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iOS 5.1 Beta 3 Suggests That Apple is Planning Deep Facebook Integration

With the introduction of iOS 5, Apple deeply integrated Twitter into iOS. This deep integration allows users to easily sign into Twitter and tweet from anywhere through a built in iOS app. Now, new evidence suggests that iOS 5.1 will add deep integration for Facebook as well.

A recent discovery in the third beta of iOS 5.1, made by iMore suggests that Apple could indeed add deep Facebook integration into a future operating system update. In one screenshot shown for the iOS Contacts application, there is an option to enter a person’s Facebook username right below their Twitter account. The beta build of iOS 5.1 also reportedly includes references to new iPad models named “J1AP” and “J2AP.” Judging by the way Twitter is integrated into iOS, Facebook integration may work the same way and offer similar functionality. This would make it easier for users to share information with their friends on to Facebook.

Facebook iOS 5 beta

In fact, system-wide Twitter integration is one of the most-touted features of iOS 5, which was made available to the public last October. After its release, signups for Twitter grew more than three times.

iOS 5.0.2 Coming Soon? iOS 5.1 to Bring New Siri Integration?

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A few weeks ago, we reported that  the  The Guardian  had received word from a customer that Apple had contacted him regarding poor battery life. He was asked to install a monitoring program on his phone. Using the program, Apple engineers hoped to  be able to use the diagnostics to determine what was causing shorter battery life for some users.  A senior engineer at Apple contacted the person who wrote a post online, and indicated that  the company was contacting users to resolve the problem.  Then, Apple  confirmed  that  they had found issues in iOS 5 that  are causing some iPhone owners to experience poor battery life with their iPhone running its latest software.

Last week,  Apple  released  iOS 5.0.1 to fix the battery life issue. Then, it was reported that even after the update some users still continued to experience battery life issues. I know many of you Apple haters must be laughing right now, but hey! At  least, Apple is constantly on the lookout and will get this issue fixed. They care about their customers unlike some companies. *cough* How about ’em Android software updates, eh?

Now, German site Macerkopf  (amazing on how these rumors pop up from nowhere) reports  [Google translation]  that Apple is working on two software updates for iOS 5. These updates are looking at both near-term battery fixes and longer term improvements to Siri. According to Macerkopf:

iOS 5.0.2 coming very soon, solving the battery bugs. Should arrive before the end of next week. Apple is working hard on the update. In addition Apple ist working on the first big iOS 5 Update (iOS 5.1), bringing some siri-extensions. Also the Siri hardware-control is in work “take a picture”, “make a video”, “switch on/off WiFi”, “switch on/off BT” and more.

The report claims that Apple’s internal goal is  for iOS 5.0.2 to provide iPhone 4S users 40 hours of standby with 10 hours of active use. Holy smokes! If true, this will be awesome!    It said that the update will arrive “no later than next week.” Honestly, to me these rumors seem likely.

In addition, the next major update, iOS 5.1 is rumored to feature    “many changes” related to Siri voice control, but the update is not expected to arrive by the end of 2011, as work on Siri is “very expensive.” The site claims that  Apple will add new voice commands to Siri, allowing users to initiate activities like taking photos, recording a video, turning Wi-Fi on or off, or enabling and disabling Bluetooth.

Macerkopf   has not been a consistent source of rumor regarding Apple, and thus this report should be taken with a grain of salt.

Apple Still Looking into Battery Life Issues After iOS 5.0.1 Update

Couple of weeks ago,  we  reported  that the  The Guardian  had received word from a customer that Apple had contacted him regarding poor battery life. He was asked to install a monitoring program on his phone. Using the program, Apple engineers hoped to  be able to use the diagnostics to determine what was causing shorter battery life for some users.  A senior engineer at Apple contacted the person who wrote a post online, and indicated that  the company was contacting users to resolve the problem. Then, Apple confirmed that  they had found issues in iOS 5 that  are causing some iPhone owners to experience poor battery life with their iPhone running its latest software.

iPhone 4S battery life iOS 5.0
iPhone 4S battery life on iOS 5.0

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5.0.1 to fix the battery life issue. Since updating my iPhone 4S, I have seen a significant improvement, but I can’t speak for everyone. Apparently, even after the update some users still continue to experience battery life issues. Certain device owners might be laughing right now, but hey! At least, Apple is constantly on the lookout and will get this issue fixed. They care about their customers unlike some companies. *cough*

iPhone 4S battery life on iOS 5.0.1
iPhone 4S battery life on iOS 5.0.1

Today, in a statement to  John Paczkowski of  All Things D, Apple acknowledged there may be some issues that still need to be addressed after Thursday’s release of iOS 5.0.1.

“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices,” the company reportedly said. “We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”

I guess iOS 5.0.2.1 will be released sometime soon…

iOS 5.0.1 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has started rolling out the much awaited iOS 5.0.1 to all iDevices including the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4S, along with the iPod Touch line-up.

