Category Archives: iOS 5
At its press event today, Apple announced the new iPhone 5 with a 4-inch, retina display.
For customers, the larger screen means there’s extra room for apps to display their content. The most noticeable difference will be the homescreen, which will now display five rows of icons.
This extra screen real estate allows built-in apps like the calendar to display the full five-day work week.
Dear Aunt TUAW,
As an iPad 1 owner, would now be the best time to make sure I load up on apps — as the iPad 1 won’t be supported in iOS 6?
It had been a long time coming, with web browsing individuals all over the world crying out for Google to bring their popular Chrome browser to Apple’s iOS mobile platform.
Some of us didn’t think it would come thanks to Apple’s tight hold over how iOS is used, but day two of the Google I/O conference proved the doubters wrong with mobile Chrome being made available for immediate download via the official App Store.
It is quite evident that Chrome for iOS is a hit, amassing over 1500 reviews in a tiny space of time. Although the browser is a great piece of work and definitely an improvement on Mobile Safari in some cases, the sad fact is that Google missed the opportunity to add some vital and extremely user-friendly features. Worry not Chrome fans as the jailbreak community has rectified that.
Whenever Apple announces a new major build of iOS, it is always seeded to registered developers in the first instance, with the theory being that they can test out their apps for compatibility and ready them for the final build and also file bug reports which they find with Apple.
In that sense, Apple tends to treat their registered developers as there own tried and trusted software testers, something that has worked out well historically.
Unfortunately for the non-developer population, it means that there is no official way to get their hands on the latest versions of the software unless it is obtained through alternative measures, something which we certainly don’t recommend doing. Installing beta firmware on a main in-use device can often be problematic and cause a lot of issues. Thankfully, those users who are interested in getting the iOS 6 experience on their device and are also jailbroken, we have a little something to fall back on.
After including major missing features in iOS 3, 4 and 5, iOS 6 has turned out to be more of an incremental update than anything else.
Other than Maps, there are no downright mind-blowing features. Everything iOS 6-related announced by Forstall at WWDC 2012, we’ve seen in one form or another whether as a Cydia tweak or a minor feature on other platforms.
Yes, I am tad disappointed at how things turned out at the event. I went through the iOS 6 keynote, wrote down every new feature mentioned in it and found that most of these features are available in iOS 5. They are definitely more scattered and less polished, but the functionality is there and that’s what we will be discussing in this post: how to get iOS 6’s best features on iOS 5 right now.