10 Ways to Fix Apple’s App Store

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Screenshot: Apple Apps Store

A lot of moaning and groaning has been directed at Apple in relation to their App store.  The system that helps deliver over 100,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch has come under fire by customers, competitors, developers and even the government for limiting access of Apple customers to applications they want.  While at the end of the day Apple owns and controls the app store and they can do whatever they want, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

Lucky for Apple I've sat down and dedicated some time to solving these problems for them.  Feel free to send royalties and/or job offers any time you're ready for my genius Apple!

  1. Higher Quality, Less Quantity:  Apple hits us over the head all the time with the fact that they have 100,000 plus apps in the app store.  Yeah, it's an awesome stat and solicits "ohhs" and "ahhs" from everyone but at the end of the day the app store is filled with a lot of crap.  There are many killer apps out there but there also tons of useless and pointless ones too.  Maybe if they cut down on the apps available and raised their standards of quality a little more or instituted some sort of minimum download rate then we wouldn't be awash in a world of apps and could find the best ones easier.
  2. Taking Care of Business:  TCB, it's not just a cool rock song from the 80's or a sweet abbreviation your boss uses anymore.  Apple needs to up its focus on business related apps to further trump the Black Berry.  I am tired of hearing people talk about their "Crack Berry" and how they have to have it for work.  Apple needs to deliver the deathblow and encourage developers to develop more enterprise related apps or do the heavy lifting themselves.
  3. Be Nice to the Developers:  Apple needs to stop acting like developers are lucky to be working on their platform and listen to their complaints.  Apple has already opened up their review process a bit to keep mass defections from happening but if they want to stop software engineers from exclusively working on other platforms they need to embrace the developers.  Yes, you can't give them everything they want but involving them more in the process and treating them like stakeholders as opposed to servants would be a good first step.
  4. More Transparency:  The updated Apple review process is better than before but still needs work.  Now developers know what stage of review their work is in but that's about it.  Apple needs to let developers see under the hood a little bit more and let them feel good that when they put in serious work they will have a good shot at getting it approved.
  5. Ditch Ma Bell:  A lot of people don't like AT&T as it is and having them involved in the app process is only making things worse.  They let Apple know that the Google Voice app couldn't be approved and that no VOIP apps will be able to run on their 3G network.  This has raised some eyebrows over at the FCC and may lead to government intervention where none really should be.  For that and thousand other reasons Apple needs to open up the iPhone to other carriers.
  6. Secrets Don't Make Friends:  Apple is notorious for it's CIA-like secret keeping.  This usually applies to new product launches and strategic future plans but when applied to the app store it spells trouble.  Apple doesn't tell users or developers anything they don't have to and this effects the overall experience.  Let us in Apple!  Who hurt you so bad in the past. . .?
  7. Admit When You're Wrong:  Apple has been caught before rejecting perfectly good apps while letting crap (baby shaking app) slip through the app review process.  When they get nailed by the media or disgruntled developers with good contacts they approve the app and never say anything.  Hey, you're human and everyone makes mistakes; that's why pencils have erasers.  Just fess up and say you've learned your lesson and move on.  But the problem is they haven't learned anything and the problems continue.
  8. Better Navigation:  One of the biggest issues I have with the app store is finding the one I want.  I usually have to hear about one second hand and then go hunting for it.  Even when I know something about it, actually finding the app actually takes some work.  The app store needs revamped navigation and advanced search features to help us find stuff a little more easily.
  9. Don't Forget the End User:  Apple needs to program one of their super computers to better understand the human consumer, or hire someone to do it.  They just don't seem to get what people are looking for when it comes to apps.  While developers often pick up on it they are usually faced with a 50/50 chance of getting their work approved leaving the consumer in the dark.  Talk to some people, do a focus group and find out what your customers are looking for before Google or Black Berry does.
  10. Hearing Footsteps?  Maybe the problem that is the driving issues behind all other problems listed here is that Apple doesn't fear competition from anyone else.  While Google's Android phones and Black Berrys have their appeal and are getting apps they are nowhere near what Apple offers.  Competition often pushes development and without the fear that someone is going to snatch the crown off their pretty little heads Apple doesn't have the motivation to radically change.  Yeah, it works out great for their bottom line but at the end of the day if you stop innovating and pushing the envelope someone else will.
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Posted by MacNation on August 4, 2012 in Apple Apps Store, Touch

Apple Puts the Kybosh on Clones

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Mac OS X

Tech giant Apple has taken on some serious legal maneuvering to quash clones of its uber-popular Mac and laptops.  A California judge recently agree with Apple that computer maker Pystar was infringing on their rights, violating copyrights and a whole bunch of other stuff by making Mac clones.

