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iPhone 5 iOS 6 Possible Features

It hasn’t even been a year since iOS 5 was introduced to the public, and yet Apple iPhone owners (ourselves included) are already day dreaming about iOS 6. The truth is, even though iOS 5 brought a lot of new features to the iPhone and other iOS devices, there’s still a lot of things that could be introduced in iOS 6 for the iPhone 5. We’ll be looking at just a few of these features here–and we invite you to share any features you’re hoping to see, as well.

The first iOS 6 feature we expect to see is better Facebook and Twitter sharing capabilities. iOS 5 gave us the ability to share photos from within the iOS gallery to Twitter and as well as a few other features, but many iOS owners were hoping for the ability to share these same photos with Facebook. We were also hoping that Siri could assist us by sending Tweets and Status Updates. These are things that could be easily implemented in iOS 6–and they would be well-received by iPhone 5 users, too. So we expect iOS 6 to have better Facebook and Twitter functionality.

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Another iOS 6 feature we expect to see is the addition (finally!) of turn-by-turn navigation. Pick up any Android phone and you’ll see that the feature comes standard. It’s something us iPhone owners have wanted for a long time, and it’s something that Apple is likely to bring to iOS 6 on the iPhone 5. The only question is who Apple will partner with to bring out turn-by-turn navigation that is both accurate and easy to use. Our bets are on Google or MapQuest at this point.

The third iOS 6 feature we expect to see is the ability to truly stream music through iTunes. iOS 5 introduced us to iTunes Match, a service that allows users to easily backup their songs through iCloud. Only problem is, this is not a true backup and then stream from the cloud to the iPhone situation, like Google Music is for Android phones. We think Apple will remedy this with their own iOS 6 iPhone 5 music streaming service. A good name for it: iCloud Music.

One other iOS 6 feature we’d like to see is the addition of an even better built-in camera editing app. The one that iOS 5 came with is fairly good, but it’s not as good as the built-in one on many Android phones. Apple could partner with a really good photo editing software company to build a really kick butt photo editor for the iOS 6 iPhone 5.

What iOS 6 iPhone 5 features would you like to see? Share your suggestions with us below and we’ll feature them in an upcoming article.

Apple is Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs

After receiving privacy concerns from both iOS users and the United States Congress, it seems Apple has finally begun to do something about the apps that reportedly don’t follow proper privacy standards. The only problem: things have just got a lot more complicated for iOS developers, who will have to adjust to Apple’s newly enforced iOS app rules.

According to TechCrunch and several other technology sites, Apple has started to reject iOS apps that access UDIDs. For those uninformed (and we’re betting that’s most iOS users as not that many people know a lot about the iOS app development process), the term UDID refers to the identification number for the iPhone or iPad. You can best think of it as being the serial number for your device and certainly not something you want complete strangers to know.

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What’s interesting is that the idea of not allowing iOS UDID references in iOS apps is not a new thing–Apple actually told iOS developers several months back that they should prepare to not use UDIDs anymore. However, given the growing discontent among privacy contentious iOS users and Congressmen, it looks like Apple wants to adapt the new standard far quicker than originally planned.

This is a major problem for Apple app developers who have previously relied on the use of iOS UDIDs (particularly social-based apps) as now they’ll have to change their code to comply with Apple’s standards. That means app updates and new releases may take a little longer to hit the iOS app store as a result.

Not only that, but as TechCrunch points out, this could be a serious problem for mobile ad networks who use the UDIDs to target their advertising to specific people. So it looks like for these advertisers, a workaround will have to be quickly developed in order to avoid missing out on profits because of the change.

iOS users, what do you think of these changes? Do you think it’s overkill on Apple’s side or is it a step in the right direction for protecting the privacy of iOS users? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

iOS 5.1 Is Quickly Adopted By iPhone Users

When new updates are released to computer and mobile phone operating systems, they typically take weeks, if not months to be mostly adopted by users. Take, for instance, Android 2.3. It’s still not used by many users who could download it for their Android phone. This slow adoption rate isn’t a problem for iOS 5.1, though, as an iOS developer has discovered how quickly the iOS 5.1 update has been adopted by iPhone users.

iOS 5.1, as you might recall, was first released to the public on March 7th. According to iOS developer David Smith, within five days of the release of iOS 5.1, an impressive 50% of his app’s users were operating under the iOS 5.1 version of iOS. But it doesn’t stop there: as of March 22, Smith has found that a whopping 77% of his app’s users have made the plunge to 5.1

What makes the quick adoption rate so impressive is the fact that iPhone and iPad users aren’t prompted on their device to download the update–they must manually check for it. Which in this case means that they’re aware of iOS 5.1 and want it on their iPhone or iPad. Not only that, but they’re willing to wait for the download to complete and the 5.1 update to install–which sometimes can take up to an hour or two to complete.

iOS 5.1

So what makes iOS 5.1 so desirable? For starters, as we recently reported, iOS 5.1 gives AT&T iPhone 4S users the 4G network icon. As we mentioned, though, this does not mean that the iPhone 4S users are getting true 4G; instead, they’re getting AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network, which is still slower than 4G LTE.

