Verizon waits a bit longer for iOS 4.3, GPS Accuracy and a thorough iPad 2 review

Mar 10, 2011
Tech

Waiting is the hardest part First announced during the iPad 2 press event a week ago, iOS 4.3 finally hit iPhones late yesterday. Well, it hit AT&T (T) iPhones. According to VentureBeat, the Verizon (VZ) iPhone 4 isn’t yet supporting the iOS update. VentureBeat reasons that it’s not such a huge deal, given that some of […]

Waiting is the hardest part

First announced during the iPad 2 press event a week ago, iOS 4.3 finally hit iPhones late yesterday. Well, it hit AT&T (T) iPhones. According to VentureBeat, the Verizon (VZ) iPhone 4 isn’t yet supporting the iOS update.

VentureBeat reasons that it’s not such a huge deal, given that some of iOs 4.3’s biggest features, like the support for Wi-Fi hotspots, already appeared in the updated version of iOS 4.2 that the Verizon iPhone is running.

While that may be true, the other point the blog post brings up, that differences in update time could create trouble for developers who won’t know which features their apps need to support, is very real. Sure, the Verizon iPhone 4 will likely get this iOS update in a week or two, but if the respective carriers’ future iPhones continue to differ significantly when it comes to hardware, this could be much more than a mild irritant for Verizon customers.

You may not be where you think you are

If you’ve ever checked out your GPS location on your iPhone and wondered how it had you several blocks from where you actually stood, you’re not alone.

Mashable posted some interesting research provided via the Shopkick app. The app, which automatically checks people in to Shopkick-enabled stores, plotted points on maps in New York and San Francisco to find out exactly how close the user’s GPS had them to the store when they were “checked in.”

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Anyone who has ever tried to find their exact location in a busy city shouldn’t be too surprised by what the fairly unscientific study revealed, and as the post points out, Shopkick will likely use the data to point out the relative accuracy of their check-in software in order to make it more attractive to other retailers.

From a consumer standpoint, research like this can only benefit those who want to be able to properly pinpoint where they are on a digital map. Of course, then the question becomes whether you want to be able to be so accurately pinned down in the first place!

One more iPad 2 review for the road

In case you’re not tired of reading about the iPad 2 yet, MG Siegler of TechCrunch has written an extremely thorough review of Apple’s newest baby.

Going deeper than TechCrunch’s earlier quick and dirty first impressions, Siegler breaks down every inch of the iPad 2, from its size and weight to the speed of the software running on it. If you’re on the fence about making the leap, Siegler’s review could certainly push you in one direction or another depending on your perspective.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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