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  • Adam Mills 9:59 pm on April 22, 2014 Permalink
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    iOS 7.1.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions and Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    Last week, it appeared that an iOS 7.1.1 update from Apple was close. Today, Apple made good on those rumors and released an iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After spending some time with the new iOS 7.1 update on the iPhone 5, we want to offer up our impressions and a look at its performance.

    In November, Apple released two iOS 7 updates. The first, iOS 7.0.4, was released for public consumption. The other, iOS 7.1, was released into the company’s beta program for developers. Apple did not attach a release date to the iOS 7.1 update, the biggest update to iOS since iOS 7, and that meant that iPhone and iPad owners had to rely on the rumor mill for information.

    The iOS 7.1 rumor mill pointed to a release in March and that’s exactly how things played out. The iOS 7.1 update, after numerous beta releases, was publicly released for the public back in March, or, a little over a month ago. The update delivered exactly what the beta promised and included design tweaks, new features, and a ton of bug fixes.

    iOS 7.1 was considered, by many, to be an extremely stable piece of iOS software. The update fixed more than it broke and it delivered performance enhancements to owners of Apple’s older devices, including the iPhone 4s. So, it came as no surprise that Apple took its time with its first iOS 7.1 bug fixer.

    Last week, we reported that iOS 7.1.1 activity started to pick up, a sign that a release was imminent. And earlier today, as if on cue, Apple released its iOS 7.1.1 update for public consumption.

    iOS 7.1.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch isn’t a massive update but, as we’ve pointed out numerous times, incremental iOS updates promise fixes but they also have a habit of breaking things. iOS 6.1 for instance, introduced a vicious battery drain bug and iOS 7.0.2 delivered an iMessage bug to my iPhone 5. So here at Gotta Be Mobile, we like to take a deep dive into these incremental updates to look for any potential changes.

    Here, we’ll take a look at how the iOS 7.1.1 update is performing on the iPhone 5, Apple’s iPhone from 2012 that is still in the hands of millions users around the world.

    iOS 7.1.1 Installation

    Incremental iOS updates typically don’t bring the same installation issues that we usually see with major iOS updates. iOS 7, for instance, took several hours to install on my iPhone 5. There is always the potential for something to go wrong but fortunately, iOS 7.1.1 was cooperative with my iPhone 5.

    iOS 7.7.1 landed today for the iPhone 5.

    iOS 7.1.1 landed today for the iPhone 5.

    I chose to install the update Over-the-Air rather than through iTunes and the process was quick and painless. From start to finish the download and install process took roughly 15 minutes or so. That’s pretty standard for an incremental update and makes sense given that the update is just around 20MB in size.

    One thing of note. Before it allowed me to install the update OTA, it asked me to input my passcode. If you use a passcode, you probably know it by heart, but just keep in mind that it may ask you to input one before installing.

    iOS 7.1.1 Performance

    When it comes to the performance of incremental updates like iOS 7.1.1, I like to look at five different areas in particular. Those areas include applications and how they’re performing post update, battery life and whether there is abnormal drain, bugs or hiccups, Wi-Fi and cellular performance, and overall speed. After spending most of my afternoon with the iOS 7.1.1 update, here is what I’ve found.

    Apps

    The transition from one version of iOS to another often poses problems for third-party applications. Apple’s stock applications typically aren’t affected but apps like Facebook will often start behaving badly after an incremental iOS update.

    Everybody is going to have a different set of applications so I’ll focus on some of the bigger names that are common amongst iPhone 5 users. Applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Chrome, Spotify, and Netflix. Those applications have performed admirably in the hours since I installed iOS 7.1.1. My other applications are all functioning normally as well.

    So far, so good, but I’ve seen applications start going downhill in the days after an update’s arrival so my hope is that performance stays consistence over the course of the week.

    iOS 7.1.1 Battery Life

    Battery life is obviously big for any smartphone so it’s no surprise that iPhone owners with great battery life are often hesitant to install a new iOS update. Consider me your guinea pig.

    iOS 7.1.1 battery life seems stable and I haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain in the hours since the installation. Things appear to be normal and on par with the iOS 7.1 update.

    I’ve heard and seen numerous complaints about iOS 7.1 battery life and I’m here to tell you that there are some things to try if the experience is really that bad. One trick in particular should dislodge any potential bugs and there are some tips and tricks that we suggest taking a look at before throwing the device against a wall.

    Those on iOS 7.1.1 experiencing any problems with battery drain are encouraged to try those potential fixes as well. They’ve helped iPhone 5 owners in the past and my guess is that they will work out any kinks in iOS 7.1.1.

    Bugs

    As I noted in my iOS 7.1 review, iOS 7.1 was extremely stable on board my iPhone 5. I didn’t run into any hero level issues that would require an immediate fix and I did not stumble into any of the smaller, but maddening bugs that often plague iPhone and iPad owners after an incremental iOS update.

    iOS bugs typically will reveal themselves in the days after a release, not on the release date itself, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on iOS 7.1.1. Given that iOS 7.1 was extremely stable, my guess is that iOS 7.1.1 will be as well.

    One thing of note. I was experiencing some poor FaceTime Audio quality with iOS 7.1 and for whatever reason, the performance has improved with iOS 7.1. This isn’t necessarily a bug but it’s a problem that I’ve dealt with for awhile now so my hope is that FaceTime Audio’s performance stays consistent after this update.

    Connectivity

    Per usual, my 4G LTE connectivity, HSPA+ connectivity and Wi-Fi connectivity remain solid. AT&T’s network is very good in my area of Southern California and my Belkin router in my office hasn’t let me down since I bought it last year. I don’t expect this to change in the days and weeks after today’s iOS 7.1.1 release.

    Speed

    Finally, the last thing I look at is speed. iOS 7.1 delivered a massive boost in speed thanks to improved animations and transitions and it truly feels like a brand new smartphone.

    So far, iOS 7.1 hasn’t mucked anything up. The software is still extremely fast and fluid and feels like the day that I pulled it out of the box. Honestly, iOS 7.1 is that good.

    iOS 7.1.1, for me, is about as fast as iOS 7.1.

    Should You Install iOS 7.1.1?

    iOS 7.1.1, from where I’m standing, is a stable piece of software that works well with apps, possesses solid battery life, doesn’t introduce any catastrophic bugs, and delivers quality LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s also just as fast as iOS 7.1 was.

    It also comes with several bug fixes. Apple says that it brings fixes for a keyboard responsiveness bug and also tackles an issue with Bluetooth keyboards.

