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Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the system-requirements:-one-button dept.

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redletterdave writes "At next week's WWDC 2012 in San Francisco, Apple is expected to unveil new laptops, desktops, accessories, and software features for its Mac OS X platform. But on Friday afternoon, several pictures surfaced on Twitter showing banners released around Moscone West in San Francisco, saying 'iOS 6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system.'"

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I'll be there, however (5, Funny)

cyclebiff (2509462) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262609)

In before the Anti-Apple rants. I'll be at the event early Monday in line, wearing the Android and Apple logo making out t-shirt. Pray for me, as I'll be trolling the event the entire week with my free pass ;)

Re:I'll be there, however (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262779)

In before the Anti-Apple rants.

Slashdot: Where nerds prance around being smug and hip by blaming the users of Apple products of being smug and hip.

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40263129)

Score 2, Funny (we're laughing at you, not with you)

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40263485)

Please post a photo of this t-shirt!

Re:I'll be there, however (1)

blind monkey 3 (773904) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263779)

In before the Anti-Apple rants. I'll be at the event early Monday in line, wearing the Android and Apple logo making out t-shirt. Pray for me, as I'll be trolling the event the entire week with my free pass ;)

Which one is the "daddy" and which is the "babysitter"? Is there one with the Microsoft logo watching...chainsaw in hand?

Re:I'll be there, however (2)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264099)

Which one is the "daddy" and which is the "babysitter"? Is there one with the Microsoft logo watching...chainsaw in hand?

You have a very peculiar idea of what "making out" means. Please stay away from me.

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264589)

He's been watching babysitter porn...

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

jo42 (227475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265253)

wearing the Android and Apple logo making out t-shirt

You can have my "Android rhymes with Hemorrhoid" t-shirt to wear on top...

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40268727)

What are you, like 10 years old?

Re:I'll be there, however (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40266821)

What the fuck does this "in before" shit mean? It's some crap from meme sites, isn't it? It's a load of shit. Stop using it.

Can it multitask yet? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262703)

True Multitasking?

Re:Can it multitask yet? (4, Funny)

Russ1642 (1087959) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262977)

Well, you can always drive while texting.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (1, Flamebait)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263063)

Yes, that's an iOS 4 feature.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40272151)

I have an iOS5 touch and a Playbook. iOS5 multitasking Playbook multitasking.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40265019)

Yes, but it can only be used by true Scotsmen.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40265671)

No, but there are work-arounds for draining the battery.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40267731)

IOS is a derivative of MacOS X which is a full on unix OS. The full multitasking was disabled for power management reasons and because of the user interface issues.

The current scheme satisfies what end users use the phone for.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40268795)

It's a shame that iOS is so poorly written that multitasking causes power issues. Android multitasks flawlessly without any of those kinds of problems.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (1)

drkstr1 (2072368) | more than 2 years ago | (#40269297)

I'm no fan of Apple, but I can say for certainty that the battery on my iPad 1/2 lasts much longer than on my XOOM and Transformer. I can leave the iPads in my desk for weeks on standby and it will still have a charge. I take my Transformer home because I enjoy using it more, but it would be incorrect to say Android is just as power efficient as iOS (although I'm sure there are some corner cases where this is true).

Re:Can it multitask yet? (1)

Chrontius (654879) | more than 2 years ago | (#40272145)

Bwahahaha.

No it doesn't. I went through a couple headline Android devices before I switched to an iPhone 4, and neither lasted a whole day without an afternoon top-up.

Re:Can it multitask yet? (2)

Karlt1 (231423) | more than 2 years ago | (#40269171)

So tell me again what you can't do with the iOS's "fake" multitasking?

Re:Can it multitask yet? (1)

Chrontius (654879) | more than 2 years ago | (#40272141)

While I am both a fan and a happy iPhone user, the recent versions of AIM for iPhone are terribly unreliable, and have a habit of dumping messages people send me if they're the first few in a conversation, or I don't view them immediately. Either situation eats messages. AIM is no longer capable of being a useful asynchronous communication method, and the version they rolled out to fix the problem, did not.

Least surprising thing ever (5, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262705)

It's like putting together an article proclaiming there will, in fact, be a next week next week.

Re:Least surprising thing ever (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263411)

It's like putting together an article proclaiming there will, in fact, be a next week next week.

Ah, but while next week may be a lot like this week, the new system will be more advanced than the old system.

