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Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 6 software for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 6 software for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

iOS 6, code-named Sundance, was introduced by Apple during the WWDC 2012 keynote on June 11 and was released on September 19, 2012. It was notable for its support of 16:9 displays for the then-new iPhone 5, for a new, Google-free version of the Maps app, Passbook, Facebook integration, Siri enhancements, and more. iOS 6.1, code-named Brighton, shipped on January 28, 2013. The latest release for most devices was iOS 6.1.3 on March 19, 2013. iOS 6.1.4 shipped for iPhone 5 only on May 2, 2013, and iOS 6.1.5 shipped for iPod touch 4 only on November 11, 2013.

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Yahoo really really wants to be the default search engine for iPhones and iPads

Fire up Safari on your iPhone or iPad today and you'll most likely find Google as the default search engine — but if Yahoo has their way that might change. Users have the option to change from Google to other search providers such as Bing or Yahoo, but Google's had the default spot locked down for some time thanks to the handsome sum they've been paying Apple for the privilege. But Microsoft's Bing is the default search used in Siri, so count that as a win for Redmond. Yahoo isn't too happy that Google holds the crown jewel default search in Safari, and they're apparently aiming to convince Apple to change that.

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Why Apple Maps lead me to a meltdown in Central London

There are rumors that iOS 8 will be addressing a lot of lingering concerns over the reliability and usefulness of Apple's Maps. I very much hope so. Because I bring to you this Monday a tale of woe. A tale of using Apple Maps navigation, Central London and lots and lots of swearing. This is the tale of how using Apple Maps to navigate through the British capital – right through the middle – lead me to a meltdown.

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Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what's the best way to check it out? Why, with a head to head, of course!

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Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple has updated their iOS version distribution, and it’s looking solid as ever. Six months after its launch, iOS 7 is on 87% of iPhones and iPads, while iOS 6 has 11% share, and 2% of users are running anything earlier. This is in stark contrast to Android’s latest version, KitKat 4.4, which has only wrangled 5.3% of its userbase.

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Multipeer, meshed networks, and why risk managers will love them

Apple's gotten a lot of attention recently for iOS 7's multipeer networking frameworks. I covered them briefly in my enterprise and education overview back in September 2013 when iOS 7 first launched but they're worth a closer look. Multipeer networking makes use of Bluetooth, Infrastructure Wi-Fi (like a Wi-Fi Hotspot), and Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi (also called Wi-Fi Direct) to create a peer-to-peer meshed network. Once the network has been established, people on that network can share content including messages (think IM), resources (think documents), or stream content. If you have used AirDrop to share pictures or other content with others, you have already used Multipeer Connectivity without knowing it. This is something risk managers in enterprise are going to love, and here's why!

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iOS 7.1 battery life the same or worse than before say iMore readers

A week ago we ran a reader poll asking about your iOS 7.1 battery life, and we've had some interesting results. A full week after the update came out, we'd all had a decent amount of time to discharge and recharge our iPhone and iPad batteries and get a better feel for whether or not anything had changed. Battery life differs from person to person, and in our sampling it looks as if the bad press on the issue may have had some standing.

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Damn near 75% of iMore readers updated to iOS 7.1 in just 2 days!

When iOS 7.1 dropped last week, we ran a quick poll to capture the approach of the iMore readership to snagging the update. Turns out there was an overwhelming result showing that a whopping 74% of you jumped on iOS 7.1 as soon as it dropped!

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Apple's rumored iOS 8 Healthbook application to track fitness, bloodwork, and more

New details have emerged about Apple's rumored Healthbook application, reportedly coming in iOS 8. The application is supposed to track several points of health and fitness data and utilizes a card-based interface similar to Passbook, with a card for each health category.

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iOS 7.1 review

It's trite. It's cliché. But it's what a lot of people are going to say. iOS 7.1 is what iOS 7 should have been. Given that iOS 7 enjoyed less development time than any previous version — 10 months instead of the usual 12, or the 15 afforded iOS 5 — it's certainly understandable. Given that it's taken an additional 6 months — iOS 7.0 was released in September of 2013 — it's also been a long time coming. There are new features like CarPlay, and improvements like manual Siri control and auto HDR for the iPhone 5s. There are also some incredibly welcome bug fixes in iOS 7.1 including an end to the rampant Springboard crashes, the decaying Touch ID fingerprint recognition, and the performance on the iPhone 4. So, despite the long wait, is iOS 7.1 the update iPhone and iPad users have been waiting for?

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How's your iOS 7.1 battery life?

How's your iOS 7.1 battery life?

Battery life has been in the news since the launch of iOS 7.1 with some people saying they're experiencing the best charge ever and others, the worst. So, we're asking — how's your iOS 7.1 battery life? It's something we traditionally look at around a week after a new version of iOS drops, since in 7 days we've been able to put it to a proper test on our devices having been through a few charge cycles.

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