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

The iPhone's Future, Prince and Streaming Music - TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-01

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple made truck loads of money during its first fiscal quarter for 2017, but that wasn’t the only news from yesterday’s earning report. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Tim Cook saying the iPhone hasn’t reached maturity yet, plus they look at the news that Prince’s music is coming to Apple Music.

Tim Cook: The iPhone Hasn't Reached Tech Maturity, Has Room to Grow

· John Martellaro · Analysis

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Some observers have suggested that the smartphone is at the end of its technical life. They say it’s time to move on to the Next Big Thing. During Apple’s Q1 2017 Earnings Report, an analyst asked Tim Cook about the future of the iPhone. Has it reached technical maturity? Will we continue to see new features? Here’s how Tim Cook responded. Plus John’s analysis.

Starbucks App Lets You Order with Your Voice

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Starbucks just added a new feature to its iPhone app that lets you speak your order instead of tapping through the on screen menu. The feature, called My Starbucks barista, works sort of like a text chat where you say what you want—like, medium soy chai—and the app places the order at your local Starbucks. The app can handle L.A. Story-quality orders, too, like double upside down macchiato half decaf with room and splash of cream in a grande cup. The good news is the feature is part of yesterday’s Starbucks app update, and the bad news is that it’s beta right now and available to only 1,000 customers. For the rest of us, we’ll have to make due with the new Starbucks Alexa skill that lets you reorder your last drink. Seriously. You can do that now.

Starbucks App Lets You Order with Your Voice

Goodbye iPhone Activation Lock Checker, Presidential Immigration Ban and Apple - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-30

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple shut down its iPhone Activation Lock Status checker without any explanation, which raises a few questions. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be behind Apple’s decision, plus they look at what impact the presidentail executive order banning immigration from certain countries could have on Silicon Valley companies such as Apple.

HBO Go Gets TV App, Single Sign On Support

· Jeff Gamet · News

HBO Go adds TV app support for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

HBO is finally going all in with Apple’s TV app thanks to a just released update for its HBO Go app. The new version adds TV support, just like the HBO Now app already had, so you can search for HBO content and keep track of what you’re watching in Apple’s app.

Making iPhones in the US, APFS Comes to iOS 10.3 - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-26

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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There’s pressure for Apple to bring iPhone production into the United States, but is it practical? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what it would take for Apple to set up an iPhone factory in the states, plus they dive into Apple’s APFS system that’s coming to iOS 10.3 and eventually macOS, too.

Just in Cases: iPhone Protection 2017

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

Silk Innovation's Folio Wallet is reasonably priced and has plenty of room for stuff.

This week Dr. Mac looks at three new iPhone cases he likes and recommends and one iPhone case that was more fragile than the iPhone it was meant to protect.

Apple Watch: Adjusting Your Move Goal on the Fly

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Apple Watch Quick Tip is about adjusting your move goal. You may be getting notifications to change it on Mondays, but what if you want to switch things up later in the week? We’ll tell you how!

Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

What does the actor who plays a character who faces dragons, monsters, magic, and even his very own father fear in real life? If it’s Peter Dinklage—Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, we’re talking about, it’s his iPhone 7. Mr. Dinklage gave an interview to CNET to promote Rememory, a SciFi film debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival. In that interview, he said, “I just got an iPhone about six months ago, friends made fun of me. I’m afraid of it.” There’s a reason, though, and that’s concern over how tech is changing the way humans interact. To wit, when people approach him, the interaction has become solely about the selfie-with-Peter. He said, “We’re not even allowing a memory to sink in. They’ll have proof of meeting me, but […] there wasn’t anything to remember, because all you did was just take a picture.” It’s an interesting perspective on this particular concern.

Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

iOS Tip: Avoid Charging Your Wet iPhone 7/7 Plus

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

A wet iPhone 7

This is less of a tip and more of a warning. Apple made the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus water and dust resistant, with a rating of IP67. This means that you won’t have to worry as much if you get a wet iPhone. Step One: Don’t panic, and grab your towel.

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

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Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we’ll show you how.

iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip is about turning off Safari Suggestions, those top results that’ll appear within Safari on your iPad or iPhone to offer you, say, App Store content based on your search. Find those as irritating as Melissa Holt does? Then let’s stop them!

iOS Tip: Create Your Own Live Wallpaper with LivePapers

· Andrew Orr · Tips

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they debuted a new way to interact with your iPhone, called 3D Touch. 3D Touch lets you “peek” and “pop” your way around apps. The company also introduced Live Photos—animated pictures that you capture and bring to life by 3D touching the photo. Apple provided a handful of Live wallpapers to use, but many people wondered if it was possible to make your own. That is what we’ll explore in this tip.

AT&T Officially Kills Off 2G, Original iPhone Support

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T shuts down 2G/EDGE wireless network

Farewell, 2G. AT&T officially ended 2G support on its network as of the first of the year, and it’s a safe bet almost no one noticed. Dropping 2G support means older phones like the original iPhone won’t work for phone calls any more, and it also opens wireless spectrum that’ll eventually benefit LTE.

DONKEY.APP for iPhone and Apple Watch Recreates Bill Gates's DOS Classic

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Can you kick it old school enough to remember DONKEY.BAS? It was one of the first racing games on DOS, and it was coded by a young tech exec named Bill Gates. Maybe you’ve heard of him. In any event, XVision has recreated this game on iPhone and Apple Watch, and they call it DONKEY.APP. It’s a, “super simple but frustratingly hard retro arcade game, inspired by Bill Gates’ one-and-only DOS game.” The player is a old-fashioned race car, only there are beasts of burden standing on the road. The player taps to change lanes to avoid the beasts, making it a game all about precise timing. It’s not particularly easy, either. Retro gaming is all the rage, and you can revisit this slice of tech history for US$0.99. I’d love to know your thoughts.

DONKEY.APP for iPhone and Apple Watch Recreates Bill Gates’s DOS Classic

Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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The iPhone’s Activity app, which connects to your Apple Watch and stores all kinds of data on what workouts you do, has a pretty neat set of filters and views you can check out to really get an idea of how you’re progressing. In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how you can filter that data and what it looks like when you do!

Verizon Forcing Customers to Drop Their Unlimited Wireless Data Plans

· Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon warns some unlimited data plan users they have to switch to capped plans or they'll be disconnected

Just like AT&T, Verizon isn’t keen on its long time customers holding on to their unlimited wireless data plans. Instead of raising rates like AT&T, however, Verizon is telling customers that have to switch to a capped data plan or face having their phone disconnected.

Key Takeaways from Phil Schiller's iPhone Anniversary Interview

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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On the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Steven Levy posted an exclusive interview with Phil Schiller. Here are some of the key takeaways from the anniversary, including anecdotes from the original launch, thoughts on apps, and whether Phil could have known how popular Apple’s device would become.