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The Best Apple Apps of 2015 (And How To Download Them Before It’s Too Late.)

December 17th, 2015 by Christen


Best Apple Apps of 2015



Waiting to get your hands on a new iPhone?  Need to upgrade your tablet experience these days?  Why not add the best apps of the year to your iPhone and iPad and change up how you use a device you already know and love?  The team at Apple have tallied the votes for the best iPhone apps and iPad apps and the results are in!

Discover the most inventive, irresistible and overall best Apple apps of 2015 below!


Most Innovative App

Workflow – An Editor’s pick for the most innovative app of the year, Workflow makes powerful automation easy – and better yet, fun.  Workflow includes over 200 actions which allow you to save images, reminders to call loved ones, send messages and more.  (Available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch – it’s also currently 40% off) (Download:  $2.99)





App Of The Year Runner Up

Enlight – It’s the best all-in-one photo editor provide powerful photo tools that are easy to use.  Enright packs so many features into one app that it may just be the last photo app that you ever download. (Download $3.99)




App Of The Year Runner Up

Robin hood: Free Stock Trading –  Stock trading goes free and friendly in this impressively accessible app.  Robinhood for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is a free download that allows people to buy and sell stocks for free!  View market data in real-time, build a personalized watch list, and place trades with a few taps. (Download for FREE)




App Of The Year

Periscope – This game-changer made sharing and watching live videos an instant obsession.  Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world.  Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and sent you hearts to share their love of your video.  (Download for FREE)



These are the tried and true best apple apps of 2015 and for a limited time, they’re all less than four bucks!  Talk about a sweet treat before the of the year.  What were your breakout apps of 2015?  Share your favs below!

Movie Makers Rejoice! You Can Now Continue Edits In iMovie Using All Your iOS Devices

October 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Do you have a movie currently sitting in iMovie just waiting for additional edits?  Just in time for new 4K and 5K iMacs, Apple released a major update of iMovie for OS X that adds 4K video editing, along with a slew of other changes. The iOS version of iMovie got 4K support last month to coincide with the debut of the iPhone 6s. Now that both versions of the movie editing suite support higher res video, you’ll also be able to continue edits on your Mac that you’ve started with your iPhone or iPad.


The updates won’t bring professionals to iMovie anytime soon, but it could encourage regular consumers to explore the wonders of editing (so your family isn’t stuck viewing your 30-minute home movie clips). Additionally, the new iMovie also supports 1080p at 60 frames per second for smoother footage, which is ideal for shooting sports and other action-heavy clips.

How often do you use iMovie to edit your videos?  What upgrades would you like to see in iMovie on iOS devices? Share your thoughts below.


This Is Why Your Slow iPhone Malfunctions Every Time A New iPhone Is Released

October 8th, 2015 by Christen

Does your iPhone malfunction, freeze frequently or seem slower now that Apple has released the iPhone 6s. It’s no longer a conspiracy, or well-thought out theory – there’s a scientific reason why your old iPhone zonks out every time a new iPhone is released. Find out the #1 reason why your slow iPhone malfunctions below.


iphone slow


As this chart from Statista shows, every time Apple comes out with a new iPhone, search queries for the term “iPhone slow” peak right around launch time, then decline slowly after that….until the next release.

There’s evidence that new versions of iOS slow older iPhones down, as new features take up more processing power.  Don’t fret, it’s no conspiracy, but before you click “update” simply keep in mind you may regret downloading the latest software upgrade.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix to repairing slow iPhone other than upgrading to a newer one. Is it possible to create an iPhone that malfunctions a lot less with more use?  I’m sure there is – but you don’t think Apple wants you to keep that old iPhone 3s forever do you?  They’re in the business of iPhone sales and if Apple can convince you that the latest device will save your patience and is worth the price, well cashing out on the latest device is an option you’re going to have to live with.



Apple iPad Pro Release Date Revealed! [Plus New Giveaway]

October 7th, 2015 by Christen

Remember a few months ago when the revolutionary Apple iPad Pro and Pencil was revealed? Discover the iPad pro release date and exactly when you can get your hands on the highly anticipated tablet below!

Apple unveiled its long-rumored larger iPad – the iPad Pro – at its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch event. Apple is even offering a stylus for the first time with the iPad Pro — something Steve Jobs famously joked was a sign of failure in both smartphones and tablets a couple years ago.

Apple Pencil

The New iPad Pro Could Be An Entrepreneur’s Dream — But It Comes At A Hefty Price!

