iPhone 6 Plus iSight Camera Replacement Program

iPhone 6 Plus Camera on Carpet

If you’re having issues, like I was, with your iPhone 6 Plus camera taking blurry pictures it’s not just that you’re too nervous and shaking the phone when snapping those pictures. It’s actually a known issue that Apple has acknowledged and is offering replacement of the iSight camera on eligible iPhone 6 Plus phones.

On this website, you can enter your serial number and it will instantly let you know if you qualify. After that it’s just a matter of setting up a genius appointment (or one of the other two options) to have your item repaired free of charge.

I managed to get mine replaced this past week. I was in and out in 1 hour and my selfies has never looked crisper.

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iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Starts Today in Canada

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Heads up Canada, starting today, Apple has made the iPhone 5 battery replacement program available to iPhone users that have experienced less than normal battery life.

The only catch is that your phone has to be in working order and doesn’t have a cracked screen before you bring it in for replacement.

Check your serial number here to find out if your phone is eligible.

I’ve setup a genius bar reservation for this weekend, so I’m taking mine in for the replacement program. I’ll report back on how that goes.

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The iPad Pro (Rumour)

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The new year brings in new rumours of a new iPad, slated to be release in the 3rd quarter of 2014. If sources are right, that means we could see an brand new (larger) iPad as soon as October.

Could Apple use the WWDC as the place to lay the first announcement teasers of a larger iPad that could hit the market. Besides the rumoured 12.9 inch display that is capable of displaying resolutions of up to 4K, there’s also a familiar name that could be used – the iPad Pro.

Other reports meanwhile state that Apple will remove the Retina technology from its next line of iPads.
The iPad Pro would allow Apple to compete in the same space as rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

Do we need another iPad in the market? Sound off in the comments, I want to hear how you feel about this.

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iPad Air Laptop; Case Closed

ClamCase Pro
The ClamCase Pro hasn’t been released yet, but I figured that concept was really cool, so I’d give it a shot. I ended up trying this case with my iPad 2 and right away noticed a few things that made me regret my decision to get one in the first place.

Firstly, my iPad now weighed as much as a 13-inch MacBook Air and was even thicker too.

The ClamCase adds a well-designed, Bluetooth-enabled, Chiclet-style keyboard — one that includes useful special function keys and the Mac’s standard Command, Option, and Control. But it also transformed a lightweight, portable device into a 3-pound stone.

It’ll accommodate the iPad 2, 3, or 4 — all of which fit snugly into the white hard-shell plastic cover. The case’s aluminum keyboard forms the base foundation and includes four stabilizing, rubber dot feet. Between them is a unique 360-degree hinge that supports the weight of the iPad. It’s even engineered like a real clam, with a shell that’s purposefully hard to open and close.

If you push the ClamCase back too far, the natural top heaviness of the iPad sends the whole thing tipping over along with with the keyboard. This can be frustrating as the right viewing angle will vary depending on where you place the ClamCase. Like a notebook, placing it on your lap requires one angle while resting it on a desk or table calls for another.

To type on the ClamCase Pro keyboard, you’re also forced to use a landscape position. If you want to switch to a portrait view, you’ll need to apply a good tug to get the hinge to revolve the full 360 degrees. In this arrangement, the keyboard faces down under the iPad, which means you’ll want to power it off to avoid inadvertently pressing random keys.

The ClamCase isn’t for everyone though since even removing the tablet from the case is a chore. You have to basically pry it loose from the top of case, and it can take a while to get it out.

Even with its great keyboard and solid design, the ClamCase Pro simply requires too many sacrifices to give you a not-quite laptop experience.

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The “Flattening” Effect

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The iPhone and iPad user interface is expected to change dramatically by making it “flatter,” putting it in line with many already similarly-styled apps available for iOS.

Since lead Apple hardware designer, Jony Ive, in control of the look and feel of iOS, it’s more than likely that the hardware chief will also see major changes to the user interface aesthetic and design as well. According to reports, the “flat” design will more specifically simplify the icons and user interface.

