After years of skins, themes and tweaks, Facebook brought some uniformity to Android last week with its Home interface. It may have been launched alongside a companion handset, but it doesn't really matter if it's running on an HTC First, Samsung Galaxy or — shudder — an iPhone; Facebook Home is selling one of the most important things in the mobile industry: a complete experience.
Apple understands this better than any other smartphone vendor (though Google has definitely got the message). Since the early days of iPhone, the experience has less to do with a gorgeous piece of hardware and more to do with the speed and simplicity of iOS. And that starts with the lock screen.
Apple may sell wonderful products, but they're not entirely infallible -- with the right combination of button presses on an iPhone lock screen, anyone can access the device, as long as it's running iOS 6.1.
You won’t find a ton of new features waiting for you, but iOS devices have a new software update waiting for them on this sleepy mid-Monday that brings the version number up to 5.1.1 and squashes a few minor bugs.
Now that Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference has been announced and the tickets have sold out, it’s time to kick back and prognosticate on what the company will be presenting to developers -- specifically, the next version of iOS.