https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Apple Admits to Storing Anonymous Siri Data From Users For 2 Years Before Deleting https://touchreviews.net/apple-admits-storing-anonymous-siri-data-users-2-years-deleting/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-admits-storing-anonymous-siri-data-users-2-years-deleting/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:42:36 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22539 Read More]]> iOS 6 Siri movies

Apple introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S and later released it onto several other iOS devices, including the iPod touch and the iPad. The personal assistant helped users to voice dictate text and also search the device locally as well as the other queries on the web. However, Apple failed to mention to users that it would store some of their searches.

On Friday, Apple revealed to Wired that it stores anonymous Siri data from its users for up to 2 years before removing them from the servers. This means that sensitive data may be stored in the cloud, in a place that may not always be secure. After being questioned about privacy, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller noted that Apple only keeps this data to to improve the service, adding that it takes customer privacy very seriously.

Even with these guarantees, some users may still be skeptical about the information being stored, especially with Apple’s iOS 6 having serious bugs, including one with the passcode lock that allowed for a hack to bypass the screen. Siri operates entirely in the cloud, even local song searches on the device itself requires a data connection. This allows Apple to record and save certain voice clips of a user’s searches.

Each clip is assigned to a user through a random number, and is not associated with any Apple ID, device number, or email address. On the user’s end, the only way to stop Apple from collecting the data is to turn off Siri which then prompts Apple to delete the random number assigned to that user. Siri’s strict reliance on a data connection concerns many users and privacy advocates who fear that the personal data in Apple’s servers may somehow be leaked or used wrongfully.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-admits-storing-anonymous-siri-data-users-2-years-deleting/feed/ 0 Could Facebook Home be Released for the iPhone? https://touchreviews.net/facebook-home-released-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/facebook-home-released-iphone/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:54:59 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22507 Read More]]> Facebook Home

Earlier this month, Facebook introduced their new ‘Home’ feature earlier this month. Facebook Home is an interface layer on top of the existing Android operating software developed by Google. On Monday, a report from Bloomberg suggested that the social networking giant is now in talks with Apple to bring Facebook Home to iPhone. The new software would allow iOS users to interact with their Facebook profiles directly through the mobile OS, essentially having access to Facebook on most of iOS.

Facebook Home allows users to display photos on the lock screen and chat experience through something called Chat Heads which is currently developed directly over the Android software. Apple did include Facebook into Mountain Lion and iOS 6, allowing its users to share images and status updates directly from both Notification Center and the action button in Photos and Safari.

With Facebook Home, sharing and interacting with Facebook would become the focal point of Apple’s iOS. It may also compromise privacy for iOS users, which has been an issue in the past. According to Facebook’s product director, Adam Mosseri, talks of bringing the overlay are in the works but no plans have been finalized. He also notes that Facebook may retool Home to operate on iOS, likely because Apple generally controls what companies can include on their mobile OS.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/facebook-home-released-iphone/feed/ 2 Apple Adds Age Ratings to iOS App Store Descriptions https://touchreviews.net/apple-adds-age-ratings-ios-app-store-descriptions/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-adds-age-ratings-ios-app-store-descriptions/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:57:12 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22434 Read More]]> Apple Adds Age Ratings to iOS App Store Descriptions

It appears that Apple has been taking a number of precautions on its App Store lately, essentially childproofing iOS, should a parent choose to do so. In iOS 6, the company introduced a feature called Restrictions that allows a user to prevent unintended downloads, and even the type of music that one can listen to.

Apple also began to add a note to the App Store for in-app purchases for ‘freemium’ apps. Now, the company is going ahead and adding age ratings that clearly states what suggested age range should use the app. The tag is located directly underneath the name of the app, ensuring that a user will be fully aware of the age that is required for the download.

Apple has had a number of issues with its App Store in recent months, including several applications containing explicit images that were mistakenly approved for the store. Apple has also refunded money to a number of customers who had children that mistakenly downloaded hundreds of dollars worth of in-app purchases. With all of these steps, Apple is hoping to make the App Store guidelines as clear as possible and is also looking to retain the same simplicity and user-friendliness.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-adds-age-ratings-ios-app-store-descriptions/feed/ 1 iOS 6.1.3 Software Released Addresses Passcode Bug and Enhances Japanese Maps https://touchreviews.net/ios-613-software-released-addresses-passcode-bug-enhances-japanese-maps/ https://touchreviews.net/ios-613-software-released-addresses-passcode-bug-enhances-japanese-maps/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:31:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22368 Read More]]> iOS 6-1-3

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 6.1.3 software update to the public, addressing the passcode lock bug that has been plaguing users as well as the Japanese Map enhancements that were expected with iOS 6.1.1. Last month, Apple released the second beta of iOS 6.1.3 to developers for testing.

