PRD 001 – Introduction to Phone Repair Doctor Podcast

It’s been a long time coming, in fact years since 2012 when I first thought about it, but the Phone Repair Doctor now has a podcast.

This podcast will be dedicated to discussing all aspects of smart devices from iPhone, iPod, and iPads through to other smart devices that we use on a daily basis.

Listen to the inaugrual episode, and let me know what you think.

Any questions or comments just leave them below.

The Evolution of iOS

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iOS 8 on iPhone 6 Plus

Here is a brief review on the history of Apple’s operating system from the time iOS was launched in 2007. iOS is the operating system for iPad, iPhones, and iPods.  Apple is currently up to it’s 8th edition of its operating system, and launched iOS 8 last year (September 2014).

iOS 1, 2007

Steve Jobs described Apple iPhone back in 2007. He pointed out the problem with using pointing devices when humans already have built in pointing devices – fingers.  From thereon, people were happy to tap, flick, and wave with their phones’ browsing messages and other forms of content.

iOS 2, 2008

The average Apple users have not fully understood all the features embedded in iOS 1 but Steve Jobs released a new version through the iOS 2 just five months after the older version was released.  The evolution further expanded by releasing an SDK (software development kit) to third party creators which allowed them to create applications for Apple gadgets.  It was during this time that the Apple store was created.

iOS 3, 2009

In this version, more updates were embedded, especially those that were demanded by Apple customers such as landscape keyboard, MMS messaging, cut and paste functions, video recording, and voice control and recording.  Apple users were really delighted with the development and looked forward for an upgrade on iOS.  In 2010, Apple introduced the iPad.

iOS 4, 2010

Apple loyal customers were very excited when this version finally got to see the light of day during the summer of 2010.  Users were happy to play around with the advanced and improved features like real time video calling, multi-browser for applications, spell check, folders to arrange apps, and the launching of iBooks.

iOS 5, 2011

Although there was no perceived technological revolution made in this version, it did manage users to acclimatise with the new features by improving the way iOS owners use their Apple devices – such as computer free set up of iOS and updates.   It is also in this version that SIRI was introduced; the virtual assistant that lives inside Apple devices.  Steve Jobs claimed that they introduced 200 additional features in this version through apps, messaging, and notifications applications for example.

iOS 6, 2012

In this evolution of the iOS, Apple customers were recipients of additional 200 features that includes more user friendly Facebook integration, LTE (long term evolution – which is basically 4G) support, Apple Maps, and an improved SIRI.

iOS 7, 2013

Launched in June of 2013, this version encouraged peer to peer sharing of media, the control center was created, and of course a new design was introduced, creating more sleek and stylish appearance of the whole operating system.

iOS 8, 2014

The most significant technological revolution iOS 8 has is the introduction of Apple Pay; a payment system where users no longer need to swipe their credit cards.

With these evolutions, the tech pundits are always trying to predict what new advancements Apple will come up with next in iOS9 (release announcement due in June 2015), but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Some Exciting iOS Apps to Look Forward to this 2015

One of the most exciting developments with regards to Apple is the announcement of a possible partnership with IBM.  The whole community are eagerly awaiting for further development on what this partnership will bring to the mobile technology world.  One thing is sure though; there will be more exciting applications to be introduced in 2015.  While waiting for this partnership to develop further, let us discuss some exciting iOS apps to look forward to in 2015 first.

iOS 2015 apps

Quicken 2015

This application will make you stay connected with your money.  Some of the interesting features are:

  • Auto show of your Quicken budget
  • Attachment of receipts to transactions
  • User friendly graphs
  • Warning and alerts systems for changes in accounts


If you have problems with scanners and how you wish you have one that is not bulky and allows your iOS gadget to scan documents for easy facilitation of work while on the move.  Camscanner is the application you need if you want your iOS device to perform like a scanner.


This application is going to be the most exciting travel app.  Here are the reasons why:

  1. It serves 50 countries.
  2. Can book you a taxi.
  3. Paypal and credit cards are accepted as mode of payment.

Adobe 2015

Previously, you can only manage pictures with your desktop. But Adobe has shown that your iPad, iPhone, or iPod can be also used to edit pictures. Adobe apps for mobile can even edit and remove distracting particles from your pictures.


In this application, news and online content are presented in one location.  It is embedded with RSS features which enable you to customise news and blog content you would like to receive.

Evernote 2015

If you want to be really organised this year, this free application is a must for you.  Evernote app promises to be a big help to your productivity.  The most important feature offered by this app is its ability to synchronise all your stored files when you save it to a cloud provider.  It will no longer be difficult for you to remember details because of this application.


As mobile screens become bigger, curating content from your favourite sites and social network is no longer a headache.  You can create your own digital magazine pages through this application.


If you are a huge movie fan but find it difficult to recall movie titles or actors in a particular movie or TV show, let IMDb app help you figure them out.  The application is also capable of finding movies shown nearest your location and buy movie tickets.

Open Table

This app let you reserve tables in your favourite restaurant.  An added bonus is you can use your Apple Pay feature in your iPhone 6 to pay for dinner through this app.

Enjoy these exciting apps for 2015!