Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch successfully used his cat’s paw to unlock his iPhone 5s. According to Etherington, “While it encountered more frequent failures than did a fingerprint, [the cat’s paw] was able to unlock the phone again repeatedly when positioned correctly on the sensor.”
Before you update, assuming your iOS device is supported, make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes (11.1 for OS X Mountain Lion) by launching iTunes and going to the iTunes menu and choosing Check For Updates…. . Alternatively, you can download iTunes from Apple. Then, connect your iOS device to your computer with the USB cable, and backup your device to your computer.
Once you’ve updated and backed up, connect your device to a power source, go to the Settings App, then General, then Software Update to update your device.
After the iOS update arrives, update any apps that need it, then read this excellent TidBITS article by Tonya Engst: iOS 7 Pre-flight Checklist.
Another Macworld buying guide round up from Dan Frakes: Find the Best iPad Keyboard.
Since I’ve replaced my iPad 1 with an iPad 3 [sic], I’m thinking about buying a case and an Apple Wireless keyboard, instead of the Adonit WriterPlus or the ZaggKeys ProFolio+. That’s not because I no longer like the Adonit keyboard/case, I do like it, but I’m traveling less and writing more on the iPad as I use it almost as much as I use my MacBook.
iOS 6 is out; you can read Apple’s stuff about the 200 new features in iOS 6.
I thought I’d do a link roundup of the more useful things I’ve seen.
Glenn Fleishman on Use Your iPhone’s Number with Messages in OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion.
More later !
Adam Engst of TidBITS has a smart piece on the demise of iWork.com, the never-out-of-beta sharing site for iWork files. Go read Apple Finally Puts iWork.com Out of Its Misery. It’s a good piece, but there’s this really smart observation at the end:
Put bluntly, Apple has never understood how to support collaboration, and technologies like iCloud and sandboxing seem to be headed in the opposite direction.
I think this is very true. iCloud does syncing, mostly, but it really needs to go beyond that. Other than the utility of storing and being able to re-download content purchased from Apple, and the usefulness of iTunes Match, Dropbox offers me more ease of use and functionality than iCloud. I can sync, backup, share and collaborate.
The TidBITS staff, including my co-writer Michael E. Cohen along with Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Joe Kissell, and Matt Neuburg appear on The MacJury podcast. Host Chuck Joiner attempts to herd cats while discussing Apple’s March 7 announcements regarding the third iPad, iPhoto for iOS, the refreshed Apple TV, and iOS 5.1. You can hear or download the podcast, which is both interesting and thoughtful, here.
It’s my turn to be a guest blogger at Peachpit. I’m doing “5 Tips in 5 Days,” about the iPad.
My co-writer Dennis R. Cohen is blogging about the iPad over at Peachpit:
5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 1 – Watch Out for the Camera Lens
5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 2 – Clear Out Background Processes
5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 3 – Video Is a Space Hog
5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 4 – Be a VJ
5 iPad 2 Tips in 5 Days: Tip 5 – Print without an HP Printer
I love my iPad and (most of) the apps on it. I qualify the app assertion because there’s one from Apple for which I have zero love (GameCenter), but can’t get rid of it and there are a couple I have because I need to refer to them when editing books about the iPad (FaceBook and Flickr).
You can read more at the link.
Over at Peachpit’s blog, my illustrious colleague Michael E. Cohen has blogged about the Top 10 Reasons I Sleep with My iPad 2.
10. Reading under the covers without a flashlight.
9. Netflix on the pillow is tastier than a chocolate mint.
8. Sleep-timer apps and my music library.
Read the rest here.