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5 05 2013

The Daily Post at WordPress.com wrote

Here at WordPress.com, we love blogs. We love bloggers. And more than anything, we love bloggers who blog. You’re the bee’s knees. The cat’s pajamas. The apples of our virtual eyes.
(Okay, we’ll stop now.)
We’re bloggers too, so we know that signing up for a blog, picking a theme, and getting your site set up just the way you want it is the easy part (no, really!). Figuring out what you want your blog to be, coming up with regular posts, and finding your niche in the ever-expanding blogosphere – that’s the toughie.

You picked out what the Daily Post wrote?

Bloggers are enthusiasts. iNotes4You is completely without any commercial purposes. WordPress may place some ad in non commercial blogs but they do it, I think, only if the blog has thousands of readers every day. iNotes4You is far far away from this tremendous number of readers.

What the author did not mention is:
Bloggers need food and the food are interesting connections all over the world. This is the moving power to continue.

You may ask me:
Why did you fly into the blogosphere?

There are many reasons which make blogging so satisfying for me. But the main point is to get contacts around the world no matter of country, religion, and color of the skin, exchanging information, and opening the mind for different opinions.

My profession is to develop Microsoft Access databases. Even if you are no developer you may know that programming is a very hard job with the focus on a flat screen and text which is far far away from poetry. I do it since more about 35 years starting with Z80-based computers. I think younger readers of my blog don’t know anything about this dinosaurs of heavy electronic machinery.

The Sharp MZ was a series of personal computers sold in Japan and Europe (particularly Germany and Great Britain) by Sharp beginning in 1978.
The MZ 80K was my first machine and it offered a real alphanumeric keyboard (the previous model had a hexadecimal keyboard) and an well-known audio cassette as the ‘mass storage’.

It was one of the popular early consumer-level microcomputers, with an architecture based on the Zilog Z80 8-bit microprocessor with 48KB (in words: forty-eight kilobyte; it’s the number following 47 and preceding 49) with 32KB available for user programs. It could run a variety of high-level languages including BASIC, Pascal and FORTRAN, which had to be loaded via tape into RAM before any programming could be undertaken.

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So you might understand that blogging today on an iPad and an iPhone is a cushy job.

Al that began when buying my first Apple device, an iPhone 3GS. To discover all the features of this small device is amazing if the old heavy machinery is still in your mind. It’s like a virus but a completely unknown species because it’s inspirational.

I would appreciate if you deliver the medicine to survive the Apple virus.
You can do it by sharing and commenting.

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Here are my social network contacts where you can share and comment.

https://plus.google.com/116431277733031496736
the fascinating, contentful network

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-unterstenhoefer/62/66/264
the business network with some lacks

http://pinterest.com/iNotes4You
the image network

http://iNotes4You.tumblr.com
the ‘I don’t know for what’ network

http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/iNotes4You
the more passive images-organized-in-folders network

http://about.me/iNotesFourYou
the short-haul-flight network

http://www.facebook.com/thomas.unterstenhoefer
the dating-and-consumer-iformation network with a UI disaster

https://mobile.twitter.com/iNotes4You
the bubble-forwarding network, opaque even in your native language

Why all these engagements?
Well, these networks are supported by WordPress and I know that there are different preferences to share content. So nearly everybody is served.

Thanks for dropping by.





Features of WordPress.com blogs

18 03 2013

http://iNotes4You.com is powered by WordPress.com.

WP is the worldwide largest offer for free Blogs (35 million) with a lot of pre-defined functionalities so that everybody is able to publish articles within less than one day. In contrast to self-hosted blogs on WordPress.org there are some limitations regarding plug-ins, design and source code because of security reasons. WP offers a lot of free themes one can use for the layout of the website. So I did when choosing the theme FRESHY.

I started blogging in October 2012 without any knowledge of programming a website. And at the time I still don’t have this knowledge and I don’t want to spend my time with administrating a complex website and annoying the readers with intrusive advertisement. This blog goes along the line of ‘Back to content.’.

Note
If you look on my About page you will see that my native language is German. So be sympathetic if you stumble upon words or phrases you never heard before. This may happen when a German word is translated by a free iPad app. I completely lost faith in this iOS lady named SIRI doing such things for me.

