Activation lock is a service in Apple’s iOS and iOS compatible devices that (when enabled), keeps a device from being setup or reinstalled while still registered in Apple’s iCloud. I recently face an iPad Mini that was legitimately owned, but mostly bricked because of this feature. I’ll show you how to get around this, and why it’s one of Apple’s worst ideas.
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Every time I get a new phone or operating system, it doesn’t take much time before I’ve worked out most things I can (and can’t) do. Tucked deep in most systems are a really cool things we can do to deal with annoyances and enhance the use of our devices. Here are 11 awesome tips, tricks and hacks I’ve figured out so far.
It has to sink in. This is what I tell myself whenever I’m about to start using a new phone. Today, we use phones for just about every part of our lives, and most of us hold the phone as the last thing we’ll carry everywhere we go (beyond a wallet). On September 19th (or iPhone day), a new iPhone 6 was injected into my daily life. Here are several thoughts and observations about this new phone if you’re considering making the jump.
Almost like clockwork, every year Apple offers a new version of it’s mobile operating system, namely iOS 8. I usually grab it right away and test out what I can. You might be considering the same, but aren’t sure if you’ll run into problems or issues. I can say, the upgrade will take forever, but so far I haven’t seen too many application compatibility issues. I might even go so far as call this a minor update, but let me explain.
Apple events generally need no introduction. This time around, we expect to see quite a few changes, including Apple’s eventual move into larger smartphones and wearables. What does Apple have in store, and my thoughts on these new products? If you were one of the unfortunate people watching the live stream, don’t worry. This post won’t freeze on you or start dubbing words in Chinese over the text.
One of the biggest pains for iPhone users tends to be when companies use interface conventions that vary from the standard iOS style. While this may change in the future, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) on the iPhone is a real offender in this category. If you’re a user of the location tool in BBM, you may see an error “Can’t Access Location” even if location services are on. Here’s what to try.
I find it fascinating that we live in a world that sees things go away, and then come back around. In the case of Disco, it became popular, went away, and then came back in the 90’s, only to disappear again. Our collective need for the lowly battery is one of the more interesting cyclical love affairs. And, we appear to be at the crux of a real, serious point of disruption for this technology.
The 5C is an interesting product launch for Apple. It’s clear that this phone is not being sold as a low-cost iPhone, but rather a pseudo-replacement for the iPhone 5, repackaged. This gives Apple a broader and clearer product line and doesn’t force them into a “cheap” phone position. The idea of repurposing similar hardware in a new body (or vice-versa) has been done by Blackberry before, and it’s a smart move. You might say that Apple should have released a lower cost model, and that may be missing the point.
Recent rumors about Apple’s next iPhone (expected to be called 5S) include a number of various upgrades and features, but probably the most interesting rumor has to be about a fingerprint reader on this new phone. Of all the many pictures and videos floating around, many of them show a home button with a silver ring around it. Based on what I can tell, this appears to confirm that we’ll see this new feature tomorrow.