IOS | The Apple Daily - Part 4

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Aircel Brings iPhone 4S to India, Preorders Starts 18th November, Launches on 25th November, Airtel Joins the League

The wait is finally over, iPhone 4S as predicted earlier is hitting the indian shores this month courtesy Aircel. As we reported earlier the rumors were already floating around an imminent November launch  for the iPhone 4S in India.

Aircel has officially announced that the iPhone 4S will be launched on 25th November and the preorders will start from the  18th of this month. Along with the Aircel announcement, Airtel the other Carrier which is bringing the iPhone 4S has also announced their  iPhone 4S coming soon as well.

Though no pricing details have yet been released for any version of the iPhone 4S from Airtel or Aircel, but we can expect that to be around the estimated iPhone 4S prices which we reported about a couple of days ago.

It remains to be seen if they bring all the 3 versions that is the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone 4S and what price tag does these devices gets as it’s coming from both the carriers and if one has to stand out in the fierce competition and keeping in mind what kind of customers to target for this launch to be successful.

 

Unlocked iPhone 4S Now Available in Apple US Online Stores

Finally after many days in the waiting, Apple has finally started offering Unlocked iPhone 4S for the United States Online Stores along with the roll- out of the next phase of countries in the iPhone 4S roll-out yesterday.

The 16GB version of the unlocked iPhone 4S would cost  $649 while the 32GB and the 64GB version of the iPhone 4S would cost $749 and $849 respectively. All the phones are now being listed with 1-2 weeks of shipping time.

So those who don’t want to go with the standard 2 years contract with a specific carrier can now get the phone for the above mentioned price and can use it over any GSM network, though one have to keep in mind that these phones wouldn’t work with the CDMA carriers but only for the GSM Wireless networks. One would also need an active MicroSIM Card in order to use the phone, since the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S doesn’t come with a Micro SIM Card.

So hurry up and buy the Unlocked iPhone 4S! Seeing the huge demand it’s having, it’s only a matter of days before the shipping time increases from 2 weeks to about a month!

iOS 5 Battery Issues Still Not Fully Resolved

With the release of iOS 5, many of us expected it to surpass our expectations and it did go way beyond everyone’s expectations but at a steep price. iOS 5 for iPhone possessed new exciting  features and apps, but they seem to hamper the device’s performance by using a lot of power and thus high battery consumption. Each time your phone attempts to find your location, or tries communicating with iCloud or has any background app running, it caused battery drainage. Although a slow and steady battery drain is to be expected, iPhone users with iOS 5 are experiencing quicker drainage than with previous versions of the OS.

As more and more users started experiencing the same problem it became a necessity for Apple to address it. And so did they respond, with the release of iOS 5.0.1, claiming it to be a software issue.

Unfortunately many customers are still experiencing battery trouble, even after updating their phones to the latest software. In order to find some answers, users have made a beeline towards Apple support forums, where battery related topics are currently receiving thousands of views. Customer complaints mention a battery drainage problem remains, in spite of the update. Even worse, others mention that poor battery performance was never experienced until they had updated. However, some customers are noticing an improvement.

In a statement given to AllThingsD, Apple confirmed that some users are still affected by poor battery life:

“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”

For the time being you can do the following to get as much out of your battery:

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iOS and Android Combined Captures 58% of Mobile Gaming Market

Gone are the days of the PlayStation Portables and the Nintendo DS’s. These were the two big names for many years as far as the portable gaming market goes. Then came the game changer with the launch of iPhone which brought the iOS platform for the portable iDevices and then came the cheaper alternative for the iOS with Android running on virtually any portable device ranging from dirt cheap phones to the high end phones and tablets.

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Download iOS 5.0.1 Final for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

We had previously reported about Apple seeding Beta builds of iOS 5.0.1 which had fixes for the dreaded battery drain issue that many iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S uses were facing.

Apple has finally made available the 5.0.1 update to general public.

Here’s the changelog for  iOS 5.0.1 :

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • Contains security improvements

You can download iOS 5.0.1 for your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 or iPod Touch 4G from the Direct Download Links below :

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Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 to Selected Users for Early Testing

A few days ago Apple released iOS 5.0.1 beta build to developers which fixed some bugs and battery issues which are haunting some of the iPhone 4S users.

The public release for the update was slated for a later release.

Now Apple has started seeding the iOS 5.0.1 build to some of the end users for testing out the build, so some of the users who complained earlier about the battery drainage issue have received the update for testing courtesy the AppleSeed program.

9 to 5 Mac reports that those users receiving this update won’t be able to downgrade their devices to the earlier iOS builds but are allowed to update to the final build whenever Apple releases it within a few weeks of time.

A note for Users wanting to Jailbreak iOS 5:

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Hong Kong iPhone 4S Preorders Sold Out in 10 Minutes!

As we reported earlier the iPhone 4S would be rolling out in some more countries this month including Hong Kong and 14 other countries in a couple of days from now, so the roll out had already started for those launch countries.

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Earlier we saw with the preorders in US when iPhone 4S first launched with record preorder sellout in less than a week and with more than 1 million sold in the first 2 weeks in the United States iPhone 4S launch.

Now we are getting reports about yet another sorts of a record for the iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S pre orders were sold out within 10 minutes in Hong Kong! The preorders began on Friday.

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Apple Rumored to be testing Siri on older iPhones and other iDevices

While many of the Apple Enthusiasts are trying their best to port Siri on the older iPhones like the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch, the news we’ve got for you today would definitely cheer all those users having the iPhone 4 and the other iDevices which are currently missing the Siri Fun on their existing devices.

According to Jailbreaknation one of their tipsters got some news from Siri front, if the tipster is to be believed Apple is now Testing the Siri Voice recognition feature on iDevices other than iPhone 4S, specifically the iPhone 4 and perhaps other devices like the iPad are also on the cards.

According to the tipster Apple has given their employees access to a special software version that incorporates Siri’s features on to older iDevices.

So there is definitely a ray of hope for the existing old iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. Watch this space for more more news on the Siri Front.