October 12, 2014

October Apple Event

My original prediction of an Apple event on October 21st wasn't too far off, but Re/Code's prediction was bang on earlier this week.   It does appear that Apple will be holding their next event on Thursday October 16th starting at 11 am Mountain time (10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern).    

The invite for October's event uses the tag line "It's been way too long." might be referencing the Mac Mini and Apple TV, two products that haven't really gotten much attention over the last two years.   Here are just a few of the rumours that people believe Apple may announce:
  • 2nd Generation iPad Air with Touch ID and a thinner case
  • 3rd Generation iPad mini with Touch ID
  • Mac Mini Revision
  • 27-inch iMac with Retina HD Display
  • MacBook Pro & MacBook Air with Space Grey and Gold colour options
  • 4th Generation Apple TV 


Save your complaints about the September event.  We all know that the streaming was terrible and really impacted the presentation and announcement of the new iPhone, and for many, Apple Watch.  Because of the trouble experienced, I am sure extra attention is going to be placed upon the streaming.  The event is also taking place on a smaller venue at the Apple Campus so it's likely they'll have better control from a technology standpoint.  In order to view the event live on Apple's website (apple.com/live) you'll need to be sure that you have one of the following:
  • Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Safari on iOS 6 or later
  • 2nd or 3rd Generation Apple TV version 6.2 or later

October 4, 2014

iOS 8 Tips: Removing Favorites & Recent Contacts

It's been nearly a month since Apple publicly released iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  One of the biggest complaints I continue to hear about this release is the addition of the Favorite & Recent contacts added to the App switcher screen (The screen you get when you double-press your Home Button).
If you don't care to see your recent contacts, or you're hiding something from your significant other to avoid pissing them off, there's a solution for you.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Go to the Contact section and Tap on Show in App Switcher
  4. Turn off Phone Favorites, Recents, or Both 
  5. Double Press the Home Button and verify your favorites or recents are gone.

September 19, 2014

Why you Gotta Hate?

Millions of people across the entire planet lined up today to get their hands on Apple's newest iPhone.  Media outlets all over provided coverage of people waiting patiently, some over night, so they could be among the first people to get their hands on Apple's latest hardware - even media outlets send reporters out to cover these annual events.  But media isn't reporting on something so profoundly upsetting to me that I feel the need to personally write about it - even if it's just to vent and get things off my chest.   

Today my twitter timelines has been flooded with disrespectful, inconsiderate, and outright rude comments and criticism directed at people who are passionate and excited about the iPhone 6,and people who lined up for hours ahead of today's launch.

It sickens me, that we, as Human beings are horrible when it comes to learning lessons.  There has been so much attention towards Mental Illness and bullying in recent months I would think that people would be a little bit more tactful.   Insulting people because of their sexual preference, beliefs, looks and personal decisions should never be tolerated when they don't affect you - no matter how trivial it may seem.  People have killed themselves for less.  Does somebody standing in a lineup for 8 hours ruin your day?  No.  Can calling someone stupid for any reason when their decisions do not bother you, ruin their day?  It absolutely does.  Don't hate people because they're passionate about something, otherwise you better stop cheering for your favorite sports team.

Sure I prefer Apple to other products and I have freely voiced my dislike of those products but I have never insulted someone that likes a different product than I do.   Speaking of preferences, I invite those who are trolling Apple fans in the bowels of the internet to criticize some of my other personal preferences.  I've taken the liberty of listing just a few, so attack me.  Do your worst.  I really want you to feel good about yourself by insulting me in the comments below, or on Twitter @iBry83:

  1. Coca-Cola is better than Pepsi.
  2. Crystal Pepsi is better than Pepsi Cola.
  3. Original Recipe Chicken is better than Extra Crispy Chicken.
  4. McDonalds is better than Wendy's.
  5. PS3 & PS4 are better than XBox 360 & XBox One.
  6. Super Nintendo is better than Sega Genesis.
  7. Nikon is better than Canon.
  8. Dodge is better than Ford.
  9. OS X is better than Windows.
  10. iOS is better than Android.
  11. Kraft Salad dressing is better than any other brand.
  12. The Ninja Turtles toys are better than Transformers.
  13. The Ghostbusters toys are better than GI Joe.
  14. Family Guy is better than The Simpsons.
  15. Amazing Spider-Man Movies better than Toby McGuire Spider-Man Movies.
  16. Overall, Marvel characters are better than DC Comics Characters.
  17. WestJet is better than Air Canada
Stop and consider something for a moment.  Anytime people are given choice we tend to develop a preference based on many personal factors.  The preferences I have above are not necessarily  going to be the same preferences you have even though I state them as "X is better than Y".  For example, Coke and Pepsi are similar products.  Both are colas, they look similar, they serve the same purpose but they're priced differently and taste differently.  If given the choice of one or the other, you might like Pepsi more than Coke, but would you call me stupid for liking Coke more?  So, Why is it different for the type of computer or phone a person uses?

I've always been open to giving other options a chance

That's not to say people aren't allowed to express their preferences or suggest a product they prefer might be good for someone else.  I've had horrible experiences over and over again with Windows.  I'm the go-to guy for many people when it comes to technical support.  I've built computers, set up computers, and torn them down - I hate Windows. But I don't hate the people that use Windows whether they're passionate or indifferent. - so again, why is it that people Hate Apple users?    If you've purchased Apple products that have made you want to pull out your hair on a regular basis, then go ahead and complain about the product, don't call people names because they use the same product and don't experience the same thing.  

Now that I've got that off my chest I feel better.

Think Different.  

Enjoy Coke.

We're Ready to Believe You.


