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iPhones And Android Smartphones From Samsung To Get Pentagon Clearance

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The use of iPhones and Android smartphones used to be frowned upon inside the Pentagon. The disapproval of the officials there of the two powerful devices is due to the security risks that the users of the devices may bring about. It should be noted though that they have always allowed BlackBerry inside the agency.

A Change of Heart

After a recent meeting between the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Samsung executives plus security and technology experts from various organizations worldwide, the government finally had a change of heart about the technology offered by the tech giant, including Apple. Through BC Cho, head of Samsung’s new enterprise unit, the company explained to the various representatives how it could benefit consumers as well as military personnel working in the field. Cho highlighted his company’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 rugged version to set his point.

Benefits

Among the advantages that Cho pointed out is the resiliency of their upcoming unit which is capable of handling wet and dusty environmental conditions. He said that the durability of their upcoming device is ideal for people working outside their offices. Then, the functionality of their Android smartphones will provide a smooth communication between the command post and field operatives.

Company Advantage

Let it be clear though that an approval in the Pentagon does not necessarily translate to huge sales. But Samsung stated that the endorsement of security agencies of their Android devices would result to security conscious companies like banks and other businesses to patronize their products too.

Conditions

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the agency that reviews commercially made devices that are used by the Pentagon, is set to decide on the matter this mid May. But it should have certain modifications in order to be allowed inside the facility like the Knox Security software. On the other hand, DISA is expected to approve Apple devices carrying the latest operating system, which is the iOS 6, this early part of May. However, the use of iPhone and Android smartphones are only limited to non-classified conversations like personally sending emails and browsing the web.

Source: Wall Street

Apple to Release iPhone 5S with More Features; A Cheaper iPhone Likely too

Barely a month ago, there was a report online that suggested that Apple’s next iOS update will feature tons of features including a fingerprint scanner, a camera with more pixels and even re-arranged buttons for the iPhone.  This was in contrast to earlier reports which indicated that iPhone 5S may come with these features, but without major developments for the operating system.  Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says that the iPhone 5S will feature a fingerprint scanner but there have been so many rumors going forth and back regarding it that it is hardtop believe anything anymore.

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White wrote to investors that he believes this fingerprint technology is going to be marketed in the same way that Apple marketed Siri, the voice assistant for iOS that debuted with iPhone 4S.  this shows that Apple has the history and the will to launch major technologies even with small updates in devices.  The report went on to say that aside from the additional of the fingerprint scanner, improvement of the camera and the rearrangement of the left buttons to be slightly different, there will be no major changes to the iPhone built.

These predictions are not unachievable at all, considering that Apple just acquired a fingerprint scanning company called Authentec.  As the war of the smartphones heat up with Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S4 smartphone with tons of sensors and HTC’s new flagship smartphone HTC One already in pre-order, it is up to Apple to make a move that will give it an upper hand in the fight for high end smartphone market.

Low-budget iPhone To Launch with iPhone 5S In July

Apple has never been a company that targets the budget market in any of its products.  A rumor though that Apple may release a low budget version of iPhone that targets the low end market or the entry level smartphone users indicate that the company is changing its market strategy and may join the fray that is currently dominated by mid-range and entry-level Android devices.  Some may believe that Apple’s move to introduce a cheap iPhone in the market will help it be more appealing to the emerging markets that its competitors including Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows have control over thanks to a wide range of affordable products.

The idea that such a device is in works is just a rumor for now though, just like the rumor about Apple working on a larger screen device to compete in the high end large screen market against HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.  Topeka Capital Market’s analyst Brian White believes that Apple may launch a low-cost iPhone this July when it launches iPhone 5S.  However, even the date of launch itself seems a little odd considering that Apple has a history of releasing all its iPhones towards the end of a year – specifically targeting the holiday season.  In the past though, Apple has launched non-phone products in the middle of the year including iPad 4 and iPad mini.

 

Sources: Ubergizmo and PC Mag

iOS 6.0.2 Facing Battery Drain Issue?

