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)

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 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.


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.

sell 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.



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.


i lost my notes when the server from my email crashed, when I started my I Phone 5C and went to notes for a split second I saw the old notes and they went away again, how can i get those notes back?  (more…)

“I would like to buy a new iPhone to replace my old iPhone4, but the problem is should I buy an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c or wait for iPhone 6.” Perhaps many people have this situation like me. Read on to see more info about iPhone 5s,iPhone 5c ,iPhone 6.

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How to watch DVD movies on iPhone 5C

December 6th, 2013 | Posted by admin in iPhone 5C - (0 Comments)

This article focus on iPhone 5C Review and Video Playback Tips. I write it aiming to show users a perfect way to watch DVD movies on iPhone 5C.

The 2013 iPhone 5C takes the 2012 iPhone 5 in a less-expensive, more fun direction with colorful unibody polycarbonate shells in red, green, blue, yellow, and white, along with an improved FaceTime HD camera. Well, first of all let’s have a look at this cheaper version of the iPhone.

iPhone 5C Review :


Apple’s iPhone 5C is a slightly cheaper, more colourful alternative to the firm’s latest flagship iPhone 5S smartphone.

While some expected the iPhone 5C to launch below the £300 mark, it seems Apple has instead decided that it’s not willing to compromise on price or user experience, designing its new “cheaper” smartphone with the same specifications as last year’s iPhone 5.

It’s clear that the smartphone is going to divide opinions, mainly with its refreshed design and overhauled iOS 7 operating system. However, we think that the more you use it, the more you might be won over.


The iPhone 5C’s colourful plastic casing is the first thing that will divide opinion. Some who encountered our bright green iPhone were quick to dismiss it as “toy-like” and “cheap”, while others said they were impressed by the premium feel of the device.

As we pointed out in our iPhone 5C first impressions, the phone’s polycarbonate plastic back has a surprisingly quality feel. The unibody casing feels sturdy and tough, and as we found when we accidentally lost hold on the glossy handset above concrete, it’s pretty resistant to scratches too.

The glossy casing will be a nuisance for some, and during our first couple of days with the iPhone 5C we found it difficult to keep a firm grip on it. However, now that we have got used to the handset we find it comfortable to hold, perhaps more than the iPhone 5 due to the new handset’s smooth, rounded edges.

That could also be helped by the handset’s size, as it’s slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S handsets at 132g and 8.9mm thick, making it feel more solid and comfortable in the hand.

We liked the physical buttons too, which match the colour of the device – be it a white, blue, yellow, pink or green iPhone 5C. The volume buttons are larger, and more rectangular than those on the iPhone 5, and we found these more satisfying, and easier to press.

Beyond the slippery, glossy back, we have another small gripe with the redesigned casing, and that’s the SIM slot. We found the port on the iPhone 5C’s right hand side is prone to picking up dust and dirt, and we had to be remove it in order to clean it properly. The headphone jack on the bottom of the phone can also feel spiky to touch, which could be an annoyance for some depending on how you hold the handset.


The iPhone 5C’s 4in 1136×640 326ppi Retina display is unlikely to disappoint. Despite being the same as on the last generation iPhone 5, which has since been succeeded by the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the screen still stands out as one of the best on the market. Colours are vibrant, text is crisp, and although the display isn’t great in bright sunshine, not many are.

Our only real issue with the screen is its size. With Samsung, HTC and Nokia releasing smartphones with larger displays, the iPhone 5C’s 4in screen feels small, in turn making the handset seem somewhat dated.

That said, the screen is much more usable one-handed than most of its competition, and given that Apple is targeting younger users and new smartphone users with the iPhone 5C handset, this could work to its advantage.

iPhone 5C Video Playback Tips

I believe more people will buy this new coming Apple iPhone and it would be good to play DVD movies on iPhone 5C during a boring travel or a long flight. Unfortunately, you cannot directly transfer DVD to iPhone 5C.

I cannot help telling you that I just got my blue iPhone 5C. Anyway there is another problem that I need your help. I want to convert some of my DVD movies like Toy Story 3 to my iPhone 5C so that I can watch them when I’m boring outside. What is the best software you know? Thanks!

In this case, you need to rip DVD to iPhone 5C compatible formats first with the help of a DVD to iPhone 5C RipperAfter many trials, we select this DVD Ripper from Pavtube for that it’s capable of removing DVD protection quickly (a few minutes during the importing) and smoothly converting them to MP4 which is preferred by IOS devices without any quality and sync issues.

