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Apple iOS 6 Drool Features

Apple’s iOS 6 – already launched in Beta and due to be available to the public by the fall of 2012 – is Apple’s latest operating system designed to enhance your iExperience. Here’s how iOS 6 plans to do it.

Apple Maps

Adding some features while improving some existing ones, iOS 6 is poised to take you in completely new directions, starting with the new Maps app.

Apple ios 6

Whether you prefer spoken navigation or visual, the new maps will amaze you with the high-quality resolution and smooth panning thanks to the ingenious vector-based elements. iOS 6’s Maps can be controlled using Siri and will provide traffic information and alternate routes if your commute becomes especially hairy.

Also Read: iOS 6 Features you never knew

But if you’re in no big hurry and just want to explore, Maps will fly you over major urban areas for a bird’s eye view, or tilt and zoom in for a more intimate look at the landscape.

Enhanced Siri for iOS 6

Speaking of Siri, the enhanced version on iOS 6 understands more languages and a wider variety of questions to bring you all the information you ever wanted to know.

You’ve also longed for Facebook integration and now with the iOS 6 you won’t have to leave your app to share and post directly to the most popular social network on the planet. If in the case you don’t have a free hand to make your Facebook post, Siri will do it for you.

Photos and Facetime

The shared photo streams on iOS 6 enable you to share only the photos you want to with only the people you want to share them with. But let’s say you want to talk to the actual face of your best friend instead of looking at a picture.

iOS 6 has brought FaceTime to cellular networks in addition to WiFi, meaning you can share some quality face-time with anyone on any device (yep, even on your iPad using your cellular number) wherever you are.

Passbook for iOS 6

ios 6 passbook app

In an inspired move that will free up space in your wallet and off your keychain, Passbook has been added to the iOS 6, making it unnecessary to carry all those loyalty cards, coupons and even movie and concert tickets and boarding passes.

Now you can use your device to check in for a flight or get updates like boarding notifications and terminal and gate locations. Or check your seats at a concert or balance on your coffee card. Whatever you need to organize or keep track of, Passbook on iOS 6 will do it for you.

Email Updates

iOS 6 has redesigned the email app serving up a streamlined interface providing easier reading, writing and receiving experiences with your mail. Set up your VIP list to assure that you’ll always get the important messages from the important people in your life.

And all it takes is a swipe-up to refresh your inbox for the deliveries you’re expecting, just like in the Twitter app.

Other Updates

And what would an improved operating system be if it didn’t address your desire for enhanced calling and voicemail options? Your iOS 6 will instantly send a text message to any declined call, informing that person that you’ll call back when you get a chance and iOS 6 will remind you later that you have return calls to place.

ios 6 do not disturb
iOS 6 do not disturb

If you need to turn on Do Not Disturb, you can still specify which of your contacts you’ll take calls from and your phone will obey. All other calls will go to the voice mail and if a person calls you twice in 3 minutes, iOS 6 will let it pass through, understanding it must an emergency.

Android Inspired iOS 6?

Many have taken note that Apple seems to have based several of iOS 6’s features on Android. Things like Android’s notification tray, message flagging and the tabbed browser that Android brought over from desktops to tablets are all obvious Android inspirations.

And in a nod to Google’s Drive, the iOS 6 features iCloud, a service that promises to do far more than the Google service but still includes capabilities like backups of settings and data.

The verdict

These few features are just a taste of all the little treats in store for iDevice users. There are actually so many nifty little odds and ends; you’ll be happily puttering around with iOS 6 for weeks.

Don’t have access to the already released Beta? Don’t worry, the official release is coming up in just a few months. This fall you’ll be able to upgrade, downloading iOS 6 wirelessly on your Apple device, and considering that it’s free, you’ll find it quite adorable.

About The AuthorAlyse is a marketing, photography, and tech addict who spends her time investigating the next generation of technology. When she is not brushing up on her art of the scientific know how in the world, you can find her contributing to http://www.attsavings.com/ or on Twitter @Alyse_1.

 

Apple also sues Samsung Galaxy S3

In the world of big time rivalry, this one news has been spreading like fire in recent time, yeah we all know that ‘ Apple has sued Samsung for copying the iPad and iPhone” , there are different opinions waving through out the web about this, some are saying that judgment has been done, and some are seeing this only as a nasty trick of Apple to beat it’s competitor.

