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iTunes is broken

iOS has a big problem. iTunes…

iOS has a big problem.

iTunes is broken

iTunes is a poor net citizen because Bandwidth is not free.

It’s a bandwidth hog.

 

Apple is proud of the Eco- friendly power efficiency of its hardware, but what about the overall energy footprint and the cost of managing iOS data so inefficiently. Gigabytes of downloads wasting Electricity, Time and Network Bandwidth. Multiply that by the 100’s of millions of iOS devices out there and you can see that it is a real problem.

Apple needs to realize that it is doing a disservice to customers who have multiple iOS devices in their home.

Just imagine a home with 2 kids and 2 adults.
Maybe 4 iPhones and 2 iPads.
Just imagine that all have an average of 50 Apps and that each App is refreshed once a year on average. There may also be 2 iOS updates on each device a year weighing in at over 1GB each.

Suppose that the average App. is 250MB in size; that would work out to be about 74 GB of bandwidth bandwidth used just to keep the software up to date for those devices.

262 apps 18.72 GB

My iPhone has 262 apps 18.72 GB. Typical?

These are conservative estimates.

Then imagine that you’ve got a few iMacs or Mac Books or PCs running iTunes.
When they fire up they also want to download the exact same apps wasting even more bandwidth.

Then there is iCloud music streaming, iCloud data syncing and backup.

These devices combined with the way iTunes currently works are using up a lot of network resources. Even eating into data allocation you might have budgeted for other high bandwidth consumers like Netflix.

If your ISP charges you $1.50 / GB or more for bandwidth overages this can really start to add up. Or worse you find out that you reached your download capacity near the start of the month and you are being throttled for the remainder of the month for overall slow and aggravating internet access experience.

Apple is proud of the Eco- friendly power efficiency of its hardware, but what about the overall energy footprint and the cost of managing iOS data so inefficiently. Gigabytes of downloads wasting Electricity, Time and Network Bandwidth. Multiply that by the 100’s of millions of iOS devices out there and you can see that it is a real problem.  Should iTunes on your PC and iTunes on your iOS devices be so inefficient?

Not everyone has ideal internet access. Many rural users are stuck with slow DSL, Satellite or Cellular Network internet access. Bandwidth limits are firm and overage costs are expensive.

One elegant solution would be for Airport Extremes (with USB memory stick) and Airport Time Capsules to implement (WCCP) Web Cache Communication Protocol.

 

This would cache .ipa and .ipsw files in a cache allocated on the 2 or 3 terabyte drive.

When another device tried to upgrade an app that had already been downloaded and cached, it gets the update from the local network. It does not have to go out to the internet to waste time and money. The user would see a delightfully fast update adding to the pleasure of owning such a well managed device.

Schools and Businesses with iOS devices are starting to see the need for caching iOS applications. Homes could benefit from this solution as well.

There were rumours that this was going to be a capability of the newly released Airport Extremes.

 

Airport Extreme & Time Capsule needs WCCP

Airport Extreme & Time Capsule needs WCCP

 

What happened to this capability?

 

Apple should complete this capability and activate it in the next (or near future) Airport Extreme software update. This would be a really compelling reason to buy an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule over similar and cheaper competitors in the market.  Greater Synergy within Apple Products to delight the owner of iOS devices would be a competitive advantage.

Apple, please, please, please fix this.

 

 

iOS 7 for iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch 5 owners

iOS 7 announcment

iOS 7 announcment


On June 10th 2013, Apple announced their plans to release new versions of Mac OS X (Mavericks (they’re done with the Big Cats Meme. (They jokingly considered the code name Sea Lion))) for Mac Books and iMacs as well as the new Mac Pro and along with the much anticipated iOS 7.

iOS 7 promises many new features for or iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch 5 owners.

iOS 7

IOS 7 Available Fall 2013




Jony Ive’s influence is most definitely seen in the new iOS face-lift. Scott Forstall skeuomorphic design (making things on the phone look like real life objects) direction is gone. The look of iOS 7 is modern and fresh.

They lifted some user interface efficiencies from the Jail Break community with addition of Control Center.

iOS 7 Control Center

iOS 7 Control Center

With Control center you can quickly control your iPhone’s settings. You can quickly switch on a flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and toggle rotation lock. You can change brightness and sound volume. You can also Air Play to an Apple TV or Air Drop to other iOS 7 users that may be near by.

