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iOS 8.0.2 Released, iOS 7 No Longer Available

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After their overlooked mistake of iOS 8.0.1, Apple quickly recalled it and released a less buggy version called “iOS 8.0.2”.  This update fixed the bugs that came with iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.1.  In addition, Apple is no longer signing iOS 7 so users who have updated will not be allowed to switch back. If your device is running iOS 7 still, think twice before updating.

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iOS 8.0.2 provides the following bug fixes and improvements, including:

  • fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • fixes a buy that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

So in short, iOS 8.0.2 fixes a few bugs, the problems that iOS 8.0.1 brought and allows apps to communicate with Health.

In addition to this update to iOS 8, Apple has also stopped signing all previous versions of iOS 7.  Users who have updated their devices to iOS 8 will no longer be allowed to downgrade. Developers (and non-developers) running beta software of iOS 8 will soon be no longer able to access their device since the software expires.  If your device is running iOS 7 and is capable of upgrading, you’ll just see a notification in Settings app, but your phone will still work fine.

'Album of the Day' Will Save You Some Cash [App Review]

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AlbumOfTheDayIconIf you’re like me, you enjoy looking for a lot of cool stuff to fill up your iOS device. Whether it’s amazing apps, music, or photos, you simply enjoy engaging with your iOS devices. There’s a great new app available in the App Store that allows you to capitalize on great deals on music. If you follow iOS Etc on Facebook or Twitter, you know we report about apps that are being offered for free or on sale for a very limited time. Well, now you can use Album of the day to receive notifications on some great music from Sony Entertainment that’s being offered for a discounted price.

Album of the day is amazingly simple to use. Simply open the app and the most current album on sale is displayed with a current count down showing when the deal expires. In addition to this, you’re able to find out more information about the artist and the album on sale. For example, one of the albums recently on sale was Billy Joel: The Hits. For those requiring information the artist and the album were able to read, “‘The Hits’ is the place to start: a definitive collection on an iconic pop-rock songwriter.” Furthermore, the description provided in Album of the day illustrates Mr. Joel’s songwriting styles and the overall style of music he provides listeners. The information area is a great place to gather some details about the artist and the album before navigating over to iTunes to purchase.


Dominate the World with QuizUp [App Review]

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QuizUpIconTwo things always bring people to the table, food and table games. Since your iOS devices cannot put actual food on the table, it can bring you to a virtual table where others are playing a trivia game worldwide called QuizUp. This game is available for free in the iOS App Store and will gives you access to a ton of trivia questions whenever and wherever you want. QuizUp will match you up against complete strangers or your friends to compete against. There are so many great things about this free game available for all your iOS devices, so let’s get started.

One thing is for sure, there isn’t a shortage of topics in QuizUp. Currently there are over 400 topics to choose from and QuizUp wants to expand, especially if you can’t find a favorite. If this happens, submit a topic to them here. Within minutes I was able to find my favorite topic, 30 Rock. Did I throw a curveball at you on that one? You thought it was going to be about Apple or iOS didn’t you? Strangely enough, “the Critic” has other amazing interests outside of anything Apple. Seriously though, I was very impressed with how many topics QuizUp had to choose from. It was hard sometimes to finally stop and pick one since your pride is on the line against your friends and complete strangers. That’s another great, or possibly embarrassing, thing about QuizUp, you can challenge your friends to a match.


Rumor/News Round-Up: Microsoft Office, iPhone 6 Leaked, WWDC 14

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Here are this past week’s top news and rumors:

Microsoft Office Available on iPad

This week, Microsoft has brought many of their products: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPad.  Although each of these apps are free to download on the App Store, you must have an Office 365 Subscription for full functionality.  The subscription costs $99/year or $9.99/month depending upon your needs (click here for a free trial offer).  If you don’t have an subscription, you can still view, share and present documents.  The table below details what the paid subscription will give you access to.  Please note, the apps for the iPad are meant to be used in conjunction with a computer.  There are many features available on the computer that are not available on the iPad.

Links: Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad, Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad and Office Mobile for iPhone

Credit: OSX Daily

Credit: OSX Daily

iPhone 6 Plans Leaked

Nowhereelse.fr has found a leaked document from a Chinese website that shows design plans for the next-generation iPhone.  Although these may actually be plans for a prototype (or they could be fake), it is getting us one step closer to the iPhone 6.  The document shows the iPhone will be 85mm wide by 150mm long (calculated by Nowhereelse.fr to have a 5-inch display).

Credit: Nowhereelse.fr

Credit: Nowhereelse.fr


Hide Unused Apps (No Jailbreak Required)

There was a bug found in iOS 7 that allowed users to nest folders within another folder.  With the release of iOS 7.1, this feature was thought to have been fixed, but it actually now allows users to hide apps in addition to nesting folders.  To hide unused apps, like Weather or Compass, follow the steps in the video below.  Note: you must use a Home Screen that is full of apps (both in the top part and the fixed bottom row), when you reset your device the apps will reappear and you can still access hidden apps in the Search bar.


WWDC 2014 to be Announced on April 23

The Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple’s annual Summer event, is expected to be announced on April 23.  The event is typically announced on the fourth Wednesday in April.  Tickets are $1,599 per person and last year the tickets were sold out within 2 minutes.  This conference is rumored to reveal iOS 8, the next operating system for the Mac, new MacBooks and a new iTunes Radio subscription service.

