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iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 Planned for September 9 With Pre-orders October

9/03/2015 03:41:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple are having their big even on the 9th of September and it is set to be one of their largest events ever. It is being held in San Francisco. We are going to be getting a pair of brand new iPhone, a revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch. But that is not all, Apple is currently planning to debut a pair of new iPads next week too. The long-rumored iPad Pro, and a refreshed version of the iPad mini.

The iPad Pro is currently scheduled to hit retail outlets in November after its pre-order campaign in October according to sources. There have been rumors that the Macbook-sized iPad will make its debut next week, it is possible that Apple could hold back and have an early October event for the iPad.

We do know however that next week’s event will include an unprecedented number of product introductions beating last year’s iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay keynote. If the iPad Pro is going to be shown off next week, sources indicate that the new iPad mini 4 will also be introduced as well. A third version of the iPad Air is also said to be in the works but sources confirm that it won’t be released until 2016. New Macs are also unlikely to be featured at next week’s event.

The iPad mini 4 will be thinner than the current version and will include a faster A-series chip with support for split-screen apps first introduced in iOS 9. It will also likely include a pair of upgraded cameras. As for the iPad Pro, codenamed J98/J99 internally, the larger-sized tablet will be geared toward power users and run iOS 9.1, support a Force Touch-based stylus, and include speakers on two sides for a more pronounced stereo effect. The new iOS 9.1 operating system is said to bring additional tweaks to the iPad Pro including optimized versions of Siri and Notification Center interfaces. If Apple does unveil these new iPads next week, an event in October can be ruled out.

What do you think, are you excited about the new iPad Pro? I know we are and we would love to hear your thoughts on this Macbook-sized iPad. Maybe there is something else you are more excited about though so be sure to let us know in the comments what you are looking forward to at this year’s Apple Event.


Apple TV 4 Features Siri And Support For Game Controllers

9/01/2015 03:27:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple’s big media event is scheduled to take place on the 9th of September. This event will feature the much anticipated new iPhone models as well as a brand new Apple TV. The new Apple TV refresh is something that a lot of people are looking forward to and in this post we bring you all the details of what you can expect.

The main reason that the Apple TV is getting so much attention this time round is that the refresh is set to bring a whole new interface as well as an App Store and deep Siri integration. That is according to leaks and reports that we have read. It seems that Apple is about to unleash something much better than the Apple TV models that we are currently using. According to 9to5Mac, gaming is set to be one of the key features of the new Apple TV 4.

With this new move and Apple TV refresh, it looks Apple is going to try and capture the home video gaming market. Apple has included the App Store as well as a motion-sensitive remote that gamers will love. The App Store has already provided a huge gaming platform for the iPad and iPhone, and it looks likely that the Apple TV will join in this with support for third-party Bluetooth game controllers. This will make sure that games that require proper gaming controls are catered. The ability to play games on a large TV screen could be just the thing to turn the Apple TV into the must have home device.

The report from 9to5Mac also says that the new motion-sensitive remote will communicate with the Apple TV via Bluetooth instead of IR, which will make the way it interacts with the UI very different from the experience Wii’s controllers provide. How this will work, we don’t quite know yet, but we are excited at the prospect and can’t wait to test it out.

Another big feature for the new Apple TV is going to be Siri and it looks like the digital assistant is going to be able to do almost anything a user may require. Okay so it won’t be able to make you a coffee, but for everything else, this will be great. Apple really isn’t doing anything that hasn’t already been done by Microsoft with their voice-controlled Xbox One and Kinect accessory.

For those who wish to know more about the brand new Apple TV 4, it is set to be announced at the Apple event on the 9th of September, and this new powerful set-top box should be on sale some time during October. It is suggested that it will retail for under $200 but the price has yet to be confirmed. Personally we can’t wait to see what Apple has in store with this little box and we can’t wait to try it out too. What about you, do you think the new Apple TV 4 will be something on your wish list?


Dual-Core 1GB RAM iPhone 6 Beats Octa-Core 4GB RAM Galaxy Note 5 In Speed Test

8/27/2015 09:00:00 AM - 0 comments

Samsung the makers behind the Galaxy Note have created a lot of excitement in users. Those who adore large screen are delighted to see the Galaxy Note 5 being released. The specifications of the Note 5 are really great and enough to make anyone believe that this device would outperform most competing devices especially a 2014 model, such as Apple’s iPhone 6. Well in today’s post we want to show you that raw specs alone will never tell the full story.

Smartphone and hardware fans love testing out competing models and they do this through real-world performance. The launch of any new device ultimately spawns a number of “speed test” videos that measure devices against one another whilst performing common tasks such as multitasking, launching processor intensive apps, and navigating through complex menu structures. YouTube user DroidModderX Root Master has created a video demonstrating how the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 performs against Apple’s iPhone 6 and you can see this video for yourself at the end of the post.