Spam …

INotes4You’s blog uses Akismet (short word for Automattic Kismet).
Akismet is brought to bloggers by Automattic (not misspelled, it’s the companies name), the creators of WordPress.com. For over 5 years, Automattic has been committed to fighting spam by continually improving the Akismet algorithm.

Spam most people know; it’s the unwanted commercial commenting or mailing. Ham is the counterpart, legitimate comments. On the Akismet mistakes side, missed spam is pretty self-explanatory, and a false positive is a legitimate comment incorrectly identified as spam.

Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback is added to my site it’s submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. I check the content recognized as spam (because Akismet may made a mistake) and then delete it, if I only see ads or soft-soaping. Up to now more than 2,500 comments have been identified as spam within just 6 months.

Sorry, if Akismet and I made a mistake, which I hope happens very rarely. Use the contact form on my About page to kvetch.

Further information about spam on Akismet

For those who just started reading blogs here is a description of the functionalities of my WordPress.com blog.

Appearance …
My blog is about Apple’s iOS devices so it’s obvious that a WordPress.com option (Mobile Theme) is activated. It ensures an optimized display of the site even on the iPhone.

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Your interests …

There are two functionalities that can be used for finding out the which articles may be interesting for you. Some bloggers build an extra page containing links to articles sometimes outlined by special criteria. But in time this list gets longer and longer and so it’s no real summary any longer.
A mind map would be helpful. By opening a branch more detailed information could be presented.
But the form factor of an iOS device hampers the clarity of this type of outlined information.
So they are only two more traditional features available: Search and Categories.

Search …
is a full-text search. If you enter a string all blogs are shown containing this string. The string may be a complete word, a part of a word or several words.
If you enter ‘ios 7′ you get my blog from 2013-01-22.

Categories …
are topics defined by myself. Categories are an additional Search-Feature.
Open the categories box to see which categories are available at the time.
If you select a category all blogs with this category assigned are displayed.

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Recent posts …
shows the titles of the last 10 posts which covers about one month.

Follow blog via E-Mail …
is an optional notification feature.
If you fill in your E-Mail address you will be informed immediately after a new article is published. The E-Mail contains a direct link to the article and is sent from WordPress.com to you. You may unsubscribe anytime by clicking on a link in the E-Mail.
Numerous polls have found that Americans and not only Americans consider advertising mail to be intrusive. You never will get any advertisement mails when you subscribe to http://iNotes4You.com.

You should know that this blog does not pursue any commercial purposes as it is hosted by WordPress COM. Only self-hosted blogs via WordPress ORG are allowed to be commercial.

So just enjoy this blog like I do when writing for you.

Archives …
show the months with published articles.
Tap on a month and the assigned articles are displayed.

Calender …
displays the actual month. Highlighted dates point to published articles.

Authors …
show the names or pseudonyms of contributing people. At the time it’s just me. If you want to become a contributor don’t hesitate to send me a short note via my page About.

Tag Cloud …

WordPress calls it Tag Cloud, a cloud looking list of tags (keywords) I assigned to my articles. This feature is completely generated by a WordPress.com software feature which extracts the assigned tags and composes them to the tag cloud.
Tap on a tag to list all related articles.

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Sharing …
If you are engaged in social networking you may share single articles via Facebook or other social networks. All the networks you see are directly supported by WordPress.

Note
If you are a member of Twitter then tap on the Twitter button and a tweet is generated in your Twitter profile after your confirmation. That’s the easiest way to share information with your friends. This applies also to the other networks with slight differences.

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Motivation …
is the most important aspect for the writer.
He get’s it if his readers tap on ‘Like’ (this requires a free WordPress.com account) or, more important for me, comment on an article, positive or negative. You will always get a reply from iNotes4You whatever you wrote with the well-known limitations valid for all published material. Your comment is never published immediately. It has to be approved by the author because he is responsible for everything displayed on his website.

WordPress statistics tells me that there are readers in more than 80 countries with completely different time zones. So if you comment and get no approval in a narrow time frame I am sleeping or working on relevant things. Be sure I won’t forget you.