Re:Least surprising thing ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40270113)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Apple is announcing iOS 7.0 at WWDC 2013! Start the printing presses!

And the world let out a giant yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262707)

The gaping hole of an abyssal tongue cavern lashed out for a moment.

As though it were trying to communicate something of needful pertinence, that sanguine member flopped sullenly over the dental canyon.

Alas, there was nothing to say. The darkness of that place beneath the thought of speech where relative import lies, the yawn but covered it a moment and was gone.

Re:And the world let out a giant yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264213)

Your post makes me want to return to gamemakerdom and CleanMyPC.

Re:And the world let out a giant yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264371)

That's the biggest tl;dr I've ever seen.

I know it's pointless (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262751)

But how the hell can they claim they have the most advanced anything... iOS is so crippled I'm not sure it can be called a OS. I think Fifa 2012 has more functionality than iOS. I don't even have a smartphone, but I've used both and Android really feels like an actual device you could get stuff done in, while iOS stuff are just... well... toys.

I don't remember how they introduced the lie about OSX being the world's best OS, but I guess they just made that one up too.

Re:I know it's pointless (2, Funny)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263105)

If you don't have a smartphone, and you only played with an android, you don't know the difference.

Therefor, you are just a toy.

Re:I know it's pointless (3, Insightful)

scot4875 (542869) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263215)

GP said "I've used both".

I've also used both. There are nice things about iOS. It's definitely prettier (though ICS is damn slick) and slightly 'smoother'. For features that matter, though -- such as being able to use my own hardware the way I want to -- Android wins hands down.

--Jeremy

Re:I know it's pointless (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40263745)

For features like getting malware and trojans Android is definitely the best!

Re:I know it's pointless (1)

tensedUp (2658005) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264933)

Your mom is much better for getting viruses. But, yes, you're right, I make sure to use Trojans.

Re:I know it's pointless (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264161)

I've also used both. There are nice things about iOS. It's definitely prettier (though ICS is damn slick) and slightly 'smoother'.

And more stable. I only know 2 people in real life that have Androids, and in the short time I've seen each of them using the things, they've both had to restart them. Both whilst using them as Satnavs. I don't know if the instability is limited to sat nav - it's just the only time I ever see anyone using an Android. Oh, and the GPS accuracy in both cases was appalling too.

Re:I know it's pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264859)

What kind of Android phones were they? Painting all of Android as being less stable than iOS because a couple of your friends have issues is kind of moronic actually. I have a Galaxy Nexus and an iPad and the iPad apps crash a lot more than the GNex despite the Android device having a lot more apps on it.

Re:I know it's pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264981)

such as being able to use my own hardware the way I want to

What does that even mean? ..and can you do it without rooting your Android device? If no, then it seems like your praising of Android is misplaced.

Re:I know it's pointless (0)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263777)

Relax, it's just marketing fluff. Every company does this with their products.

I'm curious what you mean by "getting stuff done" when using a phone, though. What "stuff" are you trying to "get done" that iOS can't do for you?

Re:I know it's pointless (2, Insightful)

leenks (906881) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263831)

I have owned both (and used a number of ICS devices) and feel far more comfortable in iOS. Maybe that is familiarity, but most of it is fluidity. I have to use crappy Windows and Linux environments all day. Something that feels more fluid, consistent, and integrated is most welcome when I finish work and am reunited with my mobile devices.

And ? (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267273)

What is your point ?.. I am now informed of your preference.. So I counter with (guess what ) similar qualifications as you have.. I've used the same phone OS's as you did, and I am more comfortable with Android.. I also run Linux at home, and work all day providing tech support to Windows and Mac users.. I can own and run whatever I want, and I can tell you if Mac OS and Windows (XP/Vista/Win7) were free, I would still be running my Linux.. But higher road, I won't call any of them crappy (although Vista is pushing it).. Here is the thing.. there is no "I win !", all of the operating systems we've talked about are very functional.. Some may be better for some people who are less functional, but that doesn't mean the OS or those that use it are better than the OS's or people who use something else..

And ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40267313)

Whats your point? You just explained something everyone already knows. Yes its an opinion.. Duh ! Are you retarded? Did you think comments on a website were somehow scientific literature?

To get back on-topic. I am fairly interested in seeing what services Apple does end up replacing in iOS6. I guess the most likely is their mapping service. Suddenly location information is the new 'hot-cakes' as far as data-mining is concerned. Almost every freaking app is trying to get my GPS location.

