I won’t take credit for any of the content, nor am I personally wanting an iPhone 5, but I know a lot of you out there do. Sure you could get an iPhone 4s that will be much cheaper, but here are a few reasons on why you should go big.
iMore.com has put together a 2012 Buyers Guide. Here is an insert from that guide. I am only including the beginning and leaving it fully intact.
Everything you need to know about choosing the perfect iPhone color, capacity, carrier, and more!
There are a lot of decisions involved when it comes to buying a new iPhone, or any phone for that matter. Once you’ve decided you do indeed need a new phone, you still have to decide if the new phone you need is an iPhone. While we still believe the iPhone is the best choice for most of the people most of the time, there are a lot of great phones on the market these days and there might be one better suited to some people’s individual needs. And let’s say you do decide the iPhone is perfect for you, then comes the choice of model (iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4), color (white & silver or black & slate), storage capacity (16GB, 32GB, or 64GB), and carrier network (in the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint are the major ones). And what do you do with your old, broken phone when your new, hot phone arrives?
Enter iMore’s 2012 iPhone buyers guide. If you need help deciding what to buy, we’ve got your back. And if you’ve already decided, just bookmark, email, Facebook, or Tweet this so we can help your friends and family and you can get on with enjoying your new iPhone!
iPhone or something else: Which phone should you get?
Just because Apple has released the new iPhone 5 doesn’t mean you have to race off and get it. Crazy, I know, particularly coming from the biggest iPhone enthusiast site on the web, but that just goes to show you how true it is. When the time comes for you to get your next phone, whether it’s today or next year, and iPhone or something else, you should look at what’s on the market and decide what best suits your needs.
If you want the sleekest, slimmest, easiest to use, most mainstream friendly, most content rich, most well supported phone in the industry, the iPhone might just be for you.
If you’re not sure, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of upgrading to the iPhone 5, whether you own and existing iPhone, an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone, or a feature phone. Also, because the Samsung Galaxy S3 is probably what’s going to give the iPhone the biggest run for its money right now, we’ve also done a special, in depth, comparison of the two:
Okay, so one of my users over at the Unnofficial Transformer Pad Infinity Facebook page early this am, noted that he was blessed with an update to his TF700T. He was one of the many people that had issues with his Transformer Pad, well guess what? He doesn’t have anymore issues! Head on over and join the 1500 or so people talking about the new update and why you need to get it ASAP… If you are still sitting at v .26 have no fear, the update (22.214.171.124) will roll out to you in the next 24-48 hours.
Some changes noted are
simplified boot screen
seems like a new version of the Chrome browser (Sorry Google, I like Opera Mobile better!)
and I am sure there will be more updates from people around the world.
It’s not Jelly Bean, but I am thinking this will help tide people over until it finally does get released!
That would be a funny statement, but Apple didn’t even need to release anything new, and yet they did. Well they kind of just announced a skinnier iPhone 4S, with a slightly larger screen. iOS 6? So what, iPhone 4 and 4S can run it just fine… if you want the latest and greatest then go ahead and buy the new iPhone, sure it will look cool, for a few months, then all of a sudden you have new Nokia WP8 phones, and BlackBerry 10, nevermind the myriad of other Android phones coming out… and guess what? You might just be sick of that same old icon set, either jailbreak or finally move on. I expected more of Apple, and the video kind of explains what they may as well have done, and no I don’t think their stocks would have risen.
For the iSheep out there, the Official iPhone 5 Commercial!
Today is the day that a new era begins, the iPhone 5 will be announced, and expected to be released very soon after… is it really a new era? I am sure you will have to buy a whole bunch of new things for it, from accessories to cables etc. Go ahead and throw away your old chargers etc, because guess what, yep, they are changing the power and PC connector, no not to a standard connector, but to a new proprietary cable. Yay! Thanks Apple!
According to our sources, Apple’s new, smaller 9-pin dock connector is dubbed “Lightning” internally. As of this evening, we believe that this name will extend to the new connector’s marketing name. The moniker makes sense for two reasons. One: it goes along with the Thunderbolt connector name on the Mac (Thunderbolt and lightning!). Two: perhaps “Lightning” means that the new dock connector will be able to sync via a computer at faster speeds that the current 30-pin connector. With Apple’s new USB3-enabled Macs, we’d hope so anyway. It will sell for around $10/pop. Source: 9to5 Mac
Apple will indeed release a new set of redesigned headphones under the name of “Earpod”. The new headphones will feature a unique design and improved acoustics although it is not certain if these new headphones will replace the ones that come as standard or if they will be a premium model. source imore.com
Now if you are like me, you’re curious, but won’t be clamoring to go buy the newest iPhone 5. Don’t get me wrong, Apple is going to make a bucket of money, but I will not support them. I am waiting for the BlackBerry 10, if you are like me check out the Facebook fan page where I post about the latest articles and feeds from all over the world. I have just started it, but if it turns out to be anything like my Asus TF700 page, it will turn into a bustling community of fans!
