Demand for iOS 5 and iCloud was so high, Apple almost broke the Internet

Owners of an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV were yesterday able to update their devices to Apple’s new iOS 5 software, providing them with a number of new features and access to the company’s new cloud service iCloud. Update below.

Apple experienced problems of its own, with many users unable to update their devices because its servers were unable to cope with requests to activate their installs, pulling an “internal error occurred (3200)” message each time they attempted to install the update.

It appears that whilst Apple stuggled to cope with demand, ISPs were facing issues trying to keep traffic flowing through their networks, as Apple device owners attempted to download at least 600 megabyte updates.

One ISP, AAISP, was “caught unawares” and yesterday evening saw “silly high usage since around 18:40 [BST]” leading them to think that “something [was] clearly ‘up’ and there [was] some ‘internet event’ happening”.

As Cult of Mac notes, that “internet event” was the release of iOS 5, Mac OS X 10.7.2 and a number of new applications.

Throughout the evening, AAISP engineers posted on the company’s Incident and Status Page, noting just what was happening to its network as subscribers fired up their iTunes clients and updated their iOS devices:

At 8.53pm, they wrote:

This is worse than the world cup traffic!

Two minutes later:

Only clue is new Apple IOS5 stuff – if that is the cause I am impressed.

At 8:57pm:

Usage has just reached unprecidented levels – we have not seen anothing like this…

The team then saw that issues were being reported on other UK ISPs, forcing them to increase their core link to maximum output to cope with demand. The company was forced get its FireBrick team working hard to scale its CPU output and loads to cope with “unprecidented levels of usage”, something that could have failed users should it not have been adequately managed.

They also exclaimed that they knew that there was a Windows Update and Apple’s iOS 5 release, but didn’t believe that could have been just those updates.

However at 8:45am this morning, AAISP engineers confirmed that suspicion:

We are guessing this was IOS5 release.

TNW contributor Steve Kennedy noticed the spike at a London broadband exchange, sharing a graph of the traffic boost at the time:

The traffic at the LONAP (LONAP is a London Neutral Internet Exchange Point where Internet and content providers exchange traffic) increased from a normal peak of around 18Gb/s to around 28Gb/s.

This was just in the UK but will have almost certainly been mirrored across the world.

Did Apple break the Internet? Probably not. It just gave some ISP engineers a bit of a scare.

Article from: MacDailyNews


iPhone’s Siri shows off her sense of humor and could actually save lives.

Early reviews of the iPhone 4S may have been uniformly great, bordering on glowing. But the best part of Wednesday’s coverage of Apple’s latest has been reviewers’ transcripts of their conversations with Siri — the personal assistant.

Initial reports revealed that Siri’s got answers for just about everything from pop culture queries to math problems. She’s even got an answer to the eternal question, “What is the meaning of life?” that pays homage to Monty Python. But she’s also shown she has a good sense of humor.

When Macworld’s Jason Snell sent a jab Siri’s way by asking her to “open the pod bay doors”, a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the personal assistant responded, “We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.”

Snell also threw in another nerdy reference, this time to Douglas Adams’s classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” He asked Siri for the answer to “life, the universe and everything,” and she responded, correctly, “42.”

Over at The Loop, Jim Dalrymple expressed his love for Siri, causing her to admonish him, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, Jim.” She’s also been known to tell, er, friendly iPhone owners that “All you need is love. And your iPhone.”

Siri has proved that she can think on her feet, as well. When Brian Chen at Wired told Siri, “I’m drunk”, the considerate app offered this advice: “I found a number of cabs fairly close to you.”

Friends, even digital ones, don’t let friends drive drunk.

Article by: Hayley Tsukayama

iPhone 4S Review

This is a review I wrote for my English class this week. I felt really good about it and thought I would share it with you. The format is a little off due to copy and pasting it.

iPhone 4S
At first glance customers wouldn’t know whether the newest iPhone is the fifteen month old iPhone 4 or the 4S, because on the outside it is the same phone. Apple didn’t give the latest innovation a new facelift, the same business move as they did when unveiling the 3GS back in 2009. The public is highly disappointed that it isn’t a totally redesigned phone, although there is more than meets the “i” with this iPhone. We have heard all our lives to “not judge a book by its cover”, totally necessary with the 4S.

First, one wouldn’t know that the newest available model is loaded with 64 GB of storage, the same amount on the iPod touch for over a year now. This upgrade has finally made its way to the iPhone 4S. Now there is plenty of room for all those nifty apps, music, and extraordinary photos. Now this does come with the standard price hike of $100 that we have seen between the 16 GB and 32 GB of the iPhone 4. The most current 16 GB iPhone is priced at $199 subsidized by your choice of carriers. The next model is offered with 32 GB with a price tag of $299. Finally, the largest is the 64 GB valued at $399. So with a wide range of available models, the iPhone covers every single price point and size for anyone looking for the newest phone on the market.

As I mentioned, persons interested in the iPhone have their choice of cellular providers. For the first 3 models of the iPhone, consumers were limited to AT&T, a GSM cellular network. Then, Apple introduced the 4 with CDMA technology that opened up the market to Verizon customers. This is no longer the case, as the iPhone 4S is a world phone, meaning each phone carries both GSM and CDMA capabilities. Buyers have a choice of 3 carriers in the US AT&T, Verizon, and the newest addition, Sprint. All these carriers bring something different to the table. So shoppers looking to start a new contract with one of these, be sure to look into which one of them will fit your needs best.

Now the first difference people will notice about the cutting-edge iPhone, is the operating system or as Apple calls it, iOS. This is the 5th edition of their groundbreaking software. The software update comes preloaded out of the box on the 4S, but it isn’t just for the iPhone 4S; it is also available to the 2 previous versions of the iPhone, the 3GS and iPhone 4. But the 4S does take a more full advantage of iOS 5 since it is sporting the new A5 processor that can be found in the iPad 2. The A5 doubles the power of the hottest addition, not only speeding the phone up considerably, but enables the full advantage of the upgraded camera system. This camera is able to compete with professional DSLR cameras on the market. This is because it is sporting a new 8 MP sensor that contains a new backlit panel, which enables it to capture crisp and extremely clear photos. This feature allows it to not sacrifice essential room that a larger megapixel camera unit without a backlit panel would occupy inside the housing of the iPhone 4S. These cutting edge enhancements make the iPhone the phone that others will have to contend with.

Lastly, a venture that Apple started 2 years ago is called Siri. While it is still in its beta stages, Siri makes any wish, its command. Hardwired into the iPhone 4S, Siri is able to understand you with out having to give it simple commands or speak differently. Some say this is the best artificial intelligence software known to the general public to date. It knows what you mean, not just what you want. It will even talk back to you. As an example, say it’s a special night with your significant other and you cannot forget to make dinner reservations when you leave work. Although first you do not know where a good Italian place is to grab a romantic dinner. Simply hold down the home button and tell Siri, “I feel like Italian tonight.” Siri will respond, “I have found Italian restaurants in Nacogdoches” then sorting them by ratings. This built-in app allows for completely hands free operation. Don’t have the number to the restaurant of choice? Ask Siri. Don’t want to forget to pick up roses? Easy, ask Siri “Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave work.” Sire will place a reminder in the reminders app and set up a geo-fence around work, which it has already learned where that is, in a previous conversation. As you drive away from work, Siri will announce your reminder to you to pick up flowers. Anything you can think to ask, Siri will be able to help you. “Will I need a raincoat today?” you wonder? Siri responds, “It sure looks like rain. Here is the forecast for today.” Users will always be informed, on time, and prepared with Siri.

As with anything new there is always negativity. Many people are upset about not having an iPhone 5 in their hands. But the fact of the matter is that Apple made a smart business decision. Many people who own the iPhone 4 are still in the middle of their contracts. They will not be due for an upgrade for at least another 6 to 12 months, which is just in time for the release of the iPhone 5. So like it or not, the iPhone 4S is the most revolutionary phone on the market to date and it is available for pre-order on October 7th and to purchase from an authorized Apple reseller on October 14th.

Apple unveils new iPhone 4S with dual core A5 and Siri intelligent assistant, iOS 5, and iCloud

Apple today announced iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
“iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”

iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption and iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users. iOS 5 will also be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS customers allowing them to experience these amazing new features.*

iPhone 4S also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. Siri understands context allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask “Will I need an umbrella this weekend?” it understands you are looking for a weather forecast. Siri is also smart about using the personal information you allow it to access, for example, if you tell Siri “Remind me to call Mom when I get home” it can find “Mom” in your address book, or ask Siri “What’s the traffic like around here?” and it can figure out where “here” is based on your current location. Siri helps you make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, search the Internet, find local businesses, get directions and more. You can also get answers, find facts and even perform complex calculations just by asking.