You can also quickly get to the clock, calculator and the camera.


It is available to iOS developers already but demand is currently keeping developer.apple.com offline. Who is actually getting through?

iOS7 beta 1 download

iOS7 beta 1 download

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Apple TV is going to be insanely great!

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Imagine, you can ask Siri to find any show from any network. 500+ Channels.
It’s all there, every show in a search-able database in the iCloud.
Then when she finds it and shows it to you, you tell Siri to record only new episodes and skip the Ads (for reruns).

 

 

No scrolling slowly through those arcane slow responding menu systems that the cable providers give you. Program the shows you want to see in seconds hands free or Control it or watch it from your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, iPad and your iPhone, the last TV remote you may ever need.

The US networks will love it so they can get Hard Data on what people are watching and sell more targeted advertising. It gives them the freedom to show different Ads to different people. People respond better to advertising they prefer rather than shot gunning everyone with the same Ads.

 

 

Apple might even provide Television Networks with Ad Servers for custom Ads.
Campaigns could be even more unified across your leisure activities like reading, catching up on news or surfing the web.

Apple replaces every Television station but allows cable companies to sell more Internet service. They bring their Apple Fan Base to the table.

Shopping Channels could be much more profitable if you could shop with your iTunes account, you probably impulse buy a lot more.

New iPad announced March 7th is Available March 16th

New iPad available March 16th

New iPad announced March 7th is Available March 16th

New iPad announced March 7th is Available March 16th

So Apple announced the new iPad today, March 7th.

It can be preordered today and will start to ship on March 16th.

Main features include:

Retina Display at 2048 x 1536 resolution about 3.1 million pixels of display.

This is more dots per inch than any other portable computing device.

Watching 1080p movies on it will be very compelling.

It was also noted that it will make for a wonderful portable gaming experience.

 

iPad2 Available In Canada Today Mar 25th

iPad 2 Available in Canada Mar 25th 2011

iPad2 Available In Canada Today Mar 25th

iPad2 Available In Canada Today Mar 25th

iPad 2’s are in short supply in Canada.

But you can still get one if you really want to.

There is a new Reservation System available at Apple Retail Store Links similar to:

http://www.apple.ca/squareone

Look for the Link that says Reserve now:

Start Reservation Process for your new iPad 2

Start Reservation Process

Select where you would like to Pick up your iPad 2.

Reserve Your iPad 2 at your favourite Store

Reserve Your iPad 2 at your favourite Apple Store

Select the model that you want from the list of options available.

Select the iPad 2 Model that you want

Select the iPad 2 Model that you want

Once you have selected your model proceed to the confirmation step.

Just sign in with your Apple ID and confirm and then you should see.

iPad 2 Reservation Complete

iPad 2 Reservation Complete

Apple iPad 2 Event

March 2 2011 iPad 2 event

Apple iPad 2 Event

Apple iPad 2 Event

Here is the video for the iPad 2 event today, March 2 2011

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Where were you when Nothing Happened today?

Unbelievable; Apple hyped an iTunes announcement targeting today for the past few days.

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Everyone was hoping for ITunes in the Cloud.  But what do we get instead?

You can buy the Beatles Music Catalog on iTunes.  Yawn.

The Beatles simply aren’t relevant anymore.   So what if a few people who are living in the past want to download this music from iTunes.  It’s ridiculous. 

Most likely these people will have bought these albums in all of the prior formats including:

  1. 45’s
  2. LP’s
  3. 8 Track
  4. Audio Cassette
  5. Laser Disk
  6. Mini Compact Disk
  7. Compact Disk or CDs

Now the last one is the kicker. 

Why not just stick your Beatle Music CDs into the CD Rom slot in your Mac or PC and Import your Beatles Albums into iTunes.  Then you can sync to your iPod, iPad or iPhone.  Why spend more money to download this from iTunes.  It’s insane.

This is just being hyped because the only one who will really benefit is Apple.

They have had a long running intellectual property battle with the Beatles Related company of Apple Corps Ltd.  And being able to bring all of that to and end while potentially making even more money, is big news for Apple Inc. 

It’s in Apple’s best interest to get the News Press excited with Hype like “Where were you when you heard…” that we were going to make more money today?

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

So I was pleasantly surprised to see an announcement in my developer email inbox for the release of iOS 4.2 Beta 3.

