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Updating to Apple iPhone iOS 7

Updating to the new iOS 7Updating to iOS 7

The newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, is still a while from being officially released.  If you want to try it out before it’s available to the public at large, you’ll have to use the beta version of the software that is currently being evaluated by developers.

Before you decide that you just can’t wait for the official release, remember that beta software is still in the testing phase.  It typically has bugs that need to be worked out before it’s ready for full implementation, so don’t forget that you’ll likely suffer a few of these bugs when using the beta version.  Take the necessary precautions by backing up your phone before you install the iOS 7 Beta software.

It is also important to note that you’ll need to register your Unique Device Identifier (UDID) with Apple as a developer.  There is an annual cost of $99.00 associated with this registration.  If you know someone who is already a developer, you could also ask them to simply add your UDID to their developer account and thereby receive access to iOS 7 Beta.

Caution! AppleApproved does not assume responsibility for any problems which may occur during the installation of iOS 7 Beta.  We do not assume responsibility for any damages or faults which may be caused by the installation process outlined in this guide.  These instructions should result in an error free process if followed correctly; however, please be advised that you will be attempting this process at your own risk.

Important!  If you have not backed up your device, it is recommended that you do so before continuing with the following process.  Backing up your data is very easy with iCloud.  Just navigate to your device Settings, then to iCloud, then to Storage & Backup.  Make sure iCloud’s Backup option is switched on and then press Back Up Now.

Step-by-Step Installation of iOS 7 Beta

The first thing you’re going to need to do is download the appropriate iOS 7 Beta file for the device you want to update.  You’ll need to make sure that you’re getting the right software for your specific device.  If you’re going to be installing iOS 7 Beta on an iPhone 5, this is particularly important, as there are two separate versions of the software available for that device.  The difference comes down to where you’re located.  In Australia, you’ll need to get the software for the model number A1429 iPhone 5.  In the US and Canada, you’ll need the software designed for model number A1428.  This is because these countries sell discrete iPhone 5 models.

To ensure that you’ve located the right download for your needs, make sure it is a file that ends in .ipsw.  This proprietary Apple file type denotes that it is iPod Software or iPhone Software.  It is Apple’s traditional method of loading any iOS software on any iPhone, iPad or iPod device.

Once you have the right .ipsw file, open iTunes on your computer.  Using the USB cable, plug your device into the computer.  When these steps are complete, you’re ready to restore your device with iOS 7 Beta.

If you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to do this by holding down the alt/option key and then clicking on “Restore iPhone.”  This action will cause a pop-up box to open.  Find the .ipsw file you just downloaded and click on it to open it.  This will prompt another pop-up window telling you that iTunes is about to erase your iPhone and restore it with iOS 7.  It will also provide restore information and verification to Apple.

With the completion of these steps, iOS 7 will be installed on your device.  The process typically takes around 15 minutes, but may take as long as half an hour.  It’s important to be patient.  It’s also recommended that the device remain plugged into a power outlet when the restore is taking place.

You now have the latest version of Apple’s immensely popular mobile operating system.  Explore it and see what you find, but watch out for the bugs!




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iTunes Store Passes Download Milestone – 25 Billionth Song Sold

Published on February 6, 2013 by in Apple, Fun, News

A young German university student  was the lucky recipient of a €10,000 ($13, 525) iTunes Music Store gift card on Wednesday after he had the amazing timing to download the 25 billionth music track sold from the online storefront.  Philip Lupke, the young man in question, downloaded an electronic song on Monday called “Monkey Drums,” (Goksel Vancin Remix), by Chase Buch.  Lupke told a reporter from the Los Angeles Times that when he got the call from Apple to notify him, he didn’t believe it at first. He bought this particular obscure track after hearing it in a club and liking it, and using Shazam to identify it.

His timing was indeed impeccable, since according to Apple, users download an average of 15,000 songs every minute. 25 billion is also about 3.5 songs for every single person on the planet!  It’s also just under 10 times as many songs (260 million) as are available on the entire iTunes Music Store.