Some experienced Apple watchers expect iOS 7 to take an ‘refresh’ approach in terms of user interface changes, as the company did with OS X over the years. The design was tweaked version-on-version, rather than being significantly overhauled.

Exactly how far these changes will go remains to be seen. Designer Tim Green created a mock-up that gives an idea of what the new user interface could look like.

iOS 7 App Icon Mock Up

iOS 7 also appears to be adding additional sharing options and deeper integrations with social apps like Vimeo and Flickr. At some point next week, we will have a better view of what to expect.

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WWDC Announced for June 10-14

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In case you’ve missed it (and I know I’ve been gone for a long time) but Apple announced way back in April that their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developes Conference) is going down from June 10 – 14, 2013. Can’t wait.

Besides the fact that this event is mainly focused at bring together app/software developers from around the world, Apple has in past used this event to unveil some new products and tweaks to existing products, but mainly OSX and iOS in recent years.

Here’s a quick run down of what to expect and what could happen.

FOR SURE

iOS 7 IconiOS 7This will be officially announced and previewed at the week-long event. Apparently we’re in for a “flattening” affect when it comes to the entire iOS interface and experience. Apps going from ‘bubbly’ to flat and simple. Combine that with a slew of other updates, this update appears to tweak rather than WOW anyone.

OS X 10.9
As is the case with the last two years at WWDC, there’s a new version coming… but not public yet. Things that could be making an appearance in the next generation of OSX included things like Apple maps, Siri and even more iOS-like options. They’re slowly blurring the lines between the mobile and desktop operating systems.

MAYBE

Fingerprint recognition and security features in the next software update
Considering the fact that Apple applied for a patent of this technology a few years ago, there might finger print recognition software or some other variable that allows user more security when using their mobile devices. Heck, we could even see the first announcement of NFC coming to the next generation of iDevices.

iRadio
This is one of the ones that seems most likely to happen than any of the others. I’ve even seen a few leaked images of possible logos for iRadio coming to all iDevices and possible built right into iTunes. Not entirely sure on the details of this one, but I personally stopped listening to Radio 3-4 years ago. It’s boring. Maybe this will bring it back.

iWatch
For months (actually years) people seem to want to believe there’s an iWatch out there somewhere that people would like if you could integrate it with your phone so you can see who’s calling before you look at your phone to see…. who’s calling. I don’t know, but let’s see if this happens.

Cheaper-priced iPhone
Tim Cooke mentioned something that would appeal to vertical markets… Whatever that means, maybe a cheaper price point iPhone? Not sure if this is legit yet, but might happen.

New Mac Pro debut
While there hasn’t been a major update in two years, Apple still claims that this market is “very important” to Apple and they have something really cool to show the world.

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The Best Apps of 2012 Roundup

App Store best of 2012 LogoIn case you missed it, Apple has released an extensive list of last year’s best Apps, Books and songs in the App Store. It’s a pretty extensive list, so you’ll want to be comfortable before jumping in and checking out the selection.

I’d be curious to see how many people already have downloaded most if not all on the list?

By the way, on a similar side note, yesterday marked another milestone for Apple and the App Store by way of 40 BILLION apps being downloaded through the store and that’s not even including re-downloads or updates! That’s incredible.

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Remembering Steve; One Year Later

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It’s already been a year since the passing of my real-life hero, Steve Jobs who passed away on October 5, 2011.

Apple’s website has replaced the welcome page with a video which celebrates the life of Steve Jobs ended by a letter of acknowledgment from Tim Cook.

Click here to see the video on Apple’s site. (Not sure how long it will last)

RIP Steve!

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Production Starts on the iPad Mini (Rumour)

Rumoured iPad Mini

Reports are out that the next generation iPad has started production, the WSJ reports on their website.

A smaller 7″ tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7. I don’t entirely think that there would be a heavy demand for a product like this, especially considering price? I mean, the Kindle is priced for $200-300 range and Apple already has an iPod Touch for that market.

We’ll have to wait and see how well, this can/will do. Share your thoughts on my Facebook page!

