Category Archives: Apple


Apple iPad mini appears in Media Markt inventory in cellular and WiFi flavors, €250-650 price range — Engadget.

Apple should just start selling the damn thing and dispense with the announcement. There are no surprises left. There is nothing left to reveal. The iPhone 5 was the most completely leaked device I have ever seen. By the time they announced it is was a big yawn, tell me something I don’t already know, moment.

Part of me wants to believe that this device only exists on Johnny Ive’s desk. Wouldn’t it be great if Apple is behind all of these rumors just so they could poison the rumor mill just to keep people guessing the next time Apple releases something.

I doubt it is just a rumor, tho. I do think it will happen. Latest announcement date is October 23rd which means there should be some sort of cryptic invitation sent out any day now just as there was for the iPhone 5. As I said before, I will believe it when I see it in Tim Cook’s hand.

10/16/12: Apple indeed did send out invitations titled “We’ve got a little more to show you.” Emphasis on the word ‘little’.  The announcement will indeed be on the 23rd

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Is my iPhone really dead? How to reset your iPhone.

The same thing happened twice last week to my wife and my boss. They both complained that their iPhones were dead. I asked them what happened to it and both of them said basically the same thing. “It just died”. Didn’t drop it. It didn’t take a swim. It’s just dead. They tried charging it and hit the on button expecting to see the familiar Apple logo, but nothing.

What to do?

The phone looked like it had no power as the screen was completely black, and pressing buttons did nothing. Holding down the start button up top did nothing. Problem was, their phones were not really off (and they weren’t dead), they were simply hung or stuck. Sometimes, just like a computer, the only solution is to reboot the device. To do so, hold BOTH the start button AND the home button together and within a few seconds the Apple logo will appear and once fully booted, you should be good to go. This should work on any IOS device including iPads and iPod Touches.


Google Chrome on iOS

I downloaded the Chrome app and it is nice and I like how I can go to a page I was browsing on another device or computer running Chrome. But the real reason I was running Chrome both on my PC and my MAC was that it was faster. MUCH FASTER than the native browsers IE and Safari. This is not the case with this app. If anything, it is slower than mobile Safari. Still, I will give it a try.

Google on iOS: All about the ecosystem | Macworld.

iPhone App Reviews by the Experts at Macworld | Macworld

When I buy an app from the App Store, I usually read some of the recent reviews to see if the app is worth purchasing. I even do this for free apps because I don’t want to waste my time if it doesn’t work. The problem with these reviews is that they are often very poorly written, with little or no thought to spelling and/or punctuation and quite often are really not a review of the app but are the first impressions of the person who downloaded it. Generally I will toss out the best and worst reviews and concentrate on the 2 to 4 star reviews. I have seen plenty of times where the “reviewer” will give an app one star just because they failed to use the app properly.  I particularly hate the reviews that rate the app one star because it doesn’t do a particular feature that it never claimed to do but the reviewer apparently thought it did or should do.

If you are looking for an app and want a professional review of  it, you should look here. These are written by Macworld writers who know how to judge an app on it’s merits an not the personal feelings of the individual.

iPhone App Reviews by the Experts at Macworld | Macworld.

SquareTrade Offering Warranty For Jailbroken iOS Devices, Puts AppleCare To Shame | Redmond Pie

I use SquareTrade, not because I want to Jailbreak my device, but because they have the better warranty. If you fully immerse you iPhone in water (drop in the toilet) it is not covered by AppleCare. SquareTrade will. Their warranties cost about the same as Apples and cover more.

I am not a fan of jailbreaking your iOS device mainly because it is a hassle and you are opening your phone up to more instability and possible hacks (if not done right). I also have not found that many apps that I just have to have without jailbreaking. Apple usually has a pretty good reason for not alloowing them.

via SquareTrade Offering Warranty For Jailbroken iOS Devices, Puts AppleCare To Shame | Redmond Pie.

Dropbox adds automated photo uploading from PCs and Macs, new Photos page | VentureBeat

Dropbox really isn’t the best cloud solution for storing photos. At $99 a year for 50gb, it is both too expensive and not enough for most people to share more than a small collection of photos. Best to look at a photo sharing site such as Fliker, SmugMug or any number of dedicated photo shots.

Dropbox adds automated photo uploading from PCs and Macs, new Photos page | VentureBeat.