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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mac OS X Yosemite release date, features and system requirements:

Apple's new Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, has launched to the public. Here's everything you need to know about Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite's price, system requirements and features, as well as how to upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite and more.
After unveiling OS X Yosemite during WWDC 2014 in June and releasing it in beta form for developers and one million members of the public to test, the final version of the operating system has been released for all Mac users to download and install.
Apple recapped some of the new features in Yosemite, including its new design, new continuity features and app updates, during its 16 October keynote before revealing that it would be available to download when the keynote ended (though it actually didn't arrive until a few hours later, much to many Mac users' frustration). Also during the keynote, Apple unveiled a Retina iMac, a new Mac mini, the iPad Air 2 and an iPad mini 3.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: How to get OS X Yosemite right now

As we mention above, Yosemite has officially launched to the public, and any owner of a sufficiently powerful Mac can upgrade for free. Now that someone in the Apple engine rooms has finally hit GO, here's how to upgrade your to OS X Yosemite.
Go to Apple's site, and find the Yosemite page. Here's a direct link. Scroll down a touch and click the blue Upgrade Now button. Follow the instructions in the Mac App Store.

Yosemite will run on the following Macs:
  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)   

Mac OS X Yosemite: Design & new features

Apple's senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive and senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi have been working together on the redesign of Mac OS X in the run up to the launch of OS Yosemite. See: 22 Yosemite icons compared with their Mavericks counterparts
With Jony Ive's expanded design leadership reaching the software side of Apple, we expected to see his influence prominently in the next Mac OS X, and it looks like this is the case. The new operating system certainly has a new look. See also: 10 new features in Photos for iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite
One of the biggest rumours was that OS X 10.10 would take a lot of cues from iOS for a more similar interface. During the lauch event Apple made various references to Continuity, with new features for integration with the iPhone. In many ways the Mac can become an extension of your iPhone - you will even be able to take calls on it

Safari has a new streamlined design and a cleaner interface.The Tab View gives you an birds eye of your open tabs so it's easy to find what you are looking for. It's possible to set up a window for Private browsing, and when you search the results are no longer just limited to Google. See also: 12 great new Safari 8 features you might have missed
Mail has improvements for editing PDFs and images, and sending large attachments. See also: 10 new Messages features in Yosemite and iOS 8
Find out more in our OS X 10.10 Yosemite review.
And find out how Yosemite compares to Windows in our comparison review.
For more discussion of Yosemite's new features, here's a video where we poke around the beta:

New features in Yosemite

You can read all about the new features in Yosemite over in our Yosemite Topic Zone. Including the following:

Siri for the Mac 

Many expected Apple to make Siri available on the Mac in OS X 10.9. Apple's voice technology was introduced more than two years ago on the iPhone 4S, and then on the iPad, but has yet to make its way onto the Mac. See also: Siri for Mac rumour round-up

Control Centre

We were hoping Apple will decide to bring iOS 7's Control Centre to OS X 10.10. It could revolutionise System Preferences and make them more accessible for the less experienced user.

Headline features are all well and good but it’s the little updates and tweaks that can turn using a new version of Mac OS X into a joyous experience. Below we look at some lesser-known tricks, tips, hints and hacks that might just make easier the transition from OS X Mavericks.

 Sticky Spotlight
This might be a bug or it might be a feature but give a try and see what you think.

When using Spotlight in Yosemite, you can right-click (or Ctrl+click) the Spotlight icon at the top right of the desktop to make the window stay on top and not disappear in the usual way when you click outside of it. This way you can grab as much info as you need without the fear of accidentally cancelling your search.

The Spotlight icon will turn blue to indicate this new sticky mode (or grey if you use the Graphite colour scheme).

Subsequently, the only way to make the Spotlight window disappear is to left-click the Spotlight icon. Or if that doesn't work, cmd-space again.

