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7 Awesome Features Apple Left Out Of iOS 6

7 Awesome Features Apple Left Out Of iOS 6

iOS 6 has some awesome new features, but here's 7 things it's still missing.

We’re super excited for iOS 6. Although it isn’t the complete iOS overhaul many users were hoping for, it does deliver a whole host of new features — like a new Maps app, user interface enhancements, improvements to stock apps, and Siri support on iPad — that we’re certainly looking forward to.

However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that iOS 6 still has some things missing. Things we’ve been waiting for for some time. Here are seven of them.

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Analyst Offers Last Minute WWDC Predictions, Claims Apple Doesn’t Need An HDTV

Analyst Offers Last Minute WWDC Predictions, Claims Apple Doesn’t Need An HDTV

Analysts are offering last minute predictions before today's WWDC keynote

With just a few hours to go before Apple kicks off WWDC, some analysts are rushing to make predictions right up till the last few moments. London-based research firm Ovum, for example, delivered a list of three things that its Chief Telecoms Analyst Jan Dawson feels are essential announcements that Apple needs to make during the WWDC keynote later today.

Dawson’s assessment breaks ranks with many other analysts who have insisted that Apple must unveil its own HDTV at the event or sometime later this year but does think Apple needs to bring apps to the TV experience. The remainder of his comments focus on iOS and changes that a wide swath of iPhone and iPad owners, developers, and tech journalists have suggested since Apple released iOS 5 last fall.

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What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

Cult of Mac speculates about what to expect in Apple's upcoming version of iOS.

Apple’s unveiling of its next major operating system, iOS 6, is right around the corner. Scott Forstall and Co. are expected to announce the new OS to developers at WWDC next week. Very little is actually known about iOS 6, but there have been some rumors that made headlines over the last few months.

iOS 6 looks to be an evolutionary upgrade from iOS 5, rather than a revolutionary jump forward. Here’s what we expect to see.

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Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Dashboard X Brings Live Widgets To Your iOS Device’s Home Screen [Jailbreak]

Time to make your Home screen come alive.

When Apple introduced Notification Center in iOS 5 last summer, jailbreak developers immediately started creating third-party widgets to enhance certain functionalities and create shortcuts for iOS. Widgets for toggling system preferences, for instance, are now available in Cydia for Notification Center. What would happen if the idea of widgets left Notification Center and made its way to the iOS Home screen?

Prolific Cydia developer Ori Kadosh has released Dashboard X, an ambitious extension for adding floating widgets to your jailbroken iPhone and iPad’s springboard.

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Make a Dashboard Full of Widgets Useful Again [OS X Tips]

Make a Dashboard Full of Widgets Useful Again [OS X Tips]

The first thing I disliked about Mac OS X Lion was the way it changed the Dashboard display. It’s nice to be able to see behind the widgets to the stuff I’m working on in the background. Especially if I’m using a widget like the Calculator, or the Weather, or the Conversion widget to see how much that import from Europe might cost me in US dollars.

Mac OS X Lion, however, puts the Dashboard into it’s own separate space, complete with opaque background that looks like an odd mix of linen theme and bubble wrap. Or maybe a non-skid floor tile from a spaceship? I dunno. Regardless, not being able to see through the background was an issue, until now. I no longer have to launch the stand alone Calculator app to do a quick sum, and can go back to enabling the Dashboard, using the Calculator widget, and dismissing it just as quickly.

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Dashboard’s Widgets Are More Like Launchpad In OS X Mountain Lion

Dashboard’s Widgets Are More Like Launchpad In OS X Mountain Lion

Not a huge change, but we just noticed that in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has changed the way adding widgets in Dashboard works to be more akin to Launchpad, with a full screen of equally spaced widgets being selectable instead of Lion’s approach, which puts available widgets at the bottom edge of the display.

Apple Hires iOS Concept Designer Jan-Michael Cart

Jan-Micheal Cart has made quite a name for himself designing impressive new concepts for the iOS operating system, such as the dynamic icons concept you see above, and an awesome system for implementing widgets which we covered back in May.

However, it seems it’s not just iOS users who have been impressed with Cart’s work. The Apple camp in Cupertino has also picked up on it, and they’ve hired him as an intern.

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Set Your Lion Dashboard Widgets Free [OS X Tips]

Set Your Lion Dashboard Widgets Free [OS X Tips]Set Your Lion Dashboard Widgets Free [OS X Tips]

Many of the complaints I’ve heard about Mac OS X Lion is about Dashboard. It now has its own space (virtual desktop) where all your Dashboard Widgets live. Well those living arrangements aren’t as permanent as one would think. Here is a tip on how you can set your Widgets free!

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Apple Closes Door on OS X Downloads Page

Apple Closes Door on OS X Downloads Page

Do you remember Apple’s OS X Downloads page? That page used to be a resource for many of the best apps and widgets on the Mac.

We say “used to” because the OS X Downloads page has actually been shut down and replaced with a pretty Mac App Store banner.

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Original iPhone Patent Confirms Apple’s Always Had User Widgets In Mind

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An Apple patented granted yesterday for the company’s original iPhone contains within one of its illustrations a small piece of information that could confirm the company is willing to open up Notification Center widgets in iOS 5 to third-party developers.

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