It is likely that the beta experienced issues or other features were added because of its late release. As mentioned by Apple in the release notes, iOS 6.1.3 addresses the passcode lock issue and adds a number of Maps enhancements for Japanese users:

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

– Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
– Improvements to Maps in Japan

Last week, Apple quietly added Maps enhancements server-side for its Japanese users. These server side updates addressed a number of issues and did not require an update to the OS until now. The full list of enhancements in this update were previously listed in iOS 6.1.1 which was later labeled as iOS 6.1.3 and includes:

– Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
– Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
– Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
– Updated freeway color to green
– Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

iOS 6.1.3 arrives with a build number of 10B32 and is currently available as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update as well as in iTunes. The update also reportedly patches a security hole used by the evasi0n jailbreak tool, meaning that users who update to the latest version will lose their jailbreak.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ios-613-software-released-addresses-passcode-bug-enhances-japanese-maps/feed/ 0 Apple Updates Maps Application in Japan, with Bug Fixes and Enhancements https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-maps-application-japan-bug-fixes-enhancements/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-maps-application-japan-bug-fixes-enhancements/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:06:55 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22293 Read More]]> Apple Maps Japan

On Monday, Apple quietly updated the Maps application in Japan, releasing a number of bug fixes and enhancements to the app. Apple was expected to release these fixes in early February with iOS 6.1.1, however, released a number of iOS updates addressing Passcode lock bugs and iPhone 4S carrier issues.

Japanese site, Macotakara first noted the update, which shows that a number of the issues are solved through the server and did not require a change to the operating system. With iOS 6.1.1, which was later released to developers as iOS 6.1.3, Apple compiled a list of fixes in the release notes including improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation and other enhancements. The full list of notes from iOS 6.1.1, which is included in this update is below:

iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:

– Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
– Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
– Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
– Updated freeway color to green
– Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-updates-maps-application-japan-bug-fixes-enhancements/feed/ 0 iOS 6.1.2 Adoption At 35% in Under a Week, Downloaded More than Any Version of iOS https://touchreviews.net/ios-612-adoption-35-week-downloaded-version-ios/ https://touchreviews.net/ios-612-adoption-35-week-downloaded-version-ios/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:17:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22207 Read More]]> iOS 6 version distribution

Apple released iOS 6.1.2 last week and addressed a Exchange Calendar bug that caused more activity on a wireless network, which in turn, caused the battery to drain faster. It now appears that the bugs were more widespread than previously assumed, with ad network Chitika posting data that suggests that the iOS 6.1.2 adoption rate hit 35% in under a week.

The update which is in use across the U.S. and Canada has been downloaded and used more than any other version of iOS in the past. Chitika posted a pie graph (pictured above) of the iOS adoption percentages, which include all updates from the past. Chitika did note that because this update specifically addressed battery life issues, which is a major part of the iPhone, it is not surprising that it had a higher adoption rate.

As this latest update fixed a battery life issue ― a major phone feature ― it’s understandable that the rate of adoption for iOS 6.1.2 would reach these levels so quickly. For comparison, 48 hours following its release, iOS 6.1.2 adoption nearly equaled what we observed for the much more highly anticipated iOS 6 within the same time period ― a significant achievement considering this update was centered on an OS bug fix.

iOS 6.1.2 is the second update released by Apple and addresses the Exchange calendar bug. iOS 6.1.1, which was the first of the strong of emergency updates addressed cellular performance and reliability issues on the iPhone 4S. Apple is expected to release iOS 6.1.3 very soon to the public, having already released the second beta of the update to developers last week. The next update will address a Passcode Lock bug that allows for a user’s personal information to be compromised.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ios-612-adoption-35-week-downloaded-version-ios/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to Developers, Addresses Passcode Lock Bug https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-613-beta-2-developers-addresses-passcode-lock-bug/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-613-beta-2-developers-addresses-passcode-lock-bug/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:27:22 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22171 Read More]]> iOS 6-1-3 Beta 2 Passcode Lock Bug fix

Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 6.1.2 which addressed an Exchange Calendar issue. Apple recently released a beta for iOS 6.1.3 which did not address a Passcode lock bug which has been plaguing users for some time.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple released the second beta of iOS 6.1.3, addressing the passcode lock bug. After several iOS updates which addressed issues individually, the original iOS 6.1.1 beta has now been renamed to iOS 6.1.3, which suggests that Apple addressed each of the issues with a separate iOS update. Originally, all of the bug fixes were intended for one single iOS update.

