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Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012 110

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redletterdave writes "At next week's WWDC 2012 in San Francisco, Apple is expected to unveil new laptops, desktops, accessories, and software features for its Mac OS X platform. But on Friday afternoon, several pictures surfaced on Twitter showing banners released around Moscone West in San Francisco, saying 'iOS 6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system.'"
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Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012

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  • by cyclebiff (2509462) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:15PM (#40262609)
    In before the Anti-Apple rants. I'll be at the event early Monday in line, wearing the Android and Apple logo making out t-shirt. Pray for me, as I'll be trolling the event the entire week with my free pass ;)
    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:28PM (#40262779)

      In before the Anti-Apple rants.

      Slashdot: Where nerds prance around being smug and hip by blaming the users of Apple products of being smug and hip.

    • In before the Anti-Apple rants. I'll be at the event early Monday in line, wearing the Android and Apple logo making out t-shirt. Pray for me, as I'll be trolling the event the entire week with my free pass ;)

      Which one is the "daddy" and which is the "babysitter"? Is there one with the Microsoft logo watching...chainsaw in hand?

      • Which one is the "daddy" and which is the "babysitter"? Is there one with the Microsoft logo watching...chainsaw in hand?

        You have a very peculiar idea of what "making out" means. Please stay away from me.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    True Multitasking?
    • by Russ1642 (1087959) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:45PM (#40262977)
      Well, you can always drive while texting.
    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by arkane1234 (457605)

      Yes, that's an iOS 4 feature.

    • by Karlt1 (231423)

      So tell me again what you can't do with the iOS's "fake" multitasking?

      • by Chrontius (654879)
        While I am both a fan and a happy iPhone user, the recent versions of AIM for iPhone are terribly unreliable, and have a habit of dumping messages people send me if they're the first few in a conversation, or I don't view them immediately. Either situation eats messages. AIM is no longer capable of being a useful asynchronous communication method, and the version they rolled out to fix the problem, did not.
        • by Karlt1 (231423)

          That's a problem with AIM. I don't have any problem with Yahoo chat. If AIM can't reliably deliver messages when it's not active, how well do you think it would work if your phone is off? What would happen on either the iPhone or Android if the OS decided to kill the process to free up memory? An iOS app doesn't even have to be running for you to be notified if there is message. Don't you think that is slightly more efficient than have 10 apps running just to check messages?

  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:21PM (#40262705)

    It's like putting together an article proclaiming there will, in fact, be a next week next week.

    • by magarity (164372)

      It's like putting together an article proclaiming there will, in fact, be a next week next week.

      Ah, but while next week may be a lot like this week, the new system will be more advanced than the old system.

  • iOS 6: The world's most advanced mobile operating system.

    Nobody sucks Apple's dick harder than Apple.*

    Nobody.





    * OK, so technically that applies to the marketing department of, well, everyone who does marketing... but we're not discussing them now, are we? :D

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by arkane1234 (457605)

      You gotta admit, technically they're right.

      • You gotta admit, technically they're right.

        Technically the statement is subjective (especially considering we're talking about software that hasn't even been released yet), and thus incapable of being either right or wrong.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by scot4875 (542869)

        Technically, they can't be proven wrong, so they might as well be right in the eyes of their customers.

        Just like pretty much every religion.

        --Jeremy

      • by khipu (2511498)

        No, technically they are wrong. iOS is a hacked version of Mach and BSD, Objective-C, and NeXTStep libraries. Apple has done a good job on the engineering side, improving both the user experience and the quality of the code. But in no sense of the word is iOS "advanced". And even when it come to features, they have been a generation or two behind Android release on features like multitasking, notifications, background operations, and APIs.

  • is this fixed? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

    If not...no thanks.

    • Yeah, you'd have to use the absinthe security patch with version 5.1.1.

      Since 6 isn't out yet, we can't exactly speak for it.

      • Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

        Yeah, you'd have to use the absinthe security patch with version 5.1.1.

        TL:DR?

        Obviously.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by tepples (727027)

      Can I run any software I want on my own device yet, without having to hack around security meant to give that control to someone else?

      Yes, for an extra $649 (if you don't already own a Mac) plus $99 per year.

      • by Microlith (54737)

        For 120 days, at which point you have to redo the signature. Oh, and you can only give it to a handful of people for the same amount of time.

        • by leenks (906881)

          For $99 a year you can publish to the app store for a year, so you can give it to any number of people. After which the apps disappear of course. Boo.

          • You can't publish any random app to the store, though, it's got to pass Apple's screening.

            • by zoloto (586738)
              That's not difficult at all.
              • That depends on the app. There are lot of "don'ts" in the rules, it's not like anything goes.

    • Can I run any software I want on my own device yet,

      Forget that. Can it display the title of a podcast that's even moderately long?

