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iOS 8 features you want to know about

Most of us know that Apple’s new iOS 8 will be released later this year and on the Apple website they show some of the upcoming features, however I wanted to share with everyone what they really want to know… what the new features coming with iOS 8 are.

“Automatically send the last known location of this iPhone to Apple when the battery drains to a critical level”
This can be helpful if you lose your phone or forget it somewhere. Currently the iCloud only keeps this data for 24 hours, but this new setting will allow Apple to access your iPhone’s (or iPad) location information for more than the 24hrs.



Thanks to the integration of Shazam into Siri, you be able to ask Siri, “What song is playing?” and she will listen to the ambient sound, using Shazam to identify music, then if everything goes right you will have the proper song information.

Credit card scanning tool: With iOS 8, if you need to enter your credit card information while browsing Safari, all you need to do is scan your credit card with the iPhone / iPad’s camera, so you do not have to manually enter in all the information.



Hide Images: Usually when you take a picture with you iDevice thepictures automatically get loaded to your collections/albums with no way to put them in a “Hidden” album. With the new iOS 8 there will be an option to “Hide” your photos, by simply holding your finger on the photo a pop up menu appears and gives you the options to Hide your Picture or Video!


Battery Usage: Ever wonder which app is causing you to have less battery life? Well this little feature will definitely be of help. The guys at Cupertino has created a way to view your battery usage on iOS 8, then you can decide how badly you need that app open or to just close it and save your battery.
Camera: The Camera app got some great improvements this time. Things added to the iOS 8 camera apps; Time-Lapse mode, self-timer mode ( 3 and 10sec), Focus controls and even retrieve recently deleted photos.Mail notifications: This can be a great feature for those important emails, you can now have a notification per thread – Swiping left on an email message will allow you to delete, archive or Flag it, if you click the “More” tab you will then get the option to receive a push notification whenever a reply is sent to that particular email thread. 


Allow Notifications: There is finally you can now silent certain app notifications.

Indoor Mapping – With the addition of the M7 processor and iPhone motion sensors to the CoreLocation API will allow venue owners to create indoor positioning systems (IPS) that can be used to point the user in the right directions and floor or to direct them to points of interest.

There are many more added features to iOS 8 but the ones I just went through are the ones that stand out in my opinion.

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iPhone 6 to come with Sapphire front glass and a larger screen

Published on July 23, 2014 by in iPhone, News, Rumors

Apple has decided to go with the flow and try to gain more market share by releasing an iPhone with a larger screen, but wait there’s more… not only will the new iPhone 6 have a larger screen, it will come with a sapphire front glass (technically it is synthetic sapphire glass). If you are not familiar with what sapphire glass is, it’s a very durable and almost scratch proof material that you will find on most high end watches and not being incorporated into the next iPhone.
According to several rumors and some close sources to the manufacturer the next generation iPhone will come in a couple sizes, 4.4” and 5.5” screen options. The guys over in Cupertino, CA are so confident in the next release that they have reportedly asked their suppliers to manufacture between 70 to 80 million units, this is definitely up from the 50 to 60 million units of iPhone 5S and 5C.
So what does everyone think about this… will Apples bet pay off and continue their success or will they have too many units laying around during launch? I for one think that with this new larger version, especially with the 2 choices in size they will sell out.

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Burberry Gives iPhone 5S a Chance to Show Off

Published on September 17, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

iPhone 5S and BurberryThe iPhone 5S saw a lot of changes from its predecessor, the iPhone 5.  Some of those changes were pertaining to the built-in camera on the device.  Ahead of its September 20th availability date, the iPhone 5S and its camera got a little attention from the fashion world.

Pictures from a Fashion Show

When Apple introduced the iPhone 5S on September 10th, the company made several claims regarding the new camera capabilities.  Fashion company Burberry decided to employ the iPhone 5S to take still shots of their fashion show; it was also used for capturing celebrity photos and videos of the Spring/Summer Fashion Show in London on Monday.  The show represented the first opportunity to see the new flagship handset device outside of Apple’s introduction at its media event.

Pictures and video from the event are now available on Burberry’s site, showing some of the capabilities of the new camera in greater detail.  There’s a video stream that is reported to have been shot in the device’s native video app; TurtleHead Pro and FiLMiC Pro were also used.

