Travel and Your iPhone

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Do you like to travel? Are you on the road constantly for business? Then the Apple iPhone may be the phone of choice for you. The reason for this is that the iPhone has a GPS navigator built into it. If you are always on the go, a navigator is what you need. Fussing with maps and asking for directions is a thing of the past. Nowadays, tech savvy people have a navigation system in their cars. With an iPhone, you always have your navigator with you, no matter who is driving. Travel and your iPhone; it’s a match made in heaven (sort of).

Why would you need a navigator on your cell phone? Anytime you need directions, to a new club perhaps, just tell it where you want to go an viola’ directions are there. Even those of us who are no longer part of the club scene will benefit from having a navigation system with us at all times. You can use this to quickly find directions to the field your kid should be playing on. Perhaps the directions given to a friends party were vague. These are all situations where having a navigations system like the one included with the iPhone comes in very handy. Lost in the desert? (yes it happens) Then you really need the navigation system on your iPhone.

In addition to the navigation system there are other reasons to make sure you have your iPhone with you when you travel. Aside from the fact that you will always have a cell phone with you, another advantage is that all of your entertainment is with you as well. If you are taking a long drive and there is nothing to see but cornfields for the next 400 miles, having movies, eBooks and music to entertain you can be a godsend. With the iPhone, you can take your movies and television shows with you wherever you go. This is another reason for pairing up travel and your iPhone.

Are travel and your iPhone really a good match? Let’s take a look and see. For example, instead of stopping to ask directions, you can get the information that you need right there on your iPhone. The Apple iPhone is right there to help you find your way with the ability to view satellite images of major street names. The iPhone can help you find landmarks and other things that you might be interested in along the way on your trip. It’s like having a navigator right there with you in your car, letting you know what you need to know and getting you where you need to go.

Now that you know why travel and your iPhone make such a good pair, remember to keep this in mind for your next trip. Be sure to load up on plenty of movies, eBooks, TV shows and music. Use your Apple iPhone to plan your travel route. Check the navigation system for points of interest along the way and make sure that you visit some of them. You can even mark the gas station along or near your route so you can plan a fill-up before it becomes an issue. If Apple keeps making features like this built into their cells phone AAA Travel services may get put out of business.

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Apple iPhone To Launch In The UK

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Excitement is building with just over a week to wait until the launch of the Apple iPhone in the UK.
O2 have signed a deal with Apple which guarantees the network exclusive rights to provide contract deals for the iPhone and will surely produce a huge surge in customers. Other retailers such as The Carphone Warehouse are already providing customers with a preview of the handset price and O2 tariff options.

The Apple iPhone looks fantastic. If fact it is looks and works so good that Apple has decided to base future iPod designs on the iPhone. The touch screen interface is revolutionary in the world of mobile phones. Although it has been done before on other mobile phones and PDA’s, it has never been quite in the same style or manner that the iPhone offers. The Apple iPhone brings all the capabilities you would expect from a top of the range iPod including music and video, a 3.5-inch widescreen display, an 8GB flash drive and allows you to connect to your iTunes library. The battery life is far better than a normal mobile phone and allows up to 8 hours talk time. WiFi and GPRS connectivity allow for fast email and Internet browsing within the simple and easy to use Safari browser.

But the Apple iPhone is more about the experience. Apple has spent a lot of time getting their user interface just right and the result is sublime. For starters the iPhone automatically recognises whether you are holding and viewing the phone horizontally or vertically and adjusts the screen accordingly. The touch screen does not only respond to simple button touches but also to finger movements. For example to scroll through your contacts or play lists you simply slide your finger across the screen and the iPhone responds as a computer software program would when you use the scroll bar. There are also certain finger actions which allow you to zoom in and out when viewing web pages or photos. Even the keypad lock is operated by sliding your finger across the phone to prevent you from mistakingly using the iPhone’s touch screen buttons. There is one single traditional button at the bottom of the iPhone which allows you to quickly return to the mail menu.

