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User Guide For The iPhone 5 Available On The iBookstore

9/28/2012 09:38:00 AM - 0 comments

The iPhone 5 was made available to the public last Friday and already in excess of five millions customers have purchased the device. The thing is, that the full user guide was included in the packaging. It was instead released online along with a user guide for those choosing to use iOS 6.

You might have expected to see this user guide made available immediately at the iBookstore but this wasn't the case and it took four days before the 155 page document was released on the iBookstore as a free download. In these four days many users will already have gotten to grips with the new smartphone and its accompanying software, and although there are quite a few updates in iOS 6 compared to iOS 5, it really isn't that hard to begin using it without the help of the user guide. The small fingertips user guide that comes packaged with the iPhone 5 is nowhere near sufficient and if you want to get the most out of your purchase and really get your money's worth it is a good idea to visit the iBookstore and search for “iphone user guide for iOS 6”.

In their release notes, Apple describes the iPhone User Guide as an essential part of any iPhone library but even so, they didn't think it was important enough to place in the box. This guide provides information on general iOS stuff along with giving users a stronger insight into the new features such as Passbook and the Maps app. Even if you are very comfortable using iOS 6 and your new iPhone 5, it might still be worth downloading this guide for future reference.

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The iPhone 5 Has Been Jailbroken

9/26/2012 05:35:00 PM - 0 comments

The iPhone 5 was successfully jailbroken on the very day of its release. Respected iPhone developer chpwn tweeted a picture of his iPhone 5's homescreen which included the Cydia icon on it in full 1136 x 640 resolution. He confirmed that it is jailbroken in a reply on Twitter to another iPhone developer i0n1c.

Grant Paul aka chpwn tweeted that the taller screen of the iPhone 5 likes Cydia too and he enclosed a link to a picture of his homescreen. Stefan Esser aka i0n1c then asked him if he had just compiled Cydia on a Dev Phone to which he replied no jailbroken. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would suggest that the screenshop was created using Photoshop or that it was a bookmark decorated to look like the real deal but the jailbreak community has developed great respect for chpwn over the past couple of years and he defintely has the skills to pull something like this off.

It may not be ready for the primetime yet though, but this is definitely the start and we can expect to hear progress updates over the coming weeks as the jailbreak community and the development teams get to work on creating a jailbreak tool for the new iPhone 5. Last year you may remember that it took a couple of months for the untethered jailbreak to arrive and since we are now dealing with a device that is packing a brand new A6 processor it might take even longer this time around. This really is a great first step though and we will be following all the progress.

For those who aren't aware, there is already a tethered jailbreak available using Redsn0w for A4 based devices like the iPhone 4 and 3GS running the latest iOS 6. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of a jailbreaking tool for the iPhone 5.

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Comparisons Show iOS 6 Adoption Rate Twice As Quick As iOS 5

9/24/2012 09:31:00 AM - 0 comments

Apple have officially released iOS 6 and despite the bad press about the Maps app statisics have shown that users have been quicker to upgrade to iOS 6 than they were to upgrade to iOS 5 especially in the first two days of release. IOS 6 has been downloaded and installed in record numbers and at a rate of 122% when compared with iOS 5.

These figures are amazing and we are sure that the likes of Siri for iPad, Facebook integration and Passbook have helped persuade some of those who may have had reservations. One of the apps that have probably prevented more users from upgrading their firmware is likely to be Apple's new Maps offering. Apple in providing their 3D mapping app has really underestimated people's reliability on the native Maps service and if they had of been aware of this the current backlash may have been prevented.

We have spent some time looking at the new iPhone 5 and we have to say that we are very impressed with the new hardware even if the software is taking a bashing. Google's Maps app may not have been exceptional but it did a good job and despite 3D mapping and turn by turn navigation from Apple's new Maps service, we can say that many iDevice users will probably continue to use Google Maps when it comes to a reliable service. That is of course unless Apple put the effort in and create a Maps app that really does work.

The YouTube app that was ditched as a native offering with iOS 6 has been significantly improved and is now even better than ever so we think that most iPhone and iPad users running iOS 6 will be holding out more hope for somethign similar in the mapping department.