Release notes for the iOS 6.1.1 mentioned that it had Maps improvements for Japan, but this latest beta addresses only the passcode bug, meaning another update, likely iOS 6.1.4 will carry the Maps updates for Japan. Apple has been releasing a number of updates for iOS 6, stabilizing the software prior to the next major release of iOS 7, which is expected for this summer or later this Fall.

Issues with iOS 6, particularly Siri and Maps as well as internal conflicts among executives led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall. With the second beta of iOS 6.1.3 now in the hands of developers, it is only a matter of time before the final update is released to the public. Apple will only delay the release of updates if it causes other issues in iOS or if developers report that it is not operating properly.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-613-beta-2-developers-addresses-passcode-lock-bug/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 6.1.2, Fixes Exchange Calendar Bug https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-612-fixes-exchange-calendar-bug/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-612-fixes-exchange-calendar-bug/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:41:26 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22165 Read More]]> iOS 6-1-2

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 6.1.2 to the public after initially releasing a beta to developers. The update addresses the Exchange Calendar bug that causes more acitivity on a wireless network, which causes the battery to drain faster.

Fixes and Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.

Although initial reports mentioned that the update also addressed a passcode lock bug plaguing iOS device for several weeks, a number of users later reported that the 6.1.2 update did not address this issue. It is possible that Apple will release a iOS 6.1.3 update to address any remaining issues on the software.

Apple has been releasing a number of updates for iOS 6, stabilizing the software prior to the next major release of iOS 7, which is expected for this summer or later this Fall.

Issues with iOS 6, particularly Siri and Maps as well as internal conflicts among executives led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall. The iOS 6.1.2 update is now available online through Software Update under Settings on iOS, or through iTunes.

{Via TUAW}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-612-fixes-exchange-calendar-bug/feed/ 1 Apple to Release iOS 6.1.2 to Address Passcode and Exchange Bugs https://touchreviews.net/apple-release-ios-612-address-passcode-exchange-bugs/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-release-ios-612-address-passcode-exchange-bugs/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:35:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22137 Read More]]> iPhone Passcode

According to German site, iPhone-Ticker, Apple is planning to release iOS 6.1.2 as early as next week. This comes only a few days after the Cupertino, California based company released iOS 6.1.1 to the public, which addressed 3G issues on the iPhone 4S. iOS 6.1.1 only addressed the 3G issue, so it is likely that the other features noted on the beta version of iOS 6.1.1 which was released to developers will arrive in 6.1.3, as this update also addresses specific issues.

Some of these features include updates to the Maps application for Japanese users such as updated freeway color to green and updated icons for some location categories including fire. The iOS 6.1.2 update is expected to address an Exchange bug and a lock screen passcode issue affecting iOS 6.1 users.

By releasing updates in increments, it allows Apple to quickly push out updates to the public while working on bigger issues with iOS at the same time. Apple is now being very thorough with its iOS updates, after experiencing major issues with Siri and Maps, which partly led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall.

iPhone-Ticker has a proven track record with reporting on iOS updates, having accurately reported on the iOS 6.1.1 update. The site’s report notes that the iOS 6.1.2 update will likely release before Wednesday, February 20th.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-release-ios-612-address-passcode-exchange-bugs/feed/ 1 Chevy Spark and Sonic First to Get Siri Eyes Free Integration https://touchreviews.net/chevy-spark-sonic-siri-eyes-free-integration/ https://touchreviews.net/chevy-spark-sonic-siri-eyes-free-integration/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:18:50 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22125 Read More]]> Chevy Spark and Sonic First to Get Siri Eyes Free Integration

Apple’s Siri Eyes Free feature is now beginning to make its way into car brands all over the US. Chevy’s Spark and Sonic models will be the first cars to get Siri Eyes Free integration after the company promised late last year that it would be included. The feature is also slated to be included in other car brands such as Hyundai, which added support for the feature earlier this year.

The Siri Eyes Free feature was introduced alongside iOS 6 and is slowly becoming standard with car manufacturers. Other companies to include the feature are BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda.

With Siri Eyes Free, Chevy’s Spark and Sonic will allow drivers to perform a number of tasks via Siri, including make calls directly through their phones, listen to texts, and play music without having to go through a layer of software from the car manufacturer.

In the 2013 Spark and Sonic vehicles equipped with MyLink, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:

– Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
– Play songs in their iTunes libraries, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
– Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
– Access Calendar and add appointments
– Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays

The feature, which will be available to drivers of the 2013 Chevy models requires an iPad, iPhone or iPod running iOS 6. Owners of a 2013 Spark and Sonic that do not currently have the feature will be allowed to upgrade their MyLink radios for Siri integration in March. Honda’s Accord, Acura RDX and ILX cars will also receive Siri Eyes Free integration later this year.

