Apple’s New 8GB iPhone 5c Is Available To Order Now
Cult of Mac:
Just as expected, Apple has today added a cheaper 8GB model to its iPhone 5c lineup. The handset is available to order now from a number of European carriers, and via the U.K. Apple Online Store, where it can be purchased for £429 ($714) off-contract.
O2 U.K. was one of the first to add the new iPhone 5c to its online store, and its cheapest deal will see customers paying £50 ($83) up-front for a £28 ($47) contract over two years. If you want the handset for free, you’ll be paying £43 ($72) per month.
As others have commented on, 8GB is really not adviseable even with cloud-based services like iCloud, Dropbox, Goggle etc. The recent 7.1 update needed 1.9GB of free space just to run – let alone those iPhone owners who have 5GB of photos and videos stored in the camera roll.
Apple should be making the minimum storage space on all their devices at least 32GB, not going backwards. The possible solutions for why Apple are doing this is either because they selling the inventory off due to the reported iPhone 5C not selling as well as expected so you drop the costs of the handset by reducing the cost of the parts by lowering the storage or they simply are just wanting to target the first time iPhone buyers even more by lowering the cost a little more.
iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!
iOS 7.1 brought many things for many people, but for us British folks Siri got a noticeable update. Until now, we’ve been given only one choice for how Siri sounds over here; the robotic sounding male. With iOS 7.1 a few regions, the UK included, got improvements to the quality of the voice feedback. Oh, and we also got a female voice for the first time ever!
It seems like a small thing, but the changes have made interacting with Siri should you be using UK English as your language more enjoyable. And I don’t know, but I’ve always thought of Siri as a more female entity anyway, so it’s good we get that choice now as well!
Agreed. I’ve always thought of Siri as a female entity ever since her introduction in the U.S. I will be testing Siri in the next couple of weeks to see if the service is more reliable now that there has been an update. Head over into Settings on your iPhone or iPad and try the new voice for Siri..
Watch the iTunes Festival from SXSW
Apple has had an iPhone and iPad app for the iTunes Festival in London and the SXSW edition is no exception. Recently updated, the official app is the best way to keep up with all things iTunes Festival related wherever you are. It’ll show a countdown to when each days headline acts take the stage, but you’ll also see local timings for when everyone else starts their slots.
It’s available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and requires iOS 7.
This is an underated service from Apple. Everyone loves music, so tune in at anytime to stream or play the latest live performances from the top artists who are perfoming this month. Download the app for iPhone or iPad here or watch via your Apple TV.
Apple TV 6.1 update makes it easier to hide unwanted channels
After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to jiggle. Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon.
After a channel has been hidden, users can reactivate it through the Settings application.
iOS 7.1 Makes the iPhone 4 Snappier
As Ars notes, iOS 7.1 may well be the final major iOS release for the iPhone 4, as Apple generally removes support for the last generation of iPhones when it releases a new operating system each year. Ars says iOS 7.1 makes the experience good enough that using the iPhone 4 is no longer “unbearable”, but that there are “unmistakable” benefits to moving to a faster phone.
If you have an iPhone 4, this update is a welcome one but bear in mind you should start thinking about upgrading it soon.
Apple releases iOS 7.1 with multiple improvements
FaceTime call notifications are now synced via iCloud, so that they are automatically wiped on all devices when you answer a call, and the iPhone 5s’ camera can now be set to take HDR photographs automatically. There are also new ‘more natural sounding male and female voices’ for Siri in various languages, including UK English. And in Calendar, Events are now displayed in Month view.
There is a noticable speed increase as well when jumping in and out of applications, random crashes have apparently been fixed and subtle changes have been made to the user interface. A worthy update and as others have commented, 6 months overdue.
On your iPhone and or iPad, go to Settings, General, Software Update to commence the update if it hasn’t already prompted you to.
Enable 2-Step verification on popular web services
Between losing an iPhone, never-ending security issues, and the NSA, having an account accessed by an outsider is more likely than ever. While having a good password is critical, enabling 2-Step Verification is a great way to ensure data you’ve stashed in an online service like Gmail or Dropbox is limited to your eyes only.
In a nutshell, 2-Step systems work like normal log in systems, but after entering your user name and password, the system in question will send your phone an SMS with a unique PIN. Only after entering the PIN are you allowed in:
A great reminder to take the time to enable this for your online services that support it. It seems every week there is a popular service that gets compromised and asks users to reset their passwords – Comixology is the latest one to suffer. So take the time to do it, protect yourself and sign up for any services that support this in the future.
Here are the links for more information for the most popular services;
Apple puts Siri in the driving seat with CarPlay
CarPlay features can be controlled from the car’s dashboard or by using a button on the steering wheel to call up Siri. From there, drivers can make calls, listen to voicemails, have messages and emails read aloud, and access audio content from music, audiobooks, and podcasts. CarPlay also works with third party apps from Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Apple’s Maps app is another key component of CarPlay. According to Apple, ‘CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.’
Apple Readying Fix for Issues with Touch ID Fading
Apple is preparing an update that will improve performance of the Touch ID sensor on its iPhone 5s handset, claims AppleInsider. Apple has tapped its AuthenTec team to eliminate “fade”, a term coined to describe the increasingly erratic performance of the fingerprint sensor that is experienced by some iPhone 5s owners.
After launching iPhone 5s last fall, Apple has continued to work with the original AuthenTec team to improve its recognition software and will release an update relatively soon, the source confidently reported. However, AppleInsider could not verify whether the update will ship as part of iOS 7.1, which is expected to drop in mid-March.
Issues with Touch ID surfaced shortly after the iPhone 5s was introduced, with owners reporting an increasing number of failed scans shortly after they enter their fingerprints. Deleting and rescanning a fingerprint only temporarily fixes the issue.
This is definitely a wide-spread problem. In fact myself and my good lady have both felt the need to ‘retrain’ the finger print record multiple times since purchase. We both often just unlock our iPhones by typing our pass codes in rather than using the finger print recognition. Apple definitely needs to improve this, so it’s good to see a potential fix is coming.