Apple will be marking another important anniversary in April of this year, as iTunes will celebrate its 10th birthday.  With that in mind, here are some of the more notable milestones iTunes and its users have hit along the way:

While a 10,000 Euro gift card is pretty nifty, the person who hit the best jackpot was Alex Ostrovsky, from West Bloomfield, Michigan. For downloading the billionth song, he scored a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth-generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card, as well as a scholarship set up by Apple at the Julliard School of Music in his name.  Not bad for a track that sells for $1.29 ($.99 back in 2006)!

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Top 10 Apple gifts – a last-minute buyer’s guide to Christmas morning

Published on December 22, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mac

“‘Twas the weekend before Christmas/and all through the stores/the shoppers were panicking/what do Apple fans adore?”  If you’re sweating the last few purchases for the Mac and iOS lovers on your Christmas list, we’re here to help. (Of course, we can’t help but think you should’ve been doing all this a bit sooner, but that’s another story…)  So without further ado, we present our Top Ten last-minute Apple gifts list for Christmas 2012.

1. iPod Shuffle – At only $49, this half-ounce wonder is just about the perfect stocking stuffer for anybody on   your list.  It holds 2GB of   music, supports multiple playlists, podcasts, audiobooks and Apple’s VoiceOver technology.  Choose from 8 brilliant colors to suit any taste. iPod shuffle holds hundreds of songs and gives up to 15 hours of playback time from a full charge.

2. iPod classic – This is the best fix for serious music junkies.  The iPod classic is 160GB of anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel, with a 2.5-inch screen and up to 36 hours of battery life on a full charge.  $249 buys the ability to take your entire media library with you wherever you go – up to 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video, 25,000 photos, or any combination of the above.  It also supports Genius mixes and multiple playlists.



3. iPod Touch – This is the best gift to give to someone who wants a pocket-sized iDevice, but doesn’t really want to make the financial commitment to an iPhone.  Also made of anodized aluminum, iPod touch comes in 5 vivid colors that are bonded right to the metal, and in a choice of 32GB ($299) or 64GB ($399). Both models also boast a 4-inch Retina display and 5-megapixel iSight camera. Facebook and Twitter have been integrated into iOS 6, and Siri comes to iPod touch for the first time with this model.



 4. iPad mini – This is Apple’s newest iOS device.  It’s pencil-thin, weighs just over half a pound, and handles all of your apps and media with the greatest of ease.  Want to surf the web? Safari has you covered.  Rather read a comic book? There’s an app for that.  Think you’ll play a game instead?  The App Store is your playground. The 7.9-inch screen is big and bright enough to show you everything you’re looking for, but small enough to fit into a purse, backpack or messenger bag.



5. MacBook Pro (15-inch, non-retina) – Call me just a little bit old-fashioned, but I’m not quite ready to let go of optical drives – or the ability upgrade your own RAM.  The 15-inch MacBook Pro offers users the best Mac OS X experience, along with the ability to be portable at a moment’s notice.  Firewire 800, Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports mean that your notebook should talk to just about anything you can introduce it to.  It also reads SD cards up to 64GB.  Max it out at 8GB of RAM and a 1TB internal hard drive, and you’ll have everything you need to be productive for a good while – at least until Apple releases its next sexy beast of a notebook! 


 6. AppleCare Protection Plan – The very best one-size-fits-all accessory for any piece of Apple gear is the AppleCare Protection Plan.  When purchased at the same time as your new hardware, it provides 3 years of global hardware and software support (2 years for iOS devices), both in person at the Genius Bar as well as over the phone with trained technical professionals.  What that means is direct access to Apple experts for questions on a wide range of Mac topics, including using OS X, iLife, and connecting to printers and AirPort networks. Prices for the protection plan range from $29 to $349, depending on the particular piece of hardware you’re covering.


7. iTunes Gift Cards – Of everything on my list, this is the biggest no-brainer of the lot.  It’s the best all-around stocking stuffer for anyone who has just about any kind of Apple hardware, and your lucky recipient is sure to love what they eventually purchase with it.  Best of all, it never expires or goes out of style.  What’s also lovely about these little guys is that you can buy them practically anywhere (which these days can even mean your local gas station) and they work for anything in any of Apple’s app stores. 


