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Apple on Wednesday released the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 with a clear focus on improving its much-criticized Maps application, specifically in regards to turn-by-turn navigation in Japan.

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In a note to developers accommodating the release, Apple said iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:
  • Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation

  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation

  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections

  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights

  • Updated freeway color to green

  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

The move comes as Apple is looking to strengthen its presence in Asia, where revenue has been on the double digit rise, particularly in China and Japan, which were up 67% and 25% year-over-year, respectively, during the company's most recent December quarter.

Wednesday beta of iOS 6.1.1 carries build number 10B311 and is available for the iPad 2 and greater, iPhone 3S and greater, iPod touch 4th-gen and greater, and the iPad mini.
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Ahh, the "Jailbreak Fix" update
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I might have to revise my previous statement about Apple Maps being the best app and that the server-side data is where it's lacking as I'd have thought many of those items could have been updated on the server at any time.

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Ahh, the "Jailbreak Fix" update

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.

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All data are pulled from Apple's CDN. It's extraordinarily more efficient to have static assets stored on iPhone. A handful of client releases are necessary to update hooks and things like directions, which are generated by Maps on the client-side.

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Does Apple usually release betas for iOS _._.x updates? I thought they generally drop without much notice?
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I don't think they patched the exploit since it is a rather quick turnaround.  However evasi0n doesn't work as it says it's an unsupported version.

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Does Apple usually release betas for iOS _._.x updates? I thought they generally drop without much notice?

Yes. However tertiary updates tend to be simpler and often addressing some bug that is affecting users so the number of betas tends to be less.

edit: You said 'usually' and not 'sometimes' and since I can't recall what percentage of these point updates had betas I have to withdraw my 'yes' statement.

edit2: I have search high and low and couldn't find any articles on a developer beta of a n.n.x version. I feel like there has been but if I can't find any proof on the internet I must concede and say that it's likely my original comment is incorrect.
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Ahh, the "Jailbreak Fix" update

 

Yep.

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Ok Japanese maps, the next update
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Yes. However tertiary updates tend to be simpler and often addressing some bug that is affecting users so the number of betas tends to be less.

edit: You said 'usually' and not 'sometimes' and since I can't recall what percentage of these point updates had betas I have to withdraw my 'yes' statement.

edit2: I have search high and low and couldn't find any articles on a developer beta of a n.n.x version. I feel like there has been but if I can't find any proof on the internet I must concede and say that it's likely my original comment is incorrect.

The only one I can think of off the top of my head was for iOS 4.2.1 to directly replace iOS 4.2 in beta which was never released to the public.

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edit2: I have search high and low and couldn't find any articles on a developer beta of a n.n.x version.

This looks like a thorough article, albeit without any developer beta version history:
http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/13/2612736/ios-history-iphone-ipad
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I might have to revise my previous statement about Apple Maps being the best app and that the server-side data is where it's lacking as I'd have thought many of those items could have been updated on the server at any time.

It sounds like a combination of things. I think you're right that the better data could have been fixed from the server side. OTOH, one of the things they mention is better pronunciation - which would probably require an iOS update.
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Ahh, the "Jailbreak Fix" update

 

 

Exactly. I need to jailbreak soon. 

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It sounds like a combination of things. I think you're right that the better data could have been fixed from the server side. OTOH, one of the things they mention is better pronunciation - which would probably require an iOS update.

That's one I don't get either. I thought the names and the data that says how the name will be pronounced by the local device all came from the server. I'd think it would make more sense to have the server send the data that contains the digital phonetic print for a word's pronunciation than to store all of these on the device locally.

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post #15 of 29
Interesting--there is no such thing as a "freeway" in Japan--all high-speed auto-only roads charge tolls. Perhaps they meant highways....
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I think there's a long standing security bug in iOS and Twitter. Even after resetting your password on Twitter, on iOS apps still let you access your twitter account with the old login information and old password from the Settings app.

Try this:
Change/reset password for Twitter on any browser.
Then get your iPhone or iPad.
Do Not change Twitter login information on the Settings app.
Launch Twitter app or Tapbot app or any other app like it.
I can still view, edit, post tweets on the Twitter app.
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Back up shsh ASAP
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Storing as much as possible locally is what helps Maps be so responsive, especially in a fast moving vehicle where you don't have as much time to wait on slow or distant cell towers. That said, Apple is technically delivering these changes from the server... the one that installs iOS 6.1.1.

