Apple made much ado of the Lightning connector it launched side-by-side with the iPhone 5, but what we’ve known about it has been limited outside of the presence of an authentication chip. Double Helix Cables’ Peter Bradstock has delved deeper and tells AppleInsider that there’s some clever wiring that clinches the reversible design. While Lightning’s power supply is truly symmetrical among the contact pins, the data isn’t — which suggests a chip inside is redirecting data to keep the plug working as intended. The technique helps explain why Apple would need any elaborate circuitry in the first place. No matter the wizardry inside, Bradstock doesn’t see any cut-rate Lightning alternatives being useful in the near future: as it’s unlikely that anyone outside of Cupertino knows how the authentication works at this stage, clone cables may amount to little more than heaps of metal and plastic ~ Jon Fingaz
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commentary Apple supporters triumphantly cheered on the company after it sold 5 million iPhones over the weekend. Wall Street, however, was disappointed by the figure after seeing the long lines on Friday.
The correct reaction probably lies somewhere in the middle. Perhaps a polite golf clap? For analysts, it was a classic case of hype feeding into the estimates, which ramped up to as high as 10 million for the first weekend, numbers that even a powerhouse like Apple couldn’t hope to achieve.
“We find it unfortunate that some analysts continue to publish irresponsible estimates without taking into account realistic demand trends and potential supply constraints,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee.
On the flip side, while 5 million is an impressively high number, and is 1 million better than last year’s iPhone 4S launch, it isn’t a genuine indicator of the longer-term appeal of the iPhone 5. There was so much pent-up demand that Apple would have sold out of however many phones it had in stock. The truth behind that first weekend statistic that Apple proudly proclaims is the number isn’t really as relevant as you might think. It’s a nice figure to boast about, window dressing, and it certainly fuels the hype and illusion that Apple is invincible. But in reality, that’s about it. There are too many factors, including supply issues, the availability of its phones in key markets, and reaction to the competition, to really make a judgment on whether the company’s latest phone will suitably carry on the legacy of success that its predecessors enjoyed. The true test of the phone’s longevity in the market won’t come until after the key holiday season, when many high-profile smartphones start to see a pullback in sales and the euphoria of the recent iPhonelaunch hype has long faded away.
Now, any company would kill to sell 5 million units of anything over the weekend, but the iPhone runs at a higher standard. Sales of the iPhone 4 were amazingly resilient, and hung on to the top spot at AT&T for more than a year (it was also helped by its introduction at Verizon Wireless). Conversely, sales of the iPhone 4S had an initial pop, but began to fizzle as the months went on. Yes, it remained a top-selling phone, but its momentum couldn’t match the previous iteration.
The iPhone 5 is poised to pick up where the iPhone 4 left off. Despite criticism that it isn’t drastically different, the phone addresses the key concerns of iPhone users, namely the larger display and a faster 4G wireless connection. Those two, alongside the thinner and lighter design, may convince consumers that it’s worth the upgrade. Despite the initial disappointment, Wall Street remains as bullish as ever. J.P. Morgan yesterday said it estimates Apple will sell 50 million iPhonesin the fourth quarter. For the quarter ending on Saturday, the firm estimates 25 million units will be sold. Sterne Agee’s Wu said the noise over the launch and the following disappointment didn’t change his estimate. He still believes the company will sell 27 million this month and 46.5 million in the quarter ending December 31. While the stock may have sold off yesterday, there remains a lot of optimism around Apple.
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There are some hurdles for Apple to reach those lofty expectations. For one, the company’s decision to use a new, thinner display is causing some supply shortages, according to reports. The various suppliers are having trouble producing the volume of screens needed to meet the high demand. The supply issue is one of the reasons analysts blamed for the big discrepancy between their estimates and Apple’s actual sales figure. Another unknown is whether Apple will be able to expand the availability. In China, hundreds of millions are waiting for the iPhone to show up at China Mobile. Getting the iPhone to China Mobile is important because it’s the world’s largest wireless carrier with more than 650 million subscribers, or more than twice the combined customer base of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile.
Beyond internal issues, Apple and its new iPhone 5 face unprecedented competition. Its biggest rival, Samsung, has already launched a campaign mocking the iPhone lines that even some fans have admitted contains genuine insight into the silliness of the whole affair. For once, its rivals can already boast of those key features in many of their smartphones.
Google unit Motorola has already tweaked Apple for the maps flap, and its lineup of Droid smartphones are an attractive alternative.
The holiday season is poised to get even more crowded with a slew of Windows Phone backed by a massive push from Microsoft, vendors such as Nokia and HTC, and carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T. For the carriers in particular, the iPhone is no longer the phone to have, since it’s available virtually everywhere. There is also a lot of incentive to promote other phones, since they require a lower subsidy and consequently weigh less on their profits. Apple’s iPhone 5 will be successful; there is little doubt of that. But how much of a success remains to be seen, and one weekend’s worth of data isn’t nearly enough to make a call yet. ~ Rodger Cheng
IPhone 5 Limits Set to Spark Samsung Discounts in Europe
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone 5, which bars customers of some European carriers from accessing the fastest available mobile networks, will prompt those operators to cut prices for handsets from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) The iPhone 5, which went on sale today, will connect to fourth-generation wireless networks in Europe that run on an 1,800 megahertz band, favoring carriers who do have a network attuned to that frequency, including Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) and its British EE venture with France Telecom SA. (FTE) Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) and Telefonica SA (TEF)’s O2 unit will only be able to offer the iPhone 5 on their slower 3G networks.
