If you’re running iOS 6 on your iPad or iPhone, you may have noticed that you’re currently unable to FaceTime. According to a report on Macrumors, multiple people running iOS 6 have encountered the problem and Apple has updated it’s troubleshooting page specifically to advise upgrading to the latest iOS as the number 1 step.
Users who have complained directly to Apple have also been advised to update their iOS as the first troubleshooting step, however it is acknowledged among the tech community that the problem should be a temporary one.
If you don’t want to update your device to the latest iOS, you shouldn’t have to, unless you NEED to do FaceTime shots/ show babies to someone IMMEDIATELY. Or REALLY SOON.
We totally understand that need, by the way and we plan to be doing one of those today, so we’ll use an ioS 6 device and keep you guys updated as to if and when the issue appears to get fixed!
To celebrate being a month late for National Grammar Day, we’ve decided to give you guys some iPhone keyboard grammar tips! Are we all ready for some exciting keyboard shortcuts? Huh? Huh? I think we heard a yes? Maybe?
Alrighty, lets start off with some dashes, cos they’re awesome, obviously. Hold down the Dash button to get a selection of dashes, including the lovely en dash and the slightly less lovely in our opinion em dash.
Hold down the slash to get a reverse slash, that’s an easy one.
Hold down the dollar sign to get the Pound, Cent, Euro, Yen or South Korean Won symbols
Hold down the ‘&’ symbol (Ampersand for those playing at home) and you’l get a § - a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code. It is also called “double S”, “sectional symbol”, and our favorite, ”hurricane”. Obviously.
Hold down the period to get three dots, or Ellipsis. Hold down the apostrophe button to get both types of apostrophes and quotation marks.
Hold down the question mark to get an upside down question mark.
Hold down the exclamation mark to get an upside down exclamation mark¡ (See what we did there….)
You guys know when you’re super excited/angry/drunk/revengy and you decide to send a message to someone? And then you get a moment of clarity and realize that telling your boss that you hate the way he wears his stupid pretentious ties is not the best career move? Or telling your friend that she’s a really mean jerk might not be the best thing to do?
Precisely perfect for these moments is the undo typing function, because pressing delete over and over might take too long and the drunky revengy you might come back!
So, shake your phone, man, just shake your phone! An “Undo Typing” box will come up – hit it like it’s a 1990′s dancefloor!
If you do change your mind after you’ve hit Undo, shake your phone again for a handy “Redo Typing” box.
So now you can save telling people how you really think when you’re angry/drunk/revengy for REAL life! Hooray!
It’s almost here! The 4th most glorious day of the year that’s not a real holiday but is still an awesome day!
Tomorrow is April Fools Day!
Tomorrow also represents Apple’s 38th anniversary, with their partnership having officially been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. So there’s another reason to celebrate! There’s also often App and iDevice pranks that tech companies pull, so we’re looking forward to that! As long as their not lame, cos that’ll just be…lame.
So whadda YOU gonna do for April Fools Day Pranky McPranksters? Cos we’re cool like that, here’s some ideas specifically designed for your friend’s iDevices and Macs!
* Replace the shortcuts on their iPhones to whichever words you may find hilarious. Like poo. Or Strippers.
*Flip their computer screens for some excellently frustrating bafflement! Open System Preferences, click Display while simultaneously holding down Command + Option. A new menu called Rotation should appear, and you can flip the display and save it or undo.
*Set a screenshot of their homescreen as wallpaper, and then move around the actual apps so it seems as if nothing is working when really YOU’RE CLICKING ON NOTHING, MAN! NOTHING! BAHAHAHA
*Turn your friends iPhone App icons into baby kittens! Well, not really, but it LOOKS like it, which is almost as fun. Go to www.iphoneceptions.com on their phone, and follow the instructions listed there.
*Download the Nicholas Cage chrome extension that makes every image on any website actually be a picture of Nicholas Cage. Brilliant.
Other ideas not specific to tech include:
*Hire a smoke machine, lock your room-mate in his room with the machine right next to his door at 4:35am.
*Mix Soy sauce and sprite together for a surprisingly disgusting diet coke.
*Put toothpaste in their Oreos
*Paint their soap with clear nail varnish
*Finally, our favorite, put tabasco sauce into their sleeping mouths, then give them vodka to douse their burning lips.
Look closely next time you see an Apple Ad or press shot, and you’ll find that the time is always set to 9:41A.M. or 9:42 A.M.
Because all Apple events start at 9 a.m.
“We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation,” former Apple executive Scott Forstall has said. ”When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience’s watches. But we know we won’t hit 40 minutes exactly.”
