How to Identify Your iPhone Model

iPhone 7

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 32, 128, 256 GB
Colors: Black, jet black, gold, rose gold, silver, (PRODUCT)RED
Model number on the back cover: A1660, A1778, A1779 (Japan*)

iPhone 7 Plus

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 32, 128, 256 GB
Colors: Black, jet black, gold, rose gold, silver, (PRODUCT)RED
Model number on the back cover: A1661, A1784, A1785 (Japan*)

iPhone 6s

Year introduced: 2015
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1633, A1688, A1700

iPhone 6s Plus

Year introduced: 2015
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1634, A1687, A1699

iPhone 6

Year introduced: 2014
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1549, A1586, A1589

iPhone 6 Plus

Year introduced: 2014
Capacity: 16, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1522, A1524, A1593

iPhone SE

Year introduced: 2016
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold, rose gold
Model number on the back cover: A1723, A1662, A1724

iPhone 5s

Year introduced: 2013
Capacity: 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Space gray, silver, gold
Model number on the back cover: A1453, A1457, A1518, A1528,
A1530, A1533

iPhone 5c

Year introduced: 2013
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: White, blue, pink, green, yellow
Model number on the back cover: A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532

iPhone 5

Year introduced: 2012
Capacity: 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1428, A1429, A1442

iPhone 4s

Year introduced: 2011
Capacity: 8, 16, 32, 64 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1431, A1387

iPhone 4

Year introduced: 2010 (GSM), 2011 (CDMA)
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1349, A1332

iPhone 3GS

Year introduced: 2009
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Colors: Black and white
Model number on the back cover: A1325, A1303

iPhone 3G

Year introduced: 2008, 2009 (China)
Capacity: 8, 16 GB
Model number on the back cover: A1324, A1241

iPhone

Year introduced: 2007
Capacity: 4, 8, 16 GB
The model number on the back case is A1203.

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iOS 9 is out in the wild

Apple released iOS 9 into the wild and it looks awesome. I don’t run an iDevice so I can’t comment on it as far as performance and overall satisfaction but I will be checking in with friends that do to get their feedback.

If you use an iDevice and want to know if you can install iOS 9, here is the list of compatible devices:

iPhone iPad iPod
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 6th generation
  • iPod touch 5th generation

Noteworthy features

Notes

  • The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more.
  • Turn lists into checklists – Add bullets with a tap to create checklists. Make a grocery list, a wish list, or a to-do list — and check off items as you go.
  • Sketch your thoughts – Use the tip of your finger to draw right in your note. A selection of drawing tools lets you choose different brush styles and colors. And a handy ruler helps you keep things straight.
  • Note it with a photo – Now you can take a photo from within the Notes app. Or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note.
  • All your notes across all your devices – Notes works with iCloud so you can access your notes no matter which device you’re using.

Maps

  • Transit – Maps now features Transit view, bringing you public transit information with routes and directions.
  • Nearby – When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun, and more.

Multitasking

  • Slide Over – Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in.
  • Split View – With Split View, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time.
  • Picture in Picture – While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display.

Even longer battery life.

Across the entire operating system, apps and key technologies have been made more efficient to trim battery usage wherever possible — so you get more battery life for the things you do every day.

Smaller, more convenient updates.

iOS 9 does even more to efficiently stream new updates to your device without having to first download and unpack them — which means you don’t need as much free space to update.

  • iOS 9 – 1.3GB
  • iOS 8 – 4.58GB

Faster and more responsive.

The apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, making more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance.

Improved security.

Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is essential to protecting your personal information — like photos, documents, messages, email, and so much more.

Six-digit passcodes

The default for passcodes on your Touch ID–enabled iPhone and iPad is now six digits instead of four.

Two-factor authentication

A password alone is not always enough to keep your account secure. That’s why iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have built-in support for two-factor authentication.

Getting ready for iOS 8

The newest release to Apple’s iOS will be rolling out any time now and we want to make sure you are set for when it does.

Can I upgrade?

This is the question that you will need to answer first and to help you out, here is the list of compatible devices:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPod touch 5th generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad with Retina display
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini
  • iPad mini with Retina display

Note: Make sure you are plugged in and that your battery is fully charged.

