October 30, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
The iPhone 4S is a record setting hot seller thanks to features like Siri and availability on carriers like Sprint, but not everyone is biting. The most common question we get is whether it’s more advisable to plunk down on the 4S now or wait until next year for Apple’s next iPhone which will invariably come with a new bag of tricks. For the majority of users we advise taking the plunge now, but the answer is different for each user based on their circumstance and preferences. For the sake of both sides of the argument, here’s a look at several reasons to buy the iPhone 4S now, followed by a few reasons to consider skipping it.
Siri: Any discussion of the iPhone 4S must start here. Unlike voice command products of the past, which were too robotic and too inaccurate, Siri is receiving (mostly) high marks both for its ability to understand plain English and for its accuracy in figuring out what you’re really looking for it to do. But Siri is just one of a number of features the iPhone 4S offers, most of which are less sexy and less publicized…
A5: This microprocessor family first debuted in the iPad 2, and what it brings to the table is speed. Don’t be fooled by the familiar body style of the iPhone 4S, as it’s a different beast inside. The A5 runs circles around the A4 found in the iPhone 4, particularly when using apps (like video games) which are complex and require a large amount of computation or display complex graphics.
Sprint: This one is simple. The iPhone 4 was initially available only on ATT, then later expanded to Verizon. The iPhone 4S adds Sprint compatibility to the first two.
You’re eligible: If you’re still clinging to your iPhone 3GS because you weren’t upgrade eligible for the iPhone 4 last year or because you couldn’t afford a new phone last year, the iPhone 4S rewards you for waiting. The 4S is a second chance to get the iPhone 4 at upgrade-eligible pricing (anyone who bought a 3GS in 2009 is certainly eligible for an upgrade by now), and it’s a better device than the original iPhone 4.
It’s in white: So you bought an iPhone 4 sixteen months ago, and you ended up with black even though you wanted white because the white model was delayed. As shallow as it may sound, the 4S gives you an excuse to get a white one.
Capacity: The iPhone 4S is the first iPhone to offer sixty-four gigabytes of storage on the high end, meaning you might finally be able to fit all of your music on it. That could mean jettisoning that old iPod classic model you’ve been keeping around purely for capacity purposes.
iOS 5: Apple’s new operating system runs fine on the iPhone 4 and it’s a free upgrade. But as users have found out, its more advanced features run better on the faster iPhone 4S.
There are, of course, reasons to think twice about the iPhone 4S and consider holding off for next year’s iPhone…
Battery: The iPhone 4 represented a major advance in battery life over the 3GS, but the 4S doesn’t offer a substantial boost over the 4. Furthermore, a handful of 4S buyers have found themselves subjected to a bug which actually drains battery faster than ever. That bug should be cleaned up in the iOS 5.0.1 software update, but it might be worth holding off from buying at least until that arrives.
4G LTE: With the carriers being slow to build their nationwide 4G LTE networks (none of them has covered more than about a third of their respective customers, and some of them have done far worse), most iPhone 4S users won’t care that it doesn’t have LTE networking built in. But if you’re the type who likes to buy a phone and then hand onto it for awhile (read: more than a year), you might resent the iPhone 4S by this time next year when the iPhone 5 debuts with 4G LTE built in and the carriers have finally built 4G LTE towers in your town.
You’re not eligible: If you have an iPhone 4, you might or might not be eligible for upgrade pricing as of now. Despite two year contracts, carriers offer upgrade pricing at twelve, eighteen, or twenty month intervals after you bought your most recent phone (good luck trying to calculate which interval you’re on; better to just call them and ask). If you’re not yet upgrade-eligible, and those who bought their iPhone 4 later in the game almost certainly aren’t, you could look at paying $399 or $449 for the “$199″ iPhone 4S model. This is true of all carriers and all phones, nothing specific to the iPhone, but it’s worth considering when eyeballing the 4S.
You’re bored: Skipping the iPhone 4S because it looks just like the old one is as shallow as buying the iPhone 4S because it comes in white. But aesthetics can be important, so if you’re bummed that the iPhone 4S re-uses the iPhone 4 body style, we’re not going to judge.
