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The warranty has been set in place especially for iPhones and must be bought at the time of the iPhone’s purchase, according to Apple.
However, a number of customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 4S on Oct. 7 reported not being able to purchase the warranty at the time they pre-ordered their smartphone.
Apple is giving customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S during the Oct. 7 pre-order time until Nov. 14 to buy AppleCare + and get the two years of extended coverage that the warranty offers.
Customers who pre-ordered their iPhones from Apple’s online store received an email from the Apple Online Store Team detailing how they can go about getting AppleCare + for their iPhones.
“We would like to let you know that every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee,” the email said.
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“We noticed you weren’t given the opportunity to add AppleCare+ to your iPhone. If you would like to extend your coverage for only $99, please reply to this email.”
In addition to two years of coverage, AppleCare + customers can get coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage. Any incidents reported under AppleCare + will also incur a $49 service fee.
Reports have indicated that Apple has established the AppleCare + warranty to do away with an untold custom of Genius Bar associated waving the $199 out-of-warranty replacement fee for damaged iPhones.
A source at an Apple retail store told MacRumors that this was often done as a “one-time exception.”
Trivia time! What’s one of the things iPhone 4S and iPad 2 have in common? Samsung’s A5 chip! After rumors earlier swirled that Apple might be looking into a new provider for their iOS chips, it looks like Samsung is still their choice for the A6 and A7:
Per Macrumors: “”Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner,” an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity. ”
Apple’s other choice would be TSMC but it’s hit some production issues as of late. It’s very understandable why Apple would want to be safe on their choice. iPhone 4S was delayed this year, and may or may not have affected the device’s sales.
iPad 3 is due sometime in the first quarter of 2012. If TSMC isn’t ready by the end of this year, expect iFixIt.com to pop open an iPad 3 with a Samsung chip inside it.
The iPhone 3GS.
Updating software on smartphones has become a scary proposition. It seems like you never know what glitch or bug might break your device.
At the same time, software updates promise all kinds of cool new features. And Apple’s iOS 5 is no exception. So it makes sense that iPhone 3GS users who aren’t ready to upgrade to the iPhone 4S would want to update their phones with the new software. But can a two-and-a half-years-old iPhone 3GS handle the new software?
Previous iOS upgrades have not gone smoothly for some people who had older hardware. When iPhone 3G users first upgraded to iOS 4.0, many noticed that the phone slowed down and the new software drained the battery. Some of this was corrected via bug fixes from Apple, but it took a while.
Apple says that the new iOS 5 software is fine for iPhone 3GS devices. The software has been out less than a week, but there are complaints from some users. The biggest issue we’ve heard from people is regarding battery life. One iPhone 3GS user vents his frustration on an Apple message board:
“Upgraded my 3GS to iOS5 on Wednesday, and now it runs out of battery after about six hours with no use, four hours or less with occasional email use. Had to recharge it three times yesterday, and after four hours today …Never had these issues until this upgrade.”
Another user said:
“Same for me, four hours from 100% to 16% with no use iPhone 3Gs”.
It’s hard to pinpoint the culprit, but people responding on the message board who initially had a similar problem explained that resetting email and turning off certain functions, such as GPS location services, Bluetooth, push notifications and iCloud back-up may help fix the problem. Also, if battery life is an issue in general, you may consider reducing the brightness on the screen of your device, and turning off Wi-Fi when you’re not at home or near or a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Still, even when you turn off all of these options, some people say that the OS is still a bit sluggish, post-iOS 5 upgrade.
That said, the phone is still functional after the upgrade, even if the battery life is diminished and performance is slightly affected. What this means for you is that you have to balance these potential pitfalls with what you’ll be getting in exchange. Keep in mind that this software update is a big one. The new iOS 5 has more than 200 updates. Some of these new features are not necessarily a big deal. But there are enough worthwhile enhancements that you may not want to wait for. Unlike the previous iOS update, which actually did not offer too many enhancements for iPhone 3G users, almost all of the features in the iOS 5 update will function on the older iPhone 3GS, as well as the newer devices.
The ones that we think are most interesting are the new notification screen, which gives you a pull-down menu for all of your notifications, so that they’re not just popping up on the screen.
I also really like the upgraded camera and photo apps. Now you can pinch the page to zoom in, and you can even take a picture by clicking the volume button. You can also edit pictures right on your phone, such as removing red-eye and enhancing the colour. While these are not earth-shattering enhancements, they are incremental improvements, which make using the camera on your iPhone a little easier.
I’m also pretty excited about the iMessage function that will allow you to send text messages, photos, videos and contacts to other iOS users on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. And I like the wireless syncing for iTunes and the ability to get over-the-air software updates.