    While it’s performing well on my iPhone 5, those who are feeling hesitant can simply wait a few days for the dust to settle. We’ll be back later this week with an updated review on iOS 7.1.1 and its performance.

    iOS 7.1.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions and Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
  • Adam Mills 8:07 am on April 20, 2014 Permalink
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    iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: What We Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    As we head deeper into 2014, we’re beginning to hear more about what Apple has in store for consumers in 2014. Its plans supposedly include a brand new iPhone, or iPhones, dubbed iPhone 6. With demand increasing by the day, we want to take an updated look at how the rumored iPhone 6 currently matches up with the iPhone 5, Apple’s former flagship, and a device that many consumers will be looking to replace later on this year.

    Back in 2012, Apple introduced the iPhone that many consumers had been waiting for. The company’s iPhone 5 replaced the iPhone 4s and it did so with a number of features that had been sitting on consumer wish lists for years. Those features? 4G LTE data speeds and a larger 4-inch display.

    At the time, 4G LTE data of course had been a staple of Android smartphones for quite awhile, giving Android devices a distinct advantage over Apple’s offerings. And just about every Android flagship arrived with more screen real estate than the iPhone, a device that Apple kept at 3.5-inches since its debut back in 2007.

    In the years since the iPhone 5′s release, iPhone 5 owners have watched as Android smartphones have gotten bigger and better. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G2 are now out on shelves, tempting iPhone 5 upgraders with an arsenal of high-powered features. iPhone 5 owners should know better than to think that Apple is going to go down without a fight.

    Rumors suggest that Apple has a bigger, and better smartphone of its own planned for 2014 and over the past month or so, we’ve started to hear a lot about the company’s alleged plans. The iPhone 6 release may still be months away but there are still enough credible rumors to warrant an early comparison to the iPhone 5.

    This comparison aims to help set the expectations of current iPhone 5 owners as we head deeper into the year and closer to Apple’s inevitable iPhone 6 announcement. Here is what iPhone 5 owners need to know about the iPhone 6.

    Release Date

    The iPhone 5 was first released back in September of 2012 and remained on shelves up until the arrival of the iPhone 5s last September. In a bit of a surprise, Apple canned the iPhone 5 in favor of a lineup that consists of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 5 is available through third-party routes but the device isn’t easy to find brand new.

    This comparison isn’t aimed at those who are thinking about buying a two year old phone. It’s about those who currently own the iPhone 5 and are thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 6 or perhaps, the iPhone 5s. iPhone 5 upgrades would be wise to check out Apple’s iPhone 5s in stores right now, ahead of the iPhone 6 release.

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    Those looking to physically compare the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 are probably going to have to wait a number of months because iPhone 6 rumors virtually all point to a release this fall. As we’ve pointed out, this makes a whole lot of sense given that Apple’s past three iPhones launched in the fall and given that the company tends to stick with a very particular release cycle.

    Over the past few months, there have been a great deal of iPhone 6 rumors. The most recent rumor however comes from the CEO of a company that partnered with Apple to sell the iPhone in Russia. Several days ago, he claimed that the iPhone 6 release date would land in September, 2014 without giving a specific date.

    This is the second Apple partner to point to the fall iPhone 6 release date and the most direct iPhone 6 release date claim because it comes from a company that has an instrumental role in helping Apple sell the iPhone. Thus far, we have not seen a specific iPhone 6 release date emerge and we probably won’t until we get much closer to the actual date.

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    His information lines up with all of the recent iPhone 6 release date rumors. Here is a quick recap of the latest reports on the iPhone 6′s upcoming release date:

    • iPhone 6 release date as early as September – Nikkei
    • iPhone 6 release date in August or September - Steve Milunovich UBS via Barrons
    • iPhone 6 release in the fall - Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest via Business Insider
    • iPhone 6 scheduled for third quarter 2014 – ZDNet Korea

    What this means is that iPhone 5 owners who are in need of a new iPhone right now are going to be stuck with Apple’s current lineup or the Android and Windows Phone powered devices that dot the current landscape. Those who are looking into replacing Apple’s iPhone 5 with its new iPhone are going to have to wait.

    Display

    Back in 2012, DisplayMate called the iPhone 5 display, “the best Smartphone display we have tested to date.” The publication’s claim carried over to the iPhone 5s which sports the same 4-inch Retina Display with 640 x 1136 pixel resolution at 326 pixels-per-inch.

    The Retina Display is still a fantastic but according to DisplayMate, the industry voice on mobile display quality, “the Galaxy S5 is the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested.” Indeed, this year’s display technology has finally caught up to the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s.

    Consumers are excited for a iPhone 6 with a bigger display.

    Consumers are excited for a iPhone 6 with a bigger display.

    So it should come as no surprise to hear that Apple is planning to up the ante. iPhone 6 rumors almost universally suggest that the next iPhone will come with a larger display that will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and best the displays found on the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5.

    Rumors suggest that Apple could introduce two new iPhones at two new sizes. Display rumors point to one model will come with a display that’s between 4.5-inches and 4.8-inches with a majority of rumors pointing to a 4.7-inch display. That device is rumored to have a higher 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution which would put it on par with many of the top Android smartphones.

    The iPhone 5 does not offer support for full HD, something that companies like Samsung has mocked.

    Rumors also point to a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 that would compete against the Samsung Galaxy Note, the device that is seen in the video above. However, it looks like Apple may not release them both at once.

    A new report from Reuters claims that Apple is planning a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release for this fall and that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed. In fact, rumors are starting to point to two possible iPhone 6 releases this year.

    EMSOne, Reuters, Ming-Chi Kuo and Steve Milunovich from UBS all point to a delayed release for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. It’s not clear how much of a gap there might be between the two.

    iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 6 concept vs. iPhone 6 concept.

    iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 6 concept vs. iPhone 6 concept.

    There is also a ton of chatter about Apple utilizing sapphire for the iPhone 6 display. A Sapphire display would mean a more scratch-resistant display. If true, we could wind up seeing a iPhone 6 that not only comes with a bigger sized, higher-resolution screen but a display with improved battery efficiency and image quality. The iPhone 5′s display would not be able to compete.

    Design

    If the iPhone 6 does come with a larger display than the iPhone 5, than it will almost certainly come with a footprint that is much larger than Apple’s 4-inch former flagship.

    iPhone 6 design rumors remain inconclusive despite several alleged iPhone 6 photo leaks. A recent Macotakara report shared two possible sets of iPhone 6 dimensions for both 4.7-inch and 5+inch models.

    This photo shows an iPhone 6 case designed on rumors of what the new iPhone will look like.

    This photo shows an iPhone 6 case designed on rumors of what the new iPhone will look like.

