As announced on last Friday, Apple offered to replace some older iPhone 5 smartphones that have flawed on-off buttons, which stop working or work intermittently. According to sources from Apple support website, only a small percentage of iPhone 5 models is affected. Owners can validate if their iPhone 5 is in the list from the qualifying serial number provided by Apple.
The California-based company said “…Apple will replace the sleep/wake button mechanism, free of charge, on iPhone 5 models that exhibit this issue and have a qualifying serial number…“.
Free repairs will be offered for iPhone 5 users that fall into the list of qualifying serial number. The replacement process began Friday in the US and Canada and will begin in other countries on May 2.
Nearly 2 years ago, I purchased an Apple iPad 2 directly from Apple Store, more as a Christmas present. At that point in time, my iPad was pre-installed with iOS version 5, which over a period time I upgraded to iOS 5.0.3 when Apple rolled out new upgrades. However, I stopped at the last version of 5.0.x, primarily because there were a lot of review articles mentioning poor battery management after 5.1.x was introduced. It never really got fixed (although some users did claim their iOS devices were functioning well after the fix was applied). I never felt confident at that time.
Remember about a year ago, Apple introduced iOS 6; which was showcased by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple after Steve Jobs stepped down. Instead of bringing more innovation to the users, I find that this version was carelessly rolled out and “fault” in a way, that Tim Cook has to apologized publicly to the users for the inconveniences it caused.
From today (1st November 2013) onwards, Apple’s newest device – the iPad Air – will go on sales at the 3 local Telecommunication companies in Singapore. All the prices provided below are for two-year contracts. For instance,
- SingTel is selling the 16B iPad Air at $539 with a 5GB data plan at $29.90 a month.
- M1 is selling the 16GB iPad Air at $339 with a 10GB data plan at $49.90 a month. It will cost $459 with an 8GB data plan and at $40 a month.
- StarHub is selling the 16GB iPad Air for $548 with a 6GB data plan for $30 a month. It will cost $412 with an 11GB data plan at $45 a month.
For more detail, refer to the table below.
This morning, I coincidentally checked my iPhone for any operating system upgrade, and surprisingly, there is iOS 7.0.3 available. Users can now access their Apple devices to upgrade their iOS.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
- Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
- Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
- Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
- Improves system stability when using iWork apps
- Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
- Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
- Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
- Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website.
Currently, I own a BlackBerry Bold device and have been using it for the last 22 months. Almost 2 years ago, I am intrigued by the security and corporate email capability of BlackBerry devices, powered by Research in Motion (RIM). Unfortunately, the growing use of enterprises tapping into BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach has steered users away from BlackBerry to other alternative devices, such as Samsung S3 or Apple iPhone. To ensure maximum security and data protection of using personal devices for corporate purpose, SAP has also introduced SAP Afaria to the market a few years ago. Anyway, the topic here is solely about BlackBerry and its new flagship OS 10 – installed on its latest roll-out of BlackBerry Z10.
Over the past few months, I have been contemplating to switch away from BlackBerry devices; but what prevented me from doing so are 2 things: the up-coming innovative Z10 powered by BlackBerry OS 10, and 2-year contract tied to the current device. I supposed it’s more of the latter that happened to be a show-stopper. Nevertheless, the contract renewal period is open for me, and just in time, Z10 is rolled out to Singapore market – this is the time to truly review what BlackBerry has done over the course of company restructuring and delaying its flagship release for almost a year.
I think users are tired of reading reviews after reviews; they are almost the same stuffs rewritten in a different approach. It supports 4G LTE, capacitive touchscreen keyboard that is on par with iPhone’s, expandable MircoSD slot up to 64GB, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC (Near Field Communication), Dual core processor that never performed any poorer than Samsung’s octa-core or quad-core devices, etc.
Apple has finally released the next version of iOS 6.1. Below is the changes:
- LTE support for more carriers
- Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
- iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
- New button to reset the Advertising Identifier
In addition, the update comes with several improvements and bug fixes. Upgrade to the latest version using iTune today.
Last year ago, I purchased an Apple iPad 2 from its Online Store, and before it turns one-year old on 14th December 2012, I took up AppleCare Protection Plan to extend the warranty coverage for my iPad device.
Costing mere $118 Singapore dollars, I truly believe it will be a great buy as it provided additional level of protection for another one more year. I can share my own personal experience with Apple Support Phone helpline, where the agent gave really professional help to me, despite I am only covered under limited warranty.
I would not have recommended the Protection Plan, if it’s not because of the Customer Service of the Phone representative. Furthermore, there’s added coverage under this plan.
Apple has finally realized the needs of its consumer, introducing the new sleek design of Apple’s iTunes 11! So, what has Apple done to the latest version?
The overly-cluttered interface has been improvised to look cleaner; it is also faster in starting up and accessing (typically in Windows operating system); and introduced some new features. One may feel weird and unfamiliar during first-time use of iTunes 11, however, it is not too difficult to restore back the original look, but I guess it still works for me in the new interface.