What better for a slow news day than a quick and easy guide to some of the best iPhone-related accessories you can get for the Apple user in your life this season? A Bluetooth speaker: JBL Flip 4If you want a Bluetooth speaker system that’s high on audio quality and connection stability, take a look at this relatively affordable system from JBL. Not only is it highly portable, but its waterproof enough to be thrown into three feet of water for up to half an hour and still work fine. (The manufacturer’s claim.) You can even purchase two of these systems and twin them together as stereo speakers. There’s also a built-in mic so you can use it as a speaker phone, or even to ask Siri questions, such as: “Why is HomePod delayed?” It picked up four stars from sister site, TechHive. A handy gadget: TrackRDo you mislay things like keys, bags and coats in daily life? You may reduce the stress of your ritual marching around demanding help from everyone who … [Read more...] about 10 great gifts for Apple iPhone users
New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.Is it even worth it? We grabbed five power adapters and three iPhones, ran a bunch of tests, and got to the bottom of the iPhone charging mystery. The truth is, while USB-C fast charging certainly works, you’re much better off buying Apple’s 12W USB-A Power Adapter—the one that comes with most iPads. It’s a lot less expensive ($19) and nearly as fast.The iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus all support fast charging from USB-C power adapters that support the new USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) specification. It’s the same way the new MacBooks get charged over USB-C. But we wanted to see how well that stands up to using the adapter that comes with your … [Read more...] about iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price?
Taking screenshots is one of the most-used iPhone features, and with iOS 11’s new screenshot editing features, it’s more useful than ever. But you've always taken a screenshot by pressing the Side button and Home button, and that won’t work on an iPhone X. After all, there is no Home button.Fortunately, it’s just as easy on Apple’s new phone. Simply press the Side button and the Volume Up button at the same time. From there, screenshots operate exactly as they do on other iPhones. Be sure to check out our guide to all the new gestures and commands for the iPhone X. … [Read more...] about How to take a screenshot on the iPhone X
Yes, it’s time again for the exercise we go through literally every year, like the running of the bulls, it’s time to declare this year’s iOS update to be the worst ever!Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes says “iOS 11 Is Killing Me.”Softly with its love? Killing you softly?No! Like in the face! Angrily! Because so many bugs!One thing is for sure, this isn’t like before when there were no problems with iOS updates.2016: “Apple’s iOS 10 update is causing major problems for some users.”2015: “Apple iOS 9.1 Release Admits To Serious Problems.”2014: “Apple’s iOS 8 Is Brimming With Bugs.”2013: “Warning: Your just-updated iOS 7 iPhone has a serious security bug.”2012: “iOS 6 Bug Lets Anyone Unlock Your Phone Without a Passcode.”2011: “Apple Has a Serious Security Issue with iOS 5 iPad.”And so on and so on all the way back to iPhone OS 1 which had the very serious flaw of … [Read more...] about The annual ritual: An airing of iOS grievances
Updated 11/17/17: The fourth iOS 11.2 beta is available to the developers.iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.So far we’re up to the third beta release, and there are plenty of bug fixes and small bits of polish, along with two major changes: Apple Pay Cash and faster wireless charging (for iPhone 8 and X).Notably, Apple fixed that bug in the Calculator app where your input was waiting for long animations to play out (if you hit 1+2+3 you’d get 24, because it didn’t register the second plus sign).There … [Read more...] about iOS 11.2: Beta 4 is now available for developers
Apple’s smartphones are highly secure, but if your private or enterprise data matters to you, it’s essential to ensure your iPhone (or iPad) is as secure as possible.Just because almost all mobile malware targets Android doesn’t mean iPhone users can be complacent.Quite the reverse:We need to be even more alert in case attackers use complacency against us. What follows are a few simple tips to help you secure your iPhone (and iPad).There’s no way to deny that iPhones are in the ascendant, particularly in enterprise IT. Beyond business, you’ll see them used by educators, doctors, police and politicians and in each one of those cases the information on those smartphones is confidential and must not be abused.Security is mandatory. Fortunately, Apple works really hard to balance security with usability Securify yourselfSo, what’s the weakest point in mobile device security? Sadly, it’s you. From tapping links in phony emails to accessing … [Read more...] about Strong and stable: The iOS security guide
Apple’s smartphones are highly secure, but if your private or enterprise data matters to you, it’s essential to ensure your iPhone (or iPad) is as secure as possible.Just because almost all mobile malware targets Android doesn’t mean iPhone users can be complacent.Quite the reverse:We need to be even more alert in case attackers use complacency against us. What follows are a few simple tips to help you secure your iPhone (and iPad).There’s no way to deny that iPhones are in the ascendant, particularly in enterprise IT. Beyond business, you’ll see them used by educators, doctors, police and politicians and in each one of those cases the information on those smartphones is confidential and must not be abused.Security is mandatory. Fortunately, Apple works really hard to balance security with usability Securify yourselfSo, what’s the weakest point in mobile device security? Sadly, it’s you. From tapping links in phony emails to accessing … [Read more...] about Strong and stable: The iPhone, iPad security guide
Face ID is at least as secure as Touch ID, but it does have its drawbacks. If you have an identical twin, for example, they will probably be able to fool it. And if someone gets ahold of your phone and manages to point it at your face, that might unlock it (provided you turn your attention toward it).Apple has safeguards in place, just as it did with Touch ID: If Face ID tries to authenticate on someone else's face and fails several times, it will disable and require your passcode.Still, there may be times when you feel that you don't want anyone to be able to use Face ID to get into your phone. Fortunately, it's quite easy to temporarily disable it. It's fast and discreet.Just press and hold the side button, and either one of the volume buttons (it doesn't matter which one). It's a quick squeeze of your phone.After about two seconds, you'll see the lock screen above, with sliders to power off the phone, show your Medical ID, or trigger Emergency SOS. At this point, Face ID is … [Read more...] about How to quickly and discreetly disable Face ID on the iPhone X
Ten years ago, the original iPhone ushered in a new world for mobile computing and sparked the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement at work. Soon after it arrived, iPhones were showing up everywhere in the office, forcing companies to quickly scramble to figure out how to manage them.That sleek (and deceptively simple) device not only debuted a new touchscreen that would radically change how people interact with technology, it also shook up carrier control, set a new target for Apple’s competitors to aim for and created a platform for countless mobile app developers. Oh, and it eventually gave birth to a highly successful tablet boom with the iPad.This September, the iPhone was reborn as the iPhone X, something Apple CEO Tim Cook said would set the scene for the next decade of iPhone development. The newest device, which arrived Nov. 3, marks a return to a simpler form and serves as a showcase for cutting-edge technology.As such, it’s the best iPhone you can get, it's … [Read more...] about Review: The iPhone X is the best phone for business, period.
It’s a common misconception that closing out apps on your iPhone helps extend battery life. This isn’t really true—iOS suspends inactive background applications qui5te effectively. Re-starting apps from scratch takes more time and can result in shorter battery life than simply un-suspending them.But apps aren’t always perfectly well behaved. Sometimes they freeze or the interface gets corrupted, and you need to start over fresh. Those sorts of situations are the only times you should really close apps.With no home button on the iPhone X, how do you do it? Simple:1. Bring up your list of all apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing for a second. You’ll see cards for all your apps pop in.2. Press and hold anywhere on those app cards. You’ll see a red circle appear on the upper left of each one.3. Tap any red circle to close that app.4. Tap anywhere outside the stack of app cards to cancel the app-closing mode.You can also swipe up … [Read more...] about How to close apps on the iPhone X