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iPhone 5 is Here Part #3Posted Friday, October 12, 2012, at 3:44 PM
Well here it is part #3! I feel your enthusiasm through the computer screen as you wait for me to dazzle you with technology. OK, maybe that's a stretch, but now it's time to dive into iOS6.
iOS6 is the latest operating system upgrade for Apple's mobile electronics devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad). It works with most of the mobile devices Apple has released in the last couple years allowing older gadgets to get new features.
The big stink around this release is the change from Google Maps to Apple's new Maps application. Google Maps have been part of the iOS and iPhone ecosystem since June of 2007 when the first iPhone was released. Every time Apple updates iOS the press and some users find one thing that they feel falls short and it becomes the new stink to cry about. Let's face it...with hundreds of millions of devices and users around the global some feature somewhere is going to get negative attention.
Let me tell you what I think of the Maps controversy...get over it people! I have been involved with portable and in-vehicle navigation since it was brand new, expensive and really bad! I was involved in the sale and install of the first in-vehicle "Nav" system, first "walk around" handheld "Nav" and first voice recognition based "Nav" in the our area back in 1990's. Anyone remember printing out directions from Map Quest back in the late 90's? That was bad mapping...and although it has improved leaps and bounds over the years it still has many many accuracy issues today. Yes even the Google Maps everyone is missing has issues with accuracy. Nothing is 100% correct...and any brand or system still requires the use of common sense folks (Even good old paper maps).
The last couple weeks I have been testing new the Apple Maps and have found that they are not perfect, but totally passable for everyday use on a smartphone. The stink has gotten so big that Apple even issued an apology letter. In the letter they go as far as recommending other mapping apps to download or use on the mobile web. The turn by turn directions work great, which to me is a huge advantage over the older Google Maps. I think that Google will release a stand-alone app for iOS in the future for those people that want their old maps back...till then remember this is a smartphone and the new Apple Maps app is more than adequate.
Some other new features that are notable in iOS6 are as follows:
Facebook integration for posting pictures from your photo album.
Bluetooth on/off selection more accessible.
Do Not Disturb feature that only lets certain calls through when activated.
More options/customizable vibration mode for notifications without sound.
The ability to reject a call with a text message being sent to the caller instantly. (such as "I can't talk right now")
Deeper Siri voice assistant integration to include things like up-to-date sports scores.
I could go on for several more pages, but you should really take some time and explore iOS6 yourself if you have an Apple device.
I have spent some time testing iOS6 accessory compatibility on an iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch, and of course the iPhone 5. In both hard USB connection (New Lightning connector to USB), and Bluetooth wireless connection I had little issue with my personal devices. Some electronics companies (like Alpine) have been working hard to push out firmware updates to help consumers with known issues. I applaud these guys for the effort and looking out for their customers.
In the last year I have tested many smartphones...Android based, Windows based, and Apple. Nothing I have used comes close to the speed, functionality, and user experience of the iPhone 5 running iOS6. AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint...choose your favorite carrier and go get one today!
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Gregory has spent the last 20-plus years selling, installing, servicing and teaching others about consumer electronics and technology. He's the proud soccer dad of two kids and an avid musician and songwriter, with personal works available on six continents (working on Antarctica). He's also a huge photography buff. In his blog he writes about, what else, technology.
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