Apple has promised that they it will update and improve the Maps offering but we feel that they will have to do this very quickly indeed if they are to convince users that scrapping the old Google Maps was the right decision.

In summary, it is safe to say that Apple are going to be pleased with the high adoption rate that iOS 6 has achieved but there is still a lot of work to be done if this launch is to be as successful as they were hoping.

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The New iPhone 5 Reviewed

9/21/2012 11:08:00 AM - 0 comments

It has been over a week since Apple gave the world its first look at the iPhone 5 and we are delighted to announce that the reviews from Apple’s select few have just been released. We already know that the iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter and faster than any other predecessor so let’s take a look and see what the experts have to say.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop states that the iPhone 5 is a collection of small improvements in almost every department, rendering the entire experience vastly-improved:

That has been my takeaway from the design of the iPhone 5 – small design changes that make for big user experience improvements. It’s important to remember that while the changes on the outside may be small to the naked eye, the changes on the inside are huge. Every major component of the iPhone has been changed in one way or another.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal is full of praise for the new display, and believes it’s much more comfortable to use than larger-screened rivals:

I found the new iPhone screen much easier to hold and manipulate than its larger rivals and preferred it. In my view, Apple’s approach makes the phone far more comfortable to use, especially one-handed. It’s easier to carry in a pocket or purse and more natural-looking when held up to your face for a call. Mossberg goes on to add:

While this new model isn’t a radical redesign, it offers a much bigger change than the current iPhone 4S did when it was launched last year. The minute you pick the iPhone 5 up you notice it’s much lighter—20% lighter, in fact. It’s so much lighter that you wonder if it’s a demonstration mock-up, not the real thing.

Regarding LTE:

Using an iPhone 5 on the Verizon LTE network in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., I averaged almost 26 megabits per second for downloads and almost 13 megabits per second for uploads. Download speeds peaked at 42 megabits per second. These speeds are more than 10 times the typical speeds I got on an iPhone 4S running Verizon’s slower 3G network and are faster than most Americans’ home Internet services. While LTE affects only data, voice calls I made on the iPhone 5 were clear, better than in the past. I had no dropped calls.

Tim Steven’s of Engadget:

The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn’t see an upgrade over its predecessor — camera, storage capacity — one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch on the ‘disappointing’ iPhone 5:

Those worried about the talk of “disappointment” surrounding the iPhone 5, I suggest you simply go to an Apple Store starting on Friday and try it for yourself. My guess is you’ll immediately recognize just how ridiculous all that bluster actually is. This is the smartphone nearly perfected.

Of course, it’s an expensive gig whether you buy it outright or go the contract route, and if you can afford it, then it’s a solid (although not wholly essential) upgrade. But while the hardware has been bumped up in every corner, it’s still worth pointing out that the iPhone 4S is a great smartphone which will, for the majority, still keep ticking over if you’re thinking of sticking with what you have. Furthermore, even if you’re not a current iPhone 4S owner, the price will be dropping, and with a dual-core A5 and impressive 8-megapixel camera, will not be overawed by the iPhone 5 or its main rival – the Samsung Galaxy S III. In short, if you’re happy with your current smartphone and it performs at a level you’re comfortable with, then upgrading is not essential, despite what Apple – or anybody else for that matter – might tell you. That said, if you’re shopping for a new, high-end handset and are looking for one of, if not the best, then it seems you’ll have to look incredibly hard to find anything better than the iPhone 5.

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InstaMessage Lets iPhone Users Send Private Messages To Instagram Users

9/19/2012 10:03:00 AM - 0 comments

Anyone who has an iPhone and an interest in taking photos or getting involved in social circles will be familiar with Instagram. When it was first released it was a first allowing filters to be applied to photographs which could be uploaded and shared with the Instagram network.

The main purpose of Instagram is to provide filters to images and share them with the world. People can like and comment on photos but it doesn’t really allow much social interaction between registered users. MobileTrends Inc. have come up with InstaMessage which is an app that allows Instagram users to send messages to each other.

