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While there are some cool new flourishes and features, there are some problems too. Here’s what you need to know before downloading the new OS on your device.

iOS is polished. For instance, notice that the music app received a visual overhaul and some tiny but amazing new touches. Try tilting the app in multiple directions while listening to a song and you’ll see the details (the new volume and track knobs will animate). Or turn on Do Not Disturb and watch the animated crescent moon icon appear next to the time. It’s these small and subtle additions that have made using iOS 6 such a pleasure.

Check the features that will work on your Apple device

So the question stands, is it a worthy upgrade? Without a doubt if you are on an iPhone 4 or 4S, then yes. But let’s talk about what you don’t get and what really didn’t feel polished this time around. Apple provides a list of features on their iOS 6 page found here:

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, Apple lists the features that are available and for which devices. It may help you avoid some headaches if you know exactly what will work on the device that you own. Here is the list:

1. Turn-by-turn navigation is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability. Flyover is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 or later, and iPod touch (5th generation). Cellular data charges may apply.

2. Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Cellular data charges may apply.

3. FaceTime video calling requires a FaceTime-enabled device for the caller and recipient and a Wi-Fi connection. FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Availability over a cellular network depends on carrier policies; data charges may apply.

4. Offline Reading List is available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.

5. Made for iPhone hearing aids require iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.

6. Panorama is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation).

7. Find My iPhone and Find My Friends enable you to locate iOS devices only when they are on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or have an active data plan.

iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), or iPad; a Mac computer with OS X Lion or later; or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts, and calendars). Some features require iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

But some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.
Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

What’s up with Maps?

Aside from all of the other new features, there are two new items that are getting a lot of coverage from other reviewers. The first is Maps. Maps is taking a beating due to the lack of transit information and missing data. I can’t imagine Apple not working aggressively to bring their map implementation up to speed with Google. This, however, may be a make or break issue for some, but also keep in mind that Google is working on a separate Maps app to take the place of the one Apple removed.

What’s else? You’re welcome with your comments.

Best Regards,

Kristina Kozlova

Marketing Manager



Altabel Group

Professional Software Development


Often the development of the iPhone and the iPad are in many ways intertwined. Mostly new features for Apple’s mobile products usually appear in the iPhone before they make it to the iPad, but that’s not the case with this latest release of the tablet.Support for LTE mobile phone networks and a new processor, the A5X, are two features found solely in the new iPad. That’s why some analysts believe they’re certainly headed for the next iPhone, expected to be released this summer. What new advances in the latest iPad will we see in the next version of Apple’s Smartphone?

Maintaining Battery Life
Battery life may have been an issue influencing Apple’s decision to introduce LTE in the iPad before it did it with the iPhone. It allows Apple to get better battery performance out of its LTE implementation. The iPad is a larger device so it can accommodate a larger battery, which helps with battery life. Battery life has been a bane for LTE. The fact that the new iPad has a nine-hour battery life with LTE enabled bodes well for the next iPhone. It shows they’re resolving the power drain issue with LTE. That suggests the next iPhone will support LTE without any battery life tradeoffs.

Keeping a Trim Figure
While the battery in the new iPad has the chops to support LTE, it does it without significantly increasing the device’s thickness, also good news for an LTE-enabled iPhone. It shows companies no longer have to forfeit thickness or industrial design in order to accommodate LTE.
Early introduction of LTE into the Apple ecosystem through the new iPad could also be designed to show the technology on an optimal device. LTE is the best cellular network technology for the kinds of media-rich activities that consumers are more likely to do on an iPad, like watching movies and Web surfing.

Dialing Down the A5X
Another innovation in the new iPad that may pop up in the next iPhone is the A5X processor. However, Apple may decide to reduce the clock speed of that chip, which has two processing cores and four graphic cores, if it does move it to the next iPhone. They might do what they did with the iPhone 4S. They’ll take the A5X and throttle it down so it works at 800MHz. The new iPhone won’t need all the horsepower that the tablet does. The iPad, for example, needs to power a much larger display than the iPhone and at a greater pixel density, 326 pixels per inch compared to 264 ppi.

Goodbye Numbers
Although it’s not a technological change, the iPad introduction also revealed a change in Apple’s naming conventions. The third generation iPad is just “the new iPad,” and when the next generation iPhone arrives, it will be “the new iPhone.” Apple has products like the MacBook and the iPod that don’t have numbers. They want to get away from the expectation that it has to have a number on the end to know if it’s a really big refresh or just a little refresh.