Here’s more on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
An inside source says Steve Jobs was on the phone with Apple until his very last day, fueling speculation that he personally oversaw the iPhone 5.
Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son spoke in an interview about a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook several weeks ago.
“I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California]. When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, ‘Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.’ I said, ‘Where are you going?’ He said, ‘My boss is calling me.’ That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died.”
Son goes on to praise Jobs’s “spirit,” and his powerful commitment to his work.
Son also emphasizes that Jobs was apparently working not on the iPhone 4S, but on whatever product is coming next. In addition, CNET reports that market analysts are claiming Jobs “was intimately involved” with the next generation iPhone, “from concept to final design.”
What do you think? Does the 4S live up to Jobs’ vision? Will the iPhone 5 be the true “next generation”?
Finally GhostApp.org team has released ghost v 5.0,a tool that its able to jailbreak unlock iphone 4s,4,3gs in just few minutes.The search for an unlock and untethered jailbreak ios 5 mobile operating sistem released by Apple few days ago, it’s over. The GhostApp.org Team has released FastRa1n a jailbreak iPhone 4 ios 5 untethered and unlock tool called ghost v5.0. The name of the ios 5 jailbreak and unlock tool is Ghost 5.0 , a very easy to use software. Many members and iPhone fans has confirmed that Ghost 5.0 is stable and it can easy jailbreak and unlock the new iOS 5 and you will be able to install cydia.Here’s some news that might give pleasure to a lot of people, especially those who have recently fallen for the unlock/jailbreak iPhone 4S/4/3Gs or iPad 2. For indeed, the Dev-Team has managed to exploit a flaw in the two jailbreak iDevices and even to run Cydia! Knowing that they resisted for a while the invader, so it’s great news. But be careful anyway because we will have to wait a bit before enjoying. And for good reason as this feat is still fresh hackers and that our friends will now have to work on a more comprehensive tool.
And as the ad itself MuscleNerd on Twitter, then this is a “very Preliminary jailbreak.” What does it mean? Just as members of the Dev-Team managed to find a loophole and exploit it to run Cydia but there is still much hard work before it is fully functional. Racing results, this jailbreak solution for unlock/jailbreak iPhone 4S/4/3Gs and iPad 2 will not be released immediately. And basically, it also means that you will have to wait a little longer before you can enjoy.
Okay, you should probably start finding long time but it’s still great news. Until now, unlock/jailbreak iPhone 4S/4/3Gs and the iPad 2 remained untouched and was beginning to wonder if the Dev-Team would achieve its goals. Once again, it has therefore proved no protection is 100% reliable and no doubt the most hated team in Cupertino will now work twice as hard to get us out a workable version of their tool. With any luck, it is even possible that we can take advantage of Cydia on the unlock/jailbreak iPhone 4S/4/3Gs and the iPad 4S 2 before the end of the year. And look the other way, it would still be a nice gift, right?
