iOS 6 New(ish) Features

iOS 6 introduces some new features to old apps, but there’s nothing really revolutionary app-wise. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Maps – Apple is doing their own maps. You’ll get turn by turn navigation, guided by Siri, and ‘flyover’ view. Only driving directions, though. No walking, or public transit. 4S or later, iPad 2 or later. Google Maps will now be available as a third party app, but will not come with iOS devices any more.
  • Siri – a bit smarter, and understands more about things like movies, restaurants, sports scores, and so on. 4S or later, iPad 3rd generation or later.
  • Facebook – integrated with the system
  • Shared Photo Streams – exactly what it sounds like
  • Passbook – tracks tickets, passes, and discount cards
  • Facetime – now works over carrier, but it must be allowed by the carrier. Check with your carrier.
  • Phone – reply with text message, call back reminders by time, or location, do not disturb mode bsed on a set time period, set contacts you want as VIP’s, and they will still ring through.
  • Mail – VIP contact’s emails go in VIP mailbox. Easier attachment of photos, and videos.
  • Safari – iCloud tabs lets you synchronize your browsing from device to device. That is, browse on your computer, run out the door, and pick up exactly where you were on your phone later. Full screen landscape view. Offline reading mode for iPhone 4 or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
  • Accessibility – there are some ‘made for iPhone hearing aids’. 4S or later. Who knew?
  • Privacy – can see network access on a per-app basis, and disable those strange apps that want a network for no good reason.
  • Camera – panorama mode – 4S or later, iPod Touch 5th gen or later.
  • Stores – they all had a face lift in the interest of user experience
  • Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends – now requires a ‘registered’ wifi network, or a carrier connection.

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Here are a couple of links to the official, Apple information:

iOS 6’s New Features

Scroll to the bottom of this linked page to see what works on which device.

And here’s another Apple link showing availability by country:

iOS 6’s Feature Availability

Hacking Your Pants

Odd name for an article, don’t you think?

This is the original idea which prompted me to start a blog, so here I am, and here it is:

Where I Started

A long time ago, my buddies and I were discussing how many devices you could reasonably carry on your belt without looking too much the geek. One argued, and still does, that it’s none, but the consensus at that time was two – a phone, and a pager (That’s how long ago!). On that particular day one of the guys at the table was on call for his department, and his team, and doing his rotation on phone support. He was carrying two phones, and two pagers – a phone, and two pagers on his belt, and a phone in his pocket. Things have changed, haven’t they?

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Different Loadouts for Different Days

What the heck am I talking about? Well… Let’s start with some clarification of the term, just so we’re all on the same page:

From urbandictionary.com:

Equipment, ammunition, tools, and clothing used by a person (typically on active duty in the armed forces).

Loadouts can change depending on time of day, season, terrain, and personal preference.

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How Much Will You Pay to Solve a Problem?

This is a concept which came to light a number of years ago as I tried to mitigate my impulse buying.

I have a weakness for bags, and gadgets, and it was pointed out to me that perhaps I had enough of both. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but it got me thinking. I thought I should take a more deliberate approach to this issue, be smarter about my shopping, and try to buy the right item the first time. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but I was, and am, convinced that trying to get it right, rather than buying stuff on the spur of the moment, is a more effective solution. I have, more or less, eliminated the urge to buy stuff just because it looks interesting. I am also a bit of a design freak, so I do sometimes buy things which just looks interesting (Did I split that semantic hair too thin?).

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Upside Down Devices

The iPad and iPhone, and most smartphones, can be placed upside down

This would seem to be a simple statement, but I’ve seen a number of reviews of desk stands, trays, and various products which hold those touchscreen devices complaining that the device in question provides no facility for the cable to stick out of the bottom, or that it requires a very specifc cable, and won’t accomodate some aftermarket cables. Did no-one notice that these devices work upside down, and the cable could stick out the top just fine?

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