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Breaking News: Apple Releases iOS 5 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

October 12th, 2011 10:05 admin View Comments

iOS 5

The wait seemed eternal but we are getting reports that Apple has finally started rolling out iOS 5 - its eagerly-awaited next generation mobile operating system.

Apple had given us sneak peak of iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync, Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more.

According to the release notes iOS 5 includes the large list of new features which we will update shortly.

iOS 5 Update

If you can’t live without a jailbroken iPhone then it would be prudent to wait for iPhone Dev Team to release the latest jailbreak tools for iOS 5. You can read our post, which gives the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5.

But if you don’t care about jailbreaking or unlocking your iPhone then we recommend you to follow the following steps to install iOS 5 Software Update:

  • Please check our tips (follow this link) to ensure you’re ready for iOS 5 software update.
  • Assuming that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is connected to your computer and you have gone through our checklist and ready for the software update, click the “Check for Update” button from the device summary page in iTunes. If your iPhone or iPod Touch is compatible with iOS 5, iTunes will tell you that an update is available for download and will guide you through the installation.
  • Please note that the entire process of downloading the update and installing it is a time consuming process, so please be patient.
  • After you’ve successfully upgraded to iOS 5, you can checkout all the new features listed here.

Update:

According to the release notes, this update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Notifications
    • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Centre
    • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
    • View notifications from lock screen
    • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app
  • iMessage
    • Send and receive unlimited text, photo and video messages with other iOS 5 users
    • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
    • Group messaging and secure encryption
    • Works over mobile networks and Wi-Fi*
  • Newsstand
    • Automatically organises magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
    • Displays the cover of the latest issue
    • Background downloads of new issues
  • Reminders for managing to-do lists
    • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
    • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Built-in support for Twitter
    • Sign in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
    • Add location to any tweet
    • View Twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
  • Camera improvements for devices with cameras
    • Double-click the Home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    • Volume Up button to take a picture
    • Optional grid lines to line up shots
    • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
    • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
    • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure; iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock
  • Photo improvements for devices with cameras
    • Crop and rotate
    • Red-eye removal
    • One-tap enhance
    • Organise photos into albums
  • Mail improvements
    • Format text using bold, italic or underlined fonts
    • Indentation control
    • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
    • Flag messages
    • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Customise mail alert sounds
    • S/MIME
  • Calendar improvements
    • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
    • Tap to create an event
    • View and add event attachments
  • Game Center improvements
    • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
    • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
    • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
    • Discover new games with custom game recommendations
  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad
    • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
    • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
    • Swipe left or right to switch between apps
  • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant
  • Software updates available over the air without tethering
  • iCloud support
    • iTunes in the Cloud
    • Photo Stream
    • Documents in the Cloud
    • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
    • Backup
    • Contacts, Calendar and Mail
    • Find My iPhone
  • Redesigned Music app for iPad
  • Hourly weather forecast
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Wireless sync to iTunes
  • Keyboard improvements
    • Split keyboard for iPad
    • Improved auto-correction accuracy
    • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
    • New Emoji keyboard
    • Personal dictionary for auto-correction
    • Optionally create keyboard shortcuts for frequently used words
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labelling for VoiceOver
  • Exchange ActiveSync improvements
    • Wirelessly sync tasks
    • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Improved offline support
    • Save a new contact from a GAL service
  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs
  • Bug fixes

Please don’t forget to tell us how it goes.

Source: Breaking News: Apple Releases iOS 5 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

Sprint To Sell iPhone 4S With Its GSM Micro-SIM Slot Unlocked, Verizon Will Unlock By Request After 60 Days

October 12th, 2011 10:45 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

There has been some confusion whether you will be be able to use a local GSM micro-SIM in the  CDMA iPhone 4S (which also comes with the micro-SIM card slot since it is a world phone) while travelling internationally, so that you can pay cheap local rates instead of the expensive international roaming rates.

Until now, we thought that it was not possible based on the iPhone FAQ on Apple’s website, which came as a major disappointment to some of our readers, especially as many felt it defeats the purpose of Apple launching iPhone 4S as a “world phone”.

But MacWorld reports that it will depend on your carrier. It looks like Sprint plans to sell the CDMA iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot for GSM unlocked, while the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4S can be unlocked by request after 60 days.

Sprint plans to sell the iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot unlocked; Verizon’s will be initially locked, but if you’ve been a customer in good standing for 60 days, you can call Verizon and ask for an “international unlock.†(A Verizon spokesperson told me that this is Verizon’s standard policy for all world phones—it’s just the first time it’s manifested itself on an iPhone.)