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The iPhones have traditionally had a good battery life when compared to Android, and that is because there aren’t many memory intrinsic apps running in the background and also because the power consumption is generally less on iOS (unless you’re on LTE). But things have changed today and most Android devices are on par or even exceed the battery life of the iPhones. That doesn’t mean that Apple has neglected battery life altogether, it’s just that Android OEMs have evolved quickly in that area. However, with the recent major upgrade of iOS i.e. iOS 6, people started complaining of more than usual battery drain. And Apple was quick to react to this issue and posted a fix to the bug with the iOS 6.0.1 update. All was well for a while, but then reports started emerging of iPhone 5 units running on iOS 6.0.1 having troubles keeping the Wi-Fi signal intact as it was apparently switching to cellular networks frequently, which is basically a nightmare for those on limited data plans. So Apple again sent out a fix with the iOS 6.0.2 update a couple of days ago. And it is now being reported that this update has again brought up the battery drain bug. What? Yes, some reports are stating that the battery drain bug has now resurfaced with the iOS 6.0.2 update.

There is no word on as to how many devices or if all devices are affected by this, but this is certainly something Apple would want to look into. iPhone 5 and iPad Mini units are apparently the devices that are experiencing heavy battery drains. This could easily be an isolated incident, as many users are in fact stating that their battery life improved with the iOS 6.0.2 update. So we’re hoping that’s the case. Some say the battery drain is a result of the device scanning or searching harder for Wi-Fi networks, but that hasn’t been confirmed either. It’s not good news for Apple to have info like this coming up every once in a while. If you’re one of those iPhone users experiencing battery drains, do let us know. Not that Android is any good with battery consumption anyways, but with bigger battery packs, it’s barely noticeable these days with new droids.

Apple’s iPhone 5 uses 1,440 mAh lithium polymer battery which is a minor upgrade over the iPhone 4S (1,432 mAh Li-Po battery). Assuming the size of the battery does have a lot to do with the iPhone’s battery life, it would behoove Apple to put in a larger pack inside. But we guess in the pursuit of making the device as thin as possible, all of this is only a pipedream. I’m sure the customers wouldn’t mind a slightly bulkier iPhone with the reward being a longer lasting device, especially with LTE being such an important feature of the new iPhone.

Source: Ars Technica
Via: Phone Arena

iOS 6 Adoption Increased After the Launch of Google Maps

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Apple’s iOS operating system has been a slow progress ever since it was launched with the first generation iPhone back in 2007. Don’t get me wrong, it is right up there among the best mobile operating systems in the market, but some would feel it hasn’t evolved as much as people would have liked. Sure, it still manages to score remarkably well in CPU/browser benchmarks, but a first gen iPhone user would find no substantial difference in the current iPhone, from a strictly software point of view. And with iOS 6, people had one more reason to not opt for the update and that was the absence of Google Maps. Well, Google Maps used to come by default on previous iterations of iOS, but didn’t make its way with iOS 6 as Apple went with its own half cooked Apple Maps. This was considered a bad move even before its flaws were discovered, and this led to many users of iOS 5 not updating to iOS 6 so as to still use Google Maps. But now, with the official Google Maps app available as a third party download on the iTunes AppStore, it is being said that users have begun updating to the new version of iOS in large numbers.

According to Ad Network, MoPub, iOS 6 adoption increased 29% within 5 days of the launch of the Google Maps app on iOS. This tells us a lot about what Maps means to the users and how much of an impact Google Maps makes for iOS in general. The data was collected after analyzing 12,000 iOS applications from a study. This doesn’t surprise us one bit. We all know how badly Apple Maps backfired for Apple and it only makes sense that iOS users are finally showing faith in the platform. In the meantime, it’s still to be seen if Apple has something coming up to enhance the usability of Apple Maps. Google Maps’ popularity was instantly evident as the app saw 10 million downloads within 2 days of its launch. And the statistics given by MoPub reaffirms that. We heard of Apple’s plans to integrate FourSquare with Apple Maps, which could partially improve the usability of Apple’s offering.

The CEO of MoPub, Jim Payne said – “We observed since the launch of Google Maps for iOS 6 a 30 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users, and we think it’s related to Google Maps. It verifies the hypothesis that people were actually holding back to upgrade until Google Maps was available”.

Source: Tech Crunch
Via: Phone Arena

Apple Could Be Looking to Integrate FourSquare With Apple Maps

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The Apple iPhone 5 and the iOS 6 operating system have garnered heaps of praises from loyalists and some critics. However, if there is one aspect where iOS 6 falls behind substantially in comparison to its competition, is in the case of Maps. Apple’s brave and bold decision to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own app kind of backfired in an unexpected way and the company had to recommend users to download third party applications which did the job better. This was a major setback for the company.