While Pystar had only been able to sell 728 of these computers Apple came down like a ton of bricks to stop them dead in their tracks and make an example of them.  Just in case you think about bogarting Apple's technology you might want to consider the legal costs and $2.1 million payment Pystar is going to have to dish out for the "damage" they did to the Apple brand.

Apple is notorious for keeping Stalin-like control over its patents and proprietary technology.  They develop their own hardware and software in house and only allow third party developers the honor of cranking out products after closely monitored review processes.

This has most recently reared its ugly head with iPhone app developers either walking away from projects or voicing their displeasure with the Apple approval process.  While Apple dominates the smart phone market with its iPhone and over 100,000 plus apps up and coming platforms like Google's Android and the business go-to Black Berry are luring developers away.  Fearing a mass exodus Apple has offered some clarity into their review process, however many developers scoff at progress updates as significant progress.

While getting pissed off that your brand new fart sound-making app is being delayed by Apple is one thing, jacking their hardware and software technology is something completely different.  Pystar's computers are basically bad knockoffs of Macs and Macbooks that come preloaded with Apple's operating systems.  They use a lot of fancy technological footwork to install the operating systems and circumvent copyright laws and Apple's own defense mechanisms.

In reaction to the California lawsuit Pystar filed their own lawsuit in Florida over the Snow Leopard issue.  Apple has struck back by saying that the second lawsuit should be dismissed or rolled into the first.  Apple's stance is that they "should not be required to file a new lawsuit to stop Pystar from infringing Apple's intellectual property each time Apple releases a new version of Mac OS X."

What is most shocking about all of this is that this company only sold 728 machines in all of 2009.  While they projected to sell 470,000 this year and as many as 12 million in 2011 their sales fell drastically short of that.  While I do think Apple has every right to stop people from stealing their technology it seems like a huge reaction to a company that took a year to sell as many computers that they sell in 40 minutes!

Apple does need to defend their technology but at some point if they want to become as ubiquitous as PCs they need to open up hardware and software development to more third party developers.  If this means loosening the reigns and accepting less control over the process then that's what they may have to do.

For the time being though don't expect any big changes coming from Apple.  They are kings of the mountain and aren't going to give anyone a shot at the crown any time soon.

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Posted by MacNation on August 3, 2012 in Apple Apps Store, Computers, iPhone, Mac OS X, News

Slick Apple Magic Mouse

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Magic Mouse

Mighty vs. Magic Mouse

Apple is money when it comes to combining sleek design, functionality and technology in all of their products. They continue to turn the tech world on its ear with constant innovations and new designs. In the process they have gathered onto them legions of Apple fans and somehow are able to squeeze out record profits in an economy that was teetering on the brink of depression.

At the latest reporting of just how kick ass the company is the Apple also hit its fan base with more killer products that are sure to make their competitors squirm in their seats. Sometimes it feels like Apple engineers watch science fiction movies and try to build stuff that looks and functions like we think things will in the future. One of their new products, the Magic Mouse, looks straight out the movies.

The Magic Mouse is more than just a mouse for your computer; it tosses away all of your old notions about what a mouse can do and is. To start the Magic Mouse is completely wireless. It uses two AA batteries to power itself so there is no need to have it plugged in for power. The entire deal uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your computer so there are no wires or wireless adaptors to get in the way. No one likes a cluttered workspace but it seems most people have simply accepted the fact that there will be wires coming out from every which way. Cut yourself free from all of that noise! When combined with a wireless keyboard you can lean back and work in any way that works for you. You're no longer tethered to the computer.

Apple's new mouse borrows technology from the iPhone and allows you complete and total control over the screen in front of you. Just like the revolutionary phone you can swipe anywhere on the sleek shell of the mouse to make the screen do what you want. You can scroll vertically, horizontally and even diagonally. You can zoom in and out just like you have gotten used to on the iPhone as well. The mouse is compact but offers a large area for you to manipulate the cursor.

One of the greatest functions of Apple's new gadget is its versatility. It comes set up as a one-button mouse but if you want a more classic feel you can change it to a two-button configuration. You can click anywhere on the mouse and it acts like a button. If you happen to be one of the members of the left handed minority you can set up the mouse to act accordingly with a quick change in the settings. South Paws can now use a mouse without having to adjust to our right-handed ways.