If you do decide to upgrade, keep in mind that things can go wrong. And if you’re a few minor updates behind on your device, there’s more of a chance that the software will get hung up when you try to update. That’s why it’s very important to back-up your iPhone before you begin updating the software. (To do that, you simply plug in your phone to iTunes and sync it.) That way, if something goes wrong, you can completely wipe the device and start from scratch. And you’ll be able to reload it with everything that you originally had on your phone.
Also, keep in mind that when a big software update like this comes out, app developers will also be releasing new versions of their apps. So you may have to update your apps or even re-download some of them. If it’s an app you paid for already, the App Store will recognise that you have already bought the app, and you won’t be forced to pay again.
So, what should you do? It really depends on how badly you want these new features. We haven’t heard of iPhone 3GS users having such terrible problems that their phones no longer work. But you may be forced to charge your phone more often. And there may be times when it isn’t as quick. If you can live with these inconveniences, then go for it. Otherwise, you may want to keep things the same and enjoy all the new features should you eventually upgrade to the iPhone 4S.
The problem is that once you upgrade, it’s hard to revert back to older versions of the software. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy.
The last three months provided an unprecedented opportunity for Android devices to get themselves integrated into enterprise systems while the world waited for the iPhone 5, according to the latest figures from Good Technology.
Good tracks devices that have been registered with its push email infrastructure, generally employees’ own devices that have been provisioned on the company network, and reports that while the iPad has topped out and the iPhone is slowing down, in terms of registrations, Android devices have been quick to fill the void.
Not that the void will last long, according to Good; the analysts put the rise in Android registrations firmly down to the fact that everyone was waiting for the much-rumoured iPhone 5. Good VP Andy Jacques assured us that the company fully expects to see a surge in registrations as those four million iPhone 4S handsets get brought into the office.
Having said that, it’s worth noting that Good saw a lot of Android growth in 4G handsets: the Sprint EVO 4G and HTC Thunderbolt both offer headline speeds with which the iPhone 4S can’t compete.
But when it comes to tablets there’s nothing holding Apple back or offering decent competition to the iPad’s dominance. Android tablets make up only 1 or 2 per cent of the total, described by Good as little more than a rounding error.
Good has been having a hard time keeping a straight face following the convulsions afflicting RIM’s infrastructure. The company gets no figures for RIM devices but reckons the writing was on the wall for the BlackBerry maker anyway as companies increasingly expect their staff to provide their own mobile-computing technology, and thus need a messaging platform that works across device platforms.
We can’t help noting that such bring-your-own-tech policies never seem to extend to the upper echelons, but that’s not Good’s fault, and if employees want the latest iGadget then companies would be foolish not to let them pay for it. ®
Article source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/20/good_figures/
Computerworld - Apple’s iOS 5 and the new iPhone 4S, which went on sale Friday, are packed with new features, many of which should boost the productivity and on-the-road capabilities of professional users. But, as with many consumer-oriented mobile platforms making their way into the workplace, iOS 5 and Apple‘s new iCloud service present some serious challenges in business environments.
Security issues involving iCloud and several other features will likely be the first things IT professionals weigh when it comes to iOS 5, which Apple rolled out last week. That’s good, because even though Apple quietly provided some new enterprise features in iOS 5 that should make iPhones and iPads better corporate citizens, new concerns have emerged.
What to worry about
Out of the 200-plus new features in iOS 5, there are really just three that pose new security challenges: iCloud syncing and backup, location-based services like the new Find My Friends app, and the Siri virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S.
iCloud — too much sharing?
Apple’s iCloud is a unique brand of cloud services that’s geared more toward personal use than professional. It allows users to sync all their personal data — contacts, calendars, emails, notes, iTunes media, photos, documents and so on — across all their iOS devices and Macs (and to some extent Windows PCs). Users can also back up their iOS device data wirelessly to Apple’s iCloud storage or to their Mac or Windows computer using iTunes.
This is a rich set of features for consumers, as it ensures easy access to virtually all data that’s supported by Apple’s iOS 5 as well as the security of having a backup of core iOS information that can be restored anytime, anywhere.
While that ease of access is great for end users, it raises serious questions for iOS devices used for work, be those devices company-owned or, as is increasingly the case, employee-owned. Given that the service debuted only last week — and had a problematic rollout at that — there are now more questions than answers. If iPhone users in the workplace start asking about using iCloud, ask yourself these questions:
Will confidential corporate data such as documents, global contacts and emails be synced to a user’s home computer? Might they reside on Apple’s iCloud servers after a user has left a company? What if someone gains access to a user’s iCloud account by stealing a device or through a phishing or social engineering attack? Could photos taken with an iOS device in the office be pushed across a range on devices and computers by iCloud’s Photo Stream feature?
