Saturday, May 31, 2014

iOS 8 Multitasking Not Ready for WWDC 2014 Event

WWDC 2014 predictions are about to happen. The event is to begin on Monday with Apple live streaming it through Apple TV, iOS apps and website. Different companies and developers can’t wait to learn more about iOS 8 features, next OS X update and new ‘fruit’ products that will be released later this year.
Split-screenmultitasking is one of the most expected options of iOS 8. The latest reports assure that this iOS 8 multitasking feature won’t be introduced at WWDC this year because it is not ready for the preview.

The NYT Brian Chen reports that the split-screen feature expected in the next major firmware update won’t be introduced on June 2. This option is rumored to arrive to the new iPads and iPad Air models either in 2014 or later. It should allow users to see two applications at the same time on the same screen separated by a line in the middle of the screen.

Such a feature should make it much easier to share photos, texts, links and other data between two programs. It is now impossible to display 2 games or apps on the iPad but Apple is working on this issue. This is what reports and expectations mention and predict.

The lack of split-screen multitasking in the current iOS 7 gadgets was used by Microsoft that advertised its products capable of showing multiple applications on the same display at the same time.

Experts believe that the feature will arrive in iOS 8 this year even though it won’t debut on Monday.

WWDC 2014 Rumors: Apple to Release New Smart Home Platform

Smart Home is Apple’s next big project. It is rumored to be unveiled soon. WWDC 2014 events begins in a couple of days from now. Everyone who is interested to see its keynotes but were unable to purchase the tickets can install the iOS 8 application on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and follow the news from this first source.

How can people use the Smart Home systems developed by Apple? This project is a mystery, as Apple said no word about it so far. The project is rumored to allow users control their lights at home, have better security system and use various household devices in close cooperation with Apple Smart Home platform.

WWDC 2014 should be rich on news and innovations presented in 2014. Apple can increase its sales if it not only releases iOS 8, new iPhones and iPads this year but also the innovative smart home technology. Of course, the new product means a lot of new accessories made especially for this product.

Apple Smart Home project is not something completely new in the market. Users just want to know what exactly the company can offer and how this system can be built into their lives. We know how plans can change and how the company likes to have numerous rumors roam around its next products.

Mysteries make customers curious and want to grab the new device as soon as it become available. No wonder the iPhone 5S is so popular. A lot of users don’t even want to wait till iPhone 6 release though a big number of consumers still believes it is better to switch their older model to the most recent one. They can hardly wait until Apple launches the new-gen smartphone allowing eligible users to upgrade from 4 / 4S / 5 model directly to the 6.

Rechargeable Battery for iPhone 5 / 4S Can Be Fixed Once Going Bad

Lithium-ion batteries used in the iPhone and other smartphones often go bad during long usage. They just lose the capability of holding the charge as years go by and the scientist seem to figure out why it happens this way and how to solve the issue.

Imagine how cool it can be to extend the life of your rechargeable battery for iPhone 5 or other model of Apple handset. Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley say that erosion can be seen at cathode and anode battery ends. Understanding the nature of erosion pattern can help researches find how to fix rechargeable batteries in the future.

They believe they can use specific powder to improve the life of battery through its anodes. Scientists are trying to create the material that is capable of counteracting the imperfections on the anode side of the rechargeable battery for iPhone 4S or any other device.

It’s hard to say when exactly this power becomes real and starts working. The research has just begun and it is impossible to fix rechargeable batteries right away. The progress of science isn’t that fast but once the method is developed it can truly change life of many people for better. Having a longer-term battery on your device can save you some money so this study is promising.

What about your smartphone? Are you satisfied with how long your battery lasts? How long can you keep holding a good charge?

Friday, May 30, 2014

How to Block Facebook Game Requests on iPhone

It becomes so annoying to receive requests for game items from your Facebook friends that you might like to stop getting Facebook game notifications on the iPhone or your iPad. This can be done with ease if you follow our step-by-step guide on how to block the unwanted requests.

There is no need to delete your friends or stop following them to solve the problem. Not many people actually realize they are spamming you and frustrating you. Here is how to block Facebook game requests on iPhone without losing your friends and other people from your list of friends.

Step 1. Open Facebook program on your iDevice.

Step 2. Click on the More option. It is located in the bottom of the screen.

Step 3. Go to Settings within the app and select Notifications menu.

Step 4. Choose Mobile Push option. You will see it right below How You Get Notifications menu.

Step 5. It is important to uncheck two features: Application Invites is the first one, and Application Requests is the second one.

Step 6. If you are frustrated with getting notifications for messages, emails etc. you can repeat the steps above to stop game / app requests in those programs as well.

