Remember that there will be LIVE blogging from 6pm tonight, right here! There’s no glitz or glamour, just the facts. And a few photos now and again. You will need to do a fair bit of refreshing, though – the liveblogging software I used to use crashed all the time because of the weight of visitors.
Be here at six. Bring beer. And pork rinds.
Oh, and here’s that ‘leaked’ picture of the leaflet that accompanies the iPhone 5S. It shows the Fingerprint ID thing on the Home Button.
Surprised to find this waiting for me this morning, but this tiny Beta update (it was about 16MB I think) is to fix a problem with iTunes in the Cloud.* Update *
iTunes 11.1 Beta 2 has been released too, which also addresses the Cloud problem. Unfortunately, they’ve not addressed the problem that the program STILL doesn’t play songs randomly unless you click the ‘random’ button a couple of times.
Last night Apple released iOS 7 Beta 4 to us Developers. Despite the download needing 1.8GB of space on your device, nothing much seems to have changed (I had to remove a few apps in order to install the update). The ‘Slide to Unlock’ thing on the main screen is now highlighted in a scrolling colour to make it more obvious. Notification Centre is now highlighted with a horizontal line rather than the (previous) arrow to make it less obvious.
In Mail, swiping a message to delete it is now quicker and smoother. There was a nasty lag before. The different sections of the Notification Centre can now be switched between by swiping left and right. There is also a new notification for completed uploads.
Siri’s help menu has been updated with a load of new things you can ask it. The camera app has a relocated HDR button. The Reminders app has a search function now.
The Safari and Mail icons look slightly different.
The Call button in the phone is slightly smaller. The Messages app now uses the first name and last initial (ie: Steve F) instead of the full surname.
Searching on the home screen (swiping downward) now includes a cancel function.
‘Angry Birds Friends’ works again, but ‘Smule Magic Piano’ still doesn’t.
… and it’s pretty damn good. The new update appears to have addressed a lot of problems with the previous version. Apps that weren’t previously running now are, everything seems a lot smoother – the only niggle is that they’ve changed the font again – I preferred the previous one.
The update weighs in at 214MB. When downloading apps on the device, the animation is now completely different. While there don’t appear to be any new features, everything does seem more polished, and I reckon we’re only one or two more betas away from the final release.
A source, usually reliable with their leaks in the past, have reported that Home Buttons of future iOS devices could feature an illuminated Apple logo. To back up this monstrous claim, they’ve released the above image of said button.
Now, I’m a sucker for an illuminated Apple logo (in fact, I bought my first iBook solely based on the lamp on that white polycarbonate lid), but this might just take the giddy biscuit.
I sat up late into the night waiting for America to get off the internet enough to allow me to download my Dev copy of iOS7 Beta. The threatened two-hour download quickly evaporated, and ended up in my hands within about 45 minutes. All went swimmingly – no error messages at all – not surprising, really, since this is the first Beta I’ve installed since switching back to a Mac (remember the nightmare with the Dell and iOS6 – sheesh!)
Anyhoo, suffice to say, the juddery video from the Apple keynote does no justice whatsoever to the beauty of seeing iOS running on your device. “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!” Right on, Phil. (Sir) Jony Ive’s influence has leaked all over iOS7. From the new font to the flat icons to the pastel coloured panels announcing that the battery is charging to that of an incoming call. It ekes quality. More than ever.
From what I’ve seen of iOS7 so far, it’s pretty damn good. It looks nice, and by God, if the iPhone 6 has a bigger screen than the current flagship phone, iOS7 will rule over it like the big kid in the playground. Seriously.