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How to Change Your Mac’s Admin Password

38 min 45 sec ago

How to Change Your Mac’s Admin Password is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

By default, your Mac’s admin password is your iCloud password. This is a new feature introduced in OS X Yosemite, but it’s something that not all users like, so here’s how to go back to using an admin password of your choice.

The nice thing about past versions of OS X was that you could establish your own admin password during the set up process when you first installed OS X, but OS X Yosemite no longer does that and it simply just uses your iCloud password as the default admin password, which means you have to enter it in every time your Mac needs your authorization to open up a certain app or change a certain setting.

If your iCloud password is long and complicated, this really isn’t a convenient way to go. However, you can still reset your admin password and change it to something that’s a bit easier to type in, and you’ll no longer be forced to stick with using your iCloud password every time.

So here’s how to change your Mac’s admin password in OS X Yosemite.

1234 Is Not a Password

Firstly, before you even change your Mac’s admin password, think of an easy-to-remember password that’s also easy to type in, but you also want it to be somewhat complicated so that nobody can easily guess it.

I’m a big fan of using keyboard patterns for passwords, like “pqlamz,” which is essentially just alternating the last letter keys on each row of the keyboard. Something like that is complicated enough, but it’s also easy to remember and super easy to type in.

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Technically, you don’t need a really strong password for an admin password, since it’s really only used for authorizing changes to settings and such on your Mac, but you need one in place, even if you don’t enable a login during startup.

With that said, here’s how to change your Mac’s admin password.

How to Change the Admin Password

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up System Preferences (the icon with a cog inside). Then click on Users & Groups.

From there, you’ll want to unlock the padlock in the lower-left corner, so click on that and enter in your iCloud password. After that’s done, click on Change Password. You’ll get a pop-up that gives you the option to use a password other than your iCloud password, so go ahead and click on Use Separate Password.

Next, you’ll be asked to enter in your iCloud password and then you’ll type in a new password of your choice below that. Type that new password again in the Verify text box. You can also set a password hint, which will allow you to more easily remember your password if you ever forget it, but that’s entirely optional.

Once you’re done, click on Use Separate Password to confirm the change. Your Mac will use that new password that you set. Once that window closes, go ahead and click on the padlock in the lower-left corner to lock up that settings window, and then you can close out of System Preferences.

Now, whenever you go to enter in your admin password, you’ll just need to enter in that new password that you specified, instead of having to use your complicated iCloud password.

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How to Change Your Mac’s Admin Password is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Killer Halo: The Master Chief Collection Deal Arrives

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Killer Halo: The Master Chief Collection Deal Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Ahead of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s November 11th release date, Dell has revealed a new deal that lets shoppers at its website save $25 on the first-person shooter coming exclusively to the Xbox One.

As of right now Dell is taking pre-orders for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On the page of the game itself, Dell advertises Halo: Master Chief Collection for $59.99. To be clear, that’s the regular price of the game at places like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and GameStop. On its gaming deals page we something a bit different.

According to that page anyone who purchases Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dell gets a $25 gift card. Effectively, this Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal means users are getting the game for roughly $35. That is provided that they’re ok with the details involved.

First, Dell isn’t making that $25 gift card available to Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal seekers until after they’ve purchased the game. Users will be able to spend that $25 in credit on whatever they want, but that’s only after they’ve paid the full price of the game. As Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a new release, that’s $60. Those who choose to spend the gift card on something that costs more than $25 can expect to have to pay the balance left.

Users will have to wait between 10 and 20 days before they receive their gift card code for this Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal. When the code finally does arrive it’ll only be good for 90 days, giving users until just after the holidays to use it before they’ve effectively missed out on the savings. Those are some pretty harsh terms, especially since users could be stuck waiting almost a month before seeing any savings.

On the other hand, it’s not as if there are a lot of Halo: The Master Collection deals floating around. Those who purchase the game from Microsoft’s own retail locations can expect $10 or $15 in gift card savings depending on whether they’re a member of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Rewards program or not. GameStop no longer boosts trade-in value on specific games like it once did. It stopped that practice in August in favor of providing better trade-in values across the board.

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Announced at E3 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t really a new game in the long-running shooter franchise. Instead, it’s a high-definition remake of all the multiplayer and story levels from past games that feature its main protagonist John 117. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 are all crammed into this one single purchase. It’s probably the most content gamers have ever gotten for $60. Joining those missions and multiplayer levels are special add-ons to get users excited for what’s coming next.

Read: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Pre-Orders Start Today

The Xbox One may not have had a new Halo game in is first year on store shelves, but it’s getting one next year called Halo 5: The Guardians. Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers will be the first to get their hands on this new game through a public beta this December. Halo: The Master Chief Collection also includes access to a live-action series called Halo: Nightfall. The series will focus on Agent Locke, who’ll be a playable character in Halo 5 alongside John 117.

It’s important to note that Dell’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal is for a physical copy of the game. Users will need to install a portion of the game on their Xbox One’s hard drive, but once they’re done it can be traded into places like GameStop, Wal-Mart or Best Buy for credit towards other games and accessories. As such, users stand to save a bit more than that initial $25 depending on whether they’d like to keep it around or not.

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Killer Halo: The Master Chief Collection Deal Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 Release Date Arrives in Stores

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:45

iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 Release Date Arrives in Stores is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

After almost a week of pre-orders the in store iPad Air 2 release date is finally here, offering widespread availability at Apple Stores and coming soon to Best Buy and other retailers. Right alongside the thinner and faster iPad Air 2 is the iPad mini 3 release in the same stores, offering the new 7.9-inch tablet as well.

The in store iPad Air 2 release date arrives even as some shoppers wait for Apple to ship and deliver their new tablet. iPad Air 2 pre-orders kicked off online and in stores last week, at $499 and up for the iPad Air 2.

Although not as exciting to current iPad mini owners, this is also the iPad mini 3 release date in Apple Stores and other retailers. The new iPad mini 3 starts at $399.

The in store iPad Air 2 release date is here.

News of the in store iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 release date comes after an atypical launch where Apple only confirmed pre-orders and left the in store release dates as coming soon.

Read: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Mini 3: Which One Should You Buy?

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This afternoon Apple Stores kicked off the iPad Air 2 release date with the option to reserve an iPad Air 2 for pickup. Shoppers can use the Apple Store App to find an iPad Air 2 in stock at a local Apple Store. Best Buy also offers the iPad Air 2 in stores for pickup on October 24th.

Not all locations are ready for the in store iPad Air 2 release date so be sure to check with Best Buy or Apple before you go to a store. You can reserve an iPad Air 2 at either location for no extra charge as long as one is in stock.

The iPad mini 2 & iPad Air 2 release hits stores.

The iPad Air 2 WiFi + Cellular is not available in stores yet. Traditionally the LTE iPad release trails behind the WiFi only models, though the shipping dates for the iPad Air 2 with LTE are two to four days, like the iPad Air 2 WiFi when ordered through Apple.com.

Read: Apple Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect

The in store iPad mini 3 release date also arrived today at Apple Stores and Best Buy. Shoppers should check using the web or Apple Store or Best Buy apps as not every location offers the iPad mini 3 in stock yet. You can reserve the iPad mini 3 for pickup at Best Buy starting October 24th. It appears easier to find the iPad Air 2 in stock.

 

The iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 release arrives Friday at Best Buy.

The iPad mini 3 with LTE is also not available in stores yet, though there is a one to 3 day shipping time online so it’s only a matter of days before shoppers can expect to walk in and buy an iPad mini 3 WiFi + Cellular at an Apple Store.

At this point it is not clear if the iPad Air 2 release date arrived for all stores like Walmart and Target or if carriers like Verizon, AT&T and others will offer the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini in stores today. Walmart offers the iPad Air 2 for $489 and up and the iPad mini 3 for $389. Best Buy and Walmart both offer trade-in deals to help ease the price of upgrading from an older iPad 2.

Read: 11 iPad Air 2 Release Date Tips for Buyers

The iPad Air 2 features a thinner new design, 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options and an upgraded processor that delivers better performance than the iPad Air that is now $399. Apple finally offers the iPad Air 2 in gold, to match the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus. The iPad Air 2 also includes Touch ID and support for Apple Pay payments.

Apple did not pack in as many upgrades for the iPad mini 3. The main upgrades are a cheaper 64GB storage option, Touch ID with Apple Pay and a gold color option.

 

 

 

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iPad mini 3 & iPad Air 2 Release Date Arrives in Stores is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Exciting Galaxy Note 4 Deal Hits U.S.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:24

Exciting Galaxy Note 4 Deal Hits U.S. is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new World Series Galaxy Note 4 deal has hit the United States though the exciting deal only applies to select Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers looking to score a discount.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is an impressive smartphone and one that comes loaded with high-powered specs including a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a brand new 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, a new S Pen stylus, Android 4.4.4 KitKat software that’s backed by TouchWiz, and a brand new design that comes with both plastic and metal materials. Unfortunately, those high-powered specifications come with a cost.

The Galaxy Note 4, on sale in the United States since last week, commands a $299.99 on-contract price point at most carriers. Off-contract, the device can be found from anywhere between $700 and $826. It’s one of the most expensive smartphones on the market and that’s a big reason why consumers are seeking out Galaxy Note 4 deals in the days after the Galaxy Note 4 release.

While we haven’t seen a ton, we’ve stumbled upon a few and today, a new Galaxy Note 4 deal has emerged for buyers in the United States. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 4 deal does not encompass all carriers and instead, it applies only to those looking to buy the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 variant.

A T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 deal knocks $30 off the price.

The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 deal is found through the carrier itself and it ties into the Major League Baseball playoffs that currently pit the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. T-Mobile, one of the MLB’s official sponsors, is knocking $30 off the price of its Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5.

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T-Mobile’s deal expires on October 28th and it requires buyers to input a discount code in order to take advantage of the offer. The deal knocks the Galaxy Note 4 price down to $749.76. T-Mobile also throws in free shipping making this a Galaxy Note 4 deal worth looking at as we push away from the Galaxy Note 4 release date in the United States. It’s not the only rodeo in town though.

Those that aren’t interested in going through T-Mobile can take advantage of Best Buy’s trade-in offer. Best Buyis offering $200 gift cards to those who trade in a working smartphone and buy the Galaxy Note 4. This offer extends to the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and it’s going to be valid through November 1st.

Galaxy Note 4 deals are also available on Amazon. While the retailer still hasn’t dropped the on-contract price of the Galaxy Note 4, Amazon is offering deals on the off-contract version of the Galaxy Note 4. For instance, its offering a $20 discount on the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 which costs a whopping $826 through AT&T. Best Buy is also offering a few off-contract deals for the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung is also sweetening its Galaxy Note 4 release with its Galaxy Gifts deal. Galaxy Gifts, which comes free to Galaxy Note 4 buyers, provides tons of free content right off the bat including 12-weeks to the New York Times, a year to Bloomberg, and three months of OnLive gaming. It also comes with 50GB of free DropBox space for two years.

