The latest news about the Apple Watch reveals unimpressive battery life, yet at the same time, AT&T and others are suggesting that a smart watch really needs to function as a cellphone, independent of a smartphone. This is a bit of a money grab by cell providers who want customers to pay yet another monthly fee for yet another smart device. But does it make sense for end users?
When you're FaceTiming, you can see the other person and you can also see yourself. But say you’re FaceTiming someone on your iPad or iPhone and they’re trying to show you something from their location, or their face is covered the small image of you.
Let me start by saying Duet Display is the most expensive app I've ever bought (on sale for $7.99), but is worth every penny. Duet Display is on sale because it's featured in the App Store this week under the productivity section. So, since I'm a sucker for productivity apps (maybe it's the illusion of productivity they give me!) and it is on sale, I figured I'd buy it to try it out. The concept is simple: the app allows your iPad or iPhone (iOS 7.0+) to be an extended display for your Mac (OSX 10.9+). Just install some software, restart your computer, and plug in your iPad to your Mac. It's as simple as that.
Android fans will tell you the fragmentation concern is a non-issue, and that most devices are up to date. But Motorola itself posted a note explaining why many of its customers cannot have the latest version of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop, depending on their device and where they are. Eventually, the rollout may come to most of their premium phones, but that's not true for many second and third-tier manufacturers. Even HTC has their issues. Lower-cost Android phones are too often treated as disposable, taking the mantle from flip phones. Many of those customers don't even run third-party apps, relying instead on the built-in apps for email and texting. I own several such phones, so I can test my Android apps on a variety of devices, and I have no expectation that upgrades will become available.
It's always a total bummer when you lose battery power on the go. I know it's not something I can handle at all because my phone is my life. I live and die by that thing and if it goes down, so do I. The good people at Patriot clearly know me very well and sent me two of their FUEL + chargers to review: The smaller 6000 mAh ($49.99) and the larger and more powerful 12,000 mAh style ($79.99).
The Wants and Needs app aims to help users prioritize what they really need in life. The goal is to bring balance in the users' lives.
The UNU DX-6 ($79.95) is a fabulous looking (and feeling) iPhone 6 case that comes with a screen protector and a headphone extender cable. The tough and sturdy case can add up to 18 hours of talk time (or 63 hours of music playback or 313 hours of standby time) to your iPhone 6, at least according to the technical specs. The technical hype turned out to be quite accurate in my experience.
Some of the neatest improvements we have seen with iOS 8.1 are the cool things you can do with Apple Pay. It's so easy to pay for things using your iPhone without the need to swipe a credit card. Of course, if you're going to use this feature, you'll need to know how to set a default card, remove a card, or suspend a card in case your phone is lost or stolen.
A reader who regularly uses the new predictive text feature of QuickType in iOS 8 emailed iPhone Life asking how he could edit the suggested words. He said he had inadvertently accumulated several misspelled or unwanted words that pop up before the word he really wants. He asks if there's a way to edit or remove unwanted words that predictive text presents. Indeed there are some solutions, but unfortunately no solution that lets one directly edit the list of words.
It’s no secret that you can use Siri to do things like control your music or launch apps, but today we’re going to show you how to use Siri to make FaceTime calls.
Apple has set some incredible financial records recently, and with the Apple Watch shipping in April, the trend should continue. So it's no surprise that people will look to capitalize on that success. And our nation's capital is one of the first places where that's happening. Our representatives in Congress are proposing a bill to repatriate revenues from businesses that leverage the tax policies of foreign governments. Countries like Ireland make it attractive for companies like Apple to hold their profits in that country where the money is taxed less, if at all.
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 February 9! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
Sometimes you just gotta see something in slow motion to fully appreciate it in all its glory. The iPhone 5s can record slow motion video at 120 frames per second and now with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you also have the option to record 240 frames per second.
On Wednesday Microsoft released their Microsoft Outlook app (free) for iPhone and iPad. The app offers you an integrated interface for email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. You can use it to access your iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Outlook.com accounts, as well as Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Especially if you're a corporate user, this is a great way to integrate all your accounts in one app.
Have you ever used your iPhone to create a fun travel video? Share it with us, and we might just feature it in our upcoming Travel Issue! We’re looking for short, creative videos that tell a story. Here's your excuse to try your hand at time lapse or slow motion or to splice together footage from your last vacation to your favorite track.
Apple’s AirPrint allows you to print photos or documents wirelessly from your iDevice. If you’re browsing Safari on your iPhone and find an article you’d really like to share with your roommate or significant other, AirPrint lets you create a hard copy of the article with just a few taps on your screen.
Apple's quarterly results yesterday smashed expectations and set a record for the highest quarterly profit by any publicly traded company in history. The company had revenue of $74.6 billion and a profit of $18 billion. No other company worldwide has had a quarterly profit as high as that. iPhone sales were the engine for this huge income. Whereas analysts had been optimistically predicting sales of between 65–69 million iPhones, Apple reported sales of 74.6 million. Just to put that in perspective, that amounts to 34,000 iPhones every hour every of the day, every day of the week for the entire quarter. iPhone sales in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan were a big factor in Apple's huge revenue, bringing in $16 billion, with the iPhone now being the highest-selling smartphone in China.
It's great that Apple makes operating system updates free for both iOS and Mac OS users. Even Microsoft is following suit, with Windows 10. And it's great that you can set up your Apple device to automatically download updates. But if you are close to running out of storage space, this can be a problem. A large update file could download without your knowledge and not have enough free space to extract and install the update. Then you end up with even less free space and the inability to update, at least until you delete old photos, videos, movies, and apps. This was exacerbated when Apple automatically downloaded U2's latest album to everyone without their knowledge or approval!
Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, is now Apple's head of Retail and she's putting her stamp on things already. This February, instead of seeing gaggles of Apple employees in matching t-shirts, they may now be wearing matching polo shirts (and t-shirts.) Apple Insider has received an email with the new attire descriptions and photos. The changes are subtle, but intentional. Employees will still have choices like short sleeves or long sleeves, and if they want to wear a white long-sleeve shirt underneath, they can do so.
When the Apple Watch was announced, we were told it would ship in "Early 2015." At one point, signs pointed to a February 14 date, which would just barely make it for Valentine's Day gifts. It looks like my wife will have to find something else for me, as now not only will the Apple Watch not make its appearance in February, but it probably will skip March and wait until April. According to Tim Cook, the first four months of the year qualify as "early" and the next four are "mid" and the last four are "late."