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    📱|iPhone 14 Pro review: A glimpse at the future

    At a glance Expert’s RatingProsDynamic Island is a big step forward for the iPhone interfaceAlways-on display, finally48MP camera shines in ProRAW formatExcellent battery lifeConsPhotos are a bit over-processedBig cameras can get in the waySome features are waiting on software updatesOur VerdictThe always-on display and especially the Dynamic Island represent a big step forward for how you use your iPhone, and Apple still leads the pack in performance. The new cameras are great, but Apple’s photo processing is a little too aggressive. Price When Reviewed$999 Best Prices Today: iPhone 14 Pro Re…

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    📱|Best MagSafe portable battery packs and power b…

    Portable power banks that charge your phone are popular, but wireless battery packs using Apple’s MagSafe technology offer a simpler and smarter solution for iPhone 12, 13 and 14 users. Phone batteries are prone to run dry just when you’re heading away from a power source, so having a portable charging source is one of today’s necessities. Annoyingly, most power banks require you to carry around a cable, too. Wireless power banks do away with cables but come with their own major limitation – the inefficiency of wireless charging means you need a high-capacity power bank to fully charge a drain…

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    📱|iPhone buying guide 2022

    Deciding which iPhone to buy has always been tricky. Which screen size is best for you, and how much storage do you need? Should you save money by selecting an older model, or should you splash out on the latest iPhone? Which iPhone is the best compromise between specs and value for money? In this article we talk you through each of the phones currently available from Apple, to help you decide which is best for you. We discuss price, specs and features, and you should leave feeling much more confident about your buying decision. What iPhones does Apple sell?Apple introduced four new phones in …

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    👍|iOS 16: Put Facebook, Reddit, and Google widget…

    So you just updated to iOS 16, and we can’t say we blame you. It’s full of great new features, and the customizable Lock Screen is one of those things that’s sure to delight even the most casual user. If you really want to make the most of it, you’ll want to put some great widgets on there, so you can see the information that’s most important to you and have easy shortcuts to your favorite apps. Here are several dozen great apps that already support Lock Screen widgets to help you embark upon your iOS 16 journey. For the DIY crowdWhen iOS 14 allowed you to customize your Home Screen with custo…

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    📱|How to disable Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad

    Live Photos are a cool but inessential feature of the iOS photography experience that preserve the moments before and after you take a photo, including the sound. They’re great for bringing a particular photo “to life,” and they’re especially excellent for making your own GIFs from photos—but they also take up a lot of storage space. The files are usually twice as big as those for a regular photo. That can be a problem for your photo storage, considering that Apple keeps Live Photos on by default. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to turn the feature off, and you can easily (and temporarily) s…

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    📱|Apple warns of iPhone 14 activation issues on l…

    The first batch of iPhone 14 handsets are arriving with customers, but an issue with iOS 16 could mean they experience difficulties connecting to Wi-Fi networks as they rush to activate their new devices. Apple has acknowledged a “known issue for iOS 16 that may impact device activations on open Wi-Fi networks” in a memo to support staff. Apple’s memo, obtained by MacRumors, states that there are no current official fixes, but offers the following recommendations for those encountering the problem: When asked to connect to a Wi-Fi network affected users should select “Connect to Mac or to a PC…

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    📱|Got a new iPhone 14? Do these seven things first

    So you just got a brand new iPhone, you got everything transferred from your old phone and now you’re playing with your shiny new toy. What do you do first? Obviously, you’re going to check out the apps you already have been using on your old iPhone for so long, probably marveling at how fast they load and how smooth and responsive everything is. Then what? Here are our suggestions for the first seven things you should do with your iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro. And if your iPhone 14 is your first experience with iOS 16, you should know there are lots of excellent new features to try out there, t…

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    📱|Got a new iPhone 14? Do these six things first

    So you just got a brand new iPhone, you got everything transferred from your old phone and now you’re playing with your shiny new toy. What do you do first? Obviously, you’re going to check out the apps you already have been using on your old iPhone for so long, probably marveling at how fast they load and how smooth and responsive everything is. Then what? Here are our suggestions for the first seven things you should do with your iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro. And if your iPhone 14 is your first experience with iOS 16, you should know there are lots of excellent new features to try out there, t…

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    📱|Why the iPhone’s always-on display is better th…

    At long last, the iPhone has an always-on display. In true Apple fashion, however, it’s very different than what we’ve seen on Android phones—and exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, so you’ll need one of Apple’s latest and greatest phones to get it. But if you’ve preordered an iPhone 14, you’ll notice that the always-on display isn’t a carbon copy of the Galaxy S22 or Pixel 6. Apple has implemented smart, unique features into its always-on concept. And it just might have some Android phone makers changing the way they do things. The Lock Screen picture doesn’t disappearFor the past 15 years…

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    📱|iOS 16: How to remove the search button from yo…

    iOS 16 brings many enjoyable new features, from customisable lock screens to the ability to edit sent messages. But not everything will be to your liking. Numerous iPhone owners have complained about the new home-screen search button, for example. Fortunately it’s very simple to remove this potential annoyance. Open the Settings app (ironically, you could use the search button to find it!) and swipe down until you see an entry marked Home Screen. It should be in the third bank of options. Tap this. On the next screen, you’ll see a toggle under the heading SEARCH. It’s labelled “Show on Home Sc…

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    📱|2023 will likely bring 3nm chips for the Mac, i…

    According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the iPhones and Macs released in 2023 could feature processors made using a new 3nm chipmaking technology by TSMC. The A17 and M3 processors will be made using this new method and will be in iPhones and Macs in the second half of next year. Reports from December 2021 said that TSMC had started production of 3nm chips after some setbacks, and it was believed that the first 3nm used by Apple would be the M3 for the Mac and the A17 for the iPhone. This new report by Nikkei Asia says that TSMC has developed a new “N3E chipmaking tech” that’s an upgrade from it…

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    📱|iPhone 14 Pro review roundup: ‘Delightful’ Dyna…

    The iPhone 14 Pro arrives in stores on Friday and early reviewers are sharing their impressions of the new phone. As you might have guessed, they like it, though some early reviewers aren’t convinced the iPhone 14 Pro’s cameras and Dynamic Island are the big upgrades Apple says they are. The biggest change in the new iPhones is the Dynamic Island, which is “much more noticeable and useful than the notch,” writes Nilay Patel at The Verge. He didn’t dislike it, but feels that it “needs a year of refinement and developer attention” before it can be considered an important feature. Julian Chokkatt…

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    📱|Your new iPhone 14 will need a software update …

    The first item on your to-do list, if you’ve bought one of Apple’s new iPhones, should be to update the operating system. The (unofficial) Twitter account Apple Software Updates, which reports on new software updates for the company’s products, has revealed that the latest generation of iPhones will ship with “an earlier version of iOS 16,” and explains that customers will get a day-one update to the final release build. Customers may be tempted to ignore this and get on with the business of enjoying their new device. But this is not recommended. According to the release notes, the day-one upd…

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    📱|How to remove an iOS beta from your iPhone

    Now that iOS 16 has arrived, Apple will immediately set to work on perfecting it. Over the next several months, there will be new “point” releases, starting with iOS 16.1, that tweak things, fix problems, plug security holes, and launch new features. Since you’ve already registered for the iOS 16 beta program, you’ll continue to get betas as they arrive and your iPhone will always be one step ahead. But now that your iPhone has a stable release of a shiny new operating system, you might not want to keep up with the betas anymore. Thankfully, there’s an easy way out. To leave the beta program, …

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    📱|The iPhone has finally jumped the shark, again

    Brace yourselves. Because according to The Atlantic, “The iPhone Isn’t Cool.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @jonyiveparody.) Uh, well, sorry, but the iPhone’s mom said it was cool. So. By the way, the contrast between the title of this piece above and the URL slug–“iphone-14-apple-annual-upgrade-improvements”–is hilarious. The Atlantic’s Damon Beres is a little bit right, though. When everyone has something, is it still cool? Like, remember how we all thought being in a relationship with Harry Styles would be cool and then after we were all in a relationship with Harry Styles we were like, whoop, not…

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    📱|Why your updated iPhone is still missing some i…

    iOS 16 has arrived and if you’ve already downloaded it on your iPhone then you’re already enjoying the new Lock Screen, Messages, and Focus features. But depending on which iPhone you have, some features might be missing—and not because Apple has delayed them. Depending on your iPhone’s age and processor, various elements of the new operating system just won’t work. Here are the new iOS 16 features you won’t be getting on your device and why. Lift the subject out of a photoWe’re obsessed with the new feature that lets you cut and lift the subject out of a photo with a single long press. But th…

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    📱|How to stop your iPhone automatically updating …

    Apple’s annual iOS update can bring fantastic new features on your iPhone, but if you have an older iPhone that might not be able to take advantage of all those features, or would rather wait a few weeks to give Apple a chance to fix the inevitable bugs and issues that unfortunately seem to arise with every update, you might not be happy to find your iPhone has download the update and is offering to install it. iPhones are set to automatically download the latest version of iOS, and install it once you plug in your iPhone in and join a Wi-Fi network. This can be a useful feature from a safety …

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    📱|iPhone 14 Pro first look: Buh-bye notch, hello …

    Perhaps the biggest advances in the iPhone 14 Pro aren’t things you can see from the outside. The main camera has four times the megapixels as any previous iPhone camera, enabling all sorts of functionality. There are other camera upgrades, too, and they’re all boosted by the new A16 Bionic chip and its associated subprocessors. But all people will notice are the things they can see. At the Far Out event to introduce the new iPhones on Wednesday, I was able to see the biggest visual difference: the Dynamic Island–a feature that merges hardware and software while answering the question, “Do you…

