Monthly Archives: September 2013
In a word or two? You can’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mophie products. I have a portable battery and a wearable one as well for my precious iPhone 5.
But, with the iOS 7 update looming, I thought perhaps it was time to do a manual back-up in addition to the back-up on my iCloud storage plan.
So, I plugged the iPhone into my iMac – something I had not done in a while – and I waited and waited and waited. Nothing happened.
I rebooted, restarted, unplugged, updated both my iPhone and iTunes software. Still nothing.
Well, this was not good.
So, I took a break and went to purchase some Tim Hortons donuts for my America’s Got Talent Performance Finale Party tonight and then it hit me.
My Mophie Battery! Now, maybe it was the Timmies talking, but I had a revelation.
I was using the USB recharging cable from my Mophie product because this is basically how I charge my iPhone every night. Both the battery and iPhone are “joined at the hip” and I just assumed that the USB end of the cable would communicate with my Mac.
Well, guess what? It doesn’t! My iPhone 5 was craving its lightening cable big time.
So, I disconnected the bottom of the battery unit and exposed the original lightening port, plugged in my lightening USB cable and watched the magical import process begin on my iMac.
And that is it. Not a big how-to but important enough nonetheless. Better than tearing out your hair, right? And, if you are reading this and it made your day, then – you’re welcome. 🙂
Just when we thought Apple was losing its magical touch, this article from Computerworld.Com surfaced on this fine Saturday, September 14th morning:
“Computerworld – Nearly a year and a half ago, I predicted that Apple was hatching a “secret plan to kill the cash register.” Now that plan has a name: It’s called iBeacons.
At the end of this column, I’m going to tell you a stunning fact about iBeacons. But first, let’s understand what Apple is hatching.
Apple cryptically introduced the iBeacons initiative at its developers conference in June, identifying the new technology as a feature of the iOS software developers kit (SDK).
In fact, iBeacons is a Bluetooth-based micro-locations system (think very accurate GPS that can be used indoors). But instead of being used by people to determine their own locations, it’s used by retailers, museums and businesses of all kinds to find out exactly where people are, so they can automatically serve up highly relevant interactions to customers’ phones.”
So, what does this all mean? Yes, I was confused at first as well but ComputerWorld lays it out quite nicely for all to envision. Here are the possibilities:
Stores reaching out and giving coupons and advertising to passersby on the sidewalk or in cars. E-Z Pass”-style building access — doors would unlock and open as authorized users approach. A more secure version of this might require a fingerprint scan on the iPhone. Far-more-accurate Passbook location-based alerts. Tour-guide features that could give specific, detailed information on a phone or tablet within a single museum or across an entire city (with iBeacons placed at the specific landmarks and attractions). Theme park family tracking, E-Z Pass-type access to rides and quick, wireless concessions sales. Navigation aids for sight-impaired or physically disabled users inside buildings. Self-service checkout. A customer could scan the labels on clothing, process the transaction on the phone, then stroll out of the store with purchases in hand (the alarm would be de-activated for those items).
This is way too cool and I, for one, am embracing it full on when it arrives. IBeacons Technology! Incredible!
In a nutshell, in the future, if you own an iPhone, you will receive automated coupons from stores based on your location, won’t have to stand in line, will be able to enable self-checkout via your iPhone and on and on it goes. Absolutely incredible.
So it appears that the iTouch Technology Apple introduced at their iPhone event on Tuesday, September 10th has far greater Implications than many of us could ever envision.
And, apparently, every ” iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s already supports iBeacons and everything iBeacons can offer — that’s probably about 200 million actively used phones (give or take 50 million), with Apple’s selling dozens of millions more per quarter”, says ComputerWorld.
I know that many of you would find this an infringement on your privacy but I am sure you will have the option to enable/disable iBeacons at your whim. Apple is all about privacy – always has been – so I have no doubt that your experience with iBeacons will be a secure one.
Bye bye cash registers! Hello self-checkout! Do you think that iBeacons will be Apple’s “Next Big Thing”?
The Apple Store is down. My Apple TV Unit is acting wonky. I can’t connect to iTunes.
So, this can only mean one thing.
Apple is ready to shove a bunch of new products in our faces and, like giddy excited children on Christmas morning, we cannot wait to unwrap the goodies under the old Apple tree.
So, this blog topic is ready to go and live updates will be added below throughout the morning.
Additionally, I will live blog this event courtesy of Mashable.Com and iPhoneInCanada.Ca.
IPhone in Canada has an excellent Rumour Roundup of what we can expect at Tuesday’s event. It’s very exciting.
Of everything I have read so far, I am pretty hyped over the fingerprint scanner and the gold iPhone. And no cheap phone for me. I want the expensive one because, well, you only live once so why not?
So stay tuned my lovelies and the updates will be added as I receive them. And, at 1:00 Eastern, I will begin the live blog party.
Comments are now open for business. Any Senior Geeks out there? C’mon, I know you are lurking. Come and join the party.
Live Updates inside:
So with that being said, here are some live blogs to follow which are at Cupertino right now:
TechCrunch (seems the best so far)
We will be also live tweeting relevant news on via Twitter from @iPhoneinCanada. Don’t forget to read our last minute ‘predictions’ post on today’s event. Stay tuned.
As astutely demonstrated in this CNN article, Apple’s iPhone has taken a bit of a tumble from grace due to Samsung’s stronghold in the Smartphone Market.
Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:
“But as phones running Google’s Android operating system, particularly Samsung’s, have gained in popularity, iPhone owners have increasingly found themselves looking around and wondering, “Why can’t my phone do that?”
Many Android phones have bigger screens than the iPhone. Some are water-resistant and can even snap photos underwater. Android apps can update automatically. Users can control Motorola’s new Moto X phone with their voice, without touching it. And that’s just the beginning.
Add to that the fact that many in the tech world saw the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 as incremental advances, not the seismic leaps forward we’d come to expect from Apple, and you’ve got the more pressure on the company to ramp up the “wow!” factor.”
It really is quite perplexing isn’t it? It’s almost as if there has been a major shift in Apple’s chain of command.
And, indeed, this is what has happened. With the untimely demise of Apple Co-Founder, CEO and visionary, Steve Jobs, I truly believe that the company has remained rudderless for some time. They are beginning to realize that one cannot duplicate genius at the drop of the hat.
And, although Steve made certain that the company was firmly solidified with the proper personnel once he resigned, he forgot one important missing element – HIM.
So, on Tuesday, September 10th, all scrutinizing eyes and ears will be on Tim Cook and Co. as they present two new iPhone models (one expensive and one less so), an upgraded Apple TV unit and what? That’s it? Oh yes, the iOS 7 upgrade and, perhaps, a fingerprint sensor in the high end iPhone.
Which, for me, is fine. I mean, really, what else can we expect? Technology has proceeded at such a frantic pace that we need a bit of a breather just to absorb it all.
And enjoy it!
I am excited for the new iOS 7 platform and especially excited for the fingerprint sensor. And if I never have to use the HOME button again, it will be huge cause for celebration around here. That button is one glitchy, annoying hot mess. It’s time to bury it.
So, here’s to tomorrow and all that it brings. It all begins at 10:00 AM Pacific.
I will add another topic tomorrow and live blog the event right here. Now can someone please tell me what the S stands for in the proposed iPhone 5S? Perhaps, as a family member suggested, it merely means $!