Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apple Now Lets You Easily Check If an iOS Device is Activation Locked

Apple has posted a new 'Check Activation Lock Status' page that lets you enter the serial number or IMEI of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to check if activation lock is enabled or disabled. This is useful if you want to confirm that the device you are about to purchase is ready for you to use. ie. not stolen.

Check Activation Lock Status
Before you purchase an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from somebody else, make sure that Find My iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use.

Is actually incredibly useful for people wanting to buy an iDevice
Hit the link below to visit the page...

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Apple to Release iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Support on October 20th?

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 and launch Apple Pay on October 20th, according to Bank Innovation.

Sources close to Apple have been confirming that Apple Pay would be attached to iOS 8.1 since the September 9 iPhone event held earlier this month. Sources who spoke to Bank Innovation indicated that the public release of iOS 8.1 will be in sometime in October and may have improvements for other Apple services. Previously, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reported that iOS 8 will be adding major improvements to the Apple Maps app, which hasn’t been added on to the initial (very buggy) release of iOS 8. We expect that the iOS 8.1 release will be timed to the still-unconfirmed October event held by Apple to announce their new iPad devices, as other websites have previously reported and Bank Innovation has heard rumors about, as well.

Apple seeded the first iOS 8.1 to developers for download and testing on September 29th. Developer Hamza Sood managed to unearth Apple pay Settings and privacy information in the beta release.

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Report: Apple Watch Has Been in Development Since Jobs was Still Alive

Now we know why Apple's interest in the wearables market has been rumored about for years.

Apple's actual interest in this market has been legitimate since before Steve Jobs' passing in October 2011.

In Europe this week where Apple made a fashionable flash in Paris yesterday for Fashion Week, Apple design guru Jony Ive is quoted extensively by Vogue in a new interview published today. 

“It’s strange when you’ve been working on something for three years . . .” Ive says, speaking about the Apple Watch.

He describes the trajectory of clocks to watches: from a public clock in a Bavarian square to timepieces owned by royalty, to military chronometers, to the watch’s arrival, only at the beginning of the twentieth century, on the wrist.
“It’s fascinating how people struggled with wearing this incredibly powerful technology personally,” Ive says, not elaborating on any possible role Steve Jobs may have played in the development or launch delay of Apple Watch.

Nonetheless, the interview is an interesting one and definitely worth a read. To check it out, click here.

Source: Vogue

Popular CallBar Tweak Re-designed for iOS 7, Now Available

The highly popular jailbreak tweak CallBar has been redesigned with iOS 7 in mind. Now available in Cydia is CallBar for iOS 7, and the tweak not only gives you a beautiful new iOS 7-esque interface, but some snazzy features that those of you that are always talking on the phone are going to love.

With CallBar for iOS 7, when you receive an incoming call, you will get a new kind of notification known as, CallBar. This replaces the obtrusive full-screen incoming call interface that you're presented with when someone tries calling you on your iPhone. You can see the interface above.

The CallBar comes down from the top of the display and offers you answer and decline options, as well as remind me later and text message response options. You can pull down from the grabber at the bottom of the CallBar to open Notification Center. When you initiate an outgoing call, you will also see the CallBar, but when you press the power button, it will hide into a blue "tap to launch" Status Bar, and then you can tap on the blue Status Bar to open CallBar again, or press the power button once more to end the incoming call. 

When you're in the middle of a call, you get the interface shown above with buttons for bringing up the number pad, muting the call, putting the call on speaker phone, and more.

You'll also find a preferences pane in the Settings application where you can configure the tweak to your liking, such as customizing the theme of the CallBar, and configuring behavior under certain situations:

CallBar for iOS 7 is a free upgrade for those of you that already own the original CallBar, but if you don't, CallBar for iOS 7 is a $3.99 purchase from Cydia's BigBoss repository

Sprint Now Doubling Data of Family Share Plans

On Wednesday, U.S. cellular carrier Sprint announced that the company would start offering double the data on its family share and and business plans. Sprint's data offerings will double the data that AT&T will be offering until October 31st, and the plans will still cost the same as AT&T charges.

Until October 31st, the same time that AT&T's promotion ends, Sprint subscribers will have the ability to double their family share data plans. This means that Sprint now offers 60GB, 80GB and 120GB family share data plans for $130, $150, and $225 respectively. For business share plans, Sprint now doubles the data at 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 200GB for $135, $200, $270, and $330 respectively:

Not only are new customers eligible to sign up for these double data plans until October 31st, but so are existing customers, at no extra cost to them. Those on the family share plans can begin signing up today, while those on the business share plans can start signing up on Friday, October 3rd.

Now that's a nice amount of data to go along with your shiny new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus!

Sources: Sprint