Jailbreak iOS 6.0 on iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPhone 3GS (A4-devices only)

It’s been quite some time since the release of the all new iOS 6.0. A tethered jailbreak IS available for Pre-A5 i.e. only iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, and iPhone 3GS. If you’re on A5, or newer devices, DO NOT update to iOS 6 until a jailbreak is released. Also, if you rely on an unlock for your iPhone 4 or 3GS do not update, as this will update your baseband, making it impossible to be unlocked. Though, you can Preserve your baseband using the latest release of redsn0w.
Unlike older versions of redsn0w, in the latest version, you do not need to have an IPSW firmware for your device to jailbreak. It automatically downloads the required files, and proceeds with the jailbreak. So you no londer have to point it to an IPSW file in order to jailbreak, or boot tethered.
But if you have no internet connection, or if your connection is really slow, and you HAVE the IPSW file for your device, you can still point redsn0w to the IPSW file, and it’ll work the same way it did with the previous versions.

You can also restore your device using the latest redns0w release! That means you no longer need iTunes to do that. You can also re-restore select devices from 5.x to 5.x, or downgrade select devices from iOS 6.0 to older iOS version IF you have the SHSH blobs saved for those firmwares.

To jailbreak your A4 device on iOS 6.0, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the latest redsn0w 0.9.15b for Windows | Mac .
  2. Download iOS 6 from here, if you haven’t already, and update your A4 device using the IPSW file. (Google it if you don’t know how to do that)
  3. Run redsn0w. If you’re on OS X Mountain Lion, Ctrl-Click on the redsn0w icon, and select Open from the new menu. If you’re on Windows, right click on the redsn0w icon, and select Run As Administrator.
  4. After redsn0w has started and detected your device, click on Jailbreak, select install Cydia, and put your device into DFU Mode. Redsn0w will show you how to do that. After that, redsn0w will start jailbreaking your A4 device through a limera1n exploit. After everything is done, your device will reboot.
    NOTE: If you have no internet connection, or a very slow connection, you have to download the IPSW file, and then point redsn0w to it in order to jailbreak your device.To point redsn0w to your IPSW file, go to the Extras option in redsn0w and click on Select IPSW, and then select the IPSW file for your device.
  5. After your device reboots, you have to boot it tethered. To do that, just start redsnow, click on Extras, then click on Just Boot. You’ll again have to enter DFU mode, redsn0w will help you with that.
    If you have a slow, or no internet connection, then point it to the IPSW file by going into Extras>Select IPSW and select the IPSW file. And then, go back and click on Just Boot.
  6. Your device will reboot with a Cydia icon on the homescreen. Congrats! You’ve jailbroken your A4 device on iOS 6.0. Search Google for the list of Cydia Tweaks compatible with iOS 6.

An important feature of the redsn0w 0.9.15b2 is that the iPhone 3GS users with an Old Bootroom can Jailbreak their devices UNTETHERED! So you’re lucky if you fall in that category. The jailbreaking process remains the same for this also.

For the iPhone 4 and 3GS users that rely on an unlock:

You will first need to preserve your older baseband to be eligible for unlock. Click on “Extras” option and then select “Custom IPSW” option. Select the required iOS 6 IPSW file for your device, and let Redsn0w make the custom firmware for you. Once done, enter Pwned DFU mode by selecting “Pwned DFU” from Redsn0w’s Extras option, and then restore to this custom firmware.

Hack Fifa ’12 on iOS Using iFile, or Any Other .Plist Editor

Hey! It’s been quite some time since an article was last posted, all the authors were really busy, but we’re back now. ;)
Today, I’m gonna tell you how to Hack Fifa ’12 on iOS by editing a .plist file using iFile or any other Text Editor.
Your device needs to be jailbroken in order to get access to the .plist files. If you’ve not yet jailbroken you’re device, I suggest you to read jailbreaking tutorial on redmondpie.com
OK, so when you’re ready with a jailbroken iOS device, with Fifa ’12 installed in it, and a computer with you (in case you don’t have iFile), follow the steps below:

1. Connect your device to you computer.
2. Open iFunbox, it can be downloaded from www.i-funbox.com/ .
3. Navigate to /var/mobile/application/FIFA 12/FIFA 12.app/ini/na
4. Look for career.ini and open it with a text editor.

For the Money Hack:
1. Search for ticket price tweaks, under it you’ll see TICKET_PRICE_L = 3.5, Change the value to 300.5

2. Just below that, you’ll see TICKET_PRICE_M and TICKET_PRICE_H. Change the values next to them to 6000.5 and 90000.5 respectively.

Now whenever you play any HOME game in Manger Mode, you’ll get loads of money. :D

For the Player Growth Hack:

1. Search for growth values.
2. A few lines below that, you’ll find PLAYER_GROWTH_XP_EARNED_MULTIPLIER. Change its value to 10.
3. Just below this, you’ll see PLAYER_GROWTH_XP_MATCH_RATING_MULTIPLIER. Change its value to 15.
4. Similarly, change the values of other lines according to your wish, just make sure you dont increase them too much, else your game will crash.

After this, whenever you complete a match, you’ll find tremendous growth of your players.

After you’ve done all the editing, just save the file and transfer it back to the location from where you obtained it, over-writing the old career.ini file.

Editing the ini file Using iFile:

1. To install iFile, go to cydia>manage>sources and tap Edit.
2. Then tap Add and type this URL : http://cydia.xsellize.com/. Cydia will warn you about some piracy content, just tap Add Anyway.
After the xSellize repo is loaded, search for ifile. You’ll get a cracked version of it from xSellize. Install it, open it and follow the steps posted above until you get to career.ini.
4. After you get to career.ini, just tap it, select Text Editor and then just Edit the file using the steps posted above.

 

Apple iOS 6 is Here! In Depth Review

1. Introduction

 

The next iOS version has never been as big a deal as upgrades to Android or Windows. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, must’ve been the line of thinking and it’s up to you to replace broke with fragmented or catching up, as needed. On the other hand, with the rather rapidly improving hardware, fragmentation is becoming a bit of an issue for Apple to address too.

