How to save iPhone battery life with low power mode

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It seems, over time the battery performance on your iPhone degrades, one theory suggests this relates to the regular security patches and upgrades. While some of these updates can improve the functionality of the iPhone software, they can also significantly impact the iPhone battery life.  So is there an easy way to mitigate or reduce the power drain. Is it possible to get a full day from your iPhone, while using it?

Low Power Mode

One possibility is Low Power Mode which was introduced with iOS 9 and is only available to iphones with a least this version of iOS. You can enable ‘low power mode’ at any time under the battery settings. Additionally, once your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery power you will get a prompt asking if you wish to enable it, allowing you to squeeze the last bit of juice from your iPhone.  You can enable low power mode prior to this alert at any time.

Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)
Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)

So why is low power mode useful? If you are going on a long trip and want to ensure a longer battery life, and you can still receive calls and text messages in this mode. However, there is a caveat to enabling this mode, obviously, if low power mode reduces the performance of your iPhone, to save battery, there is going to be an impact in functionality. Enabling lower mode  limits or stops mail fetch, background app processes and certain visual effect are disabled, also, the time out of the screen display is reduced.When Low Power Mode is on, the battery in the status bar will be yellow.

How save iPhone battery life with low power mode – How To Enable Low Power Mode

  1. Open the settings application
  2. Select Battery from the menu
  3. From this screen turn the switch button to enable it.

Worth Considering

Low Power Mode reduces or turns off these features:

  • Email fetch
  • Hey Siri
  • Background app refresh
  • Automatic downloads
  • Wi-Fi associations
  • Some visual effects

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How do I edit my own picture so it is formatted to the correct size to be used as a wallpaper on my iPhone 4?

The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory

I got this e-mail from a friend!

How do I edit my own picture so it is formatted to the correct size to be used as a wallpaper  on my iPhone 4?

I wanted to tell him to use Google, but instead I decided to write this quick blog post. Let’s see first what Apple has to say about the iPhone 4 screen to get an overview:

  • Retina display
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)

The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3Gs have completely different pixel resolution. The  iPhone 3GS has a resolution  of 480×320 pixel and iPhone 4 has a pixel resolution of 960×640.  The answer is to  use your favorite software  to crop your image to 640 X 960 and you should get a reasonable enough looking custom wallpaper!

If you are looking for a free editing tool give Gimp  (windows) a try. I edited the above promotion picture for the TV show The Big Bang Theory to the correct size as an example – for the iPhone 4. Try it on your iPhone and let me know what you think!

 

iPhone 4s

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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)

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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?

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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!

WIN: Real Metal Case for iPhone 3G/3GS – GIVEAWAY

Real Metal Case for iPhone 3G/3GS
Real Metal Case for iPhone 3G/3GS
Real Metal Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

Ultra thin, ultra light and ultra sleek, the Real Metal Case with a minimal wall thickness of less than 1 mm wraps your iPhone in a seamless design with virtually no additional weight added on. It feels like your iPhone is wearing an “Real Metal”. And precise openings keep all ports and controls ready for use. Worth 19.95 Euro we are giving one of these away!  Want an iPhone 4 cover instead? Keep an eye on our site, we have another prize from chillicase later this week. This wonderful prize brought to you by: Chillicase.

 

How do I enter? Just comment below.

Specs:

  • Key Features
  • Made of Hard-shell polycarbonate with glossy finish
  • Add virtually no weight or bulk to the iPhone and perfectly demonstrate iPhone’s shape
  • Slim fit grip case (clip-on style)
  • Light-weighted and sleek look
  • Allow charging while in the case
  • Speakerphone and microphone openings
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS
  • Prevents and shields your mobile from scratches, damages and dust
  • Full access to all ports, sensors and switches
  • Bonus: Free Crystal Clear Screen Protector

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

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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.

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

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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.”

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iOS 5 beta for iPhone 4

iOS 5 First look
iOS 5 First look
iOS 5 First look

Thanks to a really great contact on Twitter I managed to grab the first beta of iOS 5. While much of the great and wonderful updates have been reported on already, I have been through the settings and jotted down some notes on what I found. Here are a few observations on iOS 5.

  • As promised by Steve Jobs, you no longer need a PC or Mac to activate or set up your iPhone. It’s now an independent device in its own right!
  • iCloud: You can use your iPhone while syncing it with iTunes and I assume the iCloud. An icon appears on the status bar indicating a sync is in progress. There is an option for “Storage Plan” which is currently grayed out, which indicates Apple may have various storage plans in addition to the Free 5GB. Steve Jobs made this sound like a lot, but when I ran my first iCLoud backup, I realised how little this is if you plan on backing up your camera roll!
Alert Style
Alert Style
  • Home Screen Notifications: You can slide notifications by swiping down at the top of the screen. You can delete all text and phone message notifications but not individual messages. The notifications screen also shows two widgets: stocks and weather. Weather uses GPS to display weather in your area. You can change from banner notifications to the usual pop up windows.
  • Lock Screen: Messages now appear on lock screen as banner notifications opposed to a single pop up message. The lock screen will only show notifications since you last locked it. You can access the camera from the lock screen. New e-mail messages do not seem to appear on the lock screen (disappointed in this).
  • Settings: There is some interesting things happening in the settings . Now an option to update software over the air! A new iTunes Sync option. iCloud options with the following On/Off toggle options: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Photo Stream, Find my iPhone. They were all disabled by default on my test device.
  • Sending an e-mail without a subject? You now get a warning!
  • iPod app has gone! I’m surprised Apple are removing this one, now there is an app for music and one called video, the same as an iPod Touch.
  • LED Flash for ALerts.  The camera flash will go off for alerts. Makes me suspect that Apple will have Blackberry like LED in the next iPhone device.
Twitter
Twitter
  • Twitter: Twitter is tightly integrated, you can authorise more than one account, if you use Twitter this is very handy.
  • Camera: Pinch to zoom, seems a bit buggy to me, but it is a first beta, there is also a grid, and best of all you can use the volume button to take  a snap.
  • Photos app: You can now edit photos, it’s pretty basic, but functional none the less. The ability to correct ‘red eye’, crop images and rotate images!

To summarise, lot’s of goodies in this iOS release, which we can expect in Autumn sometime, with possibly more that is available in the current beta. I have noticed throughout the iOS that much of the functionality comes from what was popular apps and jailbreak functions, Apple seems to be listening to its users.

Your app history is back to haunt you!

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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!