Since the time iOS 6 was officially released to the public, Apple has been criticized for replacing the original Maps.app powered by Google Maps with its own in-house solution. Now, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter to customers on the company’s website addressing the criticism over the new Apple-powered Maps app in iOS 6. In the letter, Cook apologizes to customers for not meeting expectations and mentions a number of alternative mapping solutions customers may wish to use while Apple continues to makes Maps much better. Well done, Mr. Cook. Apple is specifically promoting a page for map application alternatives in the App Store.
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
I think what people fail to understand is that it took Google and many other mapping companies at least 5-7 years to create a great maps products. Apple’s only been in this business for a couple of years, but as time goes by, the Maps.app will undoubtedly improve.
Camera+, one of the best and hottest selling camera apps on the iPhone has now been released for the iPad. This new iPad app isn’t an universal app, but standalone one. It is on sale for just $0.99 right now. The iPad version offers similar features to the iPhone one including touch-up tools, filters, cropping and borders. Other features include a camera stabilization tool, timer and burst ode functions. The main focus of this app is to be a photography editing app and it makes great use of the iPad’s larger screen. I have been using the iPhone version for over a year now, and it is great! The iPad version is also very well done too.
In addition, both the apps support iCloud syncing that automatically syncs all your Lightbox photos between devices. The iPhone version also received an update, which added support for the larger, 4-inch screen of the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update also allows Facebook sharing of photo with single sign-on support.
Today, Netflix has updated its iOS app for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5’s 4″ screen. This update also improves the browsing, searching and watching experience. In fact, I have tried it and it is very noticeable. Overall, it is a great update.
iOS apps supporting iPhone 5’s taller display is really useful in video/movie apps such as Netflix as it allows many widescreen movies to be viewed in their native aspect ratio. Watching video on the iPhone 5 is truly a bliss. The Netflix app is free download from the App Store, but requires a Netflix account.
Many popular iOS apps continue to get updated for the iPhone 5’s larger display. Yesterday, Instagram and Foursquare and many iOS games were updated.
A new report suggests that Apple has ordered a large number of parts made of carbon fiber, hinting that an upcoming product may be made of lightweight material. Macotakara reports that it has received information from a source hinting that employees of Apple and Foxconn have been working to source unknown parts from a company that specializes in carbon fiber materials.
The author “danbo” said that Apple has requested the carbon fiber samples from a Japanese company which began production with the material in mid-March. What exactly Apple ordered is unknown, but the source that the number of parts ordered by Apple are too great to be called simply a “sample.” In the past, Apple’s interest in carbon fiber has been detailed via a number of patent filings.
According to my source, some engineer of Apple and Foxconn Technology came on Japanese company, which has carbon production in mid-March, and they requested to develop some sample.
I don’t have information which is ordered by Apple, source told the number of parts is too large to be called “sample”.
One possible use for carbon fiber could be on the iPad. Currently, the iPad is made from a single slab of aluminum, which increases the weight of the device. Next month, Apple is likely to reveal a new iPad mini so we may see the carbon fiber technology implemented in it then.
Apple has released a new software update for the Apple TV. The version number of the software update is 5.1 and supports the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV models. The release’s build number is 10A406e and the new update adds support for Shared Photo Streams, the ability to send audio content from the Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs), and the ability to switch between multiple iTunes accounts. It is a pretty significant update overall. Last update for the Apple TV was released in June.
Details regarding the update can be found on Apple’s website:
Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.
AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.
iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.
Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.
Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.
Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.
Subtitles – SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.
Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.
Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.
Apple TV users can update their TV via the Settings menu -> then General, and then selecting Update Software.
Today, Apple has sent out an email notifying former MobileMe customers regarding their free 25 GB of iCloud storage. The email is a reminder that their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30. Apple offers free 5 GB of iCloud storage of storage for free, but MobileMe customers received an additional 20 GB for free when iCloud was first introduced. The offer was initially valid through June 30, 2012, but Apple later extended the offer through the end of September.
Additional information for those wishing to keep their iCloud storage needs below 5 GB can be found in an Apple support document. Users that are interested in upgrading their storage by purchasing additional storage space can do so through their iOS device iCloud settings, System Preferences on a Mac, or iCloud Control Panel on a PC. Apple offers 10 GB for $20, 20 GB for $40, and 50 GB for $100 and all purchased amounts are added to the base 5 GB storage capacity.
Today has been a day filled with new update releases. Apple released iOS 6 to the public today and OS X 10.8.2. Microsoft also released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.2., which adds support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro released in June. This update makes text more crisp and all key areas of the interface sharper than ever, Microsoft said in a post in its official Office for Mac blog. The update should be available via AutoUpdate.
We’re happy to announce that Office for Mac 2011 (version 14.2.4) now supports Retina display for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Text everywhere is incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever. We hope you enjoy this fantastic software experience!
