Apple unleashed it’s greatest and best mobile operating system, iOS 5, at the WWDC 2011 earlier this year. It was again talked about at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone‘ event and the iOS 5 GM was let loose to developers. Finally, after much wait, Apple released the final version of iOS 5 to the public on October 12. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 5 yet, then you should. It’s compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1/2.
iOS 5 brings about 200 new features, while most of them are not that prominent enough, the new Notifications, iCloud, iMessages, Camera features and WiFi sync are very noticeable. iTunes WiFi sync is pretty cool, since this completely eradicates the need of a cable to connect your iOS Device to the PC or Mac. Using this feature, you can sync everything from your computer to your iOS device wirelessly. Before you setup iTunes WiFi sync, make sure both, your iOS device and the computer are on the same WiFi network.
Setup iTunes WiFi Sync
Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and then connect your iOS device.
Select your device and click on the Summary Tab. Scroll down and you should see an option ‘Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi’. Check the option and click on Apply.
Now, on your iOS device, under Settings>General>iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, you’ll see the option to Sync your device.
Select Sync Now and see the magic happen.
This is very useful if you’re one of those people who don’t like wires and even if you’re a normal person, this can really make syncing easier for you. Once this is enabled, and both your iOS device and the computer are on the same network, you should see your device listed in iTunes even when not connected.
Drag and drop any content from iTunes to your listed device to wirelessly sync. It’s that simple and yes it works. Don’t blame iTunes if the syncing is slow, it’s most likely your WiFi connection that’s responsible.
Do let me know if you faced any problem setting up iOS wi-fi sync? If you find this tutorial, informative, don’t forget to share it on Google plus and Facebook.
This tutorial tells you the basic difference between iPhone’s DFU and Recovery modes and what mode is used for what purpose. If you already know the difference between the two modes and looking for just the instructions on how to put iPhone into the two modes read:
What are these modes for and why should I know about them?
If you are a new iPhone user or don’t care about jailbreaking chances are that you might have never come across these two modes and won’t need to in the future either. But if you use Cydia or custom IPSW firmware on your iPhone or other iOS devices you will definitely come across this.
DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Both of the modes can be entered by pressing a particular series of buttons on your iPhone. They help you update or install firmware when the normal iTunes method fails. Here are some situations when you might need to use these modes.
Recovery Mode boots your iPhone and stops at the Connect to iTunes screen. You can use it to install the latest firmware but not downgrade. You can click on Restore in iTunes to let iTunes download firmware and install. Alternatively, you can download firmware from here and press Alt + Restore(Shift + Restore on Windows) to browse for firmware manually.
The recovery mode and iTunes will prevent you from restoring to older firmware than the current firmware. You will keep getting error in iTunes every time you try doing it. This is because iPhone has already booted and knows the current firmware version.
iPhone DFU Mode:
DFU mode on the other hand does not fully start up the iPhone or iPod Touch. The screen remains off and appears as if your iPhone is turned off but it will be recognized in iTunes and be ready for restoring to any firmware. Since, the firmware is not booted you can downgrade iPhone to previous versions or even custom firmwares with Cydia and other packages created from jailbreak tools like PwnageTool.
Learn how to put iPhone into DFU mode:
So now you know the difference between the two modes. Let us know if you have any related questions via comments.
There are many ways to create iPhone ringtone and we have recently talked about creating ringtones for iPhone using iTunes and today we will look into one more online service call Audiko.net. I found Audiko very different from other websites which let you create iPhone ringtones online. Apart from all traditional method of uploading music file and cut it into iPhone ringtone length, Audiko also accept youtube videos.
Create a ringtone from the song on your computer, a file hosted online or even from a YouTube video. Creating iPhone ringtones is no more a painful process. You can do it online with Audiko the easy and free way. No need to download any software or pay a premium.
Creating iPhone ringtones could not any easier. No more downloading premium applications. Since, there is no application download involved this guide will work both for Mac and Windows Users just as well. Just point your computer’s browser to Audiko and follow these steps.
