Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge clearly took inspiration from Apple’s iPhone lineup in a few key areas, but the phones for the most part have their own design identity. In particular, the Galaxy S7 edge stands alone as the sleekest and most stylish smartphone the world has ever seen — iPhone included. But just when it seemed as though Samsung was going to head in its own direction and steer away from its long history of copying Apple, something like this happens. More →
Apple has a strong history of taking ideas from third-party and adding them into later releases of iOS and OS X — just ask F.lux, which had its iOS app banned, months before Apple aped the feature and released Night Shift.
According to a report in Macrumors, Apple will be integrating a feature into OS X 10.12 that will unlock your Macbook when a designated iPhone is in close proximity. If that sounds familiar, it’s because a handful of third-party apps (mostly notably Knock) have already been doing the same thing.
Citing a statement from the CEO of Catcher Technology — a key Apple supply partner — Nikkei reports that one of Apple’s iPhone models in 2017 will feature a glass casing. If this ultimately pans out, it would mark the first time Apple has utilized a glass casing on the iPhone since 2011’s iPhone 4s.
Ever wonder why the iPhone and iPad ask you to type in your regular PIN or password when you fail to unlock your device with Touch ID? There are several reasons Apple has this failsafe mechanism in place, including a clever trick that was added only recently. The purpose of this new line of defense is to ensure that nobody can access your data. Why? You guessed it — it’s there in case a court tries to compel you to provide your fingerprint to unlock a device. More →
Thursday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free might be the most diverse list of the week. We’ve got camera apps and photo editors, games, utilities, a unique calendar app, a file manager, a budgeting app and more. And if that’s not enough for some reason, you can also find a few remaining freebies in yesterday’s post. More →
If history is any indication, Apple has no plans of addressing iPhone owners’ two biggest complaints anytime soon. The first is always battery life, but Apple clearly values design aesthetics enough to prevent it from making a thicker iPhone with a larger battery. And as bad as the iPhone’s battery life can be, it certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting sales — despite the recent dip, iPhones are still the best-selling smartphones in the world.
Coming in closely behind battery life is the lack of expandable storage. iPhones are some of the most expensive smartphones in the world but Apple still insists on “encouraging” users to buy more expensive models; 16GB gets you nowhere and it’s only another $100 for 64GB. You could shell out more money for a bigger iPhone, or you could add microSD card support to your current iPhone in just a few seconds like I just did. More →
Google’s big I/O 2016 keynote is now behind us and it was easily one of the most action-packed Google events we’ve seen in a long, long time. Be sure to check out our earlier post to read about the 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016.
Google covered several different bases on Wednesday. We saw the future of search in Google Assistant, we saw what could be the first nail in Amazon Echo’s coffin when Google unveiled Home, we saw a big push into VR with Daydream, and plenty more. One of the biggest areas of interest was clearly Android N though, and Google showed off a host of new features during the event.
Some upcoming Android N features were more novel than others, and some were borrowed from other platforms — namely iOS. Of course, Google also revealed several great new features that are nowhere to be found on any iPhone or iPad, and we’ll cover the coolest ones right here. More →
We’ve often discussed Apple’s intention of removing the home button from the iPhone since there are many clues suggesting the radical design is in the works. Apple is far from confirming any rumors detailing buttonless iPhones, but even Apple can’t keep everything a secret, no matter how desperately it may try.
Now, there’s yet another clear hint that the home button is doomed. More →
With all of the news focused on Google I/O 2016 today, Apple fans might be feeling a little left out. Don’t be jealous, iOS users, distract yourself instead by loading up on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today’s list includes some of the best freebies we’ve found all week, including a free in-app purchase for a great Reddit app, a cool app that lets you add filters to Live Photos, an app that lets you use your iPhone as a wireless number pad for your computer, and plenty more.
Each iPhone Apple launches is faster than its predecessor thanks to both hardware and software innovations. The same goes for high-end Android devices, though in most comparison tests it’s always the latest iPhone that comes out on top. At the same time, mobile operating systems become more sophisticated every year, requiring software optimizations as well as faster chips, memory and storage so that advanced apps don’t hinder performance.
IBM might hold the key to making the iPhone even faster in the future, in addition to other mobile devices and computers, thanks to innovation surrounding optical storage that might revolutionize the industry. More →
With very few exceptions — Apple Music being chief among them — every design decision from Apple is deliberate and extremely well thought out. As we highlighted not too long ago, Apple’s laser-focused attention to detail in both software and hardware is obsessive.
But when it comes to the iPhone, Steve Jobs’ crowning creation and the most profitable product to ever come out of Cupertino, Apple takes things to another level. It’s why former Apple executive Scott Forstall once boasted of keeping a “jeweler’s loupe in his office to check every pixel on every icon.”
Do you have any room left in your phone after yesterday’s post on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? If not you had better make some because we have 10 freshly discounted iOS apps for you in today’s post. For Tuesday we have a killer word processor that’s normally $10, a cool app that turns the world around you into an RPG of sorts, and much more.