This should come as good news for users who travel internationally. This can be another advantage of buying a Sprint iPhone 4S compared to other AT&T (which will be locked to AT&T’s network and will be able to roam internationally on AT&T’s partner networks) and Verizon (as it keeps the international roaming disabled for the first two months and could be more if it doesn’t consider you as a customer in good standing).

 [via MacWorld]

Source: Sprint To Sell iPhone 4S With Its GSM Micro-SIM Slot Unlocked, Verizon Will Unlock By Request After 60 Days

Are You Ready For iOS 5 And iCloud? Here Are Some Tips

October 11th, 2011 10:04 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple will be releasing the highly anticipated iOS 5 and iCloud tomorrow, which includes more than 200 new features and improvements.

If you’re planning to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5 then here are some tips to ensure that you’re ready for it as soon as it is released. 

Availability and Compatibility:

iOS 5 will be available as a free upgrade to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad 1, fourth generation iPod touch and third generation iPod Touch users.

Update to iTunes 10.5:

Apple has just released iTunes 10.5 for Mac and Windows users so please ensure that you’ve the latest version of iTunes.

Take a Backup of your iPhone:

It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPhone, iPod Touch before updating it with the latest software update. iTunes will automatically back up your iPhone or iPod Touch when you connect it to your computer. You can also right-click (ctrl key and then click the mouse or touchpad button on a Mac) on your iPhone or iPod Touch under device listing and select Back up from the menu. It might be a time consuming exercise if you haven’t backed up your iPhone for a long time. But it’s important so don’t skip it.

iCloud:

Since Apple will also be launching iCloud – its new cloud based service, we would strongly recommend you to take a copy of your iTunes library.

MobileMe users and iCloud:

Apple is also expected to rollout the MobileMe to iCloud migration page (MobileMe.com/move), which will allows you to migrate data from your MobileMe account to iCloud. As Apple had said in its FAQs, the migration process allows users to move Mail, Contacts and Calendar data to iCloud. Data from other MobileMe services like iWeb, iDisk and Photo Gallery won’t be migrated, and would be discontinued after 30th June 2012. You also won’t be able to sync Mac Dashboard widget, Dock items, keychains, signatures, mail account rules, mail smart boxes, and mail preferences.

After migrating to iCloud, MobileMe users get 25GB of storage, which includes the 20GB of storage that comes with the yearly plan that a MobileMe subscriber has already paid for and the free 5GB of storage offered to all iCloud users. Basically, it means that the migration process for MobileMe users doesn’t incur any extra cost (until June 30, 2012).

Jailbreak iPhone/Unlock iPhone Users:

If you have jailbroken and/or unlocked your iPhone and cannot live without your favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks then it is recommended that you avoid updating to iOS 5.

But if you’re not sure what to do, then checkout our post, which gives the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 and also the top 25 iOS 5 features.

Taking a Backup Of Jailbreak Apps: If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone then please note that updating to the latest software update will remove the jailbreak apps. There are couple of apps such as AptBackup (though we haven’t been able to get it to work) and PkgBackup that help you backup jailbreak apps. However, since iOS 5 is a major iOS update, we would recommend you to reinstall the jailbreak apps that are compatible with iOS 5. Backup of SHSH blobs: Please take a backup of SHSH Blobs (ECID) using Firmware Umbrella (link) so that you have the option to downgrade to iOS 4.x if required. Please note if you have already jailbroken your iPhone, iPod Touch then Cydia would have taken the backup automatically. If you see the message: “SHSH:” with the version of the current iOS running on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch then you should be fine and can skip this step.

After you’ve followed the steps mentioned above, you should be ready to download and install iOS 5 as soon as it is available and start using all the new features in the latest iOS.

If you’ve any tips based on your experience then please let us know in the comments. If you’ve any questions, please feel free to drop us a line in the comments.

Source: Are You Ready For iOS 5 And iCloud? Here Are Some Tips

iTunes 10.5 Now Available For Download

October 11th, 2011 10:14 admin View Comments

iTunes Match

As rumored, Apple has just released iTunes 10.5 ahead of tomorrow’s iOS 5 and iCloud launch.

The iTunes page currently says iTunes 10.5 coming soon, but when you click on the Free download link, it takes you to the download page where iTunes 10.5 is available for download.

Here’s the list of new features and improvements in iTunes 10.5 according to the release notes:

  •  iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
    • Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
    • Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
  • Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.
It is also not available via Software update. So go to the iTunes download page (this link) to download iTunes 10.5.

Source: iTunes 10.5 Now Available For Download

Facebook For iPad Now Available In The App Store

October 10th, 2011 10:25 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

After several months of rumors and speculations and more than one and a half years after Apple introduced its hugely successful tablet, Facebook has released its eagerly anticipated iPad app.

