Apple and Google agree to disagree

Apple and Google have come to an agreement whereby neither will cross-license each others patents,  will work together for patent reform and will drop suits mostly involving smartphone technology.

Back in 2010, Apple filed suite against Motorola, which was later acquired by Google. Google later agreed to sell that part of their business to Lenovo.

Motorola had sought to seek an injunction against Apple, for selling the iPhone, because of alleged patent infringement.

Latest iPhone 6 rumors

This week’s rumor highlight for the iPhone 6 is the announcement that a larger, yet-unseen, size format for the screen, measuring a whopping 5.5 inches – compared to the 4-inch screen that the iPhone 5 currently has. Still, this is nowhere as big as the iPad mini’s nearly 8-inch screen.


Thanks MacRumors for the visual!

Apple selling cheaper iPhone 5c abroad

Bloomberg reports that Apple Inc. Is selling a new, cheaper version of the iPhone 5c with less memory in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and China.

iPhone 5Cs sold in the US currently start with 16GB of memory; these cheaper models come with only 8GB of memory. The amount of memory dictates the number of apps a user can download and run, as well as the amount of music and photos that can be stored.

Pressure Sensing Curved Screens for iPhone 6 or 7?

According to reports, Apple is developing bigger curved screens, and the ability for screens to detect varying amounts of pressure.
The next round of iPhones, presumably to be released in 2014, could feature a glass/sapphire screen with curved edges, and more sensitive sensors might arrive in following models.
The news arrives after an announcement from Apple that it will open a new plant in Arizona for production of components.

Manufacturing defect affects some iPhones

According to a report in the New York Times, a defect in manufacturing has resulted in longer charging times and a shorter battery life for some owners of the new iPhone 5S. The defect seems to affect [only] several thousand users.  Apple is reported to say that they are reaching out to those affected users and will provide them with replacement devices.


Your iPhone or iPad can read to you. Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iOS device to read aloud any selectable text. Launch the Settings app, tap on General, and then choose Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on.

Now, go into any app where you can highlight text. Your options include Mail, Safari, Notes, and many others. Select some text, and you’ll see a new option appear in the contextual menu (you may have to tap the right arrow to view more options). Tap the Speak command, and your iOS device will start reading the text aloud.

Hold Button Missing on iPhone

Where’s Hold?

If you’re using an iPhone 4 or 4S, you’ve probably noticed that when making a call, the hold button has been replaced by the FaceTime button. You can still place a call on hold though.
To do so, tap and hold the mute button until it turns into hold. To resume the call, tap the hold button again.

iPhone The Missing Manual

This book is an owners manual with a get out of jail free card
that will help the reader navigate the complexities of syncing, Siri, iCloud,
Facetime, or just the simple setup steps of a new owner.
David’s unique writing style has made this a humorous and intuitive guide to
one of the world’s most addictive and popular computers.

October 2011 Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Meeting: 6:30PM

Apple’s Announced New Products

David M. Marra
Apple Senior Systems Engineer

Will be talking about (and demoing) Apple’s October 4th announcements.
IOS 5, iCloud, New Apps, iPod Touch, and iPhone 4s. Lion the world’s most advanced desktop operating system advances even further. Packed with over 250 new features, OS X Lion includes new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; a completely redesigned Mail app and much more!

About Dave Marra
As a Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, Dave Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada. Certified as both an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator and an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, his specialty areas include digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration.  For more information about Dave, please visit his web site at


This months meeting will be held at the new
Giant Food Store
The center has wireless Internet connections,
a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and
dinner,and plenty of free parking.
315 York Road 2nd Floor Conference room
Willow Grove, PA 19090