Apple’s Siri Eyes Free feature will likely become standard in all cars in the next several years as the company continues to make improvements to the voice assistant. If Apple’s Maps application gets more stabilized in the future, car manufacturers could look into tuning that into their systems alongside Siri Eyes Free.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/chevy-spark-sonic-siri-eyes-free-integration/feed/ 0 Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S, Improves Cellular Performance and Reliability https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-611-iphone-4s-improves-cellular-performance-reliability/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-611-iphone-4s-improves-cellular-performance-reliability/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:19:01 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22097 Read More]]> iOS 6-1-1 iPhone 4S

On Monday, Apple released iOS 6.1.1 for the iPhone 4S after seeding a beta of the update to developers last week. The update comes less than two weeks after Apple released iOS 6.1 to the public, adding new features such as new LTE carriers and the ability to buy Fandango movie tickets through Siri.

The new iOS 6.1.1 update fixes a 3G issue discovered in the iOS 6.1 update and comes with a build number of 10B145. The download is relatively small, coming in at 23MB, which makes sense when considering that it is only fixing the 3G issue on the iPhone 4S. Apple notes that the update will improve cellular performance on the 4S and does not go into detail about the issue.

About iOS 6.1.1 Software Update

This update fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.

When considering that the iOS 6.1.1 update only addressed the 3G issue, it is likely that the other features noted on the beta released to developers will arrive as 6.1.2. Some of these other features include updates to the Maps application for Japanese users such as updated freeway color to green and updated icons for some location categories including fire.

Apple appears to be stabilizing iOS 6 as much as possible, before the expected iOS 7 update later this year. Issues with iOS Maps and Siri has caused many conflicts at Apple, including the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall as well as thousands of user complaints.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-611-iphone-4s-improves-cellular-performance-reliability/feed/ 2 Apple Seeds iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1 to Developers https://touchreviews.net/apple-seeds-ios-6-1-1-beta-1-developers/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-seeds-ios-6-1-1-beta-1-developers/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:43:56 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22061 Read More]]> iOS 6-1-1 beta 1

Last week, Apple officially released iOS 6.1 to the public with new LTE carriers and the ability to buy Fandango movie tickets through Siri. Since then, the company has continued to work on the mobile software, seeding the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 to developers on Wednesday.

The beta is labeled with a build number of 10B31 and addresses a number of issues with Maps in Japan, including improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation and an updated freeway color to green. The full list of features, as reported by 9to5Mac is listed as follows:

iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:

– Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
– Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
– Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
– Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
– Updated freeway color to green
– Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

It is unclear when Apple plans to release the update or if it will include other bug fixes, however, it is clear that the company is clearly dedicated to fixing issues in iOS 6. This comes after the software was released to intense criticism of the company’s Siri voice assistant, and Maps which also led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-seeds-ios-6-1-1-beta-1-developers/feed/ 2 Hidden Radio Icons in iOS 6.1 Suggest Music Streaming Service from Apple Coming Soon https://touchreviews.net/hidden-radio-icons-ios-6-1-music-streaming-service-apple-coming-soon/ https://touchreviews.net/hidden-radio-icons-ios-6-1-music-streaming-service-apple-coming-soon/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:05:19 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22043 Read More]]> ipad radio icon

Apple has been widely rumored to be working on subscription based music streaming service for iOS devices. When Apple purchased LaLa, many believed that the company would introduce a streaming service. However, the purchase turned out to be to acquire talent to develop iTunes Match service.

Evad3rs released their ‘evasi0n’ unthethered jailbreak for iPhone5 on Tuesday and now 9to5Mac points us to hidden radio icons in iOS 6.1 release. Jailbreaking the iPad with evasi0n and then going through the files in Music.app revealed references to “radio button” with icons bearing resemblance to radio streaming icon in iTunes. Further, it was found that the button files are labeled with “buy” in the filename.

Many news publications like Bloomberg and WSJ previously reported on rumors about Apple working on Pandora competitor and cited music label licensing deals as being one of the hurdles being faced by the company. If those rumors are to be believed and with the hidden radio icons being revealed in iOS 6.1 is any indication then we could be seeing Apple announcing a new music subscription service soon.