But it seems like the folks at Cupertino could be silently cooking up a fix for the ill-fated Apple Maps app. It is being reported that Apple is in talks with FourSquare to share local data. What this means is that FourSquare could see tight integration with Apple Maps in the near future. Apple’s Senior VP of Internet Software and Services last week checked into the Cupertino HQ via FourSquare while the head of FourSquare Dennis Crowley was also in town, which confirms that the two companies have been discussing this. FourSquare has a large number of locations in its database, and Apple Maps could certainly benefit from the integration. Its high time Apple did something about it, as people might soon forget that iOS 6 even had a native Maps app.

This report originates from sources cited by the Wall Street Journal and could well be credible information considering the course of events since the past week or so. Google Maps for iOS saw about 10 million downloads within two days of its launch, which speaks volumes of the users’ desperation and also of the popularity of Google Maps. With FourSquare integration on Apple Maps, things might get a little more bearable. But will it be a whole new experience? We doubt it. There’s still some work to be done when it comes to navigation and providing accurate satellite info. So until that happens we remain skeptical about this apparent partnership. Whatever the outcome, this would certainly improve the existing version of Apple Maps. And FourSquare would be more popular among the users, if people haven’t already downloaded it by now. As Apple already has Yelp integrated into Apple Maps, FourSquare should certainly bring a lot more to the table with local search. Let’s see how things pan out for the company in the coming days.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: Phone Arena

Australian Police Claim Apple Maps Could Be Deadly

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We all know how Apple Maps fairs against most of its competition, and it’s not news to us that Apple even acknowledged that in an apology letter to its users. However, the problems still haven’t been fixed, it seems. According to a report by the police in Victoria (Australia), Apple Maps is causing life threatening errors with inaccurate directions and navigations. The problem in this case is with the app’s handling of a location named Mildura. What Apple Maps shows to be Mildura, is actually Sunset National Park. Now you might be wondering why all of this would be life threatening, right? Well, Sunset National Park isn’t exactly what you think it is. It is a vast desert, filled with all sorts of venomous beings and with an approximate temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. And you would hardly find any cellular reception in an area like this, which could potentially be life threatening if the traveler has no supplies. Astonishingly, Mildura is located about 43 miles away from the location mentioned on Apple Maps. The police apparently have received six calls for help after being misguided by Apple Maps in the same area, so this issue has already affected a whole bunch of users. Not sure how Apple will react to this, but the Victorian Police Dept has apparently requested Apple to fix this navigation error, but there still doesn’t seem to be a fix to this.

Inspector Simon Clemmence from Victoria Police said in a statement – “Say you got a whole family up there, little kids, at 112 degrees, you didn’t bring any water because you thought you were just going to pull into a town and have a coke and pie, but instead you’re stuck in a desert and your car is stuck, not going anywhere“. He further added – “These are just family cars that are being directed up these roads. They turn into sandy tracks and they get stuck… Some people just trust the technology. Any sat-nav is going to give you errors, but this one in particular is giving us a big one that may end up in a loss of life“.

It seems like Apple has more things to worry about than it thought. This news could potentially harm the iPhone 5’s sale which is concerning news for Apple especially with the holiday season approaching. Apple initially recommended users to rely on third party Map apps for accurate navigation, which was shameful for a company like Apple. And as if that weren’t enough, the company had to fire Scott Forstall who was instrumental in the development of iOS in general and Apple Maps. So unless Apple gets its act together quick, we don’t see this issue being resolved. It won’t be wrong to call this the “Maps-gate” much like Antennagate with the iPhone 4.

When the app cannot accurately show some areas of New York, how good would you expect it to do anywhere else? Apple’s brave decision to ditch Google Maps is already proving to be very costly for the company. And as this unfolds, we can almost sense Google smirking over Apple’s misfortunes. Let’s hope Apple fixes this sooner rather than later.

Source: Victoria Police News
Via: Phone Arena

Apple Pays 20M For Swiss Clock Design

Apple reportedly paid 20 million Swiss francs, which translates to US  $20.27 million, to the Switzerland-based national rail operator SBB for the use of the latter’s clock design in iOS 6. The figure comes from a Swiss newspaper, which AFP cites  in its article regarding the clock issue.