Besides being revolutionary in design and looks the new Apple Magic Mouse increases sensitivity and response with a new laser-tracking engine. This technology is far superior to current optical mouse designs and can more accurately track your hand's movements. It's sensitive and precise on almost any surface; it's so smooth and seamless the mouse is literally an extension of your hand.

It's the little things in life that make all the difference and the Apple Magic Mouse exemplifies that. You just don't know how great the improvements are and the differences they will make on the way you interface with your computer until you give the Magic Mouse a try.

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Posted by MacNation on August 3, 2012 in Apple Mouse

Black Friday Not as Cool as Apple Expected

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Black Friday at the Mall

Black Friday at the Mall

Rumors had leaked awhile back about steep Apple Black Friday discounts which just didn't seem to materialize. While we didn't see the Apple mother ship stores offer the discounts we all hoped for it looks like large resellers of Apple products are stepping in to drum up sales for the tech giant.

Black Friday is usually a time where lovers of pure capitalism gear up for ridiculous sales and early morning door busters. Nothing that can beat waking up at 2 in the morning to be in line at 3. Use that time to plan your attack and visualize how you're going to fight off some blue haired grandma with well-thrown elbows or strategic tripping! I jest but seriously a Wal-Mart worker was killed last year because when they opened the doors a stampede erupted and the dude was trampled.

Obviously us Americans are consumer obsessed, materialistic beings. Our entire economy runs on it and for better or worse it's how this country works. Apple is more than just a juggernaut in the technology world, they are vital to retail as well. Not only do stores like Best Buy and other electronics retailers depend on them for sales but online retailers like Amazon also get a big up tick from reselling Apple gear.

And let's not forget about the hundreds of Apple stores around the world. They have become Mecca for the Apple loyal to come and play with the latest gear, get their Apple stuff fixed and pump money into this lagging economy. Each Apple retail store is responsible for about $26 million dollars of sales a year. It's no wonder that Apple is building more when everyone else is canceling expansion plans. The new $40 million dollar New York flagship store is perfect evidence of Apple's plan.

Apparently, Apple's retail stores aren't getting into the holiday spirit as much as we all thought. They offered 8% discount to the Mac Book Pro and iMac lines for Black Friday only. The bad thing about their discounting is that it is a flat $101 off all lines. So while that is great for the cheaper Mac Book Pro the $101 discount off of the iMac is only a 5% discount.

The crazy thing is that Apple is allowing, either directly or indirectly, their resellers to beat their prices. Amazon.com is selling the 13-inch Mac Book Pro for $1050, a 13% discount. And these sales aren't just confined to retail stores or Black Friday. MacConnection.com is beating both Apple and Amazon with their deals. They have 15 inch Mac Book Pros for $200 to $300 off MSRP, the 27-inch iMac for $180 off and the MacBook for a whopping $150 off.

MacConnections.com is offering these deals through December 2nd but they require sending in massive rebates. In the end though these are the best deals you're going to find on Apple computers leading up to Christmas.

Apple and others might offer better deals depending on how the holiday shopping season is shaping up. If Black Friday numbers seem off they may drop prices to encourage buyers to come in. Judging from the past performance of Apple though I wouldn't count on it.

If you need a computer this a great time to pick one up!

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Posted by MacNation on August 2, 2012 in Apple Deals, News, The Past

5 Tips and Tricks for your iPhone

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Email Delete on iPhone

Email Delete on iPhone

I'm not really a read the manual kind of guy.  It has nothing to do with being a typical man who doesn't want to follow the directions.  I just find that half of the joy of a new toy is playing with until you figure it out.  I refuse to deprive myself of this fun "courting" period with a new gadget so I often don't get to maximize its full use for little bit.

The iPhone is a pretty intuitive machine.  Apple's blend of style and technology was meant to be an easy to use smart phone.  If my mom can figure hers out then you know it had to be an easy learning curve.  By the time I figured out my iPhone I started getting into the new apps and all of the fun that has to offer.  So in the process I guess I missed some easy tips and tricks that can greatly increase the functionality of the iPhone.  You may know these and think I'm slow for even blogging about them but a lot of people probably don't know about them.  While some of these may or may not be new to you it never hurts to review some basic shortcuts.