Forstall’s exacting his team chose the 42-minute mark for the launch of the first iPhone in 2007. “It turned out we were pretty accurate with that estimate, so for the iPad we made it 41 minutes,” he said.
Plus, 42 is the answer to the meaning of life, so there’s that going for them too.
Confused as to how sometimes yours or others text messages show up in green and sometimes they show up in blue?
It’s ok! We got you. See, blue is for iMessages, green is for SMS messages.
This, in turn, means that the green messages are sent as a proper old fashioned SMS, but if there’s internet connection available over WiFi, your messages will be sent for free over those connections, otherwise known as iMessage. iMessages can also be sent over 3G if you have Data turned on.
iMessage works on iPhones, iPad and iPods, however it will only work between iDevices.
If you’re thinking of selling or giving away a stinky old iPhone, you need to understand how to turn off the ‘Find My iPhone’ function. ESPECIALLY if the device has been upgraded to iOS 7, whereby it will also be loaded with Apple’s Anti-theft Activation lock.
That’s not it. The Anti-theft Activation Lock introduced with iOS 7 is however super awesome for preventing theft by rendering the phone basically useless and worth roughly one eighth of its proper resale price. However, it also does this if you forget to turn it off before you sell it or give it away.
For instance, here at iPhone Antidote, we cannot give you the total quoted amount for your iPhone unless the Anti-theft Activation lock is turned off.
So, you guys need to know how to turn it off! And luckily for everyone involved, whilst not being the funnest 3 minutes you ever spend (we hope) it IS super easy! High Five!
There is a couple of different methods depending on the condition and location of your iPhone. If your iPhone works and is with you, you should-
Remove your iPhone from Find My iPhone by turning it off on the iPhone.
Simple! On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud, then tap to turn off ‘Find My device.’ It will ask for your Apple ID password ( The one you use in the App Store), then BAM, both Find my iPhone and the Anti-theft activation lock is turned off.
If your iPhone is not with you, already sold or given away OR broken or water damaged so that it won’t turn on, it’s also, really, really easy. HIGH FIVE!
If you can’t use your iPhone because it’s too damaged, or you’ve already sold it or given it away, you can remotely remove it from Find My iPhone and remotely remove the Anti-theft Activation Lock.
Your iPhone must be powered off. Easy to do if it’s broken! Also easy enough to do if you’ve sold it to a company such as ourselves or you can get in contact with the friend that you gave it to.
Sign in to icloud.com/#find with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud & the App Store).
Click ‘All Devices’ at the top of the page. Wait for the website to locate your iPhone, then select it from the drop down menu. It should appear as offline and grey.
A menu of options will appear on the right hand side of the screen. IGNORE THESE ( Unless you want to remotely erase your iPhone)
Click back on the ‘All Devices’ button at the top of the page. There should now be an X next to your iPhone. Click it. Click it good.
Click “remove” on the next screen to confirm.
Aaaaaand you’re done! Now someone else can now activate the device, making it worth a whole lotta more clams from us/high fives from the friend you gave it to!
If you guys have any problems removing the anti theft activation lock from your iPhone – please contact us and let us know! We’d LOVE to help you out! And we give hugs too!
The world of text can be an intimidating and confusing one.
Tone, intent and, well, the ability to spell can all be lost in translation when considering the great communication tool that is texting.
Hence, welcome to the first part of our iPhone Tip Of The Day, texting edition. First up – timing!
You know, sometimes you just really need to know what time you sent that text to Billy to tell him that you really like his new Tricycle.
And maybe you weren’t paying attention when you sent it because your heart was racing too hard because what if Billy naturally understood that when you said you liked his Tricycle you really meant you want to hold hands? And now you might have sent him the message at the same time as Stupid Cathy from next door and we all know what Cathy likes.
Life can be hard.
But never fear, we’re here to help! To find out what time you sent a message swipe from right to left in the message stream and a time will appear next to each message.
We wish we may we wish we might, have the wish we wish tonight.
Tonight, we’re wishing on Apps ( cos we’re super fun and cool like that). Apps have been around for so few years (5.5 to be exact) and yet we just don’t know how we would live our technocratic lives without a lot of them!
BUT. There’s some blank spots. Here’s our wish-list for Apps of the future.
1. An App that tells you when you’re being stupid.
2. An App that buys the perfect gift for people, and wraps it.
3. An App that tells you exactly how many calories is in a meal or specific food item by scanning it.
4. An App that helps you pick which charity is most in need
5. A Space-Time jumping App, obviously.
6. An app that learns your priorities and then organizes your to-do list accordingly.
7. An App that tells you exactly when you would really be missing out on the best time ever by choosing to stay home and watch Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
8. An App so you can communicate with animals.
What Apps do you wish existed? Telekinesis would be nice, actually, now we think about it…
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