Strangely, the Notifications icon at the top right will also turn blue if you right-click it, but this trick doesn’t work there — the Notifications area will still disappear when you click outside of it. Intriguing!
Strangely, the Notifications icon at the top right will also turn blue if you right-click it, but this trick doesn’t work there — the Notifications area will still disappear when you click outside of it. Intriguing!
Step 2 of 20: Network Disconnection

Want to disconnect from a wireless network? Prior to Yosemite this was a bit of a hassle involving either switching off Wi-Fi entirely, or delving into System Preferences.

On Yosemite all you need do is hold down Alt (or Option on some keyboards) and click the Wi-Fi icon at the top right of the screen. Beneath the name of the currently in-use Wi-Fi base station will be a disconnect option. (This option also appears when you connect to an iPhone/iPad via Personal Hotspot, although in this case there’s no need to hold down Alt/Option because it appears in the main menu.)
Recording output

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to improve Mac performance: OS X Mavericks edition

How to improve Mac performance: OS X Mavericks edition

Millions of Mac users are upgrading to the free Apple [AAPL] Mavericks edition of OS X. That's fine for most, but some claim slower Mac performance, if that’s you here's some tips that should help improve system performance. If you're simply having problems installing the OS

[ABOVE: Please backup before you upgrade.]
Don’t Panic
Before we begin, don't panic: Apple's OS teams are likely working hard to address any generalized system glitches identified since launch. A future Apple update will address most widespread problems, meanwhile there are a few steps you can take to figure out what's slowing you down.
Warning: please backup your system
Note: Many users like to create a bootable OS X disk on a flash drive. You can use this to launch from external storage. 
Update everything
Run Software Update after you've installed Mavericks. You should do this to ensure all your Apple software is now running the latest edition. You should also apply all App updates available via the Mac App Store.
Check your apps
Not every application on your system will come from the App Store. This means it is possible a rogue third-party app is eating system performance. One quick way to find out if your apps are Mavericks-compatible is to take a look at the Roaringapps Application Compatibility list. It makes sense to avoid using incompatible applications until they are upgraded for the OS.
The big four: R, S, C, A
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to run a healthy Mac. Now you've updated your system and its apps, please take the following steps:
Number One: Command-R
Restart your Mac while depressing the Command-R key. Your Mac will launch in Recovery Mode. While in this mode, run Disk Utility to Verify and Repair your Disk and Disk Permissions. Restart your Mac.
Number Two: Check Spotlight
OS X will rebuild the Spotlight index after a major System upgrade. The process takes time and degrades performance while it takes place.
Click on the Spotlight (looking glass) icon to the top right of the display to see if indexing is taking place. If indexing is in progress you should see a dot in the middle of the looking glass icon and/or be told the operation is taking place. Allow the process to complete and you should see immediate performance improvement.
Number Three: Console and Activity Monitor
If things still seem slow, launch Console and Activity Monitor (both available in Utilities).
Activity Monitor will show you those apps using the most memory (usual culprits are Mail and Safari).
Console offers a more complex series of system events.
Between the two you should be able to figure out if one of your applications isn't running efficiently -- watch for apps leaving inordinate numbers of messages in Console, or those that quickly use large amounts of Memory in Activity Monitor.
Standard ppractice
There are several standard steps that generally improve Mac performance.
Increase memory: put more RAM in your Mac
Free your memory: Use the award-winning Memory Clean app (free) to free up your existing RAM.
Check for space: OS X likes to create temporary files on the drive in normal use but in order to do so it requires you keep at least 10% of existing drive space free. Being unable to create these files will degrade system performance.
There's numerous additional steps you can take to improve your Mavericks Mac performance. I'll take a look at several Mavericks-specific ones later on, for example, it may be worth reducing the number of automatic Notifications you receive.