Blogging and Mind Mapping …

If you already blog on WordPress or plan to start blogging have a look at this mind map. It shows you what you have to do and what you should not forget before publishing an article. I created this map with the app iThoughts by Craig Scott (UK) on an iPad.

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If you already use a mind mapping app on your device you may download this mind map on

BIGGERPLATE.com (The mind map library)
Goto Search and enter ‘iNotes4You’ to locate the file and beyond.

or download the mind map here from Dropbox

Application File format
iThoughts ITMZ
MindManager MMAP
XMind XMIND

Tips for searching …

The WordPress.com search engine indexes post, pages, and comments content (body text).

There is a search engine at

http://search.wordpress.com/

which has a few options to refine your search criteria:

site:
This limits the search results to a specific WordPress.com blog. If you want to limit your search for Keynote to just iNotes4You.com use
‘site:iNotes4You.com keynote’.

tags:
You can limit search results with specific tags. To limit your search for mobile to posts specifically tagged with iphone you’d search for ‘tags:iphone mobile’. This works with multiple tags as well, ‘tags:iphone,apple mobile’.

username:
Find out what Om Malik said about mobile with a ‘username:om mobile’ search.

These can all be combined as well. Searching for
‘site:gigaom.com username:om tags:iPhone mobile’
will limit results to just those on gigaom.com posted by Om Malik that have the tag iPhone and contain the word mobile.

For Topics (Tags page) searches see

http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/

Google
For Google searches use this format and replace “keyword” with whatever word you wish:

keyword site:wordpress.com/

Thanks a lot for reading my blogs.
Please use the available buttons for sharing on social networks.





Facts about iMessage

3 03 2013


Apple talks about iMessage …

If you’re a texter, you’ll love Messages on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now they all come with iMessage, a service that’s an even better kind of texting. Because it’s free for you and anyone texting over Wi-Fi using an iOS device or Mac with iMessage. And it’s unlimited. So say as much as you want.

This is the link to Apple’s website iMessage

iMessage is accessible through the Messages app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later or on a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or later. For users who have an active data connection, Messages will check with Apple if the recipient has iMessage set up. If so, Messages will seamlessly transition from SMS to iMessage.

The recipient must use an Apple device as iMessage is an Apple service and not based on services of your carrier.

iMessage is not tied to a particular device or SIM card – it uses an Apple ID.
Consequently the Apple ID you entered during the device set-up phase will be the one used for iMessage by default. The Apple ID can be changed from within the Settings app, but more importantly you can also set up “proxy” E-Mail addresses through which you can receive iMessages. These proxy addresses act as gateways through which iMessages can be funneled into your Apple ID, which is what actually stores your messages. If you have an iPhone your phone number is also added automatically to this list of “proxies”.

Notes
A PROXY is a computer system or an application that acts as an intermediary for requests. Servers of your provider for example are proxies as they receive information and send them to you.

If you don’t have a SIM card inserted (e.g. in an iPad) iMessages can be sent from your device if you are connected to the internet. But if the recipient cannot receive iMessages you cannot contact him via Apple’s Messages because automatic switching from iMessage to SMS service is only possible with a SIM card.

Activating iMessage …

During activating iMessage there are several messages coming up which I don’t describe here because they are self-explaining.

  • Turn on iMessage.
    A popover with your Apple ID comes up.
  • Enter your password.
    If you activate iMessage Apple will send a confirmation for your phone number to the UK (+44 7786205094) to register this phone number in the global catalog for iMessage capable devices. You have to pay the normal fee for this SMS. In Germany its 0.28€.
  • From then on your phone number and your Apple ID are used for iMessage.
  • If you use further Apple devices all the information is pushed to them. So you just have to turn on iMessage on other devices.
  • The whole procedure is also valid for Facetime activation.

You may add further E-Mail addresses.
Each entry will be verified by Apple through sending an E-Mail to this address. It contains a link ‘Verify E-Mail’ for verifying this particular address.

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Wit the release of iOS 7 in Sep 2013 Apple adapted just the layout of iMessage and added the new feature ‘Blocked’ with which you can choose a contact from ‘Contacts’ and block any iMessage communication with selected people.

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The whole setup procedure, the system behavior, and the restrictions remained the same. iMessage is still not available for establishing connections with devices of other vendors. This is quite understandable because it’s an Apple service and requires an Apple ID.