Our Special Thanks to GSM Arena (Source)

Anyway, we’re now at number 6, along with 5 million (and counting) iPhone 5 users. Now, what follows may seem as a mere prelude to our iPhone 5 review but people only now considering the iPhone 4S may find it quite helpful. By the looks of it, there may be some people considering keeping the iPhone 4S but we’re yet to see about that.

Let’s focus now on the key additions and improvements to the Apple iOS instead.

Key features

  • Faster and more stable all around
  • Siri available on iPad 3, wider language support with Canadian English, Spanish (Spain/Mexico), Italian, Italian (Switzerland), Korean, Mandarin (Chinese/Taiwan),Cantonese (Hong Kong)
  • Siri now serves sports info, movie and restaurants reviews. It can launch apps and do status updates
  • System-wide Facebook integration: Facebook contacts and events appear in the phonebook and calendar
  • Notification center gets quick Facebook/Twitter update keys
  • New Maps app with TomTom data, turn-by-turn voice navigation and 3D/Flyover view mode
  • Better Safari browser with iCloud tabs, full-screen mode, offline reading and faster performance
  • Passbook e-ticket app handles loyalty coupons, boarding passes, tickets
  • Photo Stream can share photos with other iOS users. Likes and comments are supported
  • Updated Mail app with VIP and Flagged mailboxes
  • Unified FaceTime/iMessages ID. FaceTime works over the cellular network
  • New UI for the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, Music, Weather apps
  • You can set songs from your music library as alarm tones
  • Improved privacy settings
  • New accessibility options and guided access (single-app mode for kids)
  • Re-organized settings, various new icons
  • Panorama mode in Camera
  • Game Center now supports challenges (achievements)
  • Reject call with SMS
  • Do Not Disturb mode
  • Lost mode
  • Improved keyboards and auto-correction
  • Power toggles moved to top of settings menu (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Tethering)
  • Various improvements under the hood

Main disadvantages

  • No offline maps support and maps are not up to scratch currently
  • Variable compatibility across the device range
  • Passbook not on par with Google Wallet, not truly useful
  • An altogether conservative approach to design and layout
  • Notification Center could’ve offered more functionality
  • No widgets
  • Underused lockscreen
  • Limited themes and personalization options. However, the device can be fully customized after Jailbreaking. ;)

Apple claims that iOS 6 brings about 200 new features but the noteworthy ones are right there in the bullets above. Depending on where your comfort level is, the major feature can either be the new Maps, the improved Siri or the Facebook integration.

Many people expected to see more from Apple this year but few really had a clear idea what that is. Being “wowed” by Apple has been a legitimate expectation for millions of users out there but those who think their creativity peaked in iOS 4 and the iPhone 4, and has been somewhat flat since, may have a point.

The iOS 6 isn’t a dramatic rethink of the design philosophy but brings a reasonable level of change, and improvement, to many important parts of the experience, which will be felt in day to day use.

Follow us as we delve deeper into iOS 6 and find out if Cupertino still has its software chops intact.

 

2. User Interface

 

User interface is slightly revamped

iOS is now well in its maturity and one cannot help but admire the great job Apple did right from the start. We mean, you wouldn’t know by just a casual look which generation it is you’re dealing with. Things haven’t changed dramatically over the years and the back-bone of the OS – the Springboard – looks more or less the same. Yes, it’s a standard-setting homescreen but not absolutely impossible to improve on. Widgets for one could have made the right difference for some users.

The homescreen is virtually the same, unless you’re looking at it on the iPhone 5 where the bigger screen allows an extra row of icons.

The four docked icons at the bottom stay in focus as you scroll through homescreens. Adding folders to the dock is available, letting you accommodate more apps into the same limited space.

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iOS 6 Springboard

 

Apps can be dragged and dropped to rearrange the grid and dropping one over another will prompt a folder to be created. The cool shaking animation while reordering apps is still present.

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Reordering apps, creating folders

The lockscreen has seen one change since iOS 5.1.1 – the camera toggle is now constantly there (no need to double-press the home button) and instead of a press tap, it takes to the app with a swipe up on the screen.

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The lockscreen

The Settings menu has seen some changes in iOS 6. The various power toggles like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been moved to the top for more convenient access.

The new Do Not Disturb feature is right there near the top as well, alongside Notifications.

The brightness setting has been merged with the wallpaper selection and there’s a new Privacy section in the main menu.

Finally, you get dedicated Twitter and Facebook settings, on which we’ll focus later on in the review.

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The settings menus

There are three new wallpapers to choose from in iOS 6 and of course you can still set any of your photos as wallpaper.

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Three new wallpapers

Do Not Disturb gives users further control of notifications. If turned on, it will mute incoming calls or alerts. You can allow calls from your favorite contacts and have the option to set a specific time interval in which you won’t get any notifications.

There’s a dedicated toggle to activate the DND feature and it can be customized in the Notifications submenu. When Do Not Disturb is on, a crescent icon appears next to the clock in the status bar.

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Do Not Disturb

With iOS 6, users have more control over sounds and vibration. You can set any of your available tracks as a ringtone, tweet or text alert, etc. You can also customize vibrations for each type of notification with a choice of 7 presets and extra custom vibrations. Of course, as before, you can also choose to Buy More Tones directly from the sound settings.

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Choosing a tone and vibration

iOS 6 feels improved in terms of speed too. The iPhone 4S, on which we tested the OS, felt snappier.

 

3. Notifications, Phonebook, Telephony

 

Notifications unchanged

The Notification center is mainly unchanged in iOS 6. Users have great flexibility in configuring how either app notifies them. You can opt to disable a notification, set it to be a banner, which will shortly pop up over the status bar or an alert showing up at the center of the screen.

There are options to disable badges on app icons or disable lockscreen notifications.

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Notifications

As before, you can interact with notifications straight on the lockscreen. If a notification has just arrived, sliding to unlock will open up the relevant app – upon a missed call, unlocking will take you straight to the phone app. You can also swipe a notification to perform a task – swipe to call back or text.

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Lockscreen notifications

The banner notification is very subtle. If you receive a text in the middle of something, it will briefly pop up over the status bar and disappear in a couple of seconds, and not distract from what you’re doing.

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Homescreen notifications

You can choose which apps you want to show up in the pull-down Notifications and in which order. What’s new here are the Tap to Tweet and Post buttons. You can choose where you want them to be. You can also disable them.

