iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Apple has released a small but critical update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, versioned as iOS 7.0.6 with a build number of 11b651. The security update notably includes an important fix for SSL connection verification, and weighs in between 13MB and 36MB, depending on the iOS device being installed upon. This update should be installed on all compatible devices as soon as possible.

The initial release notes bundled with the iOS 7.0.6 update are very brief, stating simply “This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.” Apple elaborates a bit further on their knowledge base article, providing the following details for what the update resolves:

iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Downloading iOS 7.0.6

The easiest way to download iOS 7.0.6 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism, accessible through the Settings app > Software Update. Choose “Download and Install” and agree to the terms and conditions to start the update process. Despite being a minor update, it can take a while to install as the ‘verifying update’ process lingers for a while on the home screen, before rebooting to the Apple logo where the actual firmware update occurs. Users can also choose to update through iTunes.

iOS 7.0.6 IPSW Direct Download Links

Users who prefer to use .IPSW firmware files to update devices manually can choose to download the complete update directly from Apple’s servers using the links below:

In addition to iOS 7.0.6, Apple also released iOS 6.1.6, which includes the same security fix, for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation devices that are not able to run iOS 7. The build number for iOS 6.1.6 is 10b500. An update to Apple TV, versioned as 6.0.2, is also available.

 

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Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days

November 5, 2012 Apple Report

Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad — double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only third-generation iPad models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the U.S. and in many more countries later this year. Read more: apple.com/ipad

Want to Pre-Order the iPad Mini? Use the Apple Store iOS App Tonight at 12:00 PST

If you’ve already made up your mind about buying an iPad Mini and you want one sooner than later, you’ll probably want to pre-order it tonight (October 26) at midnight* Pacific Standard Time. Grabbing a pre-order insures that you’ll get the device on it’s official release date of November 2nd and won’t have to wait in any lines or wait for production to catch up to demand, assuming the iPad Mini sells out of course.

Pre-ordering can be done two ways, either through the web at store.apple.com or with the official Apple Store iOS app. We prefer the Apple Store iOS app because historically it has performed much better under initial pre-order sales rushes, while sometimes the Apple Store website remains down, and a lot of iPhone 5 pre-orderers missed their initial delivery window as a result. The same thing happened with the iPad 3 launch earlier in the year too.

  • Download the Apple Store iOS app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Take the time now to fill in and save your billing and shipping information, before the rushes to order flood in
  • Set a reminder/alarm for 11:50 PM PST, fire up the App Store app around 11:58, find your iPad Mini at midnight, and checkout ASAP

Good luck, and enjoy your iPad Mini when it arrives a week later!

* Note: Apple hasn’t (yet) confirmed the midnight pre-order start time, this is everyones best guess based on recent Apple preorders which began at midnight on the day of. It’s always possible pre-orders won’t begin until the morning of October 26 too… we’ll update when we can confirm.

7 Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs – Increase Your Innovation by Studying Apple’s CEO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is hands-down one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time, so any sensible entrepreneur should spend some time studying his. Carmine Gallo, a communications coach and author, has written a book about Jobs that extracts key lessons on entrepreneurship and innovation. In The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Gallo lays out what he believes are the seven core principles of Jobs’s core business philosophy and how others can adapt it.

Steve Jobs - Innovation

Steve Jobs – Innovation

1. Do what you love. Following your passion might sound like a soft skill, but Steve Jobs has said it’s responsible for much of his success. Jobs was once asked point-blank what advice he would give a young entrepreneur looking for career advice. His response: “Go out and a get a job as a busboy or something until you find something you’re really passionate about.” Entrepreneurship is hard and takes perseverance. You will not have the energy to jump the inevitable hurdles unless you find that something that you are truly obsessed with.

Next step: Find something you love to do so much you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.

2. Put a dent in the universe. Passion fuels the rocket, but vision directs the rocket to its ultimate destination. In 1976, when Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple, Jobs’ vision was to put a computer in the hands of everyday people. In 1979, Jobs saw an early and crude graphical user interface being demonstrated at the Xerox research facility in Palo Alto, California. He knew immediately that the technology would make computers appealing to “everyday people.” That technology eventually became The Macintosh, which changed everything about the way we interact with computers. Xerox scientists didn’t realize its potential because their “vision” was limited to making new copiers. In other words, two people can see the exactly the same thing, but perceive it differently based on their vision.

Next step: Create a vision for your brand. In one sentence, explain how it moves society forward.