The Galaxy Note 4′s back cover and pen garage

Galaxy Note 4 deals will continue well into its launch as retailers and carriers jockey for position ahead of the holidays and Black Friday. Flagship Android devices typically find themselves in the bargain bin just months after release so those buying today may not even wind up with the best Samsung Galaxy Note 4 deals.

While the Galaxy Note 4 release date has encountered some bumps in the road, the device is now available in the U.S., UK and India giving consumers in those countries another top smartphone option.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 release will coincide with another big Galaxy Note release. The Galaxy Note Edge release date has now been confirmed for late October in Japan and will arrive tomorrow on Japanese carriers KDDI and NTT DoCoMo. The U.S. is expected to get the Galaxy Note Edge later in the year. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have confirmed it for arrival.

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Exciting Galaxy Note 4 Deal Hits U.S. is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S4: 6 Things to Know Before You Upgrade

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:49

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S4: 6 Things to Know Before You Upgrade is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular smartphones available, but with owners possibly approaching their 18 month update window, buyers are likely looking for something new. Last week Google officially announced a brand new flagship phone that may be on many of those buyers radar. The Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone. Buyers have a lot of choices, and with the Galaxy S4 getting a bit old these days many may be considering making a switch.

Now that the Nexus 6 is official and all the reports, rumors and leaks have been confirmed as accurate, buyers are probably pondering if it’s worth buying. While many GS4 owners have likely updated to the Galaxy S5, Note 3, or are eying the Note 4, Google’s new Nexus 6 is worth checking out.

Read: Nexus 6 Pre-Order Details Arrive

The Galaxy S4 was announced in March of 2013 and released around the globe within a few months. While many US carriers didn’t offer it until late May, that still means that over the coming months owners will be eligible for upgrades, especially those looking to jump on AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, or any of the other various early upgrade programs. Read on for everything you’ll want to know about the Galaxy S4 vs the Nexus 6.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is still a premium smartphone that many owners can use and enjoy for years, but with screen sizes getting bigger, cameras improving, and the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update finally here some could be looking to switch. Of course the Galaxy S4 will see updates, but not before the Note 3, Note 4, and Galaxy S5 devices that arrived after it do first.

The Galaxy S4 offers a large HD display and plenty of premium features, but like all things, a replacement is eventually going to arrive. And while we can’t predict a users wants, needs, preference or even budget, below we’ll rundown a few key details you’ll need to know before considering the switch.

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One key aspect of any smartphone buyers decision (aside from the price) is the size of the screen. Android smartphones have continued to get bigger and bigger, a trend which was kicked into full gear by Samsung. The new Motorola Nexus 6 is the biggest Nexus device yet. So much in fact that it has turned off many potential Nexus buyers simply because it may be too big.

That being said, each user has different needs and wants, and this is what Google felt was best moving forward. Giving users more space to do what they want with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the 5.96-inch display on the Nexus 6. However, that huge screen is a Quad-HD screen with a 2560 x 1440 2k resolution display. Meaning it has tons of pixels, and pictures and video will simply look stunning.

Yes, the Nexus 6 has nearly a 6-inch screen, which is quite big compared to 5-inch screen on the Galaxy S4. It’s even bigger than the Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus. This is a Nexus phablet.

This may be the biggest concern for buyers. The Galaxy S4 has an impressive 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, so it still looks wonderful, but it isn’t a Quad-HD display like other premium phones released in 2014. 5-inches may be perfect for many, but a bigger screen with minimal bezels like the Nexus 6 gives you extra screen real-estate without taking up too much more space in your pocket.

Below is a quick comparison between some other large devices recently released. Showing it’s size compared to the Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning it’s certainly bigger than the Galaxy S4.

This is a big phone. A “phablet” in every sense of the word.

Samsung’s known for having some of the best displays on the market, and the S4 has a great screen that is crisp, vibrant, and colorful. Google’s Nexus 6 should in theory be better though, so consider that.

Design

Another big difference between the Galaxy S4 and Nexus 6 is the design, and build materials. Previous Nexus devices have been built of plastic, rather lightweight, and not the most durable or attractive looking devices. The new Nexus 6 has a few big changes that will make it stand out. For one, it comes in a beautiful blue or white color, and is wrapped in a brushed aluminum ring for added durability, protection, and styling. No other Nexus has offered aluminum, except the original HTC Nexus One.

Everything about Motorola’s Nexus 6 screams big, although the back features subtle curves that wrap into the aluminum edges to make it feel extremely thin in your hand, even if it is nearly 10mm thick at the biggest point. It doesn’t sound thin on paper, but will still feel excellent in your hands. Another key aspect of the design is front facing speakers, just like the Nexus 9 and the HTC One M8, the Moto Nexus 6 has dual front facing speakers. One integrated into the earpiece up top, and another below the on-screen keys down below. This should make sound much improved, especially compared to the Galaxy S4 which has a single, small speaker on the back facing the wrong direction.

That aside, the Galaxy S4 is still a great phone. It’s thin, lightweight, but made of all plastic. It does have an aluminum-looking ring around the sides like the Nexus 6, but that too is made of plastic. It’s more for looks than durability and design.

On that same note, there is nothing wrong with the Galaxy S4. It was an extremely popular smartphone in 2013, and is still a good choice this year for those on a budget. It still has an HD display, a good 13 megapixel camera, a micro-SD card, and will see an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop sometime rather soon.

Release Date

We’ll get into specs and everything that makes this phone better in a moment, because everyone that’s looking to buy a phone probably wants to know when they can expect the new Nexus 6 to arrive. It was announced October 15th, pre-orders go live on the 29th, and it should be available in early November from all major US carriers.

The Nexus 6 is going to be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and… Verizon. Yes, all five major US carriers will offer the Nexus 6, which is a first for any Nexus device. The same can be said about the Galaxy S4, which is available on most carriers, even smaller ones the Nexus 6 won’t be. That could be an issue for some, but most use the five major carriers, and the Nexus 6 will be a worthy upgrade when it arrives early next month.

T-Mobile states the Nexus 6 will be available on its shelves come November 12th, and we saw pre-order pages on AT&T accidentally go live early too. While we can’t confirm any other dates, it’s highly plausible most US carriers will offer it come November 12th, if not slightly before or after. This means the Nexus 6 will be here next month right in time for 18 month update windows if you bought the Galaxy S4 when it was new.

Read: Nexus 6 Release Date Breakdown

It’s also likely the completely unlocked Nexus 6 will be sold from the Google Play Store a few days ahead of carriers, but it’s too early to tell. We’ll know more in the coming weeks as the Nexus 6 release date approaches. A few reports suggest pre-orders will open for the Nexus 6 on October 29th.

This all said, the Galaxy S4 is also available for huge discounts now that the S5 is here. So while we’re aiming this article at those considering upgrading from the Galaxy S4, you could also see the two and not want to spend extra on the Nexus 6, and instead pick the impressive Galaxy S4 up on the cheap.

Specs

The Nexus 6 is the biggest, fastest, and best Nexus smartphone to date. It’s also huge. It has all the top-tier specs users come to expect, rather than slightly undercutting the competition and offering a lower price. It’s on par with the Note 4, Galaxy S5, and all other manufactures this year, if not beating many in multiple key areas. This means it’s certainly an upgrade over the Galaxy S4 from 2013. While specs aren’t everything, some like the cold hard numbers, so here they are.

Nexus 6 Specs

  • 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop (64-bit support)
  • 13 Megapixel camera with OIS, 2 MP front camera (4k video capture)
  • Dual Ring Flash similar to Moto X
  • Dual Front-facing speakers
  • Aluminum frame around device like the new Moto X 2014
  • 3,220 mAh battery

Galaxy S4 Specs

  • 5.0-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD AMOLED Display
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage and micro-SD support
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (Lollipop coming soon)
  • 13 Megapixel camera and 2 MP front shooter
  • IR Blaster for remote control
  • Single rear facing speaker
  • 2,600 mAh battery (wireless charging optional add-on)

A quick look will instantly reveal the differences. The Nexus 6 is bigger, faster, better, and should have an improved camera while getting much longer battery life. And that’s before we even mention software.

Software

Software is a big aspect of these two devices, simply because while Samsung updates quickly to Google’s latest releases, they cover it with their own TouchWiz interface skin. Or overlay. Samsung devices look nothing like stock Android you’ll see and enjoy on the Nexus 6, but it does have a few features that many enjoy.

That being said, here’s everything you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google’s added tons of changes from improved security, animations and effects for a more natural and visual response to touches, 64-bit computing support, guest mode for smartphones and tablets, redesigned the entire interface and notification system, and much much more.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first devices to run the new Android 5.0 Lollipop release, but Samsung’s already working hard on delivering the same update out for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Note 3/4, and many other popular Samsung devices. Below is a quick video that leaked of Samsung’s version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which should come to the Galaxy S4 sometime hopefully before the end of the year.

The general software features will all be similar, but look completely different on these two devices. Add in all of Samsung’s S-Apps, S-Health, motion and hands-free controls, and there’s a few things you may miss if you upgrade. That being said, I rarely use any of the gimmicky software features on my own Galaxy S5, so this may not be that big of an issue for potential upgraders.

Price

Last but certainly not least is the price. Samsung’s devices have always been expensive, but buyers usually get them on contract and pay $199 out the gate. This is something that will also be available for the Nexus 6 for the first time in Nexus history, so the price shouldn’t be a huge concern, but is worth addressing.

Google’s Nexus 6 is $649 for the 32GB version and $699 for the 64GB model. There is no micro-SD slot. This is expensive, but it’s cheaper than the smaller Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that was released earlier this month. Meaning it’s expensive for a Nexus, but still undercuts larger devices of this caliber, making it a pretty good deal.

The Galaxy S4 though, has been dropping in price with new models arriving, and can be found for pretty cheap if you’re on a budget. Verizon and many other carriers are offering the Galaxy S4 for $49 with a new contract, or even free, and it’s $499 outright from most for the 16GB model. That’s $150 less than the Nexus 6 on contract or outright, depending on carriers or storage configurations.

All said and done though, many are used to spending $199 or so on-contract, which is what we’re assuming the Nexus 6 will cost. So if you’re looking for an impressive big new phone, the Nexus 6 may be a great choice if you haven’t already bought the Galaxy Note 4.