Article source: http://community.mantecabulletin.com/blogs/detail/4316/
October 30, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
When the iPhone 5 sees its release date next year with the iOS 6 operating system installed, one of the iPhone’s few remaining ties to Google will be severed if Apple’s latest gambit comes to fruition in time. Apple has purchased a company called C3 Technologies (says Venture Beat) which makes, you guessed it, mapping software. That means you can say goodbye to the Google Maps embedded within the iPhone’s “Maps” app as soon as Apple can figure out how to build out its newly acquired mapping footprint to serve as a suitable replacement. iOS user views on the use of Google Maps in the Maps app have long varied: some like the familiarity, as it means the Maps app has a lot in common with the maps.google.com site where users tend to get their maps when on their Mac or PC. But others have tagged Google Maps as merely being the best of a weak bunch, beating out flailing competitors like Mapquest but not being in a position to brag about doing so. For Apple, however, relying on Google in any capacity has become a strategic weak link…
And that leaves iOS users in a position to benefit if Apple can get its maps act together in time for the release of iOS 6, which should correspond with the release date of the iPhone 5; Apple has long paired the new iPhone and new version of the operating system together on the calendar despite the OS also working on the iPod touch and iPad. Apple’s rule is that it generally won’t bring something in-house unless it thinks it can do a meaningfully better job. Although Apple could likely make nicer looking printers than what’s on the market, for instance, the company declines to go there because the improvements wouldn’t be of any substance. But make no mistake: Apple wants to rid itself of as much dependence on Google as possible. As was made clear when Apple fired former Google CEO Eric Schmidt from its board of directors and then proceeded to file patent lawsuits against nearly every Android hardware manufacturer, and spelled out even more explicitly in Steve Jobs’ posthumous biography, Apple feels the Android OS was a copycat job on the part of Google, ripping off the iPhone operating system…
Clearly Apple wants as little to do with Google as possible going forward. And yet Apple has shown that it won’t throw its users under a bus for the sake of pettiness. For instance, even as Apple incorporated the competing Bing search engine into the iPhone along with its Safari web browser for Mac and Windows, it left Google search as the default. Why? Because Google’s search engine is better than Bing’s. As such, when the iPhone 5 rolls around, users can expect Apple to only swap out the Google Maps engine in the iPhone’s Maps app for an in-house app if A) the in-house app is ready to go, and B) the in-house app is superior to the existing one. It should be pointed out that the iPhone’s Maps app has always been an Apple creation; it merely pulls Google Maps data for the actual mapping. Apple won’t need to write an in-house Maps app, as it’s already done that. All it needs to do is build out its own maps. Whether that means Apple vans driving the streets of the world in order to map out the globe remains to be seen.
On a larger note, now that it’s clear Apple no longer wants to be Google dependent in any way, one has to wonder whether Apple might be considering getting in on search as well. Many have concluded the Google has already won the search engine wars and there’s no going back, and have pointed to the mostly-failed Bing as evidence: if even Microsoft with all its resources can’t make a dent in Google’s search dominance, who can? But then again, outside of gaming, Microsoft hasn’t successfully moved into any new market in the past decade or more. If Apple is indeed out to weaken Google in the name of weakening Android, expanding into search might be the most effective strategy. In fact Apple already has an iAds framework for in-app ads which could be expanded into search engines. Whether Apple could succeed in the search engine realm is another matter.
But in the short(er) term, those with their eye on next year’s iPhone 5 may find that its Maps app looks a bit different. Just don’t expect Apple to light up its own in-house mapping technology in place of Google’s unless it’s ready for prime time. As much as Apple wants to take down Google, it doesn’t appear willing to take down its own users in the process. Here’s more on the iPhone 5 release date.
We have already discussed about IntelliScreenX which changes the way we think of notification center. The tweak has finally been available in the form of beta for free. It is only meant for public testing and you may experience some bugs while using it. However, the final, stable version would cost $9.99 from Cydia Store which would be free from any bugs.
IntelliScreenX is a level ahead in terms of the way we interact with notifications in iOS 5. You can do many more things from the notification center itself without opening any native apps. For example, you can tweet and reply to mentions from the lock screen as well as from the springboard. Also, it includes support for RSS feeds Facebook which can be added depending on your requirements.
You can try out IntelliScreenX beta by adding this repo in Cydia: http://www.intelliborn.com/isxbeta. It’s definitely worth checking. Currently, only iPhone and iPod touch are supported. It won’t work on your iPad. Let’s know your first impressions.
Article source: http://iphonehelp.in/2011/10/29/intelliscreenx-beta-released/
Like us on Facebook
Question: ”Will you marry me?”
Siri’s Answer: ”Let’s just be friends. OK?”
Question: ”I need to hide a body”
Siri’s Answer: ”What kind of place are you looking for? Reservoirs? Metal foundries? Mines? Dumps? Swamps?”
Question: ”Why did Apple make you?”
Siri’s Answer: ”I haven’t the slightest idea, Chris.”
Alternative Answer to the question: ”Apple doesn’t tell me everything, you know.”
Follow us on LinkedIn LinkedIn
Apple buys technology company that can build 3D maps, wants Google Maps independence?
Apple wants to create its own maps application?
