The iPhone5s and 5c are here!

 

September brings the age old tradition of school, apple picking and Apple picking! The new iPhones are here and this year – you get a choice! Apple isn’t just releasing one new flagship phone – their giving you variety in the shape of the iPhone 5s and the colorful iPhone 5c.

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Aesthetically, the 5s is practically the same as the now discontinued iPhone 5, with the same case design, materials and screen size. It comes in gold or space grey but otherwise nothing new externally to report. Under the hood though, the iPhone 5s does include a few notable improvements and enhancements:

  • New A7 64-bit chip. Described by Apple as a World-first, the A7 is claimed to be twice as fast as the A6 found in the iPhone 5. Will users know the difference? It’s hard to say, as the 5 was no slouch, but it certainly prepares the way for faster performance for graphics-intensive apps – including possibly CoPilot in the future.
  • Fingerprint Recognition. Apple call this ‘TouchID’ – meant to provide a new way to secure your smartphone.
  • New and improved ‘iSight’ camera with dual LED flash, larger sensor and other enhancements. Apple claim the iPhone’s camera is already the world’s most popular, although – thanks to Nokia and others – it would be hard to argue that it’s the best in the world. For most though, the improved camera will probably be the greatest new feature in the 5s.
  • M7 coprocessor. Perhaps the most surprising new feature of the 5s is its new processor dedicated to measuring motion, taking that function away from the device’s main processor. In theory, this should allow location-based and fitness apps to track physical activity and movements more efficiently and reducing power consumption. It should also allow for more intelligent detection of speed and types of movement. We will be investigating this to enhance CoPilot’s walking and cycling modes.

5s verdict? Just like with previous iPhone ‘S’ models, the 5s takes the iPhone 5 and improves it, but only in an incremental way. That said, it should be enough to win-over those who want the latest and greatest iPhone. Will it tempt those looking for cutting-edge mobile technology and innovative new features away from Samsung’s Galaxy range? Doubtful, but it should enable Apple to bridge the gap until the (hopefully larger-screened) iPhone 6 arrives this time next year.

iPhone 5c

Many Apple fans and analysts had expected a cheaper iPhone to help address developing markets and to take-on iPhone-5c-CoPilot-USinexpensive Android and Windows Phone devices. The accepted perception was that the iPhone 5c would be aggressively priced, but have a plastic case and lower specs than the iPhone 5 to avoid competition with the 5s. But we see now that the 5c packs virtually the same specs as the iPhone 5, and is priced only a little lower than the 5s. Perhaps the best way to describe it is the ‘slightly less expensive’ iPhone. The case is plastic, but maintains a quality feel. What is most notable about the 5c is the different colors that users can choose from. The monochrome iPhone era of black and white is finally over and the colors extend beyond the case, with matching themes in iOS 7.

5c verdict? It seems that many observers were disappointed about the 5c because of it’s relatively high price. It is thought that this will prevent Apple from achieving a substantial jump in market share. However the 5c does offer a colorful and discounted version of what was the flagship iPhone. It can also be assumed that in a year the 5c will drop in price to the level of the now entry-level iPhone 4S.

For us, the new iPhones are great platforms for CoPilot. We hope they are successful, and we’ll certainly be working hard to ensure that CoPilot is optimized for them.

 

CoPilot App Updates come to iOS, requires iOS 6

Our latest update, v 9.4.0.276, is available now for iOS users! Here’s what you get with our  free update:copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode and other fixes

Following their exciting WWDC conference, Apple has made some changes to the requirements for detecting devices. Our CoPilot team has adjusted our process accordingly which means that all future app updates will work with devices equipped with iOS 6.0 or greater.copilot-data-settings-iphone4_US

Most of our users will be unaffected because every iPhone is that CoPilot runs on has iOS 6. If you have iOS 5, we strongly recommend updating to iOS 6 to continue using CoPilot and receiving all of our future updates.

For iPad (1st Generation) customers who are unable to update to a newer OS version: you can of course continue to use your CoPilot app exactly as before, but will be unable to update to a newer version of CoPilot on that device. You may wish to download the current app from the App Store to iTunes on your computer as a backup should you need it, as you may be unable to download and install it from the App Store to your device.

If you get a new iPad in the future, you’ll be able to simply re-download from the App Store and login to continue using it – and get future app updates.

CoPilot Live at MacWorld-iWorld 2013

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We are happy to be back at the Macworld -iWorld 2013 Event, showcasing CoPilot Live to the eager assembly of iFans. Stop by Booth 718 in the Mobile Apps Showcase (in The Moscone Center’s West Hall) to see our GPS navigation solution demoed on the iPhone 5, iPad mini and the other latest Apple products. While you’re with us, don’t forget to scan your badge for a chance to win a free CoPilot Live App.

For those of you that can’t make the trek to San Fransisco, you can still see CoPilot Live in action for a price way cheaper than a plane ticket. Our MacWorld Sale starts Wednesday , Jan 30th  with up to 33% off our CoPilot Live Premium USA and CoPilot Live Premium USA HD apps for iOS devices. Continue reading