iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Officially Available Today

iPhone 6 on Sale

Apple officially began selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, Friday September 19, 2014. Individuals that previously pre-ordered the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus should also be receiving their phones today (if they were lucky enough to get one available for launch day shipping). Apple had already announced that its stores had sold over 4 million pre-orders before the phone was officially available. This number does not include Apple authorized re-sellers, and iPhones that were being held for walk-in customers.

We will continue to update our site with information about the new iPhones. In the meantime, review my article about the iPhone 6 size comparisons. I am expecting shipment of my new iPhone later today and will have some first impressions after it is received. Stay tuned….

iOS 8, Using Third-Party Keyboards, Swiftkey and Swype

iOS 8 was recently released for the iPad and the iPhone. Among the exciting new features of this operating system update is the ability to use a third-party keyboard in place of Apple’s stock keyboard. This allows users of the iPhone and iPad to now install a keyboard that can use new methods of inputting text to increase productivity. Busy legal professionals can now use keyboards from Swiftkey and Swype to quickly add or edit text by sliding their fingers across the screen.

I created a video that explains how to download, install, and activate both Swiftkey and Swype on your device. There are currently a number of free and paid keyboard apps available in the app store, but Swiftkey and Swype have been around for years on Android, and have had a head start in the field of creating alternative keyboards. Once you figure out how to install the keyboards, they are simple to use, and you always have the option of quickly switching back to Apple’s native keyboard.

My only complaint with the third-party keyboards thus far, is that you lose the ability to dictate when a third-party keyboard is selected. The little microphone that is usually present on the bottom of the screen goes away, and the only way you can get it back is to switch back to the native keyboard.

If you have updated your device to iOS 8, don’t delay, download a new keyboard and see how you like it!

Steven Butler EsquireThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

iOS 8 Released for iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s and iPad 2, iPad with Retina and iPad Air

iOS 8 Now Available

If you currently have an iPad 2 or newer, or an iPhone 4s or newer, you can update your device to iOS 8. The update went live at about 1:00 pm EST on Wednesday September 17, 2014. iOS 8 is available through an over-the-air update or by connecting your iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, iPad with Retina (3rd or 4th generation), iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina, or iPad Air to iTunes on your computer. iOS was first previewed for developers at WWDC in June 2014, and has had a number of beta releases before its release on September 17, 2014.

Although this update adds many new features to iOS, it looks very similar to iOS 7 once installed on your iPad or iPhone. The biggest changes occur under the hood. Most notable, for the first time users can now download and install customized keyboards that can be used throughout the device. Additionally, Apple has introduced extensions, widgets, in-line notification responses and a cloud drive service that can be accessed across all applications (iCloud Drive). Extensions and widgets can both be used by developers to extend your app experience.

iOS 8 Widgets

Widgets are added to the notification center to provide you with updated information without having to launch an app (think sports scores, weather, shipping notifications, etc.). Extensions are added to the “Open In” dialog box within apps, and allows you to launch actions associated with another app installed on your device. For example, you could be viewing a preview of a document in Dropbox, and a PDF app could have an extension that lets you add annotations without having to fully open the app. The extension runs on top of the app that you currently have opened, and once you complete an action, it returns you back to the app you were using with any changes you made. (Universal password apps and Social Networking sites are also expected to take advantage of extensions).

With the ability to add customized keyboards, iPhone and iPad users will finally be able to choose apps with advanced features like swiping on your keyboard instead of typing. Swiftkey and Swype should both have keyboards released for the iPhone sometime on September 17, 2014. There are also picture keyboards in the works, and even keyboards that do nothing more than show you whether you are currently using upper or lower case letters when inputting text.

iCloud drive promises to be a central storage solution where all apps can have access to. This will allow you to start working on a document in Pages, save to iCloud Drive, and then access in a different word processor like Microsoft Word. With inline notification responses, you will be able to reply to text messages or tweets without actually opening a separate app. You can simply hit reply, respond inline and go back to what you were doing. (You can even enable the ability to respond from the lock screen).

iPad iOS 8 Update CompleteAlthough I safely updated an iPhone 5s and iPad Mini with Retina, it is always best to be cautious before completing a significant update on your device. I recommend that you have a backup of your device using iTunes before completing the update, and set aside at least 3 hours in case there are problems. Although iCloud backups allow you to do a restore if you run into problems, if you have more than 20 apps, and are using a good portion of your device storage, it is not recommended that you rely on this method. Before updating or backing up your device on iTunes, make sure that you check to that iTunes is updated to version 11.4. (In iTunes go to the Help menu, and select “Check for Updates”).