How to create ringtones using Audiko.net site:
You can choose among three sources for your ringtone song:
Upload a local track on your computer
Point to any song hosted online
Point to a YouTube Video
I choose to go ahead with a file hosted online. I pasted the link for the song “Don’t Give it Away” and clicked on Upload as you can see in the screenshot.
Once the uploading is done a floating tool appears over the song’s timeline. The maximum allowed duration of a ringtone is 30 seconds so drag the slider to your favourite part of the song and select Fade-In and Fade-Out for better effects.
Once you’re satisfied with the results click on Create Ringtone. A download link will appear next. Click on it and save the file to your computer.
Transfer custom ringtone to your iPhone:
Drag the file you just saved into iTunes and it will appear under the Ringtones view.
Connect your iPhone and go to the Ringtones tab and select all or the specific ringtone you want. In this case, I just selected one ringtone. Click on Sync.
Once the Sync is over and the ringtone has been copied you are ready to Use it on your iPhone.
Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone
Here you should be able to see the ringtone you just created under Custom group.
Well, I’m sure all your ring-tones lover will like to browse Audiko.net and if you use any other similar websites to convert Yioutube videos into iPhone, do let us know. If you want to save your own ringtones on the site and share with people do Register yourself on the site.You can also browse from the ringtones other people have created on the site and choose from them. They also have Audiko iPhone app which is available via Cydia and you can download it from Cydia by searching for “Unlimtones” and you can download Android version here.
Here is a video tutorial for using Audiko.net to convert Youtube videos into Ringtone:
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The process of upgrading your iOS device to a custom firmware or downgrading to one that isn’t supported by your version of iTunes always comes with errors. There are so many errors that one will encounter when doing an upgrade or a restore, but the most common one would be the 1015 error on iPhone. I’m about to explain to you a really simple trick on how to fix 1015 error in iTunes.
The 1015 error pertains to the recovery loop experienced by iOS device users when upgrading to a custom firmware, specially the older ones such as iOS 4.1, iOS 4.2.1 and so on. This happens when you’re trying to restore to an iOS version that your version of iTunes doesn’t recognize, or when there’s a conflict with the firmware itself. Your iOS device, thus goes in to a recovery loop, where it isn’t able to exit it. This normally leaves the user in a state of paranoia and this message from iTunes;
The iphone “iphone” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1015)
however, you don’t need to worry because it’s not as bad as you think.
Fixing Error 1015 in iTunes: Recboot
Here’s a simple trick on how to fix 1015 error in iTunes that doesn’t require much time. All you have to do is download and install a free software known as Recboot, use it to get your iOS device out of recovery mode and voila.
Make sure your device is connected to the computer and iTunes is running.
Run Recboot and select Exit Recovery Mode.
Only select Exit Recovery mode if your iOS device is stuck in Recovery loop and is doing nothing or showing error 1015 in iTunes.
That’s it. You’re now out of the Recovery mode and the iOS device should reboot. You’ll then be treated with an activation screen, but if you’ve used a custom firmware or have already jailbroken it, then you’ll be taken straight to the homescreen. And that is how to fix 1015 error in iTunes!
Today is the big day, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Apple will be releasing the final version of iOS 5 to the public in the coming hours and we will be able to experience all the 200 new features. That’s not the only thing that they’re releasing today. Apple’s cloud storage and syncing solution, iCloud will also go live today.
Apple released iTunes 10.5 yesterday for everyone, so we could all get ourselves ready for the treat. You will need to have the latest version of iTunes to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 5. However, we are not really sure if everyone will opt to do so, specially if you’re on iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS. There is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 yet, but it has been mentioned that the development is in process.
Due to the recent developments that are happening around the Apple world, they’ve also updated their iCloud website. And it has been majorly updated. The login screen has been changed and it looks really clean. But, it looks like the doors are still closed for regular iOS users, only developers are allowed to login into iCloud.
Currently it’s asking to set up iCloud on iOS 5 to be able to login, which can be done if you’re a developer. Well, normal people can too, but that’s a whole different thing. Using this website, you can access all your synced data, photos, music, contacts and even check your email. You can even track where your iPhone is with Find my iPhone.