If you’re checking out your iPhone 6, 6 plus (or simply updated your iPhone with iOS8) there are tons of updates and tips you can use to make the most of your smartphone today. Discover how to avoid that annoying QuickType feature or make photos a little brighter before snapping a pic (and these are just the tip of the iceberg.) Whether you just picked up an iPhone 6 or you’re looking to squeeze a little life out of an older iPhone, here’s a handful of iPhone tips and tricks to try once you’re using iOS 8.
Minimize the QuickType Feature
If you find the keyboard’s new QuickType word-guessing feature more annoying than useful, you can minimize it by swiping down from the top of the QuickType bar. If you find that you miss the feature, swipe back up and it’ll re-assume its perch atop your keyboard.
Quickly Send an Audio Recording, Photo or Video in a Text Message
When chatting back and forth in the Messages app, hold down the microphone icon in the lower-right corner to begin recording an audio message. When it’s ready, tap the arrow above it to send it or tap the X to delete it. To send a photo or video instead, hold down the camera icon in the lower-left corner and tap the top icon to snap a photo or the right-hand icon to record a video. Note that these features require that your recipient has an iPhone as well, although you’ll be able to send photos and videos (but not audio) to non-iPhone owners by tapping the camera icon in the lower-left corner and then following a couple additional steps.
Reply to a Text Message Without Leaving Your Current App
When you receive a text message up at the top of your screen, pull down on it to access a quick-reply box. Type your reply, hit Send and go back to what you were doing — all without leaving your current app.
Get Notified of Email Thread Replies
If you want to keep an eye on an important email thread, you can enable notifications to pop up every time someone adds a new email message to the thread. Click on the little flag icon in the lower left corner of an email message, choose Notify Me… and then Notify Me again. Step through the same process to remove yourself from future notifications once you’ve had enough.
Minimize an Email You’re Writing
If you’re in the middle of typing an email message to someone and you realize you need to reference some information from a previous email elsewhere in your inbox, you can swipe down on the message you’re writing to minimize it to the bottom of the screen. Once you’re ready to write some more, tap the message to expand it again.
Adjust Brightness in Photos
When you’re taking a photo and you tap the screen to adjust the camera’s focus, you can now also adjust the brightness. Just tap the screen as you’re taking a photo, then swipe up to make the image brighter or down to make the image darker.
Use the Camera Timer
The camera also has a timer function. Tap the little clock icon in the top menu when you’re taking a photo and it’ll let you choose between a three- or ten-second delay before firing off some snaps.
Say “Hey Siri” for No-Touch Assistance
If your phone is plugged in, you can get Siri to do your bidding just by saying, “Hey Siri.”
You’ll need to enable the feature first by going to Settings > General > Siri and then toggling the Allow “Hey Siri” switch.
Again, your phone has to be plugged in for this to work, but it could be useful when paired with a car charger or while you’re at your desk.
Find Battery-Sucking Apps
Battery being run down too fast? It’s most likely an app or two that are sapping an inordinate amount of juice. You can check which ones are causing the most trouble by going to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.
You’ll see a list of the apps that have used the most battery over the past 24 hours, with the option to check which ones have been the top drainers over a longer period of time as well. (time)
While these are just a few iPhone tips and tricks to get you started, I’m sure you’ve found plenty of your favorites on your own – so share the wealth! What are your favorite tips, tricks and features of using iOS on your iPhone? Share your favs in the comment section below and they could be featured on our Facebook page!
Did you attend the fashionably fun Relax, Renew and Recharge event during New York Fashion Week? If you didn’t, then you missed out on some exciting smartphones and accessories from LG mobile. During the event, we gave away THREE LG G Vista smartphones from AT&T and had the LG G3, the LG Watch and plenty of other smartphones on site for hands-on tweeting, selfies and more!
I got plenty of hands-on experience with the LG G3 and LG Watch and I can’t help to say, I’m in love! There are several reasons why many consider LG G3 being on top of the list: excellent battery life, swift user interface and fantastic design. The device also comes with the following features: 5.5 inch, 16 GB / 32 GB version, 13MP camera and 3,000 mAh battery. This double duo of style and function is perfect for practically anyone. Check out five reasons why I love the LG G3 and LG Watch from AT&T below.
But First, Let Me Take A Selfie
Located above the display is a 2.1-megapixel camera for taking selfies. The 2.1-megapixel shooter has two modes to make it easy to take selfies. The first detects an open hand, which you clench into a fist to start the countdown timer. This is particularly useful if you’re using a selfie stick, since you likely won’t be able to reach the phone to hit the shutter. Or if you like me and have super long arms, you can tap the screen to simply start a selfie countdown. The front facing camera even comes with a blurring photo-editing feature that smooths out lines, wrinkles and fixes a flaw-filled selfie to perfection, every time.
Leave Your Money In Your Wallet With ISIS
I’ve talked about the power of NFC technology before, I’ve used ISIS wallet with other smartphones and with Apple jumping on the NFC bandwagon with Apple Pay, smartphones are doubling use as credit cards like never before. A simple tap of your smartphone at the register can now buy your coffee, lunch, movie tickets and more! Who wouldn’t love the convenience of an alternate paying system while on the go?
Want to buy lunch, but you’re still in the middle of drafting that email to your boss? The LG G3 lets you use two apps in the same time with its Dual-Window functionality. Harness it by tapping and holding the ‘Back’ on-screen navigation key, or through the button in the task switching menu. Tap on the upper or lower side of the screen to choose which side the window goes to, then tap the app icons, or drag them up or down.
LG G Watch
Who wants to press a button on their watch every time they need quick information? Not me! That’s why I thoroughly enjoy the LG Watch with “Always On” technology powered by Android Wear. Using the Google cards you know and love, this LG Watch has a simple new user experience which provides useful information on your wrist only when you need it. Trying to figure out what time to leave the office to make it to your next appointment on time? Once paired with the LG G3 device, the voice recognition feature intercepted text messages and alerts and let’s be honest, it’s overall a stylish piece a tech that any girl would want to add to her arsenal, right?
Want to learn more? The G3 is the perfect new gadget for “early adopter” types who want the latest and greatest without following the opinions of others. If you’re looking for a powerful handset that’s beautiful and fits seamlessly into your stylish lifestyle you won’t be disappointed with LG’s latest in smartphone and wearable pairings. Discover the LG G3 and G Watch available at AT&T today!
Earlier this year, I got a taste test of what the biking life feels like. During my time in Austin, TX for SXSW I teamed up with Nokia for a super-charged Tern biking experience. Fast forward to this summer, I felt like a professional biker riding my new Tern bike throughout NYC and beyond. My Tern Verge 9 folding bike is simple to use and easy to ride no matter what terrain the road may bring.
Can you imagine riding through the streets of NYC on this stylish bike? I couldn’t stop at a red light without getting tons of compliments (or inquires for that matter…) Most people were intrigued by the slim design and features, but when they found out about the folding option, they were absolutely sold!
The Verge P9 is complete with widely spaced gears and a single shifter. Fast is an incredibly stiff, hydroformed aluminum frame, ultra light wheels and high pressure tires. Perfect for your ride downtown Monday through Friday, or a quick weekend workout. All this in a package that folds in less than ten seconds.
Did I mention that this haute ride also has N-Fold technology that allows you to store it practically anywhere? One thing about living in NYC is for certain, you’re always running low on storage space. The Verge Tern bike isn’t just an average folding bicycle, its built with N-fold technology that separates it from the rest. [Check out the folding action here.] Folding bicycle design hasn’t changed much in decades. N-Fold Technology is a small but important change that results in a faster, and more compact fold. N-Fold Technology includes new frame and handlepost geometries and spins the front wheel by 180 degrees before the central fold, resulting in a package 40 mm (1.5”) shorter. Bicycles with N-Fold technology like this Verge Tern bike can also be folded – easily – in less than ten seconds.
Have you gone bike riding recently? Check out a variety of styles for everyone on two wheels with Tern. For more on Tern bikes and to find the right bicycle for you, visit TernBicycles.com.
If you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and still want to be among the first to own the device, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing a long line at the Apple Store today or this weekend.
Most Apple stores get pretty big shipments of new iPhones; that’s the obvious choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can get the iPhone 6 (16GB) for below the recommended price at Walmart ($179, instead of $199), and you’ll probably have to wait less, too. And if you do want to try your luck at Apple, be sure to check Apple.com for store quantities or try to arrange an in-store pick up. That could easily shave a good amount of time off your wait.
Big Box Stores
Now, on to other options: Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Staples have a healthy supply of devices. Best Buy is among the more popular retail spots to pick up an iPhone, so in some cases, be prepared to wait on line for awhile too.
Best Buy has a ticketing process to help the lines run smoothly, but it only offers one ticket for each customer, so if you want to upgrade your whole family, they will all need to be present. (Note: Apple lets each person in line buy two phones). Not all Best Buy stores were packed this morning, though. According to a Best Buy employee in a message posted to Reddit, the store was practically empty for the launch. The user didn’t disclose the location, but included a picture of the “crowd.”
Walmart is another option that people might not consider for picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the company is giving customers a nice incentive to choose them over others by discounting the devices. In addition to an iPhone 6 price cut (with a two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract), the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $279 ($20 cheaper than what you’ll find at the Apple store).
But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers. Staples on Friday, only Verizon iPhones were available for walk-in customers (they accepted pre-orders too). There’s a rumor that AT&T delayed their iPhone shipments to the store, so so some stores only have Verizon devices right now.
In addition to select retailers, you’ll of course be able to find some at the carrier stores, too. Be choosy about which store location you go to — for example, the AT&T location in Union Square in New York City had a line halfway down the block before doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. But uptown, a location on East 86th Street had just about 15 people queued up — which sure beats the hundreds of people waiting at the Apple Store just 30 blocks south. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile store (also in Union Square) had no line at all.
Timing is key too — you might be holding off until the early Friday rush subsides, but just think how crazy it will get on Saturday when everyone who’s busy working today will try to pick one up then. If you wait too long, supplies will sell out.
Of course, if you’re not in dire need of a new iPhone, you can get it shipped to you directly. Right now, estimations are about four weeks away for arrival. You might not have an iPhone in your hands by the end of the weekend, but at least you’ll have your sanity.
You were super excited about downloading the latest version of Apple iOS 8 – that is until, you realized that you had to delete a ton of data from your iPhone to make room for the update. It’s not that iOS 8 occupies a ton of storage on your iPhone or iPad (iTunes says the file is about 1.2GB), but rather that the download itself needs up to 5.7GB of free storage to be completed. (For me this was a welcomed challenge, since I’ve had about 4,500 photos on my phone and needed to purge it immediately.) But for others, there’s an easier way around the iOS 8 download without deleting any of your photos, music or data at all.
But before you start deleting everything you’ve ever saved, there’s a very easy solution: Sync your iPhone or iPad to the computer and download iOS 8 directly from there. This won’t suck up any space on your device, and you can manually transfer the new software back to your device. Updating via your PC or Mac is more reliable way to upgrade, versus OTA (over-the-air), which is performed directly on the device.
If you’re taking this alternate route, be sure to select “check for update” when the prompt pops up on iTunes — not “restore iPhone.” The latter option will indeed wipe all content from your device.
For those who haven’t downloaded the software yet, we recommend backing up your data via iCloud before you start. If anything, the 5.7GB requirement to update to iOS 8 is a subtle nudge from Apple that you may need to splurge for the 64GB device next time. (Smooth move, Apple. smooth move indeed.)
So you’ve pre-ordered your iPhone 6 (or you’re currently camped outside the Apple store) either way, you can’t invest in a new phone without tricking it out with all-new gadgets, now can you?
A few of my favorite accessory companies are already jumping on board to create iPhone 6 products. From cases to wallets I’m downright excited to start dressing up my new (soooo close) iPhone with some of these amazing iPhone 6 accessories below.
Grovemade Cases ($49-$129): If you decide you want to go a more natural route, Grovemade is making leather and wood cases for your new toy. Show off the most of the phone with just a bumper made of maple or walnut.
Case-Mate Wallet Cases ($60): Handcrafted from premium leather, the Wallet Folio for iPhone 6 presents a timeless, sophisticated look. Featuring multiple slots for cards and cash, this contemporary design redefines the boundaries between form and function for the modern commuter.
Otterbox Defender Series Case: The Otterbox can survive even the worst smartphone abuses. Butterfingers everywhere rejoice, they’ve got the iPhone 6 covered!
Case-Mate Karat Cases ($50): Treasure the luster and dazzling display of 24 karat gold. Each iPhone 6 Karat case offers a truly unique design with genuine gold leaf highlights thoughtfully placed to create this translucent and radiant finish.
Zazzle Cases ($40-$57): If it’s just a cute or customizable case you want, Zazzle is ahead of the curve. They’re already offering a variety of stylish options for the iPhone 6 and we’re drooling over several of them.
Did you pre-order the iPhone 6 or 6 plus? What iPhone accessory can you not live without? Share your thoughts below!
Today, Apple unveiled Apple Watch – unfortunately for everyone waiting with baited breath, it won’t be available for purchase until next year.
“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
Apple’s newest venture inside the realm of wearables will enable users to communicate right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch it makes sending personalized drawings, doddles and emojis easier than ever before. With comprehensive health and fitness apps that measure all fitness activity (not just walking or heavy exercising) ultimately helping users lead healthier lives. Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently using the apps you already know and love. You can get step, by step directions, pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook or even unlock your Starwoods hotel room door. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
What do you think? Are you willing to wait for your Apple inspired watch or do you think the next best thing is already here? Share your comments below.
Apple Inc CEO has left the stage and now the details is flying throughout the blogosphere. The latest generation of iPhones have been unveiled if you’re looking for the must-have features and how they’ll benefit you, look no further than below.
Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
A8 Faster Processing
Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.
Benefits for you: No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.
Voice Calling Over WiFi
The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.
Benefits for you: Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.
Benefits for you: Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.
Benefits for you: Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first? The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Today is the day that Apple enthusiasts have been waiting for. In a matter of moments the smartphone and technology industry will wait for the latest news from Apple that is rumored to include a next generation, larger screen iPhone, wearable smart watch and possibly more. Typically Apple hasn’t been all that great surprising fans with the latest advancements (thanks to leaked photographs, patent slip ups and loose journalistic lips spilling the beans well before an Apple executive steps onto the big stage.) However, could today be the day that we’re all stunned and surprised?
What is it consumers want most from the iPhone 6? Beyond a larger screen, we polled readers on Facebook as well as gathered some interesting facts online and have listed the top features desired > [We Asked, You Answered: What You Want From The iPhone 6]
So what should you expect coming from the Apple giants? A new iPhone, iPad Air and iWatch respectively. According to Time Magazine, all signs point to two new iPhone models, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version curvaceous designed smartphones. There will reportedly be a one-handed mode that rejiggers the interface slightly so you can reach everything (Samsung has a similar feature on some of its larger phones). Alongside the new iPhones, Apple will reportedly be rolling out its followup to the iPad Air. It’s believed to be similar in design to the previous model, with the addition of a faster processor, the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint sensor and a gold color option. Apple will reportedly be showcasing its long-rumored smartwatch, though it’s believed the device won’t be available for purchase until next year. Features apparently include a curved, rectangular screen made of impact-resistant sapphire crystal, tap-to-pay functionality, 8GB of storage, health-tracking sensors and two screen sizes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends will unveil Apple’s holiday gadget lineup. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT.
I’ll be keeping you in the loop with live updates from the Apple Special Event in California today.
APPLE EVENT LIVE BLOG
iSight Camera – Improved features include 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.
Voice Over LTE - Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
Barometer - The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps
Face Detection in photos
Apple Pay - A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook.
Full iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Posts Coming Soon…
The Samsung Gear VR creates an immersive mobile virtual reality experience that the industry has never seen before.
The Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution. With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theater, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before – inside stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven technologies fuse to create an experience that surprises and delights – all on a mobile device.
Built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials, Samsung Gear VR is comfortable to wear. It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer. With a robust selection of optimized virtual reality content from a wide range of top-tier creators, users will be able to enjoy a wide range of film, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content.
The Samsung Gear VR will be available in Frost White through the Samsung online channel and selectively by carriers this fall.