Apple could be looking at allowing users to stream music tailored to their taste using the genius data and then integrating it with the iTunes store to allow purchase of favourite tracks. iTunes music store was recently made available in 56 new countries and the Cupertino, Calif. based company could now be looking at launching a music streaming service.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/hidden-radio-icons-ios-6-1-music-streaming-service-apple-coming-soon/feed/ 1 iOS 6.1 Jailbreak ‘evasi0n’ Now Available for Download https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-1-jailbreak-evasi0n-available-download/ https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-1-jailbreak-evasi0n-available-download/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:18:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22014 Read More]]> Evasi0n jailbreak

The jailbreak team called Evad3rs has been hard at work to release iOS 6.1 jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The jailbreak called “evasi0n” is now available for download and supports all current iOS 6.1 devices with third gen Apple TV being the only exception.

Apple released iOS 6.1 software update last week which fixed a few bugs and brought movie ticket booking to Siri. The jailbreak team had been busy testing their exploits with the beta version of iOS 6.1 however, waited until final release. Releasing jailbreak to the masses after the final release of software would force Apple to work on another update to patch security holes, which could take considerable time.

Evasi0n is an “untethered” jailbreak which means that you can safely reboot your device without losing the tweak. It will be compatible with devices running iOS 6.0 through 6.1 and requires Windows (XP minimum) or Mac OS X (10.5 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64).

It’s important to note that this jailbreak release won’t unlock your device. However, once the device is jailbroken it allows you to download and run any software that has not been authorised by Apple.

In the past we’ve covered various reasons why one should jailbreak their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or iPod touch. It allows you to access the Cydia app store where you can download tweaks and themes which can change the way your device looks and works.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ios-6-1-jailbreak-evasi0n-available-download/feed/ 5 iPad 4th Generation 128GB WiFi + Cellular Coming to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T https://touchreviews.net/ipad-4th-generation-128gb-wifi-cellular-coming-verizon-sprint-att/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-4th-generation-128gb-wifi-cellular-coming-verizon-sprint-att/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:08:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21976 Read More]]> iPad 128 GB

Apple announced on Tuesday that they will be officially be selling 128GB versions of the current 4th generation iPad starting on February 5th. Now, the three major US carriers, AT&T, Verizon and SPrint have all confirmed separately that they will be carrying the WiFi + Cellular version of the 128GB iPad. Verizon and AT&T initially confirmed to that they would be carrying the new model, which was expected after its announcement.

AT&T is currently offering a $100 off deal for all tablets purchased with a 2 year contract. Sprint individually confirmed several hours later to iMore, that it would also be carrying the model. Apple added support for a number of new LTE carriers in its latest iOS 6.1 update, meaning that the 128GB model will likely operate on all of the new networks as well as the older ones.

Sprint currently does not have a expansive LTE network, but will allow 3G usage on the iPad in some areas as it continues to expand slowly over major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco. The carrier says that it expects to introduce LTE to over 100 new areas in the next several months.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-4th-generation-128gb-wifi-cellular-coming-verizon-sprint-att/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Begin Selling 128GB iPad on February 5th https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-selling-128gb-ipad-february-5th/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-selling-128gb-ipad-february-5th/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:26:52 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21964 Read More]]> New iPad and iPad mini

Apple Inc. (AAPL) released a fifth beta of iOS 6.1 over the weekend, followed by the public release on Monday. However, before the final release could even be posted, reports began to suggest that code inside of the beta pointed to signs that AAPL may be looking to release an iOS device with up to 128GB of storage.

The day following the rumors, Apple officially confirmed the availability of a 128GB iPad, which will go on sale on February 5th. Until Tuesday, all of Apple’s iOS devices went up to a capacity of 64GB, including the iPhone 5 which would mean that the storage capacity would double on the iPad.

With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.

As expected, the price for the 128GB iPad will cost more, with a extra $100 on top of current the top-end configuration, meaning that the Wi-Fi models will come in at $799 and the Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be up to $929 dollars. This price is very high for the avaerage consumer, but the 128GB iPad is targeted for users who use a lot of storage for photos, videos, and large apps such as photography applications.

Rumors that Apple was looking to release a 128GB iOS device spread quickly, after the code in an iOS 6.1 beta pointed to such a release. Soon after, the device began showing up in retail databases and is now confirmed by Apple. With every passing year, the cost of flash storage becomes cheaper so 128GB would even be possible on the iPhone in the next few years, if not sooner.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-selling-128gb-ipad-february-5th/feed/ 2 Apple Releases iOS 6.1 with New LTE Carriers and Fandango Siri Ticket Purchases https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:10:05 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21959 Read More]]> iOS 6-1

After releasing five betas to developers, Apple has finally released iOS 6.1 to the public, adding new LTE carriers for use on the iPhone 5 as well as the ability to purchase movie tickets with Siri through the new Fandango integration. Apple’s SVP of WorldWide Marketing commented on the update:

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.

