Use the Camera from Lock Screen in iOS 5

Oct 14, 2011 - 73 Comments

iPhone camera from lockscreen iOS 5

Update: You now swipe up to reveal the lock screen camera in iOS 5.1

Yet another great feature of iOS 5 is the instant camera access from your lock screen. This lets you quickly pull out your iPhone (or iPad and iPod touch of course) and take pictures without having to unlock the iPhone or clicking on the camera app. Here’s how to do this.

From the iOS 5 Lock Screen:

  • Double-tap on the Home button, a camera icon will appear next to the unlock slider
  • Tap on the Camera for immediate camera access

Use the camera from lock screen in iOS 5

Once you are in the camera app, you can use the volume up button as a shutter to take pictures. Yet another reason to upgrade to iOS 5 if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks for the tip Andy

By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 73 Comments

Hide Purchases from the App Store in iTunes, iOS, & Mac OS X

Oct 14, 2011 - 10 Comments

App Store New to Mac OS X 10.7.2 and iOS 5 is the ability to hide purchases from appearing in the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, and the iTunes Store purchased items lists. This is great if you download tons of stuff but use only a fraction of apps, and you don’t want the other items clogging up your purchase history. It’s also really easy to unhide purchases from all the online stores, and we’ll cover that too.

Hide Purchases from the iOS, Mac, & iTunes Stores

Hide a Purchase in iOS:

  • Swipe over any app to reveal the “Hide” button

Hide App Purchases in iOS

Hide a Purchase in iTunes App Store or Mac App Store

  • Click on the “Purchases” tab, hover over any purchased item and click on the (X)

Hide Mac App Store purchases

Of course hiding the purchases is only useful if you can see them again if you need to. That’s just as easy, and regardless of iOS or Mac OS X it’s done through the account settings of iCloud:
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iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4 Speed Test Comparison

Oct 14, 2011 - 5 Comments

We already know the iPhone 4S is significantly faster than the iPhone 4 just by looking at the tech specs, but sometimes the best way to see a speed boost is in real world activities like launching apps, browsing the web, and just tapping around in general.

This video shows the two devices side by side doing just that. Everything is quicker, but what really surprised me was how much faster websites load in Safari on the 4S, they appear almost instantaneously.

This reminds me a lot of when the iPhone 3GS came out, and users of the iPhone 3G felt like they had a fast phone… until they saw and used the 3GS, which then became the must-have upgrade. Very tempting upgrade for those who want the quickest iPhone out there.

Update: More videos below, here are 3G speed tests on AT&T with iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4, as well as more wi-fi tests. The 4S is much faster in both cases:
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone - 5 Comments

“Could Not Activate iPhone 4S” Error? Here Are Fixes for AT&T Activation Problems

Oct 14, 2011 - 44 Comments

Could Not Activate iPhone error

The hoards of people attempting to activate their brand new iPhone 4S have overloaded AT&T’s activation servers, resulting in some users receiving error messages saying “Could Not Activate iPhone”, followed by the message details:

“Your activation is still pending. You will receive an email notification once your activation is complete.

We’re sorry. There was a problem connecting to the server. Please try again later.”

Making it beyond that, many users are stuck at a screen that simply says “Activation” with the spinning wait cursor, alongside a message of “It may take up to 3 minutes to activate your iPhone.” In some cases, users have reported seeing that message for hours, not just minutes. Even attempting to activate through iTunes can result in the error message.

Possible solutions to “Could Not Activate” iPhone error:

  • Using your prior iPhone, dial AT&T’s 611 hotline and talk to a human for manual activation
  • Visit AT&T’s online activation web page here and try to activate through the web
  • Email AT&T Customer Care directly: with your account number and contact number and request direct activation
  • Tweet AT&T Customer Care at @attcustomercare (they will probably tell you to email them)
  • Simply wait it out and try again later when AT&T’s servers catch up to demand

The activation trouble is reasonably widespread in the USA, and there are multiple growing forum threads on the matter already. Currently, CDMA providers such as Sprint and Verizon do not seem to be undergoing any problems activating phones.

This is the second hiccup this week due to immense demand of Apple’s latest and greatest releases. The first was a series of “internal error” messages related to installing iOS 5, the most prominent being Error 3200 and 3002.

If you want to buy an iPhone 4S, here’s where you can find one today.

