Apple releases iOS 6.1

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Jan 282013

AppleApple today released iOS 6.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The 99.6MB update includes unspecified bug fixes as well as the following enhancements:

  • LTE support for more carriers (a full list is available at
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango via Siri (USA only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

“iOS 6 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads.”

To download the update Over-the-Air, select Settings > General > Software Update.

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Apple’s “Do Not Disturb” iOS 6 bug to fix itself on January 7th

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Jan 022013

Apple today posted a support document acknowledging that the “Do not disturb” feature is currently not deactivating itself at the scheduled end time. The bug first surfaced on New Year’s Day. In the document, Apple explained that the feature will resume working correctly on January 7th:

Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.

To turn off the scheduling feature, tap Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and switch Scheduled to Off.

The timing of the bug is particularly ironic given that Apple launched a new ad touting the feature on the same day that it first surfaced

It’s not the first time that Apple and the iPhone have run into a New Year bug. Non-repeating alarms did not function correctly on New Year’s Day back in 2011. They started working again correctly on January 3rd.

What is it with Apple and New Year’s bugs?

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Google Maps now available for iPhone and iPod touch

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Dec 132012

As expected, Google has launched much-anticipated Google Maps for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen). Former users of the app will find it familiar but the interface has been refreshed in much the same way that Google has recently updated other iOS apps such as Gmail and YouTube.

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

Google also took the time to remind its users that it makes “tens of thousands of daily updates” to keep Google Maps accurate and asks users to shake their phones to send them feedback if something is not right.

Google has also released the Google Maps SDK for iOS so that developers can integrate Google Maps in their own apps.

The Google Maps app is available as a free download for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher. An iPad version of the app is not available at this time.

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Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Nov 012012

AppleApple today released iOS 6.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is a maintenance release addressing a number of bugs. According to the changelog, it fixes the following:

  • 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.

Because of the OTA update bug, iPhone 5 users will need to download the new Software Updater in order to then download iOS 6.0.1.

Apple iOS 6.1, a more significant update, is expected to follow after the holidays.

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Reminder: Apple iOS 6 upgrade available today

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Sep 192012

AppleJust a friendly reminder that today is the day that Apple releases the iOS 6 upgrade for the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • new iPad
  • 4t generation iPod touch

The update is not available. We’ll update this post as soon as it does become available.

Devices not on the list above will not support iOS 6.

Update: The upgrade is now available through iTunes. Users currently running iOS 5 or later will also be able to do the update over the air.

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Summary of Apple iPhone 5 September 2012 press event

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Sep 122012

With the usual stratospherically high expectations, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook once again took to the stage today to kick things off. Here is a summary of the event, including the announcement of the Apple iPhone 5:

