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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
During Apple's March 9th Apple Watch event, some stage time was offered to HBO as they introduced HBO NOW. The service allows streaming of all of HBO's content. The service is similar to HBO GO, but does not require an HBO Cable TV subscription.
When the original Mac was introduced on January 24th, 1984, Apple offered a discounted deal just for students at certain colleges. Steve Jobs was asked how the general public could get such a deal. His one word response... "Enroll." I did, at Carnegie Mellon, one of those colleges, and bought my Mac the day I got to campus. I also applied to work at the school's computer store, and worked there for four years, becoming Apple's Student Representative on Campus!
I am always overwhelmed by iPhone cases shipments. A few days ago a big box arrived from Qmadix with one of every case they currently distribute for the iPhone 6.
Thanks to everyone who entered the April 6 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 April 20 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
With Find My iPhone, you don’t have to worry as much about losing your phone. It’s easy to set up, and once it's enabled, you will be able to see the location of all your devices right there on the map view. First, download the Find My iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Then, sign in with your Apple ID.
NeatConnect Wifi Scanner is a cloud-based scanner that works with your computer or phone (that's right; no computer is needed!) to store and organize your receipts, documents, and even business cards. After scanning your document, your files are safely stored in one of eight cloud storage locations.
On Thursday a new app from Microsoft that turns your iPhone into a versatile scanner launched in the App Store. Office Lens (free) lets you take a photo of a wide range of documents and convert them into to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.
It's Passover, so I thought I'd ponder the question "is the Apple Watch Kosher?" Believe it or not, "Kosher" is about more than food. Elevators, lights, and other devices can be consider Kosher or not depending on several factors. The concern is that we are supposed to take the Sabbath as a day of rest... no work. And our actions cannot cause a machine to work on our behalf. That's why "Kosher" elevators stop on every floor during the Sabbath, so you can get on or off, but the machine was operating either way. You didn't touch a button, turning a light on or summoning the elevator. Some folks might keep their lights on (or off) all Sabbath.
Leef gave me their iBRIDGE Mobile Memory (starts at $59.99) to try. I wanted to like it, but I have mixed feelings. It does the job, which is to provide extra storage for your iOS device, and allow for easy transfer between those iOS devices and a computer. But there are some deficiencies.
Apple has begun posting Guided Tour videos of the forthcoming Apple Watch, with four videos currently available and at least seven more coming soon. A five-minute introductory video again refers to the Apple Watch as being intimate and personal and talks about the technologies it uses and the sorts of interactions it offers.
The Apple TV is overdue for an upgrade and many new features are expected. One enhancement we may not get to enjoy is 4K resolution. While 4K content is coming online, at an extra cost from Netflix and others, Apple apparently doesn't think it's worth including in the upcoming Apple TV. Perhaps it could be a software upgrade, or Apple wants to leave room for a follow-on model.
We’ve all had embarrassing pictures of us posted on Facebook, and sometimes we need to clean up our borderline-mortifying past! There is an easy way to do that, especially if one friend is guiltier than others of posting pictures of you.
When you buy your Apple Watch, as early as 12:01am Pacific Time on April 10, you will be asked if you want to buy one more thing... AppleCare+. 9to5mac.com is reporting captured screenshots showing a fee of $59, $79, or $999 for the Sport, Watch, and Edition models, respectively. $59 is actually pretty reasonable for the low-end model, depending on what it covers. A watch is likely to get dinged up more than most phones and tablets, as you bump into walls, doors, cars, etc. without concern for your watch.
Skylink allowed me to try its SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit ($149.99). This is a compact, easily giftable solution for anyone looking for home security without the contract and monthly payments. Because it is mostly wireless and compact, it could be a great solution for apartment or dorm dwellers looking to add a little security without permanently installing a wired system.
If you are bilingual, either between English and Spanish or between English and emoji, chances are you’ve had some experience with keyboards. You can access new keyboards whether you're fluent in another language, have a need to use emojis to express yourself, or want to use a third-party keyboard.