3. Kick start your brain. Creativity leads to innovative ideas. For Steve Jobs, creativity is connecting things, Jobs believes that a broad set of experiences expands our understanding of the human experience. A broader understanding leads to breakthroughs that others may have missed. Broadening your experience also means seeking inspiration from other industries. At various times, Jobs has found inspiration in a phone book, Zen meditation, visiting India, the fine details of a Mercedes-Benz, a food processor at Macy’s, or The Four Seasons hotel chain. Jobs doesn’t “steal” ideas as much as he uses ideas from other industries to inspire his own creativity.

Next step: Make more connections outside your field. Attend conferences that you normally would not attend. Travel more often. Hire partners and employees from outside your industry. Venture outside your comfort zone.

4. Sell dreams, not products. To Steve Jobs, people who buy Apple products are not “consumers.” They are people with hopes, dreams and ambitions. He builds products to help people achieve their dreams. He once said, “some people think you’ve got to be crazy to buy a Mac, but in that craziness we see genius.” How do you see your customers? Help them unleash their inner genius and you’ll win over their hearts and minds.

Next step: Get to know your customers better. Spend more time with them. Really get to understand their dreams so you can help fulfill those dreams.

5. Say no to 1,000 things. Steve Jobs once said, “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” He is committed to building products with simple, uncluttered design. And that commitment extends beyond products. From the design of the iPod to the iPad, from the packaging of Apple’s products, to the functionality of the Web site, in Apple’s world, innovation means eliminating the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Next step. Reduce the clutter. Ask yourself, ‘What can I cut?’ Is your Web site too cluttered, making it difficult for customers to find what they’re looking for? Are your products to confusing? Is your presentation too long and cluttered?

6. Create insanely great experiences. Jobs has made the Apple stores the gold standard in customer service. The Apple store has become the world’s best retailer by introducing simple innovations any business can adopt to create deeper, more emotional connections with their customers. For example, there are no cashiers in an Apple store. There are experts, consultants, even geniuses, but no cashiers. Why? Because Apple is not in the business of moving boxes; they are in the business of enriching lives. Big difference.

Next step. Reconsider everything about your customers’ experience. Evaluate their experience from the first time they land on your Web site, to calling your office, or interacting with your product. Improve the customer experience at every step by asking yourself, “What can I do to enrich the lives of my customers?”

7. Master the message. Steve Jobs is the world’s greatest corporate storyteller, turning product launches into an art form. You can have the most innovative idea in the world, but if you can’t get people excited about it, it doesn’t matter. For every idea that turns into a successful innovation, there are thousands of ideas that never gain traction because the people behind those ideas failed to tell a compelling story.

Next step. Use these simple techniques to improve your presentations: Avoid bullet points as much as possible. Replace with text with photos and images whenever possible. Strive to follow the “40-10” rule-no more than forty words in the first ten slides of your presentation.

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Only days before the iPhone 5’s release, Sprint has announced that it’s expanding its 4G LTE to more than 100 cities throughout 2012.

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Sprint started rolling out its 4G LTE service on July 15. Currently, Sprint offers 4G LTE connectivity in 19 cities in the United States,

including Houston; Atlanta; Baltimore; Dallas; Athens, Georgia; Calhoun, Georgia; Carrollton, Georgia; Newnan, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Georgia; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Montana/Kansas City, Kansas; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Montana; Waco, Texas and St. Joseph, Montana.

The new 4G LTE offerings will now spread further across the U.S., entering cities like Boston, Chicago and New Orleans.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Network for Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business, connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

Sprint’s complete list of cities to receive the 4G LTE network in the coming months can be found here.

Sprint, which obtained the iPhone for the first time last fall when the iPhone 4S was released, could likely be preparing for the iPhone 5’s release in two days. The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to have 4G LTE connectivity.

 

iPad Mini Release Date Set for October

Though Apple plans to launch the next iPhone on September 12, the smaller 7.85″ iPad “mini” will be released later at an event in October, according to a new report from AllThingsD.

Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on. That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.

This confirms some speculation that has occurred about the timing of the next iPhone and iPad mini events, and AllThingsD suggests the two launches will be Apple’s biggest hardware announcements of the year.

iPad Mini

iPad Mini

AllThingsD is a sister publication to the Wall Street Journal and is generally viewed as a very reliable source of Apple rumors and leaks.

Little is known about the so-called “iPad Mini”, but piecing together rumors and some common sense suggests the following may be true about the hotly anticipated device:

  • 7.85″ display running at 1024 x 768
  • A5X CPU from current iPad 3
  • Front and rear cameras
  • 8GB base storage and up
  • Weight of about half the current iPad 3
  • Appearance to resemble a larger iPod touch with thin side bezels, similar to picture shown at top according to 9to5mac
  • Ships with iOS 6, which is set for a “Fall” release
  • $299 price point

All iPad models to date feature a 9.7″ display, and the smaller tablet space is currently dominated by the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 tablet.