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What’s new in iOS7 (beta 3) – see screenshots here

Apple launched beta 3 of the highly anticipated iOS7 today. Geeky developers (like us) have been spending the day learning about the latest release and sharing screenshots and opinions on what’s new. Here are a few highlights from today.

iTunes Radio

Combine the innovative technology of spotify or rdio with the reach and userbase of iTunes and you have iTunes Radio. Create a radio station then let iTunes Radio “learn” your preferences and tailor music to you through the new “Tune This Station” slider that was spotted today:

BUT – currently only available in the USA (boo!).

iTunes shows download sizes

You can now see how large an app download is in iTunes before you download it. Great for those on limited data plans who may want to wait until they’re on wifi before updating an app.

New loading animation

Icons no longer use the blue progress bar to show how much has been downloaded, you’ll see a new ‘circular’ animation now instead as shown here:

New calendar

A few improvements to the calendar since beta 2 including those small dot indicators under days to show when you have events on certain days. The latest version looks like this:

Those are just a few highlights from today. What else have you spotted that you like in beta 3?

How to troubleshoot iPhone5′s battery life drain issues

If your new iPhone5 battery isn’t lasting as long as you’d expect and you’re constantly plugging it in just so you can stop it from dying during the day you’re not alone!

Many users are reporting problems with battery life on iPhone5. Whilst we’re waiting for Apple to acknowledge this fact and hopefully provide a firm solution, here are a few tips for how you may be able to improve your iPhone5′s battery life:

1) Reset All Settings

Tap SETTINGS > GENERAL > RESET > RESET ALL SETTINGS

This will reset general settings on your iPhone such as your saved wifi networks, passcode lock, homescreen image etc.

It won’t delete any of your data though (eg: your apps, music or photos).

I tried this on an iPhone5 earlier today and have noticed an improvement in battery life as a result, so this is the one I’d recommend you start with.

2) Full Battery Drain & Recharge

Try letting your iPhone5 battery drain fully to 0% so the phone switches itself off. Then connect it so it starts recharging and don’t disconnect until the battery is back up to 100% again.

3) Turn iCloud Safari Syncing Off

Tap SETTINGS > ICLOUD and swipe the ‘Safari’ option to OFF.

This will stop Safari from syncing your open tabs from all of your supported devices that have iCloud Safari preferences enabled.

(To use this feature, your Mac must have OS X Mountain Lion and Safari 6, and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be using iOS 6).

 

4) Full Restore To Factory Defaults

Finally, if all else fails, some users have reported that when restoring an iPhone5 to factory defaults and not backing up from a previous iPhone has shown improvements in battery life. This involves plugging your iPhone5 into iTunes and clicking the ‘Restore’ button.

It’s strongly advised that you backup your phone before doing this. However this also means your phone will be wiped of all data and you’ll have to start from scratch installing all your apps, syncing your music, etc. But if you’re at your wits end and have explored every other option it could be worth a try.

If you have any other tips for improving battery life let us know in the comments below.

 

The new iPhone5 and Apple’s other big announcements this week

Here’s a rundown of the main announcements that Apple made this week:

The New iPhone5

After much speculation and assumption Apple did indeed launch a new version of the iPhone and it is called iPhone5.

Features include:

  • runs on Telstra and Optus’s new 4G LTE networks (unlike the new iPad)
  • 4-inch (diagonal) display (4S was 3.4inch) – existing apps will be “letterboxed” until upgraded in size
  • faster A6 processor
  • new “lightning” connector (adaptors, of course, available in your nearest Apple store)
  • facetime on 3/4G networks

A few more images from the media kit are shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iPhone5 will be available in Australia from September 21st.

Apple iOS6

Yesterday Apple also released details on iOS6 with over 200 new features, highlights include:

And finally…

Other notable annoucements from the conference this week include:

  • the brand new MacBook pro with retina display and and even thinner case
  • a new iPod Nano range with pause/rewind ‘live’ radio and Siri
  • the new OSX – Mountain Lion
  • the fifth generation iPod Touch with larger (iPhone5 sized) 4-inch screen

Passbook on iOS6 stores all your tickets & confirmations in one place

Apple’s new ‘Passbook’ app launched at the WWDC today stores tickets, confirmations, boarding passes and cards in one place within the new iOS6 operating system.

Apple are using Passbook as a way to change how users approach digital wallets and as with most of their other iOS6 apps the UI is incredibly simple to navigate and operate.

The app uses GeoLocation to bring up relevant Passbook ‘tickets’ when you are near outlets that you have confirmations for.

Passbook also appears to be able to handle stored value cards as demonstrated by Scott Forstall with a Starbucks card.

Plus cards are ‘live’ – ie: if your flight details change so will the boarding pass stored in your passbook app and an Apple notification will appear with the update.

Passbook is one of over 200 new features being launched with iOS6 this week.

Images via @verge.

 

‘How To Lose Weight Fast’ makes Woman’s Day top apps list

Thanks to the team at Woman’s Day magazine for listing the ‘How To Lose Weight Fast’ app we created for Susie Burrell as one of their top apps in the latest edition of the magazine.

To be featured alongside the likes of the brilliant ‘Map My Run’ app is a compliment indeed.

Thanks also to everyone who has downloaded the app and provided feedback on what you’d like to see in future versions.

How to get emoticons on iPhone/iPad messages

Adding emoticons to your iMessages, texts or emails on your Apple iOS device is very simple to setup, just follow these steps:

  1. click on ‘settings’
  2. choose ‘general’ > ‘international’ > ‘keyboards’
  3. click ‘add new keyboard’
  4. choose ‘Emoji’
  5. open up your iMessage/email app
  6. note the new globe button on the keyboard (circled below)
  7. click the globe button to swap keyboard, note the new emoticons that you can now add to your message

I am not proud to admit that sometimes (long bus journeys usually) I have been known to use emoticons to represent famous movies and see if friends can guess them. For example:

See if you can guess those – leave your answers in the comments, or send us some of your own creations.