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

I started to download it instantly.

I’ve already installed iOS Beta 4.2 releases 1 and 2.  I was glad to have App. Folders and multitasking on my iPad.  The beta releases have worked fairly well.  The one glitch that I ran into was with the Netflix App.

It would select you movie and when you pressed “Watch Instantly” it would pause for a minute and “Crash Instantly”.  Sometimes restarting the iPad and selecting a new movie would fix it.  Sometimes not.  But again, this was with the iOS 4.2 Beta releases.

So hopefully they, Apple and Netflix are getting this useful diagnostic information that they require and Netflix will work great when the the final version of iOS 4.2 is released.

-Update-

One way to fix NetFlix App. crashes, is to uninstall the application.  Then, reinstall the application again.

You’ll have to reenter your credentials but that is a small price to pay to get NetFlix working on the iPad again.

iOS 4.2 Beta 3

iOS 4.2 Beta 3

They are working towards a November release date.  One of the other noteworthy features included is Wireless Printing or AirPrint.  It looks like there will be updates to the MacOS 10.6 Snow Leopard and iTunes 10 as well to support the printing feature.  There will also be enhancements for Enterprise deployments and Accessibility Enhancements.

iOS 4.1 released

iOS 4.1 released

Apple’s recently released iOS 4.1.  It has a number of bug fixes and some significant additions.
Those fixes include remedies for the proximity sensor issue which some iPhone 4 users have experienced.
There are also some fixes for Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance.
There are also brand new features like High Dynamic Range photos, a feature to insure that you don’t get washed out images from your iPhone 4 camera.
HD video uploads over WiFi allows you to upload your videos to your YouTube account with a new ‘Send to YouTube’ button.
You can rent TV shows through iTunes.
And last but not least is  Game Center. it adds new capabilities for multiplayer gaming including the ability to challenge friends, keep track of scores and achievements, and the ability to find new games by looking at what your friends are playing.

Apple’s recently released iOS 4.1.  It has a number of bug fixes and some significant additions. Those fixes include remedies for the proximity sensor issue which some iPhone 4 users have experienced.
There are also some fixes for Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance.
There are also brand new features like High Dynamic Range photos, a feature to insure that you don’t get washed out images from your iPhone 4 camera.HD video uploads over WiFi allows you to upload your videos to your YouTube account with a new ‘Send to YouTube’ button.
You can rent TV shows through iTunes.
And last but not least is  Game Center. it adds new capabilities for multiplayer gaming including the ability to challenge friends, keep track of scores and achievements, and the ability to find new games by looking at what your friends are playing.

iOS 4.1 released

iOS 4.1 released

iPad 4.2 gets Printing

iPad gets Pinting and other features in iOS 4.2

iPad 4.2 gets Printing

iPad 4.2 gets Printing

Apple has created a dedicated page detailing the new features coming to the iPad in November.
iOS 4.2 will be a unifying release that brings the iPad, iPod and iPhone in feature sync.
The iPad will be much closer than it was, having lacked features such as Multitasking and Folders.
The iPad was originally launched with iOS 3.2 and has since fallen behind the iPhone and iPod touch’s iOS in features we’ve seen added in releases up to the current 4.02.
Along with folder organization and multi-tasking, iOS 4.2 for iPad also brings some  new features including:
– Printing: Print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network.
– AirPlay: Wirelessly streaming of videos, music, and photos from iPad to the newly announced Apple TV, and you can stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.
The iOS 4.2 release will be released for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in November of 2010 as an IPSW update through iTumes.

Apple has created a dedicated page detailing the new features coming to the iPad in November. You can find it here: http://www.apple.com/ipad/software-update/iOS 4.2 will be a unifying release that brings the iPad, iPod and iPhone in feature sync. The iPad will be much closer than it was, having lacked features such as Multitasking and Folders.The iPad was originally launched with iOS 3.2 and has since fallen behind the iPhone and iPod touch’s iOS in features we’ve seen added in releases up to the current 4.02.
Along with folder organization and multi-tasking, iOS 4.2 for iPad also brings some  new features including:
– Printing: Print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network.- AirPlay: Wirelessly streaming of videos, music, and photos from iPad to the newly announced Apple TV, and you can stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.
The iOS 4.2 release will be released for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in November of 2010 as an IPSW update through iTumes.

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