Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

1 hour, 32 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple says Error 53 is about security, not cutting out repair centers

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data—and fingerprints—secure.

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

2:29 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · iObserver

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck. smile

iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

8:55 AM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · iObserver

Siri can bleep your name for you

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. 

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique: Capable, Flexible & Includes a Take Up Reel

5:30 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · iObserver

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable Battery

There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · iObserver

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

Study Says Apple Watch the Only Fitness Tracker Protecting Your Data

5:37 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · iObserver

Your fitness tracker may be leaking personal data

Wearable fitness trackers collect a lot of personal information about our activities, but only one is keeping that data away from anyone who wants to intercept it: Apple Watch. That's the finding from a study conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Report Claims 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 Launch on March 15

11:17 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple iPhone media event may happen on March 15

Apple is reportedly planning on introducing a new 4-inch iPhone along with the iPad Air 3 on March 15th. The company also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the same media event—an event that so far hasn't been announced or confirmed.

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Apple's last big media event was in September 2016, so a March product reveal isn't out of the question—especially considering the iPad Air 2 is getting pretty long in the tooth.

How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

9:50 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · · iObserver

How to delete iPhone apps stuck installing

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.

Peel iPhone 6/6S Case: $24.99

5:16 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · · iObserver

Peel iPhone 6/6s Case

Check out the Peel iPhone 6/6s Case, a case that's designed to retain the shape of your iPhone. It's thin, at 0.35mm, with a small lip for your camer lens. It also has no branding. You can get the Peel Case through our deal for $24.99. Check out the deal listing for more info.