Apple Updates will they slow down your iPad?

In this video we run will find out if Apple updates can slow down your iOS device.

Hi All
Some people say that after they run Apple Updates on their iOS device so iPad, iPhone or iPod that their device slows down allot. I had an old iPad 2 laying around the house that was running a pretty old version of iOS, iOS 7. So I thought before I upgrade my old iPad 2 to the current version of iOS 9.2.1 at the time of writing this article. I thought I would run GeekBench which is a benchmark app used for testing the performance of hardware.

Apple Updates - iOS 7

So running iOS 7 I performed the following tests.
* Running GeekBench 3 times with device running on battery
* Running GeekBench 3 times with device plugged into power

The device operated pretty much the same with the cable plugged in or out. Here are the results.
iOS 7.1.2 Results
On Battery Single Core Score
264 Multi Core Score – 500
264 Multi Core Score – 499
264 Multi Core Score – 498

Plugged in Single Core Score
265 Multi Core Score – 499
264 Multi Core Score – 499
264 Multi Core Score – 499

iOS 9.2.1 Results
On Battery Single Core Score
262 Multi Core Score – 497
262 Multi Core Score – 496
262 Multi Core Score – 497

Plugged in Single Core Score
262 Multi Core Score – 496
262 Multi Core Score – 497
263 Multi Core Score – 497

So after looking at the results do Apple updates slow down the performance of your iOS device and it seems the answer to this question is YES! But in this instance not enough that I believe that you would notice.

Apple Recall – AC Wall Plug Adapter

This video will show you how to identify an affected Apple AC Wall plug adapter. These adapters are being recalled by Apple because of a design fault where by the affected plug could shock some users.

This is a massive design fault by Apple a company that prides itself on great design. The adapter that comes with all iOS and Mac computers which allows you to change the power cord for a longer power cord or to change adapter type for different country’s.
If the plug gets damaged or breaks over time there is a chance that that you could take an electric shock.
Most people would assume when a plug is broken in this way that you would throw the plug out and by a new one, however improved design may actually stop being shocked even with a faulty plug.
And thus the Apple Recall has started.

So how do you tell If you have an Apple recall plug or not? Well here is Apples explanation below which I find that I had two read it a few times to make sense of it. 🙂

Identifying your wall plug adapter
Compare your adapter to the images below. An affected wall plug adapter has 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter. Redesigned adapters have a 3-letter regional code in the slot (EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG or BRA).

Source Apple.com

Apple Recall

So can we have that in plain English please? Basically in these countrys Europe, Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil, If you check your AC adapter and it has 4 or 5 numbers on it or is blank then you can return it to an Apple store for an exchange.

Pretty straight forward? I don’t know why they didn’t just say that on their webpage.

Cheers
Matt

What to do with your old broken iPad?

This video will show you what you can do to fix repair your old broken iPad.

Hi All,
I get allot of questions about old broken iPads so I thought I would put up a quick video about what you can do if anything with your older iPads. These steps will work with iPads, iPhones and iPods. This is helpful if you have got a new iPad and you want to retire your old iPad give it away or sell it and even recycle it for cash.

The first tip I mentioned was to make sure you have fully charged your iPad this is mainly for people that have faulty power cords or their laptop isn’t charging the device properly via the computer USB. Apple recently has recalled allot of these devices because they are faulty and I will go over how to work out if you cable is a faulty one or not. So its just something to try if you iPad or iOS device is not powering on properly.

old Broken iPad Power Cable

The next step is to clear out and personal data if you want to give away or sell the iPad. To do this its pretty easy go to Settings > General > Reset and then Erase all content and settings. This will put the device back into a factory default state simular to when you purchased the iPad.

The next step is to check your iOS version. Apple update the software on the iPad called firmware all the time and when they update this some apps may also need an update before they will work.
Now you can update the iOS by doing a OTA over the air update or you can do a full clean update by doing a DFU update. I wont go into this to much as I already have a video about how this is done and you can see it on the link below.
Phone DFU Mode – iPhone is disabled

Also you can find a complete list of iPad firmware here, iPad Firmware.

Lastly can you get your old broken iPad fixed under your warranty? and can you get a trade in voucher for your old working device? Well the answer is yes and you can check that on the links below.
These links are to the Apple.com US site. For people in other country’s just search for Warranty or recycle on your country’s Apple site.

Apple Links
Link to the Apple Warranty Check website here.
Link to the Apple Recycling & Reuse website here.

Good luck!
Matt

Apple iPad Pro Unboxing & Firstlook

This video will show you the Apple iPad Pro Unboxing & Firstlook.

The brand new Apple iPad Pro, the first of its kind that Apple has released and it’s BIG, REAL BIG. But is it worth or just more of the same from Apple? I will leave that decision up to you. However lets take a look at what we are dealing with here in the Apple iPad Pro Unboxing & firstlook.

