Siri makes sending group messages a bit easier

by Justin Horn on Nov 18th, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

If you’ve ever tried to send a group message to more than a couple friends with the built in Messages app, you know it’s not very convenient. You have to type each persons name or hit the add contact button, add one person, then repeat. It would be great to hit the add button, select multiple recipients, and then return back to the message screen, but so far Apple is saving that for a future update. This could possibly be the breakthrough feature of iOS 6, you heard it here first.

All jokes aside, I discovered, by accident1 of course, that you can create a group text by separating people with “and”, like this:

Siri: Do Do
Me: Send text to Girlfriend and Chiyin and Jason and Miguel and Tom and Monica
Siri: What do you want to say to these six people?

It has worked well for me on my test, getting all the names right, but if you aren’t sure, you can just tap the message inside Siri to open up the Messages app with all the names populated.

1. I was trying to text my girlfriend Nicole, “Mother nature cleaned my car”, but instead Siri understood, “Text Nicole, And mother nature cleaned my car” as ” Text Nicole and Mom, Nature cleaned my car”.

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iOS 5, iPhone, iPhone 4S, Siri, Tips

AT&T bumps up the upgrade eligibility date for iPhone 4 buyers

by Justin Horn on Nov 3rd, 2011 @ 12:26 am

Just saw a Tweet from Neven Mrgan stating that those who had a November 25 upgrade eligibility date (the ones that bought iPhone 4 on release date) are now eligible to buy an iPhone 4S at full discounted price, about a month early. I just checked on my girlfriend’s account and confirmed this myself. Not sure if this only applies to those who had the November 25th date, or if it goes beyond that, so if you were close go check it!

(via @mrgan)

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at&t, iPhone, iPhone 4S, Tips

Hey, that’s me on the local news talking about my new iPhone 4S

by Justin Horn on Oct 14th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

No, I’m not cut out for live TV, especially on 2 hours of sleep after getting to the Apple Store in Miami Beach at 4AM.

This article, on local South Florida news channel WSVN, contains the live interview.  They did a follow up (non-live) interview after which was edited in a video played later on the news at noon. In this video I got to show off Siri. Couldn’t find it online, so I’ve include a YouTube video of it below.  It’s much better than the live one, that’s for sure!

And finally I showed my new iPhone 4S to Chuck Fadely from the Miami Herald

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One thing I do right on this blog, iPhone 4S 1080p video storage predictions [Confirmed]

by Justin Horn on Oct 12th, 2011 @ 3:15 am

I recently predicted the iPhone 4S 1080p video storage “requirements”.

Turns out (surprise!!!) I was right.

Jim Dalrymple from The Loop responded to my Tweet asking about real world 4S video size (he’s famous enough to get a review unit…but not too famous to talk to small time bloggers via Twitter):

Me@jdalrymple how close am I to the 1080p files size for the 4S? [Link to the above link ^]

Jim Dalrymple@justin_horn 4:33 of video is 814.2MB

Doing some math…give me a minute (or 178.9MB) here… comes out to…

178.95 MB/Min actual vs my estimate of 177.98 MB/Min.

I say…close enough.

 

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iPhone, iPhone 4S, Speculation

iPhone 4S reviews, click here if your Google is broken

by Justin Horn on Oct 12th, 2011 @ 2:55 am

John Gruber…Daring Fireball: The iPhone 4S

This is the easiest product review I’ve ever written. The iPhone 4S is exactly what Apple says it is: just like the iPhone 4, but noticeably faster, with a significantly improved camera, and an impressive new voice-driven feature called Siri.

Jim Dalrymple…The Loop: Review: iPhone 4S

 

Much of the talk surrounding the introduction of the iPhone 4S is about Siri, Apple’s voice assistant technology.

After using Siri for a week, I can tell you it works just as good in real life situations as it did in Scott Forstall’s demo at the launch event.

Jason Snell…MacWorld: iPhone 4S review: It’s a sure thing

It’s a classic look, easily my favorite of all the iPhone designs to date. The fit and finish are immaculate; not a single thing about the iPhone 4S feels cheap. In terms of styling, the iPhone 4 feels like the most expensive electric razor ever made, or maybe like a finely-tuned luxury watch.

 

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iPhone, iPhone 4S

Here it is, the Banned iPhone 4S Promo

by Justin Horn on Oct 7th, 2011 @ 10:55 am

The great iPhone banned video series now updated with the iPhone 4S banned promo.

I love these!

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Humor, iPhone 4S

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