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Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to the masses tonight, addressing a significant bug that impacted the mobile OS. The update, a small 18MB update, closes a security flaw that could allow someone to bypass the Passcode page on your iPhone and access your data. The flaw was first noted in iOS 6.1.1.
iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch owners are recommended to update to iOS 6.1.3 as soon as possible. The update can be done Over-The-Air or by connecting your device to your PC or Mac via iTunes.
In addition to the security fix, this release also brings big improvements to the Maps app for users in Japan.
If you are one of the few people on the planet who haven’t purchased Angry Birds then today is your lucky day! The original version of the game is now free in the App Store. The change came over the weekend and covers both the iPhone version as well as the iPad HD version of the game.
Angry Birds made its debut in December 2009 and has been purchased over 12 million times by Apple iPhone, iPod Touch
and iPad owners since that time. There have been many spinoffs of the game including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars but the original is, well, kinda a classic now.
The only change from the original release back in 2009 is the addition of Power Ups, a feature that made its debut in one of the updates of 2011 to the game. All of the original levels are there though and nothing has been left out.
Equally as important, this is NOT a lite version or an ad supported version of the game. It is the original now free. This is different than some games which have moved to a “freemium” model instead of pay games and are ad supported and you get to pay-to-play.
If you missed out on all the fun, use the links below to download your copy to your iOS device today. After you play a few rounds, you’ll understand why Angry Birds is so popular – and so addictive.
As Apple continues the migration from the 30 Pin connector of the last decade to the new Lightning Connector, the challenge for finding the right cable for the right device will continue to be a struggle for users for some time. Take me and Tricia here at AlliOSNews as an example. We both own iPhone 5s. We both have iPad 3rd Generation. That means we have the need for both a 30 Pin connector cable and a Lightning Connector cable. In fact it is my wife who is the only one to have figured it out: She has an iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini so for her, this problem is resolved.
I suspect though she is the exception, not the rule.
So what can you do? Actually Apple has two Lightning Connector adapters that I think every iPhone 5 owner, every iPad 3rd or 4th Generation owner and every iPod Touch 4th or 5th Generation owner should have in their bag of tricks. Both are made by Apple and both are designed to make the transition from 30 Pin to Lightning easier.
Yes you have to pay for them. No I don’t like it either. But they are there and having them can save you a lot of heartache when you are desperately searching for power for your nearly depleted iPhone 5 – and we have all been there.
Apple Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter
Apple’s original 30-Pin Connector has been around a long time by any standard, particularly when it comes to smart devices. The connector made its debut in 2003 and has remained virtually untouched in that time. Compared to the raft of connector changes for other platforms – Android, Symbian, PocketPC/Windows Phone, Apple can hardly be blamed for saying goodbye to it. When the iPhone 5 was introduced in October 2012, the Lightning Connector made its debut and
the immediate reaction was as you would expect: NO!
Think about it: There are hundreds of accessories that leverage the 30-Pin connector from cables to cars. I own a brand new 2013 Mini Cooper. Guess what? The iPod Connector is a 30-Pin. If you have been a long time Apple user, this also means that you likely have dozens of 30-Pin cables laying about.
To help the transition Apple introduced the Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter. We’ve all read about it and voice our opinion about the $29.00 price tag. The reality is, after many tear downs of the adapter, it is clear that this is more than just a simple “converter”. The adapter has its own micro logic board. This is not a dumb connector.
That $29 is $10 more than simply going and buying a new Lightning to USB cable. But what do you do with all those 30-Pin cables you have in the drawer? That’s exactly the point. Apple actually did you a favour by NOT requiring you go out and buy all new cables at $19 a pop. Buy the adapter once and use the 30-pin cables until the die.
We can all debate if Apple is charging to much for this adapter and there are strong arguments for both sides. The bottom line though is the adapter is readily available and works with virtually every accessor that has a 30-Pin. I use one regularly to connect my iPhone 5 to my Pure Dock/Alarm/Radio as well as my iPhone to my Mini Cooper and it works brilliantly.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to developers for further testing of what will be the next minor update to their mobile platform. The update addresses a well publicised security flaw that came with the release of 6.1 where users devices can be access by bypassing the lock screen security feature. The release comes just days after 6.1.2 was released to the general public, suggesting that Apple is working fast and furious to address any issues with iOS.
