Perhaps the title makes you feel a little safer, based on a report from Symantec AppleInsider is reporting that iOS beat Android in every category but one, isolation, where iOS performed moderately. One notable exception is that both failed social engineering tests. Not sure what that means other than the tester himself must have been susceptible to it and that’s kind of worrying if he works for an Antivirus company. You can read the full story here.
Gene Munster believes that Apple will release a iOS based TV set sometime in 2012. He also projects that by 2014 these TV’s could be generating 6 billion dollars in extra revenue for Apple. Source Business Insider
So in an interview over at Computing UK, Kaspersky’s CEO said Apple should open iOS code up to them so they can help prevent viruses and malware. It’s hilarious that this guy would think that opening the system up would allow them to “Help” us. Frankly I think the AV companies play both sides of the fence which goes to explain why there are millions of definitions on normal AV programs, back in the 90′s when this was not a big issue, the virus definition table was a few hundred to a few thousand. I believe Apple is doing the right thing being the single choke point for App approval, there have been a few malware attempts for Jail Breaking phones, and in that case, Jailbreaks are actually using holes malware could exploit in the first place. Which to me is the service Jailbreakers provide. Exposure. Aside from having an antivirus program on your phone most search engines provide alerts to infected pages, and frankly AV on iOS will just kill battery life and add complexity to the phones.
There is a great list of changes coming in iOS 5, that Apple only scratched the surface on during WWDC 2011. The list compiled by the website iEatApples contains over 150 changes found.
The folks over at MIT Technology Review have published a well written article detailing how Apple sometimes takes a competitors product and turn them into features in their products. Is it a good practice for Apple to take features in popular apps and build them into iOS? You never hear much from the authors crying foul, so it makes you wonder if someone is getting paid in the end, but if they’re not, why would anyone develop an app for a platform where the gatekeeper can suddenly just take your product and make it a built in feature. I think many of us would hope that Apple is doing the right thing and sending some money or royalties to the authors or giving them a job at Apple. It’s only fair, and really Apple would want these people to join the team because they recognize something that Steve Jobs thought was worthy of being in iOS, so running off the talent is not a good business practice.
HP or Google could just turn around and hire them and see what other cool ideas the person wanted to build.
According to this tweet. iOS 5 has already been Jailbroken. It’s not really a bad thing that jailbreaks happen, because it forces Apple to close security holes that could otherwise be used to attach the phones.
A few websites are saying that Apple stole OTA updates from Google. This is simply not true. Feature phones before Android and even the iPhone were released were able to do OTA updates. It was not something that was generally public from the carriers as it was a new process. However it is a safer way to update since carriers have the ability to restrict how many people at once do updates. This allows them to push an update to say 10,000 random customers and monitor their support systems for bug reports. Say if a few days and no complaints go by that are show stoppers then they move along and push 100,000 and wait a day. Then they begin pushing to rest of their customers. It’s a great feature.
Other things that were added such as wireless media sync have been a requested feature for years. Apparently Zune HD had this, but I knew one person who ever bought a Zune and they returned it a few months later and bought iPhones. Is it really stealing an idea when it’s a common sense thing?
Camera from lock screen. People have been asking for faster ways to take pictures, and that’s what Apple has provided. Apparently Windows 7 Phones can do this, but manufacturers have been slow to adopt the feature. Nobody ever made a feature popular by not implementing it. Windows 7 phone users should thank Apple that other carriers may finally take note and begin to implement it more. This is exactly the reason that competition is good. If there’s a great feature out there, somebody is going to implement it.
What would an iCloud service be without some way to manage files and back them up? Not much of one. Apple makes this super simple by having this built into their Apps such as Pages and Numbers, which released a few weeks ago had the functionality built in. So now you can cloud your files and access them from any of your devices.
For your Apps again with the iTunes past purchases, you get your Apps past purchases. There are apps I’ve bought and I forget about them only to be surprised I dont have to pay because I paid before. Now I can just look at a list and see what I’m missing. When you purchase an app, it’s available to all your other devices as well through a push feature.
iBooks now will sync across all your devices tied to your iCloud. It will remember where you left off and sync this all to your other devices so you can resume what you were doing later even if it’s a different device.
API’s Apple hit the nail on the head with this product and the API’s available to developers allow them to build this functionality into their apps so you can get the best features through 3rd party apps from the app store as they become available.
Backup and Restoration – OMG this is awesome. If you purchase a new iPhone or had to replace it, and it’s part of your iCloud, just enter your account info and it’s all synced wirelessly to your new device and you can pick up where you left off. No more picking up the pieces if you ever had to replace your iPhone or iPad, finally.
iPhones without iTunes as well no need for a PC to activate or even use your iPhone.
We’ll the Steve has spoken and now it’s time to digest all the information that has washed over our eyes and into our heads, it’s going to be an interesting few months for sure. After the jump you will find information compiled about the various topic Steve has covered. We’ll be updating sections as needed as we clarify more details.