Best Regards,

Kristina Kozlova

Marketing Manager



Altabel Group

Professional Software Development


Rumors are already swirling that we’ll see the next generation of iPad this week. It is not just the launch date that is keeping people excited, there is a great amount of excitement over what to expect from iPad 3, which new features will appear in it.

Apple is expected to include Quad-core ARM based A6 processor in iPad 3. Quad-core designs are coming from various ARM partners and the Tegra 3 has already been launched by Nvidia, as well as the Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm. 9to5mac has also reported to have found code references to quad-core.

Design and Display
Most experts are suggesting towards 2048×1536 Retina display on iPad 3, it may cause iPad to be little thicker. Additionally the next iPad is expected to have a higher-resolution display—one it’s likely to call a “Retina display”.

4G LTE Technology
iPad 3 may also feature LTE support. The new iPad may feature a Qualcomm 4G LTE Gobi 4000 chip.

Operating System
iPad 3 might be the first device to carry iOS 5.1. According to reports, Apple will launch the iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 together.

More Storage
The iPad 2 has the familiar 16/32/64GB storage options. A 128GB option for the iPad 3 is expected by many.

Better Cameras
Rumors have included better cameras, either a 5 or 8 megapixel rear camera and a FaceTime HD front camera. The current VGA quality set-up on the iPad 2 is really unsatisfactory. That’d be a massive improvement and it would also bring Apple’s slate in line with the competition.

Siri at the moment is an exclusive feature of iPhone 4S. Apple put in a lot of money in Siri, and it was one of the most talked about feature in iPhone 4S. No doubt, Apple is interested in Siri for long term. We expect Apple to make Siri available for iPad, and all future iPhones, iPad 3 is a good contender for that as well. Going forward, Siri will no doubt be a staple feature of all Apple’s mobile-oriented devices

Near Field Communication
Apple is expected to build NFC chips directly inside its iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices. Apple appears to be gearing up for a NFC revolution. It has made a lot of NFC hires, including a leading NFC expert and has patented a lot of NFC technology.

Only few days left before expected launch of iPad 3 and we’ll see whether our predictions were right. Apple is known to surprise tech world with something that nobody thought about, will it happen this time? Only time will tell.

Kind Regards,
Lina Deveikyte
Altabel Group – Professional Software Development

If you’re in the market for a new Smartphone, you’re probably comparing Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But which one is better? Bellow you may find some information that I hope will help you to choose the right one.

Place these handsets next to each other and it immediately becomes obvious that much more thought has gone into the design and execution of iPhone 4S. This phone continues to be one of the very best offerings in terms of appearance and construction. Not only does it look beautiful, but it’s also made from premium materials like glass and steel – no plastic whatsoever.
Meanwhile, Galaxy Nexus is a typical Samsung phone, being made from plastic, and having this characteristic bump on the bottom of its back side. It is pretty light for its size, but this doesn’t make up for the fact that the handset doesn’t have a classy feel when held. Thankfully, it doesn’t feel cheap either. One of the most obvious differentiating factors in terms of design are the dimensions of Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S. Honestly, if you don’t like having to carry around a very large Smartphone, iPhone 4S will be the better option due to its significantly more compact body.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus is of course the livelier software experience thanks to such elements like Live Wallpapers and various 3D transitions and effects, whereas the experience on iPhone 4S’ iOS 5 is much more static and simplified in terms of visual presentation. Until now, Android has been struggling to offer a truly well-made user interface, but with ICS, we’re happy to report that the platform now looks very, very good. However, the differences in the way they operate have remained, with Android allowing the user to place various widgets, which deliver information right on the home screen, while with iOS users will still have to jump between apps in order to gain access to different kinds of info. Speaking of performance, both the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S are exceptionally fast.

If you’re used to typing messages with one hand only, you won’t find any difference between the two smartphones. However, due to the larger screen of the Nexus, its landscape QWERTY keyboard is slightly more comfortable for typing out long emails.

iPhone has been the undisputed kind of mobile browsing ever since its launch due to its incredibly well-performing Safari browser. Android’s browser, on the other hand, has never been as smooth or accurate in its operation, but with Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s closer than ever.