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Nexus 6 vs Galaxy S4: 6 Things to Know Before You Upgrade is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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11 Common iOS 8.1 Problems & How to Fix Them

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:04

11 Common iOS 8.1 Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this week, Apple pushed out its iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 8.1 delivers new features but it also brings a laundry list of bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. And while it does fix a number of issues, iPhone and iPad users have discovered some iOS 8.1 problems in the days after its arrival. Here, we take a look at how to solve common iOS 8.1 problems.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date to the beta leaving iPhone and iPad users wondering about the release date. Last week, Apple cleared it all up and announced an iOS 8.1 release date for Monday, October 20th.

On Monday morning, Apple released iOS 8.1 to the public, bringing Apple Pay and a number of bug fixes to those running compatible devices. Apple Pay might be the focus of iOS 8.1 but the update is a massive bug fixer that has solved many of the initial iOS 8.0 problems that sprouted up in the weeks after the initial iOS 8 release and the release of iOS 8.0.2.

Fixes for iPhone 6 Plus problems with LTE.

Of course, iOS updates, even massive bug fix updates like iOS 8.1, typically bring problems of their own and that’s exactly what has happened. iPhone and iPad users are reporting that while iOS 8.1 does deliver some key bug fixes, it also breaks features and settings inside iOS 8. We’ve heard from a number of iPhone and iPad users who are dealing with issues after upgrading from iOS 8.0.2 or below. And while the issues don’t seem to be widespread, there are some that are certainly more common then others.

With no iOS 8.1.1 release in sight, iPhone and iPad users dealing with iOS 8.1 problems are going to need to rely on temporary fixes to remedy those issues. And while we say with one hundred percent certainty that the following fixes for iOS 8.1 problems are going to work for everyone, those dealing with bugs will still want to give them a shot.

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While we haven’t seen the usual outpouring of complaints about iOS battery life, we have seen several iPhone and iPad users complain. iOS battery drain, or at least perceived iOS battery drain, is one of the most common problems to emerge in the wake of an iOS upgrade and so it’s no surprise that iPhone and iPad users are noticing issues.

Fortunately, there are quite a few things that iPhone and iPad owners can try should the device start experiencing heavy battery drain after the iOS 8.1 installation or in the weeks after its download. Battery life issues won’t necessarily pop up right at the start and will often times emerge in the days, weeks and months after an update’s arrival.

While there are a ton of things that users recommend, we think there are several key fixes that iPhone and iPad owners should try. These fixes range from small settings tweaks to changes in your daily use. All of them have the potential to fix bad iOS 8.1 battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before performing a hard reset.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi Issues

We’ve already heard about several iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi problems and we expect to hear about more before everything is said and done. This isn’t anything new. Apple’s discussion forums have been rife with complaints about iOS Wi-Fi issues for many years now. And while iOS 8.1 does come with a fix for one Wi-Fi problem, there’s a good chance that it’s not going to fix everything for everyone.

There is no guaranteed fix for iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that iPhone and iPad users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the device to an Apple Store. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 and iOS 7 updates and they’ve worked for many users in the past.

iOS 8.1 fixes some iPhone 6 plus WiFi problems.

The first thing to do is reset the device’s networking settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. Those experiencing Wi-Fi issues will want to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. To do this, open up the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Users will need the passcode and a few minutes of time because the phone or tablet is going to reboot itself after the process completes. Users will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process is going to wipe those out.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Cellular Data Issues

We’ve also been getting complaints about cellular data issues on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.1. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPad and iPhone users for many years now and it looks like iOS 8.1 is no different.

To try and fix these, users should first try restarting the iPhone or iPad. This has worked for us in the past. If that simple fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off. It’s a quick process and one that should return things to normal assuming connectivity isn’t down in the area.

Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues in the past.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Bluetooth Problems

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update arrived with a fix for some of the Bluetooth issues plaguing iPhone and iPad users on iOS 8.0.2 and iOS 8.0. However, iOS 8.1 failed to fix every single Bluetooth issue.

Bluetooth problems have given iPhone and iPad users headaches for years. And while iOS 8.1 appears to have alleviated some of the major headaches, it hasn’t eradicated them all.

There doesn’t appear to be a cure all fix but we’ve heard about a few possible fixes that iOS 8.1 users will want to try. iOS users have singled out “Reset All Settings” as a solid fix. It hasn’t worked for everyone but there are a ton of people that are claiming success after trying it on their iPhone. It should work for Apple’s iPad as well.

To do this, open up the device and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This is going to take a bit of time and users will lose all saved settings but the pay off is that it seems to be fixing Bluetooth issues for many people. It’s certainly worth a try if Bluetooth keeps acting up after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrade.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 App Issues

We haven’t experienced any issues with applications after getting iOS 8.1 on board but that doesn’t mean that we won’t in the future. Issues with third-party applications are among the most common iOS problems and we’re already hearing complaints from iPhone and iPad users about app performance in Apple’s latest upgrade.

iPhone and iPad users can’t rely on iOS updates for app fixes. Instead, users will need to rely on third-party developers (the makers of the app) and some useful, simple fixes.

First, make sure applications on the iPhone or iPad are updated. App updates with support for iOS 8 have been trickling out since launch. Many iOS users are horrible about updating apps and that’s a habit that can, and should, be broken immediately.

iPhone and iPad users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically behind the scenes. Auto updates will ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Updates on.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Random Reboots

Random reboots have plagued iPhone and iPad users for a number of years now, we ourselves have experienced them, and it looks like iOS 8.1 is causing some random issues for iPhone and iPad users.

As we’ve pointed out, the only permanent cure is going to be an iOS update and iOS 8.1.1 isn’t guaranteed to fix things. Fortunately, after years of dealing with these issues, we have some tips to try and minimize this extremely random issue. These fixes helped when we saw them in iOS 7 last year and they have helped to tone them down in iOS 8.

First, try restarting the iPad. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPhone and iPad in iOS 7. We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started. If nothing helps, iPhone and iPad users will simply have to wait for iOS 8.1.1 or whatever is next from Apple.

How to Improve iOS 8.1 Performance

We’ve seen some dips in performance after installing iOS 8.1 and we’ve heard that we’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few things that could return the device to form.

Back when iOS 8.0 first came out, we outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings. These fixes are for the iPhone 4s but they will help with all versions of the iPhone and iPad as well.

Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPad or Apple’s iPhone. If nothing works, users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 AirDrop Problems

iOS’ AirDrop is a quick way to share files across devices. It’s also a feature that’s been troublesome for some users in the past. We ourselves have encountered AirDrop problems inside iOS 8.1 though we were able to solve them with a simple solution.

iPhone and iPad users experiencing issues with AirDrop, including the inability to send files or discover users, will simply want to try toggling AirDrop to Everyone. To do that, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the screen and change the setting from Off or Contacts Only to Everyone. With this setting turned on, we were able to share files across all devices using iOS 8.1 with no problem at all.

Users will also want to ensure that the device is signed into the proper iCloud account. If it’s not, the feature won’t work.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Keyboard Lag

Keyboard is a common iOS problem that’s endured through many iOS updates. We’ve already encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPad and iPhone when shooting off an email or iMessage and we imagine that others will as we move away from the iOS 8.1 release. Thankfully, there are some simple fixes to try before throwing the phone against a wall or installing Swype.

First, try turning off Documents & Data in iCloud. To do this, Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. If everything returns to normal, it should be okay to flip that back on. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Again, like all these fixes, it’s not guaranteed to work.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 iMessage Issues

iOS 8.1 fixed many of our iMessage problems though there’s always a chance that they will return. In fact we’ve heard from iPhone users who claim that iMessage is broken in iOS 8.1.

For those experiencing issues after installing iOS 8.1, there are some fixes that are worth trying, fixes that have actually helped to alleviate our own iMessage problems in the past. The first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad or iPhone will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.

How to Fix iOS 8.1 Problems If Nothing Else Works

If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem, if they can.

Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the device clean which is going to add more work. It does have the potential to iron out problems, especially on older devices.

To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so make a back up before doing this. Again, setting all of this up will be extremely consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iOS 8.1 problems on the iPad or iPhone.

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11 Common iOS 8.1 Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Use AirDrop on iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:26

How to Use AirDrop on iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite you can quickly send photos links and more from iPhone or iPad t your computer. This guide explains what AirDrop is, how to use AirDrop and what’s new with this feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

You need iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad an OS X Yosemite on your Mac to use all the new AirDrop features. These are free updates that work on even older devices, but you need somewhat new iPhones, iPads or Macs to use AirDrop.

AirDrop is an easy way to wirelessly share photos, links, contacts and more even if you aren’t connected to WiFi. The service only works between Apple devices, and with the latest updates you can finally send photos from your iPhone right to your Mac.

Learn how to use AirDrop on IOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

What You Need to AirDrop

You need to update to iOS 8 on the iPhone or iPad and to OS X Yosemite on the Mac to make this work. Updating the iPhone takes about 30 minutes and plan on about an hour to update the Mac. Both updates are free and should install without losing any date. You should still backup just to be safe.

AirDrop works with the following devices. You cannot hack it to work on any older devices, so if you’re iPhone or iPad is not listed you will need to wait.

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  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • iPad 4 or newer
  • iPad mini or newer
  • iPod touch 5th generation

To use AirDrop from the iPhone to Mac you need a newer Apple computer as well. Apple shares the official list of supported products;

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer) – MacBook Pro (17-Inch Late 2008), white MacBook (Late 2008) do not support AirDrop
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)*
  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

Once you confirm that you own supported devices you can get started using AirDrop between the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

How to Use AirDrop

To use AirDrop you need to turn on WiFi and Bluetooth on all the devices you want to use. If any of these are turned off the devices will not see each other. We’ll walk through how to share from iPhone to another iPhone or iPad, from iPhone to a Mac and from a Mac to an iPhone. The process is similar, but not identical across all the actions.

AirDrop from iPhone to iPhone or iPad

You’ll need the devices in the same room, with WiFi and Bluetooth on. Holding the iPhone you want to send from find a file like a photo and press the share button.

Use AirDrop from iPhone to iPhone or iPad.

You may only see a blank AirDrop logo at first, but the other iPhone or iPad should soon show up. If it doesn’t you may need to tap on the AirDrop Logo once. Also make sure the screen is on for the other device.

When you see the contact picture and name of the device you want to send to, tap on the circle. This will start the transfer and if you are sending to yourself it will auto download on the second device and open to the photo or webpage. If you are sending to someone else they need to accept the file.

AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

To send from iPhone to Mac the process is essentially the same. You find what you want to send, tap the share button and then look for the contact with a Mac shown. Tap on it to send.

You need iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to share from iPhone to Mac.

Occasionally the Mac may not appear. If this happens open the AirDrop folder in Finder and see if that fixes it. You may also need to change the setting to Allow me to be discovered by Everyone.

On the Mac the files save to the downloads folder and links open in Safari. If you send to someone else they can accept or decline. If you send to yourself it will automatically save.

