Lawsuit Claims Apple Used iOS 9 to Ruin iPhone 4s Performance

11:17 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · iPhone

Lawsuit claims Apple used iOS 9 to hobble the iPhone 4s

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in New York over claims that it intentionally hobbled iOS 9 performance on the iPhone 4s in a scheme to force users into upgrading to new phones. The plaintiffs accused Apple of false advertising and deceptive trade practices, and are asking for more than US$5 million in damages.

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Apple was able to make iOS 9 run on four year old mobile devices. That's pretty impressive. Had the company blocked the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 from upgrading to iOS 9 the lawsuit would've probably been about artificially prohibiting upgrades to force new iPhone sales.

iSafe Drive Lite for iOS Devices (32GB): $69

4:39 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · iPhone

iSafe Drive Lite

Check out the iSafe Drive Lite, a storage device with a Lightning connector on one side and a USB connector on the other. Use that slider to pick which one is out. It's MFi-certified, and it's designed to let you transfer data between your Mac or PC and your iOS device. You can stream music or movies from it, and it's protected with AES 256 bit encryption. Pretty slick, and through our deal you can get it for $69. Check out the deal listing for details.

Replace AppleCare for Your iPhone With These Credit Cards

8:27 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2015 · · iPhone

Broken iPhone

Here's an interesting idea for thinking differently about AppleCare for your iPhone. It turns out that several banks have a credit card feature called Cellular Telephone Protection that will cover you in the event of a damaged or lost iPhone between $200 and $600, depending on the bank.

China Mobile Feeds Rumored April ‘iPhone 6c’ Release

9:00 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · iPhone

The Cloudy Apple Crystal Ball

The notion that Apple will release an "iPhone 6c/7c" gained steam this week after China Mobile included an iPhone release during a corporate presentation. Spotted by a Chinese language site, China Mobile said it would release an "iPhone 7c" in April, though an iPhone 6c seems far more likely.

Apple Announces Deal for Apple Pay in China to Launch ‘Early 2016’

8:33 PM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iPhone

Chinese Flag, iPhones, Yuan

Apple and China UnionPay announced a deal Friday (Thursday, Stateside) to launch Apple Pay in China in "early 2016." The deal will allow credit cards issued by China UnionPay—a Chinese bank card clearing house and services company—to use Apple Pay in that country.

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Lukewarm endorsement or not, this deal is Apple's foot in the Chinese door for Apple Pay. The company tends to do well whenever it gets such a foothold, and all eyes will be watching how Apple Pay performs in this country.

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · iPhone

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

Simulation Curriculum’s SkySafari 5 for iOS: Impressive New Features

4:25 PM, Dec. 16th, 2015 · · iPhone

SkySafari 5 for iOS

SkySafari is an excellent sky simulation and charting app for iOS. With it, you can view the sky at any date and time, identify objects in the sky, read about celestial objects, learn the constellations and even control an amateur telescope. On December 15, SkySafari 5 Pro was released, with the Basic and Plus versions to follow soon. The suite of apps has impressive list of new features.

iOS 9.2: Using Mail Drop to Share Large Files

9:05 AM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · · iPhone

How to share large files from your iPhone with Mail Drop

Today's article by Melissa Holt is about iOS 9.2's new Mail Drop ability. Since Yosemite, we've been able to use this fine feature on the Mac, but with the latest version of iOS, we can now send large attachments through email quickly and simply from our mobile devices, too. Come find out how in this Quick Tip.

Samsung Files Appeal on Apple Patent Case with U.S. Supreme Court

8:49 PM, Dec. 14th, 2015 · · iPhone

Samsung Copier

Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.