The update also brings smaller features such as the ability to download individual songs through iTunes Match as opposed to entire albums and a reset button for the Advertising Identifier.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

– LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
– Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
– iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
– New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

The full list of LTE carriers includes the following:

The new LTE carriers are currently supported only by Apple’s latest iOS lineup, which includes the 4th-generation iPad, the iPad mini, and the iPhone 5. They are not supported on the third generation iPad despite the device carrying 4G LTE connectivity. With this update, Apple made sure to thoroughly iron out any bugs, after the company experienced major issues with their iOS Maps application, as well as Siri which led to the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Apple is expected to release iOS 7 later this year, likely alongside a refreshed ‘iPhone 5S’ or the rumored cheaper iPhone. The update is available for download via iTunes or as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update through Settings on any iOS device.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-6-1-lte-carriers-fandango-siri-ticket-purchases/feed/ 2 Apple Internally Testing Golden Master version of iOS 6.1, Releasing Soon https://touchreviews.net/apple-internally-testing-golden-master-version-ios-61-releasing/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-internally-testing-golden-master-version-ios-61-releasing/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:48:49 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21885 Read More]]> ios6

Apple released several beta versions of iOS 6.1 to developers and is now set to release it to the public. The company was reportedly testing a new beta of 6.1, the Golden Master version, which usually remains unchanged with the public release. According to German site, iFun, Apple is going to release the GM version to developers very soon.

The site cited a ‘reliable source’ and also mentioned that the update had gone through “extensive internal testing”. It is no surprise that Apple is now being extremely thorough with its iOS updates, after the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall who led failed projects such as Siri and Maps.

The final version of iOS 6.1 is slated for release next Friday or the following Monday, although there will not be many end user features included in the update. iOS 6.1 will include features for developers to include new features into their applications to integrate iOS Maps, as well as fixes for boarding passes in Passbook and changes in Safari. Users will see some changes in Siri, most notably the ability to purchase Fandango tickets via voice command and a feature that asks security questions when setting up a new device.

Apple normally releases two to three betas prior to releasing iOS updates to the public, and considering that three betas have already come to fruition, this may be the last and final release. The iOS 6.1 update, upon public release will be compatible with the iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS as well as the second, third and fourth generation iPad, iPad mini, and the fourth and fifth generation iPod touch.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-internally-testing-golden-master-version-ios-61-releasing/feed/ 2 Hyundai Adds Support for Apple’s ‘Siri Eyes Free’ Feature https://touchreviews.net/hyundai-adds-support-apple-siri-eyes-free-feature/ https://touchreviews.net/hyundai-adds-support-apple-siri-eyes-free-feature/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:37:37 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21846 Read More]]> Hyundai Adds Support for Apple Siri Eyes Free Feature

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas always brings to light the newest and most advanced technology related to the mobile devices industry. Often during this event, many company’s unveil iPhone cases and other technology for Apple’s iOS devices. During the first official day of CES 2013, Hyundai, a leading South Korean car manufacturer, announced that it will now support Apple’s “Siri Eyes Free” feature in some its newer cars. The company has synchronized Siri’s commands with its infotainment systems inside of the car.

As a result, users can seamlessly make calls directly through their phones, listen to texts, and play music without having to go through a layer of software from Hyundai. The system does, however, require an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.

The Siri Eyes Free feature was introduced alongside iOS 6 and is slowly becoming standard with car manufacturers, with Hyundai being the tenth auto maker to adopt the new feature. Other companies include, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, and GM. GM only supports two models, the Chevy Sonic and Spark.

With Siri Eyes Free, drivers now have Siri as a universal technology on their mobile devices, computers, and now their cars as well. Hyundai has also added other technology to help make the experience with voice navigation and Siri much better for drivers:

Dragon Drive: Developed by Nuance, this automotive-grade voice services platform enables drivers to speak naturally and conversationally with in-car systems for tasks such as dictating messages, searching for music, finding real-time weather and asking for directions.

Mobile High-Definition Link: Delivers 1080p60 uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio from a mobile device to a dashboard display, all while charging the device.

Next-Generation Hardware: Hyundai’s new vehicles will feature the latest hardware with high-resolution multi-touch displays, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi/3G connectivity options.