Apple has directly pointed towards the latest Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung has already sold more than nine million pre orders.

Apple has filed a complaint against Samsung in a California court recently and it clearly states that Apple thinks that the Galaxy S3 violates the patent right of iPhone, it indicates the data tapping and unified technology by Apple, along with the packaging design and user interface.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Well If you ask me, the Galaxy S3 has got none of this. Who am I to do the judgment anyways? But as far as I am concerned about the products, there are sufficient evidence that the Galaxy S3 is inspired from the iPhone, but the question is that would it be sufficient to help Apple stand in a strong ground?

Let us have a look at the patent rights that Apple thinks have been violated:

Data Tapping Patent

Remember this is the patent based on which Apple previously won a case against HTC.

So what is Data Tapping? When you see a person’s mobile number, or a site URL in a message, you can click on that to directly call the person or get over to that website. This is Data Tapping and Apple has a patent over it.

Almost all Android Versions use this, even ICS & that’s what Apple is after.

Unified Search

This one is also much of Google’s concern as it’s about unified search in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which lets users search simultaneously in their mobile as well as on the web via a single search box. Apple’s got a patent over it too.

android ice cream sandwich logo

Slide To Unlock

Slide to unlock technology, Apple already had lodged a complaint regarding this issue and eventually won, but this was in 2011 and the case was against HTC.

Predictive Text

It’s about word completion technology, which helps to improve the speed for text entry. You start typing a word and your keyboard automatically and smartly gives you suggestions over what you might wanna type.

Apple is also targeting towards Google android, as the Galaxy S3 represents the latest Android 4.0, Apple is targeting two birds with one stone, which also seem legit as the both are strong competitors to Apple.

But at the same time Google really has nothing to do about it, because if they change the programming code a of a product which is already popular in various nations (nine million have already been sold!) it will simply make clear to everyone that there are issues of patent violation.

Here one thing pops up in my mind! Would it be possible that Apple is doing like this just because they are loosing the ground? After the death of Steve Jobs, how is Apple doing under the leadership of Tim Cook?

Galaxy S3 Keyboard

The launch of retina enabled Macbook pro has failed to create an oomph factor among the mass as it did when Steve launched iPhone and iPhone4 as well. Many people think that the Macbook is a great achievement but it failed to create the sensation, and some think that it was a failure just because Apple has failed to do any ground breaking development.

Even Microsoft now knows the fact that Apple could be at a potential threat to stand globally after failing to attract the masses to their mobile phone release this year, they are now ready with new windows 8 tablets & mobiles, and experts are hoping that this could shake the ground where Apple is standing now.

Considering these facts I think Apple would be able to catch up some air from this patent violation case, which is much needed at this moment, but without no serious technical development and innovations I really doubt how long Apple would be able to stand tall…yeah we miss you Steve.

All this has at least made #BoycottApple trending for days on Google+ & Twitter.

About The Author: Tom is a tech blogger and he has a passion to write about almost anything on technology, he is also busy writing about a site, you can read his articles about cheap used cell phones, selling old mobile, android magic to know more about his project.

Apple iOS 6 Features You Never Knew

The highly anticipated Apple iOS 6 update has finally been announced, and with it comes a landslide of new features that will make the Apple mobile experience better.

Besides the already known features presented during Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote event (e.g. Apple Maps and Passbook), there have been more discoveries leaking throughout the Net. This article has everything Apple iOS 6 future-users need to know.

Design Overhaul for all Apple Stores

All three stores now come in a black-themed layout contrasting with the soft white of the screen. The interface is more touch-friendly. There are top and bottom banners that direct users to different sections, making navigation easier. Users can also scroll left and right through the apps or media selection.

Apple ios 6

Selecting an app will lead to product info that now features detailed reviews and ratings, as well as other in-depth facts. The improved iCloud and Facebook integration now allows easy sharing of apps. Users can choose to do so by email, Twitter or Facebook. And of course, users can Like the apps right on its page.

Purchasing apps no longer requires going in and out of the App Store. Just click on the purchase button and there will be a progress bar right under the app’s picture. Users can even open the apps right away on the same page once they’ve finished downloading.

iTunes Match Streaming

iTunes Match now has actual music streaming through the iCloud as opposed to the old process of having to download the music to a device. You can choose to just stream the music in your iPad’s iTunes library but not in your iPhone, and the songs will start immediately.