OS X Mavericks, iOS 7: Text Shortcuts explained

OS X Mavericks, iOS 7: Text Shortcuts explained

Mavericks and iOS 7 let you use the same Shortcuts for text entry on your Mac as on your mobile device. Here's how to enable and use the feature.
Enabling Shortcuts
You've been able to sync your text shortcuts between devices since iOS 6, with Mavericks your Mac will also use (and share) these text shortcuts. 
To enable this feature on your Mac simply launch System Preferences, open iCloud prefs and check the Documents & Data setting.
To enable your iOS device, open Settings>iCloud, and check the Documents and Data toggle switch to green (active).
In future any shortcut you set on your iPhone or iPad will work on your Mac, and vice versa. Delete a shortcut on one system and it will be deleted across your others.
Creating Shortcuts (iOS)
You can create new shortcuts on iOS within Settings>General>Keyboard and tap Shortcuts at the bottom of the screen.
Your iOS systems probably already have one shortcut set up, "omw", type this and your device will write "On My Way".
To add a shortcut tap the blue + (Plus) button at top right of the Shortcuts screen. You'll be asked to enter the Phrase you want to use in the Phrase box and a shortcut for that phrase in the Shortcut field. Save your new Shortcut and in future whenever you type those letters on your Mac or mobile device your chosen phrase will appear.
To delete a shortcut press the blue Edit button on the lower left corner of your device, you can then delete any shortcuts you no longer need. Those changes will be applied across all your enabled systems (Mac or iOS device).
Creating Shortcuts (Mavericks)
You control Shortcuts on Mavericks systems inside System Preferences. Select Keyboard and select the 'Text' tab at the top of the pane. Mavericks systems usually have some common fractions (½, ¾, ¼) already set-up.
To create a new shortcut press the + button in the lower left corner, in the main pane you will see two editable fields appear, Replace and With.
Type the shortcut you intend using in the Replace box and type the word or phrase you intend using in the With box. Then hit Return.
The new shortcut is now available on all your systems.
To delete a shortcut select it and press the - button.
Using shortcuts
To use a Shortcut on iOS, just type the letters and the shortcut should pop up in your Autocorrect box. Press space after you enter the letters and your device will use the shortcut.
To use a shortcut on Mavericks, just type the shortcut's letters and the full phrase should appear in autocorrect. To use that shortcut press the spacebar and write something else. If you don’t want to use the shortcut on a Mac you must either press the small X beside the suggestion in autocorrect (which is bit fiddly) or press the Escape key on your keyboard (easiest method).
Limitations of shortcuts
There's some ways in which Apple could improve shortcuts. For example, when you don't want to invoke any shortcuts on your iOS device, it would be nice if you could tell Siri to deactivate the feature on your device for a set period. Some users will use shortcuts to automatically fix mistakes made by autocorrect when writing technical terms, slang expressions or names.
I hope you find shortcuts useful.

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A List of New iOS 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

A List of New iOS 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

With iOS 7, Apple has introduced the possibility for third-party developers to support custom shortcuts with external (Bluetooth) keyboards in their apps. Keyboard shortcuts, longtime favorites of OS X power users, can now be enabled in iOS apps and, in the past few months, we've seen some notable examples such as OmniOutliner by The Omni Group adding supportfor this feature.1
Apple itself has been experimenting with keyboard shortcuts in built-in iOS 7 apps, and I thought I'd provide a list of the ones that I've found to be working on iOS 7.0.3 with my iPad mini and a Logitech tablet keyboard due to the lack of official documentation. This list was inspired by Rui Carmo, who first found out about keyboard shortcuts in Safari for iOS 7. Since Rui's post (and my link to it), the issues with the Logitech keyboard that he described have been fixed (the Spotlight key works on iOS 7.0.3) and I've collected some new shortcuts.
Right now, new keyboard shortcuts have only been added to Safari, Mail, and Pages in a very limited fashion. While they are consistent with their OS X counterparts, Apple has only brought a few of the Mac's shortcuts to its iOS 7 apps, leaving other apps like Messages or Reminders without shortcut support. It's likely that, with time, Apple will bring more shortcuts to Safari, Mail, and other stock apps. I couldn't find official documentation on Apple's website and I've tested every possible shortcut with a simple trial and error procedure on my iPad.
I will update this list regularly as Apple adds more keyboard shortcuts to its iOS apps. If you have discovered other keyboard shortcuts that are new to iOS 7 and haven't been mentioned here, please ping me on Twitter or send me an email.
Update 11/11: New shortcuts added thanks to Steven Troughton-Smith.


