Jake Smith

December 18, 2012


Just after releasing iOS 6.1 beta 4 to developers yesterday, Apple has released iOS 6.0.2 to the masses this afternoon. The update is only for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini and seems minor, as the folks in Cupertino said the update simply addresses bugs including a Wi-Fi bug that has plagued many users. You can grab the updates from iTunes, your device, or by directly downloading them from the links below. After initial OTA problems, the update looks to now be installing.

iPad Mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5) version 6.0.2 (Build 10A550), Download

iPad Mini (GSM) (iPad2,6) version 6.0.2 (Build 10A8500), Download

iPad Mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7) version 6.0.2 (Build 10A8500), Download

iPhone 5 (GSM) (iPhone5,1) version 6.0.2 (Build 10A551), Download

iPhone 5 (CDMA) (iPhone5,2) version 6.0.2 (Build 10A551), Download

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December 17, 2012


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is said to be in talks with New York-based Foursquare to add the company’s data to its Maps application. For those out of the ‘social scene’, Foursquare is a popular social network that allows users to check in to any location and share tidbits with followers. According to the report, the partnership between the two companies would lead to local data from Foursquare being incorporated into Apple’s Maps app. This will presumably give users more information on destined locations and it would compete with Google’s own Map solution that released on iOS last week. Apple SVP Eddy Cue of Internet Services, someone who would certainly be in the know with this type of deal, was seen checking into a location on Foursquare last week. Moreover, from the looks of the picture attached, it was shot with the front camera on the iPod touch.

Apple has shown its willingness before to partner with social services and add them into its iOS platform. Not only have the folks in Cupertino partnered with Facebook and Twitter to promote easy sharing across the entirety of iOS, but also they have partnered with Yelp to provide easy access to information within Maps and its Siri personal assistant feature. The social location space is heating up, as Facebook just boosted its Nearby feature this afternoon to give information on local businesses. A partnership with Foursquare could give Apple a bigger presence in this space.

Since the launch of Apple Maps on iOS 6 in September, users have highlighted several issues with the service. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reassured more than once that Apple is working to fix the problems with Maps—specifically with the mapping data.

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Google maps for iOS

With the highly anticipated Google Maps for iOS now among us, Google SVP of Commerce Jeff Huber shared some interesting download numbers this afternoon. In just 48 hours, Huber said that a whopping 10 million users downloaded the Apple Maps alternative from the iTunes App Store. Also, as the app climbs up the charts to the top free app, the number of downloads is likely rising quick. Google Maps for iOS was well received, garnering positive reviews and ratings, with even Google admitting that its iPhone version of Maps is better than its Android version. Additionally, things look to get even better: Google shared last week that iPad support and offline mode are launching soon.

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Shortly after falling to $497 in pre-market trade this morning, Apple’s stock price has teetered on $500 for the first time since February during regular trading hours. Apple’s stock was on a tear during the summer and into the fall, maxing out over $700 in September just before the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 5.

However, after three quarters of impressive growth, and a huge holiday quarter currently going on, many analysts have downgraded their Apple targets as the stock has subsequently fallen in recent weeks. Apple’s stock is now at a low point today, even with the welcomed news yesterday that Apple sold 2 million iPhone 5s in China during the launch weekend.

Citi Apple analysts Glen Yeung, Walter Pritchard, and Jim Suava cut the price target for AAPL to $575 last night, citing not great enough iPhone demand. Additionally, UBS, Jefferies, and Mizuho Securities all cut their price expectations. Along with iPhone demand, the executive shakeup and Maps debacle assumedly has played a role in the stock decline. Talk of higher taxes on earnings in 2013 may spook some investors, as well.

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December 16, 2012

December 15, 2012


Some iPhone users who’ve tried the new Google Maps already will want to use the app instead of the often-criticized Apple Maps. Sadly, Apple doesn’t yet offer a way to make Google Maps the default application to allow iOS users to choose which mapping app opens when map URLs are clicked or using Siri.

As expected, the crafty folks in the jailbreak community have already cooked up a new tweak called “MapsOpener” that will make Google Maps the default. You can check out the tweak courtesy of Hashbang Productions and available via Cydia’s Big Boss repo. As we told you earlier this week, jailbreak tweak FullForce will also make Google Maps scale to the iPad’s large screen. Check out MapsOpener demoed below.

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December 10, 2012

December 8, 2012

December 7, 2012


We’ve known about the Apple Store at Hysan Place shopping center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong since before August, but today the folks out of Cupertino have given us an official confirmation thanks to signage in front of the store. As several readers noticed, Apple is bragging the store as “An opening you simply can’t miss.” There’s no word on an exact date for the opening, but Casey Lau reported on Twitter that it would be before Christmas Day. The store is 3.3 miles away from the first Hong Kong store in IFC center, and it boasts two-story, 30-foot glass windows and a towering entrance. We’ll update when we get wind of more information (Update: Official opening is Saturday). In the mean time, check out the gallery of the signage below:

Source: Tipster Jon, BL, Galen, Instagram, (1)IFOAppleStore

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December 6, 2012


Following our readers finding several of their new iMacs labeled as assembled in the United States, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed in a Bloomberg Business Week profile that Apple plans to bring back some Mac production to the U.S. in 2013 and is planning to spend a lot of money to do so.

“Next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We’re really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it’s broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we’ll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people, and we’ll be investing our money.”

Last night, we discovered iMacs were shipping from Fremont, Calif., in what looks to be early testing by the company. Cook confirmed that Apple won’t necessarily be putting Macs together themselves, but it will spend “over $100 million” to make it happen.

Do you remember NBC anchor Brian Williams interviewing Cook at the Grand Central Apple Store? NBC confirmed today’s news is the subject matter. The interview will air on NBC tonight at 10 p.m. EST.

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December 5, 2012

The folks at iPhone 5 Mod now offer a 3-in-1 Lightning Camera Connection Kit just for the photo geeks in the crowd, allowing you to upload pictures and video to a Lightning-enabled iPhone or iPad. Available for $23.90, the connector packs a USB cable that connects directly into a camera via USB, an SD card, or micro-SD card. While Apple offers a camera connection kit —not supporting Lightning— that connects with a camera via USB or an SD card (better value 30-pin versions on Amazon), this seems like the better offering because it supports three formats and Lightning for a cheaper price. iPhone 5 Mod also offers the 3-in-1 Cable Pro, supporting users to charge their devices with Apple’s Lightning, 30-pic technology, or standard microUSB, for $13.90. We received a number of Lightning items from iPhone5mod.com that worked well.

Source: iPhone 5 Mod (1), (2)

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