Tag Archives: iPhone

BGR Declares iOS 5 the Operating System To Beat

10 Jun






BGR have been testing iOS 5 and giving daily updates of Living with the operating system.  And the feedback is good with BGR declaring iOS 5 the one to beat.  With features such as iMessage beating Blackberry’s BBM service, the notifications app working so well, the Reminders App and tweaks to Mail all cited as filling the gaps that iOS previously had.

Can’t wait for a consumer version, hopefully it will be even better.  Also check out 9to5Mac for various other features they are constantly discovering within iOS 5.


Find My iPhone Updated

8 Jun

Find My iPhone now includes two good and wanted but simple upgrades

When you’re device has been stolen, one work around for the thief was to turn it off!  While off, the phone can not be traced.  Well now you will receive an email if the device is switched back on and located.

If you lose/forget/throw away (madness) a device, you can now also remove it from the Find My iPhone device list.

So there you go, two simple but good additions and thieves watch out! Don’t forget though, you need to configure Find My iPhone on your device first for it to work.


Kid upgrades to iOS 5 Without Developer Account

8 Jun

Gizmodo have posted about an apparently very talented kid who has found a back door to upgrade to iOS 5.  He must have had some patience to find this, read the post to find out more.


Pages, Numbers & Keynote for iPhone

3 Jun

So we have finally been able to test out the iWork suite which was released to iPhone users this week.

Overall, we have to say it is impressive and sits comfortably alongside the iWork suite that is also available for the iPad.  Functinality is in fact pretty much the same as the iPad with a lot of formating, insertion and reviewing options available.

We will not go in to the full nuts and bolts but generally, if you are out and about and need to quickly adapt a document or review a document and you do not have your laptop with you, the iPhone auite handles to the task you would expect to be able to do impressively.  Having said that we had some trouble opening up some of our Keynotes saved to iDisk but otherwise it all seemed to work pretty well.

If you have been thinking of buying the iWork suite or part of it, then we would highly recommend them but one word of caution, if you are planning of working your whole document requirements from the iPhone screen we would found that this was just a little tedious.  Our view is that the iPhone use is great for quickly reviewing or changing docs sent to you or that you have run out of time to work on in the office, but it will of course not replace the full suite on your Mac.  That is probably the intention.  Keynote however is oretty handy on the iPhone if you want to connect your device to an external display to make a presentation from your device with functions to assist.

The suite offers a good variety of the standard templates you can pick up from the full version of iWork, all of course customisable.  Opening up Microsoft office docs seems to work pretty well too.  Edit and format functions work well, write using the onscreen keyboard, customise using various fonts, colours, charts and tables.  You can import documents from iTunes, Mail, the web, iDisk or a WebDAV service (we did not test the latter) all pretty well.  Sharing your work is pretty straight forward too via MobileMe iDisk, Mail or via the iWork.com public beta.  Airpint works well too with printing options to boot.

Our preference overall to review docs on the fly would be via an iPad as you would probably expect, but the addition of the suite to the iPhone is welcome and will come in very handy, particularly given that purchase of the iWork for iOS suite means it is ready for iPad and iPhone without separate purchases making the price even better value for money.

All in all, Apple has delivered a great transfer to the iPhone at a good price.  Let us know what you think and any of your own observations in the comments section below.


New iCloud Icon and $25 per year for the iCloud Service?

3 Jun

AppleInsider have posted the above image of a banner set for Mondays announcement from Apple of iCloud services along with the future of OSX and iOS to be detailed.

The LA Times is also reporting that the iCloud service will likely cost $25 per annum.  Not sure how that will relate to other parts of the world and how this will dove tail in with “free” elements of iCloud which are reportedly to be packaged in with OS X Lion.

We will have to wait and see how much detail we get on Monday but our bet is that the service is probably going to be pretty quickly available.


iCloud & Apple

2 Jun

We have a sneaky feeling there will be some big surprises on Monday when Apple gives details of the future of iOS, OSX and their “cloud based services”.

