How to update to iOS 8

September 17th, 2014 | Posted by JulieJ in iPhone 4S | iphone 5 | iPhone 5C | iPhone 5S | iPhone 6 | iPod - (0 Comments)
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It is great news that iOS 8 will be available for users tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. There are a lot of new features to make the new update bigger than bigger. No matter you are an iOS 6 user or iOS 7 user, when you make your decision to update to iOS 8, you can follow the tips in the following video made by Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY. The steps are as simple as one ,two, three.

  • Just backup all your stuff in iTunes or with iFonebox by connecting to the computer;
  • Enable wifi on the iDevice, go to General >> Software Update tomorrow. The new update will be available then.
  • Download and install the update. And enjoy the new iOS 8. It will take less than a hour to download and install the new update according to the experience of updating to iOS 7 last year.

What iDevice is iOS 8 compatible with?

iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S/6/6 Plus, iPad 2/ 3rd generation/ 4th generation/ Air/ mini/ mini with Retina display, and iPod touch 5th generation.

ios 8 compatible devices

 

What to expect when updating iOS 8?

It’s very easy to update to iOS 8. But you need to have enough space according to CNet Bridget Carey. You must have at lease 3 GB free space for the download and install, although iOS 8 doesn’t eat up all the storage space finally. According to the experience of updating to iOS 7, it may take up 700MB or so.  Want to know about what to expect when updating iOS 8? Here you can refer to Bridget Carey’s video.

According to the video, to release more storage space to download and install iOS 8, you can uninstall apps, and clean photos and videos. Media files like photos, videos, and audios always take up a lot of space. So the most efficient way is to backup those files elsewhere, and delete them on the device to free the space.

If you have the older products like iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you may want to avoid upgrading. Last year, some iPhone 4 users reported performance issues when they jumped up to iOS 7.

What’s new in iOS 8?

The new iOS 8 comes with a lot of new exciting features according to Apple.

  • Quickly find and edit the photos you take.
  • Add your voice right in a text message.
  • Let your health and fitness apps communicate with each other, with your trainer, and even with your doctor.
  • Apple also provided developers with deeper access and more tools.
  • You’ll have new keyboard options and even more ways to share your content.
  • And you’ll be able to use iCloud and Touch ID in ways you never have before.

Besides the above, there are many more thoughtful features like double click the home button to find not only the used apps, but also the contacts you’ve spoken to recently with their faces icons across at the top of the screen.  You could tap on their faces to quickly call or message them.  With the new iOS 8, you can easily message your location to your friends now.  With the new Siri, you can even open apps like Twitter. Regarding the iPhone NFC sensor, it is said that it will be available next month only for Apple Pay on iPhone 6 modules. Other apps can’t use the sensor to make programs to do other things.

At last, here are some tips about updating to iOS 8.

  • iOS 8 is not for all iDevice users, if you are using an older iDevice like iPhone 4S or iPad2, it’s highly recommended to keep your current iOS in case there may be some performance issues.
  • For other users with iOS 8 compatible devices, it’s a nice choice to backup all your info before the update.
  • To download and install iOS 8, you may need at lease 3 GB free space on the device although it will not take up that much after the installation. You can uninstall and delete useless apps and media files to free space for the updating.

 

 

 

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just released on September 9, 2014. There are so many attractive features in the new device. And Tim said, it’s the best iPhone ever. Now you will be very interested in when you can get the new iPhones. Here’s a picture showing you the countries who will get iPhone 6/iPhone 6 + on September 19, 2014 in the first round.

iphone 6 available countries on September 19, 2014

 

So congratulations to iFans in United States, Framce, HongKong, Canada, Germany, Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.

And users in the above countries can start pre-ordering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus on September 12, 2014.

date to preorder iPhone 6

 

If your country is not listed in the list above, you needn’t worry since iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for 115 countries by the end of 2014. You will definitely get one at that time.

iphone will be available for 115 countries by end of 2014

Jennifer Lawrence photo leak

After Celebrity Nude Photo Leaked on 4Chan, the site where Jennifer Lawrence’s hacked photos were leaked, iPhone safety talks again come out of water and make iPhone users feel uneasy. Which is the safest way to backup photos to avoid photo leaks? And which is the best way to backup iPhone photos? Those are probably the most asked questions to iPhone users now.