It is also possible to disable Facebook game notifications on iPhone case-by-case. Here is how to do so:

Step 1. Open Facebook application on the iOS gadget.

Step 2. Find a symbol for the carat. It is located in the top right corner of your main news feed post.

Step 3. Select Hide All feature and point to the game you with to stop getting notifications from. It will stop sending requests to your news feed.

Users who have previously linked some games to their Facebook account have to unlink them. You have hopefully solved the issue that troubled you for a while. Enjoy and have a nice day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

iPhone 6 Back Panel in Leaked Images

With WWDC 2014 fast approach and the next Apple products iPhone 6 rumors show more images and photos that are believed to be leaked but might just as well turned out to be fake. The most recent posts reveal what is said to be the iPhone 6 back panel.

There were a lot of parts leaked already. There was the front panel, model for chassis, batteries and now the backlight panel. The iPhone 6 back cover surfaced on Weibo site from China [the report is shared by]. It reveals the 4.7-inch model but it is impossible to verify this information.

The panel looks similar to the current models 5c and 5S. Its main difference is the connector’s new location and updated design for pins. Sadly, the new pictures don’t say too much about the next generation smartphone from Apple.

This next model is believed to be thinner than the iPhone 5S. According to rumors, the iPhone 6 should get the body about 6-7mm thick while the recent model 5S is 7.6mm thick.

The iPhone 6 release date is expected for September or late August. Experts think that the company will first present the 4.7-inch model and then release the 5.5-inch device. Some iPhones could get the sapphire glass screen with exclusive price.

The next cell phone should also get a better camera, new features, powerful A8 processor and other details that make it more interesting for users with older devices. Apple is now trying to inspire customers to trade in their older iPhone for the iPhone 5S / 5c however customers prefer waiting for the iPhone 6 release to participate in the trade-in program later this year.

How to Use Personal Hotspot to Tether iPad Wi-Fi to iPhone

It is possible to roam the Internet from any gadget that is internet capable if you have the iPhone and iPad. For example, you just need to use your iPad Wi-Fi and tether it to the smartphone. A lot of mobile operators offer the personal hotspot to their customers allowing connecting up to 10 devices to one hotspot. If you happen to be on such a data plan you are good to tether iPad WiFi to iPhone without any problems.

All you have to do is connect to the iOS handset. That’s it. You will be able to downloadgames, applications, surf the web, work with iMessages and other things you are usually do while being on the iPad’s Wi-Fi network.

How to Use Personal Hotspot on the iPad

There are a few steps you need to take in order to tether your iPad to your iPhone via the personal hotspot.

Step 1. Take your iPhone and open Settings. This application offers a lot of features and options you can take advantage of.

Step 2. Select Personal Hotspot menu on it.

Step 3. Turn on your Personal Hotspot to make it work. Use the toggle.

Step 4. There will be a field where you can enter your password [you should create it so that no one uses your handset’s data on your behalf].

Step 5. Now you should take the tablet and use your iPad personal hotspot. Open Settings and select Wi-Fi option.

Step 6. You should simply join the network on the iPhone [you will its name as your iPhone’s].

Step 7. Don’t expect to see the WiFi bars as there will be an interlink icon instead. You can connect any 

Wi-Fi enabled devices to your personal hotspot created on the iPhone now including your computer, Mac and other tablets, smartphones.

Note that such tethering will “eat” your data quicker as well as shorten the life of your smartphone’s battery.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Apple Extends iPad Trade-in Program to Europe

Apple trade in iPad offer is similar to the iPhone trade-in program launched in the U.S. and other countries where customers are offers the iPhone 5S and 5c instead of the older iPhone 4, 4S, 3GS and earlier models. 

Apple customers from some European countries can trade iPad in the UK in Apple stores. The list of countries also includes Spain, Germany and France. Users from these four areas can take their older iPad model to the retailer store and participate in the trade-in program that makes it possible to recycle older gadget.

Apple stores offer credits for iPad trade-in program participants. It is possible to use these credits for future iOS gadget purchase. The news has been confirmed by French source iPhone and German site

If you are going to trade your iPad in you should make sure it is in the working condition. You can recycle your iPad mini, iPad 2, 3 and 4. Only modern iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air owners are out of luck as these gadgets cannot take part in the redemption.

We don't know at the moment how much Apple is going to pay for the recycled gadget in foreign countries. It is most likely that users from Europe will receive similar pricing as in the U.S.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hackers Assure Activation Lock Bypass Possible on iOS 7 Devices

Activation Lock hack for iOS 7 makes is possible to bypass Find my iPhone security feature using SSL bug. Such information is reported by a group of hackers who assure that compromise for iCloud unlock lock option is real.