What we already know is that the majority of smartphone users will interact with various apps on a daily bases and it seems logical to start with this action when doing speed tests to see exactly how each device performs when opening, using, and closing apps. In terms of hardware capabilities on paper the Note 5 with 4GB RAM and octa-core processor completely obliterates the iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM and dual-core processor. Having said that, the video clearly show that Apple’s finely tuned smartphone can hold its own by keeping up with the pace that is being set by the Galaxy Note 5 when opening and loading common apps, and then later actually beating it.

The most interesting part of this test has to be the difference in performance when it came to actually loading a previously launched app for the second time, essentially recalling an app from the background. The iPhone 6 and iOS operating system clearly do a spectacular job of holding previously opened apps in memory and was able to load and display the app instantly. The Galaxy Note 5 on the other hand was really lacking in this area and the actual app had to go through the full boot process again. This shows that when it comes to multitasking, the iPhone 6 is the clear winning.

You really do need to check out the video for yourself to see exactly what we are talking about. The specs show that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the better model but when put to the test the Apple iPhone 6 wins time and time again. Take a look and let us know would the outcome of the speed test sway your decision if you were thinking about buying a Galaxy Note 5.


Get The Travel Book iOS App Free For A Limited Time

8/25/2015 06:29:00 PM - 0 comments

We love letting your know about free apps and today we are delighted to announce that Apple is giving away a fantastic $3 iOS app for free for a limited time. If you have ever wanted to see some of the most beautiful places in the world but haven’t been able to visit them in person, this app is for you. The AirPano Travel Book apps, which normally costs $3, is perfect for those who don’t travel because they don’t like flying, can’t get time off work, or just can’t afford it. The App offers spherical photo panoramas of some of the world’s most beautiful places.

AirPano Travel Book contains a collection of unique spherical photo panoramas of the most amazing places in the world giving the user a bird’s eye view. The aerial panorama technology that is used in this iOS app allows users to soar high in the sky above Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal, nightlife in Las Vegas, and so much more.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in, you will be delighted to know that you can now download the AirPano Travel Book app for free at the iOS App Store. The apps has been discounted for a limited time and this bargain is only available until the 30th of September 2015.

To get your hands on a free copy of AirPano Travel Book all you have to do is visit the App Store on your device and then scroll down the main “featured” pages until you see a banner that mentions AirPano Travel Book. Tap on this banner and then the “download now for free” green button at the bottom of the screen. That’s it, you can now check it out for yourself once it has downloaded.

This app has ranked at the top of the Travel category for quite some time and it is even made it into Apple’s “best of 2014” lineup. Even if you don’t plan on using it right away, there is no harm in downloading it now while it is free so that you always have it should you need it. Remember, this app is only free until the 30th September 2015, so be sure to get it while you can.


How To Fix iOS 8.4.1 Battery Life Drain Issue

8/21/2015 10:00:00 AM - 0 comments

As you are probably aware, Apple rolled out iOS 8.4.1 recently and ever since then the Apple support forums have been inundated with comments and complaints about random battery life drainage problems. In today’s post we are going to look at this issue and give you some nice and easy tips and tricks that will hopefully solve your problem.

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch’s battery is draining uber fast after updating to iOS 8.4.1, below are some things that might help you fix the problem.

Hard Reboot Your iOS Device

The very first thing you want to try is hard rebooting your iOS device to see if this fixes the problem. To do this all you have to do is hold down both the Power and Home buttons together till the device powers off completely and then restarts automatically. You need to let go of the buttons once you see the Apple logo appearing on your screen.

Reset All Your Settings

This is another tip that we have heard helps resolve the problem. Doing this will reset all your iOS setting back to factory default, but please note, your data will NOT be erased. To do this all you have to do is launch your Settings app and then go to General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Restore and Do a Clean Install of iOS 8.4.1

If you updated your firmware via OTA this may have caused the problem. It can happen that OTA updates can cause issues. A clean install of iOS 8.4.1 via iTunes can help to fix your problem. To do this you will need to download the iOS 8.4.1 firmware files for your device. Next you will have to plug your device into your computer and launch iTunes. Next hold down the Shift key (Windows) or Option/Alt key (Mac) and then click on the Restore iPhone button. Select the firmware file you want to use to initiate the Restore process.

Downgrade to iOS 8.4

If nothing else works, the last resort is to downgrade to iOS 8.4 and see if that fixes your battery drain problem. Fortunately, iOS 8.4 is still being signed by Apple, which means you can still downgrade at the moment.

Apple Support

If you have done everything listed here and you still have battery drain problems you might want to ask the experts. It would be advisable to book an appointment at Apple’s Genius Bar as your problem might be hardware related and the Apple engineers will be able to take a look and see.

