iOS 5 Archive

How To control which apps have access to your Contacts in iOS

As iOS has matured the integration between your personal information and applications that want access to that personal information has also matured.  Apple has done a good job of making sure you know when an app requests access to your calendar, contacts, Twitter and Facebook accounts but also a good idea to just check up on things now and again to make sure the apps you don’t want to have access to your personal information doesn’t have it.  In this How To I’m going to show you how to see which apps have access to your Contacts and how you can disable that access should you want to do so quick and easy.

First, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to find the Privacy section and tap it.  This will bring you into all of the privacy settings on your device.  Now tap on the Contact section and it will bring you to the list of applications

Apps with Access to Contacts

Apps with Access to Contacts

that have access to your Contacts.  Hopefully, if you have been careful, you should not see any surprises in this list.  All of the apps here you would have had to approve to give access to your Contacts.  But, if you gave access by accident or want to revoke the access, here is where you could disable access.

Each app that has access has an On/Off slider.  Just slide it to Off for the apps you want to revoke access to your Contacts.  When you are done just tap the Home button and all of your changes take place with immediate effect.

Now if you tap on the Privacy button at the top of the page to go back to the Privacy settings on your iPhone, you will see other apps such as Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Twitter and Facebook.  If you remember back in August of last year I posted a How To on controlling which apps have access to your Twitter account.  This is the same place, just a different app.

One of the many things I appreciate about iOS is how simple Apple does make it in giving you control over your information.  For a company that is often accused of not having their customer’s best interests in mind, this clearly flies in the face of that notion.

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How To add a Shared List to Reminders in Mountain Lion

Whether it is a “Honey Do” list or a grocery list, couples always need to share tasks and lists with each other.  Fortunately for couples on Macs and/or iOS devices, doing so is quick and easy with the Reminders app.  The Reminders app is built into OS X Mountain Lion as well as iOS 5/6 for iPhone and iPad.  Through iCloud, any list you create is replicated to all of your devices and when you create a shared list, it is sent to those which you have designated to share the list with on their devices.

In this How To I show you how to create a list in Reminders in OS X then how to share it with others.

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How To Factory Reset your iPhone or iPad

There comes a time where your iPhone or iPad needs a swift kick to the pants.

Since your iPhone or iPad does not come with said pants, you need to find an alternative to get your point across with a misbehaving app, service or just your device being slow.  Contrary to believe, Apple products do need a reset every once in a while – just like a Windows powered device.  Just like an Android powered device.  Fortunately it is pretty easy to do on an iPhone or iPad and it doesn’t take Gangnam Style finger gyrations to make it happen like on other devices.

To be clear, there are several different types of resets you can do on an iOS device – Reset All Settings, Reset Network Settings, Reset Keyboard Dictionary, Reset Home Screen Layout and Reset Location & Privacy.  The one I’m highlighting is the Erase All Content and Settings.  Call it the Nuclear Option.  Call it a Lobotomy.  The bottom line is that your iPhone or iPad is reset to how it came out of the box.  With that in mind, a word of caution:

This will completely and utterly reset every single aspect of your iPhone or iPad to its factory settings.  It will be “like new”.  That means all your data is gone.  All your photos are gone.  All your games are gone. 

This of course leads to my reminder that you should always have a backup of your iPhone or iPad either on your Mac or PC via iTunes or in iCloud.  So before you do a reset of any type, make sure you have backed up.

To perform any of the resets I mentioned above including the Erase All Content and Settings option, on your iPhone or

Reset in General Settings

Reset in General Settings

iPad go to Settings>General>Reset.  The reset option is at the very bottom of the General page so scroll down if you don’t see it.  When you tap the Reset option you will see listed all of the reset options available to you.  The second option is the Erase All Content and Settings option.  Tap it and you will be prompted for your passcode if you have one set.  You will then get a warning stating that this option erases all data and media on your iPhone or iPad.  Tape the Erase iPhone (or Erase on your iPad) and the deed is done.  In a few moments your device will boot back up with the Welcome screen from when you initially got your iPhone or iPad.

Confirmation to Erase your iPhone

Confirmation to Erase your iPhone

Once the reset is complete you can put in the information, resynchronize your device with iTunes or iCloud and restore all your apps and content.  For most people, a complete reset from start to finish takes about 30-45 minutes but your mileage may vary.

As I said earlier, this is a complete reset of your iPhone or iPad.  Before making this drastic – but likely effective – move on your device, here are some suggestions to try first.

If you have a misbehaving app (crashing, not starting, etc), delete it and reinstall it.  90% of the time this fixes the issue.

If your iPhone or iPad is running very slow, clear the cache on it.  See this How To from 2010 on how to do this – the process is exactly the same as it was back in the iOS 3/iPhone 3GS days.

