Apple updates iOS 6, Safari
Dreaming of a fix for the crap Maps app? Dream on
Apple updated its iOS mobile operating system on Thursday – and no, it didn't fix the deservedly maligned Maps app – along with an update for its Safari web browser for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion .
The Safari update weighs in at a trim – for Apple, at least – 47MB, but the iOS update, downloading at this very moment onto your Reg reporter's three-plus-year-old iPhone 3GS, is a Brobdingnagian 780.5MB.
The iOS 6.0.1 update is primarily focused on bug-fixing and security updates. For example, the update promises to fix a bug that prevents iPhone 5s from installing software updates wirelessly, and another bug that allows access to Passcode details when the handset is in lock mode. A full listing of upgrade details can be found here, and security-upgrade details can be sussed-out here.
The Safari 6.0.2 update centers around two WebKit-related vulnerabilities that, in Apple's words, created a situation in which "Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution." Full details on the security upgrade can be found here.
As per usual, the Safari update can be downloaded from Apple's Mac App Store by clicking – what else? – the Updates icon in the App Store app, now at version 1.2.1. The iOS update is accessible through the Summary pane of the iTunes after selecting your target in the Devices list in the left-hand pane.
You may be happy to hear that both updates installed without a hitch on your reporter's iPhone 3GS and Mac Pro running OS X 10.8.2. Your mileage, of course, may vary. ®
Re: Not updating
Funny, this argument... 'just use the website, instead of the app! Much better than any app! More functionality compared to the app!'.
That's what people were saying when the BlackBerry Playbook was launched. But no, apps were it. Without apps, playbook was branded an epic fail!
-proud playbook owner, looking smug, and happily typing this out on his playbook tablet. Without using apps. The playbook contains a gps, btw. Unlike that other 'mini-me' tablet.
"Why the flip are you using a map app to drive near your home - are you that dumb?"
Why even bother with this post? Just to be nasty?
There two blindingly obvious reasons to use the maps app when driving near your home:
1. To test it so that you can see whether it's likely to work how you want it to work when you are in places that you do not know so well.
2. Because it has traffic awareness, which you do not have, and so may well find you a quicker route home / to wherever you're going.
Also, there's always the possibility that the OP has just moved to the area and doesn't know the roads so well. In fact, if you live in a big town or city it can take a long time to get to know all the little ways around, especially if like most of us you spend most of your time driving to and from work and shops rather than just out driving down side streets for fun.
Re: Not updating
Google cannot provide an app. The ToS that Apple has for the app store stipulates that apps cannot "compete" with built-in apps. So if Apple approved it, then they would for all apps that compete and thus violate their own ToS. Apps have been pulled from the app store in the past because Apple added similar functionality into iOS itself. So I wouldn't hold your breath on Google "helping" Apple fix their issue by create a Google Maps app. They are going to make Apple live by their ToS and suffer the consequences.