The Apple iPhone only includes a 2 megapixel camera which is far behind the current technology supplied through other mobile phone manufacturers. Surprisingly there is no option to capture video through the iPhone camera which, when you consider that Apple products focus a lot on allowing users to watch video, seems very peculiar. This gives you the feeling that the camera was a last minute add-on and was not entirely thought through properly.

The iPhone breaks the mold and has created a huge jump in mobile phone user interface displays which other mobile phone manufacturers must be scurrying around to try and catch up with Apple. Although there are currently some other fantastic phones on the market, such as the Nokia N95 which offers greater technology, the Apple iPhone is about to become the best selling mobile phone of the year, partly though the hype it has received but mainly because it is such a fantastic revolutionary product.

SIM Cards For Your iPhone

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Here is the good news. It is easy to replace the SIM cards for you iPhone. You have to decide what purpose you want these SIM cards to perform. Some offer enhanced features to your iPhone. Many of these will work only with AT&T and cannot be unlocked. Others will actually unlock the iPhone and allow you to use it on any network, not just GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Here is the biggest problem with unlocked phones, you cannot just get them to work on any network. The cell phone provider needs the phone information from the inside of the phone in order to set up service. Therefore, in order to use an unlocked iPhone on another network other than AT&T you will have to get a SIM from a different phone and replace the SIM in your iPhone with that SIM. It is not as easy as it first sounds. You first have to activate the first phone on whatever network and then switch that SIM into an unlocked iPhone. So far so good right? But how do you change the SIM? That is easy. Look near the headphone jack. There is a little hole. Take a paper clip, unbend it, then poke into the hole. The SIM holder, located under the home button, will open up and allow you to remove the SIM. Another problem with changing the SIM of an unlocked iPhone is they may not be the same size. So you may need to get a plastic tray that helps the SIM fit into the iPhone’s SIM tray better.

You can also get SIM cards for your iPhone that do not need to be unlocked. Some of these offer better performance and additional features. These do not have the same issues as the unlocked, but size still can be a problem. Many will come with a plastic try that works as an adapter. For these SIM cards, all you need to do is to swap out the SIM card, your phone should remain activated. If you have trouble, contact the vendor of the SIM first, then contact Apple.

Where do you buy SIM cards for your iPhone? The place with the biggest selection is eBay. As per usual, when shopping on eBay make sure you are dealing with a reputable seller. Check the seller’s ratings and feedback. Also check their PayPal ratings. Never pay by check, cash, money order, or wire transfer. Always use PayPal or your credit card. On eBay there are literally hundreds of different SIM cards to chose from. Many have very vague descriptions. In addition, many of the newer SIM for 1.1.1 and higher will require a rather extensive unlock procedure. If you see terms like iphoneSIMfree, Jailbreak, or AppTapp then you know you are dealing with a SIM that will require an unlocked iPhone in order to use it.

Overall, changing and locating SIM cards for your iPhone is not a difficult task. The problem lies with the SIM cards that can only be used in an unlocked iPhone. If you are planning on unlocking the 1.1.1 and higher firmware be prepared for a long drawn out process or be prepared to pay iphoneSIMfree for their version of an unlock. Then you have the issue of finding a way to use the unlocked iPhone on another network. The iPhone supposedly only works on a GSM network, which translates to AT&T or T-Mobile in the US. Exactly how these other SIM get the iPhone to work on a non-GSM network is something I have been unable to figure out. All in all be careful when purchasing SIM cards for your iPhone. Know what you are buying.

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Interesting Facts About The Apple iPhone 5

Interesting Facts About The Apple iPhone 5

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Apple has grown over the years to become the world’s most successful technology company. Innovation and excitement are two traits that tend to surround all new Apple gadgets, and the iPhone 5 is no exception.

The iPhone 5 is set to break records all over the place – from its feather like weight to the astonishingly powerful A6 chip that makes the whole thing work smoothly no matter what you’re trying to do. It’s also looking like it will set financial records – despite a cripplingly sluggish economy, pre orders for the iPhone 5 could not possibly be stronger.

