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iMessage Guide

iOS 5 Tips and Tricks

iOS 5 Tips and Tricks

iMessage will allow you to send unlimited free picture or text messages to another iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user, assuming they have activated the service and are using iOS 5. Remember these messages count towards your data allowance, so make sure you have a price plan before using it.

The most interesting thing about iMessage, is you don’t need to know how to use it, you just need to make sure it’s turned on. Once it’s enabled, use the Messaging app as normal, if the other person has iMessage enabled on their iOS device, your device should know this automatically and use it to deliver your message.

iMessage or SMS?

iMessage will tell you if the other person has iMessage enabled

  • By changing the text in the message field from “Message” to “iMessage”. Type in the address first and tap into the message filed, and see if it changes.
  • The send button will be blue for iMessage and Green for normal SMS. Again you need to type in the address and tap into the message field to see if it changes colour.

How to make sure iMessage is enabled

  • Make sure you are running iOS 5.
  • Open the settings app and select ‘Messages’. The first option is iMessage – ‘on’ or ‘off’. Select ‘on’. Scroll down to “Receive at”. This will allow you to add e-mail an address at which iOS can recognise you as an iMessage user, in addition to your phone number. Add your apple ID email address here too, if you wish.
  • The ‘send as SMS’ option is set to ‘on’ – this means, if for any reason iMessage cannot send the message, it will use SMS (or possibly MMS) meaning you will be charged the network rate. This button seems confusing, when I tested it, it made no difference and sent the message anyway!
  • On a iPad, the settings are more or less the same, but there is no SMS option. This is the first time the iPad has a messaging app, so it does open up functionality. Even if it is limited to iOS.
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iPhone 4s

iPhone 4s

iPhone 4s

They say ‘it’s whats on the inside that counts’. At least that’s what Apple would have you believe, and I suppose there not wrong. The iPhone 4s, will punch harder than the iPhone 4 but will physically look the same.

As fanyboys shake off their disillusionment over lack of an iPhone 5, lets take stock here. The iPhone 4 looks amazing, the glass design is sleek, modern and classy. It’s a winner and still is! Upping the specs and maintain the same external hardware for another year might seem like a smart idea, and will (hopefully) allow Apple more time to work on iPhone 5 for next year. But Apple better watch out, as  the competition will be circling around this one with some glee.

Still I can’t help feeling a little let down by Apple this year. I really expected a hardware refresh for the iPhone. But there is still lots to look forward to, even if you are not getting the iPhone 4s!

iOS 5 Release Date

iOS 5. Which was unveiled last year,  will be available for the 3Gs, iPhone 4 from the of 12th October, and it will open up a whole new world for your iPhone. Using iCloud your iPhone will be liberated from your Mac or PC, you no longer need to connect to iTunes to activate it! A few other features of iOS include:

Notification Center: You get all kinds of notifications on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and more. With Notification Center, you can keep track of them all in one convenient location. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to enter Notification Center.

Newsstand: Read all about it. All in one place. iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily.

Reminders: Next time you think to yourself, “Don’t forget to…,” just pull out your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and jot it down. Reminders lets you organize your life in to-do lists — complete with due dates and locations. Say you need to remember to pick up milk during your next grocery trip

iPhone 4s

As I said above, there is no hardware changes on the outside, but inside there is a number of positive improvements.

Like the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s it will be available in white, black and Irish Green. Capacity is 16, 32 or 64 GB. Apple also says it has a ‘better’ antenna which will hopefully squash reports of dropped calls which haunted the iPhone 4. The camera looks amazing,  8-megapixel with  video stabilization which records  HD video (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio! The release date for Ireland is the end of October 2011, with the UK getting it October 14.


Something which will make a noticeable difference to the operations of this device is the two cores in the A5 chip which Apple say will deliver up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics!

Engadget liked it, reporting:

Much in the same way that the 3GS improved the overall experience of the 3G, the 4S does likewise compared to the existing 4. The dual-core A5 chip is a laudatory improvement, and whisking about pages, loading the camera application and launching — well, just about everything — just feels zippier. As it should.