The restrictions of the iPhone 5 will “push Vodafone and many other European operators harder into the arms of Samsung,” especially as the South Korean company’s popular Galaxy line of phones includes a 4G version that is compatible with their networks, said Robin Bienenstock, a London-based analyst for Sanford C Bernstein. With the iPhone 5 predicted by analysts to become the fastest selling technology gadget in history, subsidies and promotions will help operators that only offer the device on slower networks to keep customers. Vodafone lost its top spot in the U.K. to O2 after failing to win the exclusive rights to the first iPhone in 2007.
The device became Telefonica’s best- selling phone ever and two-thirds of the clients coming to its U.K. network were poached from rivals. Upgrade Discount O2 plans to offer iPhone 5 customers with a long-term contract the chance to upgrade to a 4G phone once the operator’s own 4G service is available, according to Telefonica spokesman Simon Lloyd. The carrier will chip in 10 percent of the cost of buying out the contract and pay the taxes, he said. The new networks, based on long-term evolution, or LTE, technology, allow users to watch videos, stream music or perform other data-intensive tasks at a faster speed. EE, the largest mobile-phone operator in the U.K., said this week that the new 4G service is five times faster than is currently available. Samsung vaulted to the top of the global smartphone market by introducing a variety of Galaxy models using Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software.
While the iPhone is the most popular smartphone, Android is more widely used, showing up in devices from Samsung to HTC Corp. (2498) Galaxy S III Samsung said this month that sales of its latest Galaxy S III, which has a bigger screen than the iPhone 5 and also works with 4G networks based on different frequencies, topped 20 million units. Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) unveiled a lineup of Lumia models this month with the most recent Microsoft Corp. Windows Phone software, aiming to win back market share with better camera and mapping technology. Customers in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and New York lined up for the iPhone 5 today.
Queues of more than 1,000 people gathered in Frankfurt and London this morning as loyal Apple customers raced to get the latest device. Piper Jaffray Cos analyst Gene Munster predicts that 10 million iPhone 5 may be sold this weekend. Shares of Samsung climbed 1.2 percent to close at 1,302,000 won in Seoul. In German trading, Apple slipped 0.2 percent to the equivalent of $701.10 as of 10:56 a.m. in Frankfurt. Nokia dropped 0.6 percent to 2.19 euros on the Helsinki exchange. Subsidy Question “The question for operators now becomes in the near term – – how sticky is Apple’s software versus the better speeds of the Samsung Galaxy’s, and how much subsidy will be put behind this,” Bienenstock said. Vodafone and O2 offer 4G devices from Samsung, LG Electronics Inc. (066570) and HTC that are able to run on the operator’s 4G networks based on frequencies other than the 1,800 MHz band.
In the U.K., EE said Sept. 11 it will start the service and give pricing details in coming weeks. The U.K. auction of 800 MHz and 2,600 MHz frequencies is set to begin later this year, allowing a general rollout of faster data services in 2013, regulator Ofcom has said. Vodafone has opposed EE’s move to start 4G services ahead of an upcoming auction of frequencies, saying it was “shocked” by Ofcom’s approval of the service, which creates a “competitive distortion.” “We’ll have to work a bit harder and we’ll have to work with other devices,”
Vodafone Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford said last week. “We’ll be looking at the pricing and competitiveness of those devices.” To be sure, EE’s LTE network isn’t widely available — rolling out in 16 British cities by Christmas — and as the first entrant in the U.K., the burden will fall on them to introduce customers to the new technology and market its benefits, said Gyanee Dewnarain, a London-based analyst at researcher Gartner Inc. (IT) “They’ll have to do the work to educate the mass market,” Dewnarain said. “The mass market doesn’t have a clue what LTE is.” By the time they do, Vodafone may be ready to offer its own service, she said.
Apple’s iOS 6, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system was released yesterday and before some people have even managed to download the update it seems the ingenious developer community have already managed to come up with a tethered jailbreak using the latest version of the Redsn0w tool. The speed of some jailbreaks is really quite remarkable and we have all the details below but you need to be aware that this won’t work with all devices.
Hackers seem to be particularly quick at jailbreaking new iOS’s as the last few were jailbroken within a day of release by the dev community. Only a couple of days ago we told how one hacker advised those with jailbroken iOS devices not to update to iOS 6 until a jailbreak was available for it. We also then told about the iOS 6 TinyUmbrella app to save SHSH blobs. Now the Redsn0w iOS 6 jailbreak is available but a significant point is that this will only work with some iOS devices, namely the A4-based iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation. Also as mentioned earlier this is a tethered jailbreak and there is not yet an untethered jailbreak available.
News of the Redsn0w tool jailbreak for iOS 6 came to us from Redmond Pie and came from the creative minds of the iPhone Dev Team. As usual we cannot recommend jailbreaking your device and anything that goes wrong is totally your own responsibility. Nevertheless we know that many people out there do enjoy the freedom of a jailbroken device so we will give you the details if you wish to take advantage. You’ll probably already know that if you want to go ahead with a jailbreak you’ll need to do a full backup of information but if you rely on unlock then you should avoid updating to iOS 6 at the moment.
