iPhone security alert: your lock screen can be bypassed!

This YouTube Video shows how you can bypass the iPhone lock screen to make calls and list contacts. You can even browse photos if you attempt to add a photo to a contact.

While you can’t run any apps or do anything other than work with contacts or make phone calls, the facts is that anyone who watches this video can unlock a part of your iPhone without knowing your passcode.

I’m sure Apple will have a fix soon but until then, don’t let that phone go to the wrong hands!


If you care about LTE/4G use, iPhone 5 isn’t it

You can get simultaneous voice and LTE on Verizon with Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII pictured here. We’ve highlighted the fact that we’re on the phone plus the LTE icon is illuminated.

I admit that I might be only talking to small subset of the total iPhone 5 audience, but I have a photo here that shows why, if you care about LTE speeds and usability, the iPhone 5 is not for you. I say this with a heavy heart because I was waiting for this phone to come out and was prepared to seriously consider buying one.  But because it has been extensively reported that the iPhone 5 cannot do simultaneous voice + LTE,  it is a deal-breaker for me.

The picture here is one of my friend’s phone where today we ran a simple experiment:


1. I called him and he picked up the phone.

2. He went to browse the web.

3. The 4G-LTE icon was lit.

4. Browsing was as fast as it normally is, i.e. LTE speeds.


From what has been reported so far, this seemingly simple feat cannot be done by the “latest greatest” phone, the iPhone 5.


There are other reports that AT&T can do simultaneous voice and data but only at 3G speeds. From everything I have found so far, you cannot do voice+LTE speeds on iPhone 5.


Deal killer for me.


Some of my friends say it doesn’t matter, others say they are fine with 3G ATT speeds. That may be true.  But keep in mind, this is what you WILL NOT be able to do while you’re on the phone:

  • Check for new email, i.e. send files back and forth.
  • Browse the web.
  • Keep your wifi hotspot working.


For me, the last one is a particular killer.  I spend a lot of time on the phone and online at the same time, many times using a hotspot to get online.  I simply must be able to do this.


So perhaps this lack is not an issue for you and you can’t wait to get your iPhone 5.  I share your excitement;  have fun!


But for those who must have voice+high speed data from their phone, the iPhone 5 isn’t it.  Either wait for the next iPhone or get yourself an Android now.  However even then, make sure you confirm in advance that you can do voice+LTE at the same time.


Did this post change your mind? Why? Why not?

iPhone 5 won’t do data while talking

Though I was leaning to NOT get the iPhone 5 (just not enough coolness over the Android competitors like Galaxy S3 for example) this is definitely a deal-killer for me:

On providers like Verizon or Sprint, iPhone 5 will NOT transfer data while you’re on the phone.  (aka simultaneous voice and data).

iphone 5 can't do voice+data

Put a fork in it.  It’s done. For me.

I’ve had a Sprint EVO 4G (yes, the original one) for 3 years now and even that phone, ancient by today’s standards, can do voice+data (admittedly that only works on 4G data but still, it works).

So, sorry Apple.  I’m looking for an UPGRADE, not a DOWNGRADE.  Android here I come!


iPhone 5 won’t support simultaneous voice and data on Verizon or Sprint | The Verge.

Details of the iPhone 5

 I’m going to take a look at one of these in the store and then wait a few weeks to see what the Android world comes out with.

  • 4 inch display (taller)
  • 1136×640 pixels (more stuff shows on screen, notice 5 rows of icons vs. just 4)
  • 4G LTE  (way, way faster speeds)
  • 18% thinner (7.6mm)
  • 20% lighter (112 grams)
  • 2x faster CPU and 2x faster graphics
  • battery life unchanged (8 hrs browsing)
  • HD front-facing facetime camera
  • facetime can work over 3G
  • 3 noise-cancelling microphones

Apple Introduces the iPhone 5


Apple Introduces the iPhone 5.

iPHone 5 coming on Sept 12

If you’re considering getting a new phone, hold on for just a little bit more until after the iPhone 5 gets released.

Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21.

via Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini event planned for September 12, iPhone 5 release date for September 21 |

Unlimited iPhone Data for Sprint: $80/mo

I know many Sprint customers who wanted an iPhone will be happy to know that they can have their unlimited cake for $79.99/mo. This includes 450 minutes. I’ve got a similar plan on Sprint (for my EVO 4G) and because this plan (of mine) has unlimited mobile to mobile minutes AND most of my phone calls are to other mobile phones, I’m usually way under my limit every month. It’s a great deal.

I’ve read other reports saying that Sprint “bet the farm” on the iPhone4s so good luck to them

Sprint will indeed offer unlimited

iPhone 4S being unveiled

Apple is clearly the world’s greatest consumer electronics company and today’s unveiling of the new iPhone 4S keeps them on top of all the other players. Key features like full HD 1080p video recording, improved camera, and integration with “Siri” a futuristic gee-whiz feature that acts as a personal assistant to your voice. The demo shot here shows Siri helping me find a Greek restaurant which is pretty cool because I’m Greek! 🙂


Did you get fooled by the iphone 5 hoax?

Summary: If you get an email about something that’s too good to be true, always Google it with the word “hoax” appended. You’ll be amazed to find out that Elvis has indeed passed away and aliens have not in fact invaded the president’s brain.

Today I got an email from a family member asking me about whether she should buy the iphone 5. I asked her why and she loved the idea of the “holographic keyboard”. Huh? Suddenly I thought perhaps I was getting out-geeked by family members learning about new features before I did. Say it isn’t so! Apple is usually very secretive about future iPhone Pheatures and other than guessing what’s next by analyzing Chinese case manufacturer designs, we’re pretty much in the dark until the very end.

Quick searches (“iphone 5 hoax”) landed me to this now-famous (21 million views!) YouTube which shows an incredibly impressive demonstration of the (now watch the wording here) “iPhone 5 Concept Features”.

Yes, it’s a hoax. Sorta. It’s actually a brilliant marketing play by Aatma Studios on a “concept” with “our vision of key features” that an iPhone 5 or “subsequent models” could have

In other words, this is vaporware. Doesn’t exist. My recommendation is that you wait until after the formal launch to decide if iPHone5 is right for you.


I am speechless after seeing the concept video of the iPhone 5 that is set to be released later this year. It is an ultra thin design, has a laser keyboard and has holographic display. Just Wow!

Your iPhone is recording your location

This is very troubling. Why would Apple purposely record, store, and even backup your location data? No answer yet, but that won’t be the case for long. Public outcry will demand Apple answer to this and I can’t imagine a trivial justification for this massive privacy invasion and security risk.