iOS 8: Apple Moves Setting for Notification Center on Lock Screen

3:25 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

In iOS 7, you specified whether Notifications could be displayed on the Lock Screen in the Notification Center. If you did, there was a small white bar at the top of the Lock Screen. In iOS 8, Apple has consolidated that setting, along with others, in the Setting called Touch ID & Passcode. 

Report Claims Apple Pay Coming with iOS 8.1 on Oct 20

10:57 AM, Oct. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

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Apple promised Apple Pay would be available as a free update some time in October, so we know it's on the way. The real question is whether or not this latest report accurately pegged October 20 as the launch date.

Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

8:58 AM, Oct. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.

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Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.

‘Someone’ Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using Jailbroken iPhones with Malware

3:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

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A "Chinese-speaking entity" has targeted Hong Kong protestors using jailbroken iPhones with a trojan horse malware attack. According to security research firm Lacoon, that unknown entity has launched an attack through social media channels called Xsser mRAT that gets victims to install the malware by claiming to be software to help protestors organize.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

1:40 PM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: The Final Showdown

I’m now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones — one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts —  wherever I go. As I reported last week, I’m about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe I’ve got it all figured out. I won’t keep you in suspense: I’m getting... 

Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

11:02 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.

Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

10:31 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.

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Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.

iOS 8: Requesting the Desktop Version of Websites

8:40 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

There's a great new way to browse the Web on your iOS device, especially if you don't like the mobile versions of certain sites. With just a tap or two, Safari can ask websites to show you the desktop version instead, which can be incredibly handy! Melissa Holt's got the lowdown in this Quick Tip