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5:46 pm on Sep 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As expected, Apple today began pushing out iOS 6 to iPods, iPhones and iPads.

The update began going out to users this morning. Users can get it by plugging their device in and launching Apple's iTunes software, or -- if they're running iOS 5 -- over the air from within the settings menu.

According to Apple, the update adds "over 200 new features," to iOS 5, which was released last October. Chief among them is an entirely new maps application that uses Apple's own data, changes to Siri that add more information about movies, restaurants, and sports scores, as well as deep integration with Facebook.

Apple Rolls Out iOS6 to iPods, iPhones and iPads [news.cnet.com]
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I'll be waiting a few days to get this upgrade. The download times can be VERY long for a while whenever Apple makes these changes...
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:: memo to self: start download at bedtime so it can run while I sleep ::

Can't wait to see where the new map says I live. The existing one puts me in the middle of a parking lot across the street from my building.

But then, the only difference I really cared about was that iOS 5 added the Euphemia font. Can't type it, but at least I can read it.
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I'd let everyone else test it out and find the bugs, then get 6.0.1 in a few days time. :-)
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iOS6 works just fine. And it includes 200+ security updates... waiting is not always your best choice.
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Except the Maps app. It's horrible. I would suggest to anyone dependent on a map for business, to not upgrade unless you have no other choice.
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Sure some of the map examples are weird. But it's not that bad everywhere.
I know a few weird results over at google's maps just as well. Should we therefore blow them out of proportion in the press ?

Just as a quick example: [goo.gl...] . OMG the buildings are going to topple over ! Notice how some are straight and others are not - and how they don't even all lean to the same side.

It's no big deal in either case.

And I've not seen *any* weird map on my iPhone since I upgraded it.
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Swa, that is not the real problem. It's the directions and placement of the marker. It fails too often. My home office is shown almost a mile East of where it is sometimes, and not other times.

People such as outside salesmen/women rely on this stuff for their living. It is not reliable enough for them.... yet.
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Or here: [goo.gl...] Google cut off the antennas on Sears tower (aka Willis tower).
They are quite big, painted white and make a difference in how high the building is to keep it's rank as one of the highest in the world.

At least it's standing up straight :-)
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@swa66, but at least the building is in the right spot. That's the issue with iOS6 maps
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The issue for me was that they wanted my Apple ID. Not the password, which I'm accustomed to typing and have got memorized. The ID itself, which is practically impossible to reset without concurrently changing the password.

Turns out I had two of 'em, resulting in a total of seven (really) auto-generated e-mails from apple.

:: sigh ::

:: closely related rant about Syllabic search edited out on the grounds of extreme incomprehensibility ::
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I've just looked up the addresses of our home, a bunch of my customers I know the address by heart, my parents, my in-laws, etc. It put the pin 100% on the right street mostly pretty on the right spot, sometimes a few doors to either side. That's the same accuracy as the best in-dash GPS devices in cars out here get (which is logical if Apple used the same map data then they are).

I really don't see any of the problems in real life, sorry.

Moreover if you really want the google maps: use the maplet:
start safari > surf to maps.google.com > allow locations services > click on the share button (center bottom of screen) > add to home screen > name it Google Maps and there you have it. It starts up a bit slower on my old iPhone 3GS, but on a new 5 or so it should be just fast.

I also redid the same searches in google maps: they are sometimes more and sometimes less accurate ... just slightly different, but no clear winner in that one is systematically better than the other.

Maybe the map data for Belgium is better than for other parts of the world, hard to say, but there's nothing worng with apple's maps as far as I can see out here.
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AppleID: unless you know why, and fully understand the consequences: do not create more than one. You cannot merge them.

I've a number I use and they all have a very good reason - but it's a hassle to have more than one.

Also protect them well: find my iPhone/iPad/mac is extremely powerful.
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I had my Apple Maps experience this morning.

I wanted directions between home and a body shop here in Miami, Florida, but Apple Maps kept showing me directions to some place in Zenda, Kansas. Even when I manually entered both addresses it still showed me directions to that place in Kansas.
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find my iPhone/iPad/mac is extremely powerful.

I haven't enabled it. Just looked too alarming. "Where'd I leave the handset of the cordless phone?" is about my limit. Besides, the iPad hardly ever leaves the house.

(So what's it for? a) because father decided I should have one, and who's going to argue with an 80-year-old parent?, and b) so's I can take it to bed with me and consult the dictionary when needed. Oh, and c) so I can consult pdf's of -- haha-- map to mother's home du jour without having to wait until we're within range of a working transmitter.)

it still showed me directions to that place in Kansas

:: insert predictable quotation here ::
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regarding the maps, Tim Cook wrote an open letter:
[apple.com...]
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GaryK ..Dorothy called..she wants her iphone back..
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GaryK ..Dorothy called

This really threw me for a moment because my mother's name is Dorothy. :)
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^ I luv moments like this
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The maps issue is going to be nothing but a speed bump for Apple.
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However including IFA
Identification For Advertisers, is a random number generated once by the iOS device which is used to uniquely identify that device between applications. The number is available to apps which can send it to their advertising service of choice to pull down new adverts, perhaps based on previous usage of viewing, without sharing the identity of the user or their equipment.

By default switched to "on"
Apple has enabled user tracking of its customers once again, with the recently released iOS 6 enabling advertisers to see which apps users have run, and which adverts they've seen all for the benefit of the users, of course.
might cause them to be shown a "stop" sign, by various legislators and governments involved in privacy issues worldwide..

[theregister.co.uk...]

Btw ..read the comments to the article, which explain how it works..which is not like many Apple owners think it does..
quote from one commentard re Apple and privacy..
Apple law "If they can't see it it's not illegal" followed by OH SHIT THEY SAW IT. Followed by trying to sneak it in under another name during the next release.
 

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