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Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.

With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.

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It has almost been a full year since the App Store has undergone the most significant transformation since being opened for business. Entering back into the App Store for each new download barely remains a memory these days. Prominent banners are now the norm instead of “new and exciting”. With the new iOS 6.0 App Store becoming more normal with the passage of time, I wanted to look back and see if the redesign has been effective. Is it easier to find apps? Are quality apps still being featured? Let’s dive in and see if the redesign has been a true benefit for consumers and developers.

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A few days back I was up all night with a cold, so the following afternoon I felt like I just needed to take a nap. I wandered off to my bedroom and was about to pass out, but I felt like I needed to set an alarm. My iPhone was nowhere to be found, so I picked up what was handy — my iPad.

Now I’ve used my iPad for the clock before, but I couldn’t remember when. Setting the alarm seemed so foreign to me, but maybe that was just the cold talking.

What about you? Do you use the clock app on your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Apple’s alternative to Google Maps, included with iOS 6, has been disappointing to many users. From the little information errors and graphical glitches to the lack of public transportation within the app, the default mapping software is nothing to boast about. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, apologized for the many lacking functions and erroneous information, saying that the more people use it, the better it will get. Until then, what should users do?

The App Store now has a section dedicated to good Maps alternatives, though the apps in its page aren’t all as amazing as Google’s mapping system on Android. Since there’s more to look for, I ventured into the depths of the App Store and found a few appealing pieces of software. There are apps for everything, not just mapping and navigation, so keep reading to check them out. (more…)

IOS 6 removed YouTube from the operating system’s default apps. At first, people thought this would be a major problem. After all, Google isn’t the most reliable iOS developer out there. Fortunately for iPhone users, the developers created a nice alternative to the original YouTube app and released it just over a week before iOS 6 was released. But it’s limited and has ads, so what about something a bit less restricting? But that’s for iPhone users, so what about the iPad?

Several individual developers have brought YouTube clients to Apple’s tablet with most of them being poorly developed or only halfway there. However, there is a nice-looking alternative from developer Jason Morrissey, creator of Alien Blue, a Reddit client for the iPhone and iPad. He’s named it Jasmine, and it’s free, but exactly how good is it? (more…)

iOS 6 has been announced, and there are plenty of exciting features arriving on our iPads come the autumn! For a good roundup of the salient points, check out Jacob’s review of the new features right here. If you want to see exactly how Apple is promoting its next mobile operating system then head over to their iOS 6 Preview.

What I’d really like to know is which feature you’re most looking forward to? Are you just aching to talk to Siri on your iPad, or has the dramatic overhaul of maps got you excited about taking some serious road trips?

If I’m being totally honest I’m probably more excited about the updates to maps than I am about Siri. I think that Siri will be superb in the future, but it’s of relatively limited use at the moment – whereas maps has needed a big re-think for ages, I can’t wait for the iPad and iPhone to be able to provide proper turn-by-turn navigation.

Let me know in the comments why you’re most looking forward to your choice?

“Sequences shortened.”

It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.

The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.

Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.

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As you may very well know, Apple Monday unveiled their next big revision of iOS, bringing it to version 6.0. This is a sizable update with a plethora of wonderful features that amount to over 200 in all. However, interestingly enough, Apple put more emphasis on the iPhone side of things during the WWDC keynote and left out some of the major things that could be beneficial to iPad users – well yes, of course they mentioned Siri.

I’ve gathered a list of the most important features that are in iOS 6 and of significance to those who utilize their iPad on a daily basis. In addition, I’ve taken a deep look at the OS itself, seeking out interesting features and jotting down my thoughts on them. Keep reading for the full scoop.

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