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iPhone Battery Draining Too Fast? Try Calibrating The Battery

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

iphone battery drainingMany people are complaining that their iPhone batteries are draining too fast after they installed iOS 6.  Check out this thread in the Apple Support Communities for a long discussion on the causes and the remedies. The most common complaint is that after a full night of charging the battery to 100%, it drops to 75% or so within an hour with little or no usage.  Although this is perceived to be a common issue, it’s been noted that there are similar complaints each time a software update has been issued by Apple.

No matter the cause, it’s extremely frustrating to have an iPhone battery that dies quickly after a full charge.  One remedy is to calibrate your iPhone’s battery.  This should only be done after you’ve tried the following: resetting your network settings; turning off Bluetooth when not in use; disabling notifications, iCloud, location services, and usage reports. These settings are easy to adjust and should help retain your iPhone’s battery life.

Read This Before You Migrate from MobileMe to iCloud!

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

MobileMe is soon to be a thing of the past with the recent introduction of iCloud.  If you haven’t done so already, or are having trouble doing so, here are some brief instructions on what to do before you make the migration from MobileMe to iCloud.  Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Important: Before you make the transition, make sure that all of your contacts and bookmarks are up to date on at least one device you plant to use with iCloud.  These will be uploaded to iCloud from your devices after you complete the migration, and iCloud will not copy and contacts or bookmarks from me.com.

2 Ways Apple’s iCloud Upgrade Will Affect You

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the folks at Apple are working hard on launching an upgraded iCloud service during the Apple World-Wide Developer Conference on June 11th, 2012.

Interestingly, iCloud was first launched during the same conference just under a year ago on June 6th, 2011.  Apple was proud to announce a service that allowed users to music, contacts, calendars, and email on remote servers for download on multiple devices such as iOS-based mobile devices, and personal Mac computers.  This service is being used by over 125 million users.

We’re excited to share 2 ways Apple’s Upgrade to iCloud will affect you: 

1.) New photo-sharing features.  Are you obsessed with Instagram? Do you love sharing your Facebook photo albums? Well get ready for one more neat way to share.  Apple’s new iCloud upgrade will encourage users to share photo albums with their other iCloud friends.  Like Instagram, you can look forward to witty little comments on all your uploaded albums.  

The Last Post You Need to Read about iTunes 11

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It’s that time of year again Apple fans! Rumors are starting to circulate around the web about Apple’s next version of iTunes, iTunes 11.  According to 9to5Mac, the main focus will be on iCloud support, as well as early support for iOS 6.  Does this mean the iPhone 5 is around the corner? Perhaps.

[Related - 3 Sure Fire Signs the iPhone 5 Will be Released in Early Fall 2012]

Inside sources also suggest that iTunes 11 was in the works prior to iTunes 10.6, which leads us to believe the upcoming upgrade will be very significant and focus on internal changes rather than cosmetic.  These changes are already being put to the test by a small beta group according to Tech Radar.

Main focus on iCloud. iTunes 11 will include a dedicated iCloud settings panel which will allow for easy, centralized access to all iCloud related features such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iCloud iOS device backups and more.

iTunes 11 will also bring improved search functionality within iTunes.  Rumors suggest that Apple also purchased mobile-application search and discovery company Chomp to enhance the recommend and search features within the App store.

How To Sync iCloud To Dropbox In 4 Easy Steps

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For most Apple product users it’s not enough to just have an iPod Touch or iPhone or MacBook Pro or iPad. Once you’ve gone Apple you never want to go back to using any other non-Apple products, be they Windows PC based computers, Android phones or the BlackBerry PlayBook.

In apple the go to sync program is iCloud and whenever you set up your new Apple product you’re given the option of creating an iCloud account that will help you sync your e-mail, contacts, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks, notes, documents and so much more between Apple devices. What that means is you can share each and every one of those applications without having to do anything other than signing into your iCloud account.

For example, if you recently added a new contact to your iPhone you can use iCloud to sync your new contact to other Apple devices so that all your iCloud enabled Apple devices will have the new contact automatically entered into them. Pretty simple and convenient, right? Yes, however, some users are wary of iCloud because documents synced through iCloud don’t always end up where you want.

