Category Archives: iOS 6

iPad’s Lock Screen Media Control Bar Redesigned in iOS 6.1

iPad Media Control Bar

Here’s one little cosmetic change in the latest iOS 6.1 update for the iPad.  The media control bar on the iPad lock screen has been redesigned.

Just for reference, here’s a Before shot:

Old iPad Media Control

I think it the new look is a bit sleeker and more elegant. I like it.

What do you all think? Maybe a first little peak at some of Johnny Ive’s hand in the iOS interface?

Hat tip to reader SKR Imaging for pointing this new feature out.

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iOS 6.1 Update Released for iPad

iOS 6 update

Apple has released iOS 6.1 today – the latest update to the iPad (and iOS) operating system. Here’s the change list for this update:

  • LTE support for more carriers (Apple previously announced that it would add more LTE carriers this week). 36 additional iPhone carriers. 23 additional iPad carriers.
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango via Siri (US only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier.

If you’re currently running iOS 5 or later on your iPad 2,3,4 or iPad mini you can download and install this update right on the iPad itself. To do so, go to Settings > General > Software Update, tap Download & Install, and follow the on-screen prompts.

The download is only around 100MB, but it still took around 15 minutes or so on my iPad 3 and iPad mini.

Happy updating.

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You Can’t Gift an App from the iPad Anymore in iOS 6

iPad App Store in iOS 6

iOS 6 brings over 200 new features to the iPad and other iDevices. It also takes away some notable things – Google Maps and YouTube just to name two high-profile takeaways.

The new version of the iPad operating system also takes away a number of features in the iPad App Store. One of those I’ve just noticed today is the ability to gift an app to someone. You used to be able to do this, and I find it a very handy feature – as it’s often the quickest way for me to get an interesting new app onto my daughter’s iPad.

Sadly, for now you can’t do this on the iPad, or any iOS device, in iOS 6 – as confirmed in this Apple support document. I hope that this feature will be coming back in iOS 6, and it’s notable that the wording in the support document states that this feature is currently not available. Also, as you can see in the screenshot above, there’s a vacant space in the Share popover where a gifting button could slot in.

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Nearly Half of iPad Users Already on iOS 6

iOS Distribution for iPad

It looks like iOS 6 has a very high adoption rate among iPad users, just two weeks after it’s release. The latest numbers from the Chitika advertising network show that no less than 45% of iPad users are already running iOS 6.

The same report shows that 60% of iPhones are already running iOS 6. Here’s a little detail on how the data was complied:

To quantify this study, Chitika Insights took a sample of millions of mobile ad impressions coming out of the Chitika Ad network ranging from September 18th to October 1st 2012. The growth rate of iOS 6 was then split by device and compared to total iOS Web usage to illustrate the differences in adoption by device …

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Unhappy with iOS 6 Maps? Good News: Looks Like Google Maps App Already Submitted to Apple

iOS 6 Maps Jokes

Image Source: Android Authority on Google+

If you’re unhappy with Apple’s own new maps in the iPad Maps app, you’re far from alone. Lots of users and tech reviewers are slamming the poor quality of the new Maps app, after Apple decided to ditch Google Maps in iOS 6.

There’s even a Tumblr site devoted to showing off some of the worst examples of the new Maps app getting things badly wrong. And Android fans are certainly having their share of fun with this subject – as you can see in the image at the top of this post.

Well, it looks like there may soon be some good news for anyone who would like to be able to use Google Maps again on the iPad. The Guardian reports hearing from their sources that Google has developed a maps app for iOS 6.

9to5Mac says they have also heard this, and more:

Separately, we heard Google has had a separate version of its iOS Maps app for quite a while that goes back years. Additionally, we learned an updated iOS 6 version has been submitted to Apple. It is awaiting approval, however, and that could take some time.

I’m nowhere near a heavy enough user of the Maps app to weigh in with any strong opinion on how good / terrible / mediocre the new iOS 6 Maps app is, but it sure seems as if there are some huge flaws being pointed out already. I do hope that if Google has submitted a separate maps app that Apple does the right thing and approves it without delay.

Of course you can still access Google Maps via the Safari browser on the iPad – at – but it lacks many of the native app’s features.

What do you all think of the new iOS 6 maps on the iPad? Would you use a Google maps app if and when they release one for iOS 6?

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iOS 6 App Updates Coming Thick & Fast Now

iOS 6 App Updates

And here they come. Looks like there’s quite the torrent of iOS 6 iPad app updates today. On the day of the iOS 6 release, it looks like the App Store review team is perhaps churning out the approvals as I’m certainly seeing a good number of updates for the the new version of iOS today.

