iOS 5.0.1 is Now Available, Plugin and Launch iTunes to Download

I am downloading iOS 5.0.1, which I hope will alleviate the low battery life issues that I have experienced since getting the iPhone 4S. I will report back after the update.

UPDATE: Install went flawlessly after downloading 800+ MB update. Let’s see if I can go more than a day and a half to two days before needing to charge.

UPDATE 2: Downloading the iPad iOS 5.0.1 update over iTunes. However, AppleInsider reports here that Apple is also pushing updates via its i-devices wirelessly. I wish that I had thought to check Settings > General > Software Update on my iPhone 4S before plugging into iTunes earlier!

UPDATE 3: It is interesting that the iTunes update is so large, when the AppleInsider images in the link above show the over-the-air update to be only 55 MB. I assume that iTunes grabs the full iOS system install while the over-the-air update contains only the files/changes needed for the update.

Facetime, Apple’s Slick Teleconferencing Software, is for Cats, Too

In the image to the left, Miao and I are talking with Y with Apple’s Facetime technology. Y is visiting her family in Taiwan, so we are relying on Apple’s Facetime on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5 to talk face-to-face.

Facetime is integrated into the new device and computer operating systems so that you can “call” someone with Facetime and your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S will “ring” automagically with an incoming connection request. We have also used our MacBooks to handle Facetime conversations.

The quality of the video feed is largely dependent on Internet transfer conditions between Ohio and Taiwan. The video is sometimes fluid and sometimes strobe-effect like with lots of funny faces captured by our devices’ cameras. When it works well, Facetime is very slick, but it even holds up well for visual communication over long distance even when conditions create video freezes. The audio generally comes through clear and without stutter–I suppose it is prioritized over video.

Since audio seems prioritized, I would think that they are separate streams that have to be synced at the receiver’s end. Perhaps this is why Facetime spikes CPU usage–muxing the separate streams while simultaneously transmitting demuxed streams. Have you found an explanation Apple’s implementation of the technologies that make Facetime work? Let me know in the comments.

Zagg Invisible Shield Dry and Wrapsol Ultra Are Garbage

Zagg’s Invisible Shield Dry and Wrapsol Ultra are equally garbage. I would recommend you not waste your money on these products. Between difficulty applying the products to the iPhone 4S combined with the impossibility of removing air bubbles (even after waiting 24 hours), these products significantly degrade your visual experience on the iPhone 4S in exchange for protecting the screen from damage. I suppose if you like your Retina Display to look like a trippy mess, then these screen protectors might be something you would like to purchase.

iPhone 4S Now Activated, Took About 4 Hours

My iPhone 4S finally activated during dinner–thank the maker! I am restoring my iPhone backup now.

I am certainly more happy with the feel and weight of the iPhone 4S as compared to the iPhone 3GS. I do like playing games on my iPhone, and I think that the feel of the iPhone 4S will be more comfortable. Also, I can’t wait to try out Siri voice recognition and the updated browsing speed.

It feels good to be in the future.

iPhone 4S Activation Woes

Nothing inspires confidence in your wireless carrier like the inability to activate a new phone. I received my iPhone 4S earlier today, but I still cannot activate it. The process that claims to “take up to three minutes” is actually much longer than that. I suppose that I can play with my two year old iPhone 3GS while I wait.

iPhone 4S Preorders Begin on October 7, Available on October 14

I am looking forward to the iPhone 4S platform refresh. Preorders begin on October 7, and the new iPhone should be available on October 14. Since my two year old iPhone 3GS is falling apart (the case is cracked around the USB port and the mute switch), I am eyeing an upgrade. I use my iPhone far more often than my iPad–though they do serve different purposes for me–I think that a new iPhone 4S will be a worthwhile investment.

I would like to read on apple.com about the liveblogging things that I heard earlier today, but I am greeted with a message that heralds the fact that lots and lots of people also want to find out about the new iPhone 4S:

Access Denied

You don’t have permission to access “http://www.apple.com/” on this server.

Reference #18.9f384ce.1317754308.46c785d6

Good luck to you if you are also in the market for a new phone.

UPDATE: Now the site is back up. Go directly to the iPhone page here.