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Notification center

The Facebook status update pop up gives you the option to include a location and select who you wish to share your status with. It will automatically get your lists of contacts. The tweet pop up gives you only the option to include your location.

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Tap to Post and Tweet

Phonebook gets a whole lot of Facebook

The Phonebook is a lot more social with iOS 6. Although there have been workarounds to adding Facebook information to your contacts (including Facebook’s native iOS app) this is the first time users can have Facebook details to their contacts without much hassle.

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The Phonebook

If you choose to send your contact information to Facebook it will cross-reference all the names in your friends list with those from your contacts and add missing information like profile pictures, birthdays, addresses, etc.

In case you have two contacts with the same name in both services iOS will automatically join them. Overall it did a good job of finding people and improving their contact information. Facebook will add all the people from your friends list into the Phonebook so if you want to remove them but still keep the new data on your existing contacts you can disable Facebook’s contact access – the new data remains untouched.

Otherwise the Phonebook has retained its excellent usability. Editing a contact is intuitive and gives you the option to include lots of additional fields, like several addresses, related people, web, email, birthdays, etc.

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Editing a contact

You can set different ringtones, message tones and vibration to your favorite contacts.

In iOS 6 your iMessage and FaceTime ID is joined and the phonebook will automatically detect if either service is available with each contact.

Telephony improved

The Phone app has had a few tweaks and touches too. The dialpad itself looks different, though it brings no new usability features.

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There designed dialer

A new (well, new to iPhone) feature is Reject call with SMS. You can use any of the suggested templates or create a custom one. Alternatively, you can set a reminder to call back.

You can also set the phone to remind you to call back a person at a location or when you’re leaving the current one, which is a nifty trick. Keep in mind that doing so will invoke constant use of GPS, which could in turn lead to a significantly reduced battery life.

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The new incoming call context menu

In iOS 6, FaceTime is finally operational over the cellular network.

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FaceTime settings

We gave the service a spin over 3G and got a clean video and a stable connection, though the video quality is not something to write home about.

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FaceTime over cellular

 

4. Messaging, Mail, Text Input

 

Messaging

Messaging on iOS hasn’t seen any changes, which means you can count on the usual solid experience.

The iMessage service lets you exchange instant messages between iOS 5-running iGadgets over Wi-Fi or 3G. You can send plain text as well as multimedia (pictures, sounds, videos) messages. The iMessage conversations are color-coded to differ from the standard SMS/MMS – their bubbles are blue instead of green. A cool thing about them is that each conversation is synced with the iCloud so you’ll have it right there and available on all your iDevices, including your Mac.

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The Messages app

The rest is pretty simple – you type, you add content (optional) and hit send. Adding multimedia is done either by hitting the small picture icon next to the text field or through the sharing menu in the gallery or supported apps (Voice Memos, Notes, etc.).

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iMessage

To activate the iMessage you just need to go to Settings->Messages and turn it on.

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Activating iMessage

VIP contacts and Flagged emails

The Mail app got a few new tricks as well. You can set a VIP list, and emails from people on the list will be delivered to a dedicated VIP mailbox and will appear highlighted in the regular inbox. You can also set a different notification regime for VIP emails – so they appear on the lockscreen, for example.

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The new Mail box with VIP contacts and Flagged section • A VIP email notification • Emails

You can also flag important emails. After you flag your first message, a new Flagged mailbox will appear gathering all of your flagged emails.

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Flagging an email

If you use multiple email accounts, with the iOS 6 you can have different mail signatures for each of them.

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Assigning different signatures

The update button is now gone and there’s pull to refresh instead. Another new feature lets you insert pictures or videos while composing an email – just tap and hold on an empty space and use the popup menu.

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Refreshing the mail • Uploading multimedia is now easier

If you open your Inbox and hit the Edit button, you now have a Mark key alongside Move and Delete. You can also mass mark emails as read/unread or flag them as important. Unfortunately, a “Select All” option is still missing.

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Email flagging

 

You can add or delete Mail folders – just hit the Edit button while in an account.

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Creating and deleting folders

Bold, Italic and Underline font styles are available in the text editing options, as well as quote font size levels. Text selection works the usual way (tap&hold and select) and the available options will appear as soon you’ve made the selection: Cut/Copy/Replace/Bold Italic Underline/Quote Level. Quote Level will increase / decrease the quote symbols before the text you’re quoting.

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Email text options

A built-in dictionary is very rich in content and conveniently works offline.

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Built-in Dictionary

The keyboard has remained unchanged, which we don’t mind. It’s a very comfortable keyboard with adequately-sized buttons and amply spaced too. Turning the device over to landscape mode makes things even better.

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Text input

Dictation is also available courtesy of Siri. Just hit the dictation button on the left of the space bar and fire away. Keep in mind that the feature’s performance degrades in noisy environments.

 

5. Photo Stream, Music and Video Players

 

Photo Stream shares photos with the people you care for

A year ago Apple added Photo Stream to iOS, letting users sync pictures taken with the phone with all of their iCloud-compatible devices. Now in iOS 6 there’s Shared Photo Stream, which acts like a social sub-network, built right into the Photos app.

You will be able to choose what pictures to share and which people to share with. Your buddies on the receiving end will be able to like them and post comments.

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Creating a Photo Stream

Photo Stream works really well and is very simple to set up. You can invite users you want to share your Photo Stream with via email or get invited.

You can also add comments and like pictures in Photo Stream.

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Viewing Photo Streams

Otherwise the Photos app is all but the same. The main album is the Camera Roll, which houses all of the pictures you have taken. You can sort any of these pictures in albums, which are created with the + symbol at the top of the albums view.

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The Photos app

There’s Facebook integration in Photos now, meaning you can post pictures directly to the social network. The sharing menu has also been slightly overhauled – AirPrint is available straight through the sharing options so you can now easily send pictures to AirPrint-compatible printers. The Use as Wallpaper option has a new icon and there’s a new Copy icon too.

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Viewing a photo • Sharing options

Marking photos is done pretty much the same way. You can share multiple photos to Facebook, a Photo Stream, via Messages or through Mail. You can also add the desired photos to a new album or delete them.

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Marking photos • Sharing options

Sharing a photo to Facebook is done via the same pop up window we saw in the Notifications. You still get to choose who can view the picture and decide whether you want to add a location to the post.

