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All signs point to an iPhone 5S fingerprint reader

iPhone  5S Possible Home ButtonRecent 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.

Basics: How to get the serial number and model of an iDevice

Apple's iPad, 1st GenerationiPhone, iPad, iMac. Apple makes all sorts of devices that you may want information about. If you want to find out how old your iDevice is, or whether you qualify for warranty support  – you will need your serial number and modem number. Sometimes, it’s easy to find, but you may not know how to find it on all your iDevices. Today’s basics column covers the basic process of finding out your device’s serial number and model number.

The Low-end iPhone Market

Apple LogoThe always interesting John Gruber offers The Case for a New Lower-Cost iPhone that brings up a number of great thoughts about what we’re all expecting in the next lower end phone named 5C [1].

The idea of Apple abandoning the sale of 4 and 4S phones to lock out all non-lightning adapter phones make lots of sense. This is a great way for Apple to complete the transition of phone adapters and simplify the accessories they stock on the shelves.

Could an iPhone 5C get priced as low as $349, unsubsidized? I think it needs to be even lower if Apple intends to compete in the poorer world markets, but it clearly needs to be much lower than today’s iPhone 5 16GB $649, unlocked and contract free price [2]. This kind of pricing makes me wonder what they’ll remove from the 5C.

Apple’s WWDC Event 2013

WWDC 2013 LogoIf there is one event to cover every year, you couldn’t go wrong with an Apple event. Happening June 10 at 10am PST, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is expected to draw the attention of everyone in tech seeking out what’s next in technology.  Right now, Apple is at somewhat of a disadvantage as products like Android are leaping ahead with new tools and wearable devices. Much of the speculation about this event revolves around a possible watch and a new iPhone.

Backing my first Kickstarter project: JustMount and TidyTilt+

KickStarter-1I’m sure you, like many, have heard about a crowd-funding site named Kickstarter. The key role of Kickstarter is to help fund creative projects in all sorts of industries. Surely, technology is a showcase there, but the site includes many other creative endeavors including films, fashion, photography among many others. The process of funding a project is done by offering rewards (usually the product) and having a goal (usually the cost of production). If the project receives 100% of it’s goal, those who have paid into the project, or “backers” are billed and sent rewards. Kickstarter takes a 5% fee on the total funds collected and the project comes to life. You might think this is like a shopping site, Kickstarter is strongly against being labeled as a store.  While the many projects I’ve come across have seemed interesting – today is the first time I’ve backed one. Read on for more about my experiences with this new idea in funding.

Our Impressions Of The iPhone 5

This is the big boy of smartphones right now. It’s hard to think of a more desirable or lusted after device on the market (beyond the next iPhone itself). If you were looking for reviews, the web has them everywhere. The daunting task for any reviewer is to look at a device that is under such a huge microscope and try to add something new. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel in this case; just share the experiences we’ve had while using the iPhone 5 on Fido for the last couple of weeks. We have to say, strong opinions or not, we can’t deny how amazing this phone is.

iPhone 5 Teardown

Something all geeks look forward too – seeing the iPhone 5 torn apart piece-by-piece. This is done by the ever reliable folks at iFixit (who also tore apart the new Apple EarPods). The biggest news is how easily the iPhone 5’s display can be replaced.

The Teardown also mentioned a screen replacement on older phones: “Compare this to the iPhone 4S, where it took 38 steps to isolate the display assembly, and this iPhone may be the most repairable iPhone we’ve seen in a while.

Sweet. Can a phone be desired any more than this one? iFixit is cool too, I recently purchased a few tools from them and they were great with the entire purchase.

The 2012 Apple iPhone Announcement (Live)

Apple 2012 InvitationApple is suffering from a great deal of things these days. Certainty not a lack of money, that’s for sure. But, Apple has is a centerpiece of technology now, and all eyes are on it to deliver at such a pace that it’s become absurd. Take the probable launch of an iPhone – just the mere rumour of this product launching is enough to hurt sales of Apple’s previous phone product. Apple is also has it’s users on an ever changing merry-go-round that seems to never stop. Apple’s products have to have the shortest lifespan of all technology because of this ever speedy cycle of new products and upgrades. Today, we have a new announcement – let’s see what’s in store.

Upgrade An Already Jailbroken iOS Device From 5.0.1 to 5.1.1

Jailbreak-LogoOne of the more under-explained processes related to Jailbreaking an iOS device is that of performing an upgrade from an already jailbroken iOS device. It seems like most of the instructions you’ll find are leaving out huge pieces of information about the process and what you might lose. Well, look no further because I have the details you’ll want here. In this case I’m upgrading an already jailbroken 5.0.1 iPhone 4S to iOS 5.1.1 using a Mac. The jailbreak and tools are specific, but I think that this process will apply to other iOS devices like iPads as long as a jailbreak for the iOS version you’re upgrading to exists.

Can An Apple iPhone Become A Daily-Use Device With Only Data?

No-Cell-ServiceIt’s something the phone companies don’t want to hear. Since none of them currently offer the ability to get a data-only plan – and many people still pay for service they barely use –  don’t expect that to change any time soon. I think it’s a compelling argument: if you can do everything you require without only data on a phone, why aren’t more people demanding it? So, I’m going to take an iPhone and give it only data access (by way of WiFi tethered off another phone) and see how many of the daily-use features will work reliably.