Apple FBI iPhone iOS Hacking

Why it would be harder for Apple to hack its own iPhone than you think

By on February 25, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

Why it would be harder for Apple to hack its own iPhone than you think

Apple’s fight with the FBI is in full swing and neither party looks ready to budge. The federal agency has made this a difficult battle for Apple from a PR standpoint, but the iPhone maker is determined not to break into its iPhone using a custom firmware to bypass its own passcode security measures. Using such a so-called “backdoor” would set a dangerous precedent and would have an adverse impact on the security of Apple’s entire iOS and OS X ecosystems, the company argues.

Accomplishing the tasks requested by the FBI isn’t easy, not because Apple doesn’t have the technical ability to do it, but because it would jeopardize future software releases. More →

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iOS History

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

By on February 12, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January of 2007, he remarked that phones at the time fell into one of two categories; On one hand you had phones that were powerful but extremely complicated to use, and on the other, you had phones that were easy to use but were rather feature limited. With the iPhone, Apple set out to turn the phone industry on its head with a product that was not only extremely easy to use, but also more powerful and capable than anything else on the market.

And looking back, it’s abundantly clear that Apple did just that. The iPhone undeniably ushered in the modern smartphone era, forever changing the way we use and interact with technology. Even if you’re beholden to Android, there’s no getting around the fact that Android as we know it today wouldn’t exist without the work Apple did on the original iPhone. Hardly a controversial statement, even Google engineers have said that Jobs’ iPhone unveiling prompted Google’s Android team to “start over” and reimagine the smartphone experience altogether.

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Best Email Apps For iPhone

The only 5 email apps iPhone users should consider using

By on February 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

The only 5 email apps iPhone users should consider using

There are a few cases where a pre-installed iPhone app made by Apple is the best tool for a particular job, but the Mail app certainly isn’t one of them. For light email users, it’s a nice clean option that offers a fairly basic set of features and a nice user interface. For the rest of us, we need a solution that offers a broader feature set than Apple’s Mail app will likely ever offer.

I’ve personally been back on the hunt for a new email app ever since my email solution of choice was shut down by Dropbox. And no, I still haven’t forgiven the company. I’ve gone through more than a dozen apps in my search for a Mailbox replacement though, and in this post I’ll save you the pain and suffering that I’ve had to endure. More →

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Best iPhone Calendar App

You’ll never find another iPhone calendar app this beautiful and original

By on February 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM.

You’ll never find another iPhone calendar app this beautiful and original

On iOS, or any other platform for that matter, there is no shortage of calendar apps. It seems like they’re a dime a dozen, in fact. While the concept of a calendar is anything but novel, developers have all sorts of different takes on calendars and scheduling that move well beyond the typical grid of dates and into some pretty interesting new territory.

Our longtime favorite calendar app for the iPhone is Timepage, a gorgeous offering by Moleskine that we first told you about in May of last year. A new app that was just released a few weeks ago is giving Timepage a serious run for its money though, and it offers a completely new take on the concept of a calendar app. More →

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Best iPhone Apps

New app wants to make it so you never have to deal with customer service – and it’s free

By on February 1, 2016 at 1:09 PM.

New app wants to make it so you never have to deal with customer service – and it’s free

Can you imagine a world where you never have to deal with customer service again? Can you imagine what you would do with all of the  time that would be freed up by not having to sit on hold and speak with 12 different representatives? How much would you pay for a service that might make that possible? Whatever that number is, forget it because a new app will try to make this dream a reality for free. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android

By on January 28, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android

While Apple’s iPhones have been my main handsets since shortly after the first model was introduced in 2007, I used to carry an Android phone with me at all times until recently. Carrying two phones seems odd to most people, but there were so many important Android features that weren’t mirrored in iOS for a period of time, and I also enjoyed the variety.

Then last year, I ran out of reasons to keep using Android. More →

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iPhone Features

25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden

By on January 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM.

