iOS 6 Beta, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

iOS 6 is set to debut in the fall of 2012.

Apple introduced iOS 6 this past Monday at the WWDC 2012. With the introduction of iOS 6, new features like Maps, Siri, Passbook, and over 200 features total have been baked into the the latest iOS update. So lets cut to the chase and give the good, the bad, the ugly, and a video of iOS 6 Beta 1.

The Good

iOS 6 has a lot to like about it. With iOS 6 Siri has been updated to be able to answer sports questions, find restaurants and give the Yelp! rating and price, Siri locates movie theaters, tell you what movies are playing, when they are playing, and their score on rotten tomatoes. Beyond that, Passbook holds transportation tickets, sports tickets, and retail/restaurant member cards like Starbucks. Even Maps, Apples answer to ditching Google Maps, is very impressive with Fly over and 3D view as well. Also, Apple finally adds the ability to FaceTime over 3G/4G. About frickin time!

The Bad

If you were hoping for more improvements to multitasking, the App Store, and iTunes in iOS 6, then you are completely out of luck. From what I’ve seen in several videos of iOS 6, including the one below, nothing was really updated, just some color changes really. I feel Apple is missing out on something here, its time to do something with the multitasking and the Stores that go with iOS.

The Ugly

Apple has once again failed to do anything substancial to the lockscreen. I know that iOS 5 brought some more functionality to the lockscreen, but look at intelliscreen or Lockinfo on the Cydia App Store, thats what I want from Apple, just something, throw me a bone Apple? Also, I feel widgets in the Notification Center should have been added. Again, look at Cydia, they have SBsettings in the NC, they have an app that controls your music, so much better than double tapping the home button. Come on Apple, this is definitely something you should look out.

Well, thats the good, the bad, and the ugly of iOS 6 and a video to show you what iOS 6 Beta looks like so far. What do you think of iOS 6? Is it great, feature packed enough for you, or does iOS 6 just fall flat for you? Let us know on our Google+ page, Twitter, or Facebook page. Peace Apple Nation!


Ping has Officially Ponged, Say Goodbye

Ping, Apples Music Social
Network is being removed.

In response to a question about Apple’s Ping social network at the D10 conference last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the customer voted and said ‘this isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’.”

Apple hasn’t done much with Ping since it was released more than a year and a half ago, and Cook’s statement indicated that trend would continue. Now, All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski says that Apple will be discontinuing Ping, rather than letting it wither from neglect.

“And rather than continue to maintain Ping, the company is abandoning it and using its partnerships with Twitter and Facebook to make its various software and service offerings social in a way that consumers actually care about.

Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.”

Ping was intended to be a social network for music that would help users discover new music, and let users to follow favorite artists and friends. Ping would also create a custom chart showing music selections based on those followed.

Though Ping gained 1 million users in its first two days of availability, the service never really caught on.

WWDC 2012 is Here!

WWDC 2012 at San Francisco, CA.

With the WWDC just hours a way, rumors run high, expectations higher. People from all over the world have made their trek to San Francisco and even more continue to pour online to find out what is going on in the world of Apple. Get your WWDC recap of everything important and the Keynote video when it is released all right here at Guessing the Apple. Dont forget to follow us on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook for all of your Apple news.

WWDC and Weekend recap of Apple

iOS 6 banner at this years WWDC in San Francisco,

With the WWDC less than two days away, anticipation has been building and rumors disappearing less and less as the most anticipated Keynote of the year for Apple fans is upon us. For the most part, we know what Apple will announce such as iOS 6, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and updated Macs. Yet dont be surprised if Apple decides to throw a curveball and announce something no one expected. Where would the fun be in that if we knew everything? My guess is not that much. So lets do the rundown of the weekend recap, the last recap before the WWDC:
  • Virgin, Boost Mobile and others are getting the iPhone as a pre paid phone. More options, no contracts, people really want them.
  • Pictures of banners from the WWDC with iOS 6 on them continue to show up. If you want to be a pessimist like most on MacRumors, its fake….yep!! fake……
  • Apple TV is being opened up to 3rd party app developers. Looks like an App Store for Apple TV is coming after all.
  • Last but not least, T-Mobile is working really hard to get on Apples good side as they continue to refarm their Cellular network to 1900 MHz which is compatible with the iPhone. T-Mobile users will have 3G at this years WWDC instead of Edge network. Good job T-Mobile, glad it only took you years to catch up to Cricket, Boost Mobile, Virgin and others. Good job…
Well thats this weekends recap, don’t forget that immediately following the WWDC, Guessing the Apple will bring you full coverage of new products, software updates, and release dates for everything. Don’t forget to follow us on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook for all your Apple news. Peace Apple Nation and Happy WWDC Eve! 

Why The "iPhone 5" Won’t Be Available This Summer

People keep asking me, hey AppleGuesser, when is the new iPhone coming out? Is it coming out this June? The simple and most accurate statement is a flat out NO, the new iPhone is not coming out in June, July, or August. I realize that this is a heated debate and what I’m saying is just a mere opinion, but mark my words, the new iPhone is not coming out summer and here is why.

