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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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?
Here’s a neat little feature of iOS 6 that hasn’t drawn a lot of attention: it is now much easier to attach a photo to an email on the iPad. Before iOS 6 to do this we had to go to the Photos app, which was more than a little counter intuitive.
Now you can attach a photo to an email from within the Mail app while composing a message – just as you’re accustomed to doing in a desktop mail application. Here’s how:
— Open the Mail app and tap to compose a new message
— Tap and hold anywhere in the body area of your email message. This will bring up the popover menu shown in the screenshot above, with a button for ‘Insert Photo or Video’. Tap that button.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Here’s another small but handy feature added to iOS 6 – the revamped Music app now lets you use Complete My Album without leaving the app. So you can choose to purchase the remaining songs on an album you enjoy without being pulled out to the separate iTunes app.
Instead, you can complete the album with just a couple of taps from the individual album page in the Albums section of the Music app.
Apparently the Videos app has added a similar capability – with Complete My Season when buying TV show episodes.
I can’t say my life felt incomplete without this functionality in the Music app, but I do like the trend in iOS 6 to accomplish more things directly within some of Apple’s built-in apps. My favorite of these is that you no longer get bombed out of the App Store when you choose to install an app.
I spotted this via 9to5Mac.