Want to keep tabs on someone (or maybe someone wants to keep them on you?) Consider V.ALRT (on sale for $59.99) which requires no expensive monthly services. The V.ALRT mobile tracking application can detect a fall, and has a panic button that can be configured to automatically alert and send SMS texts to friends andfamily, but the open API means that new apps will become available for this interesting and versatile health accessory from VSN Mobil.
I recently had the opportunity to try the Pencil stylus from FiftyyThree along with Paper by FiftyThree (free). Just as Apple is able to provide a seamless integration of hardware and software, FiftyThree has done the same with their elegant stylus and equally elegant sketching app.
Siri can be quite useful, but if you really want a "Jarvis" kind of experience, like Tony Stark in Iron Man, you need to be able to interact with Siri without touching a button. Fortunately, iOS 8 makes this possible.
On Monday, Apple debuted two new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus commercials titled "Huge" and "Cameras" and featuring voiceovers by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. As you might expect, "Huge" highlights the larger screen of the two phones and focuses on how it makes things easier. In the banter between the two celebs, Fallon plays it straight, talking about the advantages, and Timberlake simply keeps repeating that the phones are so huge.
The iPhone 5s gave us Slo Mo video capture, where images are recorded at 120 FPS (Frames Per Second) and then played back at 30 FPS. But now the iPhone 6 offers Super Slo Mo, which captures 240 FPS. This will allow for some incredible action videos. I played with this new feature at my daughter's softball game and was able to analyze her swing and running essentially in real time. This could be a great boon to coaches and athletes, not to mention a lot of fun! Here's how to use it:
Thanks to everyone who entered the September 22 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 October 6 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winners are... (drum roll please):
Can You Steal It? is a nice throwback to the Flash games of the 2000s but is too easy for those who would find it nostalgic.
It was a given that I'd buy a new iPhone. As an app developer, I have to test my apps on the latest gear, and writing for iPhone Life magazine means I need to be able to test and report on the latest cases, accessories, etc. But, like most of us, I had to preorder an iPhone that I couldn't physically try out beforehand. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus would be too big, and I already have an iPad. So I preordered an iPhone 6 on September 12, which wasn't a breeze, but at least one would be waiting for me.
The iPhone I've been requesting that Apple make is finally here. My iPhone 6 Plus safely arrived this morning and it's everything I hoped it would be. With great finesse and style, it encapsulates all I'd envisioned a larger iPhone would offer. I am not in the least bit disappointed, in fact, if it was a quarter-inch to a half-inch bigger that would've been just fine with me. My first impressions (and unboxing video) follow after the break.
Apple broke their previous record and sold over 10 million iPhones the first three days. And according to CEO Tim Cook, they could have sold more if they had had a greater supply. He said the company is working hard to fill the orders. In addition, Apple could also have sold more if they had been able to simultaneously launch in China, but that country won't see the new phones until 2015 because they haven't yet been approved by Chinese regulators. One result was that Chinese scalpers flooded the Apple Stores on Friday, arriving by the busload. Reports say that the new iPhones are selling for as much as $3,000 in China. But even without the phones going on sale in China, Apple took in some $6.5 billion, which is pretty amazing.
When Apple announced that their keyboards would now have a predictive text feature in iOS 8, the general reaction was, "About time, Apple!" But it turns out there are some iOS users who find the feature really annoying. Fortunately it's easy to turn predictive text off:
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we've got some of the biggest news to concern iOS gaming ever, that's no exaggeration. You've been hearing all about the new and improved power of iOS 8's Metal, which vastly enhances the way games and other graphic-intensive applications can access the power of your iDevice's computer chip. Well, the day has finally arrived and iOS Metal can now be taken for a test drive. Metal is the most significant advancement in the world iOS gaming since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Have you tried it out yet?
So far the reviews for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus verge on the ecstatic, and huge crowds lined up Friday to purchase the new phone. You can see a roundup of photos and videos of the crowds from around the world on BGR and AppleInsider. The size of the crowds is much larger than the iPhone 5/5s launches. If you're lucky enough to have a new iPhone, or if you're eager to have a comprehensive guide to iOS 8 on your iPhone, you'll want to get the free iPhone User Guide for iOS 8. You can download it via iBooks on your iOS device or on your Mac, or via iTunes. Here's Apple's description:
As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — 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 Report, AppsGoneFree, AppieDay, AppShopper and more.
Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!
Until now, you could only use a self-timer with your iPhone camera via third-party apps that included the feature. It's surprising this was never a built-in option for users before, but either way, we’re happy it’s finally here!
Eager to upgrade to iOS 8, I connected my iPad to my computer and booted up iTunes. The iTunes software automatically backed up my iPad to my computer, as it usually does whenever I connect my iPad. Then I clicked on the update button and confirmed that I wanted to update to iOS 8. The update downloaded just fine, but then when it was installing I got a message on my computer that there was an unknown error. I looked at the screen of my iPad and nothing was happening in the progress bar. Basically it seemed frozen. I had to press the power button and home button simultaneously to force the iPad to shut down. Then when I restarted it, I got a message that I needed to restore to the original factory settings. Which I did by selecting that option in iTunes. Then once the iPad was restored to its original state, iTunes asked me if I wanted to set it up as a new iPad or to restore from the backup. I chose the latter, and when it was done, things were back to normal — and my iPad Air was running iOS 8.
If you do a lot of texting, your Message app is probably clogged with old messages. Before iOS 8 you had to manually delete conversations or individual messages. Now you can set the app to automatically delete all messages older than 30 days or one year. The default setting lets you keep your messages forever, which could be handy if everything you write is a gem of unparalleled wisdom. Everyone else, read on:
Congratulations to the winners of the iPhone Life magazine CTIA 2014 Best of Show awards!
Apple is great about making the latest operating system run on older equipment. But just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should! There are reports from iPhone 4S owners that suggest they might have been better off without upgrading.
Apple put on a good show on September 9, and on Friday, many lucky people will be the owners of a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now it's time to start gearing up the rumors for Apple's next event. According to AppleInsider, citing a source who's given accurate information in the past about forthcoming Apple announcements, Apple's next event will be in the second half of October.