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Sep 201426

Why VoLTE is amazing

by Shane Roberts

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is one of the best new technologies out there right now. Some providers will call it HD voice calling instead of VoLTE, but if you make a lot of phone calls, it’s great.

VoLTE is essentially VoIP (voice over internet protocol), which helps give you better sounding audio calls. If you’ve ever been on a FaceTime audio call, VoLTE calls sound a lot like those, which are clearer overall. When you first hear a VoLTE or FaceTime audio call, it is strange, because you’re used to the distortion that we’ve all come to know with regular phone calls.

The key with VoLTE is that it has to be supported by your cellular provider, so contact  your provider for availability. The feature also needs turned on within the settings of your iPhone. To do that just go into the Cellular section of your Settings app, and you’ll see this:

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Where you see ‘Enable LTE,’ make sure you have that flipped to Voice & Data, and that’s it, VoLTE is active at that point! Again, make sure your provider does it, and turn LTE voice & data on in you iPhone. Also, in order for VoLTE to work, both phones need to VoLTE connected phones.

If you can’t do VoLTE just yet, make a FaceTime audio call to someone, and that is what it will sound like – pretty cool, huh?

Sep 201423

Ready to make the switch from Android to iOS?

by Shane Roberts

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available, maybe some of you with Android out there are starting to get the itch to switch to iPhone and iOS. Maybe the only thing holding you back is moving your content from one platform to another, well, Apple has a handy site now available to help you do just that.

Apple gives suggestions on how to move the following content to your new iPhone, if you decide to switch:

Mail, Contacts, and Calendars 
Photos and videos
Music
Books and PDFs
Documents
Apps

Most of the process is rather simple and straight forward. With select media, like photos, videos and music, you’ll have to have an Android app on your computer to help you, but nothing too difficult.

To check out all the suggestions and steps on how to move content from an Android to an iPhone, click here!

Sep 201422

Record videos at 60FPS on your iPhone 6

by Shane Roberts

One of the best new additions to the iPhone 6 is the new capabilities in the camera. One of the new features of the camera is the ability to record video at 60 frames per second, but this feature is turned off by default. If you’d like to record at 60 FPS, here’s how you turn it on…

First, go into your Settings app and scroll down to the Photos & Camera section. Once you’re in there, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see a section that says ‘Camera;’ within that is the on/off slider for the 60 FPS, just slide it on – and that’s it!

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Now you can get a smoother looking recording when you record! The videos will likely take more memory, so keep your eye on that.

Sep 201418

iPhone 6 Launches Tomorrow!

by Shane Roberts

Since Monday, we have been highlighting some of the best new features that are coming with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Yesterday, we covered the new updated wireless technology within the devices. Tuesday, we covered what is under the hood of the new phones, including the processor.  On Monday, we covered the new display’s that will be coming with both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.   Today, we are going to cover one of Apple’s newest services, that will debut on iPhone 6.

Apple Pay

Now this feature doesn’t come out until October, but it will be a major addition to iPhone 6. Apple Pay is designed to eliminate the need to carry a wallet around with you. Here’s a description of Apple Pay, straight from Apple:

Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. So you can use your iPhone 6 to pay in an easy, secure, and private way.

So how does Apple Pay work? First, Apple has installed NFC (Near Field Communication) into iPhone 6, that allows you to hold your phone near a NFC reader to communicate. When you want to pay with Apple Pay, just move your phone close to the reader, and that’s basically step one.

Once you move your phone close to the reader, place your finger on the Touch ID sensor to authorize payment. Touch ID, of course, scans your finger to authorize whatever it is you are doing, securely. Once you feel the phone vibrate, that lets you know the transaction is complete!

That’s it, hold your phone close to a reader, use Touch ID, wait for the vibrate, and you’re done!

Apple Pay also works in apps from participating retailers. For example, when you go to pay for the item, you’ll have the traditional options you’re used to, but you will also be given Apple Pay as an option. Once you tap Apple Pay, you’ll be asked to authorize the transaction through Touch ID, and you’re done! Paying for items doesn’t get much easier!

To setup a card with Apple Pay, you can use the iSight camera on your iPhone 6 and scan the card into your Passbook app, where all of your cards will be saved. The participating credit cards and banks that are participating with Apple Pay are:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. Apple says many more are coming soon. There are also over 220,000 locations that will be accepting Apple Pay, like McDonalds, Subway, Walgreens and more.

Apple Pay is also very secure. Your credit card number is not stored on the phone or with Apple, so if you were to lose your phone you wouldn’t have to cancel any cards, plus you can use Find My iPhone to lock everything down.