Owners of the latest generation iPhone state that they have been getting horrible battery life from their phone, and that the phone is unable to last even half a day on standby!  With the release of iOS 5.0.1, Apple aims to fix the poor battery life issues faced by a majority of iPhone 4S owners.

Along with an improvement in battery life, the update also add multitasking gestures to the original iPad, and improves voice  recognition  a.k.a Siri for Australian iPhone 4S users. There should also be some improvements in iCloud document syncing as well. iDevice owners can update to iOS 5.0.1 either via OTA, or via iTunes. The OTA update weighs in a mere 44.6MB.

Alternatively, users can directly download the IPSW file and upgrade manually. iPhone 4S owners can download the IPSW file from here, while iPhone 4 GSM and CDMA owners should head over to this and this link, respectively. iPhone 3GS owners can find the required iOS 5.0.1 IPSW file here.

Original iPad owners can download the IPSW file from here, while Wi-Fi and GSM versions of iPad 2 owners can download the IPSW file from here and here. iPad 2 CDMA owners can download the IPSW file from here. Owners of 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch should head over to this and this link.

Hidden Panorama Mode Discovered in iOS 5

With every iOS update Apple introduces, over 200+ new features. In fact, some go unannounced and are discovered by users. The feature discovered today in Apple’s latest iOS 5 has not been released to the public yet. This is a feature I have been waiting for since I hate using third third party apps to take a panoramic photo.

Today, iOS hacker  Conrad Kramer (@conradev), discovered that he has found a way to enable the hidden Panorama mode within Apple’s own camera app, as noted by iDownloadBlog. Currently, the feature seems to be undergoing development by Apple, but its references in the iOS SDK have been found. In the iOS SDK, it was discovered that the feature offers  settings for a grid and HDR while creating a panorama photo.

iOS 5 pano

iOS 5 pano

It is unclear why the feature is hidden, but I would expect it to be eventually released to the public at some point. Kramer says that the mode can easily be activated by  setting the “EnableFirebreak” key to YES in  com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist (a preference file in iOS). In addition, famous hacker  Grant Paul, also known as Chpwn,  posted screenshots  and examples of the panorama mode. For the folks who jailbreak their iPhone, he has already submitted an app to Cydia to enable the panorama mode.

iPhone owners are provided with an awesome camera, a simple to use camera app, and the ability to take HDR photos! To top it off, we will soon be able to take panoramic photos within the Camera app. How cool is that!

Microsoft Raking in 100k Users a Day from Easier Hotmail Setup in Windows Phone 7…err in iOS 5

You would think that Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 would be bringing in a massive amount of Hotmail users on a daily basis, but it turns out…wait for it…wait for it….iOS! In iOS 5, Apple added an easier Hotmail setup in the Mail app, which has led to a massive increase in activations for Microsoft. Shockingly, Microsoft is seeing almost 100,000  new iOS 5 devices logging in to Hotmail every day.

Microsoft’s Chris Jones published an official blog post on Wednesday that over  2 million iOS 5 users have connected their Hotmail accounts to iPhones or iPads, and that number isn’t slowly down. In fact, the number continues to increase rapidly, at the rate of nearly 100,000 iOS 5 devices a day! Dang.

iOS 5 Hotmail 100k

What’s ironic is that the majority of these devices are iPhones. How about that Windows Phone 7? 40 percent are using the iPhone 4 to log in, while 24 percent are using the iPhone 4S.  Another 12 percent of Hotmail connections to iOS 5 come from the iPhone 3GS.

Hotmail users have been able to set up Hotmail before iOS 5, but it was a little bit complicated because the process required a Microsoft Exchange setup.

Isn’t it funny on how Microsoft won’t release the number of Windows Phone 7 devices sold, but will boast about how well their own service is doing on another platform?

Apple Releases Find My Friends, Airport Utility Apps for iOS 5

Earlier today, Apple  released  iOS 5 for the iPhone,  iPad, and  iPod touch  and  Mac OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud support. Apple has also released “Find My Friends” and “AirPort Utility” for iOS 5.

Find My Friends  is an app that allows you to    easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, according to the description. It requires iOS 5 and an iCloud account, which can be created free on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.  Users can choose to share their location for a limited period of time with a group of friends.  It is a free download available via the App Store, and is 10.4 MB.

Find My Friends

Features of the application, as listed by Apple, include:

  • Easily locate friends and family
  • Temporary sharing option
  • Simple privacy controls
  • Parental restrictions
  • Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
In addition, Apple also has released AirPort Utility for iOS 5 devices.  AirPort Utility lets users make changes to an AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.  The application allows users to manage their Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations and is available for free via the App Store.
AirPort Utility iOS 5
Features of the application, as listed by Apple, include:
  • See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network
  • Get information about your connected Wi-Fi devices
  • view and change network and Wi-Fi settings
  • restart or restore a base station, or update the firmware on a base station when available
  • View or update passwords for your network, base stations or disks
  • Easily access network information such as IP address, DNS servers, and router addresses
  • Manage DHCP reservations and port mappings
  • View status or error messages for your base stations

Mockups Demonstrate Apple’s Rumored iPhone 5’s ‘Assistant’ Feature

Back in June,  9to5Mac  reported  that Apple would offer a feature-rich  voice recognition service in a future version of iOS called Assistant.  Since the  acquisition  of Siri and  partnership  with Nuance, it has been rumored that Apple was planning to offer voice-related features in iOS. However, at WWDC 2011, Apple didn’t mention any such features during the iOS 5 demo. Earlier last week, 9to5Mac once again revealed a few more details regarding Apple’s new “Assistant” feature.