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Posting a photo to Facebook

The photo editor enables rotation, cropping, and red-eye removal. There’s also an option called Enhance over which you have no control – it’s all automatic. In Edit mode four keys appear at the bottom for the available editing options.

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Editing a photo

You can auto enhance photos, crop freely or select an aspect ratio you wish to crop the photo to.

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Cropping a photo

You can also trim videos.

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Trimming a video

Music player gets lighter

The Music player in iOS 6 has retained its functionality but now comes in a lighter finish. Menus are light grey and the tabs at the bottom are slightly redesigned.

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The new Music player design

You can create playlists, delete songs right from within the player and reorder tabs whichever way you like.

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Creating a playlist

Cover Flow is still there – you access it by flipping the device landscape. It lists all the covers to the albums you have in your library. Tapping on an album thumb lists all the tracks in it.

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Cover Flow is still great

The Now Playing screen hasn’t changed in functionality but the color theme is different. The repeat and shuffle toggles are no longer blue, instead Apple chose to make them orange.

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The Now Playing screen

Settings haven’t budged an inch, which we find disappointing. Even in its sixth major iteration iOS still fails to offer configurable equalizers.

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The Music player settings • No visual equalizer

Video player ignores XviD and DivX

The video player on iOS 6 looks and acts the same way it did in iOS 5. It has a pretty simple interface, you get a scrollable timeline, a Fullscreen toggle, which removes the black bars around the video but crops some of the pixels along the way.

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The video player

At the bottom there’s the all too familiar volume toggle with play/pause and skip controls.

The player doesn’t have DivX and XviD support. You get H.264, mov, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG support, but no avi files are playable. To play those, you can either have iTunes convert them beforehand or just download a third-party video player off the AppStore, which can play them.

6. Camera, Safari and Benchmarks

 

Camera gets Panorama boost

The camera interface has seen some cosmetic changes too, over the previous iOS build. The shutter button is silver but the main color theme is now dark.

The new feature that got a lot of attention is the new Panorama mode, which is available for the iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation) and the iPhone 4S. It won’t available on the New iPad’s 5MP iSight camera just like the HDR mode before it.

Panorama mode is accessed through the Options tab in the camera app. It works only in portrait mode and has an easy and intuitive process. You just move the device from left to right and the software will automatically tell you to slow down or speed up.

The stitching process is very fast and when done properly you won’t notice where the individual photos have been patched up. Images come out with a maximum resolution of 28 megapixels and are saved in regular JPEG format.

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The new Camera design • Panorama

Other than that, nothing has really changed. You can enable a grid in the viewfinder to help you with framing or you can turn on the high dynamic range mode. It shoots a couple of shots simultaneously with different exposures and outputs a single photo with increased dynamic range. You can opt to preserve the original photos too.

The camcorder on iOS hasn’t seen much change in iOS 6 either. On the iPhone 5 you also get a shutter key in video recording mode so you can capture full-resolution 8 MP still while shooting video, much like on the HTC One S and One X, or the Galaxy S III. This button is not available on the iPhone 4S.

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The Camcorder app

Safari goes full-screen

The Safari web browser has stepped its game up a bit in order to compete with Chrome, which is available and working pretty well on iOS.

For starters there’s iCloud tab syncing, a new full-screen mode in landscape and page loading seems overall faster than before.

The user interface of Safari hasn’t really changed and what we still miss is a unified address/search bar like on the desktop Safari.

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Safari

iCloud tab syncing is enabled, along with offline reading. Finally, the new Safari allows access to your multimedia content without exiting the browser. You can also share pages on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sharing pages

The new full-screen mode is available only in landscape, which makes sense. It would have been better if Apple had found a simpler way of activating it, like a double tap or pinch gesture but the dedicated virtual button still does a fine job.

Once in full-screen mode, you get a shortcut, which reveals three onscreen buttons: Back, Forward and Exit Full-screen.

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The new full-screen mode

You can also bookmark pages to the Reading List to view offline.

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Reading List

If a page is compatible with the Reader (most of the article pages out there are) you get a Reader button right into the address bar as soon as the page loads. The Reader strips the webpage of ads and makes the layout and fontsize more suited to the smaller phone screen. And best of all, if you are reading a multi-page article (such as our reviews) getting from one page to the next is automatic as soon as you scroll to the end.

You can set the font size via two controls at the top, and also there’s a built-in dictionary to look up unknown words.

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Reader in action

All iGadgets have a Private Browsing option in the Safari settings (Settings->Safari). If you turn it on, nothing you do in the bowser will leave a trail on your phone – no browsing history, no search history, no usernames or passwords, etc. The only thing nicer than Private Browsing itself would have been a dedicated key within the Safari UI, instead of a lonely toggle in the Settings menu.

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Safari settings

In the advanced settings you can find very detailed web browsing data and delete all of it or some specific site-related data only (such as Google Search).

In iOS 6, Apple decided to change the way your browser displays network and page loading errors. Instead of the previous countless pop ups that annoyed the living hell out of users Safari now just displays a “cannot open the page…” screen – clean and simple.

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The new “Cannot Open Page” view

Here are some JavaScript and other benchmark scores, compared to iOS 5 and iOS 6 beta.

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(Lower is better)

Name of Device                                Benchmark Score

  • iPhone 4S iOS 5.1.1           – 2237.1
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6 beta 1     – 1751.3
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6                 -1726.2

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(Higher is better)

Name of Device                                Benchmark Score

  • iPhone 4S iOS 5.1.1            - 89054
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6 beta 1      -  109145
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6                  - 106246

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(Higher is better)

Name of Device                                Benchmark Score

  • iPhone 4S iOS 5.1.1           – 324+9
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6 beta 1     –  360+9
  • iPhone 4S iOS 6                 – 360+9

 

7. Siri, Facebook Integration, Maps

 

Multilingual Siri knows more

The first and most important news about Siri is iPad 3 support. So, it’s no longer exclusive to the iPhone 4S and 5 but still not quite what iPhone 4 owners wanted to hear.

Siri speaks new languages too: Canadian English and French, Spanish, Italian, the varieties of German, Italian and French spoken in Switzerland, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese. These are also supported in the satnav app.

