Mobile Tech

How do I untether my iOS devices from my Mac

I currently have my iPhone and iPad effectively tethered to my MacBook Air. Both sync with and backup to my MacBook Air (my iPad used to backup to iCloud and then decided not to). I have about 16GB of apps on my MacBook Air which exist there solely to service my iOS devices and I’d like to switch them directly to Apple’s cloud so I can remove the apps and free up that space.

Someone suggested that I just stop syncing the apps with iTunes but all that did was wipe my devices and force me to restore all the apps and settings. There must be a less destructive way to untether my devices from my MacBook Air so they sync their apps directly with the cloud?

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Android apologists and the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5’s announcement inspired a lot of ridicule from the Android user community this last week. Critics smirked at the increased height and made the usual comments that Android smartphones do everything the iPhone 5 does and have for some time. They may be right about much of that.

They have also joked about Apple practically claiming credit for inventing functionality and capabilities other devices had long before the iPhone 5 made its grand entrance. They seem to forget that Apple does this. Apple either claims to have improved on existing functionality or pretend that no other smart device pre-dates its own creations. It is an extension of Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field and it’s called “marketing”.

No honest Apple user would maintain that the iPhone is all the superlatives Apple says it is and yet the Android jihadists forget a few simple truths: Apple devices are generally well designed and work beautifully. Despite some ass backwards functionality and stupid limitations (the inability to attach stuff to an email from within Mail before iOS 6 and to share stuff from one app to another like Android allows are two stark examples), my Apple devices do what they do really well.

I’ve been a very happy iPhone user since I ditched the really poorly designed HTC Desire a couple years ago and I am looking forward to getting an iPhone 5. It’s not that I think iOS is inherently better than Android, I don’t. I just want my devices to do what they are supposed to do and let me get on with what I want to do. The iPhone 5 may not be better than every other smart phone, depending on your frame of reference, but it does seem to be even better than my iPhone 4s (which, despite the outrage because it didn’t live up to the hype before its announcement, is a terrific device) and that makes it enormously appealing to me.

And, quite frankly, I don’t care about the Galaxy S3’s or the [insert device name]’s enormous screen. It looks like a nice device but 3,5 inches has been just fine for me till now and the iPhone 5’s 4 inches will probably serve me just as well. Sometimes more is, well, just more. I’ve never felt the need for more and the extra row of icons is a bonus.

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A solution to hidden delegated Google calendars in iOS devices

I noticed that my delegated calendars in my work Google Calendar account were not showing up in my iPhone’s and iPad’s calendar app. These calendars are shared calendars that I use for team meetings and so on. I keep them separate from my main calendar. I battled to find a solution until I found this solution in the Apple Support Forum:

Was experiencing the same problem. Was using Exchange calendars with delegates. I just updated my iPad and just received iPhone 4s. Delegate calendars do show on iPad but not on iPhone 4s. Exact same calendar account settings on both. Thought it must be some glitch in iOS5.0 for iPhone.

Decided to change iPhone back to GoogleSync for delegates. Just had to go to and choose which calendars to sync. Disabled my original Exchange account on iPhone. All sorted now.

It works! Problem solved.

Business and work Useful stuff

Context aware Evernote notes

I noticed a cool feature on the iOS Evernote app. If you create a note when you have an event scheduled in your calendar, the app auto-populates the title field with the event description.

You can change it but if you don’t tap on the title field and just add note content or an attachment, the note will have that title. Very handy!