Routing Apps & Ad Banners: For Developers

Routing apps that help you navigate the streets but don’t have native map support can now be registered by developers through Apple Maps. Whether it’s by car or by bike or even by train, it can integrate with Maps. They will show up in the App Store for people looking for the right travel guide.

Another way Apple can help developers is through the new iAd banner for iPad apps. Developers can use a medium-sized rectangle banner to display ads. Interested users can view or click on them to let devs generate more revenue.

Status Bar Chameleon and Nifty Widgets

In line with the visual changes in all three of Apple’s online stores, the status bar itself now shifts to the color of your current running app’s theme. The Notification Center has a new Share widget that lets you seamlessly post on Twitter or Facebook.

No need to launch the two respective apps to share what you want the world to know. The World Clock and Weather apps that were previously exclusive to the iPhone are now available on the iPad.

Screen Emails with VIP Mailbox

Just like the new phone features, you can choose to name certain email contacts as VIPs and get alerts only when these people send a message. This is done through the improved VIP mailbox, which you can access through your email account.

You can keep your privacy without missing the big things.

ios 6 do not disturb
iOS 6 do not disturb

Respect Privacy

Speaking of privacy, quite possibly the most important update in iOS6 is the all-new Privacy settings. This gives you the power to keep vital information secure. Contact details, photos and the like are no longer vulnerable to intrusive apps since you can simply block them.

Third-party apps also need your permission to access private information. No more leaked phone numbers, addresses and compromising pictures!

Apple’s introduction of these new welcome features further cements their already rock-solid customer relationships while building a stronger one with developers.

About The Author: Rod Tolentino is a musician and a marketing manager for Repair Labs and Fix-iPhones.com. An industry-recognized specialist in iPhone and iPad accessories as well as iPad and iPhone repair.

 

5 Ways Apple iOS 6 Will Save You Money

Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 will hit devices this fall, and many Apple fans are waiting anxiously in anticipation. Not only will iOS 6 provide many new features, it can also save you some money along the way.

Apple ios 6

Here are a few ways that iOS 6 will save you money. If you want to find other ways to reduce your credit card costs, see here.

1. Passbook

Passbook is a new feature that makes it possible for you to keep track of all of your important documents in one place. With this particular application, you’ll be able to keep all of your rewards cards handy so that you’ll have them when you need them.

ios 6 passbook app

Then when you go into a store that has a rewards program, you’ll be sure to get the discounts that you are entitled to. Over the long-term, this has the potential to save you quite a bit of money.

2. Siri Will Help You Get More Done

If you have an iPhone 4S, you’re used to Siri and the things that she can do. She is also smarter and can help you get more done. Soon, there there will be a number of new vehicles that will make it easy for you to use Siri through the speaker and video system.

Siri in Car
Siri in Car

With the help of this feature, you’ll be able to return emails, return text messages and get information while you are driving without ever taking your eyes off the wheel. In today’s world, time is money.

If you can save some time by getting things done while you’re driving, you’ll have less to do later, which can save you money.

3. Save on Gas With Maps

If you are used to using the current Google Maps app on the iPhone, you’ll like the new Maps feature that will be released in iOS 6. Apple is getting rid of Google Maps app and replacing it with a new, detailed and accurate map application.

By having better directions and better routes, you will not waste as much gas driving past your destination. You’ll be able to choose the best route, to conserve gas as well.

Apple Maps

Another nice feature of the new map system is that you can get turn by turn directions with the voice of Siri. This can save you money on paying for a separate GPS application like many iPhone users do.

However, Google Maps are a lot more accurate than that of Apple.

4. Better Email

The email application in iOS 6 will also be much better. This has the potential to focus in on the messages that you want to receive, and respond back to them quickly. With this application, you will be able to create a VIP list, whose emails will be delivered to you right away.

This allows you to respond to the important emails right away, and put off the others until later. By prioritising your email messages, you’ll be able to work more efficiently, and get more done for your business.

If you’re using your Apple device for work, this could potentially help you make more sales, and work on important business deals. You’ll be able to generate more revenue for your business, and waste less time sorting through endless emails.

