• 8 Great Android Features That iOS Fails to Offer

    Posted on September 27th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    As a iPhone user, do you really think that your iOS device performs better than Andriod device? If yes, think again! There are at least eight Android features that your iOS device cannot provide, from automatic power-saving mode and installing apps from the web to smarter keypad shortcuts and the ability to clear storage-hogging app caches with a single tap.

    1. Gesture typing for the stock keypad

    Although iOS has allowed third-party keyboards with swipe-to-type capabilities for a few years, non-Apple keypads tend to grow sluggish, fail to appear, or even crash altogether on iPhone.

    gesture-typing-stock-keypad

    The stock Android keyboard, on the other hand, has long supported gesture typing (just tap Settings > Language & input > Virtual keyboard > Google Keyboard > Gesture typing), making it a compelling choice for any Android device. Why Apple won’t add gesture typing support to the stock iOS keypad is a head-scratcher, for sure.

    2. Number and symbol shortcuts visible on every key

    Speaking of the Android keypad, here’s another clever feature that, once you turn on, you’ll never turn off: the ability to display number and symbol “hints” on every key (Settings > Language & input > Virtual keyboard > Google Keyboard > Preferences > Long press for symbols).

    number-and-symbol-shortcuts-on-keys

    For example, you can opt to have the Android keypad show tiny numbers in the top corner of every letter key in the top row; just long-press one of those keys to type the number rather than the letter.

    Meanwhile, other keys on the keypad boast hints for symbols that are usually hidden until you tap the symbol key, such as the “@” sign in the corner of the “a” key and the dollar sign over the “d” key.

    Those number and symbol “hints” come in handy when you’re trying to tap out a quick message, and they’re sorely lacking on the stock iOS keypad.

    3. Auto battery-saver mode

    One of the smarter Android features in the past few years is its Battery saver setting (Settings > Battery > Battery saver), which turns off background app activity, automatic email fetching, and other battery-draining activities, perfect for conserving battery power when your device is about to run out of juice. Apple wisely followed suit with its own low-power mode, which made its debut with iOS 9.

    auto-battery-saver-mode

    Unfortunately, the iOS version of battery-saver mode is missing a crucial component of its Android counterpart: a setting that turns on low-power mode automatically once your battery meter falls below a certain level.

    On Android devices, you can set the battery saver feature to snap on the moment your remaining battery power falls below 15 percent or 5 percent. With iOS, on the other hand, lower-power mode must be turned on manually, although at least you’re prompted to turn it on once your iPhone’s battery level falls below 20 percent.

    4. Install apps from the web

    Apple’s App Store changed the game when it arrived on the scene back in the early days of the iPhone, but in many ways, it seems to be standing still. My biggest frustration with the App Store: It’s best browsed from an iOS device rather than the web.

    install-apps-from-web

    The Google Play app store, on the other hand, works quite nicely in a desktop web browser—and best of all, you can install apps remotely over the web.

    With iOS, the closest you can get is to click the Get button in the App Store on iTunes, which only adds the app to your iCloud app library. To install the app, you’ll still need to search your app library on your iOS device and download it manually.

    5. Turn on “Do not disturb” for just an hour

    I loved Do not disturb mode when it landed on my iPhone with the iOS 6 update, but it’s in dire need of a revamp. Not only does Android offer multiple quiet periods through its DND mode (versus just one for iOS), it also boasts a handy feature for those of us who want some immediate but temporary quiet time.

    turn-on-do-not-disturb-for-an-hour

    If you tap the Do not disturb “quick setting” in Android, one of the options you’ll find is a For one hour setting. Select it, and DND mode will turn on and then switch itself off automatically in an hour (or for a custom period, if you tap the “-“ or “+” buttons).

    With iOS, you can quickly turn on DND mode manually (by flicking up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the Do not disturb button), but you’ll need to remember to turn it off—and with all that peace and quiet, it’s easy to forget.

    6. Clear all app caches

    It’s amazing how quickly some apps can become storage hogs. The “cached” data used by your social apps alone can easily gobble up hundreds of megabytes or even a few gigs if you’re not careful, leaving you tight on storage space when you need it the most.

    clear-all-app-caches

    On an Android device, just tap Setting > Storage > Cached data to delete all your app caches in a flash. For iOS, well … there is no such “clear all caches” feature. Instead, you’ll have to hope the space-hogging app has its own “delete cached data” setting, or else you’ll simply have to delete the app and reinstall it.