Here are some interesting facts about the iPhone 5, Apple, Steve Jobs and everything in between:

– The Apple philosophy is truly remarkable. The company conceives new gadgets before the technology to create them even exists, and it then finds a way to bring it to market.
– So eagerly has the iPhone 5 been anticipated that the gadget had sold 2 million pre orders within the space of 24 hours. That means by the time you finish reading this article, about a staggering 4,000 iPhone 5’s would have been ordered.
– Apple was founded in 1976 by two friends – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
– Steve Jobs was a college dropout!
– The very first iPhone was conceptualized in 2004 where Apple put a thousand workers on a mission to create something that would be simply mind blowing. It was initially called “Project Purple” – the iPhone made its debut in 2007, at the high end of the market and was an instant hit.
– It’s anticipated that Apple stands to earn a massive $144 billion from the iPhone 5.
– Out of a population of 311 million, it’s believed that in 2012 94 million people owned an iPhone. That’s almost one in three citizens!
– 46% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to the iPhone 5 when launched.
– The legendary Steve Jobs, co founder of Apple had led a very interesting life aside from creating Apple. For instance, he experimented with LSD, dated country singer Joan Baez and was a strict vegetarian. If that’s not enough to raise your eyebrow, he was offered an internship at Hewlett-Packard while he was in eighth grade. Jobs also saved the film company Pixar from going bust, purchasing it from George Lucas in 1986 for $5m. The first film ever released under his ownership was the hit Toy Story.

These facts just go to show how established the iPhone has become – it’s simply the must have, quintessential gadget and is officially the lightest smartphone in the world.

The Lesser Known Backend Features Of The iPhone 5 & 4G Compatibility

The Lesser Known Backend Features Of The iPhone 5 & 4G Compatibility

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If you’re an iPhone enthusiast, you can probably trot out the major improvements over the iPhone 4 without having to even think about it.
We all know that it’s going to boast a larger screen, and we’re all buzzing with excitement about the 4G capabilities (where supported). And yes, it has a sleeker and lighter build with a spanking new A6 chip and iOS6 powering it all.

However, lets now look at some of the lesser talked about features that iPhone 5 delivers and get some terminology in perspective.

What Exactly Is 4G Compatibility? 4G delivers faster mobile browsing, and iPhone 5 will support it. In fact, browsing speeds for 4G are expected to far exceed 3G, and Apple’s 4G inclusion to become one of the few phones who support it will be easy reading for iPhone lovers.

Keep in mind though, that not all networks can currently deliver 4G using their existing technologies. This does mean that in some countries like the UK, while you may have bought your spanking new iPhone 5, you may not actually be able to use the 4G feature if your mobile provider isn’t yet able to deliver it.

The frequencies are the key here, with the iPhone 5 using the 1800MHz frequency for 4G – because there are no worldwide standards set, different mobile companies operate on different frequencies and this can create problems if you happen to be on a network that uses a different frequency. For example, in the UK, Orange and T-Mobile both employ the 1800MHz frequency while O2 and Vodafone do not. Similar issues have cropped up in the USA too.

Lightning Dock Connector – The iPhone 5 has a new and easier process for plugging in the phone, via the “lightning dock connector” – it’s located at the bottom of the phone, it’s tiny and the plug works whichever way up (or down) you insert it. Unfortunately, it does mean that any existing docking bays or speaker docks you currently own will need to be replaced.

Advanced Retina Display – Apple describes its new Retina Display as panoramic, with 44% greater color saturation than the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 also has improved touch technology – while the iPhone 4 had 2 layers, with the iPhone 5 the pixels and touch sensors have been brought together into a thinner, single layer. It all equates to a far cleaner and crisper iPhone experience.

New SIM Card – To try and make the phone smaller and lighter, Apple has replaced the old micro-SIM card with the new and tinier nano-SIM. You might be able to get the SIM exchanged for no extra cost over the counter at your local Apple store.

Pricing – The iPhone 5 will be launched at $649 (16GB), $749 (32 GB) and $849 (64GB). In the UK the pricing will be £529 (16GB), £599 (32 GB) and £699 (64GB). The launch date is set for 21 September 2012. The pre orders and expected sales for the iPhone 5 have been exceptionally strong.