In addition, the new update brought a number of enhancements for Outlook including calendar event reminders, Mountain Lion compatibility for signatures, and fixes for several other issues. Microsoft also promised that its team is “going back to work on even more great features” for Office for Mac.
In addition to the release of iOS 6, Apple has also released OS X 10.8.2 to the public. The update is currently available via the Software Update functionality in the Mac App Store.
This update offers a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also supports several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number.
This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:
– Single sign on for Facebook
– Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
– See Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
– Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center
– Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
– Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
– Added Facebook “Like” button for games
– Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement
Other new features
– Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
– iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
– You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac
– FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number
– New shared Reminders lists
– New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
– Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
– Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
– Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts
Direct downloads available through Apple’s site include:
– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (665.48 MB)
– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (Combo) (665.39 MB)
During Apple’s media event last week, the company revealed that iOS 6 will be released on September 19th. As expected, Apple has released iOS 6 to the public. The update is now available to users of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Users can update their device either by connecting their device to iTunes and clicking the “Check for Update” button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update. However, it can take a few minutes for the update to show up to all users.
iOS 6 offers 200 new features. Siri is enhanced to offer movie information, sport scores, and the option to easily post to Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the Passbook app hold tickets, passes, and payment cards for participating businesses. Also, Safari offers full-screen mode for better browsing and iCloud tabs to save your open tabs and offer immediate access to them on your other iOS devices and your computer.
iOS 6 supports the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch. It will also ship on the iPhone 5, which launches on Friday, and on the fifth-generation iPod touch launching next month.
I have been using iOS 6 for the past week now and it is great. iOS continues to be the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and iOS 6 takes the OS to a new milestone.
The London Evening Standard reports that Apple design chief Jonathan Ive and his entire team made a trip to London yesterday in order to accept a prestigious award from Design and Art Direction (D&AD). The acceptance of the award, which recognized Apple design team as “the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years”, was reportedly the first time the entire team attended such a ceremony. All 16 members of Ive’s team declined to make any public comment. The team of 14 men and two women attended to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.
D&AD, or Design and Art Direction, is a British educational charity that promotes excellence in design and advertising. Ive and his team have known to work in extreme secrecy on Apple’s campus. Earlier this year, Jonathan Ive was awarded knighthood. Congratulations to everyone at Apple.
In this test, smaller numbers are better. The final score of 914.7ms beats all of the other devices on the chart and is the fastest SunSpider test AnandTech has recorded for a smartphone. The iPhone 5 is two and a half times as fast as the iPhone 4S (2250ms) and much faster than the Samsung Galaxy S III (1442.9-1824.9ms).
After Apple announced that over 2 million pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had been placed within the first 24 hours of availability, AAPL soared past $700 in after hours trading on Monday. The company’s share price has been sailing towards the $700 mark since Apple’s strong third quarter earnings call in July. Around this time last year, Apple was trading around the $400 mark.
Apple continues to be the world’s most publicly traded company. Back in February, AAPL broke the $500 billion market capitalization mark, then through $600 billion in April. Apple is now worth more than $650 billion, which is $225 billion more than second-place ExxonMobil or about one Google. This Friday, the iPhone 5 is set to go on sale in nine countries. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. Apple is expected to easily surpass this number.
Today morning, Apple announced that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had exceeded over 2 million in the first 24 hours alone. To put this in perspective, this is more than double that of the iPhone 4S. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. I would predict that the iPhone 5’s launch will easily surpass this number.
“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”
Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. The iPhone 5 will be available beginning this Friday, September 21st. Last night, we reported that the first iPhone 5 pre-orders have begun shipping. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.
AppleInsider reports that the customers were the first among to pre-order the iPhone 5 from Apple have started to see updates that their orders are shipping from China.
Even though iPhone 5 orders are now shipping, the packages are still scheduled to be delivered on Friday, September 21, which is the product’s launch date. The screenshot below shows that the shipment started to show “in transit” on Sunday, Sept. 16. The delivery is now on its way from ZhengZhou, China.
However, on Apple’s website, orders are still being shown as “preparing for shipment,” but some people have been able to track their iPhone 5 order via a reference number. In the past, some iPhone preorders have arrived than product launch date. Usually most orders arrive on launch date though.
Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.
On Wednesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5. The new iPhone offers some incredible new improvements including the use of a new A6 processor. It has been widely rumored that Apple would increase the RAM in the new iPhone from 512MB to 1GB, but there wasn’t any confirmation. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 both offer 512MB RAM.
iFan first posted confirmation that the iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM based on the part numbers listed on the A6 chip itself. After a bit of research, iFixit was also able to confirm their findings, using Samsung’s own product guides. The chart shown below is from Samsung’s 2012 Product Solutions Guide (PDF) which lists part numbers of various memory parts they have for sale.
The part numbers of the iPhone 5’s A6 match with the group of 8 Gigabit mobile DRAMs which translates into 1GB of RAM.