 

 

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In a note to developers accommodating the release...

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That's one I don't get either. I thought the names and the data that says how the name will be pronounced by the local device all came from the server. I'd think it would make more sense to have the server send the data that contains the digital phonetic print for a word's pronunciation than to store all of these on the device locally.

I don't think so. Phonemes can be stored locally and save tranmission time.
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I don't think so. Phonemes can be stored locally and save tranmission time.

Is that how speech works on a computer? I have never heard of each phoneme being stored and then selected and queued up as needed. I assumed it was the word being represented as phonetic digital print and the the sound being generated on the device, not calling a individual sounds like playing a bunch of very short audio files.

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Either way, it's being synthesized from instructions on the device, not over the network. High quality voices in OS X are around 1GB each.

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Either way, it's being synthesized from instructions on the device, not over the network. High quality voices in OS X are around 1GB each.

Not on my OSX:
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I might have to revise my previous statement about Apple Maps being the best app and that the server-side data is where it's lacking as I'd have thought many of those items could have been updated on the server at any time.

It sounds like a combination of things. I think you're right that the better data could have been fixed from the server side. OTOH, one of the things they mention is better pronunciation - which would probably require an iOS update.

 

I just started playing with the new (beta) Maps release on my iPad 3 -- my iPad 4 has the (current) released version.  It is odd that there are other places with better maps, including flyovers) than just Tokyo.

 

AFAIK, there is no compelling reason that the current maps could not use the same data as the beta maps.  In fact, it would appear that Apple is maintaining at least 2 sets of [some] data and returning whichever matches the iOS release.

 

This is kind of surprising -- there is 3D flyover for a town with a population of 45,882 (2011).

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I've just read an entire semester's worth of computational linguistics yet still I can't figure out exactly which speech synthesis type is used in the iPhone.

Here are some good jumping off points for those interested:



One interesting note for those that have seen me request that Siri establish how each user says a phoneme for various parts of speech by having the user read a carefully crated paragraph into the mic I found this site. Of the ≈42 phonemes in the English language the writer states he says 28 of them in about 3 seconds with this sentence, "He stuck in his thumb, and pulled out a plum."

Now Siri's job would be more difficult because it's more than just getting you to record each phoneme but recording various differences in how we say difference words. One obvious example would be how Americans and the British say the letter 'Z'. Siri needs to know what you mean by what you say. As expected American English Siri will print out "Zed 10" when I say |zɛd| but when I switch Siri to British English it will print out "Z 10".

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I've just read an entire semester's worth of computational linguistics yet still I can't figure out exactly which speech synthesis type is used in the iPhone.

Here are some good jumping off points for those interested:



One interesting note for those that have seen me request that Siri establish how each user says a phoneme for various parts of speech by having the user read a carefully crated paragraph into the mic I found this site. Of the ≈42 phonemes in the English language the writer states he says 28 of them in about 3 seconds with this sentence, "He stuck in his thumb, and pulled out a plum."

Now Siri's job would be more difficult because it's more than just getting you to record each phoneme but recording various differences in how we say difference words. One obvious example would be how Americans and the British say the letter 'Z'. Siri needs to know what you mean by what you say. As expected American English Siri will print out "Zed 10" when I say |zɛd| but when I switch Siri to British English it will print out "Z 10".

 

 

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One obvious example would be how Americans and the British say the letter 'Z'
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Either way, it's being synthesized from instructions on the device, not over the network. High quality voices in OS X are around 1GB each.
Not on my OSX

Those are stock voices. Alex is larger since IIRC it was new for OS X 10.5. But there have been higher quality voices released since.

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Those are stock voices. Alex is larger since IIRC it was new for OS X 10.5. But there have been higher quality voices released since.

Wow. I could drink a Case of Korsakov and won't remain on my feet; totally forgot about that, while only 6 months old news. Thanks for replying, thanks for the link.
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It doesn't look like this was part of the most recent update. Can anyone confirm one way or another?
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