With iOS 6.1.3, Apple has continued to further develop the Maps app for users in Japan, bringing a long list of
improvements to users. These include improved motorway colours, indication of transit buildings (such as rail stations), improved 3D buildings in Tokyo and improved pronunciations to touch on the highlights. The updates in iOS 6.1.3 to Maps for Japan makes senses as a major push for improvement in the app for that country also came with IOS 6.1.
As always the latest beta build of IOS 6.1.3 is available only to developers. There is no indication of when this new build will become generally available but if the last few weeks are any indication, it should not be much longer. AlliOSNews will of course post when it is generally available so you will know to download it via iTunes or Over-The-Air to your iPhone or iPad.
For more information on the Apple Developer network, visit http://developer.apple.com
Thank you to our anonymous developer member for the update!
Tapbots has released an important and mandatory update to their iOS Twitter app, Tweetbot. The update, version 2.7.2 for those keeping score, brings the app up to the standards required by the Twitter 1.1 API. Effectively Tweetbot had to update in order to continue to work after 5th March of this year.
The update covers both their iPhone & iPod Touch version of the app as well as the iPad version. These are two separate downloads in the App Store. The updates for the iOS version simply bring the app up to the standard required by the Twitter 1.1 API.
For Tweetbot for Mac users, the updates are a bit more comprehensive. The update, which is available now in the Mac App Store, brings the version up to 1.2 and has a long list of improvements and updates along with the new API
requirements. Here are the highlights of what has chances in the Mac version:
- New options for menubar icon and dock badge. See Notifications in Preferences.
- Enable/disable notifications when a specific user tweets. Control-click on a user you are following and choose ‘Enable/Disable Notifications’ from the context menu.
- Thumbnail support for Vine and Flickr.
- Ability to reorder accounts in account preferences.
- Support for adding .mp4 video to tweets.
- Fixed issue with uploading animated gifs.
- Can now drag .mp4 or images into app icon to create a new tweet.
- Can now open profiles or tweets on twitter.com.
- Clicking on the date label in the status detail will open in your browser.
- If the username/hashtag completion popover appears and you press up arrow when there’s no selection or the top item selected, the popover now goes away. Same when at the bottom.
- Fixed the issue where ‘goto user’ would fail if there was a space before or after the username.
- Fixed the issue where a twitter search url didn’t work as expected in some cases.
- Fixed the issue where if someone faved your tweet it looked like you faved it.
- ‘View in Favstar’ now respects open links in background preference
- Fixed the issue where when creating new tweet, typing something, hitting escape and then clicking somewhere would dismiss the tweet.
- Fixed the issue with changing muted keyword durations.
- Updated to use Twitter’s 1.1 API.
- Updated to meet some of Twitter’s new UI requirements.
Here is the key for AlliOSNews readers: If you are a Tweetbot user on Mac or iOS, you must upgrade to these new releases no later than 5th March or the app will cease to function. This is NOT the fault of Tapbots but rather the changes Twitter has made to their API.
If you are new to Tweetbot I highly recommend it. It is in my opinion the best Twitter app available for Mac and iOS.
Apple has released another television advert on their YouTube channel by the name of “Alive”. You can view it below.
The advert points out the wide range of apps that are available on the iPad and iPad Mini and covers a range of apps from Entertainment to Education. As you would expect, it is a pretty polished advert that hits the heart of the matter early and often: You can do anything with an iPad.
Shortly after posting the Alive advert, Apple posted a second one entitled “Together”. You can view that one here:
Five days ago Apple released iOS 6.1 to the general public for the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch. I reported just a day after the release that here at AlliOSNews we were already seeing visits from our readers using iOS 6.1. Now, a week later, the momentum is clearly in the favour of the latest release.
