Pass or Fail: Apple Releases Disappointing IOS6 Update

There has been anticipation of Apples realease of IOS6 for some times, and yesterday the world got their chance to grab the latest update. Sadly, the update was not worth the hype it was given.

applemapsThe biggest changes were the exclusion of a native YouTube app (owned by Google) and the replacement of Google Maps with an Apple owned native App.  We are all aware of the “war” going on between Apple and Google over the operating systems, but to drop the worlds #1 and most used Maps and Video Sharing systems is downright stupid on Apples part.

This topic has been hot in the blogosphere over the last day or so, as can be read about on “the verve“, “NY Times” and “Marketwatch“.

Those who updated their devices and tested the maps have found it lacking in every aspect.  There are entire streets missing in some areas and the “fancy” improvements (as Apple would refer to them) such as fly overs and turn by turn navigation are only good if you have a 4S or 5 product, so they have once again left the 3 and 4 users out in the cold.  Those users with the TomTom app on their earlier devices would argue that it has nothing to do with the devices not being fast enough either, it’s simply Apple’s business plan – upgrade your device or be screwed over left behind.

Those users of YouTube will be very pleased with the App that Google created recently that in my opinion is better than the native app that came on the earlier IOS releases.  There is also talk that Google have created a Google Maps app and are awaiting approval from Apple, so the question is whether Apple will do right by their users and approve it, or risk upsetting them en mass.

Then again, history shows that Apple don’t need to go out of their way to satisfy users, as the vast majority will blindly follow them regardless of how good or bad a product they release.

Pass or Fail?

An absolute fail!  The update may be an improvement in the eyes of Apple execs, but to this iPhone user it is a massive step backwards.  Personally as soon as I can i’ll be dropping my iPhone and replacing it with an Android system.

Other stories about the IOS6 Update:

BBC News – New Apple maps app under fire from users
PC Mag – 6 Ways Google Maps beats Apple Maps

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Sony S1, S2 Hit Android Tablet Market & Hope To Grab #2 Spot

First there was the iPad, then there was Android; a LOT of Android.

It seems that every new product to hit the smartphone or tablet market these days is using the Android Operating System, all of them vying for the coveted #2 spot on the Tablet market. Presently, that spot seems to be taken by the Samsung Tablets, or, if you think of the iPad and iPad2 as being separate products, the original Apple tablet.

Sony hope to change that with there first offereing in the Tablet market, the incredible S1 and S2 Android Tablets. Both will be WiFi and 3G/4G compatible, both have a comfortable curved design to ensure easier use for longer periods of time and both will feature the Android 3.0 Operating System. The S1 has a large 9.4 inch display while the S2 features a clamshell shell that features 2 5.5 inch displays.

Sony S1 and S2 Android Tablets

But if you think that this is just another Tablet to launch with the Android system, think again.

According to the deputy president of the Consumer Products and Services Group, Kunimasa Suzuki, “Sony’s black, glossy devices, code-named S1 and S2, will be the first tablets to enable the use of PlayStation games”. (source)

According to a recent article on 234next.com, Sony is banking on the unusual, off-center design of the S1 and access to first generation PlayStation games and its other networked content to differentiate the products from the flood of tablets in the market.

The PlayStation gaming feature will no doubt make this a hot favorite with the gamers out there, but the big question is whether it has enough to knock the likes of Samsung out of the game. Only time will tell.

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