  • ⌘L to Open Location (like Safari for Mac, this selects the address bar so you can start typing to open a URL or search. You can't move up/down with the keyboard to select results though)
  • ⌘T to open a new tab
  • ⌘W to close the current tab
  • ⌘R to refresh the current tab
  • ⌘. to stop loading the current tab
  • ⌘G and ⌘⇧G to move between Find In Page results (activate Find In Page with touch from the address bar, tap the search field at the bottom, then try the shortcuts)
  • ⌘[ and ⌘] for navigation
Note: Safari can't switch between tabs or search in the current page with keyboard shortcuts in iOS 7.0.3.


  • ⌘N to create a new message
  • ⌘⇧D to send a message (from the Compose screen, it also works in other apps that implement a Mail sharing feature)
  • ⌦ (backspace) key to delete the currently selected message
  • ↑/↓ arrows to select suggested email address in To/CC/BCC popover fields


  • ⌘⇧K to comment
  • ⌘⌥K to show next comment
  • ⌘⌥⇧K to show previous comment
  • ⌘I/B/U to make text italic, bold, or underlined
  • ⌘D to duplicate the current object (such as an inline photo)
  • ⌘↩ to end editing and select parent (in table cells)
  • ↩ to insert a new line, ⌥↩ to select next cell (in table cells)
  • ⇥ to move to next cell, ⇧⇥ to move to previous cell
  • ⇧↩ to select cell above the current cell
  • ⌥↑/↓/→/← (arrow keys) to create a new row or column
  • ⌘↑/↓/→/← (arrow keys) to first/last cell in current row or column
Note: several keyboard shortcuts are shared across all the iWork apps, but we'll repeat them in individual sections for clarity purposes.


  • ⌘⇧K to comment
  • ⌘⌥K to show next comment
  • ⌘⌥⇧K to show previous comment
  • ⌘I/B/U to make text italic, bold, or underlined
  • ⌘D to duplicate the current object (such as an inline photo)
  • ⌘↩ to end editing and select parent
  • ↩ to select next cell
  • ⇥ to move to next cell, ⇧⇥ to move to previous cell
  • ⇧↩ to select cell above the current cell
  • ⌥↑/↓/→/← (arrow keys) to create a new row or column
  • ⌘↑/↓/→/← (arrow keys) to first/last cell in current row or column
Note: It's possible that these shortcuts were enabled before, but I've added them for the sake of completeness because I haven't seen them documented anywhere else.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

10 Useful Apps To Recover A Lost :

10 Useful Apps To Recover A Lost Or Stolen I-Phone :

For starters, you will lose all your precious data: music, photos, apps and contacts. Getting a new phone would mean you have to start recollecting all these items from scratch. If hearing that gives you a headache, let me remind you that the person who has located your iPhone will also have access to all your online accounts: social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, personal emails — and if you are one of the many people who do their banking online, better change those passwords quick. In any case, identity theft has been made easier these days since your smartphone now carries your online identity.
While it is almost impossible to prevent you from dropping or misplacing your iPhone, it is possible to reduce the effects (and pain) of losing your iPhone and the contents within forever. Here are 10 useful apps (3 of them with step-by-step guides on how to use them) which can help you turn the tables in the event of your iPhone going MIA.
Find My iPhone app allows you to use another iOS device to locate your missing iPhone on a map, protect your private data, display a message, play a sound at full volume (for few minutes) even if your missing iPhone was set to silent, and remotely lock your device. [Free]
To Use Find My iPhone Before iPhone is Lost or Stolen
  1. Upgrade your iPhone to iOS 5 or above.
  2. Register an iCloud account (Apple ID).
  3. Install Find My iPhone app.
  4. Turn on Find My iPhone by tapping Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Tap Allow to confirm this option.