6 Things You Need to Know Right Now About the New Apple TV

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There’s been a lot of talk about The iPad but we want to tell you all about Apple’s new 1080p Apple TV.  Reviews have started to pour in and it looks as though it’s a major win for Apple.  Even though it looks similar to the previous version, it adds an updated processor, 1080p video streaming and iCloud support.

1.) The new Apple TV includes an A5 Processor (similar to the new iPad) as well as a new software design.  Overall, these additions ensure you have a quick and intuitive TV experience, vastly improving the 2010 version.

2.) Apple TV delivers 1080p content and includes a simple user interface that takes full advantage of the fact you’re probably watching shows on a widescreen TV set with large icons and beautiful high definition images.

3.) It looks the same. Hardware wise, the new Apple TV still looks like a black hockey puck.  This is fine with most reviewers as it’s small size makes it easy to store and use discretely. The remote is also the same complete with the same buttons: pause, play, menu, four directional keys and a select button.  As always, you can also control Apple TV by using the Apple Remote app.

Apple iOS 5 Comes With 200 New Features

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Tens of thousands of people logged on today to download the new Apple iOS 5.  Reviews of the new features were favorable despite the update hurdles most users had to jump.

With its new iPhone 4S scheduled to go on sale in two days, Apple on Wednesday released the iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. In addition, the company released Mac OS X 10.7.2, an update that includes Safari 5.1.1 and support for iCloud, which also opened for business on Wednesday.

iOS 5 is particularly important for Apple because it addresses areas where iOS devices have lagged behind Android devices, such as wireless syncing and updates, and because it enables the use of Apple’s iCloud service, a key strategic initiative and major investment for the company.

Apple says that iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features. These are the nine that matter.

Software Updates Over Wi-Fi.

Android users have long enjoyed wireless syncing and software updates. Apple had to catch up and finally has. The need to connect one’s iOS device to one’s computer with a cable only serves to remind users how iOS limits them. Good riddance.

Camera Software Improvements

You can now launch the iPhone/iPod touch 4th generation camera by double clicking the home button. And you can take a picture using the Volume Up button. Score one for simplicity. The software update also adds optional grid lines to help frame shots, pinch-to-zoom support in the preview screen, the ability to swipe to the camera roll from the preview screen, and the ability to tap and hold to lock focus and exposure. (The iPad 2 and iPod touch 4th generation support only exposure lock, not focus lock.)

[ Apple's iPhone 4S arrives on Friday, October 14. Is it worth considering? ]

iCloud Support

While iCloud is not well-suited for backing up lots of data–Apple offers only up to 50 GB–users with a modest number of images and media files should find the service a convenient way to make their files available across all of their iOS and Mac OS X Lion devices. Certainly it’s better than the old method–syncing via cable to iTunes and dragging copied files out of iTunes to one’s desktop.

iMessage

With iMessage, you can send an unlimited number of text messages, at no cost other than your time, to other iOS 5 users. Best of all, you don’t have to change your texting habits–iMessage in build into the Messages app.

Notifications

The Push notification system that arrived in iOS 3 has been greatly improved. Instead of the intrusive modal dialog boxes that used to pop up, Notifications now appear briefly as banners atop the screen. The messages can then be viewed in the Notification Center, accessible from any app by swiping down from the top of the screen.

Reminders

Apple’s version of a To-Do List is important because Reminders are location-based and work across iCal, Outlook, and iCloud. Thus a Reminder to stop by the pharmacy on the way home would appear on your iPhone as you pass the pharmacy. Reminders can be set using Siri, the new voice recognition software available on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 4S.

Twitter Integration

Now you can sign into Twitter once and tweet from a variety of apps, including Camera, Maps, Photos, Safari and YouTube. And thankfully, Apple hasn’t made existing Twitter clients redundant.

Under Hood

Along with visible improvements to Apple’s Mail and Calendar iOS apps, there are many new capabilities in iOS 5 that aren’t readily evident. A lot of these have to do with how iOS devices interface with corporate IT systems. For example, IT administrators can now disable email forwarding to prevent company messages from being sent to external accounts. They can also turn off syncing with iCloud or iTunes, thereby limiting the replication of files on personal systems.