    With a larger overall size, the device may be thinner while still offering room for components and a larger battery. The rumored iPhone 6 dimensions are listed below, compared to both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 4s.

    • iPhone 4s - 115.5 × 62.1 × 9.3mm
    • iPhone 5 – 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
    • iPhone 5s - 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm
    • iPhone 6 (4.7) -140 x 70 x 7mm
    • iPhone 6 (5.7) - 160 x 80 x 7mm

    Sonny Dickson claims that the iPhone 6 may be as thin as 5.5mm, down from a 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s. This smaller size could come in part from new display technology that reduces the thickness needed for display backlighting, as shared in a report on LEDInside of TrendForce.

    Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a note shared by MacRumors, says that he believes that the iPhone 6 will come with a power button on right and narrower bezels. The thinner bezels could potentially lead to an edge-to-edge display, something that we’ve seen pop up in rumors as of late.

    This iPhone 6 mockup was discovered in the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2014.

    This iPhone 6 mockup was discovered in the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2014.

    Alleged iPhone 6 photos and mockups claim to show the exact look of the upcoming iPhone but thus far, they are conclusive. While they do look a lot like a larger iPhone, they don’t offer any clues in regard to the build material. Apple likely won’t take a step in the opposite direction so iPhone 5 owners can expect a build material that’s on par with the anodized aluminum.

    Camera

    Every year, Apple offers an upgrade to the rear camera on the iPhone. For instance, the iPhone 5s’ camera might be an 8MP iSight camera sensor but it’s much improved over the 8MP camera sensor found on the iPhone 5.

    As camera technology improves, consumers continue to demand higher quality cameras, particularly ones that can handle subjects in noisy, poorly lit environments. So, iPhone 5 owners shouldn’t be surprised to hear that rumors are pointing to yet another rear camera upgrade on this year’s iPhone.

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    A report suggests that Apple will not join the race to push more megapixels in 2014. AppleInsider reports that Apple is planning to focus on “image-enhancing components” based on discussions with people familiar with the matter. So while the iPhone 6 may not have a 16MP camera sensor like the Samsung Galaxy S5, its camera could very well be on par with Samsung’s shooter.

    Another rumor suggests that the iPhone 6 will arrive with Optical Image Stabilization, which neither the iPhone 5s nor iPhone 5 have. This is based off supply chain chatter, and if true, would allow users to take better looking photos and videos and enhance low light photography by using a special gyroscope and technology.

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    Apple swaps out its iPhone camera year-after-year so there is no reason, at this point, to believe that the company will stick with what it has inside of the iPhone 5s. In other words, those hoping for a camera upgrade from the iPhone 5 will almost certainly get one.

    Specs

    Obviously the iPhone 6 is going to come with more than just a new display, design and camera. We’ll likely see Apple perform its yearly hardware maintenance and offer some improvements over the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. In fact, rumors are already pointing to a number of potential iPhone 6 feature upgrades.

    A new iPhone 6 concept based on rumors.

    A new iPhone 6 concept based on rumors.

    Here, we take a look at how the iPhone 6′s rumored specifications compare to the specifications that are on board Apple’s iPhone 5.

    iPhone 6

    • Apple A8 64-bit processor
    • iOS 8
    • 4.5-4.8-inch and 5 -5.5-inch Sapphire displays
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB storage options
    • 3.2MP front-facing camera
    • 8-10MP rear-facing camera
    • 1,800 mAh battery
    • 802.11ac WiFi
    • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor

    iPhone 5s

    • Apple A6 Processor
    • iOS 7.1
    • 4-inch Retina Display
    • 1GB RAM
    • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB storage options
    • 1.2MP front-facing camera
    • 8MP rear-facing camera
    • 1,440 mAh battery
    • 802.11 a, b, g, n WiFi
    • Regular Home Button

    Software

    iOS 7 represented the first major update for the iPhone 5 and that means that there should be two more major updates in store for Apple’s former flagship. The company historically has kept its devices upgraded for three years before kicking them to the curb. What this means is that there is a good chance that the iPhone 5 will get the next iOS update, presumed to be called iOS 8.

    Apple recently announced its dates for WWDC 2014. The annual developer conference will be taking place at the beginning of June with the keynote likely taking place on June 2nd. There, the company plans to show off its new versions of OS X and iOS.

    Apple could use a new purchase to deliver a better Siri in iOS 8 this year.

    Apple could use a new purchase to deliver a better Siri in iOS 8 this year.

    Rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 will debut with iOS 8 on board, not surprising given Apple’s propensity to include the latest iOS software on the latest iPhone hardware. New iPhone hardware typically gets the full version of iOS software while older devices will often get a watered down version.

    As we inch closer to WWDC, iOS 8 rumors have started to emerge in great numbers. Rumors point to software that not only delivers VoLTE support on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s for this year but they also point to a number of other big time changes to Apple’s mobile operating system.

    Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac recently shared many details about the new version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad software. Health and fitness are a major focus and a collection of iOS 8 mock ups show what a Healthbook feature could look like.  Other iOS 8 rumors flowing from Gurman and his sources include plans for a better Apple Maps, a standalone iTunes Radio app and more.

    There is also talk of a much improved Siri after Techcrunch reported that Apple bought Novauris last year for an undisclosed sum. Yoon Kim, and other voice recognition experts from the company are currently working with Apple.

    iOS 8 testing expands as a rumor points to a new Siri feature and a hack shows the full potential of Siri.

    iOS 8 testing expands as a rumor points to a new Siri feature and a hack shows the full potential of Siri.

    Apple is also rumored to be including Shazam support inside iOS 8, a feature that would let iPhone users use Siri to detect the song that is playing.

    Price

    Nothing is set in stone but iPhone 5 owners might want to start saving some extra cash.

    Back in November, Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group made a bold prediction. He claimed that the price of the iPhone 6 could jump up as much as $100 from the price of the iPhone 5s. He added that “the potential for the iPhone 6 price point to move higher,”  and that “we think Apple could get away with a $50 to $100 premium for a larger screen size iPhone 6.”

    The iPhone 6 price is a hot topic, with analysts predicting different decisions by Apple.

    The iPhone 6 price is a hot topic, with analysts predicting different decisions by Apple.

    Caso was alone for awhile but he isn’t alone anymore. Analysts continue to suggest that the iPhone 6 could see a price hike. Recently, well known Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said that he believes that there is a potential for a $100 price jump. A $100 price jump would put the iPhone 6 at $299.99 on-contract, or, same as the Galaxy Note.

