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]

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

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.

    (Updated) “Curing” Gay People? There’s an app for that

    Update: Apple have removed this application, but have not officially responded.

    Mr. Jobs:

    I am writing today to ask you to remove the Exodus International application from the iTunes store.

    Apple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

    That’s why I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients, endorses the use of so-called “reparative therapy” to “change” the sexual orientation of their clients (despite the fact that this form of “therapy” has been roundly condemned by every major professional medical organization), and targets vulnerable, suicide-prone LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a “sin that will make your heart sick” and a “counterfeit,” contributing to and legitimizing the ostracism of these youth from their families.

    Apple’s app guidelines released in September last year detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected,” the company states.

    Apple would never allow a racist or anti-Semitic app to be sold in the iTunes store, and for good reason. Apple’s approval of the anti-gay Exodus International app represents a double standard for the LGBT community with potentially devastating consequences for our youth. This is unacceptable, and I urge you to take a strong stance against homophobia by removing this dangerous “ex-gay” iPhone app from the store.


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    Twitter updated with annoying Quick Bar

    Twitter 3.3
    Twitter 3.3


    Twitter have updated their iPhone and iPad application to include a new quick bar. This bar which can become a bit of an annoyance, as there seems to be no way to disable, will show trends without leaving your timeline. Swiping to the right or left will  cycle through various trends.

    • Quick Bar, shows trends and other important things without leaving your timeline! Swipe the Quick Bar left/right to cycle through trends
    • Trends based on your location
    • Cleaner, redesigned Tweet compose screen.
    • Automatically shortens URLs. Just paste them in and they will only count as 20 characters, no matter how long they are!
    • Autocomplete @usernames and hashtags
    • Easier photo uploading
    • Find friends using your phone’s contacts
    • Improved DM conversation view, now works similar to SMS/Chat
    • Cleaned up preferences
    • Bug fixes

    Three mobile removes data restrictions and out-of-bundle charges for iPhone users (18-24 month contract)

    Three mobile Ireland have announced that they have removed data restrictions and out-of-bundle charges for smartphone users  across its range of Flex Max price plans to customers on 18 or 24 month contracts, these tariffs cost from €40, €60, €80 to €95. This move will be welcomed by intensive users who often find themselves with large iPhone or other smartphone bills!

    We love this move, but like many other Irish end users, are disappointed that mobile networks are moving away from 12 month contract to 18-24 month contracts.

    Commenting on the launch of this exciting new initiative, Eoin MacManus, Commercial Director at Three, said: “At Three we’ve built a network with the scale and scope to meet people’s data needs both now and into the future — and with more and more customers choosing to opt for next generation smartphones, this will prove more important than ever.”

    With smartphone sales surging towards the end of 2010 and now accounting for almost 20%* of overall worldwide mobile phone sales, Three has made this move to remove any concerns around the cost of using data on smartphones, for both new and existing customers.

    “While other operators are restricting the data their customers can use before they get hit with out-of-bundle data charges, Three Ireland is lifting all limits on the amount of data smartphone users can consume on their mobile. This proposition underpins our position as an innovator and a mobile operator that isn’t afraid to drive change.”

    You can visit three mobile here.



    iOS 4.3 now available to developers

    iOS 4.3
    iOS 4.3

    Apple have made the next version of iOS, iOS 4.3 available to developers. iOS 4.3 is available to iPad, iPhone 4, 3Gs, iPod Touch, and there is even an Apple TV version! This is further proof that Apple is trying to keep iOS versions consistent throughout their iOS devices. It may also mean support for iPhone 3G will no longer be offered?

    Developers are still sifting through the code to see what is new in iOS 4.3.  One of the  most interesting elements to iOS 4.3 that Apple have introduced is new multitouch features for iPad –

    “You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps.”

    This would negate the need for a home button! Will there be a home button on the iPad 2?

    Other findings in iOS 4.3 so far also include:

    • Ability to stream video from apps other that native Apple apps!
    • A new facetime icon.
    • Personal hotspot options – this is expected to be carrier dependent, as we reported on recently.
    • Change the functionality of the hardware button on the iPad: Mute or Rotation lock – it’s now your choice!

    [VIA Macrumors]