“Do Not Disturb” icon animates in and out [iOS 6]

iOS 6 features a new Do Not Disturb option, found in Settings, which lets you disable alerts (you can customize it, pick and even set a schedule in Settings > Notifications).

When you enable Do Not Disturb, a moon icon does not simply appear to the left of the time in the status bar, it animates in and out.

Thanks Rick Stawarz, and thanks Paul Conigliaro for the animation

Safari in iOS 6 has a full-screen mode on iPhone

One detail Apple publicized at its iPhone 5 event this week is that Safari in iOS 6 now has a full-screen mode. When you switch to landscape mode, Safari’s bottom toolbar will reveal a full-screen button. Tap it and Safari hides its address bar, toolbar, and all buttons but three: back, forward (if necessary), and the full-screen toggle.
Hat tip to Jess Brown

Apple’s new Maps icon for iOS 6 shows you driving off a bridge

There has to be an alternate route available, because no matter how much of an emergency I’m in, there’s no way I’m pulling a Terminator 2.
via Bryan Duke

A handful of new features and details of iOS 6 and iPhone 5

Apple announced the iPhone 5 today and updated its website. iOS 6 arrives on September 19 for all compatible devices (starting with the iPhone 3GS), while the iPhone 5 ships September 21.
I noticed some new features during Apple’s announcement and on its updated product site that I think were either previously unannounced or simply not made public outside of the developer beta. In no particular order:

  • You can snap still photos while recording 1080p video on the iPhone 5. It is unclear, however, what resolution these photos will be. Hat tip to Tom Reestman on App.net for this one
  • Siri can now look up local movie showtimes, facts and trailers, get sports scores, find restaurants by cuisine, price, outdoor seating, and other features, and even make reservations at restaurants that work with OpenTable
  • Passbook, a new iOS 6 feature for using your affiliate memberships, gift cards, and event tickets on your iPhone, is time and location based. So as you arrive at the airport or the football stadium, an alert prompts you to open your ticket so it’s ready
  • You can finally ignore and reply to calls. New options in the incoming call interface let you decline a call and reply with a text message and add custom messages
  • Safari now has a full-screen view (this is not in the developer betas)
  • Weather’s hourly forecast (tap anywhere to view) has been redesigned with a horizontal interface (also not in the developer betas)
  • The on-device iTunes and App Store in iOS 6 let you post any item you find to Twitter and Facebook
  • On iPhone 5, Calendar can display a full five-day week view in landscape
  • While in the middle of composing a message in Mail, you can now tap to add a photo or video from your library. You no longer need to switch apps or copy-paste your existing message in order to restart the message from the Photos app
  • Apple has a comparison page that lists not just specs, but many of the big features that will and won’t work across the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. Curiously, even though the 3GS will get iOS 6, there’s no mention of it on this page

See anything I missed?


Day One can create new entries based on photo date, display a collage

If you create your post that way, Day One will prompt you to change the new entry’s date from today to the date the photo was taken. Plus, as you add new photo entries, a top-level /Photos section displays them all in a slick, chronological photo collage.

Finally, if you have Camera+ installed, you can use it to take or edit the photos you add to Day One. At any step of the process—adding a photo, editing an existing entry’s photo—you have the option to switch to Camera+ to shoot a new photo or use its edit and filter tools to craft the perfect shot for your entry.

via Leo Marihart

Facebook 5.0 for iOS shows the post bar, but only when your thumb’s up

If you start scrolling down your news feed in the new, native Facebook app for iPhone and iPad, the post bar containing status, photo, and update buttons scrolls up with the rest of the content.

When you’re farther down your stream and start scrolling back up, the post bar will drop down at the top of your content, but only if you lift your thumb up after swiping down. If you tap, swipe down, stop, and lift, the bar won’t appear.

I wager the assumption is that when moving your content up, you still want to read. But if you start an actual scroll operation to go back up, maybe you want to get back to post something.

Downcast can refresh podcast subscriptions based on your location

Want your podcasts to update when you walk out the front door and be ready by the time you sit down on the train? Or want them to start refreshing once you get to work or to a friend’s house?

Downcast, a full-featured universal podcast client for iPhone and iPad, just gained the ability to update your podcast subscriptions based on your location. Simply open the app, tap More > Settings > At Locations, and go nuts.