{Via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/hyundai-adds-support-apple-siri-eyes-free-feature/feed/ 2 Apple Looking to Purchase Turn-by-Turn Navigation Company, Waze? https://touchreviews.net/apple-purchase-turnbyturn-navigation-company-waze/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-purchase-turnbyturn-navigation-company-waze/#comments Sat, 05 Jan 2013 19:27:49 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21794 Read More]]> Apple Looking to Purchase Turn-by-Turn Navigation Company Waze

Apple removed Google services from its iOS software with iOS 6, shedding both the native YouTube application, as well as Google Maps. Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Maps application, and included new features such as FlyOver and Turn-by-Turn directions. According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple is looking to improve its Maps, by acquiring turn-by-turn navigation company, Waze.

Waze brings a number of social features to navigation, allowing users to add in their own information as they travel. The service then learns from the routes traveled and provides routing and real-time traffic updates to others. Waze is already a partner in Apple’s Maps application, however, an acquisition would make the current Maps app much better. Apple’s Maps application launched to intense scrutiny after the service failed to locate some areas improperly and removed highly utilized features such as public transportation information.

TechCrunch’s own MG Siegler believes that it is unlikely that Apple is looking to purchase Waze and mentions that the two companies are likely in low-level discussions, having worked together prior to these reports.

Apple has been reported to be hashing out a deal with Foursquare for its Maps app. However, TechCrunch’s earlier report notes that if Apple were to acquire Waze, it would benefit the company more than data from Foursquare as it would not only be cheaper but because “Check-In” apps tend to not be as accurate as navigation apps.

Because Waze maps are built on the location of moving cars, it’s far more accurate than check-in apps. Outside of Google’s project to map cities with Streetview cars – something which has taken years to complete – and the real-world mapping undertaken by volunteers on the Open Streetmaps open source project, there has been little to match Waze’s approach. Waze turned mapping into not only a game, but also a way for drivers to be social, reporting road obstacles, traffic and police traps. It is properly useful.

Waze has about 30 million users and is available for iOS, Android Windows Mobile, Maemo, Symbian, and BlackBerry OS (beta). It is also listed as one of the alternative apps for users unhappy with Apple’s Maps after Apple CEO Tim Cook compiled a list to address user complaints.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-purchase-turnbyturn-navigation-company-waze/feed/ 0 Next Gen iPhone 5S and iOS 7 Appearing in Developer Logs? https://touchreviews.net/gen-iphone-5s-ios-7-appearing-developer-logs/ https://touchreviews.net/gen-iphone-5s-ios-7-appearing-developer-logs/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:43:51 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21791 Read More]]> iPhone 5 to Arrive in 50 More Countries in December

Apple released the iPhone 5 several months ago, and already, reports are suggesting that a 2013 iPhone 5S / 6 and iOS 7 are beginning to appear in some developer logs. According to a report from TheNextWeb, some developers are seeing code that suggests that both a new iPhone and iOS 7 are being tested.

One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year.

Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands on which it operates.

It is likely that the “2013 iPhone” that is referred to in the report is in fact, a resdesigned model. Apple is expected to release an “S” version of the current iPhone 5 as they have done with all other generations. However, over the past several months, the Cupertino company has been rumored to be working on a redesigned 7th generation iPhone. The report also mentioned that developers discovered that the new device found was running iOS 7.

Apple announced iOS 6 in June of 2012, and later released it to the public in October. This is likely the same timeframe that Apple will use for the new iPhone 5S and iOS 7 release, with a media event announcing both in June 2013, followed by a public release in the Fall. This would set up Apple for the holiday season of 2013, however, the device has also been rumored for release in mid-2013.

Many rumor sites are already speculating on features in iOS 7, and the next generation iPhone is expected to carry features such as Near Field Communication, updated cameras and possibly a new A7 chip. In the past, Apple has introduced an entirely new chip such as the A5 and A6 chips, followed by an A5X and A6X chips in new iPad generations. Other developers are beginning to see the next gen iPhone with iOS 7, suggesting that internal software testing has moved to advanced stage.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/gen-iphone-5s-ios-7-appearing-developer-logs/feed/ 2 Apple Releases iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini, Fixes WiFi Bug https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:23:21 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21754 Read More]]> iOS 6.0.2

Apple has yet to release an iOS 6.1 update, which is currently still in beta mode but has already released a new update for the new iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The update, called iOS 6.0.2 was released to fix a bug which sometimes caused the WiFi connection to falter or to not operate at all on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

There have been numerous WiFi related complaints for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which will likely subside if the update does in fact fix the bug. This is the second update for the devices after Apple released iOS 6.0.1 on November 1st to patch up issues pertaining to OTA software updates as well as cellular network issues.

