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How to downgrade from iOS 8 back to iOS 7

How to downgrade from iOS 8 back to iOS 7

The official iOS 8 was released a few days ago, you must exist to upgrade to it. But there are some bugs for iOS 8, if you are regret to update to the iOS 8, here is a step by step guide help you downgrade from iOS 8 back to iOS 7. Easy to follow, even you are computer newbie can handle it.

 

Tips: You’d better to backup your data before the downgrade. iCloud and iTunes can help you do the backup. I’d recommend the iCloud method, it’s easier. Go to your iOS device ‘Settings’ -> ‘Storage & Backup’, turn on the ‘iCloud Backup’, and click ‘Back Up Now’. The backup will be start automatically, it will take a few minutes to finish the backup.

 

Backup with iCloud
Backup with iCloud

 

Now. Let’s Start the steps to downgrade iOS. I will take my iPhone as sample in this guide, the operation steps are the same for iPad and iPod Touch.

 

Step1. Turn off the iPhone. Push the Home button and hold it, while you plug it into the computer. Wait until you see the screen that announces you to connect to iTunes.

 

Step2. iTunes should announce you that an iPhone is in the recovery mode. It needs to be restored if you want to use it. Click OK.

 

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Step3. Restore the device by clicking the Restore iPhone. A new window will appear. It will ask you if you are sure about restoring your device. Click on the Restore and Update button.

 

Step4. iTunes will start downloading the official firmware, which is iOS 7.1.1. When the download is done, it will be installed automatically.

 

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Sometimes, you will find your iPhone is stuck in ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen, and then you can follow this guide to get your iPhone out of recovery mode.

 

If you need more detail steps, here is a step by step video guide from YouTube to help you downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.

How to stop iPhoto and iTunes Launching Automatically

How to stop iPhoto and iTunes Launching Automatically

iPhoto and iTunes will launch automatically when you connect any iOS devices to computer. This is really annoying when you just want to connect your iOS device to computer to just charge the battery or manually sync files to it. And this problem will happen when you connect iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your computer. Here is a step by step guide will show you how to stop iPhoto and iTunes launch automatically problem.

For iPhoto:

1. Connect your iOS devices like iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to the computer through the USB cable. Let iPhoto open then quit it

2. Now open “Image Capture”, found in the /Applications/ folder. In the lower left corner, click the little pulldown menu next to “Connecting this iPhone opens” and choose “No application”

3. Quit out of Image Capture. That’s all. The next time you connect the your iOS devices to the Mac, the iPhoto app will no longer launch itself automatically.

For iTunes:

1. Connect your iOS device to the computer.

2. Inside iTunes, click on the device and then click on the ‘Summary’ tab. Scroll to the bottom of the Summary tab selections until you see “Options”.

3. Click on the checkbox next to ‘Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected’ – wording will be slightly different if your device is an iPad or iPod or whatever.

4. Close iTunes. That’s all. iTunes will no longer launch itself automatically when you connect the your iOS devices to computer.

Best iTunes Alternative

Best iTunes Alternative

iTunes is the best File Manager for iOS devices like iPhone, iPod and iPad. But for new Apple users, iTunes is a litter complicate. Moreover, iTunes happens error easily, like you do connect iPod to computer, but iTunes can’t recognize it. Or you switch your iPod to another computer, the iTunes has to erase the existing files on your iPod, this is really annoying. If you are looking for a good iTunes alternative, here is what you need.

MobileGo for iOS key features

  • Transfer songs, videos, playlists, iTunes U, Podcasts to iTunes/PC, and vice verse
  • Copy photos, albums from computer to iOS Devices, and reverse way
  • Manage iPhone contacts including import, export, duplicate removal, Outlook sync.
  • Import various kinds of music and video incompatible with iTunes

MobileGo supports iOS devices including

  • iPhone: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad: iPad Mini, iPad with Ritina Display, The New iPad, iPad 2, iPad
  • iPod: iPod touch5, iPod touch 4, iPod touch 3

MobileGo System Requirement

System Requirements

  • Supported OS Microsoft Windows 7/XP/Vista
  • CPU 750MHz Intel or AMD
  • Free Hard Disk Space 1 GB or more
  • RAM 512MB or above

If you sick of iTunes, go and download this iTunes alternative for a try. Here is the free download link (23MB). If you want to know how to transfer files from iPod back to computer, this step by step guide will help you a lot.