Last September, the Cupertino company made tech headlines for using the popular Swiss design without permission from SBB, which owned the design’s trademark.

The design was created back in 1944 by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfike and has since been used by SBB in its stations throughout Switzerland.

On various websites, Apple came under fire for its unauthorized use of the clock design, since it came shortly after the company won a lawsuit against Samsung over the South Korean company’s infringement of several patents.

SBB, however, appeared to be less indignant, stating through its spokeswoman, Patricia Claivaz, that they are “rather proud that a brand as important as Apple is using our design.”  She went on to say that they will talk with Apple about the use of the design.

In October, Apple and SBB signed a licensing agreement  to allow Apple to continue using the clock design on iOS 6.

AFP reports that the amount of 20 million Swiss francs was paid to the Swiss rail operator as a lump sum. The terms of the deal, however, such as for how long Apple may use the clock design, have not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, Mondaine Watch Group,which formerly had exclusive licensing rights to the clock design is said to be “surprised” about the deal between Apple and SBB, according to an article published by Reuters. Mondaine, a Swiss-based watch manufacturer, had been using the design it its timepieces since 1986. Mondaine says that their company was left out of the agreement between Apple and SBB. There is still no word whether Mondaine will protest against the result of the agreement.

via afp, reuters, blorge

The iPad Mini has Materials Worth $188 Inside

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It’s that time again where a newly launched device gets the teardown treatment to reveal quite a few of its characteristics. With reparability being the prime focus, we are also given an insight at what’s running inside. And it’s the iPad Mini this time which receives the teardown treatment. It’s not iFixit though, but IHS iSuppli which conducted the said teardown. Quite a few things were revealed post the teardown, but more prominently, it has come to light that the materials used onboard the new iPad Mini adds up to a total of $188. This for the tablet which retails at $329, indicates quite a bit of margin. However, the profit margin here is lesser than the fourth generation iPad, so in a way Apple would want customers to buy more of that than the iPad Mini. But we figure, Apple is expecting to make up for low profits with sheer volume of sales.

Apple’s gross profit margin from the iPad Mini would come close to 43%, while net profit would be marginally below the 40% mark. The display panel accounts for most of the production cost ($80) as it utilizes a new display tech which gives it the thin form factor. Other components like the processor, RAM etc would make up for the rest of the cost. And since there’s no Retina Display here, it wouldn’t set Apple back by much anyways.

All things considered, a gross profit of $141 is not a small amount when we consider the profits made by Google and ASUS in the Nexus 7 and Amazon with its Kindle Fire lineup. Apple has clearly stepped into the budget tablet scene, but without much noise in my opinion. People favoring budget tablets will still pick a Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 or a Nook HD/HD+ over an iPad Mini, because despite Apple’s claims, the iPad Mini is still somewhat of an overpriced device and doesn’t quite cut it for the budget customer. That’s my opinion of course. What this does mean though, is that Apple is taking its competition very seriously. It wouldn’t be wrong to presume that plenty of users out there would get both the iPad Mini and/or the budget ranged Android tablets. As evidenced by the image above, it is very clear as to how the iPad Mini fares in comparison to the competition.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: Phone Arena

Opinion: Why the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 is Actually Beneficial for Android

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A hot topic amongst tech enthusiasts is about how good or bad the iPhone is. Needless to say, there are plenty of iFans out there who defend Apple products no matter what. It has grown to such an extent that some people just want to have an iPhone, irrespective of its features, price etc. So it would suffice to say that it’s more of a status symbol than an actual medium of communication/entertainment for a few out there. I don’t blame them though, as it is mostly due to the illusion of superiority often surrounding Apple products. Especially in certain Asian and European markets, where iPhones are available for a premium price, owning one is a very big deal. So is this logic justified? Certainly not. People have actually come to terms with the growing Apple fanboyism and thanks to Android OEMs, the competition seems to be increasing with every passing day. And this is what leads to innovation, contrary to Apple’s claims (read: lawsuits).

