By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 07/20/2015
By Siva Om on Fri, 07/17/2015
The Misfit Bolt smartbulb ($49.99) is the latest innovation from the same folks that brought us the Flash wearable fitness and sleep monitor/smartphone remote control. It's a wirelessly connected smart LED bulb that is controlled by your iPhone or iPad. With the Bolt, you can select from millions of easy to adjust color combinations. You can also set the Bolt to remember your last choice of light level and color and return to that whenever you turn it on.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Fri, 07/17/2015
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 July 27! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/16/2015
Apple may have revolutionized the world of apps, but Microsoft is the first to offer an App Store that consolidates desktop, tablet, and mobile apps in one place. It helps that Windows computers can use touchscreen apps, so it's possible and practical to write apps that work across the Microsoft product line. By comparison, Apple's desktops and laptops do not use touchscreens and there are no short term plans to do so. The result is that Apple has a split personality, with Mac OS apps and a Mac App Store separate from iOS apps and the iOS App Store.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/15/2015
As my colleague Jim Karpen recently reported, Apple was expected to revamp their iPod product line. It was due for a refresh after more than two years. Today, Apple closed the online store briefly and revealed updates to the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The updates are somewhat cosmetic, adding colors like gold, but at least it shows Apple is paying attention to this otherwise overlooked member of the iOS family. The iPod products are now available in space black, gold, silver, pink and blue. There's even a (PRODUCT) RED version to help fight AIDS.
By Siva Om on Tue, 07/14/2015
The Wren V5US ($499) is a powerful and stylish Bluetooth speaker that offers users a variety of convenient connectivity options. I'd been hearing a lot of the hype about this elegantly modern looking speaker, so when Wren reached out and offered me a loaner for a few weeks to review, I was happy to oblige so I could see for myself just what the fuss was all about.
By Siva Om on Sun, 07/12/2015
Wood has a subtle, yet amazing propensity for being able to enhance the richness and resonance of sound waves. It's no wonder that so many beautiful-sounding instruments are made of wood, nor is it any wonder that so many speaker designs utilize wood enclosures to make the sound come alive. As you might imagine, headphones are no different and those that do incorporate wood into their speaker housing tend to have more naturally balanced acoustics. Recently I was turned on to a new arrival in the category of wooden headphones; the OEHP, (short for Over Ear Headphones) by Grain Audio. I put them through their paces, using them for several weeks as my primary iPad headphones, find out how they measure up after the break.
By Brian Faulkner on Sat, 07/11/2015
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has launched a new gaming app to introduce millennials to disaster-resistant building practices. FLASH has stated that its mission is to strengthen homes and safeguard families. FLASH's app, Last House Standing (free), is aimed at the next generation of homebuyers and builders.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 07/10/2015
Some of the most popular apps in the App Store might be focused on finding a match, but according to Apple, what most iPhone owners love is their iPhone. Apple's latest commercial, dubbed Loved, states (without citing a source) that 99 percent of iPhone owners love their iPhone. True, there are newer, sexier Samsungs with lots of curves but I'm not switching. I've got too much invested in Apple and it works for me. Maybe that's love? I'm certainly married to the Apple ecosystem!
By Biweekly Giveaways on Thu, 07/09/2015
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.
This week's featured items are:
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 07/08/2015
I played a mix of games over the holiday weekend, so here is the quick rundown before doing the mini-reviews. Sonnic Runners (free) is a new SEGA endless runner with many new features and freemium distractions. Decolorize (free) is an off-the-wall puzzler, and Wormarium ($2.99) is a maze challenge loosely reminiscent of some arcade classics. My personal favorite is Escape (free), a side-scrolling physics game which requires precise control to rescue crash-landed rocket-ship survivors while avoiding planet-side obstacles, but I played and enjoyed all the games in this WIPTW post-July 4 edition!
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/08/2015
Steve Jobs and Jony Ive didn't want their iPhones in a case. They worked so hard to design such a beautiful piece of equipment that it felt sacriligous to ensconce them in anything. When the iPhone 4 shipped, Apple added bumpers which still left most of the naked phone visible. "AntennaGate" forced the tech giant's hand and it offered bumpers or third-party cases for free. With the iPhone 5c, however, Apple not only offered a case, it deliberately made it part of the design, with the colorful "swiss cheese effect." But a case is useful for more than aesthetics. Cracked iPhone screens are commonplace and battery pack cases make long-term on-the-go usage possible.
By Siva Om on Mon, 07/06/2015
When it comes to headphones, who wants a tangle of cables if you don't need them? And who needs buttons, when touch-sensitive headphone controls are the wave of the future? This week we're taking a look at two of my favorite pairs of Bluetooth, touch-controlled, on-ear headphones, to see how they compare.
By Jim Karpen on Mon, 07/06/2015
The iPhone 6s is now in production, according to the Taiwanese website DigiTimes, with the launch expected in September. Of course, production mode typically entails leaked parts and documents. As my fellow Todd Bernhard noted, 9To5Mac has posted photos of the chassis of the next iPhone and a number of other parts. Now, according to PhoneArena.com, a document leaked from Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn indicates that the next iPhone will have a 12-megapixel camera that will be able to shoot 4K video at 240 fps for slow motion effects. The current 8-megapixel camera is capable of 240 fps, but is limited to 1080p video. This is a significant upgrade. In addition, the document says that the front-facing FaceTime camera will make a big jump from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels.
By Violet Cooper on Sat, 07/04/2015
If you’ve recently upgraded your iOS device, you’ve probably noticed that your older device still appears under iCloud’s list of backups. These previous backups take up a lot of unnecessary storage space and (assuming you have your most recent iPhone backed up already) they don’t really do you any good either. Here’s how you can delete those old backups and save some extra space!
By Siva Om on Thu, 07/02/2015
Summer's here and it's high time for getting away on summer vacation. Taking time to relax, enjoy nature, and see different places is such a great way to expand one's perspectives, broaden one's horizons, and rest and recuperate from our busy and hectic schedules. When it comes to finding the best deals and the most value for our vacations, there are no shortage of useful iOS apps to help us with our travel planning. These are our 5 favorites...
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/02/2015
By Donna Cleveland on Thu, 07/02/2015
Are you in the mood to learn something new? This challenge is your opportunity to get inspired and pick out iTunes Store purchases that will help you master your skill of choice.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/02/2015
The next big thing from Apple is likely to be a minor update to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If history repeats itself, and as rumors suggest, the next smartphones from Apple will be dubbed iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and retain the same form factor, just as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5s did (note that's not a typo.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/01/2015
Apple has officially unleashed the flood gates and made the Apple Music and Beats 1 radio services available for numerous platforms. On your PC or Mac, a new version of iTunes beckons to be installed with support for the music streaming service. On iPhones and iPads, Apple's new iOS 8.4 offers the new streaming feature built-in. And soon Android users will also get to join the party, sometime "this fall."