We’ve mentioned before that 16GB of storage just isn’t enough space for many modern smartphone users, especially now that so many phones now let us film incredible 4K videos that inevitably clog up space. Android Central’s Russell Holly makes a compelling case that smartphone buyers need to make it clear that 16GB smartphones are no longer an acceptable option and should insist that companies make 32GB or 64GB the baseline option for mobile devices. More →
For a while now, I’ve been keeping an eye on the “experiment” being conducted by Jason Kallelis, a longtime Android fan who recently grew so frustrated with the platform’s shortcomings that he switched to the iPhone 6 Plus. Roughly one week into his grand adventure with iOS, Kallelis has already found it does something significantly better than Android: It gives you a much more detailed breakdown of what’s consuming your smartphone’s battery. More →
One of Apple’s problems with iOS devices, which became even more apparent after the launch of iOS 8, is limited storage available to the user for the most basic iPhone and iPad models, especially considering the increased amount of digital content users store on them. More →
Pundits love to talk about how the quality of the mobile gaming experience on the iPhone and iPad is quickly catching up to the quality of the experiences afforded by consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. Of course, if you ask game developers or hardcore video game fans, they’ll laugh in your face at the mere suggestion.
Don’t tell TIME, however, because the online magazine has just issued its list of the 15 best video games of 2014, and an iOS game is surprisingly found at the top. More →
When Apple ousted Google Maps from iOS back in 2012, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal… but Apple’s own mapping solution that replaced it was an absolute disaster. The countless glitches and bugs were intolerable — though they did make some nice art — and Apple’s Maps app was so bad that police had to warn users that it might kill them.
Of course, Apple’s iOS Maps app has improved dramatically since the early days. While some users still avoid it because of the bad taste left in their mouths, it is now considered by many people to be a solid option to replace Google Maps on the iPhone and other iOS devices.
There are plenty of articles that compare the features of these two leading iOS mapping apps, but a new analysis published recently provides an astonishingly in-depth design comparison that you really need to check out. More →
Do you ever wish you had a simple way to unlock your computer just as easily as you unlock your Touch ID-enabled iPhone? Well now there is one, at least for Mac owners. A new app called FingerKey has come up with a clever way to let you unlock your computer using any Touch ID-compatible device. More →
Black Friday doesn’t just offer awesome deals on hardware, as you can get some amazing bargains on software as well. iPhone Tricks has done a nice job of rounding up some of the best Black Friday smartphone app deals you can get this year and we’ve picked out eight apps that are now free for a limited time right now and represent total savings of around $34. More →
Although many online forums are dominated by hardcore iOS or Android fanboys, there are some levelheaded people out there who can see the plusses and minuses of each platform. Business Insider’s Jillian D’Onfro recent picked up a new iPhone and, while she thinks it’s a fantastic device overall, she still misses some things about her old Android device. More →
If you use the Facebook app regularly on your iPhone, you might notice that it’s gradually taking up more and more storage space on your device. Business Insider’s Matthew Stuart notices that Facebook keeps expanding the amount of storage it takes up on his iPhone the more he uses it because Facebook opens up links within the app on its own internal browser instead of on an external browser like Chrome or Safari. Facebook has designed its app so that whenever you open a webpage posted by a friend on the Facebook app, it will cache the entire page on your device. This is obviously a problem since the more pages you visit, the more space gradually gets eaten up. More →
The great thing about the fierce rivalry between iOS and Android is that both platforms learn things from each other. For instance, Google has learned a lot about good overall design from Apple, while Apple has learned the value in opening up some parts of iOS — most recently its keyboard functionality — to third-party modifications. More →