So I managed to get my hand on a brand new iPhone 5. The first thing you notice one you first hold the device is how light it is compared to the previous iPhone 4/S. It feels as light as the Samsung Galaxy S II.
The second thing you notice is that the device is taller, it might not be much in numbers but you certainly notice the 16:9 aspect ration and that makes the iPhone 5 feel really slim in you hands.
It is also slimmer and noticeable if you are used to putting your thumb on the side of the iPhone. Not by much though.
The new back is much more beautiful than the previous “All Glass” which was really stupid in my opinion. The clack finish looks even better.
The new smaller “lightning” port that would certainly render all your iPhone/iPod accessories useless is also on the new device. On the plus side, there is no way to plug in the cable upside down with this port.
The 3.5mm headphone jack also shifted to the bottom of the device.
The iPhone 5 comes with a brand new earphones that Apple stupidly calls the “EarPods” that should really increase sound quality. This is a highly welcomed addition as the previous Apple headphones were horrendous.
I really wished they kept the phone as thick as the previous generation and increased battery life. Phones are getting thinner and thinner but they hardly last a full day without you looking for a wall socket or carrying and external battery to charge your devices. But this is a problem with all current generation phones and not just Apple’s.
The summer season is coming to a close and most of the shows are showing their finales. But are you sure they are coming back next season? Well, There’s an app for that.
RENEWED is a very nifty little app that tracks the airing and continuity of your favorite TV shows. I really wanted to know if “The Newsroom” is coming back next season and I was relieved it is.
It seesms it’s a hit and miss with the app being stable or not. There are a lot of bad reviews due to the app constantly crashing but I haven’t had that problem.
A new Stride Gum commercial makes fun of Apple commercials with intelligicity.
When Apple released the iPhoto app for iOS the built-in maps app was swapped from the usual Google maps to an open-source map tech. It looks like it is a place holder as Google gets ready to launch their own mapping technology.
Well, actually not their own rather they bought C3 more than a year ago. The military tech used for 3D mapping is all Apple’s now.
We will know more tomorrow at WWDC.
A few days ago I got an Aramex package containing some iPhone cases the I ordered a couple of months ago via Kickstarter. The i+Case reminds me a lot of the Element Case’s Vapor case for the iPhone that I previously owned. But the i-Case is more compact and I can use 3rd party chargers, A problem I hated when I was using the Vapor.
I really loved the high quality of the compact screwdriver and the fact it has button extensions. But as it is with this type of cases, you can’t take it off unless you got the miniature screwdriver with you.
I also dislike the mute button extension, its not as firm and secure in its position as the rest of the case, I’m not sure if its only a problem with that particular case or if it is a design flaw.
There is also a signal loss issue according to some users. They confirmed that but its not that serious and I haven’t noticed it that much. Especially since the iPhone is not my main phone.
All in all, I really love the case so far and haven’t got any major issues with it during the 18 hours that I have had it installed.
After having the problem with my SSD in my PC build a few weeks ago and having to order a new one. I kept experimenting with my “faulty” SSD and see if I missed something. After playing around with it for a few days discovered that it ran fine as a data drive (opposed to a boot disk). So I thought I might as well try sticking it in my Macbook Pro.
I’ve opened up every computer I’ve owned but still I had to research the matter before diving into it. After a quick read it was confirmed that it was pretty straight forward and that I had all the tools necessary for the job.
After unscrewing the bottom of the Macbook Pro (I have the unibody 2010 edition) and popping it open, you can see the HDD in the bottom right secured by a latch. removing the latch and the SATA connector completely releases the HDD. And from there its just a matter of replacing the HDD and putting everything back together.
There are a number of benefits to having a SSD such as:
- Speed: boot time is 18 seconds from pressing the power button to read use and having 3 programs running (Pixelmator, Safari and MarsEdit).
- Silent: Because SSD has no moving pars it is virtually silent and also there is no vibrations.
- Slightly better battery life.
The 2 major and only disadvantages that SSD have in my opening are price and capacity. but in time we “should” get there.
This is the first day of using the MBP after the upgrade so I’ll be watching if it acts up.
If you haven’t got much apps installed on your mac then this is a good time to start purchasing some. There are some crazy saving with these bundles and they have a good software collection.
Mac Legion’s bundle only has a few hours left but it might be the least desirable from the bunch as most heavily discounted apps are Motion Composer and Nisus Writer Pro, which I have no interest in.
Productive Macs bundle is the least discounted, selling at $40 down from $264 but has a pretty good collection of apps such as Fantastical and Default Folder X among others. The bundle has 8 days to go.
Bundle hunt has remarkable savings as its the most discounted app bundle of the bunch, selling at $50 down from $1100. But again, the app collection is not for everyone as a Vector Collection wont do everyone some good. The bundle has 4 days left.
I have written about Mac Update and their bundles before. They usually have the best app collection and this time its no different. The Winter 2011 bundle has some essential apps and I like there software management system. The bundle has just under 10 days left.
Got an iPhone? Thinking about jailbreaking it? don’t be fooled by the $10 app in the app store that doesn’t have sufficient description and tricks you into thinking it actually jailbreaks your phone. Its just a cheap game. I remember when the App Store was much more strict, but then again, I also remember the I Am Rich app that was being sold for $1000
There are a lot of small and hidden features in iOS5 that weren’t advertised as much as say the notification drawer or iMessage but this is pretty awesome.
You can create a custom vibration pattern and set it to individual contacts on your iPhone. So now even silently you can know who is calling you without the need to look at your phone.
1. Navigate to the Accessibility menu of iOS 5 (by tapping your Settings app, and selecting General and then Accessibility), and enable Custom Vibrations.
2. Navigate to Settings, Sounds, Vibration to record a custom vibration pattern that will replace the default iPhone vibration.
3. Use the touchscreen to tap out a custom vibration pattern. When you’re finished, tap Stop. To double-check your pattern, press the Play button; then save the pattern with a custom name.
Use the Contacts menu (bottom center) to assign custom vibrations to your friends.
4. To assign a custom vibration pattern to play only when a specific person calls, open the Phone app, switch to the Contacts tab, tap the contact to whom you want to assign a custom vibration, and select Edit, Vibration, Create New Vibration.
This is a brief video showing how Apple operates. From the monopolization of the entertainment industry to the high demands from the Chinese manufacturers that cause a lot of suicides last year.