Apple iOS 6 and iPhone 5 Business Impact

I have gathered up a good overview of the new features for both iOS 6 and iPhone 5 that may be helpful from the various news and announcements earlier today.
I have compressed the information in some brief tables to better organize the information and content.

iOS 6 Cheat Sheet

This latest iOS release provides a slew of new features. While mostly geared to the consumer market, here is a possible list of business related features known at this time that may be beneficial to have knowledge of or promote.

Area Description
Availability General public availability on September 19th. Over-The-Air upgrades on support models running iOS 5 or above.
Supported Models iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 (CDMA & GSM)
iPhone 3GS
iPod Touch 4th Gen
iPad 2 (WiFi, WiFi + 3G – CDMA & GSM)
iPad 3rd Gen (WiFi + CDMA & GSM)
Non-Supported iPad 1st Gen – Last iOS supported will be 5.1.1.
Developers The Golden Master (GM) image is available starting September 12th to all developers for application testing before public availability.
Features Pictures and overview: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/
Detailed overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history
Feature Availability Not all the new iOS 6 features will be available in all countries such as maps, local search information, and language dictation. Please see:http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/
Features – Business
(in random order)
Hands free operation:
- Siri can read items from Notification Center.
- “Eyes Free”, allowing car companies to build-in Siri integrationPassbook:
- New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.
- Passes are updated in real time if changes are made (e.g. spending money on a store card, flight time, gate change, etc.).
- Passes are location and time-based, appearing on the lock screen when relevant.

Settings:
- “Bluetooth” moved to top of Settings list.
- Added “Do Not Disturb” mode, allowing users to avoid calls and notifications unless calling parties are on the user’s Favorites group.
- New Privacy Controls. Apps must now ask for permission to access the users photos, calendars, contacts and reminders.
- “Wi-Fi plus cellular” option added under “Cellular”, to allow apps to use data over cellular if experiencing issues establishing connection through Wi-Fi.

Phone:
- Adds phone icon on lock screen for additional ignoring options, similar to the camera sliding icon on the lock screen in iOS 5.1.
- When ignoring a call, the user can message the caller or set a Reminder to call them back later or send one of three customizable quick SMS response.

Mail:
- VIP inbox stars important emails from user defined VIP group members.
- Flagged emails inbox.
- Attach photos and videos quickly with a long-press.
- Open password-protected Microsoft Office documents.
- Added Pull-to-Refresh gesture to update Mail accounts.
- Per account Signatures.

Contacts:
- Search All Fields.
- Custom Vibrations for Text Message Notifications

Safari:
- Fullscreen landscape mode (for iPhone 3GS and newer; iPod Touch (4th generation) and newer).
- iCloud tab syncing across iOS devices and Macs.
- Offline reading list caches the user’s reading list for later use, even when not connected to the Internet (not available for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation)).
- Faster JavaScript engine.
- Support up to 25 open tabs on iPad.

YouTube:
- Removed as an integrated app due to an ended licensing deal with Google. Google created a stand-alone YouTube app for the App Store that was available for download on September 11, 2012.

Lost Mode:
- If iPhone is lost, Lost Mode triggers an attention grabbing sound, prompting the person who finds the iPhone to call a specific number set by the owner remotely.

Networking:
- Global Network proxy for HTTP.
- IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE.

Security:
- Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization added.

AppStore:
- Updating an app no longer requires the iTunes password to be entered.
- Install free apps without an Apple ID. (feature however appears to be removed since beta?)

Accessibility Guided Access:
- Allows user to lock exiting of the app in Single App Mode.
- Allows users to disable certain controls within a specific app.
- Locks the home button from being used to act like a kiosk.

iPhone 5 Cheat Sheet

All-in-all an impressive new device it appears. A quick run down of the technical details is below, although there are some gaps that I list afterwards.

For end-users that have already chosen iOS over Android in today’s market, the iPhone 5 brings a larger screen and the same ease of use if your end-users are comfortable with the iOS platform.  The LTE connectivity and faster CPU will also assist the power and information hungry end-users. All is the lightest phone device Apple has created so far.

Area Description
Availability Pre-orders start on Friday September 14th. Shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. 22 more countries starting on September 28th.
Pricing Same price as the 4S in the US. $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. iPhone 4 is now free on contract. iPhone 4S is now $99 on contract.
Audio – Mics The audio system – there are three microphones. Front, bottom, and back. This is for voice recognition and noise cancelation.
Audio – Speaker Five magnets in the transducer, a new speaker design, and is smaller overall — 20% smaller than the iPhone 4S speaker.
Audio – MO “wideband audio” Your voice will sound more natural. It requires Mobile Operator (MO) partnership.
Camera – Back 8-megapixel, 3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor, five-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. Same as the iPhone 4S but thinner.
Camera – Features A new dynamic low light mode. It evaluates nearby pixels to give up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance.
A new image processor in the A6 to reduce noise and includes a so-called “smart filter” to do better at color-matching. 40% faster image capture.
Camera – Panorama Panorama pictures by sweeping your phone. A 28 megapixel resulting image.
(Also supported on iPhone 4S running iOS 6, I tested it!)
Camera – Front The front-facing camera is now 720p, backside illuminated.
Video 1080p still but with better video stabilization and facial recognition.
Battery 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time or browsing. 10 hours on WiFi browsing.
CPU New A6 chip. 2X faster CPU and 2x graphics compared to the A5. Running 1.2 or 1.6Ghz probably.
Radio – WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n. Now added 5Ghz support for 802.11n together with 2.4Ghz. Up to 150Mbps.
Radio – MO GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE.
In the US: Sprint, AT&T and Verizion. All will support LTE.
Please see http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ for the 3 models to choose from.
Radio – SIM It will use a newer “nano-SIM” instead of the current micro-SIM card. So even a tad smaller and not compatible.
Screen 326ppi Retina display, 4-inches. 1136 x 640 resolution. Same width, but taller.
Weight Weighs 112 grams. 20% lighter than the 4S at 146 grams. 7.6mm thick, 18% thinner than before. Made entirely of glass and aluminum.
Case The white version has a raw aluminum back. The black one has the black anodized backing.
Connector Called “Lightning”. Adaptors will be available from the old 30-pin connector for $29 in October. Double sided, so you can plug it in either way.
Further information Pictures and overview: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

Lacking features other devices on the market now have:
- NFC – Near Field Communications (many newer Android and Windows Phone devices)
- Wireless charging (Nokia Lumia 920)
Some brief statements from Apple:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/apples-phil-schiller-explains-new-lightning-port-doesnt-thi/

On the Mobile Operator side:
- No China Mobile support it appears.
- No support for the 800Mhz and 2600mhz frequency bands for other countries in Europe.

Marco..

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