Thursday, September 18, 2014

iOS 8 Keyboard Apps Quickly Take The Top Charts Of The App Store

With iOS 8, developers now have the power to make new keyboards for users. These keyboard apps have wasted no time getting popular and have already taken the top of the charts for the App Store. These apps have surpassed everything, even Minecraft (Pocket Edition)! That's pretty impressive for apps with a very limited compatibility.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

iOS 8 Is Now Available!

With iOS 8, you're apps just got a lot more power. If you want to get it, be sure to check out my instructions for doing so. Be sure to back up to a computer or using iCloud. (Trust me, it might save your phone one day. It sure has saved mine.) Also, be sure to have enough storage. It took up about 4.7 GB for my iPhone 5. It takes up about 5.2 GB for an iPhone 5s. Don't worry! A lot of the storage the update takes up will be deleted after it's finished. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apple Makes Guide For Switching To iPhone From Android

With Samsung flinging an endless stream of negative advertisements at iPhone users, Apple has made a page for switching to an iPhone from an Android. The guide tells you how to transfer mail, contacts, calendars, photos, videos, music, books, documents, and how to install iOS versions of apps. Last week at the iPhone event, Tim Cook stated that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be the "mother of all upgrades." The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record with more than 4 million iPhone pre-orders.

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Delete U2's Free Album 'Songs of Innocence'

Many users asked Apple to create a function to remove U2's 'Songs of Innocence' album from their libraries. At Apple's event last Tuesday, Apple announced that it would be free to all iTunes users until October 13th. These albums were essentially pushed to libraries due to iTunes in the Cloud and other factors. Some users don't want this album. If you would like to remove the album from your library, Apple has you covered. 
"Some customers asked for the ability to delete 'Songs of Innocence' from their library, so we set up to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare."
- Tom Neumayr
Simply follow this link, enter your Apple ID credentials, and the album will be removed. Note, once the album is removed, it can't be downloaded again for free after the promotion period, so you must re-download it before the promotion ends to get it for free again.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: The Scoop

On Tuesday, Apple announced the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. Here's a quick recap of what happened.

iPhone 6:

The iPhone 6 (Left) and
the iPhone 6 Plus (Right)
The iPhone 6 sees some dramatic improvements. The most notable being a larger screen, the iPhone 6 has 4.7" screen, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. In addition, they are also thinner. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 mm and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 mm. The screen has a new Retina HD Display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 for the iPhone 6 (1920 x 1080 for the iPhone 6 Plus). It has some new chips, such as the A8 chip and M8 coprocessor. With Apple Pay, your credit card information is stored on a completely separate chip in the iPhone, so it's super secure. The iPhone 6 Plus has some special exclusive features. It's camera can physically move to stabilize pictures. Certain apps can use the extra space for iPad-like features, such as the iPad's side-drawer view. The 32 GB model is gone, so the 64 GB model costs $100 less. In addition, there's a 128 GB model. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 and the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299. 

Apple Watch:

Apple will sell three new wearable devices in 2015. The Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Watch Edition. The Apple Watch comes with stainless steal bands. The Apple Watch Sport comes with colorful, silicone-like bands. The Apple Watch Edition comes with fancy bands and the device is plated with 18-karat gold. These wearables track everything, including your heart rate. It comes with an app that tells you how long you've stood for, exercised for, and moved for. If you're idle too long, it can remind you. Navigating the apps use the touch screen and a new "crown" that turns. The watches also support wireless charging. Messaging has a new meaning with Apple Watch. You can send drawings, voice messages, and dictated messages. The clock has many, unique faces for you to personalize it. Apple Watch is built on the foundation of being personal. All-in-all, the Apple Watch isn't just iOS shrunk down, it's a new take on iOS with some great features that gives your device it's own personality.

The Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Watch Edition
(Left to right)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Apple Pay: What Does Apple Get Out Of This?

Apple has yet to reveal some of the finer details of their new payment service, Apple Pay. According to The Financial Times, Apple will make 0.15% of each purchase.
"They are also paying hard cash for the privilege of being involved: 15 cents of a $100 purchase will go to the iPhone maker, according to two people familiar with the terms of the agreement, which are not public. That is an unprecedented deal, giving Apple a share of the payments' economics that rivals such as Google do not get for their services."
- The Financial Times


Friday, September 12, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Set Overnight Record for Pre-Orders

Even though Apple had some technical difficulties with updating their Apple Online Store, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for pre-orders. Although there are no numbers, an Apple representive said it broke a record. It took almost three hours until the iPhone was avaliable to pre-order (2:45 AM). Now, it's taking 7-10 days to ship.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pre-Order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Midnight Tonight (PDT)

Tonight (technically tomorrow), the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for pre-order. If you want one, be sure to reserve yours.

Before you buy, you should check your upgrade eligibility with your carrier. To do so, call the corresponding numbers next to your carrier:

  • AT&T: *639#
  • Verizon: #874
  • Sprint: 1311
  • T-Mobile #874
The Apple Online Store is down ahead of the iPhone 6's launch and will likely be that way until midnight.

Here are the prices for the iPhones:

iPhone 6 (with contract)
  • 16 GB: $199
  • 64 GB: $299
  • 128 GB: $399

iPhone 6 Plus (with contract)
  • 16 GB: $299
  • 64 GB: $399
  • 128 GB: $499
Without a contract, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at $649 and $749 respectively.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available next Friday on September 19th.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Apple Pay Will Work On The Apple Watch...

Apple announced Apple Pay yesterday, but they never really explained how it would work on the Apple Watch. Well, now we know! Basically, Apple Watch knows when it's being worn. When you put it on, it requires a passcode. While it's being worn, you can use it to buy purchases hands-free. When it's taken off, it must have a passcode entered for the purchase to be completed.

P.S. I will do a review of what happened at the Apple Special Event soon! I'm sorry for the delay, but it's been a bit of a hectic week!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

iPhone 6 Event is Today!

Today, Apple will announce the iPhone 6 in two sizes and a new wearable. If you want to avoid any spoilers, stay off the internet. Although I won't be putting a post up today recounting the events (Sorry, my schedule is booked!), there may be some tweets in the Twitter widget that may have spoilers. Don't go on Apple, Twitter, or anything remotely social or technological. If you do want to see what happened, go to Apple's website and there should be a video stream there. Also, there should be a channel on Apple TV called "Apple Events" that should also have the stream. The event should start at 10 AM (PDT).

Image Credit: MacRumors