iOS 8: Changing the Contacts in the App Switcher

8:45 AM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · · iPad

Today, Melissa Holt is going to tell us how to change up which contacts appear when we double-click the Home button on an iPhone running iOS 8. Wanna see folks you've recently contacted? Would you prefer your favorite people to show up there? Come read this Quick Tip, and you'll be getting in touch with your friends and family even more efficiently.

iOS 8: View Siri’s Identified Songs History

2:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · iPad

Today we're going to cover how to ask Siri what music is playing, and then we'll show you where to find the history of what you've previously identified. No more will you have to try to remember that funky-cool song from three days ago, because your iPhone can tell you what it was! Melissa Holt is going to go over it all in this Quick Tip.

How to Visually Distinguish the 3 iPad mini Models

3:25 PM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · · iPad

Visually Distinguish iPad mini models

There are minor visual differences between the iPad mini, mini 2 and mini 3. If you don't want to fuss with looking up model numbers and serial numbers, there's an easy way to distinguish the three models just by visual inspection. John Martellaro shows how easy it is.

Apple Hit with Lawsuit over iOS 8 Storage Claims

9:50 AM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · · iPad

Apple was slapped with a potential class action lawsuit this week alleging the company intentionally misled customers as to how much storage their iPhone has after installing iOS 8, and then tries to sell more through iCloud subscriptions. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco by the law firm Cuneo Gilbert & Laduca.

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Complaints about stated versus actual storage space aren't anything new. The twist in this case is that the plaintiffs are claiming Apple used that as a bait-and-switch tool to pressure customers into paying for iCloud subscriptions. Still, the case feels an awful lot like a money grab.

Jeff Gamet’s Top iPhone and iPad Apps for 2014

4:30 PM, Dec. 30th, 2014 · · iPad

2014 was a good year for iPhone and iPad apps, and a few stood out as must-have choices for TMO's Jeff Gamet. Curious which apps earned a special place on his iPhone and iPad? Read on to see which apps he just can't live without.

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage is a Boon for iPad Presentations

12:25 PM, Dec. 30th, 2014 · · iPad

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage is an ideal accessory for anyone who teaches or makes frequent presentations using their iPad. It folds flat for easy carry and has a nice little feature that lets you instantly include paper images during your presentation by using the iPad's camera.

Apple Device Activation at Christmas Crushes Competition

2:30 PM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · · iPad

Device activations at Christmas

Flurry Analytics tracked device activations worldwide from December 19 to 25th and found that Apple accounted for over half. The runner-up was Samsung with 18 percent. In addition, Flurry also found that, at Christmas 2014, iPhone 6 Plus activations were cannibalizing iPads.

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

8:45 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · iPad

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

Rockstar Consortium, Inc. announced a major patent sale to licensing firm RPX on Tuesday. The company, which is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, will part with more than 4,000 patents, the bulk of its remaining patent portfolio. The move signals a further de-escalation of the patent wars in the mobile space, because RPX will license the patents to some 30 different groups of companies across the industry.

Dr. Mac’s Tips for Maximizing and Adding Storage on iPhone and iPad

6:35 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · iPad

iXpand Flash Drive is barely larger than its USB and Lightning connectors

Many of Dr. Mac's readers and friends had problems updating to iOS 8 over WiFi, reporting that their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch complained that the update couldn’t be installed because it requires at least 5.7GB of storage. If your iDevice only has 8 or 16GB of storage, chances are you saw a similar message. Here is Dr. Mac's advice to those whose iDevices are full or nearly full...