Enable Panorama Mode in iOS5 Camera App Without Jailbreaking It

A few days ago, it was reported that the iOS5 built-in camera app has a hidden Panorama mode. Sadly, to enable the mode, users needed to jailbreak their iDevice, which many users might not be interested in doing.

Thankfully, iDevice owners can now enable the Panorama mode in the iOS5 camera app, without jailbreaking it. They just need to modify their iDevice backup, to enable the feature.

Here is how you can enable panorama mode in iOS5 without jailbreaking your iDevice -:

1) Backup your iDevice via iTunes. Then proceed to download and install iBackupBot from here.

2) Then launch the iBackupBot app on your PC or Mac. Users now need to point the app to their latest iDevice backup. The backup file is usually stored in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup in a Mac, and Windows users need to head over to  C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup to find all the backups of their iDevice.

3) Select your latest iDevice backup, and then search for Library/Preferences/com.aaple.mobileslideshow.plist. Open the file, and then add the following line of code-:


Now, just save the file and then restore the same backup using iTunes.

You have now successfully enabled Panorama mode on your iOS5 iDevice camera app, without jailbreaking it!

Keep in mind that the Panorama mode will only work for iDevices with a gyroscope, which include the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the latest gen iPod Touch.

Apps Crash After Installing iOS5

I have been using for over a week now and though the new features like instant access to camera from lock screen and the new notification center in iOS5 is worthwhile upgrading, I have been facing constant issues with apps crashing all the time. This even happens in the middle of a game, while reading an email or even using the App store app on the device or using Safari.

It looks like I am not the only person who is facing this issue since there are several threads out there which discuss the problem. Based on most of the threads I was able to fix the app crashing (fingers crossed). However, most of the solutions don’t work so you might have to continue trying different solutions till the apps stop crashing.

Here are some of the solutions you can try out if the apps on your device crash constantly after installing iOS5:

  • Close down all the apps running on your device and try opening up apps to see if they crash. If you are not sure how to check open apps, you can read a guide on multitasking in iOS
  • Download a free app on your device through the App store on your device. This method has known to fix the crashing for several users
  • Reboot your device.
  • Update your apps to the latest version
  • Turn of iCloud sync on the device

If none of the above solutions work for you, try to reinstall iOS5 on your device and then manually sync the apps to the device. Make sure to make a backup of the device before you restore it.

I will keep an eye for more solutions that should fix the app crashes after installing iOS5 and update this post. Please leave a comment if you continue to have problems or used another method to fix the app crashing problem in iOS5.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 – Which Is The BEST Smartphone of 2011?

The Google Galaxy Nexus was announced today morning by Google and Samsung in Hong Kong, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Considering the Galaxy Nexus represents the best phone in the Android ecosystem, it is more than obvious that it will be pitted against the iPhone 4S and the best Android smartphone on the planet right now, the Samsung Galaxy S2.



Below is a small comparison of three of the hottest smartphones in the planet, the Samsung Galaxy S2, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus.


Of all the three phones, the Galaxy Nexus is the biggest of all thanks mainly to its 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. However, unlike all other Android phones, the Galaxy Nexus lacks the usual three capacitive buttons found on every Android phone, which helps keep the dimensions of the phone down. The Galaxy S2 comes in a close second with its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen. The iPhone 4S is the smallest and the most compact phone of all the three, with a mere’ 3.5-inch display.


The Galaxy Nexus has the biggest and the highest resolution screen among all the three screens. The 4.65-inch on the Galaxy Nexus marks the beginning of 720p HD (1280×720) resolution in phones screen. Being a Super-AMOLED screen, the display has extremely high contrast ratios and brilliant viewing angles. Even though the screen on the Galaxy Nexus has PenTile display, it still looks sharper than the iPhone 4S Retina Display.

Compared to the Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S2 screens look seemingly previous generation. The Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (480×800) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a very small 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 960×640, giving the screen an eye-busting 326ppi pixel density.


SoC wise, the iPhone 4S A5 powered chip is the most powerful of all the three phones. The iPhone 4S has a 800MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 based processor, while the Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 processor. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2GHz OMAP4460 SoC. The A5 inside the iPhone 4S packs a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which is the fastest powerful mobile GPU on the planet right now. While the ARM Mali-400MP GPU is not as fast as the PowerVR GPU inside the A5, it still is the fastest mobile GPU to be found inside an Android phone.

The Galaxy Nexus has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 384MHz. The previous generation Nexus S also packs the same PowerVR SGX540 GPU, albeit clocked at 200MHz. Early reports suggest, the new PowerVR SGX540 clocked at 384MHz, along with driver updates provide nearly a 50% performance improvement compared to its predecessor.


The Galaxy Nexus runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings with it a host of new changes including a revamped magazine style UI, swipe gestures, GPU rendered UI, new web browser and much more. Readers can find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich changes here.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is without a doubt outdated now. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, along with advanced voice recognition feature AI Siri. This is a matter of personal experience, so I will leave it up to the readers to decide.


The Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S come with an 8MP camera, while the Galaxy Nexus has a 5MP camera. Both the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 have a stellar 8MP camera, while not much is known about the picture quality of the Galaxy Nexus 5MP camera.

On the camera goodies front, the Galaxy Nexus comes with face recognition, zero-shutter lag, new updated Camera UI and much more. The iPhone 4S also has some decent camera goodie like Hybrid IR filter, auto-white balance, and image stabilization. All the three phones are also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution.

The Verdict

The Galaxy Nexus trumps the iPhone 4S in Display, while the latter trumps the former in camera and Hardware department. Truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still the best Android phone money can buy you right now. The Galaxy Nexus has a better screen and software, but it’s only a matter of time before the latter comes to the S2.

The iPhone 4S is a probably the best among all the three phones, but the 3.5-inch screen on the handset is just way too small. Also, personally I would never buy the iPhone 4S since it looks similar to the iPhone 4. Sorry, but if one cannot distinguish a previous gen phone with the current gen once, then I don’t see the point in buying it.

How To Quickly Access Camera in iOS5 From Lock Screen

Apple recently released the latest and probably the best iteration of iOS to , and users. If you haven’t updated yet to iOS5 you can find direct download links for iOS5 and instructions on how to upgrade to iOS5 through iTunes or manually.

One of the most interesting features in is the ability to quickly take pictures from the lock screen without even having to unlock the iPhone or iPod Touch. This feature earlier allowed users to control the music player too.

In order to quickly access the camera from the lock screen, just double click on the home button and you will see an option to use the camera as seen in the screenshot above.

Access Camera from Lock Screen iOS5

Just click on the icon and you will be able to take photographs and save them. This is definitely one of the best features Apple has introduced in iOS5. We will be covering more such interesting things and tips for iOS5 in future. Stay tuned for them.

Don’t forget to read our earlier article about the new Notification center in iOS5 too.

How To Access Notification Center in iOS5

Apple recently released the latest and probably the best iteration of iOS to , and users. If you haven’t updated yet to iOS5 you can find direct download links for iOS5 and instructions on how to upgrade to iOS5 through iTunes or manually. iOS5 has tons of new features, however, the best one I find is the new notification system which I think was inspired from .

Nevertheless, I am not here to start a feud on who copied whom but just talk about using the new Notification system in iOS5. First things first, the new notification system in iOS5 is pretty neat. However, not many people would be aware on how to use it just like creating folders in iOS and probably taking screenshots with an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

First off, notifications will not pop up like it did in and earlier. They will be displayed more subtly on the lock screen as well as when you are logged into the device. Secondly, notifications will not popup when you are within an application or playing a game (this used to be quite annoying).

Last but not the least, all notifications will be clubbed together and will be available through a single swipe from the top to bottom. To access your notifications, you will have to swipe your finger from the top of the screen and drag it down.


Please note that the notification center is invisible. To access it just swipe your finger from top to bottom and it should display the Notification center where you can view all the notifications and take action on them.

To hide the notification center, just drag the tiles back up as shown in the image above and the notification center should be hidden. You can display and hide the notification center in any app you are using. This makes it really useful, because you can check your emails even while you are playing games.

How did you like the new notification system in iOS5? Is it good or bad?

How To Update to iOS 5 From iTunes/Manually

Apple released the iOS 4.3 update for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad earlier today and it includes a lot of new and exciting features (Read: What’s new in iOS 5). Upgrading to iOS 5 is a easy task and you just need to connect your device to the PC and check for updates.

If you are unsure on how to update your device to iOS 5 here are the simple steps to update to the latest OS from Apple.

How To Update to iOS 5 Through iTunes

Step 1: Connect your device to iTunes using the USB cable.

Step 2: Once iTunes has detected your device, click on the device name in the left hand menu and click on the “Check for Update” in the device description box.


Step 3: Apple will show you a popup message as seen above if an update for your device is available. Click on the “Download and Update” button.

Step 4: Apple will download the iOS 5 update and install it on your device. It is important that you DO NOT disconnect the device from the computer during the process. It is also recommended to keep your computer plugged in to the power outlet during the process.

That’s it. The process might take around 10-30 minutes depending on how long it takes to download the update to your computer and install it. Once iOS 5 is installed, iTunes will sync your device and you can use it again.

How To Update to iOS 5 Manually

In some cases, the iTunes update process might not work for you for several reasons. In those cases, you can also update your device to iOS 5 manually. Here are the steps to manually update your device to iOS 5.

Step 1: Download the iOS 5 IPSW file for your device using the iOS 5 IPSW direct download links.

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable and wait for iTunes to detect it.

Step 3: Once your device has been detected – follow the steps given below for different OS.

