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

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.

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!

Source

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!

Apple’s iPhone 5 Media Event Scheduled for October 4 (report)

Tim Cook
Tim Cook

While Apple could certainly change its plans anytime, sources said that the Oct. 4 date has been selected by the company to showcase the iPhone 5. Sources added that the plan is now to make the new device available for purchase within a few weeks after the announcement. Source AllThingsD

A report making its way around the internet is that Apple is holding a media event, which will focus on the iPhone 5, to be held on the 4th of October.  The event is said to prominently feature Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook, who faces the challenge of convincing people that Apple will be the same company without Steve Jobs at the helm. It would be nice to see Steve hand over to Tim, but maybe also – it would be better to leave the past the past and place all focus on the new CEO?

Letter from Steve Jobs

This was posted on the Apple website today, so I thought I’d share it on this website.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

How to set up Gmail Exchange on your iPhone for instant Mail, Contacts & Calendar

Exchange
Exchange

The first question is why would you want to set up  Microsoft exchange  for Gmail over the built-in Gmail option? The advantage to using Microsoft exchange, is that it has Push services.  Push is a not so fancy way of saying; when an e-mail hits your Gmail account, it is immediately also pushed to your iPhone, so  instead of checking periodically for new mail every 10 minutes, you get it asap.

Using exchange you also have the added advantage of syncing your Gmail contacts, so you have a backup for when you need it. It’s actually pretty straight forward (and free) to do this.

Before you continue, you need to have least iOS 3.0 to set this up. Back up all your iPhone settings, and sync before you start this process. Always nice to have a backup in case things don’t work out!

1. Open the settings app, and navigate to Mail, select ‘add an account’.
2. Instead of ‘Gmail’ select ‘Microsoft Exchange’.
3. Enter the details, as requested. Type in your Gmail e-mail address. Leave domain name blank. Type in the username, which is your FULL email address, and also type in your password. You can also enter a description if you wish. Select Next.

Gmail
Gmail

4. When the screen reloads enter the server address “m.google.com”. Tap next.
5. You can now select what you would like to sync. iOS 5.0 will allow you to include reminders, when it launches  later this year. Make your selection and press save. You may be asked some sync questions if you already have iPhone contacts, make sure to select “Keep on my iPhone” unless you want those deleted.

Perfect your grilling technique with Great Backyard Grilling for iPad

Great Backyard Grilling
Great Backyard Grilling

It’s summer and hopefully unlike me, you’ve have had a chance to fire up the Backyard Grill. I like Grilling, and it’s not always easy so if your are looking for a companion app to help you perfect your grilling technique take a look at Great Backyard Grilling.

There is something for everyone in the recipes menu from beef, pork and lamb to vegetables and fruit.  Each menu comes with a selection of buttons  making preparation a cinch! You can add a recipe to a menu which you can mail to everyone to let them know the good food they can look forward to!

The feature I love is the ability to create a shopping list for each recipe! Of course your unlikely to bring your iPad to the store, so you can mail the entire list to your iPhone to bring with you!

The layout is straightforward and easy to follow. Each instance a time is referenced you can click on it  and start the built in timer! It’s things like this that make you say wow, the developer spent some time on the design of this app!

The On The House Great Backyard Grilling app will include nearly 50 great grilling recipes with impressive features such as outstanding photography throughout, the ability to add recipes to a “favorites” list, a special menu creation utility, e-mail functions for recipes, shopping lists and menus and menus with dinner invitations. Also included is a timer function for all recipes and powerful flexible shopping list functions that include key ingredient definitions with stunning photographs.

Sadly the video section is empty, the developers are really missing out by leaving this section blank at launch and it seems to be the only thing missing for this useful app. I’ve not fired up my barbecue yet this year, so if anyone feels like giving this app a try please comment on this post and let us know how you got on!

The app costs 2.99 Euro in the Irish app store and 3.99 USD.

Features | Functions 
•All recipes are illustrated
•Ingredient calculator
•Built-in timer for each recipe
•Flexible shopping list functions
•E-mail functions for recipes, shopping list and menu
•Key ingredient definitions and photographs
•State of the art photography

All – inclusive Shopping Tool 
•Shopping list for each recipe
•Quantity calculator
•Customized to add own ingredients or leave out ingredients already at home
•Sorting by grocery store product groups

Sky Go brings hope to ‘proper telly’ streaming for iPad and iPhone

SKY GO
SKY GO

Some exciting news for SKY television customers in Ireland and the UK from July 6 th . Sky announced that they will be scrapping their old SKY Mobile TV app and Sky Player service in favour of a service called SKY Go, which will consolidate the two services and mirror  SKY customers’ subscription. This means no more paying extra for SKY Sports if you already have the channels. Sadly iOS devices will be limited to five Sky Sports channels, ESPN and Sky News, but SKY say further channels to be added over time.

It’s better news for your Mac or PC  “customers will be able to access more than 30 live channels, including all five Sky Sports channels, Sky Movies, Sky News, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, MTV, Disney, G.O.LD, Nickelodeon, NatGeo, History, Eden and ESPN, supported by an extensive library of on-demand content.”

You must already have a subscription to the above channels in order to watch them of course, but if you don’t. Sky Go will be available from August to non-Sky TV customers, with monthly subscriptions priced from £15-£40.

Still waiting on RTE Player here!

Stephen van Rooyen, Deputy MD of Sky’s Customer Group, comments :

“The explosion of smartphones and tablets demonstrates the increasing consumer demand for accessing entertainment and communicating on the move. We have already responded to this by offering a range of services, including live TV, across many new innovative platforms and devices, like laptops and iPhones.

“Clearly the consumer appetite is there, and it’s growing. In responding to that, and to create even more value, choice and flexibility for our customers, we are now going to offer online and mobile access to Sky content at no extra charge. The future support of a nationwide Wi-Fi network will help us supercharge that experience further still.”

Press release

Your app history is back to haunt you!

 

iCloud begins
iCloud begins

 

 

Part of  iCloud functionality seems to be already active on iPhones, under a tab in the app store called ‘purchased’. This new tab contains a history of all applications downloaded with your account, including those not purchased on your iPhone. This functionality went live shortly after the Apple keynote yesterday.  Some folks may object to having a history of apps on your device that you downloaded! If you have downloaded a lot of apps like me, luckily this list is searchable!  Check it out for yourself if your curious!