On another note, I wish Apple would just buy the top 10 cydia tweaks/apps and just integrate them into iOS. After all, several hundred thousand users(or w/e the number is) have voted and are wiling to go through great lengths to jailbreak and get those features.

How much? (-1, Offtopic)

another_gopher (1934682) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262775)

Can anyone zoom in enough to spot the price sticker? I reckon the charge to upgrade for existing users isn't going to go down too well...

Re:How much? (4, Insightful)

Cinder6 (894572) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262825)

Yeah, people will hate that $0 upgrade fee.

The price sticker will probably say "Free". (4, Informative)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262903)

Can anyone zoom in enough to spot the price sticker? I reckon the charge to upgrade for existing users isn't going to go down too well...

The price sticker will probably say "Free".

Apple used to charge iPod touch users for some upgrades due to regulatory/accounting regulations. iPhone users were not subject to this regulation and were not charged. Apple wants people to upgrade iOS, they want as few barriers as possible to upgrades. They are actually somewhat aggressive in pushing users to the most recent version. They don't really want people out there running older versions.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262999)

They are actually somewhat aggressive in pushing users to the most recent version. They don't really want people out there running older versions.

It's harder to pick the lock if someone keeps changing it...

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263073)

Can anyone zoom in enough to spot the price sticker? I reckon the charge to upgrade for existing users isn't going to go down too well...

The price sticker will probably say "Free".

Probably right, that is unless the upgrade is unavailable for your device (i.e. older iPhones), or breaks it.

Under those circumstances, I contend the upgrade price will be the price of whatever phone Apple is pimping at the time of iOS 6's release.

Some older iPhone designs are "free" (3, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263355)

Can anyone zoom in enough to spot the price sticker? I reckon the charge to upgrade for existing users isn't going to go down too well...

The price sticker will probably say "Free".

Probably right, that is unless the upgrade is unavailable for your device (i.e. older iPhones), or breaks it. Under those circumstances, I contend the upgrade price will be the price of whatever phone Apple is pimping at the time of iOS 6's release.

Today Apple is offering an iPhone 3GS 8GB for "free" (with an AT&T plan) and it runs the more recent version of iOS. There will probably be a similar plan for iOS 6.

Personally I wouldn't be surprised if iOS 6 supports the 3GS. The 3GS is basically using the same CPU and GPU architectures as the more modern phones, unlike the discontinued 3G. So unless they want to go pure Retina display there isn't much reason to pass on the 3GS. Now if Apple does go the pure Retina display route then as an iPhone 5 is released the original 4 will probably become the "free" phone and offer iOS 6.

Re:Some older iPhone designs are "free" (0)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263499)

Personally I wouldn't be surprised if iOS 6 supports the 3GS. The 3GS is basically using the same CPU and GPU architectures as the more modern phones, unlike the discontinued 3G

Good point, hadn't thought of that.

OT: how will prices change with iPhone 5 (& wh (1)

KWTm (808824) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267857)

I'll sneak in a somewhat OT question here to take advantage of the expertise of the collective Slashdot hive mind:

- how will the prices for the 3GS and other available (unlocked) iPhones be affected in the near future?
- will the iPhone 5 announcement announcement also be at WWDC?

I'm looking to buy an iPhone 4S for my wife -- unlocked, of course, so we don't have to go begging for the freedom to put any microSIM we want into the phone -- and am wondering whether prices will drop in a few weeks after WWDC, especially if they announce the iPhone 5 with 3-D display and Siri-2 with the mind-reading features.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (1)

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267493)

The price sticker will probably say "Free".

Probably right, that is unless the upgrade is unavailable for your device (i.e. older iPhones), or breaks it. Under those circumstances, I contend the upgrade price will be the price of whatever phone Apple is pimping at the time of iOS 6's release.

Let me get this straight:you are an Android user complaining about the upgradability of Apple's phones. Good one.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (5, Informative)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263267)

Apple used to charge iPod touch users for some upgrades due to regulatory/accounting regulations. iPhone users were not subject to this regulation and were not charged. Apple wants people to upgrade iOS, they want as few barriers as possible to upgrades. They are actually somewhat aggressive in pushing users to the most recent version. They don't really want people out there running older versions.

It was the Sarbanes/Oxley Act (SOX) that did it. Basically to avoid another Enron-style disaster, they made it that revenue already realized was for product already delivered. Apple at the time chose to recognize the sale of an iPod Touch the instant you bought the iPod Touch. Giving you a new version meant increased functionality which meant that they shouldn't have recognized the entire sale of the product when it was sold and would have to restate earnings to that effect.

