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 maps.google.com – 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

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 [...]

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No YouTube App in the Latest 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 [...]

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