September 2013


MobileViews Podcast 66: iOS 7 discussion. iPhone 5s fingerprint reader hacked already?

Todd Ogasawara and Emil Reyes discuss the pros and cons of the recently released iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad in this podcast. Neither one bought a new iPhone 5c or 5s. So, their experience is based on upgrades to the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad 2.

They also devote a segment of the podcast to discuss the news that the Computer Chaos Club has found a way to fool the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint reader.

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iOS 7 camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature more subtle than I remember

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Apple added the HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo feature way back in iOS 4.1 (Fall 2010). After playing with this photo option for a couple of weeks, I stopped using it. With the release of iOS 7 last week, I decided to take another look at HDR on my iPhone 5. However, my first test pair of photos (iOS provides the option to save a normal photo along with the HDR photo) barely seemed to be different from one another (normal vs. HDR) – [see below for the first photo pair].

I ended up creating a test scene that would be sure to look different when comparing a normal photo to the HDR one. The photo above is that test scene. The photo on the right is the HDR version. This time I could see the difference.
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FYI: Angry Birds Star Wars II for Android is free

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The latest in the series of Angry Birds games is out for both iOS and Android devices. But, while it costs a very reasonable 99 cents for iOS, it is even more reasonably priced for Android users: Free.

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Anyone try it with the new Telepod figures that interact with the digital game?

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iOS 7 iTunes Radio requires WiFi by default (this is a good thing)

ios7_itunesradio_wifiThe iOS 7 iTunes Radio feature is a lot better than I expected. So far, it has done a good job of auto-building radio play lists even when specifying non-U.S. artists. This is something that Google Music All Access does very poorly in my experience. This is mostly because Google’s U.S. music store does not have much “world music” from what I can tell. Once it became apparent that I was going to use iTunes Radio going forward, I started looking for an option to make sure all this streaming was done only when I am connected to a WiFi network. I couldn’t find this option.

However, as you can see from the screenshot here, iTunes Music appears to be set by default to only play when connected to a WiFi network. This screen appeared when I paused the stream to run off to a meeting. While walking, I turned on my iPhone to check on my email and noticed the screen shown here (the last thing I did was pause iTunes Radio).

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iOS 7 breaks apps like Google Voice that use push notifications

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The biggest headache iOS 7 has caused so far (less than 12 hours after installing it) is that it breaks Google Voice. To be honest, it doesn’t cause the Google Voice app to crash or be unable to receive texts. However, after upgrading my iPhone 5 to iOS 7, I see this message continually after launching Google Voice and then signing into my account. Pressing the OK button dismisses the pop-up window only to have another window pop-up. No amount of pressing OK breaks the loop. Even worse, pressing the Home button doesn’t take me out of the app. Only a soft-reset gets the iPhone 5 out of the loop.

I’ve reinstalled the app several times. And, yes, I connected it to iTunes as the message recommends. It turns out that this may be a somewhat common problem after upgrading to iOS 7. The “fix”, unfortunately, is a hard reset and restore. Anyone who has done that on a “mature” device knows that this can be a long process. So, I’ll try this on Friday evening when I have some time. In the meantime, it is a good thing I also have an Android phone so I can continue to deal with text messages using Google Voice.

You can see what others have said about this problem in the Apple Support Communities site:

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Under review: ibattz portable USB charger pack

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I brought in a portable USB battery charger into the office today. It can charge larger devices like tablets and has two USB charging ports.

More later…

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