By Matt Chan - iPhone, News - 44 Comments

Move Newsstand App Into a Folder on iOS 5

Oct 13, 2011 - 19 Comments

Newsstand in Folder

Those who have upgraded to iOS 5 have probably noticed that little Newsstand icon is unable to be moved to a folder, and like all other Apple iOS apps, it can’t be deleted. Well, a little tip from The Coding Massacre has made the rounds that shows us how we can force the Newsstand app into a folder under iOS 5, thanks to a bug in iOS. The downside is that if you then try to access Newsstand, springboard will usually crash.

Due to the buggy nature of this tip, if you have any plans on using Newsstand to read magazines or newspapers on your iPhone or iPad, this is not recommended. Also, you have to be quick.

  • Grab any two apps and create a new folder, this is where you’ll be storing Newsstand
  • The moment the apps are moved to the folder and the new folder animation is activated, drag Newsstand into the folder

Assuming you were quick enough, Newsstand will now be in that folder. As previously mentioned, this can often cause unstable behavior when accessing that folder and Newsstand, so don’t be surprised if Springboard (the iOS dashboard) starts crashing afterwards.

It’s a fairly safe bet that iOS 5.1 will fix this bug and allow Newsstand to be moved around without resorting to such tricks.

By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

Where to Buy iPhone 4S

Oct 13, 2011 - 6 Comments

iPhone 4S

You probably know by now that pre-orders for iPhone 4S sold out for Apple and all the carriers, meaning there is a several week delay before an order placed online will be delivered to you. But you can still get one if you got to a local retailer…

Your best bet if you want an iPhone 4S right away is by going to a local store. Every past iPhone and iPad launch has resulted in huge lines and sold out inventory, straining the availability until supply finally catches up, with the case of the iPad 2 this took several months. Supply between stores is often inconsistent, but the price of iPhone 4S is the same at every launch partner, all require subsidies at this point as the unlocked version isn’t available until November.

Here’s where you can buy an iPhone 4S, but if you want to get your iPhone 4S, be prepared, and know where to shop!
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By Matt Chan - iPhone, News - 6 Comments

How to Use Wi-Fi Sync for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch with iOS

Oct 13, 2011 - 129 Comments

Wi-Fi Syncing in iOS 5 By far one of the best features of iOS is wireless syncing and backing up, as the name implies it allows you to wirelessly transfer apps, music, books, contacts, calendars, movies, photos, everything you had to use a wired sync for, but it’s done through the air. If your device supports iOS 5 or later, it’ll support Wi-Fi syncing, including iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 3rd & 4th generations.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 129 Comments

Disable the Guest User Account at Mac OS X Lion Login Screen

Oct 13, 2011 - 78 Comments

Guest User account in OS X 10.7.2

If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.7.2 and rebooted or ended up at the lock screen, you may have noticed that a new “Guest User” account appears at the login screen.

This is not a full guest user account, if you select the Guest User option at login, the Mac will restart to a secured Safari-only version of the OS with access to the internet. So what’s the point of this? It turns out this is part of setting up iCloud in Mac OS X, specifically the “Find My Mac” feature. The Safari Guest User allows someone to get online so the Mac can be located, but prevents the Safari user from accessing your files and applications.

We’re going to highly recommend keeping the Guest User Safari account enabled so that if you happen to lose your Mac, or if it’s stolen, it could easily be tracked down. Nonetheless, here’s how to turn this off if you don’t need it for some reason.

How to disable that “Guest User” from appearing at the OS X 10.7.2 login screen

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click on “Security & Privacy”
  • Click the lock in the lower corner and type in your administrative password to unlock the control panel
  • Check the box next to “Disable restarting to Safari when screen is locked”

This prevents the Guest User account from being visible at the login screen both during reboot and at the login screen. Again, it’s highly recommended to keep this enabled for security purposes, but if your Mac is locked down with a security cable or you don’t have any use for Find My Mac, you could disable this and not feel too bad about it.

Disable the Safari Guest User Account in Mac OS X Lion

If you haven’t tried it yet, clicking on the Guest User account gives you this message:

This computer will restart to a secure, Safari-only system for the Guest user.

The reboot process is quick and opens directly to Safari, there is no access to anything else. No Finder, no preferences, nothing.

