Apple has added a warning when you plug an unauthorized charge / sync Lightning cable into your iPhone 5. The popup message states “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”
There has been talk that Apple may flip the switch in an iOS upgrade and stop allowing unauthorized Lightning connectors from connecting to devices. This would instantly kill the 3rd party gray market on lightning connectors and greatly help companies like Mophie who follow all the rules and pay licensing fees to Apple for the “Made For I” program. I will admit, I have a knock-off Mophie I obtained prior to their product being available.
The problem is Apple messed up at the launch of the iPhone 5. If they only wanted their connectors used they should have had that in place with manufacturers on launch day. They waited almost 60 days after the iPhone 5 launched to even meet with partners wanting to develop accessories with Lightning connectors. Doing so created a huge demand for knockoff / unauthorized products that are probably more prevalent than actual Made For I products.
I really don’t think Apple will enforce the Lightning connector issue by banning them as Apple is the source of the problem in the first place. It appears you will just have to dismiss a warning each time you plug your phone into a device you didm’t pay Apple Tax on.
AT&T didn’t think Mondays sucked enough, so today they enacted a policy change. Previously you were allowed to upgrade your device every 20 months at full discount. Starting on any contract ending after March 2014 you will have to wait the full 24 months to take advantage of an upgrade.
Verizon has already switched to the 24 month cycle leaving Sprint as the only major U.S. carrier still operating on a 20 month cycle for upgrades. T-Mobile has completely done away with contracts.
Enjoy you four extra months of outdated device ownership next year.
Didn’t secure a ticket to Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference? You can watch the much anticipated keynote live starting at 10 A.M. Pacific.
Apple has decided to once again allow the keynote to stream live. In the past they had posted it in the evening after the keynote was completed.
While they are streaming the event they are only supporting Apple devices to watch it. This probably isn’t that big of a deal, because anyone who wants to sit through a Apple keynote probably owns an Apple product. The requirements are Safari 4 or later on a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. For mobile you have to have iOS 4.2 or later installed. For Apple TV you need a second or third generation device.
Their is a lot of possibility in todays keynote. We know iOS 7 is a sure thing but everything else is up in the air. iRadio? iWatch?
If things like employment keep you from watching the event live, don’t worry. We will be posting and tweeting information from the event.
You can watch the event from the Special Event page setup by Apple via this link.
I just picked up the 16GB Galaxy S4 a few days ago and was shocked at it only having 9,15GB of storage available and lacking the ability to move apps to the SDCard. It actually had me thinking I was going to return the device.
Today comes good news that Samsung is addressing a list of issues that have cropped up in the S4. With this new update, you will have the ability to move apps from device storage onto the SDCard freeing up valuable space and adding flexibility. The update has dropped in Germany and should be hitting other S4 devices soon.
New Camera firmware
Smearing issue has been fixed (Purple effect while scrolling)
Smart Pause Toggle
Move Apps to SD Card
HDR Video (Can record HDR video)
Semi-transparent status bar
New Icons in Settings
Secure boot status (About Phone)
Increase legibility (Display) (New feature)
We will let you know when the update hits the U.S.
After a fairly long wait since the iOS debut, Vine has made its way to Android. Vine allows you to share a 6 second video and offers a unique interface for recording that allows you to actually tell a complex story.
Vine for Android comes with one additional feature over iOS and that is the ability to Zoom. We are hoping they add the “drafts” feature back in that existed in the iOS beta. Drafts allowed you to save partial Vines as a draft so that you could easily add content later before publishing.
Your videos will appear to your followers in the Vine app and you can also post to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
We have found Vine a little addictive on iOS so give it a try.
Tomorrow, Best Buy is offering a $150 trade-in credit on top of their $50 discount to offer the 16GB iPhone 5 for “free”. If you have a working iPhone 4 / 4S this is a good time to upgrade. If you have an iPhone 4 / 4S in pretty good shape you can actually get more money for it from eBay or Craigslist if you don’t mind a little work.
If this sounds like a fit for you, head to a Best Buy store tomorrow, June 1st and upgrade. You will need to pay taxes and any upgrade fees required by your carrier.