iOS 7 & Mac OS X 10.9 to be released at WWDC

Apple has begun putting up internal banners for WWDC at Moscone Center. Apple had previously confirmed that it would announce iOS 7 at WWDC.

iOS 7, WWDC

The design of the banner is very different to previous banners of iOS7 and shows the minimalistic feel that iOS 7 will have. Jonathon Ive took over design of iOS 7 toward the end of last year and is said to be interested in simplifying the design of iOS and make it look more like the physical design of Apple products.

At the same time a banner for Mac OS X 10.9 also appeared and also carriers a simple design unlike previous years. Apple will also announce 10.9 at WWDC. 

Mac OS X 10.9, WWDC

The font on both banners appears to be Helvetica Neue Ultra Light, an extremely thin variant of Helvetica, Helvetica is the default font for all iPhone, iPad and iPod’s. It will be interesting to see if Apple start using this Neue Ultra Light version with iOS 7 and OS X
 

iWatch?

We found these images, which we had never seen before, doing the rounds on Twitter. We have confirmed that they are not real and are just mock ups.

Having said that, they did catch our attention as the design is very similar to the iPhone 5 and of all the mock ups we have see we think this is the one that is most likely to have come out of Apple. The strap is the part that gave it away. We think Apple will do something special with the strap that fits the design of the iWatch.

Rumours about the Apple iWatch have increased over the years but in 2013 it seems that most people expect Apple to actually release the iWatch.

For the first time in over 10 years Apple has not hosted a Media event in the first 5 months of the year. This may be due to the update of almost every product during September and October 2012. During WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) Apple will give a preview of iOS 7. So far rumours suggest that Apple will not release any hardware during WWDC. 

The chart below shows the interest over time for the iWatch. 

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5

Apple has released a minor update for the iPhone 5, bringing an updated audio profile for speakerphone. The new version appears to only be for the iPhone 5.

The update comes in at 11,5MB and should take about 5 minutes to download and install. To update from your iPhone 5 go to Settings>General>Software Update. If you update through iTunes the file is 990MB and could take over a hour to download.

Apple in overdrive to finish iOS 7

iOS 7

Recent reports are suggesting that Apple is working hard to get iOS 7 ready for release. Reports are suggesting that Apple has been pulling developers from the OS X division to help with iOS software.

Since Scott Forstall, who was SVP of iOS software, was dismissed from Apple Jony Ive has taken over most of the design within Apple. Ive is set to be doing a major upgrade to to iOS software with fewer skeuomorphic design cues.

The iOS software has not had a major upgrade since the original release in 2007.

No information is available as to when iOS 7 will become available but a preview of the software is most likely to be given at WWDC.

When iOS 7 is released it will be available worldwide including South Africa

iOS 6.0.1 Update

Apple has just released iOS 6.0.1 for all compatible devices (including the new fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini). Right now, you can get it using the direct download links below, or OTA using Software Update on your iOS device (if you have an iPhone 5, you will have to update your Software Update first by going to General > Software Update, which will install a new Software Update app to your homescreen).

Changes:

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings
  • If you wish to download the file directly from Apple you can find all the links by going to our iOS Software page.

    Update to iOS 6

    iStores across South Africa are having an upgrade evening to help you upgrade to iOS 6. They have sent out this email with information:

      Date | Friday 28 September   Bring in your iPad, iPhone and
    iPod touch and we will help
    you upgrade to iOS 6.
    Time | 17:00 – 19:00  
    Venue | All iStores  
     

    Booking is essential: click here

    The upgrade to iOS can be a long and confusing process for most people and this is a great alternative. If you are unsure how to upgrade then this is a great opportunity to upgrade your iPhone and be rewarded with all the great new feutures that come with iOS 6.

    iOS 6 released

    On Wednesday 19 September Apple release iOS 6 to the public. iOS 6 includes a whole new maps application, updates to Siri, Facebook integration, shared Photo Streams, Facetime of cellular network, and Panorama for Photo. With over 200 new features iOS6 is a great update to your phone.

    If you have iOS 5 on your phone already you will be able to do the update right on your phone. 

    Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

    Make sure you are connected to a Wifi. The file is over 600Mb and should take about 30 minutes to an hour to download.

    If you have an older version of iOS then you need to follow these steps.

     

    1. Connect your iPhone to your computer
    2. Open iTunes
    3. Select your iPhone from the Devices tab on the left hand side
    4. On the summary page under Version it will have a “check for updates” button, select this button.

     

    This will update you to the latest version of iOS. The file is over 900Mb so should take about an hour to download depending on your internet speed.

    If you have any questions just let us know by commenting.

    How to work mirroring on iOS

    Apple recently released iOS 5 with mirroring  for idevices to AppleTV but they didn’t show how to get it working.

     

    1. Make sure your AppleTV is on.
    2. On your iPhone/iPod/iPad, doouble tap the home button as if you were using mulitasking
    3. now swip across the botton from left to right. This will bring up controls for the music app and a screen lock button.
    4. Swipe again from left to right. This will bring up a volume slider and an airplay button.
    5. Tap the airplay button and select Apple TV.

     

    Your iDevice will now be mirrored on your TV screen. If you turn your device it will turn on the screen. Apple have been using this in their keynotes since the launch of the original iphone so I don’t know why it has taken to long to become available to us.

    iMessage syncing problems

    If you have downloaded iOS 5 onto both your iPhone and iPad and begin to use iMessage you will notice that some messages don’t sync. I have no idea why it doesn’t work properly but I can explain what is happening.

    You will notice that when you send an iMessage to an email address to will since to both your iPad and iPhone or iPod touch.

    However when it come to cellphone numbers it gets confusing.

    If you send an iMessage to someone’s cellphone number from either your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch it will sync across all your devices. But if someone sends you and iMessage to your cellphone number it will NOT sync across all your deceives.

    I hope Apple will fix this in a future update.

    Something I have also noticed is that in order to send an iMessage from your iPad or iPod touch to a cell number the number will have to have the country code at the beginning.

    If you still have problems let me know and I will try and help!

    How to set up Home Sharing on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    With the release of iOS 4.3 Apple opened up the option to steam content from your iTunes library onto your iOS device. People who have use an Apple TV will know how this works.

    When I heard about this I was extremely excited but couldn’t get it to work. After much searching I found out how to steam content from my Mac to my iPhone and iPad. Steaming can also be done from a PC.

    How to set up Home Sharing…

     

    1. Open iTunes on your Mac/PC
    2. Go to Preferences
    3. Select the Sharing option at the top
    4. Select “Share my  library on my local network”

     

    You can select what content from iTunes you want to share or you can share all content. You can add a password by it is not required.

    From your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

     

    1. Open Settings
    2. Select the iPod option
    3. Under Home Sharing fill in your Apple ID and password

     

    Home sharing will now allow you to listen to or watch contact from your itunes library on you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch within your local wireless network.

    To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPhone or iPod Touch…

     

    1. Open iPod Application
    2. Select “More” at the bottom left
    3. Select “Shared” from the options
    4. Then choose the library you wish to use and enjoy!

     

    To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPad..

     

    1. Open iPod Application
    2. At the top left of the screen under the volume slider it says Library, Select it
    3. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

     

    If you wish to view video’s on the iPad (because there is a separate application)…

     

    1. Open Video Application
    2. At the top it has the following options – Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Shared.
    3. Select Shared
    4. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

     

    If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 4, click here

    If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPad 1, click here

    If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 3Gs, click here