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October 22 Event: The Full Breakdown

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Here is the full breakdown of all the new products that Apple announced at 10am PT today.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with tips, news and rumors for next year’s Apple devices.  We should see a large iPhone 6, full-sized Apple TV and iPads with Touch ID.

Apple covered a lot of new products today.  Click below to see them all!

Apple covered a lot of new products today. Click below to see them all!

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Features of iOS 7

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My post about the Top Features of iOS 7 has been very popular and it seems like there is no place on the Internet that actually lists all the features of iOS 7.  There are some books on the iBookstore where you can learn about some secret features.  Here is my free list of 100 features of iOS 7.  Enjoy!

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iPad 5 Rumors, Release Date

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Last month, Apple introduced us to two brand new iPhones.  The first was the iPhone 5s, the predecessor to the iPhone 5, and the second was the iPhone 5c, which is a more colorful iPhone with similar specs to the iPhone 5.  The iPhone 5S also came with some cool new features, such as Touch ID, 64-bit chip, two processors and an improved camera.

Apple is expected to release two new iPads this month: the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2.  Rumor has it that the iPad 5 will be smaller, lighter, more efficient on battery power and may also have some cool new features, such as Touch ID and an improved camera.  The picture below and a bunch more pictures of the iPad 5 come from Sonny Dickson.

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Tech Specs

  • processor: A7 or A7X processor (the A7 is current the power behind the iPhone 5S)
  • redesigned form factor: 15% thinner and 25% lighter, thickness of 7.2 to 8.0mm, thinner side bezels, chamfered edges and curves, 9.7″ screen (no change here)
  • sound: dual speakers with dual volume buttons (as compared to the current volume rocker on the iPads)
  • camera: improved 8MP camera with similar features found in the iPhone 5s
  • colors: Space Gray/Black, Silver/White
  • prices and storage: $499 (16GB, WiFi only), $629 (16GB, Cellular), $599 (32GB, WiFi only), $729 (32GB, Cellular), $699 (64GB, WiFi only), $829 (64GB, Cellular), $799 (128GB WiFi only), $929, (128GB, Cellular).

Release Date

Last year, Apple held their iPad event on October 23.  If Apple’s history tells us anything about their future (which it usually does), this year’s event will be sometime between mid October to early November.  I am betting on something closer to October 15.

 

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iPhone 5c Commercials

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iPhone 5c

The new iPhones have been out for nearly a week now.  The iPhone 5s comes with Touch ID (a fingerprint scanner), two processors (A7 and M7) and more.  The iPhone 5c comes out in multiple colors, as expected, with a cheaper price and internal components that are similar to the iPhone 5.  Apple has created three new commercials (below) showing the iPhone 5c, one features an extended cut of one of the commercials.  I added more videos that Apple has on their YouTube page showing the iPhone 5c.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n9zRi7JGKw

 

 

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iOS 7 Top Features and iOS 8 Wish List

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iOS 7 is Apple’s new operating system.  It brings a brand new user interface that is simpler and more layered, the felt and the linen have been taken out to dry  for the last time and we now have new additions, such as Control Center, male Siri, new ringtones/text tones, AirDrop, iTunes Radio and much more.  It has been out since September and here are the top features every iOS 7 user should know and my wish list for iOS 8 (coming Fall 2014).

iOS 7 Top Features Every User Should Know

Slide to Unlock

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On the Lock screen, you can now Slide to Unlock anywhere on the screen.  You just have to slide your finger from the left of the screen to the right side of the screen.  The Camera icon is in the bottom left corner of the screen and you must slide the icon up to unlock the Camera. To open the Notification center, slide down from anywhere along the Status Bar (where the time and battery icon are located).  To open Command Center, slide up from the bottom (opposite of Notification center).  If you don’t like having these capabilities (with the Notification and Command center in the Lock screen, you can disable them in Settings).

Text Message Time Stamp

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To see your text message time stamps, slide any chat bubble from the right to the left.  This works in many messaging apps as well (e.g. Facebook Messenger).  This will reveal the time stamps as long as you hold your finger on the screen.  For a more permanent copy of the time stamps or to win an argument, while holding the your finger on the screen with the time stamps shown, take a screenshot (lock button + home button).

Search iPhone

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The iPhone search (known as the Spotlight Search) is now found on any Home screen by sliding your finger in the middle of the screen to the bottom.  In the search bar, you can find apps, contacts, music, calendars and more.  You can also search the web or Wikipedia.  To save battery power, adjust your settings so your search results only contain contacts, apps or music.  The battery is drained more quickly when the iPhone has to search through your phone to find “Roar”.  It will display any contact information, songs, apps, notes, calendars, etc. that contain the word “roar”.  Plus you’ll have to dig through the results to find the song.

Siri Voice Gender

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Change Siri’s gender in the Settings app.  Tap General, Siri, Voice Gender and switch to the gender of your choice.  You can also turn off Siri, change the language, enable Raise to Speak and identify your information so Siri can be more personal.