Even more concerning is the uncertainty about whether users are putting business information onto their device(s) and into iCloud. At this point, how would an IT shop know?
What appears to be a great consumer feature could turn out to be a professional minefield. Caution is warranted.
Find My Friends — or my unsecured iOS device
One extension of iCloud is the new Find My Friends app, which functions very much like Google’s Latitude. If your friends or other contacts give the OK, you can see their current whereabouts on a map — and vice versa.
Find My Friends offers a lot of useful potential in a business context. It can ensure colleagues can easily locate each other at a conference or some other event. It can help managers monitor employees assigned to mobile tasks like deliveries.
Unfortunately, it also allows anyone who is designated as a “friend” to locate a user or his/her iPhone or iPad. That could be a prelude to theft. Find My Friends could also be used to covertly monitor a user during off hours, which — beyond being an invasion of privacy — could open someone up to blackmail or other forms of coercion.
On a personal level, if you download and set up Find My Friends on an iDevice, I suggest you be extremely cautious about who is allowed to follow you. More on what to do about Find My Friends in an enterprise environment in a moment.
Siri — say what?
The iPhone 4S’s virtual assistant feature poses it own set of concerns. Since Siri is integrated into iOS 5, it has at least some level of access to all of Apple’s built-in iOS apps, including Mail, Messages, Calendar, Notes and so on.
Thus, it’s conceivable that when a user asks Siri to read business content such as an email, others nearby might be able to overhear confidential information. Similarly, and perhaps more concerning, a user sending a text message, making an appointment or dictating into any app on the iPhone 4S could be overheard.
With so much hype surrounding the impending release of Apple’s iPhone 5 its easy to get lost amidst the sea of rumours and “leaked” information. We’ve grabbed some of the biggest iPhone 5 rumours floating around the web and given our opinion on them below. More rumours will be reviewed and posted as they continue to seep through. Stay tuned for updates.
Antenna Fix for the iPhone 5
Of course news of the iPhone 4’s now infamous antenna problems have now reached enough public and media attention that it’s pretty safe to assume that Apple will be addressing this issue in the iPhone 5 release.
Rumours vary as to whether or not the antenna on the next iPhone will be internal or external, but you can rest assured that Apple will be taking this issue very, very seriously.
The iPhone 5 will be called the iPhone 5G or iPhone 4G
A lot of websites and internet rumour mongers have been referring to the iPhone 5 as the iPhone 5G. While we don’t totally discount the possibility of Apple opting to adopt this moniker we do think it highly unlikely. The iPhone 3G was thus named for its 3G compatibility. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, was still only a 3G, not a 4G device, thus it was simply titled the iPhone 4, without the G.
It’s therefore pretty acceptable to predict a similar naming style for the iPhone 5, as 5G technology hasn’t even been invented yet.
Moreover we doubt the next iteration of the iPhone will be called the iPhone 4G, despite claims that it will operate on Verizon’s (and also soon ATT’s) “4G” LTE network. We hold this opinion for two major reasons:
- Very few countries have 4G support, so from a marketing perspective the moniker “4G” will be meaningless to any customer not currently living in a nation with a 4G network.
- Whether or not Verizon’s “4G” LTE network is actually true 4G is under contestation, as it certainly doesn’t fit the guidelines laid down by a number of professionals and associations. While it is true that the LTE network is a fantastic step forwards for wireless internet, it’s beginning to look like the branding of “4G” may have been a little premature. Apple may not want to name their flagship product after LTE technology, the title of which may or may not be defunct in the near future.
Improved iPhone 5 Battery Life
Many sites are claiming that the iPhone 5 will have significantly improved battery life, using the iPad’s impressive power reserves as an example. While we’re sure Apple will certainly be working on this, it’s unfair to use the iPad for comparison as the iPad has much more real estate in which to fit a larder lithium battery than a phone.
We expect to see battery life extended predominantly through clever software tweaks, rather than massive hardware improvements.
It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 5 is rumoured heavily to be a “4G” phone, operating on the LTE network. LTE technology is a big drain on battery life, so if the iPhone 5 does end up having 4G connectivity expect to see battery life shortened when on the internet, rather than extended.
” The new technology involves the implementation of the so-called ‘multi-step constant-current constant-voltage (CC-CV) charging technique,’ which will increase the energy density of the new battery cell. More efficient batteries will also allow making them smaller, resulting in a better use of space within the electronic device.”