AirDrop from Mac to iPhone or iPad

You can also send files from your Mac to the iPhone or iPad. You’ll need a Finder window open to the AirDrop folder. This should be on the left side of the Finder window. If you do not see it you can click Go -> AirDrop from the menu.

Find the iPhone you want to AirDrop to from Finder on Mac.

You should now see the iPhone or iPad you want to send to like in the screenshot above. You need the screen on, and sometimes this is still troublesome so you may need to try a few times to get the devices to see each other.

Drag the file you want to share  on top of the user icon, let go and it will appear on the iPhone in a few seconds. If it is a photo it appears right in the Photos app and links open in Safari. If it is a file type that you can open with multiple apps the iPhone will ask what app to open it with.

Use AirDrop from Mac to iPhone or iPad with OS X Yosemite.

You can then open it in that app or cancel if you do not wan to use any of the listed apps.

AirDrop from Mac to Mac

The process of sending from one Mac to another is very much like sending to an iPhone. Instead of dropping on the icon for an iPhone or iPad you can do this on a Mac icon. You may need to click the Don’t see who you’re looking for? option to connect to an older Mac.

After you drag and drop the file it will appear on your other computer in a few seconds depending on the file size and if it is a file it will appear in downloads.

Check out other new iOS 8 features in the slides below.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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How to Use AirDrop on iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android’s Best Lock Screen App Comes From Microsoft

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:06

Android’s Best Lock Screen App Comes From Microsoft is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

One of the unique things about Android is that users can simply pick it apart and replace important features with apps made by companies other than Google. In its effort to encourage employee tinkering Microsoft may have just stumbled into what could be the best Android lock screen app available.

To be clear, Microsoft isn’t actively working to subvert the Android experience with its own – at least not on a massive scale. Next Lock Screen is one of the Android mobile apps to come out of the Microsoft Garage. Microsoft Garage isn’t so much a product group as it is a place for company employees to tinker with mobile apps in their free time.

Next Lock Screen is great because it turns the lock screen into the productivity tool it should be. A swiping gesture lets users quickly and easily get to the Android dialer and a row of app shortcuts allow Next Lock Screen users to easily launch different apps. Important calendar items are always available and some apps are even surfaced on the lock screen based on user’s location. Backgrounds on the lock screen actually change depending on location. Toggles for Bluetooth and more are surfaced right there on the lock screen too. Next Lock Screen is available free in the Google Play Store now.

There are tons of other apps being made available through Microsoft Garage. For example, Torgue is a way for Android Wear users to replace the “Ok, Google” voice command with Bing voice search by just twisting their wrist. To be clear, Microsoft isn’t focusing its efforts on Android. The Microsoft Garage has apps for Apple’s iPhone and its own Windows operating system too. Journeys & Notes is an Android only app that lets users check-in at tourist destinations and leave notes for other app users based on location information.

The takeaway from this is really that – at least on the surface – Microsoft is experimenting with other products in the mobile space. As Windows Phone continues to trail other smartphone platforms, this is key.

Users like to think that the Microsoft’s relationship to Android is the same as Apple’s, but that’s not the case at all. Apple is committed to not developing apps and enhancing the platforms of rivals. It’s one reason we’ve never seen an iTunes app for Android. Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer and new CEO Satya Nadella doesn’t share Apple’s disdain for other’s platforms.

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Most of Microsoft’s core products have apps on Android on the iPhone. OneNote, the company’s note-taking application and competitor to Evernote, is available on both Android and iPhone. So too is Office Mobile, a smartphone centric version of the Desktop productivity suite that millions of Mac and PC users live in every day. This new Microsoft has a two-pronged strategy to users. If it can’t convince them to switch to its own operating systems and platforms, it’s perfectly happy making its services available to users on rival platforms.

In most cases the company does it for free, but embraces freemium models where it makes sense. For example, Office for iPhone & iPad is free for everyone to download, but some features requires that users purchase an Office 365 subscription. Office 365 costs $99.99 a year or as little as $6.99 a month.

Read: What is Office 365: 3 Things You Need to Know

Next Lock Screen and Torque for devices running Google’s Android Wear operating system are completely free for users to download from the Google Play Store. In fact, each one of the apps available through Microsoft Garage are completely free for users to download whether they’re for Windows, Windows Phone, the iPhone or Android.

 

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Android’s Best Lock Screen App Comes From Microsoft is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues to Arrive

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:55

HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues to Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday HTC announced on Twitter that more users of the popular HTC One M8 could expect the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to arrive soon, and today it has started rolling out over the air for more users.

Over the past few months we’ve seen the HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update arrive for most users in the United States and around the globe, but now the missing HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is rolling out to multiple carriers, and along with it comes the new Eye software experience and improved camera features.

Read: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know

Most manufacturers have been busy pushing Android 4.4.4 KitKat to devices, but instead HTC opted to add some of those improvements to Android 4.4.3, with no word on an update to 4.4.4 KitKat. That said, rumors swirled last month that they’d changed their minds and would send it out shortly, and that all started earlier this month, and again today with T-Mobile.

Users with a T-Mobile HTC One M8 can expect the update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat to arrive starting today, and along with it comes a lot of changes. Interestingly enough though, the latest version of Android isn’t the important aspect of this update.

While getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a great update, and something many users should be excited about, it’s the new HTC Eye Experience that’s been bundled in the update. This was announced earlier this month by HTC, and it delivers tons of additional functions and features to the already great camera experience. It won’t give you more pixels, but it does have a lot to offer.

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The T-Mobile HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is arriving as of today, but it could take upwards of two weeks for it to arrive on all owners handsets.

Read: HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed

So what else is new aside from Android 4.4.4 KitKat? As mentioned above, the entire Eye experience is coming to your smartphone. Below is a screenshot of the changelog, which details tons of the new features. Courtesy of AndroidPolice.

As you can see some of the new features include facial tracking, photo booth where you can merge four photos into a single shot for the best image, voice selfies (yes, because everyone needs more duck faces) face fusion, as well as the new split camera which lets you capture images or video from both the front and rear cameras at the same time.

Of course the facial tracking and split camera features sound best, as being able to merge faces with face fusion may be more of a gimmick than anything else.

This is currently rolling out for the T-Mobile HTC One M8, but other devices and carriers will be delivering something soon to their respective customers in the near future. The changelog states this comes in roughly a little over 255MB in size, meaning owners may want to download and install the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat HTC One M8 update on a WiFi network, instead of using your data plan.

HTC has promised this update for multiple devices and for all carriers in the United States. Stay tuned as we’ll have more details regarding the update, and more carrier rollouts in the near future.

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HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Continues to Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPad Air 2 Release Date Heats Up

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:20

iPad Air 2 Release Date Heats Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPad Air 2 release date is close as Apple’s begun shipping out iPad Air 2 pre-orders ahead of its in-store release date that’s expected to land sometime this week.

Last week, after several months of anticipation, Apple finally announced its two new iPad models dubbed iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. While the company’s iPad mini 3 is a tiny refresh that brings a new gold color and Touch ID fingerprint technology, the iPad Air 2 is far more interesting and includes some worthwhile changes including a new design.

Apple’s new iPad Air 2 comes with some impressive set of features including Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint technology embedded in the home button, a design that’s just 6.1mm thin and less than a pound, a display that now includes several improvements including anti-reflective technology, a brand new A8x chip that delivers 64-bit support, and an improved rear camera.

iPad Air 2 pre-orders went live last week ahead of an unannounced release date in 29 countries and regions around the world. While Apple confirmed the device’s specs, it was unwilling to commit to a specific in-store release date. It noted that the release date would arrive sometime this week though it didn’t specify a date. Today, we’re as close as ever to an iPad Air 2 release date and it looks like an in-store release date could be imminent.

iPad Air 2 pre-orders have started shipping out ahead of the iPad Air 2 release date. Delivery dates are set for October 22nd and October 23rd. Other delivery dates are set for later in the month though none of them have been pushed into the month of October. At least not yet. Apple’s iPad Air 2 shipping times are holding steady at two to four days for most models as we push towards an in-store release date.

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T-Mobile and Staples have also confirmed new iPad Air 2 release date details today. T-Mobile will start taking pre-orders starting tomorrow and it looks like the carrier will start stocking the device in late October on October 29th. T-Mobile joins AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, all of whom began taking iPad Air 2 pre-orders starting last week. None of those carriers have offered in-store iPad Air 2 release dates either.

Staples today confirmed iPad Air 2 pre-orders and confirmed plans to start stocking the iPad Air 2, in stores, by October 27th at the earliest. The exact release date remains in the shadows as Staples, and other retailers, wait for Apple to detail plans of its own. Staples joins several retailers including Best Buy, Target, Walmart in taking iPad Air 2 pre-orders ahead of its release date.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is expected to go on sale at the same time as the iPad mini 3, Apple’s third-generation iPad mini, that’s also begun shipping to consumers that pre-ordered through Apple. The iPad mini 3 is also up for pre-sale at several carriers and retailers in the United States including Staples, Best Buy, and Walmart.

The iPad Air 2 will start at the company’s usual $499 price point and knock the original iPad Air down to the company’s more affordable $399. The company will position the iPad mini 3 at $399 with the iPad mini 2 and original iPad mini rounding out the company’s brand new iPad lineup for the fall and the holiday shopping season. The company’s iPad 4 drops out of the lineup though consumers should still be able to find deals on it as we move deeper into the fall and towards Black Friday.

Apple’s new iPads round out the company’s fall lineup that includes its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones and new Retina iMacs. The company is also expected to deliver an Apple Watch in early 2015 though the company still hasn’t committed to a specific date for its wearable.

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iPad Air 2 Release Date Heats Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Android Lollipop Update: What Not to Expect

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:34

Samsung Galaxy Android Lollipop Update: What Not to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update release is now confirmed for a number of devices including its stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets, the HTC One M8, and the Moto X. Samsung, the world’s largest Android manufacturer, remains silent though we expect the Samsung Galaxy Lollipop update to start rolling out in the weeks ahead. Today, ahead of that release, we look at what we expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.0 release.

While the attention of most Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users is still on Android 4.4 KitKat and more specifically, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, there’s another update that’s starting to grab at their eyes and ears. That update is Android 5.0 Lollipop, the update formally known as Android L, and an update that’s coming to replace Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few short weeks.

Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be accompanied by two new Nexus devices including a Nexus 9 from HTC and a Nexus 6 from Motorola. Both devices will help usher in a new era for Google and its Android operating system. Google recently confirmed the update for a number of older devices as well including the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 5, and Nexus 4. Other Android manufacturers have joined the fun as well and HTC, Motorola and Sony have all confirmed a slew of Lollipop updates for the future.

