iPhone-related tips and news for everyone interested in Apple’s iPhone or looking to make your iPhone experience even better.

UV Light Sterilizer with Built-in Portable Battery: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeySmart CleanTray ToGo Rechargeable UV Light Sterilizer

We have a deal on the KeySmart CleanTray ToGo rechargeable UV light sterilizer. This device will sterilize your iPhone and other small items, and it features built-in wireless charging, too. You charge the sterilizer through USB-C, and it fits smartphones up to 7-inches. It’s $59.99 through our deal.

Foldable iPhones Could be on The Way

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Designs for two foldable iPhones have passed durability tests, according to reports picked up by TechRadar. Apple has also been granted a patent for hinge-mechanism.

As per United Daily News, these prototypes are just phone shells, which we’re assuming include the casings and the displays but not the various internal components. They’ve reportedly been tested out in China, at a factory run by Apple’s regular supplier Foxconn. One prototype is said to use a clamshell form factor, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or the Motorola Razr. When opened up, the phone has one single and unbroken display, and then the top half folds down over the bottom half. Meanwhile, a new patent filing has been published, showing the hinge mechanism that Apple might be using on one of its foldable iPhone designs. It would actually enable the phone to fold both ways, inwards (like the Galaxy Z Fold 2) and outwards (like the Huawei Mate Xs).

This iOS Shortcut Gives You Permanent Low Power Mode

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

iOS has a feature called Low Power Mode you can turn on to conserve your battery life. It automatically turns off once your battery capacity reaches 80% but you can keep it on with a shortcut. Or rather, an automation. It’s simple to do because it only uses one action. This is especially helpful for older iPhones whose battery life has shortened.

Ending the Year: My Top 3 Favorite Apps of 2020

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Icons of favorite 2020 apps

2020 is finally drawing to a close. As we get ready to (safely) celebrate Andrew wanted to take a moment to share his top three favorite apps.

Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger: $69.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger

We have a deal on the Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger. This device uses long-range induction coils to charge your iPhone (or Qi-enabled Android device) through surfaces up to 1.6-inches thick. It comes with a removable adhesive for you to attach it to the underside of your desk or table, and it’s $69.99 through our deal.

AirPods Max, Irish Streaming Law, Replacing iPhone Camera Lenses, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 539

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast Logo

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about Apple’s new AirPods Max over-the-ear headphones. They also discuss a proposed law from Ireland that would require 30% of all streaming content to be made in Europe, something that could radically affect Apple TV+. And, Jeff Gamet explains how he broke his iPhone’s camera lens cover and how he replaced it.

A Tip for Using Face ID While Lying Down

· Jeff Butts · How-To

Using Face ID While Lying Down - Teaser

If you’ve struggled with using Face ID while lying down, this article is for you. It turns out, you’re just holding it wrong.

Will We See an Apple Hardware Plus Software Subscription?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Person holding iPhone 12 Pro.

Analysts at Loup Ventures wrote a wish list of an Apple hardware + software bundle they call a 360° bundle. I call it a wish list because there are no rumors or evidence suggesting this is Apple’s plan, and the article tries to align shareholder wishes with consumer wishes. However, my opinion is that this sort of bundle is in the realm of possibility. The iPhone Upgrade Program is already a subscription, the only thing missing is the software.

For hardware subscriptions and ultimately a 360° bundle to gain wide adoption, the product family must work seamlessly together, the infrastructure to service and maintain those products must exist, and the products must hold their value over time. Apple is the only company that can bring all three of those together.

Inside the iPhone Wi-Fi Exploit Apple Patched This Year

· Andrew Orr · Link

Wi-Fi connections in a city

Google’s security firm Project Zero published a report on Tuesday detailing an iPhone Wi-Fi exploit that Apple patched earlier this year in iOS 13.5. It’s a long, 30,000 word blog post, but ArsTechnica has a good breakdown.

Beer developed several different exploits. The most advanced one installs an implant that has full access to the user’s personal data, including emails, photos, messages, and passwords and crypto keys stored in the keychain. The attack uses a laptop, a Raspberry Pi, and some off-the-shelf Wi-Fi adapters.