Apple has killed of the old iPod Touch 4th generation in favor of a new $229 iSightless camera. The new iPod has the same processor as the current 5th generation along with the same screen size but is missing the Loop accessory and rear camera. The iPod only comes in the silver metal which seems to be the same as the current metal on the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini (White Versions). The new iPod comes with 16GB of memory and if you want the camera and the loop you will have to spend $300.
Could the reason Apple discontinued the iPod 4th generation because the device would not be able to handle iOS7? If that is the case then the iPhone 4 would have to be discontinued for the same reason the processor wouldn’t be strong enough meaning Apple would probably introduce a cheaper iPhone at WWDC along with iOS 7… Who knows.
You will be able to pick up this new iPod Touch in store starting tomorrow (May 31st) and the online store is currently accepting orders.
There has been complaints recently after Google Now came to the iPhone that the battery life has been awful. While google denies the fact that Now drains the battery it actually does but not by the app itself you could say.
So how does it drain your battery? Well by always using your location. You’ll notice if you have Now enabled you have the little location marker always on. That’s because now always needs your exact location to run. Using the GPS uses battery and that’s what has been killing if.
How do you fix it though? Well that’s something if you use Google Now on a regular basis you might not be so happy about. To save your battery you basically have to disable now by turning the app “google” off in location services. This will render now useless because the app needs your location to work.
So really google lied in saying Now doesn’t drain battery but it’s because the app itself needs something that drains the battery to work. Currently I have google in my location disabled allowing me to get a long battery life. Try it if you want a longer battery instead of the app.
There is no doubt that WWDC is going to show us all the iOS goodies. However what should we see and expect from Mondays keynote for the iPhone? There are some things Apple needs to do and some things they should do… Get ready for a long post… Lets get started.
Above shows a multitasking jailbreak tweak for multitasking called Auxo. Auxo allows you to see a sort of “screenshot” off the apps that you have opened. In addition if you swipe to the right you will have music controls and if you swipe again you will have the option to toggles such as wifi, bluetooth, and more. The concept is good but could be improved. There needs to be more of the multitasking on the screen when you bring it up so you can actually see what is happening inside the app rather than having the current running app that is in an unusable state filling most of the screen. Also make the toggles under the apps running in the background. That’s what I want to see done because I am bored of the multitasking they have now.
Now you may be thinking: The messaging is fine iMessage works (most of the time) and there really isn’t something to be done with it. Well that isn’t true. There is always room for improvement. I am surprised more people especially the heavy teen texters aren’t asking for a way to reply to messages very quickly without leaving the app they are in. Something like Messages+. Above is messages+ running on my old iPhone 4 (I deleted my jailbreak last night before getting a picture of it on my 5). What it does is allows you to reply to an incoming message wherever you are without having to load the Messages app. Now it looks like something Apple would incorporate and I am not sure why they haven’t done it yet. I have a hope that something like this will come to the iPhone with iOS 7 because it is honestly one of the best tweaks I have ever gotten for my iPhone.
If I were to take an iPhone from 2007 and unboxed it for the first time and turned it on you would almost see no difference between the home screen from 2007 and the one on the iPhone 5. Yes there would be an absance of wallpaper and app icons would be different but by the picture shows there has been really NO change over the years. They need to do something to change this and it needs to be really with this version. There needs to be something that brings the information to the users instead of the users having to go and get it all the time. I am not saying WIDGETS EVERYWHERE but I shouldn’t have to enter the the weather app to know I should bring a jacket… There needs to be a way to have that information on the home screen without having to swipe for notification center or enter the app. I think that Apple knows this and they are going to do something about it.
Alright… This is where there is going to have to be improvement. The only thing Apple has done in about 6+years of iOS to the lock screen is really put a camera slider into it. Honestly they need to do something. Again add a way to have a quick way to get information on the Lock Screen. Apple wants developers to come up with things but they need to change the lock screen to at least have maybe a calendar up there. Do something… ANYTHING.
Siri is kind of weird in the sense that there is so much you can do with it but it doesn’t always work with some of the things it is supposed to currently be able to do. To make Siri even more successful then it already is you need to add developer support. The jailbreak community has Siri do some pretty insane stuff but you shouldn’t have to jailbreak to make Siri developer enabled. Siri needs to be available for developers who don’t want to have to release it for jailbreak. What I mean is allow it so if you have pandora installed you can tell Siri what station you want to listen to without actually having to go and select it yourself. Small things.
At the moment those are the big things I really want to see. There are a lot of small things I want to see but I don’t think they are big enough to be included but maybe in a video later. I have high hopes for iOS 7 for the iPhone and I can’t wait to load it on my iPhone 5.