The iPhone 4 is only out under a year and already iPhone 5 is being discussed. Rumours are surfacing that a new iPhone 5 might have, whats called a ‘wave and pay’ functionality called Apple Pay and also says that the iPhone 5 is due out later this year.
This was news to me, as the hype and celebration which came when the iPhone 4 came out in 2010, I didn’t expect any new iPhone releases (apart from software updates) for a good while.
Apparently the new Apple Pay payment technology which is rumoured to be included in this new iPhone, is based on a technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ which can be used to pay by placing a device, such as an iPhone, within 10-12cm of a POS. This Apple Pay system stores financial data and links specific devices. Initially I though it would be using RFID but this new technology is more secure than that.
Before you start planning your payment via iPhone, the Apple corporation has declined to comment on any new developments on the new iPhone5 – so is this all guesswork or is it based on facts?
Well Apple already has your credit card number via iTunes so technically Apple Pay could be linked in that way – you pay using NFC on your iPhone and your iTunes account credit card is charged. The downside is that all the retailers wanting to use this iPhone payment system, would have to have a NFC reader in order to pay in this way. Also, if your iPhone is stolen its a less secure risk than if your wallet is stolen. I think there may have to be a pin based system on the phone to authorise the sale.
Either way its exciting news for iPhone fans and we will have to wait and see if 2011 brings a new iPhone and a new way to pay for your goods and services.
NDrive is a Tom Tom style Sat Nav for the iPhone and is available on iTunes from €6.99. This covers Ireland & Uk however NDrive provide apps for other regions also. There are other Sat Nav systems and apps out there but many are priced from €20 up to €80 – not naming any names!
I downloaded this iPhone Sat Nav App based on price first, thinking that for €6.99 there was no way that a Sat Nav app for this price would work. But it did!
The app has many features including POI (points of interest), find an address, route to your home address plus much more. The NDrive Sat Nav App has a speech interface so turn by turn, you get a nice lady telling you to “in 400 metres turn left” and the usual “Turn Around” if you don’t follow the instructions.
I tested the NDrive App from a service station on the Naas Dual Carriage-way outside Dublin to Waterford.
The route was estimated to be 1hr 48 minutes which turned out to be only 8 minutes out but traffic is not considered. Also I did use the route via the N9 via Thomastown however the App suggested using the N10 via Kilkenny. I did this deliberately to see what would happen. It initially told me to “When safe – Turn Around” but on entering Gowran it recalculated the route and continued using the N9 which was nice.
The app has a powerful address search engine, and it remembers recent searches to minimise input requirements. There are also features like Itineraries, Alternative routes, Lane Assistance, TTS, POIs, Traffic and Business Search. NDrive won’t use your 3G or Edge data connection to show you the map. The entire Ireland & UK map is stored in your iPhone and even if you lose coverage (which will happen a few times between Waterford and Dublin), your navigation won’t be interrupted.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the system to update the mapping to include the new M9 from Danesfort Kilkenny to the Carlow section of M9 which opens on September 9th.
The routing and positioning is very accurate. Only one or two small bugs, including one where it told me to turn right up a road which was blocked off & closed in 2005.
The NDrive app provides great value, a good interface, good service and also it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Apart from that I am very happy with the NDrive Ireland & UK iPhone App and it is available to download from the App Store, search for NDrive!
Link : http://www.ndriveweb.com/software-iphone/
NDrive iPhone Sat Nav App
With over 1.8m new iPhones sold there is a flaw coming to light affecting the signal strength of the iPhone. Apple are to fix this within weeks.
Apple is set to release a new update to the latest iPhone within weeks of the release. The iPhone went on sale in five countries, including the US & UK, on June 24th but iPhone fans in Ireland are not happy as the iPhone 4 will not be available in Ireland until July 30th. The official release date for the iPhone release in Ireland and 16 other countries was announced and confirmed by Apple at a press conference on Friday 16th 2010.
Apple have admitted there is a problem with how the iPhone calculates its signal strength. Some iPhone users had complained that holding their iPhone near where the antenna is located caused a reduction in signal strength and sometimes dropped calls. Apple defended this saying “Gripping any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by one or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid and Nokia phones. …. Users observing a drop of several bars of signal when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place”
Apple have released a statement promising a software fix within weeks for the signal strength error. The iPhone seems to misrepresent signal strength and this is not just for the new iPhone 4G but apparently the signal strength error affects the previous iPhone 3GS and 3G models.
Apple said ,”…We were stunned to find that the formula we used to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength…”
The new iPhone software fix is promised within weeks and should make the signal strength calculation more accurate … watch this space!
iPhone OS4.0.1 is now available which fixes some of these issues so download now!