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Apple May Acquire Waze

The release of iOS 6 Maps caused hoopla for Apple and since then, the company has been trying to improve its maps app as quickly as possible. Today, TechCrunch reports that Apple may be interested in acquiring Waze, the popular social turn-by-turn navigation company. The application is available on iOS for free and is marketed by the company  as a “fun, community-based traffic & navigation app.” It claims that more than 30 million people are using the service.

Because Waze maps are built on the location of moving cars, it’s far more accurate than check-in apps. Outside of Google’s project to map cities with Streetview cars – something which has taken years to complete – and the real-world mapping undertaken by volunteers on the Open Streetmaps open source project, there has been little to match Waze’s approach. Waze turned mapping into not only a game, but also a way for drivers to be social, reporting road obstacles, traffic and police traps. It is properly useful.

It would also cost Apple northwards of $500M+ to buy Foursquare (which has raised $71 million is known to be raising another round), and gain, what? The location of restaurants, bars and airports? Given Waze has raised $67 million, Apple could acquire far better mapping data and a real driving app.

Waze also allows users to share real-time information on traffic congestion, gas prices, accidents, speed traps and checkpoints, and more. Some data is automatically reported by simply having the iPhone application open while driving.

Both companies declined to comment on the rumor. I believe, if Apple acquires Waze, it will be significant gain for the company because of the mapping data Waze has to offer.

Apple Promotes ‘Do Not Disturb’ in TV Ad

Today, Apple posted a new television ad featuring iOS’s “Do Not Disturb” feature. Professional tennis players Serena and Venus Williams are shown playing ping-pong against the narrator in a dream:

Ever had a really cool dream? I’m having one right now. I don’t want to be disturbed. And I won’t because before I went to sleep, I set this. Now my iPhone knows not to ring unless its important. Cause disturbing this would just be… Wrong.

In my opinion, the ad is alright and Apple can do much better. Ironically, as MacRumors notes the ad was released on the same day that a bug in the scheduled Do Not Disturb feature prevented it from turning off on many iPhones.

Apple Releases iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini

Today, Apple released iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The release notes for the iPhone only note that an unnamed Wi-Fi bug has been fixed.

iOS 6.0.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The update can be download via Software Update in Settings or through iTunes.

Apple Releases iOS 6.0.1

Today, Apple has released iOS 6.0.1. The update fixes a keyboard screen glitch, camera flash issues, and more. iPhone 5 users are first required to install an “updater” application to fix a bug that would otherwise prevent over-the-air updates. After it is installed, users can update to iOS 6.0.1 from their devices.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

– Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
– Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
– Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
– Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
– Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
– Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
– Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
– Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

 

Apple iPhone 5 Sales Exceed 5 Million Units In Its First Weekend

Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 was criticized heavily by critics, Android lovers and others for the lack of innovation. The Internet was and is flooded with comments from ‘experts’ that Steve Jobs would not have let Apple ship such a useless Maps app in iOS6 and more.

Nevertheless, even then the iPhone 4S became the fastest selling iPhone ever for Apple, and the iPhone 5 is no different. The handset hit the retail stores last week on September 21st, and has already managed to sell more than 5 million units inside 3 days.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

Considering that the iPhone 5 is only available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, this is no small feat. The demand for the handset will only soar more once it will be available in 22 additional countries on September 28th, and in 100 more countries by the end of this year.

The Galaxy S III, which is considered one of the best handsets in the Android ecosystem, if not the best, has sold more than 10 million units in 100 days, since it was launched. The iPhone 5 will easily surpass the sales figure of the Galaxy S III within the first week of it being available.

The press release from Apple also states that more than 100 million devices have already updated to iOS6, all within a week of the OS update going live.

Social Business On the Move: “PassRocket” Capitalizes on Apple’s “Passbook”

Commercial gifting, redemption of QR codes and social gifting is a trend taking soaring importance in the e-commerce industry today. Social gifting apps such as Wrapp, being just over a year old, are expanding across territories in exponential fashion. Apparently Apple Inc. has been inspired by this concept too. At WWDC in June 2012, Apple Inc. announced the “Passbook”, an app which aims to act as the future digital wallet. It stores passes such as movie tickets and boarding passes at a single destination, thereby making life easier for consumers who are so digitally savvy.

The “Passbook” was not considered to be something totally new or innovative. Nevertheless, given that Apple has a cult-like fan base, the Passbook will shape out be a sublimely hot app. It will attract plenty of consumer attention and will penetrate into the mainstream quickly. Apple has often been criticized for keeping their information and property proprietary but the Passbook is prone to give dividend.

