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What's in Your iPhone's Dock?

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With the release of iOS 7, the iPhone became even more customizable. But did you know that you've always been able to customize your dock? You can place your favorite apps in the dock for easy access anytime.

In my previous post, I wrote about how you can have an uncluttered iPhone.  In this post, I am going to tell you how I have my iPhone dock set up and why. I invite you to share what apps you have in your dock. Just know that there are no right or wrong answers here.



How-To: Share Your Slow Motion Videos on Instagram

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With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple brought two new features to the device's camera: Slow Mo and Burst Mode. Both new shooting modes help capture great content that you can share with the ones you care about. But sharing Slow Mo vids is more difficult than it needs to be, especially on a service like Instagram. Luckily, we have a simple way to do it.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Ringtones & Sounds

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Ringtones and Sounds in iOS 7.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 28: Managing User Settings

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 28 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

Just about every app has the need to store and retrieve settings that are specific to the user. User settings include information such as name, ID, email address, password, high score (for games), preferences, and so on. 



The Uncluttered iPhone (How to See Your Wallpaper)

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Like many iPhone fans, I downloaded iOS 7 the day it was released. And I know I am not alone in having fallen in love with it. And with iOS 7 came a whole plethora of great features and upgrades. Now, users can finally have an uncluttered iPhone.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Maps

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Maps in iOS 7.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 27: Table View In-Place Editing

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 27 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In many of the built-in iOS apps, such as Settings, you are able to edit information directly in the cells of a table view. This is a nice feature, because you the user doesn't have to navigate to a separate scene just to enter a value. This is especially important when setting up email where there are several values that need to be entered.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Making the Most of Your Keyboard

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for the Keyboard.



Get the Most Out of Your Past, Present and Future with the Help of Your iPhone!

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Our minds are very powerful! Unfortunately most of us don't use our brain to its full potential. We are caught up with daily life. A lot of things might be spinning in your head and many don't serve you in a good way. In this article you will learn tips and tricks to maximize the use of your brain. 



Zooming While Shooting Video: Everything You Need to Know About High-Quality, Lossless Zooming

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This article is targeted at advanced iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users using iOS 7; video shooters; programmers coding video apps; and Apple's engineers in charge of bug fixing.

iPhones produce really decent video footage under ideal circumstances. Sure, they have their share of problems; for example, the lack of stereo audio recording, optical image stabilization (OIS), and wide field-of-view lens, all three supported by other flagships like the LG G2 running Android or the Nokia 92x/1020 running Windows Phone 8. However, under good lighting, and if you shoot on a tripod, you can easily have significantly better image quality than the LG G2 or most, if not all, Android phones. (Tripods make it possible to avoid camera blur, which is detrimental to the image quality.) Similarly, all iPhones since the iPhone 4 generally produce much better-detailed footage than most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras. They can, in video quality, easily beat even large-sensor DSLRs or ILC cameras because there's no aliasing or, unless you zoom in, moire in the image—unlike imost large-sensor cameras. Of course, a large-sensor camera will always have better dynamic range and less noise, meaning the iPhone is only preferable in ideal lighting circumstances or when you don't have any other camera with you.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 26: Xcode 5 Auto Layout Wrapup

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 26 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post we went through the steps of converting the Write Review scene in iAppsReview to iOS 7 and Xcode 5. In this post we're going to update a few more scenes and learn even more important information about Auto Layout, iOS 7's default edge-to-edge content, and how to specify a global tint for your app!



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Mail

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Mail in iOS 7.



Boldly Go to MacTech L.A. to Testdrive a Tesla and Sit in Captain Picard's Chair

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If you weren't already sold on joining me at MacTech Los Angeles in early November, thanks to the iPhone Life $100-off discount code, perhaps this will sweeten the deal.

Tesla will be letting attendees take a test drive in their electronic vehicles! 



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 25: Taming Xcode 5's New Auto Layout

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 25 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

One of the main requirements for iOS developers is to create apps that can adapt to different user interface sizes. With the 3.5-inch and 4-inch iPhones, the iPad, and rumors of new Apple devices with larger and smaller form factors, you need to make sure your app can adapt and look great on all these devices.



Why is it so %$&# Hard to Make an App Easy?!?

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The other night my wife and I were cooking dinner. We decided to try using a new app in order to find a new recipe. Unfortunately, this app was so poorly designed that it was practically impossible to use. Anyone could have designed that app better, right? Wrong. It’s hard to design something to be easy to use. And there is a science behind why it's so hard.



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Calendar

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for the new Calendar.



iPhoneography Workflow: 'Winter Sunrise'

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Welcome to my most recent iPhoneography workflow in which I'll show you how I creates this photo in only three steps and what apps I used.

Since winter will be here before we know it, I thought this would be a nice photo workflow to share this week. I always suggest getting up early and being on location approximately 15–20 minutes before the sun rises. This is when the magical colors of the earth awake, and they don't stay long, so be ready. 



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 24: Moving Projects to Xcode 5

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 24 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous column, I talked about some of the great new changes in Xcode 5, Apple's tool for creating iOS apps. In this post, I am going to move the iAppsReview project to Xcode 5 and iOS 7 and we'll talk about some of the challenges you will encounter as you move your apps forward. 



iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Lesser Known Features

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Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. You've likely heard and seen the big changes to the new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. This week I'm going to give some tips on features for iOS 7.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Special Edition: Moving to iOS 7

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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, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! 

As I write this blog post (September 18, 2013), Apple has officially released iOS 7 and Xcode 5! I'm going to take a detour from my usual topic of building the iAppsReview app and give you an overview of these new tools and technologies. You can check out the regular series here.



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