iPhone Life magazine

iOS 8.1.3 Update Makes Updates Easier

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It's great that Apple makes operating system updates free for both iOS and Mac OS users. Even Microsoft is following suit, with Windows 10. And it's great that you can set up your Apple device to automatically download updates. But if you are close to running out of storage space, this can be a problem. A large update file could download without your knowledge and not have enough free space to extract and install the update. Then you end up with even less free space and the inability to update, at least until you delete old photos, videos, movies, and apps. This was exacerbated when Apple automatically downloaded U2's latest album to everyone without their knowledge or approval!



Fashioning a New Apple Retail Experience?

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Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, is now Apple's head of Retail and she's putting her stamp on things already. This February, instead of seeing gaggles of Apple employees in matching t-shirts, they may now be wearing matching polo shirts (and t-shirts.) Apple Insider has received an email with the new attire descriptions and photos. The changes are subtle, but intentional. Employees will still have choices like short sleeves or long sleeves, and if they want to wear a white long-sleeve shirt underneath, they can do so.



Apple Watch to Ship in April

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When the Apple Watch was announced, we were told it would ship in "Early 2015." At one point, signs pointed to a February 14 date, which would just barely make it for Valentine's Day gifts. It looks like my wife will have to find something else for me, as now not only will the Apple Watch not make its appearance in February, but it probably will skip March and wait until April. According to Tim Cook, the first four months of the year qualify as "early" and the next four are "mid" and the last four are "late."



Apple Pay Comes to Kiosks, Vending Machines, Parking Services, Laundry Equipment, and More

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On Tuesday, USA Technologies announced support for Apple Pay, bringing this mobile payment system to over 200,000 self-serve appliances throughout the U.S. USA Technologies is a leader of wireless, cashless payment solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, according to their press release. Locations and services officially supporting Apple Pay now include owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations, and other self-serve appliances.



Plan Your Family Vacation and Win a $50 iTunes Gift Card!

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Anyone who has ever been on a family vacation knows it takes a lot of forethought and planning to make it  successful. So much can go awry! So why not distract yourself from the dreary weather and start planning to make this year's getaway a blast, and perhaps earn a $50 iTunes Gift Card and a spot in our annual Travel issue in the process.



WINNERS of the iPhone Life January 26 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the January 26 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the February 9 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winner is... (drum roll please):



Tip of the Day: Magnify your Screen Display on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Are you in denial about needing a stronger prescription for your glasses or contacts? Display Zoom is here to act as an enabler for a little bit longer! With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you can choose between either standard or zoom display resolutions.



Bigger Phones for Bigger Profits

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Apple took its time releasing a phablet and there were several reasons for that delay. Steve Jobs felt that larger phones were unusable, and that users would appreciate being able to operate the iPhone with one hand. Tim Cook is in charge now and Apple figured out how to control basic functions with one hand using Reachability. This mode is activated by double tapping (not double clicking) the home button, and it can be disabled or enabled in Settings > General > Accessibility. With this mode enabled, apps and menus can be made to display in the lower half or two thirds of the screen, so everything is in reach of your thumb even if you're holding the iPhone in one hand.



Big Boost in Batteries, But Only for Calculators

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We love our iPhones, and soon, our Apple Watches, but the biggest complaint with such devices is battery life. As these gadgets get smarter, bigger, and faster, the battery life has remained fairly constant. That means battery technology is improving, but only at a pace that matches the power-hungry new features. That accomplishment is, and should be, considered remarkable. But it's not enough. The Apple Watch is rumored to get between 2.5 to 4 hours of heavy use or 19 hours of light use. Can't we do better?



Blue Microphones' Mo-Fi Headphones: Taking Hi-Fi to the Next Level

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I've been hearing a good deal of positive feedback from my peers in the tech press about the Blue Microphones' Mo-Fi headphones ($349.98), so I was eager to spend some time sampling the audio performance and comfort that these oddly designed headphones offered. What I discovered was a pair of high-end, superior-quality headphones that manage to set themselves apart from a crowded field in a number of unique and distinguishing ways.