Motivated by the announcement of Passbook, JTribe Labs returned from WWDC with the aim to make the Passbook available to everyone. As a result, they developed the app “PassRocket” earlier this month. It is an app which operates on iOS 6, the new operating system announced by Apple a few days ago.  “With PassRocket, retailers, businesses and cafes can design their own Loyalty ‘Pass’ and share it with their customers instantly with Twitter, Facebook or email. PassRocket then scans customers’ passes every time they visit.  The designer app comes with a great range of themed passes that have been beautifully designed. Customizing the pass can occur right within the app itself and be immediately available to customers. Businesses can create a loyalty card where they trade. Within seconds, a business can have an instant campaign and share it with their customers.”

For example, JTribes portrays the “Taco Truck Scenario”. Taco Truck looks to keep building a tribe of loyal customers as it does its weekly city route. As a small business, ‘Taco Truck’s’ marketing activities are constrained by time and money. Taco Truck downloads PassRocket. Within minutes, they select their pass theme, customize with the Taco Truck name, the number of visits and discount, or in this case, ‘a free taco’. Taco Truck receives a short link to share with their customers via Twitter, Facebook and email. They are now ready to scan customers’ passes. It’s taken two minutes and they have done all this from the Taco Truck. Their first customer Sam, visits the Taco Truck, opens the link on their phone and presents the Taco Truck pass in their Passbook app. Sam buys a Taco and the PassRocket scanner, scans the pass. Four more tacos and Sam has a free one.

An overview of how the app operates from the consumer perspective can be seen in the clip below:

The future potential of PassRocket will be partly influenced by what is released with the Passbook app. For now, jTribe Labs want PassRocket to be the solution that makes Passbook available to everyone, for free.

iOS 6 IPSW Direct Download Links

As always, Apple has unveiled the new iPhone along with the latest version of its mobile OS, iOS 6. The latest version of iOS includes more than 200 new changes and features including a new music player, a smarter Siri, Facebook integration at OS level, Passbook, new Music player, a new Maps app from Apple and more.

The iOS 6 update is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS, along with all the generations of iPad. Owners of iPod Touch 3G and 4G can also download the update for free from iTunes. Alternatively, owners can manually update their device to iOS 6 by downloading and installing the IPSW file.

Below are the download links for the iOS 6 IPSW files for the supported devices -:

 

How To Update to iOS 6 From iTunes/Manually

Apple has finally released the iOS 6 update for its line-up of iDevices. The new version of iOS brings with it a new Maps app, and more than 200 new features and changes.

If you are new to the Apple world or are unsure on how to update your latest Apple iDevice to the latest version of iOS 6, here is a step-by-step guide to automatically install the update -:

How To Update to iOS 6 Through iTunes

Step 1: Connect your device to iTunes using the USB cable.

Step 2: Once iTunes has detected your device, click on the device name in the left hand menu and click on the “Check for Update” in the device description box.

Step 3: Apple will show you a popup message as seen above if an update for your device is available. Click on the “Download and Update” button.

Step 4: Apple will download the iOS 6 update and install it on your device. It is important that you DO NOT disconnect the device from the computer during the process. It is also recommended to keep your laptop plugged in to the power outlet during the process.

That’s it. The process might take around 10-30 minutes depending on how long it takes to download the update to your computer and install it. Once iOS 6 is installed, iTunes will sync your device and you can use it again.

How To Update to iOS 6 Manually

In some cases, the iTunes update process might not work for you for several reasons. In those cases, you can also update your device to iOS 6 manually. Here are the steps to manually update your device to iOS 6.

Step 1: Download the iOS 6 IPSW file for your device from here.

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable and wait for iTunes to detect it.

Step 3: Once your device has been detected – follow the steps given below for different OS.

  • For Windows – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
  • For Mac OS X – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

Step 4: In the next dialog browse to the file that you downloaded from Step 1 and select the IPSW file.

Step 5: iTunes will now use the IPSW file and update your device to iOS 6. The process should take around 10-20 minutes.

That’s it. Your device will be updated to iOS 6 with ease. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments box below.

Apple Releases iOS 6

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.