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The new languages for Siri

Support for POI search is supposed to get wider. Assistance with restaurant booking is part of Siri’s new set of skills. It will find you exactly the restaurant you are looking for and filter the results based on user reviews. You can run impressively detailed searches based on food type, location, outdoor, pool, price range, ratings, etc. This feature is not available in every country, though.

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Siri knows about restaurants

One of the much-touted features is Siri’s new-found flair for sports. It can answer lots of questions and isn’t limited to game scores. History, stats, player bios, player comparison, teams, records, etc. Siri should be able to return most of the info right onto its own screen, without switching over to the browser.

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Asking Siri about sports

The same applies to movies. You will get all of your movie-related answers right inside the Siri window – anything about actors, directors, awards, movie stats, premieres and tickets, reviews, trailers, etc.

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Siri knows movies too

The other new thing Siri can do is launch apps. Yes, it does look like one of those features that should have been there from the beginning, but better late than never, right? You can also have Siri update your Facebook and Twitter.

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Siri can launch apps, update Facebook and Twitter

Apple announced they’re working with various car manufacturers – BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and others – to integrate Siri tightly with the car’s audio systems.

The Facebook integration comes a year too late

When the iOS 5 was about to launch many people were hoping for Facebook integration. Instead Apple gave us Twitter.

A year later, Facebook is tightly integrated with the iOS. It even goes deeper than Twitter did in iOS 5.

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Configuring the Facebook integration

We already pointed out that Siri can do your status updates for you. There are dedicated shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter updates in the Notification center as well.

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You can update your social statuses from the Notification Center

This is just the beginning though. Just like in Android you can sync your Facebook contacts with the phonebook. If you do, the system will search email and phone numbers, so it can link your contacts with their Facebook profiles.

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A linked iPhone and Facebook contact

Upon a successful Facebook link, the contact’s picture, addresses, important dates, emails, phone numbers and websites will be updated. You will also get a new Facebook field with a shortcut to the contact’s Facebook profile. It will load in the Safari browser, not the dedicated Facebook app.

Unfortunately, the Facebook albums and feeds do not appear in the phonebook. All Facebook events will appear in the Calendar though.

You can share photos on Facebook right inside the Photo app. Addresses can be shared as well upon a drop of a pin in Maps.

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Sharing a photo from Photo app • Sharing an address within Maps

Facebook integration extends to the App Store and the iTunes Store. Whenever you tap on an app, song, movie, TV show, etc. you’ll get into the new store UI where there are three tabs – info, reviews and related. In review you can Like the app/song/…/movie on Facebook and write or read Facebook reviews.

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Facebook reviews in the App and iTunes Store

New Maps app parts ways with Google

Apple has finally done it. TomTom replaces Google as its main supplier of maps and the entire Maps app has been redesigned.

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The new Maps

An assortment of sat-nav apps has long been available in the app store (for a fee), with no other than TomTom having a prominent place on the list. They now supply the maps for Apple’s own service, which comes with turn-by-turn voice guidance, real-time traffic updates, local search, Yelp reviews and the impressive Flyover 3D views.

The navigation will work even on the lockscreen or in the background. Real-time traffic reports are available and Apple is also sourcing the live traffic info anonymously from iOS users on the road. Sadly, there isn’t an option to pre-cache maps for offline use, which can be a problem if you need guidance abroad.

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The navigation in action

The 3D Flyover mode is a great bonus for your viewing pleasure. When you enable the 3D view (outside navigation) you will be able to explore cityscapes from birds-eye view. The currently available selection is extremely limited, but hopefully more areas will be added later on. You can zoom, tilt and rotate using two-finger gestures to explore 3D landmarks rendered in real time.

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The 3D and Flyover views

However, the map coverage seems to be a weak points of the new maps app. Users and early access developers have repeatedly expressed their discontent with the new Maps – addresses turn out either wrong or unavailable, there’s a lack of transit information, POIs are all messed up, and there is no Street View, etc. Apple’s move to replace Google as their maps provider is a surly bold and it’s clear Apple has a lot more work to do in this department.

Currently there are apps, which Apple has allowed to integrate with maps, which provide transit information. They are city-dependent and not available everywhere. Furthermore those apps aren’t really integrated into Maps – when you choose an app to help you with public transit you’re taken away from Maps and into the new app, which isn’t ideal.

And users need to understand that Apple and Google’s relationship has been going downhill for some time now. Google Maps on iOS was severely lacking behind the competing Android application, where features such as vector graphics, turn-by-turn navigation and offline caching have long been available.

 

8. New Apps, itunes store, iCloud, Passbook and more

 

App Store and iTunes store act and look better

With iOS 6 Apple has updated the App Store and iTunes Store and content handling. Both stores have different Featured pages with scrollable rows rather than lists. The paintjob was changed too.

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The new App Store design

 

In addition to the added eye-candy, the App Store now has a slightly different manner of operation. Firstly, you won’t be prompted to enter your password when you just update apps. Secondly, you can see the change log in the Updates screen without actually opening the info screen.

We’re not really sure about the side-scrollable thumbnails of apps. They take up the entire screen, meaning you can only see one app at a time, which isn’t the most space-efficient solution.

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Genius and Search

There’s now an All Categories toggle in the top left corner. The Categories tab at the bottom has been replaced with Genius, which lists apps you might like on the basis of the apps you’ve already purchased or downloaded.

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All Categories view

When you’re looking at an app you get more information, too. Facebook reviews are integrated, you can see more apps from the same developer too.

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App context menu is improved

The top in app purchases screen is here as well.

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Additional options

You can also share App Store apps via mail, message, Twitter, Facebook or copy the link to the app.

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Sharing an App Store app

As usual you can view all the apps you’ve bought on your current iDevice or previous ones through the Purchased menu in the Update tab. iCloud plays a key part here – all of your purchased apps from each device show up and are ready for download.

Finally, after you buy or update apps you will no longer be kicked back to the homescreen – you can continue browsing the store. You can launch apps you’ve already installed from within the store too.

The iTunes store has also been slightly changed. Instead of a vertical grid of suggestions you now get side-scrollable categories, like New & Noteworthy, etc.

