So I will be the first to admit when I make a mistake. It seems I was wrong when it comes to the multitasking apps bar on your iOS device. To be fair I am not the only one that has been wrong about this subject.
What I have always heard and have taught other people is that the apps on the multitasking bar are all running and slowing it down. They are using the device’s memory and killing the battery life just like Android. You should turn them all off.
This is 100% Wrong. While it may make you feel better to turn these off it does not however save or hurt battery life. The iOS multitasking bar does not display all running apps. It is not like the task manager you see on the PC. Instead it is a list of recently used apps. So you don’t have to worry about managing background tasks on iOS. When you press the home button, iOS will tell the app to quit. When it quits, it stops using CPU time and the battery. The memory the app was using is recovered. The Mail and Phone apps run at all times.
iOS apps 5 states of execution:
Not running – the app has been terminated or has not been launched.
Inactive – the app is open but not doing anything, receiving any data or sending any
Active – the app is in use
Background – the app is no longer on-screen but still running.
Apple seems to be getting ready for the Holiday season early. The update to the Apple Store App now let’s you pay for your own accessories by just scanning the barcode. You can do all this without the joy of playing Marco Polo with an employee.
Personal Pickup: Buy in the app and choose to pick up your order at any Apple Retail Store. Most in-stock orders are available for pickup within an hour.
EasyPay: Purchase select accessories in store quickly by scanning the bardcode and completing your transaction right in the app. (U.S. only)
Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders from the order status section tab in the More Tab
The update requires iOS 4.2 or higher. EasyPay and Personal Pickup requires either an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.… Read the rest
If your like me you are keeping far away from iOS 5 if you can help it. Very far away. The reason is that it can not be jailbroken. Hold on, that is not the whole truth. There is a jailbreak for the iOS 5 but it’s tethered.
A tethered jailbreak means you have to plug your iPhone in to a computer every time you reboot your device. If this happens while your on the road, you’re pretty much without a phone for the rest of the trip. If the iPhone is your only means of communication or your iPad is the only means you have to keep the kids from driving you crazy on a trip; then tethered is not for you.
Today you’ll be glad to know that there is now a semi-tethered jailbreak. A semi-tethered jailbreak is not a 100% untethered but not 100% tethered. It’s a happy balance between the two. If your iDevice reboots while out in world it will still be usable, somewhat.
The trade off for this jailbreak is the limited functionality. So here is what you can and can’t do:
You can use your phone and send text messages
You can use stock iPhone apps except mail & Safari
You can use other web browsers
You could install the Gmail app or use the mobile web version of email.
You cannot and should not use any jailbreak tweak, app, cydia until you boot tethered.
Lets get this clear. The iPhone 4S is not the iPhone 5. An iPhone does not get an upgrade a number until it gets a physical upgrade. That said, the iPhone 4S may look like it’s little bother but it is not the same phone. We can talk about having the same chip as the iPad 2. While the A5 does set the iPhone 4S apart from other phones on the market, that is not the best part. Yes, the iPhone 4S has a 8 megapixcell but again that is not the best part. Apple has never been a company to care or Boast about stats. They still have only 512MB of ram on the phone while most smartphones have 1GB.
What Apple has continuously done better than anyone else in the technology sector is enhance whatever is already out there. It does not matter if its a phone, tablet, computer or a service like Siri. All the aforementioned were enhanced dramatically by Apple. That brings us to breakout feature Siri. There are critics out there that will point out the obvious; Siri is a third party app that has been in the AppStore before. The app is doing basically the something it did before.
The thing that separates Siri from it’s past is that the integration is unmatched anywhere on any device. That was a direct knock at those that argue the Android has voice recognition. That comparison is akin to stating a Bose system has speakers.… Read the rest
Will Sprint keep unlimited data for iPhone 4S : Yes!
It is now confirmed that Sprint will keep it’s unlimited data plans. It will be the only iPhone with unlimited data. So those that purchase Apple’s iPhone 4S can get Sprint’s unlimited data plans, which start at $69.99 per month. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 now but pre-order for the iPhone 4S does not start until 12:01am on October 7th and delivered on October 14th. It has a dual-core Apple A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and the new Siri voice command system. Read on for the full press release from Sprint.
iPhone 4S will be available from Sprint starting at $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model. iPhone 4 will cost just $99.99 for the 8GB model and is available beginning today. These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.
With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers. The plans start at just $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge.
What comes with the plan?
Anytime Minutes ($99 plan the rest of them start with different minutes)