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iOS 7 Concepts

Now with under a month until WWDC the reveal of iOS 7 is nearing. T3kd already put up a post about what we want to see in iOS 7. With all the rumors of Sir Jony Ive stripping out Skeumorphic elements to give a very different look to the User Interface (UI). Many iOS 7 concepts are being released based on the perceived “Flatter” design. It is a pretty exciting time since some of the well known sources in the industry have heard that the UI looks so different polarizing filters are being used to prevent others from seeing the differences. It is also rumored that people working on the new OS X operating system (OS) have been pulled off to help finish up iOS 7 in time for the reveal.

I have read, talked to and heard people who are talking about how much the iOS interface needs a change. But in the current mobile space with competitors bringing out new features where does a new interface rank? Me personally, I would rather Apple make changes and introduce features that make iOS easier and more intuitive to use. Things like the rumored Flickr and Vimeo system integration but also things like being able to intuitively add attachments to emails in the mail app and attachments opening automatically without the need of a share sheet. If things like that are being sacrificed to throw a new look and feel on the UI then I can do without the UI update in favor of newer, better features. If both are being done at the same time then hey I say bring it on. I also think a lot of people need to be prepared for the reveal of iOS 7 and I don’t know if the iOS 7 concepts are helping. The concepts are great ideas but they have no concept behind them of how much work would be required to implement these new “revolutionary” ideas. Also the time it would take along with the difficulty, in order to make these ideas a reality. Would you be accepting if Apple didn’t announce a new iOS version at WWDC, but instead promised to release a new and revolutionary iOS 7 next year? Most people would answer no, and even the people who answer yes secretly know they would grumble and complain if it happened. So we all want our iOS 7 concept cake and to eat it too.

So if you are expecting iOS 7 to look flat like the Windows Phone interface you will be disappointed. If you are expecting Android type widgets you will be disappointed. If you are expecting most of what is in the iOS 7 concept videos etc. you will be disappointed. This is the problem I see that these iOS 7 Concepts make because people want or expect things that just aren’t possible at this time to include in iOS 7. Which then leads to an underwhelming at the actual reveal of iOS 7 when it’s compared to these flashy concept videos and renderings. These are the concepts I’ve seen jso far, I’m sure there are tons more out there. Gizmodo Australia did a post about eight iOS 7 Flat UI Mockups, iDownloadBlog posted about a new flat iOS 7 UI concept and Forbes talked about whether or not Sir Jony Ive will let a flat iOS 7 fall flat.

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The renderings and videos take a lot of talent, god knows I probably couldn’t come close to putting together one of these much less to make it look so polished. However and this is just personal opinion, the flat design that these concepts have just taken to the next level look too playlike to me. The iPhone and most other iOS devices as well as the operating system (OS) is about a polished aeshtethic. Apart from that it shows no balance, just because rumors say Ive is working on a “flatter” interface doesn’t mean the entire UI is going flat. Apple certainly isn’t going to ditch the rounded rectangle on app icons just like that. So enjoy the renderings and the videos and thoughts of what would be nice to have. But while you watch it keep in mind what I have said

“If you are expecting iOS 7 to look flat like the Windows Phone interface you will be disappointed. If you are expecting Android type widgets you will be disappointed. If you are expecting most of what is in the iOS 7 concept videos etc. you will be disappointed.”

Sources: 9to5 Mac.com, Gizmodo, iDownloadBlog, Forbes.com and Youtube

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Apple’s new Podcasts app

If you didn’t know the Podcasts app from Apple has been updated. This might be the first step of the elimination of Skeumorphism in iOS. The podcasts app that existed previously had an analog representation of a reel to reel player when the “Now Playing” screen was flicked up. That is now gone along with the addition of a nicer looking interface with new features. I didn’t mind the old Podcasts app but I’m definitely loving Apple’s new Podcasts app so far.

One of the new features is the option of making your own station of podcasts. So I can create stations of my favorite  podcasts grouping them in whatever way I choose. The podcasts will also update automatically with new episodes and are stored in iCloud so that they are updated on all iOS devices. This means that you will only change the settings once on one device and whatever stations I create will only be done once. I have always wondered why the Podcasts app either had to be running all the time in order to get new episodes when they are available or would download when the app is opened. It seemed silly to me because I want the device to just check whenever the device wasn’t in use and connected to Wifi. It would find new episodes and automatically pull them in.

Now that it has these features I’m going to look forward and think that this app is going to be coming to the Mac OS. I think eventually Podcasts will be ripped from iTunes and this is the first step. I think it will be in the newest Mac OS version and as more people start to use the app on their mobile devices and on the Mac. Then Podcasts will slowly fade away from iTunes making it a little lighter. I wont go into the whole Skeumorphism issue beyond saying that in the Podcasts app it’s gone. In this case it’s not missed but it also wasn’t noticed by me. The new interface is nicer and functions more clearly to me. Like I said I like it so far and I’m just looking for it to come to Mac OS.

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Blackberry calling the kettle black

Blackberry calling the kettle black

The CEO of the company formerly known as RIM, now Blackberry, Thorsten Heins claims that Apple is trailing when it comes to innovation. He also basically called iOS the Operating System(OS) that iDevices(iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc) run on old. Now to me aint that a little like the Blackberry calling the kettle black. Yes pun intended, but really it wasn’t very long ago that Blackberry was on the brink of destruction as their marketshare in the mobile space eroded with their dated offerings. So if anyone should know about old, outdated and quickly becoming irrelevant it would be Blackberry. The new BBX isn’t even a smash success yet so does Mr. Heins really feel justified in talking about a competitor whose device has more market share and makes more profit than his company does right now?

You can read more about what the Blackberry CEO had to say to The Australian Financial Review in this iMore post. Now before anyone claims that I’m getting deffensive because of my Apple Fanboyism. Go back and listen to some of the old T3kd podcasts where we argue and wax poetic about RIM and it’s future. I have been a supporter of them turning things around and being a player in the mobile market for awhile now. I have even written posts, which were destroyed when the site was taken down last year, about how Blackberry could claw their way back to relevance. I’ve done an iOS 7 wishlist post where I went through the things I hope Apple will impliment in their next OS refresh sometime this year. My issue is that by Heins saying what he did there is now an intense spotlight on how successful the BBX platform and devices will be and even the company and Heins himself. Why would he want to do that when BBX hasn’t been a runaway success and isn’t going to immediately reverse the abysmal market share Blackberry devices now hold?

I just feel that he has now put un-needed scrutiny on the new Blackberry devices, how the BBX OS will function and how well the devices will sell. The iPhone and along with it iOS might be long in the tooth but the benefit of that is also familiarity and ease of use. While it might not be cutting edge Apple is not in the position Blackberry was just in of having to fire employees and whittle their staff down in an effort to “Streamline operations”. Perhaps Heins’ comments were instead meant to goad Apple into rushing out new features tripping up the iPhone and iOS in the process. This still would be a pretty silly move since most people know that Apple in the majority of cases will wait and put out a polished product rather than hurry to put out a half baked product instead. Well no matter what the intentions were everyone is entitled to their opinions but as CEO of a company sometimes things that are said have a really bad way of coming back to bite you in the ass. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when iOS 7 or for that matter iOS 8 comes out since Blackberry’s new devices still have quite awhile to prove themselves too.

Source: imore.com

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iOS 7 Wish list

iOS 7 wish list

This year will be the debut of iOS 7. There have been things said about iOS 6 like it’s boring, it’s getting old, it needs a revamp. While I don’t agree with all of those sentiments I do think there is a lot of room for improvement. This is the T3kd iOS 7 wish list. A list of the things that Apple will hopefully implement in the new iOS. Before I get started everyone needs to understand a few things about Apple and iOS. It’s been 5 years since the introduction of the iPhone and along with it the iPhone Operating System, now iOS. In that 5 years Apple has spent time perfecting iOS while throngs of people learned to operate it. They are not going to drastically re-write it now that everyone knows how to use it.