Near Field Communication (NFC)
There’s a lot of buzz on the indicator at the moment regarding NFC and whether or not it’s the next big thing.
Near field communication is basically a short-range way of transferring data wirelessly between to specific points.
Google first introduced NFC via their Android OS. NFC pushes are hoping that it will, in time, replace credit cards, becoming the next big thing for electronic payments. Theoretically a customer won’t have to carry a wallet around for money anymore, instead having to simply swipe their phone at a store or supermarket in order to complete a transaction.
Opinions currently vary strongly over NFC and its security, as well as validity and plausibility as a world-wide replacement for more traditional payment methods.
It would certainly make sense for Apple to include this function in the iPhone 5, if for no other reason than that Google Android is already doing it. Whether or not it’s something that should really be concerning you, however, is anyone’s opinion.
iPhone 5 Release Date
Of course various rumours for release dates have been circulating wildly for the iPhone 5. Despite claims that we’ll be seeing it in early 2011 we’d suggest you don’t hold out too many hopes of that.
If you follow Apple’s standard product cycle and factor in the negligible amount of hype being generated directly by Apple themselves then it’s safer to assume that we’ll be seeing the iPhone 5 in late June – Early July of 2011. This would certainly be in keeping with Apple’s standard release patterns.
Apple is Ditching the Home Button
Recently Apple has been showing off some new gesture tweaks they’ve made to the iOS.
Since the confirmation that these tweaks will be left out of the next iOS 4.3 update, Apple fanbois have been claiming that we’re certain to see them in iOS 5.
The tweaks allow for multi-finger gestures of up to 4 or 5 fingers at a time. One such demonstrated command was placing all five fingers on the device and closing your hand, causing all your digits to converge on the same point. This prompted the device to return to the home screen, in exactly the same way the home screen button currently does.
Apple has neither confirmed nor denied that they are intending for these commands to replace the single hardware navigation button on iOS devices. They have made a statement claiming that currently the multi-gesture interface is just a product concept, one that they’ll wait to hear more feedback on from the public before they go ahead and begin to plan implementation.
Personally we hold out hopes that the home button stays just where it is. While multi-gesture interfacing certainly does appear to give a more streamlined experience, we know for a fact that Apple products aren’t beyond software hiccups. Often iPhone screens will freeze, leaving only the home screen button to return the user to the menu and refresh the screen. This is an important function, as the only other alternative would be to turn the phone on and off again.
Nothing against multi-gesture commands, Apple. But please don’t rob us of our home screen button in its application. Surely there’s room for both in the iOS coding and the extra cm of screen real estate granted by removing the button is hardly worth it in our opinion.
The iPhone 5 will have LTE “4G” Support
With the iPhone finally making its debut on Verizon’s popular CDMA network in the US, predictions of the iPhone 5 using Verizon’s LTE network don’t require an appreciable leap of logic.
Whether or not the much awaited device will actually have the super-fast LTE connectivity is currently uncertain, as Apple has made no announcements indicating one way or another.
It would certainly make sense for Apple to make the move to “4G”, lest they run the risk of being seen as lagging behind the competition.
Another reason it’s reasonable to expect the iPhone 5 to have LTE support is ATT’s sudden interest in adopting the new service. ATT has announced that by mind 2011 they will have several “4G” compatible devices on their new LTE network. This boost in interest by America’s second largest Telco could conceivably have been prompted by the iPhone’s switch to the Verizon network. ATT would find itself unable to compete with a Verizon 4G iPhone 5, if it was only offering the inferior speeds of HSPA+ (often called 3.75G) for exactly the same device.
iPhone 5 Will Get an 8MP Camera
This rumour sounds pretty straight forward, as basically the entire next-gen of high-end smartphones sport 8MP cameras.
However, there’s a little more to it than that. Omnivision recently announced that their new camera, the OV8830, will sport some significant upgrades. Omnivision just happens to be the company that supplies the camera to the current generation of iPhones.
The iPhone 5 Will Have a Totally Revamped Design
This is an extremely popular rumour that Apple is only encouraging. Dozens of sources are claiming that they have access to, or have accurate predictions on what the iPhone 5 will look like.
As it stands at the moment (late January 2011) no one actually knows.
Any video or photo you’re likely to see around the web are almost doubtlessly fakes designed to either generate website hits or for culture jamming purposes. Be sure to keep your eye out if this redesign interests you especially, but take anything that isn’t straight from the mouth of Apple with a big grain of salt.