Apple's Assistant Feature

Today, based on this information,  MacRumors  drew a mockup  that claims to show off how the feature will work. Also, MacRumors  contracted Jan-Michael Cart to create a video that shows how the feature might work.Assistantis supposed to take voice data and user specific information to provide an amazing service to the user. In addition, it will also apparently integrate a system in which that can ask the  user questions to clarify and refine its understanding of what is being requested.

The video shows that the feature will be activated by holding down the home button on the iPhone to display a microphone on the bottom of the screen. Once the microphone is displayed, users will be able to speak to their handset and operate it handsfree.  The “Assistant” feature is rumored to be exclusive to Apple’s next-generation iPhone. In addition, the video shows the iPhone pull up a summary of data and pictures on the ISS automatically from Wolfram Alpha.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPhone and  iPod touch  on October 4th,  during a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested that these would be an iPhone 4Sand an  iPod touch  with 3G capabilities (which I don’t see happening).

Apple’s “Assistant” to Be Major Feature for New iPhone

Back in June, 9to5Mac reported that Apple would offer a feature-rich  voice recognition service in a future version of iOS called Assistant.  Since the  acquisition  of Siri and  partnership  with Nuance, it has been rumored that Apple was planning to offer voice-related features in iOS. However, at WWDC 2011 Apple didn’t mention any such features during the iOS 5 demo.

Today, 9to5Mac has discovered more details about Apple’s new upcoming “Assistant” feature in iOS. The new details reveal that the Nuance/Siri’s voice recognition service will require the iPhone 4S/5 that will be introduce at the company’s media event next week. In addition, the report details  natural speech recognition capabilities of “Assistant” and its ability to integrate across a number of iOS services. This feature will offer a powerful personal assistant to allow users  to handle scheduling, reminder, and messaging tasks solely by voice.  Clearly, this feature blows Android’s voice recognition out of the water.

“Assitant” will also apparently integrate a system in which that can ask the  user questions to clarify and refine its understanding of what is being requested.

The system will actually speak back and forth with the user to gain the most information in order to provide the best results. The user essentially can hold a conversation with their iPhone like it is another human being. For example, if a user is making a meeting with me, they will say setup meeting with Markand the first bubbleof the conversation thread will say that. After that, the system will speak back: which e-mail address should Mark be notified at, work or personal?This question will both be spoken out loud by the iPhone Assistant and shown as a new bubblein the conversation thread. The user will then respond with the email address they want to notify me at, and the appointment will be made. The iPhone will even show a quick glance at a calendar view to confirm the appointment. If the Assistant was sending an SMS, as another example, a mini SMS view would appear so the user has a quick glance at the SMS thread.

This feature is also rumored to have WolframAlpha integration, which would allow users to  obtain answers to factual questions using the service’s capabilities.

According to the report, the voice features will require the new iPhone hardware, relying on the company’s A5 chip and an increase in RAM to 1 GB to support the heavy workload.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPhone and  iPod touch  on October 4th during a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested an “iPhone 4S” and an iPod touch with 3G capabilities (which I don’t see happening).

Apple to Reset iCloud Backups Sept. 22 Ahead of iOS 5 GM

Apple has published a notice on its developer board regarding iCloud backup data. The company is planning to reset iCloud backup data on September 22nd hinting at a final iOS 5 release. Developers using iCloud during the beta won’t have the option of backing up or restoring between 9AM and 5PM PST that day.

iOS 5 features

iOS 5 has been undergoing developer testing since its announcement back in June, and since then Apple has provided 7 betas. A rumor  suggests that Apple will release iOS 5 GM to assemblers on September 23rd. In addition, another rumor suggests  that Apple’s AppleCare department is prepping for a launch on October 10th. Usually, a golden master version of software is identical to the code that eventually becomes the final release to the public.

On Thursday, September 22, the iCloud Backup data will be reset. Backing up to iCloud or restoring from an iCloud backup will be unavailable from 9 AM PDT 5 PM PDT. If you attempt a backup or restore during this time, you will receive an alert that the backup or restore was not successful. After this reset, you will be unable to restore from any backup created prior to September 22. A full backup will happen automatically the next time your device backs up to iCloud.

Apple had said that iOS 5 would launch “this fall” which technically begins on September 23rd. In addition, the company is expected to send out invites for a fall event soon.