What they will do is make changes that add to the Operating System (OS), keep it simple and retain the familiarity. Our iOS 7 wish list keeps this in mind, sort off. The list has features that would make using iOS easier, more efficient and more productive for the user. Which is what a new OS should always do for the benefit of users. So lets jump into the wish list now.

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Toggle to turn the lock screen clock and date On/Off – The iPhone has a beautiful screen, especially now with the larger screen. Except we never get to enjoy the beauty of the screen. There are always elements on the screen(clock, icons). The lock screen which is hardly utilized has the clock and date right in the middle of the screen. A toggle in the Settings panel would be the most simple addition that would give users the option of turning the clock and date on or off.

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Alternate Notification Center – The notification center is not accessible from the lock screen. It’s a security issue, who would want their information easily accessible if the device was lost or stolen? But why not have an alternate notification center when the device is locked. One that allows access to options and information right from the lock screen. It makes things easier and more efficient for the user. The alternate notification center could have toggles for Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Mute and Orientation Lock. It would have the weather and stock widgets for glance-able information.

iPad Specific Notification Center - Ever since the Notification Center was introduced the iPad has used the same one found on the iPhone. It looks silly on the bigger screen of the iPad and fails to use the larger iPad screen in a useful way. Steve Jobs was famous for saying the iPad unlike it’s competitors didn’t run scaled up smartphone apps. There are iPad specific apps that take advantage of the bigger screen with extra elements, features, etc. So why after all this time is the iPad still using the silly looking half baked iPhone Notification Center. The increased size of the iPads’ screens would allow more space for even more things within the Notification Center. The possibilities are endless, quick access app shortcuts, favorited apps, iPad specific widgets, etc.

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Full Screen Music app – When the device is locked I want full access and control of my music. The screen is big enough so why require the user to unlock the device to do things like switch to playlist, song, or artist mode. I want to see the list of songs in the playlist, go into Coverflow, etc. from the lock screen. The double tap of the home button to gain access to the controls ensures it wont happen without user input. The Apple Maps app does it so they already know how to implement it. What’s the hold up?

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Album Art/Lock screen toggle – Times have changed a lot since the iPod was first introduced. While some people still have an emotional attachment or enjoy the display of their Album Art. Others are more emotionally attached and enjoy the image displayed on the lock screen. Whether it’s a new parent with a picture of their newborn or child. Or a personal image created by the user, many would rather see their lock screen than the Album Art. A toggle button in the lower right corner of the screen would give user’s the simple option to enjoy whichever they choose.

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Ability to answer iMessages from the lock screen – User’s have different reasons and times when they aren’t able to unlock the device to answer iMessages. It is much quicker and more efficient to allow them to answer or dismiss the messages from the lock screen. This is another security issue since it would allow access to iMessage if the device were lost or stolen. So the setting to enable it should be under the passcode option. It would require the user to setup a passcode in order to use the feature. When replying to a message from the lock screen the user would be required to input the passcode first. As it is now if the device has a passcode it has to be entered to reply to an iMessage anyway. So not requiring the device to unlock and the iMessage app to launch before the user could reply would be quicker and easier while still keeping it secure.

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Ability to dismiss lock screen notifications – When the device is locked and notifications come in they end up on the screen until they are checked. In cases when a user can’t get to the notification it ends up in a horrible mess as more notifications fill the screen. Especially when the notification is for a message so short it shows in the preview. If you have repeating alerts the notification will also buzz again if you haven’t responded to it. There should be a way to dismiss the notifications from the screen. They should either fade away after a set time like 10 or 15 minutes or allow the user to dismiss the ones they choose. The user could tap the app icon of the notification instead of sliding it. An “x” would appear on the notification allowing the user to clear it from the lock screen notification.

iOS 7 Wish list

Custom lock/unlock sounds – There are so many more things in iOS 6 that a user can set custom sounds for how about allowing me to change the lock/unlock sounds.