Graphics Boost for the iPhone 5
Obviously with each generation Apple will be looking to upgrade their on-screen graphics. The Retina Display on the iPhone 4 was a great improvement on the already impressive 3GS’s display. But if the point of a retina display is that the human eye can’t tell difference between it and a display with more pixels then where do you go next?
Graphics isn’t all about pixilation and crisp lines. The potential for gaming, video support and video output will only continue to increase as time goes by.
Video: While it’s true that for text or still pictures the iPhone 4’s screen is relatively flawless, for video it’s still somewhat lacking. Yes, it’s definitely one of the best phone screens on the market but there is definitely room for improvement.
As we become more used to our smartphones people are beginning to use them to their full potential. This includes things like transferring movies to your iPhone so you can watch them on the bus or train. There’s absolutely no harm in Apple investing a little bit of money in to improving this experience for its customers.
Video Output: Many of the iPhone’s competitors are beginning to come with HDMI output. This means that any video you have stored, or have recorded on your phone can be simply connected to a TV or Computer monitor via HDMI cable and played straight from your phone.
Currently the iPhone 4 lacks this capability. While we’re not certain if the iPhone 5 will come with an HDMI port, it could still use a graphics boost purely for when its videos are being streamed to a larger screen.
It has even been reported that the iPhone 5 will have 1080p video output.
Gaming: Talk has been circulating that with phones now sporting such powerful processors then the games available on phones should be vastly more in-depth than they currently are. Sure we’re starting to see some impressive titles like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Infinity Blade, but when you get down to the nitty gritty these games still tend to lack a lot of the depth when compared to dedicated portable gaming consoles.
The reason? iPhones still don’t really have what it takes to handle extremely in-depth games because their graphics engine support is extremely limited. Once again graphics isn’t just about having pretty pixels. Every reflected or blocked ray of light, every puff of smoke, every polygon has to be tracked and displayed by your graphical support. With a decent graphical upgrade iPhones will definitely have what it takes to start supporting some real, honest to goodness console-style games.
Sure, you’ll always be a far cry from what you can get on the latest console or PC, phones are portable after all, but you can still start fronting some decent games that will give the portable gaming community some fierce competition.
iPhone 5 Will be Cheaper than the iPhone 4
Once again there’s little to back this one up, but it’s worth a mention due to the prevailing nature of this rumour around the web. Strangely enough there don’t seem to be stating the opposite – that the iPhone 5 will be more expensive.
However, it’s entirely possible you can just chalk this one up to wishful thinking.
iPhone 5 to be Smaller Than iPhone 4
This rumour is probably the result of a misreading of another rumour – that Apple is working on a mini or nano version of the iPhone that it will release for a cheaper price in order to contend with the budget Android market.
The iPhone Nano (as it’s being commonely referred to) is expected to be released with a price tag of around $200 in the US.
For now place your bets on the iPhone 5 being the same size as its predecessors.
19th October 2011
The technology giant Apple began selling the latest addition to the iPhone family on October 14, 2011.
With its 16 gigabyte capacity for the $199 model, 32 gigabytes for the $299 one and 64 gigabytes for the $399 iPhone 4S, Apple fans who stood in line in Apple stores are not disappointed at all.
At 4.5 inches in height, the device offers a rich retina display as well as a widescreen multi-touch display that Apple fans were so excited about. As usual, pre-orders of the device were delayed since the company had to wait for the iPhone 4S to be launched officially.
The wait was worth it though according to Apple fans since the iPhone 4S offers a range of functions including high definition video recording.
According to sources the 1080p HD video recording capability of the device is likened to that of a 40 inch flat panel TV and what makes it a lot better than other phones is that it captures 30 frames per second with ease and with audio too.
Talk time on this new phone from Apple is 8 hours even on 3G and a good 14 hours on 2G. It also gives users internet time for up to 6 hours when using 3G and 9 hours on Wi-Fi.
At 4.9 ounces and a little heavier than previous Apple phones, the iPhone 4S offers more than an attractive interface. It has a processor twice as fast as the processor of its predecessors rendering graphics 7 times faster.
For video calling, users of the new iPhone can use Facetime. With iOS 5 just recently released, using the iPhone 4S with this new operating system will further improve its performance.
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I admit, when the new iOS 5 update for Apple devices was coming out, I had iTunes open all morning with my iPhone 4 attached… waiting… waiting… waiting until finally the new version of iOS was available for download. I stopped everything I was doing and quickly initiated the process of updating my device. After two excruciating hours, my iPhone 4 was finally ready to go and I couldn’t be anymore happy. Who needs an iPhone 4S when you’ve already got iOS 5?