As expected Samsung remains silent about Android 5.0 Lollipop in the days after its official announcement leaving Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and other Galaxy smartphone and tablet users in the dark. We’ve seen a number of unofficial Galaxy Android L release details float to the surface though and those details have helped to paint a very broad picture for Galaxy users.

Today, we want to go a step further and outline what we do not expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Lollipop update release. These predictions are based on the current rumors, Samsung’s history, our extensive coverage of Samsung’s Android update releases, and good ole gut feelings. Here’s what we don’t expect to happen down the road.

Android 4.4 Updates to Abruptly Stop

Do not expect Samsung to kill off the Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out. The company is currently in the midst of Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll outs to select devices and we expect most of those Android 4.4 KitKat roll outs to continue as we build into the fall and the arrival of the Android Lollipop update.

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We don’t expect Android 4.4 KitKat updates to cease until 2015. They’re still going strong and there are a ton of devices that still need to get the upgrade. There’s a chance that we could see a few skip over Android 4.4 and head straight to Android 5.0 but at this point, given that we’re in the roll outs late stages, we think Samsung is going to go ahead and complete the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade process for devices like the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, and others.

In other words, if you’re still on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, don’t just assume that you’re heading straight to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You could get Android 4.4.2 or Android 4.4.4 KitKat between now and then.

Tons of Galaxy Android Lollipop Release Confirmations

Do not expect to see a ton of Android 5.0 Lollipop release confirmations. Samsung itself typically stays very silent up until the roll outs actually begin. Samsung’s carrier partners also mostly stay silent. There are some outliers though.

French carrier SFR typically confirms Android updates far in advance. So do Aussie carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra. In North America, Rogers can be counted on to deliver Android 5.0 update news well in advance. Other that those carriers though, there are no guarantees. In the U.S. especially carriers love to stay quiet so as not to set expectations for their customers.

Do not expect anything different from this roll out. Most carriers simply don’t communicate very well with their customers and that probably won’t change until they start losing business or until the Android update process changes. We should see most updates confirmed hours or perhaps a day before their arrival for devices like the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.

Concise Roll Out

Do not expect the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop update to take place over several days or several weeks. Samsung’s Android updates typically roll out over the course of a year or more. Just have a look at Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (first started rolling out in October 2013, still rolling out) and Android 4.4 KitKat (First started rolling out in January, still rolling out).

We don’t expect anything different from Android 5.0. It’s almost certainly going to see a long, drawn out release that extends deep into 2015 and probably into 2016 as well. We don’t expect owners of newer devices like the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note Edge to have to wait until 2016 but we wouldn’t be surprised if lesser devices like the Galaxy S4 mini saw their upgrades roll out late.

Keep in mind, roll outs are also dependent on region and carrier. Carriers in obscure markets will also probably lag as Samsung focuses its efforts on key markets like Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Slow U.S. Galaxy Lollipop Updates

Speaking of the United States, do not expect it to be slow to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sprint especially has been extremely quick to Android updates but we expect other carriers like AT&T and Verizon to be part of the initial wave of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The U.S. market and its top five carriers is always at the forefront of updates.

We expect this to extend to smaller regional and pre-paid carriers as well. Smaller carriers like C Spire and Cricket are typically just a few weeks off the pace of the larger U.S. carriers and we should see them roll out their own Android 5.0 updates in the weeks after the major upgrades. They should be out ahead of most regions around the world as well.

Copious Galaxy Android 5.0 Leaks

Do not expect to see tons of Android 5.0 Lollipop leaks ahead of time. We’ve already seen one huge leak from SamMobile though it did not make the update available to the public. We should see a few Android 5.0 Lollipop leaks ahead of time though we’d be shocked if a substantial number of Android 5.0 updates emerged ahead of their release.

Samsung historically has kept a tight lid on its Android upgrades ahead of their release and in recent years, that lid has tightened and leaked updates have been few and far between. We could see a few for top devices leak, think Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, but owners of lesser devices like the Galaxy Note 3 should temper expectations going forward.

Galaxy S3 Android Lollipop Update

Again, do not expect there to be a Galaxy S3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Samsung did not roll out an official Android 4.4 KitKat update for the international model and only a select few Galaxy S3 LTE models have received Android 4.4.4 KitKat thus far. That doesn’t help to instill any confidence in a surprise Android 5.0 release in the future.

The Galaxy S3 is an aging smartphone and it will turn three years old next year. And while it’s a widely adopted device, it’s clear that Samsung is having problems with Android 4.4 KitKat (a much smaller update than Android 5.0) behind the scenes. We’d be shocked if Samsung decided to bring it up from Android 4.4.

No Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

Do not expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to fix every single Android 4.4 KitKat problems on Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, do not expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to be void of bugs.

Samsung’s Android updates almost always come with fixes on board and we think that its set of Android 5.0 upgrades will almost certainly come with an array of bug fixes aimed at stabilizing the company’s operating system. That said, Samsung’s Galaxy updates almost always come with bugs and problems of their own. Especially large updates like Android 5.0 Lollipop.

So, don’t go into the Android 5.0 release thinking it’s going to solve all of your problems. It might fix a few things but there’s a good chance that it will come with some new problems, problems that Samsung and its partners will need to alleviate with Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fix updates.

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Samsung Galaxy Android Lollipop Update: What Not to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple Pay on iPhone 5s: Not Without an Apple Watch

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:46

Apple Pay on iPhone 5s: Not Without an Apple Watch is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple Pay was launched earlier this week alongside the release of iOS 8.1. While the latest update is compatible on the iPhone 5s, it turns out that Apple Pay is not. Instead, you’ll have to have an Apple Watch to get Apple Pay to work on older iPhones.

Apple Pay is the company’s own digital wallet service to take on the growing market of digital payment systems that have already been released by companies like Google.

Apple Pay allows you to store your credit card information on your iPhone and use it to buy stuff at any store that supports Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 has an NFC chip that allows you to tap the pay terminal at a store to instantly buy goods. It’s perhaps the easiest way to buy stuff and you don’t have to hand over your credit card to the cashier. It’s all done wirelessly between your iPhone and the pay terminal.

Apple Pay also works with mobile shopping apps, allowing you to pay with a single touch of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in shopping apps that support the feature.

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 also support Apple Pay, but are only limited to in-app purchases since neither devices have an NFC chip inside for wireless payments. As for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and the iPhone 5, it turns out that Apple Pay isn’t compatible with these devices without the help from the yet-to-be-launched Apple Watch.

Of course, Apple skimmed over this important detail and just slyly referenced it on its website in a chart all the way at the bottom, but it can be easy to miss. In turns out, even if older iPhone devices could technically support Apple Pay, users can’t take advantage of it at all. However, the Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and the iPhone 5 when it eventually launches next year, and the wearable device will support Apple Pay

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So pairing an Apple Watch to your older iPhone will essentially make it compatible with Apple Pay, but only through the Apple Watch, meaning that you’ll only be able to use it in stores and not inside of shopping apps.

The fact that the iPhone 5s doesn’t come with support for Apple Pay is rather baffling and many iPhone 5s users have taken to social media to voice their displeasure. It’s perhaps even more baffling since the iPhone 5s is already equipped with Apple’s Touch ID, which is a huge part of what makes Apple Pay work so smoothly and stay secure at the same time.

However, we can’t be too surprised by this, considering that Apple is notorious for only bringing new and exciting software features to newer devices, mostly to persuade consumers to upgrade to these newer devices so that they can take advantage of the newer features. Because if users don’t buy new Apple products, the company doesn’t make any money.

If you happen to have a newer Apple device, such as an iPhone 6 or an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, here’s how to set up Apple Pay and get going with digital payments.

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Apple Pay on iPhone 5s: Not Without an Apple Watch is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Send & Receive SMS Text Messages in OS X Yosemite

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:42

How to Send & Receive SMS Text Messages in OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

OS X Yosemite comes with a really cool new feature that lets you send and receive SMS text message on your Mac. Here’s how to set it up.

Previously, you were only able to send and receive iMessages on your Mac, while SMS text messages had to be handled on your iPhone. However, you can now handle all text messages right on your Mac, thanks to OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1.

Apple calls this Text Message Forwarding, and it allows text messages that are received by your iPhone to be mirrored on your Mac running OS X Yosemite. You can also send SMS text messages from your Mac as well using this method.

However, the feature won’t work automatically, as there are a few conditions that you need to be aware of. We’ll show you how to set up Text Message Forwarding so that you can begin receiving and sending SMS text messages on your Mac.

Setting Up Text Message Forwarding

It’s actually really quick and easy to set this feature up, and it takes less than a minute to do so.

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that your iPhone and your Mac are connected to the same WiFi network and are logged into the same iCloud account. If you’re at home and only have one iCloud account anyway, then you’re most likely all set to go, but it wouldn’t hurt to double check.

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You’ll also want your iPhone to be updated to the latest version of iOS in order for this feature to work. The latest version of iOS is iOS 8.1.

Once you’ve met all of this criteria, go ahead and open up the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Messages > Text Message Forwarding.

Selecting the option opens a window with a list of your iOS and OS X devices. Your Mac should be listed, so go ahead and flip the toggle switch to On. Doing this will send a verification code to your Mac in the form of a six-digit number. You’ll be asked to enter in this number on your iPhone.

Once that’s done, you’ll be good to go and you’ll start receiving SMS text messages on your Mac, as well as on your iPhone like usual. SMS text conversations will appear just like iMessage conversations, but the text bubbles will appear in green rather than blue, just like on iOS.

Other New Stuff in OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite was first announced back in June during Apple’s annual WWDC developers conference and it has spent the summer in beta form for developers to test out and report any bugs. The OS has seen multiple beta releases over the past few months and was finally released to the public late last week.

This new version of OS X comes with some pretty sweet features, including an all-new look and feel that finally puts OS X on par with iOS 7, thanks to the translucent windows and menus, as well as a flatter design overall, with redesigned icons that mimic iOS 7 icons, but still include some depth so that there’s still a bit of that classic OS X feel.

Furthermore, OS X 10.10 Yosemite also comes improvements made to Messages, including the ability to send and receive SMS text messages (rather than just iMessages), as well as make and receive phone calls as long as your iPhone is nearby and can connect to your Mac.

OS X Yosemite also includes Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device and complete on another. There’s also cross-platform support for AirDrop between iOS and OS X.

One of the first things that Apple touted on stage with the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite was the look of the new icons. They’ve obviously been iOS-ified and include a flatter design that we’ve seen on the iPhone and iPad, but they still have a bit of depth in order to keep the design from going completely iOS.

Windows are also a lot flatter and less bubbly than we’ve seen with past versions of OS X, and navigation menus (as well as title bars of applications) are also a been transparent, similar to different elements in iOS 7, like bringing up Control Center.

If you haven’t yet installed OS X Yosemite, here’s a thorough guide on performing a clean install on your Mac machine.