Locate Missing iPhone with Find My iPhone:
As long as your Find My iPhone is turned on on the lost/stolen iPhone AND it’s connected to the Internet, you will be able to find your iPhone’s current location.
  1. Visit
  2. Sign in your iCloud account using Apple ID.
  3. Click on the Find My iPhone button.
  4. Choose Locate an iPhone device if you have set up more than one iOS device.
  5. Your lost/stolen iPhone’s location will show on the map if your device is online.
  6. If your iPhone is offline, you can set an option to receive an email whenever your iPhone is connected to the Internet.

GadgetTrak app increases your chances of recovering your lost or stolen iPhone by generating location reports, sending a discreet message to your device, and snapping a photo of the thief with the built-in camera. With its restriction on "Deleting Apps", the thief will not be able to delete GadgetTrak from your iPhone. [$3.99]
Install GadgetTrak Before the iPhone is Lost or Stolen
  1. Purchase and install GadgetTrak.
  2. Tap the GadgetTrak application icon on your iPhone to launch the app.
  3. Create an account and sign in.
  4. Set a passcode for GadgetTrak to prevent others from changing your settings or seeing the tracking status.
Recovering Lost/Stolen iPhone with GadgetTrak
  1. Visit to enable tracking.
  2. Select your device to log in.
  3. Once logged in, you’ll see your iPhone plotted on the map.
  4. Click the "View" button then select "Tracking Reports" on the top.
  5. The Camera allows you to snap a photo with a one-time fee
Device Locator allows you to track the location of your misplaced iPhone, sound an alarm on your lost or stolen iPhone, take a photo of the user remotely and send a message with sound. There’s no monthly or yearly fees involved. 
Use Device Locator Before the iPhone is Lost or Stolen
  1. Purchase and install Device Locator.
  2. Launch the app by tapping the icon.
  3. Create an account in
  4. Customize the settings in your iPhone.
LoJack Your Stolen or Lost iPhone with Device Locator
  1. Visit and login to your account.
  2. Set it to emergency mode and lock the application from the web application.
  3. Track your iPhone’s recent location history, including the most recent position on a map.
iHound helps locate and keep your iPhone safe with remote locking, remote data erasing, location tracking and siren alerts playing. It’s a free download but users are required to subscribe at least 3 months.
If Found+ replaces your iPhone background wallpaper with a message if you have lost your iPhone. Even if your iPhone is locked with a passcode, a good Samaritan can reach you if he/she finds your phone.

Phone Trace 4 tracks your lost or stolen iPhone’s real-time location reports and provides you with the new number of the person who is holding on to your iPhone. It also can send emails, SMS and some commands remotely
Motion Alarm plays a customized alarm to alert you or the unauthorized iPhone holder when a preset level of movement is reached. It also provides GPS tracking so you’ll be able to receive a position report in your email Inbox.
Navizon marks the positions of your lost/stolen iPhone with a real-time and accurate live locating system. [Free]
Besides Find My iPhone, the Find My Friends app can be used as an iPhone device tracker as well. By using your family members’ or friends’ iPhone (which has been accepted and added previously), you’ll be able to see your iPhone’s location on a list or on a map. [Free]

iCloud: A Cheater's Nightmare

iCloud :

Apple released iCloud for Mac, PC and iOS5 devices this week and after only a few days, millions of users have already started using the service.  However two features of the new iCloud service could cause big problems for anyone cheating or otherwise doing things they might not ought to be doing.