    7. Clear all app windows

    Whenever I see all the open app windows in the multitasking screen on my iPhone or iPad, I have an overpowering urge to start closing them, despite the fact that iOS does a decent job of reclaiming device memory whenever it needs to.

    clear-all-open-app-windows

    Still, it would be nice to have the option of cleaning out all your open iOS app windows at once, given that anyone who uses their iPhone or iPad on a regular basis will end up with dozens and dozens of app windows cluttering the multitasking screen.

    That’s why I love the new Clear all button in Nougat, the latest version of Android. Just tap Clear all at the top of the multitasking screen, and all your open Android app windows will be whisked away.

    8. Quickly switch between your two last used apps

    One of Nougat’s flashiest new features is its ability to show two apps on the screen at once. It’s a nifty trick, no question, but it turns out there’s another Nougat multitasking feature I use more, and I wish my iPhone could do it too.

    switch-between-last-2-apps

    When you double-tap the Android multitasking button, Nougat lets you quickly switch to the app you were using prior to that; double-tap the button again, and you’re back where you started.

  • 6 Apps You Should Not Miss for Your Smartphones or Tablets

    Posted on August 22nd, 2013 David Brooks | 2 comments

    It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But in some blogs or sites, you could get recommendations.

    These sites create a roundup each weekend of the favorite new and updated apps. You can get such app recommendations here. In this post, I would like to introduce 6 different apps that you should not miss for your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. Take a look at the below content to know what these apps are.

    Disney Infinity: Action!

    Infinity

    Disney Infinity: Action! lets you create video clips starring your favorite characters from Disney’s upcoming Infinity console experience. The app uses augmented reality to bring the characters into your environment. Users get instant access to a clip in which Mr. Incredible appears to burst through the wall, and additional scenes — for a total of 30 — can be purchased within the app using coins earned from interacting with characters in the game portion of the app.

    Plants vs. Zombies 2

    Plants vs. Zombies 2

    Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time officially launched worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel to PopCaps’ insanely successful Plants vs. Zombies takes you on a quest to find Crazy Dave’s taco — you may remember Dave as the guy who kept selling you things from the trunk of his car. Since Dave ate the taco in the original version of the game, you have to travel back in time, through ancient Egypt, pirate times and the Wild West, to search for it.

    Flipboard for iOS

    Flipboard for iOS

    Flipboard launched a new version of Flipboard for iOS recently. The newest version of the app adds support for GIFs, as well as a new Top Story function that helps to highlight top stories in news, business, tech and sports.

    Dots for Android

    Dots for Android

    Already a hit for iOS, Dots came to Android and Kindle Fire this week. Since its launch on iOS in May, the app has been downloaded more than 5 million times, and played more than 1 billion.

    Yahoo Weather for Android

    Yahoo Weather for Android

    Yahoo’s beautiful weather app for iOS finally made its way to Android. The app incorporates images from Flickr into its weather forecast, showing you what a “cloudy day in New York” actually looks like. The app also includes 10-day and 24-hour temperature forecasts, interactive radar, satellite, heat and wind maps and animated sunrise and sunset times.

    Gigwalk for Android

    Gigwalk for Android

    Gigwalk brought its mobile job service to Android this week. The app lets users pick up small jobs around their city that can often be completed on the phone itself. For instance, someone might be paid $5 to photograph a local business for a mapping company, or $10 to check the display of a particular product at their local grocery store.

  • 8 Changes of iOS 7 Beta 5 in Interface and Function Seem to Make iOS 7 More Popular

    Posted on August 7th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    Apple just released iOS 7 Beta 5 version. The new beta version was released to developers a little earlier today and comes with quite a number of changes, improvements and bug fixes, like brand-new design of app icons in settings, disabling Control Center options, etc. Besides these, the iOS 7 Beta 5 version also includes many minor changes in UI, which makes iOS 7 more smoothly and popular among iOS device users. Here I would like to conclude 8 changes of iOS 7 Beta 5 version, compared to its previous version. Let’s take a look at what these changes are.

