How to Set Up and Use AT&T’s NumberSync

7:36 PM, Dec. 10th, 2015 · · iPhone

NumberSync lets you use your iPad and iPod touch like your iPhone

iOS 9.2 added support for AT&T's NumberSync feature, which is pretty cool because it lets you send and receive calls to your AT&T phone number on your iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch even when your iPhone is on a different Wi-Fi network or shut off. Setting it up takes a few steps, but don't worry because The Mac Observer worked through the process for you.

Mackie Master Fader v4 Adds Split View & Real Time Analyzer to iPad-Controlled Mixers

10:00 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · iPhone

Mackie Wednesday released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more. Additionally, version 4 now consolidates the My Fader and Master Fader functionality into one app, making updates easier for people using both iPhones and iPads.

ZUS Smart Car Charger and Locator: $29.99

6:23 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · iPhone

ZUS Smart Car Charger and Locator

Check out the ZUS, a smart car charger for your iOS or Android device that serves double duty as a locator for your car.  The device's circuitry can charge your iPhone up to two times faster than other chargers, which is cool in and of itself. But then with a free companion app, it becomes a beacon you can use to find your car. Check out the deal listing for more details, including a video showing the device and app in use.

Apple Releases iOS 9.2 with New Features in Apple Music, News, and Mail

1:29 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · iPhone

Apple released iOS 9.2 Tuesday, and update that brings new features to Apple Music, News, and Mail. The executive summary version is that Apple improved playlist creation, saving songs for offline listening, and classical music browsing in Apple Music; News gets a Top Stories section, and Mail Drop is being added to Mail for sending large files.

Apple Unveils its Own iPhone 6s Battery Case

9:24 AM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · iPhone

Apple's new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

iPhone 6s owners woke up to a welcome surprise from Apple on Tuesday: the company just released its own battery case. This is Apple's first venture into iPhone battery charger cases, and looks like an attempt to take a slice out of a market dominated by case makers such as Mophie.

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Apple stayed away from portable iPhone chargers and battery cases ever since the original model was released years ago. That left a big market open for third parties because a lot of people felt their daily battery life was just too short. This looks like Apple's way of passively saying, "Yeah, we get it. Battery life really is an issue for iPhone uers."

Verizon Turns on Wi-Fi Calling, but not for iPhone

10:41 AM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · iPhone

Wi-Fi calling comes to Verizon, but not for iPhone

Verizon is finally enabling Wi-Fi calling support, but iPhone owners don't get to celebrate yet. The carrier is turning on the feature for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users only, and is promising support for other smartphones—including the iPhone—in the next few months.

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It's great that Verizon is finally getting on board with Wi-Fi calling support. Making iPhone owners wait for potentially a few months, however, is a big bucket of suck.