You’ll need to download the newest Redsn0w version for either Mac or Windows from the source provided in the Redmond Pie article linked to above. You will also find full step-by-step instructions on how to perform the jailbreak process as well as how-to boot tethered on iOS 6 and also how to install Cydia on iOS 6 as the latest version of Redsn0w doesn’t do this by default. No doubt there will be many happy iOS 6 jailbreakers using any apps they choose on their devices very shortly.
Please remember this jailbreak is only for the A4-based iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation. It will NOT work for the other devices that support iOS 6, namely the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 (new iPad) and finally the iPod touch 5th generation. We’re interested to hear from readers about the iOS 6 jailbreak with the latest Redsn0w tool.
BANGKOK – IPhone fanatics lined up in their droves across Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong to pick up the latest version of Apple Inc AAPL -0.49%.’s smartphone Friday. But enthusiasm also raged in Thailand – a country where the iPhone 5 won’t go on sale until later this year.
Customers here are flocking to crowded shopping warrens such as Mahboonkrong in downtown Bangkok to place deposits on phones smuggled in from places such as Hong Kong, Singapore and even the United States. One vendor in MBK – as it is known – said his team will try to bring over 100 phones into Thailand, and so far more than 80 people have handed over deposits of 5,000 baht, or $160, per phone.
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- People wait in line outside the Apple store on George Street in Sydney on Friday.
This contraband comes at a price, however. The an unlocked, top-end 64 gigabyte iPhone 5 will cost 43,000 baht, or $1,387, compared with about $927 in Hong Kong. The cheaper 16GB version goes for 35,000 baht, with the 32GB version selling for 39,000 baht.
“There is very high demand here, that’s why the prices are so high. Many people want to be among the first to have the new iPhone, but nobody knows exactly when it will go on sale in Thailand,” said a vendor who asked not to be identified, adding that this was a “golden time” for MBK’s phone traders. “If you want one, you’d better make a deposit now,” he said.
The first batch will arrive at MBK at around noon on Saturday, traders said. “If you want to see some pandemonium, come then,” one added.
The new iPhone will cost much less when it makes its official launch in Thailand later this year, and will set back customers around the same it costs them to get an unlocked iPhone 4S at present.
What is less clear is when the new phones will be available. Representatives at the DTAC network run by Total Access Communications sa DTAC.TH +2.59%id they don’t know when they will be ready to sell the iPhone 5 in Thailand. An official at rival network Advanced Info Service said that it might be able to have the new phones available for subscribers at the end of this month, potentially giving the first batch of iPhone buyers just a couple of weeks of posing time before the rest of the country can get their mitts on them.
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It appears that Apple’s iPhone 5 isn’t going to escape the ongoing legal battle with Samsung Electronics.
Samsung said it would add the recently unveiled smartphone — which has already seen record pre-sale figures and which will hit stores tomorrow — to a list of products accused of violating its patents, according to Reuters, citing U.S. court documents.
Samsung confirmed that it would pursue the iPhone 5.
Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.
The two companies are in the midst of a bitter legal war over intellectual property. Apple recently scored a big victory over Samsung in a Federal court in San Jose, Calif., but the two companies have several existing lawsuits going on in different countries around the world.
Samsung has already taken its case to consumers; the South Korean conglomerate released an ad yesterday slamming the iPhone 5 and people waiting in line for Apple products.
Analysts, meahwhile, believe that the iPhone 5 could be poised for record sales spurred by pent-up demand from consumers who skipped the last refresh, the iPhone 4S.
After a year-long gestation, iOS 6 is upon us. The latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch is smarter than ever, with slicker graphics, better iCloud integration and easier sharing. It ships on the iPhone 5, and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, fourth and fifth-generation iPod touch, and the second and third-generation iPad.
Here’s CNET UK’s pick of the 50 best tips, changes and must-have features for iDevice users everywhere.
The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have long shared one of the best mobile email clients currently available. In iOS 6 it’s been given a subtle dab of polish.
1. VIP senders
Some emails are more important than others. Sometimes it’s the subject that determines their importance, but more often than not it’s the sender. Add really important senders to your VIP list and their messages will be sorted into a dedicated VIP inbox, so if you’re pushed for time you can just read them and ignore everything in your regular inbox. Think of it as Apple’s take on Google’s Priority Inbox feature for Gmail.
To save a sender as a VIP, open one of their messages, tap their name in the From field and then tap Add to VIP. A small star will appear beside their address to indicate that it’s been added to the list.
2. Email pull to refresh
The circular arrow email refresh button has disappeared from the mail app’s interface.
To update your inbox in iOS 6, simply drag it down past the top of the message listing, as you would to update your Twitter stream, and release when the stretched icon snaps.
iOS 6 benefits from beefed-up sharing tools for all of the core apps.
3. Facebook integration
iOS 5 introduced Twitter as a core service. iOS 6 extends that honour to Facebook, which was rumoured to have been Apple’s first choice when developing iOS 5, and was for some reason switched out late in development.