Add I/O to On/Off Buttons

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The On/Off switches by default are white when they are turned off (such as Airplane Mode) and green when they are turned on.  If this is confusing or you prefer something better, you can turn on I/O in the Accessibility Settings.  Tap General, Accessibility, On/Off Labels and switch to On.  The colors of the switches won’t change, but “I” will be displayed when the switch is on and “O” when the switch is turned off.

Swipe to Go Back in Safari 

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Swipe to Go Back

In Safari in order to go back or forward through websites, you can tap the arrows at the bottom.  Or you can slide your finger quickly across the webpage.  Sliding from left to right will bring you to your most recent webpage prior to this one (just like the back button) or sliding from right to left will bring you forward to another webpage (unless the current page is the farthest you have gone).

iTunes Radio

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The featured stations and my stations. The featured stations change every week or so.

Just quick note, iTunes Match subscribers ($25/year) do not have to listen to ads.  Okay, so iTunes Radio is Apple’s Pandora.  It is built right into the Music app (very convenient).  You can listen to Featured Stations, such as iTunes Top 100, Pure Pop, Guest DJ: Katy Perry, etc. or set your own stations, such as Dance Hits Radio, Ke$ha Radio, etc.  While listening to a song, you can also tell iTunes to play more like this song, never play this song again, add to your iTunes wishlist or in the top right side of the screen, you can purchase the song.  Tapping the i button at the top center will open a menu where you can also purchase the song, creation a new station from the artist or song, tune the station to play more hits, variety or discovery (new) songs, allow explicit tracks or share the station to your friends.

 

Hide All Notifications in the Lock Screen

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My lock screen is now clear, my notification center is not.

When you’re lock screen is cluttered with notifications, it is easy to unlock the phone to make the notifications disappear.  However this could be time consuming, especially if you have a passcode.  To hide all notifications on the lock screen, pull down the Notification Center and wait a second for the notifications to transfer to it.  Lock the phone or swipe up to reveal a clean lock screen.

Update Facebook or Twitter

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iOS 7 updated the Notification Center to be better at providing notifications, but took away the ability to quickly update your Facebook status or tweet on Twitter.  To update your status (without going into the app), tell Siri “Update my Facebook status” or “Tweet…”.  Siri will open a box to allow you to speak what you want to say.  You can either tell her or tap in the box to type it in yourself.

iOS 8 Wish List

  • At the bottom of the Command Center, I would love to be able to put my top four most used apps (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and swap out for the clock and camera.
  • The Notification Center is still missing the Clear All Notifications button.  It is hard work tapping the X and Clear every time I want to clear out all my notifications.
  • Still hoping for a way to hide unused Apple apps (like Stocks, Compass, etc.) For now, they are all in a Folder titled “Utilities”
  • The ability to make group FaceTime calls
  • iOS notifications that allow you to interact with it without leaving the app you’re in.  Say you’re playing Candy Crush and someone texts you, it would be great to write a quick replay in the Notification Center without leaving the app.
  • Multitask with two different apps at the same time on the iPad.  I would love to be able to use Skype while Googling something, or while Siri is using Bing.

iOS 7 Is Now Available

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Apple has officially released the software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod.  This update is available in the Settings app or on iTunes 11.1.  This update brings a new simpler design, control center, multitasking improvements, camera improvements, airdrop, iTunes radio, Siri improvements and much, much more.

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To download, visit the Settings app. Tap General, Software Update and Download and Install under iOS 7.0.  I had a few errors when I initially tried installing it saying “Software Update Failed” and “An error occurred downloading iOS 7.0.”  After searching the web for an answer to my problem, I wasn’t able to find one. So if this is happening to you, keep trying to download again.  Remember, millions of iDevice owners are currently trying to download the same update, so it will take some time.  Be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

The following iDevices can update to iOS 7:

  • iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S
  • iPad 2, 3 and 4
  • iPad mini
  • The 5th generation iPod touch

The iPhone 3GS and 4th generation iPod touch are not able to update to iOS 7.

Check out ArsTechnica for the full iOS 7 review and the features that are not available on every iDevice.

Good luck and enjoy iOS 7.

 

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September 10th Event: One Week Later

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It has officially been a week since Apple has revealed their new iPhones.  We saw the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C be announced, but some other products came out too, but were left unannounced.  Here’s the recap:

iPhone 5C: the mid-tier iPhone 5 in multiple colors

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Apple usually decreases the price of the previous generation iPhone when they release a new one.  In theory, Apple should have brought the iPhone 5 to $99, the iPhone 4S to $0 and the new iPhone 5S was starting at $199.  However, they switched things up and discontinued the iPhone 5 in favor of the updated iPhone 5C, which is available in multiple colors.  It has similar specifications to the iPhone 5, like camera (back: 8MP, front: 1.2MP), A6 processor, LED flash, panorama, etc., but it is also a little heavier (lighter than the iPhone 4S), has a polycarbonate (plastic) back, slightly larger and bulkier and a battery battery.  This iPhone starts at $99 for the 16GB model on contract.