If you are having network connectivity challenges, try turning the WiFi on/off in Settings or do a Reset Network Settings on the Reset menu we have been discussing.

My point is the Erase All option should be the last option.  But if you need it, Apple has it there easily available for you to start anew.

iPhone 5 High Resolution Images

Here are some very high resolution images of the new iPhone 5.

Warning!  These are BIG files so it make take a while to download them or view them in full size.




























The Little iPhone That Could – Tale of an iPhone 3G struggling with iOS

As WWDC kicks off today, one of the big announcements expected is iOS 6, the next version of Apple’s mobile OS.  While there is a lot of excitement around the announcement, there are also challenges for those who have older iPhones out there.  While a lot of us carry an iPhone 4 or 4S, there are still a huge number of 3Gs and 3GS’ out there and with each update in iOS released, these older devices struggle to run the latest build.  In fact, it is expected that the iPhone 3G will not be supported for iOS 6 because of these struggles.

A personal friend and fellow blogger, Tricia Stream, is one of those who uses an iPhone 3G and she has been patiently waiting for an iPhone 5 before updating with the hopes of a larger screen amongst a few other features.  Tricia, who runs Stream of Conscious, has posted a funny but fantastic story about her iPhone 3G struggling with iOS 5.

She went along very well till she came to an OS upgrade. But then, no matter how hard she tried, she could not operate all those apps.

It is based on the children’s story The Little Engine That Could and is told from the perspective of her iPhone as it faces the challenges of iOS 5 and being able to run apps and becoming ever increasingly “laggy”.  It is a lighthearted read and well worth the few minutes on your time.

Review of Notifications Menu and Options in iOS 5

Note:  This is the third in a series of reviews covering iOS 5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

One of the biggest changes in iOS 5 has come around Notifications.  The changes here are significant and have almost universally been well received.  This was expected given how intrusive notifications where in previous versions of iOS.  Now notifications can be provided to you in a variety of different ways and you have much more customization of those updates than ever before in iOS.  In this review I will cover some of the highlights of these new notification features including the new Notifications Center pull-down menu, the Notification Center itself and some of the customization you can do of notifications.

Review of The Improved Photos App for iPhone on iOS 5

Note:  This is the second in a series of reviews covering iOS 5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

One of the welcome improvements to iOS 5 is the built in photo editor that is now in the Photos app for iPhone.  While there are plenty of photo editing apps in the App Store, and some still do a better job than the editor now built in, having a quick and easy way to crop or fix red eye is incredibly handy because you don’t necessarily have to switch between applications.  You also have the benefit of having the built in User Interface so there is nothing really new to learn.  That is equally as handy when you are trying to edit a photo in a rush.

The editor not the only changes that have been made to the Photo app however.  You now have the ability to quickly delete photos in bulk or move them to another album or even print them in bulk to a compatible AirPrint printer.

The Case of Disappearing Magazine Updates

With the launch of iOS 5 yesterday, there were also an incredible amount of application updates that came along for the ride.  Developers far and wide released updates to their apps to take advantage of new iOS 5 features or to improve stability with them on the newest mobile Operating System from Cupertino.  Some of those updates happened with news and magazine applications such as Esquire Magazine, The Daily and National Geographic just to name a few.

After all of the fanfare died down last night I did my normal evening search through the App Store and immediately gravitated to the new Newsstand section.  As I looked through magazines and newspapers that were updated, I kept seeing 1 star reviews for the latest version – the one that was updated yesterday.  As I read through the reviews there became a common theme:

I updated this app and now it is gone.  I cannot find it on my iPad

It occurred to me that many people who did manage to get upgraded to iOS 5 had missed out on one of the new features of the OS and one that I personally love, Newsstand.  So let me be clear everyone, your magazine or newspaper didn’t disappear.  It is just in a different location.

Apple Releases Updates for Keynote, Pages & Numbers for iOS 5 & iCloud Support

As expected, Apple has released updates to the mobile versions of the iWorks apps, Pages, Keynote and Numbers.  The new 1.5 versions bring support for iOS 5 and iCloud and allow you to seamlessly share files from these applications across your devices as well as your Mac running the Mac versions via

The iWorks apps for iOS are $9.95 each while for Mac OS X they are $19.95 each.

Links to Mac Apps in the Mac App Store

[Pages in the Mac App Store]

[Keynote in the Mac App Store]

[Numbers in the Mac App Store]


Links to iOS Apps in the App Store

[Pages (Universal App) in the App Store]

[Keynote (Universal App) in the App Store]

[Numbers (Universal App) in the App Store]

Apple Releases iOS 5

After months of waiting, Apple has release iOS 5!  You can now hit the “Check for Update” button in iTunes and start downloading.

Be sure to refer to my post earlier today about what you need to do in order to get iOS 5 on your device before actually starting the install process.