Apple iPhone DoD approval granted

iPhone cleared for U.S. military use, ready to take on BlackBerry, Samsung

By on May 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

iPhone cleared for U.S. military use, ready to take on BlackBerry, Samsung

The United States Department of Defense on Friday approved the use of Apple devices running iOS 6 on its networks, Bloomberg reported. The iPhone will compete with BlackBerry 10 and Samsung KNOX devices, which received approval earlier this month. The Pentagon has continued to test alternative platforms to give employees flexibility when choosing a work phone. The DoD even has plans to create a mobile app store that can handle as many as 8 million devices. There are currently more than 600,000 mobile devices in use at the agency, 470,000 of which are older BlackBerry smartphones. There are currently more than 40,000 iPhones and 8,700 Android devices in use, however most of them aren’t connected to military networks except for testing purposes.

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Nearly 300 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices are running iOS 6

By on January 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM.

Nearly 300 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices are running iOS 6

Apple (AAPL) released iOS version 6.1 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users on Monday. The software update brought LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 new iPad carriers around the world. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, revealed within the company’s press release that nearly 300 million iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices are running iOS 6 in just five months since its release. The executive speculates that the update “may be the most popular new version of an OS in history.” During the company’s earnings report last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that more than 500 million iOS devices have been sold worldwide, which could mean a whopping 60% of all iOS devices are now on the latest operating system.

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Apple Passbook Developers

Apple’s Passbook drawing accolades from app developers

By on December 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM.

Apple’s Passbook drawing accolades from app developers

One of the top new features Apple (AAPL) introduced to the world with iOS 6 was its Passbook application. The feature, which allows users to store documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards that can then be scanned for use at select retailers, is said to have already become a hit with developers, according to Wired. Fans of Major League Baseball were quick to adopt the service and companies such as Fandango, Walgreens, Ticketmaster and American Airlines have thrown their support behind the platform. While Apple doesn’t say how many apps have been developed for Passbook, there are 22 that are featured in the “Apps for Passbook” section of the App Store. More →

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Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 to fix reported Wi-Fi issues

By on December 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 to fix reported Wi-Fi issues

Apple (AAPL) has just released iOS 6.0.2 to fix a number of bugs on the operating system including one bug that reportedly affected Wi-Fi performance on both the iPhone and the iPad. Some users on Apple’s support forums have in the past complained about an issue where their Wi-Fi connectivity symbol turns grey and prevents them from connecting to their home networks. Engadget’s German site writes that these Wi-Fi issues were supposed to be fixed with the release of iOS 6.0.1 but notes that users have still reported problems connecting to known Wi-Fi hotspots even after installing the patch.

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T-Mobile iPhone Network

Proper jailbreak for iOS 6 reportedly coming December 22nd [updated]

By on December 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM.

Proper jailbreak for iOS 6 reportedly coming December 22nd [updated]

The speed at which a jailbreak for a new iOS device is released has slowed down considerably over the last few years. A tethered jailbreak  for certain devices running iOS 6 has been out September, but most people have been holding out for the untethered version – a hack that doesn’t requires the device to be plugged into a computer and re-jailbroken if rebooted. A new jailbreak developer called “Dream JB” claims he will release a proper untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 6 or 6.0.1 including the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 on December 22nd. Dream JB also promises to release a video on Wednesday as proof. According to his website’s FAQ page, the jailbreak will be a one-click process and will differ from previous jailbreak methods in the past by using a prepared “Webkit exploit” and “userland exploit.” After it’s all done, Cydia, the App Store’s alternative for jailbroken smartphones, can be installed on the device. Unfortunately, the jailbreak won’t support Apple TV boxes.

UPDATE: iPhone jailbreak guru MuscleNerd has put Dream Jailbreak on his list of “fake” jailbreaks that “mislead with fake info,” so you may want to wait until getting independent confirmation that the new jailbreak is legitimate before using it.

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iOS 6 Audio Bug

iOS 6 audio bug blamed for causing data overages on iPhones and iPads

By on November 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

iOS 6 audio bug blamed for causing data overages on iPhones and iPads

Although Apple (AAPL) has reportedly fixed the data overage issue users have been reporting in iOS 6 with the recent 6.0.1 update, PRX Labs believes the bug is still present on a number of devices. As outlined in a blog post, PRX Labs investigated Apple’s Audio Playback frameworks and concluded there is still a bug that is causing devices to download files from the beginning over and over again during file streaming. PRX Labs compared devices running iOS 5 and iOS 6 and noticed that content streaming on the latter downloaded several times whereas files were only downloaded once on iOS 5. PRX Labs says the most users on iOS 6.0.1 will likely see the issue resolved, but several reports on Apple’s discussion boards suggest otherwise.

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Sparrow iOS 6 Update

Apple rejects iOS 6 update from Google-owned Sparrow email client app

By on November 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM.