Facebook app is now available as a universal app in the App Store.

Here’re some of the features of the iPad app:

- Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos take on new life on the iPad. They’re big, high-res and easy to flip through—like a real photo album. - Focus on what matters: With less on the screen, it’s easier to zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories. - Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to get from one screen to another and back again in no time. - Never lose your place: Use simplified navigation to send a message, see your notifications or browse your bookmarks without switching screens. - Play games on the go: Play your favorite Facebook games wherever you are, and on a bigger screen. - Tap to send messages: A simple dropdown menu makes it easy to scan and send messages without visiting your inbox.

Facebook has also made the following improvements to the iPhone app:

With improved search and browsing, the facebook.com features you use most are now just a touch away. It’s a faster, fuller Facebook for iPhone.

- Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go - Navigation: Send a message or see your notifications from any screen, and swipe to browse Facebook without losing your place in News Feed - Bookmarks: Your groups, pages and apps are all in your left-hand menu, and the ones you use most are right on top - Search: Search for anything on Facebook—people, apps, pages and more—without having to click around or switch views - Security: We’ve added a few updates to make the app more secure

It looks like some users who already had installed the Facebook app installed on their iPad are reporting that the app keeps crashing. If you’re facing the problem, try to delete the app and reinstall it. It seems to resolve the issue.

You can download the latest version of the Facebook app using this App Store link.

Let us know what you think about the iPad app and the improvements made to the iPhone app in the comments. Thanks everyone for the heads up!

Source: Facebook For iPad Now Available In The App Store

SBSettings For iOS 5 Released; Includes Notification Center Integration

October 9th, 2011 10:03 admin View Comments

SBSettings

BigBoss has just released a version of SBSettings for iOS 5. SBSettings is one of our favorite jailbreak apps, which offers a faster way to access iPhone Settings from any app without going through the hassle of exiting the app and launching the Settings app.

Developers can also create custom toggles for SBSettings that can be installed from Cydia, which can then be quickly accessed by users via SBSettings.

SBSettings for iOS 5 includes a number of new features and improvements such as:

  • Notification center integration
  • Your choice of using the old style window or the notification center. Or both.
  • You choose which toggles to appear in notification and window sections.
  • Current sbsettings toggles should be supported. Current themes should work in notification area as well.
  • You get to choose what will show up in notification section. More button row, no more button row, the extra text, no extra text, the dock, the toggles, no toggles at all, or any combination of. The notification area is a limited screen resources so it’s up to you to decide how you want it used.

You can checkout the screenshots of SBSettings integrated with Notification Center below:

SBSettings for iOS 5 SBSettings for iOS 5

BigBoss has mentioned that he is still working on the app and hopes to complete it before iOS 5 is released on October 12th.

If you want to test SBSettings for iOS 5, you need to add http://thebigboss.org/ios5beta to your repository list in Cydia.

As always, let us know what you think of the new version integrated with Notification Center.

[via BigBoss]

Source: SBSettings For iOS 5 Released; Includes Notification Center Integration

Apple May Release Mac OS X 10.7.2 And iTunes 10.5 Before October 12th

October 9th, 2011 10:51 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple announced that it will release iOS 5 and iCloud on October 12th at the Let’s Talk iPhone event earlier in the week.

Japanese blog Macotakara reports that according to a reliable source, Apple may release iTunes 10.5 and OS X 10.7.2 to support iOS 5 and iCloud before October 12th.

Macotakara reports:

Lion and iTunes update will come before iOS 5. According to a reliable source, “OS X Lion Updater 10.7.2″ supporting iCloud and “iTunes 10.5″ supporting iOS 5 will be released before October 12, when iOS 5 released. 

iTunes 10.5 will come with the iTunes Match feature built in for users in the US. iTunes Match is a new service that Apple had unveiled along with iOS 5 and iCloud at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address in June. It allows users to store their entire music collection (up to 25,000 songs), including songs that they’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from anywhere else in iCloud.

It probably makes sense to release iTunes 10.5 and OS X 10.7.2 earlier so that Apple engineers can focus on the iOS 5 release on October 14th.

As always, we’ll keep you posted, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

[via Macotakara]

Source: Apple May Release Mac OS X 10.7.2 And iTunes 10.5 Before October 12th

Next Generation Apple TV References Discovered In iOS 5

October 8th, 2011 10:57 admin View Comments

Apple TV 2G

When we first heard that Apple was planning to unveil the second generation Apple TV last year, more than three years after Apple TV was first introduced, we were quite excited as we thought that Apple was seriously looking at make its hobby into one of the pillars of it’s business like the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Unfortunately, when Apple launched the second generation TV in September 2010, we realised that it was still a hobby for Apple.

