Apple hasn’t introduced anything radically new since the original iPad almost two years ago, and even that was viewed by many at the time as simply a “bigger iPod touch.” While Cupertino continues to incrementally advance the Mac and its iOS platforms, the recent release of the iPhone 4S disappointed many who were looking for something totally new and exciting. Which got us thinking: What will Apple think of next?
Thanks to iOS 5, iOS devices now have the option to back up wirelessly to iCloud once a night. That’s a great way to ensure that even casual users safeguard their data, but it’s not so convenient if you’re away from Wi-Fi when your iPad requires a full restore. For more control over when backups occur—and where they’re stored—make sure you connect your iOS device to your Mac via USB at least once a day (you can also initiate backups by Option-clicking your device in the iTunes sidebar and choosing Back Up). Either way, you’ll force iTunes to create an archive you can use to restore data and settings to your device, and even to port your backup to another Mac to restore device settings in a pinch.
If you’re like us, you’ve been too busy playing with iOS 5.0.1 today to get any work done or just keep up with the daily news. And who can blame you? We all want to push our iOS devices to the max and see if Apple has made good on their promise of extended battery life with the first over-the-air update. The good news is, now that you’ve done that and still have plenty of battery left to spare, you can still catch up on the day’s happenings. Here’s the latest for Thursday, November 10, 2011.
Good news everyone! Not only did you read that in Professor Farnsworth's voice, but now you can update your iPhone 4S to iOS 5.0.1 and rid of those nasty battery issues. The software update includes fixes for the "bugs affecting battery life", adds multitaking gestures for the original iPad, resolves bugs with Documents in iCloud, and improves voice recognition for you Aussies Down Under. Solid!
The iOS 5 update is available to everyone with an iPhone 3GS and above, or iPod touch 3rd-gen and above. Enjoy!
What's that? You don't know what to do with all of those gigabytes that Apple gives you? Sure, it's only 5GB of free space (Although who are we kidding? We go nuts over 2GB!). But the iCloud back up service makes it so that you don’t have to connect your device to iTunes in order to keep things synced. We’ll show you how easy it can be to live cord-free with iOS 5.
Happy Firefox 8 Day! Yes, it’s been six weeks (give or take) already since the last full version of Firefox landed on our computers, which just goes to show you how fast time flies when you’re having fun. Of course, after several rapid-fire releases in a row this year, Firefox is kind of running out of gas when it comes to new features -- but that doesn’t mean there isn’t other interesting stuff happening around the interwebs to thrill and entertain us. Here’s the latest for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
iOS 5 definitely introduced a slew of new features that long-time iOS users had been waiting on since Apple finally introduced copy and paste. And Apple has definitely heard the Call of the Users, as iOS 5 also comes chock full of shortcuts. Why bother swiping between home screens and sifting through apps when you can perform a few simple shortcuts to get what you want? Read on to find out how.
Ever since I upgraded to iOS 5, my cellular data usage has gone through the roof. I’m on a limited AT&T data plan, and I just got an alert that I’m near my 200MB limit. That’s never happened before! What gives?
We all know what Siri can do. Whether she’s found a place in our daily routine is another issue altogether, but it’s pretty clear that Apple’s humble personal assistant is unlike any other voice recognition app.
But Siri’s real expertise lies not in her encyclopedic knowledge or weather forecasting; what makes the technology so amazing and useful is its ability to actually understand what we’re saying--so much so that the iPhone’s speech recognition is just as useful useful when Siri isn’t summoned. (Though it might not be as much fun to show your friends.)
iOS 5 is an incredibly complex operating system, filled with hundreds of innovative, undocumented little touches, just waiting for you to stumble on. Here's an updated, ever-constant filling of tips and tricks to help you master Apple's latest iOS to the fullest. Keep checking back and be sure to bookmark us for future reference.