New APIs

Apple is introducing 1,500 new developer APIs, which allow third-party developers to take advantage of iOS 5 improvements. So in the months ahead, expect to see a lot of apps that integrate with iCloud and other Apple services.

iOS 5 requires an iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S, an iPod touch 3rd or 4th generation, or either of the two iPad models released to date. It’s available through iTunes.

Let’s here it from you.  What’s your favorite feature? Is there a feature you’d like to see that’s not there yet?

Source – Thomas Claburn InformationWeek

Siri, iOS5 and iCloud complete the new iPhone 4S

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Will you be standing in line this Friday to get the new iPhone 4S? If you’re interested in trying out “Siri”, the new voice recognition personal assistant you will be!  It’s only available on the new model (insert moans and groans here).

The iPhone 4S is up for a great start: after one million preorders in 24 hours, reviewers gave it the thumbs up ahead of general availability on Friday. The improved camera, faster processor and Siri voice-enabled personal assistant in iOS 5 are the most talked-about iPhone 4S features among reviewers.

Preorders for the iPhone 4S should arrive Friday, which is also the day you can go out to an Apple, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint store to pick one up starting $199 with a two-year contract. If you haven’t made your mind up yet, or you’re just waiting patiently for your new phone to arrive, here’s what the first people to lay their hands on the iPhone 4S had to say about it. Macworld’s Jason Snell says the S in the iPhone 4S could very well stand for “sure thing.” “All those people who’ve been hanging on to their iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, the wait is over: It’s time to upgrade without any hesitation whatsoever. The iPhone 4S has speed, a great [8-megapixel] camera, some cool voice-recognition features, and the same beautiful industrial design that was introduced in the iPhone 4.”

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Wall Mossberg seemed equally impressed with the new phone: “The iPhone 4S is one of Apple’s less dramatic updates, but, when combined with the Siri, iOS 5 and iCloud features, it presents an attractive new offering to smartphone users. Some may be content to skip the new hardware and just enjoy the software and cloud features with older models. But those buying the phone will likely be happy with it.”

For the New York Times, David Pogue writes: “Overall, Apple has done an excellent job [with the iPhone 4S].” A good chunk of his review is dedicated to Siri, the voice-enabled personal assistant exclusive to the 4S, which he praised as “crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.”

Note reviewers now seem to call Siri a “she” instead of an “it.”

Stephen Fry wrote in his review for the UK’s Guardian that “Siri, the high-quality and ultra-fast camera, 30 fps 1080p HD video, globally available voice recognition and the introduction of two antennae (the phone seamlessly switches between whichever is getting the strongest signal) are features that make the 4S irresistible; what is more, the unchanged form means that a whole new range of covers and accessories won’t be required.”

Brian X Chen points out in Wired’s review “the iPhone 4S looks exactly the same as its predecessor — but who cares? If it was shaped even slightly differently or came in a new color, people would still go nuts over the stuff that’s more important anyway: the insides. And both inside and out, this is a magnificent smartphone.”

At The Verge, Joshua Topolsky says the iPhone 4S reminded him what makes Apple products special: “It’s not specs, services, or apps. […] Is this the best phone ever made? That’s debatable. But I can tell you this: the iPhone 4S is pretty damn cool.”

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber confirms in his review “the iPhone 4 and 4S both have 512 MB of RAM.” Compared to the previous model, “the iPhone 4S has all the best features of the iPhone 4 — same look, same feel, same Retina Display — and adds several significant improvements. The one and only disappointment I have with the iPhone 4S is that the shutdown spinner animation is still low-res. That’s pretty low on the list of nits to pick.”

For TechCrunch, MG Siegler concludes in his review: “Apple focused on the other thing they do best: refining already great products to make them better. The iPhone 4 was a great product. The best smartphone ever made. Now it cedes that title to the iPhone 4S.”

Let’s hear from you. What do you think of the new features? Are you going to buy the new iPhone to test out Siri?

Source – PC World

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