Free vs. Get: App Store Apps

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

By on November 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM.

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

In addition to clearly marking which iOS and OS X apps in the App Store and Mac App Store have in-app purchase options, Apple has taken one more important step towards ensuring that customers know exactly what apps they’re downloading, as first spotted by MacRumors. The company has replaced the word “Free,” which appeared under the name of apps available as free downloads from its digital stores, regardless whether they come with in-app purchases or not, with the word “Get.”

Meanwhile, paid apps still have the price listed instead of the word “Get,” and all apps still have clear indicators when in-app purchases are available. More →

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iPhone Touch ID Login

This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting

By on November 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting

In the 14 months since Touch ID launched, it has become a standout feature of the iPhone and iPad line of devices. It makes paying for apps easier than ever, it’s a shift toward enhanced mobile security and it was the key to making Apple Pay a reality… but it still has its limitations.

Reddit user Xenon808 asked a question this week that many of us have probably pondered in the past:

“Why do you have to type in your PIN after rebooting your phone or after a certain amount of time?” More →

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Best iPhone iPad Games November

The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November

The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November

By on November 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

Here at BGR, we’re in the business of bringing you all of the best free iPhone and iPad apps every week, but there are plenty of apps on the App Store that deserve your hard-earned pennies. Today, we’ve rounded up five of the best iOS games of the month so far. November’s still not over, but these are the games that should be on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. More →

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Beats Music on iPhone

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

By on November 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

It’s been hinted at repeatedly ever since Apple acquired Beats Electronics earlier this year, but it looks like the Beats Music paid subscription service is finally going to become an inseparable part of iOS devices in 2015. Financial Times reports that the service could make its way into an iOS software update as early as next March, according to those familiar with the matter. More →

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Apple Black Friday 2014 Gift Ideas

Apple is already preparing for big Black Friday sales

By on November 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Apple is already preparing for big Black Friday sales

Unlike other retailers, Apple has traditionally stayed away from offering significant price discounts for Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t getting ready for a busy Black Friday 2014 shopping season. In fact, Apple on Wednesday has published a special gift-themed page on its website that highlights some of its most recent products. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

By on November 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

We have had some great lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free so far this week — hurry up and you can still get some of yesterday’s apps for free — and now it’s time to celebrate hump day with yet another batch of paid iOS apps on sale for free. We’re all trying to save up as much money as possible as Black Friday 2014 approaches, and snagging a few nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps for free is a good way to do it.

As always, make sure you hurry and grab everything you see here before these limited-time sales are over. More →

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Apple Watch Control Gestures

Apple Watch might be harder to operate than any other Apple device

By on November 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Apple Watch might be harder to operate than any other Apple device

Apple on Tuesday released WatchKit for developers, which has revealed various details about the Apple Watch, including screen resolution and app functionality, but also details about how users will interact with the wearable device. As The Verge points out, the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most complex device yet when it comes to the number of ways users can interact with it. More →

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iPhone 6s / iPhone 7 Rumors: Camera

Leak: Insider says next year’s iPhone may have a DSLR-quality camera

By on November 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Leak: Insider says next year’s iPhone may have a DSLR-quality camera

For many years, Apple has decided not to engage in a megapixel war with rivals when it comes to its iPhone cameras, instead deciding to improving the iPhone’s camera performance without any significant increases to image sizes. Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still have 8-megapixel sensors, their cameras are even better than previous models, and have been highly praised in reviews from professional photographers who thoroughly tested their abilities when it comes to taking pictures and recording videos.

However, Apple might be planning a major update for its iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7) models next year, according to what Apple insider John Gruber said during the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast. More →

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Apple Watch and iPhone Apps

Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone

By on November 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone

Apple is expected to launch the Apple Watch at some point in early 2015 — some reports point to a Valentine’s Day release date, while others say the wearable device will arrive later in spring — and the company might sell as many as 40 million units in the first year, according to a recent report from Asia. But those buyers looking forward to buy an Apple Watch should also be prepared to purchase an iPhone, or other supported iOS device, in case they don’t already own one, to fully take advantage of the smartwatch.

More →

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iPhone 6 Plus OIS Camera Issue

The iPhone 6 Plus camera has a huge problem for some users

By on November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The iPhone 6 Plus camera has a huge problem for some users

The camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has both been highly praised in many reviews, including several in-depth hands-on experiences from pro photographers. Of course, the iPhone 6 Plus is always seen as being slightly better than its smaller sibling thanks to its camera’s optical image stabilization (OIS). But it looks like some iPhone 6 Plus units are behaving rather strangely for users when taking pictures and recording videos. More →

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128GB iPhone 6 Plus Crash Memory Benchmark

New tests suggest Apple skimped on a key iPhone 6 component and it’s causing problems

By on November 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

New tests suggest Apple skimped on a key iPhone 6 component and it’s causing problems

Certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, as well as some iPad users, have complained about random crashes and reboots on smartphones that have 64GB or 128GB of storage and hold large libraries of apps. Various reports trying to explain the problem have identified the type of NAND memory chosen for these iPhone 6 models as the main culprit, with some suggesting that Apple is already considering moving from triple cell (TLC) NAND memory to multi-level cell (MLC) storage in future iPhone 6 versions.

Apple has not confirmed those reports, and has not explained why 64GB iPhone 6 and 128GB iPhone 6 Plus devices seem to crash in certain circumstances. But a new report from Korean publication KBench shows benchmark tests for both TLC and MLC NAND memory modules used in 64GB iPhone 6 units, and they reveal that the latter offers a better performance than the former. More →

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Apple Watch Specs

Developer tools reveal screen resolutions for both upcoming Apple Watch models

By on November 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Developer tools reveal screen resolutions for both upcoming Apple Watch models

Apple on Tuesday released its first iOS 8.2 beta software to developers and at the same time, the company also gave developers the tools they’ll need to build apps for the upcoming Apple Watch. While Apple’s first device in the wearables category isn’t expected to launch for another few months, Apple wants to ensure that third-party developers have enough time to make great apps for the new Apple Watch that are ready in time for launch.

Of course, as people begin to dig through those developer tools, new details about the Apple Watch are coming to light. More →

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