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When Does An Apple Taste The Best?

Not so quick!  You’ll have to read on a bit to get the answer to that question.

Rumors about a “Mini” iPad and the iPhone 5 abound.  Some sources portend release dates as early as August 7th for the new iPhone, presumably the iPhone 5 (but who knows with Apple).  Supposedly reliable sources from Japan and China, and quoted here in the States, are saying the new iPhone screen will be bigger and the new iPad screen will be smaller. Release of the new iPad (4th Generation or just 3 1/2?) could be as early as September.

Rumor has it that prototype images have been caught on camera and the new iPhone will have a two-tone back side.  Well, I’m not usually one to promulgate rumors and encourage, possibly unwarranted, hype for products that may or may not even be forthcoming.  There’s no doubt that a new generation of both “i” devices will be released sooner or later but, far be it for me to say, when exactly that may be.

Those questions can only be answered by a handful of sources, of course, counting Apple as one source and the part’s manufacturers each as single sources as well.  Which brings me to the answer of today’s quiz, “When does an Apple taste the best?” well, of course, when it’s served in bite-sized pieces.

No one knows that better than Apple and their powers that be.  Steve Jobs knew it well and his successors to the throne have learned well from their late leader.  All I can say is, “Bravo, Apple”, it’s amazing that, in this day and age, such huge secrets can still be kept under such tight wraps, at least for the most part.

Who doesn’t enjoy a surprise, and Apple is very good about supplying the masses, including me, with nice little technology packed surprises on a regular basis.  Here’s to the next iPhone and/or “Mini” iPad if and when they’re publicly acknowledged by Apple.


Are Jailbroken iOS Devices Worth the Risk?

There are several risks inherent in jailbreaking your expensive iOS device, whether that be an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, the least of which is not ruining your precious “i” equipment.  Legalities aside, let’s not forget a very big risk is voiding any Apple warranty remaining on the product.

Once all is said and done, though, is the utilization enjoyed after a successful jailbreak reward enough to take on that risk?  The answer for many is a resounding “Yes, definitely!”.  Rest assured, those are the successfully jailbroken owner’s.

Many feel that way on principal only, claiming that it is their item legally and they should have every right to  use any wireless service provider they choose.  That logic is hard to argue against.  This country was founded on many freedoms and the use and enjoyment of private property was one of those freedoms.  Others argue that they save a lot of money and have many more choices by buying apps on the open market instead of being limited exclusively to Apple’s app store.  This may be, too, although it’s hard to imagine more choice than 500,000 or so apps provide from the app store offerings.

No matter what your position, you may or may not be interested to know that has recently come up with the key to unlocking the new iPhone 4S and it’s brethren. I’m not personally familiar with their software but their claims are that it is completely reversible so the warranty voiding becomes a non-issue.  They also provide a 30-day money back guarantee, no questions asked, making a question of “Are these solutions a waste of money?” disappear as well.

What about the future, what do you do with an iOS device that’s had this iOS release jailbroken when there are future iOS updates?  Well settles that concern, too, by providing lifetime updates.  Which, again leaving legalities aside, leaves us with the very big question of risking your device. Well, they say, they will hold your hand through the entire process if necessary and make the “5 minute” process just as easy as pie.

If you want to know where I stand on the issue, I’ve rooted or “jailbroken” an android tablet to update the OS but never an iOS device as the offerings in the app store and with the cellular providers have never been an issue for me.  If you watch the market, you’ll see that many jailbreak iPhones, etc. for the purpose of reselling them since they generally sell for substantially more than a standard device. I’ve also never been interested enough to purchase a jailbroken one, although why I would spend more to do so when I’m perfectly capable of doing so myself makes no sense anyway.

If you want to see what’s involved and check out other options when considering this process, which I would highly recommend, visit some of the sites that do offer software or services and check out their reputation’s.  I have done no research into this particular company and I’m not recommending them, but they sound like a promising option if you’re in the market.

Newly Added Blog to Help Mobile Technology Users

As a result of numerous requests for information regarding mobile technology, Grandma Talks Tech has decided to add this blog to existing communication fronts.  I welcome all who have struggled with, or are curious about, mobile devices in the 21st century.

Especially targeting baby boomers who are entering the mobile platform frenzy that we all find ourselves in today, these posts are intended to instruct, guide, inform, provoke thought, and sometimes be controversial.  In the beginning, they will not be frequent but, as time goes on, the plan is to post as often as time permits.

I hope you’ll join me in exploring, in detail, today’s devices, both released and on the horizon.  These are exciting times in technological advancement.  Nowhere is that more evident than in the mobile market.  I look forward to helping all of you utilize your devices to their fullest potential.