all incoming calls and notifications.
  • FaceTime over celluar – Just as the title says.
  • Safari – iCloud Tabs, full screen in landscape and Offline Reading List.
  • Mail Improvements – Add photos and videos to emails in just a few taps and there is a new VIP section where email from VIPs will go.

What can we can expect at WWDC 2012?

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iOS 6

     This is a certain. Apple have put up banners at the Moscone West centre, where the event will be held showing the iOS 6 app icon. What is iOS 6 going to include? Well Apple is going to focus on updating its stock applications which will come as a welcome and needed change. Hopefully it looks different slightly as a new and fresh design is also wanted by many and widgets of some sort would be great. Apple will get rid of Google Maps and have their own version which will include 3D maps, Siri should come for iPad and Facebook integration, just like Twitter.

OS X Mountain Lion

Again Apple have put up banners to let us know that they will be showing Mountain Lion at WWDC. This latest update to the Operating System for Macs tries to incorporate many iOS features and apps into the desktop and laptop software. What we’ve already seen from Mountain Lion is Notifications Center, Notes Application, Reminders application, Messages – a replacement for iChat and like the iOS app, Share sheets, not taken from iOS but it essentially allows you to share everything, everywhere. The last app taken from iOS is Game Center but also Twitter gets integration into Mac OS X just like it has in iOS. Gatekeeper allows you to control your security on your Mac more. AirPlay mirroring allows you to, if you have an Apple TV, stream you Mac screen to your TV wirelessly and of course everything application is synced perfectly with iCloud to allow you to have a seamless experience between your Mac and your iOS device. Also Safari 6 will make an appearance.

New Macbook Pros

New Macbook Pros are extremely likely. We are expecting thinner, lighter Macbook Pros which have a Retina Display, 3 USB 3.0 ports, no optical drive and no ethernet port.

There will be no 17″ model and courtesy of 9to5mac.com these will probably be the specs:

  • 13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)

New iMacs

Probably nothing special, just a routine upgrade with better specs for the price, maybe a Retina Display.

New Mac Pros

An update to the Mac Pro has been coming since it has not been updated for two years. The time between updates for the Mac Pro is getting longer which may suggest that Apple are slowly phasing out the Mac Pro, but not yet. Three new models of the Mac Pro will be released, two normal, one a server configuration.

  • Normal configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Normal configuration: 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Server configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, Two 1TB hard drives

What we’re not gonna see:

“New” iPhone / iPhone 5

There have been many rumours flying around recently about the iPhone 5, primarily about the design of phone. WWDC has been traditionally where Apple unveil its next generation iPhone but that tradition was broken last year when they released the iPhone 4S in Autumn last year and that seems like the date for the next iPhone. Check out this video below to see what maybe the iPhone 5:

This could just be a mockup made by etradesupply to get some attention but it does tie in with an earlier image leaked of the supposed iPhone 5 back panel from 9to5mac.com.

iPad Mini

We don’t even know if Apple is going to release this even though they probably have 7″ iPads in the top offices.

Apple Television Set

The elusive Apple Television Set has had no confirmation apart from Steve Jobs saying that they were working on one. Now is not the time for Apple to unveil this beast. Great concept below though:

New iPods

An update to the iPod range usually occurs in September or October, around the time of the iPhone release. Maybe Apple has swapped over the release dates of the iPhone and the iPods but it is unlikely. They are not in dire need of an update so Apple will not supply one at the moment.

iOS 5

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So iOS 5 has been announced by Steve and below are some features which you will be able to get your hands on in the fall.

The 10 main features of iOS 5 are:

  • Notification Center, Swipe down from the top and you will get your latest notifications. A little bar across the top appears when you have a new notification. Notifications on the Lockscreen! Finally. Swipe across notification to enter that app.
  • Newsstand, Subscriptions for magazines, many publications. When downloaded it puts them in your Newsstand which is a folder app looking like iBooks. New issues are automatically downloaded in the background.
  • Twitter, Integrated in Camera, once a picture is taken you have the option to tweet it along with a message, Maps- show your followers where the best coffee shop is.
  • Safari, Reader, like on Safari for computers this option is now available on iOS, You can put an article in your Reading List where you can read it later, Tabbed Browsing! Great, just as you would expect and of course, you can tweet articles.
  • Reminders, store lists, set reminders, sync with iCal.
  • Camera, Lockscreen shortcut, volume+ button can be used as shutter button, pinch to zoom, Edit images- You can crop, rotate, reduce red-eye, and you can do a one click enhance — if you’re feeling lucky.
  • Mail, use of Bold, Italic, Underline, Dictionary, Keyboard- use two thumbs and the keyboard splits.
  • PC Free, don’t need a computer to download new firmware, setup up your iOS device originally, Sync your device wirelessly.
  • Game Center, “In just 9 months we have 50 million Game Center users. To put that into perspective Xbox Live has been around for about eight years and they have around 30 million users.”, scores of your friends’ friends, friend recommendations, game recommendations, Achievement points, download games direct from Game Center app.
  • iMessage, Send texts, photos, etc for iPhone and now a new messages service for all iOS users, writing on your iPhone and want to carry it on on your iPad, you can. Great service, works over Wifi or 3G.
Also a new ‘flick’ multitask feature using four fingers to flick through your open apps. iOS 5 out in the fall, in time for the iPhone 5?

Untethered 4.3.3 Jailbreak

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Now if you have updated your firmware to 4.3.3 then of course I say jailbreak. But if you have a jailbroken iDevice on 4.3.2 or 4.2.1, etc and you have no problems with it then there is no reason to update. The new firmware came out days ago and the only main difference in 4.3.3 is that it resolves the tracking issue which doesn’t do anything but just to please people it has been fixed. Even if you do want this fix then just go to Cydia and get search for Untrackerd. Install this and the job is done. Here is the video if you do want to jailbreak untethered 4.3.3:

Jailbreak 4.3.2 Untethered

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You can know jailbreak 4.3.2 firmware untethered. This does not work for the iPad 2 or the Verizon iPhone but just be patient on that it will be out soon. This does require you to restore your iDevice to the new firmware meaning you will lose your previous jailbreak apps/widgets, etc. Check out the video below for instructions:

New iPod Touch?

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From iPod Nano to iPod Touch rumours in a couple of days. The iPod Touch below has a capacitive home button meaning that it is touch not a physical clicky push-down button. This may not be the best way forward for Apple. Say you really got into an app and all you had to do was lightly tap the home button, say with the side of your hand a BOOM out of that game you go. But it does look better. The leaked images of the iPod Touch also show it to have 128GB of virtual spacey stuff/hard drive where you can store all your videos, apps, music and more. This is double than what is on the current iPod Touch. It is also rumoured to have an aluminium back like the rumoured iPhone backing.

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iPod Nano 7G?

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Is this the iPod Nano 7th Generation? It is basically the 6th Gen(current) with a camera.

 

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