Food for thought: is 3.5mm audio plug the new floppy drive?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Responding to Nilay Patel’s controversial article on The Verge, titled “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber pulls out the floppy drive analogy.

As you know, the next iPhone is rumored to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning-based headphones.

Gruber goes on to compare Nilay’s arguments against removing the century-old analog jack from mobile devices to the similar arguments that had been made in response to Apple’s decision to ditch the good ol’ floppy drive from the iMac in 1998 for USB. Read More

 

Stop Image Capture from launching when you connect your iPhone to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 15, 2016

Depending on your default application settings on your Mac, certain apps may open when you connect certain external devices to your computer. Among those could be Apple’s Image Capture app, which is a media-importing app that comes with your stock installation of OS X.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable Image Capture from launching every time you connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your Mac. Read More

 

First Lightning-to-headphone adapter surfaces, offering a sign of things to come

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple is widely believe to remove the more than century-old 3.5mm analog audio jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-enabled headphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets. Chinese vendor Tama Electric is advertising at Computex 2016 in Taipei the first Lightning-to-headphone that would let folks connect their existing analog headphones based on the 3.5mm audio jack to the iPhone 7.

The listing was first discovered by the oft-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

Can’t sync your iPhone or iPad with iTunes? Try resetting your Lockdown folder

By Anthony Bouchard on May 9, 2016

Those who use iTunes on a regular basis to keep their iOS devices in sync with one another are probably familiar with the problems that can arise from using the software, whether it’s on a Mac or a PC.

If you’re having problems while trying to sync or back up your iOS devices, the problem could very much be with your computer’s Lockdown folder, and resetting it could resolve the problem.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to reset your iTunes Lockdown folder. Read More

 

How to use your iPhone as a mouse or trackpad

By Anthony Bouchard on May 5, 2016

Your iOS devices have some of the best touch screens out there. As a matter of fact your iPhone screen makes for a great mouse, or trackpad.

The idea of using iOS devices as a trackpad for your computer isn’t new, but Mobile Mouse Remote is a great app that provides this kind of functionality with ease of use in mind. It even packs some useful bonus features.

If you’re interested in this kind of functionality for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, then this is something you’re going to want to check out. Read More

 

What the “Trust This Computer” alert on your iPhone means

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Occasionally, you will be asked on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad whether or not you want to “Trust This Computer” when you attach it to a computer with a USB connection either to charge or sync.

If you have ever wondered why this pop up appears, and what it means, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, we’ll discuss the alert and why it appears so you’ll have a greater understanding of what it aims to do. Read More

 

Pod Pro review: the portable Apple Watch & iPhone battery dock

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Those who need a portable battery pack for the Apple Watch that aren’t so keen on just plugging the USB end into the receiver of a battery pack and letting the magnetic end dangle around everywhere are going to be hard-pressed to find a good portable battery pack made specifically for the Apple Watch’s proprietary charging platform.

Fortunately, Nomad has the Pod Pro, which can be had on Amazon for $85, and is a great solution for on-the-go Apple Watch charging, and even includes a built-in Lightning cable for charging your device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We’ll show you what the Pod Pro is all about in this review. Read More

 

Spotting the signs of a fake Apple Lightning cable

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 8, 2016

Whenever you buy a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, it’ll come with a Lightning to USB cable that you will use to charge and sync your device. On the other hand, you have to be careful when you buy these cables separately, especially online, because you could end up with a counterfeit cable.

A counterfeit is a cable that tries to look just like Apple’s OEM Lightning to USB cable, even though it isn’t. Using these cables could have an adverse effect on your device, so we’ll show you how to spot the differences between a counterfeit and genuine Lightning to USB cable in this piece. Read More

 

Fixing common problems with charging your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 4, 2016

Not only did Apple spend a ton of money and time in the research leading up to its proprietary reversible Lightning cable for charging, but they’ve also made the software that handles charging your iOS device intelligent too.