  • The iPhone 4S would be just 8 months old in June. If Apple did decide to release the newest iPhone to the masses this June following the Worldwide Developers Conference, this would ostracize millions of very new iPhone users. By releasing a new iPhone in June, they would be taking the best selling smartphone on the market, a phone that millions of people use and turning their phone into an inferior device not even one year after being released. By doing this, Apple would be practicing the very tactic Apple bashes consistently and that is bashing the idea of making a phone only to make it inferior only a short time later. This isn’t Apple like and will not happen, no matter how bad you may want that new iPhone.
  • If the new iPhone were in fact in production, where are all the part leaks? With every new iPhone release, some part from a manufactuorer in China leaks a part of an iPhone to the internet whether it is a battery, antenna, a sim card tray, or a docking connector. Whatever part you care to get excited over, almost nothing has been leaked as of yet. I realize a home button MAY have been leaked, but other than that, nothing really yet. With just a few short weeks to go to the WWDC with few part leaks and no prototype iPhone mishaps (cough. cough), the odds are incredibly likely that Apple will not in fact release the new iPhone this summer.
Although the latest iPhone will not be releasing this summer, there are many great things to look forward to this summer and beyond for Apple enthusiasts like myself. Apple seems to have a huge summer in store for the Mac which may help lift your spirit. With the addition of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion this summer, updates to the Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, and iMac lines have been rumored to be coming as well. This would like up right as Apple would look to soften the news of a Fall release of the new iPhone with the news of updated Mac’s for OS X 10.8. 
So there you have it all you crazy Apple fans, that is why the new iPhone will not be coming out this summer. But don’t get to upset, if you have a Mac, this is an exciting time as OS X 10.8 looks likely it will roar (excuse the pun haha). Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AppleGuesser or on Facebook @Guessing The Apple. Have an awesome early Tuesday Morning!!!! 🙂

What Apple did Wrong!

Steve Jobs presenting Keynote for iTunes Ping
November of 2009.

Well Ive been gone for a long time, but today i want to talk about something that Apple totally did wrong. What Apple did was so bad, an absolute blunder that it is reminds me of mobileme, another monumental failure by Apple. Now dont get me wrong, i am a huge supporter of Apple and have far more good things to say about them, but in this case they have left me scratchin’ the ol’ noggin.

What I’ve been getting at is iTunes Ping, or in Apple World simply known as Ping. The other day I was on iTunes and I saw ping. For a minute, I had to remember what it was and the last time I used it. What it is supposed to be is Apple’s version of a music social media, something MySpace did right in its hayday and still does a nice job at today. However, there are several shortcomings that make me shake my head and leave me wondering what the heck Apple was thinking when they released it. Here are a few bulleted points of things that 100% suck about ping.

  • No actual website. This is bad because to get someone to find and add me, the process is slow, confusing, and annoying and is not as simple as just giving them the url, so I dont bother. Not the adjectives I usually use to describe a company that pushes the slogan “It just works.”
  • The profiles themselves are terrible. For the most part, I can upload one picture of myself, and share just 3 genres of music i like (which i like FAR more than that) and I can list some music I bought. Yeah, nothing that is overwhelming and rather actually underwhelming
  • You cant send messages, chat, or start groups. After saying all that, why would i want to use this social media? Its isolated, primative, ugly, boring, and pointless. By far, this is the worst attempt to create something in Apples long and historic run of success.
After all this negativity AppleGuesser, surely there is something Ping does right. Yeah, sure it does SOMETHING right, what is it? I sure dont know. Honestly, I have used Ping for all of 10 minutes, and that was mostly used to set the profile up. Now if Apple wants to make this thing really fly, they could and can do it, here is how:
  1. Add the Find My Friends to Ping, almost like a check in for Facebook. Make it intuitive for finding friends.
  2. Ok Apple, I know you may cringe at the thought of incorporating Facebook to your Social Network. But please, do it. That way I can find friends, post music ive been listening to or bought to my news feed, much like instagram works. 
  3. Make it a website I can access easily from anywhere, not just iTunes. By having it in iTunes, you isolate the Social Network. By having it on the net, I can add friends more easily VIA a simple url and vise versa. 
  4. And lastly, make this a dedicated default app and built it through iOS 6. Stop using twitter as your cover up Social Networking creator. You have your own, use it man!
Ok, so those are somethings that have been gnawing at me for quite sometime. What do you guys think? Do you actually use Ping at all? Am I just trying to make a tin can fly in the air? Who knows, but i do know that if Apple tried even a little bit to make this work, they could make it work. Anyways, Peace people, take it easy, enjoy that last day of April, and Happy Monday! AppleGuesser OUT!!!! 

OS X Mountain Lion, What I Love So Far

Earlier this year I had written an article called “Two things I hate about OS X Lion,” and for the most part I have loved everything about OS X Lion. But I have stumbled across multiple sources reporting having a preview to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 with all kinds of really amazing features. These features take a few pointers from iOS. And when I a few pointers, holy crap OS X takes some pointers. Things like GameCenter, Reminders, Notes, and Messages are just a few of the iOS features coming to Mountain Lion and all these features are incredible. Not only are they incredible and incredibly useful, they are necessary on a Mac.

OS X Mountain Lion Preview

But lets not focus on the features as most of you guys already know what these features are all about. What needs to be focused on is how huge the release of Mountain Lion really is. This isnt just some update, or some update that merely blurs the line between iOS and OS X devices. This update takes these lines between iOS and OS X and redefines them by taking features that make our iOS devices and ties them to the great features of OS X. Many have said that the Mac and OS X are a dying group and this is something that I agree with. For the average person, OS X is boring and fairly unhelpful with iOS devices like the iPad and iPod as the new Macs. However, with Mountain Lion, this will bring people back to the Mac because the useful and intuitive OS will be back.

If you would love a taste of Mountain Lion, go to Apples Mac Page for the link to download the beta version of Messages for the Mac and a video of all the features. So there you have it. If anything breaking goes down today or the rest of the week I will have it here. Anyways, dont forget to like us on Facebook @GuessingTheApple and follow us on Twitter @AppleGuesser. Also, when our Facebook page gets 100 likes, one person will win an iTunes gift card and the same goes for this blog. Once this blog gets 100 followers, one lucky fan will get a 15$ iTunes gift card. Peace Apple Nation and dont forget to get your friends to follow our blog and like our Facebook page.