Last time I wrote about another iOS 7 activation hack that allowed activating your gadget through circumventing the real process with activating Apple devices. 

According to MerrukTechnolog and AquaXetine [two hackers from Morocco and Netherlands], they found a hack that can unlock a stolen iPhone 5. Their hack is capable for bypassing the iOS 7 activation lock and steal the device for reselling it in the future. The information is published here.

It Is Possible to Unlock Stolen iPhone 5 Through SSL Bug on iOS 7

SSL bug on iOS 7 gadgets wasn’t the tool that allowed these guys to get access to the original Apple ID and password. All the information is stored in iCloud service and hackers claim they are able to access it, but how they are doing this is unknown. They deny using the SSL issue. It reportedly took hackers about 5 months to create the hack and find the vulnerability. They assure they can now unlock any locked device now using a computer that can connect to the Cupertino-based company’s servers. The Activation lock bypass is possible since the handset identifies hacker’s computer as Apple’s server.

They could use the SSL bug on iOS 7 to access the information stored in iCloud. It is currently unclear how exactly hackers can bypass the security system. Apple will most likely close the patch soon if everything told by hackers is true [they say they have unlocked over 30 thousand handsets lately].

Sunday, May 18, 2014

How to Get Money for iPhone from Apple

Users who have older Apple devices can learn how to get money for their iPhone. The company offers up to $300 for your iPhone 5 / 4S / 4 / 3GS if you trade it in for the newer model via the trade-in program.

You will not get cash from the company but Apple can give you credit to put towards the next model upgrade. This program is perfect for customers who wish to own a newer model and are eager to trade the working older one for the iPhone 5c oriPhone 5S. It is also possible to keep the credit amount for later use or spend it on accessories.

You can get money for your old iPhone from Apple. How much can the company’s Reuse and Recycling program offer to customers?

You should take your older device to one of the company’s retail stores. The company’s workers will look at it and make sure everything is ok with the smartphone. They will also tell you the trade-in price for your model. This pricing depends on your model and hardware condition. The value can be subtracted from the new model’s price.

You can also visit Reuse and Recycling page for UK or U.S. and go through the same procedure online. You will be asked different questions about your model and the employee will help to figure out the estimate price you can be given in the store. The money will be deposited to your bank account.

If you live in the UK, you can get £5.00 for the original iPhone, £7.00 for iPhone 3G, £25 for iPhone 3GS, £100 for iPhone 4 32GB model, £150 for iPhone 4S 64GB version, and up to £250 for iPhone 5.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

How to View Facebook iPhone App Most Recent News Feed in 10.0 Update

iPhone and iPad devices got the new Facebook update to version 10.0. This application doesn’t have Most Recent Newsfeed in the top right corner of the screen. These changes can be frustrating unless you know where to look for Facebook news feed on iPhone. We offer you a look at the changes with the fix.

There is no need to be confused once you launch the update and don’t see what you expected to see. The feature is still available in the application. It has been just relocated by developers and you can learn how to find Most Recent news feed on Facebook for iPhone and iPad by following this short instruction.

Step 1. Open Facebook 10.0 for your iDevice [you can download the free update from iTunes].

Step 2. Click on the More option [look for it at the low right corner].

Step 3. Scroll down until you find the Feeds menu.

Step 4. Click on the > sign that is located near Feeds.

Step 5. Select Most Recent option.

Users who didn’t use Facebook iPhone app Most Recent news feed feature will not see the difference, however customers who frequently clicked on this feature will be upset. Maybe Facebook will return the option to its original location if a lot of people complain about changes being uncomfortable as it takes longer to click three times instead of clicking once.

Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Get Past iOS 7.1 Activation Error and Jailbreak iPhone 4 [Bypass Instruction]

There is a way how to jailbreak iOS 7.1 and activate iPhone 4 using a program created by a developer from Russia [he calls himself Smolk]. The workaround can be used by Internet. All you have to do is download the program and follow the step-by-step guide.

You will not have iOS 7.1 activation error any more because you will easily jailbreak your smartphone and hacktivate it to bypass the error. The fix can be found below so follow the instruction and get rid of the problems.

iOS 7.1 Activation Error Fix

There are several important things you must do in order to successfully jailbreak and activate your cell phone. It is necessary to name it a “new device” using iTunes program. It is also important to disable password option. Firstly, you’llhacktivate your smartphone to bypass activation lock feature. Secondly, you’ll jailbreak it if you won the iPhone 4 as other models are not supported.