Some criticism has been made of a series of images taken with the 5S prior to the show that were modified through application of gel filters because it is perceived as diminishing to the technology, but iOS 7 comes with built-in software that includes image filters.  This makes the addition of gels a lesser sin than it might have otherwise been.  Some of the highlights of the videos posted from the iPhone 5S include the slow-motion feature that was switched on at the end of the show, providing slow-motion capture of the flower petals that were raining from above the runway and a Vine that showcases the sketching of one of the creations for the show.

Fashion and Technology Meet…Again

This isn’t the first time that a fashion company has made use of new technology.  Samsung and Dana Lopez formed a partnership around its Galaxy Gear, wherein Lopez designed jewelry to compliment the smart watch.  This latest pairing also follows Diane Von Furstenberg’s association with Google Glass; the designer wanted Google Glass, a wearable computer, to capture footage behind the scenes at her event.  While these devices were parts of the show, the iPhone 5S stayed a spectator, reporting images and video from the audience perspective, rather than from the runway.

iPhone 5S Burberry fashion show




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Inside Apple Touch ID

Published on September 14, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News


The new Home button biometric scanner was creating buzz long before it was introduced.  When Apple purchased AuthenTec last year (for over $350 million), rumors began to race through the online grapevine regarding what the tech giant might be up to.  When the iPhone 5S was still just a rumor itself, many avid Apple followers were proclaiming the existence of a fingerprint scanner embedded in the device’s Home button.

The buzz around the iPhone 5S hasn’t grown quieter since its introduction.  Users are raving about the new Touch ID biometric sensor that has been incorporated into the Home button of the newest generation of iPhone.  Here’s a look inside the newest Apple craze.

Touch ID Increases Security

After the introduction of the new generation of iPhones, the rumors were proven to be based in fact.  Apple’s new device does indeed have biometric security, which is, quite possibly, one of its best selling points.  Right now, Touch ID doesn’t do anything other than provide security, as well as allowing the verification of purchases in iTunes and the App Store; however, it is almost certain that app developers will find some use for it.  Apple is also planning to add additional functions to the new feature, according to the latest scuttlebutt.

Apple has increased the inherent security of a fingerprint scanning device by refusing to store fingerprint data either on iCloud or within the sensor.  The encrypted data is instead stored on the new A7 processer chip.  The data is erased when a device undergoes a reboot or has not been used within the last 48 hours.  If the data is discarded, it’s not too much trouble to fix; you just have to enter your passcode again and all is well.

The Technology

The Touch ID sensor can read your sub-dermal layers to identify your unique fingerprint.  This is accomplished with a 500-pixel-per-inch scanning sensor that can read from many angles.  We all know that fingerprints, much like voice prints, are different for each individual.  The security provided by requiring a fingerprint is far greater than that provided by a simple passcode.

Versatility with Additional Users

Inside Apple SmartIDThe Touch ID can recognize up to five individual users.  This allows for settings to be user-specific, which is especially useful if you have children who play games or use the phone for other activities.  Setting up each user requires that user to press their finger (any finger, you’re not limited to a thumb or index print) to the sensor from several angles, allowing the sensor to read and save each individual loop and whorl in your fingerprint.  The sensor puts all the angles together to form a 3D picture of the fingerprint to use as a reference.


The Home button on the iPhone 5S has been upgraded to an extremely scratch-resistant material composed of sapphire crystal.  The steel detection ring that encircles the Home button is required so that the scanner will work when a finger is pressed against it, rather than having to swipe your finger across the sensor as is common in most fingerprint scanners.

Apple admits to the Touch ID having a few drawbacks, mostly related to moisture or other debris that might result in a false reading.  There may also be some problems if you have scars disrupting your fingerprint, but unless all ten of your fingertips are scarred, you could just choose one of your unmarked fingerprints to serve as your identification.