Restrictions …

If the recipient does not use iMessage (because he owns no Apple device, deactivated iMessage or cannot connect to the internet) your message will be sent as a usual SMS unless you turned off the option ‘Send as SMS’ in Setting – Messages.

Features and behavior …

From the users point of view iMessage works like sending an SMS with the following exceptions and additional features:

01 Appearance

  • On your screen iMessages you sent to the recipient appear in a blue, usual SMS in a green bubble.

02 File Attachments

  • With iMessage you can send file attachments like photos, screenshots and videos. When using WiFi videos are compressed to 360 x 480 pixels and cannot exceed 100 MB. If you use the Cellular 3G connection the quality of videos is strongly reduced. A video should not be longer than 90 sec.

03 Group Chat

  • If you select more than one recipient to send your message to iMessage starts a group chat.
    All consecutive messages are sent to all members of the group chat. Within a running chat single members cannot be excluded.

04 SMS

  • If an iMessage cannot be sent double tap the message and select ‘Send as SMS’ from the context menu. You may also let iMessage do this automatically if you go to Settings – Messages and turn on ‘Send as SMS’. Carrier messaging rates may apply.

05 Text length

  • A message with more than 960 characters will be cut into pieces. Each part contains up to 960 characters. The maximum length is 4000 characters.
    You can activate ‘Character Count’ in Settings – Messages to see the length of your message.

06 Encryption

  • Messages sent via iMessage are unlike usual SMSs Point-to-Point encrypted.
    To my state of knowledge Apple did not publish details of the encryption protocol.
  • Corporate security is compromised when users who rely on iMessage are unable to transmit messages via Apple’s platform, as iMessage may revert to sending a regular unencrypted text message (SMS). A single finger swipe allows users to exchange public encryption keys, encrypt text messages, and protect text, audio, video, and picture messages from eavesdroppers by going through a carrier-based network instead of through the cloud.

07 Delivery confirmation

  • A ‘Delivered’ note next to each message indicates a successful delivery and there is also the option of sending ‘Send Read Receipts’ – these simply allow the other persons sending an iMessage to know that you have read their message.

08 Editing and Status informations

  • Tap on the Edit icon of an iMessage to forward a message or delete it.
    During a conversation iMessage displays a bubble with three points when your partner edits his new message.

  • A profile for iOS devices is available for logging all iMessages on the device.
    The installation is on one’s own responsibility.

    iOS Profile for Logging iMessages

09 Transmission time

  • iMessages reach the recipient meanly within 2 sec while an SMS usually needs 5 sec.

10 Notification

  • Go to Settings – Notifications – Messages and use appropriate settings for notifications.
    If you only want to be informed about an incoming iMessage in the Lock Screen turn off ‘Show Preview’.

11 Further devices

  • iMessages are automatically pushed to all your other iOS-Devices where iMessage is activated.

12 Different SIM Cards

  • If you frequently visit foreign countries the use of a local SIM may save costs.
    But what happens with iMessage?
    As iMessage is not carrier-based you must not do anything. Your phone number is admittedly different from that you used when activating iMessage. But your Apple ID remains the same and is alternatively used when your phone number has changed. But keep in mind that in this case iMessage only works with an internet connection because your new local phone number is not registered in Apple’s iMessage address pool.

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Please comment or use the contact form on the ‘About’ page.
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Push and Pull

27 02 2013

We are not talking about pull-down menus or push-up bras.

This blog is about the technology to immediately transfer information to a recipient (Push) or to get information by asking if there are any news available (Pull).

What is Push and Pull?

Push
The Post office is the active part and delivers the mail when there are new letters.
Getting a phone call and the daily newspaper are examples for the Push technology’s well.
In all situations you subscribed to something.

Pull
You are the active part when going to the post office and looking for new letters in your post office box. This generates more ‘traffic’ and so it’s not as efficient as the Push procedure.
I there is nothing new you flogged a dead horse.

Further examples of the Pull technology are browsing the web, where you ask via Google Search Engine and get the answer from a Web server which displays the site you were looking for.
No subscription is required to use the Pull technology. Unlike buying a newspaper at the kiosk your mobile device has to identify itself to get the requested information. This is done by your provider in connection with your SIM card.