Facebook and Twitter are both managed through the Settings App. Scroll to the end of the default applications settings to find them and add your details in the appropriate boxes to enable posting to either service without using a third-party app.
4. Facebook and your Contacts
Give Facebook access to your Contacts list and it will match up anyone listed on your phone who is also a friend on Facebook.
Not only will this enable you to post updates to them directly, but it’ll also draw down their Facebook photo and use it to populate the photo field for their record in the Contacts app.
5. Post from Notification Center
As Facebook and Twitter are built in, you no longer need to use bespoke apps to post to either of them. So, if inspiration hits when you’re sitting on the bus, whichever app you’re using, you can swipe a finger or thumb down from the top of the screen to open Notification Center and use the Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post boxes to send an update directly.
6. Send multiple photos
Previously it was only possible to email photos one at a time, unless you went through the tedious process of copying and pasting them individually out of the Photos app and into your message. With iOS 6, you can select up to five photos at once and send them all out in a single email.
Open the Photos app, tap edit and then tap on each of the photos you want to send. Now tap Share to call up the various ways in which you can dispatch them and tap Mail to drop them into a new message.
Note that the sharing sheet is content sensitive, so if you select more than five images, the Mail option disappears. Reduce the selection to just one image and the Twitter option, which is missing from the grab to the right, reappears.
7. Shared Photo Streams
Photo Stream already makes it easy for you to view images shot on your iPhone from your iPad. Now Shared Photo Streams goes some way to restoring the Gallery feature that disappeared when Apple shut down MobileMe in favour of iCloud.
Create a Shared Photo Stream by opening Photos, tapping Edit and then tapping on each of the images you want to include. Now tap Share and select Photo Stream. Give the new Stream a name, include an address for the person with whom you want to share it, and decide whether or not you want the website on which they’re stored to be made public. The person to whom you sent it will receive an email containing a link to your shared photos.
8. Enable Shared Photo Streams
Shared Photo Streams are turned off by default, so before you use them for the first time, you’ll need to turn them on through Settings > iCloud > Photo Stream > Shared Photo Streams.
iOS 6 takes your privacy seriously, and although there are plenty of opportunities for you to integrate your data with third-party applications, such as allowing Facebook to peep at your contacts, it’s easy to shut down those that shouldn’t be seeing everything.
9. Restrict your applications
The centralised options pane at Settings > Privacy lets you restrict particular data types, with lists of which applications have requested certain types of data.
Each one is accompanied by a slider allowing you to revoke its access with a single tap.
10. Hide yourself
The iOS Location Services layer provides data based on your current position so that applications like Maps can plot your location. It also means the camera can geolocate your images so that when you import them into an application like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or a sharing site like Flickr, it’s easy to see where they were taken.
Again, you can revoke access to this data for each app in turn, but because it’s potentially sensitive, you can also switch it off system-wide by opening Settings > Privacy > Location Services and tapping the slider at the top of the screen to move it to OFF.
11. Do Not Disturb
It’s not just when you’re in the library that you might want to quieten down your phone. That’s why Apple implemented Do Not Disturb.
One tap on this option in the Settings app and your iPhone falls silent until you disable it.
In case you should forget, it places a moon icon beside the clock to remind you that it’s set not to disturb you.
12. Shhh… I’m sleeping
You can set Do Not Disturb to activate automatically during set hours. That’s good news if you sleep with your phone beside your bed (don’t forget to set the hours to expire before any alarms you’ve set to wake you up), and for anyone who doesn’t want to be disturbed while working (teachers stood at the front of a classroom, for example).
Set the hours during which Do Not Disturb should kick in by tapping Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Scheduled.
13. Hear from those who matter most
It’s all very good being able to take yourself out of circulation like this, but what if you’re a parent with a kid who’s had an accident or is locked out of the house? In this instance you should set some exceptions to let through calls from those who matter most.
Set up a new list in Contacts and add to it those who should be excused from calling you when your phone is set to Do Not Disturb, then go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Allow Calls From and select your new list.
14. Permit persistent phone calls
Anyone else who needs to get through in an emergency will likely try your phone several times in quick succession.
If they call again within three minutes of their first call they’ll cause your phone to ring if you set the Repeated Calls slider to ON.
Safari for Windows missed out on an update the last time Apple shipped a new release. On the Mac and iOS though, it’s stronger than ever.
15. Full screen on iPhone
The iPhone has always been a great device for browsing the web, in large part because of its high resolution. In iOS 6 you can make it even better with a single tap: turn your iPhone to landscape orientation and tap the double-ended arrow on the toolbar to remove the bar and address box, and enjoy your sites full screen.
16. Reading list
Sometimes you don’t have time to read everything you find in one sitting, and you end up with a screen full of tabs. Rather than leaving them open, save each one to your reading list by tapping the shortcut button and selecting Add to Reading List.
Not only will this bookmark the page in your List, which you can find by tapping the open book icon followed by the pair of glasses at the bottom of the drop-down dialogue, but it also caches the page content so you can read it offline. It synchronises it with Safari running on your Mac and other iOS devices so it’s accessible from anywhere.
17. Synchronise your browsers
iCloud can also synchronise your browser tabs if you turn on the Safari sync feature through Settings > iCloud > Safari. Once active, it populates an iCloud tab dialogue in the iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 versions of Safari on each of your devices, so you can quickly switch between the same set of tabs on each platform. You can tell on which device each page is opened as they’re organised into logical groups, with the device name as the header of each group.
