This week, we've got tips for putting your conversation on hold with an iPhone 4 and connecting a USB thumb drive or an iPhone to your iPad using the camera connection kit. Plus, we've got a nifty cheat sheet for restricting 3G data on your menial data plan.
This week's tips focus mostly on the iPad, but one of them will work on a iPhone running iOS 4. You will learn how to stifle your iPad's loud noise making tendencies, get more out of Mail previews, use the iPad dock more effectively and how to become your own iBook publisher.
Apple really seems to know how to time their roll outs and their upgrades to keep interest at the maximum peak. First there was the iPad, then the announcement of what was then called iPhone OS 4.0, then all the "leaks" of the fourth generation iPhone, then the iPhone 4 along with iOS 4 and Safari 5.0 and the new Mac Minis and new MacBooks and Apple TV and and and there's just no end to it, is there? And as of next week, the brand new mobile operating system will be in everyone's hands for real and honest and – guess what? – we'll all be buzzing about that for weeks on end. Yeah, Apple's really got the whole release cycle down pat.
Meanwhile, here's the latest and the greatest from what's buzzing around the Mac|Life crew.
The biggest problem with having Steve Jobs kick off the WWDC with the iPhone 4 announcement is that all the developer news that also happened gets buried in the press that follows. We would gladly trade three "Steve Jobs Couldn't Get Wi-Fi To Work" articles for just one great new app announcement or dongle sweetness article.
Well, we haven't forgotten that other news happens, so join the Mac|Life stafff, won't you, for all the other stuff that happened this week that isn't just about the iPhone.
This week's tips include a way to manage screen orientation on your iPad, another way to check your iPhone data usage, a tip on managing misbehaving apps, and moving quickly through the pages of apps displayed on your iPhone desktop.
Apple is really great at creating highly functional devices that are simple to use. They’re also notorious for furthering that image by going light on useful extras…like owner’s manuals. After all, if it’s so easy, who needs instructions?
By now, anyone familiar with the iPhone OS is probably pretty comfortable with the basics--installing apps, browsing the web, sending emails, and the like. But in order to get the most out of your iPad, you’ll need to bone up on some other subjects that Apple isn’t going to broach, like ripping your own DVDs, swapping out your AT&T SIM card, or building your own ePubs to read with iBooks. We even have the details on how to keep your data safe and how to add functionality that the iPad lacks, like a camera, texting, and making phone calls. It’s all easy to do if you know how. And now you will.
Tomorrow is the big day, and we're sure you will all be glued to your Twitter feeds and this site hitting refresh refresh refresh for all the latest and greatest news from the WWDC and especially Steve Jobs' keynote address. We all know the fourth generation iPhone handset will be officially announced at the event, but will it go on sale on the floor as some have speculated? And what about iPhone OS 4.0? Will we be getting that tomorrow too?
Only time will tell, so while you wait don't just sit there twiddling your thumbs, enjoy the best of Mac|Life from the previous week.
The weekly tip feature continues with tips on how to track your AT&T data usage on an iPhone and iPad, perform screen captures, and a tip for using your Apple mobile device on an airplane or to limit access to 3G/Edge data.
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Okay, okay, we get it. It's Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer. No one's sitting inside on their computer, are they? Heck no, they're grilling up fun, lounging in the sun, putting a dog in a bun. Well, just in case you're not one of those people, or you're not from the States, here's the week's best stories from the vacationing kids of Mac|Life.