Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


SwiftKey gains new dynamic theme, overhauls settings interface

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

SwiftKey, the popular software keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with iOS 8 or later, has received a refresh this morning in the App Store featuring two enhancements: a brand new Bubble Gum dynamic keyboard theme and a redesigned settings menu in the app. Read More


How to delete documents and data stored in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 9.2 beta 4 to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

Following yesterday’s release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4, Apple today posted a fourth beta of the forthcoming iOS 9.2 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

iOS 9.2 beta 4 (build 13C5075) is now available to members of the Apple Developer Program as an over-the-air update or through Apple’s portal for developers. The update is also available to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More


7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

There’s nothing worse than pulling an iPhone out of your pocket to capture that brief moment in life that will never repeat itself only to be met with a “storage almost full” message.

It’s a sinking feeling so no wonder that most folks tend to immediately remove older photos.

But there are better ways to free up storage space on your device that don’t necessarily involve deleting your precious memories. Faced with a low-storage prompt, your first order of business should be checking if apps you frequently use are gobbling up your storage by caching large amounts of data.

That’s just the starters, as there’re plenty of other space-saving techniques you should be employing on a regular basis. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to manually flush app caches, disable certain iOS features and flip the switches you never knew existed in order to remove as much of the cruft clogging up your iOS device as possible. Read More


iOS 9 adoption rate hits 67 percent mark

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Two weeks after hitting precisely two-thirds of active iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, Apple’s latest iOS 9 mobile operating system is now powering 67 percent of iOS hardware.

The data comes via Apple’s dashboard for developers and is derived from App Store access logs on Tuesday, November 16, 2015. iOS 8 continues to comprise just shy of one-quarter of active iOS devices in use, while earlier iOS editions collectively account for nine percent of iOS devices being actively used. Read More


How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a special “Events Found in Mail” section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events. Read More


Tim Cook on why making converged Mac and iPad doesn’t make sense

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Independent to talk the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s latest addition to the iPad lineup.

Asked to shed more light on his statement to The Daily Telegraph last week that most mainstream consumers might no longer be interested in buying a PC, Cook reiterated that “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same” and argued that people “are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad”. Read More


How to turn webpages into PDF documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

You no longer need a dedicated app to turn webpages or your photos into PDF documents on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That’s because iOS 9 has conveniently added a new item to the system-wide Share menu which permits you to do just that, right out of the box and in seamless fashion.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn any webpage in Safari, or one or more photos in your Camera roll, into a PDF document and send it to iBooks. Read More


All of iOS 9.1’s new emoji are now available on SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

All those burritos, tacos, middle fingers and other emoji characters enabled by the iOS 9.1 software update are now available on SwiftKey’s keyboard for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The latest update to SwiftKey’s free of charge keyboard in the App Store essentially adds all of the new iOS 9.1 emoji, including the unicorn, many new facial expressions and gestures (yes, the middle finger, too) and a man in a business suit levitating. Read More


How to preview flight information and track flights on iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Aside from several headline feature additions, Apple’s iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan software updates contain a bunch of little gems, among them data detectors for flight information.

This permits iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac owners to quickly look up flight status information found in notes, messages and emails using a rich interface with flight trajectory, flight status, arrival times and other information.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly preview the current status and other information pertaining to an airline and flight number, with or without leaving the context of what you’re currently doing. Read More


How to quickly trash all emails on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Apple Mail in iOS 9 brings out a trio of major enhancements making the app more useful than ever: document attachments, intelligent searching with Proactive and enhanced multitasking features on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

Aside from these headline enhancements, Mail in iOS 9 includes a couple nice-to-haves, among them an easily overlooked feature to quickly delete all your emails in an inbox with just a few taps. This can save you a lot of time and help tame your inbox.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to trash all your messages in Mail in one go. Read More


iOS 9.2 to bring Arabic support for Siri

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

According to a new report by 9to5Mac, Apple’s upcoming iOS 9.2 software update will enable support for Arabic in Siri.

With last year’s iOS 8 update, Apple has paved the way for Siri in Arabic with Arabic support for iOS’s Dictation and QuickType keyboard features.

The full support for Arabic will allow local users not only to converse with Siri in Arabic but search for local places and businesses and more. Read More


Some users are complaining about Touch ID issues after updating to iOS 9.1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

A growing number of iPhone and iPad users are taking to Apple’s Support Communities forums to complain about slow or unreliable Touch ID performance after applying Apple’s iOS 9.1 software update to their devices.

In addition to slow response times and unreliable performance, other issues plaguing an unknown number of users include Touch ID stopping working altogether on their iOS 9.1 devices. Read More


How to sort iOS notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

iOS has always grouped alerts in the Notification Center in the order they were received. If you’re overwhelmed with numerous notifications from apps and services on a daily basis, this can quickly clutter your view and push important notifications out of the view.

Starting with iOS 9, it is now possible to change grouping of push alerts to have them compartmentalized according to their respective originating app and listed in the order you define.

In this tutorial, we’ll detail how you can select, manage and adjust app grouping within the Notification Center on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More


Apple releases iOS 9.2 beta 2 with AT&T Wi-Fi Calling for public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

If you’re signed on for the Apple Beta Software Program, you can now take iOS 9.2 beta 2, which was released yesterday, for a spin on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The second beta of the forthcoming iOS 9.2 software update delivers additional fixes and enhancements for the Apple Watch, Audio, Networking and Safari, while enabling AT&T Wi-Fi Calling on the Mac. Read More


iOS 9.2 beta 2 brings AT&T Wi-Fi Calling to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

The latest beta version of what would become the second major update to iOS 9, which was seeded to developers yesterday, enables Wi-Fi Calling through AT&T on your Mac, 9to5Mac discovered.

While Wi-Fi Calling allows you to place a phone call in an area with little or no cellular coverage, bringing AT&T Wi-Fi Calling to the Mac and other devices you own lets you make and receive phone calls on your Mac (or iPad or iPod touch, for that matter) without needing to be on the same network, or even in the same area, as your iPhone. Read More


Microsoft invites a limited number of iOS users to beta-test Cortana assistant

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

Microsoft today announced that a limited number of iPhone owners in the United States and China can now sign up to test-drive the first public beta of its personal digital assistant, called Cortana. “Over the coming months, we’ll continue to deliver frequent updates to the app to expand the features and functionality,” notes the Windows maker.

While Cortana offers the most complete experience on Windows devices due to its tight integration with Microsoft’s operating system and Apple-imposed restrictions related to iOS development, Cortana for iOS does take the intelligence of its Windows counterpart and brings that experience to the user’s iPhone. Read More


iOS 9 is now powering two-thirds of Apple’s mobile devices in the wild

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating system is now installed on two out of each three iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild just a little over a month and a half following its September 16, 2015 release.

According to the official stats available through the company’s App Store dashboard for developers, iOS 9 is now powering 66 percent of Apple’s mobile devices in active use versus the adoption rate of 61 percent recorded just two weeks ago. Read More


Apple opens cryptographic libraries used to protect iOS and OS X to app makers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Apple yesterday announced it’s opened up its cryptographic libraries, the same ones used to protect iOS and OS X, to third-party developers. As reported by VentureBeat, the move is significant in that developers can now implement advanced security features into their apps, for free.

In addition to open-sourcing the cryptographic libraries, Apple back in the summer promised to open source its Swift programming language by the end of the year. Read More

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