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How to Send & Receive SMS Text Messages in OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:12

Apple Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Black Friday 2014 kicks off in just over a month and it remains one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year. Here is a look at the Apple Black Friday 2014 deals so you know what to expect from Apple and other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy later this year.

Apple Black Friday deals are a sure thing, but the exact discounts and devices vary from year to year. Last year we saw discounts arrive on even the newest devices and this year you can certainly expect Black Friday iPad Air 2 deals and even Black Friday iPhone 6 deals from retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target.

Black Friday is a major shopping event that takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. During the past two years the shopping hype spread to Thanksgiving day and the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

Shoppers can look forward to Apple Black Friday 2014 deals across product lines and at many stores.

Apple Black Friday 2014 deals will start the week of Thanksgiving and you can count on various retailers offering discounts online and in-store. Many times the Apple Black Friday deals are doorbusters that sell out quickly, but we’ve seen Walmart deliver guaranteed savings on iPad Black Friday deals last year.

After covering Black Friday deals for nearly a decade and observing the shifts and Apple Black Friday 2014 deals we have a very good idea about what shoppers can expect for Black Friday 2014.

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You can count on Apple Black Friday Deals from Apple and from retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, Target and others. The official Apple Black Friday deals typically do not offer as big of a discount, but they are easier to buy.

In 2013 Apple offered Black Friday deals in the form of gift cards from $25 to $150 depending on the item. Apple did not offer any iPhone Black Friday deals.

Apple Black Friday 2014 deals will vary between the Apple Store and retailers.

Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target and others responded with small price cuts and gift card deals of their own, including iPhone Black Friday deals that chopped the price of the new iPhone 5s up to $86 on a two-year contract.

Expect to see the official Apple Black Friday 2014 deals online and in stores, and for quantities to last longer than those from retailers.

We will hear about the Apple Black Friday deals in late November, and Apple will likely confirm the discounts on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

iPhone Black Friday 2014 Deals

iPhone Black Friday 2014 deals will likely includes some iPhone 6 deals.

You can count on some iPhone 6 Black Friday deals at retailers like Target, Best Buy and Walmart. We may see a few iPhone 6 Plus Black Friday deals, but expect a bigger focus on the iPhone 6. You can also count on many iPhone 5s Black Friday deals.

Based on earlier Apple Black Friday deals you can expect the following iPhone Black Friday 2014 deals;

  • iPhone 6 – Small discounts at Walmart or Target plus the possibility of $50 to $75 in gift card savings.
  • iPhone 6 Plus – Possibly $50 to $75 in gift card savings.
  • iPhone 5s – An iPhone 5s under $50 in discounts or gift card savings. Chance of free options when discount and gift card are combined.
  • iPhone Off Contract – $100 or more off an off contract pre-paid iPhone 5s.

We may see more restraint on iPhone 6 Black Friday deals due to the new design and features, but it is still possible that retailers will make a major push with iPhone Black Friday deals in 2014.

iPad Black Friday 2014 Deals

You can count on iPad Black Friday deals this year.

iPad Black Friday 2014 deals are something you will not miss this year. We even expect to see iPad Air 2 deals and iPad mini 3 deals from Apple and retailers.

Apple will likely deliver gift cards from $50 to $75 with many iPad purchases, but we don’t know how low Apple will push the iPad mini 1. Shoppers can already buy an iPad mini 1 for $209 refurbished at Apple, and a starting price of $249 retail means there is a good chance for spectacular discounts.

  • iPad Air 2 – $75 gift card from Apple.
  • iPad Air & Older iPads – $50 to $100 discounts possible.
  • iPad mini 3 – $50 gift card from Apple.
  • iPad mini 2 – $50 discount or gift card possible.
  • iPad mini – Real chance for sub $200 iPad mini Black Friday deals.

None of these deals are concrete, but based on the savings for the last several years there is a very good chance you can expect big iPad Black Friday 2014 deals.

iMac & MacBook Black Friday 2014 Deals

Deals on the MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook Air and even the iMac are expected.

Other sure-fire Apple Black Friday 2014 deals include discounts on the iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and MacBook Retina. Here’s what you can expect to save on an Apple computer this year.

  • MacBook Air – $150 off in cash or gift cards
  • MacBook Pro Retina – $150 to $200 off in cash or gift cards
  • iMac – $50 to $200 off in cash or gift cards

It’s unclear if we’ll see any iMac Black Friday deals on the new iMac Retina with a 5k display, but we could see more deals than last year on the older model without a 5k display.

iPod Black Friday 2014 Deals

iPod Black Friday deals are a sure bet.

With no new iPod touch on the market it’s possible that we’ll see a lot of iPod Black Friday deals this year that capitalize on the older device and Apple’s recent price drop to $199 for the iPod touch.

  • iPod touch – $50+ in savings with gift card or cash
  • iPod nano – $45 to $50 in savings with gift card or cash

If these are correct, Black Friday will remain a good time to buy an iPod touch.

Accessories & Apple TV Black Friday Deals

We will also likely see huge Black Friday deals on accessories like Beats, cases, covers, apps and anything you can plug-in or connect to an iPhone or iPad. We can also count on Apple TV Black Friday deals that deliver $25 or more in savings.

You can count on many of these deals on Apple TV to include gift cards. Beats Black Friday 2014 deals may include a mix of cash and gift card savings.

Count on $25 or more off the Apple TV.

It is possible that some of these Apple Black Friday 2014 deal predictions will not come true, but there is a very good chance that you will see these types of deals somewhere on Black Friday. The biggest question will be if you can get one.

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Apple Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:44

11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update was released to fix lingering iOS 8.0 problems and iOS 8.0.2 issues on the iPad. However, there’s a good chance that Apple’s latest iOS 8 update will deliver some problems of its own. With that in mind, we take a look at some of the most common iPad problems and offer some potential fixes for them.

On September 17th, Apple released its iOS 8.0 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As expected, the iOS 8 update delivered a number of big time changes including improvements to the Photos app, iMessage, battery usage, accessibility, and more. In addition to these new features, iOS 8.0 also delivered iOS 8 problems.

In response to these problems, Apple’s released three more iOS 8 updates in iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2, and today’s massive iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8.1 delivers a laundry list of fixes and there’s a very good chance that it will fix some of the problems that iPad users have been complaining about since mid-September. There’s also a good chance that iOS 8.1 will deliver some problems of its own. In fact, it already has.

Apple’s incremental iOS updates are notorious for delivering crucial bug fixes for iOS problems. However, they’re also known for bringing problems of their own. While major updates like iOS 8 and iOS 7 typically bring out the most bugs, smaller updates like iOS x.1 updates have also been known to cause problems for iPad users.

iOS 8.1 is destined to solve some problems but Apple’s discussion forums are already filled with complaints about Apple’s latest iOS update. With that in mind, we want to share 10 iPad problems that we’ve heard about or seen ourselves and offer 11 potential fixes, some temporary, to those iPad users in need.

How to Fix iPad Battery Life Problems

One issue that typically surfaces after every iOS update is abnormal battery drain. iPhone and iPad owners of all shapes and sizes consistently complain about the negative impact that iOS updates have on their battery life and iOS 8 unfortunately has not escaped their wrath. iPad users haven’t been as vocal as iPhone users but that doesn’t mean that users aren’t having issues.

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iOS 8.1 could help turn battery life around but it could also present new problems. Unless there is a widespread issue, and there doesn’t appear to be, Apple typically doesn’t react. What this means is that iOS 8 users will likely need to rely on temporary fixes. There’s a very good chance that the battery drain on the iPad isn’t being caused by iOS 8. Third-party apps have a way of wrecking havoc after iOS updates.

There are a number of things that iPad owners can try if the iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad mini 2 starts experiencing heavy battery drain after the upgrade to iOS 8.1. While there are a ton of things that people recommend, we think there are several key fixes that iPad users should try.

These fixes range from small settings tweaks to changes in daily overall use. All of them have the potential to fix bad iOS 8 battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before performing a hard reset on the iPad.

How to Fix iPad Wi-Fi Issues

Apple’s iOS Wi-Fi issues date back several years and the company’s yet to roll out a cure all fix. It probably never will. iPhone and iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. And while iOS 8.1 comes with at least one Wi-Fi fix, there’s a good chance that Wi-Fi issues will persist.

There is no guaranteed fix for iPad Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the iPhone down to an Apple Store. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 and iOS 7 updates and they’ve worked for numerous iPhone and iPad users in the past.

The first thing iPad users will want to do is reset network settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. iPad users will want to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. To do this, open up the iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Users will need the passcode and again, a few minutes of time because the phone is going to reboot itself to complete the changes. Those performing this fix will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process will force users to enter them.

If that doesn’t fix things, users can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After performing these two steps, iPad owners will want to reboot the phone. Once it’s rebooted, there’s a chance that Wi-Fi will be functioning normally again on the device.

How to Fix iPad Bluetooth Problems

iOS 8 Bluetooth problems are among the most common iOS issues and they were a big problem inside iOS 8. We ourselves have run into iOS 8 Bluetooth issues with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and while iOS 8.1 delivers fixes for Bluetooth issues, we expect Bluetooth problems to persist inside Apple’s brand new iOS 8 update.

There doesn’t appear to be a cure all, we’ve heard about a few possible fixes that iPad users will want to try. iOS users have singled out “Reset All Settings” as a solid fix. It hasn’t worked for everyone but there are a ton of people that are claiming success after trying it on their iPhone. It should work for Apple’s iPad as well.

To do this, open up the iPad and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This is going to take a bit of time and users will lose all saved settings but the pay off is that it seems to be fixing Bluetooth issues for many people. It’s certainly worth a try if Bluetooth keeps acting up after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrade.

How to Fix iPad App Issues

We’ve been getting a lot of complaints about applications crashing and freezing in iOS 8. iPad users haven’t been as vocal as iPhone users but that doesn’t mean that app problems don’t exist.

Apple’s not going to be fixing these issues and it’s going to be up to third-party developers to take care of any random problems. This means that fixes, permanent ones, could take awhile. Fortunately, there are a few things that iPad users can try to make the app experience far more stable after iOS 8.1′s arrival today.

First, make sure applications on the iPad are updated. App updates with support for iOS 8 have been trickling out since launch. Many iPad users are horrible about updating apps and that’s a habit that can, and should, be broken immediately.

Those iPad users who are forgetful or lazy will want to turn on automatic App Store updates because it will keep apps automatically updated and ensure that they are always on the latest version with the latest bug fixes. To do that, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Updates on.

How to Improve Performance on iPad

Our iOS 8.1 experience on the iPad has been up and down so far and we imagine that we’re not the only ones. Those that notice a drop in performance have a few things that they can try should performance take a hit in iOS 8.1.

