Tag Archives: iOS

iOS and Android users might have to wait until September for BBM

I for one have no idea how I’m going to survive until then.

Via Cult of Android

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One app at a time. A video that puts some discussions into perspective

So, do you think these people are worried if an icon is red, green, blue, flat, pretty, ugly, square or round with yellow spots?

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iOS users now can choose to ‘Download Later’ contents from the iTunes Store

Finally.

Via MacRumors

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Mozilla says that Firefox will only return to iOS if Apple changes their guidelines

CNET brings the news  that on a SxSW panel, Jay Sullivan (product vice-president at Mozilla) said that the company has no plans of returning Firefox (or Firefox Home) to the iOS, unless Apple changes the way it limits browsers running on their system.

This is an absolutely idiotic decision, since not only isn’t Firefox missed at all among iOS users, it has also been losing ground among desktop users. Instead of investing and fighting to gather as many users as they can, they are deciding to stay away from a huge market that, I’m sorry to say, has already decided that it doesn’t need Firefox to browse the web to begin with.

When Apple did this with Google and removed Google Maps from iPhones and iPads, iOS users were gifted a few months later with a Google Maps app which brings all the features and capabilities that Android users get. I wonder if Mozilla is crazy enough to think that they have the same bargaining power.

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Useful tip: Quickly access your Mail drafts

This one is from the series “How the hell didn’t I know this yet?“. If you want a quick way to access all your drafts, just tap and hold the New Message button in the Mail app.

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Pretty useful.

This comes from an excellent list with 33 iOS 6 tips on Macworld. It’s really worth taking a look.

Via The Loop

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How about replacing the iPhone signal bars for actual numbers?

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iOS 6.1.1 beta released on the heels of iOS 6.1 jailbreak

That was fast. A little over 48 hours after the hackers evad3rs released the new jailbreak tool called evasi0n, which according to the team, was downloaded over 1.7 million times in a day, Apple released the beta for iOS 6.1.1, which resets the whole cat and mouse game between the two.

This is why I don’t jailbreak my iPhone. I’d love to have quick access to switch on an off my wi-fi, cellular, airplane mode and so on (and I know there is much more to Jailbreak beyond that, although that’s whay I really wish iOS had that it doesn’t), but it’s such a hassle to keep jumping from one foot to the other every time the iOS gets updated, that it’s just not worth it.

Update (Feb 7th): This first version of the 6.1.1 beta doesn’t mess with the jailbreak. Let’s see if the second beta is this benevolent.

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Shocking: Reports of iOS 6.0.2 update bringing battery issues

Some news you just know will come out.

Cult of Mac brings a story reporting how users appear to be having battery issues after updating their iPhones 5 and iPads mini to iOS 6.0.2, “even when the devices go unused for long periods of time.” Long periods of time? The update came out 2 days ago!

The story brings the information that if you look up “iOS 6.0.2 battery” on Twitter, you’ll see several people reporting problems. I did the same on Google for 6.0.1, 6.0, 5.1.1, 5.0.1 and 5.0 also found users reporting how their batteries are doing worse compared to the last update. On the other hand, I also found people saying that their batteries are better after these same updates.

Towards the end of the story, Killian Bell writes something that I think is fundamental to understanding these update/battery issues that keep coming up:

“Personally, I haven’t noticed this issue on either my iPhone 5 or my iPad mini, but to be honest, I haven’t been looking out for it.”

Yeah.

To be clear, I don’t deny that there may be a battery issue with iOS 6.0.2. Since I don’t have an iPhone 5 or iPad mini, so I can’t test it for myself. But it’s curious to see how every single iOS update brings the same problems, the same news, and how the problems seem to disappear as the news about them start to get less pageviews.

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Google diving right into the iOS. Winning? Where?

It’s at the very least curious that while Eric Schmidt says that in the war between Android and iOS, Android is clearly winning. Because since Google was kicked out of the iOS, they’ve already released back the YouTube app, Google Maps and now the YouTube Capture so people can record and put stuff on YouTube from their iPhones. They’ve also revamped Google Search and the Gmail app.

You know, for someone who see the adoption of systems as a war and is so confident that they’re winning, Google seems pretty worried about not staying out of the ‘defeated’ iOS. Meanwhile does anybody know of any efforts by Apple to move into Android?

Oh, yeah. There was this one time when Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages showed up on Google Play, right? All of them malwares. Oh, the irony.

Victory appears to be quite a broad term for Google.

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Apple x Google: What a company has to say says a lot about them

In a recent post discussing the whole Apple x Google mess due to their Maps, John Gruber made an interesting remark when talking about how Apple denied to give Google more access to the iOPS and users infos:

“Apple not wanting to grant such access to Google is easy to understand as well. For one thing, Apple sincerely values the privacy of its users more than Google does.”

This got me thinking about the recent interviews given by both Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt. Tim Cook sustains the everlasting Apple position:

“the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world.  In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives—a higher cause for the product.”

Meanwhile, regarding how Google cedes revenue to hardware partners due to Android being a free open system, Eric Schmidt says:

“We’re winning that war pretty clearly now. (…) The core strategy is to make a bigger pie. We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems.”

So while Apple’s boss takes on every single oportunity to transmit the message that his company focuses on striving for perfection and developing products that will change people’s lives, Google’s boss makes sure to get the message across that he sees the development and adoption of his products as nothing short of a war, and he won’t let a small detail like controlling every aspect of the final product get in his way.

Don’t be evil was a long time ago. Priorities…

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MacBook Air running on iOS? Tim Cook says no.

A few days ago a story posted on BGR called my attention because of the amount of crap it brought. It featured Apple predictions for 2013 by a famous who Adnaan Ahmad, who works at a famous where Berenberg Capital.

First Ahmad defended an entry-level iPhone, saying that there was a market opportunity for such. Dude, the iOS6 runs as far back as the iPhone 3GS. It runs with way less features, for obvious reasons, but it’s there. And you know what? After the release of the iPhone 5, you can get an 8gb iPhone 4 for free. How’s that for entry-level price? If Apple is to invest on a cheaper iPhone that runs the current system, they’ll do that for the iPhone, not for a B version of the device just so it can cost less.

Then, the goes on about the iTV, the eternal rumor which I covered here. In a nutshell, it’s past obvious that they will release such product at some point. But there is some homework to be done until then. To predict every 6 months the eventual release of an obvious product isn’t news, it isn’t an analysis or prediction. It’s pure guessing.

Then, the most absurd of the three: an iOS-based MacBook Air. I even started writting about it when they posted this nes, but i stopped half-way because the idea was so preposterous that I didn’t even know where to start. However, today someone else addressed the issue. Tim Cook did, for Business Week.

“As you know, iOS and Mac OS are built on the same base. And Craig has always managed the common elements. And so this is a logical extension. Customers want iOS and Mac OS X to work together seamlessly, not to be the same, but to work together seamlessly.”

I think that Mr. Ahmad was actually referring to the Microsoft Surface when he predicted the iOS-based MacBook Air. Which by the way isn’t doing that well. Who wants to guess why?

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