18. Swap your search engine
This was possible in iOS 5, but it’s worth remembering that you can switch the default search engine.
In its virgin state, Safari always directs you to Google, but you can change this to Yahoo or Bing if you prefer by picking one from Settings > Safari > Search Engine.
19. Search within the current page
You can also search the current page from the same search box as you would use for Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Type in your keyword (in the grab, right, I’ve used Samsung), and then scroll to the bottom of the results list to the line where it says how many times it’s been found in the current page.
Tap this line and you’ll return to the page, with each result highlighted. Use the left and right arrow keys on the toolbar to step backwards and forwards through the list of results.
The new iPad clock in iOS 6 has a beautiful set of Swiss faces at the top and a world map below plotting the locations of your chosen cities.
20. Add new cities
You can add your own destinations by swiping the faces to the left and tapping an empty face on the next screen to pick a new city. As you do, cities already on the map will shuffle around to make space for the new one.
When you fill up a whole screen of faces, a new one will become available in the same way that you can have several different screens full of apps. Whichever run of clocks you’re looking at, the map will always display every destination you’ve selected.
21. Check the weather worldwide
The iPad doesn’t have a weather app, but if you just want a quick idea of what’s happening around the world, you can do so with the clock. Each icon on the map is accompanied by an icon showing current conditions, along with the temperature.
22. Tap to set an alarm
The clock also allows you to set an alarm, as it does on the iPhone. Tap Alarm at the bottom of the screen and the ‘+’ icon at the top to open the alarm tumblers. Rather than scrolling through them until you reach the time you’re after though, it’s quicker to double-tap on the grid in the time slot where you want the alarm to sound.
23. Drag to reschedule
Rescheduling works in just the same way. Hold a finger on one of the alarm blobs and drag it up and down to set it later or earlier. Anything set later than the current time will be left in the column for today. Anything set earlier than the current time will be moved into that time slot for tomorrow, since you’ve already missed it today.
24. Cancel an alarm
To cancel an alarm, tap Edit, followed by the delete icon beside each one in the list that drops down.
Find a lost iDevice
Apple has built on the success of Find my iPhone with a dedicated Lost Mode in iOS 6.
25. Activate find my iPhone
To use the new Lost Mode you need to make sure that Find my iPhone (or Find my iPad) is active on your device. Turn it on through Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone, then return to the Home screen.
Note that switching this on could result in data about your current location passing through Apple’s servers.
26. Switch to Lost Mode
If you lose your iPhone or iPad, log in to icloud.com/find and switch to Find my iPhone. This searches for your device, and if it has an active network or phone connection, it will plot it on a map so you can see where it is. You can now wipe it or put it into Lost Mode.
Lost Mode lets you set a passcode on the device and display a phone number on the screen asking the finder (or thief) to call you. They can do this directly by tapping Call from the screen that pops up on the iPhone, without having access to any of its other features.
27. Check your email
When your iPhone or iPad are in Lost Mode, keep an eye on your email as it will keep on sending you updates of its current location, which should make it easier to find. Don’t take any risks and try to recover a stolen device yourself. Pass details of its location to the police or relevant authorities.
A smarter shopping experience
Apple is not just about the hardware and software of its devices, it also offers well-stocked stores for buying goodies to play on them. In iOS 6, each has been given a lick of paint.
28. Improvements to iTunes
iTunes is only used for buying music, movies, audiobooks and TV programmes in iOS, not playing them back as with the Mac and PC. The old rigid box-based look of this longest-running of all Apple stores has a fresh new look, with a coverflow-style carousel at the top of the page promoting Apple’s chosen products.
29. Post your purchases to Facebook
Ping, Apple’s own iTunes-based social network, is set to close. In its place, you can now ‘Like’ tracks and albums on Facebook from right within the iTunes Store.
Open a track or album listing, tap Reviews and you’ll find the Facebook like button immediately above the ratings.
30. App Store Enhancements
Likewise, improvements to the App Store mean you can get a better view of your search results, with large panels for each one showing larger headline grabs.
Compared to this, the iOS 5 app store looks positively pokey.
31. iBooks bolstered
The iBookstore is a far more pleasant place to look for some new reading material, sporting the same Coverflow interface as the Music Store. This allows you to swipe through the various offerings or drill down into individual sections and lists of top-selling books and popular authors. Books available for pre-order are marked with an orange price sticker, as you can see in the grab below.
Maps marks perhaps the biggest change in Apple’s latest OS. As well as dumping Google’s YouTube app in this release, it’s also switched away from using Google Maps in the Maps application, instead relying on its own map data, plus directions from TomTom.
32. Textures and depth
Maps now have more depth thanks to improved 3D rendering, even on the older second-generation iPad. A 3D button in the corner of the display lets you switch between a regular top-down and slanted view, through which you can gaze across the landscape. Dragging and twisting the view shows off the 3D lay of the land at its best.
33. Take the world for a spin
Satellite maps render very quickly on a consumer broadband connection, and it’s easy to move around them by dragging and letting go, which causes them to slide along and then glide to a stop. Putting two fingers on the map and twisting them around lets you get a different view of the scene by turning it in the same way you’d twist a physical map. This works in both 2D and 3D modes, and tapping a compass icon in the top corner quickly reorientates the map so that north is at the top again.
34. Buildings with depth
It’s not just the landscape that’s been rendered in 3D either — so have the buildings in some key cities. San Francisco, which you can see in the grab below, is a great example, in which the buildings really do rise up out of the ground.
35. Clearer directions
The new directions engine from TomTom produces very similar routes to the iOS 5 implementation, but the way they’re presented is now far clearer.
Large motorway sign graphics at the top of the screen highlight each turn, and sliding them left and right across the screen moves forwards and backwards through the route, updating the map view below.
36. Traffic problems
Maps has long been capable of showing you where there are hold-ups and slow traffic courtesy of coloured lined on the road (you’d be advised to avoid routes dotted red as they’re congested). Now, though, you can also see what’s causing the hold-up as a series of icons on the map highlight accidents, alerts and roadworks. Tapping on them calls up a floating panel giving further details.
As soon as magazines and newspapers started to create their own apps, our iOS home screens began getting very cluttered. Apple solved this problem in iOS 5 by introducing Newsstand, a special folder to contain them all.
Now it’s done the same with vouchers, tickets and loyalty cards in the form of Passbook, an iPhone-only tool that doesn’t appear on the iPad.
37. Collect tokens and vouchers
Passbook is a simple folder for the various digital tickets and slips that previously would have been rendered in cardboard or plastic and slipped into your wallet.
Vendors can send you vouchers or membership cards, plane or train tickets and so on in an email, or allow you to download them from a website.
So long as they’re compatible, they’ll be neatly filed in Passbook.
38. Location awareness
Passbook documents can be set to be location aware. This would allow a coffee shop loyalty card to pop up on your Lock Screen, for example, when it detected that you were walking past the shop’s front door.
When you popped inside, it would be ready for the barista to scan the barcode or QR code, or type your details into the till so that you could collect or redeem your points, or enjoy a discount.
39. Automatic updates
Sometimes the information on a Passbook document will change after it’s been issued. Airline tickets are a prime example here, as the flight time or gate could change at the last minute. Flipping over the ticket by tapping the ‘i’ in the bottom corner will let you check that it is authorised to accept Automatic Updates, which would enable the airline to push the amended data directly to your phone.
40. Securely shred old tickets
In much the same way that you should get into the habit of shredding old tickets and receipts from your wallet, you can shred the expired contents of Passbook. Flip around any voucher you don’t need any more by tapping the ‘i’ in the bottom corner and then tap the trash icon and confirm that you want to delete the selected pass.
Passbook will run it through the shredder and remove it from your wallet.
It’s easy to forget that the iPhone is actually a phone, as well as everything else. Naturally, the features in this section, while being integral to iOS 6, only work on the iPhone and not the iPad or iPod touch.
41. Swipe calls to reveal options
As well as the regular answer and decline options, you now have several other ways to quickly handle incoming calls. Swipe up on the screen rather than tapping either button when a call comes in to open up the menu, from which you can dispatch a text message or set a diary note to call them back.
42. Decline politely
There are often times when you don’t want to take a call right away. For these occasions, set up your iPhone to reply to the caller with a text message. You can set three default messages to handle calling them back later, telling them you’re on your way, or asking them what they want through Settings > Phone > Reply with message. If none of these is appropriate, tap Custom to type a new message on the spot.
43. Remind yourself to call back
Alternatively, tap Remind Me Later to send the caller to voicemail and then specify when you want to be reminded to call them back.
As well as an option to call in an hour, you can be reminded when your iPhone detects either that you’re leaving your current location, or you’re arriving at the location saved on your own card in Contacts as your home address.
It uses the integrated GPS receiver and Wi-Fi IP look-ups to determine when this might be and where you are.
Best of the rest
There are literally hundreds of tiny improvements in iOS 6, but we’ll sign off with seven handy but not essential add-ons that give it a little extra spit and polish.
44. Split personalities
In iOS 5 and earlier, it was only possible to set a single signature, which was used by all of your email accounts, meaning you signed off in the same manner on both your personal and business messages. This isn’t always appropriate, so iOS 6 now lets you set signatures on a per-account basis if you choose.
45. Podcasts push off
Podcasts are no longer part of the Music application. They’ve been hived off into an app of their own called, naturally enough, Podcasts.
It’s a free download from the App Store and includes a comprehensive catalogue of available subscriptions and downloads in both audio and video format.
46. More noises
With increased ways of getting in touch with friends and family — and a commensurate broadening of the ways in which they can get in touch with you — there are more ways to be notified.
There are now more events for which you can set alert sounds, along with a built-in alert tone store selling current songs available for use as tones.
47. Panorama photography
Panoramic photography, which has been common on consumer digital cameras for many years, finally comes to the iPhone in iOS 6, without the need for a third-party app.
All you need do is sweep an iPhone 4S or 5, or a fifth-generation iPod touch across the scene in front of you and it’ll stitch together up to 240 degrees of the view, either vertically or horizontally. This feature doesn’t work on older iPhones or any iPad.