To those people who are going to pre-order, GOOD LUCK, as I am sure they will go out of stock very quickly. Follow iMore.com for live coverage on todays announcement.
What a fun and simple feature to help out the masses…
The password peekaboo button…
As seen above, if you are typing your password, instead of consistently backspacing the whole password, if you are positive no one is breathing over your shoulder you can quickly click on the peekaboo button, and your password will be revealed, so you can backspace a couple spaces and continue on with your password. Just don’t type your password and then leave your desk, someone else might be able to “peek” at your password, of course there is a timeout, at which time it will revert to the CNTRL+ALT+DEL Login screen… so don’t worry about it too much!
What do you think about this feature? I personally love it, more tidbits to follow as I delve into the world that is Server 2012!
Wow, I guess Apple and Samsung are two children fighting in a sandbox!
Apple is reducing, or as they say diversifying their memory vendors… yeah OK Apple, say what you will. I think Apple is a little sour that Samsung is wanting to counter sue if the iPhone 5 uses Samsungs LTE technology (specifically to Samsung owned patents).
Here is an insert from ZDNet
Samsung remains the world’s largest memory chip supplier by revenue, makes DRAM memory and NAND flash memory chips for the iPhone, iPad and iPod, but could be sidelined in favor of Japan-based Toshiba, Elipida Memory, and South Korea-based SK Hynix to supply memory and flash chips, which Apple is eyeing for the long-term.
You know what Apple? I hope that Samsung does sue you, and I also hope that the BlackBerry 10, Android OS, and Windows Phone 8 are a success, just so your sales and your bloated market shares take a hit… the looming release of the iPhone 5 next week, I really hope its the same old thing, you need to change Apple… people are sick of looking at those stupid default icons.
Yes you heard me right, 5G is looming, do not expect to see it any time soon, since 4G is expected to hit Winterpeg late 4th quarter 2012. 5G is more than just a speed boost, don’t expect LAN speeds, but it will be faster. 5G will be more about meeting the expectation of service quality for the millions of devices out there. Just think in the next 5 years, how many devices will you have connected to carrier networks, your watch, your phone, your laptop, your car, and the list could go on… We will need a stable network to handle all that, and to maintain the speeds that we expect. Hey give me 1MB/sec and I will be happy! I cannot wait for LTE to hit Winnipeg, I will be sure to post about it when it does!
The official SkyDrive client has been released on the Google Play Store, and apparently its quite good. Out of 1267 people who have downloaded it already, it’s rated 4.5+ stars!
SkyDrive is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for Android, you can now easily access and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your phone to SkyDrive.Features• Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
• View recently used documents. • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone. • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app. • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps. • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.
The Grid Interface is clean and easy to read, matching the Windows 8 interface, is that bad? SkyDrive for Android has also made sure you can share anything direct to the SkyDrive from any menu or application. Might I add that it is quite fast even on 4G! While in “List Mode” I ran through my directories in no time, picture previews, how many files exist in the folder, and how much data is in the folder, pretty slick!
Go here to download it to your phone. If you attempt to search for it on your phone, as of “right” now it isn’t indexed into the search, that could change very soon though.
If you are ready to start taking some Microsoft certifications, then now would be the time to start! The Second Shot is back, what that means is you can write an exam, then re-write if you don’t pass.
Retake an Exam for Free
When you earn a certification from Microsoft, you prove to the world that you have knowledge and skills in the most current and specialized technologies and solutions. Passing the exams needed to demonstrate those skills can be tough, but for a limited time, you’ll get a free second chance to succeed.
In today’s challenging economic times, how do you stand out from the crowd, stay up to date with relevant technologies, and get the top jobs? Becoming a part of the Microsoft Certification program is a great start.
Sign up today for your Second Shot exam or exam pack. You’ll save at least 15 percent on the cost of the single certification exams, and you’ll be able to retake any exam you don’t pass the first time, at no extra cost.
Here’s how it works:
For Microsoft Certification packs: In addition to saving at least 15 percent on the cost of the certification exams, you get one free retake for each exam you don’t pass the first time.
For single exams with Second Shot: If you fail your exam the first time you take it, you may use the same voucher for your retake exam.
If you work in the virtualization field you should go to this link now… Big things are happening in VMworld 2012 and you wouldn’t want to miss it! Trust me I would love to fill you in on some goodies, but I am under strict NDA from VMware, so you will just have to believe me when I say it will be good!
VMware CMO Rick Jackson invites you to view the VMworld keynote live for breaking news that will help accelerate your transition to cloud computing.
Please join us on August 27 on VMware NOW for important announcements about VMware’s cloud strategy and solutions.
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Nathan is a Senior Technical Architect and he’ll be blogging about virtualization, portable apps, useful little-known apps and general IT issues and resolutions encountered in his role as an IT consultant. He’ll also be blogging about his certification exam experiences with the MCTS track. Currently he has VCP3,4, 5, VTSP4/5, VMware VDI Accredidation, and MCP Certifications.