5. Fewer Interruptions=More Productivity

ios 6 do not disturb

One of the problems that many people have when they are trying to work or do something else is important is that they are interrupted by phone calls constantly. This can lead to a lack of productivity, which ultimately loses you money.

With the new iOS 6, you’ll be able to avoid interruptions from your phone. You can turn your phone on Do Not Disturb mode, so that only calls from certain people come through.

If someone is desperate enough to call you two times within a three minute period, their call can also get through. The other calls will simply go to voice mail.

You can also respond with a quick message if someone calls you. For example, simply click on the “I’ll call you later” button when a call comes in, and your phone will send out a quick text message.

With these features, you’ll be able to focus more on work, and avoid any lost productivity.

Apple iPhone 4S v/s Samsung Galaxy S2

Apple iphone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 both have created their name in the gadget market for some impressive features. Undoubtedly, both can be marked as instances of high-end technologies and modern concepts.

Apple fan boys may say that iPhone 4S is the best, and the Sammy fans may oppose. Let us have a brief comparison to find out the features that contribute in making these gadgets highly popular.

Let us start with Apple iPhone 4S, and find out why thousands of gadget lovers embrace this Apple product. We will also see the reasons that make Samsung Galaxy S2 the first choice of many users.

Why Apple iphone 4S..??

Lots of space

It comes with 64 GB internal storage which gives you lots of space, particularly, when compared to the 32 GB internal storage of Samsung Galaxy S2.

This means that iPhone 4S offers about two times higher internal storage which definitely means you get a lot more of photos, movies as well as music.

But yeah, external storage like SD cards is an option in S2 too.

 Apple iPhone 4S

Crispy display

iPhone4S has a high PPI screen, to the order of 329 PPl when compared to 218 PPl offered by Samsung Galaxy S2. This means more crisp display for images, texts as well as videos.

Impressive Bluetooth Support

Apple iPhone 4S has the all-new of Bluetooth 4.0 when compared to 3.0 offered by Samsung Galaxy S2. The most important difference that has been made by introducing 4.0 is a faster transfer of data with much lower consumption of power.

However, Bluetooth 4.0 makes 4S incompatible with any Bluetooth 3.0 device, that’s almost all other bluetooth devices, with the exception of another 4S of course.

Higher Resolution

Apple iPhone 4S has a significantly high screen resolution to the order of 960×460 when compared to 800×480 in Samsung Galaxy S2. This means about a 60% high resolution. Now isn’t that amazing!

Some Apple Apps

iPhone 4S iOS 5, and soon iOS 6, offers many more applications than available in Galaxy S2’s Android. The iOS App Store offers about 30 % more applications.

However, a more percentage of apps in iOS are paid, than in Android where most apps are free.

Siri

The voice assistant is a handy new feature on 4S, something missing in S2, but not in Galaxy S3 with S-Voice.

Why Samsung Galaxy S2..??

Faster Data Transfer

Samsung Galaxy S2 offers faster max data speed to the order of HSDPA (42.2 mbps) when compared to HSDPA (14.4 mbps) that is being offered by iphone 4S.

This means that it offers a very high data transfer speed over networks.

Impressive AMOLED and Larger Screen

It has an AMOLED screen, which is more vivid as well as brighter than that of 4S. The screen is also larger measuring 4.3” when compared to iphone 4S, which measures 3.5”. This is about 40% large in size.

Better Battery

Galaxy S2 has a higher standby time to the order of 29.6 days than that offered by iphone 4S, which is 8.3 days. That’s a whole lot of difference…!!

Responsive Processor

Samsung Galaxy S2 has a significantly faster processor to the order of 1200 MHz than that offered by iPhone 4S, which is only 800 MHz.  Thus, the processor of Samsung Galaxy S2 is definitely better and more responsive.

Slicker, Lighter & Thinner

Samsung Galaxy S2 is thinner and lighter when compared to Apple iPhone 4S. To be specific, it is about 20% lighter as well as 10 % thinner in size.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich in Galaxy S3

Easy Multitasking

Last but not the least, S2 has more RAM that is Random Access Memory, i.e. 1 GB when compared to 512 MB offered by iPhone 4S. This would mean higher responsiveness and multitasking in Galaxy S2.

Android ICS Upgradable

That makes S2 open to some great Android 4.0 ICS features, like facial recognition lock screen, true multi-tasking, faster UI & much more.