• Wednesday Morning News

    Two million in the first 24 hours. That's how many iPhone 5 pre-orders there were, a number larger than any iPhone yet, and more than double the previous record of one million held by the iPhone 4S. Not bad for a phone that's been labelled as disappointing and boring by many.

    IOS 6 is to be released to the public either today or (probably) tomorrow. There are a number of aspects in which Maps in iOS 6 improves on over Google Maps, and yet there are others that just aren't up to scratch. Search in Maps is particularly broken, according to Josh Carr, as search in Apple's Maps is now powered by Yelp, not Google as it previously was. Data quality is also a bit of a concern in iOS 6 Maps, but we'll see how the general public reacts in the next day or so.

    Thankfully, Siri has been improved in iOS 6, and the voice-powered personal assistant now knows about a lot more things than she previously did, as well as being able to interact with iOS a lot more. TUAW has a full guide on what you can say to Siri in iOS 6, which encompasses everything from simple contacts manipulation to reading your notifications.

    IOS 6 also brings improvements to the camera, with a new panorama mode that also works on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the newly-released iPod touch. Taking a panorama is as easy as tapping one-button and waving your phone along a path, which generates an impressive 28 megapixel photo, seamlessly stitched together.

    There's no such thing as a touchscreen iMac, but for $200, you can have the Zorro Macsk, an iMac accessory that turns your 21-inch iMac into a touchscreen 21-inch iMac. Engadget have a hands-on, where they find that it actually works pretty well for the price.

    Guild Wars 2 is the latest MMORPG that's been a pretty big hit with gamers thus far, but at launch, only featured a PC client. Not anymore, as NCSoft has announced the Mac client. The Mac client for Guild Wars 2 is currently in beta, but you'll be playing on the same servers as PC users.

    Twitter for iPad has received a big update, losing the sliding panels that made it one of the better Twitter clients for the iPad at the time. The new design is reminiscent of the iPhone interface, but doesn't work as well in landscape mode, from what I can tell from the screenshots. At least there's always Tweetbot, if you're looking for a better client.

    A concept video shows us a better version of Spotlight for iOS. Spotlight currently does search very well, but there's not a lot of functionality and interaction with the rest of iOS from the search window. Cody Sanfilippo's concept changes all that.

    Snapseed was Apple's pick for iPad app of the year last year, and now it's been bought by Google, who are thought to be integrating photo-editing and sharing features into their Google+ platform.

    If you're a frequent Launchpad user, you might want to take a look at Launchpad Manager. It allows you to reorganise and customise your Launchpad to better suit your preferences, letting your group and ungroup icons, and more. Mac AppStorm has the full review.
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