iCloud Email VS Google’s Gmail

iCloud Email and Gmail both are web based mailing services offered from different companies. There are a lot of comparisons and rumors going on about which one is better. And the person using one of them is likely to suggest you to switch. But do not rush to it. We have taken an effort to break it down for you. You should be able to make up your mind by the end of this article.

  • Storage

One of the greatest pointers for you could be Storage. iCloud allows the users to have 5 GB of free storage for all iCloud devices, which means that you might stop receiving Emails if you have filled up the space with large documents and photos. On the other hand, Gmail allows 7 GB for free, with Google Docs giving 1 GB for uploaded space and pretty much unlimited space for web created documents. Extra 1GB space for high-res photos in Picasa is also available.
Both of the suites provide options to upgrade your storage facility, Apple charges $20 per year for 10 GB extra space while you could receive 80 GB for the same price with Google.

  • Mail VS Gmail

iCloud Mail’s web interface is basically iOS version of Mail. The interface is surprisingly alike. While the iCloud mail is pretty simple and is remarkably easy for Email management and integrating with your other Apple devices, Gmail is considerably rich in terms of features. Gmail comes with powerful search operators, “send as” another email address, spam filtering and so on. Mail.app is pretty smooth but just know that there are features you are missing out on.

  • iCal VS Calendar

Apart from the simple features like assigning “busy or free” for events being missed out on iCloud, both the calendars are pretty much the same where you are able to attach reminders, color – code them and so on. Both can be collaborated with only iCloud users or Google users, but it’s more likely that number of people using Google Calendar is higher.

  • iCloud Address Book VS Google Contacts

There isn’t much difference with the two contacts apps. iCloud contacts seem potentially more powerful but won’t let users sync Google contacts and iCloud contacts with your Mac Address book. It’s a minor problem and iCloud contacts still stand out.

  • Documents in the iCloud VS Google Docs

It all depends on what you want here. The collaborative features of Google Docs won’t be available in the iCloud, while iCloud still does a fine job for cloud document storage and syncing.

  • Photos and iTunes VS Picasa and Google Music

Picasa and Google Music makes your media available anywhere, whereas Photos and iTunes work a bit differently, but it does make syncing your devices a lot easier.

  • Conclusion and Verdict

Services offered by definitely stands out in terms of features offered, but integrating with your Apple devices is definitely easier with iCloud. It all comes down to what’s important to you. If you are still wondering, whether you should switch to Gmail or iCloud, then here is a easy way to decide. If you are using Gmail with services like iCal and iWork it will be definitely easier to switch with iCloud Mail, on the other hand, you should simply stick to Gmail if you are using Calendar, Docs etc.

iCloud IMEI Check

Apple’s iCloud IMEI check is a tool that gives complete owner details, except the password and the security question answers, of any iCloud locked iDevice simply by entering the IMEI number. Using the IMEI number you can find out the owner’s:

  • Name
  • Apple ID (with email address)
  • Spare Apple ID
  • Address with street, city, country, zip code
  • Phone number
  • Archived email address
  • Security questions without answers
  • And other details such as mode, color, capacity, purchase date, carrier lock, warranty, and if the device is suitable for iCloud unlock.

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iCloud IMEI check is applicable with any iPhone and iPad using an IMEI number, and is useful if you have bought an used iDevice or are going to unlock your device. This is also helpful to make sure the device you are buying has not been LOST or STOLEN, or if the device is ‘clean’ and is not blacklisted in the USA.

iCloud IMEI check requires 24-48 hours for the verification to complete. And, once verified, you’ll receive information if your IMEI is suitable for removing the iCloud account. If suitable for icloud unlock, you’ll receive a new email account and password for unlocking the device.

Before transferring ownership of an iDevice make sure that ‘Find My iPhone’ has been turned off and the device is ready for the next user.