The new form of payment will change how people pay for things forever. The only down side is that it won’t be available until an update in October. Apple Pay will be available on iOS 8, only on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Sep 201417

2 Days until iPhone 6 launch!

by Shane Roberts

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We are now only two days away from the launch of the largest iPhone’s in history, literally and figuratively. Over the past couple of days we’ve been highlighting some of the best features in the new iPhone. Yesterday, we highlighted what is under the hood of the new iPhone 6, and the day prior it was all about the display’s. Today, we are going to touch on some other updated technology coming in the phones…

The cellular and wireless

Obviously, with iPhone, or any wireless device, it’s all about speed and efficiency when you use the device. Apple has helped your internet viewing pleasure by speeding up the iPhone 6’s internet speed capabilities. First, Apple updated the LTE chip in iPhone 6. Now, iPhone 6 can get speeds up to 150 Mbps, when the iPhone 5s would get upwards of about 100 Mbps. With this faster LTE chip, Apple has also added VoLTE – Voice over LTE. VoLTE is a very cool technology, and it has to be supported by your cellular provider before it works. VoLTE is a higher quality voice call that allows the calls to go out over the LTE signal. Some providers call it HD Voice Calling. With VoLTE voice calls are much clearer, very similar to FaceTime Audio calls, if you’ve ever experience one of those. Check your local provider for more on VoLTE availability.

Apple has also added a better WiFi chip to iPhone 6 with an 802.11ac wireless chip. 802.11ac is up to 3x faster than the WiFi on iPhone 5s. Early reviews of iPhone 6 have confirmed that wireless speed has improved, even if your wireless router isn’t 802.11ac. Apple has also added WiFi calling as well, again depending on if your provider participates. Here’s how Apple describes WiFi calling:

iPhone 6 lets you initiate calls over Wi‑Fi using your own phone number. Which helps when you don’t have a good cellular signal. And once you go out of range of your Wi‑Fi connection, your call can seamlessly transition to VoLTE. So when you’re going from your house to your car to your office, your call switches over without any interruption. 

Once again, check with your provider on availability.

Increased reliability and speed is crucial when it comes to these new devices, and these new wireless capabilities will help make the new iPhone the fastest most efficient phone available – if not already.

Sep 201416

3 Days Until iPhone 6 Launch

by Shane Roberts

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We are now three days from the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two of the most anticipated smartphones ever. We have been looking at some of the best new features that are coming with iPhone 6, and yesterday we looked at the new displays. Today we are going to be looking at…

What’s under the hood

Every generation of iPhone sees a speed bump with an updated processor. With iPhone 6, Apple has installed a brand new Apple A8 processor to power the phone. Yes, the A8 chip is a good speed bump over the previous generation A7 chip that is in the iPhone 5s, but Apple stressed more than just speed with this chip. It’s a more efficient chip for longer usage time, which allows for the A8 to maintain higher performance for a prolonged period of use. The A8 is also about 50 percent more energy efficient than the A7 chip, which helps with power usage and battery consumption. The A8 will make apps snappier, games prettier, and the overall feel of the operating system smoother. It also helps with the camera and taking photos, because it has a video encoder and image signal processor built into it to allow for better photos and video. So not just speed was emphasized with the A8, but also function.

Apple also updated the secondary processor in the iPhone 6, the M8. The M8 chip measures motion when you’re working out and moving, plus it inputs that info into the Health app in iOS 8, or an app like Nike+. With the M8, over the previous generation M7, Apple has added a barometer, which will help measure elevation changes. That helps to measure if you’re walking up stairs or hiking in the mountains, to help provide more accurate exercise data. The M8 also includes the accelerometer, which can measure the distance you’ve worked out, and how fast. A gyroscope also comes on the M8, which will detect if you’re stationary or not, and can also tell if you are driving. Between the barometer, accelerometer and gyroscope, the iPhone 6 comes loaded with a full compliment of health sensors.

One feature that everyone wants to know about when there is a new iPhone announced is the battery life. The great news is that with a thinner phone, and a bigger screen, the iPhone 6 at least has the same battery life as the iPhone 5s, and better in some cases. The iPhone 6 Plus has a larger battery in it, allowing for longer life across the board. Here are the hours that Apple claims the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus battery will last:

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Battery life will vary by usage, so there will be some variation person-to-person depending on how they use their phone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be released this coming Friday, September 19th! Check with your local Simply Mac for availability.

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