How To Work My Apple Device Is Moving

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The articles and content will be moving an extension of my own website. The reason for moving the site is simple… More activity. With How To Work My Apple Device currently on its own domain, separate from where I have been giving my blogging attention, the fact of the matter is that I have not given my closest attention this site. After thinking about it, it makes more sense to make this move and integrate the articles seamlessly between my other content where my goal is to cater for a broader audience and possibly expand the readership.

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The Twitter account and Facebook page will remain open and I will try my best to keep these as current as possible.

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iPhone 5 & Updated iPad South Africa Release Date, iTunes Music & iTunes Match Hits SA & iTunes 11

iPhone 5

Details have been released this week that the iPhone 5 will be launching in South Africa on the 14th of December 2012. This comes with the news Apple released that the iPhone 5 will be released in 50 countries this month. These countries include the likes of: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

iPhone 5 SA ReleaseIn addition to these, the release of the iPhone 5 will be launched in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam on the 21st of December 2012.


The updated iPad with Retina Display will be found on our local shelves from this Friday, 7 December 2012. Changes to this iPad include a faster, “Dual-core A6X with quad-graphics”  processor, retina display and the new “Lightning Connector” instead of the old 30-pin connector we are all used to. Other updates to the iPad include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • LTE
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5MP iSight camera
  •  Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics
  • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)

Possibly bigger news is that after a long wait, it’s official….

iTunes music and iTunes Match has hit the South African iTunes store!

Apple South Africa Website Home

What does this mean?… Well now you can buy music straight off of the iTunes store like those in the US and UK could.

iTunes Store Main View

Individual song prices range from R6.99 to R8.99 each and complete albums are available to purchase too. Why go down to the local music shop when you can purchase and download high quality songs for a couple “bucks” straight from the comfort of your own PC?

iTunes Album Purchase ScreenAlso important and notable in the iTunes Music Store is the large variety of local music… But I’ll let you go find all those.

iTunes Match

Included in the release of the iTunes Music Sore is the debut of iTunes Match for us South Africans.

What is iTunes match?

iTunes Match is a “match in iCloud”. It stores your entire music library in iCloud. This includes music from CD’s and lets you enjoy your music on any of your iOS devices, Computers or Apple TV, anywhere, anytime.

iTunes Match

iTunes 11

If you haven’t updated yet, I’d strongly recommend you download the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 11.

Besides the redesigned look, new features in the new iTunes 11 include:

  • Redesigned Player and Remodelled Store
    Remodelled Store
  • New library views
    New Library Views
  • Expanded View
    Expanded view
  • A New Mini Player
    A New Mini Player
  • Instant music recommendations and “What’s Next”
    Instant music recommendations and What's next

So what are you waiting for? Go fiddle, play around and enjoy the new iTunes 11 features while you peruse through the new iTunes Music Store as you eagerly await the iPhone 5 to officially land on our South African shores

Till later…

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The Next Generation iPhone… What To Expect

With all the rumors making the rounds, tonight at roughly 6pm GMT+2 the “iPhone 5” launch will take place in San Francisco.

iPhone 5 Launch InviteWhat can we expect from Apple with this launch? Well, in my opinion, nothing short of excellence!

Tonight’s launch will see the official release of iOS6 and without a doubt, the launch of the new iPhone 5. Details on what to expect from the next generation iPhone are still a little sketchy in my opinion, but all will be revealed tonight! 😀

Here are some features we could look at seeing in the next iPhone:

1. A larger display

With other mobile phones on the market with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy and HTC’s One X and their 4inch and a bit screens, the unofficially dubbed “iPhone 5” will most likely sport a larger display. Rumor has it that the new iPhone’s screen will be increased from the current 3.5inch display to a 4inch display, while still maintaining their Retina Display functionality to provide the best possible quality output on the device.

2. 4G LTE

As was seen with the launch of the new iPad, we can also most likely expect to see the new iPhone come out with 4G LTE connectivity. This would see the iPhone being capable of download speeds between 100mbps and upward and upload speeds of 50mbps and up. With the faster connection, downloading songs, apps, emails and the rest would prove to be effortless, drastically minimizing the time it takes to complete such tasks.

