Jan 25

iTunes LogoIf you’ve just updated iTunes on your Windows PC to version 11.1.4 and are no longer able to sync your iPhone or iPad, it’s likely that the new software has disrupted the drivers for your iOS device. 

To repair the problem:

1. Shutdown iTunes.

2. Connect your iOS device to your PC via USB cable.

3. In Explorer, navigate to this folder:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers\

4. Locate and right-click the file called usbaapl64.inf and select Install from the menu.

5. Reboot your PC and the problem should be resolved.

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Sep 03

Apple Event Invitation September 10, 2013

Apple made its long-rumored September 10 event official today, sending out invitations to a select few in business and media.  The event will showcase the new iPhone model, which is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S will be physically similar to the current iPhone5 but will ship with iOS 7 and include upgrades to the camera and processor.  There may also be a fingerprint reader for device security included.

In addition to the flagship 2013 iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce a second, lower-cost iPhone model, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5C.  This model would feature more mid-range hardware and come in a variety of colors.

There’s only a week left for such speculation, though; the event begins next Tuesday at noon CDT.

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Nov 19

iPad mini @ Walmart

Apple’s new iPad mini is now available at Walmart stores around the country. Pricing remains the same as the direct price: $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for 64GB of internal flash storage.

Walmart.com also has many of the new iPad mini models available, though like the retail stores, only Wi-Fi models are being sold at present.  Some configurations are sold-out online, but you can also use the online tool to find out whether your local location has the model you want in stock.

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Oct 03

iHome iD55 with iPadAfter trying several portable iPhone speaker systems over the years, I pretty much gave up finding one ideal for my needs. I still tested portable speakers now and again, of course – for professional reasons – but all left me wanting. The best I’ve found was the Altec Lansing iMT702, and it was released over three years ago. Since then it’s been disappointment after disappointment.

So when word came that iHome, one of my favorite iOS speaker companies, was releasing a sleek new portable speaker, the iD55, I was encouraged. Surely this reasonably priced system would perform better than its current, lousy competitors. iHome had never really let me down before.

No such luck.

While well designed and constructed, its poor performance and lack of obvious conveniences left me, once again, looking for a wall outlet.

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Oct 01

iPhone 5 with EarPodsGive three thoughtful users Apple’s iPhone 5 and each could easily come away with a different reaction. One sees a leap forward: an iPhone with a larger screen, LTE connectivity, and an attention to detail unmatched in consumer tech. Another spies a stale, lagging attempt to catch up to innovative competitors: a phone without a single industry-shifting pivot, no obvious next-gen features, and a last-decade OS.

Each is a defensible reaction to the iPhone 5, because both are true to an extent.  Therefore, it is the third, middle-ground view that rings most true for me:

This is the best iPhone yet, with long overdue additions, tweaks and advances certain to be welcomed by long-time users. But there’s disappointment, too, because Apple has once again played it safe.

Just a week out of the gate, the iPhone 5 is already a huge success, and will continue to be for the next twelve months – both in terms of sales and general user satisfaction. But Apple should be on notice; resting on your laurels can only take you so far for so long.

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