Don’t Enable iCloud Drive When You Upgrade to iOS 8 Yet

I put this first so you are aware before doing anything else as this is important. If you accidentally upgrade, there is no going back and you will not be able to sync your iCloud documents with your Mac until OS X Yosemite debuts later this fall.

Apple is pushing it hard but iCloud Drive is only compatible with iOS devices running iOS 8 and Macs running OS X Yosemite, which is not yet available. What does that mean for you?

“As OS X Yosemite is still pre-release (and not yet available) upgrading to iCloud Drive will prevent you from syncing with Clear for Mac until both OS X Yosemite is released and you upgrade to OS X Yosemite. Developers cannot work around the choice made when upgrading to iOS 8, so please make sure you pay close attention to the iCloud Drive screen shown after you update to iOS 8.”
– Nick Fletcher of Realmac Software

After updating to iOS 8, one of the steps in the setup process will ask whether you want to enable iCloud Drive, at which point you should select “Not now.”

Later, once Yosemite is available you can enable iCloud Drive from the main settings menu in iOS by going to Settings ⇒ iCloud ⇒ iCloud Drive. At this point, the actual syncing process may take some time, Fletcher said, as Apple will have to move your data to new servers.

Clean up the crud

Over time we’ve installed apps that we no longer use. Now could be a good time to clean up your system to reduce the number of apps that could cause problems for you. Not to mention backing up your device will go faster. To remove an app simply press and hold any icon on the screen until the icons start wiggle with an x in the top left corner click that x on each app you want to remove and then confirm. You can also do it by going to the app system setting where you can also see what’s using up the most space Settings ⇒ General ⇒ Usage ⇒ Show All Apps

Backing it up

The most important part of prepping for an upgrade. You can use iTunes of iCloud. iTunes allows you to recover your device in the event of a crash or failed upgrade so I’d suggest doing that either way, even if just a fail safe for this one time.
iCloud backs up photos and videos in your Camera Roll, various device settings, your app data, the organization of your home screens, iMessage and text messages, ringtones and Visual Voicemail. To turn on iCloud go to Settings ⇒ iCloud ⇒ Storage ⇒ Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to ON. If you backup with iTunes, use the encrypted option. That way it will also back up the username/passwords you’ve saved on your device.

Checking for the update

Once you get your device ready you can feel free to update. Keep in mind, nothing is guaranteed to work flawlessly which is why we got ready but even that is not guarantee. To update, go to Settings ⇒ General ⇒ Software Update then follow the instructions.

Things to remember

  • Most apps will work, but the full experience won’t land just yet
  • Upgrading will kill your jailbreak. A new one could take a while
  • Early adopters may experience a few bugs, quirks, and hiccups
  • Using a work phone? Your IT department might not be ready
  • Older devices aren’t fully equipped, may experience slowness
  • Downgrading can be tricky, if not impossible

Edit

You can apply for Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta program and update your Mac to the beta version of OS X Yosemite as well.

Let us know how it goes and what you think about the update.

 

Working with your iCloud

Everywhere. Automatically. That’s the way it should be, and iCloud makes it a reality. So when you buy a song, you don’t have to download it over and over to enjoy it on multiple devices. Or worry that a document doesn’t contain your latest revisions. Or spend time transferring photos. iCloud takes care of everything for you. Just like that.

Working with iContacts

To work with your contacts from your iDevice do the following:

  • Log into https://www.icloud.com/ with your AppleID you use on your iDevice
  • Click on the Contacts icon
  • Click on the Gear to the bottom left of the screen
  • Click Select All
  • Click on the Gear again
    • Select Print to print your contacts
    • Select Export as vCard to export your contacts

Other things you can do

Continue reading Working with your iCloud

Apple Unveils OS X Yosemite and iOS8

OS X Yosemite

Unveiled today is the new OS X named Yosemite.

AirDrop will also now work between iOS and the Mac…finally! This will now let you share a file from an iPhone to someone nearby on a Mac, simply by dragging and dropping the file to the Mac user’s icon.

Apple also talked about a set of features it referred to as Continuity, which lets you start work on one device than use a “handoff” feature to start working on another. You can start writing an email on your iPad and then switch over to your Mac. Your Mac automatically knows you were writing the email on a nearby device, and displays a notification in the lower left hand corner that lets you open the email straight away and continue writing from where you left off.OS X Yosemite
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