    Of course, not everyone agrees. UBS analyst Steve Milunovich recently chimed in to the discussion and says that he thinks Apple could keep the iPhone 6 price static. The company has stuck with $199.99 for years and at this point, talk of a $299.99 price point is just that, talk. It’s still worth keeping in mind as the year moves along.

    iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: What We Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
  • J Keirn-Swanson 12:30 am on April 19, 2014 Permalink  

    The Week’s 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, April 18 

    If this week was notable for anything, it was a plethora of iPhone 6 rumors, leaks, potential leaks, and concepts. To think, last week we were all talking about the iWatch. Looks like the Apple rumor mill operating system isn't in any need of an update.

     
  • Adam Mills 5:04 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink
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    iOS 7.1.1 Release for iPhone & iPad: Details & What to Expect 

    iOS 7.1.1 Release for iPhone & iPad: Details & What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    A month ago, Apple released iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad, bringing a host of bug fixes and enhancements for its new iOS 7 operating system. From the looks of things, it appears that the company intends to issue another upgrade to iOS 7 users in the form of iOS 7.1.1.

    In March, Apple finally took the iOS 7.1 update out of the beta process it had been stuck in since November. The update, as expected, was much more than your typical incremental iOS update. Instead of a couple of bug fixes, iOS 7.1 delivered a long list of fixes, enhancements and changes aimed at shoring up the overall iOS 7 experience.

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    Since iOS 7′s debut in September, iPhone and iPad owners had been complaining about a myriad of issues including random reboots, lag, Touch ID response issues, and more. Apple’s iOS 7.1 update aimed to eradicate these issues, unify the overall look and feel of iOS 7, and deliver new features including CarPlay. It was more than just an average iOS update. And while iOS 7.1 reviews have been solid, it appears that there is still work to be done.

    9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman claims that Apple is planning a new iOS 7.1.1 bug fix update for iPhone and iPad owners. It appears that numerous devices running Apple’s new iOS 7.1.1 update have gone to 9to5Mac’s website in recent days. Analytics show that the devices are clustered in and around Apple’s Cupertino campus, a sign that Apple is testing the iOS 7.1.1 update in the wild.

    Gotta Be Mobile’s analytics also show increased iOS 7.1.1 activity during the month of April and more specifically, in the last week or so. The increase in frequency could mean that the iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is imminent. A specific release date is still not known and Apple almost never announces incremental updates ahead of time.

    iOS 7.1.1 activity has increased as of late.

    iOS 7.1.1 activity has increased as of late.

    The contents of iOS 7.1.1 remain unknown but given its name, it’s likely going to be an incremental bug fix aimed at tackling some of the new and lingering issues inside of iOS 7.1. For the most part, iOS 7.1 appears stable though as we have pointed out, some iPhone and iPad owners have run into issues since installing Apple’s brand new update.

    iOS 7.1 problems range from Bluetooth issues to Wi-Fi problems to connectivity issues to the usual complaints about abnormal battery life. We haven’t seen any hero level issues emerge from Apple’s new update which is likely the reason why Apple has gone more than a month without issuing an update to iOS 7.1.

    When iOS 7.1.1 is released it will represent the first update to Apple’s iOS 7.1 update. And while there is a chance it could be the last iOS 7 update before the arrival of iOS 8, Apple is known to release several bug fix updates between the release of its iOS x.1 update and the release of its next major update. iOS 8 is expected to debut in June at WWDC but may not be released until the fall.

    iOS 7.1.1: Quick Look at What to Expect

    With iOS 7.1.1 likely on the way for iPhone and iPad owners, we want to take a quick look at what iOS 7.1 users should expect from Apple’s next iOS 7 update.

    1. Expect Apple to deliver the update during the week. Apple never releases its iOS updates on the weekends and prefers to unleash its new software during the working week. In other words, iPhone and iPad owners shouldn’t feel the need to check online or check their devices for updates on Saturday and Sunday.

    2. Second, Apple typically releases its updates between 9AM and 10:30AM PST. It’s very rare for iOS updates to fall out of that range so if 11AM PST rolls by without an update, it’s safe to stop checking for an update.

    3. We fully expect iOS 7.1.1 to be a bug fix update. Nothing more and nothing less. While it’s difficult to say what will be on board the update, we can say that the change log will almost certainly be smaller than the change log that arrived with iOS 7.1. iOS 7.1 a much more stable update than iOS 7.0 and we haven’t noticed a ton of issues plaguing Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

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    4. That said, there is a very good chance that iOS 7.1 issues will linger after the arrival of iOS 7.1.1. Apple will likely fix most of the glaring bugs but there are always a few that avoid detection. Software updates are almost never perfect.

    5. Finally, do not expect there to be an iOS 7.1 jailbreak release tied into the release of iOS 7.1.1. It’s clear that developers aren’t working hard to develop an iOS 7.1 jailbreak for public consumption and have focused their energy on developing one for iOS 8. It would be surprising to see one unleashed when iOS 7.1.1 arrives.

    iOS 7.1.1 Release for iPhone & iPad: Details & What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
  • J.R. Bookwalter 12:44 pm on April 15, 2014 Permalink
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    Samsung Execs Attempted to Neutralize Impending iPhone 5 “Tsunami” in 2012 

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    The ongoing Apple v. Samsung legal thunderdome continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, with internal documents which reveal the inner workings of both companies and how they planned to counter the other's latest move.

    The Verge reported Monday that newly unearthed emails from inside Samsung have revealed just how fearful the Korean smartphone maker was of the impending arrival of Apple's iPhone 5 back in 2012.

    One such correspondence dated June 5, 2012 from then-Samsung Telecommunications America president and CEO Dale Sohn specifically singled out the iPhone 5, citing mobile CEO JK Shin's call to eliminate the threat.

    "As you know, there will be a tsunami when iPhone 5 is coming," Sohn wrote. "This will be happening sometime in September or October. According to CEO's direction, we have to set up a counter plan to neutralize this tsunami."

    The internal email was drudged up by Apple, who plans to use it as part of their offensive to allege that Samsung was so worried about the iPhone — even at the highest executive levels — they would stop at nothing to copy Cupertino's smartphone to improve their own devices.

    During testimony from Samsung Telecommunications America chief marketing officier Todd Pendleton, Cupertino lawyers also produced an earlier email between Sohn and the CMO specifically showing concern over any direct attack on Apple due to their lofty status as a good customer for Samsung components.

    "As you have shared previously, we are unable to battle [Apple] directly in our marketing," Sohn wrote on October 4, 2011. "If it continues to be Samsung’s position to avoid attacking Apple given its status as as a large customer, can we go to Google to ask them to launch a campaign against Apple based on the many better Android products available in the market for Q4?"