Depending on your device you need about 1 GB of space available to download the update. I would recommend that you have at least 3 GB of space available before attempting the update over-the-air. Normally small flaws are discovered after a major release of iOS. It is usually safest to wait at least 2 weeks before installing the update if you use your iPhone or iPad for any mission critical purposes.

September iPLUG Delaware Meetings Next Week

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Just a reminder that the monthly Delaware iPLUG meetings will be held next week. For individuals in the New Castle County legal community, we will be having our meeting on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 7:30 am. The New Castle County meeting will be in the back room of the Panera Bread in the Fairfax Shopping Center, 2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.

For individuals in the Kent and Sussex legal communities, we will be having a meeting in Dover at 8:30 am on Wednesday September 17, 2014. The meeting for Kent and Sussex Counties will be at 34 The Green, Dover, Delaware. This meeting will also last approximately 1 hour.

This month’s meetings will focus on Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the September 17, 2014 release of iOS 8, iCloud Security and preparing your iPad and iPhone for the iOS 8 upgrade.

If you have not been to one of our meetings before, they are open to anyone in the Delaware legal community, and are informal presentations from users of iPhones and iPads. The meetings are open to individuals currently using iPads/iPhones in their law practice, or who are curious of the advantages of it.

There is no pre-registration for our meetings, and there is always time set aside for questions or concerns. Users from all experience levels are welcome. Please use our contact page if you have questions about the upcoming meeting, or suggestions for topics to cover.

What is Still Missing from iOS 8 and the iPhone 6

iOS 8On September 17, 2014, Apple will roll out iOS 8 to the iPhone 4s and above, and the iPad 2 and above. Although iOS 8 promises great improvements in your experience using an iPad and iPhone, it is still not perfect. If you are looking for some detailed thoughts on things that Apple could add to iOS 8 to improve it, check out my article on Mobile4Law.com. I still love iOS, and think that an iPhone and iPad are the best options for most attorneys (especially with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that could be improved.

See ‘What’s Still Missing from iPhone/iPad after iOS 8’ for more thoughts: http://mobile4law.com/whats-still-missing-from-iphoneipad-after-ios-8/

It’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Order Day in Delaware

With the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being announced this past Tuesday (September 9, 2014), Apple started accepting pre-order’s for the new iPhones at 3:00 am EST on September 12, 2014. As of the time of this writing (9:30 am EST), Apple still has most versions of the iPhone 6 available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon (Sprint being the most limited supply as of now and Gold being the color that has the least number still available). The carriers have also started pre-order’s on their sites, but if AT&T is any indication of the other carriers, the supply is starting to dwindle.

If you miss out on today’s pre-order’s, Apple typically stocks a limited number of new iPhone models in stores when they go on sale. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will officially be available for purchase next Friday, September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 Plus is looking like it will be very difficult to get your hands on in all storage options. Apple and AT&T both had all pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus sold out by about 4:30 EST on Friday September 12, 2014. Initially both sites were showing a 2-3 week delay on iPhone 6 Plus shipments, with carriers now slipping to 30-45 days.

I hope that everyone that was up early this morning was able to get the phone they wanted pre-ordered. If not, it doesn’t hurt to visit your carrier store, or be prepared to wait in line on September 19, 2014 to see what is available without a pre-order. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in 9 different models. Each has a Silver, Gold and Space Gray option available with storage options of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a 2 year contract ($649 without), and each step-up in storage will cost an extra $100. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 with a 2 year contract ($749 without), and again each increase in storage capacity will cost an additional $100 (with the 128 GB version coming in at $499 on contract, $949 without a contract).

Visit the Apple website to pre-order a phone now: http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone6.

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