In no particular order here are some iPhone tips and tricks you should be using on a daily basis:

  1. Scroll to the Top: If you've been looking at a long web page and need to get back to the top and don't want to wear out your already tender finger muscles then just give a simple tap on the status bar at the top of your screen and it takes you right to the top.
  2. Screenshots: If you want to take a screenshot on your phone press the home and sleep buttons at the same time.  You'll hear a click and the screen will go white for a sec.  The screenshot will then appear in your photos section.
  3. Saving a photo from Safari: If surfing the www and you come across a picture of that prudish girl in high school who apparently let her college boyfriend take some pictures that "no one else would ever see" simply press and hold on the pic until you are presented with the option to save it.  Now you can easily email it to all of your friends and let the hilarity ensue.
  4. Fun with ear buds: This is a pretty easy one but if you don't use the ear buds a lot then you might not know it.  The iPhone ear buds have a small microphone where the wires split and this little box can also control your phone.  Press it once to fire up the ol' iPod, press it again o pause and press it twice to skip to the next song.  This allows you to easily control the flow of music without taking the iPhone out of your pocket or arm band holder.
  5. Easy Email Delete: This is one I just learned and absolutely love!  When reading emails instead of deleting them the old fashion way simply swipe across the email (like you are crossing something off a list) and the red delete button will appear.  Pretty sweet, right?

There are some of my favorite tips and tricks for the iPhone.  What's yours?

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Posted by MacNation on August 2, 2012 in iPhone, Tips and Tricks

Windows 7 Sales Spike to Overtake Mac OS X

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Someone loves Windows 7

Someone loves Windows 7

Proving there is no accounting for taste Microsoft's latest attempt at a decent operating system, Windows 7, is now running on 5% of the computers online.  The daily average of online users as measured by Internet metrics company Net Applications showed that an increase last week put Windows 7 above all Apple's Mac OS X software being used.

Apple users, that is those using Mac OS X, only account for 5% of people online according to Net Applications so when Windows 7 users spiked up over the 5% mark last week the new operating system overtook Apple.  Now I know that PCs dominate the market but I was personally shocked that so few people actually run Apple's stuff.

Back in the day PC makers opened their platforms up to third party developers while Apple kept a tight control over theirs.  While this allows for Apple to keep tabs on what is going on with their systems it turns a lot of developers off or completely shuts them out.  Why not take the easier path of making software for the PC?

Microsoft is king of PC software makers, that's no secret.  But with a series of high profile flops the last couple of years they have lost some of their luster.  Windows Vista, the supposed savior of their company turned out to completely worthless.  It was so bad that Microsoft went on a guerilla marketing campaign and tricked people into using it calling it "Project Mojave".  I never had a lot of exposure to Vista, so I can't say whether or not it was the second coming but from what I hear and have seen it was riddled with holes.

These kinds of missteps combined with the growing popularity of Apple computers on college laptops has led to more people checking out Apple computers.  Now that almost everyone has an Apple iPod or iPhone it seems people are coming around to using Apple computers more and more.

Unfortunately, the market is flooded with PCs and PC users.  They have been indoctrinated by years at work and schools that PCs were the only way to go.  These same people that complain about viruses and their computers constantly breaking down won't take the leap to Apple.  Some cite higher prices as their reasons for not buying Apple computers but in the end you end up paying more with fixes and software to block all the nasty stuff out there designed to infect PCs.

I do have to tip my hat to Microsoft though.  It does seem as though they have a decent operating system going on there.  I still would take Mac OS X any day of the week and twice on Sundays over it but Windows 7 addresses a lot of problems that people had with the older systems.  The sales have done well for Microsoft as well; Steve Balmer claims that they have sold more Windows 7 operating systems than any other in the same time frame.  While this may be linked to more computers being out there it is still a good sign for Microsoft.

Bill Gates could show up at my house with a pizza, a 12 pack and strippers and I still wouldn't swap out my Apple for a PC!

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Posted by MacNation on August 1, 2012 in Mac OS X, News

Apple Grabs Bigger Share of Sales Revenue

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Screenshot: Apple Home

Apple computers accounted for 48% of the U.S. PC retail sales revenue this year, up from 33.44% last year!  This number is even more mind blowing when you consider Windows based PCs account for such a huge majority of the units sold out there.  While Apple only makes up a small percentage of the units sold they are accounting for almost half of the revenue created.

This can be attributed to many aspects of the current computer market.  First, Windows based PCs are made by so many different competitors that prices are extremely low.  One manufacturer can't afford to break ranks and charge a higher price than the others.  PCs like this have become more of a commodity in the market place and while prices are low the very nature of this arrangement makes them flawed when compared to Apple.

