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Over 100 Million Downloads on Apple’s Mac Store

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

We really love Apple.  We love them so much that we have downloaded over 100 million apps from Apple’s Mac Store in under one year – that’s 11,415+ apps per hour! Apple revolutionized the way we purchase apps with the App Store, with more than 500,000 free and paid apps available to date.  Apple’s senior vice president Philip Schiller proudly announced, “With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac Apple Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world.”

Although the Mac’s Store’s progress in good, the App Store for iOS blows them out of the water with more than 100 million downloads in less than three months of availability back in 2008.   The new iPhone 4S complete with Siri, iOS5 and iCloud probably helped the App Store for iOS’s numbers too.  This is largely due to the fact the Mac Store has a smaller user base, a smaller library of applications, costs more and isn’t an exclusive distribution platform for OS X.  Slowly but surely, Apple is shifting app distribution to the Mac App Store, even moving most of its own software to the store while limiting boxed versions.  Adobe is offers Photoshop Elements via the Mac Apple Store but you still can’t purchase Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office.  It is rumored that Microsoft is said to be actively working to bring Office to the store.  

We checked out the social media chatter and some people felt the Mac Apple Store still has a long way to go.  Shortcomings included trial software, discounted upgrades to new versions and transferring licenses from purchased outside of Mac Apple Store to Mac Apple Store.  There should also be an easier way to find apps, just like the iBookstore, it’s a pain to look for new apps outside of the top 25 of a broadly defined category.

What do you like about the Apple Mac Store? What do you hate? Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

5 Epic Features of the New iPad 3

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You can expect to see massive lineups at Apple Stores in March or April of 2012 for the predicted release of the iPad 3  according to DigiTimes .  This rumor popped up because according to sources, OEM contractors have started to receive parts and components for the new iPad 3.  They are receiving a limited amount of iPad 2 parts. Makes sense right?

DigiTime’s source stated, “OEM production of iPad 2 will remain hgh at 1415 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 45 million units in the frst quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads.”

The first iPad became available in April, 2010 while the second launched in March, 2011 and Apple traditionally follows an annual product release cycle.  This is another tidbit of information that points to the iPad 3 becoming available in the spring of 2012.

Rumored iPad 3 Features

  • A “Retina” display with double the pixels of the first two iPads – that’s close to 2048 x 1536.  This super-resolution feature was supposed to come with the iPad 2 but failed to do so.  The larger display will provide the company’s app developers more convenience, and all future apps can run on all of Apple’s machines including the 27-inch iMac.
  • A faster A6 processor or some non-Samsung-made version that can compete with the brawny quad-core processor that appears in the Asus EE Pd Transformer Prime tablet (the first to do so)
  • The new iPad 3 is going to be thicker to support the “Retina” display which needs dual-LED bars. The dock will be redesigned to be smaller, which will help reduce the overall thickness.
  • A thinner, lighter, longer-lasting battery pack
According to the International Business Times the overall design of the iPad 3 is still unknown and the company hasn’t signed off on the final yet.  Two next-generation prototypes dubbed J1 and J2 have been developed with slightly different features.  Apple sold over 32 million iPads in their last fiscal year and are expect to exceed 40 million in the December quarter.
What new feature are you most excited to test out? Will you be waiting in line for the iPad 3 like I did for the iPhone 4S? I’ll be pulling out my sleeping bag.

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

Meet iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevice Technician @drSamDiD

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We’re starting a new column here at iHospital called “Meet our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices” where we introduce you to one of our awesome D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices.  Today we’re introducing you to Sam Schlam. (Follow him on Twitter at @drSamDiD) He’ll tell you about his favorite Apple devices, his best memories, worst repair he’s ever done at iHospital,  as well as his love for Vanna White. Enjoy!

What is your name?

Dr. Sam S. Schlam, D.I.D.

Which store location(s) do you work at?

iHospital in Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

What is your favorite Apple Device and why?

iPhone 4, It’s my favorite because I’ve got a Transparent Conversion kit on the front, and a custom engraved wood back. I like unique things, and the iPhone 4 is an iDevice that you can modify to your liking.

What do you love about your job?

I enjoy being able to wear Scrubs to work. I also like taking things apart, and figuring out how they can be modified to be different from anybody else’s.

What do you think the iPhone 5’s best new feature will be?

If I’ve learned anything about Apple’s new products it’s that you won’t know the best new feature until it’s in your hand, and you’re playing with it.

What adjective would you use to describe yourself?

Persistent.

Tell me about your proudest moment at the iHospital?