If we have missed anything in our list of tricks or you know of another method that has worked for you, please share it in the comments section below. You never know, your tip could be the answer one of our readers has been searching for.


Release Date for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus And iOS 9 Revealed

8/18/2015 05:42:00 PM - 0 comments

Today we bring information all the way from Germany, Macerkopf.de to be precise, that is reporting that carriers are preparing to release the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on the 18th of September. In relation to iOS 9, the same report claims that Apple will launch the next major version of iOS on Wednesday the 16th of September, which his just two days before the new iPhones are set to hit stores. If we look back to last year, iOS 8 was released on the 17th of September, so both dates are fairly similar.

Earlier this month, BuzzFeed ran a report that indicated that Apple is planning to hold its annual fall event on the 9th of September. This is where they usually launch their new iPhones and new OS. Last year this event fell on the 9th of September and Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After this pre-orders were accepted from the 12th of September followed by the release of the new iPhone models on the 18th of September. If the leaks we are reading and the reports from Germany are anything to go by, it looks like Apple is going to follow the same release pattern as last year for this year’s new generation iPhone models.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to launch with Force Touch Display technology, faster A9 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 12MP rear camera with 4K video recording capabilities and a 5MP front camera for improved selfies. This year’s iPhones are expected to be packed in a slightly thicker shell from last year to accommodate the Force Touch technology and to also prevent another incident of Bendgate from occurring.

There have been a lot of reports doing the rounds, as is usual for this time of the year, and one report that we read has indicated that Apple’s 2015 iPhones will also feature new SiP (system in package) architecture instead of the traditional PCB (printed circuit board) design. We don’t know if this is true or not but one way or the other, we will be finding out very soon. Are you getting excited for the new iPhone? Are you planning on purchasing the iPhone 6s or the 6s Plus? Be sure to let us know in the comments along with your favorite feature.


Leaked Logs For Next Gen Models Don’t Show The Speculated iPhone 6

8/13/2015 07:43:00 PM - 0 comments

If we are to believe everything we hear, we know that Apple will be releasing two new iPhone models next month. We believe that these will be the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus. There has also been a number of rumors suggesting that an iPhone 6c would also be making an appearance for the budget conscious customer. This rumors hasn’t been quashed by Apple as yet, but a number of entries in a set of developer logs have given the clearest indication to date that the iPhone 6c is but a rumor and actually doesn’t exist.

Mobile marketing company Fiksu has reported that two new iPhones have appearance on their data logs, containing the iPhone 8,1 and iPhone 8,2 identifiers. Apple’s current iPhone 6 models carry the iPhone 7,2 and iPhone 7,1 identifiers. This makes is natural for Fiksu and anyone reading the web traffic logs to assume that these two new identifiers relate to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices which are due for a September launch. What we have found interesting, is that there is no third identifier so the rumors of an iPhone 6c really do seem highly unlikely at this point.

The data that is contained within these web logs also shows that the two new iPhones interact with a number of popular apps available in the App Store across a wide range of categories. It is also very interesting to note that the majority of the traffic is coming from the United States where Apple are probably testing this new device. These logs don’t officially prove anything but they do add a little more excitement to what we can expect next month.

There are a number of analysts and leak specialists that have in the past been very accurate who are still adamant that Apple will introduce a third device when they bring out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The fact that a third identifier doesn’t show up in the logs doesn’t explicitly mean that another device doesn’t exist, but it does seem very strange that two devices are being tested and the other is nowhere to be seen.

September 9th isn’t very close to arrival now so all the rumors will be put to bed soon enough. What do you think, would you like to see an iPhone 6c being launched or are you happy with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus? Let us know in the comments below.


Will The iPhone 6s Bend?

8/11/2015 04:04:00 PM - 0 comments

We have all heard of the famous “Bendgate” which occurred with the release of the iPhone 6 last year. This year we will have the release of the iPhone 6s and of course the question on many peoples’ lips is: will the iPhone 6s bend? Well if Apple are anything to go by; and this assumes that this company can move on from past mistakes, then we are sure to see this “bend” episode being eliminated this time around.

Reports and videos have been circulating the web that say that Apple has learned from last year’s “bendgate” scandal and one such report has come from Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy. Lewis HIlsenteger actually has a vested interest in whether Apple has learned from their mistakes because he was the person who is famed with starting “Bendgate” after managing to bend an iPhone 6 Plus using nothing but his bare hands.

It seems that he has managed to get his hands on a rear backplate, part of the construction of the upcoming iPhone 6s to see if changes have been made. According to him, he is keen to point out that Apple have made a number of key structural changes to the design of this new iPhone 6s in order to prevent the same issues from happening again. A comparison between the leaked backplate of the iPhone 6s and the rear of the current iPhone 6 shows that the internal walls of the case have been strengthened. It also shows that the locations for a number of screws have also been changed to make the iPhone 6s a lot stronger and more resilient.

