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Unlocked iPhone 4S Sold Today – World Travelers Rejoice!

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Starting today Apple is selling unlocked iPhone 4S’s via their online U.S. store.  Shipping time is estimated at one to two weeks.

The prices for the unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S is $649 – 16GB, $749 – 32 GB and $849 – 64 GB.  It’s important to note that the unlocked device is only compatible with GSM networks such as AT&T.  You can’t use Verizon Wireless or Sprint as they are CDMA-based carriers.

The neat part is if you travel outside of the U.S. you can purchase a micro-SIM card from a local carrier and you won’t get dinged with all the roaming and long distance charges.  One poster on MacRumors posted the following rates:

  • In Canada $10 will get you 125 MB of data for a week with unlimited evening calls.
  • In Singapore $20 will get you unlimited incoming calls for 30 days.
  • In Hong Kong $12 will get you unlimited data for 3 – 4 days.
  • In Macau $12 will get you unlimited data for 4 days.
  • In Bali $10 will get you a hefty amount of data
  • In China $30 will get you 600 MB and unlimited incoming calls that lasts about a month.
The poster also stated that if he had a locked iPhone he would have had to subscribe to AT&T’s international data roaming plan for $200 and pay $3 per minute for calls.
If you are a frequent word traveler you should definitely consider purchasing one of the unlocked iPhone 4S’s Apple started selling today.  Hopefully you won’t be leaving for a couple of weeks as they are only available online. If you don’t travel often you may not be interested in purchasing an unlocked iPhone unless carriers start competing for better rate plans! Will you be purchasing an unlocked iPhone 4S? What kind of rates did you get internationally?

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Siri, Why Hasn’t iTunes Match Launched Yet?

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It seemed as though iTunes Match was getting ready to launch according to prior reports we wrote about before. But Hallowe’en came and went without the new service rolling out and Apple uncharacteristically missed its own deadline.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the mysterious iTunes Match since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.  It allows users to store their iTunes libraries for $25.00 per year.  Once registered, it automatically scans your library and matches all songs to the iTunes Store’s massive library of music.  Poor quality songs are upgraded to high-quality 256-kbps AAC files as well – bonus!  Users can listen to their music wherever they are as well as download songs to their iPods, iPhones, iPads or Macs as long as they are connected to the Internet.

Apple said iTunes Match would be available by the end of October during its Let’s Talk iPhone event in October.  Macworld mentioned that they had asked Apple for an official comment regarding the missed deadline but hadn’t heard anything back as of yet.

Some speculate Apple is being very cautious about launching iTunes Match due to issues they’ve had in the past rolling out new services.  They had massive problems with launching MobileMe in 2008 and ended up apologizing to users and extending subscriptions.  Steve Jobs called this launch “not our finest hour”.  Perhaps Apple is making sure iTunes Match will be up to “Steve Job standards” as this will be one of their first launches without him.

iTunes Match requires iTunes 10.5.1 and the current version is 10.5 which was released alongside iCloud’s debut in October.  iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macs running iOS 5 already have a slider for enabling the feature under settings, Music; however, the feature cannot be activated until iTunes Match is launched publicly.

Developers have had access to iTunes Match for awhile now.  We are very interested in hearing how it works.  Are you using the service right now? If not, are you excited to get it?  We want to hear from you!

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Why the iPhone 4S Video Camera Rocks!

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A video shot on the iPhone 4S from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo.

Reason #324 to purchase an iPhone 4S: mind blowing video quality.

Calling all directors! Was becoming the next Steven Spielberg your life long ambition? Here is yet another reason why you must purchase the iPhone 4S.

Just how good is the video camera on the iPhone 4S? If a short video from Benjamin Dowie is any indication, we’re going to chalk it up to “amazing.”

Dowie shot the footage just after getting his iPhone 4S and as he writes on Vimeo, “Couldn’t believe it came out of a phone.” Looking at the footage, we’re inclined to agree.

Dowie gives strong marks to the automatic stabilization, but what really caught our eye was the amazing depth of field. The DoF on my Panasonic GF-1 with a 20mm prime lens just barely outpaces the iPhone 4S — and that’s really saying something.

Of course, in the hands of a pro-shooter, any camera can produce good looking footage. Dowie, who runs Beanpole Productions in Australia, is a pro. Your own footage may not look quite as beautiful.

