Alongside the user release of iOS 6.0.1, Apple has released iOS 6.1 beta to developers. The release supports a number of iOS devices, though the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini are absent from the list.
Apart from a change to a developer-side searching capability for Maps, other changes in the beta version are not immediately known. [via 9to5Mac]
Exogear has announced the Exoshift convertible sleeve ($40) for the iPad mini. The faux leather sleeve — which holds an iPad mini and folds into a stand, offering multiple viewing angles — appears to be a smaller, rebranded version of Taylor Technologies’ Smart Stand Sleeve.
The Exoshift comes in black, red, or brown, and is currently available to pre-order. It ships Nov. 27.
JBL introduced the SoundFly Air ($199), a plug-in speaker that streams music via Apple AirPlay using any iOS device and a Wi-Fi connection. The compact 20 watt speaker is white with a black grille, and it plugs directly into any AC wall outlet. It uses a free downloadable app to connect to your music library, browse cover art, adjust volume and tone, and customize the speaker’s digital signal processing.
Up to four SoundFly Air speakers can be synced together to listen to iTunes anywhere in your home. The SoundFly Air is currently available for pre-order.
Apple has released iOS 6.0.1. The update contains various improvements and bug fixes, including:
* a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air;
* a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard;
* an issue that could cause the camera flash not to go off;
* improved reliability of iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks;
* an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances;
* consolidation of the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match;
* a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen; and
* a bug affecting Exchange meetings.
iOS 6.0.1 can be updated directly from your iOS device using Settings > Software Update, or downloaded from iTunes.
Updated Nov. 2: The iPad mini also has iOS 6.0.1, available now.
Alongside the release of iOS 6.0.1 today, Apple also pushed out iOS Updater, a 69.7MB updater to fix “a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air.” iOS Updater is downloaded when an iPhone 5 uses the Software Update feature in its Settings menu, appearing as a new icon on the Home Screen; when launched, the app replicates the functionality of a standard software update, bringing iOS 6.0 up to iOS 6.0.1.
Presumably, iOS Updater will not be needed for future updates. After iOS 6.0.1 is installed, the icon disappears the first time it’s tapped.
iFixit has conducted an iPad mini teardown, finding a Samsung LCD and confirming stereo speakers — making the iPad mini the first handheld iDevice to have stereo speakers. It’s noted that though the teardown unit uses a Samsung LCD, some other iPad minis likely use different manufacturers. The battery is marked with confusing labels — it’s marked as a 3.72V, 16.5 Watt-hour, 4400 mAh battery. But elsewhere, it appears to be marked as a 3.78V, 16.9 Watt-hour battery. Apple’s tech specs list the battery as 16.3 Watt-hour.
Hynix 16 GB NAND Flash and 512 MB of RAM are included in the iPad mini, which reminds iFixit of a larger iPod touch. iFixit gives the iPad mini a low repairability score — 2 out of 10. The fifth-generation iPod touch didn’t fare much better, earning a 3 out of 10.
A notice of legal judgment posted by Apple on its U.K. website must be removed within 24 hours and replaced, Bloomberg reports. The court-ordered public “apology” from Apple to Samsung makes reference to Apple’s “cool” and “far more popular” iPad in comparison to the Galaxy tablet. U.K. judges criticized Apple’s notice as “untrue” and “incorrect,” and Samsung suggested that Apple’s reference to other courts’ decisions in similar cases was undermining the U.K. court’s authority. “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said. “That is a plain breach of the order.”
Apple lawyer Michael Beloff argued the notice’s “only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty,” not to punish or make Apple “grovel.” The company was required to post the notice after losing an appeal ruling to Samsung over tablet design infringement. An updated notice must acknowledge Apple’s inaccurate comments.
A new profile offers some in-depth observations regarding Apple’s Eddy Cue, the “master negotiator and product resuscitator” who’s taking over Apple’s Maps and Siri services. According to the Cnet story, Cue five years ago prevented a collapse in the relationship between Apple and the large record companies, as “the sides almost ‘went nuclear’ ” during a confrontation over song pricing. Cue also helped to transform the struggling MobileMe division into iCloud, and was in charge of keeping iPods, iPhones, and iPads packed with content.
The 48-year-old Cue was Steve Jobs’ “top troubleshooter and door opener with entertainment companies.” Interviews with executives from various industries reveal a tough but fair negotiator who seems to be well respected by virtually everybody, as well as a passionate fan of Duke’s Blue Devils basketball team.
Apple filed its annual 10-K report with the SEC on Wednesday, and the numbers include a significant increase in research and development expenses, growing $952 million—now $3.38 billion from $2.43 billion last year, an increase of roughly 40%. The company now has 72,800 full-time employees, and 390 retail stores averaging $51.5 million in annual revenue. It expects to open 30 to 35 new stores in 2013, “with approximately three-quarters located outside of the U.S.”
The report also reveals that Peter Oppenheimer was appointed Principal Accounting Officer of Apple. Former Senior VP of iOS Scott Forstall’s new position is officially titled Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, similar to a title Tony Fadell was given before he transitioned out of Apple to start Nest.
It’s back: the 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide is available for download today! Since 2004, iLounge’s famous Buyers’ Guides have given readers a comprehensive look at the growing worlds of Apple products, and our latest edition focuses on the pocket-sized iPod and iPhone families. The 2013 Guide features 208 pages of exhaustive information on the devices — including their histories — in addition to the best new accessories, apps, and games. Winners of our Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards are also featured in the guide. Additional details follow the download links below.
New features in the new Guide include smart advice on the eight current iPhone and iPod models, an updated color comparison chart for every iPhone and iPod model, a look at the initial collection of Lightning accessories, and a new section on the best ways to repurpose your old iPhone or iPod.
There’s also an in-depth comparison between iPhone and iPod cameras, a comparison shopping feature offering assistance on where to buy the devices, top Bluetooth speaker recommendations, and the year’s best 100 games and apps for the iPhone and iPod. Also included are brief sections on the recently announced iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, and what’s new in the world of Macs.
Our 2013 iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyers’ Guide is available in a computer- and iPad-friendly wide-screen version, a single-page version suitable for printing, and a small-screen version for viewing on the iPhone or iPod touch. We recommend that iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users download the Guide to their computers, then drag and drop it into iTunes for reading in iBooks. Each version is completely free for iLounge readers, and distributed in PDF format for maximum compatibility across devices. Feel free to share the Guide by telling a friend, or hosting it on your file sharing network of choice. Enjoy!