iOS 6 Features

June 19, 2012


iOS 6
The following is taken from the awesome site

Apple unveiled their much awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 6 at last week’s WWDC 2012 Keynote, which has over 200 new features and improvements.

We’ve already covered some of the major new features, but to make it easier for you to take a quick look at all the new features and changes in iOS 6, we’ve created this comprehensive list, which already includes more than 100 new features and changes.


Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the all-new Maps app.


  • The new iPad (iPad 3) also gets Siri
  • Siri can answer sports related queries. So you can now simply speak to Siri and get game schedules, scores, player info and team records. Siri supports baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey including a number of sports leagues, listed below:
    • Italian Serie A
    • English Premier League
    • MLS
    • French Ligue 1
    • Dutch Eredivisie
    • Spanish La Liga
    • German Bundeliga
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • NCAA Basketball
    • WNBA
    • NHL
  • By tapping into Rotten Tomatoes’ database, Siri can now show you movie reviews and ratings. She can also tell you movie listings based on location or showtime. Movie information is presented in a neat card that aggregates all relevant information, and packages them in a compact view. The information shown includes awards, cast, ratings and trailers. You could even directly ask Siri to play a trailer, which is then played in the movie player. Queries like “who directed a movie”, “show me movies starring Scarlett Johanson” are also understood by Siri.
  • You can now find restaurants based on cuisine, price, location and ratings. Siri is also integrated with Yelp and Open Table, which means you can see reviews, ratings, and photos of restaurants within Siri, and if you like a place you can tell Siri to take you in to the OpenTable app to make a reservation.
  • Apps can be launched by saying “run ” or “open ” pr “play “
  • Facebook updates and Twitter tweets can be posted using Siri.
  • Siri can read your incoming notifications.
  • “Eyes Free” feature allowing for cars to integrate with Siri with a mic button on steering wheel and for launching Siri functions. Screen is disabled during Eyes Free mode.
  • Support for New Languages: Canadian English, Spanish (Spain/Mexico), Italian, Switzerland (Italian), Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China/Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong/Mainland China)
  • Local Search will be available globally.

Check out this article for a more details about the new features and improvements coming to Siri in iOS 6.

Facebook Integration

  • Facebook integrated into core applications on iOS 6; similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5
  • Integrated into Notification Center
  • Integrated in Siri and APIs for third-party apps
  • Address book can sync contact information from friends on Facebook
  • Facebook Events and birthdays in Calendar
  • Like button is available in the App Store and iTunes Store. So you can like songs, albums, shows, movies, and apps.


  • New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.
  • Store coupons and gift cards in a wallet-like app
  • Airplane boarding passes for flights; updates boarding pass information in real time if changes are made
  • Passbok is time and location enabled, so passes and tickets appear on the lock screen when necessary. You can swipe the notification to access the pass.

Notification System

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improved Notification System in iOS 6.


  • Shared Photo Streams. Photos can be shared with other contacts. Photos shared can be commented on and liked. If you share photos with people who don’t have Apple devices, they can view photos on the web.
  • Get notifications when family and friends share a photo.
  • Share photo streams don’t count against iCloud storage
  • New sharing menu


  • Sliding Phone shortcut (like sliding camera shortcut) that allows you to either “Reply with Message” or “Remind me Later” when you get a call.
  • Reply with Message – You can use one of the preset messages such as “I’ll call you later.”, “I’m on my way.”, “What’s up?” or respond with a custom message to inform the caller than you can’t talk right now.
  • Remind me Later – you can be reminded in an hour, when you get home, when you get to work or when you leave (which sets a geofence around your current locations so that when you leave the meeting or building, you will be reminded to call the person)
  • Do not disturb toggle, which allows you to suppress all incoming calls unless callers are in your Favorites or from people in a group that you’ve created in your Contact list. You can also schedule the time when you do not want to be disturbed.
  • New white themed UI for dial pad.

Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to the Mail app in iOS 6.


  • Create a VIP list so emails from important people are starred and can be access via the new Mail app
  • Customize notifications and alert tones for VIP lists
  • New Mailbox for flagged emails
  • Attach photos and videos within the Mail app
  • Added Pull-to-Refresh to update Mail accounts
  • Open password-protected Microsoft Office documents
  • Create a signature per email account
  • Customize notifications for each email account

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.


You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.


  • Make FaceTime calls over cellular network (iPhone 4S & 3rd generation iPad only)


  • New streamlined UI with white and black themes (iPhone/iPod touch only)
  • The reflection on the new metallic slider’s virtual knob changes if you tilt your iPhone from side to side. It uses the gyroscope/accelerometer data.
  • Late Night Mode equalizer

Check out the screenshots and video of the revamped Music app here.