Still, it’s impressive to see just how much camera optics are improving. Phones have already replaced the day-to-day pocket camera for many users — with the death of the Flip and improvements to video sensors, phones could start to replace low-level video cameras too.

What do you think of this video? Are you considering replacing your video camera with an iPhone 4S? iHospital wants to hear from you in the comments below.

Is there anything this phone can’t do?

Source Mashable – iPhone 4S Video Shows Off Astounding Quality

Apple iOS 5 Comes With 200 New Features

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

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

Radar Foursquare’s New Discovery Features Is Live For Apple’s iOS 5

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Foursquare on Wednesday introduced Radar, a new feature built into its iPhone app that will allow the New York company to introduce capabilities it had previously only dreamed of.

Most notably, Radar will push Foursquare from not only being a check-in centric app but also toward being an app that also alerts users of places, people or things they might want to visit near wherever they are at that moment.

Radar (if a user decides to activate the new feature) does this by using the location tracking and geo-tagging features built into Apple’s iOS 5 mobile operating system found on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“We’ve always felt that Foursquare is about experiencing the world around you, and what’s exciting about Radar is you can use Foursquare without having to actually pull your phone out of your pocket,” Alex Rainert, director of product at Foursquare, said in an interview.

With Radar on, Foursquare “can remind you and say ‘Hey, you’re near that burger shop you wanted to try,’ or ‘You’re near that art gallery your friend was talking about.’”

Foursquare’s Radar feature hit iPhones qy in an update to its iOS app.

“We think Radar is a really big step for Foursquare,” Rainert said. “It’s one of the things that really is at the core of where we see Foursquare heading in the future.”

Among the other things Radar can do is notify a user whenever they’re near a location where three or more of their Foursquare contacts have checked in.

“It’s about getting you the right content at the right time without having to change your behavior,” Rainert said. “You can get content to a user before they even know they want it.”

Users can also use Radar to follow a list, such as U.S. Soccer’s list of places around the U.S. to watch its games, or create their own lists and Foursquare will push a notification to let a user know they’re near a place on the list.

Of course, if a user doesn’t want any of these features they don’t have to use them, and Radar can be turned off or on whenever the need arises, Rainert said.

“It’s always something you can turn on or off,” he said. “We’re excited to see how people respond to Radar. There will be some fine-tuning to do over the next few weeks since this is all so new and really just some things we couldn’t quite do before.”

Another change in the new Foursquare app, albeit a much smaller change than Radar; the ball in the app icon is now green instead of purple.

Source – LA Times

Apple’s Servers Crippled With The Demand for iOS 5

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News, iHospital iV

Were you one of the millions frustrated by Error 3200 while trying to update your iDevice to the iOS 5? Some users have also reported seeing a 3004 error followed by the bricking of their device.

If you’re trying to upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 5 this afternoon, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t going to go smoothly: Twitter is currently teeming with complaints that users are suffering from an “internal error” as iTunes attempts to activate each device. The issues are so prevalent, in fact, that ‘Error 3200′ is now a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Ouch.

The issue is reportedly related to Apple’s servers, which are unable to keep up with the massive influx of traffic. The fix? A lot of people suggest to just keep trying, though some of them are saying it took dozens of attempts before their request went through. It’s probably a better idea to go read for a while and try later — but I’d probably be clicking madly alongside the rest of you if I had the same issue.

Let’s hope that this isn’t foreshadowing things to come: Apple is officially launching its server-based iCloud alongside iOS5, which is obviously reliant on Apple’s servers being able to handle a lot of traffic (I imagine there’s going to be a major spike as people update their photo streams for the first time). Apple’s last major venture into the cloud, Mobile Me, was a rare stumble for the company, and I’d expect they’ve put a lot of preparation into ensuring that fiasco doesn’t repeat itself. But this isn’t a great start.

Discussion threads popped up all of the Internet and you could almost hear a communal sigh as users continued to have problems upgrading to the new iOS 5. Some people reportedly tried to update their software 19 times before getting it. How did you do yesterday? Tell us about it – or were you one of the lucky ones that purchased iPhone 4S?

Source – TechCrunch

Apple Launches iTunes 10.5 Prior to iOS 5

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iOS 5

The shiny new iOS 5 will become available today but you can’t update your iDevice until you download the latest version of iTunes which is available right now.

iTunes 10.5 will not only allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to upgrade to the latest version of iOS, it also provides access to iCloud services like iTunes in the Cloud.

iTunes 10.5 has been in beta since June, so users can be forgiven for not understanding what the big deal is. For anyone who hasn’t upgraded to various 10.5 betas, however, the biggest news — aside from iOS 5-readiness — is that you can now download previous purchases of TV shows or music from the iTunes directly onto their Mac, PC or iOS device.