 

How Nokia Beat Apple In Mind Games

When Nokia introduced the Lumia 920 the general consensus was, it’s a good phone but Apple’s iPhone 5 will be the best phone. There will be pigs flying over Mascone when it is revealed. Of course that didn’t happen. The iPhone 5 was underwhelming. The real show stealer yesterday was the new iPod Touch. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the iPhone isn’t innovative; what we saw yesterday was design innovation, not innovation same as iPhone 1. iOS6 isn’t bringing anything new either. As a result, the overall consensus yesterday was that the iPhone 5 is good looking powerful device, it will sell millions but isn’t revolutionary. As Mat Honan puts it, “It is amazing and utterly boring.”

Compare this to Nokia, the company announced a new camera setup, wireless charging and NFC capabilities. The introduction of wireless charging and NFC have generated excitement, while you can rubbish them as gimmicks, wireless charging makes a lot of sense to me. I come home and place the phone next to my PC, and guess what?! The phone isn’t connected to a wire!  The charger is connected to a power source, but my phone isn’t. The phone charging cable just vanished as far as I am concerned.

Nokia made an impression.

The other key announcement Nokia made was around NFC. TO understand this, we need to look at Nokia’s NFC accessories, so far just personal audio equipment. Nokia believes NFC helps you get rid of the cumbersome setup of Bluetooth pairing or WiFi sharing. And guess what?! You don’t have to buy a dock adapter for your phone!

Not new, ergo not innovative, but then Nokia has a concept of wireless charging. Put these together and you have innovation that the end consumer can feel while using the technology in a way where technology is seamless.

Nokia again makes an impression.

The third is specs. Now many say specs don’t matter and that the phone’s experience is what matters. Well, guess what?! So far the general consensus is that the Windows Phone experience is very good! Couple this with no hardware advantage that Apple has with the iPhone 5 & features shown in Windows Phone 8, Nokia has made an impression.

Let’s talk about the now infamous Lumia 920 camera. In the tech circles, Nokia is being mocked for fudging PureView photographs but to the end user  PureView as a brand makes an impression. And while we are on the topic of innovation and winter is coming, being able to use a touch screen phone with gloves on–getting that right, is innovation. On those living in the colder regions, like Central New York, Nokia made an impression.

In a mind game of making an impression, Nokia just beat Apple.

PS: Google Now on Android is far more useful than Siri.

Apple Announces September 19th Release Date for iOS 6

Today, during Apple’s media event, the company announced that iOS 6, which was announced in June at the company’s WWDC keynote event, will be available on September 19th.

iOS 6 will offer 200 new features. Siri will be enhanced to offer movie information, sport scores, and the option to easily post to Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the Passbook app will hold tickets, passes, and payment cards for participating businesses. Also, Safari will offer 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.

Another great new feature in iOS 6 is the new maps app. The new maps app will offer turn-by-turn directions and a new 3D flyover feature to show a more realistic view of buildings and land features. Facebook has also been integrated into iOS 6, with the option to post Photo Stream pictures straight to Facebook and status updates via Siri.

iOS 6 will be available as a free download for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod touch. The iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6.

 

Apple iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy Note II vs. HTC One X

Apple has just unveiled its next-generation iPhone, and as expected it packs in a larger 4-inch screen with higher resolution. It will also be the first handset to make use of the recently approved nano-SIM cards. While the iPhone 5 sports similar design as the last two generations of the iPhone, it does look much more beautiful, at least in the press shots from Apple.

If you are looking to buy a handset, and are confused about how the iPhone 5 stacks up against its competition, here is a specs based, on-paper, comparison of the handset with some of its major competitors -:

While the iPhone 5 does not sport a new design or any new innovative features, it does feature an excellent camera, a powerful SoC and an excellent battery life. On paper the iPhone 5 may look similar to the iPhone 4S and its Android competitors, but the device packs in some marvellous piece of technology. It will be interesting to see how the 8MP camera on the iPhone 5 stacks up against the 8.7MP PureView camera on the Lumia 920.

If you are interested in knowing which is the best smartphone in the market right now, then you won’t find your answer here. This question is extremely subjective and the answer depends more on the user’s needs than anything else. If you want the largest screen possible on a phone, then buy the Galaxy Note 2. If you want something that ‘just works’, then the iPhone 5 will be perfect for you. If you don’t like the restrictions of iOS6 and a closed ecosystem, the Galaxy S III is the handset you should buy.

Apple Unveils The iPhone 5 – 7.6mm thin, 4-inch screen and A6 SoC

Apple has just announced the much-anticipated iPhone 5, and surprisingly the rumor mill has been pretty accurate. The iPhone 5 sports the same design as the iPhone 4 and the 4S, but is made entirely out of aluminum and glass. It is also 20% lighter at 112 grams and 18% thinner with a 7.6mm waistline.

