iPhone OS, SDK and hacks
It’s not surprising the BlackBerry Messenger service is coming to iOS and Android, especially considering Apple and Google are currently leading the smartphone market with iOS and a range of different Android devices. It was rumored back in 2011 that Blackberry was planning to bring the service to iOS, but it’s only now coming to fruition.
Apple has released a minor iOS update targeted towards iPhone 5 users. According to the company, iOS v6.1.4 enhances the audio profile in the device’s speakerphone, fixing a bug in the iOS v6.1.3 update that caused the sound in the device’s speaker to appear a bit muffled and distorted for some users.
Apple’s new television commercial, dubbed “Photos Every Day,” focuses on the iPhone 5′s camera features and how people use the powerful 8MP camera to capture special moments at a variety of times and places, and under a variety of weather conditions. The iPhone commercial finishes with the quote, “Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.”
Apple made a minor update to the iTunes Store this week, giving customers the choice to store music and video purchases for later downloading. The new “Later” or “Download” option window appears in iOS 6 and in iTunes 11 when users purchase music, movies or TV shows. Users will need to have an iCloud account activated to use this feature.
Apple has turned me into a crazed, technology craving nut-case with a passion for sleek minimalist design. I now get into lengthy pointless conversations with other oxygen-depleting wannabe’s about how beautiful the bezeled edges of the new iMac are! I mean, come on…what am I doing?! I used to talk about women and sports!
Those carrying an unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobile’s network will be happy to know the U.S carrier has issued a minor software update that—according to the company’s news-blog—enables 4G LTE connectivity and other exciting new features for your iPhone 5. The update is available for all users to download directly via the Settings menu on your iOS device or via iTunes.
If any or all of your iOS devices are still running iOS 6.1.2 or earlier, you should grab the iOS 6.1.3 update which Apple just pushed to users. The iOS 6.1.3 update fixes a security flaw that involves the iOS device lock screen. This flaw poses a threat to your iOS device by allowing anyone capable of running a complex process to access your iOS device.
According to Apple, the update fixes a reported Microsoft Exchange calendar syncing bug that resulted in increased network activity and poor battery life. iOS v6.1.2 also addresses a big vulnerability issue that allowed users to bypass your iPhone’s password lock screen passcode.
A friend of mine—a longtime and formerly ultra-enthusiastic Mac fan—recently summed up his frustration with the direction Apple has taken. He still uses Apple computers because, he says, he’s too lazy to learn a new system, but he detests the “ecosystem” model Apple has constructed around the iOS and, increasingly, OS X as well.
First, my apologies to French speaking people everywhere for the Babel Fish translation headline above. But when iPhoneSoft.fr has a new iOS 7 concept for us to see, we like to keep things in the spirit of the original source. They showed us their ideas for iOS 7 on an iPhone last month, and now we can see how it would look on an iPad mini.