    The icons in Settings have been tweaked like so:

    Settings icons

    Slide to power off has also been tweaked. Beta 5 is on the left and beta 4 is on the right:

    Brand new Power Off design

    Control Center

    As you can see, users now have the option to turn off access to Control Center while using apps. That option prevents accidentally activating the feature while playing a frantic swiping game (like Fruit Ninja) or other app.

    control center

    In-Call Buttons

    In a much welcomed change, the icons displayed while on a call have been made somewhat bigger and now feature circles around them to match the look of the keypad.

    in-call buttons

    A New Look for the Twitter Icon

    The Twitter button also has a new look in the most recent beta version. Instead of a white bird on a blue background, the colors have now been switched to feature a blue bird on a white background.

    redesigned Twitter icon

    Reboot screen is white if you have a white iOS device

    white-iphone-start-background

    New bar for grabbing banner notifications

    notification drop-down

    “Slide to unlock” sound missing on iPhone

    "Slide to unlock" sound missing

  • Apple Released iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 with “Biggest Change Since the Original iPhone”

    Posted on June 12th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    Apple has brought out quite a lot of wonderful devices based on iOS, just like the iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. Every update of iOS would bring different and astonishing new features to Apple users. The very latest version of iOS is iOS 7. There’ve been quite bunch of iOS 7 rumors and reports. People have made different expectations on iOS 7 specs. All these rumors and reports come to an end since the official release of iOS 7 at WWDC 2013. Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced iOS 7, calling it “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone” at WWDC 2013.

    As rumored, iOS 7 has a less skeuomorphic look, with a more flat design and lots of whites tinged with color. That doesn’t mean, however, that the new iOS is free from gradient or panache. Instead, it’s a more modern take on what makes iOS iOS. Let’s take a look at the new features or what’ve been improved in iOS 7 below.

    iOS 7

    Control Center

    New in iOS 7 is a Control Center. It’s an area that can be activated from within any app that brings control to Wi-Fi, brightness and other frequently accessed settings. From Control Center you can access a flashlight, start a song, toggle AirPlay and more.

    Multitasking

    iOS 7 will bring better multitasking and background processing to all apps. It will monitor which apps you use frequently to help determine which ones need more full-functioning multitasking. When apps send push notifications, for instance, the phone will know to start to give that app background processing so that it will work more quickly and intuitively.

    Apple has taken a major cue from webOS (RIP) and added full-previews of running apps for multitasking. No more tiny icons!

    AirDrop

    Apple is bringing OS X’s AirDrop to iOS. AirDrop will let users share photos or files peer-to-peer with other iOS users who are nearby. “No bumping required.”

    AirDrop will only work on iOS devices running the latest wireless chipsets, meaning the iPhone 5, fourth generation iPad, iPad mini, and the latest iPod touch.

    Photos and Camera

    The Camera and Photo apps received a major overhaul. Not only is it easier to manage large numbers of photographs, users can now create Shared Photostreams — think group albums — into which other users can post photos as well as share with others.

    Users can also share video with iCloud Photo streams in iOS 7.

    Visually, the app looks similar to the latest Flickr redesign, is less focused on 4 x 4 grids of thumbnails, and offers users a better look at their photographs.

    Siri

    Siri has a new look and a new voice. Users can choose between male and female voices for Siri. Siri is also getting smarter: It will now pull in data from Twitter, Wikipedia and Bing.

    Safari

    Safari for iOS 7 has a new look and feel — more similar to Chrome on iOS, we must say — including a new tabbed view. It also integrates with iCloud Keychain for password management.

    The unified search menu, which was removed with iOS 3.0, is back. There is also access to shared links and the reading list improvements shown off with OS X Mavericks.

    Tabs are now 3D and fully integrated with iCloud tabs. Users are no longer limited to eight tabs (hooray) and tabs can be reordered or removed with a swipe.

    iOS in the Car

    Apple is going to bring iOS to the dashboard of your car. Support for iOS in the car will be coming to Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Chevy, Kia, Volvo, Acura and others. Music and iTunes Radio

    The Music app gets the same visual overhaul as the rest of the system but the big feature with music and iOS 7 is iTunes Radio. Think of it as a hybrid between Pandora and Songza, built into iOS.

    Users can listen to theme-centric playlists or stations (“Songs for summer”) or listen to artist-centric stations. And, like Last.fm, iTunes Radio keeps track of all the stuff you listen to across iTunes, Apple TV and on iOS 7.