Apple keeps, and always has kept, a close eye on it's software and hardware technology.  Back in the early days of PCs they refused to open up their platforms to many outside developers while IBM type PCs did.  Software and hardware developers flocked to the Windows based PCs because they were easily allowed to make software for it.  Apple on the other hand makes their own hardware and software in house.  The MacOS X system is developed and produced by Apple.  As opposed to a company like HP or Dell that puts together the hardware and then buys the software from Microsoft Apple does it all.

This, combined with lower overall market share, has kept Apple computers from being the main targets of viruses, worms and other malware.  Since windows based PCs represent a wider swath of the market and their systems are more open they are more easily attacked.  Apple has developed a well earned reputation for reliability and resistance to viruses based on this that they have turned into one of their biggest selling points.

Yes, you're going to pay more for an Apple computer than a Windows based PC.  The Apple iMac series starts at $1199 while you can get a comparable PC for around $500.  This helps explains why Apple gets such a huge chunk of computer sales revenue.  There is just a lot more money there and combined with growing popularity this means Apple's slice of the pie is getting bigger.

But it's like anything else in life; you get what you pay for.  Yes, a Lexus costs more than a Hyundai and for good reason.  Personally speaking I'd rather put a little more money in up front for a quality product than have to pay later for fixing my computer, upgrading the operating system and protecting myself from viruses.

Now with the explosion in iPod and iPhone sales Apple is getting a record number of new customers.  They are finally realizing that Apple products are the best when it comes to combining technology, style and performance.

So here's to Apple.  I hope Bill Gates and Steve Balmer choke on this one a little bit!

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Posted by MacNation on August 1, 2012 in Computers, News

Owners of Jailbroken iPhones Beware!

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Beware of Hackers

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, that is one that has been modified to be used on other networks and run non-Apple approved apps, you need to watch yourself.  Besides the fact that you have put yourself on Apple's hit list, which means that when they run the world you'll be the first thrown into the forced work camps, you're opening your phone and life to a whole lot of madness.

I get it; not everyone loves AT&T.  They overextended their network and underestimated the iPhone response so their network may not be all that great.  I also get that many people want the freedom to choose any app they want and not be told by Apple which ones are appropriate and which one's aren't.  There is no way you'd let Dell tell what software you could put on your computer, so I get that it can rub people the wrong way.  But to go through the process of hacking your iPhone is a little beyond me.

Just ask hacker turned iPhone app developer Ashley Towns.  Ashley made one of the first worms, a destructive program like a virus, for the iPhone.  The worm called "ikee" infected jailbroken iPhone only and replaced the wallpaper with a picture of Australian pop singer Rick Astley.  While he meant it as only a prank the worm and news of the vulnerability exploded around the world and soon his small prank was water cooler conversation for tech nerds around the world.

Ikee's basic premise and structure was later used by another hacker who made "duh", another worm.  This one though wasn't so tongue and cheek as Towns' and was able to hijack banking information from jailbroken phones.  Later a Dutch hacker made a worm that held iPhones hostage and in order to get control of your phone back you had to pay 5 GBP (Pounds)!  Can you imagine?  Like monthly service fees aren't bad enough!

With all of the potential damage that can be done by hackers and their worms to jailbroken iPhones why would you bother?  While Apple may be a bit elitist and not exactly fair when it comes to what apps they allow into their system in the end they are doing it partially to maintain the integrity of the system.  Without these kinds of controls and just letting any developer crank any software they want for the iPhone and iPod Touch your phone would be under constant attack.

Not only would service outages be the norm but violation of your personal data, your bank account, your Face Book, your email and everything else you love your iPhone would be constant.  Part of the reason we all love Apple is because of their reputation for safety and reliability.  All of that would be thrown out of the window.

So I say if you're willing to hack your phone to get at the apps you want then you run the risk of having it hacked again by shady developers out there.

But it's not all bad news.  Ashley Towns was tracked down by some journalists and after admitting what he did was offered an iPhone developer's job with a major Australian development firm.

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Posted by MacNation on July 31, 2012 in iPhone

Using the Bump App

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iPhone Bump

If you are one of those people who typically start the month out with a few hundred business cards only to be left four weeks later with nothing but the box they came in then the Bump app can help you out. This application designed by Bump Technologies allows you to quickly and easily exchange information with other iPhone users. So, easily, in fact it only takes a gentle bump of hands to share email and other contact information.