InstaMessage is effectively a private messaging system for registered members of Instagram and does not require users to sign up for a separate account. This app allows users to instantly browse profiles of friends or totally random members and then begin a private conversation with them. It is a great way to interact with people you already follow on Instagram and it also lets user connect with people they admire.

MobileTrends has also built in a smart recognition engine into this app that allows users to discover popular InstaMessage users. One of the great things about this app is that it looks fantastic and it doesn’t require any additional login details. If this sounds like something that you would enjoy then why not check it out now.

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New iPhone 5 Pre-Ordered 2 Million Times In Just 24 Hours

9/17/2012 11:01:00 AM - 0 comments

The new iPhone 5 has been unveiled and in the space of 24 hours has been pre-ordered 2 million times. Apple released a press release stating that their latest smartphone has been pre-ordered a staggering 2 million times and that this is twice as much as the iPhone 4S when it was launched last October.

The iPhone 5 has been considered a disappointing upgrade compared to the iPhone 4S by analysts worldwide and this is based on its similar design. If the official numbers are anything to go by though, the taller 4 inch retina display of the new iPhone 5 was more than enough to encourage over 2 million people to pre-order this device.

It is worth pointing out that these official numbers only represent devices that have been pre-ordered via the Apple online store or via different mobile carries on contract. The numbers will get interesting when Apple reveals the number of device that have been purchased directly from stores around the world also.

The new iPhone 5 is powered by the new A6 processor and this makes it the most powerful mobile device around in terms of performance. It is even more powerful than the Galaxy S III, the Nexus 7 and the iPad 3.

The iPhone 5 is set to hit the shops on the 21st of September and all pre-orders will begin shipping on this date too. We are getting really excited about this and can’t wait to get our hands on this new Apple device. Stay tuned as we will be bringing you more information as soon as it arrives.

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Jailbreak iOS 6 GM Tethered On A4 Based Devices With Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4

9/14/2012 09:38:00 AM - 0 comments

Apple released iOS 6 GM on Wednesday at the iPhone 5 special media event in Yerba Buena Center for Arts. With this launch came the need for the jailbreak community to get to work on coming up with a jailbreak solution for all those that like having control over their devices whilst still having the latest operating system. MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has come to the rescue and he has released an update for Redsn0w.

Redsn0w 0.9.13 has been updated to support the GM seed of iOS 6 and this comes in the form of a tethered jailbreak on iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod touch 4. Considering that the GM version of a new release of iOS generally tends to be the final build that eventually goes live to the public and ships with new hardware, it is safe to assume that iOS 6.0 will be jailbreakable from the start but only on the older generation limera1nable A4 based devices. These are the iPHone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch 4. For the moment though this will be a tethered jailbreak solution.

We should mention that this tethered jailbreak won’t install Cydia yet. It will only give you root access which will enable you to install the custom packages of your choice using SSH. So, unless you are an advanced user or a developer it is best to stay away from this jailbreak until Cydia is fully compatible to work with iOS 6.

For those who are interested all you have to do is download iOS 6 GM and restore your device to it via the latest version of iTunes. Download Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4. Start Redsn0w and select Extras from the main interface followed by the Select IPSW option. Point to iOS 6 GM firmware and from the main screen select the Jailbreak option to start the process. Redsn0w will present you with onscreen instructions on how to enter your device into DFU mode. Once in DFU mode the jailbreaking procedure will start automatically. Once done your device will be rebooted into a jailbroken state. Redsn0w is available for both Mac and Windows.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New iPhone 5

9/12/2012 01:35:00 PM - 0 comments

Months of rumors and speculation have now come to an end with Apple officially announcing the new iPhone. It is finally here and it is not all that different from the leaks and reports that we have been sharing with you for the past couple of months.

As expected, the iPhone 5 comes with a design update along with specifications that puts it at the level of the high end Android smartphones.

Design

The first thing you notice is the design. The shape is similar to the iPhone 4/4S with the metal band and flat front/back. The biggest difference is the increased display size and aluminium and glass back. The iPhone 5 comes with a widescreen 4 inch retina display making it the same width as the iPhone 4S only taller. The iPhone 5’s headphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the device.