  • Search All Fields
  • Custom vibrations for text messages per contact


  • Manual reorder of reminders
  • Manual location entry for reminders
  • Displays badges for outstanding tasks
  • Location based reminders for iPad

App Store

  • Revamped user interface
  • Applications can be purchased from within apps
  • Installing a app no longer takes the user to the home screen. The app will download and install while continuing to browse the store.
  • Previously purchased app or updating an app no longer requires the iTunes password to be entered
  • Top 25 tab renamed as Top Charts


  • Revamped user interface
  • Content can be purchased from within apps

Check out this article for more details about changes coming to the iTunes and App Store apps in iOS 6.



Guided Access:

  • Allows user to lock exiting of the app in Single App Mode.
  • Allows users to disable certain controls within a specific app.


  • Status of Notifications synced across iOS devices
  • iCloud tabs in Safari
  • Personal Dictionary synchronization


  • Alarm can be set to any song in Music app
  • Clock app added to iPad
  • A slightly changed Icon


  • A cleaner and slick new UI

Game Center

  • Game Center challenges
  • Facebook friends integration


  • HDR improvements
  • Darker theme

Find My iPhone:

Find My Friends:

  • Find My Friends app to get geofencing notification system. This will let you set up an alert for contacts in your Find My Friends app; when they leave or arrive at a given location, you’ll receive an alert or banner notification.


  • Kernel ASLR added


  • Time since Last Full Charge for iPod and iPad.



iOS 6 will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the new iPad and the 4th gen iPod touch. However, check out this article to find out the list of features that won’t be available for older iOS devices.


iOS 6 will be released later this spring New Zealand time. It is expected it to be released a couple of days before the next generation iPhone is released.

So there you go. Some cool new features there.



Goodbye Steve Jobs

October 9, 2011



Without sounding terribly cliche, I guess my blog and all its posts included within, would not exist if it were not for one man….Steven Paul Jobs.

His death on October 4th, 2011 did come as a shock to me even though I knew he was battling cancer. His physical appearance at keynotes he fronted leading up to his death did nothing to hide that fact. Some how I thought that his wealth would allow him access to medicine and procedures that us mere mortals could never afford and he would live on and maybe beat the cancer all together. But as the old saying goes, ‘ money can’t buy you everything ‘ true that!

I must admit that during the 80’s and 90’s I was a Microsoft PC fan boy …although in 1984 we were using Apple 2’s in my computer class storing kb’s of information on 5.25 floppy disks! I thought during that time period that Apple Mac’s were over priced and over hyped.

Then along came the iPod! Man did that blow my mind! I could store all my mp3’s on one device and carry it around with me…….suddenly I thought Steve Jobs was the man….this was a coo for the guy who had only recently taken back the helm at Apple computer after been unceremoniously fired back in 1985.

The iPod was the start of my love affair with all things Apple. I now own a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2 and will more than likely be purchasing my third iPhone , the 4s when it becomes available here in New Zealand.

I recently watched the series ‘Triumph of the nerds’ was pretty much tells the story of the birth of the personal computer and the rivalry between Microsoft and Apple (Gates & Jobs) and all the other companies that were slayed along the way. It was obvious even back in the 70’s how driven Jobs was and how he would not settle for less than perfection.

Apple has now become one of the most wealthiest companies in American history with some saying they have more cash on hand than the American government! All this attributed to the vision of Steve Jobs.

Let’s hope Apple can keep things rocking along without their master & commander……I’ll connect the dots in a few years time and let you know!

Check out the following Wikipedia link to learn more about Steve’s life:

Steve Jobs-Wikipedia

….and watch this 2005 Stanford University Commencement speech from Steve where he talks about three life stories, including his own mortality:

Steve Jobs-2005 Stanford University Commencement Speech

In closing I just want to thank Steven Paul Jobs for supplying me with some of the coolest gadgets I have ever owned over the last ten years or so…..R.I.P Steve…you will be missed mate!



Upcoming iOS 5 release

October 9, 2011


Hi guys I’m back! Yep I know it’s been awhile…….again, but I figured it would be a good time to start blogging again.

This blog is to tell you about two great YouTube clips that give you a run down on the new features in the soon to be released iOS 5 software/firmware upgrade.

This first clip gives you an overall run down:

Apple iOS 5: Complete iOS 5 Overview

This second clip goes into more detail and lesser known features of iOS5 :

Apple iOS 5: Complete iOS 5 Overview Missed Features:

Hope you enjoy!



Skype For iOS Now With Video Calling!!

December 29, 2010

Back in 1982 , I dreamed of what life would be like in 2010. Surely I would have my very own flying car, robots would serve me dinner and I would be able to make a video call to a friend on a mobile handheld device………well those first two still seem a long way off, but today I experienced my third dream…video calling on my iphone……….OK! OK! that technology has been around for years jeeezz man don’t burst my bubble just yet!

