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What the iOS 7 app update icons mean

iOS 7 has introduced many features including changes to the icons in the Updates section of the App Store. Here is what the new app update icons mean.

The first screen after being notified in the App Store that you have updates will show as below. You can still update apps individually or Update All at the top.

iOS 7 update notifications

iOS 7 update notifications


After clicking the Update for each app or the Update All at the top you will see the icons change to the the below image.  Notice the blue open circle. While it spins it is checking for the valid update and prompts you for your Apple ID and password.

Waze social GPS now in iOS 6 maps

Some time ago I loaded Waze, a social GPS application, on my Android device. (See myWaze logo review of my HTC EVO 4G LTE on YouTube).  The purpose of Waze is to leverage other users in your area to help with real-time traffic updates and reporting.

I was curious how well the turn-by-turn performed coupled with rerouting based on traffic conditions as reported by the other users.

Waze allows you to set a home and work destination and will begin to learn your normal route and times helping build a table of when traffic is slow and you should investigate alternatives.

What I did appreciate is how Waze reported delays in my path, including police presence an offered on the fly rerouting abilities.  The more users in your area with the application running, the better the traffic  results of course.

Waze map sample

Waze also included a gamification capability for Wazers (their term) with points for using the application, reporting police, obstacles, accidents and hazards.  Facebook can be connected to help you find other Waze users and optional profile fields give you some rudimentary options.  The more points you earn the options you have for you car on the map that shows to other users.  They are creative in gamification. Privacy was not an issue as you are able to show yourself on the map or be invisible with a bunch more options in your profile.

Waze also allows you to update the map for road changes helping other drivers when construction moves something or a closing take place. This was interesting to see how drivers became the update source instead of relying on Google Maps or other engines to update.

Later I found groups when using the application.  This allows you to create or join groups based on areas you drive to and from, events and more.  By grouping you get better feedback of road conditions of those that take the same roads you do.

Apple has chosen TomTom and Waze to help update it’s new map app, relying more on TomTom according to numerous published reports.

You can get Waze and become a Wazer on iOS, Android, some BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and even Nokia.  Over 20 million have already downloaded the app globally.

Ping me here, there and … wait, Apple branded Ping?

We use the term ping almost daily with friends.  Ping me on Twitter, Skype, instant messaging services and more.  Apple today threw a nice uppercut by starting their social music network embedded in iTunes and calling it Ping.  Sure there was Ping.FM that allowed you to broadcast your status to multiple social services, just not many people knew about them.

Steve Jobs announces Ping
Thanks to ReadWriteWeb for the image source and announcement review

But, everyone is learning Apple and by taking ownership of the word Ping, they take ownership of a niche in social networking.  Numerous sites have tried building a form of social networking around music sharing to limited spread and results.  Apple is able to enable everyone, as in 160 million users in 23 countries, at once that uses iTunes software to encourage participation and capture information on your sharing.

This in turn gives them better marketing potential towards you and increases the likely result in you buying from Genius or a recommendation.  Now your music, TV, applications and more may be shared publicly or with select groups of friends.  If you pay particular attention to a friend’s music stream, Apple can pick up on that and start pushing you to buy the same music.  Watch a show a friend recommends, soon you get ads about renting an episode.

So how much of your personal music tastes, choices of applications and shows watched will you share?  Are you using other services already to do this and will you change?

iFad – How to Win Over Consumers by Apple

I am not going to banter whether I think the iPad (Amazon link with reviews) is a winner or not.  Too many sites are doing that now.  I have been pondering this post for a few days and something in the 40 articles I read just tonight sparked the wording I wanted.  The next stage of the Apple iFad movement is in full swing.

We, as in tech writers and early adopters, quickly jump to the tear-down of each part of the device and capabilities.  The reader of these very articles we write are other tech journalists and early adopters.  Not the consumers seeing this device being shown on morning shows and CNN all day.  Or witnessing the lines at the stores.

No matter what we hate about the device, or what is missing, hand this to anyone on the street and they can work it.  If you own an iPod or iPhone in the house, this is the stepping stone, not a MacBook.  Simplicity and similarity make the iPad itself an easy decision.

Just as you are taught more difficult steps in math, writing skills and even your favorite hobby, Apple has taken that concept to the technology and created the Rosetta Stone of devices.  Easy to use, multimedia capable, adapted games, no controllers and limited real need for accessories.

I watched a YouTube video tonight of a 2.5 year old handed an iPad.  She had played with the parents iPhone for some time and understood the basics.  Click the Home button to get to the screen with the fun stuff to do and slide your finger.  She took off once handed the iPad.  No input from the parents required.

I watched a video of a grandparent that hated computers (said verbally) and was handed the iPad.  Seconds later they were reading and playing a game. Any device that traverses ages and demographics within days of launch was the right move by Apple; no matter if it has a camera or cheap enough applications.

This is only one of many portions of the iFad that Apple created.  Think everyone will have a Facebook account soon that can get connected?  I bet Apple continues to flourish by making devices people want, not what technologists say it should be.