    The current Apple v. Samsung trial is expected to wrap up late next week, and kicked off two weeks ago.

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  • J.R. Bookwalter 12:59 pm on April 14, 2014 Permalink
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    Alpine Confirms Aftermarket CarPlay System Coming This Fall 

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    iPhone buyers can't exactly replace their automobiles as often as they do smartphones, so it's encouraging to hear that companies who specialize in aftermarket products for cars are jumping on the CarPlay bandwagon.

    Nikkei Asian Review reported Saturday that Alpine Electronics has announced an aftermarket console which will support Apple's new CarPlay functionality for automobiles that don't have it built-in.

    Coming this fall for an estimated $500 to $700, Alpine's as-yet-unnamed CarPlay interface will first debut in the U.S. and Europe and enable an iPhone 5 or higher to connect to a touchscreen display to enable in-car phone calls, Siri-powered text messages, music, GPS navigation, and more.

    The report claims Alpine will offer a screen somewhere in the neighborhood of seven inches, but isn't expected to bring the product to its home country of Japan until next year. Apple is working directly with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo to introduce CarPlay with new vehicles, and nearly all major automakers are on board to incorporate the feature into new models in the future.

    Alpine's announcement is the first real confirmation that an aftermarket system will indeed arrive, although the company has yet to divulge details on how the stand-alone console might work.

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  • J Keirn-Swanson 5:05 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink
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    The Week’s Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, April 10 

    With reports that Retina Display is in the mix for the latest round of MacBook Airs, maybe that's what you're saving up for, or maybe that is just gonna prove too pricey or you need a machine yesterday. Well, you're in luck, because we've got some sweet deals on yesterday's models and this is just the place to save some dough.

     
  • Adam Mills 11:01 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink
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    iOS 7.1 Review: One Month With Apple’s iOS 7 Update 

    iOS 7.1 Review: One Month With Apple’s iOS 7 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    Believe or not, it has been a month since Apple released iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad. Since then, we’ve heard about a number of iOS 7.1 problems.  With no iOS 7.1.1 update in sight, we want to revisit Apple’s current iOS 7 update and take a look at how its performing on the iPhone and iPad a full month after it came out of Apple’s beta program.

    All the way back in November, Apple revealed the iOS 7.1 update to the world. The update’s arrival came just days after the company released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone and iPad owners and just a few months after Apple released iOS 7, its biggest update to iOS since the original iPhone’s arrival many years ago.

    Per usual, the iOS 7.1 update into the beta program for developers without a specific release date. As the weeks went on, the iOS 7.1 revealed more and more about itself and it soon became clear that the iOS 7.1 update was going to be a massive update for iPhone and iPad owners using Apple’s iOS 7.

    From performance enhancements to bug fixes to design tweaks to new features, iOS 7.1 was about as fully loaded as an iOS x.1 update gets. Unsurprisingly, iPhone and iPad owners were excited about its release.

    iOS 7.1′s release didn’t arrive until March, months after it was first released to iPhone and iPad users. Fortunately, for many, it was well worth the wait thanks to the bug fixes and improvements that it had on board. Weeks ago, we took our first look at the iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad and we came away impressed by the update. But how is it performing now?

    iOS 7.1 Performance

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    Speed

    Over the last month, I’ve used iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 5, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display. I’ve used it on other devices too but I’ve used it extensively on the three of those.

    When I take a look at incremental iOS updates, I typically look at five different areas. Apps or how applications are performing, battery life, connectivity over Wi-Fi and LTE, bugs, and speed. All of these are important to the overall experience on the iPhone and iPad and all of them can be impacted, positively or negatively, by Apple’s iOS updates. iOS 7.1 is no different.

    Let’s start with speed, or, the fluidity of the user interface. Apple promised performance enhancements to iPhone 4 owners but it did not talk about speed boosts for other devices. Thanks to tweaks to iOS 7′s animations and transitions, the software feels faster across my devices. In particular, it feels fastest on the iPhone 5.

    Applications open with startling speed. Opening a folder is fluid and isn’t clunky. And I haven’t experienced any of the lag issues that I saw in iOS 7.0. It’s just much faster experience and one that makes my iPhone 5 feel like it’s new even though I bought it back in September of 2012.

    The changes on Apple’s 64-bit products aren’t as noticeable, it’s not night and day, but they still feel crisper and faster than the days when iOS 7.0 was on board.

    Maybe the best part about this is that the experience has remained consistent over the course of a month. Often times, Apple’s iOS software will deteriorate over time. That’s not the case with iOS 7.1.

    Apps

    The apps that I keep on my iPhone and iPads are likely much different than yours so I will stick to the popular applications that I have on board my iOS 7.1 devices.

    Over the past month, I’ve used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dark Sky, Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, Amazon, Google Chrome, YouTube, Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, Hangouts, Angry Birds, Monument Valley, and more. Those are the just the ones I’ll mention since they are common.

    After a month of use, I can confidently say that the developers behind these applications have done a fantastic job. Apps open when they’re supposed to and they are, for the most part, stable. Google Chrome still crashes on occasion but as I’ve said before, I think that’s a Google problem rather than an Apple one.

    Apple’s stock applications haven’t been giving me any problems either. Those that are experiencing issues should keep an eye out for updates. If the problems persist, try restarting the iPhone. Often times, that will dislodge problems with applications.

    iOS 7.1 Battery Life

    I’ve heard the complaints about iOS 7.1 battery life, I just haven’t seen the problem myself. iOS 7.1 battery life remains solid across these three devices after a month of use and I’m still able to get a full day out of all three, even when I’m on-the-go using 4G LTE data.

    Those who are experiencing battery life issues have a few options at their disposal. First, take a look at this quick fix, its helped people in the past. It’s also worth taking a look at these tips and tricks before taking the iPhone or iPad to an Apple Store for a prognosis.

    Battery life is going to vary from person to person, use case to use case, so a fix that may have worked for someone you know may not work for you.

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    Connectivity

    4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity remain consistent on the iPhone 5, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina and I haven’t experienced any abnormal drops. I’m using AT&T’s 4G LTE network on my iPhone 5 and iPad mini with Retina Display so I can’t speak for the 4G LTE networks of Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

    My colleague Josh Smith uses a Verizon iPhone 5s and ever since he installed iOS 7.1, his cellular connection has been extremely unstable. He plans on talking to Verizon about the issue and I suggest that those experiencing similar problems contact their service provider. The issue doesn’t appear to be widespread which means that there is a slim chance that an iOS 7.1.1 update will come with a permanent fix.

