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Plan a Summer Road Trip and Win a $50 iTunes Gift Card!


No other type of getaway summons quite the sense of adventure as the classic road trip. Packing up your car and leaving everything behind for a time is incredibly liberating!

If a road trip is in the cards for you this season, use this challenge to pick out everything you'd like to buy from the iTunes Store to make your trip great. We want to know what is unique about your trip, whether you're taking off in an RV or a convertible or staying at homes of friends and relatives along your route or at campsites. Whoever submits the best entry will win a $50 iTunes Gift Card and a spot in our July/August issue of iPhone Life magazine!

Tip of the Day: Find an iPhone or iPad? Siri Will Tell You Who Owns It


I've had the experience of finding a smartphone and having a hard time figuring out who the owner is. It always seems urgent, since I know the owner is desperately looking for it. Should you find a lost iPhone or iPad, you can simply ask Siri who the owner is. Siri will tell you the owner and show contact information. But you need to phrase the question the right way.

What You Need to Know about iOS 8.3


When it comes to operating system updates, a "dot-dot" release is usually reserved for bug fixes, and a "dot" release adds performance enhancements and some minor new functionality. With Apple, a full release, like 7.0 or 8.0 is a major update, often with 1,000-plus new features. True to form, Apple unleashed iOS 8.3 this week and there are just a few features worth mentioning. First, as I covered earlier, depending on your carrier (Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., EE in the UK), you can now make phone calls using Wi-Fi, without consuming cellular minutes or requiring a cell tower nearby. That means you could make phone calls from overseas, for free, and still appear to be calling from your cellphone number.

Tip of the Day: Adjust Text Size in Safari Reader Mode in iOS 8



As I noted in an earlier tip, Reader Mode in Safari is a great way to reduce the clutter on a web page in order to make it easier to read. When you enable Reader Mode, Safari strips away all the ads and sidebars and other extraneous material, and just shows you the article itself and accompanying images. iOS 8 has added a helpful feature to Reader Mode: the ability to adjust the text size.

Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Control Music Playback


Why would you go to the trouble of opening your Music app and manually selecting the music you want when Siri can play tracks, albums, and entires genres for you? You can even pause the music or skip at track.

Party People, Follow Your Favorite Bartenders with Hoozetending


I've been using an app called Hoozetending (free) from Hoozetending, Inc. The idea is to let potential customers and partygoers know which of their favorite bartenders is working where and when, and what deals their favorite establishments have to offer. Of course, users can discover new places and bartenders, too. It's a bit like Pinterest for nightlife.

April 20 Biweekly Giveaway!


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 April 20! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.

An Apple Watch is on the Way


I was up early, before 3 a.m. Eastern Time, to be sure to be able to order an Apple Watch. As I kept hitting refresh on my Mac's Safari browser, I also kept relaunching the Apple Store app on my iPhone. It was a good thing, too, as the app was ready to take orders several minutes before the website. I was able to place my order successfully by 3:10 a.m, even using Apple Pay and my fingerprint with Touch ID, long before the web site was ready. In fact, the last step in the app is to launch the Apple Store website to show my confirmation, but that part didn't work. Fortunately, I was able to check my order history and it went through.

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 13: App Architecture


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 13 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 and iOS 8)

This post contains some of the most important information you need to know to build a well-designed app that easily adapts to changes requested by users, the constant changes Apple makes to iOS, and the ever-changing landscape of iOS devices. It all comes down to a solid app architecture. We're going to take a quick digression from the iAppsReview app this week to look at a simpler Calculator app to help us establish good architectural principles.

Tip of the Day: How to Trim a Video in Photos


Sometimes we shoot videos on our iPhones and catch not only the event we want, but the before and after moments too. For example, I want to make sure I catch my teenage son running the 50-yard dash at his track meets, so I start my iPhone recording sometimes several minutes before the starting gun fires. When I go back to watch the video or show it to others, I would prefer not to watch people walking back and forth and changing seats before the race starts. This is where trimming (editing) the video comes in handy.

Deals on Non-Apple Smartwatches


The Apple Watch isn't the only game in town, and Apple has left quite an opening in the sub-$300 range. Competition is good, and several smart watch makers offer a lot more than just a lower price. Martian Watches offer a traditional analog clock face paired with a small strip of a digital display for Caller ID and text notifications. This saves battery life, and the analog clock uses its own battery which lasts as long as a year. Their higher-end models also add a Bluetooth Speakerphone with Siri voice control. Pebble offers waterproof watches, with e-paper display for a battery life of about a week.

Apple ][ Watch Discovered!


Behold the Apple ][ Watch. No, this isn't the Apple Watch 2.0 but a "smart" watch based on the original Apple ][ which holds a fond place in my heart, as my first computer. The handiwork that went in to this design is incredible and deserves praise from Jony Ive. It may be "putty" in color and not "Aluminium" but it's a thing of beauty, to me at least; you never forget your first computer!

Make iPhone Calls Over Wi-Fi with iOS 8.3


Apple just released iOS 8.3 with new emojis and other features, but the most important feature, for Sprint users at least, may be the ability to seamlessly use Wi-Fi to make phone calls. You need to edit some settings to make this magic work. Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calls. T-Mobile customers have already been able to do this, and now Sprint users of the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus can join in on the fun. And those calls do not count against your cellular minutes!

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!


A huge thank you to everyone who entered our May/June iPhone Photography Contest! We had so much fun seeing all of your creative shots.

The following are last issue’s winners:

Tip of the Day: How to set up Family Sharing


Though I love the idea of sharing an iTunes account with my family (who really wants to have to purchase the same song three times so everyone in the house can have it?), the job of setting up your Family Sharing account can be daunting. Here's a quick tutorial about how to set up your Family Sharing account. Stay tuned to our Tip of the Day posts to see how to add a child to your Family Group, turn off sharing of certain items, and more. 

Introducing iPhone Life Insider


Your iPhone is packed with cool features and amazing capabilities. But let's be honest; how much of your iPhone's functionality do you actually take advantage of? And isn't there that one thing that you wish you knew how to do with your iPhone, such as setting up your calendar or using call waiting, but you just don't have the time to figure it out? That's why we created the iPhone Life Insider program. Whether you're an iPhone newbie or an iOS enthusiast, or you just can't shake the feeling there's more to your iPhone than you know, iPhone Life Insider can take you to the next level of iPhone and iPad expertise!

Apple Watch Reviews Begin Appearing, Mostly Enthusiastic


Lucky journalists who get to have an Apple Watch long before anyone else. Now they're beginning to post their reviews, having used it for a week or more. Mostly they're very positive, but say that it takes time to get familiar with the new interface. Also, they say that this is clearly a first-generation device. In general, they seem agreed that the Apple Watch is opening up a new way of doing things.

Review: Jot Script 2, Evernote Edition Stylus


You have a stylus. You subscribe to Evernote. But did you ever think to combine the two?

Well, Adonit did. They recently released the Jot Script 2 stylus ($74.99), which ships with a free six months of Evernote Premium. 

Apple Watch Packaging Leaked


Perhaps it's because Apple is so secretive, or because the Apple Watch was preannounced long before its availability, but leaked photos of a watch "in the wild" with its packaging is being analyzed over and over. AppleInsider shows these photos from a now-private Instagram account.

Tip of the Day: How to Color Code Emails for Greater Security


iOS 8 has a neat feature that lets you color code emails that you're sending to help you avoid information falling into the hands of the wrong person. You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person — and the problems that can cause. Apple's Mail now has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain and alerts you with a red color if you're sending an email outside of that domain. For example, if you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company, you can stipulate your company's domain. Recipients within the company will have their email address appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.

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