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iPad Pro better than some laptops?

Posted by iHomer , in Uncategorized, Apple, Hardware, Software, iPad, iOS 15 November 2015 · 232 views

iPad Pro better than some laptops?

Apple's new product, the iPad Pro was released this month. Some claim that it has more power than some laptops, is that the case?


The iPad's has a dual-core A9X chip running at 2.25GHz backed up with a chunky 4GB of RAM (WHO NEEDS THAT MUCH!), and it makes quite a difference, coming close to doubling the benchmark scores of the A8X toting iPad Air 2 in single-core Geekbench 3.


The iPad Pro in a bench marking tool called Geekbench. The results are as follows:
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WoW, the iPad Pro's score of 3233 easily beats out a 2015 MacBook Air with a Core i5-5250U processor which hit 2879. Indeed, it came very close to equalling the 3295 recorded by a 13-inch MacBook Pro from this year running a Core i5-5257U – and the Surface Pro 4's (with i5-6300U) benchmark of 3250.


is this the future? no laptops?





iPad Pro coming this month

Posted by iHomer , in Hardware, iPad, iOS, Events, Gadgets 09 November 2015 · 276 views

iPad Pro coming this month

Apple's new edition to the iPad range is going to be released this month.
Rumours say that it would be released this week and be available to buy this Wednesday


The iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch Retina display powered by Apple's A9X chip, which is roughly twice as fast as last year's iPad Air 2 — Apple's claims it's faster than 80% of PCs shipped in the last year. It also comes with an improved 8-megapixel rear camera.


Apple again breaks Touch ID for some iPhone and iPad users with iOS 9.1

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone, Apple 06 November 2015 · 236 views

Apple again breaks Touch ID for some iPhone and iPad users with iOS 9.1

A number of iPhone and iPad owners are reporting Touch ID fingerprint recognition and stability issues after updating to the latest version of iOS 9, problems similar to those that cropped up in iOS 8.


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Judging from the multitude of entries on Apple's Support Communities forum, more than a few device owners have experienced iOS 9.1 Touch ID issues since the update was released two weeks ago.

Affected users report unreliable Touch ID fingerprint recognition, slow response times and in some cases a complete failure to activate.

Some have found a hard reset temporarily fixes the issue, but problems return after continued use. Others have performed factory resets and full restores through iTunes, though a permanent solution has yet to be discovered.

For those impacted by buggy Touch ID software the difficulties get worse, as Apple recently stopped code signing for iOS 9.0.2. This means users are unable to downgrade their device to a working OS, leaving them stuck until Apple addresses the problem.

Apple is currently beta testing iOS 9.2, the second public version of which was released on Wednesday, but it's not clear that the update includes a fix for the recent spate of Touch ID troubles. According Forbes, who has been in contact with Apple regarding the Touch ID situation over the past few days, company representatives have no official comment on the matter.

This is not the first time that an iOS update introduced bugs to the Touch ID system. When iOS 8.0.1 launched last year, early downloaders immediately complained of non-functional Touch ID modules. A subsequent iOS 8.3 update saw similar fingerprint recognition problems for App Store purchase.


Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' expected to pack 3GB of RAM into 'A10' CPU in late 2016

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone 06 November 2015 · 220 views

Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' expected to pack 3GB of RAM into 'A10' CPU in late 2016

Apple's next-generation plus-sized iPhone model will feature even more RAM, reaching 3 gigabytes in total embedded into a next-generation "A10" processor, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


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Apple iPhone 7 concept by Yasser Farahi.


Kuo's latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening with KGI Securities, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch "iPhone 7" is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.

Despite the anticipated RAM difference, both phones are expected to run a next-generation mobile processor architecture from Apple, likely to be known as the "A10" CPU.


“The iPhone 6 Plus features 1GB of RAM, while the iPhone 6s Plus doubles that to 2GB, but Apple is expected to add yet another gigabyte of memory to next year's 'iPhone 7 Plus'

To date, the main differentiating factor for the 5.5-inch "Plus" models, aside from screen size, has been improved cameras. Specifically, both the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6s Plus have exclusively boasted hardware optical image stabilization capabilities, which are not found in their smaller 4.7-inch counterparts.

It's likely that a new "iPhone 7" will debut in September of 2016, sticking with Apple's usual annual release pattern. It's also expected that Apple will introduce a revamped external design for next year's handset, though Kuo did not shed any details on those changes in Tuesday's report.

