I’ve been using iOS 6 on my iPhone 4S and new iPad for a little over a week now. I like that Siri can finally do more things like tell me sports scores, make dinner reservations, and launch applications. “She” still takes time, occasionally, to perform a task. I have mixed feelings about the new map application. I enjoy the new driving directions, yet I don’t appreciate having to download additional apps for traveling via public transportation. I have had limited experience with Passbook since I only have two apps that work with it – United Airlines and Walgreens. Considering it was shown during the presentation, I am very surprised Starbucks didn’t get their app updated prior to the official release of iOS 6. I was expecting Passbook to be more like CardStar or KeyRing with some added functionality but there’s no way to enter a frequent shopper/loyalty card. Everything has to be done through a separate app.
I haven’t updated my iPhone 4 which I use for work since there wouldn’t be much added capabilities and I plan on upgrading to an Android phone in a couple of weeks.
I found a very cool program for my iPhone called Genius Scan. It comes in a free version and a ‘plus’ version, for $2.99, called Genius Scan+. Both versions allow you to
- Scan a picture with the camera or pick one from the library.
- Crop and straighten your page thanks to Genius Scan frame autodetection and perspective correction.
- Enhance your document. Genius Scan turns your grayish documents into real black and white. And it makes color documents look more vivid.
- Group pages together to easily create PDF documents.
- Quickly copy documents to your computer via Wifi sharing
- Share your documents by email or export them to iBooks
The ‘plus’ version allows you to export your documents to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Docs.
I decided to upgrade to the ‘plus’ version since I use Dropbox and Evernote a lot.
It has been one month since I purchased my iPhone 3GS. So far, the only thing I miss is having a flash for the camera, and I really don’t miss a flash that much. I have my Canon A590IS if I know ahead of time that I’ll be taking pictures in no/low light. I wish AT&T and Apple would get off their high horses and allow the Qik app in the App Store. I tried Qik out when I jailbroke my iPhone 3G and loved the idea of streaming video TO the Internet. I haven’t replaced my iPod with the iPhone yet. I figure as long as the iPod still works (even though I seem to have to charge it every other day instead of once a week like when it was brand new), I might as well keep using it.
11 months after purchasing my iPhone 3G, I purchased the new iPhone 3GS today at the Apple Store at Fifth Avenue. I reserved the phone through Apple’s website about 2 weeks ago when it was announced. I got a little concerned yesterday when I got an email from Apple reminding me about the reservation and I read the fine print – “Reservation does not guarantee iPhone availability at an Apple Retail Store. iPhone is sold on a first-come, first-served basis.” This made me think there was a possibility that I would have to wait even longer to get the new iPhone. I could either drive into the city with my Cobalt (not really something I wanted to do since the car is only 2 years old) or take the earliest train I could (4:45AM arriving in NYC at 6:15) and pray that the line wasn’t so long that I wouldn’t get a phone. I got to the store at 6:30AM and they had two separate lines, one for people who reserved a phone and one for people who decided to camp out. I walked into the store about 7:10 and by 7:30, I was walking out with my brand new 32GB black iPhone 3GS. I had to pay $499 instead of the $299 other people got to pay because I wasn’t completely eligible for an upgrade. To offset the extra $200, I sold my old iPhone 3G to a coworker.
I’ve played with it a bit today. It’s not much different than the iPhone I had, except for video recording, compass, and voice controls. I also wanted more storage so I don’t have to carry an iPod anymore.
I bit the bullet today and jailbroke my iPhone 3G using QuickPwn. I’ve been thinking about it for a while so I could record video and stream video to the Internet using Qik. Qik is supposed to have an approved app for the iPhone but Apple as yet to approve it. Some other neat things I am now able to include:
- Five icons in the dock
- Five columns in the springboard
- Tethering – so I can surf the Internet on a regular computer using the connection on my iPhone
If Apple ever does finally release a firmware for the iPhone that includes video recording and/or approves the Qik app, I might switch back to an unjailbroken iPhone.
I gave the online file storage service Box.net a try over 2 years ago. Recently, they released an app for the iPhone which allows me to access any files I have saved online and save any photos I’ve taken with my iPhone to their servers. I don’t see the need to save my photos because I typically email them straight to Flickr and Facebook.
In September of 2007, I signed up for Twitter but I hardly used it. In March of this year, I installed a plugin called Twitter Updater, in order to increase the number of tweets I made. This still didn’t get me into Twitter that much. I even signed up for a service called HelloTxt, which allowed me to update my status on multiple social networking sites at once. I hardly used this service too. After I got my iPhone, I installed an app called Twitterific which allows me to tweet using my iPhone and read tweets from the people I’m following. It wasn’t until about two weeks ago that I really got into Twitter. I used to block random people that were following me. Now, I’ll let anyone follow me, and if they seem to post interesting stuff, I’ll follow them in return.
I purchased a new Blackberry Curve 8330 from Verizon last Wednesday for work. They’re reimbursing me for the phone and any accessories (up to $200 total) and up to $110 per month for the phone bill. I went with Verizon because I have my iPhone 3G on AT&T. I figured if I didn’t have coverage with one, I’d have it with the other. I’m still getting used to the crackberry but I still like my iPhone better.
Since I got my iPhone last week, I have signed up for 3 new social networking services. Limbo, Loopt, and Whrrl are mobile social networking services that use your current location to show you where your friends are.
Limbo describes their services as:
Limbo ampliﬁes your social life – giving you quick and easy access to more activities, people and places.
Loopt goes a little more in depth when explained their service.
Loopt shows users where friends are located and what they are doing via detailed, interactive maps on their mobile phones. Loopt helps friends connect on the fly and navigate their social lives by orienting them to people, places and events. Users can also share location updates, geo-tagged photos and comments with friends in their mobile address book or on online social networks, communities and blogs.
Whrrl’s description is similar to Loopt’s.
Whrrl is a location-based social utility that helps you answer questions like, “Where should we go for dinner tonight?” or, “What fun stuff can I do around here?”, whether you are in your home town or traveling. Whrrl organizes everything you and your friends know about people, places, and events and puts that information at your fingertips. You can use Whrrl on a Web browser, via SMS, or as an application on your mobile phone.
I’m still figuring out if I’ll use all three or if one of them does everything I would need.
I came across a service called Mail2Web that is a free alternative to the MobileMe service that Apple is selling for $100. Mail2Web is a free personal Microsoft Exchange 2003 account, and since the iPhone can connect to Microsoft Exchange, this allows email to be received almost instantaneously. The instructions on how to set this up are available from Lifehacker.