The iPhone wasn't covered because revenue for it was being recognized recurringly - every month, so an update to the OS would just count towards that current month's revenue.

Of course, seeing as no one really bothered (you could pirate iOS for the iPod Touch just fine), and seeing how Android updates crashed and burned, I'm guessing Apple redid the way they recognized iPod revenue.

Microsoft, BTW, doesn't do that for its software - it has always recognized revenue from sales of software over 3 years or so, so can keep delivering feature updates.

Oh, and generally, people recognize revenue the moment something is sold, not broken up over a period of months.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0, Troll)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264191)

Pure Apple-fan drivel. There's nothing keeping Apple from recognizing revenue over the expected lifetime of its products. The only thing driving this anti-customer behavior is that they know that they can get away with it and their fanbase is willing to put up with this abuse. SOX just gave Jobs the excuse he needed to fleece his loathesome flock the way he wanted to all along.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264515)

There's nothing keeping Apple from recognizing revenue over the expected lifetime of its products.

which is exactly what they are doing. The last paid-for update of iOS was around five years ago. get your head out of whatever hole it's in and find something legitimate to bitch about. Or shut up. Either option is fine.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40266825)

Pure Apple-fan drivel. There's nothing keeping Apple from recognizing revenue over the expected lifetime of its products. The only thing driving this anti-customer behavior is that they know that they can get away with it and their fanbase is willing to put up with this abuse. SOX just gave Jobs the excuse he needed to fleece his loathesome flock the way he wanted to all along.

The update was five bucks, fucktard. Hardly "fleecing"...

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (1)

Kalriath (849904) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267071)

Then how exactly do you justify Windows XP updates being offered for 10 years? I guarantee Microsoft didn't "recognize revenue on Windows XP sales over 10 years". Xbox 360s always got free updates. PS3s always got free updates. Samsung Galaxies always got free updates as long as they felt like offering them. HTC Blue Angels always got free updates. Basically, Apple was the only company that for some reason had Sarbanes-Oxley limitations preventing them giving out free updates. I'm pretty sure Sarbanes-Oxley didn't start with "APPLICABILITY: This regulation shall apply only to Apple, Inc" so it's clear that Apple was talking shit.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40264349)

The upgrade cost comes in the need to buy new hardware. iOS 6 will undoubtedly not support iPhone 3G and similarly-old iPods. iOS 7 will undoubtedly not support iPhone 4. So it's free only so long as you stay on the upgrade treadmill.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265697)

Big woop, I still can't put ICS on my Galaxy Tab.

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (1)

MrDoh! (71235) | more than 2 years ago | (#40266911)

Check XDA, been running it for a fair few months now, it's very impressive (Cyanogenmod9)

Re:The price sticker will probably say "Free". (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40268905)

Thanks man, have a good weekend.

No pics of the other banner? (0, Flamebait)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262791)

Stark white, with clear silhouettes of multicolored bugs crawling across the surface.

It reads: "OS X Mountain Lion - 99% of our team was reassigned to iOS 6. But hey, only $30!"

The Tagline Says it All (2, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262967)

iOS 6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system.

Nobody sucks Apple's dick harder than Apple.*

Nobody.





* OK, so technically that applies to the marketing department of, well, everyone who does marketing... but we're not discussing them now, are we? :D

Re:The Tagline Says it All (1, Funny)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263031)

You gotta admit, technically they're right.

Re:The Tagline Says it All (0)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263085)

You gotta admit, technically they're right.

Technically the statement is subjective (especially considering we're talking about software that hasn't even been released yet), and thus incapable of being either right or wrong.

Re:The Tagline Says it All (3, Informative)

scot4875 (542869) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263239)

Technically, they can't be proven wrong, so they might as well be right in the eyes of their customers.

Just like pretty much every religion.

--Jeremy

Re:The Tagline Says it All (1)

khipu (2511498) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267143)

No, technically they are wrong. iOS is a hacked version of Mach and BSD, Objective-C, and NeXTStep libraries. Apple has done a good job on the engineering side, improving both the user experience and the quality of the code. But in no sense of the word is iOS "advanced". And even when it come to features, they have been a generation or two behind Android release on features like multitasking, notifications, background operations, and APIs.