But there might still be some hope of that happening as 9 to 5 Mac has discovered references to a yet-to-be-released “Apple3,1″ in the latest version of iOS 5.

Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models. For example: The original iPhone carried the model number of “iPhone 1,1″, while the iPhone 3G is labeled “iPhone 1,2″, iPhone 3GS is labeled “iPhone 2,1″ and the model number of iPhone 4 is “iPhone 3,1″.

These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. So since the model number for the first generation Apple TV was “Apple1,1″ and “Apple2,1″ for the second generation Apple TV, it suggests that Apple maybe working on a major upgrade for Apple TV.

Apple TV 3G

9 to 5 Mac speculates:

In all likelihood, this new Apple TV will gain some of internal power from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2: the dual-core A5 chip and maybe a boost in the RAM department. The Apple TV 3,1 reference comes from a file that Apple uses to activate unreleased devices that are in testing; furthermore this Apple 3,1 is already in testing stages. A dual-core Apple TV will likely mean 1080P video playback, a current restriction due to the current model’s A4 processor. We will also likely see some 1080P iTunes content to come along with this next-generation model’s new abilities.

It also remains to be seen if Apple will integrate the next generation Apple TV into the rumored Apple Television.

We hope so as we would love to see someone like Apple change the status quo in the Television industry.

Source: Next Generation Apple TV References Discovered In iOS 5

Here’s One Reason Why iPhone 4S Doesn’t Sport A 4-Inch Screen

October 7th, 2011 10:12 admin View Comments

iPhone screen

Before Apple unveiled iPhone 4S, it was widely speculated that Apple’s fifth generation iPhone will come with a larger 4-inch screen.

Dustin Curtis who is user interface designer has been wondering about Apple’s decision to launch iPhone 4S with the 3.5 inch screen, especially when it has been facing competition from Android based smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S II that sport a larger screen. He believes that it boils down to usability.

He writes on his blog:

When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II, the “best Android phone you can buy, anywhere†— 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.

Touching the upper right corner of the screen on the Galaxy S II using one hand, with its 4.27-inch screen, while you’re walking down the street looking at Google Maps, is extremely difficult and frustrating. I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen. This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy II

One of the most obvious reasons is a bigger screen would be quite a disruptive change for developers as they would have to redesign their apps for the larger scree, but the reason that Dustin has highlighted could have also played a major role in Apple’s decision to stick with 3.5-inch screen. We’ve always felt the size of the iPhone is just about right, anything bigger would make it uncomfortable to handle it with a single-hand. As TiPb points out Apple treats iPad as a two-handed device, iPhone as a one- or two-handed device.

It will be interesting to see if Apple decides to offer a bigger screen in future iPhones. We wouldn’t count on a 4-inch screen, though a 3.7-inch screen is probably possible with an edge-to-edge screen, which will occupy nearly the entire front of the phone as seen in one of the mockups below.

[David Curtis via TiPb]

Source: Here’s One Reason Why iPhone 4S Doesn’t Sport A 4-Inch Screen

Here’s One Reason Why iPhone 4S Doesn’t Sport A 4-Inch Screen

October 7th, 2011 10:12 admin View Comments

iPhone screen

Before Apple unveiled iPhone 4S, it was widely speculated that Apple’s fifth generation iPhone will come with a larger 4-inch screen.

Dustin Curtis who is user interface designer has been wondering about Apple’s decision to launch iPhone 4S with the 3.5 inch screen, especially when it has been facing competition from Android based smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S II that sport a larger screen. He believes that it boils down to usability.

He writes on his blog:

When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II, the “best Android phone you can buy, anywhere†— 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.

Touching the upper right corner of the screen on the Galaxy S II using one hand, with its 4.27-inch screen, while you’re walking down the street looking at Google Maps, is extremely difficult and frustrating. I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen. This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy II

One of the most obvious reasons is a bigger screen would be quite a disruptive change for developers as they would have to redesign their apps for the larger scree, but the reason that Dustin has highlighted could have also played a major role in Apple’s decision to stick with 3.5-inch screen. We’ve always felt the size of the iPhone is just about right, anything bigger would make it uncomfortable to handle it with a single-hand. As TiPb points out Apple treats iPad as a two-handed device, iPhone as a one- or two-handed device.

It will be interesting to see if Apple decides to offer a bigger screen in future iPhones. We wouldn’t count on a 4-inch screen, though a 3.7-inch screen is probably possible with an edge-to-edge screen, which will occupy nearly the entire front of the phone as seen in one of the mockups below.

[David Curtis via TiPb]

Source: Here’s One Reason Why iPhone 4S Doesn’t Sport A 4-Inch Screen

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