My updates badge on my iPad jumped from 40 to 59 just within the last couple hours. I know, that’s a huge number of updates – but I do updates just about weekly, but when you continually have 200+ apps on the iPad they can stack up pretty quickly at times. Times like today.

Among the new iOS 6 iPad app updates I’m seeing are a number of Apple’s own app, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Airport Utility, Podcasts, iTunes U, and iPhoto – with what looks like a massive update.

I expect the flood of iOS 6 app updates will continue for at least a few days now. Are you seeing this flurry of new app updates on your iPads?

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iOS 6 for iPad Is Out Now


iOS 6 – the latest annual major update to the iPad (and all iDevices) operating system – is out now, available to download and install.

You can update to iOS 6 over the air (if you are currently running iOS 5) or when connected to a PC and iTunes.

iOS 6 brings a total of over 200 new features, including a number of notable new features for the iPad.

I imagine Apple’s update servers will be getting hammered for at least the next few hours, so if you have the patience you might want to wait until this evening to update.

I’ve been running the developers Gold Master build for a few days now, which appears to be identical to the public release, so I’m set on the iPad – though I do need to update my iPhone later on.

Whenever you manage to get updated, let us know in the comments how it went for you and what your favorite new features are.

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Starting to See a Few iPad Apps Updating for iOS 6

Photogene for iPad

Last week Apple sent out an email reminding iOS developers to get their apps ready for the impending release of iOS 6. iOS 6 is the next major update to the iPad (and iPhone) operating system, and it is set to be released to the public this Wednesday, September 19.

I’m just starting to see a few notable iPad apps issue updates for iOS 6 over the last few days. Two that caught my eye today are Photogene for iPad, shown above, and OmniFocus for iPad.

Photogene for iPad is a very good photo editing and effects app. OmniFocus for iPad is an incredibly powerful and superb task management app. It’s among my most used iPad apps and I couldn’t get through a day without it – so needless to say this is one iOS 6 update I am very glad to see.

I imagine we will see a big flurry of iPad apps being updated for iOS 6 over the rest of this week.

Have you seen many of your iPad apps issuing iOS 6 updates yet?

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iOS 6 Coming Next Week – Here are the Best New Features It Brings to the iPad

iOS 6

Apple has announced that iOS 6 – the next major update to the iPad’s operating system – will be released next Wednesday, September 19. Over the last few months Apple has provided a lot of detail on some of the headline new features coming in iOS 6. I’ve run several of the iOS 6 developer betas on a new iPad 3 and had a chance to take a look at a lot of these new features.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most notable iOS 6 features that should be impressive on the iPad:

New Maps app: Apple is replacing Google Maps with a new in-house developed maps system which which looks quite impressive.

Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed — even when you zoom all the way in — and panning is smooth. Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates. Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.

Facebook Integration: Facebook is integrated throughout iOS 6. With iOS 6 we’ll be able to post photos to Facebook directly from the Camera and Photos apps, post our location directly from the Maps app, and use Siri to post on Facebook, Facebook events will be integrated in the Calendar app and Facebook friends’ profile info will be in Contacts.

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No YouTube App in the Latest iOS 6 Beta

No YouTube iOS 6 Beta

Apple has released the latest iOS 6 developer beta today – beta 4 – and there’s one very noticeable absentee in this latest beta version of the next major iOS version. There’s no sign of the YouTube app.

As you can see in the screencap above, Siri is letting me know the app is not found on my testing iPad.

There’s no word as yet on why the app is missing, though many are already speculating that this is the latest example of Apple’s desire to move away from Google apps on iOS. iOS 6 no longer uses Google Maps and perhaps Apple will provide an alternative to YouTube in the final release of iOS 6.

I’ve always found the YouTube app to be a very poor performer on the iPad and very rarely use it, as there are plenty of very good 3rd party video apps that feature content from YouTube and elsewhere. So I won’t miss the YouTube app if it is dropped in the final release of iOS 6. Will you?

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iOS 6 and iPad: No More Need to Enter Password When Installing Free Apps (in latest beta)

iOS 6 App Store

Here’s another small but very welcome feature in the latest beta of iOS 6 on the iPad: the App Store no longer requires that you enter your iTunes password when you install free apps.

In this latest beta (beta 3) of iOS 6 when you tap to install a free app the install begins right away, without any prompt to sign in with your Apple ID.

The App Store has had a major design refresh in iOS 6. I like the new look quite a lot – and having features like this one and not being booted to the home screen when installing apps is adding up to a much nicer App Store experience.

Hat tip to Killian Bell at Cult of Mac for mentioning this. I’ve tested it out this morning and it works as advertised.

Here’s hoping all these App Store features stay in the final release version of iOS 6.

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