Thanks to Brad Caldwell for the questions and screenshot via Twitter, you can follow us there too.

By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 78 Comments

Drag Files & Folders Between Desktops & Full Screen Apps in Mac OS X 10.7.2

Oct 13, 2011 - 5 Comments

Drag files and folders between Desktops in Mac OS X Lion

One of the subtle changes in the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update is the ability to drag files and folders between Desktops and Full Screen apps in Mission Control. All you need to do is grab a file or folder and start pulling the item off the screen in the direction of the Desktop or app you want to bring it to. There’s a brief second of resistance to prevent accidental dragging, and then the desktops rapidly switch over.

For instance, now you can drag and drop a folder into the Full Screen Terminal app and it will print the directory path as usual, or you can drag images from one desktop into another with Photoshop open. This is a great little addition to boost productivity, although if you drag an item into the Dashboard Space it’s fairly useless.

The drag and drop addition was briefly mentioned in the release notes but with all the excitement surrounding iOS 5 it was easy to overlook nearly all of the changes to OS X 10.7.2, other than iCloud of course.

By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Jailbreak iOS 5 with Redsn0w

Oct 12, 2011 - 150 Comments

iOS 5 jailbreak with redsn0w iOS 5 can already be jailbroken thanks to the iPhone Dev Team’s quick release of a new version of redsn0w (0.9.9b7). This is currently a tethered jailbreak, but an untether is in progress.
Redsn0w will work to jailbreak iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 CDMA & GSM, iPod touch 3rd & 4th gen, and iPad 1. Not supported yet are iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices, due to their use of the A5 CPU.

Before getting started, download iOS 5 and update your hardware, keep the IPSW around, but also be sure to have updated to iTunes 10.5.

Download redsn0w 0.9.9b7

You will need redsn0w 0.9.9b7 to get started, download it now for Mac (v 0.9.9b7 here) or for Windows (direct download links)

Jailbreaking iOS 5

  • Launch Redsn0w and choose the “Jailbreak” button
  • Connect the iOS device to the computer and turn the hardware off
  • Enter DFU mode by holding down the Sleep/Power button and home button together for exactly 10 seconds, then release the Power button but continue to hold the Home button for another 15 seconds. You will get a notification from Redsn0w informing you of the device being in DFU mode
  • Point redsn0w to your iOS 5 IPSW file (older version)
  • Redsn0w will now perform the jailbreak, the newest version does not require you to have to point to any IPSW files because it downloads them directly from Apple
  • Choose “Install Cydia” and proceed with the jailbreak

Now you need to boot the iOS device tethered to get Cydia to load:

  • Open redsn0w again
  • Click on “Extras” and select the iOS 5 IPSW you downloaded in the previous step
  • Back at the Extras menu, click on the “Just Boot” option and follow the on screen instructions to boot into the jailbroken device

Your iOS device will automatically reboot as jailbroken, you can confirm this by looking for the Cydia icon on your springboard. As previously stated, this is a tethered jailbreak so you will need to connect your iPhone, iPad, or ipod touch to a computer and boot it with the assistance of Redsn0w if the battery dies or you shut it down for another reason. This is easy to do, just launch Redsn0w again and choose “Just Boot” again from the Extras menu.

By Matt Chan - iPad, iPhone - 150 Comments

“Internal Error” or “Unknown Error” Occurred During iOS Install? Easy Fix!

Oct 12, 2011 - 24 Comments

Internal error during iOS update

While many users have reported trouble free updates to iOS, others are running into a variety of errors in the process. One of the more common is “Error 3200″ or “Error 3002″, the fix for that is fairly simple and we’ve already covered it but nonetheless the error has plagued enough users for it to become a trending topic on Twitter.

As the day has progressed though, more and more error messages are popping up, everything from “An internal error occurred” with no number, to “An unknown error occurred (3004)” or with a wide variety of other error codes, ranging from 1600 to 3200.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Troubleshooting - 24 Comments

Fix Error 3002 & Error 3200 During iOS Update

Oct 12, 2011 - 125 Comments

iTunes icon A fair amount of users have ran into “Error 3002″ and “Error 3200″ during the iOS update process with iTunes. It’s not entirely clear what’s causing this, but we have provided a solution that should work for both Mac and Windows users to resolve the error message so that you can update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as intended.

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