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 or on Twitter @Alyse_1.


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 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.

Complete iPad 3 Rumor Roundup

We all know that the tablet war was initiated by Apple with its iPad. The iPad set start of a new war between companies to manufacture the “best” tablet.

Its been almost a year for the iPad 2 and we are already having rumors around us about the next gen iPad i.e the iPad 3. In this post I’ll round up almost all the rumors (till now). So without any further ado we will start.

Thicker Body

Ipad 3 thickness

As been leaked by M.I.C Gadget, the iPad 3 might come with a thicker body than its predecessor. No, they are not claiming this without any proof. They actually have a couple of pics that indicate iPad 3 might be a bit thicker.

Well, why I think this may be, is because of the presence of LTE (4G) chipset. Yes, LTE chipset are a bit hefty. LTE also consumes a high portion of battery power and this might need a bigger battery to keep the iPad running.

Better Camera

ipad 3 Better Camera

iPad 3 may have a thicker body and this is not the only thing M.I.C Gadget reports, they also report that iPad 3 has a bigger camera lens.

Again they have a pic that clearly shows that iPad 3 will have a better and bigger camera lens.

A bigger camera lens means more mega pixels. Maybe 8 mega pixels. Who knows?

Higher Resolution Display

Ipad 3 Resolution Display

MacRumors reports that the iPad 3 will have a better Retina display (2048×1536). They also observed both screens under equal magnification and found that iPad 3 will have a PPI (Pixels Per Inch) of 264.

It will look so much close to the Retina display but in reality it is not Retina. Well that still means that the iPad 3 will have a better display.

After a bit of surfing and stumbling around, I found this site where OEM Apple iPad 3 LCD Screen Display Replacement is actually for sale! Weird and creepy isn’t it?

Anyway lets move on.

Siri on iPad 3

Yeah! Siri, one of the most discussed and wanted features of the recently released iPhone 4S may be on the iPad 3.

Now imagine syncing Siri in iPhone 4S & iPad 3 with iCloud (all your tasks & reminders) & accessing those very reminders in iPad 3 too, that too via Siri = Awesomeness…!!

Better Processor

Ipad 3 Better Processor

Now lets talk about the inner stuff that iPad 3 may offer.

Processor, obvious one. The iPad 3 will most probably come with a better processor. There were many reports that the iPad 3 may come with Apple A6 processor.

But recently a Chinese site called Weiphone posted a pic of the iPad 3’s logic board, in which instead of Apple’s A6 processor, the logic board is having the A5X processor integrated in it.

Please note that all the points mentioned above are just Rumors and we have already mentioned the sources of the content.

So, what would be your dream iPad 3?? Let your creativity flow in the comments below 😉

5 Smart iPhone & iPad Apps for Business Travelers

As a business traveler, you most likely use technology to keep in touch or to track important business matters, and since traveling can (at times) serve as a major distraction from remembering things and keeping track of important tasks, these tools can become even more important.

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Luckily there are iPhone apps that can serve as a tool to help you with various tasks and at the very least make it fun to travel while on business. With that in mind, let’s take a look below at a few good iPhone or iPad apps for business travel.

Visual Travel Checklist

It’s very easy to forget important documents, files or even a pair of shoes when travelling, not to mention deadlines and details. This app discusses the most common packed items for those long business trips.

visual travel checklist iphone app

There’s a to-do list feature to keep track of daily tasks and keep your day stress free. It’s a recommended app for busy entrepreneurs that have to travel on a regular basis and need all the help they can get, to stay on track.

Expense Reports

Everyone has a budget and traveling can really tap into it, not to mention the tracking that must be done in order to document and provide the right receipts for reimbursements or write-offs.

expense report iphone app

With the expense reports iPhone app, you’re able to track the money spent and document every penny. It even connects to a website that allows sharing that to your accountant.

Scanner Pro

How many times have you taken a picture of a document because there wasn’t a way to scan via your mobile? This app puts that to an end and is known to scan practically any type of document that can be seen by your camera.

scanner pro iphone app

The best part: it will sync the scanned document into a PDF file, making it easy to share, store or even edit at a later date. It’s the perfect app for a mobile person and is highly recommended for travel.

Travel Interpreter

If you’re a person that has to travel internationally, then having  this particular business app might come in quite handy. It accommodates over 23 different languages and has a user friendly search feature to locate particular phrases.

travel interpreter iphone app

There is an actual section for business and travel, providing the appropriate phrases as needed. If you’re worried about finding your way throughout a new city, don’t be.

With Travel Interpreter, you’ll know exactly where you’re going while making friends with the locals.

Awesome Note

How many times have you had an idea and wanted to easily and quickly jot it down? A pen and a piece of paper are no longer needed, with Awesome Note you’re able to create agendas, write notes, document experiences and generate tasks.

awesome note iphone app

You’re also able to send them to anyone, store them in personalized folders or print them if you choose. It makes jotting down notes that much easier.

Don’t let travel hinder your business at hand. Find tools and resources that make it easier, faster & better. Hopefully the five travel iPhone apps profiled above will help you next time you’re on a business trip.

About The Author:
This guest article comes courtesy of Missy who writes for a car hire Vienna service provider.