Never one to shy away from his opinions, Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak revealed that he is “a little disappointed” with Apple’s new Maps program in iOS 6. “I tried to navigate somewhere, and I couldn’t get to where I wanted to by voice,” he said to ZDNet. “So, I was a little disappointed, because I love navigation by voice with my Google [Android] phones, actually, since they always get it and are based on a better database.” Apple has been heavily criticized for its decision to drop Google’s mapping app in favor of its own inferior program. Wozniak thinks the criticism may be overblown, however. “I have been reading about the problems, and I don’t know if they are that severe,” he said, using the iPhone 4 antenna issue as an example. “Sometimes, there are a lot of complaints about one little thing people spot, but it’s not that hard to deal with in life. I don’t know yet about Maps — I’m a little worried about the navigation, but I’ve still got it covered with a bunch of other navigation apps.” More →
The Maps application in iOS 6 is disappointing to say the least, and while Apple (AAPL) may be on a hiring spree to fix the problem, one iOS hacker has taken matters into his own hands. Ryan Petrich on Sunday posted a video that demonstrates the original Google Maps program from iOS 5 running on iOS 6. Petrich revealed that he would like to release the hack to the public, however it is not yet stable enough to do so. As expected, it is required that users have a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 6 for the port to be successful. A video of Google Maps running on iOS 6 follows below. More →
New numbers from research firm IHS iSuppli on Wednesday revealed that Apple’s (AAPL) App Store revenue in 2012 is estimated to increase nearly 70%. The Cupertino-based company is on pace to make $4.9 billion from its App Store this year, an increase from $2.9 billion in 2011. With this strong growth, Apple will control almost 65% of the global app store market by the end of the year. Following the release of iOS 6, the iPhone maker now offers a variety of “real world” apps such as Passbook and the new Maps service, which are estimated to help accelerate growth of the App Store. More →
The adoption rate of iOS 6 among iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users has surged to 15% in the first 24 hours, according to a new report from online advertising network Chitika. The rate is much higher than it was with iOS 5, which took five days to reach 20% adoption, and Google’s (GOOG) latest Android operating system, which has only been found on 1.5% of devices after two months. Apple’s (AAPL) latest mobile operating system delivers more than 200 improvements and new features such as Facebook (FB) integration, smarter Siri and turn-by-turn navigation. The roll out has been plagued with bad press, however. A number of users reported Wi-Fi issues after updating and inaccurate results when using Apple’s new Maps app. Chitika’s press release follows below. More →
That was quick! iOS 6.0 has barely been out for 24 hours and there is already a tethered jailbreak for it. The iPhone Dev-Team’s “redsn0w 0.9.13dev4″ can now be used to get Cydia and its library of unauthorized apps and system tweaks onto A4-powered devices that include the iPhone 4, iPod touch (fourth-generation) and iPhone 3GS. The jailbreak is a tethered one, though, meaning users will have to connect their iOS devices to a computer every single time they want to reboot them. For most people, a tethered jailbreak is simply unacceptable, but fret not, because there’s an untethered solution in the works. Jailbreakers who can’t wait to crack open Apple’s latest software on the listed devices can follow the detailed instructions over at Redmond Pie, which is linked below. More →
Following the release of iOS 6 on Wednesday, Passbook-enabled apps have started trickling into the App Store, MacRumors reports. A small selection of apps from Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster, Fandango, Lufthansa and Walgreens are now available that grant users access to special events, flight tickets and reward programs. Apple (AAPL) announced Passbook at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference as an iOS 6 feature that 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. More →
Like OS X Mountain Lion is to Lion, iOS 6 is a refinement of a mobile operating system that Apple (AAPL) had in place in iOS 5, with a few new changes that might raise your brow. Available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, new iPad (third-generation) and iPod touch (fourth-generation), the changes Apple made in iOS 6 are subtle, but add to Apple’s endless pursuit of iOS perfection. It’s an update chock-full of features, as has been the case with every other major iOS update, and best of all: it’s free for all devices.
In the latest version of Apple’s (AAPL) mobile operating system, the company has replaced Google Maps with its own service. Initial previews of the feature were critical and most agreed that Apple had a long way to go if it was looking to dethrone Google (GOOG). Business Insider spoke with Waze CEO Noam Bardin about the iPhone’s new turn-by-turn directions, and the executive offered little praise. Waze, along with TomTom and some other companies, provides traffic information for the new mapping service, although Bardin’s comments suggest that Apple is relying predominantly on TomTom. More →
Alongside the unveiling of the new iPhone 5, Apple (AAPL) it was assumed that the final “Gold Master” version of its iOS 6 software would be made available for download on Wednesday. Moments ago, the iOS 6 GM files went live on Apple’s developer site. The Gold Master build of iOS 6 is effectively identical to the version that will be released to consumers, and is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third generation), iPad 2 and fourth-generation iPod touch. The consumer-ready version of iOS 6 will become available to users on September 19th.
Following its announcement of the iPhone 5, Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday announced the availability of iOS 6. The Cupertino-based company’s latest mobile operating system will be available for download on September 19th for owners of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and the new iPad. Apple announced iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the operating system includes more than 200 new features such as 3D maps, Passbook and an improved Siri voice assistant.
No surprise, here. Apple (AAPL) re-introduced features for iOS 6 at its iPhone 5 event in San Francisco. Notable features include full-screen mode for Safari to take advantage of the iPhone 5‘s wider 4-inch display, turn-by-turn navigation for its home-grown Maps app, Passbook and a smarter Siri. More →
Apple (AAPL) may not want YouTube as one of its core iOS 6 apps, but that hasn’t stopped Google (GOOG) from putting up its own version of the YouTube iOS app up on the App Store for free download. As 9to5Mac notes, the new app has been released just one day before Apple’s grand iPhone 5 unveiling and has a lot of new features that the old YouTube iOS lacked, including Facebook and Google+ integration, voice search and query auto-complete. The new app will also feature “tens of thousands” of videos that were not available on the previous version of the app.
Apple has seeded iOS 6 beta 3 to developers, and here is the change log directly from Apple’s developer portal: More →