Store is down, most likely maintenance update (just kidding, iPhone 5 preorders) + MORE iPhone News 09/14/2012

More iPhone news and updates!  A round up of the latest Apple iPhone articles from around the net.
Store is down, most likely maintenance update (just kidding, iPhone 5 preorders)

The Apple Store’s been down for the past hour or so, but given Wednesday’s slate of announcements for the iPhone 5 and iPod, this is most likely a routine maintenance update. We’ll let you know if anything changes once it’s back up!

No, seriously, of course it’s for iPhone 5 preorders, which start at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday morning. AT&T’s site is even doing a countdown. Sprint and Verizon will also be taking preorders overnight; Walmart will be doing reservation cards at 8 am Friday in-store…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

After Apple’s big announcement event yesterday there were so many specs and scraps of minutiae to comb through that its not surprising a few details slipped through.
When Apple announced it’s new 8-pin Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, it quickly followed up by debuting the adapter that will enable Apple fans to keep using all the iPhone accessories they’ve collected that use the old 30-pin connector. It’s $30, but that seems like a small price to pay to not have to buy an entirely new lineup of accessories…

Continue Reading On WebProNews »

Apple’s latest smartphone will sport an upgraded camera when it ships on September 21, as is customary with just about every new iPhone. For people who care about mobile photography, though, the new camera is a disappointment. Apple passed up a chance to bring phonecam quality closer to that of point-and-shoots.
To be fair, the iPhone 5 camera is among the best in any smartphone. Yet at 8 megapixels (3,264 x 2,448) and with an aperture of 2.4mm, it’s not a leap forward from the 4S, which has the same specs…

Continue Reading On ReadWriteWeb.com »

Switching to Verizon: Tips from our readers
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Switching to Verizon: Tips from our readers
With the iPhone 5 on the way and as AT&T wobbles about FaceTime, many of our US-based readers are thinking about upgrades and carrier changes. Verizon has stated FaceTime will work across its plans.

You can check your AT&T upgrade eligibility by dialing *NEW# (that’s *639#) to request a free text with your eligibility status. The phone will display “Thank you, your request is being processed. A message will be sent to your phone.” Expect a text within a few minutes.

If you bought a day one iPhone 4S, your upgrade-pricing will likely kick in on May 8, 2013…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

Dev Juice: Five things you’ll want to know
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Dev Juice: Five things you'll want to know
Yesterday, Apple introduced the iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch. Last evening, Apple invited developers to submit iOS 6 apps.

Here are five tidbits developers will want to know.

The new Default image is called Default-568h@2x.png. The base size is 640 x 1,136. Once the image is added to your Xcode project, you can build for the new device.

If you’ve been taking advantage of iOS 6′s [redacted]layout, the porting should be near-instantaneous. If not, well, have fun. Make sure your key window stretches to the entire device screen…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

New iCloud.com Notes and Reminders web apps now live

Apple has just activated new web apps on iCloud.com that have been, until now, only available to developers. The new feature adds the Notes and Reminders web apps along with improvements to the Mail and Find My iPhone web apps. The new Notes and Reminders web apps look exactly like their matching apps on the iPad. The new Mail web app features include VIP lists.

Apple has also added new web notification settings to iCloud.com. Clicking on your iCloud user name and then selecting Notifications allow you to toggle notifications for Mail, Calendar, Reminders, and Find My iPhone…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

iPhone 5’s Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple ThinksAmong other things, one of the iPhone’s competitive advantages is the unparalleled ecosystem of – no, not apps – accessories. But the iPhone 5’s new Lighting connector threatens to destroy that advantage.
There are only a relatively small number of iPhone models with tens of millions of sales each, and they’ve all shared a common connector since their introduction five years ago. This situation has made easy and lucrative for enterprising businesses to sell everything from cases and chargers to speakers and alarm clocks…

Continue Reading On ReadWriteWeb.com »

Lightning 30-pin adapter works with analog audio, "iPod Out" doesn't mean what you think it means

A certain degree of confusion around not-yet-shipping products is inevitable, as hands-on information is limited and manufacturers’ descriptions may be cryptic. In the case of the iPhone 5, Apple’s not helping matters with its spec page for the Lightning to 30-pin dock adapters, specifically the mention of “iPod Out” not being supported.

The $29/$39 Lightning adapter certainly sounds pricey (and is generating some high-profile complaints for its cost and for the retrofit challenges), but one reason for that is the amount of work it has to do…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

Apple revealed its sixth-generation iPhone Wednesday, and for many, it landed with more of a hollow thud than the fireworks and cheers of iPhones past. Many are even calling it boring. Here are five features Apple could have included to up the excitement factor.

Continue Reading On Wired.com »

Arqball modeling app now works almost anywhere
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Arqball modeling app now works almost anywhere

A while ago, we covered the Arqball Spin, a special stage which, when used with an app, allowed anyone to create a 3D model of any object by rotating your iPhone’s camera around it a few times. Back then, the whole thing was more idea than actual product, because you needed a special setup (so your iPhone could line up and see what you were modeling at exactly the right angle). However, Arqball has now released a new version of the app, and it’s a lot more adaptable. You can now use essentially any rotating stage (from a record turntable to a lazy susan), and the free app will let you capture and model almost any object…

Continue Reading On The Unofficial Apple Weblog »

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