3. 30-Pin Dock Connector

A new dock connector will be seen for the first time ever on an Apple device. Gone will be the current 30-pin port, which will be replaced by a new, smaller 8-pin port.

New iPhone Dock Connector4. Relocated Earphone Jack

AS seen in the image above, the new iPhone will also see the 3.5mm earphone jack moved to the bottom of the device, much like that of the iPod Touch, thus keeping all the “plug & Play” parts on the same side of the iPhone.

5. Redesigned Earphones

Speaking of earphones, rumor has it that Apple has been working on new earphones for the new iPhone. According to a report by “The Verge”,  of earphones. Technology website , in one of its reports, said, “The buds have an unusual molded design that appears to funnel sound into the ear canal, and the speaker grilles are largely hidden from view”, as seen bellow:

iPhone 5 Earphones6. Nano-SIM

As if a “micro-SIM” wasn’t enough. Apple seems to have designed an even smaller sim card for the new iPhone. To get an idea of the size of this thing, you will see it in the image bellow ( The smallest one is the Nano-Sim, just so we’re clear:-P ) :

iPhone 5 Nano-SIM7. Bigger Battery

Maybe the Nano-SIM was made to fit in the larger battery. Considering the size of the iPhone will most likely be increasing, Apple will probably also be throwing in a bigger and better battery into the iPhone 5.

8. New Rear Casing

Talk is that the new iPhone’s rear casing will be made of metal, instead of the current breakable glass, as is found on the iPhone 4 and 4S. To give you an idea of what this casing may look like, have a look at this potentially “leaked” part:

iPhone 5 Rear Casing VS iPhone 4S rear

iPhone 5 Rear Casing VS iPhone 4S rear

9. Thinner Design

With the guts of the new iPhone getting smaller and the outside getting bigger, speculation around the new iPhone is that it will be even thinner. It will also not be wider, but rather taller in size to make space for the larger display.

10. Near-Field Communication (NFC)

With NFC starting to take over and rival handsets offering NFC in their phones, the iPhone 5 will most likely see the introduction of NFC built into the device too.

11. Improved Camera

As has been seen in the previous iPhone releases, an improved camera can also be expected. What the stats on this are is still unsure, but I believe we will see an even better camera in the iPhone 5 for those of you who, like me, take a lot of photos with your iPhone and really don’t like bad quality or poor resolution photos!

12. iOS 6

Tonight’s launch will also see the official launch of iOS 6. If I can’t get my hands on a new iPhone 5 yet, I look forward to being able to play with some of the new features of iOS 6. If you aren’t sure what can be expected from iOS 6, check out “iOS 6… What you need to know

13. South African Release

Details on when the iPhone 5 can be expected in South Africa are still a bit sketchy. But the general feel around the issue is that we can expect the iPhone 5 to hit our shores by December… Just in time for the Christmas rush. Smart move Apple… Smart move! Further than that, I am not sure, but I will keep you posted as more info is released.

If you’re as excited as I am about the launch, you can watch the launch live on CNET’s website clicking –> here <–

Till later…

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iOS 6… What you need to know

For those of us in South Africa, the WWDC took forever to arrive. Eventually the time came and we got to see exactly what Apple has in store for the new iOS, iOS6. Here are some of the features you can expect to see in the [South African Spring] launch of iOS6:

iOS Keynote Screnshot

iOS Maps
First up is the new Maps Software.

For iOS 6, Apple has moved away from using Google’s mapping service and began their own. True to Apple, the new Maps will be vector based images, which means map images will be highly detailed and allow you to zoom in without having the images distort of sorts. The new Maps with traffic and 3D flyover mode. Flyover mode will allow you to “see cities and landmarks from the air.” Another awesome feature in the new Maps will be turn-by-turn with spoken directions.

iOS Maps Features

Siri Updates
Siri has also been to school since her debut…

Siri will also be seeing some new updates in the form of a french maid outfit and amazing… eyes. No no, I make joke… That will be in the next iOS, iOS 7, maybe? hahaha… Okay back to the topic at hand…

Apple has been busy training this humble servant to such an extent, that Siri will be making her debut on the New iPad. You will also now be able to open Apps with Siri by using your voice, check sports scores, movie times and make restaurant reservations. Whether this will be available in South Africa, I’m not sure. I doubt it will be in the beginning, but once local places start to catch onto the trend I’m sure it will take off.