Are you ready to risk in order to become jailbroken and activated? Let’s begin. The instruction works for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP. If you have one of these operating systems, you are good to go.

Great iOS 7.1 Activation Error Fix and Jailbreak through Bypassing Acktivation

Step 1. Download this file on your computer. It will jailbreak your iOS 7.1 device.

Step 2. Take the cell phone and plug it to your PC.

Step 3. Launch the file you have downloaded in Step 1 and choose this option: tethered jailbreak iOS 7 for iPhone 4.

Step 4. Click on Run SSH_RD Tool button and allow window RD_tool to start.

Step 5. Enter the DFU mode on your Apple iDevice and let the procedure complete.

Step 6. Launch SSH Connect.

Step 7. Choose the option called jailbreak data send. There will appear the following question: Continue connection and add host key to the cache? You should agree by clicking Y.

Step 8. Allow your iPhone reboot and enter Recovery state.

Step 9. Select the option that says: tethered boot iOS 7.1 iPhone 4 Model: 3.1 or 3.2 or 3.3. You have to choose your model and click on it. Then let the handset reboot on its own [do nothing at this point] and install Cydia on your Home screen.

Step 10. Your iPhone 4 with iOS 7.1 or iOS 7 will now respring. At this point, you’ll get mobilesubstrate on your smartphone.

Step 11. It is now possible to launch Cydia store and download apps from it.

This iOS 7.1 activation error bypass hack jailbreak your handset but this jailbreak is tethered. In other words, you will have to plug the device to your PC each time it reboots, launch the hack and choose the option called: tethered boot iOS 7.1 to stay jailbroken.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

iOS 7.1 Activation Lock Hack Available for Usage on iPhones

iOS 7 iPhone 4 and 5 users can hacktivate their smartphones using the new iOS 7.1 activation lock hack. This hacktivation created by @smolk1984 allows activating your Apple handset through circumventing the real process with activating Cupertino-based company’s gadgets. It might help you to hacktivate locked cell phones as well as unlocked from carriers.

The instruction is simple yet this program can be used by people who agree to possible risks. The hack has been tested for a short while and no one can guarantee complete safety.

Here is what you need to bypass iOS 7 iCloud lock: TinyUmbrella, PuTTy or winSCP and Java. Download these tools and install them on your Mac machine or Windows PC. It is also required to add this address to your host file on the computer: – it is needed for iTunes, once you launch iTunes you need to click Yes – Continue to proceed.

How to Bypass iOS 7 Activation Lock on iPhone 5 / 4

Follow this guide and hopefully you will succeed.

Important Note: We didn't try this method and we are not sure if it is safe.

Step 1. Create backup version of your iPhone.

Step 2. Download Hacktivate tool for your iPhone 4 from here. Install it and launch.

Step 3. Enter the DFU mode on your handset. To enter it, press your Power button for three seconds. Keep pressing it and hold down Home button at the same time for another ten seconds. You can now let go of your Power button while still pressing on your Home button.

Step 4. Click on Button 1 – this will start the ssh_rd process. Don’t do anything until it is complete.

Step 5. Click on Number 2 – this will mount the iPhone filesystem.

Step 6. Press on Number 3 – this procedure should copy the required files for further hacktivation.

Step 7. Wait till your smarthone reboots and enters Restore state.

Step 8. You need to Exit Recovery now.

Step 9. In order to bypass iOS 7 activation lock on iPhone 4 and 5 you should download Bypass Tool and enter the DFU mode once again.

Step 10. Start ssh.jar program and let it complete its process [it should say “successful”].

Step 11. Launch winSCP[you can alternatively use PuTTy program].

Step 12. Here are the settings for the new connection you will open:

Host name
port 2022
login root
pass alpine

Step 13. Click on the small terminal window in winSCP. You need to enter this command: mount.sh6 and then get rid of program. To do this you should open /mnt1/var/Applications and right click it to delete

Step 14. Users who wanted to bypass activation are nearly finished. It is only required to reboot and do a couple of other things as your iPhone is now in Recovery mode. TinyUmbrella will help you here.

This iOS 7 iCloud activation hack might be faulty as it is not perfect.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Turn On / Off Vibration Alert on iPhone

iPhone users who have default settings get a long pulse vibration when they receive phone calls and two short vibrations when they get a text message. Other alerts get only a single vibration by default and you can change this. Create your own patterns to easily understand what notification is received by your smartphone without looking at it.

You can customize vibration on iPhone with iOS 7: create new, delete old and turn off the ones you don’t need at the moment. Follow the instructions below to assign custom vibrations on the popular fruit handset.