Lets talk about the size the screen is now a 12.9-inch retina display.
The iPad pro has 5.6 million pixels, which is the highest‑resolution Retina display of any of Apple’s iOS device’s so far. But this is probably because there is allot of real estate to fit that many pixels.

Apple iPad Pro Unboxing

In Apples words 🙂

iPad has always offered a uniquely simple yet immersive experience. And now with its expansive 12.9-inch Retina display, nearly double the CPU performance of iPad Air 2, and refined Multi‑Touch technology, iPad Pro adds another dimension to that experience. It’s not just larger. It’s an iPad that lets you be more creative and more productive — at a whole new scale.

The iPad Pro sports Apple’s most powerful chip the A9X Chip and in the video we used Geekbench to benchmark the iPads Pro vs iPad Air 2. The iPad Pro smashes the iPad Air 2 in the single core scores of 3235 to 1817.

iPad Pro Geekbench Scores

Probably the next big change and something that is unique to the iPad range is the inclusion of two extra high‑fidelity speakers bringing the total up to four speakers in the iPad Pro. I doubt that this is something Apple can actually fit into the iPad Air 2 so I believe it will stay unique to the iPad pro only. So the idea is that the sound will be more engaging with three times the acoustic output of iPad Air. Which is great but we found that if you are holding the iPad Pro your hands tend to cover the exact spot where the speaker grills are mounted and may cause some distortion of the sound. Not a big deal, but one worth mentioning.

Lastly, as an optionally extra you can buy a pen and a keyboard case that will allow you to write on the iPad and type like a normal laptop. while this seems to work fine. It doesn’t really replace you desktop and if you are looking to do that you might be better off with something like the Microsoft Surface Book or the Surface Pro 4.

iPad Pro Pencil

For more details check out the Apple Official iPad Pro webpage.

Cheers
Matt

Apple iPhone 6S Plus Rose Gold Unboxing

This video will show you the Apple iPhone 6S Plus Unboxing & Firstlook.

On the 24th of September Apple released its latest version of the iPhone, the Apple iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Like the release of the iPhone 6 Plus back in 2014.

Like the iPhone 6, the Apple iPhone 6S comes in two different display sizes.

* Apple iPhone 6S 4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine 1334 x 750 pixel resolution 401 ppi

* Apple iPhone 6S Plus 5.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution 401 ppi

The next thing you will notice is the colours and Apple’s latest colour happens to be Rose Gold or in other words pink!

Apple iPhone 6S Plus Rose Gold

If you are looking to buy the Apple iPhone 6S Plus then prices start at $649, $749 and $849’s USD and thats for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Apples big selling point for the iPhone 6S is a new technology called 3D touch. And the only way that I can describe it is by calling it a click within a click. It uses different pressures on the screen to allow different features and functions on the phone. So for example you can use 3D touch when web browsing to bring up a preview page of a link that you press on without actually having to browse to that page.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus 3D Touch

Its a pretty cool addition to the iPhone and force touch was also added the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display 2015. You can check out the 123myIT.com video on the link just added.

For more info on the Apple iPhone 6S Plus see the official Apple page here.

Apple iPad Air 2 Unboxing & Review

This video will show you the Apple iPad Air 2 Unboxing & Review.

Hi All,
I recently got Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 and thought I would do and unboxing and review to show those of you who are thinking about buying one what to expect when you do go through with the purchase.
Overall I was pretty impressed with this version its very light and thin as you can imagine. 6.1mm thin to be exact and weighing 0.96 pound.

The iPad Air 2 comes in three different colours Silver, Gold and Space Grey. With Storage sizes of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB respectively and you have a choice of WIFI or WIFI + Cellular.

iPad Air 2

At the time of writing this article prices start at $499 for the 16GB Wifi model and go all the way up to $829 for the top of the range 128GB cellular model.
The iPad Air 2 comes standard with the latest Retina display, which is a 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology at 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi.
The display has a Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic and Antireflective coating which is fully laminated. The screen doesn’t fracture the images as much as previous models giving the user a much improved viewing experience.

All iPad Air 2’s have the A8X CPU with 64-bit architecture and a M8 motion coprocessor. The iPad Air 2, comes with 8MP iSight camera, some features are Burst mode, Tap Focus, Timer mode and Photo geotagging. The iSight camera allows HD video recording at 1080p (30 fps) and Slo-mo at (120 fps). and also features Time-lapse video, Video image stabilization, Improved face detection and 3x video zoom.

Lastly one of the other big upgrades is Touch ID which allows you to log into the iPad with the need for a passcode.
Over all pretty impress look and feel to Apples latest iPad, while I wouldn’t rush out and buy one myself. If you are in the market for a new tablet you would have to at least take a look at it.

Cheers
Matt