The iPad Pro is the most advanced and powerful iPad ever made. Its beautiful and large 12.9-inch Retina display has 5.6 million pixels and provides an immersive experience for content and apps. The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day.

Apple announced that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro would go on sale in November but never gave a concrete date. A new report claims it will actually be released in the first week of November, along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, which will set you back $99 and $169.

The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi model, while the high-end 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular retails for $1,079.


But wait, there’s more…

ipad pro pencil


Our readers enjoyed our latest Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Apple Watch Instagram giveaway so much, that we’re bringing it back again!  Want to get your hands on the new iPad Pro before any of your friends?  Make sure to follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram and check daily for the announcement for your chance to enter to win!

How would you make the most out of winning a new iPad Pro?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Instagram Giveaway: Enter To Win A Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Watch This Weekend! #Contest

October 2nd, 2015 by Christen

You know we at LOVE a good gadget giveaway!  This time, we teamed up with a few other chic geeks for an AMAZING Apple iPhone 6s AND Apple Watch Giveaway!  Want to learn more? Well keep reading for details…




Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hosting a super duper giveaway!  Fight Like a Girl and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with our Rose Gold Apple Giveaway. You read right, you can enter to win the new smart and stylish Rose Gold Apple Watch sport and iPhone 6s this weekend!


PRIZE DETAILS: (1) 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport w/ stone band + (1) Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6s (Value: $1,048.00 +tax)
You know there’s a catch, right?  You have to be apart of our Instagram community to be eligible to win!



FIRST, you must follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram

SECOND, tag two friends in the comments who would love to win the iPhone 6s + Apple watch sport in Rose Gold.

LASTLY, click the photo to find the next person in the loop for even more chances to win!!


Check out Instagram to enter today – the contest ends Sunday, October 4th at 7pm (EST).

Rose Gold iPhone 6s instagram loop giveaway



Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Good Luck!!!


[UPDATED] Contest closed 10/4/15

[UPDATED] 10/5/15: Congratulations @JustBeHappy86 you’ve won our Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch sport giveaway.  


Watch @maryjblige, @kerrywashington and @TherealTaraji Groove It Out In New @AppleMusic Commercial Directed by @AVAETC [VIDEO]

September 20th, 2015 by Christen

How much black girl magic does it take to convince you that Apple Music is the next big thing in streaming?   Apple is banking on four to be that magic number. Earlier tonight, Apple Music debuted a super cute and nostalgic commercial that set Twitter and Facebook ablaze.


Apple Music MAry J. BLige


You know just how much fun it is to hang out with your girls and listen to music, now imagine that excitement multiplied by TEN! That’s how wild it would be if Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson showed up at your door for a fun girls night in. Now imagine if the evening was orchestrated and captured by acclaimed director Ava Duvernay and you’ve got Apple Music’s vision loud and clear.


Apple Music Commercial
Check out the amazing ode to #BlackGirlMagic and ode to a good old fashioned girls night in via Apple Music below.






What do you think? Is a commercial starring your favorite girlfriends (in your head) enough to make you want to shell out $9.99/month in Apple Music service? Sound off below!

[iPhone Hack] 9 Awesome Things You Can Do With iOS 9 On Your iPhone

September 18th, 2015 by Christen

This week (on September 16) Apple released iOS 9 for iPhones everywhere, and it’s unlocking even more capabilities and possibilities than ever before. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone is the most beloved smartphone on the market — and for good reason.

Nowadays, we rely heavily on our smartphones for just about everything, but most of us aren’t using them to their fullest potential. That’s right, your smart gadget is jam packed with capabilities, and it’s not just smart — it’s straight-up genius. So why not unlock the potential and make the most of your beloved iPhone with 9 awesome tricks you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do.


things you can do with iOS 9

Hey Siri

Customize Siri to respond only to your voice: This cool new iOS 9 feature upgrades the “Hey Siri” feature big time. Now, when your phone is plugged in and the feature is on (Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri”), you can set up Siri to recognize only your voice.


It’s Christen, not Christian

Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctlyIsn’t it irritating when Siri can’t seem to get a name right? Did you know you can actually teach Siri how to pronounce a name or a word correctly? Just say, “That’s not how you pronounce it,” and Siri will immediately ask you for the proper pronunciation. From there, it’ll give you three options and you can select the right one.

things you can do with iOS 9

Personal Assistant Siri

Siri reads you emails: When you tell Siri to read your emails, the digital assistant will pull up your 25 most recent emails and proceed to read aloud the subjects. She’ll also tell you what time they were sent. If there is a specific email you’d like to respond to, you can actually tell Siri to “respond,” and from there, you can dictate your reply. (If you really want to feel fancy, you can change Siri’s voice to project a British Male dialect like I did –  aka Butler Siri at your service!)


Let’s Fly Siri

Preview your flight: When Mail or Safari detects a flight number and it’s hyperlinked, you can click on that link, which will bring up a “Preview Flight” option. The next screen will show you all the flight info + a nifty map. (Depending on the travel/airline app you have downloaded on your device – it will then be automatically saved for your



things you can do with iOS 9


Can’t Talk Now

Send a canned or custom message when you can’t pick up: If you can’t pick up because you’re driving/in a meeting/indisposed, shoot the caller a text by hitting “Message” on the call screen. You can even customize it.


Send yourself a callback reminder: When someone calls you and you don’t have time to speak to them, this handy little “Reminder” option pops up above “Slide to Answer.” You can set it to remind you to call them back when you leave, when you get home or in one hour.



Send your location: To make it easier for a pal to find you, you can drop a pin or send your location straight from Messages. From your chat screen, tap on “Details” in the top right corner. Then, you can choose to “Send My Current Location” or “Share My Location.” The latter allows you to select whether you’d like to share your location for one hour, end of day or indefinitely. You have to make sure Location Services is turned on for Messages to use this feature.



Reading At Night

 Inverting colors to make it easier on the eyes at night: Sometimes you stay up late on your phone, and maybe your partner is trying to sleep. One way to keep the light from your screen from disturbing anyone’s sleep is inverting the colors of your phone. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on “Invert Colors.” Another way to more easily access this feature is Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. From there, select “Invert Colors.” Each time you triple-click your home button, this feature will be activated.


Set a time to turn off music: For those of us who like to go to sleep with soothing music playing, this is going to be your fave trick. Choose whatever music-playing app you want (could be iTunes, could be Spotify) and then go to your Timer app. From the screen, click into “When Timer Ends,” scroll to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.” Then, set your timer for however long you’d like. Your music will come to a halt by itself once the timer is up.


These are just a few ways you can make the most of your iPhone experience with iOS 9.  What are some of the things you can do with iOS 9? How are you looking forward to getting more out of your smartphone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!



Stay Laced With The Latest iPhones For Life With New Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

September 10th, 2015 by Christen

Have you ever wanted the new Apple iPhone EVERY TIME the latest version is announced?  Now Apple has your back!  Originally, the smartphone payment programs began with carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon, but now Apple is getting in on the action and lacing you with the latest iPhones for life for a small monthly fee.

Exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the US, customers can choose their carrier and get an unlocked iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with the opportunity to get a new iPhone annually and AppleCare+ on the new iPhone Upgrade Program with monthly payments starting at $32 and $37.

If you’ve ever priced AppleCare+ on your own then you’re probably aware of the $129 price tag for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (current iPhone 6 & earlier models it’ll cost you $99). Now I’m not the greatest mathematician, but paying $32 a month for the latest iPhone WITH AppleCare+ coverage is a GREAT DEAL! Ultimately, instead of paying $199 and being locked into a 2-year carrier contract that $32 bucks will turn into $384 over twelve months (remember that $199 AppleCare+ inclusion) which means you’re actually only paying $185 for a phone and depending on your carrier plan, you could be saving big bucks.

Personally, I’m strongly considering the plan since I typically upgrade every other year. With the new Apple iPhone upgrade program I could potentially upgrade annually without costing me a fortune. For more information on the Apple iPhone Upgrade program, visit

Are you thinking about switching up the way you pay for your iPhone and carrier service? What are some of your favorite money saving tips? Sound off below!

What’s So Special About The New Apple Pencil [Video]

September 9th, 2015 by Christen

In case you’ve been living under a rock this afternoon, you may have missed some pretty big Apple announcements earlier today.  Apple today also introduced Apple Pencil for iPad Pro, a precision input device available for purchase separately, which makes drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural. The touch subsystem of the Multi-Touch™ display in iPad Pro has been redesigned to work with Apple Pencil to dramatically reduce latency and deliver incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design.




Must Read:  The New iPad Pro Could Be An Entrepreneur’s Dream — But It Comes At A Hefty Price!

iPad Pro pencil copy

Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a fast and fluid drawing experience, while a built-in Lightning® connector makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple Pencil also works with popular apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate and Office 365 for iPad, offering new levels of creativity and productivity.


Must Read: Apple Introduces iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus (Everything You Need To Know)


So now that Apple has a stylus, I mean, Apple Pencil – what makes it so unique?  Check out the video below to find out!



Now that you’ve seen the Apple Pencil in action, is it worth the $99 price tag and availability in November? Sound off in the comments section below.

Seven Ways Apple Wants To Change The Way You Live, Work And Play (WWDC 2015 Recap)

June 9th, 2015 by Christen

Yesterday at WWDC 2015 – Apple announced a bevy of new features and products and Drake was the pitch man in charge! Many of the innovation announcements rivaled competitive apps and technologies that are already available on Google’s platform, but that’s not stopping Apple from giving it’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference the highlight it deserves.  It’s clear that Apple wants you all to themselves and isn’t interested in “playing nice” with the competition. Check out how Apple wants to change the way you live, work and play using their latest innovations below.


WWDC Drake

Apple Music Wants To Become Your Go-To Music Streaming Service

The biggest announcement of the day was Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music. While many saw this coming… (remember that $3 billion Beats acquisition last year?) Spotify is years ahead with a loyal and budget conscious fanbase that refuse to lose.

Apple is releasing Apple Music for Android to give itself as wide an audience as possible while taking aim at Google Play consumers too. With its Beats 1 radio station, Apple is also going after Pandora’s radio audience and any other streaming service out there – Tidal included. (I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Beats Music – so I’ll be especially interested to see what Beats 1 radio brings to the already crowded streaming table.)


Apple Music Connect Could Be The Next SoundCloud 

(Avid SoundCloud user) Drake made a special appearance to highlight the “Apple Music Connect” feature including the launch of ocial music discovery.  Soundcloud has been ahead of is competitors at connecting fans with artists, and it’s always been more of a social network/streaming service hybrid. Which is exactly what Connect is trying to be.


Apple Notes

Apple Notes Update May Change The Way You Work

Notes has always been fairly light on features, but its revamp today puts it in closer competition with third-party organization apps like Evernote. Now you can draw sketches, make checklists, and add photos, maps, and websites into Notes. All things you can do on Evernote.


Read All Your Favorite Books, Articles And More With Apple News

Apple News has taken a few notes from competitor, Flipboard. Just like Flipboard, you can pick a list of publishers or topics to follow, and Apple News will provide a customized news reader. Apple News is “the best mobile reading experience ever,” according to Susan Bailey and with upcoming freebies like New York Times articles and more – it could change the way you consume daily news soon.


Are You Using Your Wallet Or Smartphone To Buy Your Next Purchase?

Apple introduced a robust Apple Pay expansion: It’s coming to the UK, it’s partnering with Pinterest for a new “buyable pin” program, and it’s partnering with Square on a payment reader. Apple also renamed Passbook “Wallet,” and are clearly on the way to replacing your vegan leather wallet with your smartphone – wallet could very well change the way you make purchases forever.


The Next Apple Update Could Have Your iPhone Predict Your Next Move

Siri wants to be the assistant you’ve always wanted and with a little help from Apple, it’s  making its intelligent search even better with proactive assistance on iOS 9. This means Apple devices will now anticipate what you’re looking for based on context and make predictions about what you want based on your past behavior.

Siri will be able to set appointments and with an API for search, the proactive assistance feature will be able to pull information from contacts and apps on your device too.


Apple Maps

New Yorkers – This Next Update Is For US! Apple Maps Finally Gets It Right!

Apple has a horrible track record with Maps, but its new public transit feature should appeal to commuters without cars. Instead of routing people to third-party apps, the iOS 9 version of Maps will provide public transit directions.  Talk about a subway savior! Move over Google Maps – I think Apple may finally get it right!


Apple Wants To Help You Ditch Android For Good 

It’s no surprise that Apple wants to get people to stop using Android, but yesterday’s announcement of ‘Move to iOS’ has just made it easier than ever. Available this Fall – ‘Move to iOS’ is an app designed to help people switching from Android to Apple. The app transfers contacts, message history, photos and videos, bookmarks, email, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books from Android to Apple, and suggests third-party apps to re-add.


With Apple Music being the biggest announcement of the day, it’s clear that music lovers everywhere are looking at their platform choices differently.  Are you a Spotify or Tidal user?  Would you consider Apple Music?  Have any of these announcements made you more/less confident in Apple products? Share your thoughts below.



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