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!



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!!

iOS 4.1 to be released 8th September

September 6, 2010

At the Apple Keynote on 1st September,2010, Steve Jobs announced that the iOS4.1 software update will be available soon, and that is now rumored to be the 8th September.

This is good news for iphone 3g users that have had issues with performance since upgrading to 4.0

Here is a quick round up of new features:

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos: Steve Jobs explained that HDR photos are created using 3 photos taken in rapid succession: one normal, one under-exposed, and one over-exposed. The photos are then combined using some pretty sophisticated algorithms to create an enhanced composite photo

Game Center: Apple’s social gaming network

Ability to rent TV shows from your iPhone for $0.99 (not available here in New Zealand…..surprise,surprise!)

HD video upload from your iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi

Fix for proximity sensor, Bluetooth and iPhone 3G iOS 4 performance problems!

Compatible Jailbreak Application List

August 4, 2010

If you have jailbroken you iphone using JailbreakMe, then you might want to know what jailbreak apps are currently working on iOS4.0. Follow this link to Apple iphone School to find out!

Cheers Ants!

Unlock iphone 4 or iphone 3gs with Ultrasnow!

August 4, 2010

Well hot on the heels of comex’s ‘JailBreakMe’ the first jailbreak via the iphone safari app, comes the dev team’s ‘Ultrasn0w’ unlock!

According to the follow post from, users can unlock all baseband versions of the iphone 3gs and iphone 4. The Ultrasn0w unlock is availble via Cydia, so you will need to jailbreak first. Click here for more on JailBreakMe, and read more from the iphonehacks post…………

iPhone Dev Team has released Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 to unlock iPhone 4 just as we had expected.

This makes it the world’s first free softwaresolution to unlock iPhone 4. iPhone Dev team had already released Ultrasn0w 0.93 to unlock all basebands since iPhone OS 3.0including baseband 05.13.04 that comes bundled with iOS 4 for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G users.

iPhone Dev Team announced the release of Ultrasn0w for iPhone 4 on their blog:

Version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w works for:

  • iPhone4 baseband 01.59
  • 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04

So if you have jailbroken your iPhone 4 on iOS 4 or iOS 4.0.1 usingJailbreakMe then you should be able to install Ultrasn0w from Cydia to unlock your iPhone 4 for free.

Ultrasn0w 1.0-1 can also be installed by iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GSusers to unlock their iPhone on iOS 4 or iOS 4.0.1 or earlier (upto iPhone OS 3.0).

Here are the steps that you can follow:

  1. Launch Cydia
  2. Please add the repo to Cydia.  That last “o” is actually the number zero “0”. If you use the letter “o” you’ll get an error.
  3. Then search for ‘ultrasn0w’ in Cydia and install ultrasn0w.
  4. T-Mobile USA users should disable 3G before using ultrasn0w.

This should successfully unlock your iPhone.

We have already got confirmations from our readers that they’ve successfully unlocked their iPhone 4.

As always, let us know how it goes.

Thanks everyone for the tip!