By Conner Carey on Fri, 10/09/2015
By Conner Carey on Thu, 10/08/2015
The Shake to Undo feature on your iPhone can be extremely useful if you accidentally delete a memo or want to undo something you’ve typed. However, it can also be irritating and unnecessary if you find yourself constantly prompted to erase things you don't want to. No problem; disable the feature in your Settings.
By Conner Carey on Wed, 10/07/2015
In iOS 9 selfies and screenshots are now automatically saved to their own respective albums. If you’re an avid photo taker, you may have already discovered the new albums in Photos, which make organizing your photos and mass photo deleting much easier.
By Conner Carey on Tue, 10/06/2015
In iOS 9, you can now use Apple Pay from your Lock screen. When this feature is enabled, two clicks of the Home button will allow you to quickly access Apple Pay and make a payment without unlocking your iPhone and opening the Wallet app (formerly known as Passbook). Note that Apple Pay only works with the iPhone 6 or later.
By Conner Carey on Mon, 10/05/2015
New to iOS 9 is Wi-Fi Assist. When using Wi-Fi, if your connection is unreliable, your phone will automatically boost your signal using Cellular data. This can be extremely helpful and save you a trip to Settings; however, if you’re watching your data usage, there’s an easy way to turn Wi-Fi Assist off.
By Conner Carey on Sun, 10/04/2015
The improvements to the Notes app are some of the most helpful upgrades for iOS 9. Now you can add links, include sketches, and create checkable to-do lists. Whether you want to set yourself weekly goals or you want a grocery list you won’t forget at home, it’s easy and ever so efficient.
By Conner Carey on Sat, 10/03/2015
In iOS 8, Spotlight was capable of searching within the data of your device; meaning, you were limited to searching information such as the location of an app, email, or song. Now, Spotlight is its own Search engine, News center, and Nearby locator, and includes Siri suggestions. We're going to take a quick tour of just what you can do with Spotlight in iOS 9.
By Jim Karpen on Fri, 10/02/2015
By Jim Karpen on Fri, 10/02/2015
By Jim Karpen on Fri, 10/02/2015
The "Hey Siri" feature, which has been available since iOS 8, allows you to get Siri's attention just by saying "Hey Siri" — but only if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus or if your older iPhone or iPad is plugged in to a power source. I really like this feature, but unfortunately, it never worked for me. I could say "Hey Siri" with different intonations and volume levels, and Siri would respond maybe 20 percent of the time. I gave up. Now that I'm using this feature in iOS 9, I'm happy to report that so far it's worked perfectly. "Hey Siri" is turned off by default in iOS 9, so if you want to use this feature, you'll need to turn it on and to go through a brief setup procedure.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 10/01/2015
Not all streaming services are created equal. With the release of Apple Music, listeners quickly realized there were no quality control options. The difference, until now, was automatic: you heard higher quality sound when streaming music over a Wi-Fi connection than when streaming across cellular data. With iOS 9, Apple is letting you decide for yourself whether better music quality is worth increasing your cellular data usage or not.
By Conner Carey on Wed, 09/30/2015
Before iOS 9, sharing Bluetooth devices with more than one iPhone was a hassle. You had to either disable Bluetooth on your device or select Forget this Device in settings; both options were roundabout ways to switch the connected iPhone for another. Now, there's a simple way to temporarily disconnect your iPhone from a Bluetooth device.
By Noah Siemsen on Tue, 09/29/2015
Apple's iOS (the operating system for iPhones and iPads) started out as an advanced, yet simple-to-use platform. In the old days a casual enthusiast would typically know every inch of their device's settings menu. As iOS matures, however, it is shaping up to be a much deeper and more complex system with an ever increasing number of tools and options for greater productivity and customization. Onward and upward, right? Yes, but it is much easier to get lost in the weeds along the way.
If you are like most people, you know your iPhone or iPad can do amazing things, yet there is very little that you are actually taking advantage of. You wish you knew how to set up tools like shared calendars, location-based reminders, or even how to get rid of those pesky Facebook calendar events, but you just don't have the time to figure it out. You're not alone. 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! Here at iPhone Life we are 100 percent committed to helping people learn how to get the most from their iDevice and for the next 24 hours, we are offering Insider subscriptions for half off of our standard prices. Check it out here before this promotion ends.
By Conner Carey on Tue, 09/29/2015
Easy text select is an iOS 9 feature that lets you turn your Keyboard into a trackpad. Currently available only on the iPad. Before, when selecting text, there were multiple steps and your vision was obstructed by your own finger. Now, with a little practice using the trackpad, you'll highlight, copy, and paste selections more easily than ever before.
By Conner Carey on Mon, 09/28/2015
One of the smaller changes with iOS 9 is the appearance of the keyboard when using the Shift key. Before, the keys were uppercase in appearance and the highlighted shift key was the only way to know you were typing in uppercase. With the update, the keys are lowercase except when Shift is active: the entire keyboard changes to uppercase. This can make it easier to know which case you're typing in; however, if you prefer the previous set-up, there's a simple Settings change to turn the lowercase keys off.
By Conner Carey on Sun, 09/27/2015
Notes receives my award for most improved app of the iOS 9 update. One of the big upgrades is the Sketch feature. Now, Notes combines text, sketch, picture, and sharing to give you many note-taking options. With three different "marker" tips, a ruler, eraser, and color easel, it's a pretty basic sketch application, but it's effective and easily combined with text or images.
By Conner Carey on Sat, 09/26/2015
In the days of iOS 8, we had arrows leading from photos to album view. While the navigation arrow is still there, now, there’s an easier way. If you’re viewing a single photo, with one swipe of the finger you can return to viewing the album.
By Conner Carey on Fri, 09/25/2015
This one isn’t so much of a tip as it is a reason to rejoice. Before iOS 9, the gray highlighted shift key was the only way to know whether you were typing a capital or lowercase letter. Many users found this confusing and it interferred with third-party keyboard apps. No more!
By Conner Carey on Thu, 09/24/2015
One of the many upgrades in iOS 9 is the Notes app. Now, you can do things such as draw using your finger and add photo. It's a whole new app. One of the changes is the ability to share websites to your notes. For example, if you find an article that is relevant to a project you're working on, you can share it to one of your notes, add text, and open your note anytime to find the link waiting.
By Conner Carey on Wed, 09/23/2015
Youtuber videosdebarraquito posted a video this week warning iOS 9 users of a breach in Lock screen security. The flaw isn’t present on my iPhone 5 with iOS beta 9.1. Which means, either Apple has already fixed it or the flaw is iPhone 6 specific. If Photos and Contact access via the Lock screen make you nervous, here’s how to make sure your phone isn’t hackable.