• Monday Morning News

    You might have heard about how bad Apple's maps are in their new Maps app on iOS 6, or you might have experienced it for yourself. Google may have an Maps replacement awaiting approval in the App Store, or they may not. Either way, Apple knows Maps needs improvement, and they're hiring quite a number of people to work on Maps *but in the meantime, Maps won't be great.

    But that's the thing: maps are hard. You can complain all you want about how Apple shouldn't have released a maps product on consumers, but maps are one of those things that need to be used by hundreds upon thousands of people for inaccuracies to be found, and you can't just release a mature product right out of the gate. Google was massively advantaged in this area, and as much as Apple's Maps sucks now, hopefully that won't be the case in a few months' time.

    Enough about Mapgate though, let's talk about Scuffgate: new owners of the iPhone 5 are finding small scuffs and nicks on their sides of their iPhones after pulling them out of the box, suggesting a lack of QA on Apple's part during manufacturing. We've even got our own thread on it in the forums.

    TNW describes wideband audio in the iPhone 5 as much sharper and clearer voice calls, and, when combined with the new noise cancellation, can take a little getting used to due to how different the other caller sounds. Telstra is the only carrier to support wideband audio in Australia (they call it "HD Voice"), but spare a thought for those in the US: they miss out entirely, with none of the major carriers supporting it.

    IFixIt has taken apart the iPhone 5, and they've found that in some cases, it's a little easier to repair than the 4 or 4S. The screen is the first thing to come off *good news for those who need to replace their cracked displays. But it's about the little details, which is why it's a little puzzling Apple moved back to the rotational-style vibration motor in the 5, unlike the linear-oscillating motor in the 4S which allowed for more precise vibrations (i.e. custom vibration patterns and so on). Chipworks has their own set of posts regarding various bits of silicon in the iPhone 5.

    IOS 6 includes a Guided Access, which is a pretty big boon for anyone wanting to lock down iPads or iPhones to "single app mode", disabling the home button and various on-screen UI if required. Rene Ritchie from iMore shows us how to use Guided Access to put an iPad into "guest user" mode.

    One of the biggest issues I was worry about when getting the new iPhone was having to throw away my extensive wallpaper collection, due to the different screen resolution of the iPhone 5. Thankfully, MacStories has pointed out a few good collections of iPhone 5 wallpapers, and there's even a nice set of iPhone 5 wallpapers in this imgur album.

    If you use Reminders in iOS, you'll be pleased to know that Reminders in iOS 6 is a huge improvement over the original, as noted by Dave Caolo. There's faster list creation and new UI which means using Reminders, while not as gesture-based as something like Clear, is a better experience in iOS 6.

    Chad Williams has a neat little collection of iOS 6 features he didn't know about. Apple didn't mention any of these features anywhere, yet they're all examples of the attention to detail we know and love.

    For fans of piles of poo, love hotels, or faces screaming in fear, a great post by Zach Holman on abusing Emoji in iOS and your Mac is absolutely hilarious. But making your OS X username an emoji? What about a password? I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

    Some guy collated all the mobile GPU benchmarks from Anandtech, put together an iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII head-to-head, and called it a day.

    You should watch the latest TV ads for the iPhone 5 when you get the chance (if you haven't already). They're classic Apple.
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