Participating with Fox 5 News and Wednesday’s Child to meet Trevor.

What type of mobile phone do you own?

iPhone 4

Cats or dogs?

DAWGS!!!

What was the first Apple device you ever puchased?

iPad. (I was a late bloomer)

Rate yourself from 1 to 10. How weird are you and why?

8. My Grandmother refers to it as “Special” instead of “Weird”.

What are the first three things you did on your first day at work at iHospital?

1) Put on my Scrubs. 2) Fix a broken digitizer on an iPhone 3GS. 3) Got rid of my Blackberry

What’s the worst Apple Device damage you’ve ever seen? What was the story behind it?

A destroyed iPad 2. Father was trying to teach his kid how to parallel park, and forgot the iPad on the trunk. I’m sure you can figure out the rest.

What’s the funniest thing you have ever experienced?

Having to take a GreyHound from Atlanta to LA the week of Christmas because I missed my flight. At the time it was an awful situation, but in hindsight, it was a pretty funny experience to have.

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Vanna White! I’ve had a thing for her as long as I can remember.

Decaf or Regular?

Coca-Cola. But not any of the Zeros. I keep it Classic 4LIFE!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

iPhone Button Replacement Question

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

One of our iHospital blog readers recently asked us about iPhone button replacement.  Since this is a question we get asked on a daily basis we decided to turn our answer into a blog post! Don’t forget you can email us anytime if you have a question relating to any iPod, Mac, iPhone or iPad repair.

Dear iHospital,

I recently jammed my iPhone’s home button and was wondering what my options are for repairing or replacing it.  Is this something I can do myself?  There are all kinds of articles and how-to videos on the Internets but I’m wary of doing it myself.  Can you help me?

Regards,

Missing my iPhone in Gainesville, Florida 

There are a number of options when it comes to iPhone button replacement including: doing it yourself, using AppleCare+ or visiting iHospital to have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices fix it for you.

Doing it Yourself

Replacing your home button is a multi-step process and we don’t recommend you try it at home.  Taking apart your iPhone requires specialized tools you probably don’t have laying around at home, and aren’t worth buying (unless you plan on breaking your iPhone again!).  Unless you are a skilled technician, we highly recommend you don’t try repairing any iPhone buttons yourself. Think twice before you disassemble your iPhone! On the other hand, if you’ve successfully done this yourself, let us know in the comments below – we want to hear about it!

AppleCare+

The second option is available if you purchased AppleCare+ ($99.00) when you bought your iPhone.  iPhone button replacement is a fairly common repair so they will most likely send it off for repair.  You will have to do without your iPhone for 2 – 3 days and it will also count as 1 of your 2 repairs towards your two claim limit.

iHospital

No appointment is needed at iHospital so drop into one of our convenient locations and have one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices technicians take a look.  We are the experts when it comes to iPhone button replacement, and you know what’s even better? We’ll fix it while you wait and we only use top quality OEM parts!  Don’t forget, all of our repairs are backed with a full one-year guarantee.  Check out this article about Apple Care vs iHospital Repairs to see how we stack up against the big guys.

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

Yahoo News: iHospital® Introduces New iAmbulance Service

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iHospital, one of the nation’s leading repair and accessory providers for Apple devices, has launched a new repair and upgrade service, iAmbulance. Their certified technicians, called Doctors of iDevices (DiD), now make house calls to repair and upgrade Apple products in a redesigned and repurposed ambulance.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 07, 2011

The iHospital DiDs can now repair your Apple devices at your location.

iHospital, one of the nation’s leading repair and accessory providers for Apple devices, has launched a new repair and upgrade service, iAmbulance. Their certified technicians, called Doctors of iDevices (DiD), now make house calls to repair and upgrade Apple products in a redesigned and repurposed ambulance.

This latest addition to the iHospital family takes the Apple repair and upgrades centers mobile. Customers are no longer restricted to the five iHospital locations to get their Apple products diagnosed and repaired. The iAmbulance- staffed with Certified DiDs- can meet their customers on location in their own home, corporate office, sporting events or other venues fully equipped to handle all repair and networking problems while they wait.

Ross Newman, DiD, the Founder and CEO of iHospital, says, “We’re excited to unveil the latest edition to the iHospital family. Having a broken or malfunctioning Apple product is stressful. We want to make the repair process as convenient and quick as possible. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get to one of our locations right away. The iAmbulance gives our customers a way to get their products repaired without spending the time to drive to one of our service centers.”

