Your Tuesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
More iOS 6 Features: New Privacy Settings, Share Widgets, Revamped Store Apps & More (via TechCrunch)
Folks are uncovering a few more gems, as screenshots and videos from developer builds of iOS 6 leak into the wild. Below are some of the more minor (but still notable) features we’ve found.
iOS 6 brings fragmentation to the iPhone (via BGR)
While the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 will be compatible with iOS 6, both devices will get a version of the software that forgoes key features. As noted by Ars Technica, Apple’s impressive 3D Flyover feature and turn-by-turn voice navigation found within its new Maps app will only work on A5-powered devices, meaning the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad. To make matters worse, the iPhone 3GS doesn’t support FaceTime and it won’t be able to handle offline reading, shared Photo Streams, VIP lists or Flagged Smart mailboxes.
How Facebook integration with iOS/OS X works (via GigaOM)
Here is what I understand about how it works – when using the system-level single sign-on, when you want to share something via Facebook, the system logs you into Facebook, shares whatever you want to share — a link, a video, a photo or whatever — and then logs you out. You still need to go to the browser to login to Facebook (if you don’t enable auto-login). The contact and calendar data is shared only after you approve the sharing and also is a process that doesn’t allow constant sharing.
iOS 6: Siri’s Excellent Marketing Skills Lock In the App Store Strategy (via ReadWriteWeb)
Siri’s two biggest new features will be connections into more databases and the ability to launch applications. In terms of databases, Apple showed off Siri’s new persona as a sports guru with the ability to tell you the score of a game or look up statistics on a player. By itself, that is not much of an innovation, but what it represents speaks to Apple’s approach with Siri – allowing it to search for specific information by partnering directly with the sources of that information.
Here is how iOS evolved over the past 6 years (via phoneArena)
Technically, the very first iOS release was inferior to the competition in many aspects. There was no support for native third-party applications, no multitasking, no access to the file system, and not even a copy/paste feature. Yet for many users, that did not matter a single bit. The platform was radically different from the rest – elegant, fluid, incredibly user-friendly, with a great media player, and probably the best browser one could find on a hand-held device at the time. In a nutshell, Apple showed everyone how a real smartphone platform should look and behave.
Velti Mobile Ad Report: iOS Pulls Way Ahead of Android, iPod Touch Beating iPad (via TechCrunch)
Velti’s past reports pegged iOS share of mobile ad impressions at 53 percent in March, which increased to 55 percent in April, and now to 59 percent in May. The report also points out the strong performance of the iPod Touch, which received 14.9 percent of total ad impressions — not just more than any Android device, but also more than the iPad.
How Prepaid iPhones Will Remake the Mobile Market – Eventually (via ReadWriteWeb)
Up till now, if you wanted an iPhone, you signed a two-year service contract with a carrier like AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint, and got a big discount on the price of the phone. But under this new model you would buy the phone at full price, but pay less for service and avoid getting locked into a contract. Over two years, the prepaid model comes out to be significantly cheaper.
Placed’s Mobile Analytics Platform Gives Developers Location-Specific Insights (via BetaKit)
Mobile developers are eager to track engagement on their apps, and there are a number of startups looking to deliver an analytics product that makes sense for mobile in ways that are better than just porting web-based metrics to portable devices. Startup Placed is among them, but this company, which is launching its public SDK for Android developers today (a public iOS debut will come later), wants to deliver insight around something uniquely mobile: location information.