Saturday 16 December 2017

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New 'forward thinking' iPhones launch in Ireland.

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone 5S

Around the world, the new iPhone 5s is being lauded as the most advanced and forward thinking iPhone yet. 

The reviews for the iPhone 5s and 5c are unrivalled and coming out on top.  But what can Ireland’s consumers expect now that Three has the new iPhone 5s and its colourful companion the iPhone 5c available for sale across the country?

Technology and innovation experts have been focusing on the three big developments that Apple has introduced this time around:  an improved processor, a better camera and a new fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID.  These new iPhones are, of course, also the devices that are putting the spotlight on the new updated Apple interface, iOS 7.

 “The new iPhone 5s is a delight …the best smartphone on the market” – The Wall Street Journal

“The difference [in the new iSight camera] is immediately obvious; lowlight pictures are far better on the new phone.” – The New York Times.

 “With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available” – Techcrunch.

 “Is the 5s the best iPhone ever made? Yes.  Though that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Apple took a good product and made it better” – Engadget.

 “With the iPhone 5c, Apple may well have created what will prove to be the most popular smartphone in the world.” – Daring


So, having seen the reviews from New York to London, what do phone users in Ireland have to look forward to with the arrival of the new iPhone 5s and 5c? The iPhone 5s is still a very new device, so there are plenty of hidden features that the average user or first time iPhone owner will not know about. 

We pick our Top Six:


Love them or hate them, ‘selfies’ are here to stay.  But did you know that you can banish ‘selfie arm’ with a few tricks using your iPhone earbuds?  Use the Volume + button on your earbuds to take a selfie.  While you’re in camera mode, click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple earbuds (or Apple compatible earbuds) and simply click and shoot.  If you want to do this in video mode just use the middle button (play / pause).


How many of us have lost what could have been a fantastic photo while struggling to unlock our phones?  Well this super shortcut to the camera app will solve that problem.  You can bypass the lock screen on your phone and open the camera app by swiping up on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of the home screen.  This is also very useful when giving your phone to others for taking photos as they will not need to ask for your password.


It’s the stuff of movies and everybody’s favourite feature of the new iPhones.  There is now a simple, reliable fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5s—one that can be confidently used to unlock the device instead of typing in a passcode. Users can even use this fingerprint reader, called Touch ID, to authorise purchases from Apple's App, iTunes and e-book stores.

Biometric authentication has been spoken about by technology experts for many years, but this is a real advance – it is being called the biggest step ever in the development of this technology for everyday devices and will soon make typing in passcodes a thing of the past.


Slow motion video shares of sports, children, pets and more will soon be trending between Irish people on Facebook and You Tube, with the introduction of a great new slow motion offering on the iPhone 5s.  This includes the facility to shoot video at 120 frames per second at 720p and play back any section at quarter speed for a dramatic effect before sharing with friends for mass appeal.  There is now a larger sensor, larger pixels and larger aperture available for all photography.

The great photo capability of the iPhones has always been one of their biggest selling points, but the new iSight has taken the standard up another notch. The new iSight has a 15 percent larger sensor, bigger pixels, measuring 1.5 microns and an aperture of ƒ/2.2 all of which let in more light. 

Continuous burst mode enables the user to take 10 shots per second and the phone then highlights what it thinks could be the best shot.  There’s true tone flash, auto image stabilization, live video zoom and options of square photos, panorama photos and photo filters.


The gold rush became a reality again across the USA when Apple announced that the new iPhone 5s would be available in silver, space grey but also gold.  The gold option sold out almost immediately with people queuing in line as the phone hit the retail shelves and demand in pre-orders in Ireland is already hotting up, says Ireland’s fastest growing mobile operator,

However, for those looking for a really vibrant colour pop and something completely different, the iPhone 5c is available in green, blue, yellow, pink and white.  Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the iPhone 5 launch has been the addition of this completely new addition to the iPhone link-up.

The colourful and more affordable iPhone 5c boasts a shell made of polycarbonate, but feels very solid to hold.  The casing is shiny but not overly polished like some other handsets on the market.  It is a distillation of what people love about the iPhone, but it has the addition of more colour choice, making it familiar but new all at the same time.


No battery … again.  No time .. again.  Did you know that if you put your phone on airplane mode, the charging will only take half the time.  Just go in to settings, switch on airplane mode and you’re speed charged!

