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

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

If you haven’t tried out iOS 10’s new handwriting mode in Messages, you’re gonna want to check out today’s Quick Tip. We’ll cover not only how to use this feature but how to erase the (potentially embarrassing) things you’ve drawn!

Apple Offers Refurb iPhone 6s/Plus on Apple Store Starting at $449

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Screenshot of iPhone 6s Refurb Models on Apple Store Online

Apple began offering refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices on the Apple Store Tuesday. Refurbished iPhone 6s models start at US$449 with 16GB of storage, while 16GB iPhone 6s Plus models start at $529. 64GB iPhone 6s Plus are currently priced at $589.

iOS 10: Airplane Mode Doesn't Turn Off All Radios (GPS, NFC)

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Rendering of GPS satellite

With iOS 8.2 and earlier, Airplane mode in iOS would turn off all four radios in an iPhone: Bluetooth, Cellular, GPS and Wi-Fi. Starting in iOS 8.3, that changed with GPS. Plus, starting with iPhone 6, NFC is not disabled either.

Analyst Says iPhone SE Was a One-Off for Apple

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple isn’t planning to update iPhone SE, according to well-connected KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If true, it’s hard to understand. There are still people who prefer the smaller iPhone; and, having a current-generation iPhone with a lower price tag helps Apple reach deeper into the market. So why nuke it?

3 Products with Fatal Flaws (at least for Dr. Mac)

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

Beddi Clock Radio for iPhone

Dr. Mac looks at three newish products that may suit your needs—an app-controlled alarm clock; tiny wireless earbuds; and a canless canned air system—but have one or more fatal flaws for him.

Dear Apple: Your Products Are Thin Enough Already. Stop it

· David Chartier · Editorial

Phil Schiller comparing MacBook Pro Thinness at

It is possible to obsess too much over a single tree at the expense of the forest. David Chartier argues Apple has done this when it comes to making devices thinner, and that it’s time for that to stop.

Customizing Apple Watch Faces on Your iPhone

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to customize your faces. If you don’t wanna fiddle with colors and complications on your itty bitty Watch, there’s now an easier, faster way to do so!

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

This Quick Tip is about the spankin’-new Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which’ll let you take shots with a special depth effect applied. However, if you don’t want your iPhone to keep an additional version of each of your Portrait Mode images, come read this article and find out how to turn that off!

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.

Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Product News

Kenu Stance Tripod

Stance, by Kenu, is a $24.95 compact tripod for iPhones that attaches via Lightning connector. Find out why it earned a spot on Dr. Mac’s keychain.

TMO's Apple AirPods Earbud Alternatives Roundup

· Jeff Gamet · News

Wireless earphones for iPhone

Apple’s AirPods wireless are set to ship some time in October, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get your hands on—or ears in—fully wireless earbuds. The Mac Observer found some options worth checking out, and they’re all available today.

New Apple Touch ID Patent Hints at iPhone Home Button's Demise

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple full-display Touch ID patent

A just published Apple patent shows Touch ID sensors embedded throughout a device display, which means iPhone and iPad users could potentially touch anywhere on their screen to unlock with their finger print. Touch to unlock is currently a Home button feature, but if this patent finds its way into shipping products, it could be the demise for our little clickable friend.

Use 3D Touch in LINE to Read Messages without a Read Receipt

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

3D Touch View of LINE Chat

The LINE Corporation has done something very useful with 3D Touch, and I thought I’d tell you about it. When you’re looking at your Chats view, you can view recent chats, as shown below, without sending a read receipt. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate on Your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential debate

The first presidential debate between Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to start at 9PM easter time on Monday, September 26th, and there are plenty of ways to watch even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. Read on to see which iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are ready to keep you in the political loop.

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.

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.

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.

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!