What matters most is the actual picture quality, and in this respect, iPhone 4S is definitely the better choice. Images from its 8MP camera enjoy more details and better exposure, whereas the 5MP snapper of Galaxy Nexus tends to overexpose certain things at times. Color reproduction however, is slightly more natural on the Nexus, since iPhone 4S’ photos are a bit on the warmer side. Anyways, it’s safe to say that both handsets take good pictures outdoors; however, the situation with indoor shots is very different. While both devices record 1080p video, the one from Apple’s handset is noticeably better.

As a whole, in-call quality on the receiving end is better with Galaxy Nexus, as it manages to emit some decently-sounding and loud enough tones from its earpiece. On the other hand, iPhone 4S is very loud, but not as clear.

While battery life in stand-by is claimed to be equal on both phones, talk-time should be longer with iPhone 4S. Of course, this will vastly depend on your usage patterns.

Thanks to Google making one giant leap forward with Ice Cream Sandwich, the software experience on Galaxy Nexus can easily rival the one on iPhone 4S. Both handsets are extremely capable and very fast, which makes issuing final verdict a very hard thing to do. If you expect to hear which phone is better overall, – there isn’t a better phone. However, one of these is certainly better for Jerry, and the other will surely be better for Katy. What I mean is that it all boils down to your personal preference 🙂

Kind Regards,
Lina Deveikyte
Altabel Group – Professional Software Development

The phone main features are an improved camera, faster processor and other improvements. The easiest way to order your iPhone 4S is online. You can upgrade through Apple, AT&T, and Verizon. You can also order straight from your iPhone using the Apple Store app.

But Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 4S? LI members have different opinions on this point.

«Not to me. In my opinion, iPhone 4 is a huge step back in terms of design compared to iPhone 3. iPhone 3 has a nicely rounded shape, and the plastic its case is made of is pleasantly warm to the touch. iPhone 4 with its aluminum band and flat bottom basically feels like a cold brick.
This said, I will be the first to admit that this is strictly a matter of taste.»
Nick Chuvakhin

«This depends entirely on your personal opinion. People like me who has been following the iPhone 4S iPhone 5 news since beginning of this year have been waiting just till recently. All the tensions and rumors have created public hype. Most people don’t read in on the articles, they only focus on the title of the article. For example, you’d see tech blogs like Engadget or Gizmodo publish “iPhone 4/s has similar design”; this upsets most of the public. But in reality, Apple made multiple hardware changes and implemented new features that are worth to upgrade for. Anyways, I’m a little off topic, but the point is… if you value the new hardware and “Siri” (an amazing voice recognition program) then this upgrade is definitely worth it.
Also, I’ve never spend a time after purchasing my very first iPhone, I upgrade my iPhone every time Apple release a new one. To do so, I sell my old iPhone 2 weeks prior to the release date; I literally sold it for more than enough money for me to get the new iPhone.
Anyway, I’d say yes:) »
Han Lien

«It depends on what you have now. If you have the 4 now, I’d say hold off unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket and if that’s the case, please send me some.
If you have the 3 or the 3GS and you enjoy using the iPhone, then I’d suggest upgrading to the 4S. For what it’s worth there are a lot of really awesome Android phones on the market right now. You really have to pick what is best for you (and this is coming from a hardcore iPhone guy).»
Matt Torbin

«The camera on the iPhone 4S is all new, with an 8-megapixel sensor that offers 60 percent more pixels. More pixels mean higher quality. iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens with a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid infrared filter that works to produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images. With the iPhone 4S, Apple said, the camera app launches much faster and the shot-to-shot capability is twice as fast.
Meanwhile, new features in the camera and photos apps give users instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and users can also use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up the shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject. The new Photos app lets users crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize photos into albums.
“The faster processor is going to give way to a lot of new applications that just won’t run well on the older devices. The new imaging and the new voice assistance all make it kind of worthwhile,” Gartenberg said. “What’s nice is that Apple is keeping the old models in the line all the way back to the 3GS. It means that we are going to see new customers coming in at these new price points. So I’d say it’s a pretty successful day for Apple.”»
Samar Patel

What do you think? Will you upgrade your iPhone?

Kind Regards,
Lina Deveikyte
Altabel Group – Professional Software Development

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