There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPad should it get a little choppy. We’ve outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings. These fixes are for the iPhone 4s but they will help with all versions of the iPad as well.

IOS 8.1 performance on the iPad 3 is better.

Keep in mind, there is no cure all for performance issues on the iPad or Apple’s iPhone. If nothing works, users will want to try these before performing a factory reset.

How to Fix iPad iMessage Problems

We’ve been running into a number of iMessage problems on the iPad for several years now. iOS 8.1 appears to have fixed an unread iMessage problem, a problem that we ourselves were experiencing, but there’s always a chance that other iMessage issues could crop up. For instance, we’ve seen some messages pop up days after being sent and iOS 8.1 doesn’t contain a fix for that.

There are some fixes that are worth trying, fixes that have actually helped to alleviate our own iMessage problems in the past. The first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the tablet. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPad will reboot, and while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.

How to Fix iPad AirDrop Issues

AirDrop is a quick way to share files across devices. It’s also a feature that’s been troublesome for some users in the past. We ourselves have encountered AirDrop problems inside iOS 8.1 though we were able to solve them with a simple solution.

iPad users experiencing issues with AirDrop, including the inability to send files or discover users, will simply want to try toggling AirDrop to Everyone. To do that, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the screen and change the setting from Off or Contacts Only to Everyone. With this setting turned on, we were able to share files across all devices using iOS 8.1.

How to Fix iPad Random Reboots

We’ve heard about occasional random reboots on the iPad after the arrival of iOS 8. And while we haven’t seen the problem on the iPad in iOS 8.1, there’s a chance that these issues could pop up again in the future.

The only permanent cure is going to be an iOS update and iOS 8.1 isn’t guaranteed to fix things. Fortunately, after years of dealing with these issues, we have some tips to try and minimize this extremely random issue. These fixes helped when we saw them in iOS 7 last year and they have helped to tone them down in iOS 8.

First, try restarting the iPad. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPad in iOS 7. We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started. If nothing helps, iPad users will simply have to wait for iOS 8.1.1 or whatever is next.

How to Fix iPad Keyboard Lag

We’ve encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPad when shooting off an email or iMessage. Fortunately, there are a few things iPad users can try to solve these problems should they pop up during email or messaging.

First, try turning off Documents & Data in iCloud. To do this, Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. If everything returns to normal, it should be okay to flip that back on. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Again, like all these fixes, it’s not guaranteed to work.

How to Fix iPad Cellular Data Issues

We’ve been getting complaints about cellular data issues on iPhones and iPads running iOs 8. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued some iPad and iPhone users in the days since its release.

To try and fix these, first try restarting the iPad. This has worked for us in the past. If that simply fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This also has had a positive effect on our connectivity. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.

Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues.

How to Fix iPad Problems If Nothing Else Works

If none of this works and Apple’s discussion forums aren’t helping, we have two recommendations. First, take the iPhone or iPad to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They’ll help diagnose the problem, if they can.

Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the iPad clean though it has worked wonders for devices in the past.

To do that choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone or iPad, so make a back up before doing this, even though we recommend not installing from a restore. Setting all of this up will be extremely consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iPad problems.

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11 Common iPad Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:43

HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an update to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now we’ve received additional details regarding when those may actually arrive for users.

Last week Google announced three new products and the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop. Previously called the Android L release, and it will be available to consumers first on the new HTC Nexus 9 tablet beginning November 3rd. However, those with many smartphones, including the HTC One or One M8 are probably wondering when their phones will receive the latest software.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Begins

The Android L release was first announced in June as an update to the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, a version of Android that HTC had yet to even release on its smartphones, but now they’re up to speed and promising quick updates within 90 days of Android 5.0 Lollipops release date. And some of those may actually arrive faster than the 90 day window detailed last week.

HTC’s initial announcement confirmed many key devices from this year, and from 2013, will all see updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days. Of course those include the flagship HTC One and HTC One M8, but many were surprised to see the HTC One Mini and a few others on the list.

However, those aren’t the only phones HTC plan to update to the latest and greatest, and now one more source reportedly has a more detailed timeline for eager users.

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Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer over on Twitter posted some detailed HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop update information. According to him and his sources the HTC One M7 and One M8 from 2014 are the two devices first on the list. Google Play Edition devices are looking like a late November release, with regular HTC One M7 and M8 owners targeted for January or February. This falls inside the 90 day window mentioned earlier by HTC.

It’s worth noting that this is just HTC’s plans, and they may change based on future Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, and vary by region, and especially by carrier in the United States.

The HTC Desire EYE, HTC One Dual Sim, HTC One E8, HTC Butterfly 2 any many other smartphones outside of the US aren’t quite as urgent, but can look forward to seeing the same Sense based Android 5.0 update arrive anytime between January and March. Meaning, it isn’t a priority, but they’ll still try and get this out to owners as quickly as possible.

Then last but not least some older or less popular devices like the HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 will get it around March, and phones like the original HTC One Mini and HTC One Max from last year are being targeted for a release around March-May. That leaves a lot to be desired for potential users, and hopefully better timetables and more details arrive sooner rather than later.

As expected, flagship devices will see updates first, and these are basically listed in order of release date and popularity, with devices like the HTC One Max set to be last on the list. This means Verizon HTC One Max owners could be in for a long wait before Android 5.0 Lollipop arrives on your device.

We’ll update once we learn more, or as HTC shares additional update plans and dates.

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HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Plans Detailed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:23

DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this year Motorola released a new Moto X for 2014, the Moto X, and even a Moto E smartphone, but that isn’t all the company has planned. A new smartphone for Verizon is coming soon, known as the DROID Turbo.

As if we didn’t know everything about the upcoming Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless already, another set of pictures have leaked today ahead of the unveiling which is set to be late next week.

Read: 7 Nexus 6 Features You’ll Love

Rumors and leaks have hinted at a new smartphone coming soon for Verizon Wireless called the Motorola DROID Turbo, and after the entire user manual revealed all the key features last week, today more official photos have leaked, painting a clear picture ahead of the October 28th announcement date.

Today the somewhat retired and popular Twitter account @evleaks revealed another photo showing both colors of the upcoming Motorola smartphone, dubbed the DROID Turbo. This smartphone has been rumored for a few months, and packs some of the best features we’ve seen inside a smartphone yet in 2014.

Just like the past few years, Verizon Wireless and Motorola have teamed up for a new DROID smartphone, only this year it looks to be the most promising yet. Borrowing features from previous models while improving across the board to be what could be the best smartphone of 2014.

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We’ve seen photos before as the official Verizon @DroidLanding Twitter account accidentally posted photos early, not to mention the entire user manual leaked. That being said, with new leaks starting to arrive through more channels it looks like a release date is quickly approaching.

Read: DROID Turbo Leak Reveals All

Carrying over some of the designs of the previous DROID phones, adding in features from the new Moto X (2014) and topping it off with a stunning screen, camera, and huge battery this phone will pack quite the punch, and last for days. Here’s the full specs, which have been confirmed more than a few times.

DROID Turbo Specs

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
  • 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (nearly stock)
  • 21 Megapixel Rear and 2.1 front camera setup
  • 4k video recording
  • Front facing speaker
  • 3,900 mAh battery (wireless charging)
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • Water repellent (coating guards against everyday spills and up to 20 minutes in a downpour), scratch resistant
  • More

Most likely Motorola will save a few surprises for the announcement and unveiling of the new phone, but as it stands now it appears that we know everything about it already.

The DROID Turbo has a huge 3,900 mAh battery, supports wireless charging, and using the new Motorola Turbo Charger (in the box) it will get over 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes on the charger. This phone will be able to last for days, and juice up in minutes if you’re in a pinch or headed out for the night after a day at work.

If the new Motorola Nexus 6 is too big, and battery life and a stunning camera is something that interests you, the DROID Turbo may be the perfect smartphone this holiday season. Motorola and Verizon will be officially announcing this new phone on October 28th, and we’re hearing it could be released on the same day, or in early November. Stay tuned for more details.

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DROID Turbo Images Emerge as Release Date Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:10

iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today, as promised, Apple has released the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With the iOS 8.1 release date finally here, we want to take a look at how the iOS 8.1 update is performing on the iPhone 5. This is our early iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5 review.

In late September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date to the beta leaving consumers wondering when the update might come out. iPhone and iPad users had put great importance on iOS 8.1 release due to a number of iOS 8.0 issues and iOS 8.0.2 issues on board Apple’s latest update.

Last week, Apple finally announced an iOS 8.1 release date, confirming the update for Monday, October 20th. Today, right on cue, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update, as expected is a sizable update that not only includes support for Apple Pay but comes packed with an assortment of tweaks and changes that are meant to improve Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

The iOS 8.1 change log is massive, much larger than your standard incremental upgrade, and it’s an update that iPhone and iPad users are clearly interested in given the problems plaguing iOS 8.0. Problem is, Apple’s iOS updates will often deliver some problems of their own. With that in mind we have decided to, once again, serve as your iOS guinea pig.

Earlier today, we installed Apple’s brand new iOS 8.1 update in an effort to provide iPhone and iPad users with some initial impressions of the iOS 8.1 update. These impressions don’t serve as a final review but they will help those of you who are straddling the fence about whether to install the company’s latest iOS 8 upgrade.

Here are our early impressions of the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone 5.

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While the iOS 8.1 installation process went well on the iPhone 6, I ran into an annoying issue on the iPhone 5. I, like many others, tried to install the iOS 8.1 update immediately after its release. And while I was able to promptly download the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone 5, the overall process took a whole lot longer than I initially thought.

Once the download process is complete and the installation process is ready to begin, the update must be verified. The verification process, which took seconds on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air, took almost 25 minutes on the iPhone 5. It was all a bit nerve wracking given that the power button on my iPhone 5 is not working which means that I can’t perform a hard reset to dislodge the problem.

The update did finally get verified and the installation process took only a few minutes to complete. While I think this was probably a product of Apple’s servers getting slammed after the iOS 8.1 release and not the age of the iPhone 5, you should still put aside some time to update your iPhone 5 to iOS 8.1. There’s no telling what you might encounter during the process.

If you do run into some issues, have a look at our fixes.

iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5 Performance

In the past few hours, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5. Before getting into the early review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, LTE, or my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1 is worth installing on your aging iPhone 5.

iOS 8.1 Apps

App performance on the iPhone 5 has been fairly good though I’ve experienced some issues with Facebook and Google Chrome. Google Chrome was terrible after the iOS 8.0.2 update though things improved slightly in the buildup to the iOS 8.1 release. Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Pandora, The Weather Channel App, and YouTube all were performing well before today’s release.

