iPhone 5s First Impressions

 

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The iPhone 5s launched this morning and I was lucky to to get my hands on the device so I thought it would be a good idea to share some first impressions!
Design
The design of the 5s is almost exactly the same. The only changes is the space gray in replacement of the back and addition of gold. The home button is yes changed to a circle where the fingerprint scanner or Touch ID is. Overall the space gray is very nice and it was the model I wanted.

Software

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The software of iOS 7 is 64bit for the iPhone 5s and trust me you can tell. With the advanced processor it flies running software better than ever before. As for iOS itself I love 7 and just not the safari icon.

Hardware

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The hardware is what this model is all about. The hardware of the 5s is what the phone is all about. The biggest change – Touch ID actually works very well if you calibrate it correctly. It recognizes mine and only mine so in terms of security it’s your best option – of course you also need a passcode with it. The processor is blazing fast and while apps right now don’t take advantage of the system’s 64 bit system but when they do it will be amazing. For the motion sensor I don’t know about it yet I haven’t tested it.

Battery

I cannot tell because I haven’t used it normally but I would say an improvement over the iPhone 5.

Accessories

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All iPhone 5 accessories work with the iPhone 5s. This year Apple gave us back the dock connector and even a bunch of leather cases, I got the red one which is pictured above. Overall the case is great to the touch and looks very nice I recommend getting one for an iPhone 5 or 5s because it fits both… Also it has an Apple logo!

Those are just some quick impressions. Were you able to grab an iPhone 5s today?

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iOS 7 Myths

I am tired of getting text messages and twitter messages about iOS 7 and the myths popular twitter’s have made about it to get more followers so I am going to post them here and hopefully you will help me spread the word.

  1. Text Screenshot Notifications- No you cannot do this. I have friends running 7 and they cannot see when I take a screenshot of their texts.
  2. iOS 7 does not come out at midnight. It doesn’t even come out tomorrow. Apple has never released any update let alone a major without developers seeing the GM seed first.

Right now those are the top myths. Help spread the word by retweeting on twitter and please realize that twitter pages tell you this stuff for publicity. Thanks

~Matthew Jagiela

iPhone Event Rumor Roundup! [Video]

(iOS 7 myths below)

We are less than 24 hours away from Apple’s iPhone event and that calls for a rumor roundup. Instead of making a very long post on everything we have learned about what is going to be at the event I decided to make a video of everything we learned. My show notes are below but here comes some linkage for live blogs tomorrow and where I get some of my news.

9to5mac

iMore

Engadget

Gizmodo

Macrumors

Plus the special home button design.
Notes!!!!!

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iOS 7 and the “Ghost” Usage Problem

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Anyone running iOS 7 will tell you battery life is worse than iOS6. Well of course it is there are more animations and functions that take a roll on the battery life. However ask someone running it how much worse someone could say “I only get 2 hours of battery now” where others would say “I get almost the same only a half an hour off.” There is a very distinct reason for this and it’s called “Ghost” usage. Now what is basically when running iOS 7 apps actually run and sometimes update in the background which is real multitasking. Sometimes (yes I realize this is a BETA but it has been 1-6 now) the app will get stuck running in the background always being used by the phones software even when you restart or RAM flush. There is no way to tell what is running in the background but you can tell something is by going to usage settings and Usage and Standby will be the exact same time. Now I have experienced it for the first time and I can’t get rid of it without a full restore. However what I think sets it off is when you make an alarm and set it to go off on weekdays or more than once I started getting ghost usage. Even turning the alarms off now doesn’t work and that is the only change I have made sense running 7 which I have been sense the release. Apple needs to fix this problem but so far they haven’t even explained anything to us or fixed the problem itself. However I wanted to let anyone know who’s running iOS 7 that this could be a cause of your battery being dead. If you’re having ghost usage then check your alarms for one that repeats. Hope this helps.

7 Interesting Features in iOS 7

I thought I would share some interesting things I have found in the beta for iOS 7.

– The Clock app not only shoes the correct time but the second handle actually moves around the clock

-Maps has a night time viewer.

– When you have set a timer the time remaining will be on the lock screen under the time signature.

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– Twitter/Facebook sharing from notification center is gone

– Spotlight search has changed from the most left of the home screen to being pulled down from any home screen for navigation.

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– You can use your camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards much like you can in iTunes For Mac.

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-iTunes Radio is censored to all cursing words. (May change in an update).

I am still playing around with the update and there is no doubt things will be changed and added in the releases to follow such as improved battery life and maybe quick reply for iMessage like in the new Mac OS X Mavericks.