This is one heck of a leak week with batteries, screens, and all kinds of specs making their way into your hot little hands. By the time the iPhone 6 comes out, we'll know every single bit and piece of the device down to the tiniest screw. And there might be a little bit of other news out there, so let's have a look.
Using a Wi-Fi only iPad works well enough when you have an available connection, but sometimes emergencies strike and you find yourself wishing you had an LTE-enabled device. (Well, I do, anyway.) According to AllThingsD, AT&T's seeking to make those moments easier for us. It looks as though you'll still have to buy a cellular-enabled tablet, but AT&T seeks to ease some of the prohibitive costs involved by introducing a 250 MB data plan for $5.00 a day when you need it.
It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.
So the reviews have started coming in for jOBs, Apple TV got an update and so did your other iOS devices, Vine got launched, got pulled, got tweaked, got 25% less sexy, and a whole bunch of other stuff, so let's see what's cooking in the hot pot of news this week.
Apple released iOS 6.1 this afternoon, adding 4G LTE functionality for a large number of global carriers. Beyond the cellular improvements, iOS 6.1 offers some minor tweaks to Siri features, controls, and privacy settings.
The iPhone 5 is great in pretty much every aspect, but battery life continues to be an issue for some despite its slightly larger battery than the iPhone 4S. While you can't swap out the battery for a larger one, there are 5 simple usage tips that can keep your iPhone 5 running longer than it would otherwise.
I’ve had two weeks and two weekends with the iPhone 5, enough time to really get to know it, and enough time to stand up and say: best iPhone ever. If you’ve got an iPhone 4S under contract, it’s perfectly fine to not upgrade -- wait for next year’s iPhone 5S or whatever it’ll be called. But if you use an older iPhone -- or you’re new to the iPhone -- you literally cannot do better than this phone. It’s awesome.
Okay, we're gonna briefly touch some other stories this week, but you know what it's all about here on Mac|Life dot com -- the iPhone 5 is our story of the week, just like the whole internet. So in case you weren't glued to the keynote and you haven't followed our regular stream of updates, here's how it went down and here's what you need to know.
I’ve previously used the 3G data on my first-generation iPad only when traveling, and instead relied on Wi-Fi--it saves me from paying a monthly charge if I cancel right away, then just use the month of data I paid for. To cancel, or just to check how much data you’re using, you have to sign in to your account in Settings > Cellular Data > View Account. (Make a keyboard shortcut for your email address in Settings > General > Keyboard to save some keystrokes logging in.)