In my previous posts, I have been using iPhone 3GS for almost 3 years; in other words, my contract with existing service provider, MobileOne (M1), is already long up and I am eligible to renew my contract.
For the past 9 months, I have been waiting for iPhone 5 to be released. My excitement skyrocketed when Apple finally announced the release of the latest device. After it hit the store and listening to reviewers, I was utterly disappointed and completely despair in both its hardware and newest iOS 6. Even Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has to issue an official apology to the public. Landscape competitiveness has taken over the tradition of customer experience.
iOS 6 is a major version jump from its previous version of 5.1.1. One of the significance change is the removal or replacement of Google apps. YouTube app has been removed completely, and Google Map apps has been replaced by its home-made Apple apps. Since iOS 4, we have been living and breathing with these 2 heavily used apps in iPhones and iPads, their sudden absence has certainly caused an uneasiness in the Apple consumer community.
iPhone 5 was officially announced on September 12th 2012 by Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple. All the hype about the new generation of iPhone has ended with much disappointment to many.
First of all, it was more of a hardware upgrade rather than new innovation, i.e. a faster A6 processor, better camera for taking panoramic pictures, longer size to accommodate 5 rows of icons. The introduction of LTE network support was consistently known by the public as 2-year old technology. In addition, Apple replaced Google Map apps on iOS 6 (which comes preinstalled in iPhone 5), and removed YouTube app; both apps owned by Google, sending a message out that it will cease to partner with them on developing apps and start to rely on its own technology.
In spite of all these, Apple managed to exceed Pre-order quota within 60 minutes upon the opening of iPhone 5 sales online. Worldwide, it achieved 2 million orders! This has caused Apple to announce the delay in delivery of iPhones due to overwhelming orders.
My printer has been down for the past 2 months and I didn’t pluck up the courage to go and get a new one. The previous brand, Brother, was a disappointment. Eventually, I decided I had enough; it is about time I get a proper printer and I made a trip down to Challenger at Tampines One.
I spent about half an hour browsing through the range of printers; knowing I will go nothing except Hewlett Packard (HP). Finally, the mode I have selected is HP Deskjet 3070A.
It comes with wireless functionality; that is, I am able to connect the printer wireless onto the network and print it off without the use of a USB cable. This is very good, especially if I do not have space for the printer next to my PC, or if I want to place the printer on a common place. The other functionality is ePrint, which allows user to print directly to the printer by sending email to the printer via the web. I have not enabled this feature yet, just want to make sure I understood all the security underlying the connection.
A test print demonstrates that the printer is really renowned for its brand. It is good black quality for those black-and-white. Colour wasn’t that photo-graphic, but it’s good enough considering this is a low end printer selling at US$100 off the high street retail store.
From Challenger, I got a $10 discount as a member. Therefore, I applied for a 2-year membership at $30 to get that discount. No, I am certainly not nuts – the clause here states, if I do not get a saving of $50 within the 2 year period, Challenger will refund me $40. You can do the mathematics, it all makes sense.
Initially, I wanted to go for high-end printer, with duplex printing. On second thought, this is good enough for a basic home office printing.
Last week, I made a purchase online from Apple Online Store for an iPad 2. Guess what, the transaction was so smooth that I hardly feel there was going to be any issue. The purchase was submitted on Tuesday, and Apple delivered it promptly within 3 working days (Thursday), right at my doorstep.
Let’s see how it goes for the next couple of weeks.
In December 2009, I owned my very first Apple product; that is, the iPhone 3GS. So far, it has served me well and next month will be 2 years old.
As electronic product consumer, we are well aware that battery life tends to depreciate over time. According to feedback that I have gathered, 3 years should be the maximum period before one should replace the existing battery for a new one.
Apple has manufactured its products so well, in a way that there is no direct replacement of battery. In other words, you have to replace the entire handset.
I carry 2 mobile devices; both state-of-the-art technology in mobile telephony industry. It goes without saying one of them is Apple’s iPhone and the other is Research-in-Motion (commonly known as RIM) BlackBerry.
The former is extremely popular with end user and consumers who find it fashionable and trendy. The responsive touch screen experience made it one of the best innovation created by Steve Jobs today. On the other hand, BlackBerry are more frequently used in companies and enterprises, due to the strong focus on enhanced security and strong encryption behind the making of the device; therefore making it a perfect device for employees to access emails corporate mails on the move.
iPhone or iPad users should be very familiar with the terminology “jailbreak“. This is mainly used with Apple’s iPad or iPhone devices, where consumers want more than just the applications or services tied to Apple’s App Store. This is through the use of Cydia.
I won’t explain how to jailbreak or how to use Cydia in this post. Basically, based on my findings, I will share some useful Cydia Sources or Repositories.