Right now, in the hours after the iOS 8.1 update, my iPhone 5 applications all offer solid performance, even Google Chrome. I haven’t seen a single lock up or freeze and every application on the device has opened properly. If you are experiencing problems right now, try updating your applications. I have auto update turned on so that my apps are always updated and there’s a good chance that a bug fix or iOS 8 compatibility update will help solve your issues.

Now, keep in mind, there’s a chance that performance will decline in the hours, days and weeks after iOS 8.1. App performance has a tendency to do that and I started to see issues crop up with Google Chrome and Facebook in the weeks after installing iOS 8.0.2. Still, it’s worth noting that I haven’t experienced any terrible issues in the hours after iOS 8.1′s arrival.

iOS 8.1 Battery Life

iPhone 5 battery life has stayed consistent after the arrival of the iOS 8 update. It’s not as good as the battery life on my iPhone 6 but it hasn’t declined from the same great battery life that I got inside iOS 7 and below.

I haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain or any slow charging issues after installing iOS 8.1 and after using a ton of apps and both Wi-Fi and LTE, it’s holding up quite well.

As I’ve noted many times, iOS updates are not supposed to bring battery life problems to iPhones or iPads. Typically, bad battery life is caused by third-party apps or users themselves. We’ve outlined a number of strategies to get better battery life inside iOS 8 and the same advice applies to Apple’s latest iOS 8.1 update. Have a look at those before writing iOS 8.1 off or performing a factory restore on your iPhone 5.

iOS 8.1 Wi-Fi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

All three of these, Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth, have presented problems in iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.2. I myself have not experienced any issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (including the car) or cellular data on AT&T though I know these have been problematic for some iPhone 5 users inside iOS 8. Several of my colleagues have experienced these same issues though they’ve been limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8.1 comes with fixes for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth though given that I was not experiencing any issues before iOS 8.1, I can’t tell you if they fix anything. What I can tell you is that all three are performing nicely with iOS 8.1 on board. Wi-Fi and LTE are both extremely fast and I haven’t been unable to connect to my Bluetooth devices with iOS 8.1 aboard.

Should iOS 8.1 fail to fix your problems, we advise you to take a look at these potential fixes. They might dislodge your issues though as is the case with all iOS fixes, they may not work for you all.

iOS 8.1 Bugs & Issues

In iOS 8.0.2, I ran into two very noticeable, very annoying issues that had an impact on my daily use. The first, the device’s inability to always transition out of landscape mode. While the issue wasn’t as frequent as it was on the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5 would still occasionally get stuck in landscape when trying to shift back to portrait. The other was a well documented issue wherein text messages would show up as new, even after I’d already them. Both issues were small but annoying.

I’m happy to report that both bugs appear to have been resolved. I’m also happy to say that I haven’t run into any debilitating bugs after installing iOS 8.1. Bugs typically don’t jump out at me for a few days as I comb through the dark reaches of Apple’s new software so there’s a good chance that iOS 8.1 isn’t bug free. For the moment though, the update appears to be very stable, more stable than iOS 8.0.2.

If you’re struggling, have a look at our fixes for common iPhone 5 problems. They might help.

iOS 8.1 Speed

iOS 7.1.2 was fast on my iPhone 5. And while I didn’t notice any significant slow down after iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.2, I have noticed occasional choppiness which is frustrating given how well iOS 7.1.2 performed on the aging flagship.

Unfortunately, I’ve run into this same problem with iOS 8.1, even after using my own tips to improve iPhone 5 performance. The operating system has already stuttered multiple times. It hasn’t completely locked up on me yet but the experience has been fairly slow. I was beginning to notice a decline in performance before iOS 8.1 and the update has seemingly done nothing to improve it.

My hope is that the performance here irons out in the days and weeks after the installation though given the iPhone 5′s age, there’s a chance that I’ll have to deal with this kind of performance moving forward.

Should You Install iOS 8.1?

In my few hours with iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5, I’ve had a pretty good experience. Connectivity is fast, battery life is still good and apps are working well. On top of that, Apple appears to have fixed two nagging bugs that were hampering my overall iOS experience. If you’re dealing with serious problems on either iOS 8.0 or iOS 8.0.2, it’s probably going to be worth taking a chance on it. The iOS 8.1 update is full of bug fixes that could potentially settle your iOS 8 problems.

On the flip side, iOS 8.1 isn’t as fast as iOS 7.1.2 was. So, if you’re having a stable experience inside iOS 7.1.2 or below, you might want to hold off for a few days as I, and other brave iPhone 5 users, comb through the iOS 8.1 update in search of reasons not to install it. iOS updates have a habit of becoming unstable in the days and weeks after their release and it’s still too early to tell if that will apply to iOS 8.1.

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iOS 8.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:10

How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple first announced iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite earlier over the summer in June during the company’s annual WWDC developers conference, and a new feature called Handoff allows users to seamlessly integrate a Mac and an iPhone or iPad in order to start work on one device and finish it on another. Here’s how to set it up.

Handoff is one of the big features that Apple touted with OS X Yosemite, and while it might not be useful for everyone, we can see it being a huge hit with a majority of Apple users.

iOS 8 came with support for Handoff right when it released back in September, but considering that OS X Yosemite didn’t officially release to the public until last week, iOS 8 users are just now being able to use Handoff.

Essentially, the feature should be enabled by default on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but to double check (or make sure that the feature is on), you can check out this quick guide that will show you how to set it up and begin using it.

Setting Up Handoff

The first thing you’ll want to do when setting up Handoff is enabling the feature on your Mac running OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately not all Macs can support Handoff, as it requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Most Macs made in 2011 and older don’t have Bluetooth 4.0, but to see if your Mac is compatible, click on the Apple logo in the upper-right corner of the screen and then click About this Mac. From there, click on System Report and click on Bluetooth in the sidebar. Look at the LMP Version, which needs to be 0×6 for Handoff to work on your Mac.

If that’s what it says on your Mac, then you’re good to go. Follow along with the rest of the guide to continue the setup of Handoff.

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The first step in setting up Handoff is enabling it on your Mac. Follow these quick steps:

  • Open up System Preferences.
  • Click on Bluetooth and turn it on if it isn’t already.
  • Now go back to the main System Preferences page and click on General.
  • Checkmark the box that says Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud Devices.

Handoff is now enabled on your Mac, and you’ll need to keep Bluetooth on in order to continue using it.

Next, we’ll enable Handoff on your iOS 8 device.

  • Open up the Settings app and tap on Wi-Fi. Go ahead and make sure that it’s on and connected to the same WiFi network as your Mac.
  • Go back and tap on Bluetooth. Turn it on.
  • Go back and navigate to General > Handoff & Suggested Apps, and turn on Handoff.

You should be all set to go and there’s no need to pair your MacBook and iPhone or iPad together. They ultimately just need to be on the same WiFi network and both devices need to be logged into the same iCloud account.

How to Use Handoff

Currently, Handoff only works with a handful of Apple-built apps and some third-party apps, but we imagine the list of supported apps will grow over time.

Handoff actually works automatically for the most part, and all it takes it one click or tap to finish working on something on a different device.

To switch to your Mac when viewing something on your iPhone or iPad, an added dock icon will appear and clicking on this will bring up any activity that you were doing on your iPhone. In this case, we were viewing a website in Safari on our iPhone when a Chrome dock icon popped up on your MacBook to let us know we could take over on the Mac. OS X Yosemite will use the default web browser that’s set on your Mac when this happens.

To switch to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac, you’ll see a small icon in the lower-right corner of your iOS lock screen with that app that you have open on your Mac. Just swipe up on that icon to begin working on your iOS 8 device.

 

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How to Set Up Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:23

Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

New reports indicate that Microsoft is preparing to launch a fitness band or smart watch of its own to compete with devices running Android Wear and Apple’s Apple Watch. We don’t know much about the features that’ll be available but one thing seems certain, Microsoft knows that it is behind in the wearable space and is preparing software that makes its Apple Watch rival compatible with the iPhone, devices running Android and its own Windows Phone operating system.

A new report focusing on the Microsoft smartwatch at The Verge yesterday indicates that Microsoft is preparing to share information about the device within weeks. That post builds on top of a report from Forbes discussing the Microsoft smartwatch too.

The Apple Watch will only work with Apple-made smartphones.

As for features outside of cross-platform compatibility that much seems to be in the air. The Verge’s report refers to the device as a “fitness band with smartwatch features.” As such it’ll be able to do all the standard things that the first-generation of wearables like Nike+ and FitBit do today. Tracking steps, monitoring heart rate and giving users a look at how many calories they’ve burned seems are all said to be features included in the Microsoft smartwatch. By focusing on fitness, Microsoft could be hoping to build on features users actually care about today and then expand the smartwatch over time to include other key features.

Read: Microsoft Surface Smartwatch Details Show iWatch Competitor

Cross-platform compatibility is a key feature because no one else has it. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch this past September. It’ll come in multiple versions so that users can get one that best fits their arm. The wrist bands will be interchangeable and it’ll run a customized version iOS that will allow it to talk to the company’s line of iPhones. The Apple Watch won’t be compatible with phones running Microsoft or Google’s software. Similarly, the Android Wear operating system that runs on devices like the Moto 360 aren’t best with the iPhone and aren’t compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system at all.

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By adding this layer of compatibility and not tying its smartwatch its smartphone platform like the Apple Watch is, Microsoft is hoping that it can cast a wider net and harness sales from just about anyone. Like the Apple Watch, these reports indicate that Microsoft’s device has removable wrist bands and tons of sensors that monitor user’s health.

The key bit of information we’re still missing here is how the Microsoft smartwatch fits in with Microsoft’s family of products. That much remains unclear. By introducing apps for each smartphone platform, Microsoft is once again giving users little reason to pick up a Windows Phone over its rivals. We don’t yet know if this device will run Microsoft’s Windows operating system or something entirely different. When Microsoft first announced Windows 10 it indicated that the operating system would work across devices. Today, there isn’t a single device running Windows 10, it’s not due out until next year sometime.

If Microsoft does have an upcoming wearable tablet it hasn’t exactly started putting its plans in motion just yet. Typically, when the company is planning to launch a new device it sends out invitations to the press. As no invitations have turned up we can conclude that the company doesn’t have plans to share information about an Apple Watch rival in the next few weeks. Of course, it’s always possible that Microsoft could just announce the device on its website without a typical event.

Whatever Microsoft decides, the company should move quickly if it hopes to get in relatively early on wearables. Samsung has been in the space for some time along with Sony. Android Wear smartwatches may have just arrived, but some of them are picking up a loyal following, like the Moto 360 for example. Failure to launch now could mean Microsoft is stuck with a generation one device at time when everyone has already perfected their own devices. The Surface 2 and Zune media players both suffered from this problem.

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Microsoft Apple Watch Rival To Have A Secret Weapon? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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