Three has the iPhone 5s and 5c now available for sale across the country in all 3Stores and online on  The demand for pre-registration for both the 5c and the 5s has been unprecedented, and the limited stock supplied by Apple at launch is expected to sell quickly.

iPhone 5c will be available free on the Three €55 a month price plan and €49 on the €40.66 a month price plan for the 16GB model.  iPhone 5s will be available at €129 on the €55 a month price plan and €179 on the €40.66 price plan for the 16GB model. (Note: All of the above handset pricings are based on a 24 month minimum term.) For more information on the iPhone, check out, www.facebook/3ireland and twitter @3_news



iOS 7 is here….

Familiar but different, Apple has released its new operating system to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

However this software is not just available on the new devices.  The updates are free. And they’re available to download wirelessly now on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The advanced new iOS 7 introduces hundreds of great new features like Control Centre, AirDrop and smarter multitasking.  It also aims to make the things that users do every day even easier, faster and more enjoyable. And while many of the apps look different, the way of interacting with your device feels perfectly familiar.  So from day one, the aim is that users know how to use what’s being described as “the world’s most advanced mobile operating system” in its most advanced form.

Here, we choose our top ten favourite features and functions of the new iOS 7:


No review of the iOS 7 would be complete without mentioning the top end user friendly design.  The iOS 7 has a new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience. The interface is purposely unobtrusive. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. And in taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: content.


The new Control Centre gives users quick access to controls and apps. By swiping up from any screen — including the lock screen — users can get quick access to really useful functions like airplane mode, turn wi-fi or Bluetooth on or off, adjust the brightness of the display or switch to Do Not Disturb mode.  There are four clear icons for specific apps:  Clock, Flashlight, Calculator and Camera.


A new feature in the Notification Centre, called Today gives a convenient summary of your day and a peep at tomorrow. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s an important birthday, if you’ll need an umbrella, or if your Dart, Luas or bus is likely to be delayed on your commute.  The notification centre can be accessed from any screen, including the lock screen, by just swiping down.  There is also a new function on the All or Missed views that lets you see all your alerts or just those you haven’t addressed in the last 24 hours.


Multitasking has always been a good way to switch between apps, but now it’s even smarter. iOS 7 learns when you like to use your apps and can actually update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check your favorite social app at 9a.m. every morning, your feed will be ready and waiting for you without you having to even press a button!  iOS also intelligently schedules updates during power-efficient times like when a device is on and connected to Wi-Fi so that the battery in the device isn’t drained unnecessarily.


The camera in iOS 7 puts all shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and centre of the user experience.  With a swipe, people can capture what they want to, the way they want it, much more quickly than ever.  There are new filters that let users do even more with each image, like give it a retro feel, dial up the contrast or go black and white. The iOS 7 also answers the perennial problem of how to file holiday and social photographs.  There are Years, Collections and Moments options – smart groupings of photos and videos based on time and place which solves the problem of filing easily.


Accidentally deleting an important email is a nightmare that happens to everybody from time to time but the iOS 7 offers users a simple way to undo this using the default Mail app.  Users just need to shake their iPhone to bring up the option of undoing an email deletion.  An iPad or iPhone can also now be controller with your head!  iOS 7 can use the front-facing camera to detect head movements.


Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is the norm. But if that person is standing right beside you, sending a text or an email can sometimes feel like it takes too many steps or is too formal. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. No setup is required and transfers are encrypted, so that all shared information is highly secure. 


Browsing is bigger and better with Safari in iOS 7. Buttons and bars — like the unified smart search field — stay hidden until scrolled to reveal them to enable people to see more content on their screens.  Lots of business conducted online requires passwords. iCloud can now remember account names, passwords, and credit card numbers.  Safari enters them automatically whenever a user needs to sign in to a site or to shop online. This facility works on all approved iOS 7 devices and Mac computers running OS X Mavericks and with 256-bit AES encryption and is described as being highly secure.


New security features available with iOS 7 make it harder for anybody but the owner to use or to sell devices.  Now, turning off the Find My iPhone option or erasing a device requires an Apple ID and password.  Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after a device is erased.  In addition, an Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate a device.  The Find My iPhone facility (even after a remote erase) can continue to display a message displaying a chosen phone number on the lock screen.


iOS in the Car seamlessly integrates iOS devices — and the iOS experience — with dashboard systems.  If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the car, you can connect your iPhone 5 or later and interact with it using the car’s built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free. Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions, and more. It’s all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so that you can focus on the road.

Three continues to lead as the front running network provider of products and services in Ireland in innovation and technology. Three provides All You Can Eat data which means that you don’t need to worry about data usage. For more information on the iPhone, check out, www.facebook/3ireland and twitter @3_news

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