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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 7: The Big Picture

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 7 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to Swift, iOS 8 and Xcode 6)

In my last several posts, we have created a prototype app called iAppsReview that allows users to rate apps on their iOS devices. Whenever you build an app, it's a best practice to first create a prototype that you can give to your client or potential user base for feedback. You often need to make changes to the prototype based on the feedback you receive. However, once the dust has settled, you need to turn the prototype into a real app. This requires writing code. Since this blog series is specifically designed for non-programmers, we need to take a step back and look at the big picture of app development and learn the basics of writing code.



Tip of the Day: How to Auto-Fill Credit Card Information Using Your iPhone Camera

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Apple has made it easy to enter your credit or debit card information. Just use your iPhone's camera to auto-fill text boxes with your information when entering a card for use with Apple Pay (if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus) or when making online purchases.



New "Free on iTunes" Section in iTunes Store Offers Music & TV Episodes

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Apple has launched a new section in the iTunes Store title "Free on iTunes" that gives you convenient access to free songs and free full-length TV episodes. The music section currently offers 16 songs from artists such as Rogue Wave, Purity Ring, Michelle Chamuel, and Machine Head — which, as you can see, are mostly unknown or up-and-coming artists. The 24 TV episodes available are from TV series such as 12 Monkeys, The Musketeers, K.C. Undercover, Backstrom, and Eye Candy, plus episodes from educational channels such as TLC and Animal Planet. This new section is available in the desktop iTiunes software and on your device.



Review: Truffol Station 5 USB Charging Hub

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Nowadays, it’s more common than not to own more than one device that can be charged via USB. If that’s the case, you probably have a jumbled mess of wall adapters and various cords in different plugs throughout your workspace. To help alleviate at least some of that mess is Truffol’s Station 5 ($39.99).



Android Phones Have Apple's Fingerprints All Over Them

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Everyone knows that Samsung and Google "took" some features from iOS and the iPhone and Apple did the opposite as well. It happens all the time, in every industry. While Apple resorted to help from the courts at times, it appears that the company learned the real lesson. If you don't want your technology to end up in a competitor's product, buy the technology outright. That's what they did with their fingerprint sensor, which has been head and shoulders above the competition, so far.



Is Your iPhone Not Gold Enough?

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Are you among the "Gold is Best" crowd? When Apple launched the gold iPhone 5s, did you scour the web and retailers in your area to find your own "golden ticket?" If you prefer gold but think the Apple version is too "champagne" for you and not gold enough, there is another option. As long as you don't mind spending $3,000 or more!



Tip of the Day: How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Computer Using iTunes or AirDrop

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As a writer, I appreciate the portability of bringing my work with me wherever I go. I can write an article on my Mac then transfer it to my iPhone to polish it up while I’m waiting to pick the kids up from school.

I also routinely transfer my photos and videos from my iPhone to my computer for storage.

Although you can now use Handoff to start work on an iDevice and finish on a computer, the feature requires a late model Mac running OS X Yosemite and an iOS device running iOS 8.1. However, it's also fairly simple to transfer files from a Mac to an iPhone or vice versa with iTunes and AirDrop.



Are You Stan Lee's Biggest Fan? LiveJournal App Contest Ends Soon!

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I think I'm Stan Lee's biggest fan, but my daughter might be beg to differ. Lee is responsible for so many of the superheroes I grew up with and that are in the movie theatres today! Without Stan Lee, there would be no Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Avengers, and countless more.



Check your Aggression Levels with NHL Hockey Target Smash!

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I've been having fun with NHL Hockey Target Smash (free), and it's not all about smashing targets. With the hockey simulator game, you get to choose your team colors, enter your name, and customize your hockey stick and even your puck. That's something Tom Brady would love to do with his football! But that's another sport. Speaking of other sports, Concrete Software, the maker of NHL Hockey Target Smash, also makes PBA Bowling Challenge, another fun licensed app I've played and enjoyed.



Tip of the Day: View Your Timer Status on Lock Screen

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Find it frustrating that you have to go back into your clock app to see how much time is left on your timer? Ever wondered if there was another way to check you timer's status? Well, look no further than your lock screen.