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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Why do I pick the iPhone over Android?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

Saw an excellent visual representation with the problem on Android devices at theUnderstatement, Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support.

As a web developer geek, I have a soft spot in my heart for open source.  It’s how software should be developed, and how things should work.  In reality, it’s not the perfect environment it should be.

End users are lazy (I will leave it at that), developer’s aren’t the most user friendly, and developing software is complicated.

These problems are what cause  web developers to have a hard time (even though we have the W3C, and major support for a single version of HTML).  App developers have an even harder time.  iOS developers are in a much better position because of the stability of their platform.  Android app developers have tough competition in terms of getting their apps to work perfectly on all types of devices.  With open source comes extreme complexity in supporting older APIs, older hardware specs, and various manufacture modifications.

The graphic speaks for itself, the creator (Michael DeGusta) did an excellent job illustrating this problem.

Android & iPhone Update History

All that green next to the iPhone models is why it is a better platform to support as a developer.

How can any startup app developer test every possible device with Android?  I don’t even want to compute the permutations of devices and software versions.

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iOS 5: How to make a free custom Ringtone and Text tone

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

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Help: After iOS 5 Upgrade Lost my Contacts

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | Business | 443 Comments

iOS 5I’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).

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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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Apple Releases iOS 4.3, Safari 5.0.4

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | Business | 3 Comments

Apple released iOS 4.3 today (except for Verizon iPhone users … grr)

Updates include:

  • Personal Hotspot
  • iTunes Home Sharing
  • Airplay Updates (more interoperability between devices)
  • Faster Safari (and also released a 5.0.4 for desktop users) – featuring the Apple Nitro Javascript engine — some results are up to 50% faster!
  • 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.

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The First Verizon iPhone Commercial

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

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Verizon iPhone Announcement

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

From the announcement today:

  • iPhone 4 available for Pre-Order for existing customers February 3, 2011
  • iPhone 4 available for Online order for everyone, February 10, 2011
  • $199 for the 16GB, mobile hotspot included (up to 5 devices)
  • $299 for the 32GB, mobile hotspot included (up to 5 devices)
  • Verizon iPhone 4 will only be CDMA
  • iPhone will NOT handle voice and data at the same time
  • iPhone 4 is not exclusive to Verizon

Few jabs at AT&T, but it was a more “down and dirty” announcement than we’re used to with Apple.

Verizon seems to be saying they did fail to meet certain expectations (LTE, voice/data at same time), mostly because they felt everyone was asking, when will it work on Verizon (to be fair, we were).

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All But Confirmed: Verizon iPhone Announced on 1/11/11

Friday, January 7th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

From All Things Digital:

Verizon Wireless’s Tuesday iPhone announcement will be headlined by President and COO Lowell McAdam, but there will likely be a special guest as well.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

While the appearance isn’t 100 percent assured, sources in a position to know tell me that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jobs will likely join McAdam onstage in New York when he announces the addition of the iPhone to its handset lineup.

.. and from Wall Street Journal’s News Alert @ 5:47pm:

Verizon Wireless is finally getting Apple’s popular iPhone. The wireless carrier is holding an event in New York Tuesday to announce the news.

It seems that Gizmodo will not be attending the event.  They leaked some iPhone info in the past, and have been banned from Apple press events.

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AT&T drops iPhone 3GS to $49 – Don’t Bite!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

In an obvious move to lock some more people into 2 year contracts, AT&T dropped the iPhone price to $49 from $99. Why fret over $50 when you are talking a 2 year $500 contract, with cancellation fees of around $300.

Don’t buy in, wait for the new Verizon iPhone announcement.

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