Siri looks amazing. Voice commands that work! The demos are impressive. But what is it exactly? Watch this promo video from Apple to better understand it.

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iBookstore now in Ireland!



You know that iBooks app, that you downloaded only to discover that you cannot buy anything in the store, unless you live in US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, or Canada?

Well this is no longer the case! The app might not be completely ready for show time, as there are references to GBP in addition to euro on the pricing in the Irish store. But we wont complain, it took us this long to get the app working! And just in time for the iPhone 5.

MacTrast reports that iBooks are also now for sale in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland in addition to Ireland.

You can get samples, as per Kindle which is a nice, if not expected feature. Does it work where you are? Let us know in the comments


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iPhone 5/4s event to take place October 4th. (CONFIRMED)

iPhone 5 Event

iPhone 5 Event

Apple have issued invitations to the media for an iPhone themed event – called “Let’s talk iPhone“. As reported by Jim Dalrymple of the Loop who snapped up a fancy invite. Although not specifically mentioning the iPhone 5/4s, it’s a widely expected Apple will announce it.  The event, as noted here previously, will be held on October 4th at the company’s Town Hall auditorium  in Cupertino, California.

Apple on Tuesday officially announced its iPhone 5 launch event. According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held on October 4 at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus. The event will begin at 10:00 am PT.

What will Apple call the iPhone, what to expect in terms of hardware? We have to wait for the event! But we can exect additional information and possible launch dates for iCloud and iOS 5. Additionally reports suggest Apple may also announce some changes to its iPod line and a Facebook iPad app. We can finally put the endless rumours to bed for a few months before iPhone 6 talks begin!


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A voice interface that works; on the way with iPhone 5?

Say a command

Say a command

According to a report on the internet today, this year Apple will change the way we talk (or don’t talk – I mean who uses  Voice Control? – very few) to our iPhone.

This new voice control feature of iOS will be called Assistant, and unlike most voice control devices today – it may actually be usable to the point of being able to instruct your iPhone to text a contact and allowing you to dictate the content of the text!

According to the report, Apple will be using a software company they snapped up last year to ensure the iPhone 5 will understand your commands, and also be able to double-check its accuracy before carrying out said command!  You do not have to speak slowly or in a robotic voice for the iPhone 5 to be able to understand you! Sadly, you will need an iPhone 5 to use the feature due to the processor requirements.

One of the more interesting components of this report from 9to5Mac, discuss how the iPhone 5, utilizing a new A5 chip with 1GB of ram, will be able to carry out conversation style commands with its owner. For example you can ask the iPhone to schedule an appointment, and in an additional command within the same thread, continue the request to invite the person, and state the location!

Included also is the ability to ask your iPhone where your friends are! I would assume this would require them to also have iPhone 5 devices, and it will naturally open a new can of worms in terms of privacy.

Sadly however, 9to5Mac, have nothing to tell us with regard to the appearance of the iPhone 5. Apple, it seems to have wised up and are using the guts of the iPhone 5 in iPhone 4 shells. It seems – what we have seen online in terms of cases, are pretty indicative of what the device might look like in terms of shape.

I have a love hate relationship with these kind of rumors, this one is particularly interesting and is bound to grab your interest in what Apple have up their sleeves in October!

Hopefully though, the fruit in Cupertino have much more than this for us in October! I myself am hoping for a redesign of the iPhone. Let’s see what all the fuss is about? Have you say in what you would like in our poll!

I would love if the iPhone 5 could have Majel Barrett’s voice – but that’s just me!

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Skype has a vulnerability that allows attackers steal information! (video)

If you use Skype on your iPhone or iPod touch (not sure about iPad), “a cross-site scripting vulnerability looms in the “Chat Message” window in version 3.0.1 and earlier versions”. This one is pretty serious, Skype is working on a fix, as TechCruch reports:

“We are working hard to fix this reported issue in our next planned release which we hope to roll out imminently. In the meantime we always recommend people exercise caution in only accepting friend requests from people they know and practice common sense internet security as always.”

More information, and the video from here.

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