With iOS 6, Siri will also understand more languages and work in more countries too.

You will also be able to use Siri to update your Facebook and Twitter status’ and tweets too!

Apple have also been working with car manufacturers, by the likes of BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda, to get “Eyes Free” working. Eyes Free is a new Siri button for Siri in-car integration which will allow you to use Siri straight off of your car’s steering wheel, without so much as having to look at the iPhone.

Updates to Siri

iOS 6 Facebook Integration
Just like Twitter, now only with Facebook too…

With iOS 6, you will now never have to miss a friend’s birthday or event you have RSVP’d yes to, lose a contact number or email address or have contacts without caller ID images. Facebook will now sync calendar events, contact data and info straight to your iDevice, which will integrate with your Contacts and Calendar apps.

You will be able to share photos to Facebook from Photos app and Like Apps from the AppStore. With instant sharing to Facebook and Twitter, you will be able share info direct to Facebook and Twitter and better Notification Center integration will be present too.

For those who make use of Game Center, you will also be able to find all your Facebook friends with an iDevice and Game Center and get them to join you on games.

Facebook Integration

Shared Photo Streams
Shared Photo Streams…

With shared photo streams, you can now easily share photos with family and friends, even if they don’t have an Apple device! This will share selected photos with specifically chosen family and friends in real-time and even allow them to comment on the photos. Those you share to who are using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. If you’re sharing with people who aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web.

“Won’t this use up all your iCloud storage space?” you may ask… No, shared photo streams don’t count against your iCloud storage, and they work over both WiFi and cellular networks.

Shared Photo Streams Overview

Introducing Passbook
Introducing Passbook…

Introducing Passbook, a digital wallet for movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, boarding passes and more, all in one place. Passbook lets you scan a QR code displayed on your iPhone or iPod touch screen.

This I highly doubt will take off in South Africa too soon, but as mentioned above with the restaurant bookings etc with Siri, it should come with time…

Passbook OverviewFaceTime On the Go
FaceTime On the Go…

On the go? Sitting at waiting for time to pass and no WiFi connection? Or don’t have a WiFi modem at home? Now you can make FaceTime calls over 3G and 4G! This is a long-awaited feature, that will now be available in iOS 6. Now you never have to never miss another “wink, smile, air kiss, or eye roll.”

FaceTime Overview

Phone Updates
New Calling Features…

With iOS 6, new features to the way to receive and make calls will be available. First off are the new features when you reject a call. Like the camera icon on the lock screen, that you slide up to open the camera, you will now be able to slide to answer a call or slide up to reject the call and reply with a message or remind you to call back later.

Call Decline - RemindCall Decline - Reply

Another new feature is the “Do not Disturb” feature. This will still allow notifications, calls and messages to come through, without the screen lighting up or vibrating and waking you or disturbing you. You will also be able to set up “can’t-miss contacts” like your better half, boss or “BFF”. If someone tries to call you a few times over a set period, your iPhone will pick this up and allow the next call to come through and notify you, just in case of those emergency cases.

Do Not Disturb
Mail Updates
Mail Updates…

In iOS 6, you will now have a new “VIP” inbox for specifically set people’s emails to show up in. There will also be a “Flagged” mailbox for flagged emails and it will be easier to add photos and videos to email messages. To refresh your And to refresh your mailboxes, all you have to do is swipe down on the screen, like you do to refresh your Facebook or Twitter apps.

Another long-awaited addition will also be per account signatures. If you are someone who has multiple email accounts on your iDevice and your signature changes between them, like me you will be as excited about this addition as I am!

Mail Overview

Safari Updates
Safari, now even better..

