How to only show the days you completed dedicated workouts with Activity app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

Folks who track their workouts with the Apple Watch or a third-party fitness accessory tend to analyze their logged history in the iPhone’s Activity app in order to gain a valuable insight into when they have—and more importantly, have not—met their personal goals.

Realizing you’re consistently failing to hit your set workout goal on weekends, for example, is the first step toward changing your routine, working out more and leading a healthier life overall.

Though largely unchanged from its iOS 8 counterpart, Activity on iOS 9 has gained a useful, somewhat hidden toggle for switching between displaying Move, Exercise and Stand rings and highlighting the days you completed dedicated workouts. Read More


How to quickly locate a specific setting on iPhone and iPad with iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

As Apple continues cramming new features into iOS, the Settings app has slowly but surely gotten populated with a bunch of toggles for customizing different aspects of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, so much so that it can feel a little overwhelming to normals and non-techies.

And with an ever-growing array of different settings to choose from, it’s getting harder to find the exact one you need, especially considering that Settings is among the most frequently used stock apps.

But worry not, my friends. iOS 9 addresses this customer pain point by implementing a dedicated search field within Settings for quickly finding a specific setting on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More


How to switch iPhone and iPad keyboard from lowercase to UPPERCASE keys in iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 has brought out some important keyboard enhancements aimed at boosting your typing efficiency and productivity on iPads. In addition, the look and feel of the keyboard has been refreshed with the new San Francisco typeface and lowercase keys commonly found on Android keyboards.

Lowercase keys not only affect Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard, but other keyboards that use a Shift key to switch between uppercase and lowercase letters. Should you, for any reason, dislike lowercase keys and would like to switch back to all-uppercase design, you can do so easily with just a few taps. Read More


New in iOS 9: two-column landscape layout in Notification Center on iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 packs in a whole bunch of nice-to-haves and small refinements that haven’t even made it into the official release notes.

Among other things, the operating system introduces a more streamlined Notification Center view in landscape mode which Apple designed to take advantage of the larger screen real estate on iPads.

The enhanced look is based on a two-column layout to allow the simultaneous display of your Today view in one column and your Notification Center widgets and app notifications in the other, so you don’t have to switch manually between them. Read More


How to monitor batteries of connected devices with iOS 9’s new Notification Center widget

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?

Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen. Read More


Lag-Gate: some devices plagued with lagginess and general sluggishness after updating to iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

According to a lengthy, and growing, thread on MacRumors Forums, an unknown portion of people who have updated their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 9 are now complaining about sluggish performance and unexpected crashes.

Some folks are even going as far as to suggest that iOS 9 is laggier than iOS 8.

Unfortunately, I’m one of them as well.

After upgrading my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air to iOS 9 I couldn’t help but notice overall sluggishness and considerable lag on both my devices, especially when I’m using the new task switcher or bringing up Spotlight Search. Read More


How to enable iOS 9 News app if you’re outside US

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Among other things, iOS 9 adds four new non-removable apps to your Home screen, one of them called News and the other three being iCloud Drive, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.

Unfortunately, folks living outside the United States are out of luck as News is US-only at launch.

Now, the forthcoming iOS 9.1 software update will officially bring News to the United Kingdom and perhaps some other markets. That being said, you can actually enable News regardless of where you live, and here’s how. Read More


Angered Android fans vent their frustration at Apple in ‘Move to iOS’ reviews on Play Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Apple’s new ‘Move to iOS’ app is now available on Android and a lot of fans of Google’s mobile platform have already posted hate-spewing reviews on the Play Store. The app lets people switch over from Android to iOS by wirelessly migrating their data, settings and personal information to an iPhone.

The vast majority of reviews have nothing to do with the app itself and instead criticize Apple’s closed ecosystem and walled garden approach.

In venting their frustration at Apple, angered Android fans are taking advantage of Play Store reviews to ridicule Apple, call its fans ‘iSheep’, criticize the iPhone’s battery life and diss the Apple Watch as an overpriced luxury device in an apparent absence of any real arguments. Read More


Hulu, Pocket, BBC iPlayer, at Bat and more updated for iOS 9’s Picture in Picture mode

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Picture in Picture mode is one of the several productivity-focused enhancements on iPads with iOS 9. This handy feature allows you to watch a video while doing something else. The video plays in a small window overlaid on top of your apps so you can, for instance, browse the web while watching your favorite show at the same time.

Developers can decide whether or not they wish to enable Picture in Picture mode in their apps.

Thankfully, some of the well-known developers have already implemented Picture in Picture mode in their apps, including Hulu, Pocket, at Bat and BBC iPlayer. Read More


How to save your iPhone battery even further with Low Power mode on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Among the numerous performance-enhancing techniques employed by iOS 9 is a special battery-boosting feature, aptly called Low-Power Mode.

When enabled, Low Power Mode extends your iPhone’s battery life even further with up to three additional hours of run time before you need to charge your iPhone again.

Apple says Low-Power Mode “pulls switches you didn’t even know existed” and these switches basically optimize your iPhone for power efficiency by throttling down its processor and shutting down a few non-essential features like automatic downloads, fancy visual effects and more.

