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iOS 7 Is Coming, Here Is What You Need To Know

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There’s very little chance you missed the news that’s plastered everywhere, but just in case, here it is: Apple officially pulled the wraps off its next iteration of iOS at WWDC yesterday. Yes, come September, iOS 7 will be ready to load up on your devices. Facing stiff competition from Samsung, HTC and others, it was about time the Cupertino boys revamped at least the software behind their famous cash cows. Here’s an overview of the notable new features.

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iXoost iPhone Dock For Gearheads

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If you’ve got a thing for cars, and have the cash to display your affections ostentatiously, you could do worse than getting an iXoost. It’s a set of handmade-in-Italy speaker docks with 140W subwoofers that are made to look like engine manifolds. They come in V8, V10 and V12 configurations, and cost anywhere between $6548 and $8906. The pictures and the specification pages suggest that the iXoost works only with iDevices outfitted with the 30-pin connector, so while you can afford a sounds system that costs as much as a used car, the company seems to expect you to still use a device that’s a generation behind. Go figure. But hey, they sure are pretty.

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Kickstart This: MirrorCase for iPad Lets You Take Photos and Shoot Videos Horizontally

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Most of the time, you can’t really have the best of both worlds. But with the right gizmo, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too.

While the iPad’s rear-facing camera lets you take photos and shoot videos, you’d have to hold the tablet up vertically in order to do so. That makes typing or taking notes virtually impossible. Add that to the fact that you’d still need an app that will let you do both simultaneously. And just when you thought you had to go back to recording stuff with a phone and taking notes with a laptop, along came the MirrorCase.

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ChargeBite Dongle Invites You To Share Battery Power Among iPhones

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Running out of battery from the nonstop texting, but don’t feel like being tethered to a wall plug? Just borrow some juice from your friend’s iPhone or iPad. The ChargeBite keychain dongle works with any 30-pin iDevice and allows you to transfer electrons from one juiced up smartphone to a nearly dead one. Plug up to three devices at once and the charging begins automatically, presumably until an equilibrium is reached among them. There’s no setup, no pre-charging, no fuss involved. The ChargeBite is small enough to be easily carried in your pocket and will be very useful to the urban dweller who just can’t keep it in his pants (the iPhone, guys…). It’s currently on pre-order on IndieGogo for $25.

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iOS 6 Sees 29% Surge After The Release Of Google Maps

It was just last week that we were reporting on the return of Google Maps to the Apple App Store. In the article, we mentioned that a lot of people were still living with iOS 5 because of the absence of Google’s mapping solution on iOS 6. But few people had idea idea just how many people were in that boat! According to research by mobile ad company MoPub, in the five days following the release of the application, they saw a 29% increase in iOS 6 users, which they attribute to Google’s Maps being available again.

This is not entirely surprising: it was reported earlier that Google Maps was downloaded 10 million times in the first 48 hours. This is, we suspect, much to Apple’s chagrin.

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Finally: Google Maps To Return To iOS!

The horse is dead and been beaten into a pulp, we know: Apple’s Maps application is awful. It was just two days ago that we were reporting on one of its more “entertaining” failings. It’s been all the more frustrating due to the continued absence of the reigning king, Google Maps, from iOS 6. That’s about to change, apparently. AllThingD is reporting that Google Maps is to be released tonight. Finally!

Google’s mapping service had been prevented from being distributed on Apple’s platform due mainly to Google’s refusal to provide turn-by-turn voice directions on iOS devices. The search giant argued that it had invested massive sums gathering this data and wanted to provide this to Android, its own competing mobile platform. Apple balked, and went with its own, half-baked, replacement. Three months down the road, it is apparently capitulating, although the Cupertino company’s much maligned application will still be available and un-deletable on all its devices. That’s fine. We know of several people still living with iOS 5 because they didn’t want to live with Apple maps, and they’ll soon be able to update. As long as AllThingsD is right, of course, though they tend to know what they’re talking about.

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Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak On December 22nd? (Updated: It’s fake!)

A lot of people have been waiting with varying levels of patience for a Jailbreak to their iOS 6 devices. No luck so far, and the Dev Team has been reporting very little progress on that front, to everyone’s dismay. A sliver of hope is now appearing from an unusual source. An unknown hacker going by the name “Dream JB” has generated a lot of buzz with a claim that he has a working untethered Jailbreak for newer iOS devices, including the iPhone 5, and he’s going to release it on December 22. He’s not affiliated with the Dev Team, and for this reason has drawn the scorn and skepticism of many. But also the enthusiasm and interest of many more.

He does have a website setup, with an FAQ section, and he claims he’s going to post an unedited video today that proves the Jailbreak is working. As to why he’s waiting until December 22nd, Dream JB says that he’s basically waiting to finish his semester so as to not be overloaded while still in school. It is for anyone running iOS 6.0.1 on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (gen2 and beyond), iPad Mini, iPod Touch (gen4 and beyond). And it does use a software exploit which means that Apple can easily patch it with an update, so it’s going to be important for anyone interested to remain on 6.0.1 until the Jailbreak is released… if it is in fact released.

Of course, everyone knows that the world ends on December 21st… so there’s speculation this is all a joke. We’ll find out soon enough.

Update: Aaannd… it’s a fake. Something about this being “a social experiment” and “trust the Dev Team.” Yeah, ok, you got us. The hunt for the elusive Jailbreak continues…

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Apple Fixes “Life-Threatening” Bug, But Could There Be More?

Apple Maps, found in all iOS 6 devices, is quite probably the company’s most infamous failure to date. It’s been plagued with glitches, bugs and general design flaws from the get go. The latest, perhaps most embarrassing hiccup comes courtesy of a few unfortunate motorists in Australia who got stranded while looking for the town of Mildura. It turns out that Apple Maps gave them a location in the middle of the desert, some 44 miles away from the actual coordinates. To be more specific, the Australian Murray-Sunset National Park in the middle of summer is a hot, and inhospitable place; perhaps worst of all, the erroneous location of Mildura was in a zone absent of cellular coverage. Some motorists got there, presumably ran out of gas, and were unable to either call for help or drive away. In some cases, they were stranded for 24 hours. Sure enough, the police got in touch with the Cupertino giant to inform them of the potentially life-threatening situation, and the latest information is that the glitch has been fixed. Great.

But the damage and loss of trust in Apple’s product remains. What if there are other such “bugs”? Of course there are those who argue that one shouldn’t rely on GPS alone and we should use common sense. But in a situation like this, one that didn’t involve driving off road, are the motorists really to blame?

Apple’s stock has been mostly stagnant since April and a string of high profile layoffs makes one wonder if this could be the start of the world’s most valuable company’s decline, or just a regular bump on the road.

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iPhone Cake Pan Will Produce An Obsolete Cake

If you’re going to go to the trouble of making an iPhone-shaped cake, it’s because the person it’s intended for probably really likes Apple. Yeah, you know the type. The fanboy, the one who camps out days in advance whenever an iPhone launches, and who has all kinds of answers to every valid criticism of an Apple product that’s thrown at him. He’s… an Apple snob. So, you know what, the above cake mold is very likely to product a cake that will leave him disappointed. Because, you see, that’s not an iPhone 5 cake: there are only four rows of icons. He will eat it, and smile, but deep inside he’ll be thinking that if only you’d done your research you’d be eating the latest generation Apple cake. Geez.

No, we’re kidding. People like that don’t exist. Right? Right.

It’s about $15 (€12).

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