It may surprise you to know that the iPhone has two microphones and when on a speakerphone or FaceTime call, you’re probably talking into the wrong one.
The iPhone actually has two speakers and two microphones. One set is at the top of the device and one set is at the bottom. The bottom microphone is located to the left of the dock connector. The top microphone is located next to the headphones jack.
When on a typical call the bottom microphone is active and the top microphone is used for noise cancellation.
Often when users are in a speakerphone or FaceTime call, and the person on the other end of call can’t hear them, they will move closer to the phone and speak towards the microphone at the bottom of the device. Surprisingly, that’s the wrong microphone to be talking to. Rather than using the bottom mic, Apple switches off noise cancellation and uses the top microphone to maintain a maximum distance between the bottom speaker and the voice input at the top of the iPhone.
This was new information to me, hopefully you find it useful when making your next call.
Apple has launched iCloud.com giving you access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and iWork for iOS.
For those with a MobileMe account you will need to migrate to iCloud. We’ll be posting a tutorial on how to do that shortly.
You can setup a new iCloud account by signing in with your Apple ID. Create one here.
Get more information here
Apple has officially released iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
You can get the update by connecting your device to iTunes and clicking the Check for Update button.
The iOS 5 firmware includes over 200 new features. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.