Nov. 15, 2012
- A newly discovered bug in iOS 6 can cause audio files to be downloaded from the web multiple times, even if the user only tries to download the file once. Needless to say, this can cause data plans to be used up faster than intended and lead to overage charges. If this turns out to be true, the bugs really are adding up in iOS 6. iOS 6 being so sloppy certainly goes further in justifying Scott Forstall's dismissal.
- Beta versions of iOS 6.1 are featuring a new default screen for Passbook that gives first-time users a better explanation of the app. I think this is a great idea. The current screen in Passbook when you have no content in it is awfully confusing.
- If it's iOS 6, there must be Maps news: Turn-by-turn navigation has come to Apple's Maps app in Australia. Also, Nokia is bringing its "Here" mapping app to iOS in the next few weeks.
- Text messaging in the U.S. is slightly down, a trend whose cause is being ascribed to iMessage.
- Apple and HTC have ended their long-running patent litigation with a 10-year agreement to cross license patents. One analyst has speculated that the agreement could see HTC paying Apple as much as US$8 per phone sold.
- Despite this agreement being a potential blueprint for other settlements, Samsung says it will not follow suit to end its litigation with Apple.
- Speaking of Samsung, a U.K. court has sanctioned Apple for not following the spirit of its order that Apple post a statement on its website saying Samsung did not copy Apple's products. While what Apple did--hiding the notice off screen--was clever, it was sort of childish. If I were that court, I'd be annoyed, too.
- In I really, really doubt it news: One Chinese media outlet claims that Apple is currently working on an iPhone 5S for release in the first quarter of 2013. When was the last time Apple rushed out a hardware product like this? Not only is it not what they do, there doesn't seem to be a need--the iPhone 5 is selling fine.