2 Apple Watch Charging Stands for Travel Compared

2 hours, 54 minutes ago · · iObserver

For some users, the elegance and convenience of an Apple Watch charging stand is essential. And soon, these stands will be even more useful when watchOS 2.0 introduces the "Wake me up" feature. John Martellaro looks at two such charging stands that are especially useful for travel.

Apple’s Eddy Cue: Music Home Sharing Could Return in iOS 9

8 hours, 2 minutes ago · · iObserver

Home Sharing for Music may return in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the introduction of Apple Music, our iPhones and iPads can't use Home Sharing to play music. Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says that feature could return in iOS 9, although he isn't saying why it was removed.

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Music streaming for iOS devices through Home Sharing may come back in a few months, so that's good news. And it sure looks like Twitter is the go-to place for talking with Apple executives.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Tracking the International Space Station

3:20 PM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · · iObserver

Track the International Space Station from your iPhone with these apps

Knowing exactly where the International Space Station is can be really important if you need to, say, successfully get supplies to the astronauts on board. It's also cool, too, if you just want to know when to see the ISS flying overhead. The Mac Observer rounded up a few iPhone apps to help you know exactly when it'll be in your part of the sky.

3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

2:01 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

A pile of cables tangled together.

As the (US) holiday weekend kicks off, lots of people are going on trips and taking their devices and might need a better cable than the one that came with their iPhone or iPad. Kelly has a roundup of tips for cable upgrades for summer.

iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library: A Disaster for Your Music Collection

10:58 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Thinking about trying iCloud Music Library? Don't. It's a bag of hurt.

iCloud Music Library was introduced with this week's iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music release, and it's turning out to be a big bag of hurt. Instead of giving us a unified music library across all our devices, it's scrambling albums and tracks, and even adds DRM to songs you already own which will lock you out of albums you ripped from CD if you ever drop your Apple Music subscription.

Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming Box Win

4:00 PM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple TV vs. Roku 3

Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasn’t seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes... 

$20 Off a Casetify Apple Watch Strap

3:47 PM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

Casetify Apple Watch Straps

We have a deal for you today for a Casetify Apple Watch strap. The way the deal works is that you're buying a $70 credit from us for $50, which lets you get just about any strap they have—and they have a lot of straps. If you're looking to personalize your Apple Watch, definitely check out this deal.

How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

11:07 AM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

How to disable Apple Music auto renewal on your iPhone

Apple Music comes with a three month free trial, and after that a US$9.99 a month fee kicks in. If you aren't sure Apple's new streaming music service is for you and don't want to forget to disable automatic payments, read on to find out what to do.

Devs get New iOS 9 Beta Next Week with Apple Music Support

9:49 AM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 beta gets Apple Music support next week

Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services took to Twitter Tuesday evening to confirm a new beta of iOS 9 is coming next week. He also said Apple Music would be coming to the next version of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch beta operating system at the same time.

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Seems developers want Apple Music right now in the iOS 9 beta. Looks like they'll have to practice a little patience while they wait for "early next week."

Apple Watch: Resuming to Your Last-Used App

8:55 AM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

View your last used app on Apple Watch

Today's Quick Tip is truly quick but also truly useful. Do you want your Watch to keep, say, the music app active instead of switching to the clock face when you raise your wrist? Or would you like to make some third-party app stay open so you don't need to switch back to it constantly? We'll tell you how to turn on the setting to do just that!