The new interface is way cleaner with a more images. Facebook reviews are available here too so you can check out what people are saying about an album, movie, etc. You can also preview just about everything. Ringtones, alert tones, movies, etc. can all be checked out or listened to before you buy.

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The iTunes Store

Music syncing is probably the trickiest part of the iCloud sync. Along with the tracks purchased from the iTunes store you surely have a collection of your own that you sync with your iOS device via iTunes. Well, Apple is now offering a service to sync both collections in one place.

The music you’ve purchased at the iTunes Store will be easy to sync automatically across all your iGadgets. But you will need to use the iTunes Match service for the rest of your music collection if you want it synced too.

iTunes Match will scan your collection on the computer and check for matches with songs in the Apple’s iTunes Store (currently 18+ million songs and growing). If there is a match, the iTunes song will be synced, if not – well, Apple will upload this song on their servers and then sync. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

So iTunes scans yours songs and pushes them to all your other devices if they match. If some of your tracks are of lower bitrate than 256Kbps, the iTunes Store will replace them with higher quality (256Kbps). The iTunes Match service costs $25 a year and will be first available in the US.

The new App and iTunes store redesigns really come into their own on the iPad’s 9.7″ screen and look slightly stacked on the iPhone. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is found when you search for apps. Apple could’ve simply used a smaller grid of apps instead of just one app per screen on the iPhone (and about six on the iPad).

iCloud syncs with all your devices

iCloud was an integral part of iOS 5 and is present here in iOS 6. It syncs all of your important data between all of your devices running iOS 5 or above.

You get 5 GB of free storage but you can buy more if you want. Selecting which apps to sync is pretty easy. iCloud even remembers each device you’ve backed up so you can restore them separately if you wish. You can naturally delete older backups to free up space.

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The iCloud menu

Apple knows exactly what apps you’ve purchased, what you have installed on an iDevice and what you’ve deleted for some reason. Apple knows this for each one of your iDevices.

So if you chose to sync with iCloud, Apple will sync only the app’s personal data, not the entire IPA file (as iTunes did). Here is an example:

You have Angry Birds installed on your iPhone. It has a save data of 1.5MB. Apple will sync only this file. If you delete the game and later install it again (free, from the Purchased list), your iPhone will download the original IPA from the App Store and will get back this 1.5MB file too – a lot more natural process to sync an app rather than keeping the whole image. If you use an app as USB storage (Filer or even CineXPlayer), then, by default,the whole content will be backed up too, eating your backup quote quite fast.

There is one more thing with the iCloud app sync – when you buy a new app, it will be pushed to all of your iDevices automatically (if available and if you have enabled this feature from the AppStore settings).

PassBook not really hitting any buttons yet

The PassBook is a new e-ticket app that handles all kinds of electronic tickets (including boarding passes), loyalty cards, coupons, etc. It’s Apple’s answer to apps like Google Wallet but without the additional NFC support.

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The PassBook

The location-aware app makes the right coupon available in the right place and at the right time. The PassBook will report the balance on coupons and cards, let you check your ticket seats and can even show you relevant notifications (e.g. gate or terminal change for a flight).

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The PassBook app

Currently developers are still scrambling to offer Passbook-supported coupons, tickets, vouchers, etc. There’s a rather limited selection of Passbook-supported apps in the App Store, but at least those are easily accessible, though the dedicated button in the app.

Wireless activation

Perhaps this is the part Apple put most effort in. Many are probably put off by the dependence on iTunes. Well, Apple has finally made this a lot easier.

You no longer need a computer to activate your iGadget. The moment you turn on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch for the first time, you can do the activation and setup process right from your device (a network connection is required of course). After a few simple steps, quite similar to Android’s initiation process, you are good to go.

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The whole activation and setip process

OTA updates

You no longer need a computer connection and iTunes to install new firmware updates either. As of iOS 5 you can do it over-the-air. The option is located under Settings->General->Software Update. Of course, you can still use iTunes on your Mac/PC to do that if your Wi-Fi connection is too slow.

And thanks to the use of Delta encoding, the updates will now come with a much smaller footprint than before when they carried a whole system image. The new update files carry only the bits that need changing.


The OTA updates

 

9. Other Apps

 

Organizer and apps

The iOS Calendar app hasn’t seen much visual changes but does benefit greatly from the Facebook integration. Birthdays and events from Facebook are immediately synced with your calendar but you still get the option to omit them from the Calendars tab.

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Facebook events in Calendar

 

Otherwise the interface is the same. You can view by list (iOS’s agenda variant), day and month. There’s also a toggle to get back to today if you’ve strayed too far back or forth.

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The Calendar app

Switching over to landscape automatically opens up weekly view, which lists all of your events in a side-scrollable fashion. Events are color-coded so you can recognize what’s what.

Creating an event is done the same way as before. You can choose which calendar you want the event to be synced with, add a location, additional notes and set up an alert.

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Creating an event

Here is the Calendars tab. You can customize the iCloud personal and job-related event colors to your liking. You can also create additional calendar entries, for example if you have two jobs, etc.

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Choosing Calendars to view

The Reminders app has a pretty simple interface doing some basic but important stuff. There are two viewing options – by date or a list. Both of them start with a Completed list as a first pane.

In the List view you have the option to add different lists – the default one is the events on your phone. But you can add list for iCloud or Gmail reminders for example. All lists appear as different panes.

Viewing by date gives you lots of panes – you start with Completed and then you have one pane for each day you have events for. You also get a Calendar shortcut, where you can choose easily the day you want.

When you choose to create a new reminder, first you must type its name directly on the pane and click Done. After that, you are able to edit (just tap on it) – you can choose the Type of reminder – by date or location, Due option, Priority and to which list it will belong (iPhone, iCloud, Gmail etc.).

If you want to be reminded on the day of the event, you just choose date and time.

A novel feature is the location-aware reminder triggering option. You can choose a location from your phonebook or your current location and then you choose whether you like the reminder to activate on arrival or departure.

As we said earlier, you can also set a reminder to call someone on a location or leaving the current one. Both location aware features are nifty but they would undoubtedly take their toll on battery life.

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Reminders

Voice Memo is on-board as well. You can capture practically unlimited voice memos and send them to others via a message or mail.

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Voice Memos

The Calculator app hasn’t been changed for some time now. It still works really well. You can enter scientific mode when going landscape.

