Apps To Improve Headphone Audio

I am a confessed Beyer Dynamics DT 770 Pro fanboy and have converted many a listener… in the world of high end headphones, those are my personal favorites. There are more expensive audiophile headphones for sure but for the sound quality my ears long for, these have it in spades!

Super comfortable, great noise isolation, awesome low end response -too much for some though. I also have the FOH model which adds another 10db isolation but the 770s are my fav.

Anyway, if you have some 770s or other supported headphones you may benefit from these apps with adjusted hardware equalization for improved sound.

[the app] which plays music stored on your iOS device, only works with specific headphoness, including automatic settings that “balance” those headphones, making them sound neutral — just like the mixing and mastering engineers wanted it to. 

I’m not sure I’d say “just like the mixing and mastering engineers wanted it to”, but definitely worth playing with.

Via evolver.fm

iOS App Performance Tips

Great post via raywenderlich.com !

When developing an iOS app, it’s critical that your app has good performance. Your users expect it, and it will hurt your reviews if your app appears unresponsive or slow.

However, due to the limitations of iOS devices this can sometimes be quite hard to get working quite right. There’s a lot to keep in mind during development, and it’s easy to forget the performance impact of your decisions.

That is exactly why I wrote this article! This article gathers together 25 tips and tricks that you can use to improve the performance of your apps, in the form of a handy checklist.

iOS 6.1.2 Exchange Bug Fix

Finally! This is great news if you work in or support an Exchange system like myself…

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1639

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/19/apple-releases-ios-612-to-fix-exchange-calendar-bug-that-could-drain-battery

iOS 6.1 Exchange bug workarounds

And of course, Exchange is UNT’s messaging backend…

When a user syncs a mailbox by using an iOS 6.1 or 6.1.1-based device, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Client Access server (CAS) and Mailbox (MBX) server resources are consumed, log growth becomes excessive, excessive growth in Recoverable Items may occur, and memory and CPU use may increase significantly.  Server performance is affected. 

Microsoft’s support page

iOS 6 Maps: It’s no Google Maps

I know departing from Google Maps in iOS was an obvious must for Apple to continue to roll their own… but I think they have a ways to go before it’s as polished as Google’s. I’m playing around a lot with it but still defer to Google Maps for any location/directions needs. As awesome as Apple is with user interfaces across all their products, it will be interesting to see how they handle the app shortcomings and compete with the mapping beast that is Google. Google sometimes seems intentionally bad with UI in comparison to how well they do other things.

What’s Wrong With Apple’s New Maps?

iOS 6 Benchmarks

Here is an interesting set of tests for how iOS 6 stacks up across devices and versions via Macworld

I’m using an iPhone 4 (not S) and iOS 6 definitely feels more responsive than 5 as far as snappy app launching/switching…

 

iOS Safari Web Inspector

iOS 6 now has the web inspector for Safari which is a much needed tool for anyone wanting to fine tune their website (or UIWebviews for that matter) for iOS. It’s a new option in the Settings > Safari view as shown below…

Scroll to bottom of Settings > Safari and choose Advanced:

ios safari settings panel

Then toggle the Web Inspector ON:

ios safari advanced settings panel

From there all you do (as it says on the same pane) is open Safari on your Mac, click Develop from the menu and choose iPhone (if you don’t have that menu option in Safari, go to Safari System Preferences > Advanced, then select the “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” checkbox).