This tutorial covers enabling and using Low Power Mode on iOS 9 while briefly touching upon other battery-saving tactics that iOS 9 employs. Read More


Twitter: one of the first apps to embed Quick Reply within notifications on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

One of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple hasn’t actively advertised has the tremendous potential to be actively used on an everyday basis by the vast majority of users: it at last permits third-party developers to implement Quick Reply functionality within banner alerts, the Notification Center and notifications shown on the Lock screen.

Twitter is one of the first applications out of the gate to have readily adopted this feature in its most recent update that just hit the App Store. And if you own an iPad with iOS 9, you can now use Twitter in iOS 9’s new side-by-side multitasking mode.

People are reporting on Twitter that Quick Reply is broken in this update and a few members of our team were able to independently confirm this. Read More


Apple releases iOS 9 user guides for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9 earlier today, Apple has now posted matching users guides for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the web. These new iPhone and iPad user guides for iOS 9 are available as free downloads from the iBooks Store.

The guides cover the basics of iOS 9 and focus on stuff like stock apps, various user interface improvements and new features such as enhanced Spotlight with Proactive search, 3D Touch on the new iPhones, the new News and iCloud Drive apps, side-by-side multitasking features on iPads and more. Read More


How to improve network performance on your iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi Assist on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

There’s nothing more annoying than seeing your iPhone getting stuck on weak Wi-Fi signal. We’ve all been there before: the iPhone latches onto a poor Wi-Fi connection and forces you to waste time manually switching to cellular data in Setting.

At long last, iOS 9 solves this incredible annoyance in one fell swoop with a new feature called Wi-Fi Assist, which basically tells your device to switch away from weak Wi-Fi connections and hop on cellular instead.

It’s tremendously convenient and works like magic: you don’t have to do anything on your part other than enable Wi-Fi Assist. This tutorial will teach you how to take advantage of Wi-Fi Assist and avoid disruptions when you’re browsing the web in Safari or using your favorite apps. Read More


How to request desktop website on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with Safari on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Don’t you hate it when visiting a website in Safari on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad takes you to a crippled mobile version rather than the full desktop experience? Thankfully, iOS 9 has made it a cinch to load up desktop versions of websites you deserve.

The ability to request the desktop version of any website has long been available in Google’s Chrome browser for iOS. iOS 8 has conveniently brought this time-saving feature to Safari last year.

Still, a lot of folks are oblivious to its existence as Apple appears to have gone to great lengths to burry that feature deep inside Safari’s interface. Thankfully, iOS 9 makes it a lot easier to load up a desktop version of any website on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. As this tutorial attests, it is now dead simple to skip those skimpy mobile websites and go straight to their full desktop versions. Read More


iTunes 12.3 is out with support for iOS 9, El Capitan, two-factor Apple ID authentication and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Following release of the free iOS 9 software update with new features and core OS enhancements for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Apple on Wednesday also issued a matching update to iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs.

The new iTunes 12.3 introduces OS X El Capitan-friendly design while enabling support for Apple IDs protected with two-factor authentication and syncing with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with iOS 9. Read More


Here is everything that’s new, improved and enhanced in iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Following Apple’s release of the free iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the California firm has provided an exhaustive list of improvements, new features and other tidbits that will make your mobile computing life easier and allow your devices to run faster and last longer between charges.

Apple says this update makes your iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with enhanced search, improved Siri, better multitasking on iPads and more.
Read More


iOS 9 software update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now available

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Today, Wednesday, September 16, Apple released the iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Provided free of charge, iOS 9 is compatible with the fifth and sixth-generation iPod touch and with any iPhone and iPad model from the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 onward, respectively.

Needless to say, folks who are jailbroken and want to keep your jailbreak are advised to stay away from iOS 9 for the time being. Read More


Apple is “looking at” letting consumers remove (some) unwanted stock iOS apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2015

Soon you might no longer need to put unwanted stock apps inside a junk folder on your Home screen like an animal because Apple is “looking at” letting consumers delete stock apps that come with the iPhone.

In an interview with John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed News, CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that Apple might allow customers to get rid of some stock apps like Compass, Stocks, Podcasts, Tips and more, but in the same breath cautioned that core iOS apps critical to the user experience—such as Messages, Safari or Mail—will remain irreplaceable for the time being. Read More


Apple posts ‘Hey Siri’ downloadable video to iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

If you want to relive new iPhone, iPad and Apple TV announcements and watch Apple’s keynote presentation in the comfort of your home, on your own time and without streaming, now you can as the full event video has surfaced as a downloadable high-definition video podcast on iTunes.

“See Apple CEO Tim Cook and team introduce iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus, the all-new Apple TV with tvOS, iPad Pro, WatchOS 2 and iOS 9,” reads the description. The presentation runs two hours and twenty minutes long so block out about three hours of your time this weekend and enjoy it in its entirety. Read More


How to manage dictionaries and look up word definitions on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

The App Store’s virtual shelves carry dozens of dictionary apps but did you know that as of iOS 5 Apple’s offered a feature designed to make it easy for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to look up word definitions in a bunch of foreign languages?

Built-in dictionaries are available system-wide and work great as a general quick-reference tool so consider using them whenever possible.

Up until iOS 8, bringing up word definitions was as easy as selecting a piece of text and choosing the Define option. iOS 8, however, requires you to manually download dictionaries before you can define words on an iOS device.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to download and manage specific language dictionaries, use the Define feature and remove dictionaries you might no longer need in order to conserve storage space. Read More