By Siva Om on Thu, 02/04/2016
By Nate Adcock on Thu, 02/04/2016
For years now, many smartphone brands have sported some kind of inductive charging capability, so it's welcome news to hear that Apple is planning to bake some cable-free power technology into an upcoming iPhone; but of course, the Apple flavor will likely aim to one-up the current paradigms. Great news, but you can give Qi wireless charging your iPhone a go without the wait. The Maxfield M1 wireless charging pad ($47.49) and adapter ($23.99) brings Qi wireless charging to iPhone, and without the requirement of buying a weird or bulky case.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 02/04/2016
Apple has made Force Touch, 3D Touch, and Touch ID big parts of its product offering, and now Apple might unite the features in a Force-Touch-enabled Touch ID. A patent that was recently uncovered by AppleInsider shows the merging of Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor with their pressure sensitive mechanism known as Force Touch on the Apple Watch and 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s line.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 02/03/2016
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I was able to check out a wide variety of items from Native Union. The company specializes in accessories that always add some flair in terms of materials and design. Native Union's latest cables and docks are reasonably priced, starting at $24.99, so good design doesn't have to cost more.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Mon, 02/01/2016
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 February 8! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
By Conner Carey on Mon, 02/01/2016
Apple is said to be working on truly wireless charging that would allow iPhone and iPad users to power their devices from a distance. Currently, the most ‘wireless’ of charging requires a device to be in contact with a charging plate. According to Bloomberg, as soon as 2017 the latest Apple devices will allow charging while needing no contact with a direct power connection.
By Conner Carey on Fri, 01/29/2016
The iPhone 6s has some new features we’ve never seen before on iPhone. With the addition of 3D Touch and Live Photos, a whole new world of tips open up for getting the most from your device. I scoured our list of tips to bring you the top how-tos for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The list includes tips for utilizing Peek & Pop functions of 3D Touch and how to get the most from your Live Photos. If you haven’t made the upgrade plunge check out Sarah and David’s debate on whether or not you should buy the iPhone 6s.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 01/28/2016
Coming off a record-setting quarter, selling the most iPhones ever, you might think Apple was on a roll. Instead, during the Q1 earnings call, Apple advised analysts that a drop in unit sales is on the horizon. This change is due to a couple of different circumstances.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/28/2016
With apps like Google Cardboard (free), virtual reality is becoming increasingly available to the average person with a smartphone. I just ordered my first virtual reality headset last night. It was a very affordable $20 with shipping, because it’s made of cardboard. How cool is that. There’s even instructions on how to make your own, if you want to go the extra mile. Lots of VR apps work with Google Cardboard, just search VR in the App Store to see what’s available so far. There is starting to be quite a diversity of options on the marketplace so here’s my top five VR headsets, all certified compatible with Google Cardboard and varying in price range.
By Krisoy Desouza on Thu, 01/28/2016
Monster Math 2 (free) is an educational game for children and a great way to get kids to learn the skill of mathematics in a fun way. The app has more than 40 math skills using the “big four” of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 01/28/2016
The latest set of rumors suggest multiple rear cameras could be part of the next major upgrade to the iPhone. Instead of one camera on the rear, there could be two, either close together or on two distinct corners of the iPhone. So why in the world would Apple do this?
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/28/2016
As Apple’s March Event approaches, the rumor mill is working in overtime to speculate which products Apple will release and what improvements we’ll see to existing devices. A few changes are all but certain, such as the release of a 4-inch iPhone expected to be ‘Special Edition’ and named the iPhone 5se. Meanwhile, we’d previously assumed the Apple Watch 2 would also debut and now rumors align to the contrary. Nonetheless, we’re following the rumors like breadcrumbs.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Thu, 01/28/2016
By Conner Carey on Wed, 01/27/2016
If you have stock in Apple, take a sigh of relief. Yesterday afternoon the company announced record quarterly profit, netting $18.4 billion dollars in Q1 2016. “Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. The quarter, which ended December 26, 2015, saw record breaking revenue as well, raking in $75.9 billion dollars. Wall Street warned Apple’s soaring numbers couldn’t last, but the company continues its upward climb.. for now.
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 01/26/2016
As noted in this earlier post, rumors have been swirling that Apple will be holding an event in March to introduce new products. And in recent days details of what to expect have become more clear. The biggest news is that it's increasingly likely that Apple will announce a new 4-inch iPhone the week of March 14 that will take over the low-end slot in its lineup of models. The announcement could come at a media event or it could simply be an online announcement. It may also include new Apple Watch models with new bands and an iPad Air 3.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Mon, 01/25/2016
Thanks to everyone who entered the January 25 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the February 8 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
By Conner Carey on Fri, 01/22/2016
TwelveSouth markets its SurfacePad ($39.99) cover as a leather jacket for your iPhone. The company doesn’t imply just any leather jacket but one tailored to your body and made of quality material, which is exactly what the SurfacePad is for the iPhone. I’ve said it before, I love TwelveSouth. I have yet to receive a product from them that I didn’t love.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Fri, 01/22/2016
Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest!
Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/21/2016
For everyday uses, the iPhone has a decent built-in microphone. But if you want to get any level of professional sound, whether it be to film a movie, record a song, or conduct an interview, you’re going to need an external mic for quality sound. There’s a wide variety of options, but it’s definitely the type of product where you get what you pay for.
By Conner Carey on Wed, 01/20/2016
There are iPhone cases for every type of personality, from the rugged, life-proof beasts to the professional, leather covers. Collections of cases are made fairly streamlined though; what if you want to show off your personality or love of art with your iPhone case? There is an array of websites offering graphic design covers but, recently, I came across Redbubble, a company that features independent art on all kinds of gear. Here are seven of my favorites amongst the 8000 options the website offers.