One of the most ballyhoo'd features of iCloud is Photo Stream.  To quote Apple's website:
With iCloud, when you take a photo on one device, it automatically appears on all your other devices. No syncing. No sending. Your photos are just there. Everywhere you want them.
Every picture snapped on your iPhone or iPad are automatically streamed to every other iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac configured with the same iCloud account.  A photo taken on your iPhone at the bar at 2am will near-instantly appear on your computer at home or on the iPhone of your spouse trying to text-message you asking what you're doing

You read that right: Once you take a picture, it will automatically be added into your Photo Stream and once that happens you cannot delete it.  Every pictures is stored on the Photo Stream for 30 days, or until you take over 1000 pictures, whichever comes first.
**Update for iOS 6: You can now delete pictures from your photostream, but only on the device you are deleting it from (it stays on the other device's Photostream)

Update 2013 - iOS 7 - Now when you delete a picture from Photostream, it is deleted from all devices.  If you use iPhoto had configure it to download your images, the downloaded images will not be deleted.

Find Friends:

Another new feature of iOS5 is a free app called "Find Friends".  Similar to the Find My iPhone service of iCloud, Find Friends allows you to invite people to follow you wherever you go.  Once you give authorization to allow someone to follow you, they will know where you are 24/7, without any notice.   Scorned lovers across the globe may already be secretly inviting and authorizing themselves (without the knowledge of the phone-owner, if they have access to the phone) to track their cheating husband or wife and every step they take.

How to Use Find My iPhone to Locate :

How to Use Find My iPhone to Locate Lost or Stolen iPhone

Everyone hopes to never need this article since, if you do, it means there's a good chance that your iPhone (or iPod touch or iPad) has been stolen. If it has been, though, and if you set it up to use Find My iPhone before it was stolen, you may be able to get it back--or at least prevent the thief from getting at your personal data. These instructions will help you use Find My iPhone to locate a lost or stolen iPhone.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: A minute or less

Here's How:

  1. As noted above, you need to have set up Find My iPhone on your device prior to it getting lost or stolen. If you did, go to in your web browser (there's also a Find My iPhone app [opens iTunes link] that you can install on another iOS device to track it. You don't need the app; it's simply another option. These instructions are for using the web-based tool).
    Log in using the account you used when setting up Find My iPhone. This is likely your Apple ID/iTunes account.
  2. When you log in, Find My iPhone will immediately begin trying to locate your device. You'll see onscreen messages as it works. If the device is turned off, the map will display its last known location, not necessarily its current location. When it's turned back on, the map will update.
    If it finds your device, it will zoom in on the map and show the location of the device using a green dot. When this happens, you can zoom in or out of the map, and view it in map, satellite, and hybrid modes, like in Google Maps.
  3. When your device is found, a window will pop up over the green dot (if it disappears because you clicked elsewhere on the page, just click the green dot again to get it back). Click the window and you'll see the various options you have.
    The first option is to have it play a sound. Sending a sound to the device is best when you think you've misplaced your device in the house or office and want help finding it. It can also be helpful if you think you know where a device may be, but someone is denying it. To do this, click Play Sound.
  4. You can also click the Lost Mode button. This will allow you to remotely lock the device's screen and set a passcode (even if you hadn't previously used a passcode) that will prevent the thief from using your device or accessing your personal data.
    To do this, click the Lost Mode button and enter the 4-digit lock code you want to use twice. You can then also enter a phone number where the person who has the device can reach you (this is optional; you may not want to share this information if it's been stolen). You can also, optionally, write a message that will be displayed on the device's screen. When you're ready, click Done and your device will now be inaccessible to the thief unless they guess your code.
  5. For even greater security, you can also remotely delete all data from the device. To do this, click the Erase button. There, you'll see a warning (basically, don't do this unless you're absolutely sure you want to). Click the box that says you understand what you're doing and click the Erase button. This will delete all your data, preventing the thief from accessing it.
  6. If you get the device back, you can restore your data from backup.
  7. If you think your device is on the move, click the target icon at the top left corner of the screen to refresh and get a new fix on your device's location.
  8. If you have more than one device configured to use Find My iPhone with this account, you'll see a menu called Devices in the top left corner. Click that to see a list of all devices available to be found.
  9. Tips:

