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

iKlip Grip Pro an Excellent Multifunction Tripod, Monopod, Selfie Stick

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Look Review

iKlip Grip Pro in Tabletop Tripod mode

iKlip Grip Pro is one of those devices that appeals to my love of clever. In one device, IK Multimedia has a tabletop tripod, a monopod/camera grip, and a selfie stick with an included Bluetooth remote the company pretends we’ll use for above-the-crowd shots. Better, the company did so without compromising the function of any of those three modes.

AirPods Alternatives, Plastic OLED - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-19

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

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Apple’s AirPods are in the company’s retail stores, but that doesn’t mean you can buy them. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the limited availability for AirPods, and offer up some alternative wireless earbud options. They also look at Plastic OLED and explain what that means for future iPhone models.

Here's Why a Plastic OLED Display iPhone Is a Good Thing

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple may use Plastic OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone

A new report claims Apple’s next iPhone will replace the glass LED display with curved Plastic OLED. On the surface that sounds like a bad idea because plastic, after all, scratches much easier than glass—but in this case, “Plastic OLED” doesn’t mean “plastic display.”

What You Get for Super Mario Run's $10 In-app Purchase

· Jeff Gamet · News

Super Mario Run lets you play levels for 20 seconds after you complete the first thee

Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad is free to play, but that’s a little misleading. Without making the US$9.99 in-app purchase to unlock all of the game’s levels, there isn’t much you can do. Read on to see what your ten dollars gets you.

Super Mario Run, Astra for iPhone - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-16

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

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Super Mario Run hit Apple’s App Store yesterday, so today Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the game and whether or not it’s worth the US$9.99 in-app purchase. They also talk about why Astra is an awesome iPhone app for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot owners.

Turn Your iPhone into an Amazon Echo with Astra

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot are pretty cool, but what if you don’t have one yet—or aren’t home to use yours? That’s where Astra comes in. It’s an iPhone app that links to your Amazon account so you talk talk to Alexa just as if you’re right in front of your own Echo. The app lets you do pretty much everything your Echo or Echo Dot can handle, except for music playback or reading audio books. You can also remotely control your Echo-aware smarthome devices with your voice, which is worth the app’s US$0.99 price tag all by itself. You can get Astra at Apple’s App Store.

Turn Your iPhone into an Amazon Echo with Astra

Super Mario Run Available for iPhone and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Super Mario Run on the iPhone

As promised, Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad launched on Apple’s App Store on Thursday. The game marks Mario’s first official appearance on Apple’s mobile devices and was first teased this fall, and if the hype is any indication productivity is going to take a serious hit for the rest of today.

This List Proves Apple (Still) Hasn't Accomplished Much in 2016 [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple in 2016

Few people were thinking 2016 has been a great year for Apple, but…well, look at this list of things Apple released in 2016. There’s just 13 14 items on it, now that AirPods have shipped. That’s still depressing. Worse, Bryan Chaffin argues, it’s boring.

2017 iPhone Rumor Roundup

· Andrew Orr · News

Speculating on what's in store for the next iPhone model

iPhone 7 is still wet behind the ears, but Rumors are already flying over 2017 iPhone. It will be the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, and expectations are high for Apple’s next model. It’s still early in the rumor cycle, but here are some of the highest-profile rumors and supposed leaks so far, as well as what they might really mean.

Apple Watch: Editing Your Workout Screen

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about working out with your Apple Watch. You can make your workout view look any way you’d like, so whether you’re a statistics person or a “one thing at a time” type, you’ll get what you want. We’ll also show you how to customize each kind of workout!

Amazon Go Shopping, iPhone as a Desktop Computer - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-06

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

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First Amazon wanted to be your go-to online shopping destination, and now the company wants to be your local brick-and-mortar store, too. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon’s planned cashier-free grocery store, plus they dive into the possibility of our iPhones becoming our only computing device.

Fake News and Snatched iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-05

· Dave Hamilton & John Martellaro · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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The UK police got unlocked access to a suspect’s iPhone but, unlike the FBI earlier this year, they didn’t have to ask Apple to hack it. Interestingly, though, the FBI did something very similar to the UK police a few years ago. Listen to hear more. Then it’s on to how Apple might just be our last hope to save the integrity of the internet. John Martellaro explains!

UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail Safety Test

· Jim Tanous · News

fake iphone charger fire

Sure, that counterfeit iPhone charger on Amazon is less than half the price of a real one, but according to a recent UK study, it may also kill you. When it comes to electricity, you probably shouldn’t be too frugal.

Apple Adds Online Form for Checking iPhone 6s Battery Replacement Eligibility

· Bryan Chaffin & Jim Tanous · Product News

iphone 6s battery replacement serial number

Apple added an online form for checking your iPhone 6s eligibility for a battery replacement program. The program itself was announced in November, but it was initially up to customers to figure out if their serial number was eligible. The form allows owners to simply enter that serial number and be told if it’s eligible.

Next iPhone to Sport Wireless Charging Like Apple Watch

· Jeff Gamet · News

2017 iPhone to get wireless charging

2017 is the year the iPhone finally gets wireless charging. That’s the word, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says Apple plans to bring inductive charging to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models with next fall’s refresh.

Next iPhone May Sport 3D Camera

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone to get 3D camera support

Apple’s 2017 iPhone refresh may sport dual-camera 3D photo support based on LG Innotek camera technology. That sounds pretty cool and could be a sign Apple is ready to add adjustable depth of field and 3D image support to the iPhone lineup.

iOS and watchOS: Seeing Historical Heart Rate Data

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about using the iPhone’s Health app to view collected heart rate data from your Apple Watch. If you’ve never looked through that info, then boy, are you gonna be surprised at how much you can see! It’s a little nuts, to be honest.

Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has launched a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices that suffer a flickering display or Multi-Touch issues. The program’s description specifies devices that experience these troubles “after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.”