Facebook Says Background App Usage Fix is Coming

7:36 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · iObserver

iPhone battery draining too fast? It's probably Facebook

I complained a few months ago about Facebook eating through the charge on my iPhone and explained how you can sleuth out for yourself what's taking the biggest hit on your battery life. I suggested turning off Facebook's background activity, but now it seems like that isn't enough. The app isn't honoring background usage settings and Facebook says it's looking into the problem.

Apple and Microsoft Race to Rethink the Tablet

5:30 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · iObserver

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4

The Apple iPad started out with a bang, but has started to run out of gas. Microsoft's Surface tablets never did get off to a good start, but now Microsoft has a new, emerging strategy. Which company will get the future tablet right the fastest? 

University Wisconsin-Madison Beats Apple in Patent Infringement Suit

8:53 PM, Oct. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's A7 Processor

The University of Wisconsin-Madison—or more specifically the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)—won a decisive patent infringement victory against Apple Inc. Monday. A jury found that Apple was infringing on a patent owned by the University's licensing arm that improves processor efficiency. According to the Judge, Apple could face as much as US$862.4 million in damages.

iOS 9: New Ways to Add Email Attachments

10:28 AM, Oct. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Add attachments in iOS 9 email messages

Today's Quick Tip is about attaching files in iOS 9. Did you know that you can now navigate to your iCloud Drive right from within the Mail app? Or that you can also enable attaching files from, say, Dropbox, without having to visit that app to do so? Well, now you know, so come in and find out all about it!

Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8:05 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Tag CEO: Selling 5 Million Apple Watches Is ‘Genius,’ but Smartwatches Over $2K Have a Problem

6:51 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC

Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division and CEO of Tag Heuer, has an on-again, off-again affair with Apple Watch. In an interview on CNBC, he said that if Apple has sold five million Apple Watches, it is a "genius" accomplishment. At the same time, he said smartwatches priced more than $2,000 (like Apple Watch Edition) have a huge problem.

Build 20 Apps through iOS 9 and Xcode 7 Guide: $19

5:01 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide

We have a deal for you developers and aspiring developers today called "iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide." This training tutorial bundle will walk you through building 20 apps with Objective-C and Swift 2 using Apple's Xcode integrated development environment (IDE). Check out the deal listing for more details.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus get Bluetooth 4.2, Boost Apple’s Smarthome Plans

3:49 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple updates iPhone 6s and 6 Plus with Bluetooth 4.2

Pop quiz: What Bluetooth version is included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? It's a trick question because when they shipped a year ago the answer was Bluetooth 4.0, but now that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are out, it's Bluetooth 4.2. Apple changed out the Bluetooth hardware in last year's iPhones, and it's all about home automation.

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Bluetooth 4.2 is like a holy grail for smart home devices because it offers the possibility of a unified platform instead of the mess we have now with one hub for our lights, another for our heating and cooling system, and more for our locks and switches. Updating last year's iPhone with the new chips makes Apple's position clear: Bluetooth 4.2 is exactly what devices makers should be using for their smarthome gear.