How to Create New Vibration on iPhone

Step 1. Open Settings app and go to Sounds.

Step 2. Choose Sound and Vibration Patterns menu and the type of alert you want your pattern to work for.

Step 3. Go back to the top of the list and select Vibration.

Step 4. Find Create New Vibration option and click on it.

Step 5. Select your vibration’s sequence. If you want it to be continuous, you should hold your finger down. For pauses just lift it up. Press Stop after you finish this process. You can also listen to your pattern before Saving it.

Step 6. Get back to Vibration and assign your new pattern for the iPhone alert type you need.

How to Turn Off Vibration Alert on iPhone

This instruction is for users who wish their iPhone have no vibration alerts.

Step 1. Go to Settings and select Sounds.

Step 2. In the Sounds and Vibration Patterns you should once again select the alert you want the vibration to stop working for and click on it.

Step 3. Go down till you see Vibration menu, launch it and scroll down till you see None option. Press on it.
Now the alerts will stop vibrating.

How to Delete Custom Vibration on iPhone

This is also simple to do.

Step 1. Open Settings – Sounds – Sounds and Vibration Patterns.

Step 2. Choose your alert type and go down until Vibration menu.

Step 3. Click on Edit option and Delete.

Step 4. Click on Done once you finish.

More iOS 8 Features, Specs, Rumors and Accessories News

iOS 8 users might have to purchase a new version of a Lightning connector for their iPhone 6. Apple is rumored to also create new headphones and present high-definition audio playback for the new firmware update.

Will Apple enable the better quality audio files for iOS 8 gadgets or not? We’ll learn this I September. Most of the next iOS 8 features along with the next OS X 10.10 will surely be present at WWDC event that begins on June 2, 2014. As for the new accessories for iOS 8 smartphones, they should be released later in the fall alongside the official launch of the iPhone 6 and other devices.

iOS 8 specs mention updated Maps apps, smarter Siri assistant, Healthbook program that will be capable of showing health-related data for Apple customers.

The current firmware version is not able to support 24-bit files of high quality. Most users have to stay with the 16-bit rate music though some applications such as FLAC Player [you cannot download it from the App Store].

Besides these innovations, iOS 8 rumors mention the update for the Lightning cable that can support the playback option on MFi audio accessories and in-ear headphones that were last upgraded back in 2008. It’s hard to say when the changes are to come.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

iOS 8 Specs Mention Split-Screen Multitasking for iPad

New rumors mention the iOS 8 multitasking concept for iPad devices. Apple might bring amped-up feature using the split-display technology in its next huge iOS update that might happen in September. Developers will see the betas in June during WWDC 2014.

This option can be a great hit. Till then Apple allowed its multitasking feature to display only one application at a time. Displaying more than one app could attract more customers to the company’s products. The iPad has a bigger screen than the iPhone so its screen can easily show two applications at the same time wit the line in the middle of the display.

Other companies [Microsoft and Samsung] are using similar components. If Apple’s iOS 8 multitasking gets the new upgrade it will allow applications to interact and developers to create apps that could easily interact. This could allows users drag images, videos and texts from one program to another one etc.

iOS 8 specs are not shared with the public yet. We’ll learn much more about all the iOS 8 new features pretty soon. Apple is expected to present it on June 2 similar to what happened a year ago with the iOS 7 introductions. Developers might get the whole summer for testing iOS 8 beta 1, 2, 3 etc. until the official firmware release in August or September.

Users will surely be happen if Apple allows them sharing content between applications with XPC support for mobile firmware. The option is curious and interesting to both devs and ordinary iDevice owners.

iTunes Connect to Be Closed on May 14

Don’t worry when your iTunes Connect status is changed to “closed” as this Wednesday, May 14, the service will be closed for maintenance. This procedure is common and it happens once in a while. The news is just a quick head up for all iOS and Mac developers who use iTunes Match and Connect for their work.

Everyone who is involved with developing and rely on this program [who are registered users] have got emails about iTunes Connect closed status for May 14. According to the maintenance schedule, the underway will begin at 8 am PDT. iTunes Connect will not be working during four hours.

You won’t be able to deliver content and use the tool at this time. This is just a note for devs. You can either re-schedule your personal plans for Wednesday or spend this time working on new projects and ideas. 

There will be 4 hours when you cannot distribute your songs, games, applications, books and other things on the App and Mac stores, iTunes and iBooks. You won’t be able to access your sales reports, banking info, taxes etc.

The 4 hours is not that long so there should be no problems for all developers.

Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Turn Off Siri on iPhone 5S / 5

iOS 7.1 bug with Siri exposing iPhone 5S / 5 contacts without passing lockscreen might make you want turn off your personal assistant. You can easily disable Siri on lock screen if you follow our instruction. This guide is not difficult and it won’t take much of your time.

Reason to Turn Off Siri on iPhone 5

The person who speaks about iOS 7.1 security flaw is Sherif Hashim from Egypt. This expect assures that you can ask Siri to show the full contact list without unlocking your Apple smartphone. This can’t be performed distantly. Yet you might like to turn this possibility off for anyone who can touch your device on your behalf and get to your contacts.

How to Turn Siri Off on iPhone 5S [Lock Screen Guide]

Here is how to turn Siri off on iPhone 5 lock screen to avoid any problems in the future:

Step 1. To disable Siri on iPhone 5 you need to launch Settings on the gadget.

Step 2. Find Touch ID & Passcode menu and click on it. If the passcode is turned on you will have to enter it to proceed.

Step 3. Scroll down and search for Allow Access When Locked option. There will be Siri right near the slider. Turn it off.

That’s it however you need to understand that once you disable Siri on lock screen you won’t be able to use this personal assistant for hands-free phone calls if your device is locked.

What will you choose: better security or mobility? You can always allow your Siri working but disable Voice Dial option instead in Step 3. You’ll be safe against the hack found by Egypt expert. At the same time Siri will be supported.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

How to Adjust iPhone / iPad Auto-Lock Settings

Apple iDevices can allow their owners controlling how long the screen is on when you don’t use your smartphone or tablet. You can change this auto-lock time on iPhone and iPad using Settings. Why would you like it to be shorter? We’ll explain the main reasons for adjusting this time and provide an instruction on how use iPad auto-lock setting along with smartphone’s settings.

Reasons for Making Auto-Lock Time Shorter

  • You can save your battery life if your screen is quickly turned off when you stop using your iPhone or iPad
  • You can improve the security option since users who have a short auto-lock time period are asked for their passcode more often than others which is good for people who wish to be protected from someone taking over their iDevice
  • Your screen can be off much faster if you set up the short amount of time for it to be on
How to Edit iPhone Auto-Lock Setting

This is not difficult. You will be done fairly quickly as this is just a matter of a few clicks.

Step 1. Take your iPad or iPhone and go to Settings.
Step 2. Open General menu.
Step 3. You should find your Auto-Lock feature.
Step 4. Select the option that fits your taste and turn it on.

What do you think about this feature? Is your new auto-lock time saves your battery life? We hope you enjoy these tips and tricks for iOS gadget.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The First Batch of iPhone 6 Fingerprint Sensors Provided

We have seen reports from TSMC company that works with Apple about the first batch release of the future Touch ID fingerprint sensor for the next iPhone 6 release of which is expected in the fall 2014. The same sensors should be presented for the next line of iPad Air and mini 3.

TSMC has most likely started to produce the sensors for the fruit handsets and tablets in late winter or early spring. There were news in January that said the production would begin in the second quarter of 2014. It has begun, and the first patch is on the way.

Some rumors assure there will be the same 8-inch fingerprint sensor for iDevices as used in the iPhone 5S. Others hope that there will be the improved 12-inch fingerprint sensor.By the way, one well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicts the future for Apple products mentioned that the Touch ID sensor will be included to the new iPad mini and iPad Air. For now this rumor falls in line with other news.

The early start for producing the sensors can mean that iPad Air 2 release date and iPhone 6 release could be in September 2014. Apple has enough time to get sensors for all its gadgets.

TSMC is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The report is presented by cecb2b site. This source mentions that not only TSMC works at iPhone 6 fingerprint sensor production, but also other subsidiaries: Suzhou Crystal Semiconductor and Xinteccompany.

Friday, May 9, 2014

When You Reach iTunes Match Limit of 25,000 Songs

Music fans often like to keep their CDs and even vinyl. The same collection desire comes to their iTunes library on the iPhone or iPad. What are your steps once iTunes match limit is achieved which is 25,000 songs? It looks like a huge number of tunes but it might not be enough to people who really love music and cannot live without it.

Some user say that their iTunes started to show different errors even when their limit was below 25K mark. Those who reached iTunes Match limit also mention errors and problems with uploads. This happens when you buy music from different sources. If you are using iTunes tracks only nothing bad will happen since these songs do not count against the limit.

iTunes Match limit affects only audio CD ripped songs and various sources besides iTunes. Here is how to count the songs you got from iTunes.

I Have Reached iTunes Match Limit: What to Do Now?

