iLounge have discovered that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support fast charging. Like it’s bigger bother, the iPad. The 6 and 6 Plus are capable of using 2.1 Amp charging but they still ship with the 1 Amp charger.
All of our Chargebus sync & charging stations support 2.1 Amp charging, ready for your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’.
Enterprise iOS has posted a simple guide to updating multiple devices to iOS 8.
Step 1: Find a Mac. Any Mac will do. Connect it to the biggest USB hub as you can find.
Step 2: Download Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store.
Step 3: Launch Configurator.
Step 4: Make sure the “Prepare” tab is selected.
Step 5: Set up the options EXACTLY as they are here. Pay special attention to make sure “Supervision” is off and “Erase before installing” is UNCHECKED.
Step 6: Make sure you aren’t installing any apps and aren’t setting anything in setup, in their respective tabs.
Step 7: Double-check the settings. Make sure you have no iOS devices connected via USB.
Step 8: Click the “Prepare” button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 9: Connect the first iOS device. Configurator will download iOS 8 and install it.
Step 10: Connect the second iOS device. It is safe to do this while the first is downloading. It won’t download the same file twice, but it will download the unique version for that model when needed.
Step 11: After download and install, disconnect the device.
p style=”margin-left: 40px;”>Step 12: When you have upgraded all the devices you want, click the “Stop” button.
Apple is planning to expand their Volume Purchase Program for Business and Education to 16 new countries. The list includes:
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.
Apple has not announced a launch date for the new countries yet.
As previously announced, Apple has updated it’s iTunes U app for iOS. 9to5Mac has got a good summary of what’s new in iTunes U 2.0.
• The new iTunes U makes it simple for students participating in private courses to pose questions on the course or any post or assignment
• Other students in the class can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers
• Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses
Here’s what’s new for teachers:
• Teachers can now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app on their iPad—getting started is fast, simple, and completely free
• Provide every student a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, easily track participating students, and much more
• Take advantage of the built in camera on iPad to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments
• Create materials using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—or other apps from the App Store—and add them to your course by using “Open in iTunes U” from within each app
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions have the option to publish their courses to the iTunes U Catalog—making them available to everyone for free
Apple sells their iPad charger for $19, while you can buy an iPad charger on eBay for about $3. From the outside, the chargers look the same. Is there a difference besides the price? In this article, I look inside real and counterfeit chargers and find that the genuine charger has much better construction, power quality, and most importantly safety. The counterfeit turns out to be a 5 watt charger in disguise, half the power of a genuine charger.
Stay safe people and don’t buy knock-off iPad chargers.
Safety probably isn’t something you think about when you plug in your charger, but it’s important. Inside the charger is 170 volts or more with very little separating it from your iPad and you. If something goes wrong, the charger can burn up, injure you, or even killyou. Devices such as chargers have strict safety standards – if you get a charger from a reputable manufacturer. If you buy a cheap counterfeit charger, these safety standards are ignored.
The UL regulations require safe separation between the high voltage and the low voltage. This is measured by creepage – the distance between them along the circuit board, and clearance – the distance between them through air. The regulations are complex, but in general there should be at least 4mm between high-voltage circuitry and low-voltage circuitry.
The creepage distance on the counterfeit charger board below is scary – only 0.6 mm separation between low and high voltage.
Sounds dangerous! All of onefruit’s Chargebus products meet these UL regulations. Don’t be conned by these cheap chargers.
Last year Apple made the iLife and iWork free for new devices brought after September 2013. Though this was great news for individuals, it wasn’t so easy for schools and businesses using the Volume Purchasing Program to take advantage of it.
Apple has now simplified the process which is outlined in this Support Document.
If your business or educational institution is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you can make iLife for iOS (iPhoto and iMovie) and iWork for iOS (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) available to your users for free.This is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are iOS 7 compatible.
- You must be enrolled in the Volume Purchase Program (VPP).
- You will need a proof of purchase (invoice or purchase order) showing the following:
- The devices were purchased on or after September 1, 2013.
- The number of eligible iOS 7 compatible devices must be clearly marked.
After three years, Apple has finally killed off the iPad 2. Apple has replaced it’s price point with a 16 GB version of the iPad 4 which was discontinued last October.
This is good news for schools and businesses who are look to save money on their deployment but are not willing to purchase extremely outdated hardware. The iPad 2 run Apple’s A5 processor with 512 MB RAM compared to the iPad 4’s newer A6X processor, 1 GB RAM and Retina display.
iPad 4 with Retina display is priced at £329 ($399) and on sale now via Apple’s Online Store.
AFP548 have uncovered that the latest AppleTV update brings AirPlay discovering over Bluetooth. This means that IT administrators will no longer need to worry about users accessing AppleTV’s that cross different VLANS.
Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.
In addition to Bonjour over UDP negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources using Bonjour over bluetooth when doing its scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour over UDP for AirPlay -discovery-. Once the host is discovered, AirPlay data is then transmitted over the normal network.
On the same day that Apple is touting it’s security advantages. Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai had a very different approach:
We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.
Apple has unveiled its new deployment programs.
Device Enrolment Program (US only)
AppleID for Students Program
More enhancements to the Volume Purchase Program
Fraser Speirs has a good write up on his blog.
Yesterday Apple released two new deployment programs for iOS and Mac, and rolled out enhancements to another. I want to explain as best I can how they work together.
The Volume Purchase Program has been significantly enhanced and there are two new programs: Device Enrolment Program and AppleID for Students. Let’s look at each of these in turn.