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App and folder icons anywhere on the home screen grid – These devices are supposed to be ushering in the Post PC era. If that is the case there are many little freedoms we enjoy in a PC OS that we still don’t have. Like the ability to put icons where we want on the home screen. Right now the app and folder icons are put on a grid in succession. I want the ability to put the icons anywhere on the home screen grid. This allows users to arrange icons how they like while still adhering to the grid. It allows the simple freedom of putting icons around the edge of the home screen if a user chooses.

iOS 7 Wish list

Local Siri functionality – Siri is Apple’s digital assistant. Able to make calls, make appointments, send messages and more with one big downside. Using Siri requires an internet connection. So even though for things like making a call or setting an appointment the data is all local, without an internet connection Siri is not available. The digital assistant is on break. This doesn’t make sense to me and also slows down the adoption of it dramatically. These functions need to be built-in so that Siri can perform the tasks without the need of going back to the servers first. The more people that use Siri result in the service becoming better at performing tasks and understanding what is being asked.

Siri Travel Mode – The device can sense when the user is travelling at a faster speed than possible when walking. There should be a travel mode where Siri activates and reads all notifications to the user. Then in the case of emails and iMessages it would wait for the user’s response. One thing hasn’t changed about society. When using Siri you feel and look just as crazy as when Bluetooth headsets were just introduced. When was the last time anyone in a public place used Siri to create an email, iMessage, appointment or dictation? We are still not comfortable talking to our devices in public. In travel mode the interaction with Siri would become like talking on a phone. Since it wouldn’t be a one sided conversation of commands. Siri would read an iMessage and then ask “Would you like to reply?” this leaves the outside conversation as “yes, blah blah blah.” Siri:”Would you like to send your message?”. The conversation would feel more natural and comfortable. It would also help with the problem of texting, emailing, etc. while driving.

Allow Siri access to more OS features – Siri should be able to do things like turn DnD on and off. It is easier and faster for users resulting in more use of OS features.

Allow Siri access to the alarm clock – I want to be able to say Siri “turn my alarm off for the next three days”, if I’m sick or don’t need my weekday alarm for some reason. The alarm should turn off and then re-enable three days later saving me the effort of maintaining it manually.

Additional Do Not Disturb(DnD) sets - I want more than just one DnD range. The time I don’t want to be disturbed is not the same on the weekend as it might be during the week. I want to click add just like you would for setting multiple alarms and then be able to add more DnD ranges. I want to be able to pick specific days for each range. So you could have weekdays, weekends, Holidays and turn them on and off just like you would alarms. Better yet turn them on and off via Siri.

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Quick Access Camera shortcut assignment - The iPhone camera is very popular. Our smartphones are usually in our pockets and with the stunning quality of the iPhone’s camera. It makes for the perfect camera. Starting with the iPhone 4 the popularity of the iPhone on photography based site Flickr passed the mainstay, Nikon D90 a DSLR. It’s an impressive feat. Now combine that with the fact that there are many third party camera apps provide functionality and features that aren’t available in the stock camera app and there is a chance to make it even more popular. The quick access shortcut on the lock screen is the easiest, fastest way to get to the camera. It’s too bad that there is no way to assign what is opened with it. The OS should assign whichever camera app is being used to the shortcut enabling users to get the most out of both the camera and their apps. The OS would do it automatically leaving the user with no settings to change manually.

iDevices in AirDrop - iDevices have now gone wireless many of the things that used to require plugging in to the USB cable has been replaced with wireless or on device options. However a few things still requires a connection to the cable. One of these is to transfer images to and from the device. The devices should be accessible through AirDrop. Then all that would be required to get or put images onto the device is a Wireless connection.