After playing around with my revitalized gadget, I discovered a lot of great new features included in the iOS 5 update, but no release is without its problems. Here’s my top five annoying issues with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone touch, you might very well have the same irritating problems.
1. Setting Up iCloud Is a Pain with MobileMe
Apple’s new iCloud system was definitely no easy task to enable, especially since I use a MobileMe account with iTunes. When I tried setting it up on my iPhone, it directed me to move my MobileMe account to iCloud first. Okay.
When I did that, it looked like I could get my iPhone 4 updated just fine after the move, but it also warned that if I didn’t update my computer to the new OS X Lion (I’m still using Snow Leopard) that I would have some issues, including sync problems with my calendars, contacts, etc. Why would I want any problems? Okay.
I eventually installed Lion on one of my computers and started the move to iCloud, which from this point on, wasn’t hard at all.
Most of you probably won’t have an issue like this if your Apple ID is not a MobileMe account. For you, Apple has some really simple instructions for setting up iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Check them out if you need guidance. MobileMe users, you’ll just have to get your system and devices up to par before you can do anything with iCloud.
2. Newsstand Won’t Budge
I’m a very organized guy, digitally and physically, so I like my iPhone just as tidy as everything else. My app icons are organized perfectly for me with my most used apps up front and center and the rest in appropriately labeled folders. But not any more. There’s one problem app that will not let me move it to a folder—Newsstand.
I’m never going to use Apple’s new Newsstand on my iPhone. I might use it on an iPad, but no way on my iPhone, so why can’t this one app move into a folder like any other? You can add any other built-in application into a folder, including the App Store, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Photos, Reminders, Settings—everything except Newsstand. So, why? Because it’s not really an app, it’s a folder, and you can’t put folders into folders.
Thankfully, there’s a solution. Kinda.
You can put the Newsstand app into a folder, but you need to be quick about it. I tried it and it worked after a few attempts. Go into edit mode as usual on the SpringBoard, then take one app and drag it into another app to start the folder creation process.
Now, with the speed of light, when it’s working to create the folder, quickly throw in the Newsstand app. It may take a few tries, but eventually you’ll finally be able get it in there.
But there are a few problems with this solution. Firstly, you won’t be able to see the Newsstand app unless you’re in the folder directly. It pretty much disappears otherwise, as you can see in the right screenshot in the image above. Secondly, you will NOT be able to open the Newsstand app at all. Doing so from inside a folder will crash the SpringBoard. So, if you want to actually use it, drag it back out of the folder and directly onto the SpringBoard where it wants to be.
3. Notifications Can’t Be Shut Off
I love the new Notification Center in iOS 5 on my iPhone, but one thing I don’t like about it—you can’t turn it off. In the previous iOS version, there was a handy toggle switch that allowed you to turn notifications on and off (pictured below). But now… that option does not exist.
Why is this a big deal? Because many iPhone owners keep their device on all night. I do because I use it as my alarm. So, it’s pretty annoying to be woken up by a new notification in the middle of the night. Sure you could go in and change the options for individual apps, but who wants to keep changing them all of the time?
Your solution depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. If you want a good night’s sleep like me, just quiet your iPhone using Airplane Mode, which is the best way to quickly turn off Wi-Fi and the cellular network. Turn it on by simply going to Settings and turning on Airplane Mode at the top. This will disable the cellular network (voice and data), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and silences all notifications throughout the night. But don’t worry, your alarm will still work.
The problem with the above solution is that you won’t be able to receive emergency phone calls. So, if you’re worried about important calls coming in, keep Airplane Mode disabled and turn off both Wi-Fi and Cellular Data instead, which will stop notifications dead in their tracks. Disable wireless internet by going to Settings and clicking on Wi-Fi, then toggling it off on the next screen.
For disabling cellular data, go to Settings, General, Network and toggle Cellular Data off.
But still, both of these options are problematic overall, like if you want to disable notifications from popping up during a streamed Netflix movie or something. Maybe an iOS update will bring back the Notifications toggle switch. Who knows.
4. What’s with the Stock Ticker?
Back to notifications… the new Notification Center is awesome, but there’s that one annoying item in it that everyone’s trying to get rid of—the Stock ticker. Once you get rid of it, it’s no longer annoying. But until you do, I’m sure you’ll love seeing how much Apple shares are going for.
To remove the Stock Widget from the Notification Center, go to Settings and then Notifications. Now scroll down until you find the Stock Widget. Click on it and toggle it off for the Notification Center. When you return to the previous menu, it will now be located in the “Not In Notification Center” section. You can also do this for the Weather Widget, if you don’t like that one either.
