iPhone Manufacturing

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

By on April 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM.

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

Some companies are more than happy to announce their product roadmaps months, if not years, in advance. Apple is not one of those companies. On the contrary, Apple takes elaborate and arguably excessive measures to ensure that its upcoming products remain completely hidden from the public up until the moment Tim Cook trots out on stage and officially introduces it.

Apple’s penchant for and obsession with product secrecy is well-known at this point; which is why the company’s recent decision to grant Bloomberg access to a top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled caught many off-guard.

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iPhone Projector Review

My iPhone screen is bigger than your HDTV, but it still fits in my pocket

By on April 25, 2016 at 12:37 PM.

My iPhone screen is bigger than your HDTV, but it still fits in my pocket

One of the reasons I like the Galaxy S7 edge so much is the fact that it stuffs a large 5.5-inch display into a smartphone that is surprisingly compact and comfortable to use with one hand. Samsung’s S7 edge design is fantastic, featuring curved glass edges on the front and back of the phone. Couple that with practically non-existent bezels on the sides of the handset’s Super AMOLED display, and you’ve got a wonderfully compact phone that still has a big, beautiful display.

And here I am stuck with the tiny little 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 6s.

I would love to switch to the Galaxy S7 edge. Sadly, I cannot. It would also be awesome if I could switch to Apple’s larger iPhone 6s Plus. Unfortunately, that’s also a no-go. There’s simply no perfect solution for me right now, but an awesome accessory I recently found makes my iPhone 6s screen the size of an HDTV, and I’m shocked at how much I’ve been enjoying it. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:47 AM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We’ve got one week left in April and we plan on closing this month out with a bang. That means you can expect a solid week packed with more paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free than you know what to do with. To start things off, we’ve dug up 11 premium iOS apps that are all free downloads for a limited time, and you’ll find them all laid out below. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on April 22, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

It’s our last post on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free this week, which means we’ve got to make it count… and make it count we have. You’ll find 10 fresh freebies on today’s list that range from utilities and lifestyle apps to photo apps, a gorgeously minimalistic game and more. There are also still a few apps on sale in yesterday’s post, including one of our favorite calendar apps of all time, so be sure to check it out if you missed it. More →

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iPhone iTunes Movies iBooks China

China bans key iTunes products for iPhone, iPad and Mac

By on April 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

China bans key iTunes products for iPhone, iPad and Mac

The Chinese government decided to ban two iTunes products which may be detrimental to Apple’s continued success in the country, its second-largest market after America. China wants to encourage local products and business that rival Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks Store, which is why Apple users in the region won’t be able to purchase or rent movies and buy books from Apple anymore. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

Early on, it was believed that the FBI paid upwards of $15,000 for a software hack that enabled them to access data housed on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. However, recent remarks from FBI Director James Comey reveal that the FBI likely paid a whole lot more.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on April 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Our list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is coming in a little behind schedule today, but we’ve done our best to make sure that it was worth the wait. We’ve got 11 apps in total today that span a number of categories, and there are also still a whole bunch of freebies in yesterday’s post if you want to head back there to grab them. More →

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iPhone Flash Drive SanDisk

This tiny device might be every iPhone owner’s new best friend

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

This tiny device might be every iPhone owner’s new best friend

The iPhone’s lack of expandable storage has created an entirely new breed of services and accessories aimed specifically at iPhone users. $650-$750 is a huge amount of money to pay for a smartphone with just 16GB of storage, and that 16GB of space always seems to vanish in a matter of weeks considering how big games and video files are these days. Even users with 64GB or 128GB iPhones often end up filling their handsets with data, and then the dreaded errors like “cannot capture video” begin to appear.

Several solutions exist for this problem. You can use a service like Google Photos to back up your images and videos, or you can use a device like the Lyve Home Photo and Video Manager. Personally, I like the simplicity and efficiency of a simple iPhone-compatible flash drive, and I may have just found my new favorite one. More →

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iPhone Camera Tips And Tricks

6 secret iPhone camera tricks you’ll wish you had always known

By on April 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM.

6 secret iPhone camera tricks you’ll wish you had always known

Even for its time, the 2 megapixel camera that came with the original iPhone was unremarkable; the captured detail was wanting and the camera performed horribly in low light settings. But over time, Apple picked up the pace  and wisely decided to devote a tremendous amount of engineering resources towards improving photo quality on the iPhone. Today, Apple has more than 800 engineers who work exclusively on iPhone camera related technologies.

Flash forward to 2016 and the iPhone camera today is, not surprisingly, a far cry from the laughing-stock it was back in 2007. Quite the opposite, each new iPhone model seemingly sets an entirely new bar for mobile photography excellence. In turn, it’s become easier than ever for even novice photographers to take absolutely stunning photos. Indeed, Apple has even centered an entire iPhone advertising campaign around amateur iPhone photography.

All the same, there remain a number of iPhone camera tricks and tips that, for whatever reason, tend to fly under the radar. Not to worry, we’ve compiled 6 lesser known tips designed to help you take your iPhone photos to the next level.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on April 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

This has been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, but we’re not slowing things down just because it’s April 20th. Today’s list is packed with 10 terrific premium apps that are all free downloads right now, and you can snag even more freebies if you check out the remaining sales in yesterday’s post. More →

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iPhone Security Alert Apple ID Text Message

Watch out for this dangerous new iPhone text scam

By on April 20, 2016 at 9:58 AM.

Watch out for this dangerous new iPhone text scam

Hackers have come up with a sneaky way to steal your personal information and they’re doing it by sending a simple text message to your iPhone. Per NBCBayArea.com, it seems some iPhone users have been receiving dodgy text messages informing them that their Apple ID has “expired” and that they’ll need to go to a certain website to retrieve it. Of course, this website turns out to be a malicious website owned by hackers and Slawek Ligier of Barracuda Networks tells NBCBayArea.com that when you open it, it will “ask for your name, address, even your passport information.” More →

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San Bernardino iPhone FBI

What the FBI found on the San Bernardino iPhone

By on April 20, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

What the FBI found on the San Bernardino iPhone

The locked iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters is one of the best-known iPhones in the world thanks to the FBI vs. Apple fight over encryption that we’ve witness in recent weeks. Both the FBI and Apple had their way. The FBI managed to unlock the handset in its quest to find leads related to the investigation, but it did so without Apple’s help. The iPhone maker, meanwhile, avoided a court order that may have forced it to unlock it by circumventing its own security features built into iOS 9.

The FBI was quick to unlock the iPhone with the help of an unnamed party, and we now know what it found. More →

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iPhone Stress Test

Watch what happens when you put an iPhone in a bowl of expanding foam

By on April 19, 2016 at 4:04 PM.

Watch what happens when you put an iPhone in a bowl of expanding foam

One of the most annoying things about new iPhone releases are the deluge of videos that seek to come up with new ways to destroy said iPhone. Now I’m not against putting an iPhone in a blender or dropping it from 20 feet up in the air, but the creativity level in the iPhone-destruction world sadly leveled off years ago.

Watch the new iPhone 7 get destroyed by a hammer!

Watch Apple’s latest iPhone get run over by a car!

Yeah, we get it. The iPhone isn’t indestructible. And the novelty of watching drop tests, blend tests and impact tests wore off long ago.

But not all hope is lost.

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