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Highlights of iOS 6

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Unveiled back in June at the WWDC, the 6th major update for iDevices around the world will be available for download tomorrow! With over 200 new features it’s expected to be the BEST iOS ever! (Well, until iOS 7 at least) … And before it’s out, I managed to get on the developer’s release and have highlighted the key changes to look forward to in tomorrow’s release.

Siri
Siri IconShe’s definitely growing up. Almost a year after initially being introduced in iPhones last year (with the release of the iPhone 4S) Siri has gained more abilities and powers. You’ll now be able to use voice command to launch apps on your phone. You know, if you’re too busy to launch the music player while texting your pal, Siri will take care of that for you – just say the word. Siri will also be able to tweet for you. In under 140 characters, let her know what you want your followers to know and she’ll write it out and confirm with you before sending.

In addition to that Siri will also be able to pull scores of your favourite sports, research movie times and ticket purchases, and even help to get you dinner reservations. She’s actually starting to feel like a real assistant now.

By the way, the iOS 6 update is also the first time you’ll see Siri on the iPad.

Facebook Integration
iOS device users will now be able to fire status updates at ease. Sharing photos and direct links will now be a piece of cake. Facebook integration also integrates with your contacts; and even more surprising is that events and birthdays will also be synced with iDevices’ calendar. Wow!

iOS 6 Facebook Status on iPad and iPhone

Passbook
Passbook IconA new feature that kind of came out of nowhere, is Passbook: the keep-all-your-tickets-in-one application that allows it’s users to keep movie tickets, boarding passes, airline itineraries and special event tickets on your phone. Complete with the ability to store QR codes and 2D Barcodes, you’ll be able to flash the phone, scan and go. This is one application I have yet to figure out exactly how it’s going to work, but the concept is great.

Eyes Free
A cool new term drummed up by Apple’s team of awesomeness actually does what it sounds like it does. Gives drivers the ability to access their iPhones (and Siri) without having to even touch their handsets.

Apple Maps
After a long debate on what to do with the maps application, Apple has finally decides to dump Google maps for their proprietary maps applications, called MAPS. According to Apple, maps will offer turn-by-turn navigation, Siri voice command, search points of interest and even allow you to submit anonymous traffic tips.

iOS 6 Maps Overview

At last week’s keynote event, they even demonstrated the 3D rendering of maps to allow users to feel like Superman as they fly over their favourite cities in a third dimension. While I’m not convinced that maps is going to be better than Google maps, I think it’s going to take some time for this to fully flourish and become accepted. While using the developer’s version I noticed that the 3D was great in the hugely populated cities, but once you got out to farmland all the beauty was gone and you’re looking at a simple map application.

3G for FaceTime
Long gone will be the days where you had to actually wait until you were home and/or connected to a wifi before you could use FaceTime, iOS 6 now allows you to use this feature on your cellular data whether that’s 3G or LTE. Sounds great, but I’d be concerned for those users with less than 1GB of data on their monthly plans. I could see FaceTime racking up serious usage, especially if you’re a heavy user.

iOS FaceTime Sample

Email Goes VIP
There are two big improvements for the iOS email app. First, users will now be able to designate a VIP email inbox which allows you to set ‘favourites’ so that you don’t miss any of their emails and instead will be presented right up front. No having to sift through hundreds of spam to see those messages.

It’s also going to get a lot easier to add attachments to your emails. Instead of having to always use your Photo app to attach an email or file, you’ll have the option to do it right from the mail app in iOS 6. Cool feature that’s taken way too long to make an appearance in iOS.

Safari
A feature that was introduced as part of the OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) desktop version of Apple’s operating system introduces and iCloud tab syncing feature. That means that any device(s) using Mountain Lion (and Safari) that were left open, will now be able to be picked up on your iPhone, right where you left off. Basically making it easier for users to move from one Apple device to another. A seamless experience is a better experience.

iOS 6 Safari Sample

This is just scratching the surface of more than 200 new features for iOS 6. Let us know what your thoughts are on iOS 6 on my Facebook page.

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