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iOS 8 Drops Today – September 17th

September 17th, 2014 in Apple,General,iPad,iPhone,Updates

All indications are that Apple will officially release iOS 8 today, possibly at 1PM Eastern time as that’s been the case previously.

Backup First

Before you upgrade make absolutely sure you’ve done a full backup. Backup to iCloud if you’ve configured it (Settings app > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now.) And you might also want to do a full iTunes backup as well (connect to your Mac via USB/Lightning cable, select device in left column, choose Back Up Now from the Summary tab) for further protection.

Hold Off on iCloud Drive Upgrade

Apparently iOS 8 will offer to upgrade your iCloud account to Apple’s new iCloud Drive. YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO DO THAT NOW if you use iCloud to sync your data to desktop Macs as syncing will not work until OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is available which won’t be for another month or so.

After upgrading leave a comment here with your experience and impressions of iOS 8.

2014-09-17 @ 3pm Update

Apple’s upgrade servers (and probably iPhone activation servers as well) are currently being hammered and may or may not be able to respond when you upgrade. Probably a good idea to wait at least a few hours for the dust to settle. Or a few days.

2014-09-18 @ 9am Update

OK, so I’ve upgraded my iPad 3 (Retina) and learned a few things in the process.

First, this is (understandably) a large update, an almost 2GB download. If you plan to install it over-the-air via Settings on your device be aware that due to the way the install operates you need almost 5GB of free space on the device (about 2GB for the download and probably about the same for the preparing install process.) You get the bulk of that space back when the install is done but if you don’t have that much available it will not allow you to perform an over-the-air update. If you want to go this route remove enough extraneous items (movies, etc.) before you try it. But there is another option.

You don’t need that much free space if you perform the upgrade via iTunes. Connect the device to your computer via a USB cable and when you click the Check for Update button on the device’s Summary tab it should offer to install iOS 8. But do youtself a favor and perform a full backup before applying the update just to be safe.

I’m also seeing recommendations to not install iOS 8 on iPhone 4s devices, the reasoning being that as the lowest supported device performance will probably suffer which could well be the case. I haven’t upgraded my 4s yet but I did upgtrade my iPad 3 which didn’t exactly zip along with iOS 7. So far my experience is that iOS 8 seems a bit better in that respect but your mileage may vary. I would definitely turn OFF animations and such in the Accessibility section of Settings for older devices. It helps performance and saves a bit of time spent on flying icons and zooming windows.

And once again, I’d suggest not enabling iCloud Drive yet if you currently rely on iCloud syncing between your iDevice and a desktop computer. Otherwise you will not be able to sync your contacts, bookbarks, etc. until OS X Yosemite is released in a month or so.

2014-09-19 Update

OK, so I’ve upgraded my iPhone 4s and … no problems at all. If anything it feels a bit snappier but I can’t say that for sure. Also FYI: Camera Roll is gone and essentially replaced by Recent Photos.

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iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple watch

September 10th, 2014 in Apple,Apple watch,General,iPhone

So yesterday’s big event didn’t feature any Wonders of the World replicas but it was about as eventful as we could have hoped. The live stream got cratered by the demand but you can watch the full video here:

Here’s a quick summary but definitely watch the video

iPhone 6

As expected we’e getting two new versions: a slightly larger iPhone 6 and a much larger iPhone 6 Plus. Better processor, improved camera, rounded edges and a bit thinner. Oh, and Near Field Communications support which will be very important for …

Apple Pay

A new way to pay. Very easy to use and, as we tend to expect from Apple, very well thought out especially from a security standpoint. And with the iPhone 6’s Near Field Communications hardware and Touch ID you can quickly and securely pay without opening your wallet or exposing your actual credit card information.

Apple watch

Yep, Apple’s new wearable is indeed a watch. And it looks like an actual watch even down to the stem, now a Digital Crown used as a home button and for scrolling. It is not a replacement for your iPhone, it is an extension of it (5, 5c, 5s or 6.) I haven’t had much interest in wearables, and frankly wasn’t expecting to have any in Apple’s offering other than from a technical standpoint. But I have to admit there is enough utility and potential that when gen 2 rolls out I might be in line for one.

U2 4 U

Oh, and everyone with an iTunes account can get the new U2 album for free for the next month. Go to your Purchased list in iiTunes or on your iDevice and you should be able to download it.

One More Thing: Tim Cook

Cook really seems to have his presentation game down cold. We’re solidly in the post Steve Jobs era now.

Comment away!

9-9-2014 – Wish We could say more

September 8th, 2014 in Apple

Tomorrow, September 9th, Apple will be staging another of their special events. All indications so far are that this one might be extra, extra special! Apple’s never constructed an entire building just for an announcement before:

via 9to5mac.com

I know what you’re thinking: a full-scale replica of the front half of the Sphinx. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

The event starts 10am Pacific time, 1pm East Coast time. And Apple will be livecasting it:

And be sure to add your comments to this post after the event!

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OS X Beta Seed Program

April 23rd, 2014 in Apple,Updates

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the joy and frustration of testing pre-release versions of the Mac’s OS X operating system, you are in luck. Apple has opened up their OS X beta testing program to anyone who wants to join:

Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and help make OS X even better. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.

You really don’t want to install pre-release OS versions on your day-to-day machines as it’s possible/probable you’ll bump into bugs that might risk your documents and it’s more or less impossible to revert to an older OS version once you start using a pre-release with your apps and critical data.

However, if you’ve got a spare external hard drive you can use it to try out the next iteration of OS X before it’s officially released and maybe even help squash a few of those bugs.

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CarPlay: iOS in Your Car

March 3rd, 2014 in Apple,iPhone

Apple has officially announced CarPlay™, their initiative to put control of your iPhone right in your car’s dashboard:

Alas, it’s iPhone 5 only so if you haven’t upgraded yet you might want to hold off buying that new Ferrari, Jag or Mercedes until you do.

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