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Calculator app

The Clock app has world clock, alarms, stopwatch and timer. You can now set any of the songs in your music library as an alarm sound. You can also choose from your custom ringtones.

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Clock app

The stopwatch and timer apps have remained unchanged. You can set a timer notification from your music library too.

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Stopwatch • Timer

Weather has been slightly revamped. The weather cards are now cleaner in design and slightly darker too. As usual, weather info is sourced from Yahoo and years of use so far have proven it’s not always the most accurate source of forecast information – of course, that may depend on your country.

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Weather

iBooks offers various font and color settings, but on a screen this size, it’s just not the best e-reading experience. Pages are side-scrollable only and on a mobile phone that doesn’t quite make sense.

The iBooks app is also a PDF viewer.

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iBooks

You can choose different fonts, reduce and increase the text size, change the background and play around with brightness.

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Additional settings

There are many quality apps in the App Store. Many of them paid and some that are free. Whether you’re looking for organizing ones or just plain entertainment ones you can fill in the gaps very easily.

Accessibility

Accessibility is focused on helping users with handicaps to interact with their iPhone in a more comfortable way. VoiceOver will narrate you through the phone’s menu, Zoom and Large Text will improve the usability for people that have trouble seeing small text, etc.

The iPhone can use the LED flash for alerts and you can assign and even create custom vibration alerts to specific events or contacts – much like you would assign a personalized ringtone.

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Accessibility options

The Assistive Touch is another useful feature. By activating it you get a new on-screen key that stays available throughout the UI, even on the lockscreen and in games. It’s shaped as a homescreen icon and offers a few useful menus.

You can easily move the key in one of the four corners of the screen at any time. Tapping on it reveals four shortcuts – Gestures, Device, Home, Favorites. Every shortcut, except the Home key, opens another submenu.

The Gestures shortcut allows you to simulate two, three, four or five-finger tap. The Device shortcut will allows you to rotate the screen (if available), lock the screen, use the volume controls and even simulate a device shake.

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Gestures • Creating a gesture

In the Favorites section you have a Pinch gesture shortcut and you can additionally assign six more custom gestures. You just need to perform them once so the iOS can save them.

The Home virtual key has the same functionality as the hardware Home – you can single/double/triple click it for the relevant commands.

The Assistive Touch is a pure accessibility option that helps you control everything in the iOS with let’s say just one finger.

Lost Mode and Guided Access

The last two features we are going to mention are the Guided Access and the Lost Mode.

The Guided Access locks the iDevice to work with a single app only. It cannot be closed unless Guided Access is disabled. While active – all hardware controls are disabled – lock, home, volume and switch. When configured, you launch an app, then triple-tap the Home key, enter the password and done – the iGadget is now locked on to this specific app until you triple-tap the home key again and enter the right password.

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Configuring the Guided Access

This means that the Guided access could work quite well as as kid or test mode. It will allow you to give your iDevice to your kid without being worried that it will access inappropriate content or mess up your settings and apps.

The Lost Mode is part of the former Find My iPhone service. If you lose your gadget, you can lock (but not wipe) it remotely and send a message with your contact (and possibly, reward) information.

 

10. Conclusion

 

Bottom line

There are two ways to look at the iOS 6. One is that Apple favored a cautious, conservative approach over real innovation. The most prominent new feature it brings (the new Maps) is actually a step back from iOS 5. You can say that while Android has caught up in terms of user experience with its Project Butter, iOS is trailing behind in terms of functionality.

We didn’t get any sort of widgets, the lockscreen is still underused, there’re no improvements to the Notification Center or proper multitasking. The Springboard is also starting to look dated now, having seen virtually no design changes in the last 5 years. It’s not like it’s perfect and improvements are impossible.

The other train of thought is based on the realization that iOS 5 was already a pretty solid effort and some polish is more than enough to keep it competitive. The latest iOS release, just like its predecessor, works very well. It covers all the essentials, on top of being impressively fluid and responsive, and offering plenty of value-adding features.

Siri can now open apps and navigate you, and generally be of more service. The new Maps is far from perfect, but still adds voice-guided navigation for over 50 countries. Do Not Disturb also deserves a mention as it gives users even more control over their privacy and the new Panorama feature is really neat and well working.

The same can be said about Facebook integration, which came a couple of years too late but was well worth the wait, working seamlessly within iOS 6.

The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. While iOS 6 is probably falling behind the curve, it’s certainly not lost its appeal, or edge. Far from it. It was never meant to entice power-users the way Android does.

Windows Phone on the other hand – a platform that’s fundamentally closer to iOS in terms of ideology – is something that may push Apple out of their comfort zone. There’s been a huge leap forward with the release of WP8 but Microsoft is still at some distance. Just not quite as safe for Apple as it used to be.

The iOS 6 will be able to stand its ground for a good while but probably won’t be able to win new territory quite as comfortably, unless Apple goes back to its creative self.

How to Hack PDF (.pdf) Password

Disclaimer: Use this only if you’ve forgotten the password of a PDF file you are authorized to use. Viewing PDF files which you’re not authorized to view can be considered illegal. xHack, and the authors, would not be held responsible for any misuse of the information provided in the article. Follow only if you agree to this.

Hello everybody!

Want to know how to open damn locked password protected .pdf files without any freaking survey or anything. It is a very easy and efficient manner and totally free! Here is a fast way to unlock them :

1)Visit pdf-crack.jsf
2) Upload the file and the unlocked version of the PDF without printing or copying and pasting restrictions will be displayed in a new browser window in your default PDF application.

Enjoy! :)

- Tanmay

3 CMD Tricks You Probably Don’t Know!

1- Know your IP address, DNS Server’s address and a lot more about your Internet Connection

Command Prompt can even let you know your IP address. Just type ipconfig/ all in the command prompt and press Enter. Along with your IP address and DNS servers, command prompt will also return a ton of information like your host name, primary DNS suffix, node type, whether IP Routing ,Wins Proxy, and DHCP are enabled, your network adapter’s description, your physical (MAC) address etc.

Alternatively, you can visit WhatIsMyIP to find your IP Address the easy way.

