Portable keyboards are often small yet awkward to carry around. They are cramped and often flimsy, and sometimes not worth the materials used to make them. The ZAGG pocket keyboard ($69.99) admittedly uses much of the same light materials, and though it isn't as sturdy as some less flexible keyboards we've tested, its smart design allows you to fold it up like origami for easy stowage.
The iOS vs. Android story is old, but there is another dimension to the Apple vs. Google battle. Just as Samsung is both a competitor and a provider to Apple, Google has been providing search results for iOS users. Apple's Siri introduced another way to search, by voice, and Apple switched to Microsoft's Bing as a way to provide some Siri-based search results. This put a minor damper on Google's search volume, and therefore display ads, which is still their primary source of revenue.
Although the Apple Watch is getting most of the attention right now, rumors are starting to percolate regarding the next iPhones. According to a post on AppleInsider, the forthcoming phones will be named the iPhone 6s and will come in the same sizes and design as the current iPhone 6. In addition, their sources ("people familiar with the matter") say that the display will use the Force Touch feature being introduced in the Apple Watch.
On Sunday Apple posted a new World Gallery web page that features stunning photos by 77 photographers taken with the iPhone 6, which Apple describes as "the world's most popular camera." Each photo is accompanied by a caption that gives the name and location of the photographer, a description of what makes the photo effective and the techniques used, and the apps used by the photographer. One can glean a lot of tips for taking great photos by reading the descriptions.
Since its inception, Siri has become more and more useful. It’s obvious that Apple has put a lot of thought into Siri’s place in today’s world, resulting in Siri's ability to do everything from calculations to searching the web and making restaurant reservations. Now, with the new “Hey Siri” option, Apple’s personal assistant makes things even more convenient.
Those of us who have multiple iOS devices likely carry them everywhere—whether it’s because we want to catch up on the last episode of Parks and Recreation or to get major work done! Sometimes, it’s okay to have to separate screens, but with desktop extension apps, my productivity skyrockets.
There's a couple of things that could happen with the Apple Watch that could get me on board as an early adopter. One, it could function as a standalone device, and that we now know, won't happen, at least not with its first couple of iterations. For now the Apple Watch is only an extension of the iPhone. Two, it could support games and video streaming. For me the ability to use an Apple Watch for entertainment and media consumption is as important as its productivity potential. Yes, I said gaming and video, and while some might scoff at the notion of using such a small screen for such things, I was one of those people who had an iPod Classic loaded with movies and the few paltry games that were available for that old model, so I don't have a problem consuming entertainment on a small screen. And while my first criteria for an independently functioning Apple Watch might still be a few years away, an Apple Watch capable of delivering gaming experiences and video streaming may be something developers jump on sooner rather than later.
The first thing a smart watch should do is tell time. Of course, the Apple Watch will do that, but given the concerns about sub-24-hour battery life, this could be a concern. The New York Times is reporting that Apple's watch will have "Power Reserve", a low-power mode that strictly displays the time. That's reassuring and understandable. Laptop makers have been offering low power modes for years, decreasing brightness, powering down disk drives, etc., to squeeze every last drop of power out of the battery.
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 8 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to Swift, iOS 8 and Xcode 6.)
Just as politicians are showing up in Iowa ahead of the upcoming Presidential election, the Apple Watch is starting to pop up in fashion magazines around the world as the Apple Watch announcement nears. Angela Ahrendts, Apple's new head of retail and former CEO of Burberry, is pulling strings (threads?) to get the watch seen in fashionable places. It's probably not much of a sales job... what fashion or style magazine wouldn't want early access to the most anticipated fashion accessory of 2015?
Apple Pay works with over a dozen retail apps and more are being added to the list every day. If you're not sure which ones it will work with, there is a current list of participating apps right here. Don't fret if your favorite app isn't on the list. It's only a matter of time before everyone will be participating.
Sometimes we come across a random song that we didn’t mean to add to our iPhone library. Sometimes our kids download inappropriate songs. And sometimes, we just get tired of songs and want to change our library up a bit. We recently found a song with explicit lyrics on my younger son's Playlist on my phone (you can tell by the 'E' circled next to the song title). We promptly deleted the song with just a couple of taps.
How often do we read articles on our smartphones? I read a ton every day on my iPhone, whether it's in a browser experience from Facebook or Twitter, or straight from Safari. Some websites have caught up to this century and have mobile layouts, but others don't. So how do we solve this problem?
Usually, you’re looking for directions to a place from your current location. But if you’re looking for directions from a place you plan to visit later, use this step-by-step guide to plan your route!
Apple's online iWorks suite is no longer in a beta testing phase and is now available for free to anyone on any platform via Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. In the past, the suite, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, was only available to those with Apple devices.
With the March 9 announcement date revealed, with the cheeky "Spring Forward" message indicative of turning clocks ahead, we can now look forward to what comes after the Apple Watch. Yes, there will be updates to the MacBook Air, with a 12-inch screen expected, and maybe a 12-inch iPad Pro as well. Others have written about the 200 engineers working on an Apple Car, although I think the likelihood of Apple shipping cars is still small.
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 March 9! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
Apple sent out invitations Thursday inviting media to an event on March 9 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which Apple has used in the past for special events. As is typical, Apple's invitation doesn't give any information about what will be announced. It simply shows an Apple logo over a geometric flower-like background, with the words "Spring forward."
When it comes to editing your images, the Photos app has always been a bit of a disappointment, even for the most basic of editing tasks. Thankfully, Apple has added a slew of new features to its Camera and Photos app, including an improved cropping tool.
As the April launch of the Apple Watch approaches, Apple has started a major advertising campaign, beginning with a 12-page spread in the March issue of Vogue magazine. According to the photos of the spreads posted on MacRumors, each full-page ad is simply an actual-size image of the Apple Watch on a white background. The images show different casings and bands, giving readers a sense for the style options.