Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to Choice

4 hours, 27 minutes ago · · iObserver

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.

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Long lines for big screen iPhones. <sarcasm>Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.</sarcasm>

iOS 8: Changing Safari’s Default Search Provider to DuckDuckGo

9 hours, 7 minutes ago · · iObserver

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

8:25 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Extensions are one of the new features in iOS 8, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. Kelly explains how to turn on the extensions available to Safari on iOS.

iOS 8 In-Depth Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to Developers, You Win

6:00 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple laid the groundwork for the future of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system last year with iOS 7, and now the company is building on that foundation with the launch of iOS 8. Instead of shocking us with a new look that shuns the old skeuomorphic feel -- that happened last year -- Apple is giving us tighter integration between our mobile gear and our Macs, and making features we're already familiar with more useful. Apple promised lots of great new features, but many of those won't be available until next month. Is there enough today to justify making the jump to iOS 8, or should you follow Apple's lead and wait until October, too? Read on to find out if iOS 8 is ready to meet your needs today.

iOS 8: Apple Finally Fixes its iPhone Weather App

5:45 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

iOS 8: Apple Finally Fixes its Weather App

In iOS 7, Apple's native weather app had rather sparse information about the local conditions, and it was hard to find. iOS 8 fixes all that and includes a better presentation of sunrise, sunset, atmospheric pressure and more.

How to Install and Activate Third-Party Keyboards in iOS 8

2:15 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Sure, Apple lets you choose your own keyboard in iOS 8, but it doesn't mean they made it easy to see how. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous guides you through installing a third-party keyboard on your iOS device, and gives you a suggestion on a free keyboard to take for a spin.

Analyst: iPhone 6 Launch Weekend Sales to Fall Short, No Big Deal

11:11 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Following its record breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order launch Apple has been expected to sell around 10 million smartphones during this weekend's in-store rollout, but Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi thinks the company will fall short of that number. Instead of calling doom and gloom, Mr. Sacconaghi thinks that won't be any big deal because launch weekend sales are more about inventory availability than demand.

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Tony Sacconaghi may think it isn't any big deal if iPhone 6 launch weekend sales don't hit the 10 million unit mark, but it's a safe bet other analysts and the media will skewer Apple and say the company -- or at least the iPhone -- is doomed.

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

10:04 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work.

Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

9:22 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.