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October 6 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce October 6! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Apple Responds to Bendgate: Only 9 Customers Complained of Bent iPhone 6 Plus

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As the video in my earlier post shows, it appears that it's fairly easy to bend the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. That video went viral, with over 20 million views. Blogs were buzzing, and Apple's stock took a dip.



iPhone 6 Plus "Bendgate" Leads to Bendathon: Which Smartphones Are Most Bendable?

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As I write this, Apple hasn't yet commented on the propensity of the iPhone 6 Plus to bend in your pocket. After the phone was released there were scattered reports that it could bend if you wear tight pants—even in your front pocket. Then Lewis Hilsenteger posted a video on his YouTube channel Unbox Therapy that showed him bending his iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. The video went viral, and seemingly all the major media picked up the story.



Tip of the Day: Add Phone Numbers to Contacts from Mail in iOS 8

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You probably already know you can call a phone number from within an email by tapping on the number. But did you know that you can now quickly add the phone number to Contacts as well?



Swift 101: Demystifying Swift's Initializers (Part 1)

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Now that Apple has officially released Xcode 6 and the NDA has been lifted, it's time to dive deeper into Swift—Apple's new language for building iOS apps. Learning how to properly use initializers in Swift can be daunting at first. Swift's requirement that all stored properties in a class are initialized adds complexity to the initialization process. In the first part of this two-part post I'm going to demystify initializers as I provide a hands-on approach to learning how to best implement initializers in your custom classes.



Yantouch Offers 2 Smart Home Devices in 1

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There are several trends in the consumer electronics industry. Smart home accessories are a big thing now. Bluetooth speakers are big. And convergence is big. So it was nice to see the convergence of both a Bluetooth speaker and an app-enabled lighting unit, all in one cool looking gadget from Yantouch.



Updategate: Downgrade Back to iOS 8 from iOS 8.0.1

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It's not unusual for Apple to release hardware or software that has a glitch or bug. It's become the unfortunate trend that when a glitch in the Apple matrix is discovered, it gets nicknamed "such and such-gate." Do you remember Antennagate, which happened on Steve Jobs' shift, when numerous users reported dropped calls if they simply held their iPhone "wrong"? Then again, you needn't think back that far. Last month we were hit with Celebgate, (aka: the Fappening) where personal iCloud accounts of popular female celebrities were hacked and their nude photos flooded the internet.



The iPhone 6 Plus: Week One, Second Thoughts?

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I don't regret my decision to get the iPhone 6 Plus, not at all. To say that Apple has impressed me with the new iPhone 6 Plus would be an understatement. I am in awe of this device, often times when I am using it I'll notice a smile creep onto my face as I play my favorite graphically enhanced games or notice amazing new device features in action. But after a week with this iPhone at my side I've discovered that despite the fact that the 6 Plus is proving to be one of the best premium smartphones on the planet, there are still some significant issues (yes, even after this most recent iOS 8.0.1 update) that Apple really needs to address.



Keep Friends & Family Safe with V.ALRT!

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Want to keep tabs on someone (or maybe someone wants to keep them on you?) Consider V.ALRT (on sale for $59.99) which requires no expensive monthly services. The V.ALRT mobile tracking application can detect a fall, and has a panic button that can be configured to automatically alert and send SMS texts to friends andfamily, but the open API means that new apps will become available for this interesting and versatile health accessory from VSN Mobil 



FiftyThree's Paper & Pencil Are the New Paper & Pencil

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I recently had the opportunity to try the Pencil stylus from FiftyyThree along with Paper by FiftyThree (free). Just as Apple is able to provide a seamless integration of hardware and software, FiftyThree has done the same with their elegant stylus and equally elegant sketching app.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri Hands Free with iOS 8

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Siri can be quite useful, but if you really want a "Jarvis" kind of experience, like Tony Stark in Iron Man, you need to be able to interact with Siri without touching a button. Fortunately, iOS 8 makes this possible. 