Dr. Ross continues, “Everything you could get done at one of our regular locations, the iAmbulance can do: MacBook Pro repair, iPad repair, Apple computer repair, iPhone repair. Our iAmbulance team can take care of it while saving you time and money- all from the comfort of wherever you are located.”

iHospital has five Apple service and repair centers in Tampa, Gainesville, Atlanta and Naples. More information on iHospital and the iAmbulance can be found at http://www.theiHospital.com.

About iHospital

iHospital® was founded by Dr. Ross Newman, DiD* with one basic idea: provide a large range of repairs and services on Apple iDevices and computers with exemplary knowledge and customer service in a one-stop-shop atmosphere. Rather than repairing every make and model of electronic devices, iHospital has trained all of its iHospital doctors and technicians to focus on one family of products: Apple. iHospital does their best to ensure all iPhone and iPad repairs are done same-day; some are done in a matter of minutes. In the words of Dr. Newman, “we strive to a successful and rewarding experience for our customers, going above and beyond when performing any service or repair.”

3 Ways Not To Annoy People Using Siri

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Hey you! Yes you over there sitting in the quiet restaurant, the subway, the bus and/or in the lineup, yelling at your iPhone! I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here – I’m sure you don’t realize how incredibly annoying it is to hear someone yelling at Siri (Apple’s new personal assistant that comes with the iPhone 4S with  iOS 5). Put the iPhone down and come over here for a second – I’m going to give you some tips on how to be less aggravating while using Siri on your iPhone.

1.  Tap Instead. Don’t use Siri if you are within fifteen feet of people in a restaurant or public transportation.  If you find yourself having to raise your voice, tap instead.  Siri is an optional feature and you can do everything you need with your fingers too.  Don’t worry about using Siri if you’re in a busy location where you aren’t bothering people.  Just use your common sense.

2. Hold Your Phone Like a Regular Person.  The only reason we see people holding their phones in front of them is because we’ve watching too many YouTube videos.  Hold your phone the old fashioned way – up to your ear. Speakers aren’t needed whatsoever.

3. Quit Bragging! We all know how much you love Siri – we see you using it every chance you get.  Remember when Bluetooth was first invented? Remember what we thought of those people exaggerating their hands-free action? Quit it.  We love you just the way you are.  Feel free to show off Siri to your friends who are interested to see how it works.  Don’t forget to ask her funny questions like where do babies come from? What’s your favorite color? Or ask her to tell a joke.  Trust us, you’ll be a lot more popular.

Stop using Siri if you starting getting looks from people around you (you know those types of looks).  There is plenty of time to enjoy Siri when you’re in the right environment.  Practice phone etiquette and you’ll be fine!

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

Carrier IQ is EVIL! Not really

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Nobody likes to be spied on. We hold our privacy close to our hearts which is slightly contradictory in today’s world of social media and online profiles.  Yesterday we were yelling about Facebook selling our data to third party advertisers.  Today, the biggest controversy is Carrier IQ, the software in our cellphones that logs our activity and passes some of that information on to wireless carriers.  We all love a good conspiracy story but this is really no big deal.  This information is used to improve wireless networks – kind of boring right?

Carrier IQ can be interpreted as evil for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s hidden.  Nobody likes to be out of the loop.  If it’s hidden it must be bad… and evil! Second, it’s installed in millions of cellphones all over the world and it’s not opt-in (sounds a lot like Facebook right?). Finally, Carrier IQ is voracious – it logs every keystroke and incoming text message, but, we don’t know how much of this information is actually sent to carriers.

Here’s what you really need to know about Carrier IQ.  It’s designed to run in the background of your phone (this is why it’s perceived as evil) to examine how well your information travels on your wireless provider’s network.  It’s interested in how fast your network is running, how well your text messages are being sent and that kind of thing.  It isn’t really interested in your social life or that naughty picture you sent to your significant other.

What’s the big deal about Carrier IQ and why did the story blow up across the Internet? Let’s just say Carrier IQ is a small company that doesn’t know how to handle negative PR.  Instead of sending a Cease and Desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, the researcher who discovered the diagnostic software, they should have just come clean and explained the whole situation openly.  It would have saved them a lot of grief in the long run!

Carrier IQ is running on 141 million devices in the U.S. according to InformationWeek. You can get rid of it according to Mashable.  It might be absent on your iOS 5 device, according to Aple, but if you want to be 100% safe, check your settings, go to “Diagnostics and Usage”, and select “Don’t Send”. Easy!

What do you think of Carrier IQ? Are you up in arms about it? Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

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