The recently launched iPhone 5 was marred by a few initial glitches. The smartphone was merely seen as an incremental upgrade by tech experts. And if that wasn’t enough, camera problems started to surface with a purple hue reported for pictures taken with the sun in the backdrop. But the biggest blow of them all was Apple Maps, which with its inaccuracy was subject to a lot of criticism and mockery. This perhaps was the worst setback to Apple, which took a bold move by ditching Google Maps in favor of its own home cooked app (although it makes use of the same API as Google Maps). The bad PR has really hurt Apple’s cause as it urged users to go for third party map applications. While all is not bad about Apple Maps, there is a certain industry standard which the company failed to meet. It seems like there was a sense of urgency about it. Either way, this is the right time for Android OEMs to swoop in and eat the cake.

Android smartphones like the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S III etc have been doing fairly well in the market. The Galaxy S III in fact is one of the hot selling smartphones currently. The number drastically increased post the arrival of the iPhone 5, which doesn’t really surprise us. Generally, people hold off their plans of purchasing a smartphone whenever there’s a newer smartphone about to hit the stores. And this is exactly what happened in the week before the launch of the iPhone 5 as people wanted to see what the iPhone 5 would be like before committing to another device. The sales of the Galaxy S III though saw a growth of 15% on the week of the new iPhone’s launch. The Galaxy S III still continues to sell well in the market and the sales don’t seem like halting anytime soon.

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This is Apple Maps

The iPhone debacle will provide Android OEMs an opportunity to make the best of the situation. There are plenty of deprived iOS customers looking to make the switch to Android. Samsung has the Galaxy Note II prepping launch in the States and Motorola has a bunch of droids lined up too. Lest we forget HTC’s One X+ which is an upgraded variant of the original One X along with the LG Optimus G and also the new LG Nexus that the whole Android sphere is eagerly looking forward to. It won’t take a genius to guess that it will do a fair bit of damage to the iPhone market share. Unless Apple decides to do something drastically different to fix the aforementioned bugs, we don’t see it making any damage to the barrage of Droids hitting shelves in the coming months. It’s normal to feel that post Steve Jobs, Apple has lost its touch a little. But it’s still one of the biggest companies out there in terms of sheer money power, so it is certainly capable of taking a fair bit of beating.

Google’s Nexus 7 along with Amazon’s Kindle Fire make up for the Android budget tablet range. And as you all know, Apple has plans to compete with them with the rumored iPad Mini. It’s still not clear if the rumor will materialize, but several image leaks and mockups have pretty much revealed its existence. The pricing will be a key factor in the success of the iPad Mini much like the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. So expect the budget tablet market to get heated up in the coming weeks with the anticipated arrival of the iPad Mini. We cannot forget the likes of Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD, HD+ which are also awaiting release in November. So all will not be easy for Apple, not in the current scenario at least.

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Over 60% of iPhones are running iOS 6

With iPhone 5, Apple also launched the next version of its popular mobile operating system, the iOS 6. There are many controversies that are surrounding this update of iOS. When it comes to software, Apple is assumed to pay a lot of attention to very minute details and the outcome has been pretty neat until now. Apple seems to have gone wrong with their decisions with iOS 6 which has led to humiliation of the company on a mass scale.

For iOS 6, which is a major upgrade over iOS 5, Apple has been delivering the updates over the air (OTA update), which means users can upgrade their device without actually having to connect it to a computer. That’s pretty awesome and most of the Android devices also allow this, but what’s interesting is the rapid rate at which users are upgrading their supported iOS device to iOS 6. Chitika, a renowned web tracking company says that nearly 60% of the iPhone users performed upgrade to iOS 6 merely days after it launched on September 19th. According to the stats, more than 45% of iPad users have also updated their devices to the latest iOS, and iPod Touch users were also quick enough to jump the bandwagon.

For those who haven’t updated yet, the update will appear in your Settings app in Settings > General > Software Update, but do it with caution because iOS 6 isn’t flawless. If you have been following the hullabaloos surrounding this OS, you will be thrilled to know that Apple allowed that to happen. Apple is a great brand and the company is growing rapidly not only in terms of market capitalization, but also as a brand. The iPod brand has become so popular that people from every corner of the world are aware of it. To testify this, Interbrand released its annual Best Global Brand Report for 2012 today and according to the report, Apple has climbed to the second place, whereas the first place is captured by Coca Cola’s universally identifiable brand.

Apple has definitely accomplished to deliver a smooth roll-out, but is the update worth is a major question and many say a straight no. Apple CEO Tim Cook has already made a public apology in connection with Apple Maps and has promised to fix it as soon as possible, but according to other reports, Apple won’t be able to correct the problems any time in the near future. As a first step toward correction, Apple has made changes on its website which previously read “the most powerful mapping service ever”.