48. FaceTime goes mobile
This one is dependent on your phone network provider, but FaceTime can finally be used over 3G and 4G connections. Previously it was restricted to use only over Wi-Fi. So long as you have sufficient data left in your monthly bandwidth allocation, you can now video conference from the train just as easily as you can from home.
49. Siriously useful
Siri was conspicuous by its absence from the new iPad, but upgrading it to iOS 6 adds in the Siri features that were missing. Previously the only part of Siri that these devices could use was the dictation tool. Other improvements to Siri are largely aimed at a US audience, although it does now support more languages than it did at launch, and Apple is adding to its repertoire by the day.
50. The four-finger shuffle
Gestures are nothing new — they’ve been part of iOS for the last few releases, but if you can learn just three, they’ll do a lot to prolong the life of your iPad by saving you from clicking the Home button quite so often as you do on an iPhone.
Put all four fingers on the screen, slightly spread out, and slide up to reveal the task switch bar. If you want to cycle through your applications, swipe them to the left and right instead of sliding them up. And if you want to return to the home screen from any application, put all four spread-out fingers and a thumb on the screen and bring them all together to close your current app.
Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period.
Since Apple started taking iPhone 5 orders on its website at 3 a.m. EDT on Friday, buyers who have a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless have been able to order the phone for $199 (16 gigabyte model), $299 (32 GB) or $399 (64 GB model).
Apple said Monday that while most orders will be delivered on Friday, demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply. As a result, some of the devices are scheduled for delivery in October.
The Cupertino, Calif. company’s stock added 1.2 percent, or $8.50, to close at $699.78 on Monday.
The iPhone 5 represents the first major revision of the iPhone’s screen size since the first model was introduced in 2007. The new iPhone has an elongated screen _4 inches (10.16 centimeters) measured diagonally_ that allows room for another row of icons and lets widescreen movies fit better. The calendar will now show five days at a time instead of just three. Previous iPhone models had 3.5-inch (8.89-centimeter) screens. The new phone is also thinner and weighs less than previous models. It can operate on LTE cellular networks and sports a new processor and updated software.
T. Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, said he believes the iPhone 5’s “differentiated form factor versus the iPhone 4S” and other improvements should drive strong iPhone 5 sales. The record advanced orders on Friday and through the weekend caused Walkley to revise his previous prediction that Apple would sell 6 million of the new iPhones by September 29. He now believes “Apple could ship 9 million to 10 million” in that time, he told investors in a note on Monday.
Janney Capital Markets analyst Bill Choi said Apple’s announcement Monday “suggests iPhone 5 is running well ahead of iPhone 4S.” In a note to investors, Choi reaffirmed his earlier expectation that Apple will sell 7 million to 10 million iPhone 5s by the end of September.
It won’t be easy for Apple to top the breakneck sales pace set by previous iPhones. Apple said last year that it sold over 4 million iPhone 4Ss just three days after its launch on October 14. That launch occurred less than two weeks after the death of Apple’s iconic founder Steve Jobs and as the iPhone 4S went on sale, scores of Apple devotees were still mourning him with candlelight vigils and impromptu memorial ceremonies outside of Apple stores across the globe.
The iPhone 5 will be available at Apple’s 356 U.S. stores starting Friday. Each customer who makes a purchase at an Apple store will be offered free personal setup service, which will help them customize their device.
The phone will be available in more than 22 countries on Sept. 28.
Aside from Apple stores, the iPhone 5 will be available at Apple’s website as well as through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, some Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and certain Apple authorized resellers.
Earlier Monday AT&T Inc. said it set a sales record for the iPhone 5, with customers ordering more of them than any previous iPhone model on the first day of orders and over the weekend.
HTC has unveiled two Windows Phone 8 handsets at an event in New York.
The firm has said that it intends to promote the 8X, which features a 4.3″ (10.9cm) display, as its flagship device alongside the Android-powered One X.
The firm is also offering a smaller 8S model with a 4″ (10.2cm) screen.
HTC’s share price has fallen more than 50% since February after the firm experienced weak sales of earlier models despite positive reviews.
Analysts have said the firm had a weak advertising campaign which was compounded by the fact that its South Korean rival, Samsung, had a much bigger marketing budget.
Nokia and Samsung have already shown off alternative Windows Phone devices which will launch after Microsoft releases the operating system.
HTC said the 8X would launch in 50 countries in early November across 126 mobile operators, while the 8S would be available in 52 countries with more than 146 operators.
Such detail was notably lacking at Nokia’s recent Lumia 920 launch, where it did not confirm the date or number of countries the smartphone would be sold in.
HTC made much of the devices’ design at the US event saying they had “a remarkably unique profile” thanks to the way their edges tapered, becoming thinner at the bottom, to make them feel thin in their users’ hands.
It said its top-end model featured an 8 megapixel camera on its rear supported by a dedicated chip for “faster focus speed and clearer, sharper shots”. The 2.1MP front camera – used for video chats – has also been designed to provide a wide-angle view.
The 8S uses a lower specification 5MP camera, but is lighter than the 8X
The firm also hopes to distinguish both models by including Beats Audio sound equipment which it said offered “deeper bass and crisp vocals”. The handset maker owns a 25% stake in the company.
