When Apple was designing the original iPhone, Maps was an afterthought

September 29, 2012 by  
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Piggy-backing on the ongoing Apple Maps drama, The New York Times gives us a couple interesting tidbits that help explain the origins of Google Maps on the iPhone. For starters, Apple never intended to put maps on the iPhone. It was a decision late CEO Steve Jobs made last minute, one that would cost Apple its reputation five years later as Apple rushed its own solution out of the door too early.

In a way, the report notes, Apple Maps continue on a string of Internet services missteps, with notable examples of the recently axed Ping social network for music, Siri, a controversial digital assistant, the MobileMe suite of web tools and recent iCloud outages.

These blunders expose Apple as a hardware and design-focused culture, which is more often than not a difficult match for online services on a world scale, where Google rules the landscape by a wide margin…(…)
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Watch the JailbreakCon event live

September 29, 2012 by  
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For those of you who won’t be able to make it to JailbreakCon in San Francisco this year, you won’t have to feel left behind as the event is being streamed live.

I was able to experience first hand that the wifi situation at the venue isn’t very ideal so you might have to deal with some lagging and images freezing, but we can all agree that it’s better than nothing.

The event will start streaming here starting at 9am sharp…

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Apple removes superlatives from Maps description

September 29, 2012 by  
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Apple appears to be really determined to avoid having this Maps thing snowball into a devastating PR catastrophe which, by the way, already has tarnished Apple’s reputation. Following yesterday’s unexpected CEO apology and the subsequent recommendation of mapping services on the web as well as third-party Maps alternatives, Apple has made a subtle change in Maps wording.

No longer are Apple Maps being referred to as “the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever”. Instead, the app’s now about “a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease”…(…)
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Another mini iPad mockup, pictured next to a 15-inch MacBook Pro

September 29, 2012 by  
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There has been an unusual shortage of rumors about a mini iPad, especially given a recent reliable assertion calling for an October launch. Macotakara, a Japanese blog with a fairly accurate track record, has gotten hold of another mockup of the iPad mini, molded according to the rumor-mill and pictured sitting next to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, giving us a feel of its size relative to Apple’s notebook…(…)
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A course on black and white iPhone photography

September 29, 2012 by  
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Welcome back to iDonwloadBlog’s lessons in iPhone Photography. You can can catch up on previous lessons here. If you need a quick start, feel free to check out my free iPhone Photography tutorial.

Today I want to talk about Black & White Photography. I’m not talking about taking photos and performing black and white conversions. Nope, I’m talking about 100% pure uncut black & white iPhone Photography. The app we are going to be using is a totally cool app called Hueless. Why is it so cool, you ask? Well, because it was the first true black & white camera app for the iPhone. It’s a true camera application. There’s no editing images from your camera roll. When you fire up Hueless, you have to set your exposure, contrast, focus, and filtering at the time you take the photo. Today we will only be looking at exposure, contrast, and filters…(…)
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Maps says sorry

September 28, 2012 by  
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And the iOS Maps bashing saga continues… Wanna know how it ends? Go past the fold for the remaining three tables. Joy of Tech also has another funny take on Mapgate, by the way…(…)
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The iPhone 5′s A6 processor can dynamically vary its clock speed for performance

September 28, 2012 by  
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The A6 chip which debuted on the iPhone 5 earlier this month can do some pretty clever tricks, stemming from a heavily customized ARMv7 design. Benchmark data suggests that the A6 can dynamically overclock itself to up to 1.3GHz and downclock to just 500MHz, depending on workload.

This is nothing new in chip design, of course (just ask Nvidia or Qualcomm). But given that Apple designs its chips in-house based on ARM and Imagination Technologies blueprints, it shows just how far along Cupertino is versus companies that use off-the-shelf chips which are not as power or performance-efficient as the A6…(…)
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Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, some global carriers stop taking iPhone 5 pre-orders

September 28, 2012 by  
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With less than 24 hours until the second phase of global iPhone roll-out, some carriers have stopped taking pre-orders for the device due to low supply. Over in Slovakia, carriers Slovak Telekom and Orange Slovakia stopped taking pre-orders amid widespread supply constraints, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Furthermore, I’ve just checked with the nine global Apple Stores that currently sell the iPhone 5 and nearly all of them still quote 2-3 week delivery estimate, suggesting that Apple is selling iPhones as fast as it can make them. Folks around the world are obviously getting fed up with the iPhone…(…)
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iOS 6 can pull someone’s full name and Facebook photo based on a phone number alone

September 28, 2012 by  
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I’m risking of stating the obvious with this one, but I’d bet my shirt many of your were unaware of this little trick. As you know, Facebook integration in iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion can automagically update photos and user names for all matching contacts. What you may not have known is that Apple only needs a person’s phone number to pull this data.

So if a girl you met at a bar last night left you just her phone number, you can easily get her Facebook profile picture to appear on your iPhone when she happens to call you – even if you’re not friends with her on Facebook and even if her profile is hidden on Facebook. Plus, you’ll get her full name in Contacts. How cool is that?(…)
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AntiTint removes the status bar tint in iOS 6

September 28, 2012 by  
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AntiTint is a recently released jailbreak tweak from Ryan Petrich that sets out to do one thing — remove the status bar tint found in iOS 6.

New with iOS 6 came the ability for a developer to tint the status bar to match or accent the color of the rest of their app. Many people have found this to be annoying, and would like to go back to the black status bars predominately featured in iOS versions prior to iOS 6.

If you’re jailbroken, then doing so is as easy as installing this tweak. Take a look inside to see how it works…(…)
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