 

iPhone 5S: the best iPhone 5 ever

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This iPhone was highly expected because Apple always announces a new numbered iPhone (ex: iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and a year later, they announce an updated model with the “S” attached (ex: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S).  This model has improved specifications and always includes some extraordinary, like the iPhone 3GS had a video camera, iPhone 4S had Siri and now the iPhone 5S has TouchID (fingerprint scanner).  This iPhone is the same size and weight or the iPhone 5, it has an improved battery, a new A7 processor with a separate M7 motion tracking processor, the ability to take slow motion videos, a dual LED flash and TouchID.  This iPhone starts at $199 and comes in Black/Space Gray, White/Gold and White/Silver.

 

iPods: the silent color update

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The iPods were silently updated to include Apple’s new Space Gray color.  The specifications remain the same, but this new color is now available.  Since Apple decided to quietly update the old models with Space Gray, this suggests they will not be updating the iPods anytime soon.  Although the iPod Classic has not been updated since 2009, it is still available in two colors.

 

If you noticed any other updates to iDevices, leave a comment below.

Finally, don’t forget iOS 7 is coming out tomorrow.  Based on Apple’s history, they usually release the new operating system sometime between 9:30am and 10:30am PST or 1:30pm and 2:30pm EST.  Make sure you back up your iDevice before you update.

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EverDock: The Dock For Every Smartphone

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Are you looking for a new dock for your smartphone? Well then look no further.  There is a beautiful smartphone/tablet dock from FUZ Designs.  This dock works with virtually all smartphones: iPhones, Galaxy S3/S4, iPads, HTC, Blackberry the possibilities are endless.  The dock was featured on Kickstarter and received over 100% of funds.  Look below to find where to purchase it.

The EverDock, photo credits: FUZ Designs

The EverDock, photo credits: FUZ Designs

The EverDock

The EverDock is an aluminum dock created to hold your smartphone/tablet and charge it at the same time.  It works with any smartphone/tablet that uses: lightning, micro-USB or 30-pin.  The dock comes with a customized micro-USB cable for Android and non-Apple devices.  The bottom of the dock features micro-suction (a cutting-edge technology) that will allow the dock to stick to any surface and for effortless two-finger removal of the smartphone.  There are no screws to unscrew or parts to unassemble.  Just attach your charger and plug in your phone.

The EverDock is available in four colors: silver, black, space gray and gold.

Where to Purchase

The EverDock received more than enough funding on KickStarter and became a physical product.  The single dock is $50, the double dock is $70 and the combo pack is $110.  To purchase, order on the FUZ Designs website.

WSJ Confirms Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S

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It is the morning of Apple’s second media event of the year (the first was WWDC back in June) and leaks are still coming out. Over the course of last night, the fingerprint scanner was confirmed to be true by two sources. First, the Wall Street Journal confirmed with people familiar with Apple’s plans that a fingerprint scanner would be on the iPhone 5S, but not the iPhone 5C.

Danny Yadron, the journalist, wrote this;
“Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.”

The other source claiming the fingerprint scanner is real is an alleged user guide (finally in English) for the iPhone 5S. It shows the iPhone 5S running iOS 7 with a ring around the Home button and a blurb indicating that it is the Home button/Touch ID. Apple is expected, based primarily on this, to call the new fingerprint sensor the “Touch ID”.

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Apple is expected to reveal two new iPhones (the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C), a software update for the Apple TV and the release date for iOS 7. Based on the blackout vacation days at Apple and AT&T, Apple is expected to release the iPhones on September 20. Also, iOS 7 is expected to be released on September 18, if history is likely to repeat itself (and for Apple, it usually does).

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Tech Specs

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UPDATE: 3:00pm, September 10: The tech specs below have been updated to the beautiful new iPhones that Apple has announced at their event earlier today.  This post will be moved relatively soon to a new page featuring iPhone and iPad comparisons.  Until then, see the specs below. Also, if you tweet or share this post, it will still count as 2x the number of entries. 

It is less than 24 hours until Tim Cook comes on stage at Town Hall at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California to talk about what Apple has done this past year; iOS 7 and of course, two new iPhones.  Apple is expected to announce a release date for iOS 7 (probably September 18th if history tells us anything about past Apple’s iOS releases), the iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), the iPhone 5C (a new inexpensive iPhone unlike anything we are used to) and potentially a software update to the Apple TV.  Recently, a rumor came out saying that the new iPad 5 and iPad mini could be announced too, but it is highly unlikely Apple will announce four major products on the same day.

The tech specs of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are shown below in the style Apple lists tech specs based completely on rumors.  We won’t know for sure about any of the specs until Apple officially announces them tomorrow.  To compare, the iPhone 5 tech specs are also listed.  This blog post should be updated again tomorrow or Wednesday with the legit specs that Apple gives us.

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