To find your IMEI number and other information for your iDevice for iCloud IMEI check:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Select ‘General’.
  3. Select ‘About’.
  4. If you haven’t yet set up your device, you can find the IMEI number by tapping the info icon on the lower-right corner of the iOS setup assistant ‘Hello’ screen.
  5. You’ll also find the IMEI number engraved on the back of your device, in the SIM tray, and the device’s original packaging.

What is iCloud Drive ?

The iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple Inc, which is a largest branding of Apple’s cloud computing services. iCloud has a tough competition in the cloud computing service market with world famous Google’s Drive, Microsoft’s One drive etc. However, iCloud drive has no competition among the Apple users, as it is the sole cloud service for the Apple users.

iCloud storage service allows the users to store data such as as documents, photos and music on remote services which can be accessed and downloaded by any iOS, Macintosh or Windows devices to share and send data to other users. This also lets users to backup their data wirelessly to iCloud with the use of iOS devices.

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After the official website, www.icloud.com went live, iCloud was shortly released to be used via an iTunes update. iCloud managed to gain over 20 million users within a week after lunch.

The cloud-based system allows users to store music, photos, applications, documents, bookmarks, reminders etc  and other data to cloud storage as back up. It runs on all devices using iOS 5 or later. iCloud drive can be used as an automatic back up for photos and videos in the camera roll, device settings, app data, all kinds of messages, ringtones and Visual Voice-mails. The automatic back takes place when the device is locked and connected to Wi-Fi. If any circumstances occur, when you are unable to restore your devices, you could simply use the iCloud Drive back to restore your device. As a part of Back to My Mac, iCloud drive users are allowed to remotely configure other computers using the same Apple ID as long as Back to My Mac is enabled.

iClous also offers various other features like Find My Friends, iCloud Keychain, iTunes Match, Photo Stream etc. A feature called Find My iPhone allows the iCloud users to located the synced iOS running devices. This particular feature comes in handy when you have misplaced or simply lost your iPhone or iPad.

System requirements for iCloud Drive

  • iOS devices must be running iOS 5 or later and Mac running OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later.
  • Online access requires compatible web browser.
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a must to synchronize with a PC using the iCloud Control Panel, and optionally Outlook 2007 or later to sync calendar, contacts and reminders.
  • Synchronization of bookmarks require at least Safari 5.1.1 on OS X and IE 9, Firefox 22 or Google Chrome 28 on Windows.

To access the iCloud drive online, go to www.icloud.com.

iPad Pro Release & Rumors

An answer and challenge to Window devices, Apple is launching their iPad Pro/iPad Plus which will be more productive and more portable. They have been many speculations going on about the device and many videos and photos being leaked about the Apple product that is going to be launched by Apple soon.

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What is the iPad Pro/iPad Plus (rumors)?

  • The iPad Pro will basically be a giant iPad that will have a display bigger than that of iPad Air. Perhaps, it will measure 12.9 inches from corner to corner whereas the iPad Air’s display is 9.7 inches.
  • It might also feature two additional speakers for stereo sound during your view in landscape mode. The two additional speakers will probably be located on the unit’s top edge of the iPad Pro.
  • Although, it might be unlikely it might feature a hybrid tablet/laptop body.
  • The iPad Pro will also enable users to make voice calls as more android tablets have in demand for having that feature.
  • There is also that possibility that iPad Plus will come with inbuilt USB 3.0 ports and you might also get to control the iPad Plus with a wireless mouse and keyboard.

Fans who have been anticipating the release of iPad pro (iPad Plus) this early 2015 would have to be disappointed. The pundits had predicted the release of this products which had taken the Apple aficionados by storm but sadly it would not be launching during the Apple Watch release.

Delay on the Release Date of the Apple Product:

  1. Since the iPad Plus has a larger display, it seems the supplies are low on that hence the production has been shifted thus causing a shift in the release date as well.
  2. The initial rumored date was that the iPad Pro would be in sale by early 2015.
  3. However, the release date of the Apple product has been shifted to September, 2015 presumably or maybe the early part of the year – 2016.