Thumb gesture app switcher – Steve Jobs said that the iPad doesn’t run scaled up phone apps. So he made it know that there is a distinction between an iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch at times. So why not have some iPhone/Touch specific multi-touch gestures that work on the smaller screen. I’d love a thumb swipe to open the app switcher. It would be faster, more intuitive and save the home button some clicks.

On-screen Rotation Lock – Rotation lock should be an on screen button that appears when the user has rotated the screen between orientations more than once. The app Pocket has already implemented this and it is so elegant and efficient. It needs to be system wide.

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Shared notes – Just like shared calendars I want to share notes between between Apple IDs

Ability to un-install native apps – I have never used the native Stocks, Weather, Compass, or Newsstand app. So why can’t I un-install them? The new Apple apps like Podcast, Apple Store, iTunes U, etc. can be installed and un-installed just like any other app. I want the same ability for the other natively installed apps. I understand if the core apps like Phone, Calendar, Messages, Safari have to stay for the basic use of the phone. If grandma’s stock or weather app was deleted I don’t think she would miss it. Even if she did a simple install would fix the issue.

iOS 7 Wish list

Glass app folder icons – This is my personal taste but I want to enjoy the beautiful Retina screen and my own beautiful background. The linen folder background is hideous but having it in the folder icon is even worst. Why not have an elegant glass look to the folder icons with the background blurred a bit and then a steel or aluminum style ring around the folder icon. (See app and folder icons anywhere on the home screen grid)

Device Connectivity – All iDevices should be able to connect without Wifi. Use BLuetooth or NFC or whatever works. Just get it done and allow users to transfer pictures, videos, notes etc. between devices easily.

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Mailbox

Mailbox for iOS 6: Mobile E-Mail Done Right

Orchestra Inc. recently released its Mailbox application for iOS 6 and higher on iTunes. At the present moment, iPhone users wanting to download the application will have to wait their turn. As of yesterday the waiting list was around 570,000 and mounting. You can see your place in line after downloading the application from iTunes.

Here’s Orchestra’s description of its new application:

The fast, fun mobile inbox that puts email in its place.

CURRENTLY FILLING RESERVATIONS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS.

Download Mailbox to reserve your spot, then watch the line move.

Note: Currently for Gmail only. Other email platforms coming soon.

Mailbox is a completely redesigned inbox that makes email light, fast, and mobile-friendly. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash. Scan an entire conversation at once with chat-like organization. Snooze emails until later with the tap of a button — they’ll return to your inbox automatically so you can focus on what’s important now.

Mailbox checks your email from the cloud, then delivers it to your phone

securely. You can even get push notifications for new messages. Add all your GMail accounts for speedy access on-the-go.

Mailbox makes getting to zero — and staying there — a breeze. After you experience a clean inbox, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

It isn’t hard to see why Mailbox is so popular, Orchestra designed the system to make mobile e-mail extremely easy to manage. Interface design is sleek and interaction is intuitive. Drop iOS’s stock Mail app and try out Mailbox, you won’t be disappointed.

As stated in the Mailbox iTunes description, it’s only currently available for Gmail users, but more account connectivity is expected to come with updates.

There are areas that the application falls short in. For instance, if you’re an avid Gmail user you’ll notice that the labels feature isn’t available. It isn’t a big deal, but if you’re accustomed to using labels it may take a little time to adapt. Other features that aren’t available in the app are the ability to select multiple e-mails at once, and access e-mails from different accounts in the same folder.

Even with its small imperfections, the app is undoubtedly well designed and well worth its price of $0.00.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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evasi0n – Jailbreak Any iOS 6 Device

Today is your lucky day if you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your iPhone 5. Despite Apple’s attempts at keeping access to its iOS software locked down, a new tool was released earlier today and lets would-be jailbreakers ‘bust out’ their iOS 6 devices from Apple OS prison.