    It’s free with ads, though iTunes Match subscribers get it free without ads.

    New App Store

    The App Store has a new design and will show apps that are popular nearby, as well as apps popular with your friends. The best part? Your apps now update automatically.

    Apple WWDC 2013 iOS 7

    More

    Notification Sync

    Audio-only Facetime

    Weibo Integration in China

    Per-app VPN for Enterprise

    Plus more than 1500 APIs, support for third-party game controllers, new multitasking APIs.

    Apple is also introducing a feature called Activation Lock, which will prevent thieves from activating your iPhone on another network unless they know your iCloud password.

    As for the availability, the iOS 7 would be accessible to developers in Monday and official come to iOS devices this fall.

  • 10 new features people expect to get in Apple iOS 7

    Posted on April 22nd, 2013 David Brooks | 4 comments

    Without doubt, iOS is a wonderful platform and mobile fans are all familiar with this mobile operating system. Based on iOS, Apple has brought quite a lot of wonderful devices to the world, which greatly improved our daily entertainment and drove the fast development of mobile industry. However, even the unprecedented level of polish cannot prevent Apple’s mobile operating system from looking somewhat stale. And no wonder, after all, iOS hasn’t seen a major overhaul since its first release in 2007. Sure, Apple has been perfecting the platform ever year, adding numerous new features and improvements, but its look and feel have remained largely the same, making it appear boring and static compared to its rival, Android.

    With the fast development of smartphone and mobile industry, since the first iPhone release, people are much more knowledgeable about mobile tech, applications and the possibilities our favorite gadgets hide, which results in that people have become more desired in greater control over their smartphones. People start to want more advanced features, higher customizability, and a more open environment that allows their smartphones to be even more useful and reliable in their daily grind. With the upcoming of iOS 7, we don’t know what it would bring to us, but we could have our own expectations on what the next iOS should include.

    USB mass storage and file browser

    USB connection

    Apple will probably never allow USB mass storage mode and an open file system in iOS, but they can’t take our dreams, can they? We’re looking forward to the time when we’ll be able to just plug our iPhones in and start transferring any type of files freely.

    Widget

    Widget

    From all the things we’d love to see in iOS 7, widgets, or at least some form of live icons, is probably the most wanted. Sure you can do things pretty quickly with iOS right now, but this can never beat the comfort of getting info that updates in real-time by just glancing at your home screen. Widgets also unlock many new possibilities for app developers, who will be able to use them to complement their apps. Widgets for iOS do not necessarily need to take huge amounts of space, they can simply be live-updating icons, or something like that. Whatever it is, though, it’s time for Apple to make that home screen a bit more dynamic.

    Vertical App Store lists

    Verticla App Store list

    Do you remember the old App Store design? Well, we think it was actually better than the current one. The thing is that your phone screen, which has a portrait orientation, can show more items if they are listed vertically, instead of horizontally. We understand the need for a more contemporary look of the UI, but that could have been easily achieved while keeping the good old vertical orientation.

    Animated and parallax wallpapers

    Wallpapers

    Static wallpapers are cool, but how about something with a little bit more eye candy, like animated wallpapers or parallax ones? That’s surely a leaf Apple can take from Google’s book. Sure, those are going to be a bit more demanding on the system, but having a more appealing home screen will easily make up for it.

    Open access to Nitro Java Script engine

    Nitro Java Script engine

    Safari is probably the fastest browser available for iOS devices, and that includes other notable offerings such as Google’s Chrome. However, it’s worth knowing that Apple has reserved the fast Nitro Java Script engine for itself, while it’s forcing others to use a slower Java Script processing. Now, don’t get us wrong, Safari is an absolutely wonderful browser, but we think that it’s not very cool of Apple to force third-party browsers to be slower. All apps should be on an equal footing, because that would mean more competition and faster progress.

    Quick settings in Notification Center

    Notification center

    So, why do we have to go to the Settings app and then navigate the sub-menus each time we want to tweak the brightness or enable/disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth? Every user nowadays would prefer to have those frequently used toggles in an easily accessible part of the interface, like the Notification Center, for example.

