iOS 5.1.1 is released

iOS5-1-1

Apple has released iOS 5.1.1, which contains mainly of bug fixes. Among them are reliability improvements to HDR in Photo app, AirPlay video playback and Safari bookmarks and Reading List syncing. The update is for iOS 5 devices, which include iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch third-generation and above, and all iPad. You can update iOS 5.1.1 directly on your iOS device from Settings app->General->Software Update.

Rumors: Logic Pro X and 3G-capable iPod touch

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It appears that an update to Logic Pro could come pretty soon. Japanese site Macotakara cited a source that the new update will be named Logic Pro X and will sport similar user interface familiar to its professional users, rather than a dump down GarageBand-style interface.

Apple launched existing Logic Pro 9 in mid 2009, with version 9.1 update in January 2010. There is no mentioned how Apple intend to distribute the new Logic Pro X, but it is safe to assume it will be Mac App Store only.

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It is the season of iPod rumor, typical this time of the year when Apple’s annual iPod refresh is happening very soon. Sites such as AppleSpot.nl are reporting that Apple will be launching a 3G-capable iPod touch, similar to the offering for iPad. But there are also reports stating that the upgrade to iPod touch this year will be minor, very similar to current generation. Rumor is just rumor.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 and iOS 4.2.9

Apple has released a new update to iOS which fixes security vulnerability when viewing malicious PDF files. This security loophole is used by JailbreakMe.com for its web based jailbreaking method, the same method could be exploited by other malicious downloads.

iOS 4.3.4 update is for iPhone 3GS/4, iPod touch third and fourth generation, and all iPads. Apple also releases iOS 4.2.9 update for CDMA iPhone 4.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 that removes location tracking bugs

If you’re concerned about Apple logging your every move on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, time to fire up iTunes to update to iOS 4.3.3.

This update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache including:

– Reduces the size of the cache

– No longer backs the cache up to iTunes

– Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off

This update also is reported to improve battery life.

Use Notes app’s wireless sync for quick note taking

Notes app on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a great app for quickly jotting down ideas, to-dos and notes. Starting with iOS 4, you can setup to wireless sync your notes so that you can access the notes on your iOS devices and Mac without manually syncing via iTunes. This feature however is not available for iPhone 3G users.

Notes app is using the email IMAP protocol for its wireless sync. To enable this, you need to setup an email account that supports IMAP such as MobileMe or Gmail (Notes wireless sync is not working using the “Microsoft Exchange” method of email setup under Settings app). From the property setting of the email account under Settings app->Mail, Contacts, Calendars, turn on the Notes option.

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If you have more than one email account with the Notes sync turned on, an “Accounts” button will appear on the left top corner of Notes app. Tapping the button will allow you to select the account for the notes, or to view all notes.

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Wireless sync of Notes app is automatic provided there is an Internet connection on your iOS devices. The notes will be sync to your email accounts, which you can access from Mac’s Mail.app or web-based email system such as gmail.com.

Mail app wiress sync

For quick notes taking while on the move with your iOS devices, the build-in Notes app with wireless sync might be the only app that you need.

Difference between iPod touch 4th generation and iPhone 4

In general, iPod touch is a phone-less iPhone. Both share similar hardware specs, and with each hardware iteration there are some differences:

* iPod touch does not have cellular networking. Which also means you can buy it without a contract or monthly fee.
* iPod touch is cheaper.
* iPod touch is thinner and lighter.
* iPod touch has 256MB RAM, iPhone 4 has 512MB RAM.
* iPod touch’s rear camera is less than one megapixel resolution at 960×720. Compare this with iPhone 4’s five megapixel at 2592 x 1936. 1M resolution is hardly usable for 4×6 printing. Should be fine for casual web photos.
* iPod touch has no GPS.
* There is no remote or microphone for iPod touch’s bundled headphones.
* iPod touch has a high resolution 960×640 display as iPhone 4. But it does not look as good as the iPhone 4.
* The 8GB iPod touch ($229) is a new generation device as it has Retina Display and dual camera. In prior years, the lowest end model was based on previous year’s model. In comparison, the 8GB iPhone model that you buy now is based on last year’s iPhone 3GS design.
* There is 64GB option for iPod touch.

New iPod touch has a phone app?

iPod touch phone app

Judging from the product site at Apple.com, it appears that the new iPod touch has a build-in phone app. Check out iPod touch [More Features](http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/features/more-features.html) page, and look out for the green Phone app icon. Someone at Apple marketing will sure get some heat from the boss.

Update: Apple apparently corrected the photoshop job, but only one of them. The phone app icon is still in the spotlight shot.