Category Archives: iPhone Tips

iPad Cases Revisited

Having fixed quite a few iPads so far I find the common mistake is someone purchases a case thinking that it will protect their iPad.  I have seen some pretty cheesy foam cases, folding cases, etc that all have failed when it came to protecting the iPad.  The foam case that I reviewed worked great as long as the ipad fell on a corner and it would produce about a 3 ft bounce but failed when the iPad fell on its screen.  Typically damage I see on these devices is in the corners, it takes a pretty good blow to take one out and I have seen an entire corner destroyed but the screen was still intact, it was only when it fell on another corner did the screen shatter or crack.  So I thought it was time to revisit some popular cases…. as you can see below I'm only reviewing 2 cases, and to be honest if I find some better I'll review them but these are my trusted cases of choice.


1. The Otterbox Defender Series – Is the absolutely my favorite case, the first version for the iPad 2 didn't include a screen protector but the latest revision of the case includes a screen protector and it is a must have purchase for any new iPads we purchase at my work.  I have people that always come up to me and ask about whats the best case and this is what I tell them to get.  Now you can also get the Otterbox Cases for your iPhones too. Click here for the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5 and the new iPad Mini.  The iPad Otterbox cases come in various colors and if you get an iPad for Christmas then you need one of these, its very cheap insurance….

Otterbox Defender Series for the iPad 2/3/4 
About $50.00 +/-


My second option for an iPad case would be the Life Proof Waterproof iPad Case offered by Lifeproof.  This is a awesome case that has protection and it is even waterproof, this would be the ultimate case I would have if I was outside alot or possible with the kiddos (you know sloober and iPads done mix). 

This case has a screen protector built in obviously, its waterproof.  Now for the details: 

Waterproof up to 2 meters (6.6 feet)
Dirt Proof (Yes, it seals the case in a ziplock type configuration
Snow Proof that keeps the ice and snow out according to IP-68 standards.
Shock Proof – Designed too military drop survivability specs of 4 feet or 1.2 meters

Life Proof Waterproof iPad Case

About 90.00 but its waterproof

And for the extreme you can even get a case that floats

Lifeproof LifeJacket Float for iPad 2/3/4 (1135) – 60.00 + 90.00 for the case but hey it floats


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iTunes 11 Arrives


iTunes 11 has been released by Apple, offering a fairly significant update to the music player and iOS device syncing app. A variety of new features have been added, the user interface has been redesigned and modernized, a new mini-player has been included, and there’s even a redesigned icon to go with it. This is the first major update to iTunes in quite some time and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows users.

Download iTunes 11

There are a variety of ways to grab the latest version:

  • Download from the Mac App Store (OS X 10.8 or later)
  • Get it from Software Update from the ? Apple menu (OS X 10.7 and before)
  • Update directly from iTunes itself
  • Download directly from Apple for Mac or Windows
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Apple Configurator 1.2 Released

Adds support for iOS6, Active Directory & Apple TV

Apple Configurator is gaining prominence as Apple's preferred iOS management utility. The latest version adds a wide array of improvements. From the release notes:

Apple Configurator 1.2 is a recommended update for all Apple Configurator users. This update is available from the Mac App Store, via the Updates tab.

What's new in version 1.2?

This update improves overall stability and performance, and includes the following:

  • Support for new iOS 6 features (Lock to App and Global HTTP Proxy) on supervised iOS devices
  • Support for these new iOS 6 restrictions on a supervised device:
  • Allow the removal of apps from the device
  • Allow use of iMessage
  • Allow access to iBookstore or the purchase of books classified as "Erotica" from iBookstore
  • Allow filtering of profanity for Siri
  • Allow use of Game Center
  • Allow the installation of new configuration profiles
  • Improved reliability when activating a new iPhone or iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • The last settings used on the Prepare pane are retained when Apple Configurator is quit and relaunched
  • Improved ability to update or restore devices that are currently in recovery mode
  • Members of Active Directory groups are now shown in the Assign pane
  • Paid apps from the App Store can now be installed in the Prepare pane only when a device is being supervised
  • Support for configuring advanced network options on Apple TV
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iPhone 3GS dropped by Apple



The iPhone 3gs was released in 2007 and the iPhone revolutionised the mobile phone market. Apple finally got this one right and boy did they do a good job with it.  Apple was able to accomplish what others only promised and failed.  Apple has decided that the time is right with the iPhone 5 coming out to drop the 3 from its like of product listings all together.

Now that means that the base iPhone will become the 4/4s now so your still getting a better phone just will be cheaper.