At the start of the day today, iOS 6.1 has accounted for a stunning 56% of all mobile OS’ visiting the site in February. The nearest older version is 6.0.1 at 20.8%. It is an impressive figure no matter how you slice it because clearly you are using the newest offering from Cupertino. It isn’t just us who are seeing this spike. Techcrunch is reporting that developers are
seeing a 22% adoption rate of iOS 6.1 based on a sample base of 13 million users on Onswipe. That would make this version of iOS the quickest to be accepted by consumers yet.
One could make the argument that users have little choice but to use iOS 6.1 given that their devices will prompt them to update to the latest version via the App Store app. But that can be a bit misleading. Here at AlliOSNews we still have visitors who are using iOS 3.2, a build some 3 years old. Not everyone can upgrade or is interested in upgrading.
Clearly though many are interested!
iOS 6.1 has been welcomed by many for the fixes to various issues within iOS, most notably strong improvements to the Maps app and associated APIs. There are other fixes and improvements that make it attractive for many, even if you have sworn off Maps. So far there have been no reported issues with this release in the general public which is a good sign for Apple. I can say as one who uses Maps regularly, the improvements in the app are very impressive!
Interestingly I did receive an email from a reader asking when the next release of iOS would be available. Seems the App Economy also applies to Operating Systems.
If you have an iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, Apple has released a minor software update for you today. The new iOS 6.0.2 update specifically address a bug that impacts WiFi functionality on the latest devices from Cupertino. The update can be done via iTunes or it can be done over-the-air from your device. To get to software updates on your iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, go to Settings>General>Software Update and if your device is eligible, the update will the there to download.
No word on if there will be any updates to the 3rd or 4th generation iPad with this update but in checking my 3rd-gen I see 6.0.1 as the latest update.
With up to 4 hours of streaming Mac and iOS HD video tutorials in each issue, ScreenCastsOnline Monthly magazine is one of the most popular magazines in the Apple Newsstand, and is already iPad mini ready! Ideal for both new and existing iPad owners, ScreenCastsOnline Monthly brings you a selection of some of the top video tutorials from ScreenCastsOnline, as well as articles, hints, tips and how-tos from some of the top Mac and iOS experts.
With over 180 five star reviews worldwide, ScreenCastsOnline Monthly is already a hit with existing iPad users and is optimised for viewing on the smaller display of the iPad mini. With a clean design, easy navigation and outstanding readability, the magazine contains high resolution, HD video tutorials that can play in full screen on your iPad or iPad mini.
Install the free ScreenCastsOnline Monthly magazine application from Newsstand and download the free sample edition to check out some of the content. Individual issues are available for purchase, or readers can save up to 40% off the usual issue price by subscribing to a monthly, six monthly or annual subscription. Subscriptions also include an optional months free trial.
The November issue (004) is now available in advance of the iPad mini launch, so you can download it, and be ready to view on your iPad mini on launch day.
This month’s new issue includes nearly 4 hours of HD video tutorials, covering two top Mac utilities – Fission and Leap, a look at Shared Photo Streams on the Mac and some handy mini Mac tutorials. On the iOS side, we cover the remaining headline features of iOS6 including Shared Photo Streams Mobile Safari & Mail, plus a look at a great iPhone and iPad app to keep you in shape – MyFitnessPal . If you’re new to the Mac or iOS, take advantage of a new beginner tutorials series, as well as the usual articles, hints & tips and comments from all your favourite Mac luminaries!
If you were holding off on ordering your new iPad Mini you will be holding off a little longer. Apple has completely sold out and now orders are taking up to two weeks to fill from the Apple online store.
What is unclear is exactly how many iPad Mini units Apple had available for pre-ordering. An educated guess would be 2-3 million which, if that is the case, they have had another stellar weekend after a product release. This on a device that
many pundits suggested was overpriced and missed the mark.
Clearly it didn’t with consumers.
Even with the delay in ordering the iPad Mini, it is still a bit better off than the iPhone 5. According to the Apple site, iPhone 5 orders are still taking 3-4 weeks to fill.