And alternative method for removing the Stock Widget ticker is by going to the Notifications menu and hitting the Edit button. When in edit mode, you can drag applications to reorder them and move them from “In” to “Not In,” and vice versa. Dragging the Stock Widget to the “Not In” section automatically disables it, as in above.
5. You Can’t Delete Pictures from Photo Stream
If you got iCloud working, the Photo Stream features is pretty cool. When you enable the Photo Stream feature, all new snapshots that you take with your camera are streamed to iCloud and pushed to your other Apple devices. Only problem is, it’s all or nothing. You can’t choose what makes it into the Photo Stream—or what doesn’t. Once an image has been added to Photo Stream, there’s no way to delete it, even after deleting from your Camera Roll.
You can stop unwanted picture from reaching Photo Stream by disabling Photo Stream every time you’re about to take those types of pictures. But that’s kind of a pain, and it deletes all of your photos already stored in the cloud. You can also wait it out—Apple only stores your most recent 1,000 pics, so they might get pushed out of iCloud. Or you could wait 30 days (how long each photo is kept) for it to delete itself from Photo Stream.
Another way… visit icloud.com, log in and delete any unwanted photos or reset it completely.
Besides the above problems, I’m really enjoying iOS 5 on my iPhone 4. It’s a great improvement over iOS 4, but I wish some of my third-party apps would adjust already so they’re back in tip-top shape. What about you? Any gripes about the new iOS 5 on your device?
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(CNN) — Nobody’s perfect. And despite generally strong reviews and record early sales, the iPhone 4S is no exception.
Apple’s new phone went on sale Friday in the U.S. and six other countries, and maybe no rollout this massive (Apple reported selling 4 million of the new phones over the weekend) could be expected to be without problems.
So far, there’s been no 4S equivalent to the iPhone 4′s “Antennagate.” But as folks put their new gadget through its paces, some early complaints have appeared on online message boards.
Taking iPhone’s Siri for a spin
Some of these may be early-run blips (that’s how we’re going to categorize the problems that some customers had activating their phones over the weekend). Whether they become enduring causes of headaches remains to be seen. (Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment.)
But here are five of the most frequent complaints we’ve heard about the iPhone 4S:
1. Slow service on Sprint
The big news on the carrier front for the iPhone 4S was that Sprint would be added as an approved mobile carrier, joining ATT and Verizon.
But some Sprint customers didn’t get off to a very good start. Many users were reporting slow data speed for the first couple of days.
A thread on the Sprint community forum has 23 pages of people talking about slow data speed.
“Sprint, we need some answer. Are you guys doing iPhone specific throttling?” one person posted. “You will lose your customer if the customer finding their iPhone unusable … “
This isn’t the first time Sprint’s speed has come into question. In PCMag’s June survey of the fastest mobile networks, Sprint trailed Verizon and ATT in most regions of the country.
A Sprint news release said Friday was the biggest sales day of a mobile device in its history, surpassing expectations.
“As always, Sprint is carefully monitoring the performance of the 3G network,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat said in a written statement to CNN. “We are looking into a small number of reports of slow data speeds when using the iPhone 4S, however there are also reports showing that Sprint’s network is the fastest, such as the Gizmodo report that came out earlier today.”
2. Weak battery
At the October 4 presentation unveiling the iPhone 4S, Phil Schiller , Apple vice president for product management, praised its “fantastic battery life” that would allow people to talk for eight hours before needing to charge the device again.
But that’s not the experience everyone is reporting.
Apple review site iLounge published a review of the phone, including battery-life comparisons.
“After three days of non-stop testing, we had a clear answer: The iPhone 4S is generally more power hungry than the iPhone 4, and Apple has only made the slightest capacity improvement to the iPhone 4S’s battery,” the review reads. “Moreover, whereas Apple underpromised with the iPhone 4′s battery estimates, it comes closer to overpromising with the iPhone 4S.”
The review says that using Wi-Fi consistently and using the phone mainly for calls and Web browsing wears the battery out at roughly the same speed as the iPhone 4, while playing videos and music or using a 3G connection will drain it faster.
3. Siri outside the United States
Demand for the iPhone 4S was clearly global. But one of its biggest selling-points, the built-in voice assistant Siri, only works fully stateside.
While many of its built-in features work anywhere, location based actions don’t. So, using Siri to, say, find a local business or get driving directions, doesn’t work elsewhere.
Even queries asking for the time of day weren’t working in Canada, according to some reports.
Compounding that problem (for some folks both inside and outside the U.S.) is the fact that Siri has trouble understanding heavy accents.
It currently works with English, French and German (with more languages coming). But non-native English speakers have reported lots of trouble.