However, he previously revealed in September that the "iPhone 7" is on track to be Apple's thinnest iPhone yet, with the company said to be aiming to make the 2016 upgrade as thin as 6 millimeters. That would be even thinner than the latest iPod touch and iPad Air 2.

Kuo has an extremely strong track record in predicting Apple's future product plans. In particular, he correctly predicted all of the company's fall 2015 product updates, including a slightly thicker iPhone 6s with Series 7000 aluminum and Force Touch input, as well as a larger iPad Pro with pressure-sensitive stylus.

He also correctly predicted in April that Apple would not launch a new 4-inch iPhone model this year, though he said on Tuesday that he expects Apple will launch a metal handset with an A9 chip in that size in early 2016.


System Integrity Protection (SIP)

Posted by Irish_Man , in Mac, Apple 06 November 2015 · 247 views

El Capitan makes it harder than ever for malware to be a problem on the Mac thanks to System Integrity Protection.

System Integrity Protection (SIP) is a new way of managing access to essential system files in OS X El Capitan, but it's kicking some older software to the curb. So why is Apple implementing it?


Malware is a really serious problem not just on Windows but the Mac too—it seems like almost every week, we get a new report of some sort of malware or adware that's attacking Apple users. Most of these outbreaks are contained quickly, fortunately, and mitigated by the built-in anti-malware and technologies like Gatekeeper.

Apple can always do better, and in El Capitan, they have. To help bolster the Mac's security against malware infections, Apple's come up with System Integrity Protection

Before El Capitan, people could easily modify, or allow to be modified, core system files used by OS X by entering their administrator password. It's how, for example, we grant software installers "root" access to setup apps.

That's why, El Capitan has gone "rootless". System Integrity Protection makes sure the vital system files are safe from modification. This is a good thing: It should reduce the likelihood that you can accidentally infect yourself with malware, or that someone can gain access to your Mac or your files by escalating privilege exploits remotely.

If you use system-modifying utilities and system extensions that made essential changes to the way OS X works, however, you may notice that they no longer function or need to be updated.

SIP created problems for some developers during El Capitan's public beta development period over the summer. In many cases those problems have either been straightened out or are getting straightened out now. So check with the makers of the apps you use to see if they have updates.

And of course stay tuned to iMore, because we'll report on key updates as they become available.

Of course, you do have ultimate control over what happens on your Mac, so you can deactivate System Integrity Protection if you want to. I strongly advise against doing this, but I completely understand that you may be dependent on software that has to work regardless. I'll just reiterate one last time that SIP has been instituted in El Capitan for a reason: To protect you and to protect your Mac. Apple takes your privacy very seriously.

How to turn off System Integrity Protection in El Capitan

  • Click the  menu.
  • Select Restart...
  • Hold down command-R to boot into the Recovery System.
  • Click the Utilities menu and select Terminal.
  • Type csrutil disable and press return.
  • Close the Terminal app.
  • Click the  menu and select Restart....

If you decide later you want to re-engage SIP (and I earnestly hope that you do), repeat these steps, changing csrutil disable to csrutil enable instead.

Again, SIP has been instituted in El Capitan for a reason — to improve OS X security, and reduce the risk of anyone who isn't supposed to from getting to your data. But as in all things, your mileage may vary. Just be careful!


OS X 10.11.2 Public Beta 2 now ready for download

Posted by Irish_Man , in Mac 06 November 2015 · 177 views

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On the heels of the release of the second developer beta, Apple has seeded a new public beta build of OS X 10.11.2to public beta testers. It carries the same build number as the developer release, 15C31f, and is available through the Update section of the Mac App Store.
It's not yet clear what changes OS X 10.11.2 brings along. It's likely that it will focus on bug fixes and performance improvements. With this particular build, Apple asks tester to focus on several key areas, including Mail, Wi-Fi, Spotlight, and USB performance.


Even without an iPhone, you can still do a lot with your Apple Watch.

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone, Apple 06 November 2015 · 242 views

The Apple Watch and the iPhone may be two devices that go better together, but Apple's wearable is still powerful in its own right. If you leave your iPhone at home, here's what the Watch can do on its own.

It can tell the time

Unsurprisingly, timekeeping will continue to work as advertised, and you'll be able to set alarms and timers, see your calendar details, and more.

The only thing you're missing without an iPhone is an occasional ping to make sure the time as kept on the Watch is identical to the time as dictated by the global standard, but unless you're planning on being away from your iPhone for months, you should be just fine.


