Apple released iOS 9.2.1 Tuesday, an update that fixes an issue with mobile device management (MDM) servers. The update also includes security fixes for 9 different security holes, most of which allow the bad guys to take over your iOS device.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Check out the NomadPlus Smartphone Wall Charger and Battery Pack. This clever device houses your Apple USB wall plug, passing through a charge to your iPhone or other device (with the right charging cable on your end). What makes it nifty is that it's also an 1,800mAh battery pack. So it passes through a charge when plugged in and becomes a portable batter when you unplug it. Simple, clever, useful, and through our deal it's just $24.99. Buy one for yourself and then one for a fellow nerd you love.
Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, "A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen."
Taking a Live Photo is pretty neat, and as long as you can iMessage someone running iOS 9, they can share in that neatness. If you want to share with other people, or even your Mac, you'll need an alternate solution. Kelly shows the easiest way to share out that amazing Live Photo for all the world to see, regardless of device.
Fire up your Internet because iOS 9 is officially available. The update is finally out of beta testing and is ready for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart,
R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around.
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