When Apple launched the iphone 4 in June with the new front facing camera, I must admit my first thought was Skype would be awesome on this, but then came the announcement that you could only use the camera with Apple’s own ‘Face Time’ with other iphone 4 users on a wifi network……..nah that aint flash! (little adobe pun there!)

Not long after came the ability for mac user’s to call iphone 4 users using ichat with video……not bad..but still not that mobile…….then right as 2010 comes to a close, comes Skype video calling for the iphone 4, 3gs and the 4th generation ipod touch. Again, I know video calling on a mobile devices is nothing new, but today was my first experience with the technology and I was most impressed!

I called my wife while out walking, on the Vodafone 3g network here in New Zealand. She was at home on the mac via the Telecom broadband wifi network. The sound quality was excellent, the video great but not seemless. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect considering the 3G network is not always the greatest. I don’t have the iphone 4 so no front facing call for me. I have a 3gs so people will see what my back camera sees. That’s cool for me for now, its a great way to show off to someone what you are seeing! That image is shown as a small square on the bottom left of the main screen overlaid over the image of the person you are calling so you can check your aim!

I really do recommend upgrading if you have Skype on your phone or downloading it….it’s pretty darn cool!!

Click the appstore logo to get it now! Best of all….it’s free $ !!

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Enable AirPrint on Windows PC

December 25, 2010

In the last post, I showed you how to get AirPrint working on the Mac using Printopia.

Well Windows users you’re in luck because there is a free windows Airprint enabler out there which will allow you to print from your idevice to a network attached printer on your PC.

All you need to do is download the Windows AirPrint Installer here,(see image below)and you are good to go.

After you have installed and have selected the print option on the iphone, you will be able to select a printer which is on the same network as the PC and iphone and print to it!

Pretty cool eh?

Enjoy printing from you idevice to your PC!!

Get AirPrint working On Your Mac….With Any Printer Using Printopia!

December 25, 2010
When apple announced they were adding airprint to iOS 4.2, I was as excited as many others were that I would finally be able to print from my iphone to a network attached printer…….well I was disappointed!! When the upgrade was released, it was designed to only work with certain wireless printers and not network or usb attached printers. Here is the list of available wireless printers that will work with the 4.2 (4.2.1) update out of the box: 

  • HP Officejet 6500A e-All-in-One
  • HP
    Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One
  • HP Officejet
    7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One (pictured)
  • HP
    Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One
  • HP Officejet
    Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One
  • HP Officejet Pro
    8500A Premium e-All-in-One

HP is also
hosting firmware updates for several LaserJet and Photosmart
models, which should enable AirPrint goodness:

  • Photosmart e-AiO (D110) (USA/Canada)
  • Photosmart Wireless e-AiO (B110) (EU, AP)
  • LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
  • LaserJet Pro
    CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
  • LaserJet Pro
    CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer
  • LaserJet Pro
    CP1525n Color Printer (
  • LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer

If your printer is not listed, then you are out of luck right??? WELL NO!! that’s where ‘PRINTOPIA’ comes in.

It is a wicked little piece of software that works on your Mac to allow any network attached printer to become available to the iphone.

If you can’t wait till Apple resolves this and allows access to any printer then the $9.99 US is money well spent!

The following is taken from: and is written by Philip Roy.

Like Philip, I can’t recommend Printopia more!!


Wow! I don’t think I’ve got a software demo running and then bought the full version of the software as quickly as I did with Printopia…a superbly simple way to bring air printing from your iOS device to any printer, Mac or DropBox. AirPrint is a new technology out today with the iOS 4.2 release, but it is limited by the printers that are currently supported. Now with the help of Printopia, you can use any printer attached to your Mac.

I’m already a fan of Ecamm as I use their PhoneView and Call Recorder for Skype software, and this is just a fantastic new product from them (they have a superb “Free Upgrades” policy also) and I’m staggered that this wasn’t a key feature of a recent 10.6.5 update. And did I say it’s easy to use and really quite powerful for what it does? Let’s take a look at Printopia for your Mac, from set-up to use.

The download from Ecamm is a simple zipped file (note that you can download a demo that works for 7 days), which when you double-click and expand contains the installer and the manual (which I never read and didn’t need to consult…heck, it’s only 2 pages)….




