• Monday Morning News

    Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology on Maps. The message is short and straight to the point; Cook admits Apple fell short of delivering the best possible experience, and they're hard at work striving to make Apple's Maps better than it currently is. In the meantime, Cook suggests alternatives you can use: namely, either a selection of apps from the App Store, or ye olde web app from Google or Nokia to get your maps.

    But for all the flaws in Apple's Maps are, there's no reason to be making up addresses in a bid to make them seem even more inaccurate than they really are. Sadly, that's exactly what Google has done in a recent Motorola ad, where they faked an address to show off the superiority of Google Maps.

    Actually, in certain cases Apple's Maps may actually be better than Google's, provided you like looking at satellite imagery of military installations. It seems Apple's and Nokia's maps have flown below the radar, so to speak, when it comes to hi-res satellite imagery of military bases and the like, as discovered by The Verge.

    According to this Fortune article, blame for the current Maps fiasco lies solely with Scott Forstall. There's now calls he should be fired over the Maps change, but that's a pretty big over-reaction in my opinion *he's done a great job with iOS thus far, and maybe Apple as a company is to blame over maps, like Gruber explains.

    After the release of the iPhone 5 is the perfect time for Apple to be applying for patents relating to inductive charging, right? The wireless charging mat concept is nothing new, it's just strange for Apple to be interested in this tech all of a sudden, especially after the 'disappointing' iPhone 5.

    If you've got cantered album art problems I feel bad for you son, I've got 99 problems but cantered album art ain't one as it turns out, people like their cantered album art, something the iPhone 5 doesn't do all that well due to the taller display. IMore suggests a 'fix' could be as simple as moving the album art a fraction up.

    With the new iPhone 5, why is Apple forcing us to put our phones in our pockets upside down thanks to the bottom-oriented headphone jack? Or alternatively, why the bottom-mounted headphone jack makes more sense than what we've had previously.

    The iPhone 5 vibrates differently than the 4S and Verizon-model iPhone 4, and it's to do with a slight change in the vibration motor. Matthew Panzarino at The Next Web explains.

    Google has unveiled support for CardDAV, which means you can now sync your Google Contacts via that service. If you're not already using Google's ActiveSync for mobile, this is a good solution as it also works on Mountain Lion.

    It's been a while since we saw a new Twitter app on the iPhone that was worth looking at, but Flurry for Twitter is a new Twitter app that's loaded with gestures and nice little UI polish. It doesn't have push notifications or all the features of more established clients, but it is very nice.

    A big Camera+ update sees the arrival of Camera+ for iPad, as well as an iPhone 5 compatible version. There's iCloud sync of your lightbox and more advanced adjustments and new brush editing, making this quite a substantial update to an already solid app.

    Speaking of the iPhone 5 camera, Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has discovered there's a low light boost mode available to developers via an API. This boost mode allows you to use ISO speeds of up to 3200 in third party apps, which the stock Camera.app already has access to.
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