To start, John tells the unbelievable story of what happened after he updated his iPhone 4 to the new iOS 6 — a story that involves an encounter with a superhero in the alley behind his house … no joke.
From there, we get into a discussion of the shortcomings of Apple’s mapping application, which replaces Google Maps as the default on the new operating system. KIRO-FM engineer Erynn Rose explains how he was left in the lurch late at night because of the lack of transit schedules and routes in Apple’s mapping application. We also talk about the nice addition of turn-by-turn directions (and yes, that is Siri’s voice giving the directions.)
Features we like include the ability Panorama pictures in the camera app, and the ability to respond automatically to incoming calls with preset text messages. The Passbook virtual wallet seems promising, but we’re waiting for more merchants and loyalty programs to offer compatible apps.
Here’s the post where John talked to a bunch of app developers to get their thoughts on iOS 6.
Then we go out to the scene of Apple’s iPhone 5 debut at Seattle’s University Village, where we hear from a few of the people who waited in line overnight for the device.
On a personal note, we discuss our own upgrade plans, and how AT&T flipping the switch on LTE in the Seattle region plays into those plans.
In other tech news, we discuss the launch of the interactive television program Kinect Sesame Street TV for Xbox 360, and tell the story of what happened when our kids tried to play it.
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