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 for iPhone downloaded 10 million times in first 48 hours

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Dec 172012

Google MapsIt appears that there was a bit of pent-up demand for an alternative to Apple Maps among iOS users. Google’s Jeff Huber today announced that Google Maps for iPhone was downloaded over 10 million downloads in the first 48 hours that it was available.

We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.

Google Maps for iPhone shot to the top of the App Store charts and remains there today.

Read more: Jeff Huber [via Google+] (Source: TheNextWeb)

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.

Read more: Google Official Blog

Google Maps returning to iOS tonight?

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Dec 122012

Google MapsIf Apple Maps has left you wanting or driven you over to bookmarking on your iOS devices, there good be some good news tonight. AllThingsD reports that Google will release its new iOS Maps app tonight.

Google Maps had been preinstalled on iOS devices from the time that the first iPhone launched. It was dropped from iOS 6 this fall in favour of Apple’s own Maps app. Responding to wide criticism and ridicule for its many inaccuracies, Apple CEO Tim Cook went as far as publishing an open letter apologizing for the quality of the app and vowing that Apple would do “everything we can to make Maps better.”

It will be interesting to see how Google Maps fares against Apple Maps. If nothing else, as AllThingsD points out, anyone holding out on upgrading to iOS 6 over the mapping software will now be able to take the plunge.

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Apple CEO apologizes for Maps app issues and suggests alternatives

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Sep 282012

AppleApple’s new Maps app has been widely criticized since its launch in iOS 6 due to inaccuracies and bugs. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has now published an open letter in which he recognizes that its new mapping application does not live up to the usual standards associated with Apple:

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

Cook added that Apple is “doing everything we can to make Maps better.” He also took the unusual step of suggesting other options that users could look into:

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Kudos to Apple for the frank response to this issue…

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iOS 6 Google Maps app in the works?

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Sep 212012

Google MapsThere may be hope for iOS 6 users struggling with Apple’s new Maps app. UK’s The Guardian reports that Google is working on a new Google Maps app to replace the one that Apple removed in the latest version of its mobile operating system. The report is light on details but Google will presumably repackage it as an iOS 6-compatible app and submit it to the App Store for users to download if they so wish.

Google Maps was not the only Google application Apple removed from iOS 6. Also gone is the YouTube app but it a new version now available in the App Store for the iPhone (with an iPad version coming a bit later). It makes sense that Google would take the same route with its ampping application.

Until Google Maps is available in the App Store, users can still use Google Maps in their browsers.

The report provides no timeline as to when the new app might be ready. But a rumour that Google had already submitted the app for approval and that Apple had yet to approve it appears to be incorrect. The very reliable The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple, had a simple comment on this bit of news: “Nope.”

iOS 6 is the first version of iOS not to feature Google Maps preinstalled.

Read more: The Guardian and The Loop

Apple responds to mounting complaints about iOS 6 Maps app

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Sep 202012

One of the new features in iOS 6 is not generating the usual level of praise that meets major iOS updates. In fact, Apple’s Maps application is turning into an embarrassment for the company as users report a litany of issues with the new app. As an example, here is Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson Airport:

Toronto Airport in iOS 6 Maps
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While users may have forgiven that some features are unavailable (such as transit-based directions) in this first version, it’s quite another matter when major landmarks go missing, search results are widely inaccurate, and fly-over maps present abstract interpretations. Even more unfortunate is that Apple replaced Google Maps with its new app.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller today provided the following statement to AllThingsD:

“Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”

Apple probably should have stuck a ‘beta’ label on its app for now or simply kept it away from customers’ iPhones until it’s ready. Instead, it is now left with a public relations mess.

While Apple is “working hard” to improve its Maps app, have a look at some of its more humorous errors at The Amazing iOS 6 Maps.

Read more: AllThingsD

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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Apple iOS 6 to ship without YouTube app

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Aug 062012

AppleFirst, Apple dropped Google Maps from iOS 6 in favour of its own app. Apple today also confirmed that the upcoming version of its mobile operating system will also ship without a YouTube app. In a statement to The Verge, Apple explained that its YouTube license ran out and was not extended:

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.

As the statement indicates, iOS users will still be able to access YouTube via the web and eventually through a new YouTube application to be available through the App Store.

It’s not clear from Apple’s statement whether it decided to not renew the license. It would be highly unlikely that Google would have decided not to allow Apple to renew it, suggesting that Apple simply decided to let the license lapse. Aside from saving itself licensing costs, the move also allows it to further distance itself from Google.

Read more: The Verge

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.

Read more: CNET

Apple iOS 6 announcement confirmed by WWDC banners

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Jun 082012

WWDC 2012 kicks off Monday and preparations are underway at San Fransisco’s Moscone West Center for the event. While Apple has only promised to talk about the “future of iOS, ” it is widely expected that it will unveil the latest version of iOS. Banners being put up for the event have now confirmed that this will indeed happen.

iOS 6 banner for WWDC 2012

The banner also suggests that the iPhone will get a new silver theme.

Update: Here is a better picture courtesy of 9to5Mac:

iOS 6 banner for WWDC 2012

Read more: Instagram (Source: MacRumors) and 9to5Mac