2- Know if your neighbours are stealing your Wifi connection

 

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Command Prompt can let you know if someone is connected to your Local Area Connection and using it. Just follow the steps:-
1) Open your browser and visit -
http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 depending on your router.

2) Find the tab that mentions “Attached Devices” or something similar.

3) Find the computer name, IP address and MAC Address (sometimes called Physical Address or Hardware Address) of your computer using the previous trick.

4) Compare it with those displayed by your router in Step 2. If you notice some strange devices, then your neighbour has been sneaking in on your internet connection and it is best to set a password.

3- Know if someone is hacking your computer/ Trace a Hacker

 

Command Prompt hacks

Want to know if someone is hacking your system/pc? Command Prompt can help you find if someone you don’t know is connected to your computer stealing private data. Just execute netstat -a and the command prompt will return a list of computers that your computer is connected to. In the results returned, Proto column gives the type of data transmission taking place (TCP or UDP) , Local address column gives the port with which your computer is connected to an external computer and the Foreign Address column gives the external computer you are connected to along with the port being used for the connection. State gives the state of the connection (whether a connection is actually established, or waiting for transmission or is “Timed Out”).

These tricks work on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and all previous versions of Windows.

Watch Star Wars In MS-DOS!

Watch Star Wars On MS-DOS!  :D

Follow these easy steps to watch Star Wars – in MS DOS:

Go to Start , then click on Run.
In the Run box, type cmd and press OK
This will open the open the MS command prompt window
Within command prompt, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl [ you cannot copy paste , you Need to type :P ] and hit ENTER.
Get ready to watch the lengthy replica of star wars in Black and White version !

This works in Windows XP

But If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you need to enable Telnet to watch the movie.
Go to Start/Run, type appwiz.cpl
It will open the Add/remove programs window.
Click ‘Turn Windows Features On and Off”

Turn Windows Features on and off

A dialog box will appear. Scroll down and you’ll find 2 options named telnet server and telnet client. Enable both of them, and click OK. After that, follow the steps posted above to watch star wars in MS-DOS.
Have fun :)

For any queries, comment below.

How To Find MP3s Very Quickly

Hey! This trick’s really gonna be helpful for those of you who download lots of MP3s from the internet. A good way of finding MP3s is googling this query -

parent + directory + mp3 + OR + wma+ #linkin park#

Replace the #linkin park# with the name of the artist you want to search for.

You’ll find many results which have the direct links to the music you want!

Now you may also come across an irritating problem. When you find the direct links to MP3s, and click on ‘em, you get a music player right inside your browser window! The download isn’t starting. Don’t worry, there’s simple fix for this. Right click the link you found (Remember, you’ve to right click and not left click) and click on “Save link as” or “Save target as”. A save as dialog box will appear, hit enter, and the MP3 will start downloading!

This trick may work for some artists and may not work for others, so please don’t yell at me, just because you can’t find the MP3s of your favourite Artist. This worked for me, and may or may not work for you. Just give it a try.

How To Change The Filesystem Of A Drive To NTFS

Hi everyone! Back with a really helpful tutorial for those of you running older systems. A simple tutorial on how to convert your Fat16, or Fat32 drive to NTFS. Follow the steps below carefully:

1. Open a dos prompt (start>run>cmd) and give the command

convert d: /fs:ntfs

2. This command would convert your D: drive to NTFS. Change the drive letter according to your requirements. For example, to convert F: drive, you have to enter this command:

convert f: /fs:ntfs

3. If the system cannot lock the drive, you will be prompted to convert it during next reboot. Normally you should select yes.

Conversion from fat/fat32 to ntfs is non-destructive, your data on the drive will NOT be lost. But make sure you still have some backup of your important files.

Be aware that converting to NTFS will make that partition of your
drive unreadable under dos unless you have ntfs utilites to do so.

Hope this was helpful. If you need any help, drop comments below. :)

How To Change The Serial No. Of Windows XP

Helloo! I’m back with a nice trick. Please follow at your own risk. This is to change your Windows XP serial no. This may or may not work on other windows versions. Follow the steps below:

Step 1

Open Start/Run… and type the command:
regedit and click “OK” (or press ENTER).

Go to HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents,
on the right double click on “oobetimer” and change at least one digit of this value to deactivate windows.

Click “OK” and close the Registry Editor.

Step 2

Open Start/Run… and type the command:
%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a and click “OK” (or press ENTER).

This will bring up the “Activate Windows” window.

Check the option for “Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows” and click “Next”
Step 3

Then click “Change Product Key” (don’t enter any information on that screen)
Step 4

Type in the new key and click “Update”
The activate Windows by phone window will reappear at this point, just close it by clicking the X in the upper right hand corner

Step 5

Reboot your system and Open Start/Run… and type the command:
%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a and click “OK” (or press ENTER).

If you see “Windows is already activated” then everything is OK.

Protect USB Drives From Viruses Using Dummy Files

As you all know, to prevent virus attacks to your PC, you must make your USB storage device free from virus, which are most of the time plug and played to your PC.

Usually, most of the virus and worms copy to your USB drive easily. No matter what you do, you cannot stop this if you insert your USB drive to an infected computer. But to prevent un-authorized copying of viruses you can make your USB storage device completely full so that no more files can be added to it.

But filling up the storage device will not be practical as you have to add some heavy contents there and you won’t like to put large contents which will often be a  hectic job. But after following this tutorial you’ll feel it’s pretty easy.

Initially assume that you have some files in your USB drive and you want to fill up the remaining space.

First download USBDummyProtect (an executable 4KB ZIP file). Once you’ve downloaded the file, extract it and copy the exe file in to your USB root drive.

You can see in the first image that we’ve about 1GB disk space left, this tool will help you to fill the remaining space easily by creating a dummy file.

Once the exe file has been copied, run the program by double clicking it. As soon as the program runs, the program starts to create a dummy file that has enough size to fill of all the remaining space of your USB storage device.

Once the dummy file creation is successful you’ll be notified. Press enter to close the program.

You can see a dummy.file in your USB drive.

Also check out your USB device disk space.

It must have filled now with zero space available. This will prevent other infectious programs to copy themselves to your USB drive.

In case if you want to copy some files from your own non-infected PC then delete the dummy.file and again run the program.

Hope this tutorial was helpful. Stay tuned for more tutorial like this!