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Update to iOS8 Over the Air without deleting Photos/Videos

iOS8 is here and everybody is in hurry to update to the latest iOS on their iPhones and iPads. Not sure if it’s something to be excited about or not but we can finally make a phone call from iPad (if iPhone and iPad use same iCloud account and are connected to same wifi).

Anyways so as soon as iOS8 released for public a few hours back, it sent a shockwave among all the enthusiasts as they saw a strange message on update screen asking them to free up about 6 GB (most people use 16 GB model) on their iPhones. Lots of people took to Twitter to express their anger or joke about it.

Most media houses ran a story about this and also offered a simple solution to all such users, which was to connect iPhone to PC/Mac via iTunes and update. This approach only requires about 1 GB free. While that’s a good advise and will come in handy if your family members also use iPhones as once downloaded same update can be applied to any iPhone (same model of-course) by connecting it via iTunes (Be careful about canceling sync when you connect a new iPhone though), I am guessing some people may not have their connecting cable with them or can’t wait to get to their PC and want to update OTA right now.

Well if you are also one of the users who want to update OTA without deleting all those photos and videos, I have a solution for you. Well you still need to delete some stuff so I am not suggesting something super-special here. My suggestion is don’t delete any of your personal stuff, don’t delete photos, videos, anything like that, instead delete most of the apps, all apps if needed to free up those gigs.

Why you ask? Well because:

You will be anyways downloading them again even if you don’t delete them right now. Let me make myself clear, most apps have released updated versions to work well with iOS8 and an update is nothing but a fresh download of complete app so you may better delete and do a fresh download.

There is only one small difference, deleting an app will delete all the app data as well, which won’t come back if you don’t have a copy in iCloud already. But I don’t see any major drama here as many apps don’t really save any useful data on the device and apps which save your personal data, most probably sync it with iCloud so you are not going to lose anything.

So bottom-line is if your iPhone is configured with iCloud and apps synch their documents & data with it, go ahead and just delete all the apps to free up space on your iPhone. Update to iOS8 and download latest versions of all the apps again.

Vodafone bringing iPhone to India

28th June – Book iPhone

Update on 12th May: Airtel going to launch the iPhone as well.

Its official now. Vodafone India announced that its going to launch the much awaited iPhone in India later this year. Media speculates that it will be launched sometime in September this year. I am already on Vodafone so that’s good I will not need to unlock iPhone to use on other carriers if I buy one.

This news is everywhere but I am taking CIOL’s word on it being an official announcement by Vodafone. Unfortunately Vodafone has no press release on its website. Infact their latest press releases are dated February 2008. Considering that I have never received a response after leaving feedback on their website and that their website was hacked last year, it seems Vodafone does not take its website seriously.

Anyway coming back to iPhone, media is of the view that its going to be priced around Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 30,000 range so its not going to be easy on your pockets however die-hard fans will buy it anyway for any price I guess. 8GB version will be launched initially followed by 16 GB version in a few months.

Related post: iPhone is here…

Windows Mobile Roadmap

Just read Microsoft outlines what’s coming in Windows Mobile 7, 8 by ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley. So good news is that MS plans to catch up with iPhone in coolness department, bad news is that its supposedly going to happen only with Windows Mobile 8 and since it gives Apple enough time to take its iPhone to a different level by then, it will be interesting to watch what Windows Mobile 8 really offers.

Reliance going to sell iPhones in India

As if selling everything from vegetables to petrol was not enough for this corporate giant, Reliance has now bagged marketing and distribution deal from Apple. Company will be opening Apple iStores branded Reliance Digital in various Indian cities and first 10 of them will be opened by year end itself. So whether you want to buy iMac or iPod you will need to buy it from a Reliance store. Also all you iPhone lovers get ready to queue outside a Reliance Digital store near you.

I think Apple is seriously making efforts to go mainstream now and look beyond their niche market. Partnering with Reliance definitely gives them advantage of scale and this may be a crucial factor in iPhone’s success in India.