The new tool, evasi0n, is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux and is compatible with “all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1,” its developer said. After it’s installed, users can upload applications to their device outside of Apple’s App Store using the well known Cydia tool.

If you aren’t familiar with jailbreaking, it doesn’t only allow device users to install Apple unapproved apps, it also creates an OS environment that’s easier to manipulate. Many people find that standard customization options aren’t enough and move on to jailbreaking as an alternative to really personalize their devices.

If you’re considering jailbreaking an iPad, you might want to proceed with caution. I discussed in a previous article the new legal implications regarding iPhone/iPad unlocking and jailbreaking. If your iPad is under contract, and you don’t want to be an outlaw, make sure to call your service provider first.

It seems like the whole jailbreaking thing may have died off a bit. I looked in to recent estimations and according to Jay Freeman, the owner of Cydia, 22.8 million devices were running Cydia over the last two months. That’s about 5% of the total iOS devices sold since their inception. Cydia has consistently broken records with their jailbreaking software and it looks like they’re really fine tuning things.

evasi0n is super easy to use and the whole process should take no more than fifteen minutes.  Make sure that you back up your device before running evasi0n, that way if you break something you’ll be able to recover your data. The developer’s website states that users should disable the lock passcode before using evasi0n because it has been known to cause issues. As usual, avoid any iTunes notifications while jailbreaking your iOS device and if the application freezes it’s safe to reboot.

Here’s a complete video walkthrough for you guys that need some visual stimulation:

Of course, if you don’t like Cydia, you can always revert back to standard iOS. No biggie. Bricking and all of that other nonsense is mostly just that, nonsense.

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iPhone 5 Jailbreak

iPhone 5 Jailbreak

I have had my iPhone 5 for about 4 months now and there is just one thing I wonder. When will we see the iPhone 5 Jailbreak? When the third generation iPad was released it took a year before the jailbreak for that device arrived. So while I’m here using pure iOS for longest time I ever have in the 5 years I have owned an iPhone I’m dying for an iPhone 5 Jailbreak.

A little background on my Jailbreak experience. I live in Canada where we didn’t get the iPhone until the 3G model. So like a tech fanatic I got a friend going over the border to buy the first generation iPhone for me. Once I got it I set about getting it Jailbroken and unlocked so it could be used on my carrier’s network. So starting from day one I was using a Jailbroken iPhone and since then I have never looked back. I owned an iPhone 3G and an iPhone 4 both of which I Jailbroke the minute it was in my hands. It wasn’t until iOS 5 that I ever ran an OEM iOS. I made the huge mistake of trying it out and within hours I was dying to Jailbreak my iPhone. So when the Jailbreak finally landed I never looked back.

As a Jailbreaker I don’t load up a ton of apps and tweaks. I just use the ones that increase the functionality of the iPhone and that allow me to customize it. I love making the iPhone my very own and doing things like not having the album art display on the lock screen when I’m playing music. I design my own theme that allows me to have an iPhone that looks and sounds like no one else’s. As for the functionality the three things I need are BiteSMS to allow me to answer iMessages from the lock screen. Bytafont to allow me to change the system font and Homepage in Safari to let me set a homepage. It’s not a huge list of apps and tweaks but these are things that will keep me a Jailbreaker for as long as there are iPhones or until Apple gives me those functionalities.

So now 4 months since I’ve owned my iPhone 5 I have had to use the OEM iOS. There is not yet an iPhone 5 Jailbreak or one for iOS 6. But it is on the horizon as members of the hacker collective that bring us these great tools have said they are just waiting on the release of iOS 6.1 before releasing it. You can read all the things these guys have to say about the current state of Jailbreak, a little history of Jailbreak and why it takes a little longer now. It is here in this TechCrunch post and it really is a great read. I’ll end this post with two things if these guys are looking for testers I would be happy to test any future Jailbreaks and finally a few words from @Planetbeing

The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now.

