If you love software updates, it’s like Christmas morning in October for Apple product owners. In addition to this morning’s new iOS apps, the folks in Cupertino are busy pushing out iOS 5 compatibility updates for almost everything they’ve released -- including Remote, Find My iPhone, iMovie and the trio of iWork apps.
As we move into the Dog Days of summer it's definitely easier to stay indoors and entertain yourself online than it is to go out in the humid sweatbox that is late July just about anywhere Stateside. Luckily, we gathered up all the news you missed when you were lying on your fainting couch fanning yourself with our back issues. We're good to you like that.
Sally Hootnick collected her family and luggage from the airplane at JFK International Airport, but forgot her iPad. She believes she left it on her seat after grabbing her stuff from the overhead. Ouch! After leaving two messages with American Airline's lost and found department, Hootnick did what the rest of us would probably do: she began to stalk her stolen iPad.
Apple released new information today regarding the pending transition from MobileMe to iCloud. Finally, we know which services will be continued and which will be terminated with extreme prejudice. According to Apple, "The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud." The key word there is "core", which is not the same as "all".
Apple is pushed an update to everyone's favorite, "Oh my God, where's my iPhone" app. Find My iPhone just got a swanky update that helps us find our lost iOS devices without crying in the corner for hours and hours.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has teased some exciting changes are ahead for MobileMe, but a French website may have uncovered evidence in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that indicates the service will be getting a new name as well.
It can be very easy to turn off Find My iPhone if you don't have a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you want to keep someone from turning it off the perform the following steps: launch the Settings App, tap General > Restrictions > Turn on Restrictions. You'll be prompted for a four digit passcode and then again to verify it. This passcode can be, and should be, different than the one you use to lock the screen. Finally, under the section titled Allow Changes turn the switches off for Location and Accounts.
This week's tips will show you how to prevent a thief from turning off Find My iPhone and we'll look at how to force quit apps on iOS 4.0 and above. We'll also take a look at how to increase your tapping potential within certain apps, and you'll be surprised about what you can do when tapping with one or two fingers. You'll definitely have some more useful tips to use and show off to your friends.