The screen on the iPhone 5 is, as predicted by the rumor mill, 4-inches in size with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen resolution has also been bumped up to 1136×640 so as to keep the Retina display (326PPI) tag intact. Apple has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution, along with adding a fifth row of icons to the home screen. The Cupertino based company has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution.

The touch sensor has been integrated right into the display, allowing Apple not only to make the iPhone thinner, but also the most accurate touchscreen device on the planet.

On the connectivity side, Apple has added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and as expected…LTE! There is only a single chip and radio inside the iPhone 5 that handles both voice calls and data, simultaneously. The handset will be available on tons of LTE capable networks worldwide, and on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the United States, and Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. The new Broadcom BC4334 chip inside the iPhone 5 makes sure there is support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

Internally, the new A6 SoC powers the iPhone 5. Not only is it 22% smaller than A5, it is also two times faster. The A6 SoC consists of a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC and an unnamed GPU, which according to Apple is 2x times faster than the GPU on the A5. Thanks to a bigger battery and the 32nm fab based A6 SoC, the new iPhone is capable of lasting 8 hours on LTE browsing with a standby time of 225 hours.

The iPhone 5 sports an enhanced 8MP camera with a dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal (whatever that means), precision lens alignment, a next-generation ISP, Hybrid IR filter, Smart filter and more. The “most amazing feature in the iPhone 5″, however, is the Panorama mode. The device is capable of clicking panorama images in full 8MP mode with the final panorama image being up to 28MP in resolution. The face detection and video stabilization features have also been enhanced in the iPhone 5. The front-facing FaceTime camera also got a much-needed upgrade to 720p resolution.

Apple has also emphasized on the phone part of the iPhone 5. The new iPhone packs in three microphones (bottom, front and back) for excellent noise cancellation, a noise-cancelling earpiece, wideband audio, and an improved speaker design that is 20% smaller.

The dock connector has also been replaced with a new, thinner and smaller variant, now known as Lighting. It is 80% smaller, has 8-signal design, is reversible and is completely digital. For owners of older generation iPhone and iPads, Apple will also be selling a converter.

As always, the 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $199 on two-year contract, with a $100 bump each for the 32GB and 64GB variants. The pre-order starts on September 14th, while the shipping will begin on September 21st. The handset will be available in more countries on September 28th, and by the end of December 2012, will be available in more than 100 countries and 240 carriers.

Image Credit – The Verge

iOS 6 Beta 4 Released; Includes Enhanced Privacy Settings And Improved Maps app

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 6 beta 4 to all iOS developers. The new beta of iOS 6 did not contain any new radical change, except for the removal of the stock YouTube app from iOS 6. Considering how ancient the app was, I say it was a good riddance.

Other than this major change, the latest beta only brings a handful of minor changes. Here are the changes as noted by 9to5Mac -:

  • The PassBook app now includes a button to the AppStore
  • On the first boot, users are requested to enter their iCloud account details
  • Improved performance of the Maps app including detailed maps in certain regions
  • Updated Siri information menu with new capabilities of the personal assistant
  • Enhanced Privacy settings
  • Bluetooth sharing

If you find any other change in iOS 6 beta 4, do drop in a comment and let us know!

Apple Drops YouTube App from iOS6 Due to Licensing; Standalone App Coming Soon

The war is officially on between Apple and Google with their competing mobile operating system; iOS and Android. Apple recently built their own Mapping system for iOS 6 and removed the integration with Google Maps. However, the most recent update to iOS 6 also drops the YouTube app.

According to The Verge, the removal of the YouTube app from iOS 6 was done because Apple and Google had come to an end of their licensing terms.

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.

However, this is not the end of the YouTube app on iOS 6 because Google is reportedly working on a standalone YouTube app for iOS 6. This was mentioned in the Google India event.

YouTube is probably the most popular app on the iOS operating system and Google will definitely come up with a replacement before iOS 6 is shipped to consumers. However, it looks like the default app will still be available on older iOS versions.

Apple’s decision not to renew the license for the YouTube app may be based on their thinking to get rid of as much Google dependency as possible. I won’t be surprised if Apple also decides to go with Bing as the default search engine in future. If that happens, it would be a huge blow for Google because they make a large chunk of their revenue from the search option in iOS.