Apple’s iWork for iCloud : Open To Everyone

iWork is a Apple’s productivity app which basically is an office suits of applications. Originally, Apple’s iWork was available only for Apple users and in Apple devices. But the news is, from February 26, 2015 Apple removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, letting anyone, on any OS platforms have access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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This news came as a surprise because it was quiet the news for those who wanted to use Apple’s iWork for so long but never owned an Apple device. Prior to the open enrollment option, Apple ID and its trappings were reserved for owners of Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod hardware.

As you can see in the above screenshot, anyone who visits the website icloud.com, now can click on the new sign up link in order to create a new Apple ID account which is a gateway for Apple online features. If you do not have an Apple account, then you can create a free Apple account in few minutes. But for now, this access is limited to iWork services such as Numbers, Pages and Keynote Web Apps and a Settings page. Users who do not own Apple hardware are limited to use the space of 10 GB only.

Just click on the Create one new. link from the bottom of the icloud site. Provide your full name, email address, date of birth and set up 3 security questions for icloud password reset. This process can be completed on any new browsers, including Internet Explorer for Windows machines.

How To Move and View Your iCloud Photos?

The iCloud Photo Library is currently in beta version whereas Photos app for OS X is in private beta. You cannot just simply sync your iPhone or iPad to iTunes to transfer from your Mac. If you try to do it, you will see a message saying Threepio can access photos in iCloud. Photos can be downloaded to your device via WiFi or cellular network

But do not worry. There are several other ways to get iCloud photos from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad until the Photos app hits the public stage.

Option one: Use iCloud Photos Sharing

iPhoto may not support iCloud Photo Library, but it does support some of iCloud’s older image-sharing features, including iCloud Photo Streams. Just select the pictures you want, then create a new iCloud Photos Stream from them by clicking Add To > iCloud or Share > iCloud.

Name your stream something like “iPhoto Images” and share it with your Apple ID. Then it will begin to show up in your connected devices.

From there, you can view the photos if you are connected to Internet, and you can download them locally to your device (which will then put them in the queue to be uploaded to your iCloud Photos Library) by selecting one, tapping the Share button, and hitting Save Image.

Option two: Upload your photos via iCloud.com

You can have the images on your Mac onto your iPhone using the upload button on the photos section of icloud.com. Reminder: Because this is beta software, there might be glitches or data disappearance; as such, we recommend keeping a backup of your photos offline just in case.

If you want to get those files into iCloud Photo Library, we have a couple other options for you.

  1. Make sure you have the iCloud Photos Library beta turned on in your iOS devices.
  2. Visit icloud.com and log in.
  3. Click the Photos icon.
  4. Click the Upload button in the upper right corner, next to Select Photos.
  5. Choose JPG images from your hard drive that you’d like to upload.
  6. A processing bar appears at the bottom to upload however many items you’ve chosen. If you wish to stop the upload, you can tap Stop Upload in the bottom right corner.

iOS 7 Jailbreak Download

iOS 7 jailbreak is simply a convenient means for users of Apple devices to remove constriction on their Apple devices. It is like rooting your android phone. iOS 7 Jailbreak might be legal in the United Kingdom but it is not so in other countries.

Reasons for iOS 7 Jailbreak:

You can download and install some amazing iOS applications that Apple Inc has clearly put a ban on. For instance, these applications will be able to improve your iOS devices according to your needs. There are broken down into three main categories according to what they will do.

  1. For making your iOS Devices faster and efficient – Snappy, Brightness Activator Action and Lockinfo.
  2. For adding Features and Functionality to your iOS devices – MyWi, FolderEnhancer, Bitesms and MultiFlOw.
  3. For customizing the Look and Feel of your iOS devices – Barrel and Themes.

Please note that all these above mentioned applications does not come installed on your devices and you would have to manually installed these applications after jailbreaking your iOS devices. Also, if you are intending to jailbreak your iOS device, then do not update to iOS 8.1.3 which does not allow your devices to jailbreak.

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Before you carry on to jailbreak your iOS devices:

  • First, you have to note which version of iOS Firmware version (basically your iOS version) is installed in your devices.
  1. To do that, go to the Settings of your device.
  2. In Settings, select General.
  3. In General, select the ‘About’ of your device.
  4. Then, in About click on Version and that will reveal the iOS version that your device is currently running on.
  • Remember, taking note of your iOS version is very crucial as jailbreaking is different for each of the iOS versions that exist.
  • There is also various jailbreaking program that you can use for a iOS 7 jailbreak. Also, you have to note how to want to jailbreak your iOS device as you can perform this action through your PC or Mac.

Pages For iCloud Beta

Apple Inc has launched iCloud Beta to build their reach beyond their products’ users and with iCloud Beta, it will let anyone make an Apple ID and use Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free. Users of iCloud Beta will also get 1 GB free cloud storage space. However, users who create this Apple ID from iCloud Beta cannot use their Apple ID Login to sign in to non-beta version of icloud.com.

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How to create an Apple ID with iCloud Beta?

  1. First, interested parties will have to direct themselves to the iCloud Beta site by entering the web address – https://beta.icloud.com/ on their browser.
  2. Once you are on the Homepage of iCloud Beta, there will be a banner on the top of the page prompting you to create an Apple ID.
  3. Simply click on the ‘Create your free Apple ID and get started today’ link to continue.
  4. A Pop Up Window ‘Create Your Apple ID’ will appear.
  5. First, type in your email address (someone@email.com) making sure that it is a valid and working email address.
  6. Second, enter your desired password you would wish to keep for your Apple ID login at iCloud Beta. Re-enter your password to confirm it.
  7. Then, enter your First Name and your Last Name in the boxes provided.
  8. After that, enter your birthday (mm/dd/yy) in the box provided.
  9. Selected the First Security Question and provide its answer in the box provided. You would be required to do the same for the next two other security questions.
  10. Then, select the country that you are currently residing in (for e.g. United States).
  11. On the next step, you can choose to uncheck the box next to the couple of Options of receiving emails and updates from Apple to your email address.
  12. Type in the Captcha code which will be provided to you in an Image form. However if the captcha code is illegible, then you can opt to listen to an audio verification code and enter that captcha code.
  13. Click on the ‘Continue’ option to carry on.

How To Update iOS ?

iOS update often brings new features to iOS devices that lets you do even more with your iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone. Make sure your device is up to date so that you do’t miss out on the latest features.

This article will be focused on iOS update and how you can update your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) wirelessly or using iTunes. In either case, you’ll have the same amount of free space left on your device after the update. Before you perform the update, you might want to back up your device to iCloud or iTunes so that you don’t lose any of your mobile data.\

To perform iOS update wirelessly:iosupdate

  1. Connect your device to a power source.
  2. Then, go to ‘Settings’.
  3. Select ‘Geleral’, then select ‘Software Update’.
    Any iOS update available will be displayed.
  4. Select the ‘Download and Install’ button.
    Updates might download automatically when your iOS device is connected to WiFi and a power source.
  5. Tap ‘Install’ to install the update, or tap ‘Later’ to install the update later.
    Enter your passcode if prompted to proceed through the update.

You’ll need more than 1 GB of free space for the update. If you don’t have enough space to perform update over the air, you can either update using iTunes, or delete content manually from your device to make some space for the update.

To perform iOS update using iTunes:

  1. First, get the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. After that, plug in your device to your computer.
  4. In iTunes, select your Device.
  5. In the ‘Summary’ pane, click the ‘Check for Update’ button to search for iOS update if any.
  6. Finally, click ‘Download ad Update’.

If you don’t have enough free space in your device, you’ll need to delete your data manually from your device to free up space for iOS update.