Re:The Tagline Says it All (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40267331)

You can't just choose features you want and claim its not advanced. A space shuttle will lose in a checkbox list-of-features war with a private luxury jet airplane, but the "goes into space" feature makes it more advanced than anything else out there.

Android is like your typical OSS project - funky UI, weird lag, dozens of "features" because the designers think the design is giving users 100 checkboxes to play with, etc.

is this fixed? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262995)

Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

If not...no thanks.

Re:is this fixed? (3)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263049)

Yeah, you'd have to use the absinthe security patch with version 5.1.1.

Since 6 isn't out yet, we can't exactly speak for it.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263111)

Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

Yeah, you'd have to use the absinthe security patch with version 5.1.1.

TL:DR?

Obviously.

Re:is this fixed? (1, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263641)

Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

Yes, for an extra $649 (if you don't already own a Mac) plus $99 per year.

Re:is this fixed? (2)

Microlith (54737) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263717)

For 120 days, at which point you have to redo the signature. Oh, and you can only give it to a handful of people for the same amount of time.

Re:is this fixed? (2)

leenks (906881) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263867)

For $99 a year you can publish to the app store for a year, so you can give it to any number of people. After which the apps disappear of course. Boo.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264375)

You can't publish any random app to the store, though, it's got to pass Apple's screening.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

zoloto (586738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264517)

That's not difficult at all.

Re:is this fixed? (0)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264573)

That depends on the app. There are lot of "don'ts" in the rules, it's not like anything goes.

Re:is this fixed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40265521)

The majority pass. Those that don't pass usually know why they will fail before they are ever submitted (replacing iOS functions seems to be the number one reason apps get rejected). Sure, there are lots of don'ts, but they are clear and well documented. It's not a mystery hole of random rejections.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265673)

Now go back all the way up to the first post where a question was asked, "can I run any software I want on my own device". Not with the app store, you can't.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 2 years ago | (#40268271)

Now go back all the way up to the first post where a question was asked, "can I run any software I want on my own device". Not with the app store, you can't.

Now go back to the post before the app store was first mentioned as a way to get around the limit that any app could be run by "only" 100 people. You know, where the claim that you couldn't run any app you want on an iPhone was disproven, and the goal post moving started.

Re:is this fixed? (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40269573)

When you move the goal posts, the assumption is that all the previous ones are subsumed in the new one. There still isn't an explanation on how you can run any app that you want and share it with more than 100 people

Re:is this fixed? (1)

safetyinnumbers (1770570) | more than 2 years ago | (#40266445)

Can I run any software I want on my own device yet,

Forget that. Can it display the title of a podcast that's even moderately long?

Re:is this fixed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40266705)

Only if it is written for it, much like for any other OS and device/computer combination out there. It's not like anyone would take serious someone who came and wanted to return an Android device because they could not install Lightroom on it.

Needs a "Who gives a shit?" tag (-1, Troll)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263055)

Seriously. Or maybe a "sucking cock for page views" tag.

Is that too long for a tag?

Most advanced OS (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40263477)

I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't want an advanced OS. I want a simple OS that sits in the background and leaves me alone. The real work should be done by the apps.

Re:Most advanced OS (1)

medcalf (68293) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263937)

The OS includes the APIs that the app writers use.

Re:Most advanced OS (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263955)

Yeah, I embraced smartphones as far as their ability to provide e-mail access, a web browser and GPS/map functions. Very useful.

Downloadable apps tailored for specific needs? Okay, that's cool.

Widgets, animated icons, voice command assistants, high-intensity visual effects... Now you're losing me.

Re:Most advanced OS (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264233)

Why should you have to open an application to get the utility you want from your device? Seems like a rather arbitrary distinction to me.

Re:Most advanced OS (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265499)

As opposed to...? Do you know of a better method?

Re:Most advanced OS (2)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 2 years ago | (#40266305)

So, just call it a plug-in for the OS. Otherwise, how else are you going to have arbitrary and open-ended functionality? Or would you rather you bought the phone and all it could ever do was baked into it on the day you bought it. That's what phones used to be like. Whatever happened to them?

Woo Hoo! (1)

willoughby (1367773) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263593)

The last update upgraded my ATT iPhone 4S from a 3G to 4G! (*holds out phone* See, it says it right here on the bar at the top of the screen. See it?) So, I wonder what I can expect next. Whoa... I'm dizzy....

