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The iPhone 5/iOS 6 thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Stuart Sweet

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    Alan, Laxguy...

    Let me give you my own impressions. I was worried that Facebook integration would take over my contacts. So, I didn't add my sign in information. Yes this takes away some functionality but I can still use the facebook app (which, thankfully, is much improved lately.)

    Maps... I'm sorry when even Walt Mossberg complains about an Apple feature what can you say. I'm not going to turn into a hater, because I know it will improve. However, let me tell you what the changes were, that were important to me.

    Just plain wrong: Apple Maps has my street wrong! My street arcs into another street and it labels my part of the street with the wrong name! I already reported it.

    Neighborhood chaos: The maps are spotlighting neighborhood names that are not in common use (like the Cheviot Hills area of L.A., who's heard of this?) and ignoring common neighborhood names like Century City which are in far more common parlance.

    Old aerials: Due to a particular event, I can pinpoint the EXACT day the Google plane flew over, and it was June of this year. I can also tell you by looking at landmarks that the Apple plane (or wherever they get their photos) hasn't been here since before August 2011. Not a killer but still.

    Flyovers are gorgeous but... Google Earth has them too and they're pretty good. Not as good but they are a lot faster to draw. Also a bit of a chip on my shoulder... the flyover stops at the exact entrance to my alma mater. Why is that?

    None of these are super deal breakers but for now, I will be keeping Navigon for directions and hoping that Google comes through with an app that gives me back street view.
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

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    Drop a pin and report a problem, or possibly make sure the business is on Yelp.
     
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Thanks. Specifics are always good!

    I noticed on Google maps that the date and time of the photo can depend on the detail level.
     
  4. RunnerFL

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    Well my iPhone has officially made it to Louisville, KY. It left Anchorage 2 days ago and just got scanned in KY this morning. That means they probably cleared Customs in KY and not AK. Either that or got to KY and just sat there for 2 days.
     
  5. Chris Blount

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    I simply turned that feature off. In the settings you can remove the Facebook contacts from your contacts list.
     
  6. Chris Blount

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    Yeah, I finally got the e-mail this morning from Apple saying my iPhone shipped. It's actually been in KY for the last 2 days.
     
  7. Rich

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    The Google map of my street is four years old. The street view still shows my '88 Bonneville which I got rid of in '08 after 20 years of ownership. My house still shows the old siding and the new siding has been in place for 3 years. Bing maps show a better, newer picture.

    Rich
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    Along with those cool changes here are some I noticed:

    Downloading updates now apparently no longer requires you enter your Apple ID password every time. At least it didn't for me yesterday during any of the times I applied updates yesterday. (There were a TON of apps that got updates yesterday, as expected)

    Downloading updates now has its own screen and doesn't take you back to your home screens for you to scrounge around the various screens to see what is updating when. On the new screen they are all listed and you see their progress. You can "open" them from this new screen once the updates are done as well.

    The top bar (with signal strength, battery life, time, etc) now uses muted colors that correspond to the app you are in. Looks a lot smoother.

    Love the way they've changed the options to share photos from your camera roll.

    Passbook works great, it's showing my Ticketmaster tickets for an upcoming show.

    The Clock app on the iPad has been greatly improved.

    You can now do the pulldown refresh thing in mail, love that.

    New ringtones like a motorcycle, pinball, a theramon, etc.

    The new maps also gets my address right! The old Google Maps always put my address clear at the other end of the street.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    You can go into the "Privacy" settings and allow, or block, access on an app by app basis once the app makes an attempt. You can keep Facebook out of just your contacts but give it access to other areas, etc.
     
  10. Karen

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    I have a Pioneer navigation system in my car, and use the AVIC Feeds app to set the places I want to go.

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Portable/Apps/AVIC+Feeds+App

    I was so worried that it wouldn't work right with the change in maps, but it works flawlessly without an update. Whew! I didn't want to wait until I got my iPhone 5 to find out, so upgraded my iPhone 4 last night.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    Passbook looks very useful, but no module/button in it is active except App Store, and when pushed it goes to a grey screen saying it cannot connect to the iTunes store.
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    The reason it takes you to the App Store is because you have to have apps installed that use Passbook. For instance I have Ticketmaster and Live Nation's apps. They use passbook so my tickets to Tesla show up in my passbook.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Ah, thanks, man. I have a current need for a United passbook thing, and if I have time, I will rummage around for an app that syncs up.
     
  14. Karen

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    If you haven't got Passbook to work yet, try the following. I saw it in a comment to an article and it worked for a friend of mine.

    Go into settings- General- Date and Time. Change "Set Automatically" off. Then change the date to November. Go back into Passbook and you should be able to access the store. Once you have you can go back into settings and change it back to automatically set date and time.
     
  15. Shades228

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    Apple chose to get away from Google Maps because they don't want to support Google in any way due to Android. Google gains revenue from people using Google Maps and Apple hates that they can profit off of their system.
     
  16. lugnutathome

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    Same thing here but on my iPhone. Holding off on the iPads or wife's phone. <y telecom person said the OS had to authorize and that took some time (in my case thru Verizon). Is you iPad a wi-fi only device? I'm assuming mine being so will not have the issue.

    BUT, the iPhone seems to have lost sensitivity to the wi-fi networks. I lose signal in parts of my home on it where the iPad (still on iOS5 works fine)

    Don "holding on updating the rest of the fleet till first patch I think" Bolton

     
  17. dpeters11

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    Are the ticketmaster ones limited? I see tickets I have for a show in December, but see no option for Passbook. Venue not supported maybe?
     
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  19. Chris Blount

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    Good ones! I agree about the app update download screen. Nice to have everything in one place.
     
  20. Stuart Sweet

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    Thanks for that tip. I may try it if I'm feeling bold, but I've been building my contacts list for close to 20 years in Outlook and I'm kinda squirrely about anything changing it.
     

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