It is certainly not like Apple to announce beforehand what the keynote speech will cover albeit it is usually already widely known through the hints and graphics used to announce when the keynotes will take place along with the press invites.

The iCloud concept has been muted for some time now and with Amazon and Google already providing such streaming services and the concept of Spotify heavily subscribed to in some parts, it has given Apple an opportunity to do something they do well.  Sit back, observe and take stock.

In this process, you can usually guarantee that there will be some Wow to the keynote, an angle that only Apple could have delivered or thought of and a way that such services will work that only Apple efficiency can deliver.  And given the investment Apple has made in to their data centre and announcements that there will be more data centres, then the reality dawns that Apple has been looking at this for a long time, and they have been able to consider what they will deliver for a long time.

The fact that the keynote will also cover iOS and OSX future releases, and that MobileMe is due an upgrade (even perhaps iTunes is due one), then it all points to the sort of synronicity and cross device features that Apple have become so good at.

Stay with us on Monday for details.


iWork for iPhone!

1 Jun

Great news for iWork lovers as you can now download the apps for your iPhone and if you already have it for iPad, it comes as a free upgrade for your iOS iPhone devices.

Testing later and will update with our views of how it all works on the smaller iOS screen.

Get it now from iTunes & the App Store.


iPhone Notifications Concept

23 May

I saw this a couple of weeks ago but thought I would post reference to it in case any of you have not seen it.  It shows a notifications concept for the iPhone which I have to say looks pretty nifty! Hopefully Apple will like it too and introduce something like it or better than this.


Believe the Hype…

20 May

Hype 1.0 is a new App on the Mac App Store that allows you to create simple but creative websites using HTML5.  Simple and easy to use, attractive websites can be yours in a few clicks with a Keynote like usability to the program, and you can even create animated sites.

The App works well creating sites that work as well on IOS devices as OSX and the reality is that it is pretty well priced.

So if you fancy building your first personal website or if you are a seasoned pro and want to knock something up quickly that works well and looks attractive, check out Hype.

Available now on the Mac App Store.

We are bananas about it!


What the Android is going on…….?

19 May

It seems to me that what is damaging to Android is choice of a handsets.

I have an iPhone and I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 but I can not get over the choice for Android which I need to do quickly.  So everyone rates the HTC Wildfire and everybody loves the Samsung Galaxy S but now there is a new Galaxy S on it’s way out and I thought the first one had only been out five minutes!

And then what about the Google Nexus One handset.  You know, a Google handset, but for bananas sake then everyone picks the Samsung in reviews.

And I won’t even go near the tablets and the mess we are starting to see there.  Google is updating the Android OS all the time and it seems if you have had a phone for 5 minutes then you get left behind… but worse still it matters as it has implications on the apps you want to use.

Gizmodo have provide a reasonable guide but the basic principle seems to be spend as much money as you can or have a handset that will probably be just about out of date already.

And I even thought Apple were bananas in this regard, but looks as though at least you get a full year and probably two before the IOS upgrades outdate your handset.  But even then I still know people using the original iPhone quite happily.

You see, the OS seems to be really good and in the right handset it seems to give Apple a run for their money.  So I really do not understand it.  Now I know some people will not agree with this view, seeing lack of choice as a bad thing.  Those same people will also hate that Apple for example, really lock down the phone (unless you jailbreak it) so you really do have to live by their rules.  And this is where Android can really win over even more people. I doubt however, it will convince those who have enjoyed an iPhone already though, or at least not for long before they go back to the phone that you have to live by the manufacturers rules with.  But that is also the iPhone’s beauty, it works, brilliantly and it does not take long to choose the right handset.

It would be interesting if Google decide there can only be a maximum of say 5 new handsets at some point.  They already endorse a handset and that is good.

I am sure most will talk about loads more accessability but I am still wondering where to swing in!

So how does it go then…

Well it seems to me that if you are on a low budget try and get yourself an HTC Wildfire and if you want the most upto date and probably the best (according to critics), then wait a short while longer and get the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Then enjoy…for a while anyway.

In the meantime, I hope to have made my mind up soon……………………………..