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iOS 5.0.1 Update to fix Battery Life Problems

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

iOS 5To fix some iOS 5 battery life issues, Apple released an update.

According to the update it:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for the original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation (I’d love to hear the problems with that)
It isn’t yet available as an OTA (over the air) update, but is available as an iTunes update.

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My iPhone is Fixed, Thanks Apple!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

Yesterday I had a bad day.

I dropped my iPhone 4 coming down the stairs, and it shattered.  (picture is in yesterday’s post)

My phone is used heavily throughout the work day, so I needed to get it fixed / replaced.  First thing I do is make an appointment at the local Apple store (Providence, RI), and head on out.

On the way to the Apple store, I see the “flat tire” indicator turn on.  Ok, I can drive with a tire that’s going flat no problem…

BOOM!

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My iPhone Broke, Glass Shattered

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 | Personal | 1 Comment

It finally happened to me.  My iPhone 4 broke (after only 9 months of throwing it around).

I was walking downstairs, and dropped it on a wooden floor.  It didn’t seem that bad, until I picked it up and it was crazy cracked.

Now I begin my journey of “Do I get the 4S?  Can I do this in the 2 days before vacation?”.

I’ll let you know how it’s resolved, and how much this sets me back.

UPDATE: Apple Replaced it Free of Charge!

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iPhone 4S: How’d Apple Make that Site?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 | Business | 4 Comments

Apple has a pretty cool web page for the iPhone 4S.  It’s not something you would expect to see on a web site.

When I first saw it, I had assumed they were all separate images being animated one at a time.  I know it had to be CSS3 doing the transitions, but didn’t realize quite how elegant the solution was.

@johnbhall does a great job illustrating Apple’s approach to making the site we see on the iPhone 4S page.  His example simplifies Apple’s approach a bit (imagine his example, but with multiple sprite images, one for phones, one for copy).

UPDATE

I took the original article creator at his word, but some things didn’t add up.

@johnbhall says that his example is jsut a demo, but he has the concept behind the iPhone 4S page entirely wrong.

How do I know?  It’s pretty easy…

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iOS 5 Released – How to Install with iTunes

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Apple has released iOS 5 publicly.  The update includes a ton of features.

To install iOS 5 on any iPhone 3GS, 4 or newer iPod Touch:

  1. Connect your device to iTunes
  2. Click on your device under “Devices” in the left bar
  3. Click on “Check for Update”
  4. Select “Download and Install”

Be sure you have iTunes 10.5 (I think you need this first).

To update your iTunes you can:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Click Help -> Check for Updates

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iTunes 10.5 Available

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

iTunesYou can download it at apple.com/itunes.  The official release version of 10.5 is downloadable (I couldn’t update iTunes to 10.5, but I was running a 10.5 beta).

New stuff includes:

  • Support for iCloud
  • Automatic downlaods
  • Support for iOS 5 devices
  • Wi-Fi Syncing (yay)

That’s about it, now we wait for iOS to be released tomorrow hopefully.

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iPhone 4S Arrives October 14th, No iPhone 5

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

Today Tim Cook, at the Apple “Town Hall” announced the new iOS 5 and iCloud alongside the new iPhone 4S.  Here are summaries of the things announced today (skipping the marketing material, which took 30 minutes).

The iPhone 4S will be available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (we saw that coming).

No sign of iPhone 5.

iOS 5

Available October 12

  • More than 200 user features
  • New Notifications Center (swipe from top to bottom)
  • Lock screen has more notifications
  • iMessage – works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  Text / Photos / Videos and pushed to all devices (replacement for text messages)
  • Reminders (pick up dry cleaning, dinner reservations) – includes geofences to remind based on location
  • Twitter integration – sign in once, integrated to Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps
  • Newsstand – easier to read newspapers / magazines on iPad (subscriptions)
  • Camera Upgrades – Lock screen shortcuts to camera, you can use volume to take a picture (optional), grid lines, auto-exposure and autofocus lock (doesn’t it do this?).
  • Game Center upgrades – Add photos of friends, achievement points, recommendations
  • Safari updates – Reading list, Tabbed Browsing (iPad)
  • Mail updates – rich formating, indenttions, moving addresses, flagging
  • PC Free – (not just Windows) you can activate an iOS device without a computer

iPhone 4S

iPhone 3GS for FREE
iPhone 4 8GB for $99
16GB for $199
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
(all with 2 year contract)

Available October 14th (pre-orders starting October 7th)