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I once used this dvd ripper to convert DVD to iPhone 5C mp4 format. It’s a simple one, only need a few steps and the outcome is quite well I think. Download a free trial version and follow the guide as below to convert DVD movies to MPEG-4/H.264 MP4 format for iPhone 5C with best quality.

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Step 1. Get this DVD to iPhone 5S/5C Converter installed and import DVD.

Click “Import DVD” to load disc from ROM, IFO/ISO or DVD folder. Pavtube DVD Ripper will detect and check the main title automatically; keep it as default unless you also want to convert the tidbits.

Step 2. Choose iPhone 5C video format.

Tips: If you want to convert videos to iPhone 5C with best settings, you need to download profile patch for the software at first.

This app contains an optimzed presetting for iPhone 5C. You just need to go to Format -> iPhone -> iPhone 5S/5C H.264 Full HD 1080P(*.mp4), and the output files will be fully compatible with your iPhone 5C.

Step 3. Customize outputting video specs. (Optional)

You can click Settings bottom to adjust the output parameters including video codec, size, bitrate, framerate and sample rate(Hz).

Step 4. Start converting DVD to iPhone 5C.

Click the red “Convert” to start converting DVD to MP4 for iPhone 5C. After conversion, you can click “Open output folder” to quick location converted videos.

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How to view MKV with DTS audio on iPhone 5C

To get iPhone 5C to play MKV movies with DTS audio, you may have to convert and compress your MKV DTS to MP4 AAC for iTunes and sync with iPhone 5C. This article mainly introduces the way to put MKV with DTS audio on iTunes for transferring to iPhone 5C for viewing. 

I have a bunch of mkv film with a DTS soundtrack which I want to play the new iPhone 5C. Hoping to really put this new Retina display to the test, but I find they won’t be played. And I’m looking for a good app to convert these .mkv files to iTunes for iPhone 5C syncing. Anyone konws? 

Apple announced the release of two new iPhones: the high-end iPhone 5S and a budget version comes with colorful cases, the iPhone 5C. iPhone 5C carries a 4-inch Retina display and A6 processor as the iPhone 5. It features Retina display and have more powerful chip in graphics processing, this makes watching movies on iPhone 5C a great joy.

But as above quesions, you will find you can’t view MKV with DTS audio on iPhone 5C with iTunes, as the default and downloaded player on the IOS smartphone cannot find a suitable decoder for the DTS audio.

To get MKV DTS files to play on iPhone 5C with iTunes, you may have to convert MKV DTS to something that iPhone 5C or iTunes can recongnize. Here is how.

Free Download and install the App: Pavtube iPhone 5C Video Converter

It’s an all-in-one app right for you, the program can help you compress 1080p Blu-ray to iPhone 5Crip DVD movie to iPhone 5C tablet and convert HD videos to iPhone 5C, including MKV, AVI, MPG, VOB, TiVo, Flash videos and more, everything can be transferred to iPhone 5C optimized formats at ease. If you are a Mac user, you can use its equivalent Mac version - Mac Video Converter for iPhone 5C to achieve your goal smoothly.

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Simple Guide: Convert/Compress MKV mvoies with DTS sound to iPhone 5C compatible video format with iTunes

Step One. Add videos to iPhone 5C Video Converter.

Click the top left icon to add your source mkv videos, or drag-and-drop them directly.

Step Two. Choose target video format.

Choose the iTunes supported formats in the “Format” dropdown list. You can go to “Common Video” or “HD Video” options to find what you like. I think MP4 format is better for iTunes.

But, here you are recommended to choose “iPhone 5S/5C H.264 Full HD 1080P (*.mp4)” or “iPhone 5S/5C H.264 HD 720P(*.mp4)” as the target video format at your needs.

 If you want to convert videos to iPhone 5S/5C with best settings, you need to download profile patch for the software at first.

Step Three. Customize video specs. (Optional)

Click “Settings” to open profiles settings window. Here you are able to customize video size, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate(Hz)…all the specs can be fixed manually. A personal tip: the higher bitrate you choose, the better video quality will be; and you will get videos in larger size.

Step Four. Start Conversion.

Go ahead and click “Convert” button to get MKV with DTS audio to iTunes conversion started. After a while, you can find the generated file for iTunes quickly via “Open” button.

Now open your iTunes and then sync the converted mp4 movies to iTunes library for convenient playback on iPhone 5C. In this way, you can enjoy your favorite MKV with DTS audio on your iPhone 5C with iTunes wherever you are.

P.S Don’t know how to transfer converted video to iPhone 5S/5C? Read this: How to sync converted video to iPhone 5S/5C? And look for more solutions at Apple iPhone 5 Column

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