How to Create iTunes Smart Playlist

Step 1. Launch iTunes app.
Step 2. Go to File and choose New.
Step 3. Open Smart Playlist option. Match should be checked.
Step 4. Choose Artist pop-up option and change it to “Kind.”
Step 5. If you did everything right you will see “Contains” as your new pop-up option.
Step 6. It is required to type this phrase “Purchased AAC” in the field you will see. Now press on OK.
Step 7. iTunes should now create a smart playlist with songs from this music store only.

How to Split iTunes Library

This short guide will help you to make smaller chunks from the iTunes library you have.
Step 1. Launch iTunes and select File – New – Playlist.
Step 2. You can give the name to your new playlist such as “New iTunes library” for example.
Step 3. Add music from your existing library to the newly created by dragging the files.
Step 4. You need to launch the Finder [Mac users can simply click on their desktop for this] and go to File – New Folder which you should name “New iTunes Library.”
Step 5. Get back to iTunes and recheck that the folder you have created above is displayed on your desktop computer.
Step 6. Choose the first title in your playlist [it will be highlighted] and select all songs through Command-A. Drag them into your desktop folder.
Step 7. Press on File on iTunes, choose Library – Export Playlist. You should save this playlist. You can exit iTunes.

These seven steps helped you to duplicate your songs from New iTunes Library playlist into your Mac folder.

It is better to locate your folder in a safe place on your Mac. Once you have new iTunes library it generates the .XML file which can be easily read by iTunes.

Users who wish to open this library using Apple music program should launch iTunes while pressing down on the Option key. The program will ask you to select the library and give you a chance to choose the folder with your songs. You can choose Library – Import Playlist and get the .XML file.

How to Delete Old iTunes Library

All the above steps helped you to actually create tow folders with songs. They exist in both your old library and new library folder. It is necessary to get rid of your new library files from the old iTunes library. Here is how to do this.

Step 1. Press down on Option and launch iTunes.
Step 2. Select the option called Choose Library and find the original library in Music folder [this is where it is commonly located].
Step 3. Select your new library playlist, choose the first file and select all using Command-A.
Step 4. Click and hold Option together with Delete on your keyboard. Confirm your desire to delete music copies.

That’s pretty much it.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Apple Online Sales 2013 Climb Over Walmart

The Cupertino-based giant [Apple company] took the number two position from Walmart in online retailers. Apple managed to climb to this position pretty steadily, as the new number suggest. This success is not as huge as for Amazon which takes the first place, but Apple’s online sales provide no more than 10 percent of its business.

The iPhone maker reached over $18 billion in revenue in 2013. This is +24 percent compared to its result in 2012. Walmart earned less, only around $10 billion within the same period.

Apple sales 2013 results were reported recently by the company. It used to take the fourth position in online sales and now it has climbed over to second position. Experts find these numbers impressive for the iPad and iPhone maker. While the colorful iPhone 5c is not the most successful product, the iPhone 5S, iPad air and iPad mini along with MacBook Pro and Macs seems to be of high demand among consumers.

Now, as other reports state, Apple new retail stores might open in New York City which has already several stores. Apple retail store New York map shows the “fruit” company’s stores on the 5th Avenue and other famous locations, including West 14th Street, Grand Central Station and the Upper West Side. The two new stores are expected to open in the Upper East Side in Manhattan and near the World Trade Center.

Apple counts 5 retail stores in New York City as for today. Will customers be attracted by two more? The iPhone creator seems to wish to get more revenue and give Americans more opportunities to purchase the iOS devices and Mac machines directly from the store.

What about you? Do you like to order online or go to the physical store to choose your new smartphone? Share your thoughts with our readers, please.

How to Downgrade from iOS 7.1.1 to 7.0.4 or 7.1?

The new update for iPhones and iPads include firmware version 7.1.1. It fixed some bugs, brought new problems and cannot be jailbroken as there is no program that can untether jailbreak iPhone 5S, 5, 5c and 4S with this operating system version. Can you downgrade iOS 7.1.1 to previous version?

This question is now asked by many users who have somehow installed update or made it on purpose hoping to see good changes and more features. iOS 7.1.1 downgrade is complicated. As iPhone Dev team [famous hackers] explain Apple doesn’t sign older firmwares to prevent users from getting back to older OS versions.

Can I Downgrade iOS 7.1.1 iPhone to 7.1?

For example, it is impossible to downgrade iOS 7.1.1 to 7.0.4 thus you should better stay on iOS 7.0.4 in case you haven’t updated to newer version or you will lose jailbreak and the possibility to downgrade.

As hackers note, Apple changed the role of its APTicket making it change each time the handset is restored. Every boot causes it to change. The iPhone maker is the only company that can per-restore this APTicket. All replayed tickets cannot be used again.