We can only imagine how Siri’s doing in Scotland.
4. Camera problems
Another big selling point for the 4S is its 8-megapixel camera, which is a pretty significant jump from the 5 megapixels on the iPhone 4 and 3 megapixels on the iPhone 3GS.
Reviews of the images the phone renders have been overwhelmingly positive, with users reporting a major difference in clarity.
But the same “shutter speed” issues users have complained about on previous iPhones appear to be back again.
In a forum discussion on Apple’s site, some reported that when they’d take a photo, the camera got stuck with the shutter closed or moved really slowly. Others said the camera wasn’t working at all, although it looks like they were largely able to fix that by turning the phone off and restarting.
5. Screen appearance
At least it looks like there’s an easy answer for this one.
Some buyers are reporting a yellowish tint or spots on the screen of their phones, making the resolution fuzzier than older phones.
This is an issue that previous iPhones had as well. While Apple has never officially explained it (presumably because it hasn’t impacted enough people), technicians have reportedly said it’s residue from the manufacturing process.
The tint tends to fade after a couple of days.
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Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/tech/mobile/iphone-4s-problems/
It’s time to grab the jailbreak for iOS 5, on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or iPad. Prepare to free yourself from Apple’s totalitarian walled garden of parody-free, sexless, family friendliness. Here are the best jailbreaking resources, in today’s The Long View…
[Attention, experienced jailbreakers: This article describes the latest tethered JB in terms that the average user might grok. It also includes a list of my top tips to make a jailbreak go smoothly.]
First things first: understand the difference between a “jailbreak” and an “unlock”. A jailbreak allows you to install apps from places other than Apple’s App Store. An unlock allows you to use a different cellular carrier than the one blessed by your phone, and usually requires you to jailbreak the phone first. Both are perfectly legal, and jailbreaking does not encourage software piracy — no matter what Apple PR may appear to imply.
Second: understand the difference between a “tethered” and an “untethered” jailbreak. A if a jailbreak is said to be tethered, it means that the jailbreak is undone if you reboot the phone — in other words, you must connect your phone to your PC or Mac to properly boot it. An untethered jailbreak is the gold standard, because you don’t need to muck about with any of that nonsense.
At the time of writing, the jailbreak available for iOS 5 is tethered. If you don’t understand the implications of that, then go back and read the previous paragraph!
You’ll need to use a jailbreaking tool to tweak the version of iOS on your phone. You’ll want the latest version of Redsn0w (0.9.9b6, at time of writing). Some Windows users have also reported success with the Sn0wbreeze tool. You’ll also want iTunes version 10.5 and have already downloaded a copy of the iOS 5 install image (the IPSW file).
All the links for these and their detailed instructions are below, but first, here are some top tips, learned from bitter experience. Ignore them at your peril:
- Before doing anything, back up your iPhone in iTunes.
- Make sure you stop iTunes from automatically updating itself — A long-term fear is that Apple may introduce anti-jailbreaking code into a future iTunes update, stop that software from auto-updating.
- Make sure you stop iTunes from automatically updating your iPhone — iOS updates will almost always undo a jailbreak and you may find that new updates aren’t jailbreakable (at least, for a few days or weeks).
- Plug your iPhone directly into a USB socket on your Mac or PC’s case — do not use a USB hub.
- Unplug as many other other USB devices as you possibly can.
- Use a genuine Apple USB cable, or a 3rd party cable that you know to be of good quality — some cheapo cables can appear to work fine for regular syncing and charging, but fail in subtle ways when jailbreaking.
- Be patient — some of the steps involved in jailbreaking an iPhone take longer than you might think. If it appears to have hung, it probably hasn’t. Set aside plenty of time to do the jailbreak; the last thing you want to do is interrupt it mid-process.
As ever, take care; read and understand all the caveats, both here and in the linked articles — lest you create an expensive brick. Neither I, nor Computerworld are responsible for anything you choose to do with your iDevice — only you are.
Taimur Asad and his colleagues are doing a consistently good job of explaining all the steps you need to take to jailbreak. Here’s their guide to jailbreaking iOS 5. If for some reason you prefer to use Sn0wbreeze, here’s the guide for that.
Now what? Once you’re jailbroken, you should see an app called Cydia. Open that and the world of open iOS apps is yours.
What’s your favorite app that requires a jailbreak? Leave a comment below…
Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. As well as The Long View, he’s also the creator and main author of Computerworld’s IT Blogwatch — for which he has won American Society of Business Publication Editors and Jesse H. Neal awards on behalf of IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be richij‘s friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: TLV@richij.com. You can also read Richi’s full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.