The application is in fact a system preference panel and opens up with sharing activated and (something that really impressed me) my printer found already as well as the other two options that I can use…sending to my Mac and to DropBox. And that’s it! To quote Jeff Goldblum from an old Apple iMac advert, “There is no step 3”. In fact, I’m not sure there was a step 2 was there? Time to head away from my Mac with my iPhone…

System Panel


So now I’m at home, my wireless network is letting me surf the web to catch up with all the news on My Mac is part of my network (it’s cabled into my router, but you could also have it as wirelessly connected) and my printer is attached by cable to the Mac. Now I just tap on the icon indicated to explore my options…


On the screen that appears, I click on “Print”…

Select Print


Since this is the first time I’ve ‘air printed’ on my Mac, I’ll click on “Select Printer”…

Select Printer


Now (thanks to the magic of Printopia) I’ve gone from not having any AirPrint compatible devices in my house, to having 3 options. What’s happened is that the app on my iPhone that I can air print from (in this case, the Safari browser) has looked on my wireless network for an air print capable printer). Normally it wouldn’t find one…but instead (although you wouldn’t really know it) thanks to Printopia, it’s spotted my Mac and it can tell there is a printer attached to that Mac by cable. That’s right….the printer not only doesn’t need to be air print capable, it doesn’t have to have any wireless capability itself at all. My Mac and Printopia are doing it all for me!

I’m going to select my Epson colour laser printer…

Choose Epson


Here is the printer now selected. I can choose how many copies I want and then hit “Print”…



It takes a little while for the page to spool to the printer (from reports I’ve seen on the net, this is common with all air printing) but then I hear my printer start up and print…



But before I get up and walk to the other room, I’m going to print the page again…first to DropBox…

DropBox Print to DropBox


And then to my Mac…

Send to my Mac Print to my Mac


Time to go into the other room and check what has happened. Sure enough a perfect print out of the web page awaited me at the printer, but the first thing I thought that was really cool was that when I got to my Mac was that the version I had printed to it was open and waiting for me to read…

iMac screen


How this works is that Printopia creates a folder in your documents folder and places the PDFs that it prints there. The manual mentions that Printopia can create image files also, but there appears no way to manually choose your format. That simply means that images get saved as images (go figure!) and everything else gets saved as a PDF…

Documents folder


It’s exactly the same when printing to DropBox. The files gets sent to a Printopia folder in your DropBox folder…

DropBox folder


I love this feature. I use DropBox a lot between home and work, and I also NetNewsWire on my iPhone to read news when away from the computer. I often find myself emailing myself to then go back to my Mac and read the article in full when it comes through in my email client (I could use Instapaper, but it doesn’t appeal) and now I can print these articles to PDF and read them virtually anywhere from DropBox. Great stuff!



I’m really amazed at how easy getting Printopia up and running was. It literally took about a minute. It takes a great feature on the iPhone that was in fact completely useless to me (with no air print compatible printer) and makes it exceptionally worthwhile again. I can now easily be anywhere in my wireless network and decide to print a document. No more getting out of that chair to sit at my Mac to then print…now I can be anywhere and print….collecting the items from the printer when I need them. Brilliant !


Installation & Documentation

Ease of use

Value for money

Price approx
$ 9.95 USD

Software/Hardware Requirements
Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6
Mac computer with printer attached

Note – AirPrint technology requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or newer

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NZ Film Invoice Is Here!!!

December 25, 2010

Hi guys,

Well I haven't posted for ages basically because most of my free time has been taken up working on my latest app 'NZ Film Invoice' and now its finally finished and available on the app store!

I'm hoping now to get back into regular posting, so stay tuned……….in the mean time read all about the app………..

*******Introductory Offer!!! $9.99 33% off till end of January 2011*******

NZ Film Invoice© is a New Zealand Film Industry* invoice/timesheet application for the iphone/ipad/ipod touch designed and progammed by Ants Farrell.

It is designed with the user in mind, to produce an accurate invoice and/or timesheet for New Zealand Film and Television contractors*.

A variety of different forms are presented to the user, allowing input of a contractor's department and position, client details, contractor(s) details, contracted week, daily rates etc.

NZ Film Invoice© will allow for unique industry allowances such as broken turnaround, loading rates, specific overtime rates, half day rates, per diems and relevant tax rates etc.Users can also add a 'box rental' or ONE item such as a vehicle hire to their invoice.

What’s really cool is that you can produce a PDF of your invoice/timesheet right from your device! The PDF can then be attached to a pre-formatted email for sending to production.

Just enter your start, and finish times and NZ Film Invoice© will take care of the rest including all those sometimes tricky rate and overtime calculations.You can even send those times daily via email to whoever collects times for the Daily Production Report (DPR).

After users have entered client and contractor details etc for the first time, all details will be saved allowing the user to merely enter new dates & times when a new invoice or timesheet is generated.

You can keep times for up to six contractors(one could be saved as e.g'Generic' if you have more than six members in your department and their times are similar) , which means if you have been burdened with the job of filling out your department's timesheets every week, things just got alot easier! Click on the contractor, fill out the hours( hours for each contractor can be individually edited if required) and save to a PDF which can be emailed straight from your device! No more crossed out, messy and sometimes coffee stained timesheets sent to payroll!


NZ Film Invoice is available from the Apple appstore for a 30% discounted opening price of $9.99 till the end of January 2011. $15 from the 1st of February.

Click the appstore link below to go and get it now!




Check out the walk through demo video below…………