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Using a Reliable iPhone Case Can Mean Cash Later

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I never, ever carry my iPhone without a protective case. While I would love to be one of those people (you know who you are!) who bares their beautiful gold iPhone for the world to see, I just can't do it. I'm clumsy and terrified that I'll drop it—even though I have a great insurance policy on it. 



iRig Mic HD Review

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Relying on the built-in microphone on your iPhone or iPad for recording audio performances is fine for quick stream of consciousness captures. But if you’re serious about audio fidelity and capturing high-quality recordings, you need a serious microphone for the job. Does IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD meet this demanding requirement? Read on to find out.



iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: Pelican ProGear Voyager

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It's that time of year again. Right after a new iPhone comes out there is the inevitable deluge of great cases to protect your new investment. This happens with every iPhone release, but perhaps never more markedly than with the introduction of the completely new form factors of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If ever an iPhone needed a case, it is these larger models, with their increased real estate, slick, rounded edges, and extra weight. Rather than clump a bunch of individual cases together into one roundup I'll be focusing on one great iPhone 6/6 Plus case each week over the course of the coming months. This week's featured case is Pelican's ProGear Voyager.



Tip of the Day: How to Add a Third-Party Keyboard in iOS 8

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One of the most-requested features for the iPhone and iPad was the ability to add third-party keyboards, and Apple responded to that request in iOS 8. Popular keyboards such as Swype ($0.99) and SwiftKey (free) add many features, and can speed up text entry.



Swift Programming 101: Demystifying Swift's Initializers (Part 2)

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In this second part of my two-part post on Demystifying Swift's Initializers, I explain the concepts of initializer chaining, two-phase initialization, and initializer inheritance using hands-on examples that walk you through some of these deeper concepts. You can read part 1 of this post at this link.

If you would like to follow along and perform the step-by-step instructions with this post (highly recommended) you can download the project we have completed so far at this link.



Tip of the Day: Keep Your iPad from Ringing Everytime You Get a Phone Call

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Apple's new iOS 8 is great, and one of those great new features is Continuity. With Continuity, users of multiple Apple products can take a phone call on one device and switch to another on the fly. I typically leave my iPhone docked at the entrance to my house and then I work upstairs on my MacBook. When the phone rings, I have to make a mad dash to answer it. Now I can take the call on my iPad. And soon, with Mac OS X Yosemite, I can answer the phone call on my MacBook!



Why Jabra's Revo Are My Pick for Best On-Ear Bluetooth Headphone

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Out of a crowded field, the Jabra Revo Bluetooth headphones ($199.99) get my vote as one of best pairs of Bluetooth headphones of this year. Specifically, within the on-ear category of headphones, the Revo's performance is unparalleled. They are masterfully designed and show a remarkable level of attention to all of the details that go into making an exceptional pair of 'phones; from their intuitive user interface to the extreme torture testing they go through before they are shipped. I realize Bluetooth headphones aren't everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for a top quality pair, the Revos are the best your money can buy.



Figure Out Tips and Splits Without an App with Tip 'n Split

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There are a lot of tip calculators and bill-splitting apps, but many restaurants frown upon patrons pulling out their smartphones. And now that iPhones are getting larger and larger, I long for the days of a truly pocketable phone. The folks behind Tip 'n Split have come up with a handy, dedicated device that makes dining out a little easier, especially for seniors. This rugged little unit includes a 2.5X magnifying glass, which makes reading menus and bills easier. There's even a flashlight button to light things up. Of course, the main point of Tip 'n Split is to make it easier to figure out the tip, and to split the bill among multiple diners.



The Best Rugged iPhone 6 Plus Case for Under $20.

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I only ended up with the Unicorn Beetle PRO ($19.99) by happenstance. I needed a rugged case for my iPhone 6 Plus as soon as possible, since I didn't want to use it without a case, but while most case makers had plenty of cases for the iPhone 6 ready to ship at launch, few were ready with cases for the 6 Plus, and even fewer had cases ready for the 6 Plus that were rugged options. With good reason I felt I needed a heavy duty case for this large and heavy iPhone 6 Plus, so I took to Amazon and before long these rugged cases from a manufacturer I hadn't heard of began coming up in the search results, and their rugged cases seemed, at first glance at least, to be almost on par with Griffin's Survivor All-Terrain ($59.99) or Otterbox's Defender ($69.90), two industry-leading, rugged case brands. So I took a chance and placed my order, figuring it was only $20 in the event that I hated it. I can now say that not only was I immediately impressed by the overall design and build of this sturdy case, I've been using it for almost two weeks now, and I've already drop-tested this case with hard falls from approximately three-feet high. It's safe to say that the way this case performs and feels in the hand is definitely reminiscent of the Otterbox Defender or the Survivor All-Terrain.



Tip of the Day: Answer Phone Calls On Your iPad

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Forget running downstairs to where you left your iPhone, take the call on your iPad or iPod instead (as long as you have later-model devices running iOS 8).



Air Supply - SOS (Save Our Sheep) Game Review

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Air Supply – SOS (Save Our Sheep) ($1.99) is a great game, and it does what any Air Supply game does best; it provides you with plenty of stuff to unlock. There are also boss fights, a mini game, and perks. Life is all about perks, right?



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,200,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



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.



Tip of the Day: Delete Mail Faster in iOS 8

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In iOS 7, deleting individual emails from your inbox in the Mail app was a multi-step process. You had to swipe left on the email preview and then choose Delete from the options that appeared. It's much faster in iOS 8.



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