iCloud is a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

iPhone 4S includes an all-new camera with the most advanced optics of any phone. The 8 megapixel sensor has 60 percent more pixels so you can take amazing high quality photos with more detail than ever. iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens, a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid IR filter that produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images. The Apple-designed image signal processor in the A5 dual-core chip is built for performance, and coupled with the features built into iOS 5, makes the camera one of the fastest on any phone. With iPhone 4S, the Camera app launches much faster and the shot to shot capability is twice as fast, so you’ll never miss another shot.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can also use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject; and the new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go. New iOS 5 features include built-in Twitter integration and iMessage, so you can instantly share your photos via Twitter directly from the Photos app and send photos via iMessage to individuals or groups. And with iCloud’s innovative new Photo Stream service, a photo you take on your iPhone is sent to iCloud and automatically pushed to your iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. You can even view your Photo Stream album on your Apple TV®.

iPhone 4S can also now record video in full 1080p HD resolution and with the new video image stabilization feature, you can take richer, smoother videos. Other iPhone 4S video camera improvements include increased sensitivity, sharpness and an increased ability to capture video in low light conditions. With the new iMessage service in iOS 5, you can now instantly share videos with family and friends.

iPhone 4S has the same beautifully thin glass and stainless steel design that millions of customers around the world love, while being completely redesigned on the inside. Apple’s dual-core A5 chip delivers up to twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than iPhone 4, all while maintaining incredible battery life—now up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.

Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive. iPhone 4S now supports twice the download speed with HSDPA of up to 14.4 Mbps and iPhone 4S is a world phone, so both CDMA and GSM customers can now roam internationally on GSM networks.**

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.*** iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4S beginning Friday, October 7. iPhone 4 will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS will be available for free with a two year contract. Siri will be available in beta on iPhone 4S in English (localized for US, UK and Australia), French and German. iOS 5 software will be available on October 12 as a free software update via iTunes 10.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers.

iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

*Some features may not be available on all products.

**Carrier roaming policies apply. HSDPA availability and network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.

***Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.

Source: Apple Inc.

Massive HTC Android security flaw leaves security expert speechless

“I am quite speechless right now,” Artem Russakovskii reports for Android Police. “Justin Case and I have spent all day together with Trevor Eckhart (you may remember him as TrevE of DamageControl and Virus ROMs) looking into Trev’s findings deep inside HTC’s latest software installed on such phones as EVO 3D, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, and others.”
“These results are not pretty. In fact, they expose such ridiculously frivolous doings, which HTC has no one else to blame but itself,” Russakovskii reports. “In recent updates to some of its devices, HTC introduces a suite of logging tools that collected information. Lots of information. LOTS. Whatever the reason was, whether for better understanding problems on users’ devices, easier remote analysis, corporate evilness – it doesn’t matter. If you, as a company, plant these information collectors on a device, you better be DAMN sure the information they collect is secured and only available to privileged services or the user, after opting in.”

“That is not the case,” Russakovskii reports.

What Trevor found is only the tip of the iceberg – we are all still digging deeper – but currently any app on affected devices that requests a single android.permission.INTERNET (which is normal for any app that connects to the web or shows ads) can get its hands on:

• the list of user accounts, including email addresses and sync status for each
• last known network and GPS locations and a limited previous history of locations
• phone numbers from the phone log
• SMS data, including phone numbers and encoded text (not sure yet if it’s possible to decode it, but very likely)
• system logs (both kernel/dmesg and app/logcat), which includes everything your running apps do and is likely to include email addresses, phone numbers, and other private info

Read more in the full article here.

Article from Android Police

iPhone 4S with iPhone 4 design, dual-mode capability leaked by iTunes

While we have independently been expecting the new iPhone to feature little exterior differences from the iPhone 4, there still has been some debate over the new iPhone’s design. Today, rumors of a re-design can essentially be put to rest. Inside the latest iTunes beta is a specific mention of the “iPhone 4S.” Along with the new iPhone name of “iPhone 4S” comes an image, and it is of a CDMA iPhone 4.

Unless Apple still has the CDMA iPhone 4 as a placeholder image until the new iPhone is announced, we’re fairly confident that the iPhone 4S will pack the CDMA iPhone design. iTunes only holds two iPhone 4S references: black and white versus the four iPhone 4 references of black/GSM, black/CDMA, white/GSM, and white/CDMA. This may also confirm the rumors of the new iPhone being a dual-mode/CDMA + GSM handset.

iPhone 4S confirmed as N94 (iPhone 4,1) that showed up in Apple’s inventory system:

The new iPhone will likely feature the dual-core A5 processor from the iPad 2, and eight megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, Nuance-based speech-to-text Dictation, and the breakthrough Assistant feature based on Apple’s purchase of Siri. Everything you need to know can be read here.

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iPhone 5 appears temporarily on Cincinnati Bell website (Updated)

TUAW reader Cory L. sent us an image today that he had captured from his web browser while perusing the i-Wireless prepaid cell phone section of the Cincinnati Bell website. The screenshot shows a placeholder for an iPhone 5 with no image and no “Add to basket” purchase button.

A quick look at the site now shows that the placeholder has been removed. There are some fascinating things about this — first, Cincinnati Bell is a regional carrier in the US, not a major carrier like AT&T or Verizon. Second, the website is for a pay-as-you-go program. Finally, the specs that are listed for the phone show an 8MP camera, 4G speeds (Cory notes that Cincinnati Bell’s network uses HSPA+), and a 4″ screen. Those specifications align with most of the previous rumors that we’ve heard about the device.

Whether or not this all means something will be determined on Tuesday, when Apple will hold its iPhone event in Cupertino. Be sure to join us on Tuesday beginning at 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT for our liveblog of the event.

Update: Another reader, Randy K., sent in another screenshot from the same site. This one shows a low-cost iPhone 4S device with different specifications than the rather expensive iPhone 5 shown above.

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What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event Next Tuesday

It has taken Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) longer to update this generation of its iPhone product line than any other transition since the device was launched in 2007, and the company hasn’t missed a beat: iPhone sales continue to soar despite the age of the iPhone 4, showing just how strongly consumers continue to value the iPhone at this point in history. Next week Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone alongside the introduction of iOS 5 and its iCloud Web services product, and here’s a short list of what to expect from the event.

—iPhone 5? iPhone 4S?: In the cottage industry that is Apple rumor and speculation, the run-up to this launch has been characterized by its lack of cohesion. Some expect Apple to release a new upgraded iPhone as well as a new lower-cost model, while some expect only one new iPhone but with only a minor upgrade. Unlike last time, when the leak of the iPhone 4 to Gizmodo spilled almost all the beans, there’s not as much confidence in exactly what lies in store regarding the hardware of a new iPhone.

A few things seem likely: the new iPhone will likely contain chips that work on both the GSM and CDMA network families, making it a “world phone” as Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo let slip earlier this year. That would mean Apple wouldn’t have to produce separate versions to support AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon in the U.S., and gives credence to reports that Sprint is also set to carry the iPhone.

It’s also likely to be a be a bit slimmer, based on case designs that have started to appear around the world. Other than that, speculation has run amok.

—LTE? HSPA+?: One of the most important factors about the new iPhone will be the speed at which it can connect to the Internet. Comments from CEO Tim Cook earlier this year appeared to indicate that Apple wasn’t crazy about the battery life provided by current LTE chip designs, but that could have changed or have been a smokescreen for Apple’s intentions. Just this past week, however, a report surfaced out of China that indicated the iPhone 5 (or the next generation, whatever it winds up being called) will run on HSPA+ networks, the kind being used by AT&T as a stopgap before broader LTE networks are available.

—Voice-friendly: One interesting and persistent rumor regarding the next iPhone is that Apple has figured out a way to build novel voice-recognition features into the next iPhone. That’s been a strength of iPhone competitor Android, and several reports have suggested that Apple will use voice-recognition technology from Nuance for voice commands and similar technology from Apple’s Siri acquisition to power a feature that’s being called Assistant: a sort of a voice-controlled dictation app. 9to5Mac’s report on Assistant also suggests that the next iPhone will need more memory and a faster processor to handle that application.

—Start your line-waiters?: Reports have differed, but it seems likely that Apple will announce the next iPhone on Tuesday and save the actual launch date for a few weeks later, all the better to ensure another round of lines outside Apple stores on the big day.

—The known-knowns: In June Apple showed off several features of iOS 5 and iCloud, both of which are expected to accompany the launch of the iPhone 5. It’s very possible that Apple may have saved a few tricks for a last-minute unveiling as to prevent competitors from racing to catch up or because the company wasn’t totally sure that they would be ready for the launch window. That includes things like Assistant, described above, but could also include something like the true music-streaming subscription service that has been rumored for years but has actually seemed like a possibility in 2011.

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