Apple’s iPhone lineup is powered by iOS, which is known for a number of things. While a few buggy initial launches might lead you to believe otherwise, iOS is actually one of the most stable widely available software platforms in the world. But stable though it may be, there are still some common problems that can be incredibly bothersome if they affect your iPhone, so we do our best to show you how to fix your phone and enjoy smooth sailing whenever possible. More →
Apple’s iOS platform has grown a tremendous amount over the past eight years. Jailbreaking used to be a necessity for power users looking to get the most out of their smartphones, but now that Apple has added so much new functionality to iOS, jailbreaking simply isn’t necessary for most users. As a result, most iPhone owners don’t bother with jailbreaks these days.
Weather apps are big business, and it’s not hard to see why. Everyone wants the most accurate weather information as possible, and there are thousands of apps out there that compete for space on your smartphone. Where the iPhone is concerned, the weather app category is particularly crowded, and people often have trouble finding apps that suit their needs.
Well, I’ve tried them all. OK, maybe not all of them, but I’ve used dozens upon dozens of different weather apps over the years in an effort to find the perfect weather experience for the iPhone. After mowing through somewhere between 75 and 100 different apps, I’ve landed on a combination of three that deliver what I believe to be the ideal weather experience on the iPhone. More →
A very serious security flaw in Apple’s iOS mobile platform and its OS X desktop operating system has been discovered by security researchers and seemingly acknowledged by Apple. Using the flaw, hackers can build an app that is capable of stealing any and all passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain. Additionally, the same flaw can reportedly be used to steal passwords directly from third-party apps as well as Apple’s own apps. More →
As we’ve seen time and again, having the most overall market share doesn’t guarantee that Android gets the best apps before iOS does. If you want more examples of this, look no further than the two new mobile games that Bethesda announced at E3 this week that are coming to iOS first and to Android at some undetermined point in the future. More →
There were plenty of flashy reveals at the WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday, but one of the least heralded announcements could change the way we download apps forever. On Wednesday, Touch Arcade pointed out that iOS users no longer need to subscribe to Apple’s $99/year developer program to run apps with the newly released Xcode 7 beta.
This might not sound very exciting, but the implications are huge. More →
Apple Maps is in the process of getting a huge update in iOS 9, as Apple revealed on stage during its big WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday. The new public transit features look terrific and there are plenty of other new features and refinements to be enjoyed, but the app still isn’t on par with Google Maps. In fact, in many ways, it may never be.
Google Maps for iOS just received a new update and there are a few nice feature additions to be found. Among them is one that is likely the best new feature the app has received in months, and we’re going to tell you all about it. More →
If you ever read the BGR comments section — a dubious idea even on the best of days — you’ll see hordes of smartphone OS fanboys getting into comically emotional and overwrought arguments over why their preferred platform is superior. As a longtime Android user who’s spent the past two weeks using an iPhone 6 (about which I’ll write much more in the future), I’ve come to see how incredibly stupid these arguments are, and not just because they involve supposedly grown men fighting over whether using iOS or Android makes you more likely to be a registered sex offender. More →
Even though more people use Android than use the iPhone, some of the best apps around will release on iOS first — recall that when Twitter launched its Periscope app, for instance, it came to iOS weeks before it came to Android. Why? For one thing, iOS users are simply more profitable for app developers because they tend to have extra cash that they’re willing to spend on apps. For another thing, Apple has done an amazing job of making it easier for developers to create iOS apps, as a new report from Bloomberg demonstrates. More →
Apple’s iOS platform is relatively secure out of the box thanks to Apple’s continued efforts to protect users’ data. There are a number of important security features baked into the operating system, some of which you’re likely aware of and some that operate behind the scenes. But there’s one security feature in particular that is painfully simple to enable, and yet there are still a huge number of iPhone users who ignore it.
Now, we’ll tell you about yet another reason to take 60 seconds out of your day and enable this crucial security feature. More →
Richard Stallman, known for his instrumental role in the creation of Linux, has written an opinion piece arguing that nearly any operating system you might use today can be considered malware, and that goes for popular mobile platforms as well as desktop operating systems. More →