Safari will be seeing some performance upgrades in the form of faster Safari JavaScript while browsing. You will also be able to view web pages in full-screen landscape orientation. This means you will be able to see more of the web while browsing in landscape on your iPhone or iPod Touch!

Safari will now also sync your browsing sessions, so that you could continue them on the iPad after starting on your computer or iPhone.

The reading list will no longer be just links to the pages, but the entire pages. This means you can view the pages in your reading list, even without any internet access!

You will also be able to see app store search results in the Safari search results and add photos from camera roll to sites directly from Safari, without leaving Safari.

Safari Updates

Accessibility Improvements
Accessibility Improvements…

iOS 6 will make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most out of their device and iOS. Over and above the VoiceOver updates(which is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom), iOS 6 allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.

iPhone Hearing Aids will also become available, which will be Apple certified hearing aids that will work specifically with the iPhone and iPad.

Accessibility Overview

That’s not all…

Over and above these updates, iOS6 will see the following updates too…

Redesigned Stores
Better looking stores with Coverflow will be coming to iOS 6 too.

Stores Overview

Find My iPhone Improvements
Find my iPhone(Which should probably be called “Find my Apple”) will see the introduction of “Lost Mode”. This will allow you to send a phone number to your lost device for to whoever it to call. It will also update locations on a map to see where your device traveled while you had lost it.

Find My iPhone Improvements

Find My Friends
With “Find My Friends,” you will now be able to get location-based alerts, which is a great tool to see when your kids leave school or arrive home.

Find My Friends Overview

Other updates include…

Better Sharing Menu –> Now when choosing how to share something, you’ll see a new icon driven sharing menu.

Auto-correction for Every Keyboard –> This will introduce support for auto-correct while using external Bluetooth keyboards.

Location Based Reminders for iPad –> The New iPad will now support reminders based on location, like on the iPhone 4S.

Manual Location Entry for Reminders –> GPS will no longer be necessary to set a location reminder. Simply just type in the address.

Personal Dictionary in the Cloud –> You will be able to sync personalized spellings and auto-correction of names across iPhone and iPad.

Manual Re-order of Reminders –> You will also be able to change the order of reminders to match your priorities.

Improved Privacy Controls –> With iOS 6 you will be able to better control your personal data.

Custom Vibrations for Alerts –> Some new features in this already existing iOS 5 feature.

Features for China –> Better text input, and dictionary.

Video stabilization –> Stabilizes iPhone and iPad video, which are often shaky.

HDR Improvements –> Better performance and results for HDR photo taking.

Multiple Language Dictionaries — > French, German and Spanish dictionaries will be available with iOS 6.

Alarm with Song –> You will no longer need to use 3rd party apps to wake up with your favorite music in iOS 6.

In App Bluetooth Pairing –> In iOS 6, you will no longer need to leave the app to set up your Bluetooth headphones.

Will it work on my iDevice?…

iOS 6 will work on the following devices:

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5

iOS 6 iPhone Compatibility

iPod Touch 4th Generation
iPod Touch 5th Generation

iOS 6 iPod Compatibility

iPad 2
The New iPad With Retina Display
iPad Mini

iOS 6 iPad Compatibility

And that’s a wrap…

These are some of the new features you can be sure to expect in iOS 6’s launch. The exact dates are not confirmed yet, but as advertised on the Apple website, iOS 6 will arrive in America’s “Fall”. So we can be sure to see this arrive in the next 3 or 4 months. Whether these are the only features, I doubt it. Once iOS 6 has been launched, we will be able to see first hand what features there are, what works and what doesn’t.

Till later…

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Keyboard Dictionary Wont Reset? Here’s How To Fix That!

Have you noticed that after some time, while typing, your auto-correct stars suggesting  or correcting to words that’s spelt incorrectly or if you type in another language/slang, it starts suggesting words you often use?

This is because built into the operating system (iOS) the keyboard auto correct / dictionary has a learning mechanism that learns words you type and use often and eventually takes them as the norm, and so it starts suggesting them to you while typing, simply trying to make your life easier…

When this gets a bit much, you always used to be able to go to your settings and just “reset keyboard dictionary”… But for some reason, since the release of iOS5, a few people have an issue where they can’t reset their keyboard doing the above method… Last night, after playing around with my iPhone, I discovered a way how to reset the keyboard that actually does just that . . reset the keyboard.

