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Tip of the Day: How To Download Free Apps without Authentication

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Apple requires users to enter a password or use Touch ID every time content is obtained from the iTunes or App Stores. The purpose of this is to prevent others who may have access to your Apple account from making unauthorized purchases and running up the bill on your credit card. In the past, it didn’t matter if the content was purchased or free, a password still had to be entered to download the material. Now, with iOS 8.3, you no longer have to enter a password when downloading free material from iTunes or free apps from the App Store. It’s free, so what does it matter?



Deals: Apple Now Offering Refurbished iPad Air 2

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If you'd like to save money on an iPad Air 2, Apple is now selling a long list of refurbished iPad Air 2 models at between 15 to 17 percent off the regular price. They come with a new battery and new shell, so cosmetically it should be in perfect condition. 



Why Apple Isn't Selling an HDTV -- And How They'll Make Their Mark on the Industry

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As our blogger Todd Bernhard posted, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple decided over a year ago not to bring an HDTV to market. I'm guilty of hyping the rumors saying one was coming. And certainly Apple seriously considered it, having developed a number of prototypes. The rumor was further stimulated by the Isaacson Steve Jobs biography, which made it sound like the late Apple founder had conceived of a new interface for TV that would make it much better. So why would Apple decide not to bring a TV to market, especially knowing that a million Apple fan boys would immediately snap it up? 



Apple Watch to Hit Apple Stores in June

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Apple is still trying to meet the backlog of online Apple Watch orders, but 9to5mac asserts that Apple Watches will be available in Apple retail stores in June, per Apple CEO Tim Cook, during his China tour. This could be a curious situation for those who ordered a watch with delivery scheduled in late June. Of course "in June" could be June 30.



Apple TV Update Appears Imminent

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Ever since Steve Jobs was quoted in Walt Isaacson's Jobs biography as having "nailed" the television dilemma, and really before then, Apple watchers have been looking for an integrated Apple television set. I never thought it was practical, as the TV set market is pretty cutthroat, with newer entries like Vizio driving sizes up and prices down. It's hard for Apple to enter that market, make a difference, and charge a consistently profitable price. But where they could leverage their expertise is in user interface, remote control, home automation, and thanks to their acquisition of PrimeSense (the Israeli firm behind Kinect), gestures and gaming.



Marshall Offers High Performance Headphones at a Reasonable Price

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I'm a fan of Marshall amplifiers, so when I had the opportunity to try Marshall Headphones Model Major II ($119) I jumped at the chance. As you would expect from the leader in rockstar amps, sound is the primary focus and it shows. The headphones deliver full range without distortion and compete favorably with headphones priced twice as high. In fact, Marshall's previous generation products are currently on sale for half price which means you can pick up some great cans for $50!



Tip of the Day: How To Use the New Diverse Emojis

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With iOS 8.3, Apple added 300 new emoji choices, including the option to add a little more racial diversity to the faces on its emoji keyboard. While none of the emoticons or family groups offer options for different skin tones, the single human characters and body parts (hands, noses, etc.) all come with the new diversity options. 



Apple Now Selling Dock for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple is now selling, for the first time, an iPhone Lightning Dock that can be used with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Unlike earlier docks, which had a groove that held your phone, this one has no groove. There are two advantages: the same dock fits both phones, and you don't need to remove the phone's case to put it in the dock. The Lightning connector protrudes above a solid slab. Like most Apple products, it's pricey, at $39. The Apple Store web page says that it ships in 1 to 3 days.



Apple Watch Gets First Update, OS 1.0.1 Available Now

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The Apple Watch has been in customers hands (or on their wrists) for less than a month, but that was enough time for Apple to learn what fixes and enhancements were needed and deliver their first update. If you are lucky enough to have an Apple Watch, open the official Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and under General, check for Software Update. Follow the directions to download the 51.6 MB update.



The Stealthy Selfie Stick for Spies and Stars

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Selfies are big and a selfie stick is the only way to get a good shot without your arm being in the way. Even Tom Hanks took an epic selfie with David Letterman, but to make it a nice photo, he used a selfie stick. Now some museums and events have banned selfie sticks, including Apple's own Worldwide Developers Conference. So if you're going to bring a selfie stick, you will want an ubtrusive stealthy model.



Hunting for the Best Apple Watch Apps?

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Now that the Apple Watch has been available for a month, some experienced users are developing strong opinions about the best and most useful apps. And they've taken the time to post short lists of these.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 16: Tuning Up Core Data

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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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 16 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3.)

In my previous blog post, you learned how to add Core Data to a project and design entities in a data model. In this post, you will learn how to generate entity classes from the entities in a data model and use them within your app. You can get the latest version of the iAppsReview project at this link.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Touch ID

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Touch ID is a very useful feature on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 plus models, as well as iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. You can set it up to work as a password to your phone and App Store purchases, as well as use it in apps like 1Password as an identification tool. The Touch ID button recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them, and gives you easy and seamless access to your device without having to enter a number or word password.



WINNER of the May 18 Biweekly Giveaway!

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Thanks to everyone who entered the May 18 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 June 1 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winner is... (drum roll please):



What I Learned While Writing Apps for the Apple Watch

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It seems like I have been waiting for an app-enabled smartwatch since my calculator watch days in the early 1980s. I'm still waiting, because while the Apple Watch runs apps as extensions of the iPhone's screen, those apps still run on the iPhone. Apple has said that developers will be able to write apps that run natively on the Apple Watch, but it hasn't committed to a date. Perhaps June's Worldwide Developers Conference will shed some light on this limitation.



Steve Jobs Looms Large in Movie Trailer and Cook Commencement Speech

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Steve Jobs has been gone for years, but his presence is still felt. Apple CEO Tim Cook honored the Apple founder at a commencement speech at George Washington University this weekend. Cook, fresh off a visit to China, told the audience they shouldn't have to choose between a job that pays the bills and their ambitions to do good and make a difference.



Apple Says HomeKit Devices Coming in June

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Apple rarely comments on forthcoming products, but reacted quickly when the rumor began spreading late last week that HomeKit devices wouldn't be available until August or September.



Life n Soul Offers an Affordable and Adorable Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker Just in Time for Summer

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I had the opportunity to try BM101 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker ($24.99) from Life n Soul. It is a teeny tiny adorable speaker about the size of two dozen quarters, stacked on top of each other. When placed on its side, it almost looks like a jet engine. There are two small metal hooks on the side that you can attach a small lanyard to, for use on the go.



Tip of the Day: How to Sort Texts from Contacts and Unknown Senders in Messages

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I try to be good about keeping my Messages app cleaned out from unwanted texts by deleting them. There are times though that I receive texts from people who are not in my Contacts and I may want to save the text, but not necessarily add the person to my Contacts list. That’s why I’m glad Apple added a new sorting feature to Messages in iOS 8.3. Now I can keep my Contacts and Unknown Senders separate.



Monster 24K Headphones Bring a Head Full of Bling

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If you are one of the elite few to score a gold Apple Watch, or if you gravitate towards the gold iPhones or iPads, then the Monster 24K headphones ($299.95) may be the perfect accessory to compliment your sense of style. Monster's 24K headphones are a sleek synthesis of a high performance, self-contained sound system, with decadent elegance and posh style. With their extremely flashy look, the 24K may not be for everyone, but for those looking to make a Kardashian-esque fashion statement with their headphones, these are a classy alternative.


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