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iOS Do Not Disturb is down

Apple introduced Do Not Disturb mode in iOS 6. You can now set a time range when your iPhone will not ring, buzz or light up and disturb you. It’s great because the alternative previously was to put your iPhone into Airplane mode which would turn off the cellular and Wifi radios. Otherwise an email or text in the middle of the night would have dire consequences. However the implimentation in iOS 6 was half baked, not completely done, something that Apple is not known for. The option to set a Do Not Disturb time range is great but who has only one time range in a week  when they don’t want to be disturbed? Just like having different alarms people have different time ranges on different days when they don’t want to be disturbed. As an example getting up earlier during the week to go to work but then sleeping in on the weekends. Yes one time range does not cut it and rather than talk about the fact that iOS Do Not Disturb is down. I’m more inclined to think about why it is down?

Yes iOS Do Not Disturb is down even Apple admits to the problem and says it will be back to normal after January 7th. I noticed this over the holidays when my phone kept going off during the night. I looked and my phone was not in Do Not Disturb mode even though it was clearly during the time range. I am running a beta iOS so I figured maybe it was a bug and rebooted my phone a couple of times. Then I just ignored it and this morning I ran into the post linked above that got me thinking. Apple is working on both iOS 6.1 and also iOS 7 and multiple Do Not Disturb ranges is one thing on my list of iOS 7 wants. So are they possibly working on it? Is that why the service is currently down while they fiddle with it, who knows. I’m hopeful it is because I have already been woken quite a few weekends because my Do Not Disturb range ends at 6AM.

Whether this is why iOS Do Not Disturb is down right now or not. Apple give us the ability, just like setting multiple alarms, to set more than one time range. I want a weekday time range, a weekend time range and then a holiday time range. Anyone else with me on this?

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Foursqure and Apple Teaming up to Bring Foursquare to iOS Maps?

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is in negotiations with Foursquare to bring Foursquare checkin data to iOS maps. From the report:

Apple Inc. is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on Google Inc.

Apple already integrates Yelp info, so it isn’t surprising that they’d consider Foursquare data as well. The question is whether or not we’ll see this any time soon. My guess is that this is something we’ll see in iOS 7. Let’s just hope this isn’t all we see.

Via Cult of Mac“:

Foursquare really pioneered the whole ‘check-in’ movement on smartphones, and the service still maintains about 8 million active users. Over the years Foursquare has collected a treasure trove of location data and user-generated listings. There’s also the expertise Foursquare could offer Apple for improving Maps, but a buyout doesn’t appear to be on the table right now….

Interestingly, Apple VP Eddy Cue has been checking in with Foursquare on his Twitter account recently. Cue was put in charge of Apple Maps when Scott Forstall was given the boot back in October.

My observation from way back at WWDC still stands, why doesn’t Apple buy some companies to help them with this Mapping crisis? TomTom is out there, so are both Navigon and Nokia. It isn’t as if they don’t have the money, right? Wouldn’t it be easier for them to just buy Foursquare? Then they’d have the data and also be able to control who else gets the data as well.

We expect Apple to announce iOS 7 at WWDC in June, so I wouldn’t expect them to announce anything regarding this deal until then. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this actually helps Apple in the maps department.

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The 3 Cast #80: Fanboy

First up I want to apologize for the horrible audio problems that Matt had during this episode. We have no idea why he was so much louder than the other guys, but we will look into the problem.

This week we talk about Apple and WWDC, About Women in technology, and about whether using technology for 10,000 hours makes you an expert. Oh, and Matt and Ricky get into a great argument at the end.

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Hosts: Vincent Hui, Ricky Williams, Matthew Weber

Topics: Apple and WWDC 2012, Women in Technology, What constitutes an Expert in Tech? Picks of the week, and The Final Question.

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