Get started with AirDrop on iOS 7

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We’ve all seen the Samsung commercials wherein iOS users are constantly made fun of for buying into Apple products. One of the features often shown off in those commercials has been NFC sharing of documents and photos when two users bump the backs of the their latest Galaxy devices — something everyone knows iOS devices can’t do.

Apple took note of the dig at its products and has implemented a feature it assures users will be better than having to run around tapping phones together.

That feature is called AirDrop.

AirDrop may sound familiar to OS X users, as it’s already implemented on Macs and allows users to drag and drop files to share with other Mac users on the same network.

The feature works in a similar fashion on iOS, with the exception being users aren’t required to be on the same network to transfer content. Instead AirDrop uses a direct Wi-Fi connection for transfers.

Owners of an iPhone 5 or later, iPad fourth generation, iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch will be able to take advantage of AirDrop.

How to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod to iOS 7

iOS 7 represents a major update to Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and as long as your device isn’t more than around two years old you’ll be able to upgrade it to get some or all of the new features.

iOS 7 will be available for the iPhone 4 and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, and the 5th generation iPod touch.

The following devices can’t be upgraded to iOS 7: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 3th-gen, original iPad.

Here’s a full list of which iOS 7 features will be available in each country, since your location as well as your device will affect which features you get.

How to update to iOS 7

There are two ways to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod to iOS 7: over the air (via Wi-Fi) or through iTunes.

Before you upgrade to iOS 7, though, there are a couple of housekeeping jobs to do. First, update your apps as certain out-of-date apps won’t work in iOS 7.

Second, check if you have enough free storage space as the update requires at least 1.4GB of memory for temporarily storing the download during the update. You can check how much space is available by tapping Settings > General > Usage. The list of apps will tell you which ones are using up your phone or tablet’s storage. Typically, it will be the Photos app, which is full of your images and videos.


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iPad 5 rumours: release date, news, specs

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This article is where we take a look at some of the rumoured iPad 5 release dates and specs and try and makes some sense of it all.

iPad 5 release date

Following the announcement of iOS 7, it’s fairly easy to come to the conclusion that Apple will launch the iPad 5 in autumn 2013. The company released the iPad 4 back in November 2012, having unveiled it in October. Given that the design was already two-generations old, we can’t imagine Apple will wait any longer than a year to launch the next iPad.

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Apple’s WWDC 2013: Rumors and expectations

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Apple’s 24th annual developers conference kicks off next week, and will be the company’s first event in more than seven months.

The conference lasts the entire week, but the highlight is Monday’s keynote address, where Apple typically announces new products and services. This year, Apple has only said it will give developers new versions of iOS and OS X software, though there’s likely to be a surprise or two.

Expectations are high, in no small part because it’s been so long since Apple has released anything new. Its last big product launch was the iPad Mini in October, and the months since then have contained little besides tweaks to some existing products. The company has also attempted to temper expectations in the lead up to WWDC, saying there are “amazing” things, but that they were coming in the fall, and throughout next year.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things to look forward to at next week’s conference. We’ve rounded up some of the top rumors going into the show, as well as our own expectations.

New software

Apple has already said it will be showing off new versions of iOS and OS X, though the software will almost certainly be only for developers to test before either is released to the public. In the past there has been a several months-long delay between when developers first get new software, and when it’s released to the public.

As a frame of reference from last year: OS X Mountain Lion went out as a developer preview in February, and was released as a finished product near the end of July. iOS 6 went out as a developer preview at WWDC in June, and was released to everyone else in late September. Apple patched bugs and added a few more features along the way.

iOS 7 is expected as a follow-up to iOS 6, which first debuted at last year’s WWDC. There’s been much rumbling about a complete visual overhaul led by Apple’s top designer Jony Ive, a detail that was confirmed by CEO Tim Cook in an interview last week. Impressively, few details of new features and functionality have leaked out ahead of Apple’s reveal. Here are some of the big ones:

  • New interface — A report from 9to5Mac in April, as well as the New York Times in October suggested Apple was changing the design to do away with many longstanding visual features of iOS. 9to5Mac’s report, in particular, suggested Apple would keep the functionality of iOS apps and features the same, but lose some of the digital facsimiles of real world objects in favor of simpler designs. A purportedly leaked shot of the new look cropped up earlier this week (pictured above).
  • More gestures — Also from the 9to5Mac report, Apple was said to be looking into additional ways to access basic information with gestures, similar to what it currently uses with a one-finger swipe to bring up Notification Center, and a four-finger swipe on the iPad to pull up the multitasking menu.
  • More sharing tools – Once again from 9to5Mac is a report Apple plans to add its AirDrop file-sharing service, which is built into OS X, into iOS so that users can swap files with one another if they’re on the same Wi-Fi network. The blog also adds that Apple intends to build in system-level integration to send media to Flickr and Vimeo.
  • More Yahoo — An April report from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says Apple and Yahoo are working together to bring more of Yahoo’s content and services to Apple’s devices. That includes more content from Yahoo’s sports and news sites.

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News: Apple released iTunes 11.0.4 – Fix Bug and sync issues

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After a lapse of two weeks, Apple’s iTunes upgrade again, now iTunes has been updated to version 11.0.4.

Middle of last month, Apple released iTunes 11.0.3 update brings a new design of Mini player and other features improvements such as Songs View. After a lapse of two weeks, Apple’s iTunes again today for the upgrade, now iTunes has been updated to version 11.0.4.

And different from the previous update, 11.0.4 update is focused on bug fixes, at least so far not revealed any new features. According to the update log, this update fixes the most obvious is a result in the switch wired or wireless synchronization occurs when iTunes is forced back loopholes. In addition, a cause users to repeatedly log the iTunes Store vulnerability has also been fixed.

At present, the updates are already available through the Mac App Store “Software Updates” feature to download.

There are four more days Apple WWDC conference will be held in 2013, according to previous reports we know that in this conference, we will usher in Apple’s latest iOS 7 operating system. iOS 7 system is in charge of Apple’s design department boss Jonathan apple HMI Human Interface (HI) sector since the surrender of the first operations, allegedly there will be great changes, iTunes does not know whether it will therefore be changed ? Stay tuned!