iOS 6.0.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

As far as the release of this update goes, Apple only notes that it fixes the WiFi bug, however, it is unclear if the update fixes any other issues or if the company is awaiting the release of iOS 6.1 to fix any remaining major issues in iOS 6. During the initial release of iOS 6.0.2, many users noted that they were having issues downloading it over-the-air while other users mentioned that downloading through iTunes yielded a higher success rate.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-602-iphone-5-ipad-mini-fixes-wifi-bug/feed/ 1 Apple Releases iOS 6.1 Beta 3 to Developers https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 18:06:51 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21725 Read More]]> iOS 6-1 second beta

Late last month, Apple released the second beta of iOS 6.1 to developers, testing out new features and bug fixes. Apple has now released the third beta of iOS 6.1 to developers with a build number of 10B5117b, as opposed to the build number of 10B5105c on the second beta. The beta includes features for developers to include new features into their applications to integrate iOS Maps, as well as fixes for boarding passes in Passbook and changes in Safari.

Apple normally releases two to three betas prior to releasing iOS updates to the public, however, it is also likely that Apple is being more strict after SVP of iOS Software, Scott Forstall was ousted from the company in regards to issues with Siri, Maps, and personal problems with other executives.

Alongside the iOS 6.1 beta 3, Apple also released a beta of the Apple TV software, as well as Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 3. Developers who are registered can download the third beta on Apple’s Developer page. Developers can also retrieve the beta via Software Update on their iOS device if they have a previous version of the beta installed already.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-61-beta-3-developers/feed/ 2 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Fires Manager of iOS 6 Maps Team https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-fires-manager-ios-6-maps-team/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-fires-manager-ios-6-maps-team/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:22:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21663 Read More]]> iOS 6 Maps 3D flyover

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Apple Inc. (AAPL) has fired the manager of the iOS 6 Maps team, Richard Williamson. Williamson lead the team that created the new iOS 6 Maps, which many users complained was not very useful, and was not entirely accurate in providing directions. In many cases, the Maps would display a location in the wrong city or country, and sometimes even in the middle of the ocean.

Following a major management shake up at AAPL, which removed Scott Forstall as SVP of iOS Software, Eddy Cue took over the role of managing Maps. Forstall was also reportedly involved “internal politics” at Apple, which also added to the decision for Forstall to be removed. This was one of Cue’s first major changes in his new position, looking for outside assistance now to help move Maps on iOS forward.

A team at Apple has been working to fix the mapping mistakes, focusing first on some of the most glaring problems, one person said. The satellite imagery over the U.K. has been improved and labels for popular U.S. landmarks such as the Washington Monument have been corrected.

The Maps application included in iOS 6 was essentially a 1.0 version, meaning that the Maps team was under an intense time crunch, and was not able to work out many of the kinks generally associated with any new application. Bloomberg also notes that the Maps team is working to fix many of the known issues, while Apple will likely begin searching for a new manager, capable of leading the existing Maps team.

{Via iMore — Image Credit: Apple}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-fires-manager-ios-6-maps-team/feed/ 0 Apple Posts New iPhone 5 TV Ads, ‘Orchestra’ and ‘Turkey’ https://touchreviews.net/apple-posts-iphone-5-tv-ads-orchestra-turkey/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-posts-iphone-5-tv-ads-orchestra-turkey/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:54:19 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21652 Read More]]> iPhone 5 TV Ad Orchestra TurkeyApple is continuing to market its iPhone 5 as the latest and greatest iPhone to date. The Cupertino, California based company introduced the iPhone 5 a little over a month ago and has since then aired a number of television ads for the device. On Friday, Apple introduced and posted two new TV ads for the iPhone 5, called ‘Orchestra’ and another called ‘Turkey’.

‘Orchestra’ focuses on the noise cancelling microphone on the backside of the iPhone, that helps during a call. Apple uses video of an orchestra playing very loudly, followed by the narrator asking the maestro to turn it down, insisting that the microphone does something similar when a user is on a call.

Excuse me, maestro? Bring it down please!
Better.
That’s what happens to background noise when you’re making a call on this.
This microphone here picks up the sounds around you and helps turn them down.
So when the world gets noisy, calls sound better.

Apple’s second ad for the iPhone 5, ‘Turkey’ focuses on the Shared Photo Streams feature on iOS 6. The ad specifically identifies Thanksgiving and shows the iPhone 5 being used for taking pictures at a Thanksgiving dinner, followed by the images being shared via Photo Stream.

Well, it’s that time of year again.
You know, picture taking season?
And, with Photo Stream, you can share all the photos you want.
With just the people you want.
It’s as easy as pie. Mmmm… pie.

{Via MacRumors}

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