So, here’s what you have to do…

… Don’t worry it literally takes 2 minutes!

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

Step 1

From your home screen, go to Settings:

Home Screen

Step 2

Next, scroll down to “General”:


Step 3

Scroll down to “Keyboard”:


Step 4

Switch off “Auto Correction” and “Spell Checking”:

Settings(Auto Correction on)Settings(Auto Correction off)

Step 5

*This step is not entirely necessary

I went to Notes and  opened a new note and started typing some gibberish round about now, to check that the auto correction was indeed off and checked what typing with it off was like:

Typing a Note with Auto Correction Off

Step 6

*Resetting Continued

Go back to “settings”,  scroll down to “General”. Once there, scroll all the way down to “Reset”:

BAck To Settings

Step 7

Now if you tap “Reset Keyboard Dictionary” it seems to actually reset your keyboard dictionary as it should, despite the Auto Correction and Spell Checking being off:

Tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary

When you are prompted about resetting the dictionary, tap “Reset Dictionary”:

Confirm Keyboard Reset


Step 8

Go back to the “Keyboard” options in Settings, where you originally disabled the auto correction and spell checking, and turn both back on again:

Go Back To Keyboard


Auto Correction and Check Spelling off:Switch dictionary settings back on

Auto Correction and Check Spelling back on:

Switch Auto Correction and Spell Checking Back On

Step 9

*This step is not entirely necessary

I went back to Notes yet again and started typing more gibberish to check that it was fixed… and it was!! 🙂

Typing a note With a "fresh" keyboard dictionary

And that’s that!

Your keyboard should now be reset and fresh for use again like it was when you first got your iDevice…

Happy typing!

Till later…

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Give Me 2 Minutes and I’ll Give You The New iPad Prices for South Africa

With the official South African launch for the new iPad only 3 days away, prices for the models have been released…

Apple iPad 3rd Generation Retina Display

Core Group, Apple distributors for South Africa, released the prices for the highly anticipated New iPad. The prices aren’t as high as I initially expected when I initially posted the article on the launch date confirmation of the 3rd gen iPad.

With prices ranging from R4 999 to R8 299, I’m sure you can expect the New iPad to sell out pretty quickly! Here are the prices:

WiFi Only iPad:

Model 16GB WiFi 32GB WiFi 64GB WiFi
Price R4 999 R5 999 R6 999

WiFi  + LTE iPad:

Model 16GB WiFi+LTE 32GB WiFi+LTE 64GB WiFi+LTE
Price R6 299 R7 299 R8 299

What’s this “LTE” Story?

LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is the next generation in GSM/UMTS networks. The Goal for LTE was to increase both the capacity and speed of wireless data networks, while simplifying the “network architecture”, which would significantly reduce transfer latency compared to the current 3G architecture. This simpler architecture results in lower operating costs, which in turn should lower costs for consumers like you and I.

LTE specification boasts download speeds of 300Mbps and upload rates of 75Mbps.

Does South Africa Support LTE?

The simple answer for this is NO!.. Well, not yet. Below is a map of countries which already have existing LTE infrastructure, countries who have LTE on the cards to get it implemented or are currently working on it and countries who are still in the testing phase of LTE (See key below to identify countries).

Long Term Evolution Country Map

Long Term Evolution Country Map. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

Countries with commercial LTE service
Countries with commercial LTE network deployment on-going or planned
Countries with LTE trial systems (pre-commitment)

As you can see, South Africa is one of the “Countries with commercial LTE network deployment on-going or planned”. Although the new iPad supports LTE networks, it is simply not yet available in South Africa. However the new iPad will still work, as Core Group the WiFi+LTE models of the will work on South Africa’s current 3G networks like the iPad 2.

If you want specs on the new iPad, see Are You Ready? New iPad South Africa Launch Date Confirmed – New iPad Features

Let me know if you get the new iPad and what it’s like?

Till later…

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

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