    Bugs

    Thus far, I haven’t run into any hero level problems that require immediate attention. I’ve honestly scoured through the software looking for problems and so far, I’ve come up empty handed. There is a potentially nasty iOS 7.1 bug that emerged recently and I expect that an upcoming update will patch it up.

    For me iOS 7.1 is the most stable version of iOS 7 and it appears that that may be the same for others as well. Otherwise, we probably would have already seen Apple roll out an iOS 7.1.1 update.

    iOS 7.1 Features

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    Like

    iOS 7.1 isn’t your typical incremental iOS update. It also came with some new features and functionality. After using iOS 7.1 for a month, there are some features and changes that I’m really enjoying and there are some that I could live without. Let’s start with the good stuff.

    I’m still not a big fan of Siri but the change that Apple made in iOS 7.1 at least makes her tolerable in the rare situation where using her is necessary. Now that she listens until I let go of the home button, I no longer want to climb through the speaker vent and bash her over the head with a shoe. We have a much better relationship. I still hope that iOS 8 brings some major changes to Siri but at least she’s not as annoying as she was back in iOS 7.0 and below.

    While it’s a small change, I like the boldness that Apple added to the keyboard keys. They’re much easier to see. And for someone with eye sight that’s as bad as mine (I don’t have glasses at the moment), they’re helpful.

    Don’t Like

    There is only one feature in particular that I’ve grown to dislike over the course of the last month: FaceTime Audio. This is a feature that not many people know about and it’s a feature that I use constantly because of the difference in sound quality. It honestly makes phone calls sound 100 times better, well, when I can actually hear someone on the other end.

    FaceTime Audio has never been perfect but it seems to have taken a step backward with iOS 7.1. In places where I have perfect connectivity and thus, should be getting perfect audio, it skips and jumps to the point where I can’t understand the person on the other end. I’ve also had numerous calls drop for no reason.

    At first this seemed to be an AT&T or Wi-Fi issue but I’ve had the problem on other Wi-Fi networks and I’ve heard people on other carriers complain about the same thing. Without getting too technical, my hope is that Apple continues to work to improve this feature, one I consider to be among the best that iOS 7 has to offer.

    Is iOS 7.1 Worth an Upgrade?

    Yes. FaceTime Audio quality aside, iOS 7.1 is a superb update, especially for my iPhone 5. I don’t find myself begging Apple for an iOS 7.1.1 update after a month. Instead, I find myself hoping that Apple’s next iOS update doesn’t break what I’ve got going on on my three devices.

    iPad Air iOS 7 Review - 4

    If you want to jailbreak your device, don’t upgrade, but if you want a high performance update that brings solid features, security patches and more, it’s worth an update for your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS 7.1 Review: One Month With Apple’s iOS 7 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
  • Adam Mills 9:53 pm on March 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    The iPhone 5 may no longer be sold through the Apple Store but it’s still in the hands of a number of consumers, many of whom will be coming off contract later this year. While many probably have their eyes on the iPhone 6, wise iPhone 5 owners will compare the device to as many flagships as they can, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S.

    It has been a little over month since Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2014 and announced the all new Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S4′s successor and the Galaxy Note 3′s new partner in crime. The device isn’t the metal, QHD Galaxy S smartphone that many were expecting but it is a great looking device that is chock full of powerful features.

    Its hardware, its software and the fact that it will be released on a number of U.S. carriers means that it can’t be ignored by those in the hunt for a new smartphone. Later this year, Galaxy S3 users will be coming off contract and a little further down the road, it will be iPhone 5 owners who find themselves in the hunt for a brand new smartphone.

    Already, we’re been hearing the questions from friends, family and readers who own the iPhone 5. While many of the questions are about the rumored iPhone 6, others have been asking about the advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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    The iPhone 5 is an old device and one that we’ve spent a great deal of time with. We’ve also been fortunate enough to be able to spend some time with the new Galaxy S5. While Galaxy S5 release is still a few weeks away, there is a lot we can share about how Apple’s iPhone 5 and Galaxy S5 compare. This will not only benefit current iPhone 5 users but also those that might consider it to be an option due to its price tag.

    There are many features that only exist on one of these devices, so buyers will need to make an informed decision about what they want, based on the features they need most in a smartphone. That said, let’s take a look at what upgraders, and prospective buyers, need to know about these two smartphones.

    Release Date, Price & Carriers

    In the United States, the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is confirmed for April 11th. This is a global release date and the device will also be hitting 150 nations around the world, including the U.S. Apple’s iPhone 5 is no longer available at the Apple Store but it is available through retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 6, a device that could emerge later on in the fall.

    Buyers who are at all interested in the Galaxy S5, and many should be, would be wise to wait for the Galaxy S5 to show up on store shelves in order to try out both devices before buying. While most stores still don’t have the Galaxy S5 in stock and won’t until mid-April, there is a way to check out the Galaxy S5 right now.

    There are about 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. that have the Galaxy S5 out on display. Those that can’t wait for April 11th can check this list to see if the local Best Buy has it available. The list is at the bottom of the page. Best Buy should have the iPhone 5 on display as well though you will want to call ahead and confirm that detail.

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    While the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date in the U.S. is confirmed for April 11th, that date is only for some carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular are all taking pre-orders ahead of that date and several carriers say that they’ll start shipping orders a few days before April 11th. That means that some will get the Galaxy S5 early.

    There are several carriers that have confirmed the Galaxy S5 but have yet to offer official release details. The Verizon Galaxy S5 release date, for instance, remains unknown. Verizon tells us that it’s focused on the new HTC One launch at the moment though we’ve heard that the Verizon Galaxy S5 will arrive in April.

    Release dates for MetroPCS, Ting, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile also remain unclear though we’ve seen Best Buy put the MetroPCS Galaxy S5 up for pre-order ahead of its release. MetroPCS has said that it would arrive in April but it has not specified a date. Boost and Virgin both said they plan to release the phone in Q2.

    Galaxy S5 Display

    As for the Galaxy S5 price, carriers are charging $199.99 for the Galaxy S5 16GB model and $650 and $660 for the Galaxy S5 off-contract. We still haven’t seen carriers confirm a 32GB Galaxy S5 but if one does arrive, it will likely be priced at $250.

    Best Buy is currently selling the iPhone 16GB for $50 on-contract which means that it won’t be as painful to your bank account. Best Buy also sells the 32GB iPhone 5 for $99 and the 64GB iPhone 5 for $199.99. That’s extremely cheap. Amazon sells the iPhone 5 off-contract for $575.