On the plus side, the iOS 6 comes with 200 new features which should enhance the usability of the device. Ignoring all the downsides related to the update, Apple is undoubtedly the fastest company when it comes to updates. Updates are rolled out pretty slowly in Android, but that depends on the manufacturers too because Google Nexus are normally the first ones to get the updates as Google issues the updates directly. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Chitika

Nokia tells iOS 6 users to try its maps

Apple released the next version of iOS, the iOS 6, last week. iOS 6 is great and is packed with 200 new features. Apple has managed to sell 5 million iPhone 5’s in its opening weekend, which isn’t exactly what analysts had expected. Nevertheless, things are different on iOS 6 side of the news, and the new version of the mobile operating system is being deployed at blazing speed. Yes, over 100 million users have updated their devices which are compatible with the new version.

The reason behind the rapid deployment is due to two major factors. The first one being that the update is over the air, which makes the updating process a breeze. The second reason is introduction of long awaited features. While most of the features in iOS are great, it has also been criticized a lot. With iOS 6, Apple has stripped all the Google elements from its mobile operating system. The iconic Google Maps app which has been present on iPhone home screen since it was first launched has been replaced with Apple Maps, which is not all that great as it is marketed to be and is accused of misguiding users. For the new mapping app, Apple has teamed up with TomTom for their data set, which is a bit weak when compared to what Google is equipped with. After all these criticism, TomTom has responded saying that it just responsible for “foundation” of Apple Maps and has no hands in deciding the final user experience. Also, TomTom’s own iOS application works totally fine.

While there’s no reliable Google Maps on iOS 6, users are not helpless after all. You can still visit Google Maps via browser, but Nokia has an alternative solution too. Nokia tweeted saying “Nokia Maps is award winning. There is no need to be stuck with another mapping service on your smartphone.” Another tweet quoted a review of Nokia Maps in Forbes which said, “Unlike Google and Apple maps, Nokia Maps put customers at ease instead of causing anxiety.”

Well, Nokia maps are pretty great and functional, and it’s the latest move by the Finnish company to take advantage of Apple’s current situation, besides maps are considered to be Nokia’s major strength. You can try Nokia Maps by pointing Safari browser to maps.nokia.com. No, you won’t be getting the app and it will be a normal web based service, just like the current Google Maps on iOS. There are also many alternative apps available in the App Store which are capable of giving turn by turn navigation, and as said above, TomTom has its own application and it works perfectly alright.
While Google Maps remains absent in iOS 6, Google is said to be working hard on a brand new app and is anticipated in a few months. In the meantime, web based Google Maps has improved a lot over the years and will suffice most of the needs. How is iOS 6 treating you? Let us know using the comment form below.

iOS 6 updates reach 100 million

Apple launched the next gen iPhone, the iPhone 5, few days back. The new iPhone 5 isn’t revolutionary as such, and people gave mixed responses. Many were disappointed that there isn’t anything special about the phone, apart from the bigger screen and a faster processor. Some said that there isn’t NFC chip that they were expecting as many of the new mid range Android phones are NFC capable. Nevertheless, despite all the negative responses, the Cupertino based company managed to attract over 2 million pre orders within 24 hours of the announcement. Yes, that’s a pretty overwhelming response for an iPhone 5, in fact it even surpassed iPhone 4S’ record.

If you thought 2 million orders were an overwhelming response, Apple has officially let out that they have sold over 5 million units of iPhone 5 in its opening weekend, which beats iPhone 4S’ record which happens to be 4 million units. Though 5 million looks like a big number, analysts were disappointed because things didn’t go according to their projections. They expected Apple to sell 2x more iPhones during the launch weekend, however, the company has managed to beat its own record, which is quite a good feat. This is what Apple’s Tim Cook had to say about the matter:

“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. 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.” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO

The demand has increased by just 25%, which is little less and indicates a slowdown for Apple to some extent. While the sales of iPhone 5 was short of expectations of analysts, the same isn’t the case with iOS 6. The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, the iOS 6, is getting deployed at a blazing speed. It has been less than a week since iOS 6 was released to general public and over 100 million users have already updated their devices which are compatible with the new version. The updates are over the air, which is convenient and explains the rapid rate of deployment.

