iOS 10: How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Lens

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 10 magnifying lens feature in action

If you really stretch the whole “the best camera is the one you have with you” thing, you can say the same about magnifying lenses, too. Since your iPhone is always with you—hence, the best camera line—why not use it as a magnifying lens, too? That’s exactly what you can do in iOS 10.

Read This Before You Install Any Point Zero OS

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

macOS Sierra

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install iOS 10 or Sierra, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Any Point Zero OS.

iOS 10 Music Player: Where Are the Shuffle and Repeat Buttons?

· John Martellaro · Tips

iOS 10 makes some nice changes to the music player app. Unfortunately, the Repeat and Shuffle buttons no longer appear at the bottom of the Now Playing screen.  Where’d they go?  It’s easy, and John explains.

iOS 10: Replying to Messages from the Lock Screen

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

With iOS 10, you can reply to texts right from your lock screen! Neat! Unless…well, unless you really don’t want just anyone to be able to do that, in which case you’ll want to turn this feature off. We’ll tell you both how to do this and how not to in today’s Quick Tip.

How-to Change Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 Home Button

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with a buttonless Home Button. It features haptic feedback courtesy of Apple’s Taptic Engine. When you set up a new iPhone 7/Plus, you’re asked to choose between three levels of haptic feedback. You can change this whenever you want. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

The Big iOS 10 Features That Aren't Available on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c

· Jim Tanous · Quick Tip

ios 10 iphone 5c

You don’t need to be running the latest and greatest hardware to upgrade to iOS 10, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get all of iOS 10’s great new features, either. Here are some of the big features you’ll miss out on if you’re running an iPhone 5 or 5c, and why you should still upgrade anyway.

iOS 10: Walkthrough of iOS 10's New Lock Screen

· David Chartier · Tips

iOS 10 Today Screen

The lock screen in iOS 10 may not seem that different. But Apple added both big and subtle changes that really make a difference, as long as you’re willing to pick up some new habits.

With iOS 10, Your iPhone Can Save Up to Eight Lives

· Jim Tanous · How-To

organ donor heart

One of the most important features in iOS 10 has nothing to do with fancy iMessages, TouchID, or interactive notifications. It’s about saving lives. Lots of lives. You can now register to be an organ donor in just minutes, directly from your iPhone. Here’s how it works.

Apple Fixed the iOS 10 T-Mobile Bug

· Jeff Gamet · News

T-Mobile says iOS 10 connection bug is fixed

Good news, T-Mobile users. Apple has a fix out for the iOS 10 bug that knocked some iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE users off the carrier’s network.

Porn is Sneaking into the New GIF Search Feature in iOS 10 Messages

· Jim Tanous · News

imessage gif porn

The new Messages app in iOS 10 lets users search for GIF images directly in the app, but some users are encountering inappropriate results. It seems that whatever search filters the Bing-powered GIF search is using aren’t quite catching everything.

iOS 10 Bug Hits T-Mobile Customers on iPhone 6, SE

· Jim Tanous · News

t-mobile concerned

Are you a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone SE? You might want to hold off on upgrading to iOS 10 (if you haven’t done so already). It seems a nasty bug is knocking these phones off the carrier’s network, but Apple is reportedly working on a fix.

watchOS 3: Three Cool New Features

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about watchOS 3 and some neat stuff you can do with it, including using the new Breathe feature, sharing your activity with others, and pausing workouts. We’re pretty excited!

The iOS Home Screen Grid of Apps Doesn't Need Changing

· John Martellaro · Analysis

iOS Home screen grid

From time to time, especially when a new version of iOS is released, articles are written about how the iOS home screen layout of app icons in a rectangular grid is tired and needs updating. The question is, “With what?” John Martellaro takes a look at this issue and provides his analysis.

Disable 'Reduce Motion' to See New iOS 10 Message Effects

· Jim Tanous · Quick Tip

iphone imessage effects

Having trouble creating or seeing the new Bubble and Screen Effects in the iOS 10 Messages app? The culprit may be an iOS Accessibility setting. Check out our quick tip for a possible solution as to why your iMessages suddenly seem so dull compared to everyone else.

How I Turned a Bunch of Drawings into iOS 10 Sticker Packs

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 10 Messages Stickers

What happens when you tell artists they can make sticker packs for iOS 10 Messages easily? They do, and I took that as an invitation, so I went through the process of creating two sticker packs to learn how the process works. It’s a win-win scenario, because I know a lot more about what developers experience, and you get two sticker packs.

Apple Releases iOS 10 and watchOS 3

· Jim Tanous · News

ios 10 watchos 3

As expected, Apple today released the latest versions of its mobile operating systems. iOS 10 is now available for the iPhone 5 and newer, iPad mini and newer, iPad (4th generation) and newer, and the 6th generation iPod touch, while watchOS 3 is ready to go for all Apple Watch owners.

Hands-On with iPhone 7 Home Button: Disappointing Haptic Feedback, Increased Functionality

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

iPhone 7 Plus at Apple Media Event

Apple had two major changes in iPhone 7 beyond incremental improvements. The first is the much-talked about lack of an auxiliary port for headphones, but the other will effect the way we do things far longer than the transition to Lightning audio. That’s moving from a physical Home Button to a touch-sensitive, stationary Home Button. Here’s what Bryan Chaffin thought about it during his hands-on session at Apple’s media event.