    Like the Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5 is available for a number of carriers including all of the major ones in the United States. The device is compatible with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon and is also found on a number of regional and pre-paid carriers including C Spire and Cricket, two carriers that aren’t currently offering the Galaxy S5.

    Design & Durability

    The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 designs don’t share much in common. While the iPhone 5 features an industrial design made out of anodized aluminum, metal and glass, the Galaxy S5 is made out of plastic.

    Samsung’s Galaxy S5 design is improved over the glossy plastic design found on the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 utilizes a perforated plastic back that comes in white, black, gold, and blue. Its plastic matte finish feels more premium than the Samsung Galaxy S4′s design and it’s extremely comfortable to hold.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Design

    The Galaxy S5′s is designed to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. Its IP67 certification allows users to carry the phone around without worrying that bathtub, shower or puddle will break the phone. The design also includes a seal to prevent water getting in the USB port and a seal on the back to keep water out. The iPhone 5 does not come with this kind of protection and the only way users are going to get it is with a case.

    The iPhone 5′s anondized aluminum design is also susceptible to nicks and scratches, something that we detailed many months ago when the iPhone 5 first came out. Some of the general wear and tear is unavoidable.

    Apple’s iPhone is thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S5. And while it’s taller and wider than the iPhone 5, it’s not uncomfortable to hold with one hand or slip into a jean pocket. Here is how those dimensions stack up.

    • Galaxy S5 Dimensions – 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
    • iPhone 5 Dimensions – 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

    Samsung includes a fingerprint reader in the Galaxy S5′s home button and that allows users to secure the phone with a fingerprint and also lock files behind a fingerprint password.

    The iPhone 5 design looks great but is susceptible to damage.

    The iPhone 5 design looks great but is susceptible to damage.

    Apple’s iPhone 5s comes with its own fingerprint reader called Touch ID but the iPhone 5 does not come with the technology embedded inside of its home button. Its home button is strictly used for navigation.

    Display

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 display is much larger than the iPhone 5′s display. Samsung’s flagship comes with 5.1-inch full HD display that offers a ton of real estate for gaming, movies, and web browsing. The iPhone 5′s Retina display is only 4-inches in size and it does not come with support for full HD 1080p content.

    The Galaxy S5 display is bright, accurate and power efficient.

    The Galaxy S5 display is bright, accurate and power efficient.

    DisplayMate says that the Galaxy S5′s display is better than Apple’s Retina Display on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Back in 2012, the publication said that the iPhone 5′s display, and thus the iPhone 5s’, was the best in the business. However, thanks to incredibly accurate colors and new brightness levels, it says that the Galaxy S5 display now holds the crown.

    In addition to the 1080p support, the Galaxy S5 display comes with three standout features that aren’t found on the iPhone 5:

    • Ultra Power Saver – Turn the screen black and white and limit running apps to make the battery last longer.
    • Super Bright Mode – The screen can enhance contrast and deliver a very bright display to make reading the phone outdoors easier.
    • Super Dim Mode – A mode that turns brightness down dramatically for a display that is easier on your eyes at night.

    Camera

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 camera is one of its highly touted features and the overall experience offers users some things that don’t come with the iPhone 5.

    Samsung’s new flagship comes with a 16MP camera sensor while the iPhone 5 comes with an 8MP iSight camera sensor. There are benefits to sensor sizes and megapixel counts but the Galaxy S5′s major advantage comes from other enhancements that Samsung has tacked on.

    The Galaxy S5 features an upgraded camera with new modes and a faster focus.

    The Galaxy S5 features an upgraded camera with new modes and a faster focus.

    Maybe the biggest improvement that Samsung made to the Galaxy S’ camera is its faster auto-focus system. Samsung switched to a hybrid focus system that it says can focus as fast as 0.3 seconds. The iPhone 5 camera is good but it cannot perform that fast and will need some extra time to put the subject of a photo into focus.

    Another other feature that stands out is the Galaxy S5′s ability to pick a point of focus after taking the shot. This allows uses to blur a background or foreground right on the phone. It also can show HDR previews live on the phone and record 4K video. The iPhone 5 is stuck with 1080p video recording.

    The iPhone 5′s camera application is much improved with iOS 7 but we still feel like Samsung’s camera application is the best in the business thanks to its ridiculous feature set.

    Software & Features

    These two smartphones run two entirely different pieces of software. The iPhone 5 runs iOS 7.1, Apple’s brand new update to iOS 7, while the Galaxy S5 will utilize Android 4.4.2 KitKat from Google. The version of Android really isn’t all that important on Samsung devices due to the company’s TouchWiz user interface.

    Samsung devices are dominated by the company’s TouchWiz UI and the TouchWiz that’s coming with the Galaxy S5 is improved over the last versions.

    The Galaxy S5 features a pulse meter that can take a user's pulse.

    The Galaxy S5 features a pulse meter that can take a user’s pulse.

    The Samsung Galaxy S5′s new software is focused on several key areas including health and fitness. The software includes new S Health 3.0 functionality which, when combined with the pulse reader on the back of the Galaxy S5, allows users to record their heart rate and track it in the app. iPhone 5 owners can also track their pulse using third-party apps and accessories but the overall experience isn’t as rich as it is on the Galaxy S5. iOS 8 should deliver health related features but iOS 8 is months away at least.

    We should point out that, in addition to the new features, the Galaxy S5 also comes with a flatter design and a number of small tweaks to the overall look of the operating system. Those looking for more details can find them in the video below which highlights many of the changes that Samsung has made to its TouchWiz user interface.

    Apple’s iPhone 5 comes with the latest version of iOS which means that it comes with a different feature set and a different overall look. iOS 7 is vastly different than Apple’s previous iOS updates. Those unfamiliar with iOS 7 can familiarize themselves by watching the video below.

    We should point out that Samsung Galaxy S smartphones typically get two years of software support while iPhones typically get three years of software support. The iPhone 5 is approaching its second birthday which means that it probably will get iOS 8 and iOS 9 before calling it quits. Thanks to its age, the Galaxy S5 is likely on par with the iPhone 5 when it comes to longevity.

    Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
  • Adam Mills 8:34 pm on March 31, 2014 Permalink
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    iOS 7.1 Review: Three Weeks Later (Performance & More) 

    iOS 7.1 Review: Three Weeks Later (Performance & More) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

    Three weeks ago, Apple released iOS 7.1, its biggest update to iPhone and iPad since the release of the iOS 7 update back in September. Over the past three weeks, we’ve extensively used Apple’s new update and we’ve also seen new details crop up including iOS 7.1 problems that are plaguing iPhone and iPad users.

    iOS 7.1 release date rumors all pointed to an arrival in March. Right on cue, Apple released the iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad, an update that had been in the beta process since November.

