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Apple Updates iPad air, iPad mini, iMac and Mac mini

October 16th, 2014 in Apple,iPad,Updates

Today’s Apple Event brings the iPad air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac retina 5K, an updated Mac mini and iOS 8.1. Watch the full keynote here:

A bit of a surprise, the iMac retina 5K adds a true retina display to the 27 inch iMac.

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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 5S + 5C Announced

September 11th, 2013 in Apple,iPad,iPhone,Updates

Per expectations Apple has announced the new iPhone 5S and added the 5C, available in multiple colors a la the iPod.

The iPhone 5C is essentially the iPhone 5 in a plastic case. The iPhone 5S adds “desktop level” 64 bit processing, much improved camera and fingerprint recognition to unlock the phone.

Also, iOS 7 will be available for both iPhones and iPads on September 18th.

For all the details watch the event video:

So how about it, what color iPhone 5C will you be buying?

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Apple is Live Streaming Today’s Event

October 23rd, 2012 in Apple,iPad

For the first time in a long time today’s scheduled Apple Special Event “We’ve got a little mode to show you”, almost universally expected to herald a new smaller iPad and iTunes 11, will be live streamed:

You can watch it via the web site or, if you own a 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV™, watch it on the new Apple Events channel available on those devices.

Live streams of Apple’s events were a staple of any major new announcements but were replaced by delayed streams once they started melting down the Internet with their heavy traffic. Assuming their servers stand the strain, we’ll learn about the new goodies at the same time as the live-bloggers.

iTunes 11 seems to be a certainty, as is a smaller iPad of some sort, but there are rumors we may see an updated iPad 3 featuring a Lightning connector. Will we also see Lightning port updates for desktops and laptops? Tune in at 1:00pm to find out.

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iOS 5.1.1 is out!

May 7th, 2012 in Apple,iPad,iPhone,Updates

Apple has released iOS 5.1.1, an incremental bug fix update to iOS 5.1. Details can be found here:

It’s available via the new Software Update feature of iOS 5 so instead of the entire new OS you’ll only need a 50MB download. Access Software Update on your iOS device by:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Select General then Software Update
  3. Tap the Download and Install button.

And in a few minutes you’ll be good to go.

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