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    📱|iOS 16 release candidate is out now, iCloud Sha…

    Every June, Apple announces and demonstrates the next version of iOS for your iPhone, but the update itself won’t actually launch until the fall (usually around September). This year at WWDC, Apple announced iOS 16, which is full of exciting new features like a customizable lock screen. But what if you don’t want to wait that long to try out the new features? You need to install the beta! In this article, we walk you through the steps required to get the iOS 16 beta. We explain how to join Apple’s beta programs, and how to install and run an iOS beta on your iPhone. For more information about …

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    📱|Apple unveils the all-new iPhone 14 Plus with b…

    Apple on Wednesday unveiled its biggest iPhone lineup in history, with the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus. Other than the new size, which replaces the iPhone 13 mini, there are few new features in the iPhone 14. The design is essentially the same as the previous model and the chip is only slightly improved–it still uses an A15 Bionic but has an extra GPU core like the iPhone 13 Pro from last year. The iPhone 14 Plus also allows for a bigger battery rated for up to 19 hours, which Apple said is the best battery life ever offered in an iPhone. The most significant changes are wit…

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    📱|Far Out! Take $100 off all iPad mini colors and…

    Apple isn’t expected to release a new iPad mini at its Far Out event, but you can still make it the highlight of your week: Amazon is selling all colors and configurations of the iPad mini for $100 off, so you can get it as low as $400, the best price we’ve ever seen. The iPad mini doesn’t have an M1 processor or Face ID, but it’s still a great small and light tablet tablet, with an 8.3-inch display, Touch ID-enabled power button, and speedy A15 processor, as well as a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, 10-hour battery life, and a USB-C port. This is the first significant sale we’…

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    📱|How to update iOS on your iPhone

    Apple does a big update of iOS (the operating system that runs on all iPhones) once a year, bringing new features and interface tweaks. There are also numerous smaller point updates, with fixes and security patches; these are just as important. We expect that Apple will be making the new version of the iPhone software – iOS 16 – available in the next few days. In this article we run through everything you need to do to update your iPhone to the very latest available software, including what to do if you encounter problems, like not having enough space or not being able to connect to Wi-Fi. How…

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    📱|How to sell or trade in your old iPhone

    In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new iPhone coming at Apple’s “Far out” event and that means two things: You want a new iPhone and you need to sell your old one. If you buy your iPhone outright every year or two, you can usually recoup a good amount of the new cost by selling your old model every time you upgrade to a new one. Even if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have an older iPhone languishing in a drawer somewhere unused. Here’s what you need to know about selling or trading in your old iPhone for top dollar. How to get an old iPhone ready for saleApple has a list of …

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    📱|How to turn off and force-restart your iPhone

    You shouldn’t have to turn off your iPhone very often. If you’re not going to use it for a few hours, it’s not worth the hassle (and minuscule battery life savings) to shut it down. But, if you know you’re not going to use your phone for a couple days, or on a very long international flight, and you want to save every last ounce of battery life, shutting it down can be an effective option. Also, if you suspect some bug has made your phone unresponsive or slow, the first troubleshooting step should be that old IT standby: turn it off and on again. To shut down your iPhone, quickly press and hol…

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    📱|Best iPad 10.2in (9th generation) deals availab…

    The standard 10.2in iPad is the cheapest iPad Apple sells, but you still don’t have to pay full price for one. If you’re looking to pick up a deal on the 2021 iPad (9th gen), then you’ve come to the right place. You can find great deals if you know where to look – and that’s where we step in! We’ve sorted through all the best places to pick up the 2021 iPad at the best price, so you can get a bargain. We’ll share everything you need to know about buying the 2021 iPad (9th-gen), including Apple’s price and where you can buy one (retailers and networks). Here are the best deals for the 2021 10.2…

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    📱|5 iPhone 14 rumors that you might have missed—b…

    With less than a week to go until Apple’s Far Out event kicks off, iPhone 14 excitement has reached fever pitch. And we’re expecting some big changes to the upper end of the line, with a new always-on display, a 48MP camera, and a faster processor headlining the iPhone 14 Pro. But as always, there are some important smaller changes coming that won’t get the same attention as the major upgrades. Here are five iPhone 14 rumors that you might not have heard about. 2TB storageThe iPhone 13 Pro was Apple’s first iPhone to offer 1TB of storage for a massive $500 premium over the entry-level 128GB mo…

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    📱|New iPhone now expected to be called the 14 Plu…

