Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook

Flipboard updated to version 2.0 on iOS

Posted by: Brett

Flipboard for iOS has been updated to version 2.0 and it brings with it some welcomed new features. Version 2.0 lets you create your own magazines, which other users can search and subscribe to, if you don’t choose to make it private, of course. There’s also a bookmarklet you can add to Safari to let you add articles to your magazine from the browser itself. You can choose to get notifications when someone subscribes, likes, or comments on your magazine.

Here’s everything else that’s new in v2.0:

★ You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started. If you prefer to remove the “+” button, you can turn it Off in Settings.
★ Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you) at any time.
★ Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser. Get it at https://share.flipboard.com.
★ Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
★ Email whole magazines or share them to your social network. Of course, you can still share or email any single article, photo or video.
★ Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
★ Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new improved results.
★ Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.

The update is free and is available now in the iOS App Store. It’ll be available next month on Android.

Source: Flipboard, App Store

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 and update for Apple TV

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.3 today as a minor update for all iOS 6 supported devices. The update brings a fix for the security flaw that could allow someone to gain access to your Phone app by exploiting a lock screen flaw, as well as Map improvements for Japan.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  •  Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
  •  Improvements to Maps in Japan

The update also reportedly patches the Evasi0n jailbreak, although a tethered jailbreak has already been released for iOS 6 devices utilizing pre-A5 chips. If you’re jailbroken, updating to 6.1.3 will remove your jailbreak and render you unable to re-jailbreak for you’re device is an iPhone 4S or later, an iPod touch 5 or later, or iPad 2 or later.

Apple also released iOS 5.2.1 for the Apple TV second gen or later which patches some security flaws and brings a redesigned Hulu interface.

Source: Apple

Real Racing 3 launches on iOS and Android

Posted by: Brett

Real Racing 3 has finally launched today on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store after months of video teasers and excitement. Real Racing 3 is one of the most anticipated app launches of the year and the best part about it is that it’s available for free. The third iteration of admittedly the most realistic mobile racing games brings with it a bevy of new cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. It features officially licensed tracks and a new feature called Time Shifted Multiplayer which let’s you play someone, even if they’re offline, thanks to new AI technology.

The only real downside to the game is that it uses a freemium app model and therefore you have the option of purchasing coins to advance faster in the game. Real Racing 3 is available now in both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Source: Google Play Store, iOS App Store

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2 with Exchange bug fix

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.2 for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone this afternoon to patch an Exchange bug which caused the battery to drain quicker than normal on some devices. The update size seems to vary depending on your device, with some being 107 MB, and others being 11.5 MB and 12.8 MB. The update consists of one change

Fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.

iOS 6.1.2 is said to not fix the password exploit found last week which allows for PIN / password locks to be bypassed by completing a combination of button presses and actions. Apple did say last week that the exploit would be patched in a future update, although it’s been confirmed that it’s still present. iOS 6.1.2 also does not patch the evasi0n jailbreak exploit.

Apple released iOS 6.1.1 last week for only the iPhone 4S to fix 3G performance after reports emerged that the 4S was suffering from dismal 3G  speeds. Vodafone had been advising its users to not update to 6.1 prior to 6.1.1 being released.

Source: Apple

Apple updates iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1.1

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.1 to the iPhone 4S today after numerous reports of battery and cellular performance plaguing the device since the release of iOS 6.1 on January 28th. Vodafone recently started to advise users against updating to iOS 6.1 until Apple release an update to fix 3G performance. AOL was also forced to disable meeting management features on iOS devices because a bug in iOS 6.1.

iOS 6.1.1, build 10B145, is out now and Apple says it does in fact “fix an issue would could impact cellular performance and reliability for the iPhone 4S”. iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 was released last week to improve Maps for Japanese users, although Apple says it will be given a new version number with the next developer beta and will include the fixes from iOS 6.1.1 and the Map improvements for Japanese users.

iOS 6.1.1 beta will be renamed to a different version with the next developer release and will include the fixes included in the public release of iOS 6.1.1 in addition to the improvements to Maps for Japan.

Source: 9to5mac

Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 beta 1

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 to developers today via the iOS Developer Center. The release appears to be relatively minor and it only looks to bring big Map improvements to users in Japan. Here are the release notes thanks to 9to5mac:

iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:

  •  Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
  • Updated freeway color to green
  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices
  • Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

It’s unclear whether the update includes any other improvements or patches, such as a patch for the “evasi0n” jailbreak which was released Monday. iH8sn0w on Twitter says the update is labeled as a beta but does not include an expiration date / timer (which would cause it to expire) like past betas. This could be to prevent last-minute beta releases to avoid a beta expiring on developers which almost happened with iOS 6.1 beta 4 (before the release of what was beta 5). iOS 6.1 beta 5 also did not include an expiration date but it ended up being the same build released to the public.

Source: 9to5mac