iOS 5 The most extensive update ever


iOS 5 was today announced by Apple. Some new exciting updates and enhancements were announced. We have the down low on iOS 5 in bite size bullets below. It will work for iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3rd, 4th Gen.

  • Notifications: It has taken a long time for Apple to give us this one. iOS 5 will come with a notification screen which you can slide down from the top of the display, much in the same fashion as android. The exciting thing about iOS 5 notifications, is that it also brings notifications to the lock screen, finally all that wasted screenspace has a purpose. You will be able to see at a glance what’s new on your device. Also when you are running an app or a game you are no longer interrupted by a notification pop up, instead a notification appears and disappears at the top of the screen!
  • iMessage:  iMessage allow you to message any other iOS device, and it’s built into the messaging app. Think of Blackberry Messenger for the iPhone!
  • Newsstand: To me this looks like iBooks for magazines. Apple can automatically update your magazine subscriptions to the newsstand, keep an eye on the credit card folks!
  • Twitter integration: Tight Twitter integration was expected for iOS 5 and that is exactly what we got. “iOS 5 makes it even easier to tweet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Sign in once in Settings, and suddenly you can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps. Want to mention or @reply to a friend? Contacts applies your friends’ Twitter usernames and profile pictures. So you can start typing a name and iOS 5 does the rest. You can even add a location to any tweet, no matter which app you’re tweeting from.”
  • Camera: I like that with iOS 5 you can now access the camera from the lock screen, there is often that moment you grab your phone for a quick snap, and by the time you have it ready to go, the moment is lost. We assume this can be disabled for the security conscious. Also images can be stored on iCloud, which is coming in the Autumn alongside iOS 5.
  • Safari Reader: Not sure I understand this one, and I am not sure how webmasters will react to this. Safari Reader removes all the clutter (I imagine this is the ads) and lets you read the article, nice for the end-user, not the webmaster. You can also store the articles on the cloud. Safari will also have tabbed browsing, which is a welcome addition.
  • iCloud. Apple have removed the PC and Mac, you no longer need to hook up an iPad or iPhone to activate it or the sync its content, this is all thanks to the iCloud, which is free. The cloud also works with 9 apps! And can be used to backup your device.
  • “The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal® and Outlook and are updated automatically.”
[toggle title_open=”Close Press Release” title_closed=”View Press Release” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]New Version of iOS Includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Twitter Integration Among 200 New Features Available to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users This Fall SAN FRANCISCO―June 6, 2011―Apple® today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required. “iOS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can’t wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Perhaps iOS 5’s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading.” With iOS 5 and iCloud®, you just enter your Apple ID and password and iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer. Notification Center provides iOS 5 users with an innovative way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, all in one place, from anywhere in iOS 5. When they arrive, notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you’re doing. With one swipe you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to its app for more detail. Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with just one swipe. Newsstand is a beautiful, easy-to-organize bookshelf displaying the covers of all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. A new section of the App Store™ features just subscription titles, and allows users to quickly find the most popular newspapers and magazines in the world. If subscribed to, new issues appear in the Newsstand and are updated automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art. Safari is the world’s most popular mobile browser, and with iOS 5 it’s now even better. New features include Safari® Reader, which gets all the clutter out of the way and sets the right font size on a web page, so you can easily scroll and read through a story; Reading List, so you can save articles to read later and they automatically show up on all your iOS devices; and Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to flip between multiple web pages on iPad. iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter integration, so you can sign in once and then tweet directly from all your Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap. New APIs give third party developers the ability to take advantage of the single sign-on capability for their own iOS 5 apps. iMessage in iOS 5 brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all of your iOS devices―iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Built right into the Messages app, iMessage allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to maintain one conversation across your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption. The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal® and Outlook and are updated automatically. New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject. The new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box with no computer required, and iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap. Wi-Fi Sync in iOS 5 transfers and backs up your content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from your device to your iTunes® library. Additional new features in iOS 5 include: Game Center, now with the ability to add photos to your profile, purchase new games from within the Game Center app and easier ways to find friends and new games; Mail enhancements which include the ability to compose messages using draggable addresses, and a new formatting bar with bold, italics, underline and indention controls; AirPlay® Mirroring to wirelessly display everything you do on your iPad 2 right on your HDTV through Apple TV®; and a system-wide split keyboard to make it even easier to type on your iPad. Availability The iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation) and iPod touch (third generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices. Press Contacts: Trudy Muller Apple (408) 862-7426 Tom Neumayr Apple (408) 974-1972[/toggle]

How to share your iPhone internet connection with Personal Hotspot

Using your iPhone 4 with ioS 4.3 it is possible to share your iPhone data connection with other devices wirelessly, such as a laptop or an iPad. A few things to note on this, if you have an iPhone 3GS you can still do this but only via USB or Bluetooth, also you cannot share your wifi connection, only your cellular data connection, so make sure your data network has you set up on an appropriate plan for this, some providers include this data plan automatically some do not. Check first. Continue reading How to share your iPhone internet connection with Personal Hotspot

Apple Confirms: iOS 5 and iCloud will be announced on Monday

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011



Apple have today announced that they will be unveiling iOS 5 and the next release of OSX on Monday next in San Francisco. As rumored around the internet they will also be unveiling iCould which they describe “Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.”

Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

Meteor and E-Mobile to get iPhone 4

Meteor & E-Mobile
Meteor & E-Mobile



The iPhone has been a huge hit in Ireland since it’s initial exclusive launch on O2, of course it is now available also on 3 Mobile and Vodafone. Joining them shortly is Eircom’s two mobile phone networks Meteor and E-Mobile. Both will have the iPhone 4 shortly – according to their websites.

You can register your interest on Meteor here, and e-mobile here. No word on price plans and hardware charges yet, but we can hope they will shake up the other networks and offer a real alternative in Ireland

Belkin flipblade stand for the iPad

FlipBlade for iPad

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Belkin FlipBlade stand for the iPad, which apparently will also work with other tablet devices including the iPad 2. The Belkin FlipBlade stand is the first one we have ever used, and for me the first one I have ever tried. And it is a very smooth operator indeed. Perfect for showing off your iPad slide show, or if you like to use your iPad upright.

When you first open the  Belkin FlipBlade and pull back the clasp, the thing slowly opens out to full form.  It works well as a display stand, but can I use my iPad, tapping away at the screen, without the iPad rocking back and forth? Yes, this stand holds on to the iPad very well indeed. There is a rubber seam which does a good job of preventing the iPad from moving about, but also does not grip the iPad so much that you can remove if necessary.

Using a stand with the iPad, is much better concept than I  initially thought, I never considered buying one, but once you have the iPad on the Belkin FlipBlade, you  an eye on can keep an eye on Twitter or other apps while working on a laptop. Or take cooking apps for example, having a stand becomes a necessity to keep the iPad at eye level.

The Belkin FlipBlade is an inexpensive stand that just works and looks pretty good too. The only downside might be that you may have to remove your cover, especially if you have a thick leather one – it might be a inconvenient process.

Many thanks to for sending us this device for stand for review. Check them out for iPad 2 Accessories

Gang targeting iPhone owners in Dublin

iPhone 4 camera
iPhone 4 camera

If you tend to make calls and check messages on your iPhone while on the move, keep your eyes open. A Dublin based gang are targeting iPhone owners, stay alert and avoid using your phone in public. If you can afford it,  get some insurance on that iPhone and register for “find my iPhone” on, which is free if you have an iPhone 4!


A Garda operation has been set up to clamp down on muggers who target iPhone owners in Dublin city centre, a court heard today…Prosecuting Garda Jamie Jordan told Judge Timothy Lucey that “we have an operation set up; there is a particular problem with people on iPhones being targeted and being robbed on a daily basis.”


Understanding iPhone status icons

As iOS get’s more powerful the number of iPhone status icons has increased. These can be more important than you might think, they may indicate data connection types, rotation lock, battery levels and so on. We have decided to break these down, into a handy reference guide. If you think of any more, be sure to comment and we will update this post!

Status icons
Status icons
  • Airplane Mode icon:  If you see this icon, its because you have enabled Airplane Mode and when this is active all communication protocols will be disabled. This mean’s you cannot use a data connection or make a call, but can you can still access apps like your iPod and apps that don’t require a connection. It was probably designed to allow you to use your device on flights, it is just as handy for some DND time.
  • Orientation lock icon: This icon shows that the orientation lock has been enabled, apps will not rotate if you tilt your phone to landscape. Very handy if you are looking at your phone at an different angle and don’t require an orientation change. Disable it via the ‘fast app switcher’.
  • Battery level percentage icon: Self explanatory, you can also enable and disable the percentage level for the battery.
iPhone Status icons
iPhone Status icons
  • ‘3G’ icon – You are currently connected to your cellular 3G network, this allows you to surf the internet at a reasonable speed.
  • ‘E’ icon – Edge This is 3G’s slower cousin. Your iPhone will use this if there is no 3G connection available or you have disabled the 3G function in the settings.
  • ‘o’ icon – A GPRS connection, which is an older way to connect to the internet and extremely slow.
  • WIFI  icon- This will show when you are connected to a wifi network. If you have enabled wifi, it will not show, you must actually be connected to a wifi network.
iPhone status icons
iPhone status icons
  • Play icon – This icon will show when you are playing music via the iPod or a music app.
iPhone status icons
iPhone status icons
  • Location tracking – This icon will appear to let you know the application is using your current location. An application has to ask you to do this, but you can always deny the application this privilege from the settings app.

Any more suggestions?

How to delete/uninstall iPhone & iPad apps – iPhone 101 series


It’s possible to remove applications once you no longer need it from either your iPhone or iPad. This is very simple to do, and necessary if you are a iPhone app download junkie. It is also particularly useful if you don’t use folders. Removing them is very easy, thank’s to Apple’s way of thinking!

  • Hold your finger over the application you wish to remove until it starts to ‘giggle’ you will see a small ‘X’ to the left of the icon tap it you will then see this message: “Deleting this application will also delete it’s data”
  • Select ‘delete’ to remove the application from your device. It really is that simple, remember if you remove an application from your iPhone or iPad you are also deleting the associated data, as per the above alert. It’s always a good idea to sync apps you have bought first with iTunes, but of course you can always re-download them for free once you have bought them!
  • Note: If your are in the process of downloading a large application such as a graphics intensive game, which you no longer want, and it  is not finished downloading, you can use the same above process to cancel the download/install!

iPhone 101 is a series of blog posts by that makes no assumptions. If you are new to smart phones, iPhones or mobile phones, you will find this guide straight forward to use.

    iPad 2 on schedule for this Friday in Ireland

    Apple have confirmed via press release that the iPad 2 is on schedule for release in Ireland  and 24 more countries this Friday. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® ( beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

    “While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”