Well, reports have confirmed that Apple inc has acquired C3 Technologies, a technology company that can build three-dimensional maps. The reported worth is around $240 million, and the acquisition may allow Apple to create and publish its own maps application similar to Google Maps, or Bing Maps if you prefer.
Apparently, Apple and Google are rivals in the smartphone market, with Apple’s popular iPhones and Google’s popular Android operating system platform that powers Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and etc made smartphones and tablets. Is it possible that Apple wants to get rid of Google’s technologies?
If so, then the next iPhone, or the rumored iPhone 5, will not include Google Maps? Bad idea.
If you’re using your iPhone in Asia, you’ll discover that Yahoo Weather isn’t working in some cities, especially in the not-so popular provinces of China, or Philippines or even Thailand.
What’s the point? Well, Google Maps supports all countries, even the rural areas of Asia and Europe, and making a new map application may result to many unsupported areas.
If Apple really wants to create its own map app, then it is highly possible that they want to stop relying on technology offered by competitor, Google, and may be just the start of more anti-Google strategies of Apple just because its biggest competitor is offering a free mobile platform.
Apple’s new operating system, iOS 5, still uses Google as the default search engine and also using Google Maps as the only supported map application. However, Apple’s new novelty application, the voice command “Siri” is using Yelp, instead of Google Places and Wolfram Alpha for the information and not Google Search.
Image: Taken by our researcher from the Philippines. Apparently, the Siri can’t find places in the Philippines. We can also confirm that many areas in China, Japan and Southeast Asia are not supported by Siri (because of Yelp).
As those of you using the free TUAW iPhone app in iOS 5 have already seen, there are a few issues with it; missing buttons, some broken functionality, et cetera. While we were expecting that the AOL team handling mobile development for us all our sister sites would have an update ready for the iOS 5 release, that didn’t happen. I was told that as of October 28, an update would be submitted to Apple. AOL has a QA process for mobile apps, and several bugs popped up once iOS 5 hit.
I did receive a new build to test on Thursday, and I’m happy to report it works well with iOS 5. That said, I do not yet know if the latest version of our app has been submitted for App Store review. Therefore, on Monday, October 31, I will ask our mobile team to provide me with an update and ETA for a properly-functioning iPhone app (noting that Apple’s review process is obviously outside our control).
If the word is still “we hope to submit it this week,” I will most likely pull the current app from the store so that no more new users will be wondering why an Apple blog’s iOS app doesn’t work. I’m hoping not to have to do this, as it won’t do anything for the existing users who are frustrated and unhappy; I can only tell you that I’m just as frustrated and unhappy as you are, possibly more so.
Also, if you’re wondering about an iPad app, you should check out Engadget’s Distro app. Would you like this same treatment for TUAW? I have watched Distro in development, and while I think it’s a cool way to skin the site into a magazine-like format, I still feel that it lacks some of the filtering and sorting tools our users would expect. That said, I also realize it is almost 2012 and we still don’t have an iPad app, although our site works perfectly well in Mobile Safari.
Just as with our iPhone app, we must rely upon the mobile development team within AOL, and that team doesn’t exactly have TUAW at the top of its priority list (we’re sort of the pinky toe of the AOL content universe). If and when we’re able to put TUAW into something like Distro, I’ll be the first to let you know.
Thanks to everyone who sent in bug reports. I hope to have better news for you in November. In the meanwhile, I would encourage you to check out our site in Mobile Safari. Unlike when we used to call iOS “iPhone OS,” the latest version of Safari in iOS doesn’t crash miserably when loading TUAW. Those were good times, weren’t they?
By the way, if you’re wondering why our app has a 17+ rating, that’s because Apple requires it on any app which allows you to “go” to the full web within the app (the theory being you’ll go from TUAW to some inappropriate site — Apple can be weird this way). So if we remove that option, we can lower the age limit. Unfortunately, that option is very handy sometimes. Let me know in the comments if you’d rather we ditch our web view in exchange for lowering the age limit.
My apologies for the bugs, the lack of communication and lack of an iPad app. We hope to fix things soon.
Article source: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/10/29/ios-5-and-the-tuaw-iphone-app/