Credit: Slashgear.com

Credit: Slashgear.com


 Finally, unfortunately there was no Kickstarter Project of the Week because I was busy moving into my new apartment.  Check out the last few weeks’ projects of the week: MagBak (17 days remaining) and COBURN Jr. (9 days remaining).

iOS 7 on an iPhone 5c
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Recently a SSL/TSL security flaw was uncovered in iOS 7 and OSX Mavericks that makes every iDevice and any Mac on Lion or later vulnerable for an attack by a hacker.  Here is what could happen if you don’t update your devices: the attacker could intercept data, like email, banking information, passwords, communications, pretty much anything if they are on the same network as you or are able to create an interception between you and the remote server (OSX Daily). iOS 7.0.6 and OSX 10.9.2 fix this security flaw, so please update to protect your information.

Select 'Install Now' to update to iOS 7.0.6.

Select ‘Install Now’ to update to iOS 7.0.6.


On your iDevice: Settings –> General –> Software Update –> Download & Install (or Install Now if already downloaded).

If your device is jailbroken, 7.0.6 is jailbroken already so you can update too.  Here’s how.

On your Mac: OSX Daily provides more information

iPhone 6 Rumors

This design is beautiful and I think the iPhone 6 will look just like this.
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Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year.  The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected.  There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass).  This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.

The iPhone 6




Two models will be available: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Tech Specs


Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:

iPhone 6 - LEAK

Credit: MacRumors

This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.

Credit: MacRumors

Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack.  Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration
  • Healthbook (new app made by Apple)
  • integration with iWatch
Credit: MacRumors

Credit: MacRumors

Release Date


Credit: MacRumors

Other Rumors

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out our iPhone 6 Rumors page and see Rumors for everything else.

iOS 8: Latest Rumors

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Rumors for the next generation operating system has been increasingly recently.  Likely called iOS 8, based on Apple’s history, it will have a health and fitness focus.  Here is a quick sum up of the rumors (and expectations) of this OS.


photo credits: 9to5Mac

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration (9to5Mac)
  • “Healthbook” (a new app, like Passbook, from Apple that can monitor and store steps taken, calories burned, miles walked and other fitness statistics in addition to monitor a person’s blood-related data points like glucose levels and heart rate)
  • integration with iWatch
  • new features for Siri, including voices (Macworld UK)
  • no major interface or graphics changes (unlike iOS 7)
  • minor enhancements and bug fixes, like battery bugs
  • will be announced at WWDC in June and then in the Fall with the new iPhones
  • release date (ibtimes): September 17

2013: Year in Review

October 22 Event
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2013 has been an excellent year for iDevices.  We started out the year with the newly released iPad with Retina (iPad 4) and iPad mini, iPhone 5, redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano, iOS 6 and more.  This year, Apple, planned to show they are still innovating by releasing improved products and a new one too.  Here is the summary of what Apple has released for iDevices over this past year.

May, June:
Until Autumn, Apple had a small presence in iDevices over the year.  In May, they released the fifth generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage.  This iPod is a less expensive version of the colorful iPod touch that lacks the back iSight camera, iPod touch loop and back flash.  It would only be available in silver, but has the same size screen as the larger storage iPods (32GB and 64GB models).  At WWDC, Apple introduced the new operating system for iDevices.  The redesigned OS came straight from the mind of Jonathan Ive, SVP of Design.  iOS 7 eliminated the felt and leather we were used to since the start of iPhone.  It added new colors, redesigned apps, many features, more multitouch/gesture control and increased accessibility to allow more people to use it.

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7


In September, Apple announced the iPhones.  The iPhone 4S was still a major competitor for $0 with a new two-year contract and 8GB of storage.  The iPhone 5 was being replaced by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.  This iPhone 5s was expected to be announced this year.  It came with a fingerprint scanner, 64-bit A7 processor, motion-tracking M7 co-processor, dual-LED flash and a slow-motion HD camera.  The iPhone 5s is available in space gray/black, silver/white and gold/white, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and starting at $199 with a new two-year contract.  The iPhone 5c, a mid-range less expensive iPhone, comes in multiple colors with similar specifications to the iPhone 5s. In addition, iOS 7 was released.  We also saw a new case for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

iPhone line-up at Apple's September Media Event

iPhone line-up at Apple’s September Media Event

Apple announced the next generation to the iPad line-up.  The fifth generation iPad, as expected, was announced, but it came as “iPad Air” instead of “iPad 5” or the “new iPad”.  This iPad came with a redesigned form factor, with less weight and similar bezels to the iPad mini, new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 co-processor, advanced wireless and dual microphones.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and replaced the iPad 3/4 with the new iPad air.  The iPad mini was debated all year to either include a Retina display or to not include one.  In the end, Apple went with the Retina display at 326ppi, 64-bit A7 chip and advanced wireless.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and iPad mini (1st generation) to sell alongside the iPad air and iPad mini with Retina.  We also saw new smart covers and smart cases. 

iPad line-up at Apple's October event

iPad line-up at Apple’s October event


12 Days of Gifts

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Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the smells, the sights, people coming together, being able to spend time with family and friends and receiving gifts.  I love spending the entire month deciding which gifts to get each of my loved ones in order to have a great Christmas (and they do the same so I have a great Christmas too.)  However, as soon as Christmas comes, the season ends and everything goes back to the way it was.  To keep the Christmas ball rolling, Apple has created an app called 12 Days of Gifts.  This app has been around for many years in other parts of the world, like the UK and Japan, but this is the first year it is available in the United States.

12 Days of Gifts, created by Apple, gives you a new gift (free song, movie, app, book and more) each day from December 26 to January 6.  The gifts are only available for 24 hours and they are not available in all countries.  Apple gives you Lorde’s new single to get you started once you download the app.

12 Days of Gifts app

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple