7 Tips for iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

8:10 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · · iObserver


You know, it is getting hard to keep up with all the new options available on our iOS devices. My advice to beginners is to just learn the ones you want or need and learn additional ones as desired. Of course, to do that you have to know which ones you want. I’ve gathered a few that readers might find helpful or just fun.

Pay What You Want: Incredible iOS 9 Developer Bundle

5:29 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · · iObserver

Incredible iOS 9 Developer Bundle

iOS 9, Swift 2, Xcode 7, app templates, Apple TV—we have a developer bundle for you today with all those things, eight courses in all. Plus, you get to pay what you want. Here's how it works: pay anything, even a penny, and you get two courses, Learn iOS 9 App Development with Xcode 7 & Swift 2 and iOS iPhone App Swift Template. If you'll beat the average price, which is US$8.95 as of this writing, you get all eight courses. Make the leaderboard at any point and you'll get five entries into the Tim Ferriss Round-the-World Giveaway. If that's not enough, 10 percent of the profits go to Project HOPE. Check out the deal for more information.

OS X and iOS: Get Rid of Safari Scam Pop-Ups

8:56 AM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · · iObserver

How to kill Safari pop-up scams

If you've seen any of the nefarious Safari pop-ups that have been going around lately, you know how frightening they can be, especially for users who don't know how to stop programs from resuming where they left off the last time they were closed. It's pretty scary to think your Mac has been hijacked! In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover how to force those sinister pop-ups to go away under both OS X and iOS.

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone Makes Compromises

5:00 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone

There is now a pretty good selection of charging docks for the Apple Watch. Some provide a place on the base plate to rest a charging iPhone, but the Belkin Charge Dock goes one step farther and provides a vertical support and Lightning connector for the iPhone in addition to a pre-installed Apple Watch charge disk. The design, while good, introduces compromises. Find out more in John Martellaro's review.

Walgreens First with Apple Pay Loyalty Card Support

10:49 AM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Walgreens adds Balance Rewards loyalty card support for Apple Pay

Apple added loyalty card support to Apple Pay in iOS 9, and now Walgreens is the first retailer to get on board. That means Walgreens customers can use their loyalty card in stores from their iPhone just like they do for credit card payments.

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An opportunity to ditch another card from my wallet? Yes, please.

Analyst: Apple Watch Shipments Hit 7M, Tromp the Competition

9:23 AM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch shipments may have hit 7 million units already

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches have been sold—or at least shipped—so far, but Canalys analyst Daniel Matte thinks he's figured it out: 7 million. If he's right, Apple has jumped past all other smartwatch makers combined.

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We don't really know how many Apple Watches have shipped or sold, but analyst's channel checks put those figures in the millions. Regardless of Apple's actual numbers, it looks like they're taking the market and leaving the other smartwatch makers in the dust.

iPhone 6s Plus: Best Camera and Battery Ever

4:50 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Retina Flash improves selfies!

In September Dr. Mac reviewed the (then) new iPhone 6s (in rose gold). He loved 3D Touch and Live Photos but concluded that he wanted an iPhone with a larger screen, better camera, better battery, and one that wasn't so pink. He swapped for a space gray iPhone 6s Plus and says it offers two exclusive features that make all the difference in the world.

Crazy Mix: a New Star Trek Series, CBS, Apple TV and the Cord Cutter

4:10 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Muddling through the Internet TV transition

Modern TV viewers are faced with the need to mix and match services to get the content they want, control costs, and make good use of the DVR to skip ads and/or use ad-free services like Netflix. It's all part of the transition to 100 percent Internet TV. Unfortunately, as the TV industry tries to optimize profits, the viewer is often caught in the middle. The New Star Trek series highlights the dilemma Apple wants to solve. 

No, Apple Isn’t Releasing a New 4-inch iPhone

3:03 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple isn't reviving the 4-inch iPhone

Apple is planning to release a new 4-inch iPhone in the first half of 2016, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He says demand for the smaller screen iPhone is high enough to warrant what amounts to an upgraded iPhone 5s, although that doesn't seem like a typical move for the company that looks to where the puck is going.