How to email multiple Photos on iOS 6

How to email multiple Photos on iOS 6

With the new iOS 6, it would be much easier to email photos from your iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can now attach photos right from the mail composition screen. Here are the simple steps:

  1. Tap and hold in the body of a mail message
  2. Tap the right arrow button, then tap “Insert Photo or Video”
  3. Find the photos to attach in Camera Roll, choose it, and send the email as usual

More over, you canattach multiple photos to the email by repeating the process.

If you have many photos need to send through Email. It would be quicker send the photos directly from the Camera Roll, because you can easily choose multiple photos and compose an email directly from Photos.

All round this is a very great improvement. With prior versions of iOS, the course of action of attaching photographs is based mostly on using copy & paste and utilizing multitasking to switch between Photos and Mail. Of course that still works in the newest iOS versons too, but the direct insert method outlined above is quite a bit faster and easier to explain.

Here is a step by step guide show you how to transfer photos from iPhone/iPod back to computer.

How to retrieve purchased iOS Apps on iPod iPhone and iPad

How to retrieve purchased iOS Apps on iPod iPhone and iPad

For some reasons, your iOS devices like iPod touch, iPhone or iPad crashed, and you lost all the purchased apps on it. Or you accidently deleted a bough app from your iOS devices, but now you want to retrieve it back without buy it twice. Or you bought a app a long time ago and you never even install it. And here is a step by step guide will show you how to re-download and re-install purchased iOS apps. It’s easier to understand, even you are computer challenger can follow it. I took iPad as example in the guide, the operation steps are the same on iPhone and iPod touch.

  1. Open the “App Store” on your iPad.
  2. Tap on the “Purchased” tab at the bottom of the screen (For iPhone & iPod users, please tap “Updates” and then “Purchased”)
  3. Tap “Not On This iPad” to see the list of apps that are not installed on your iPad
  4. Find the app you wish to retrieve back to your iPad and tap the download icon. It looks like a cloud with an arrow on it.
  5. After the download was finished, you can re-install it on your iPad, that’s all.

What’s advantage of this method?

  1. You can uninstall the apps you are not use frequently to free your iPod, iPhone or iPad space, when you need the apps, you can retrieve it back.
  2. When you need to switch to another iOS devices, you can re-download and re-install the apps, as long as the iOS device is authorized with the same Apple ID.

If you want to retrieve songs from iPod/iPhone/iPad to computer, you can follow this step by step iPod songs transfer to computer guide.

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How to use iTunes App Store without Credit Card?

How to use iTunes App Store without Credit Card?

As you know, we need a credit card to register iTunes Apple store. But we found a simple way to bypass the limitation, and this way works for both iOS devices including iPod, iPhone, iPad and Mac App Store. With this solution, you don’t need to worry about your kids to buy items on iTunes store crazily. In this guide, I took iPhone as a example.

  • Step1. Open your iPhone App Store and click on “Account” from the right-hand side
  • Step2. If currently logged into an Apple account, click on “Sign Out” otherwise click the “Create Apple ID” button (alternatively, you can sign up on the web directly from Apple)
  • Step3. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and fill out the Apple ID creation page, set this up for a new email address than your primary app store account
  • Step4. At the “Provide a Payment Method” screen, select “None” as the payment option. Optionally, add a gift certificate to pad the account with an app purchase budget.
  • Step5. Click “Create Apple ID” and verify the email address you provided earlier, your credit card free Mac App Store login is now active.

At the moment plot hooked on the App store up by the just this minute twisted Apple ID as well as the user will be clever in the direction of download one free apps or download updates in the direction of accessible apps.

If you want to transfer your iTunes library to another computer, please follow this iTunes library movie guide.

Imagine the Future – How Will Be Mac OS X After Ten Years Later?

Imagine the Future – How Will Be Mac OS X After Ten Years Later?

2011 is the ten year anniversaries of Mac OS X, iPod, iTunes and Apple’s retail operations. Apple also launched iCloud、iAd and Siri in 2011. How will be Mac OS X in next decade as a cornerstone of Apple.

The next ten years of Mac OS X: core OS and web technologies
Steve Jobs launched the first 10.0 version of Mac OS X in March 2011, saying it as a platform that Apple will use over the next fifteen years. When he said that, it is likely because NeXT company was just its 15 years old in 2001.

Ten years ago, when software being pushed forward by Linux and the FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD open source projects, Apple wanted to leverage the proven technology and enable potential of NeXTSTEP’s Unix core, and wanted to use Mac OS X as a competitor with Microsoft’s Windows NT. However, Apple has been the main supplier of UNIX workstations in the past ten years, and leading Nnix’s development.