Another thing that helps iOS 5.1’s adoption rate on the iPhone is the fact that it fixes the reported battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S. Many iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 users have reported considerably better battery life after downloading the update. The iOS 5.1 update also makes it quicker to take pictures with the iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS, as the camera icon is always on the lock screen and the camera is ready to shoot pictures after dragging the icon up.

We’d expect that the iOS 5.1 adoption rate will only go higher from here on out. And if you’re one of the few users who are holding out on the iOS 5.1 update, you just might want to consider downloading it.

iCloud Data Is Safe, Says Ars Technica

When iOS 5 was first announced back in June of 2011, one feature that had many people talking was the addition of iCloud to iOS. The idea of having photos and other important data automatically backed up to the cloud was a very intriguing one for many iPhone and iPad users. However, many have wondered just how safe our data is once uploaded to iCloud. As it turns out, it’s actually a lot safer than some may think.

After all of the concerns about iCloud security, Ars Technica’s Chris Foresman decided to delve into the matter further. What he found is that, unless people are wanting top flight security for extremely sensitive data (such as military-level data), iCloud is perfectly secure.

According to Foresman, iCloud data is kept secure because it is transfered to the remote server through WebDAV, IMAP, or HTTP–and it is then encrypted on Apple’s server. For those who don’t know what encryption is, it essentially means that your data is made so that it cannot be accessed by anyone other than the authorized user (i.e. you).

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The only data uploaded to iCloud that is not stored encyrpted, according to Foresman, are emails and notes. These are stored unecrypted so, in theory, they’re not stored very securely. However, it’s important to note that Apple’s servers are very secure, so unless a hacker manages to find their way into the Apple iCloud servers, your data should be just fine.

Foresman also noted that Apple’s iCloud service is pretty much just as secure as other cloud services, like Dropbox or Microsoft’s SkyDrive. And as Foresman points out, iCloud can be made even more secure on your device by simply using a strong iTunes password–which, as we know, is the backbone of many services offered by Apple.

Apple Sued by Chinese Writers Group

For all of the good news Apple received this week, whatwith the massive cash reserve they currently have and the smashing success of the new iPad, Apple just can’t seem to shake bad news in the courts. On the heels of losing an appeal and having another case suspended in Germany, Apple is now being sued by a group of Chinese authors in Beijing, China.

So why are the authors–known as the Writers Rights Alliance–suing Apple? Well, it appears that Apple may be selling unlicensed copies of the authors books through the App Store. The books allegedly can be purchased through the App Store or the built-in iBooks application that is included on iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

According to the claim, Apple has been selling pirated versions of roughly 95 books. The claim comes after the Writers Rights Alliance petitioned Apple in 2011 to stop electronically distributing the books through Apple’s App Store. It seems that Apple did not obey this claim and now they’re paying wifor it with what could be a very costly court suit.

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The Writers Rights Alliance wants $50 million yuan (or $8 million in USD) from Apple in compensation.

Apple, for their part, seems to be willing now to work with the Writers Rights Alliance to resolve the manner. Acording to Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, “as an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property, and when we receive complains we respond promptly and appropriately.”

This isn’t the first lawsuit for Apple in China (they are still locked in a battle with Chinese firm Proview Technology) and it’s not likely to be the last, as Apple is still dealing with allegations of poor working conditions at the Foxconn plant in China, which is responsible for building the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Given the bad press Apple is getting in China, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple lose this court case as well.

Apple Asked By Congress to Provide App Privacy Details

Apple is known to be very selective when it comes to publishing apps in their App Store, as they test apps extensively before they’re published. So it’s a bit surprising that Apple has allowed several apps into the App Store that actually store the private data of users. And understandably, many–including the United States Congress–are deeply concerned by the idea that private data is being stored and potentially accessed unethically. Congress, in fact, is so concerned that they’ve written to Apple twice about the matter, and they’re not exactly satisfied with the response Apple has given them thus far.