  • Dual core A5 chip (same as iPad 2)
  • Same form factor as iPhone 4
  • Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hrs of 2G talk time, and 6 hours on 3G browsing
  • Battery: 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music
  • Improved wireless System (ahem, dropped call fixes?)
  • Improved data speeds (HSDPA) looks like double the download speed max (up to 14.4 Mbps which is AT&T and T-Mobile)
  • World Phone – Both GSM and CDMA (single model)
  • 8MP upgraded camera (3264×2448, perfect 8×10 glossy photo) with backside illuminated sensor (73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4), 33% faster capture, hybrid IR filter, five element lens
  • New Image Signal Processor to enable face detection (interesting) and 26 percent better white balance
  • 1.1s to first picture, 0.5s between pictures (crap, my wife will have more pictures of the dog)
  • HD 1080p video, with image stabilization and temporal noise reduction
  • Wired or Wireless AirPlay Mirroring (assuming with an AppleTV hooked up for wireless)
  • Siri voice assistant (this might be a very cool feature, if it works well and is flexible) features so far are time, alarms, weather, stock, directions, text messages – a very impressive demo even by photo / text.
  • Geofencing will be a cool thing (I know, it’s been on the droid for years now)
  • iPhone takes dictation as opposed to typing
  • Siri learns your voice over time.

iCloud

iCloud available on October 12

iTunes Match available end of October

  • 5GB free, you can buy more if you want (who here only has 5GB of data? keep in mind if Apple knows the song, it may not count towards your total)
  • Stores all content, wirelessly pushes to devices
  • Can re-downlod music or media anytime (and apps)
  • Find my Friends – you can share locations of your family / friends.  Temp events let you only share location for a few hours. with parental controls.
  • iTunes Match – can see playlists, create new, scan iTunes, stream music.  Will upload non identified songs.  Ships at the end of the month.

iPod Nano

8GB for $129
16GB for $149

Available October 12 

  • Nano has easier navigation with larger icons
  • Nano supports tracking walks & runs without additional hardware
  • New Nano clockfaces for those who wear it as a watch.  Some are actually pretty cool
  • 8GB for $129, 16GB for $149

iPod Touch

8GB for $199 (down from $229)
32GB for $299
64GB for $399

Available October 12

  • Runs iOS 5 (yeah… and?)
  • That’s it.

 

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iPhone 5: What, when and why?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I’ve been avoiding saying anything about the upcoming iPhone 5 event , “Lets talk iPhone” because there are so many conflicting stories.

Tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at the usual 1pm eastern (10am PDT) Apple will hold the “Lets talk iPhone” media event at their corporate headquarters.  I will be following the live blogging, you can too at Ars Technica (and many others).

The Facts

Numerous sources agree upon the following facts:

  • Apple will release an iPhone 4 variant, likely the iPhone 4S
  • The iPhone 4S will run the A5 processor
  • The new iPhone will leverage the Siri Assistant technology.
  • iOS 5 will be announced officially
  • iCloud will be announced officially (including the uploading of all your music to “the cloud”)
  • The iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the current iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 will be the same screen size / resolution of the current iPhone 4
  • Facebook will be there to announce something (probably a Facebook iPad app)
  • Apple Assistance will allow you to speak in english and tell the iPhone to do things (it will require the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5)
  • the iPhone 4s will have an upgraded camera

The Fun Stuff

Here are some fun rumors going around, and what we might see:

  • An actual iPhone 5 with a tapered form factor
  • Possible wider screen on the iPhone 5
  • A Sprint iPhone announcement (it’s almost virtually guaranteed, but Apple may also announce it)
  • News sizes for iPhones (either 4, 4S, or both) such as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and maybe 64GB.
  • Free 3GS with contracts?
  • Maybe that iPhone 4 will be $99?

Basically we know there will be an updated iPhone 4 form factor phone feature the A5 processor.  We’ve seen the SKUs, the specs, everything.

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Windows 8: The Death of Flash?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Apple and Microsoft both have a thing against Flash.

Most of my clients ask for jQuery or other non-Flash alternatives (and so far, I haven’t ever really missed Flash).

Now it sounds like Windows 8 will officially not support browser plugins in IE10.

A huge push for HTML5 and CSS3 by Microsoft, we may also see Silverlight disappearing alongside Flash.

The big problem seems to be concerns for mobile platforms, as battery life is cited as a major reason (along with security).

Windows 8 is shaping up to be a bold move for Microsoft.  Will it make me an Apple user on my desktop?  Will Windows 7 become the new “Windows 98” (people still never acknowledge Windows ME ever happened)?

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Javascript, Dash, Google and our future as Web Developers

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Dart, is an alternative language to Javascript being developed by Google.

Web developers live in an ever changing world of languages, browsers, development kits, and platforms.  The recent introduction, and popularity, of “App” development has introduced a serious competitor to the open web.  Our world as web developers is about to change.

Presumably in October (at GOTO) Google will be unveiling their new Dart language.

What about my beloved Javascript?

Google has stated that they will not be abandoning Javascript, but pursuing Dart as a “high reward / high risk” way of fixing the web.  While working on Dart, Google will continue their efforts at improving the Javascript platform (through small / marginal improvements).

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