Unlocked iPhone 4S released in US

Unlocked iPhone 4S released in US

The unlocked version of the iPhone 4S is now available in the US.

If at first, iPhone 4S was available only from US carriers such as Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, Apple is now selling the unlocked version. If this sounds appealing to you, you should know you can buy the unlocked version directly from Apple online or Apple stores.

The 16GB version of iPhone 4S can be purchased for $649, the 32GB version for $749 and the 64GB iPhone 4S for $849.

The smartphone, which has white and black coats, brings a dual-core A5 chip, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB capacity, a 3.5-inch Multi-Touch display with 960×640 resolution, retina display, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. Also, the handset packs an 8MP camera with auto-focus, tap to focus, face detection in still images, LED flash, HD video recording, video stabilization, video and photo geotagging and a front camera with VGA quality. Moreover, it has Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity. Of course, we shouldn’t forget about the fact that it is running the iOS 5.



iOS 5.0.1 finally released, not fixing iPhone 4S battery issues

iOS 5.0.1 finally released, not fixing iPhone 4S battery issues

The so long waited iOS 5.0.1 was finally released and it’s now available via OTA update. One of the main issues that this update has tried to solve was the iPhone 4S battery issues, but unfortunately it appears that this wasn’t meant to be since no improvements were made regarding the 4S battery.

Now, the thing is there were also some lucky owners who reported that the new iOS version features among several minor tweaks and fixes, the battery life fix for iPhone 4S. The question is why after this iOS 5.0.1 update some iOS devices has revealed an improved battery life, while on others nothing changed? In some cases the iPhone 4S battery was reduced due to multiple reasons from which we can mention its dual core processor, and it was also revealed that iPhone uses an additional IR sensor that is permanently on when the screen is lit, and to fix that small issue you should turn off “raise to speak” Siri setting.

The iOS 5.0.1 update was Apple’s first public over-the-air update, and could be downloaded directly on your iPhone over Wi-Fi instead of requiring a full iOS download and update via iTunes.

Let us know how this iOS 5.0.1 works for you, and if you noticed any improvements on the battery life.


One week and 4 million sales for iPhone 4S

One week and 4 million sales for iPhone 4S

The latest press release from Apple show us the popularity of the iPhone 4S smartphone. In just three days, Apple has sold over 4 million smartphones, and right now, over 25 million of iDevices owners runs on iOS 5 operating system.

iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.

The 4S apple brings some new features including the Siri application, and hardware upgrades like a dual-core A5 CPU with 1GHz frequency and full 1080p HD resolution video recording.

Also, with the new 4S, Apple has launched the new version of iOS 5. For more information about this operating system check out the list of new features.

Apple announced the iPhone 4S in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland starting October 28.


iOS 5 changelog and new features

iOS 5 changelog and new features

Today, Apple has released the new version of their OS, named iOS 5. This version of iOS operating system is compatibile with devices such as the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4, the 3rd and 4th generation of iPod Touch and for both iPad versions.

iOS 5 Software Update

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:


  • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
  • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
  • View notifications from lock screen
  • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app


  • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
  • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
  • Group messaging and secure encryption
  • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*


  • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Background downloads of new issues

Reminders for managing to do lists

  • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

Built-in support for Twitter

  • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • Add location to any tweet
  • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts

Camera improvements for devices with cameras

  • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Volume Up button to take a picture
  • Optional grid lines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock

Photo improvements for devices with cameras

  • Crop and rotate
  • Red eye removal
  • One tap enhance
  • Organize photos into albums

Mail improvements

  • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
  • Indentation control
  • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
  • Flag messages
  • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME

Calendar improvements

  • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
  • Tap to create an event
  • View and add event attachments

Game Center improvements

  • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
  • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
  • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
  • Discover new games with custom game recommendations

AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad
  • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
  • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
  • Swipe left or right to switch between apps

On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

Software updates available over the air without tethering

iCloud support

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

Redesigned Music app for iPad

Hourly weather forecast

Real-time stock quotes

Wireless sync to iTunes

Keyboard improvements

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Improved autocorrection accuracy
  • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard
  • Personal dictionary for autocorrection
  • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words

Accessibility improvements

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver

Exchange ActiveSync improvements

  • Wirelessly sync tasks
  • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Improved offline support
  • Save a new contact from a GAL service

More than 1,500 new developer APIs

Bug fixes

* Normal carrier data rates may apply. Messages will be sent as SMS when iMessage is unavailable, carrier messaging fees apply.

