By David Averbach on Tue, 07/07/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 07/07/2015
The Apple Watch launch has come and gone, and while the watch only became available in retail stores about a week ago, analysts are taking stock of the device's sales. Slice is a research firm that tracks technology sales, which is difficult since Apple doesn't publicly release such info. Still, Slice believes that Apple went from selling 200,000 watches per day down to 20,000 per day, a 90 percent decrease.
By Carolyn Grayson on Tue, 07/07/2015
Regardless of whether you want to post product reviews on YouTube or create a tutorial for Grandma on how to use her iPad, Explain Everything ($2.99) offers an easy-to-use interface that creates professional quality presentations and videos.
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 07/07/2015
Leaked photos and schematics of purported iPhone 6s parts are revealing further details about the forthcoming iPhone, presumed to be called the iPhone 6s. All of the images suggest that externally the phone will be virtually identical to current models, such that it will be compatible with cases and other accessories already available. However, a post on Cult of Mac that shows a leaked schematic says the new phone could be marginally thicker: 7.1 mm compared to the 6.9 mm for the current iPhone 6 (and 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6 plus). The reason for the greater thickness is the Force Touch feature that the new phones are expected to have. If this is true, it certainly marks a different direction from Apple's usual approach of thinner and lighter. But the difference in thickness is so slight that it would hardly be noticeable.
By Becca Ludlum on Tue, 07/07/2015
Creating groups in your Contacts can be helpful when you need to message the same groups of people multiple times—for example, sports teams, teachers, or even the group of friends you always go to the gym with. This feature requires that you have iCloud Contacts set up (Go to Settings > iCloud and enter password if requested, and then toggle Contacts on), and it can only be set up on a computer—not a mobile device. You will, however, be able to access your Groups from your mobile device after setup.
By Siva Om on Mon, 07/06/2015
When it comes to headphones, who wants a tangle of cables if you don't need them? And who needs buttons, when touch-sensitive headphone controls are the wave of the future? This week we're taking a look at two of my favorite pairs of Bluetooth, touch-controlled, on-ear headphones, to see how they compare.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 07/06/2015
By Jim Karpen on Mon, 07/06/2015
The iPhone 6s is now in production, according to the Taiwanese website DigiTimes, with the launch expected in September. Of course, production mode typically entails leaked parts and documents. As my fellow Todd Bernhard noted, 9To5Mac has posted photos of the chassis of the next iPhone and a number of other parts. Now, according to PhoneArena.com, a document leaked from Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn indicates that the next iPhone will have a 12-megapixel camera that will be able to shoot 4K video at 240 fps for slow motion effects. The current 8-megapixel camera is capable of 240 fps, but is limited to 1080p video. This is a significant upgrade. In addition, the document says that the front-facing FaceTime camera will make a big jump from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 07/06/2015
One of the best places to get Apple accessories is Amazon, and one of the best ways to buy products from Amazon is with Amazon Prime. For the uninitiated, Amazon Prime is a membership program, normally $100 per year (which can be discounted by 50 percent for .EDU customers) that offers free two-day shipping on many items. That alone is a bargain for many frequent Amazon customers.
By Abbey Dufoe on Mon, 07/06/2015
Most of us have no idea how to figure out how much data we’re using, but there are a lot of reasons why that knowledge might be helpful to know. Whether you pay for extra data that you never end up using, or don't pay for enough only to end up exceeding your limit and costing yourself more money, the fact is that keeping track of your data usage could save you a whole lot of money in the long run. Lucky for you, there's an app for just that (or rather, a few apps).
By Becca Ludlum on Sun, 07/05/2015
The Health app is a great tool and works with many accessories, but sometimes it's just easier to enter information yourself. It's not very intuitive to manually enter data in the Health app, so I wanted to share with you how to do so, as well as show you some of the many things the Health app will track for you.
By Violet Cooper on Sat, 07/04/2015
If you’ve recently upgraded your iOS device, you’ve probably noticed that your older device still appears under iCloud’s list of backups. These previous backups take up a lot of unnecessary storage space and (assuming you have your most recent iPhone backed up already) they don’t really do you any good either. Here’s how you can delete those old backups and save some extra space!
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 07/03/2015
During a recent taping of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart's guest, Jon Hamm, received a text message on his Apple Watch. I attended a taping of The Daily Show just last month, and attendees have to keep their cellphones off. I guess that doesn't apply to celebrity guests! Stewart noticed his guest's notification about five minutes into the interview and spent some time ribbing Hamm about it. I half-expected him to reply to the sender with an audio recording by the two Jons. Whether Hamm had his iPhone in the dressing room nearby, or on his person, it was a great example of how convenient the Apple Watch can be. The wearer can choose to ignore the notice, or respond with voice either as an audio recording or trasncribed via Siri, or select from assorted preconfigured messages.
By Violet Cooper on Fri, 07/03/2015
If you find yourself typing the same personal information over and over again in Safari, try using AutoFill. Setting up AutoFill on your iPhone saves you time and ensures the accuracy of the information you enter on the web.
By Siva Om on Thu, 07/02/2015
Summer's here and it's high time for getting away on summer vacation. Taking time to relax, enjoy nature, and see different places is such a great way to expand one's perspectives, broaden one's horizons, and rest and recuperate from our busy and hectic schedules. When it comes to finding the best deals and the most value for our vacations, there are no shortage of useful iOS apps to help us with our travel planning. These are our 5 favorites...