8. Apple EarPods w/Remote and Mic – It used to be that if you wanted to get decent earbuds for your iDevice, you either had to cough up $79 for Apple’s in-ear headphones, or try to navigate the zillions of different 3rd-party options available at every electronics store and mega-mart from here to Timbuktu.  Now, with the release of iPhone 5 and the new iPod touch, Apple has stepped up its headphone game while dropping the price at the same time.  EarPods are less than half the price of the alternative to the original ubiquitous white earphones, but still have better customer ratings at Apple’s online store.


9. iFlash Dual USB (3 Amp) car charger (USB-to-microUSB cables included) – This is the first 3rd-party hardware to be included on our list.  It’s not something that you’re going to need right on Christmas morning, the hot second you unwrap your new shinies from Apple, but it’s something you’re going to want to order from Amazon pretty quickly.  $11 buys an amazing amount of peace of mind for families with multiple mobile devices and want to travel without worrying about batteries dying.  This unobtrusive little dual-USB car charger will top up both tablets and phones, and comes with 2 USB-to-microUSB cables.

10. iCade –  For those who remember a time when video games were fed with quarters and played in public, we offer this nifty trip in the WayBack Machine.  iCade started its life as a ThinkGeek April Fools’ gag, but there was such an overwhelming demand that the retailer actually partnered with a manufacturer to make it a reality.  Pick up the free Atari’s Greatest Hits app from the App Store to get Missile Command for free; the rest of the retro games in the bundle can be had via in-app purchase for $9.99.  Then all that’s left is to slip on your Vans, crank some Journey on the radio and get your old-school game on!

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iTunes $50 gift card at Walmart for only $40!

$50 iTunes card for only $40If you are still trying to find a great gift for that Apple fan or want to get a discount on iTunes for yourself, Walmart is offering the $50 iTunes gift card for only $40.  That’s 20% off, its rare you get discounts off of iTunes.  Walmart is only having a “Sale” on the $50 cards, all the other amounts are at full retail price.

Get your now before they take the offer away.  There was no expiration date on the website, so that means they can pull the deal anytime.   I think last month Best Buy had a deal on the $100 iTunes gift cards, they were selling for $85.  That $85 Best Buy deal lasted only a day though and it was only 15% off.  For those of you who plan on purchasing it… once you do the purchase  Walmart will send you an initial confirmation e-mail and then a second e-mail with access to a PIN. Once you get this PIN, you can then give the card as a gift to that Apple Fan.

Click here to see the deal – Get Deal




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iTunes offers Free Learning from World Class Institutions! (Homework Not Required.)

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iTunes U

Free Education via iTunesU

Apple has great products and services- a lot of them, any of which I am more than happy to wax poetic (okay, maybe not poetic!) about at a moment’s notice. Airport express base stations? Let me tell you how easy they are to fix. iPod touch? Can’t live without mine and friends know better than to let me get started going on about it. iBooks store? Samples of every book so I can decide what I want to buy, not to mention the selection of free books! Today though, I’m talking about a frequently overlooked service which I personally believe is the single best thing to ever come out of Cupertino: iTunes U.

You’ve probably noticed it while poking around iTunes on your computer, maybe wondered what it was. But have you actually checked it out? If not, I urge you to right now.
Introduced in 2007, iTunes U has a twofold purpose: incorporating learning materials for classes into a format easily portable on one’s computer or mobile device allowing a great opportunity for the integration of technology into education at any level; and distributing educational materials to iTunes users to learn anything they want, anytime, anywhere.
You might not be able to afford the time or money required for a Harvard or Oxford or Yale education, but with iTunes U, you can take a few of their classes at your convenience, all you need is time, an internet connection, and a computer with iTunes installed or an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with the iTunes U app installed. It might not get you a degree, but it will definitely get you started on learning just about anything you can imagine.
Learn iOS apps development. A foreign language. Economics, literature, film criticism, world history. These are just a few examples of the topics offered from schools at all levels, around the world.
iTunes U, along with free books on the iBooks store, the apps store, and podcasts are the only services available in all countries where there exists an iTunes store (in other words, it’s more widely available than the iTunes music store!)
So whatever you’re interested in learning about, iTunes U will have something to grab your interest. Next time you’re on your iPhone or computer, why not go and check out iTunes’s quieter, more studious cousin and see what it has to offer you?
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(all photos are from of Apple.com)
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