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

How to shoot with zoom on iPhone 7 Plus (Apple Video)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple published another new video in its “Shoot with iPhone” series. This one is called “How to shoot with zoom on iPhone 7 Plus.” It offers two methods I don’t know you could use. The first is to single-tap your display for a 2x optical zoom. The second method is to touch and hold your display to scroll through your zoom until you get it where you want it. There are now 20 videos in this series, and they’re great resources for making the most of your iPhone’s camera.

How to shoot a one-handed selfie on iPhone 7 (Apple Video)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video in its “Shoot with iPhone” series called “How to shoot a one-handed selfie on iPhone 7.” It offers the three steps needed to take a quick selfie with your iPhone (works with all iPhones running iOS 10). 1.) Swipe left from the lock screen. 2.) Switch to front-facing camera. 3.) Press either volume button to snap your selfie. There are now 20 videos in this series, and they’re great resources for making the most of your iPhone’s camera.

NFC on iPhone Can Be Unlocked, but Should You Care?

· Jeff Butts · News

NFC on iPhone

While NFC might always be limited to Apple Pay officially, more advanced users have been hoping the technology will be unlocked for other purposes. A popular jailbreak developer has done that, and Jeff Butts thinks it’s great for some and unimportant for most people.

iCloud and iWork: Using On-Demand Downloads

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Using iCloud Drive? Then you need to know how to download all of your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote files to your iOS devices automatically. This’ll definitely save you some headaches if you need access to your spreadsheets when you head out into an area with sketchy cell coverage!

Amazon's Alexa Calling Feature Works From Your iPhone, too

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

An Echo Dot and various Alexa app screens showing Alexa Calling on the iPhone

Amazon’s Alexa Calling feature works great on the Echo and Echo Dot, from the testing TMO staff have done so far. Jeff Butts and Jeff Gamet also took the time to check out how the feature works from the Alexa app on the iPhone. Here’s what they found out, and how you can use it, too.

Apple's $200M Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment in Corning Means No Sapphire iPhone Displays

· Jeff Gamet · News

Corning gets $200 million from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund

If you’ve been waiting for a sapphire glass for iPhone display, stop holding your breath because Apple’s $200 million investment in Corning says that’s not going to happen. The investment comes from Apple’s recently announced Advanced Manufacturing Fund, and is going to be used for Corning research and development, capital equipment needs, and state-of-the-art glass processing.

3 iPhone 7 Plus Tips to Help Make Your Flight More Productive

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Stay more productive even on long flights when you can't have your MacBook or iPad

The Trump administration appears set to ban MacBooks, iPads, and other large electronics from even more flights to the United States. Jeff Butts has some tips for how you can make the most of your iPhone to be more productive during those long flights home.

How to Prevent Photos and iTunes from Opening Automatically

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re getting sick of watching programs bounce in your Dock just because you plugged your iPhone into your Mac to charge it, then boy, have we got a Quick Tip for you! Melissa Holt’s going to tell us how to stop Photos and iTunes from opening automatically.

Apple Just Bought a Sleep Tracking Company

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Beddit 3 Sensor and iPhone Apps

Apple is—at last—getting into the sleep tracking business. 9to5Mac reported that Apple purchased Beddit, a firm that makes sleep-tracking hardware and apps for Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch.

iOS: What To Do When Your Public Wi-Fi Won't Connect All the Way

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific, when they work. Unfortunately, sometimes they get hung up and won’t deliver the proper login page. Jeff Butts shows you what to do when your favorite public Wi-Fi hotspot won’t connect to the internet, and you really want to get back to surfing the web.

FBI Paid $900K for San Bernardino iPhone Hack

· Jeff Gamet · News

Cellebrite's servers hit with data breach

The FBI refused to ever share how much it paid for the hack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone, but thanks to Senator Diane Feinstein we now know the price was US$900,000. The Senator accidentally spilled the beans during a Judiciary Committee meeting on accessing encrypted data on smartphones and personal computers.

iOS: If You 3D Touch Call from Phone App, Fun Stuff Happens

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

3D Touch Call

Jeff Butts found a cool new trick his iPhone could do this weekend. From the Phone app, you can 3D Touch call a number to bring up quick and useful actions. Check out how it works and decide whether it’s useful for you or not.

iOS 10: Get Started with iCloud Keychain

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iCloud Keychain

If you’re smart with login information, you set a different, highly complex password for every site you use. Remembering all of them can be a real pain, though. Jeff Butts shows you how iCloud Keychain can help with that struggle.

Senator Feinstein Revives Encryption Back Door Bill with FBI Support

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Senator Diane Feinstein pushes law requiring tech companies to give law enforcement access to our private encrypted data and communications

Senator Dianne Feinstein is dusting off her bill aimed at forcing technology companies to give the U.S. government access to the encrypted data on our smartphones, tablets, and computers. FBI Director James Comey is on board with her plan saying the inability to access our encrypted data is a major security threat to the country.

Imagination Technologies Triggers Dispute Resolution Over Apple GPU Designs

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple dropping Imagination Technologies for its own mobile GPU chip design

It looks like Imagination Technologies and Apple haven’t found a way to kiss and make up because now they’ve entered into a formal dispute process. Imagination said on Thursday it started the process because it hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with Apple over licensing its tech for iPhone GPUs.

iPhone 8 Renders Replace Home Button with Touch Bar Function Area

· Jeff Butts · Rumor

iPhone 8 Function Area

The iPhone 8 rumor mill has been spinning for quite some time, and we keep getting new ideas of what Apple might have up its sleeves. Renders of the rumored Function Area, which would work just like the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, have shown up. Jeff Butts brings us the details.

Hulu with Live TV Streaming Service Launches on iOS, Apple TV, Xbox One

· Jeff Gamet · News

Hulu with Live TV available for iOS, Apple TV starting at $40 a month

Hulu launched its live streaming service, called Hulu with Live TV, on Wednesday with 60 channels and a 50-hour cloud-based DVR system. Hulu Live will cost you US$39.99 a month unless you also want Showtime, which adds $8.99 to the price.

iOS: Assisted GPS and Why iPhone GPS Can't Be Perfect All the Time

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iPhone GPS doesn't just rely on satellites

It’s great being able to use your iPhone to find out where you are or where a picture came from, but why isn’t the information always right? Jeff Butts explains how Assisted GPS works and why it leads sometimes to less-than-perfect results.