    Flash Player support

    Flash Player

    If there’s one thing Apple could use to blow us away with iOS 7, that’s Flash Player support! That’s actually super-unlikely, considering that even Adobe and Google discontinued Flash support for Android, but c’mon, guys, there’s still tons of Flash content out there in the web – content that’s not really accessible on a mobile device. And by the looks of it, that whole HTML5 thing is moving at a very slow pace, so why don’t these companies just do us a favor and bring Flash back to mobile?

    Changeable default applications

    Changeable default settings

    Once again, it’s all about freedom, as some people may prefer having Opera, Chrome, or some other browser set as their default one, or Google Maps set as their default maps application. Yes, we can have those apps running now, but what happens when we click on an address somewhere? It takes us to Apple Maps, without any way to set Google Maps as the default choice. That probably won’t happen, but we wanted to express our willingness to have this feature anyway.

    UI themes

    UI themes

    When you want to make your device feel like new, the easiest way to do that is by applying a new UI theme. Let’s face it – the stock UI of iOS is gorgeous, but even it can get a bit boring after a while. Here’s what we suggest: if Apple could add a number of cool themes that drastically alter the looks of the interface, then maybe people won’t complain so much about the stale appearance of the OS?

    Bigger folders

    Folder

    Folders is one feature that iOS customers use a lot, but why should iPhone folders be limited to just 16 apps for the iPhone 5 and just 12 apps for all previous iPhones? Why can’t we just have an infinite amount of space inside a folder? While you can’t have that now, unless you’re jailbroken, that’s actually a very good idea for Apple here – make folders infinitely big, and let users store as much apps inside a single folder as they can. Break those useless chains!

  • Apple WWDC iOS 6 release – Features you must know about Apple iOS 6

    Posted on June 14th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    WWDC 2012: Features of iOS 6On Monday, June 11th, the annual Apple WWDC held in Moscone West, San Francisco officially announced the release of iOS 6, the next generation of the iOS that powers the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The release of iOS 6 has been a long anticipated service from worldwide people, though iOS 5 in fact has satisfactory performance. Scott Forstall, the senior vice president for iOS software, told the developers and press attended that there’re about 200 new features added into iOS 6, like Siri enhancements, Facebook updates, Maps, FaceTime, Photo Stream, etc. While the iOS 6 was introduced on WWDC, the next iPhone has not been mentioned officially. But, from the iOS 6 features, we may be able to draw a rough picture of iPhone 5 features.

    Forstall firstly displayed some convincing data to show the importance of upgrading iOS 5 to iOS 6. He told the developers and press that there’re more than 365 million iOS devices, 80% of which are running iOS 5. 7 billion push notifications are sent to iOS devices every day, over 1.5 million of which have been pushed to date. There’re also more than 1 billion messages from 140 million iMessage users per day. These statistics could properly illustrate how important an advanced iOS will be.

    Well, now, let’s take an overview look on what iOS 6 brings to us. Here I would just pick out some key features of iOS 6. It’s really a big project to detail all iOS 6 features here.

    Maps: Maps in iOS 6 sports a new icon, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Apple built an entire new mapping solution “from the ground up,” Forstall said, doing all the cartography itself. And the assortment of features Apple will now include for free with the Maps app may well leave the folks over at Google feeling a little envious.

    Siri enhancements: Within iOS 6, it supports languages from 15 different countries and regions. For Asia, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese are added. Seen from the live demonstration, the new Siri has connected to China LBS database, supporting to search for related business information. In addition, Siri also provides database of sports, shops, restaurants and movies. Another new feature is Eyes Free. It needs cooperation with car manufacturers.

    Facebook integration: As with Twitter in iOS 5, Facebook will be integrated systemwide on iOS 6. You’ll be able to share photos, links, locations, iTunes and App Store items, and more via Facebook. And Facebook is integrated directly into Notification Center: You can drag down to post a new Facebook update (or tweet).

    WWDC 2012

    FaceTime: In iOS 6, Apple’s video chatting feature will work over a cellular connection, not just Wi-Fi. Forstall also said that Apple is unifying your Apple ID and phone number, so if someone sends a FaceTime message to your number (or an iMessage), it can arrive on your iPad or Mac, too.

    Safari: About two-thirds of all mobile Web traffic comes from Safari on iOS, Forstall said. With Mountain Lion, your iOS devices will be able to sync your open tabs with iCloud, so the sites you visit from one device are accessible on your others. And as with Mountain Lion, Safari in iOS 6 now supports offline reading for webpages saved in Reading List.