The iOS 6 is packed with 200 new features. Some of the most notable features include Siri app with deeper Facebook integration, which is of course a welcome change. While the new version of iOS 6 is great, it has also been criticized a lot. With iOS 6, Apple has stripped all the Google elements from its mobile operating system. The iconic Google Maps app which has been present on iPhone home screen since it was first launched has been replaced with Apple Maps, which is not at all great and gives misguiding information.
How is iOS 6 treating you? Let us know using the comment form below.

Swiss Rail Operator Says Apple Copied iOS Clock Design

Switzerland’s state railway operator SBB claims that Apple Inc.’s iOS operating system used its trademark design for its clocks without its permission. The design in question shows a white clock face, black rectangles instead of numbers, black hour and minute hands, and a red second hand with a circle at one end.

 

Reto Kormann, a spokesperson for the Swiss rail company, said that the design was made back in 1944.

Instead of filing a lawsuit for trademark infringement, Kormann announced that SBB is willing to negotiate with Apple for the latter’s use of the clock design on the mobile operating system

SBB in the past had already entered into a licensing agreement with another company, Mondaine Watch Ltd. for the latter to use the iconic, minimalist design on its wristwatches.

Kormann clarifies, however, that money is not the main issue in the case. In fact, he says, “We are proud that this icon of clock design is being used by a globally successful company.” Moreover, the Swiss rail company is willing to have an “amicable agreement” with the Cupertino, California-based electronics company.

Technology and design enthusiasts pointed out that this is not the first time that Apple took inspiration from a Swiss design. They believe that some design elements of 1950s Braun products like pocket radios, speakers, and calculators, may be found on current Apple devices.

Apple, for its part, has recently been involved in a legal battle in several countries over patents with Samsung Electronics Company. Last month, Apple won against Samsung in a San Jose, California court when a jury found that the South Korean company infringed on several patents. The jury awarded Apple over a billion dollars in damages. Later, in a Tokyo, Japan court, a judge held that the South Korean company did not infringe on a music and video synching functionality. Most recently, Apple lost again in Germany when a court found that Samsung did not infringe on a touchscreen functionality.

via dailymail, business-standard, cultofmac

NASA And Motorola Poke Fun At iOS 6, Learn How To Get Google Maps Back On Your iOS Device

With the release of the iPhone, we should all know by now of Apple’s new replacement of Google Maps in iOS6. In fact, with the recent coverage it’s been getting, everyone in the world should know about this new replacement. Apple has proudly introduced “Apple Maps” during their iOS 6 keynote, which will be the full replacement for Google Maps. As we all know, this is just another step to eliminate Google from their iOS devices. As implied earlier, there has been a lot of coverage surrounding Apple Maps, and the apparent lack of information within the maps application. With how much they were boasting about this new application, it did give me quite a laugh. That said, a lot of people have been poking fun at it due to how terrible the app is. And now, Google’s newly acquired Motorola is joining in on the fun!

Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn.

The tweet was seen both on their Motorola Mobility Google+ page, and also on on their Twitter page. The message is pretty clear though. It’s on obvious advertisement for their new RAZR M device with its edge to edge screen. I’m personally waitng to see #iLost a trending topic on both Twitter and Google+, surely it won’t be that long?

This isn’t the only company making fun off iOS 6 though. NASA’s own Curiosity Rover claimed that he was updated to iOS 6 and was now in Norway! What a terrible coincidence. Here’s the Curiosity Rover’s entire tweet:

NASA HAVE UPDATED ME TO iOS 6. APPARENTLY I’M NOW IN NORWAY.

Poking fun aside, if you’re wanting Google Maps back instead of this crummy “improvement” that was in iOS 6, it’s fairly easy to get back. Just head on over to the Google Maps website, allow it to track your location, and after that just make an internet shortcut on your iOS device. While it’s not an entire supplement of the native application, it should do you some good for now, and it definitely will not be telling you to turn left into oncoming traffic. No, Google would rather keep you alive than plan out your death like Apple has with this new application.

It’s pretty sad that all of the major companies are making fun of Apple. It just proves how terrible of a job Apple has done with the new rendition of iOS 6. Aren’t you happy to own an Android device? Especially after the iPhone 5 launch?

source: android central