In the post-Apple Watch world, like it or not, every wearable will be compared to the Apple offering. Fortunately, Apple has left quite a few gaps in their product line, allowing folks like Cogito to compare quite favorably. They offer a pair of watches, one at about $130 and the other at $180. This is about the price of a nice band from Apple!
Re/Code reported late last week that Apple's new subscription music service, expected to be announced next month, may include a free trial of one to three months, if Apple gets its way in current negotiations with the record labels. In addition, Apple would like to offer free samples of songs. A company, for example, might make one song from a new album available for free as a way of enticing listeners to purchase the album. Plus, Apple wants to offer free iTunes Radio stations curated by real DJs and has already begun hiring them.
It's a poorly kept secret that Apple is looking at making a bigger iPad, dubbed an iPad Pro, likely with a 12.9-inch screen. And we have seen indications that such an iPad would make use of Apple's new Force Touch sensors to detect how hard a user presses, and respond differently based on that pressure. But to add a Force Touch sensor similar to the ones in their new MacBooks, Apple may need to make more room available. If they can make the already slim iPad screen even thinner, this could provide the space they need.
So now that the Apple Watch has been out for a while, you've likely read the reviews. Overall, they tend toward the positive but are definitely mixed. But what about regular users? A company called CrowdFlower analyzed more than 30,000 individual tweets on Twitter to get a sense for what users are saying. And a delightful video, embedded below, gives the charming reaction of 11 kids who are introduced to the Apple Watch.
Losing an iDevice is not something any of us plan to do—but it happens. The easiest way to keep track of your device is to turn on the Find My iPhone feature. Hopefully you'll never need it, but if you do, it's a lifesaver! Here are some reasons that you'll want to use Find My iPhone to see the location of your devices and family members:
I had the opportunity to try PowerClip ($61) from Emtec. This clever charger snaps on to the bottom of the iPhone via the Lightning port. This can be a more compact alternative than a traditional battery pack case. I used to have a similar charger for my 30-pin iPhone and was glad to see a Lightning option. Emtec also makes an Android-compatible model with a microUSB port.
As a longtime fan of glass screen protectors, I was worried when I saw the curved edges of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Fortunately, the minds over at Bodyguardz have come up with a solution: the ScreenGuardz Pure and Crown ($39.95-$44.95)
Apple knows you may have good reason not to want your iPhone or iPad to track what you're doing when you're browsing the web in Safari, and for some time iOS has had Private Browsing Mode, in which no record is kept of which websites you've visited, your search history, or your AutoFill information. With iOS 8 came the introduction of the convenient feature of private tabs. You can have multiple tabs open, with some of them being private and others not.
I love the products from Satechi. They offer a range of hubs, stands, remotes, and more that make the iOS and Apple Mac experience better. Additionally, many of their gadgets are made out of aluminum which makes them right at home on any Apple user's desk. Recently, Satechi gave me their Premium Aluminum Monitor Stand ($69.99) to try.
The one thing that never changes about the iPhone is its need for protection. It's difficult to have a device that looks better with each iteration and to want to show it off, but also worry about the damage it may take from everyday use. Seidio aims to alleviate some of that stress with their everything-proof Obex case ($79.95), but is it worth the price?
There have been times I’ve been using an app and it started acting up—either by not responding or not working properly.
Sales of the iPad have been declining for a year, though it's still the most popular tablet on the market. Apple clearly hasn't given up on the iPad, as evidenced by their new marketing campaign that includes a 90-second commercial and a new area on their website. Titled "Everything Changes with the iPad," the website is oriented toward prospective iPad purchasers and possibly new users, showing how the iPad can change how they do things. The information is divided into the categories of Cooking, Learning, Small Business, Traveling, and Redecorating. In addition, there's a "Why iPad?" section that highlights third-party apps and the App Store.
While some new owners of the Apple Watch are content to destroy it for the benefit of YouTube fans, other firms like iFixit and Chipworks are carefully taking their Apple Watches apart to check out the components inside. Chipworks has had some time to analyze the components and reached some conclusions. Here are some key takeaways.
A huge thank you to everyone who entered our July/August iPhone Photography Contest! We had so much fun seeing all of your creative shots.
The following are this issue’s winners:
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 May 18! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
The best part of Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your purchased content (well, except for the content that's hidden). I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. Here's how to share everything you want to and none of what you don't.
There are 54 combinations of the Apple Watch, but that may still not be enough for some people. Third parties are making their own bands and even bands with batteries in them. But if you really want to stand out, you probably want a gold Apple Watch. If you don't have $14,000 to pay for a gold Apple Watch Edition, the folks at WatchPlate.com have a more affordable alternative.
Google has at least one big advantage over Apple when it comes to voice queries, namely their eponymous search engine. Apple has had to rely on partners like Google, Bing, and Wolfram Alpha to deliver information in response to Siri queries. While Google has had years of experience in this area, Apple has always outsourced search. But, just as with Apple Maps, Apple doesn't want to rely on Google, or anyone really, if they can do it themselves. This way the company controls its own destiny.
Thanks to everyone who entered the May 4 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 May 18 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):