We're pretty certain this week you rushed to iTunes to download the security-patch-update-only for iOS 4, you know, the one that renders jailbreak.me unworkable. Sure you did. Since Mobile Safari handles PDF files so wonderfully in the first place (cough cough, GoodReader), you open them up all the time and needed to be safe against bad script action. Right? Right? Are those crickets or did someone switch our ringtone again?
If there were bigger news this week than the fallout and repercussions from the legalization of jailbreaking, we've yet to hear it. But news, as it always does, did happen, and the happy elves of Mac|Life were there to make sense of the pieces, just for you, Dear Reader.
This week, we'll focus on Apple's iPad, with some helpful tid bits on file syncing, buying a case, turning off the iPad's annoying keyboard click, and a navigational tip that is useful when browsing mile long pages of information on a single web page.
Whatever it might be that Apple has planned for Lala--the much-mourned music streaming property that the Cupertino-based behemoth acquired and woefully shut down back in May--they're playing it close to their chest.
While you wait for what we're all hoping will be the awesome power to stream our entire music iTunes music library from the cloud, let Mac|Life show you how anyone with a MobileMe account can start streaming their tunes for free right now. While you won't be able to listen to a playlist you've hashed together, the ability it groove to individual audio files streamed to your iOS device on the cheap is a great first step. Let's get started!
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
This week, we'll be taking a look at Apple's Voice Control on the iPhone. This feature was introduced on the iPhone 3GS, works on the iPhone 4, and lets you use the included Apple earbuds with a remote and mic, or any other compatible earbuds and headphones. Get ready to start telling your iPhone what to do, but be prepared to listen once in a while because the device might have something to say back. Sorry iPad users, you'll have to sit out on this one.
So, it looks like Apple decided to play big kids and own up to the iPhone 4 reception issues after all. Free bumpers! Free cases! Other smartphones have the same problems! The iPhone 4 only drops marginally more calls than the previous model! Wait, run that last one by us again. And when you're done processing this particular bit of news, check out the other goings on around MacTown with the other big kids on the block, Mac|Life.
This week, we'll take a look at some troubleshooting tips for the iPhone and iPad that also work for the iPod touch. If you are experiencing problems with any of these devices, then these tips may help you and generally fix most iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iOS problems.
We trust you didn't blow off any fingers or -- even worse -- limbs this 4th of July weekend? Good. Neither did we. Our fingers were too busy flying over the keyboard, trying to keep up with everything happening in your Mac life. Hey, that's a catchy phrase, someone should use that.
The Apple iPad was the first iOS-based product that would allow you to use an external keyboard. Apple offers two options for keyboard support: the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, both going for $69. The former connects to the iPad or any iPhone running iOS 4 using Bluetooth. This week, we'll take a look at some tips on how to get the most out of these keyboards.