olloclip’s Lens Kit for iPhone 6: Familiar Optics, Mechanical Compromises

12:45 PM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for iPhone 6 family - review

olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.

Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

9:01 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite—AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

UnionPay Deal Brings Apple Closer to Apple Pay in China

9:46 AM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is a step closer to bringing Apple Pay to China thanks to a deal with China UnionPay. Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

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UnionPay support for the App Store is a big thing for Apple because now it's much easier for its China customers to make purchases. Next step: Apple Pay support.

Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

1:50 PM, Nov. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

Siri

Using Siri in iOS 8 gives users lots of choices to maximize their time - as long as you know your options. Nancy Carroll Gravley gives five more tips in this column.

Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

5:33 PM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.

Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

9:57 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.

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Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and Controversy)

8:45 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.