Two tricks in iOS 5: enable Camera app in lockscreen and Custom Vibrations

Two tricks in iOS 5: enable Camera app in lockscreen and Custom Vibrations

The new iOS 5 launched yesterday by Apple brings some cool new features. Now you can open the camera directly from the lockscreen and can enable Custom Vibration Paterns. See below what do you have to do in order to enable these features.

How to enable the Camera App directly from your device lockscreen in iOS 5

To enable this feature is very easy. When your iPhone is locked and you double tap the home button, the camera icon will appear next to the unlock slider bar. This trick allows you to see only the pictures taken during the photo session. In order to see all of your pictures you will have to unlock the screen of your device.

How to enable the Custom Vibration Patterns in iOS 5

With this feature of iOS 5 you can now make custom style vibrations to help you differentiate alerts while your phone is in silent mode. Now, not only custom ringtones can be assigned to the contacts, but also the custom vibrations. To enable the Custom Vibrations, you must follow these steps.

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down to the Hearing section and switch Custom Vibrations on.
  5. Now open up your Contacts app and select on contact.
  6. Click edit.
  7. Scroll down to vibration and choose any of the included Standard alerts or create a custom vibration pattern.
  8. You will tap on the screen and then press stop when you are done.

Apple release iOS 5, packs over 200 new features

iOS 5 LogoApple has just revealed the latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 5, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new iOS 5 comes with more than 200 new and interesting features.

One of the greatest new features of iOS 5 is the notification area, which replaces the so annoying pop-ups. Apple has also added a dedicated screen that you open by pulling from the top of the screen downwards. It contains all your notifications and if you click one of them it will take you to the app responsible for it, and by clicking on the X icon on the right removes the notification. The Notification center also brings stock updates and weather information.

Another feature is the Twitter integration, which covers Contacts, Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube and Maps. This new feature allows you to Tweet from all those apps and your contacts are automatically synced with their Twitter accounts. I’m quite disappointed on Apple because they chose the Twitter integration instead of Facebook, it’s really strange and makes you wonder if perhaps there’s some grudge going on between the two companies.


Apple has also released the iMessage service, which is basically an IM client built-in right into the Message app. It supports sending texts, photos, videos, contacts to both single users and groups over encrypted connection. Also, the reminders were unveiled and offers the possibility to collect all your to-dos together and allowing you to set-up reminders. This app is location aware so that it can remind you of events based on where you are.


An upgrade was also made on the camera department, with a dedicated camera shortcut landing on the lockscreen and some settings finally making their way to the UI. You can now add grid-lines to your viewfinder, lock exposure and focus by pressing on the screen and using the digital zoom by pinching in. Also, you can now use the volume key for taking photos.


The Safari browser was the app that received the most significant update, but mostly for the iPad version. The Reading list plug-in for both the iPad and the iOS devices allows you to save pages for reading later. A new great feature of the Safari, Safari Reader, allows you to see web articles without ads or clutter so that you won’t be distracted while you’re reading. It also supposedly merges multi-page articles in one big page for more convenient reading.


The iOS5 also brings the Newsstand app which gathers all the magazine and newspaper subscriptions in one place, making it easier for you to access them. The photos app brings image editing, allowing you to crop and edit images straight on your iOS device. Another key feature of the new iOS 5 is the Game center, and with this new version it will now enable posting of profile pictures, new friends recommendations based on the games you play and the players you already know.


The iOS 5 updates will be pushed to end users this Fall, over the air and they will arrive in smaller sizes thanks to the implemented Delta encoding. This means that the next iPhone – be it iPhone 5 or 4S will obviously make its appearance this fall, maybe in a late September. The iDevices eligible for the upgrade are the iPhone 3GS and 4, the iPad and iPad 2 and latest two generation of iPod touch – 3rd and 4th.