    Photo Stream: New in iOS 6 are shared Photo Streams, which let you easily share photos with friends. Choose the photos you’d like to share, choose your friends, and you’re done. Friends receive a push notification, and photos appear in an album in the Photos app. Friends can also comment on your photos.

    Mail: As it will in Mountain Lion, Mail on iOS 6 will add support for VIPs. Mark someone as a VIP, and you get a notification on the lock screen when their messages arrive, just like you do with a text message. And you get a special mailbox for those messages, along with a new Flagged mailbox.

    Spotlight tweak: If you have lots of apps, sometimes it’s hard to figure out precisely which homescreen they’re located on. In iOS 6, Spotlight makes that at least a smidgen easier, by listing the name of the folder a particular app is nestled inside when it appears in the search results.

    Other features: Apple showed a slide listing a host of other features included in the iOS 6 update. Among those are Game Center challenges, the ability to connect Game Center friends from Facebook, VoiceOver improvements, personal dictionary in iCloud, audio and video sampling during playback, Pass Kit (for interacting with Passbook), VoiceOver gestures, the ability to control camera focus and exposure, a Web Audio API, Game Center in-app experience, game groups, video stabilization, frame drop data, pull-to-refresh on Table views, a means of supporting in-app purchases of iTunes Store-hosted content, in-app Bluetooth pairing, remote Web Inspector, rich text on label fields and text views, CSS filters, crossfade with CSS animations, and a face detection API, etc.

  • Leaked pictures confirm the appearance of next Apple iPhone?

    Posted on May 30th, 2012 David Brooks | 2 comments

    The rumors about the next Apple iPhone begin to boost with the approaching of the WWDC 2012. A lot of eyes are focusing on the detailed phone specs and exact release date of the next generation of Apple iPhone. The tech blog 9to5mac.com on Tuesday just forwarded some leaked pictures of the next Apple iPhone, which were claimed to be from reliable Chinese parts supplier who is actually selling these parts. The leaked pictures could be the back plate for the upcoming new iPhone or one of the early prototypes people are talking about worldwide. From the leaked pictures, it’s very easy to tell that the next Apple iPhone owns a very similar appearance to that of iPhone 4S, but larger screen and thinner phone body. The iPhone 5 uses aluminum material with colorful panels on bottom and upper.

    iPhone 5 balck white By carefully looking into the picture, the leaked part does follow a lot of the rumors and speculations, like the smaller dock connector at the bottom and thinner overall appearance. We are told the extra space on the bottom is used by Apple to enhance the speakers that will be louder and of a higher quality than the current iPhone. The supplier said the back plate is just one piece anchored by an aluminium alloy (not liquidmetal).

    iPhone 5 white coverMeanwhile, these pictures seem to provide proofs of the speculations that the next iPhone would own a redesigned interface to be different from existing iPhones. The screen resolution is said to be 1136 x 640, with a screen size of 3.999 inches (diagonally), which excellently turns it to be a good choice of watching HD movies on iPhone 5.

    iPhone 5 black white coverTaking the strict secret keeping policies of Apple into consideration, these pictures could, or could not, be the next iPhone. All the truths are still to be seen until the official release of Apple iPhone 5. But we all hope Apple would bring the world not only a smartphone with new appearance, but also some other practical functions like NFC, iOS 6, A6 processor, better battery, 4G network connectivity, better camera, etc.

  • Apple dropped revised iOS 5.1.1 build only for GSM iPhone 4 with no detailed description

    Posted on May 28th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Though the focus on Apple these days has been about the next Apple iPhone, other news from Apple will also be exciting. Apple released the upgraded iOS 5.1.1 for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone in the beginning of this month. But just some days before, Apple dropped the revised iOS 5.1.1 build for GSM iPhone 4, which is available for new installs. The original public build of iOS 5.1.1 is labeled build 9B206, while this new build is labeled 9B208, which is available for download now. The new build is only available for new iOS 5.1.1 iPhone 4 (GSM) installs and will not be available as an update for users currently on the original build. Apple has not described the changes that are included in the revised release.

    iOS 5.1.1 new build

    The 54.4 MB update of the original Apple iOS 5.1.1 includes:

    -Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut.

    -Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks.

    -Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances.

    -Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List.

    -Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase.