Posts tagged with: iOS 6
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    January: the post-holiday comedown mixes with the post-CES recovery and pre-MWC quiet to form a lull of epic proportions. Fortunately though, leaks and rumors never stop, and we've got a few of them to bat around on this episode of the Weekly. Today, Joe Levi and Anton D. Nagy each return to the podcast to talk rumored Sony Xperia tablets, LG Windows Phones, and the will-it-never-die speculation surrounding a cheap iPhone. Also making the cut: the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Huawei Ascend W2, and some far-out pseudo-news regarding LG's supposed "Nexus 5" and "Nexus 7.7." All that, ...

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    After previously allowing for audio messages to be sent from one Facebook Messenger user to the other, the company has now flipped the switch on free calling. However, this option is only available at the moment if you cumulatively 1. have an iPhone and 2. live in the U.S. The program was tested in Canada and is now rolling out in the U.S., functioning on both WiFi and/or via a data connection. This is particularly useful if you live in a poor-coverage are or you want to reduce your monthly bill. By enabling voice calls (even though limited regionally), Facebook takes on Skype in the ...

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    Apple has confirmed recent reports regarding the departure of its vice president of Retail, Jerry McDougal. McDougal was also a potential candidate for the empty seat as the company’s senior Vice President of Retail. Jim Bean, Apple's ex-vice president of Finance will be taking over McDougal responsibilities, who resigned earlier this month. "Jim Bean is moving to Retail to help support our store teams. Jim has been at Apple for 15 years and is a great leader who understands our culture and focus on customer service", said Steve Dowling, a spokesperson for Apple. The reasons behind ...

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    A couple of days ago a Wall Street Journal report claimed that Apple has scaled-back its Q1 2013 orders for iPhone 5 displays to half of what it originally intended. Other component orders were also reportedly diminished but according to new information from the New York Times, which is quoting NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza, Apple has indeed scaled-back its display orders, but not at the huge scale previously reported. Order expectations were 19 million displays in January for the iPhone 5 but the reduced order refers to a number between 11 million and 14 million, according to ...

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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    We've been following Apple's work on iOS 6.1 since we saw the first beta head out to developers back right at the start of November. In the weeks since, there have been a number of new betas released, but no clear sign of when the update would be ready to go public. Now a rumor claims that Apple could be just about ready to give devs the GM, clearing the way for the eventual wide release of iOS 6.1. According to what ifun describes as a reliable source, Apple is nearly ready to seed iOS 6.1 beta 5 to its development community. The big question is whether or not this will be the gold ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    The Microsoft Messenger team is sending out e-mail letting everyone know that, as of March 15, 2013, the company is retiring its messenger offering globally, except in mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available. Those who want to continue staying in touch will have to get used to Skype. Messenger and Skype features will be unified and any holder of a Microsoft Account can use that to log in with Skype (something that has been available for a while now). Everything will function normally until March 15 when users, except those in China, will not be able to sign in and ...

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    There are two types of people in the world: those who follow closely what analysts say and those who couldn't care less. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the next iPhone, whether it will be the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6, will it be in summer or will it be in autumn, will it come in black and white or will it be multicolored? Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley believes Apple will move away from its Q3/Q4 launch cycle and adopt a summer announcement policy. Furthermore, he foresees that Cupertino will unveil a “higher-end iPhone” sometime in the June quarter ...

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    The iPhone 5 is the apple of discord (pun intended) between several retailers, including Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, and Walmart. The retailers have addressed their dissatisfaction to attorneys general in several states across the US; they complained about Walmart's comparison ads which, according to the companies, contain inaccurate pricing, and, are misleading by claiming the lowest prices. According to Best Buy, the company has lost roughly $65,000 in one day, when said Walmart promotion ran for the first time. According to the report, Walmart has allegedly sold the iPhone 5 for $150 on ...

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    The release of iOS 6 has not been good news for the jailbreak community. Last month's tease of an untethered solution covering all current iOS 6 hardware turned out to be a hoax, and just the other day we were talking about the demise of Installous. Jailbreaking isn't the only avenue towards opening iOS up to heavy user customization, and a Twitter campaign centered on the hashtag #weWantAnOpenIOS has been trying to rally enough attention to encourage Apple to offer an official means to that end. Criticism of the campaign as an abandonment of work towards a proper jailbreak has caught the ...

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    Remember just how bad Maps on iOS 6 was? Well, here's another medal of horror that we can all hang on Scott Forstall's wall. Lot's of iOS customers were reportedly annoyed because the iOS 6 feature "Do Not Disturb" didn't work after the new year began. As it turns out though, the problem is sadly bigger than even Apple expected. According to Apple's new support document, the problem will persist until January 7th. They aren't really specific as to why the bug exists, but just as lots of us weren't woken-up by iOS 5 last year, I guess it's only common to not rely on Apple products every ...

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    Only seven billion remain following the Great Mayan Apocalypse of 2012, and three of them have joined forces in this new dystopian future-world to talk technology. Closing out 2012 is a tough endeavor, but thankfully the pre-holiday news explosion quickly gave way to a post-holiday news respite, and the resulting abbreviated topic list gives us a little breathing room at the tail end of this year. In this episode, we talk about the future of Windows RT tablets, the rumored Apple iOS-running smart watch, Motorola's mysterious "X" project, first impressions from a week with the Galaxy ...

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    "Welcome to the Dark Side". I'm sure you've already pulled your shiny new iPhone out of the box, and if there's one thing Apple knows how to do, is give you an awesome unboxing experience. I'm sure you're already proud of what you bought and how long it took you to get it. Now the reason why I welcome all my friends to the Dark Side with their new Apple products is because we live in a polarized world. If you were to judge an iPhone by what you read in most publications, you've got the buggiest most scratch friendly phone in the market. Still, once you lift your face from the computer ...

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    Apple released iOS 6.0.2 a couple days back, delivering fixes for WiFi issues. Could that solution be creating even more problems? That's what we're wondering tonight, upon getting word that some users have noticed decreased battery life. A number of iPhone 5 users who have upgraded their handsets have reported their phones draining their batteries faster than they used to. They're seeing this excessive power consumption even when the phone's not under heavy use, nor doing anything obvious that might explain the drain. One theory has it that these WiFi fixes are causing the problem, ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    We just got done talking about software updates for a couple Windows Phone 8 devices, but now we're switching gears for a moment and venturing over to Apple-land. Apple released iOS 6.0.1 back at the start of November, and that update delivered a number of bugfixes. That's pretty much the same road we find ourselves going back down today, upon news that Apple has begun distribution of another bugfix release, iOS 6.0.2. Some of the changes in iOS 6.0.1 attempted to address problems with connecting to WiFi networks, specifically issues where the WPA2 protocol was in use. Problem is, that ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    Last week, we saw the end of an uncomfortable saga that had been playing out over the previous several months, upon Google finally releasing a stand-alone Google Maps app for iOS, after Apple decided to ditch the company as its data source for the platform's primary Maps app with the introduction of iOS 6. The whole affair was nothing less than a very public embarrassment for Apple, and last week's arrival of Google as the iOS mapping savior is perhaps the cherry on top of this schadenfreude sundae. Although there were plenty of rumors in the weeks leading up to the iOS Google Maps release ...

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    Regular listeners of our Pocketnow Weekly Podcast can truly say they've heard it here first; we mentioned that one way for Apple to improve its mapping offering would be to team up with Foursquare, as one of the largest POI database around, and bring in all the venues, points-of-interest, and locations to Apple Maps. A Wall Street Journal report quotes "people familiar with the talks" who mention exactly that: Apple allegedly discussing a collaboration with Foursquare looking to bring local data into Apple Maps. Now that Google has released its iOS version of Maps -- which has been ...

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    "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products”, said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Just how eager were customers in China? Two million units is what Apple announced as sales number for the first weekend the latest iPhone was available in the largest mobile market on the planet. In comparison, five million units were sold in the first weekend of availability in the US. Of course, economically, the Chinese market can't be directly compared to the American landscape. “Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, ...

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    One of the key disappointments for many when seeing Apple unveil the iPad mini was its relatively small resolution. While it is on par with the iPad 2 (and on an even smaller screen), competing products like the Nexus 7 offer somewhat higher resolutions (and on screens almost one inch smaller). According to the rumor mill Apple is planning on bringing the Retina display to the iPad mini (not that this would be a surprising move, also something we've continuously heard in the comments). Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources also claim that -- aside from a possible 2048 x 1536 ...

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    You may have heard about Apple's latest PR nightmare earlier this week, upon news that Australian police had started warning travelers not to rely solely upon Apple's Maps in iOS 6 for navigation. The police became aware of the problem after iOS users were finding themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere after Apple Maps mis-located the city of Mildura. That whole thing was embarrassing enough, but now Samsung has seized upon the opportunity to rub just a little salt in Apple's wounds. Samsung's been spotted placing some new ads up in Australia, clearly serving as a reaction to this ...

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    "Top 10 Gadgets", that's how the column is named and Time magazine weighs in on the best of this year. The list includes two phones and one tablet; the number one spot is taken by a phone, and not just any phone: according to the magazine, the top gadget of 2012 is the Apple iPhone 5. The second phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, is taking the eight spot, just one position below the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. Despite all the drama surrounding the iPhone 5 (shortages, build quality problems with initial models, mapping drama, etc.), Apple's latest phone is the best iPhone to date. ...

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