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Definitely, iPhone provides iCloud service which provides 5GB free space for iPhone users to store iPhone Photos in Photo Stream. It is not safe. Don’t forget that the reason why the Celebrities Photo leaked was because their iCloud account was hacked. And you should admit that to save photos on iCloud and other cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive is to save your stuff on a server which can also be understood as some other people’s computer. No matter you delete it or not, it will leave trace on other people’s hard drive. If you don’t want your private photos and personal information being hacked, it’s highly recommended not to use iCloud and other cloud services to save your data. But actually Apple auto syncs photos to iCloud by default, and unfortunately only some people know how to disable the iCloud auto sync feature. And a large number of us thought if we delete photos in Camera roll, we delete them completely.  To avoid your photos to be hacked, you’d better delete the iCloud photos completely, and turn of My Photo Stream and Photo Sharing in Settings >> iCloud >> Photos.

Now that iCloud and other cloud services are out of the game, let’s check what other ways we could backup iPhone photos and data.

wifi photo transfer app

Searching the keyword “photo backup” in App Store, you can find more than 2 hundred of results in which most of them are Cloud or Cloud manager, and some of them are Wifi transfer helper, bluetooth transfer helper.

To use Wifi transfer helper and bluetooth transfer helper, you will need to use Wifi or Bluetooth and send the photos and other information to another device which is not safe itself. Suppose if you are using public Wifi or your own Wifi is hacked by some bad geeks who can grab all data you are sending out, you are totally put into a dangerous situation. So to backup and share photos on Wifi are out of the game either.

itunes

And then let’s check the iTunes backup. You must use the USB cable to transfer which cannot be hacked while transferring. And if you backup with your network disabled, it’s even safer and you can backup all your apps, photos, contacts, etc. in a file. But with iTunes Backup file, you may have problem previewing what’s been backup. And you may need some tools to recover the data from the backup file or recover the data from the file to your iOS device.

But to be honest, I seldom use this way to backup my photos and videos since it takes quite a long time to sync and backup. I prefer the way to directly connect iPhone to computer via USB,  and copy & paste photos, as well as videos from the iPhone hard drive. And after the copying, I’ll delete the original files from iPhone hard drive to release the space. Actually this way and the iTunes backup way are to transfer data via USB cable, and backup the photos and videos on your computer hard drive.

 

Is it safe to backup iPhone files on your computer hard drive? Well, it depends. If your computer’s internet connection is enabled, you still have the chance to be hacked by bad computer geeks through the internet. And if you disable the internet connection, you are safe. And if you could burn the photos and videos on some DVD or CD, and keep them in some safe places, it’s even safer.

iphone usb

In a word, after the previous reviews, the safest way to backup iPhone photos is to transfer via USB cable, and store on internet connection disabled devices or burned on DVD or CD. And if you don’t want your nude or private selfies to be leaked, then you simply don’t take those photos.

At last, iPhone 6 is coming out next week on September 9, 2014. Hopefully iPhone 6 is still safe and this issue will not affect the iPhone 6 sales volume.

 

The NO 2

Apple’s latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company.

Apple's September 9th launch, 2014

 

The Sept. 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerized watch, will be in the same Silicon Valley venue where Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, took the wraps off the original Mac computer 30 years ago. That machine was hailed as a major breakthrough that helped bring personal computing to the masses.

These events have become an annual rite since the 2007 release of the iPhone, but this year’s may be the most highly anticipated since the iPad came out in 2010.

A “smartwatch” or other wearable technology would mark the company’s first foray into a new product category since the iPad came out.

True to its secretive nature, Apple Inc. isn’t giving any clues about what’s on the Sept. 9 agenda. “Wish we could say more,” Apple said in a succinct white invitation mailed Thursday to reporters and others.

The company scheduled the event at an auditorium about 3 miles from its Cupertino, California, headquarters. It seats about 2,300 people, a far larger capacity than the places that Apple usually uses to show off its new products.

Apple watchers expect an iPhone with a larger screen than the 4-inch display on the previous two generations of the device. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a 4.7-inch screen to make it more competitive with larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics and other rivals relying on Google Inc.’s free Android software. There also has been speculation that Apple may release another iPhone model with a 5.5-inch screen.

A bigger-screen iPhone could unleash a surge of sales among Apple fans who own iPhones with smaller displays. Some analysts think Apple could sell at least 70 million units of the iPhone 6 within the first few months after the device hits the market.

