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Carrying around your Apple Pencil with your iPad isn't the most convenient proposition, being perfectly round and not having a case. Luckily this problem has already been solved for actual pencils, and we found three products you can adapt for your iPad Pro.
Apple's laptop chargers have always been a big white slab, taking up a lot of room in your bag or in your power outlet for what is, essentially, a unitasker. Portable chargers for PC laptops have been making the rounds for many years, and Mac users have always had to watch from the sidelines, wishing for an alternative. Well Zolt has finally made one that's smaller, lighter, and even more useful than The Big White Brick. It's available for pre-order now, and widely available on November 17th. Get a closer look in the video below.
Apple's iOS developer community is excited about 3D Touch in iOS 9, the haptic feedback technology available on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. I talked to several iOS developers, and all of them expressed various degrees of enthusiasm, even if it doesn't (yet) make economic sense for them to implement it.
As soon as I got my iPhone 6s, I started taking Live Photos. Once I had a few I started looking for ways to show them to other people. I quickly found that unless I was sending them over iMessage to other iOS 9 users, there was no way to share them. My first thought on the subject was that whoever first creates the app that lets me convert these in my iPhone instead of having to export them first is going to make all the money. I think I even said they should sell it for two dollars. Well someone listened, and now all you 6s users can share as an animated GIF or movie of your Live Photo. Using Live GIF you can convert to a far more shareable format, and even choose GIF or movie. You can save either one to your camera roll and share at will. As an added bonus, you can use Force Touch to get a menu for "Open Latest" which will automatically open your most recent Live Photo. From there you just pick if you want a GIF or a video and you're ready to go. So far it hasn't had any problems with any of my Live Photos and the movies and GIFs work fine in texts and Instagram. At last the tragedy of Live Photos being trapped in iMessage is finally at an end.
Sometimes it would be really handy if you could just take the iPad that sits next to your computer and make it a second Mac screen. Thanks to some ex-Apple engineers, you can. Duet works on any Mac running 10.9 (or other computer running Windows 7) or higher, by installing a free app to enable your machine to connect to your iOS device. Then take an iOS device running iOS 7 or higher, and install the Duet Display app. Here's the catch: Buying the iOS app will set you back US$15.99 but it is universal so you only have to buy it once. If you already connect your iPhone or iPad to your laptop for charging or syncing, then Duet gives you a place to put your inbox, or your palettes, or whatever else doesn't quite fit on the laptop screen you have. Paired with a nice desktop stand or a Mountie, you can put that extra screen to good use (when it isn't streaming Netflix).
Taking a Live Photo is pretty neat, and as long as you can iMessage someone running iOS 9, they can share in that neatness. If you want to share with other people, or even your Mac, you'll need an alternate solution. Kelly shows the easiest way to share out that amazing Live Photo for all the world to see, regardless of device.
Live Photos are one of the new features of the iPhone 6s and 6s+. They're neat, but how do you show them off? Kelly has the scoop on how to send them to other Apple users, who can see them, and how to make them available to everyone else.
Over at Tom's Guide (known as Tom's Hardware in the olden days), there is a report released that "grades" mobile providers in the US. Using factors including network performance, online help, and phone selection, T-Mobile was the provider that won the day overall. Notable items in the report include AT&T getting the highest marks on customer support, and Verizon leading in network performance. This guide also compared five discount providers, or MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators - a company which does not own the infrastructure it uses). Overall even the top discount carrier didn't fare as well as the major carrier in last place. With the new iPhone on the horizon and others with contracts expiring in the near future, this guide is an interesting read. If you're getting a new phone anyway, you might want to take a close look at a new provider as well. You can take a closer look at the overall grades below, but click through to the actual guide to get more detail on the conclusions.
If you're a Verizon customer, your options for obtaining the new iPhone are different than they were two years ago, when it was subsidy or nothing. Now there are few different options available, and Kelly shows you what they are.
Apple's "Hey Siri" event had quite a few announcements on Wednesday. Kelly happened to notice a few things that actually didn't show up during the event and compiled them all into a convenient list for you. Check out what we did NOT see in between all the updated products.