    With just days to go until the reveal of this fall’s new iPhones, two separate sources have predicted that Apple is about to change its branding strategy and announce a “Plus” handset for the first time in five years. For almost the entirety of this rumor cycle, it’s been widely accepted that Apple is about to discontinue the “mini” line and switch to a pair of 6.1-inch iPhones and a pair of 6.7-inch iPhones, each available in standard and Pro flavors. But that raised a further question: how would Apple brand the large, non-Pro model? iPhone 14 (6.1-inch screen)iPhone 14 Max? (6.7 inches)iPhon…

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    📱|Apple will reportedly revive the ‘Plus’ name fo…

    With just days to go until the reveal of this fall’s new iPhones, two separate sources have predicted that Apple is about to change its branding strategy and announce a “Plus” handset for the first time in five years. For almost the entirety of this rumor cycle, it’s been widely accepted that Apple is about to discontinue the “mini” line and switch to a pair of 6.1-inch iPhones and a pair of 6.7-inch iPhones, each available in standard and Pro flavors. But that raised a further question: how would Apple brand the large, non-Pro model? iPhone 14 (6.1-inch screen)iPhone 14 Max? (6.7 inches)iPhon…

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    📱|Got an older iPhone or iPad? Get iOS 12.5.6 today

    If you have an iPhone 6s or newer, your phone is compatible with iOS 15 and you should have the latest version, iOS 15.6.1. Likewise, if you have a 5th-generation iPad, 4th-generation iPad mini, or 4th-generation iPad Air, you can run iPadOS 15.6.1. But those with iPhones and iPads older than that are stuck on iOS 12, which doesn’t get regular updates. Every so often, though, Apple issues an update to this years-old operating system with critical security fixes. Some security issues are so important that it’s urgent to get them out, even to the few users still hanging on to iPhones or iPads fr…

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    📱|The new iPhone is coming and for Apple’s sake, …

    You know summer is about over when kids are going back to school, your favorite baseball team is teasing you with a wildcard run that will inevitably sputter out (okay, maybe that’s just the Macalope) and Apple announces its fall iPhone event. We are just over a week away from the unveiling of the iPhone 14 so if you have anything you wanted to say about it, now’s of course the time to get it off your chest. No sense in waiting until the thing gets announced. That’s just a sucker’s bet. According to Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives has a few forecasts about the iPhone 14 that t…

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    📱|Apple ‘Far out’ iPhone event streams on Septemb…

    Apple has made it official. As the rumors have hinted for a couple weeks, the company will hold its next big Special Event on September 7, 2022. As with other recent events, it will be an online streaming affair, and goes live at 10am Pacific Time (1pm ET, 5pm UTC). The company is expected to unveil two major product lines at the event: The iPhone 14 products and Apple Watch series 8 products. Both are rumored to have some significant changes. The iPhone 14 is rumored to come in four variants: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The “mini” size is gone, replaced by …

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    📱|Silly website lets you come up with the worst i…

    With Apple fans around the world obsessing over next month’s iPhone 14 launch, one creative developer (spotted by 9to5Mac) has given us the chance to design the device ourselves. If you’d like to indulge your fantasies of being the next Jony Ive, head over to Neal Agarwal’s website, where you’ll be given the chance to Design the Next iPhone. Starting with a portless, notchless device (which some may like to keep), it’s up to you to select additional features and drag-and-drop them wherever you like. The chassis and screen size are set in stone, unfortunately for those who’d like to save the iP…

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    📱|You now have an extra year to get your iPhone 1…

    Last August, Apple publicly acknowledged a serious audio problem in which “a very small percentage” of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro devices manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021 “may experience sound issues due to a component that might fail on the receiver module” when making a phone call. At the time, the company pledged that it, or one of its authorized partners, would repair eligible iPhones for free, for up to two years after the first retail sale. As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple has now increased that term to three years. Despite the expansion of the eligibility period, we advise …

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    📱|iPhone VPN apps are ‘a scam,’ security research…

    In a blog titled, “VPNs on iOS are a scam,” a well-known security researcher accuses VPNs installed on an iPhone or iPad of leaking data while Apple turns a blind eye. In an article first published in May 2022, but updated regularly with new information, Michael Horowitz claims he was able to confirm the data leaks using multiple types of VPN and software from multiple VPN providers. He most recently tested with an iPhone running iOS 15.6. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) should establish a secure and encrypted connection between a device and the internet—a private tunnel through which your dat…

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    📱|HomeKit is getting a major Thread upgrade–but h…

    When it comes to the smart home, it’s fair to say that Apple’s in third place. A distant third place. Google (with its Nest products and Google Assistant) and Amazon (with its Echo products and Alexa assistant) are way out ahead of HomeKit and Siri in almost every way that matters. There are many more compatible devices, in more categories, at more price points. Many of them are more flexible, too. While HomeKit and Apple’s Home app have a lot to recommend them, it’s challenging to build a smart home today if everything has to be HomeKit compatible, and much easier if you rely on Alexa or Goog…