Update on 7th Many 08: Vodafone bringing iPhone to India in September 2008

Touch iPhone and Dream Gphone

On 5th September 2007 Apple reduced the price of iPhone 8GB model by $200 to $399 just 2 months after its much hyped launch. It has also dropped the 4GB model. Many early buyers are accusing Apple of unfair pricing and feel cheated. Apple is offering them $100 credit to pacify. Financial analysts didn’t like the news as well and Apple stocks fell next day.

If you can’t wait for iPhone to be available at a store near you, I will suggest you to buy HTC Touch, which many believe is an iPhone killer. And another news doing the round is that HTC may sue Apple for naming its latest iPod model as iPod Touch. iPod touch looks quite similar to iPhone and has most of the same features minus the Phone.

Also in past few months rumors about a phone from Google aka Gphone gained momentum and some believed that it can be launched any day. Rediff.com, the numero uno Indian portal even went ahead and claimed Gphone will be launched from India. Only if there would have been some truth in the rumors, Gphone would have been launched by this time and probably I would have started considering switching my Palm Treo 680. Google’s head of research has denied Google’s interest in any hardware development a few days back so probably this will end any speculation about a Gphone now.

Anyway I am sad but I am happy with google for making the world (read cyber-world) a better place to live in so even if they don’t really launch the Gphone, I think they have done enough and continue doing some pretty innovative things in technology like DNA database, face and speech recognition, digitization of libraries etc. etc.

Update on 7th Many 08: Vodafone bringing iPhone to India in September 2008

Apple joins Browser War

Apple is going to introduce windows version of its popular browser – Safari. I can see a lot of excitement in store on browser front. Recently Firefox and Opera have been winning a lot of loyal users for themselves. I am sure some of Mac lovers but Windows users will be lapping up the Safari on their windows PCs.

While announcing about Safari for Windows – Steve Jobs made another important announcement that Apple will allow developers to develop applications for iPhone by way of tapping safari, which is a good news but what exactly it means is not yet clear to me.

If it just means that we will be able to only open some mobile web applications and won’t be able to run any offline applications from third-party developers on iPhones, then I don’t really see anything to be happy about.

Anyway lets wait and watch for next 16 days as iPhone is going to be launced on 29th and we may start getting some more info after that.

Cheers!

iPhone is here…

Apple decided to end the long running rumours when Steve Jobs in his keynote address at Macworld 2007 finally announced the much awaited iPhone (http://apple.com/iphone)

I watched the demos and keynote video on apple’s site and I think it really has potential to be a revolutionary product.

Other highlights of the event were Apple rechristening itself as Apple Inc from earlier Apple Computers Inc and announcement of another interesting product called Apple TV (http://apple.com/appletv/)

Coming back to iPhone, its going to be available in 2 models:

1. 4GB model costing $499 with 2 yrs contract
2. 8GB model costing $599 with 2 yrs contract

Its going to be available on Cingular networks in USA starting June 2007, in Europe by the end of this year and in Asia in 2008.

Now talking about some unique features of the phone:

1. Simple design without keys and you don’t need stylus to tap on the touch screen.
2. You can merge 2 simultaneous calls in a conferance with a few simple tapping on the screen
3. You can scroll without scroll bar
4. You can flip through pictures in your phone like you flip pages of a book
5. SMS, Text messages are displayed as chats in IMs
6. Sensor detects if you rotate the device and changes your portrait mode to landscape automatically
7. Light sensor adjusts brightness according to light around you
8. Proximity sensor detects when you move phone near your ears and switches off the display
9. You can zoom in and zoom out using a pinch motion on screen using your two fingers
10. It runs Mac OS X

There is lots to talk and know about iPhone, so I will suggest to watch Steve Job’s keynote video for complete action. You can also read another blog for more details and pictures. iPhone announcement got a very encouraging reaction from stock markets as well, as apple’s stocks soared on the bourses whereas stocks of other handset manufacturers like Nokia, Motorola and Samsung came down.

One thing which I don’t like is that Apple does not offer an SDK for developers like us to develop applications for iPhone and I hope that changes soon in future. Read more – what’s missing from iPhone.

Apple aims to have 1% market share of annual mobile sales(1 Billion) in 2008 and that’s not a small expectation by any means so let’s wait and watch if all the hype around the iPhone translates into real sales or not.

Update on 7th Many 08: Vodafone bringing iPhone to India in September 2008