Apple has its own CUPS, the open Common Unix Printing System used by Linux and Unix distributions, and has taken the lead in replacing the aging GNU C Compiler (originally released by Richard Stallman in 1987 as the core of a free development toolchain for Unix) with its own next generation LLVM/Clang/LLDB development tools, because Mac and iOS devices share the same Xcode development tools. Combine this technology, Apple’s deploying technologies will gain broad attention.

Apple is leading the development to open source web browser with WebKit, which has pushed commercial web way from adobe Flash and Miroshoft’s Silverlight, supported to open up HTML5 standard. Apple shares its own Canvas 2D HTML drawing technology and other related CSS、JavaScript.

Apple also has been positively promoting OpenGL and OpenGL ES technology, developing OpenCL technology, this new pictures technology makes us finish complicated tasks in any and all available processor cores.

Even though the user interface of Mac OS X Lion is simpler and simpler, but its underpinnings are still complex, with GCD technology, Mac OS X can better take advantage of multiple cores and new types of processor cores, as well as new storage technology, such as solid state disk, etc. At the same time, Apple has removed the outdated system API, such as Carbon. What Mac OS X Lion focuses is only 64-bitCocoa.
The profit is the main motive force of development
In the next decade, Apple will continue to lead the development of Web standard, and put operation system technology into the greater Unix community. The pace will be faster because Apple now has a different position in the technology world. It will continue to push operation system and soft development technology, because most of Apple’s hardware devices can make great profit for the company. The shipment of Apple PC may pass HP next year, Apple’s smartphone and personal music player business will leads Nokia, Samsung or Sony.

Beyond unit sales, Apple also earns far more in revenues and profits than any of the various hardware makers it competes with in device sales. In addition, Apple is one of the few companies to open their own soft platform, which gives it a unique ability to chart its own future. The failure of HP’s Palm  Web OS , Nokia’s Symbian and RIM’s BlackBerry make Apple unique.
Simplicity shift
Apple will continue to simplify away complexities in the computers, for example, the traditional document system, replacing it with cloud-coordinated services. App Store 、iCloud、internet recovery and iTune Match have already revolutionized how software and content is distributed and stored, these new technology has reduced the dependence on traditional media.

In the past decade, Apple has developed  Multi-touch  technology, greatly enhancing the easy of use for mobile devices, and in the next decade, Siri is likely to lead a new revolution, this natural voice operation is much more intuitive than mousing or keyboard operation. Apple is expected to venture into new markets in the future, something like Apple’s HDTV that people have been talking about recently.

iOS Activation Beats Android by 1.6M Units during Christmas

iOS Activation Beats Android by 1.6M Units during Christmas

According to the oversea report, the early data shows that the combined power of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was enough to ensure that Apple iOS activations topped Google’s Android activations by over 1.6 million units on Christmas day. According to the data from Fortune, approximately 4.2 million iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day. Android devices activated on Christmas Eve and Christmas day were only 3.7million, said Andy Rubin, Google Android sales director.

Last year, we noted that a 50% boot in Android activation on Christmas holidays. Android devices daily activation is 700,000 before December 20th, 2011. So min.1.1 million Android devices are supposed to be activated on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day activations would be 2.6 million.

Mobile apps research form Flurry released estimates on how many Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas day, 6.8 million devices were activated on that day. Though Flurry didn’t break out the data between iOS and Android respectively, but you can get the numbers with 2.6 million activations for Android, we can know iOS devices’ activation on Christmas Day was 4.2 million. If so, iOS devices activation beats Android by 1.6 million. Video Converter for Mac.

“Following the sales between Android and iPhone in the second quarter is two to one, t would be three to one in the third quarter, so iOS devices activations beats Android by 1.6 million, which is likely from the iPad and iPod touch.” Said Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune columnist

Andy Rubin announced last week more than 700,000 Android devices were being activated each day. Apple hasn’t released the data of iOS devices activations for each day and the activations on Christmas Day, but he said in October that the total sales of iOS devices have been over 250 billion unites by October, 2011.

The data above doesn’t include the activation from Amazon’s Kindle Fire which runs a system deeply revised by Android, it wasn’t counted among Mobile Operation System activation data. Amazon ever said that Kindle Fire was the best seller with millions of unites sales, but it didn’t provide the detailed sales data.

Apple will reveal the latest sales figures for iPhone、iPad and Pod touch when it reports its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2012.