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    As expected, the iOS 7.1 update arrived for all devices running iOS 7 and it delivered significant changes including UI tweaks, performance enhancements, and a number of bug fixes aimed at improving iOS 7. From the looks of things, iOS 7.1 also delivered some problems of its own as well.

    With iOS 7.1 complaints mounting, and other various iOS 7.1 details emerging from the shadows, we want to take another detailed look at Apple’s brand new iOS 7 update for iPhone and iPad. Here, we offer thoughts on its performance after three weeks, we take a look at some of the iOS 7.1 problems that have emerged since its release and we roundup some of the more important iOS 7.1 details that have surfaced in the weeks since its release.

    iOS 7.1 Performance

    For the past three weeks, we’ve been using iOS 7.1 on a number of iPhones and iPads. Personally, I’ve been using it on three devices in particular including Apple’s former flagship, the iPhone 5, the new iPad Air and the new iPad mini with Retina Display. A week ago, I found iOS 7.1′s performance to be adequate and it’s now time to revisit the software and take a look at how it’s doing on these three devices.

    iOS 7.1 for iPhone 5

    iOS performance tendency to get worse over time, especially on the company’s older devices. My iPhone 3GS was doing great in the two weeks after the iOS 6 update but things quickly started to deteriorate. Fortunately, this hasn’t been the case with iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 5. iOS 7.1 remains a solid performer three weeks after its release.

    Applications are running smoothly and the Facebook app hasn’t crashed in a week. All of my other core applications including Twitter, Spotify, Instagram, Dark Sky, Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, Convo, Yelp, and Netflix are all performing admirably.

    Battery life is still extremely solid, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi are as fast as they ever have been, and I haven’t discovered any crazy bugs lurking on board my iOS 7.1 update for the iPhone 5. Maybe the most remarkable thing, at least to me, is that the software has retained its overall speed.

    Apple changed some of the animations and transitions in the software in an effort to speed up iOS 7.1. The improvements were, and still are very noticeable on my iPhone 5. iOS 7.1 is very fluid and it’s a big reason why I’ve recommended the update to friends, family and readers.

    iOS 7.1 for iPad Air

    Performance on the iPad Air continues to be solid as well. I haven’t run into any significant problems with applications. Battery life remains stellar and yesterday I used the iPad Air virtually all day, it was a lazy Sunday, and its battery life dropped by about 20%. That’s pretty fantastic.

    Apple made changes to the animations inside iOS 7.1.

    Apple made changes to the animations inside iOS 7.1.

    Connectivity, at least Wi-Fi, remains solid and the speed of the software remains intact. Again, the speed difference wasn’t, and still isn’t, as significant as it was on the iPhone 5 but there is certainly some improvement. iPad Air owners that haven’t updated will seriously want to consider upgrading.

    iOS 7.1 for iPad mini with Retina Display

    iOS 7.1 on the iPad mini with Retina Display also continues to deliver fantastic all-around performance. I haven’t stumbled upon any major issues and the software is as fluid as it is on the iPad Air. Connectivity, both Wi-Fi and AT&T 4G LTE both remain solid, and battery life is as good as it was on the iOS 7 update. It’s an update that I certainly recommend, especially if you haven’t installed the iOS 7.0.6 update and its security features.

    Others

    Those are the three devices I’ve focused on though colleagues of mine have dove into iOS 7.1 on other devices. We’ve taken a look at the performance of iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 5s and iPad 3, Apple’s aging tablet that was released months before the iPhone 5.

    Both devices are currently performing well on Apple’s latest update and we recommend the iOS 7.1 update for both the iPhone 5s and 9.7-inch Apple’s iPad 3.

    iOS 7.1 Problems

    While our iOS 7.1 experience has been relatively smooth, we’ve been hearing about a number of iOS 7.1 problems that are plaguing iPhone and iPad owners.

    iOS 7.1 users are complaining about connection problems when paired with a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Some users are reporting that updating VPN settings from the provider helped to bring download and upload seems back up to normal but it looks like some people are still experiencing the issue.

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    Some iPhone and iPad owners are saying that they are no longer able to send iMessages after installing iOS 7.1. Those who are experiencing issues with iMessage should head here to troubleshoot. These fixes typically will work out the kinks. If they don’t, then it’s worth resetting settings or performing a hard reset.

    Others are experiencing touch screen lag, Wi-Fi issues, and the usual battery life issues that seem to crop up every time Apple releases a brand new iOS update. There are tons of complaints about iOS 7.1 battery life on Apple’s discussion forum. While there isn’t a fix that will work 100% of the time, it’s worth taking a look at this potential fix and these iOS 7.1 battery life tips.

    While we certainly have seen a number of iOS 7.1 complaints, we haven’t seen any bugs that could be considered hero level. A hero level bug is a widespread issue impacting tons and tons of iPhone and iPad owners.

    iOS 7.1 Details

    iOS 7.1 Tips & Tricks

    We’ve discovered a neat little trick that allows iOS 7.1 users to take a photo with the iPhone without having to have the Camera application open. This allows for quick shots in places like art galleries or in special moments where speed is crucial. It only requires three steps and it’s something that iPhone owners certainly will want to take a look at.

    A glitch in iOS 7.1 also allows users to hide stock applications without having to jailbreak. Like the trick above, it’s a simple process that any iPad or iPhone owner on iOS 7.1 will be able to perform. It’s a bug that Apple may end up patching but for now, it’s a seamless way to clean up your home screen.

    iOS Jailbreak

    Those looking for an iOS 7.1 jailbreak are still out of luck. We haven’t seen one emerge and there is no guarantee that we’ll see another iOS jailbreak made public before the arrival of iOS 8 later this year.

    There is some good news though. It appears that iOS 7.1 has successfully been jailbroken on the iPhone 4s, it’s just not clear if the developers will ever release it to the public.

    iOS 7.1.1

    We still haven’t heard anything about an iOS 7.1.1 update, presumed to be the next version of iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad. Apple never announces release dates ahead of time and release date rumors for incremental iOS updates are typically sporadic and sometimes, non-existent.

    iOS 7.1 appears to be extremely stable which means that Apple likely is in no rush to deliver a brand new update. However, we’d be surprised if Apple failed to release another iOS 7.1 update before the arrival of iOS 8.

    Apple almost always delivers some smaller bug fix updates between the release of iOS x.1 and the new x.0 update and we expect the same here.

    iOS 7.1 Review: Three Weeks Later (Performance & More) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

     
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