25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden

How many times have you seen posts on tech sites about “hidden iPhone features” and thought to yourself, these tricks aren’t really hidden at all. We’ve even had a few articles here on BGR with tips that were indeed unknown to most users, but the savvy iOS device owners out there were undoubtedly familiar with at least a few of them.

Well, in this piece we’re going to tell you about 25 hidden features that are really, truly hidden. As in, you could look through your iPhone from now until the end of time and you wouldn’t find any of these tricks unless you know what you’re looking for. More →

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Apple Europe iOS App Development Center

Apple says it already created over a million European jobs as it opens new app center

By on January 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM.

Apple says it already created over a million European jobs as it opens new app center

Apple’s iPhone wasn’t just a game changer in the smartphone industry, it sent ripples across countless other industries as well. In fact, iOS was the catalyst that created an entire new economy. Mobile application development has become an industry worth many billions of dollars each year, and it has spawned a number of large development houses with market values that reach into the billions themselves.

Part of the beauty of this bustling new industry is that it has no borders. Developers can thrive anywhere there are computers and Internet access. The Flappy Bird phenomenon, painful though it may have been, was proof of this. And now, Apple has announced that it will open a brand new app development center in Europe to help educate young developers and set them on a course for success. More →

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iPhone Vs. Android Fan Analysis

Android fan confesses all the things he likes better about iOS

By on January 18, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

Android fan confesses all the things he likes better about iOS

Even if you have a preferred platform, it’s always good to keep an open mind about things that other platforms do better. Android Police’s Shawn De Cesari has put together an interesting list of six things that he believes iOS actually does better than Android, even though they’re not enough to make him completely switch platforms. While some of the items on his list are obvious — I think even the most hardcore Android fanboys would have a hard time saying Android does a better job than iOS at pushing out timely software updates — others are surprising and perhaps even counter-intuitive. More →

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iOS 9.3 Update

iOS 9.3 may hint at Apple’s plans to shake up its iOS release strategy

By on January 17, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

iOS 9.3 may hint at Apple’s plans to shake up its iOS release strategy

Apple last week rolled out the first beta of iOS 9.3 and delivered a number of interesting enhancements. In fact, with features like Night Shift, TouchID protection for Notes, and a whole array of enhanced 3D Touch functionality, iOS 9.3 arguably represents the most interesting iOS update not to have been unveiled at WWDC.

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How To Hide iPhone Apps

You can finally hide Apple’s default iPhone apps in iOS 9.3 – here’s how

By on January 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM.

You can finally hide Apple’s default iPhone apps in iOS 9.3 – here’s how

Honestly, we’re pretty shocked at the news we’re about to share: there is now an official way to hide Apple’s default iOS apps on an iPhone or iPad. Apple has long resisted the idea of allowing users to uninstall or hide any of the apps that ship on iOS devices, likely in part due to the fact that the company considers each of its apps essential to the user experience. With Apple’s latest iOS 9.3 beta software release, however, there is now a way to hide Apple’s apps on your iPhone or iPad.

It’s not as simple as uninstalling a third-party app and you’ll need to connect your device to a PC, but at least it’s now possible beginning with iOS 9.3. More →

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iOS Vs Android

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

By on December 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

Shares of Apple may be slumping, but the company’s products continue to resonate with consumers in impressive fashion. During the Christmas holiday shopping period, measured from December 19th through December 25th, iOS devices accounted for nearly 50% of all new device activations, according to data recently released from the analytics firm Flurry.

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iOS Vs. Android App Developers

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

By on December 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

Much to Android users’ collective chagrin, many top mobile apps seem to come to iOS before they come to Android. We’ve written a lot about the reasons for this in the past but now The Next Web has given five popular mobile app developers a platform where they can anonymously spout off on the real reasons they’re going with iOS over Android first, without any fear of offending Google. Some of their answers are brutally honest and are worth highlighting, even though I personally think many of them are overly harsh. Let’s go through the highlights below. More →

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