The 3GS has had a great run, being the only iPhone to support four different generations of iOS. Its performance running iOS 5 was generally a positive one; with some users claiming the 3GS was outperforming the original iPad (which had a faster processor), running the same firmware. This in turn made it a good candidate for the upcoming iOS 6, which Apple confirmed at their WWDC the device will get, although it will be a cut down version of the new OS.

You can find more news about the iPhone 5 over at

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iPad 2/3 Keyboard Case Options?

Ok, i got some emails about why not putting up my ideas for the best case that includes a keyboard.  I personally had a keyboard case but didn't care for the keyboard as it was easier for me to type on the screen but for some this is a very hard task.  In my previous post I talked about the Magic pen that will let you write on the ipad screen but even that isn't as good as just having a good ole keyboard.  Today I'm going to talk about 3 options that I have ran across that should suit your needs.  I'm going to list these options from the most expensive to the least but if there is another option out there please share in the comments below.

My first is the Clamcase (retails at the time of this post for: 119.00 – 149.00.  I actually like this case because it reminds me of the laptop feel if you are use to that.  I can't vouch for how much protection it offers though but with this case you are more likey to treat it like your old laptop (just a much lighter version)

You can get it from here the cheapest!



My second choice, the ZAGGfolio Keyboard is a nice case but offers no protection when you come to look at it.  I liked the previous version for the iPad 1 which encapsulated the ipad in a alumimum case.  


And it can be found here:


My 3rd option is a very simple but probably bulky option, carry a bluetooth keyboard or a full size keyboard and the usb adapter for the iPad.

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard, which is a pretty basic bluetooth keyboard for the ipad.  It actually is very thin and should easily fit into a bag (probably where you put your ipad)

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iPad Pen

Do you have a hard time writing on your iPad screen because your fingers are easily recongizable? Here is a quick thing you can purchase and it will make life a lot easier and also works on other devices.  This also makes life easier on drawing on your ipad for those who like to draw :)

and of course if your a Do It Yourself kinda person you can always make your own pen, i reccomend these blogs for great how-to's

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Improve iPhone 4s & iPad Battery Life after iOS 5.1.1 update


I recently updated to the latest ios 5.1.1 on my iPhone 4s (yea i know its been out a while but i don't jump on the new bandwagon) and after I did the update I noticed that my battery life took a dump on me and the phone only lasted a few hours vs 10+ hours.

I discovered this to be a fairly common issue with users who updated iOS through on-device Over the air updates, although it doesn’t seem to be much explanation as to the cause.  But anywho here is the quick fix.

1. Perform a manual backup to iCloud or iTunes before you do this just in case (Note: this will clear your settings, apple id's, passcodes, etc so you will have to re input them)

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “General” then “Reset”, tap on “Reset All Settings”
  2. Enter the passcode if you have one set, then tap “Reset” to confirm the settings adjustment
  3. Reboot the device and set it up as new, reentering personalization data as necessary

Battery life should be immediately improved :)

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Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector For iPhone Just Released

I think this is a must have for iphone 4/4s users – SPIGEN SGP iPhone 4 / 4S Screen Protector GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series [Oleophobic Coating]

Typically these screen protectors are made of plastic. However, folks at Spigen have an interesting solution. They've launched a screen protector made of tempered glass to protect iPhone's screen from damage and scratches.

The tempered glass screen protector is 0.4mm thick and apparently three times stronger than regular PET film. Spigen claims that sharp objects like knives and keys will not scratch their tempered glass screen protector. They have also shot a video to prove it.

The glass screen protector also comes with an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints just like iPhone's LCD screen.


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Jailbreaking iPhone 4s & iPad 2

Well the jailbreak is out now, for all those who want to try it you can head over to iphonehacks to get the full how to but thought i'd share.

Somethings you should do before trying to jailbreak your device.

1. Backup your device

2. Download the following

Download iOS 5.0.1 ipsw for iPad 2
Download 1OS 5.0.1 ipsw for iPhone 4S
Download iTunes (10.5.3)
Download Greenpois0n Absinthe for Windows
Download Greenpois0n Absinthe for Mac

Now follow the tutorials over at

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iPad/iPhone Tip: How to Setup iCloud

1. Make sure you device is running iOS5, you can check this by going to Settings, General, About and look for the version, you need to have 5.0 or better (Mine is using 5.0.1).

2. Turn on iCloud (if you have setup your device yet it you will get prompted for this) Tap on settings and then tap iCloud.

3. Customizing the settings for iCloud – Tap the settings icon and select iCloud and tap the On/Off switches to enable individual services including Photo Stream, Documents, Find My iPad/iPhone, and more.  (I only sync Photos and Find My iPad/iPhone)

4. Enable Automatic Downloads – To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and select Store.

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