Two New iPhone 6 Commercials Feature Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

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On Monday, Apple debuted two new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus commercials titled "Huge" and "Cameras" and featuring voiceovers by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. As you might expect, "Huge" highlights the larger screen of the two phones and focuses on how it makes things easier. In the banter between the two celebs, Fallon plays it straight, talking about the advantages, and Timberlake simply keeps repeating that the phones are so huge. 



Tip of the Day: Take Slo Mo Movies on Your iPhone

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The iPhone 5s gave us Slo Mo video capture, where images are recorded at 120 FPS (Frames Per Second) and then played back at 30 FPS. But now the iPhone 6 offers Super Slo Mo, which captures 240 FPS. This will allow for some incredible action videos. I played with this new feature at my daughter's softball game and was able to analyze her swing and running essentially in real time. This could be a great boon to coaches and athletes, not to mention a lot of fun! Here's how to use it:



WINNERS of the iPhone Life September 22 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the September 22 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 October 6 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winners are... (drum roll please):



This Week's Gaming Distraction: Can You Steal It?

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Can You Steal It? is a nice throwback to the Flash games of the 2000s but is too easy for those who would find it nostalgic.



I Bought an iPhone 6. Then I Bought Another One

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It was a given that I'd buy a new iPhone. As an app developer, I have to test my apps on the latest gear, and writing for iPhone Life magazine means I need to be able to test and report on the latest cases, accessories, etc. But, like most of us, I had to preorder an iPhone that I couldn't physically try out beforehand. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus would be too big, and I already have an iPad. So I preordered an iPhone 6 on September 12, which wasn't a breeze, but at least one would be waiting for me.



Hello iPhone 6 Plus: First Impressions and Unboxing

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The iPhone I've been requesting that Apple make is finally here. My iPhone 6 Plus safely arrived this morning and it's everything I hoped it would be. With great finesse and style, it encapsulates all I'd envisioned a larger iPhone would offer. I am not in the least bit disappointed, in fact, if it was a quarter-inch to a half-inch bigger that would've been just fine with me. My first impressions (and unboxing video) follow after the break.



Over 10 Million iPhones Sold in 3 Days; Benchmarks Show Better Than Competition

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Apple broke their previous record and sold over 10 million iPhones the first three days. And according to CEO Tim Cook, they could have sold more if they had had a greater supply. He said the company is working hard to fill the orders. In addition, Apple could also have sold more if they had been able to simultaneously launch in China, but that country won't see the new phones until 2015 because they haven't yet been approved by Chinese regulators. One result was that Chinese scalpers flooded the Apple Stores on Friday, arriving by the busload. Reports say that the new iPhones are selling for as much as $3,000 in China. But even without the phones going on sale in China, Apple took in some $6.5 billion, which is pretty amazing.



Game Centered: Metal Revolutionizes iOS Gaming

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we've got some of the biggest news to concern iOS gaming ever, that's no exaggeration. You've been hearing all about the new and improved power of iOS 8's Metal, which vastly enhances the way games and other graphic-intensive applications can access the power of your iDevice's computer chip. Well, the day has finally arrived and iOS Metal can now be taken for a test drive. Metal is the most significant advancement in the world iOS gaming since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Have you tried it out yet?



Huge Crowds at Apple Stores; Apple Offers Free iPhone iOS 8 iBook

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So far the reviews for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus verge on the ecstatic, and huge crowds lined up Friday to purchase the new phone. You can see a roundup of photos and videos of the crowds from around the world on BGR and AppleInsider. The size of the crowds is much larger than the iPhone 5/5s launches. If you're lucky enough to have a new iPhone, or if you're eager to have a comprehensive guide to iOS 8 on your iPhone, you'll want to get the free iPhone User Guide for iOS 8. You can download it via iBooks on your iOS device or on your Mac, or via iTunes. Here's Apple's description:



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