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  1. Well, I'm sure I'm not the first, but I've just restored my iPhone to 2.1. Just a bit surprised that there's no buzz about it on the 'net. Then again, I am in the UK and it's a bit early in the US! Wake up and smell the update! Apple Site has the following bullet points:- Update includes: Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls Significantly better battery life for most users Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts Faster installation of 3rd party applications Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications Improved performance in text messaging Faster loading and searching of contacts Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts Genius playlist creation Steve
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    iPhone purchase experience

    Sorry to hear you didn't get yours. Things were slightly better here in Cheltenham. I started queueing at 7:40am and was about 14th in line. The store opened at 9.00am and I finally walked out at around 10:30am (only 3 staff taking orders) , clutching my 'inactive' iPhone. The O2 computer system was down as soon as the doors were open, so paper application forms were filled in for every customer, and we were told that as soon as the computers were up, our details would be entered and our phones activated. This finally happened at around 3.00pm on Saturday. Despite being 14th in line, I got one of the last 16Gb devices (none of which was white, but that was fine with me). People 4 behind me had to settle for the 8 giggers. I guess they get their rules on high, but it seems to me it would have been more helpful to check the store's stock levels in advance and let people in the queue know where the 16Gb cut off point was. It may have saved some people a wait for nothing (if I was really cynical, I might think it was a ploy to offload some 8 Gb devices who would settle for anything after waiting a couple of hours...) Upon reflection, the whole thing was a bit like child birth - painful and slightly unpleasant at the time; but much better in retrospect, and pretty joyous once you've got your new baby home :-)
  3. I was sitting indoors yesterday, playing with Maps on my touch, and I pressed the locate me button. This has never worked before, but this time it drew a 100m circle right around my house! If I lived in the States, this wouldn't be too surprising; but I live in a provincial town in the south west of the UK (Cheltenham). I haven't been able to find much information about Sky Hook coverage in Europe; but I'm surprised they've reached here already. Does anyone else have experience of this feature working in the UK? Or has anyone seen a Sky Hook coverage map? Now, where was I? ;-)
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    WWDC Keynote

    Has anyone noticed that the new iPhone doesn't include a dock in the box?
  5. I have similar behaviour with my Shuffle, which I use exclusively for podcasts. It will only play podcasts if the shuffle switch is in the 'off' position. If 'shuffle' is switched 'on', it just flashes the yellow led at me. It took me a while (and a few factory restores) to figure out what was going on. Seems like strange behaviour to me, and not at all obvious or user friendly.
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    iPhone and Public Wifi

    I don't think there is much you can do - establishing the wifi connection is only the first link in the chain to wherever you want to get to. The rest of the chain is out of your hands - so if someone happens to have a switched on wifi router that's either not plugged in to DSL or some such, or is not configured properly, your request will go nowhere. The only free wifi I've ever seen working (UK) is at MacDonalds (actually I was sitting in the car park next door - I don't like their food!)
  7. Hi all, I've just posted the following Apple TV problem on the Apple discussion forum, but I wonder if anyone here may have some ideas ? I'm very keen not to have to re-encode all of my music! Thanks!
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    iPod Touch WiFi problem

    Sounds like a router setup problem. I don't have an Airport, so I can't help you there. Do you have any other wifi devices that connect successfully to the router? You should probably see you router's IP address in both the Router and DNS fields. Is the router set up to do DHCP correctly?
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    Apple TV - Mains Voltage Compatibility

    Thanks, chaps! Sounds good; but I'll double check when I get to the Apple Store. Steve
  10. I liked the 'old' dock look on my iPod Touch - it reflected (ha!) the style of the dock in Leopard, with the icons reflecting off of the shiny dock shelf. Now the dock is the same as the iPhone dock i.e. 'perforated steel' look. I can only think of a couple of reasons why they would change it:- 1) Reflections were too hard to implement for web clip icons, other apps etc. 2) There was such a negative reaction to the shiny dock in Leopard, that its days are numbered - on both the iPod and the desktop. I love my new apps; but I miss my old shiny dock! Steve
  11. I'm off to the States in mid-Feb, and would like to use the opportunity to get an Apple TV, but I'm not sure if it will work with a 240v 50Hz mains supply. The only detail I could find on the Apple web site stated, "Built-in 48-watt universal power supply". Sounds promising, but I would be happy if someone could confirm that for me. Thanks! Steve
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    Wired cosmetic/hardware on iPod touch.

    It's just the ambient light sensor - it allows the iPod to control its own screen brightness, based on the current light level. Hope this helps
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    iPod Touch unreliable?

    I got my (number 4) replacement back on Monday, and it seems fine in every respect. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it stays that way, as I really like it and use it a lot - mainly as a portable web browser around the house, rather than as an iPod. I still prefer my shuffle (for podcasts) and 5th Gen for music/games when I'm out and about.
  14. I'm just about to return my third iPod Touch. The first had the well documented screen problem. The second had an intermittently unresponsive touch screen, and the sleep/wake button stopped working altogether. The third one won't sync more than a few tracks without failing, and now a problem has developed with the audio output - where you only hear 'part' of the soundtrack. This last problem is a weird one - it's almost like you are only hearing a couple of tracks from a multitrack recording, for instance, you can hear drums and backing vocals, but the main vocals are not audible. On a spoken podcast, sound effects can be heard, but there is no speech. This only seems to affect the headphone output - the dock output sounds fine. I've tried different earphones, but that makes no difference. I don't know if I've just been unlucky, or are many Touch owners seeing a lot of problems. The only saving grace is that the Apple returns service is second to none, and I get a replacement within three working days.
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    Video files CoverFlow images

    Try the following:- Have the image you want to use somewhere handy, like the desktop. In iTunes select the video file and press cmd-I to bring up the info window, and select the Artwork tab. Click on the existing artwork (a blue box appears around the image), and press the 'Delete' button. Now drag the required image file into the image area, and press OK. That should do it.