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iPhone 5S breakdown

Published on September 10, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

The big day has finally arrived!  Apple’s media event today went off without a hitch and the company did indeed announce two new next-generation iPhones.  Most of the rumors that have been circulating recently have been proven out.  The iPhone 5S release today saw the advent of biometric security for the device, as well as the A7 64-bit CPU and the new champagne (gold) color option.  This new paragon of smartphones is scheduled to hit stores on September 20th.

iPhone 5s breakdown

Touch ID

The iPhone 5S is the first smartphone to offer biometric security with a Touch ID sensor that allows the phone to be unlocked with just the touch of your fingertip.  This is one of the most noticeable changes to the new generation of iPhones.  The sensor is built into the Home button.  It measures just 170 microns thick and can sense 500 pixels per inch in order to scan the sub-epidermal layers of the user’s skin.  The sensor is capable of reading fingerprints from any orientation in 360°.  The Home button has been upgraded to be composed of sapphire crystal in order to prevent scratches and damage that could impair the sensor.

The sensor has the ability to recognize multiple fingerprints, meaning that specific device parameter may be able to be attached to individual prints, giving parents and others a better way to control access on the device.  The data collected during use of the Touch ID sensor is not exposed to other software nor backed up on Apple’s internal servers.  These precautions give the device a very reliable security feature that cannot be stolen unless the device itself is somehow accessed (unlikely with biometric security).

A7 Processor

The new top-of-the-line iPhone 5S is outfitted with a 64-bit chip that has been used in the past as an exclusive desktop-class chip.  The A7 makes the iPhone 5S the first-ever smartphone to have such capabilities.    The processor contains over one billion transistors, double the amount available in the A6.  The next generation of the operating system, iOS 7, has been designed to take advantage of the new, faster processor with 64-bit capability on libraries, drivers and other aspects of operation.

The new A7 processing powerhouse is roughly twice as fast as that found in the A6.  Graphics performance is also much better, about twice as fast as was available with the A6.  Some Apple higher-ups have boasted about the faster speed of the iPhone 5S, saying that it is about 40x faster than was possible in the original iPhone.

M7 Motion Processor

The iPhone 5S also got a whole new piece of hardware, the M7 motion co-processing chip.  The chip carries out measurements of motion data on a constant basis, meaning that a whole new world of health and fitness apps have opened up for the device.  Some companies, like Nike, have already signed up to take advantage of these new capabilities.  Its app, Nike+Move will utilize both the M7 chip and the internal GPS to track user activity.

Camera Upgrades

The iPhone 5S sees upgrades to its camera, too.  The new design offers an f/2.2 aperture and an Apple-designed 5-element lens.  The sensor area is about 15% larger, allowing larger pixels and higher-quality photos.  With iOS 7, the camera offers automatic white balancing, exposure levels, stabilization and autofocus matrix metering.  It will also automatically choose the photo with the sharpest focus out of a series.

The flash also got an upgrade and has been dubbed as a “True Tone” flash by the company.  The new flash sports dual LEDs and will address issues with color temperatures that have clashed in the past.  The new flash helps improve the quality of low-light photos.

The camera has also been upgraded to offer both a “Burst Mode” that can capture ten FPS (frames per second) and a slow-motion video capture capability that functions at 120 FPS in 720p high definition.  Both new features are easy to access and use, as they are integrated parts of the camera software.

Overall Design

The design of the iPhone 5S is not much different from that of the previous incarnation, the iPhone 5.  The 5S still employs a high-grade aluminum back and cut, chamfered edging.  The new iPhone 5S doesn’t look much different, but it has very different capabilities.  It is also going to be offered in different colors than previous versions, including “space gray,” white with silver accents and the all-new gold option with white accents.

Talk Time and Battery Life

Apple insists that the increased processing power won’t be a huge drain on your battery.  The company claims that the iPhone 5S will be capable of up to ten hours of talk time on 3G and about 250 hours of standby time.  You’ll be able to listen to 40 hours of music in playback and have around ten hours of LTE browse time.

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C (also unveiled Tuesday) are expected to be available in stores in the US, Canada, France, the UK, China, Australia and others as of September 20th.  Even with the new capabilities, the iPhone 5S will stick with the price point of its predecessor at $199 when purchased with a two-year service agreement.  This applies only to the entry-level 16-gig model.  If you want to get the 32-gig model, it’ll run you $299 and the 64-gig model will be $399 if purchased with a two-year service agreement.



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