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!
Looks like Apple is on an update spree, first Mac OS X Lion, then the new MacBook Air, Mini, Thunderbolt Display and now iTunes 10.4. Apple has began updating it’s music software, iTunes, on both Mac and Windows. This update is mandatory if you’ve just upgraded your Mac to OS X Lion and brings some new features and support for Lion.
The new update brings a full screen mode that is present in OS X Lion, some new design improvements and turns it into a 64-bit app. However, you will not get any of the features if you’re using it on Windows, except for some minor UI changes and bug fixes. The fullscreen mode in Lion isn’t like the normal full screen mode that you use on Windows. It uses a complete space to open the app, keeping your full concentration on the app and nothing else. iTunes 10.4 also has some features from the iOS app.
You can now use iTunes with OS X Lion’s new Full-Screen App capability, which allows you to use iTunes and other apps without distractions. iTunes is now a 64-bit Cocoa application on OS X Lion and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. Some iTunes plug-ins may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the plug-in developer for an updated plug-in compatible with iTunes 10.4
If you haven’t received the notification for a Software Update yet, then do not worry, it will be reaching you soon. But, supposing you’re not of the waiting species and want to find out what’s new then you can download it from the link below.
So just now we told you what’s new in iOS 5 and Apple has rolled out iTunes 10.3 to support the updates. Though at the time of writing, iTunes software update checker is still showing iTunes 10.2 as latest one, but in a while, you will see iTunes 10.3 as an update.
You can also read about iTunes 10.3 on the official Apple site, where everything is explained in detail. Here is the link of the official page to download iTunes 10.3.
Also good news is after iOS 5 will be launched, you don’t need iTunes for updates. You can update your iOS device software directly on AIR. Also if you have not updated your iPhone to latest iOS then download iOS 4.3.3.
A lot of iTunes users have been recently getting errors like “iTunes was unable to load data class information from sync services” or “iTunes was unable to load provider data from sync services” when they connect their iPhone to iTunes on Mac or Windows computer. Most users, like me, see this error after they have installed Xcode 4 from the App Store. Here’s the fix that worked for me.
A lot of users have asked us in the CAG help forum to help with the iTunes error “iTunes cannot read the contents of the iPhone. Go to the Summary tab in iPhone preferences and click Restore to restore this iPhone to factory settings.” No matter how many times you restore it doesn’t help. Here’s a simple fix to get rid of this error.
This tutorial will show you how to transfer music from iPhone to your Computer using a free software. No need to purchase any premium app for this. Works on Windows as well as Mac. This comes handy when you want to sync your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to a new computer without losing all the previous sync data.
In case you purchased an iPhone app by mistake or it does not work properly you can claim a refund from Apple by using this tutorial. Apple cares a lot about its customers and if you have a genuine reason then you will be able to return the iPhone app and get refund. This approach will also work for apps purchased using iPad or iPod Touch – any iOS device in general.