It can play music and showcase your favorite photos

Even without an iPhone in your pocket, you and your Watch will be able to groove along to any music playlists you've stored on your device (up to 2GB worth) with wireless Bluetooth headphones. You'll also be able to view any local photos from iCloud Photo Library (up to 75MB).

Your other songs and photos are safe and sound, but inaccessible until you once again connect to your phone.


It can track your fitness (but not your distance)

Go out on a run without your iPhone, and the Watch will continue tracking your fitness — that includes your heartbeat, step counts, stairs climbed, and stand-sit ratio.

All that information is stored locally while you're away from your iPhone, and will be synced with the Health app as soon as you're within pairing range. You won't be able to track distance or specific routes, however, as the Watch has no GPS receiver.


It can use Apple Pay and Passbook

Even Apple Pay works while you're away from your iPhone: The Watch stores your Apple Pay cards as unique tokens on the device; when you activate Apple Pay near an NFC reader, the Watch uses the terminal to transmit and confirm your payment. You don't have to worry about having your iPhone on you if you pick up Starbucks after a run, for example.

The same goes with Passbook: Any gift cards, boarding passes, or loyalty cards you've added on your iPhone are automatically synced with the Watch.


Connect to the Internet (if you've been there before with your iPhone)

Even if you don't have your phone handy, your watchOS 2-based Apple Watch can hop on previously used Wi-Fi networks. Whether it's your local network, a nearby coffee shop, or your friend's house, your Apple Watch should still be able to access the internet.

Use standalone third-party apps

As of watchOS 2, there are two kinds of Apple Watch apps: iPhone-based and stand-alone. The former require an iPhone to function: All the Watch contains is their interface. Currently loaded data will be cached, but otherwise looks (notifications) won't come in, glances (widgets) won't update, and WatchKit apps won't stay interactive. Think of it like going into a kind of Airplane mode until the iPhone connection is restored.

Stand-alone apps, however, can continue rocking long after you've left your iPhone at home. This includes third-party apps that use the heart sensor, games, and even internet-based apps—assuming you have access to a remembered Wi-Fi point.

What it can't do: Connect to GPS or Siri

Now, there are still some things that won't be functional when your iPhone is away, including GPS-related activities (the Apple Watch doesn't have an embedded GPS receiver). Siri, too, is MIA, as it relies on both a data connection and Siri processing from the iPhone to work its magic.


Appcake v5.0 beta! What's new?

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Cydia, Apple, Jailbreak, Software, Tweaks, iPod, iPad, iOS 03 November 2015 · 475 views

The appcake v5.0 beta has just been released!


What's new?

  • Clean new UI
  • No 3rd party download sites!
  • Direct downloads
  • No ad's
  • Faster Downloads
  • Nice new icon


Apple has now stopped signing iOS 9.0.2

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Cydia, Apple, Jailbreak, Software, iOS 30 October 2015 · 312 views
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Apple has now stopped signing iOS 9.0.2

Unfortunately Apple has now stopped signing iOS 9.0.2.


With no news on the new iOS 9.1 jailbreak, jailbreakers are now stcuk on iOS 9.0.2.


To check signing status' go to http://www.ipsw.me


iOS 9 Great popular tweaks you should check out! [October]

Posted by iHomer , in Uncategorized, iPhone, Cydia, Jailbreak, Tweaks, iPod, iPad, iOS 27 October 2015 · 361 views

Here we check out some of the most popular iOS 9 tweaks of October


BreadcrumbsAway is the perfect jailbreak tweak that will eliminate back links found in apps. If you find them irritating, like me and you hate the status bar to be messy, you need to use the BreadcrumbsAway tweak. It works by removing the back to... button.


Some applications mighty not contain the 3D Touch Quick Actions, that is why a tweak moniker Shortcuts will immediately add them and can even improve the apps that have the latter element. Besides giving 3D Touch Quick Actions, Shortcuts also offers Spotify and its own shortcuts which might come in handy.


The News app is sadly only available in the US, but if you own a jailbroken iPhone device, you can get your hands on the latter app by setting-up the NewsoftheWorld tweak, give it a try.


This brand new app switcher will make an impression on you. With it, you will see all of your applications laid out and it will also scroll in a different direction that in iOS 8. If you desperately want to alter the direction in which the app switcher functions, Switcher Tweak will do the job.


The Hey Siri element was introduced in iOS 8 and it ca be used while your phone is plugged in. A simple voice command and Siri will obey. However, with the iPhone 6s device, the Hey Siri feature works even if your device is not plugged in, but for older iPhones, having the latter plugging in is a must.