Hardware

The iPhone 5 weighs just 112 grams and is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. This makes it the thinnest smartphone to date with a depth of just 7.6mm. Instead of only glass on the back like the iPhone 4/4S, the iPhone 5’s back plate is two toned with glass at the top and bottom and metal everywhere else. The home button sits at the center underneath the screen and the volume buttons to the left hand side along with the mute/un-mute switch. The iPhone 5 has three microphones, one at the back, one at the front and one at the bottom which provides better quality sound and improved noise reduction.

Internals

The iPhone 5 is powered by an A6 processor which is twice as fast as the A5 meaning everything loads quicker. The speaker on the iPhone 5 has shrunk down 20% and the earpiece now supports noise cancellation for crisp and clear voice calls. Wideband audio has also been introduced meaning that you can hear frequencies you couldn’t on previous generation iPhones.

Wireless

Another new feature is the support for 4G LTE. Having 4G LTE means users will see marked improvements in streaming heavier content like HD videos and high quality audio streams. 4G LTE on the iPhone 5 supports speeds up to 100Mbps. Wi-Fi now supports two bands, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

Camera

The camera on the iPhone 5 has been improved and you get dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal, so your images come out in far greater quality while maintaining the same image resolution – 8 megapixels. The front-facing camera’s resolution has been increased to 720p HD from VGA on previous phones. The iPhone 5 comes with Panorama mode, so you can capture wide landscapes with ease, and saves the image at a 28-megapixels resolution.

Battery

The battery has been improved as well, and gives up to 8 hours of battery life on LTE. This is an improvement on the iPhone 4S.

Lightning Port

The iPhone 5 also features the new smaller dock connector which has been named Lightning. It is 80% smaller than the previous 30-pin connector. It has an adaptive interface, more durable, and can be plugged in to the device in any orientation.

Accessories

Apple are offering a dock connector converter for the iPhone – named the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter – which will allow you to use your older accessories with the newer hardware. All older accessories are compatible with the iPhone 5, excluding cases and sleeves. Also included in the box will be the all-new earphones called EarPods.

Nano-SIM

The iPhone 5 uses a new type of SIM card, which on many occasions have been referred to as Nano-SIM.

Price

Pricing is the usual we’ve come to expect over the last three years. The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. The iPhone 5 will be available in two colors – black and white.

Availability

The new iPhone 5 will go on pre-order on September 14th and will ship on September 21st. From September 14th it will be available for pre-order in the following countries: United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore. More countries will be added on September 28th. By December, it will be available in more than 100 countries around the globe.

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Worldwide LTE Support To Be A Feature Of The New iPhone 5

9/10/2012 10:17:00 AM - 0 comments

The official Apple Media Event takes place in two days and the iPhone related rumors and speculation hasn’t let up. Tim Cook and his team will take to the stage of the Yerba Buena Centre for Arts in just two days time and the sixth generation iPhone rumor mill is still going strong with the latest suggestions being that the new iPhone 5 will feature worldwide LTE support.

Over the past couple of months we have heard speculation about pretty much everything to do with the next generation iPhone including but not limited to the physical size and appearance, the inclusion of a new smaller dock connector as well as the potential inclusion of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

New reports are suggesting that Apple’s next iPhone will feature worldwide LTE functionality, potentially allowing customers to receive lighting fast cellular data speeds no matter where they are in the world. Rather than being limited to a home provider, the inclusion would mean that the device could receive LTE coverage in places like Asia, Europe and the Americas based on the availability of LTE services.

When it comes to LTE it looks like a number of carriers are likely not to offer the LTE services to customers meaning the device would drop back onto normal 3G data in these locations. In addition to that, Apple also have the threat of legal action from Samsung Electronics hanging over their heads due to the company holding over 800 LTE based patents. If Apple does decide to roll-out the new iPhone with LTE functionality we could see Samsung vs. Apple round two on the cards.

As always with reports and rumors we do have to wait to hear the official story and thankfully that is just two days away now.

