Apple has just officially released iOS 6. The download just started for me!
iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPod Touch (4th gen)
- iPod Touch (5th gen)
- iPad 2
- The new iPad (I still hate that name)
To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):
- Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
- Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
- Click on your device below “devices“
- Click on the “Summary” tab up top
- Click on “Check for Update“
- On your iOS device
- Software Update
If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes. Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.
When word went out saying “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”, who wasn’t thinking if Apple put in a haptic display (a display that gives touch feedback).
Some more rumors are popping up, saying Senseg may be on the new iPad 3.
Anyway — we all find out in a few hours. The live blogging starts at 1pm eastern.
With the event looming, now only 13 hours away, what can we expect from the event?
Apple has kept a lot secret this round, but there are certain things we all know:
- There will be a new iPad announcement (whether the iPad 3 or the iPad HD we don’t know for sure)
- There will be some sort of Apple TV announcement (with almost all stores completely out of stock, it’s all we can predict)
- Apple has been using up tons of transport over the past few weeks from China to the states
What can we expect? There are a few likely outcomes:
- iPad 3 with a retina display of 2048×1536 (double that of the iPad 2)
- iPad 3 will have a quad core processor
- iPad 3 will have a 5 mega pixel camera with LED (maybe 8 mega pixel?)
- iPad 3 will probably support LTE
- iOS 5.1 (rumors are that the Gold Master passed QA)
- iPad 3 will have an HDMI port
- An updated Apple TV that supports HD video (1080p)
- Apple TV will stay at the sub $100 threshold (if so I’m buying one, again)
- Some announcement regarding Catalogs (Sears, JC Penny, LL Bean like catalogs — they are live on the Apple Store already)
I have stayed generally quiet in coverage of the iPad 3 because there are just too many rumors going around. Everything you read is based on a “leaked” product prototype, or someone who knows someone who heard something…
Based on a series of rumors, it seems like March 7th, 2012 will be the date the iPad 3 will be announced.
This information comes from a site iMore, iPad 3 announcement March 7, quad-core, possible 4G LTE. They have a track record of being on the ball, and the information seems to corroborate with some known insiders at Apple.
What do we know about the iPad 3? Nothing is concrete, but here are the mostly accepted details:
- Quad Core processor
- Retina like display, of 2048×1536
- LTE support is highly likely
- The design will change only slightly
There are rumors of multiple form factors, but personally I’m not sold on them yet.
I can’t wait to get my first iPad (I think it’s finally ready).
In recent news (past few weeks) 802.11ac has been popping up quite frequently.
802.11ac is the emerging standard for gigabit wifi. The standard is still a draft, but just like 802.11n, there are already products that support this “draft” standard. 802.11ac will support up to 6.9Gbps (and in lesser forms down to 433Mbps). It is sometimes being marketed as “5G” as the public has become used to the term.
Higher bit rates for 802.11ac tend to use multiple (up to 8) antennas to get the full bandwidth.
Broadcom announced a full family of 802.11ac chipsets at CES.
I’ve gotten a few people asking this question. How can you delete photos from your Photostream?
In reality you can’t. You can “delete” the entire album, but not photos individually. This is because Photostream is meant to make your photos available on all of your devices.
I don’t agree with it, but that’s how it is.
You can, however, reset your Photostream if you want to remove all the photos (and start fresh):
- Go to iCloud.com
- Log in (with your Apple ID, probably your Email address, and the password you have to type every day on your iPhone)
- Click on your name in the top right corner to bring up the Account options
- Click on Advanced
- Click “Reset Photo Stream“
You can also turn Photo Stream off, if you want to do that:
- On your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
- Open Settings
- Click/touch iCloud
- Click/touch Photostream
- Toggle On/Off
Hope that helps achieve whatever you wanted to achieve.
Finally those of us on the east coast don’t have to wait until 1pm for an event to start.
Apple will likely be unveiling an effort to work with textbook publishers to create interactive eTextbooks (iTextbooks?).
You can follow the event live at TheLoop.
The initiative is rumored to be inspired by the immersive “Our Choice” app. You can see the video below:
The Apple iPhone4 is the key to the success and imminence of the upcoming Apple TV (or iTV).
Everywhere you look online, it’s rumors about the upcoming Apple iTV.
Why is the Apple TV inevitable?
Other than it being mentioned by Steve Jobs in his biography as the next frontier for Apple, it’s just smart business.
There are 1.4 billion TV’s around the world. On average a TV costs about $700. That is an approximate market of about $1 trillion.
There are 5.3 billion mobile phones around the world. The average mobile phone cost (to consumers) around $100. That’s a market of $0.5 trillion.
With the average cable bill upwards of $75 a month, there is a huge gap for Apple to fill with it’s digital delivery. Customers are abandoning cable more and more often because of the high cable bills, and the availability of alternatives.
In order to compete with Microsoft, who has sold 57.6 million XBox units, for the coveted “set top” position (center of the home theater) — Apple has to step up their game. The AppleTV (in it’s current form, essentially an iTunes extender) has sold a paltry 2 million units (constantly referred to as a “hobby”).
Microsoft is competing via the XBox in bringing live programming, movie streaming, and even social media apps to the home theater. Why hasn’t Apple struck yet? They have the distribution network, they have the customer base, yet they have sold only 3.4% as many set top units as Microsoft.
They are waiting to get it right.
First hand, I only have experience with the iPhone / iOS devices.
I had run across a review on the Kindle Fire at TechnologyRight (he had linked to one of my articles, and I was checking out his site). He mentions that it is too easy to buy content on the Kindle Fire. Definitely a problem (especially if you have kids, as John mentions).
One minor annoyance for me, is how I have to put my password in every time I want to buy, update, or sometimes use content on my iPhone. It is 2012, can we not decided whether to remember our password or not? It’s too hard to buy something. If I want to, let me click on everything and pay $0.99 every time I make a mistake. I want that option.
Personally, being without kids, it would be great to be able to hit “Update All” and not have to enter a password. After all, we can password protect our devices.
There has been a lot of news surrounding Carrier IQ recently.
Is Carrier IQ on your iPhone? Yes.
Apple has said that it’s not on every device, and while that might be true, it’s probably running for a lot of us. If you have Diagnostics & Usage turned on, then it is running on your iPhone (that’s how Apple dances around it, iOS 5 asks if you want to turn it on).
How do you turn off Carrier IQ? It’s very easy on the iPhone:
- Open Settings
- Go to Location Services
- Scroll to the bottom and go to System Services
- Turn Diagnostics & Usage off