The Good and Bad?

The very nice news about the Bump app is the price"¦free! You can find it at iTunes in their App store. The down side is the leeriness some security minded data gatekeepers have about any program that performs the sort of functions that this one does.

Bump Technologies' response to those concerns is that all the communications between a user's iPhone and their servers is encrypted and sent using https which is the same as you see with online banking. They also point out that the user is in control of deciding who to share information with and when. No one should be able to exchange information, unless the phones are bumped together. Bump also states they never share a user's personal information with third parties.

Bump is also available for use on Google's Android, and can share photos, link Facebook friends, and compare friends as well as exchange contact information.

How to do the Bump

Locate the app on iTunes App store and install it on your iPhone.

Even if you do not intend to use it immediately open the application and read through the "Terms of Service". You will need to select "agree" to complete the installation and be allowed use of the application. Once the application is running it will be able to detect your location.

You can now open Bump and choose My Profile. If you haven't created a profile on your iPhone you can scroll to the bottom and choose the red "I Can't Find My Name" button. A contact form will open up so you can fill it out. Since you will be sharing this you might want to keep it to only information you want others to see. Select "Done" when you are completed.

When you meet someone else who is also using the application then both of you will need to open the Bump app. Hold the iPhone in your hand with your fingers and hand protecting it from the other user's iPhone. Gently bump or tap your fist to the other user's hand. This should initiate the transfer of information. It is a good idea to check and make sure the transfer worked especially the first few times you try using the application.

Some have speculated that if applications like Bump catch on, they might eliminate the use of business cards, or at least badly scribbled impossible to read notes will no longer be necessary. At least, for the time being with this free application the price is right, and it is easy to use.

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Posted by MacNation on July 27, 2012 in Apple Apps Store, iPhone, Tips and Tricks

How to synch the iPhone and Google Calendar

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Google Calendar on iPhone

This post is a guest article from Tony of How to Computer. If you need advice on your computer, Tony is your go to guy. He'll sort you out in no time. Swing by Tony's site for tips about computers: building them, fixing them, and getting things done on them.

If you love your iPhone and your favorite personal calendar is that cool free one you get from Google then you certainly noticed a problem. While you can set your Gmail account to mobile and then set up your email application to read it this didn't work for your iPhone calendar. True, you could get Google Calendar to send notifications to your Gmail account, which could be read from your iPhone, but it just isn't the same as being able to use the Calendar app on the phone. Making changes to Google's calendar using Safari was problematic compared to using the regular Calendar app, but if you didn't remember to make the changes on your Google calendar than there could be a scheduling disaster. Fortunately, as so many people have pointed out there is an app for everything.

The iPlan synch

First is the easy part. Simply go to iTunes and load the iPlan app. The iPlan is a calendar application that will allow you to view your events pretty much however you wish to look at them. You can use this with a variety of other tools, but its chief claim to fame is the ability to synch with Google's calendar so you can see your events off-line. It has been around since summer of 2009 and costs $3.99. If you missed the launch of this app or if you like to wait until all the bugs are worked out before trying any application now is a good time to give iPlan a try. The easy part is making the purchase and loading the app onto your phone.

Getting your Google Calendar ready

If you haven't already set your Gmail to mobile you should do that now. Open your Google Calendar and select Settings from the options located on the upper right. Select Mobile Setup from the option bar in the left corner of the calendar setting's box.

Fill in the information then wait for the verification code to appear on your iPhone text screen. If you don't receive the code, there is an option to run further checks under the Status field which is the very first field in the box. You don't actually need the mobile access to be running to use iPlan, but if there is a communication issue with the phone or with your Google settings you will discover it here running this test.

Synching the Calendar

The next part is very easy. Open your Google Calendar and make a few entries labeled "˜test'. Then select the iPlan app on your iPhone, and look at the bottom bar. In the right corner, there is a menu button. Select this button and it will take you to the popup screen with three choices Go to Date, Google Synch, and Settings. Select Google Synch.

You should now be seeing the iPhone's light blue box message. It should say Synchronizing and it will say this for several minutes. When the waiting screen drops go to the iPhone calendar and find your test entries.

***There is a similar app called CalenGoo which performs similarly. CalenGoo is $6.99.

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Posted by MacNation on July 26, 2012 in Apple Apps Store, Guest Blogger, iPhone, Tips and Tricks