iOS

iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight Features

8:45 AM, Sep. 26th, 2014 · · iOS

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them. 

FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has Itself (and NSA) to Blame

7:40 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iOS

iSpy

The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

11:30 AM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · iOS

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.

Beware Fake Adverts Saying You Can Charge Your iPhone in a Microwave

6:49 PM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · · iOS

Hoax

There is a fake advert going around telling people they can recharge their iPhone in a microwave. Don't do it—it will destroy your phone. The ads are malicious fakes designed to look like Apple advertising, complete with an Apple copyright as shown below, but it's a pack of lies designed to take advantage of folks who aren't tech savvy.

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I haven't been this angry in a long time. The cynical and depraved depths to which a human must sink in order to eke pleasure from a prank like this is astounding. This was a vile and disgusting thing to do, and those responsible should examine their life choices and values.

iOS 8 Adoption at 46%, or Maybe 35%

9:55 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · · iOS

Apple's iOS 8 has reached a 46 percent adoption rate only six days after it was released, according to the company's developer site data. Tracking services Appsee and Mixpanel, however, are showing a lower adoption percentage at around 35 percent, which still accounts for a substantial number of iPhones and iPads upgrading in just a week.

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iOS 8 is trailing a little behind iOS 7's first week adoption rate, and that may be because some features are waiting on OS X Yosemite's release for the Mac. We could see a jump in updates once Yosemite is available.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Changing the Display Zoom

8:35 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · · iOS

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss changing the "Display Zoom" options on the new iPhone models, including why you may not see your Home screen's orientation change on your 6 Plus or why you might be missing the extra keyboard functionality you were expecting. We'll help you learn it all!