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Some of your iPhone apps are more pushy than others, and often you’d like them to stay that way. These apps take advantage of Apple’s push notification service to send you badges, sounds and alerts. However, too many notices from too many apps can get distracting, even annoying.
Push notifications of apps can be set up individually or collectively using SETTINGS of your device.

What does your device do?

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Deactivate all push notifications …

Go to Settings – Notifications and turn off ‘Scheduled’.
Set suitable options for ‘Allow Calls From’ and ‘Repeated Calls’
Then go back to Settings and turn on ‘Do not disturb’.

Deactivate all push notifications for an app …

To completely turn off push notifications just turn off everything you just listed for that particular app: badges, banners, sounds, and whether the app appears in the ‘Notification Center’.

Not every app has to keep a connection open to some server, but there is one central connection that is kept alive for all push notifications for all apps.

In other words:
If you turn push off for an app that doesn’t receive any, there will be no change in battery life whatsoever. The easy way to know which push notifications are sucking your battery life, just look at what you’re receiving more often during the day. If you receive a Twitter notification every 5 minutes, all day long, the screen will always have to turn itself on to show it to you. This adds up usage minutes and drains battery power.

E-Mail …

Got to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Fetch New Data.
If you turn on ‘Push’ you will get E-Mail immediately after your provider received a message for you. If you turn off ‘Push’ the timeframe below will be valid and uses the PULL technology that means, your device asks your provider whether there is anything new for you.

The battery life …

I found many articles saying that the battery life decreases rapidly when turning on push notifications. I started a test with 5 E-Mail accounts and activated notifications for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, iMessage, about.me, Quora, StumbleUpon, 4 forums via Tapatalk and the German ifun.de sending messages nearly every 20 minutes.

Measuring the battery capacity on a normal day with Push and on another day without Push my impression was that there is no significant difference. This is admittedly subjective as I am not able to set laboratory conditions. 3-5% more or less battery power is marginal compared to the other 70 to 80% the iPhone consumes while doing other things.

If you want to save energy you must deactivate all settings which make the device to a smartphone and you better move over to a 20$ mobile phone.

You can find many suggestions about using push or pull to keep your battery alive for a longer time. All these discussions are for the trash, because the energy consumption depends on
how many notifications you get on an average and how Push is implemented in the different applications. Setting up Push requires to keep at least one connection alive all the time. Otherwise the pushing party would contact the nirvana. If there are less notifications it’s recommended to use Push technology because keeping a connection alive does not drain your power significant.

Pull technology is recommended for users who want to decide themselves what and what time he wants to really use the information. It’s monkey business to receive all the informations even if you have no time to read them.

So decide for yourself whether using Push or Pull.

My personal recommendation is, pull the information you want at a time you want and on an amount you want and don’t let the aliens give the beat. You only read your E-Mails when you are in a position to and have the time. Doing a manual download takes seconds and information can be read then or at your leisure.

Reducing energy consumption …

Here are some suggestions to reduce energy consumption when using Apple’s new operating system iOS 7.

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The history …

The Apple Push Notification Service is a service created by Apple Inc. that was launched together with iOS 3.0 on June 17, 2009. It uses push technology through a constantly open IP connection to forward notifications from the servers of third party applications to the Apple devices.
Scott Forstall stated that push notifications were a better means to maintain battery life than background processes (which are used for pull technology) as far as receiving notifications are concerned.

A more technical view …

github
Apple Push Service Protocol

Thanks for dropping by.





Apple on Biggerplate.com

19 02 2013

A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.

The website

Biggerplate.com

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is the world’s largest free mind map library founded by Liam Hughes, UK.

On January 1, 2013 I created a new group on Biggerplate.com named APPLE.

The Apple group offers free mind maps about Apple products, the operating system iOS for mobile devices, and apps from Apple’s App Store.

To download mind maps from Biggerplate you have to register first. Just enter your E-Mail address and a password and you will become a member. The membership is totally free.

You can download any mind map created by more than 40,000 members for free.

For the Apple group it’s recommended to use the app iThoughts by Craig Scott available at Apple’s App Store. It’s the only app supporting about 20 different formats especially .mmap files (Mindmanager), .xmind files (XMind), and .cdmz files (ConceptDraw) which are supported by Biggerplate.