Congress Asks Apple to Respond to Previously Unanswered Questions

Back in February, after widespread reports of apps such as Path, Foursquare, and Facebook violating the privacy of Apple users by uploading their address books to their servers without consent, Congress wrote Apple to find out the truth about the matter. Although Apple was quick to respond on March 2nd, Congressmen Henry A. Waxmax (D-California) and G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina) found Apple’s reply to be less than adequate.

According to the follow-up letter that Waxman and Butterfield sent to Apple yesterday, “the March 2 reply we received from Apple does not answer a number of the questions we raised about the company’s efforts to protect the privacy and security of its mobile device users.”

Photograph Access by Apple iOS Apps Also Concerns Congress

In addition to the unanswered questions that Congress wants Apple to answer, Congress feels that Apple also needs to give them an explanation about a new issue that has arisen: the possible access of photographs by apps on iOS devices. According to the letter, “concerns have been raised about the manner in which apps can access photographs on your mobile devices and tools provided by Apple to consumers to prevent unwanted online tracking.”

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Congress now wants Apple to send company representatives to meet with them so that the issues can be discussed face to face. It’s now known yet whether or not Apple will comply with these wishes–but we’re pretty sure Apple will want to avoid problems with Congress, so it’s expected that the two will meet.

What This Means For You

The issue at stake here is concerning the possible access of your address book, photographs and other confidential information on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch by third-party apps without your consent. When the news first broke a few weeks ago about Path and Foursquare’s access, both companies were quick to change their policies so that users would have to give permission before data could be accessed. Even then, it was said that the data would only be used for innocent purposes, such as to aid in finding friends on both services that just happen to be in your contacts list.

However, the concern is that these Apple iOS apps are storing private data on their servers. While this by itself isn’t bad, it could be very disastrous if their servers ever get hacked. That seems to be Congress’ concern here which is why they’re continuing to talk to Apple about the matter.

The bottom line is this: you may want to think twice for now about what information your store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

What Do You Think?

Does the fact that Apple currently allows third-party apps into the App Store that possibly access your data concern you? Will this keep you from buying Apple products in the future? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.

iPhone 5 NFC Likely After Apple Granted iWallet Patent

It wasn’t too long ago that iPhone5latest.com was among the first to report about Apple’s planned iPhone 5 NFC integration. At the time, we cited an interview with a higher-up in the Mastercard company who, while not naming Apple as a partner, certainly seemed to indicate that they were. Now it appears that the NFC payment iPhone 5 integration rumors have been given even more weight, as we’ve learned that Apple has officially been granted an iWallet patent for NFC payments. Perhaps even more importantly, the diagrams submitted from Apple to the US Patent & Trademark Office appear to show an iPhone (perhaps even the iPhone 5).

Apple’s iWallet Patent Reveals Planned iPhone 5 NFC

Near Field Communications (NFC) has been given a lot of discussion over the past couple years as devices have flocked to adapt the impressive technology. It only makes sense that, given Apple’s competitive nature, they want to take the NFC smartphone market by storm, and that’s just what they’re doing with the attractively named iWallet project.

As a part of the patent project, Apple had to give a lot of documentation to the US Patent & Trademark Office. This documentation also included some highly detailed diagrams to explain what iWallet is, as well as what it does. One image leaked by PatentlyApple.com depicts iTunes and a probably iPhone 5–both of which seem to use the NFC technology.

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What’s more, the image of the iPhone 5 also shows the placement of the NFC sensor, which looks to be on the front of the iPhone 5, to the left of the ear piece. This is an interesting placement as some may prefer that the sensor be located elsewhere on the iPhone 5, such as on the side or on the bottom.

 

What iWallet Does

There’s a lot of legalese in Apple’s patent documents, so let’s simplify things. Essentially, according to Apple, iWallet will be capable of handling financial transactions. These transactions will occur between accounts (such as credit card or bank accounts) and can be configured by the user and financial institution. User preferences can be stored and updated. The whole idea of iWallet is to allow individuals to purchase things using only their iPhone 5 or other Apple device. In other words, it’s not necessary to carry a credit card with you a store that supports NFC.

For those worried about security, NFC transactions on the iPhone 5 can be limited so as to avoid problems. iPhone 5 users are able to automatically decline transactions or have transactions run by them before they are approved. For instance, iPhone 5 NFC transactions can be limited to a set dollar amount and if the transaction exceeds this amount, it will automatically be declined.

