After receiving 2 iPhone 5′s with the model A1429, one black and one white with objective to sell one to offset the costs of buying a phone out of contract.
I brought them in via pre order in the UK and then got a friend to Fedex them to me (mistake as this was pretty expensive, with shipping and duties.+-R2500 extra).
So if you’re planning on going this route for the iPhone 6, get a friend to fly down with them hidden in his suitcase.
So, on to choosing which one to use, I opted to use the white one based on the following reasons.
Those of us who are eager enough to have already downloaded iOS6 would have noticed that the current new Apple Maps app is not yet fully featured in SA. In fact, before the weekend we were pretty sure SA would not get turn by turn navigation. But its not all bad news – routing works, so a person can ask how to get from point A to point B, and right now there are traffic updates already, as you can see from this screenshot. Take note of roadworks and accidents.
These traffic reports will become even better over time, because iOS6 actively monitors iPhone for traffic patterns and slowdowns, just like Waze (which Apple actually also uses as a data source).
But the best part of the new Apple Maps is not quite live yet: turn by turn navigation. Until now iPhone users had to shell out for dedicated navigation apps to get full turn by turn navigation (as in “turn left in 200m” type prompts). This is one of the most significant features of iOS6, because the entire OS’s location features integrate with Apple Maps. But as of today, Apple has put a notice up on its location features page that it will reach South Africa in October:
We have not had a crack at the new turn by turn features, but so far iOS6 looks like a great update for the Apple faithful. One negative is that turn by turn navigation will only come to the iPhone 4S and up, so users of iPhone 3GS and 4 will not receive this great new feature.
So far we have been
very impressed by Apple Maps – the mapset is accurate, and aerial photography for SA is in many cases much better than Google Maps. Still, many people will miss Street View, so we are hoping for Google to release a Google Maps app soon, please.
iOS6 should be here by September 19th 2012. We have been using it since Beta 1, and its a great update.
The iPhone 5 has been unveiled. As widely predicted, its all-new design features a thinner metal case, a larger screen, and a new connector. It also packs iOS 6, which includes Apple’s Maps, Apple’s new proprietary mapping and navigation app and the replacement for Google Maps on iOS.
To welcome the iPhone 5, ALK have optimised CoPilot Live for its new taller screen for an a better widescreen navigation experience. They have also integrated with Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. A user will be able to find and select a location on Apple’s Maps and then navigate there using CoPilot’s offline, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS guidance. As with all CoPilot apps, CoPilot’s maps are stored on the phone for use when there is no mobile or data connection available.
Say whatever you will about the whole Apple / Samsung court case, it is becoming very clear that Samsung had a clear case of iPhone envy at one point. Apple today released this 132 page evidence document to the court, and as such, it got released to the public. Titled “Relative Evaluation Report on S1, iPhone”, this document by Samsung’s Product Engineering Team in 2010 gives some pretty harsh criticism to the Galaxy S’s interface, and compares it step by step to the iPhone.
As you browse through the document, the Samsung engineers often give a “Directions for Improvement”, which has slowly started filtering into Samsung’s later skins over Android. The opposite is also true though – many of the elements of Android which were considered to “complex” have also found their way into iOS, for example the pull down notification tray.
Apple fans who want the latest and greatest can now jump on the Mac App Store and download the latest version of Mac OS X, called Mountain Lion. It only costs $20, but weighs in at a big 4.2GB, so downloaders need to have a nice broadband connection ready.
Mountain Lion has a bunch of new features, but the major focus is on some features that users of iPad and iPhone have been used to for a long time.
With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes:
If you have read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, you would already know that Apple started working on a tablet computer before the iPhone was made. Steve Jobs also admitted to Walt Mossberg that when he saw what his UI guys came up with on the tablet, he saw the opportunity to shift the touch interface to a phone and ordered the teams to focus on the iPhone first:
“I’ll tell you a secret. It began with the tablet. I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers. I asked our people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [rubber band] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this!’ So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone”
But recent court filings which included depositions by Jony Ive have uncovered some engineering samples of some of the first tablet machines which would later take shape as the iPad. This tablet originates between 2001 and 2004, which just goes to show how many years of development go into any new product at Apple (makes a person wonder what they are busy with for 2020?). The tablet is a lot thicker than the original iPad of course, and it is made from plastic, which is consistent with Apple’s design language at the time (think iMac G4 and later).
Here are some more pictures: (more…)
While we cannot be at WWDC, there are more than enough sources on the internet to keep us, and you the reader, informed. As products and features are announced, we will be adding them right here.
So what can we expect? First iOS6 (Apple has not exactly covered up banners promoting it), Mountain Lion, and maybe even a few new Macs. But maybe there will be a few other unexpected announcements!
So here goes:
Tim Cook has taken the stage, and has started thanking all the developers who arrived for WWDC. He also mentions that the conference was sold out in under two hours.
HP has had some tough times in the past year – after their then-CEO Leo Apotheker announced that HP would be stepping out of the PC game, their sales figures took a small dive, but luckily he got ousted before such rash moves. HP is now once again back in the number one spot when it comes to overall PC sales worldwide.
Canalis’s research now starts to include tablet devices under PC sales, and Apple’s iPad sales has contributed significantly to Apple’s sales numbers, but even so, HP’s sales was slightly higher overall. So Apple was in second place, Lenovo in third (with big increases in sales) and Acer and Dell taking the fourth and fifth spots.
What is clear however, is that tablet devices has started to eat away at the previously very popular netbook market:
“The total client PC market grew by 21% to 107 million units. Importantly, while the pad category exhibited the highest growth – more than 200% year on year – notebook and desktop PC shipments were up too, rising 11% and 8% respectively. Netbook shipments, however, were down 34% on the year-ago quarter – the sixth such fall in succession.”