In order to downgrade iOS 7.1.1 to 7.1 you have to restore. But your iBoot and LLB stages will be refined as they are dependable on the APTicket authenticity. Once the APTicket is not signed any more by Apple you cannot downgrade.

This has happened to the new iOS 7 versions. When hackers present the jailbreak solution for firmware 7.1 and 7.1.1 you will be able to downgrade using SHSH blobs saved for the version you want to get back to.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Apple Working on Major iPhone Trade-in Promotions

There are reports that Apple is now working on its next big iPhone update. This offer will be available as a part of Apple promotions in 2014. Customers can expect to see new deals in Apple stores starting this Thursday, May 8.

Rumors say that the company began emailing and calling customers with older handset models asking them to visit local Apple stores to get big iPhone 5c and iPhone 5Strade-in update. This offer is available to users who are eligible for the big upgrade.

This update is falling in line with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook who announce plans for boosting smartphone sales this year. Different users can use various trade-in and repair programs offered by the Cupertino-based giant this spring. For example, the company is already helping some customers to replace their Home button for free.

The next model expected to be released is the iPhone 6. It should be launched this fall and a lot of people wish to buy or get this huge upgrade. Still some users might be ok with getting the iPhone 5c or 5S and such opportunity is now available.

Of course, a big number of customers will prefer waiting till iPhone 6 trade-in program is available to them. This model will be the newest one so you might also like to wait until a better deal in the future.

If you are not a fan of the greatest products and are ok with the solid cell phone offered at a good price, you can contact Apple yourself or visit your retail store to find out whether you can get the model update this spring.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

iPhone 6 with Sapphire Display to Get Limited Production

New rumors are posted about iPhone 6 sapphire display model that is expected to be launched this fall. Apple is believed to present limited edition of 5.5-inch models because of their high production price. Such material for displays is quite expensive and the final cost of the popular “fruit” cell phone will not be cheap like no Apple products are.

Sapphire display is probably one of the iPhone 6 specs mentioned more often than others. The Cupertino-based company enjoys surprising the world and introducing new features, new products and new materials.
This scratch-resistant glass will reportedly become the part of just a particular amount of iPhone gadgets. 

The news is mentioned here [this is the translation from Weibo by Google]. According to this website, it will cost Apple around $280 to make the sapphire display phone while the price on materials for the iPhone 5S Retina screen was around $44. The higher expense can increase the handset’s retail price by 50 percent. In other words, iPhone 6 sapphire glass model could be offered for $1,285 in China and maybe some other countries while the iPhone 5S with 16GB is sold at $850.

It was earlier predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo [this analyst often mentions Apple devices in his analyzing reports] that the iPhone maker would use sapphire displays for premium products only. For example, the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 6 might bereleased with Retina screen and the 64GB version could get the sapphire display and Retina display options. This would give customers a choice which model and version to purchase.

Right now the company is believed to buy sapphire from other companies. Its Arizona plant starts to produce sapphire in small quantities. Once this plant begins to fully operate it will be capable of producing up to 200 million sapphire screens which is enough for Apple entire line of smartphones.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

iOS 7 Notification Center with Quick Links to Facebook / Twitter

The introduction of iOS 7 brought Notification Center update to iDevices. Some users were happy with these changes, and others didn’t like the application since Apple deleted some features from this program. You can now get more features after installing iOS 7 Notification Center tweak from Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

For example, if you don’t like it that the original Notification Center has no more links to your social network accounts [including Facebook and Twitter] you can simply install the tweak and get your favorite options back with bonuses.

iOS 7 Notification Center Jailbreak Cydia Tweak with New Features

Users who decided to untether jailbreak their iOS 7 device [up to version 7.0.4] can now get one huge benefit of being jailbroken. They are able to install Cydia apps that bring a lot of new options and features absent in the App Store.

Share Widget for iOS 7 is a must-have tool for those who wish to see fast links to Twitter / Facebook in their Notification Center. This application works with other networks as well. For instance, people who like to stay connected via social websites from China will get the shortcuts as well. Share Widget will simply add the links to your supported account and you will see them under Today menu within Notification Center.

Such options were present on iOS 6 devices. If you are still using this firmware version you are ok and can enjoy the features without Share Widget. If you have installed the latest Apple mobile OS you should better get the jailbreak tweak for your device. The tweaks work easily. You can click on the tab and automatically share your news and other things to social networks.

The program’s developer is Merlin Mao. The app is free to download. You can find iton Cydia, download and install on your smartphone or tablet device. Remember to enable this tool via Settings – Notification Center – Today View before using it.