The latest mind map uploaded to Biggerplate within the Apple group is a full feature description of the database app Tap Forms HD by Tap Zap Software Inc., Canada.
It’s an autonomous app for database creation that means, you don’t need a Mac/PC to create your own database. Tap Forms supports iCloud and Dropbox as well as Backup+Restore using a ZIP file format.

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Go to

Apple group on Biggerplate

to download the mind maps you are interested in.

Liam and Thomas would highly appreciate if you upload your own mind maps related to Apple products.

Associated links …

DBMS on iOS-Devices (1)

DBMS on iOS-Devices (2)

Mind Mapping (1)

Mind Mapping (2)

Mind Mapping (3)

If you have any questions about the app iThoughts or the platform Biggerplate don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact form on my About page.





Release of iOS 6.1

29 01 2013

Updated (2013-01-29 07:00 UCT +1) …
(see below)

Apple released iOS 6.1 as an OTA (Over The Air) update.
That means you can install this update by downloading it directly from your device and do not need iTunes. Go to Settings – General – Software Update and you will see the announcement screen.

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Tap on ‘Update’ to start the download and installation procedure.

After finishing the download go through the following 8 steps …

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Notes …

Apple provides the following informations

  • LTE support for more carriers
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (US only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset Advertising Identifier

And …

On the privacy side, the update also adds an option to reset Apple’s advertising identifier option, the “non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier” feature added as part of iOS 6.

Note

Ad Tracking
iOS 6 introduces the Advertising Identifier, a non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier, that apps will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods. You can reset a device’s Advertising Identifier at any time. And, if you choose to limit ad tracking, apps are not permitted to use the Advertising Identifier to serve you targeted ads. In the future all apps will be required to use the Advertising Identifier. However, until then you may still receive targeted ads.

Other, minor changes in iOS 6.1 include new boarding pass behavior in Apple’s Passbook software, tweaks to Safari, reworked music playback controls from the lock screen, and a back-end change in Apple’s mapping software.

All the above mentioned features are of no importance for me and I think that’s the case for many other users. So let’s see which bugs of former versions are fixed.

Sorry, Apple.

What about the WiFi problem?
What about attachments for Apple Mail?
What about …?

The WiFi problem …

is still going on.
The are more than 196.000 views on this topic at Apple Support Communities.
iOS 6.0.1 already should fix the problem!

jimmynetstep
Toggled Airplane Mode off and on
Reset Network Connections
Reset All Settings
Factory Reset Iphone
Unable to connect to work wifi, but Mac and Ipads connect flawlessly.
I am able to connect to my home wifi after I disabled all security on my network.
Anything else I can do to get my iphone issue resolved (besides praying?)?

applevictim
Pray harder!
Il Neuro Nerd
4 MONTHS NOW!
SHAME, APPLE! SHAME ON YOU!

Rock Lady
APPLE Why do we have to lower our router security to allow IOS6 to connect?
Please step up, take responsibility and clean up the mess you’ve created.
Let us rollback to Ios5 until you get this sorted or put out an update for IOS6 that covers the iPad2.
Apple Test your updates before you push them onto us.

These comments are subjective but the intention seems to be clear.
As I have the same WiFi problem with my iPhone 4S using an Apple Airport Extreme router in the office let me check it out tomorrow. I hope the bug is fixed.

Updated (07:00 UCT +1) …

Here is the result after checking out the WiFi issue with iOS 6.1. The bug seems to be fixed. The WiFi connection works but only with these settings (Settings – WiFi – your network):

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Documents replaces ReaddleDocs

20 01 2013

An updated version of ReaddleDocs now called Documents was released on Jan 16 for iPad.
For iPhone there is no updated version available at the time.
I checked ReaddleDocs in October 2012 and published the results on my page Documents. Its always interesting to see if an app update is a step forward or only a modification of the UI.

Main features of Documents by Readdle …

The app is a helper app for managing files with access to many well-known cloud providers and the ability to configure WebDAV connections to providers which are not pre-configured. Pre-configured clouds are:

Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, GoogleDrive, Office 365 Sharepoint, SkyDrive, MyDisk, filesanywhere, Storegate, and CloudMe
Others like iDriveSync (my recommended Cloud Storage) have to be configured using a WebDAV connection.