  • For Windows – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
  • For Mac OS X – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

Step 4: In the next dialog browse to the file that you downloaded from Step 1 and select the IPSW file.

Step 5: iTunes will now use the IPSW file and update your device to iOS 5. The process should take around 10-20 minutes.

That’s it. Your device will be updated to iOS 5 with ease. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments box below.

iOS5 IPSW Direct Download Links

The much awaited iOS5 update for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G, and iPad 1/2. iDevice owners can download and install the update using the latest version of iTunes (v10.5).


Alternatively, iDevice owners can directly download the update from Apple’s server, and then install it manually using iTunes. iPod Touch 3G owners can download iOS5 from here, while 4th generation iPod Touch owners can download iOS5 from here.

AT&T (GSM) iPhone 4 owners can download iOS5 from here, and Verizon’s iPhone 4 customer should head over to this link. iPhone 3GS owners can download the needed IPSW from here.  iPad 1 and iPad 2(GSM) owners, can download iOS5 from here and here respectively. iPad 2 Wi-Fi and CDMA owners can download the iOS5 IPSW file from here and here. Apple also released iOS 4.4 for the Apple TV 2G which can be downloaded from here.

Before downloading the iOS5 IPSW file, users should make sure that they are on a fast and stable internet connection since each IPSW file is >700MB in size.

iOS5 Now Available For Download Via iTunes!

October 12th is here, and as stated by Apple, iOS5 is now available for download for iOS device owners. iOS5 was initially announced by Apple at WWDC 2011, along with Mac OS X Lion.


This new version of iOS5 is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPad 1/2. Users need to make sure that they are rocking the latest version of iTunes (v10.5) released by Apple, otherwise they won’t be able to update their device to iOS5.

iOS5 includes many new features including an over-hauled notification system, iMessage, enhanced Reminders and Camera app, Twitter integration, upgraded Safari with new features, Wireless syncing and much more. Overall, iOS5 contains more than 200 new features! Interested readers can find all the changes and features in iOS5 here.

Post iOS5, iDevice owners will not have to use iTunes to update their iOS version, since iOS5 adds support for OTA updates. This feature will definitely please a lot of users where high-speed unlimited internet connection is still not available.

It will be interesting to see whether Siri, Apple’s voice recognition feature, makes it to the iPhone 4 or remains an iPhone 4S exclusive.

Apple iOS5 Releasing on October 12

Before announcing the next-generation iPhone, Apple gave us a small run-down of the top 10 features in iOS5. The new version of iOS has some major changes, including a much needed and completely revamped notification center.


The new Notification center in iOS5 is highly inspired by the Android notification system, except that it looks much better and functional. Other than this, iOS5 also has a new messaging system for iOS users, iMessage. This new service will allow iOS device users to interact with each other for free. iMessage has the potential to be a true BBM killer.

Other major change in iOS5 is deep Twitter integration. iOS users just need to sign-in to Twitter once, and they are done! No need to sign-in again, anywhere. They can also see the latest tweets from their contacts when they open the Contacts app. They can also directly share an image on Twitter right from the Photos app.

Other changes in iOS5 includes Push to all devices, Reminders which is location aware as well, new Camera app, new and improved Safari with a new interface, improved Game Center, enhancements to the Mail app, and most importantly Wi-Fi sync. iOS users can now directly sync their iDevice to iTunes via Wi-Fi. Also, they don’t need to connect their iDevice to a PC when they start it for the first time.

Apple also announced that iOS5 will be available for free starting from next Wednesday i.e. October 12th. The new version of iOS will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch.

Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 4 as an Over-The-Air Update

Apple released iOS 5 Beta 4 to developers today, bringing with it the ability to update over the air. Given that you are running iOS 5 Beta 3, you should be able to get the update without syncing to you computer. Bad news is that there are reports of the update not working, and, if it does, you will lose all your pictures and need to sync after the update.

Despite those complications, this is big news for iOS. This is first time that Apple has tried thier new wireless update feature, and that means that the development on iOS 5 is moving forward. This update adds mroe fuel to the rumor fires, which are now targeting September as the release date for iOS 5, iCloud, and the rumored iPhone 5.

This newest iOS beta also brings the much anticipated wireless sync feature to Windows. In previous version, this feature was restricted  to Mac computers. This is good news for those who choose to update over-the-air, because you could use  wireless sync afterwards. That’s the theory, at least.

As for the rest of the changes, you can see them over at BGR. They have been kind enough to post the change log for the beta in its entirety.

If any of you are iPhone users, and have access to the beta software, we would love to hear if you managed to update over-the-air. If you can pull it off, let us know in the comments below. We won’t ask you for any extra details, as you probably can’t tell us anyway.

In addition to the new iOS beta, Apple has also released iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 4. All the updates are avaliable now in the Apple Dev channel.