Re:Woo Hoo! (4, Informative)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264013)

You can blame Verizon and Sprint and the International Telecommunications Union standards body. Originally 4G was supposed to mean the 4th generation succeeding what we know as 3G today. The standards specified a network speed minimum. LTE which is on the Verizon and Sprint networks qualify for 4G except for speed. But the standards body allowed them to claim their networks as "4G". That led AT&T and T-mobile to cry foul as their upgraded 3G+ (3.5G) networks were theoretically faster than Verizon's and Sprint's. So the standards body relaxed the standard so AT&T and T-mobile's networks now qualify for "4G" label. The upgrade simply relabeled the network as AT&T designated it.

Re:Woo Hoo! (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264299)

The problem is the that the ITU standard for 4G was based solely on network speed, and not network technology. I don't blame Verizon for calling its LTE network 4G (because it is). I blame the butthurt marketing dickbags at AT&T for re-marketing their crappy 3G network as 4G instead of investing in an authentic 4G network.

Re:Woo Hoo! (3, Interesting)

schnell (163007) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265153)

I blame the butthurt marketing dickbags at AT&T for re-marketing their crappy 3G network as 4G instead of investing in an authentic 4G network.

If you want to point fingers, it kinda sorta goes back to Sprint. They didn't want to invest in their own next-generation data network, so they started using Clearwire's WiMax network for data. Even though the speeds were nothing like the ITU's version of "4G," they started marketing it as such because "hey, it's a generation after 3G so ... it must be 4G."

AT&T and Verizon both planned to invest in LTE for their 4G networks, but poor T-Mobile USA didn't have (or want to spend) the cash for a real next-gen network. So T-Mo looked around and said, "hey, our HSPA+ network is much faster than what Sprint is calling '4G' so ... it must be 4G!"

AT&T had already planned a big LTE investment but it wasn't going to roll out until 2012 so they got tired of having the same thing as T-Mo (HSPA+) but getting beat up by T-Mobile with "we have 4G and you don't" so they sank to T-Mobile's level and started branding HSPA+ as "4G." Not very mature, but hey that's marketing.

And that's how you got to a situation where only two of the four major US carriers have deployed LTE (AT&T and Verizon) but all four claim to have 4G networks. Even better, three of the four all actually claim to have "the nation's largest 4G network." Oh, and to top it all off, all four will have LTE within the next two years but will almost certainly not be calling it the same thing. :-)

Re:Woo Hoo! (1)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 2 years ago | (#40268759)

I blame anyone who tries to boil down a complex set of technologies into a single incrementing number for the purpose of marketing to idiots.

The same thing happened to CDROM speeds, remember? I remember when a 2X CDROM drive was twice as fast as a 1X. Then, marketing departments figured out that the number before the X didn't really have to measure anything, so they just kept re-labeling their drives with bigger numbers before the X, and it became meaningless.

Re:Woo Hoo! (1)

jaak (1826046) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264281)

Woo hoo!! I can't wait for 5G on my soon to be upgraded iOS 6 iPhone!!!

Siri on the iPad?!? (1)

Mattwolf7 (633112) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264529)

"The iPad already helps users write and share documents, track of financial data and create ready-to-go slide presentations, but Siri can also remind employees of meetings, help them perform research, or even set timers if they're working on a deadline. Because of the tablet's flexibility, the iPad can be perfect for all business settings, from small start-ups to large enterprises and beyond."

Wow Siri really offers some killer business features - reminders!!! This article seems like it was stretching to pat Apple on the back... Is this just a marketing handout disguised as a news article?

six? (1, Funny)

Nethead (1563) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264575)

I thought we were up to IOS 15.0 [wikipedia.org] now.

Chrome just updated to 20 (0)

rjejr (921275) | more than 2 years ago | (#40265133)

What, no love for Chrome 20? Shouldn't that be some kind of milestone?

"most advanced"? (1, Insightful)

khipu (2511498) | more than 2 years ago | (#40267137)

iOS is pretty well engineered and has a good user experience. But "most advanced"? Its technology (Objective-C, Xcode, many of the libraries) come from the 1980's and haven't changed much. Technically, the "most advanced" is probably Windows phone, with its JIT compilers, C# 4.0, and all the other stuff. But "most advanced" rarely results in a good user experience.

Re:"most advanced"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40269847)

But "most advanced"?

iOS 6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system.*

* of mobile operating systems that run on an iPhone

skipped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40267337)

Am I the only one who just skips over Apple stories with the exception of law suits (initiated by Apple) as they potentially matter to what I use?

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