Apple is expected to preview iOS 6 at the WWDC on June 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It's pretty much confirmed that they will drop Google Maps in favor of the the 3-D mapping tech they gained from the acquisition of C3 Technologies.
While investigating the new Maps application rumor, TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler discovered that there are "whispers about Siri" coming to the iPad. Many had hoped that the new iPad would feature the voice assistant, but Apple did not include it with the third generation tablet. It's believed Siri was left out because the iPad is not always guaranteed to be connected to Wi-Fi or 4G.
It looks like an untethered iPad 3 jailbreak should be right around the corner. Pod2g released a video (see below) showing a jailbroken new iPad running iOS 5.1. On Friday, the IOS hacker confirmed that his new jailbreak also works with iOS 5.1.1, and should work with all iOS devices inculding the iPad 3 and iPhone 4S.
Pod2g tweeted: "OK, tested on an iPad 3,1 running 5.1.1. Jailbroken untethered. :-) No issue."
It's unknown when the new jailbreak will be released, but when it's, pod2g said it will be a bundled tool created by the Chronic Dev Team.
Apple is looking to put a strangle hold on the tablet market by releasing the iPad mini for $200 to $250 in October, according to iMore. The tech blog cites a "proven reliable" source who claims that Apple wants to do what they did "with the MP3 market in 2004 with the expansion of the iPod product line." By releasing an affordable alternative to the new iPad and iPad 2, Apple will be able to compete with entry-level tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The source said that the 7-inch iPad will feature the same 2048x1536 resolution display as the new iPad.
"Our source has indicated, however, that the 7-inch iPad will be identical to the current 9.7-inch iPad, just scaled down. That seems to include a 2048x1536 resolution display, just like the new iPad. If accurate, that would put the pixel density at around 326 ppi, the same as the iPhone 4S (and higher than the 264 ppi new iPad) retina display."
The always dodgy DigiTimes is at it again, this time the publication claims Pegatron Technology is working on a 10-inch iPad to be released in Q4 of 2012. The DigiTimes is also sticking to its "iPad mini" story. Foxconn Electronics is allegedly manufacturing the 7-inch tablet for an August release. If the DigiTimes' sources are correct, then Apple will be releasing three different iPads in 2012.
According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, Apple is experimenting with a 7.85-inch iPad prototype, but this does not mean it will necessarily see the light of day... Especially in 2012. This is also not the first time the DigiTimes has claimed Apple will release multiple iPads. Last year the publication claimed Apple would release a "complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market" in 2012.
iPad hacker i0n1c has been teasing us with images of jailbroken iPads running iOS 5.1 since March, and he continues to amaze by releasing an image of his iPad 3 running Cydia on iOS 5.1.1 only a few hours after its release.
This doesn't necessarily mean an iPad 3 jailbreak will be made public in the near future, especially since i0n1c seems reluctant to share. However, the rest of the jailbreaking community is busy working on a new exploit. So there is still hope. Apple released iOS 5.1.1 a few days after pod2g announced that his iPhone 4 running iOS 5.1 was finally untethered, and i0n1c's photo proves that iOS 5.1.1 can be broken.
YouTube user Daniel Hooper created a concept video (see below) that demonstrated how editing text on an iPad could be easier. The jailbreak community quickly responded by releasing an iPad tweak based on his ideas.
SwipeSelection is so good that the jailbreaking community thinks Apple will add it to iOS in the future. The tweak makes editing text on the iPad better by allowing you to drag your fingers to move the cursor, and by adding the ability to select text by holding the shift key. You can use one finger for a more precise cursor drag, or two fingers to move faster. All of this is demonstrated in Hooper's concept video posted below.
Thanks to a smaller 32-nm die shrink of the A5 iPad 2 processor, the device consumes noticeably less power. MacRumors points out that the iPad2,4 has been used as a test bed for next generation chip processes. In contrast, the iPad 3 A5X continues to be produced using a 45-nm process.
The new iPad 2 models have identical performance characteristics, however they clock battery life of 15-30 percent longer than their 45-nm cousins. The iPad 2 is now available new from Apple for $399, although older 45-nm stock is still being sold.
Who wouldn't want an iPad instead of flowers for Mother's Day?
According to TechBargains.com (via iDownloadbog), 91% of mothers prefer the iPad over flowers. TechBargains' Mother's Day poll revealed that tablets are the most wanted devices for tech savoy moms this year. 19% of moms who want a tablet prefer the Amazon Kindle Fire and 58% prefer the iPad. Too bad TechBargains' infographic also shows that most people will only spend around $50 on Mother's Day gifts in 2012.
Spotify has been converted into a universal app making the popular iPhone music platform available to iPad owners for the first time. Version 0.5.0 gives both iPhone and iPad users access to millions of tracks from thousands of albums. Changes include Retina display graphics, an even easier to browse catalogue, new high-definition cover art, trending playlists and grouped by user searches.
Spotify is free to download from the App Store with the option to upgrade to a Spotify Premium account. Non-premium users can test out the service for 48-hours completely free. Read on for a complete list of changes.
Ever wish you could open multiple running apps in different windows on your iPad? Now thanks to a tweak available on Cydia called Quasar, those with jailbroken iPads can do just that. Instead of running full-screen, apps run in windows like they do on a full-fledged computer.
This avoids needing to use the multitasking dock to switch between apps, and makes it possible to run multiple apps side by side. Each window can be resized or if you need a particular app to run full screen you can easily make this happen.