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iOS 6

  1. Apple Paid a Cool $21 Million to License the Clock Design They Stole

    As some might recall, part of Apple's move to iOS 6 included a new clock design. Unfortunately for them, this clock design was suspiciously similar to the one used by Swiss national rail company SBB. They knew it, and SBB knew it. Everyone that even so much as glanced at the two designs knew it. So, like usual, Apple settled with SBB for an undisclosed sum in order to license the design. How much is a clock design worth? Well, when you're licensing it after the fact, it looks like a clock design is worth around $21 million.

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  2. Apple Signs Licensing Agreement With Swiss Rail Company, Proves It’s Better to Beg Forgiveness

    As we've previously reported, Apple's iOS 6 update included a new clock design that was suspiciously similar to the one used by the Swiss national rail company SBB. So similar, in fact, that SBB was pretty upset that Apple went ahead and used it without contacting them. Proving that it actually is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission, SBB and Apple have now signed a licensing agreement for an undisclosed amount. Lovely.

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  3. Good Job: Apple Maps Includes Surprisingly Accurate Images of Top Secret Radar Base

    The conversations had about Apple's Maps app offered in iOS 6 tend to center around just how terrible it is. This is especially true in countries outside the United States, but really nowhere is safe from Apple's horrifying cartography. Taiwan, however, is having the exact opposite problem. See, Apple Maps is a little too accurate when it comes to a top secret military radar base located in Hsinchu. Technically, this still falls under the "terrible" category.

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  4. Apple’s Maps Aren’t Functional Because They’re Actually a Depressing Art Project [Video]

    The internet loves to complain about Apple fans. There are plenty of reasons why people find Apple fanboys (and girls) annoying, but the central problem generally revolves around their tendency to explain away every problem with Apple's products with some sort of non-technical excuse, shrugging off the company's missteps as strokes of artistic genius. With that in mind, even true members of the cult of Mac have been at a loss recently looking for a reason why Apple's new Maps app, which even Apple admitted isn't the best service available, is actually amazing.

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  5. Guess What? Apple’s Maps Aren’t “The Most Powerful” Anymore

    Hot off the heels of Apple CEO Tim Cook's sheepish apology to consumers over their lackluster new Maps app, Apple has retracted one of its boldest statements about the highly-criticized service. Until yesterday, Apple's description of Maps on their website called it "the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever." That sentence, which would now seem especially foolish in light of Mr. Cook's statement, has since been retracted and replaced.

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  6. Apple Officially Apologizes Over Maps Debacle, Even Suggests Using Google

    There's been a bit of an uproar over the iOS 6 update to Apple Maps. It's not even that they're completely unusable; it's the fact that some of it seems perfectly normal, and suddenly it's horrifyingly inaccurate. Sufficed to say, you wouldn't want to rely on them to get around. Even worse, Google apparently doesn't have any plans to bring an app of their own to the market. It's not good, but how bad is it exactly? Bad enough that Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, has officially apologized for it.

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  7. How to Build an iPhone 5 Dock for $1 (Provided You Already Own a Bunch of Power Tools)

    There are problems with the iPhone 5 that are not involved with the ludicrously bad, phone-breaking revision to the map application. In addition to that completely baffling misstep, there are no docks yet that accommodate the iPhone 5 and its new Lightning connector. Unlike the lack of a map function that is elegantly and simply built into your phone, there is something you can do about this the lack of a dock! Casey Neistat shows you how to build an iPhone 5 dock out of just a couple of scraps of plywood. It is a very easy thing you can do if, like Neistat, you have quite the well-appointed workshop already.

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  8. Google Continues to Let Apple Hang Itself, Has No Maps App Waiting

    With the update to iOS 6, Apple finally rolled out their own mobile Maps app that would supposedly compete with what was previously offered by Google Maps. As most are well aware, the information that Apple managed to cobble together into one semi-cohesive lump has proven to be less than accurate. Some railway stations are designated as parks, parks as ponds, and ponds as unobstructed thoroughfares. In short, they border on dangerous. Google, while still maintaining something of a neutral stance, has now said that they have no app of their own on the way.

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  9. Swiss Rail Company Accuses Apple of Clock Copying, Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up

    The world of copyright and licensing is one full of convoluted oddities. Apple's no stranger to this habitat, as they've happily shown in the past, but it's unusual for the company to actually be on the defensive. They're almost always the aggressor in such cases, but their recent clock app design upgrade in iOS 6 may have landed them in the hot seat with Switzerland's national rail company.

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  10. iPhone 5 Officially Unveiled by Apple, Nobody Surprised

    Well, folks, it's official: The latest mobile phone offering from Apple has been officially revealed as the iPhone 5. The phone features many of the features long rumored to be included, like a new version of the connector and iOS 6 already installed, and should come as no surprise to anyone that's been following the coverage closely. Even so, Apple fanatics will likely start lining up to preorder now though they won't be available until this Friday, September 14th. Apple's newest phone will then ship a week later on September 21st.

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