  • The last update upgraded my ATT iPhone 4S from a 3G to 4G! (*holds out phone* See, it says it right here on the bar at the top of the screen. See it?) So, I wonder what I can expect next. Whoa... I'm dizzy....

    • Re:Woo Hoo! (Score:5, Informative)

      by UnknowingFool (672806) on Friday June 08, 2012 @06:20PM (#40264013)
      You can blame Verizon and Sprint and the International Telecommunications Union standards body. Originally 4G was supposed to mean the 4th generation succeeding what we know as 3G today. The standards specified a network speed minimum. LTE which is on the Verizon and Sprint networks qualify for 4G except for speed. But the standards body allowed them to claim their networks as "4G". That led AT&T and T-mobile to cry foul as their upgraded 3G+ (3.5G) networks were theoretically faster than Verizon's and Sprint's. So the standards body relaxed the standard so AT&T and T-mobile's networks now qualify for "4G" label. The upgrade simply relabeled the network as AT&T designated it.
      • The problem is the that the ITU standard for 4G was based solely on network speed, and not network technology. I don't blame Verizon for calling its LTE network 4G (because it is). I blame the butthurt marketing dickbags at AT&T for re-marketing their crappy 3G network as 4G instead of investing in an authentic 4G network.

        • Re:Woo Hoo! (Score:4, Interesting)

          by schnell (163007) <meNO@SPAMschnell.net> on Friday June 08, 2012 @08:50PM (#40265153) Homepage

          I blame the butthurt marketing dickbags at AT&T for re-marketing their crappy 3G network as 4G instead of investing in an authentic 4G network.

          If you want to point fingers, it kinda sorta goes back to Sprint. They didn't want to invest in their own next-generation data network, so they started using Clearwire's WiMax network for data. Even though the speeds were nothing like the ITU's version of "4G," they started marketing it as such because "hey, it's a generation after 3G so ... it must be 4G."

          AT&T and Verizon both planned to invest in LTE for their 4G networks, but poor T-Mobile USA didn't have (or want to spend) the cash for a real next-gen network. So T-Mo looked around and said, "hey, our HSPA+ network is much faster than what Sprint is calling '4G' so ... it must be 4G!"

          AT&T had already planned a big LTE investment but it wasn't going to roll out until 2012 so they got tired of having the same thing as T-Mo (HSPA+) but getting beat up by T-Mobile with "we have 4G and you don't" so they sank to T-Mobile's level and started branding HSPA+ as "4G." Not very mature, but hey that's marketing.

          And that's how you got to a situation where only two of the four major US carriers have deployed LTE (AT&T and Verizon) but all four claim to have 4G networks. Even better, three of the four all actually claim to have "the nation's largest 4G network." Oh, and to top it all off, all four will have LTE within the next two years but will almost certainly not be calling it the same thing. :-)

        • by Stiletto (12066)

          I blame anyone who tries to boil down a complex set of technologies into a single incrementing number for the purpose of marketing to idiots.

          The same thing happened to CDROM speeds, remember? I remember when a 2X CDROM drive was twice as fast as a 1X. Then, marketing departments figured out that the number before the X didn't really have to measure anything, so they just kept re-labeling their drives with bigger numbers before the X, and it became meaningless.

          • But a 1x CD-ROM is 150KiB/s. A 2x CD-ROM is 300KiB/s. A 72x CD-ROM is 10,800KiB/s. The difference between a 20x and a 36x CD-ROM is probably not going to matter to most people, but it is an accurate descriptor for the difference in the two drives.

    • by jaak (1826046)

      Woo hoo!! I can't wait for 5G on my soon to be upgraded iOS 6 iPhone!!!

  • "The iPad already helps users write and share documents, track of financial data and create ready-to-go slide presentations, but Siri can also remind employees of meetings, help them perform research, or even set timers if they're working on a deadline. Because of the tablet's flexibility, the iPad can be perfect for all business settings, from small start-ups to large enterprises and beyond."

    Wow Siri really offers some killer business features - reminders!!! This article seems like it was stretching to
  • six? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Nethead (1563)

    I thought we were up to IOS 15.0 [wikipedia.org] now.

  • "most advanced"? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by khipu (2511498)

    iOS is pretty well engineered and has a good user experience. But "most advanced"? Its technology (Objective-C, Xcode, many of the libraries) come from the 1980's and haven't changed much. Technically, the "most advanced" is probably Windows phone, with its JIT compilers, C# 4.0, and all the other stuff. But "most advanced" rarely results in a good user experience.

  • I've been using solely Apple computers since 1993, and even I am sick of their dumbing down tactics. Many consider Lion to be a step backward from Snow Leopard, and even I consider the changes coming in Mountain Lion to be not in my best interest.

    But what's really got my skirt in a bunch is that Apple has forced Craigslist app vendors to remove the ability to easily see the photos in personal ads. The apps that used to show them now either say no ads found, or the picture is greyed out.

    The best feature of a

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