Why An NFC iPhone 5 is Useful

A scenario: you go to the store to purchase something, only to discover you have your iPhone, but no wallet or money on hand. If this happens to you now, you’re out of luck until you head back home and retrieve the wallet. However, if this happens to you when you have your iPhone 5, you’ll be able to whip out your iPhone 5 and use iWallet to pay for your purchase.

Also, if you happen to have a child who uses an iPhone 5 and who you give money to, you can theoretically give them their money through the iPhone 5 with iWallet. You’ll be able to define a specific amount of money that your child is allowed to spend with your bank or credit card account tied to iWallet, and once they reach this amount, they won’t be able to spend anymore. In this aspect, iWallet could be an even better financial tool than the debit or credit card.

And of course there are the obvious other NFC iPhone 5 uses, such as small business owners who can easily collect payment from customers through only their iPhone 5. The possibilities are endless.

What Do You Think?

Do you like the idea of being able to use your iPhone 5 to purchase items? Leave us a comment below and let your opinion be heard.

iPhone 5 Likely To Have Gorilla Glass

Rumors have been swirling around for months now that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will have Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology–and now it appears that those rumors have gotten a little closer to becoming fact. Despite being a company that generally focuses on secrecy when it comes to new products, Apple has likely dropped a huge hint that the iPhone 5–as well as its big brother the iPad 3–will come with the most resistant smartphone screen technology: Gorilla Glass. For potential iPhone 5 buyers, the fact that the device will likely have Gorilla Glass is a pretty big deal.

Apple Inadvertently Reveals Possible iPhone 5 Gorilla Glass

On the surface, Apple’s recent job creation report seems rather innocent. In the report, posted here, Apple boasts of creating roughly 304,000 U.S. jobs, which is a staggering number even for a company as large as Apple. However, Apple reveals quite a bit of information in a short section entitled “U.S. Jobs Supported by Apple.”

In this section, Apple says “For example, this figure also includes workers in Texas who manufacture processors for iOS products, Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone, and FedEx and UPS employees.”

Now, as you may recall, the iPhone 4S did not come with Gorilla Glass, but rather a glass display dubbed aluminosilicate glass. Of course, Apple claimed that this glass was as resilient as Gorilla Glass, but tests (as well as user feedback) have confirmed that this is not the case. With Apple mentioning Corning as being a major creator of glass for the iPhone, that seems to imply that they are creating glass for the upcoming iPhone: the iPhone 5.

Not the First Time Apple Has Used Corning Gorilla Glass

What makes Apple’s job creation report perhaps even more stunning is the fact that this is not the first time Apple and Corning have worked together on an iPhone. That’s because Apple’s 2010 iPhone 4 came with a type of Corning Gorilla Glass. We don’t know why Apple stopped using Gorilla Glass in the subsequent iPhone 4S, but we assume it can be attributed to production needs (after all, a lot more iPhone 4S devices were produced than iPhone 4 devices because of more carriers supporting the 4S) and cost. Gorilla Glass is certainly not cheap, and it’s possible that it just became too expensive for Apple to use.

However, the price of Gorilla Glass has gone down, which makes it even more feasible for Apple to include it in the iPhone 5. And with the reported possibly price increase for the iPhone 5, that makes it even more likely that Apple will have a Gorilla Glass iPhone 5. Not to mention the fact that Apple is riding off of record high profits, so they could afford to foot the bill for Gorilla Glass in the new iPhone 5.

What Gorilla Glass in the iPhone 5 Means for You

We talk a lot about the possible features in the iPhone 5, so it’s important to look at what it means for you as you are a potential iPhone 5 buyer. Essentially, Gorilla Glass, as we mentioned earlier, is a very resistant type of glass. Whereas other glass displays may become scratched from the device being dropped or placed in a pocket with keys/change, Gorilla Glass is better able to withstand this abuse. Given all of the reports in the past of iPhone owners discovering that their display is mysteriously cracked or scratched, Gorilla Glass would really come in handy for most who purchase an iPhone 5.

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Now, that’s not to say that Gorilla Glass is foolproof. The display may still become cracked or scratched eventually on the iPhone 5, but it will not become scratched or cracked as easily with Gorilla Glass as it would with some other glass display.

And in case you were wondering, many other devices on the market currently come with Gorilla Glass, including the Samsung Galaxy SII, Motorola Droid Razr, and Samsung Galaxy Note. It only makes sense for the iPhone 5 to join the growing list.

What Do You Think?