There have been a lot of reports of late to support this information. One report has suggested that Apple is also keen to introduce a new aluminium bond into the structural make-up of the iPhone 6s. The Apple Watch Sport version uses a 700 series aluminum that Apple has been very impressed with and this is rumoured to be included in the iPhone 6s that is due to make an appearance in September.

If you would like to see the proof for yourself and find out if the iPhone 6s will bend, then be sure to check out the video below where you can watch the backplate being put to the test.


iOS 9 Beta 5 Has Arrived: Here Are All The New Features And Changes

8/07/2015 07:16:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple was due to release iOS 9 beta 5 a couple of days ago but that never happened. It has now landed and so many developers out there are busy installing it onto their iPhones and iPads to see what has been added to this new release. We all know that at this late stage it isn’t so much about the features anymore, but the stability and bug fixes. We’ve been lucky enough to get a look at this release and below you will find a list of the new features and changes that you can expect.

Keyboard Tweaks

Apple has again tweaked the way the Shift key is displayed as well as the icons used in places like the dictation button.

Wi-Fi Assist

This is something that a lot of people will need to be aware of. This feature will actually call for your iPhone to use cellular data if your Wi-Fi connection is poor. Of course it will need to be turned on in your settings app first but do keep an eye on it as you wouldn’t you’re your cellular data going through the roof unknowingly.

New Wallpapers

Apple has added some really interesting wallpapers to iOS 9. There are actually 15 new ones to choose from. Some of the wallpapers from the iPhone 5c have been removed.

Siri Suggestions Interface Changed

Now, tapping a contact shows only icons for the mode of contact rather than icons and labels.

Wi-Fi Calling Comes To AT&T

We were expecting this as I’m sure many of you were. If you have an AT&T contract you can now use Wi-Fi calling if you live in the right area. The exact details have yet to be released.

CarPlay Interface Tweaks

Users can now like songs from CarPlay and new, larger artwork is displayed on-screen.

Shuffle All Option In Music App

At the top of the Music App there is a now an option to shuffle all your music. A great addition to this app in our opinion.

Text Replacement

This is really just a new name to match the Mac for the old Shortcuts feature that has been part of iOS for quite some time now.

Regulatory Info

If you really like to see those regulatory logos, then you can now do just that from Settings > General > Regulatory in addition to its previous hidden location in Settings > General > About > Legal.

We have spent some time testing iOS 9 beta 5 and in our opinion, this version does appear to be more stable and certainly more usable. The speed is so much better too. We haven’t come across any problems yet so if you do be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can check them out. Also if there are any features that we haven’t mentioned that you love about iOS 9 beta 5 be sure to let us know.


Apple In Talks To Launch Its Own Wireless Carrier

8/05/2015 05:37:00 PM - 0 comments

It looks like Apple could very well be about to launch their very own wireless carrier. This would see them follow in the footsteps of Google Project Fi who have already launched their own mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO as it is more commonly known. According to a new report that we have read, the Cupertino company run by Tim Cook is currently in talks with partners over the possibility of effectively operating as its own carrier with operations in the United States and various European territories, thanks to deals with existing suppliers in those areas.

For those of your who don’t really understand all the terminology, an MVNO is essentially a virtual mobile network that allows technology companies, like Apple or Google, to purchase network space from existing and established mobile networks. The companies who have purchased said space would then create and market their own carrier packages with the intention of selling the service directly to consumers. In Apple’s case we are assuming that the carrier package would be sold alongside its own hardware. It is perhaps a great way of offering a full-stack experience that all comes under one brand name.

In Apple’s case, rather than a person buying a device from them and then paying a monthly fee to the likes of AT&T, the whole thing would be converged. Customers with an iPhone or cellular iPad would be able to get everything from Apple. They would pay Apple directly for any data sent and received, or fan any text or voice call bundles that they wished to receive. Apple would have their very own SIM which would be where all the magic would lie and it would also be able to automatically handle switching between the available networks that Apple had partnerships with.

The report sounded very promising indeed and they are also reporting that rather than this just being something that Apple is thinking about, they are actually in the process of trialling the service at present. This is in fact something that has been speculated about for quite some time and discussions with telecom companies has supposedly been going on for a number of years already. It could take another four or five years before Apple’s virtual network does make an appearance though.

Google’s Project Fi is currently available for the Nexus 6 in the United States so it does make perfect sense for Apple to be considering this also especially when you take into consideration that the company filed a patent for an MVNO back in 2006. There has been no official word from Apple as yet but we are hoping that this report proves to be true. What do you think? Would you like to see Apple have its own MVNO? Let us know in the comments below.