WWDC 2012: iOS 6, Siri, Disruption


Your Monday WWDC Edition Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

What you need to know about iOS 6 (via GigaOM)
Here’s a look at some of the 200 new features for iOS device owners in the next iteration of Apple’s mobile platform, expected to debut this fall and available to developers in beta today. The new software will be supported on the 3GS and later iPhone, iPad 2 / new iPad and fourth generation iPod touch.

Apple’s App Store Hits 30 Billion Downloaded Apps, Paid Out $5 Billion To Developers (via TechCrunch)
Cook announced that there are over 400 million accounts on the App Store, making it the largest online store with credit card info that “Apple is aware of.” He also made sure to throw a couple zingers at “the competition,” explaining that of the 650,000 apps available on the platform, 225,000 of them are built specifically for iPad. “There are just a few hundred for our competition,” he said.

Here Are The Services, Businesses, And Markets Apple Just Shook Up (via Fast Company)
In a mammoth two-hour keynote at its developers conference, Apple just revealed an armload of hardware, software, and services that will have execs at the companies and industries below gripping their Aerons.

Apple Announces New Passbook App To Store Movie Tickets, Retail Cards, And Boarding Passes (via TechCrunch)
It’s not clear yet how many partners partners Passbook will launch with, or how easily other businesses will sign up, but this could have pretty big repercussions for other companies. For example, I’ve seen a flood of startups who jumped on the loyalty bandwagon and tried to replace the physical punchcards and memberships in your wallet. It could also compete with the loyalty features in Pay by Square, and with some of the storage capabilities in Evernote.

Goodbye To Google Maps With Street View, Hello To Apple’s New Maps With 3D Flyovers (via TechCrunch)
Apple will now offer its own mapping service on iOS, opening up a new front in its competition with Google. The new maps will offer virtually all of the features iOS users have come to expect from the Google Maps-based default app (with one exception) and a slew of new features like spoken turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps for virtual flyovers.

Is the iPhone overcrowding the world’s 3G networks? (via GigaOM)
Traffic originating from the iPhone is nearing 50 percent of all data traversing carriers’ HSPA networks. Those numbers could have a chilling effect on emerging LTE operators, which are trying to migrate to 4G but are finding themselves contending with the iPhone’s enormous 3G demands.

MokiMobility Partners With FavoriteEats to Lock Down Single-Purpose iPads (via BetaKit)
MokiMobility’s MDM software allows businesses to lock out specific iPad features and functions, making them perfect for use in customer-facing, self-serve kiosk-style applications. That’s exactly what FavoriteEats was looking for, according to founder Glen Womble.

Tablet Users Are Geezer Couch Potatoes, Says New Report (via ReadWriteWeb)
“For both devices, the heaviest overall audience concentration was between the ages of 25 to 44. Compared to smartphone owners, tablet users were 28% more likely to be in the 65 and older age segment, and 27% less likely to be age 18-24,” according to comScore’s statement.

Mobile Payments: A Trillion Dollar Industry… Once Everyone Can Actually Make A Payment (via TechCrunch)
Closed and restrictive payment systems don’t expand economic prosperity, they hinder it. Recent articles questioning if we really need NFC payments, and the lack of democratized payment systems highlight how far we are from a mobile payment utopia. In this utopia, I see a democratized world where the device you have in your hand doesn’t determine if you can pay for your daily sandwich. Mobile payments needs to grow up significantly if it’s going to be worth more than a trillion dollars by 2016,

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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