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Apple’s Media Event To Include iPod Touch And iPod Nano

9/07/2012 10:15:00 AM - 0 comments

We have seen a couple of reports over the last few months mentioning the iPod nano and iPod Touch and if the report we’ve received is to be believed, the iPod touch and iPod nano are to see a significant refresh at next week’s special media event.

There have been numerous suggestions that Apple will radically redesign the iPod nano and change the iPod touch. The current watch-like form of the iPod nano is apparently set for a major redesign seeing it morph to an oblong design that will have a larger rectangular display along with a home button.

The home button isn’t the only trait that the new nano will share with its iOS running cousin either and as well as including Wi-Fi capabilities and support for iTunes in the Cloud, its operating system is also said to further represent iOS. If Apple is planning to keep the nano running for the foreseeable future it would make sense for users to be able to download and sync content on the fly even if only over Wi-Fi.

As we have seen in previous reports, the new look does look similar to the old iPod mini although the home button sites relative to the area that was previously covered by the old click wheel. It is yet to be see what the new iPod touch will bring, carrying the same old design for the past couple of years we do expect to see some sort of revamp such as the inclusion of a larger display which the iPhone 5 will hold or perhaps it will have a tweaked processor which would turn the iPod touch into a gaming powerhouse.

We have to wait until next week and the Apple Media Event of the 12th of September to hear the official announcements but if all looks really promising and we will keep you updated as soon as we hear anymore.

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Invites Sent Out For Apple Media Event On 12th September

9/05/2012 12:56:00 PM - 0 comments

Everyone is anticipating the next iPhone release and rumors and reports along with leaked images have been surfacing on a daily basis for the past couple of weeks. We can officially tell you now that Apple has released invitations to a special media event which is going to be held at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts on the 12th of September.

Each of the invitations sent out had the words “It’s almost here” inscribed on them. We do know that the media event will be held on September 12th, but we don’t know yet when the next iPhone will officially launch until Tim Cook reveals the key dates on September 12th. History does tell us however that it will probably be the following week.

Last year everyone was adamant that we were going to see an iPhone 5 and we were left with the iPhone 4S with better hardware but still more or less the same as the iPhone 4. Techies were delighted with the dual-core processor and 64GB memory options and there was also the introduction of Siri, the voice recognition feature.

This time around, the hardware leaks and general consensus suggests that the new iPhone will have a similar design as its predecessor and the upgrades are set to be as good as it gets. A quad-core chip, 4G LTE, larger screen and more RAM are just some of the anticipated improvements. The new device will also come with iOS 6 and it is likely to sell in huge numbers as the holiday season approaches.

As usual, we will be watching the media event and covering the details as they are released so be sure to keep your eyes on our website for more information as it is released. The wait is nearly over and we really can’t control our excitement.

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Capture And Edit Photos With Fotor For iOS

9/03/2012 12:19:00 PM - 0 comments

If you own an iPhone or an iPod touch and you like to take photos then you are going to love what we have to share with you today. If you want to be able to edit your photos without having to learn how to use photoshop then the Fotor app for iOS could be just what you have been waiting for.

Fotor is an image capturing and editing app that joins the list of photo based apps for iOS devices. This app is far better than what we have seen before and it really is great for editing images. The embedded iOS camera and native Camera app may be excellent but Fotor takes things further by using adding advanced features to the camera. It offers a features grid, burst image capture, a device stabilizer and an integrated timer. A photo realistic HDR mode is also part of the Fotor application and this is a great feature just by itself.

The best thing about the Fotor app is that when you use it there will be no such thing as a bad photo. The image you take might look dull and boring but the 1 tap enhancement features that come with this app will help you to transform your photo and that is before you even attempt to add some of the visual effects that are available.

The Fotor app for iOS is packed with over seventy five visual effects including Classic, Analog and Black and White filters. You will also find over twenty different frames to wrap around your edited photos. Album managers, color splash features, collage creation and a new and improved workflow make Fotor one of the most advanced app in its class.

If this sounds like the app for you, it is available on the App store for just $2.99 and at this price you really are getting a bargain.

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