Do you think the likely addition of Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 5 is a big deal? Have you ever experienced scratches or cracks on your iPhone or other phone screen? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.

iPad 3 Display Is Major Upgrade from iPad 2

While iPhone5latest.com is dedicated to covering all of the latest information about the upcoming iPhone 5, we haven’t forgotten about Apple’s other upcoming major mobile device, the iPad 3. Set to be released in the spring of 2012 (and therefore an expected several months before the iPhone 5), the iPad 3 will likely be receiving many new features, and one of those just happens to be a brand new display. And according to the repairs website iFixit, the display upgrade will be HUGE on the new iPad 3.

iPad 3 Gets Double the Resolution

iFixit was given sample iPad 3 screens from the website MacRumors in early February and decided to run some tests on the screen samples to see what’s changed as compared with the iPad 2. As it turns out, the iPad 3 will apparently be getting a 2048-by-1536 pixel display. For those who don’t have the iPad 2’s specs memorized, that’s double what the 1024-by-768 pixel iPad 2 had. Considering the fact that the iPad 2 is only a year old, that’s a pretty impressive improvement.

Not only that, but the iPad 3 is said to have at least the same 1080p high definition video resolution that the iPad 2 came with. That means we’ll be seeing some pretty sharp images/videos on the iPad 3.

What Else Has Been Revealed

Although the report of the 2048-by-1536 pixel resolution was the biggest news from the iFixit report, it’s certainly not the only discovery that the company made. When attempting to use the purported iPad 3 screen with an iPad 2, they simply could not do it. The device failed to power on with the iPad 3 screen.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that the iPad 3 will have a different power (or dock) connector. If you’ll recall, we reported on Friday of this week that the iPhone 5 may be getting a brand new dock connector, so this news of the iPad 3 possibly having a new dock connector certainly adds credibility to that rumor.

The possible new iPad 3 dock connector isn’t merely a cosmetic change–it also means that the iPad 3 will likely have new requirements for power. We don’t know if the new dock connector will be incompatible with iPad 1/2 accessories, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you plan on buying iPad 2 accessories for your iPad 3.

What iPad 3 Higher Resolution Means for You

It’s easy to get bogged down in all of the technical terms that are used to describe the specifications of the iPad 3, so let’s take a little time to explain what this higher display resolution means for you.

Essentially, the iPad 2 came with a 1024-by-768 display that is comparable to a bigger iPhone 3GS screen. The reported iPad 3 screen will come with a 2048-by-1536 display that is comparable to an iPhone 4/4S retina display.

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Now, as you can see from the image above, the maps icon on the right is considerably sharper than the one on the left. The one on the left is that of the iPhone 3GS display, while the one on the right is that of the iPhone 4. So what this means is that the higher the resolution, the higher the quality of the display is. That means that everything you look at on the new iPad 3 will appear brighter and sharper than it would on either of the previous iPads. And for those who game or watch videos or like to show off pictures, that’s a pretty big deal.

What’s Your Thought?

Does the prospect of a higher resolution iPad 3 screen make you want to purchase the iPad 3? What other improvements would you like to see? Leave us a comment below and give us opinion.

iPhone 5 Feature List Simplified – Part 2

I hope you enjoyed, the part 1 of this 3 part series on iPhone 5 features. The iPhone 5 release date is not far away and the rumors suggest that it will be an awesome device. With a lot of speculations going around the iPhone 5 features, iPhone5latest.com has taken the initiative to clear a lot of clutter and come up with a simplified list of iPhone 5 features. Let us continue with our list of iPhone 5 features in part 2 of this series.

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This is a no brainer. The iOS 5 beta is already out and is already in the second beta stage. Although the iOS 5 will not be exclusive to the iPhone 5 but it will be certainly be optimized for the iPhone 5. iOS 5 had been announced way back on June 6, 2011 but it was only in the month of December when it was released to developers for beta testing. The first iOS 5 is expected to come with 200 new features like the iMessage, newsstand and an improved notification service.

The iMessage is an app that is modeled on BlackBerry messenger. This will allow all iOS 5 devices like the iPod and iPad to have a central place for all their chatting needs. Also the notification system, which used to pop to the main screen up till now will have a notification system like the Android Devices. All the notifications will be bundled up in the top part of the display.

iPhone 5 with a bigger display?

The iPhone 4 and even the iPhone 4S sported a 3.5 inch display. Although the 4S came out with a retina display which was absent in the iPhone 4. So the iPhone 5 will definitely feature a retina display, but what about its size? If Apple manages a rimless design then they will be able to reach 3.7 or 3.75 inches. Apple might even take a bold step and come out with a 4 incher like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Stay tuned for the 3rd and final installment in the 3 part iPhone 5 features simplified.