Oct 03

AppleInsider wrote that Ameranth, a leading developer of internet and software solutions for the hospitality marketplace, filed suit against Apple’s Passbook digital ticketing app, claiming patent infringement in an ongoing effort to enforce its wireless technology IP. While Apple just launched the PassBook app which only supports a view apps, Ameranth lodged a complaint against Apple claiming infringement of four patents. » Apple Sued Over Passbook By Software Maker Ameranth

Oct 03

There are a lot of issues with Apple’s new Map app in iOS 6, but there is one advantage, data usage. Apple’s new maps app uses as much as five times less data than Google Maps.

Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X. — Onavo

This is a result of Apple’s use of vector graphics in their Maps app. » Apple Maps Using 80% Less Data Than Google Maps

Oct 01

The iOS hacker pod2g took the stage at JailbreakCon this weekend, where he explained how he came up with Absinthe, his iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak. But the question that was on everybody’s mind was “when are you coming up with an iOS 6 jailbreak”. » Pod2g At JailbreakCon, Said That There Is No iOS 6 Jailbreak

Sep 29

After Tim Cook apologized in an open letter for Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps App and suggested other Map alternatives including webbased Google Maps and Nokia Maps, Apple has also added a new featured section to the App Store highlighting some other “free and paid” map alternatives. This section includes map apps such as RoadMate USA, Waze, Mapquest, Garmin, Bing, and MotionX. It looks like Apple is taking the Map criticism seriously. » Apple Created Alternative Maps Section In The App Store

Sep 29

Tim Cook “Apple’s CEO” has published an letter to customers to apologize for the new Apple-powered Maps app in iOS 6. Apple replaced Google Maps with their own Apple Maps in iOS 6 but “most” people prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps, Tim Cook wrote in the letter that Apple is “sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers” and even told its customers to use alternative Map apps “like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps” while Apple is improving Maps. Read the full letter after the break. » Tim Cook Apologizing In Open Letter On Maps For iOS 6

Sep 27

Multiple reports claim that Google has been working on a replacement standalone Maps app for iOS to replace the bundled app included with every version of iOS until last week’s release of iOS 6, The New York Times claims that Google is hoping to have it available in “another couple months or so”.

Macrumors wrote: Apple and Google still have over a year left on their contract for Google to provide Maps for iOS, and thus Google was caught off guard when Apple announced in June that it would be replacing Google’s solution with its own Maps app for iOS 6. As a result, Google still needs several more months to complete work on a standalone offering to be submitted to Apple for inclusion in the App Store.

 A second reason for taking “another couple months or so” is because Google would likely prefer to release a maps app that includes 3-D imagery such as the 3-D images in Google Earth, it would take some time to combine the two. » Google Working On Maps App For iOS, But Complicated by Integration With Google Earth

Sep 26

iOS 6 has just been released, but many jailbreakers would like to wait before updating their iDevice to iOS 6 so they can keep enjoying their favorite jailbreak tweaks. Pod2g however just tweeted that he is not working on a jailbreak for iOS 6 “I’m not working on it ATM, sorry. I’m focusing on my job. Maybe discussions at #WWJC will generate ideas (?)” This means jailbreakers may have to wait a little longer before they can enjoy their tweaked iOS 6. » Pod2g: I’m Not Working On A Jailbreak For iOS 6

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