Posts Tagged ‘FaceTime’

Should you update to iOS 6?

Friday, September 21st, 2012

For those of us who aren’t rushing out to get the new iPhone 5 today, I know there’s been an overwhelming temptation to upgrade to iOS 6. While there are a lot of great new changes, there are also a few features that have gone away:

1. Maps

Not sure that this is change for the better. It’s missing Google’s transit directions, street view images, and as TUAW reported, it’s also missing several landmarks and streets making for some seriously inaccurate cartography. You can still use Google Maps from Safari, but we’re hoping that Google will publish a Google Maps iOS app soon.

2. Facebook

You can now directly link your Facebook account with the iOS, which enables you to post photos directly from you photo album to Facebook, update status from the notification center, and sync your contacts with their FB account.

3. Siri

It works much better. Full stop.

4. FaceTime

Consider this improved ONLY if you have AT&T. If you do, then you can now make video calls on 3G –  no need for WiFI.

5. Passbook

Looks neat, but haven’t yet had a chance to use it. Users who travel a lot will no doubt love being able to have boarding passes on their iPhones.

Also, we’ve had reports from some users who have encountered problems while updating to iOS 6 via iTunes and Software Update. The upgrade just flat out failed and they had to do the update via WiFi. Before you upgrade, please make sure that your phone (or other iOS 6 eligible device) is backed up! Macworld has published a handy “how to” upgrade guide here that is very helpful!

The iPad 2 looks awesome.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Most of the rumors turned out to be true. The iPad 2 is thinner, faster AND lighter! It does indeed have TWO (2) cameras on the front and the back (FaceTime for iPad!). The new 1GHz dual-core A5 chip is supposed to be twice as fast as the original, with ultra fast graphics up to nine times (9x!) faster.

While we were a bit disappointed that there’s no Thunderbolt connectivity on the new iPad 2, we were pleasantly surprised to see HDMI output on the new tablet (it does require an Apple Digital AV Adapter).

The iPad 2 will be available for order on March 11!

New MacBook Air with Flash Drive!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Apple made a few announcements at the “Back to the Mac” event yesterday that were pretty interesting. First and foremost is the new MacBook Air with flash storage, which is available in 11- and 13-inch models. It’s 0.68 inches thick at its thickest, and 0.11 inches at its thinnest and weighs only 2.9 pounds. All unibody construction with glass trackpad. The space-saving flash storage leaves room for a bigger battery, which the new MacBook Air has in both models — 5 hours of battery life in the 11-inch and 7 hours in the 13-inch.

The new MacBook Air is available in stores now.

Apple also announced the new Mac OS X 10.7, “Lion,” which will roll out sometime during the Summer of 2011. The preview showed the Launchpad application launcher, which allows a grid of icons (similar to iPad), and Mission Control, which allows a unified view of a user’s open windows, apps and dock. Apple also announced an App Store for OS X, which will also be coming to Snow Leopard.

And then there’s iLife 11, which is free with all new Macs or a $49 upgrade. Available in stores now. iPhoto 11 has new slideshow themes, improved Facebook and email sharing. iMovie 11 has enhanced audio editing options, a People Finder that id’s people in movie clips and an easy movie trailer editor. Facebook and Vimeo sharing have been added as well. There are also new additions to GarageBand 11 like FlexTime, Groove Matching and more effects and lesson options.

FaceTime for Mac was also announced. It’s not meant to replace iChat as it is dedicated to FaceTime calls only. It pulls contacts from Address Book and you click on the person’s name to make a call (although you have to know which phone number they have associated with their FaceTime account).


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