    1. Related: Why Is Find My iPhone Not Working?

    What You Need

    • An iOS device
    • An iCloud account
    • To have enabled Find My iPhone before the device was lost
    • A web-connected computer or device

How To Use Your iPhone To GPS Track Someone's Location

WARNING: "Using this method to turn an iPhone into a real-time GPS location tracking device should only be done to an iPhone that you own.  Tracking someone's iPhone that you do not own, without the owner's permission or placing any tracking device on someone without their permission or knowledge is not only immoral, but it may also be illegal in some countries."

Did you know that your iPhone (iPad or iPod Touch) can be used as a real-time GPS location-tracking device, giving the (near) exact location of the phone (or the car, or purse that it is in) in near-real time?  You can watch on your PC or Mac as the location is pinpointed on a map, and updated every several seconds, accurately to within just a few feet!  The person holding the phone doesn't even have to do anything, and won't even know they are being tracked. Perfect for parents that want to keep an eye on their children's location - now buying (or loaning) an iPhone to your kids might make more sense.

  • Any iPhone (1st generation, iPhone 3g, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S) running iOS 5 or newer - Jailbreaking is not required.  First generation iPhones will provide slightly-less accurate location information due to the lack of a GPS chip, and must be in range of cell towers.  Works on all iPads, but for non 3G iPads, it will only work if/when the iPad is in range of a wireless network and the location data may be less accurate.  Also works on iPod Touch but only if wireless is enabled and the device is in-range of a wireless network
How to turn your iPhone into a GPS location-tracker:
The key to using your iPhone as a real-time GPS location tracker is the Find My iPhone service which is part of iCloud.  Most people have probably heard about the Find My iPhone service - Apple markets the service as a way to find your iPhone if it becomes lost or stolen - but what many do not realize about the Find My iPhone service is:
  1. You can use Find My iPhone to get real-time maps of where your iPhone is at any time.  You do not have to 'report' the phone as stolen.
  2. You can get the location of your iPhone as often as you wish, with no limits
  3. There is no limit to the number of iPhones you can track - they don't even have to be owned by you! Just remember: do not track a phone/person without that person's permission.  Should the iPhone owner catch on that you are tracking their every movement, the information they need to convict you will be stored in the iPhone.
How to setup location tracking on an iPhone:
  • On the iPhone you want to track, go into SETTINGS, then iCloud
  • Enter your iCloud account information
  • Scroll down through the iCloud options (contacts, calendars, etc) and make sure that Find My iPhone is ON
Your iPhone is now setup as a location tracker! 
How to find and track the location of your iPhone:
From any computer connected to the internet: From any browser go to and sign in with your email address/iTunes account and password.  Once signed-in select Find My iPhone.  When prompted, re-enter your password.  After a moment a list of all devices you have configured for tracking will show on the left of the screen.  Click the device to track - after a moment a map will appear with the location of your device pin-pointed in the center (this usually takes a few seconds).  If the iPhone is in motion it will not be updated live on the screen - click the refresh button near the upper-right (near the time) to update the location.
From another iPhone or an iPad: Download and install the free Find My iPhone app.  Start the app and enter your Mobile Me membername (email) and password.  Select the device to track from the list and a map will appear with the location.  To update the map/location, click the refresh-button in the lower left.
When tracking on either a computer or another iPhone or iPad: on the map, select "hybrid" view for the best map view.

That's all there is too it!  There are other, cheaper ways to track an iPhone but they require jailbreaking and the person with the iPhone must first run a specific application on the phone, and are just not as simple or 'fool proof' as this method.  This method requires only a minute to setup and does not require you to do anything on the iPhone once configured. 

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