Although the iPhone is Apple’s biggest moneymaker, much of the intrigue around this year’s event surrounds the possibility that the company may release a long-awaited smartwatch that could help monitor people’s health and serve as control center for Internet-connected appliances and electronics in the home.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated that he is intrigued with wearable technology devices, but hasn’t provided any concrete clues about what the company is working on. Cook has only said he is excited about what Apple’s latest inventions, a sentiment echoed by one of his top lieutenants, Eddy Cue, who earlier this year hailed the company’s product pipeline as its best in 25 years.

Apple has just been redesigning and adding features to its iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac since the release of the iPad, raising concerns among investors that the company had run out of new ideas after the October 2011 death of Jobs, who served as its chief visionary.

Those worries have subsided during the past four months as the excitement has built for Apple’s new products. Apple’s stock hit a new high of $102.78 in Thursday morning’s trading before falling back to close at $102.25, up 12 cents for the session. The shares have risen 25 percent in 2014.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/

iPhone 6 is reported to be announced just next month, and maybe  you’ve already got your idea of getting the new iPhone 2014. But what to do with your old  iPhone 2G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C when you get a new iPhone? Here are some crazy ideas what you can do with your old iPhones.

But before all of your crazy actions, you’d better backup all data from you old iPhone with iTunes, or iFonebox. If backup with iFonebox, you can even recover your deleted data from the old iPhone. And then, not matter what you do to the old iPhone, you will still be able to get back all data from the backup files. And let’s go through the ways to do with old iPhones now.

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No 1. Sell the old iPhone 2G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C.

This is not crazy at all and instead, this is a nice choice since you can get money for the new iPhone 6. But you must bare in mind that you have to erase all you data from your old iPhone in case some bad geek guys recover your data from the old device.

android-on-iphone

No 2. Reuse and Get Creative with Your Old iPhone

Actually there are 7 ideas of reuse your old iPhone. Just check which one is the most crazy one. You can  install Android on an old iPhone; Jailbreak and unlock your old iPhone and get all kinds of stunning apps free; Use Your iPhone as a Webcam; Use your iPhone as remote control; Turn Your iPhone into a Dedicated Ebook Reader; Scan Documents With Your iPhone; Use your iPhone as a Fancy Clock; or Install an iOS 7 like OS to iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1G, or iPod Touch 2G.

iphone damaged by train

NO 3. Do All Crazy Tests on the Old iPhone

What crazy tests you can do to the iPhone? You can test all episodes what TechRax has done to ensure how hard an iPhone is, like crash the iPhone screen to see if it still functional, put it into water to see if it still work underwater, put it in hot pot to see how hot it can bear (be careful of this test, you may make the iPhone explode); or cook with an iPhone.

Or even more crazy, to test if an iPhone will survive when a train runs over it.

What crazy idea do you have to do with your old iPhone 2G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C when you get a new iPhone 6?

P.S. iPhone 6 is released on September 9, 2014, and now on it’s official website, you can find that if you already have an old iPhone, you can get credit while purchasing the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus.

 

iPhone 6 reportedly in final test stage before mass production

The iPhone 6 is now facing its final test phase in preparation for mass production. At least, that’s the latest scuttlebutt from Chinese media.

Purportedly based on sources at Apple supplier Foxconn, a report from Chinese blog site Weibo claims that the iPhone 6 is now in a stage called product validation test (PVT), according to the G for Games blog. The PVT stage means that the iPhone assembly line ramps up to full speed to see if any hitches creep into the process. A small number of iPhones are manufactured for a quality-control check, and the assembly line may be tweaked if the process needs any refinements. Mass production then starts as soon as the PVT passes muster.

However, a July report from Chinese media claimed that mass production of a 4.6-inch iPhone 6 was already slated to start in July, while production of a 5.5-inch model would kick off during the second week of August. So which report is correct, assuming either of them are?

One possible explanation is that the July report may have been accurate at the time but that Apple ran into issues that led to a delay in actual mass production. Another explanation is that one or more of the sources for these two reports simply has the facts wrong.

The source of the newest report is Xiang Ligang, a former professor at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and currently CEO of a Chinese publication called CCTimes, according to G for Games. As such, G for Games gives him some credibility based on his expected knowledge of Apple’s Chinese supply chain sources.

For now, though, take all of this with the usual grain of salt as these items are still firmly in the rumor stage.

Whether it’s already reached mass production or is just about to reach it, the next iPhone needs to be ready soon. The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled next month, most likely at a media event on September 9, according to Recode. If true, that means Apple must be prepping production of the new iPhone in time for a consumer rollout later in September or early October at the latest.

A spokeswoman for Apple declined CNET’s request to comment on the mass production reports.

(Via MacRumors & Cnet)