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iPhone 4S New Features   Leave a comment

After months of speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 4S model on Tuesday, and it will be available on October 14 (preorders started on October 7). It seems like we will have to wait a bit longer for the much anticipated iPhone 5.

So what exactly is does the iPhone 4S have that the current iPhone 4 doesn’t? I decided to make a list:

1. Camera: The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixel camera, instead of the 5 megapixel camera of the iPhone 4. The new camera is built around a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor.

2. Video: the new iPhone can record 1080p HD video.

3. Processor: The new iPhone uses the same processor as the iPad 2–the dual-core 1GHz A5 chip. It will thus be twice as fast as the iPhone 4 and will offer graphics performance that is seven times faster.

4. Operating system: The iPhone 4S has the iOS 5 operating system with iCloud.

5. Siri: As mentioned in my earlier post, the new iPhone has a built-in Siri personal assistant, which is highlighted in the video below.  Edited to add:  Since Apple bought Siri and announced Siri as part of the new iPhone 4S, it is no longer available in the App store as a standalone app.  You need to buy the new iPhone 4S to have it.  If you already downloaded the Siri app, it will only work until October 15.  After that, you will need an iPhone 4S to have access to Siri.

Many people are disappointed that the iPhone 4S looks just like the iPhone 4, with the same shell, and the same screen size. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will be a complete redesign that will fuel people’s imaginations and will cement Apple as the visionary technology company that it was under the helm of Steve Jobs.

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Posted October 9, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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5 iPhone 5 Rumors   Leave a comment

In my last post I talked about rumors surrounding the upcoming iPad 3.  There are just as many rumors flying around regarding the iPhone 5.  Here are just some of them:

1.  Better camera.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to have an 8 megapixel camera.  The iPhone 4 comes equipped with only a 5 megapixel camera, so this is quite an improvement.

2.  Slimmer and lighter.  Apple is rumored to continue trying to make its products sleeker and lighter, and the iPhone 5 is no exception.  There are rumors of a complete redesign.

3.  Aluminum backing.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come with aluminum backing, instead of the glass backing and the exterior antenna of the iPhone 4.  This may be a way of avoiding the well-publicized problems that the iPhone 4 had with reception due to its exterior antenna.

4.  No Home button.  Steve Jobs reportedly never wanted the iPhone to have any physical buttons, and his dream is rumored to have come true for the iPhone 5, which will reportedly lack a Home button.

5.  Qualcomm’s wireless chips.  The iPhone 5 is rumored to come equipped with Qualcomm’s wireless chips rather than with the current Infineon chips that most versions of the iPhone 4 are provided with.  A version of the iPhone 4 that is carried by Verizon currently uses Qualcomm’s wireless chips.

Whatever the new iPhone 5 looks like, Apple hopes to ship 25 million units by the end of the year.  The launch may occur as early as in September, and as late as in 2012.  Are you planning on getting the new iPhone 5 when it goes on sale?

Posted July 7, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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No wall outlet? No problem. How to charge your mobile with AA batteries.   Leave a comment


Whenever I travel I always bring along my cord charger for my iPhone and iPad, but I always worry that I won’t have access to a power outlet when I need it. That’s why I decided to get the iGO powerXtender. It uses two AA batteries to recharge your mobile device. You can purchase different “tips” which allow it to connect to whichever brand of mobile device you have. I use it for my iPhone and iPad.


The iGO powerXtender was a real life-saver when I went to Argentina with my family. The voltage in Argentina is 220 Volts so if I had wanted to rely on my cord charger for my iPhone and iPad I would have needed an adapter. Besides, we spent a lot of time sightseeing with no easy access to an outlet. The iGO powerXtender was a real life-saver!
I now carry it in my purse all the time because you never know when you will need to recharge your phone on the go.
Are there any other chargers out there that any of you also recommend? I would love to know, thanks!

Posted July 3, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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REVIEW: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4   1 comment

Mophie juice pack air for iPhone 4

I use my iPhone 4 heavily during the day, and I have a one-hour commute on the train to and from work every day, so having a battery life extender for my iPhone 4 was a must. I decided on the Mophie Juice Pack Air after seeing it in the AT&T store where I got my iPhone 4. It can double the duration of the battery so that I no longer have to charge my phone during the day. I like the sleek design, and the case offers some protection should you drop your phone. I have only two complaints. One is that the Mophie juice pack is charged via a micro USB, so you cannot use a regular iPhone 4 charger. You can connect the micro USB provided with the juice pack to a wall plug, or you can connect it to the USB of your computer. The only way to charge your phone with a regular charger is to remove the juice pack and charge the phone directly. My second complaint is that when the juice pack is charging there are very bright lights that flash along the bottom, showing the progress of the recharge. If, like me, you charge your phone on your nighstand or anywhere near where you sleep, the bright lights will be very disruptive to your sleep patterns. Fortunately, the lights can be turned off by holding down the button at the bottom of the charger for a couple of seconds. Other than that, I am quite happy with my Mophie Juice Pack. Cost is roughly $80.

Does anyone recommend any other juice packs out there?

ETA: The flashing lights cannot be turned off while the phone is charging. The lights can only be turned on or off once charging is done.

Posted June 14, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, iPhone

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Through the looking glass–a patent lawyer’s adventures with mobile technology   Leave a comment

I decided to start a blog because I wanted to share my experiences navigating the wonderful new world of mobile devices like the iPad and the iPhone in both my career and in my personal life. I am a patent attorney and my scientific background is in biochemistry. I love computers and gadgets, but am pretty much self-taught when it comes to how to use them. I also love social media. I have a twitter account (@deboraplehn) from which I microblog about anything and everything that interests me. I found that sometimes 140 characters just wasn’t enough for me to share with others my experiences. After lawyertechreview featured me in an article for App Friday, I received a lot of positive feedback. Many colleagues enjoyed the article and were curious as to what other gadgets or apps I used. This made me think that other people, like me, were new to the world of mobile gadgets and might enjoy hearing about my adventures as a new user. This is why I decided to start this blog. I hope you will enjoy it and I hope many people will share their stories and expertise with me as well!

Posted June 9, 2011 by deboraplehn in Apple, Apps, iPad, iPhone

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