Note
A WebDAV connection is a connection to a cloud storage using the WebDAV protocol. To establish a connection you need to know the WebDAV address (ask your cloud provider) your username and your password.
More about WebDAV … iNotes4You: WebDAV Basics

A browser with download capabilities is integrated.

Supported file formats are
.pages, .keynote, .numbers, .doc/.docx, .xls/.xlsx, .ppt/.pptx; .odp, .ods, .odt; .rtf, rtfd, .txt; .html, .htm, .webarchive. .txt .pdf. .bmp, .gif, .ico, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .xbm. .3gp, .l16, .m3u, .m4v, .mm, .mov, .mp4, .scm. .aac, .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .amr, .au, .I16, .m3u, .m4a, .m4b, .m4p, .mp3, . pcm, .wav.

The version from Jan 16 had massive problems to manage .numbers documents showing this error (often but not always):

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Direct competitors regarding file management are
GoodReader, FileBrowser, USB Disk Pro and others

The app is available here

Apple App Store: Documents by Readdle

Differences between both versions …

The new version does not support the configuration of E-Mail accounts.
What’s still available is to select a couple of files and send them as E-Mail using Apple’s Mail app.

Both versions support direct connection between iOS devices connected to the same WiFi network. That means you directly can access the apps document folder of another device and send files without using a cloud service, iTunes File Sharing, E-Mail or http-access via a computers browser. Other iOS devices are automatically listed in the Network section under ‘Available Devices’. The benefit is, that you can immediately exchange documents between devices running on different Apple IDs where a common iCloud access is not possible.

Bluetooth connections are not supported.

The UI …
That’s the first impression you have after installing an update.
The positive or negative impression is what remains in your memory for a long time. A negative first impression can only be replaced by highly powerful and error-free features.
As I reported before the UI of ReaddleDocs is nearly perfect and I see a minor improvement in the new version with its ‘Recent’ network connections and accessed documents.

This is a comparison of the UIs (new version in the foreground).

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The new UI is a bit more plain than in the older version.
The last three recently used Network Connections are listed for fast access.

What I expect and what I am looking for …

  • Apple published the ‘iOS Human Interface Guidelines’.
    They have to be adequately taken into account by developers.
  • Users of an iOS-App expect
    quiet colors, plain design, acceptable size of controls and easy to use functionalities.
    Configuration options should be reduced to the needs of 80% of the users.
  • Controls have to be arranged in a single toolbar at the top or the bottom of the screen.
    Controls with images instead of text must be self explaining.
  • The first look is important and has to invite users to tap, explore and work with the app.
  • For apps managing files, the following requirements are mandatory:
    Access to all well-known servers
    Support for WebDAV, FTP, AFP, SMB
    Filetransfer from server to server, device to device and device to external storage
    Support of file transfer to network attached storages like USB at Apple router
    Support for common file-formats like PDF, iWork-Formats, Microsoft Office-Formats
    Syncing of selectable storages
  • No app provides all functionalities which users need when working intensely.
    Because of the restrictive iOS-Filesystem they have to be supported by other apps.
    So the ‘Open in…’ (another app) is a MUST.
    To avoid redundancy of files when using the ‘Open in…’ – Command it would be a great idea, if an app logs where the files are flown. But this is a feature I did not see anywhere.

    For those who are not experienced in the filesystem of iOS devices see my post iNotes4You: ‘Every app is an ‘iLand’

Summary …

This update was claimed to be a great step forward.
I cannot agree with this especially because of incompatibilities with iWork file formats.
There is still no support for SMB protocol that means, you cannot access a USB storage or a hard drive connected to your Apple Airport Express, Extreme or Time Capsule.
There is no access to the camera roll and the photo stream. That’s really poor particularly if you use the camera for scanning documents.

What makes me musing is the fact that Documents replaced the paid version of ReaddleDocs on the iPad. Documents is a free version. Up to now I have never seen that a paid version ever was replaced by a free version. Is there a Documents PRO in the pipeline for which you have to pay again?

From my personal point of view these disadvantages are criteria for exclusion.

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