I’ve seen a huge spike in traffic on my site searching for iOS lost contacts. We now have 6 different solutions to restore your contacts.
Thought I’d post something specifically regarding iOS 5, and some solutions that are out there. Personally I had no problems upgrading, and think losing contacts may just be because the initial “sync” hasn’t gone through yet (remember an iOS upgrade resets your phone to base iOS 5, then imports your information after).
- OTA (Over the Air) updates
- iCloud Bckups
- Wi-Fi Sync
- Notification Center
- Camera/Photo updates
- Keyboard split (iPad only)
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:
- Connect your device to iTunes
- Click on your device under “Devices” in the left bar
- Click on “Check for Update”
- Select “Download and Install”
Be sure you have iTunes 10.5 (I think you need this first).
To update your iTunes you can:
- Open iTunes
- Click Help -> Check for Updates
You 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
8GB for $199 (down from $229)
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
Available October 12
- Runs iOS 5 (yeah… and?)
- That’s it.
Apple released iOS 4.3 today (except for Verizon iPhone users … grr)
- Personal Hotspot
- iTunes Home Sharing
- Airplay Updates (more interoperability between devices)
- HD Video out with the Apple adapter
- Few tweaks to settings
You can get it now, if you don’t have Verizon. Guess I can’t ever be on the winning side of Apple.
I’m hoping the delay for 4.3 on Verizon iPhone isn’t too long — but no official word on that yet.
Also with the updates was an update for Apple TV today that aded some content as part of it’s iOS 4.3 update.
The iOS AirPrint functionality will only work on the following printers upon release:
- HP Envy e-All-in-One series (D410a)
- HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
- HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)
- HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a)
- HP Photosmart e-AiO (D110)
- HP Photosmart eStation (C510)
- HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
- HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
- HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer
- HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer
- HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer
Rumor has it, in late December we’ll see an update that will extend this list. It is likely that will only be to more HP printers which already have networked wireless printing.
I’m a few hours behind the times, but it was released today.
Some features include:
- Find My iPhone
- Safari “Find in Page”
- iPad now supports iOS features that were available on iPhone (all platforms have same functionality now)
I’m excited about AirPrint (yes, I know, I am). I had heard it was only compatible right now with limited devices. This limitation was placed by Apple, and is not a limitation of the technology. Currently it only allows printing to specific HP printers. There are some alternate solutions for other devices, but I’d give Apple a few months and we should have a larger set of potential printers.
This applies to AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
Things have been happening very fast in the past week or 2, and wanted to review them.
Hopefully, I’ll be covering the following:
- Beatles on iTunes
- iTunes 10.1
- iOS 4.2 coming soon
- Google Voice
- Mobile versions of Sites
There’s a lot on my mind, and I haven’t written in a while. Today I get to catch up.