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By Jim Karpen on Mon, 08/03/2015
Prepaid iPhone plans are likely the least expensive option if you're unable to afford a standard phone plan with one of the major carriers. Most commonly you pay for the phone up front but save a lot of money on monthly charges. Virgin Moble offers popular prepaid plans, but in February they stopped making the iPhone available. Now they're selling it again, including the iPhone 6, 6 plus, and 5c. And they're offering $100 off on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus. The 16 GB iPhone 6 is going for $549.99 and the 16 GB iPhone 6 plus for $649.00. They're selling the white 8 GB iPhone 5c for $299.
By Brian Faulkner on Mon, 08/03/2015
After purchasing any new iPhone, you soon realize that protecting your investment would be the wiser choice. I currently own an iPhone 5s and have tried a variety of cases styles ranging from slim to rugged protection. Each case has something to offer, and after using the Reiko Wireless Flip Case, I have found an affordable alternative .
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 08/03/2015
A Chinese repair firm has leaked photos of what it says is the display of the iPhone 6s photos. The timing is right, as we are one month away from Apple's annual announcement of the newest iPhone, usually held in early September. Apple's device update history has led most to anticipate only a minor update to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, expected to be called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. From the outside, the phones should look the same. However, the leaked photos seem to indicate what we have presumed for a while, that the newest generation of iPhones will have Apple's new Force Touch feature. This pressure sensitive pad is used in the Apple Watch and the newest MacBooks. A next generation iPad, likely the iPad Pro, is also expected to offer Force Touch.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Mon, 08/03/2015
If you are traveling to a place where you won't have reliable or affordable access to data or Wi-Fi, Google Maps allows you to save the maps you need ahead of time for later offline use.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Sun, 08/02/2015
Your iPhone automatically locks itself after a set period of inactivity. This saves battery life, makes unauthorized access to your iPhone less likely, and prevents butt dialing and the sending of nonsense text messages to random contacts. The default auto-lock setting is one minute; but if you find yourself constantly having to unlock your phone in the middle of using it, you may need to change the delay time.
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 08/01/2015
An Apple TV update has been "coming soon" for years, but if BuzzFeed is right, it looks like it's really happening this fall. Apple has had plans to crack the TV market for years, and Siri should be a big part of that. The ability to ask your Apple TV to "Play Star Trek" or "Turn on the news" is not only the way of the future, Amazon has already delivered such capabilities with its Fire TV. Apple can expand on such capabilities, thanks to HomeKit, and empower Siri to control lighting, doors, thermostats, and more, with an updated Apple TV as the hub.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Sat, 08/01/2015
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 August 10th! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Sat, 08/01/2015
If important notifications keep getting buried under less significant ones in Notification Center, you can easily change the order they are shown to you, and even determine whether you see them at all.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Fri, 07/31/2015
Panoramic photos are great for capturing an expanded view of a beautiful landscape. Typically, this is done by moving your iPhone from left to right or right to left as you take the photo in Pano mode. But what about when you want to capture a shot of something really tall, like a tree, for example, or even the Eiffel Tower? Well, you'll be excited to hear that you can take vertically oriented panoramic photos with your iPhone too!
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/30/2015
Drawing on the iPhone or iPad isn't quite the same as drawing on paper or canvas. The slippery glass surface effects your movement, even with a high-end stylus. Apple thinks it has a solution. An Apple patent, unvearthed by Apple Insider shows an Apple stylus that can sense a virtual texture and provide "haptic" feedback, or slight vibrations, that could simulate what it is like to draw on that particular texture.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 07/30/2015
For less than the cost of an official Apple Watch band, you can pick up a knockoff of the Apple Watch itself from China. Everbuying is selling a clone of the $350-plus Apple Watch for as little as $34. I must admit, the similarities are (intentionally) uncanny. It's hard to believe that Apple and China continue to let this happen and that the company is making a profit at $34, shipped.
By Jim Karpen on Thu, 07/30/2015
A new survey of nearly 1,000 people by Wristly found that 86 percent of the owners of an Apple Watch wear it all day, every day, and that another 12 percent wear it most of the time on most days. Only 1.3 percent reported going for several days without wearing their watch, and just three people (less than a third of a percent) said they'd stopped wearing it. In my mind, the fact that people are wearing it regularly suggests a high level of satisfaction. If people didn't find it useful, why would they wear it?
By Jim Karpen on Thu, 07/30/2015
In iOS 8 Apple expanded the formerly limited options for customizing repeat reminders in the Reminders app. You can set the app so that you're reminded of something at intervals such as every third day, the 1st and 15th of the month, the last day of the month, and much more.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Wed, 07/29/2015
Thanks to everyone who entered the July 27 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the August 10th giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
By Kevin McNeish on Wed, 07/29/2015
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, 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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 21 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 07/29/2015
At CES, I saw a demo of an early model of the ZAGG Speaker Case which is currently 40 percent off at $59.99. The case is more of a bumper with a Bluetooth detachable speaker in back. Now I have one to actually test out. Zagg also sent over a Fantastic 4-themed iPhone 6 back cover, which marks ZAGG's partnership with 20th Century Fox to promote the latest Marvel Comics movie.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/29/2015
Despite doom and gloom forecasts by analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that says Apple Watch sales increased in June, not decreased. That was likely because it wasn't until June that consumers could walk in to an Apple Store, try the watch on, and purchase it on the spot. Apparently, the more people get to try the Apple Watch, the more likely they are to buy one. With this in mind, it's understandable that Apple is making its wearable available at retailers such as Best Buy.
By Sarah Kingsbury on Wed, 07/29/2015
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it works by capturing three different exposures of the same image and then combining them into a single image. This can be really helpful when your subject includes a large range of lights and darks and you want the details in the darker parts of the photo to be visible without overexposing the lighter sections.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 07/28/2015
Perhaps it's a testament to how influential Steve Jobs was, but it still seems excessive that three different Steve Jobs movies are being released within a couple years of each other. First came the Ashton Kutcher version, which had some inaccuracies, according to Steve Wozniak, although Kutcher's resemblance to Jobs was remarkable. Soon the Michael Fassbender version should be released and while Fassbender doesn't share the same look or even haircolor as Jobs, the script is based on the "official" biography by Walt Isaacson. Still, that movie takes some dramatic liberties, also according to Wozniak.