  • Update on Apple’s retail stores and sales:
    • Apple now has 380 stores in 12 countries, promising “best buying experience and the best customer service on the planet.”
    • 83 million visitors to its stores last year alone
    • 7 million Mountain Lion upgrades downloaded since launch this summer
    • Apple notebooks have held #1 position in US for the past three months
    • 17 million iPads sold last quarter bringing total since lauch of first iPad to 84 million
    • 400 million iOS devices sold across the world up to June 2012
    • 700,000 apps now in Apple App Store
  • Apple iPhone 5 announced:
    • Made entirely of aluminium and glass
    • 18% thinner than the iPhone 4 and billed as the thinnest smartphone at 7.6 millimeters
    • 112 grams (or 20% lighter than iPhone 4)
    • 4-inch 16:9 1136 x 640 pixel Retina Display (326ppi)
    • Display sports integrated touch sensors, effectively eliminating a layer and making it thinner and sharper
    • Apps such iWork updated for iPhone 5 and the new display. Apps that are not updated will be centered on the display with black borders on sides.
    • LTE connectivity as well as HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA
    • In Canada, iPhone 5 will run on Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin Mobile
    • Wi-Fi upgraded to support dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz on 802.11n
    • New Apple A6 offering twice the processor and GPU performance compared to A5. Also 22% smaller
    • Improved battery – Promised to last longer than that of iPhone 4S: 8 hours for LTE, 8 hours for 3G talk time, or 10 hours for Wi-Fi or video
    • Improved camera with 8MP sensor, f/2.4 aperture, and 25% smaller than that of iPhone 4S
    • New camera promises faster image capture, improved low-light performance, new Panormama mode
    • HD FaceTime camera
    • Facetime over cellular networks now possible (as long as carriers support it)
    • Improved speakers are 20% smaller
    • New connector called Lightning. 80% smaller, all-digital, and reversible
    • Adapter for 30-pin accessories will be available to enable to work with the iPhone 5
    • Available in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB variants
    • Available in black or white
    • New version of iOS
  • iOS 6:
    • Updated version of Maps now include search engine for points of interest, turn-by-turn directions, and 3D mode
    • Updated Notification Center
    • Improved Safari includes fullscreen mode and tab syncing with other devices (such as your desktop)
    • New PassBook to manage items like tickets, boarding passes, cards, etc
    • Upgrade for qualifying devices will start September 19th
  • iTunes
    • Revamped iOS design as 66% of downloads now come from iOS
    • Facebook integration
    • New version of PC version includes revamped navigation and new mini player
    • New feature: “Up Next” lets you queue up songs
    • New version to be available in late October
  • iPods
    • 350 million iPods sold to date
    • New iPod nano with larger 2.5-inch display (supporting multitouch), new Home button, FM tuner, video support and Lightning connector. Available in 7 colours
    • iPod nano includes Bluetooth for the first time
    • Revamped iPod touch: anodized aluminium, 4-inch display like on iPhone 5, 5MP camera with 1080p video capture. Powered by Apple’s A5 chip. 6.1 millimeters thick and 88 grams. 5 colours.
    • iPod touch also comes with “the loop,” essentially a strap
    • Improved wireless capabilities: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
    • iPod touch now comes with Siri and AirPlay mirroring
  • New EarPod headphones
    • Three years in the making
    • Designed to fit everyone’s ears
    • Promise to direct sound right into the ear.
    • Standalone accessory available as of today. Will also be included with iPhone 5, new iPod touch, and new iPod nano

The iPhone 5 will sell for the same price as the iPhone 4S did before today. The 16GB model will sell for US$199, the 32GB for US$299, and 64GB model for US$399 (with contract of course). The 16GB iPhone 4S will drop to US$99 and iPhone 4 to US$0 again with contract.

Pre-orders will begin on September 14th with shipments to Canada and the U.S. (and a few other countries) to start on September 21st. By December, the Apple iPhone 5 will be available in 100 countries through 240 carriers.

The iPod shuffle will sell for US$49 and the new 16GB iPod nano for US$149. The 4th generation iPod touch will continue to be offered for US$199 for the 16GB model and US$249 for the 32GB model. The new iPod touch will come with 32GB or 64GB and sell for US$299 and US$399 respectively. They will be available in October.

And that’s a wrap… I guess we now wait for a second Apple event in October for the iPod mini…

Rumour: Apple to refresh entire iOS lineup with small connector this fall

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Aug 062012

AppleApple’s rumoured September 12th event could touch every iOS device that the company offers. iMore, which first broke the news on that date, now adds that Apple could use the event to transition its entire iOS lineup to the smaller Dock Connector that has been rumoured to make its debut on the iPhone 5. All in all, it could announce a new iPhone, a new iPad mini, updated versions of the iPod nano and iPod touch, and a new 9.7-inch iPad at the event.

Apple only launched its latest iPad back in March but apparently feels that having a consistent dock connector across its device lineup is more important than sticking to a yearly release schedule. Other updates could include a rear-mounted microphone and improvements to deal with heat issues.

Recent rumours suggest that the new dock connector could come with as few as 8 pins, down from the 30 in the current version.

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Google delays Nexus Q launch to make improvements

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Aug 012012

Google Nexus QGoogle yesterday announced that it was indefinitely delaying the consumer launch of its Nexus Q media player. Google first announced it at Google I/O only weeks ago and now describes it as a “preview” device. It met with lukewarm reviews due primarily to its limited functionality and relatively high price.

We have an important update about your Nexus Q pre-order.

When we announced Nexus Q at Google I/O, we gave away devices to attendees for an early preview. The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.

To thank you for your early interest, we’d like to extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send you a free device. If you had other items in your order, your credit card will be charged for those items only.

Your Nexus Q will be on its way soon and you will receive a notification and tracking number from Google Play when it ships.

The Nexus Q Team

Those who pre-ordered the device should be happy to know that Google intends to honour those orders for free. It remains to be seen if these devices will be upgradeable to the final version when it is released.

Google has stopped taking Nexus Q orders on Google Play and now lists the device as ‘coming soon.’ There is no indication at this point of a more specific availability date.

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Google I/O 2012: Google announces Nexus Q social streaming media player

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Jun 272012

Google Nexus QThe Google Nexus 7 tablet was not the only Nexus device unveiled today. Google also introduced Nexus Q, billed as “the world’s first social streaming media player.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

The Nexus Q streams content from Google’s services such as Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. You can also stream music that you uploaded to Google Play through Music Manager. As for the social aspect, the Nexus Q supports a guest mode that lets others connect to it to stream their own music, movies and videos. It can only be managed via Android devices.

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Rumour: Apple iOS 6 to drop support for original iPad

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Jun 112012

AppleApple is expected to unveil the next version of its iOS mobile operating system later today as its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway. Banners going up in preparation for the event pretty much confirmed that it would be known as iOS 6. A forum post at Chinese website WeiPhone now claims to have obtained the list of compatible devices both for iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Not listed for the former are both the original iPad and third-generation iPod Touch.

As CNET points out, it is also possible that the list is incomplete or that Apple has not yet provided links for those particular devices.

Operating system upgrades, not just Apple ones, often drop support for older devices as system requirements are increased to support new functionality. In this case, iOS 6 is expected to add features that include a new mapping application that supports 3D (and does not rely on Google Maps), Siri support for the new iPad, and Facebook integration.

Gadgetorama will bring you all the news to come out of the WWDC keynote later today.

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Apple replacing recalled 1st generation iPod nanos with 6th generation ones

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Dec 232011

Apple last month issued a recall for its first generation iPad nano over battery concerns. While many wondered whether Apple would be replacing the older players with newer models, those hopes were dashed when users first started reporting getting their replacement units. Then reports emerged that other customers were getting newer replacements.

Gadgetorama has now received its replacement unit and it is a 6th generation iPod nano. An accompanying letter also confirms stock issues as the reason for the upgrade: “In some cases due to limited availability of replacement stock of iPod nano (1st generation) Apple may have replaced your iPod with a more recent model of equivalent of better specification.”

1st gen iPod nano replacement

The replacement iPod comes with a 90 day warranty.

Apple recalls first generation iPod nanos over battery concerns

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Nov 122011

Apple iPod nanoApple is recalling some first generation iPod nanos due to possible battery overheating risks. Affected devices were sold between September 2005 and December 2006 and have been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. According to Apple, “While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.”

Apple recommends that you stop using your first generation iPod nano. It will replace all eligible nanos free of charge. You will need your serial number for validation. Apple will ship the replacement approximately 6 weeks after they receive yours.

First generation iPod nanos came with a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back.

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Apple confirms iOS 5.0.1 still has some battery draining issues

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Nov 112011

AppleShortly after Apple released iOS 5.0.1 yesterday, reports began to surface that battery draining issues remained. Apple today confirmed to AllThingsD that the update does not address all of issues recently identified. A statement acknowledges that:

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

There is no word yet on when the remaining issues will be addressed

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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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Nov 102011

AppleApple has begun to push out an iOS update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, specifically the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th generations iPod Touch. It comes with four fixes and improvements (including one for battery issues that recently surfaced):

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

It is available both through iTunes and as an OTA update.

Microsoft reconfirms Zune hardware demise

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Oct 092011

Microsoft ZuneIt was dead but then came back to life. And now it’s dead again. Microsoft has now confirmed that it will no longer make Zune players.

We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.

With Microsoft’s new focus on Windows Phone, it is likely that the entire Zune branding will disappear. For example, the Zune software could be rebranded and rolled up into a larger Microsoft entertainment brand under the umbrella of Windows Phone and Windows.

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