September 17, 2014

iOS 8: What you need to know (Part 1)

Happy iOS 8 Day, everyone!  Today is one of those days where I will inevitably be asked a huge number of questions from family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, lunatics, and more about Apple's newest mobile operating system.  I've decided that this year, I'll post a few articles over the first few days to help you familiarize yourself with iOS 8.  If I don't answer your questions here, keep watching my blog and my twitter timeline and you'll probably find your answers.

What Devices are compatible with iOS 8?

  • iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus
  • iPad 2, 3, 4 & Air
  • iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display
  • iPod Touch (5th generation).

How Big is the Update?
The iOS 8 update file size varies between devices but you'll be downloading a file that is approximately 1GB in size - however this file is compressed, which means the installation itself requires that you have around 5.8GB available to decompress and install the update.  Here are a few things you can try doing.
  • Delete unwanted Apps
  • Delete unwanted photos, music, movies
  • Backup your device over the air or to iTunes and Wipe your phone

How long will it Take to Update?
This depends on a number of factors.  It took approximately 2 hours for each device I did (iPad 3, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad Minis).  This included the download time, preparation time (decompressing the download file) installation, and reboot time.  This isn't to say it will be faster or slower for you.  Think about the time of day, internet traffic, etc.   You might want to try the update later tonight if you haven't done it already.  All I can stress is, don't interupt the update and make sure your device is plugged in because you need a battery charge of at least 50% to complete the update if you aren't plugged in.

Should I use iCloud Drive?
Lots of websites right now are screaming DONT USE iCLOUD DRIVE.  I have a different take on this.  iCloud Drive works with iOS 8 and Yosemite.  If you have an older device that isn't compatible with iOS 8 and you want to share your photos and pages/numbers/keynote documents than I might recommend against transitioning to iCloud Drive when you are prompted.  If you're only going to be using iOS 8 and (in the near future) Yosemite (or windows control panel 4.0) compatible devices then go ahead and upgrade. I'll try to post more information on iCloud drive later, here on my blog.

My Photos are missing! / What Happened to Photo Stream?
I've seen a few complaints on sites that after updating to iOS 8 that the photos that used to be on photo stream are missing.  I too am currently experiencing this issue and will be investigating it in detail tonight.  Apple had planned on making your entire library of photos be accessible on all your devices and essentially eliminating a photo stream folder so that you could easily see everything - however I did see reports that this functionality was delayed.   Other users who have experienced these missing photos say that if you go onto iPhoto on your computer, or if you sync your photos via iCloud Control panel for Windows, you should still be able to access your photos - in this case, I highly recommend you copy those onto your computer ASAP just to be safe.  This particular type of problem is why I always say over and over again - back up your stuff.  If you lost anything, its your fault for not backing stuff up.

Pull Down on Notification Banners
If you get a text or iMessage while you're in an App quickly swipe down on it and you'll be able to reply.  Try this with any type of notification and you'll be given options on how or what you can do without leaving the app you are in.

Access Recent Contacts from Anywhere
Double Tap your home button, notice your recent contacts at the top?  This is new.  Tap on a contact and you'll get options such as sending them a message or face timing them.

There is a lot more to go through, but this will probably answer your most immediate questions when you first install and use iOS 8.

 If you have any questions hit me up in the comment section below or follow me on twitter (@iBry83) and I'll try to answer them

September 16, 2014

iTunes Deals & Early Releases (September 16th)

One of the best things about the digital format is new release films are available earlier on services like iTunes and Cinema Now several weeks before they're released to a wider audience in more tangible formats such as Blu-Ray discs or DVDs.  Here are some new releases and deals you can take advantage as of September 16th

This week the only new early release film is Transformers: Age of Extinction.  But with the fall TV season just around the corner, you can also catch up on some amazing TV Series too.


September 11, 2014

An October Apple Event?

The September 2014 event that introduced the world to Apple Watch and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has come and gone so it's time to start looking forward to Apple's next event which I anticipate will happen in the later half of October with the focus switching to Yosemite and Mac (and hopefully Apple TV).  Even though nothing has been scheduled, I'm predicting the next Apple Event to take place on October 21, 2014. Whether or not we get live streaming of this event is still yet to be seen.  If we do it better be better than last.

Why an October Event?

  • Tim Cook has said several times that 2014 is going to be a huge year for Apple.  So far this year they quietly updated the MacBook Air, added an entry level iMac and introduced the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.  There's still plenty to cover.

  • OS X Yosemite.  We need a final send off from Apple before it hits the masses.  Mavericks got that honour last year on October 22nd at the end of the Apple event.

  • iMac / MacBook Air / MacBook Pro. The last few updates for each of these products have been done quietly.  It's time for Apple to toot their horn on some major updates like the rumoured MacBook Air with retina display (despite me starting to believe this wont happen).

  • What about iPad?  The last time the iPad lineup got any attention was November 12th 2013 with the quiet release of the iPad Mini retina display.  The iPad Air will be a year old on October 22nd.  There's also rumors of what I call iPad Plus (most are calling it iPad Pro).

  • Apple TV hasn't gotten love since March 2012 when the 3rd generation came out.  It looks identical to the 2nd generation but it added support for 1080p.  Lots of rumors around a new Television set, or another set top box.  I wonder if Apple is waiting to introduce a 4K Apple TV.

  • October 4, 2011; October 23, 2012; October 22, 2013...  Clearly Apple likes to show stuff off in October as well.

There's a few other things that Apple could address, such as the recent discontinuation of the iPod Classic, the future of the Mac mini, and as unlikely as it seems, perhaps the next move for Mac Pro.