(iOS 7 myths below)
We are less than 24 hours away from Apple’s iPhone event and that calls for a rumor roundup. Instead of making a very long post on everything we have learned about what is going to be at the event I decided to make a video of everything we learned. My show notes are below but here comes some linkage for live blogs tomorrow and where I get some of my news.
Plus the special home button design.
Anyone running iOS 7 will tell you battery life is worse than iOS6. Well of course it is there are more animations and functions that take a roll on the battery life. However ask someone running it how much worse someone could say “I only get 2 hours of battery now” where others would say “I get almost the same only a half an hour off.” There is a very distinct reason for this and it’s called “Ghost” usage. Now what is basically when running iOS 7 apps actually run and sometimes update in the background which is real multitasking. Sometimes (yes I realize this is a BETA but it has been 1-6 now) the app will get stuck running in the background always being used by the phones software even when you restart or RAM flush. There is no way to tell what is running in the background but you can tell something is by going to usage settings and Usage and Standby will be the exact same time. Now I have experienced it for the first time and I can’t get rid of it without a full restore. However what I think sets it off is when you make an alarm and set it to go off on weekdays or more than once I started getting ghost usage. Even turning the alarms off now doesn’t work and that is the only change I have made sense running 7 which I have been sense the release. Apple needs to fix this problem but so far they haven’t even explained anything to us or fixed the problem itself. However I wanted to let anyone know who’s running iOS 7 that this could be a cause of your battery being dead. If you’re having ghost usage then check your alarms for one that repeats. Hope this helps.
If you follow me on twitter you would have noticed me going completely insane because the Apple Developer portal for both OS X and iOS has been down for about 4 days now. Apparently on Thursday when the site was first taken down someone hacked into the portal trying to get some information which is encrypted, however if the hacker(s) took names, emails, and addresses is still unknown. Apple is now rebuilding the entire developer database with all users information and updating their servers to make sure they are more secure. All developers who would need to have their accounts renewed have been given an extension and their app will remain on the app store.
For beta testers such as myself this could mean that tomorrow we will not see our 2 week beta seed giving us the seed for beta 4. They may be able to push it over the air but not have a download link or they will most likely do it the Monday after.
So far the only information given is bug fixes and improvements. We could see an iPad version later today as Apple has not updated the developer portal. If you are not part of the developer program do not install as your phone will become unusable. Downgrade to iOS 6 and wait.
To install iOS 7 beta 2 go to Settings>General>Software Update. The update will take some time to download and install.
[UPDATE: An iPad version has been posted on the developer portal!]
I thought I would share some interesting things I have found in the beta for iOS 7.
– The Clock app not only shoes the correct time but the second handle actually moves around the clock
-Maps has a night time viewer.
– When you have set a timer the time remaining will be on the lock screen under the time signature.
– Twitter/Facebook sharing from notification center is gone
– Spotlight search has changed from the most left of the home screen to being pulled down from any home screen for navigation.
– You can use your camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards much like you can in iTunes For Mac.
-iTunes Radio is censored to all cursing words. (May change in an update).
I am still playing around with the update and there is no doubt things will be changed and added in the releases to follow such as improved battery life and maybe quick reply for iMessage like in the new Mac OS X Mavericks.