By default, you can also choose to have purchased content automatically delivered to all of your devices. That means that when you buy an album on your phone, it will download on your computer and your iPad.
When iOS 5 is released Wednesday, you’ll also get the option of wirelessly syncing your iOS devices to iTunes over Wi-Fi. You will also be able to opt for iCloud-based backups.

One iTunes in the Cloud feature isn’t quite ready for consumption: iTunes Match. It’s Apple’s new service that allows you to upload purchased (or “acquired”) music elsewhere to iCloud for access on other devices. Content that Apple finds in its existing library is simply linked automagically and songs not in Apple’s repository are uploaded from your hard drive.

The service is $24.99 a year for 25,000 songs (not including your iTunes purchases) and is currently in beta. iTunes 10.5 will support iTunes Match as soon as the feature is ready for full release.

You can download iTunes 10.5 directly from Apple, or simply check Software Update in Mac OS X or iTunes for Windows.

The folks at Apple are busy rolling out new features such as today’s release of iOS 5 and iTunes. What feature are you most excited about testing out – iCloud? Siri? Let us know in the comments below!

Source – Mashable

Gene Munster: Apple May Demo iOS 5 Voice Recognition Next Week

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple’s October 4th media event may deliver more surprises than we presently expect – a reality that will come to fruition should Apple unveil that which Munster teased in a note to investors this morning.

Based on Munster’s suspicions, Apple may reveal new voice recognition technology in iOS 5, something we haven’t seen yet in the otherwise relatively expansive preview we’ve enjoyed about the next iOS revamp. Munster believes Apple has provided quite a clue as to the possibility of voice recognition in iOS 5 by way of the invitation the company sent out today to media outlets announcing next Tuesday’s event.

‘Assistant’ iPhone 5′s Killer Feature

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Apple’s Assistant—if the reports are true—could be an enormous leap forward in voice control and the must have feature of the upcoming iPhone.

Assistant uses Nuance’s voice recognition technology in more ways than the previously reported voice-to-text function added to iOS 5’s keyboard. Assistant is a cross program voice control platform allowing users to handle a bevy of tasks by simply speaking.

9to5Mac dumped a truckload of information from an unnamed source explaining all the abilities of Assistant. First, Assistant will only be available on the iPhone 5/4S. Apparently Assistant requires the power of the new iPhone’s A5 processor and 1GB of ram to work. The iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G just wont cut it. Or Apple doesn’t want them to cut it, and give consumers another reason to upgrade. However, it is unclear if the increased ram is necessary and the iPad 2 will miss out on Assistant.

Rummaging through the rest of the supposed details 9to5Mac was given paints a picture of an incredibly effective, and powerful feature. Assistant is activatd by holding down the home button for a few seconds, and the feature even works from the lock screen. The number of commands seem infinite, but a few examples show just how intuitive and smart Assistant is. Users can simply say “make appointment with [insert name] for 10:00 p.m. on Thursday,” and assistant will create an appointment in that user’s calendar. The obvious integration is with Maps and getting places. Users need only ask their phone “How do I get to [insert place],” and Assistant will use the phone’s current location to map the corresponding route

While these are very simple speak and create functions, Assistant has a conversation component as well. Assistant will be able to speak back and forth with users, albeit in a limited capacity. If a user says “set up a meeting with [insert name]” Assistant will promptly ask “which email address should [insert name] be notified at, work or personal?” All of the back and forth conversation appears as text bubbles in the conversation thread on the Assistant screen.

The coolest integration though is with the Wolfram Alpha online computer knowledge system. Users can literally ask assistant how many meters are in a mile, a math problem or any other bit of information and get a spoken response from Assistant. Also, the rumored “Find My Friends” feature of iOS 5 takes full advantage of Assistant. You literally can ask “Where is Tim?” and Assistant will find Tim, given he has the right privacy settings activated on his iPhone.

If Assistant works as well as reported in 9to5Mac’s story the next generation iPhone might be a must-have even if there isn’t a considerable design change.

This article originally appeared on ModMyi and has been republished with permission.

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