Apple rejects iOS 6 update from Google-owned Sparrow email client app

Google (GOOG) acquired the popular third-party email client Sparrow this past summer, and despite the buyout the company vowed to update its app so it would be compatible with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The team has hit a road block, however — Sparrow developer Dinh Viet Hoa announced on Tuesday that Apple (AAPL) has rejected the email client’s latest update. More →

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Google reportedly worried Apple will drag its feet in approving new iOS Google Maps app

By on November 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM.

Google reportedly worried Apple will drag its feet in approving new iOS Google Maps app

iPhone fans hoping to get Google Maps back on their home screens soon shouldn’t hold their breath. A new report from The Guardian claims that while the Internet giant is developing an iOS specific Google Maps apps, the company is “not optimistic” that Apple (AAPL) would ever approve it. Google (GOOG) employees were reportedly optimistic following the departure of Apple’s Scott Forstall, but the company now believes that Apple will still bar the app due to “industry politics.” Apple’s decision to replace Google Maps with its own in-house service this past September has been widely panned, forcing CEO Tim Cook to apologize and leading to Fortstall’s resignation. The Guardian’s source did note that the two companies are in constant communication over a variety of topics and things can change rather quickly. If a Google Maps app is approved, however, iOS users should “never expect” to see Google as the iPhone’s default mapping solution.

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ios 6 adoption

iOS 6 is now on more than 60% of all Apple devices a month after launch

By on October 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM.

iOS 6 is now on more than 60% of all Apple devices a month after launch

The latest numbers from mobile advertising network Chitika paint a pleasant picture for iPhone and iPad users who want to have the latest software on their devices. The research firm found that while iOS 6 adoption has begun to level off, Apple’s (AAPL) latest operating system is now on more than 60% of iPhones and iPads, compared to less than 2% of Android devices running the latest Jelly Bean operating system. The iOS 6 update was an instant hit, achieving a 15% market share in its first 24 hours and surpassing 50% adoption within 2 weeks. The operating system’s adoption rate is still growing, but since a majority of users have already upgraded, it is doing so at a much slower rate. With the launch of Apple’s iPad mini looming, Chitika expects iOS 6 adoption to receive a boost that will likely see it surpass 70%. A second Chitika chart follows below.

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Details leak for Google's iOS 6 Maps application

By on October 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM.

Details leak for Google's iOS 6 Maps application

Google Maps iOS 6

Help for your mapping needs is on the way, iPhone users. San Francisco-based software developer Ben Guild has posted some details about Google (GOOG) Maps for iOS 6 on his blog, along with some low-quality images that he says are the application’s alpha build. Among other things, Guild says the app will be ” vector-based,” will feature “two-finger rotation for any angle” and will be formatted for the iPhone 5′s four-inch display. Needless to say, this is music to the ears of iPhone 5 users who love their new device but who miss having the guidance of Google’s high-quality Maps application. More →

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Apple licenses Swiss Railways' copyrighted clock design after being accused of stealing it

By on October 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM.

Apple licenses Swiss Railways' copyrighted clock design after being accused of stealing it

Apple Licenses Swiss Federal Railways Clock

Apple (AAPL) has made it a case to point fingers and sue Samsung (005930) for copying its patented product designs, but when it uses another company’s copyrighted and trademarked designs without consent, the end result is probably going to be a licensing agreement. Such is the case with Apple’s usage of the Swiss Federal Railways’ (SBB) iconic clock design in iOS 6. More →

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Baseball fans are quick to adopt Apple’s Passbook, digital ticket sales on the rise

By on October 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

Baseball fans are quick to adopt Apple’s Passbook, digital ticket sales on the rise

Apple Passbook Adoption Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is a big fan of Apple (AAPL) when it comes to the company’s Passbook application in iOS 6. In the final two weeks of the regular season, four teams tested Passbook and found that fans were quick to utilize the service. Out of all e-ticket buyers, 1,500, or 12%, chose to receive their tickets through Passbook when given the opportunity, Market Watch reported. “That adoption rate really floored us – there is no question our fans want digital tickets,” CEO of MLB Advance Media Bob Bowman said. “Fans can use the tickets, forward them to a friend, resell them, or even donate them to charity – and they never get lost or left at home.” More →

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Baseball fans are quick to adopt Apple's Passbook, digital ticket sales on the rise

By on October 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

Baseball fans are quick to adopt Apple's Passbook, digital ticket sales on the rise

Apple Passbook Adoption Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball is a big fan of Apple (AAPL) when it comes to the company’s Passbook application in iOS 6. In the final two weeks of the regular season, four teams tested Passbook and found that fans were quick to utilize the service. Out of all e-ticket buyers, 1,500, or 12%, chose to receive their tickets through Passbook when given the opportunity, Market Watch reported. “That adoption rate really floored us – there is no question our fans want digital tickets,” CEO of MLB Advance Media Bob Bowman said. “Fans can use the tickets, forward them to a friend, resell them, or even donate them to charity – and they never get lost or left at home.” More →

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