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.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 01/19/2016
At iPhone Life, we rarely delve into politics, but just as iPhones and iPads and Apple Watches are part of our "life" so is the current "crazy season" of politics. While John McCain may have mistakenly said that the iPad and iPhone are made in the U.S., they are merely "Designed by Apple in California" as many of those gadgets say on the back. While Apple's high-end Mac Pro is made in the United States, Apple has said it is impractical to manufacturer their high-volume, low-cost items like iPods, iPhones and even MacBooks domestically. In Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose, he said it's not just about low wages, but also the skill set of Chinese workers and the supply of components used to make Apple's products. The Chinese government has placed a high priority on creating a workforce and supply chain that makes it a no-brainer to manufacture in China.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Tue, 01/19/2016
In the 20th episode, the iPhone Life team tackles the difficult dynamics of parenting in the mobile age. Other topics include experiences with tap and wait gaming, evolving iPhone 5e rumors, and some exciting features that will soon be delivered in iOS 9.3.
By Lloyd Wilcox on Fri, 01/15/2016
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 January 25! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/14/2016
Hitcase caught my attention being touted as the GoPro killer. The HitCase Pro+ ($149.99) offers loads of protection for everything from drops to being completely waterproof. The HitCase Snap ($79.99) offers back and edge protection and is much easier to snap on and off. Both cases come with a wide lens and the company sells other lens options for both cases. Here’s my review after using each case.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Wed, 01/13/2016
Thanks to everyone who entered the January 11 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 January 25 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 01/12/2016
There have been rumors for some time that Apple might go back to the 4-inch form factor and introduce a lower-cost iPhone with more modern components, in February or March. The name of such a device had been thought to be an iPhone 7c, then an iPhone 6c, but it appears Apple may be resurrecting the iPhone 5 designation, and calling this the iPhone 5e, as in "enhanced."
By Conner Carey on Mon, 01/11/2016
We’re an outdoorsy bunch here at iPhone Life, and we love to feature the best in rugged gear for your iPhone. However, I’ve found that, although, I love rugged cases when I need them, I can’t stand to use them when I don’t. On the daily, I want to retain the elegance of my iPhone and add a touch of personality or class with my protective case. These iPhone cases won’t save your phone from water damage, but they’re beautiful and perfectly professional for day-to-day life.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 01/08/2016
I don't envy the iPhone case designers. After seven-plus years of smartphones, it must be hard to come up with a novel design that hasn't been seen before. However, Lander has done just that with its Powell Case ($39.95), which easily stands out among protective iPhone 6s cases. Every aspect of the case is distinctive without being superfluous. The sides have a textured grip that makes it easy to hold and hard to drop, making it an excellent choice if you are looking for a drop-proof iPhone 6s case. The bottom has generous openings to accommodate most docking stations and cables, even those that are thicker than Apple's official cable. Likewise the speaker and microphone and mute switch are not obstructed.
By Becca Ludlum on Thu, 01/07/2016
Virtual reality is starting to go from a developers-only situation to a common consumer situation. CES in Las Vegas is full of such products, proving that VR is for everyone with the many different companies here showing off their latest and greatest. The first step to getting consumers into the virtual reality market is giving them something familiar and easy to use–Speck has done just that with its new Pocket VR viewer ($69.95, available Spring 2016).
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/07/2016
The second official day of CES is in full swing. It’d be nearly impossible to see everything or cover all the interesting products being debuted in Vegas: the convention center has seen futuristic cars, an array of drones, virtual reality tech, wearable tech, smart everything, and a plethora of accessories for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Check out these awesome accessories for your devices coming in 2016.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 01/07/2016
I've had a SCOTTeVEST jacket for several years now and have found it increasingly useful. As the airlines get more stingy about luggage and even carry-ons, it makes sense to try to keep your gadgets on your person when traveling. Plus, I attend a lot of trade shows, including the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, and I like to carry a lot of items, including business cards, battery packs, chargers, and USB cables—not to mention my iPhone and iPad mini. SCOTTeVEST's travel jacket with hidden pockets can handle all that, and more.
By Becca Ludlum on Tue, 01/05/2016
I've recently become familiar with and fallen in love with the Moshi product line, which features some of the best iPhone accessories you'll find. These stylish and functional products are exactly what my style is right now. I was excited to see these new products launch this week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas: