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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
Google Maps is no longer just about helping you get to where you need to go, and with the latest update to the app for iOS, it will help you save both time and money. Google Maps version 4.13.0, which is now available to download from the iTunes App Store, has added two important new features: Lists of gas prices at nearby gas stations and hours of operation for nearby businesses. More →
A new security report from Checkmarx claims that the walled garden that is Apple’s App Store may not be the safe haven it’s hyped up to be. The report specifically claims that iOS apps have a greater percentage of critical or high severity security vulnerabilities when compared to Android apps.
For purposes of the report, a critical vulnerability is defined as one “that exposes a major security risk with a direct exploit (not needing user involvement). If exploited, the security threat might cause major damage to the application and/or have major impact on the company.”
No matter what you think about the Android/iOS divide from either a hardware or software perspective, there’s simply no getting around the fact that many developers still take an iOS-first approach with respect to app development. With games, where development costs are already sky-high, the dynamic is even more pronounced.