I understand that others might not change their iPhone cases daily like I do, but I think we can all agree that there are times when you need something different then your "everyday" case. Here are the cases that I'm using right now—for every situation.
When the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were announced, I wrote about the revolutionary shift in shipping one cellular model that supported all carriers. At the time, I speculated that Apple might get around to doing this with the iPhone. The latest rumors suggest that will be the case, with the iPhone 6s (presuming that naming convention sticks) and likely the iPhone 6s Plus (or iPhone 6 Plus S?)
Google, Microsoft, Pebble, and other smartwatch makers think there's room for them on the wrists of iPhone owners. Apple has left an opening by charging $349 minimum and compromising on battery life and other features. This means there may be an opportunity for other watch makers to sell to iPhone users, if only they could make their devices work with iOS. Microsoft already does, with their Microsoft Band, and Pebble always has. Pebble just launched a color version, called Pebble Time, that is attractive and offers a week or more of battery life, thanks to e-Paper display technology. They also launched a $250 steel version including the option of a gold color case, which is a lot more affordable than Apple's gold Edition will be!
A college classmate of mine once told me that he played music constantly day and night.
“I feel like I need a soundtrack for my life,” he said.
It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen him and music playback has come a long way since that CD player clipped to his belt.
If my former classmate now owns an iPhone, my guess would be that he is using AirPlay to keep his tunes playing wherever he goes.
The zBoost SOHO boosts cell phone signals for both voice and text for all of the major cell phone providers. The zBoost cell phone booster consists of two main parts: the base unit that resides indoors and the external antenna which resides on the roof of your home. Though installation wasn't plug in and go, we are thrilled that we can now disconnect our landline and finally use our cell phones in our home.
Sennheiser recently sent me a pair of their premium quality Momentum Bluetooth over-ear headphones ($499.95) to try out for a little while. They had quite the effect on me, a powerful one that has been difficult to put into words. Any description I give of these headphones could easily seem exaggerated, but the fact of the matter is that the Sennheiser Momentum wireless are simply one of the best pairs of headphones I've ever come across, certainly one of the best Bluetooth headphones I've had the opportunity to try out. I think you'll be impressed with my findings, read on after the break for all the details.
If you're curious about how Apple Watch apps will work in practice, hop on over to Watchware, which has interactive demos of 26 of the apps that will be available (with more being added all the time).
Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Great on their own, but even better together. That appears to be the concept behind the JuicyPACK from LifeCharge ($69.99). I've written about LifeCharge's iPhone cases, but I was pleased to see that they also make a stand for iPads. They also make a battery pack for iPads. Actually, it's the same thing.
Emails were going out of style before iOS brought them back. The Mail app lets you send emails with crisp text and large photos, but sometimes you might need to do more than just look at an attachment. In today's Tip of the Day, we'll show you how to open email attachments in other apps.
One issue I have with iDevices is the inability to multi-task and have two apps open at once. It really helps to have two screens open, especially when working quickly from your phone.
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?