Apple dug it’s own hole by replacing the much Beautiful Google Maps with its crappy Apple Maps (powered by TomTom) on iOS6 – There I said it.
The sheer disaster is very obvious from the tweets all over the world. Some of the non-techies woke up with a surprise with the features that they lost like public transit details/biking/walking directions etc which were replaced with a less-used Fly over maps (Again just for the US).
Here’s a comparison between how it was (Google Maps), and how Apple Maps (with no data). It’s almost as if the whole area has been demolished over night by Apple destruction crew. Our only hope is that Google comes back to the rescue of the poor (not $ wise) iOS6 users.
Google Maps (Before)
Apple Maps (After)
Here are two ways to get back Google Maps that we’ve tried out.
The new iPad with the awesome retina display and quad core graphics will be available in India on April 27, 2012 at a starting price of INR 30,500 says Apple India’s website. It will be available at all apple authorized resellers. As per the press release, the prices of all the models will be as follows:
16GB: INR 30,500
32GB: INR 36,500
64GB: INR 42,500
WiFi + 4G:
16GB: INR 38,900
32GB: INR 44,900
64GB: INR 50,900
The iPad 2 will be available at a lower price of INR 24,500 for 16GB WiFi only model and INR 32,900 for 16GB WiFi + 3G model. Following the trend worldwide, the 32GB and 64GB models of the iPad 2 will be discontinued.
PluggdIn is reporting that Apple has dropped the price os iPad 2 in India. The 16GB WiFi only model will now sell at INR 24,500 and the 16GB WiFi + 3G model is available at INR 32,900 (down from INR 36,900). No word on availability and price of the new iPad.
Apple unveiled the new iPad yesterday night (Yes, it is called the new iPad and not iPad 3 or iPad HD). In addition to getting the much rumored retina display, the new iPad also boasts of a quad core A5X processor with groundbreaking graphics capabilities built in, a 5MP iSight camera and 4G LTE support. It is also a tad thicker and heavier than the iPad 2.
Lets take a quick look at the new features:
The new iPad features Apple’s awesome retina display which packs so much pixels in one inch that it is impossible for the human eye to distinguish them individually. The result is a stunningly sharp display which just blows away every other screen you might have seen till date. The new iPad’s retina display has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels which is a million pixels higher than the 1920×1080 resolution of Full HD TVs available in the market.
Here is another use for the iPad (entertaining your pets):
Seriously, do we need another reason to buy this thing?
Facebook has finally launched their much anticipated iPad app [App Store Link]. Millions of iPad users have been complaining about the lack of a native official iPad app because of which they had to use third party options. The iPad app utilizes the extra screen real estate on the iPad to give an awesome Facebook experience.
Here are some screenshots:
Windows 8 is generating a lot of news these days. With the
beta developer preview version out there to be grabbed by anyone who would dare, it has gotten some good reviews from analysts. Here is a quick video of how the OS performs against the king of the tablets (Caution: long view):
If you have an iPad and are usually on the move with it, you might have faced a situation where you wanted to access a file on your PC back home. The folks at LiniQue have developed an iPad app which can help you in such situations. UniQXcess is a $2.99 iPad app which, coupled with a free PC based server software running on your computer back home can let you access any file you have shared on your iPad anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet.
The app works as follows:
Doodle Jump set record sales when it was launched on the app store for the iPhone. When the iPad was launched, even though the game ran pretty well in emulation mode, people demanded the developers to launch a native iPad version which utilizes the large screen of the iPad. After more than a year of waiting, its finally here.
The insanely addictive game is available for $2.99 on the App Store.
In a nation which is challenged with issues like poverty, education, corruption and many more, the government seems to be paying no heed to citizens’ needs. The government of India has approved to reimburse the MPs in India unto INR 50,000 for iPad or a Samsung Galaxy tab. Ideally I would not have issue with such a move and will probably appreciate the gesture. But I have been to government offices and assume that the MPs must be having laptops or desktops to work on. However, they are probably eating dust somewhere in the corner of their offices. Instead of distributing more gadgets, the government should first make sure that the MPs use whatever they have been allocated currently.
The biggest disappointment is that this money will come from the tax which honest citizens pay. And now the money will be used by these MPs to play angry birds on their iPads.
I have no issues with the MPs having iPads. But first, they should make sure that citizens’ needs are met. Needs like good road infrastructure, scholarship for underprivileged students, computers in schools… the list goes on.