iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability

2 hours, 23 minutes ago · · iObserver

Disabling Reachability for the iPhone 6

"Reachability" is Apple's term for how the screen slides down when you double-tap the Home button on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While that feature can be useful if you're using your device one-handed, it can also be a pain in the tuckus if you're constantly invoking it without meaning to! In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how to disable it completely.

How to Use Siri on Apple Watch to Create Immediate Countdown Timer

3:10 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch, Siri & countdown timer

Occasionally, when one is under severe time pressure, many crucial things have to be done, say, just before a meeting or big event. While one could change faces on the Apple Watch and bring up the chronometer and a timer, there's a much faster and more convenient way. Siri comes to the rescue.

New Patents Hint at Apple Texture-simulating Uber Stylus

10:50 AM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple patent describes texture simulating ├╝ber stylus

For a company that said the only stylus we need is our finger, Apple sure has a lot of patents. It's patents describe what sounds like the ultimate stylus, complete with sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the feel of different textures.

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Apple has always been gernerally against styluses for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but there are places where they make sense. Specialized uses like art and drafting, for example, are far easier with styluses than our finger tips. Maybe Apple is working on bringing us an über stylus.

iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

8:55 AM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · · iObserver

Reset Siri in iOS 8

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip.

Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

9:31 AM, Jul. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch fitness apps commercial

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.

Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

10:48 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Chinese police shut down huge counterfeit iPhone operation

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

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Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones—until you get caught.

Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

9:15 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

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Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.