The bet on Microsoft’s technology carries risks – the firm’s phone systems only accounted for 3.1% of global smartphone shipments in the April to June months, according to research firm NPD.
But one of the company’s analysts said HTC had an opportunity to grow that number.
“The reception from operators is quite good,” said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager, told the BBC.
“The market wants another alternative to Android as vendors don’t want to face the kind of problems that have arisen out of the lawsuits between Apple and Android device manufacturers – products being withdrawn or delayed.
“But HTC has to compete against Nokia and Samsung which also have Windows Phone 8 products.
“Nokia offers extra services on top such as its transport and augmented reality City Lens facility, while Samsung has a bigger marketing budget.”
Another analyst praised HTC for the industrial design and materials used to build its new devices, saying they would prove eye-catching on store shelves, but was not convinced that would be enough to improve its fortunes.
“HTC has had problems standing out in the Android market, and it could be even more difficult on Windows Phone 8 as Microsoft controls more of the experience on the platform,” said Gartner’s research director, Roberta Cozza.
“HTC needs to add further value to the ecosystem similar to what Nokia has done with its imaging and navigation resources.
“Unless that happens I don’t suspect things will change a lot for the firm.”
Ensure you are safe from your children’s sky-high app bills.
This week, a six-year-old boy left his family with a £2,000 credit card bill after using an app on his grandfather’s iPad. The youngster had spent the amount on a special app which involves children “collecting” and “breeding” their own online creatures.
To the relief of the grandparents, Apple refunded the money once the situation was explained. However, not all families are so lucky.
While free downloadable apps can keep children of all ages amused for hours, many offer expensive add-ons that are supposed to improve the gaming experience. These “in-app purchases” might include virtual credits for buying items in the game, special abilities for game characters, additional levels not accessible in the free version of the game, or the ability to skip a level that might be challenging.
Even the most popular – and seemingly harmless – mobile games possess in-app purchases, from a “Mighty Eagle” that automatically clears levels in Angry Birds to packs of extra turns in Flight Control.
The economics behind this have spawned the term “freemium” to describe the practice of offering a free app with expensive enhancements. As gaming apps have become more sophisticated, the risks to parents have become greater. This ‘freemium’ model initially took off on Facebook, where money is charged for expediting progress or additional content.
The fees are not to be scoffed at; some games charge as much as £70 per purchase. Freemium apps use the iTunes purchase mechanism to streamline the process, so it is easy to buy items without leaving the game. In some cases gamers don’t even have to type in credit card details or a password.
And as many parents have found, it’s this ease of purchase that is the greatest risk. With Smurf Village, for instance, the cheapest in-app purchase costs £2.99, but a wagon-full of virtual “Smurfberries” can be had for £69.99, all at the tap of a finger. The charges will be billed to the iTunes account and credit card associated with the gadget.
For those who wish to ensure they are protected, updating software is very straightforward and should take just an hour or so. The following tips should ensure you can safely hand your phone to your children.
Update the software
“Updating the software on an iPad or iPhone can be done on the device itself,” Mr Wiggins said. “To check if a newer version is available to download and install, parents should go to the ‘Settings’ menu, scroll down and select ‘General’, then choose ‘Software Update’.”
Apple recommends always backing up data before updating or restoring. To learn how to do this, visit support.apple.com/kb/HT1766.
If you choose to update when you are not connected to your computer, you will need to use Wi‑Fi instead of 3G, as the file size will be too big.
Alternatively, if you connect your device to your computer, a pop-up window will say if your software is out of date and you will be prompted to install the latest version.
Disable the purchase function
Another option is to disable the in-app purchases function on your Apple device. To do this, go to “Settings”, select “General”, tap “Restrictions” and select “Enable Restrictions”. Here you must create a unique four-digit passcode, then scroll down to “Allowed Content” and turn off “In-app Purchases”.
Bear in mind that unless you adjust the time necessary before a password is required to purchase content, it will automatically allocate a 15-minute time limit. This will mean that if it has been less than a quarter of an hour since you downloaded the app or made an in-app purchase, your children will not be required to type in your password again, potentially racking up a huge bill without inputting any additional details.
Use Airplane Mode
Even if you aren’t flying, this will block all downloads and in-app purchases. To do this on an iPhone or iPad, go to “General”, select “Settings” and then turn “Airplane Mode” to the on setting.
Gift card option
For the parents of teenagers who wish to make purchases on their own device, but who do not have their own bank account, using an iTunes gift card instead of your credit card will help avoid unwanted costs.
Get Google savvy
It is not only Apple products that can leave parents facing potentially hefty bills. With Google’s Android, in-app purchasing is also problem, but, as with the iPhone and iPad, there is protection available.
To ensure your Android is safe, always activate the “Screen lock” function, which will force users to enter a pattern, pin or a password on the device each time an item is to be bought. To set this up simply go to “Settings” then “Security” – and then you can choose and set it.
Similarly, removing bank details from “Google Checkout” can stop this function from being exploited. To remove your information, go to the “Google Checkout” site and log into your account.
On the left of the screen will be a link called “Edit payment methods”. Follow that and you will get a list of your accounts. Remove your financial details with the delete button. The Android Market will pull your payment information directly from Google Checkout so no apps can be purchased – by yourself or your children. For future purchases, simply re-enter the details on your account.