Nevertheless, charging your device can sometimes be followed by some frustrating problems, and they’re all too common. In this piece, we’ll go over some of those problems and what you can do to troubleshoot them. Read More

 

thingCHARGER adds a Lightning dock and two USB ports to your wall outlet

By Andrew O'Hara on Mar 8, 2016

Charging your devices is something just about everyone has to deal with. We all have phones, cameras, tablets, and more that all seem to constantly need to be replenished. When it comes to chargers, there always seems to be an endless array of options, that all seem to be variations on similar designs. thingCHARGER, is a new product that builds a multi-device charging dock right into your outlet. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 has a thinner Lightning port, flush camera and stereo speakers

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

The fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara today shared some new details pertaining to Apple’s iPhone 7 refresh, which we’re expecting around its usual September timeframe.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Mac Otakara says that the next iPhone will be 1mm thinner than the current iPhone 6s, which measures 7.1mm in depth, making the new phone the same 6.1mm thickness as the sixth-generation iPod touch.

Somewhat surprisingly, the iPhone 7 won’t be waterproof after all and should also incorporate a thinner Lightning port. The camera bulge on the back will be gone because the phone’s iSight camera is now flush with the chassis. Oh, and the new iPhone will come outfitted with stereo speakers—for the first time in iPhone history. Read More

 

LMcable: a 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro USB connector

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 1, 2016

Lovers of technology who own both iOS and Android devices are forced to use two different cables for charging their batteries – a Lightning cable and a Micro-USB cable.

The discrepancy in charging cable type can be a pain for people who don’t want to carry around more than one cable with them, and that’s why a new Kickstarter campaign for a product called LMcable is trying to make its way onto the market to make charging easier for everyone. Read More

 

iPhone 7 may ship with wired EarPods after all

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will include an all-digital, wired edition of the EarPods headphones that will connect to the handset’s Lightning port, not the wireless edition as previously rumored.

According to an analyst note from Barclays, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, Apple has not yet purchased a license from its supplier Cirrus Logic that would permit the company to use Cirrus’ active noise-canceling software.

Cirrus technology would be needed to filter out background noise during phone calls were Apple to ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless Bluetooth headphones. Read More

 

Regulatory information hints at a faster 29W iPad Pro charger

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 13, 2016

The iPad Pro is a massive device, and as such, it contains a pretty significant bit of battery. Unfortunately, the iPad Pro comes with a 12 Watt charger, which makes charging times slow, especially if you use your device while it’s charging. In fact, if you pump your iPad Pro to maximum brightness, you might actually lose battery life even when it’s plugged in.

But there’s some potentially good news, as spotted by an eagle-eyed MacRumors forum member, the iPad Pro is capable of accommodating a much beefier charger than the one it ships with. Here’s why a faster iPad Pro charging solution might be in the cards… Read More

 

Several reasons why Apple could (and should) pull the plug on the headphone jack

By Sébastien Page on Jan 12, 2016

Greed! Greed! Greed! Apple will kill the headphone jack out of greed. They just want to sell you $30 adapters.

This ridiculous claim is the result of narrow thinking. After all, it’s much easier to yell “greed” than trying to think of rational reasons why Apple would pull the plug (pun totally intended) on the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple is of course no stranger to that kind of situation. The company has been known for killing various technologies over the past few decades, and the bright side is that all of us have survived to tell the story.

In this post, I lay down a few more or less plausible reasons why Apple could eventually leave the headphone jack behind.  Read More

 

Apple is reportedly building wireless earphones that will fit inside your ear and come with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is reportedly building brand new, completely wireless earphones that will fit inside of a user’s ear, along with a charging case, as per 9to5Mac.

The in-house designed hardware is similar in concept to the Motorola Hint headset and Bragi’s new Dash and said to include a noise-cancelling microphone system. The accessory will be “a premium alternative” to a Lightning-enabled version of the EarPods headset that’s also in the works (EarPods are the wired in-ear headphones that came with your  iPhone).

Three days ago, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported on Apple’s plans to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless headset. The following day, Fast Company said Apple is working with a supplier on a new noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones to help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls. Read More

 

Apple allegedly plans to bundle iPhone 7 with wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Following a November 2015 claim by the Japanese blog Macotakara which asserted that Apple will ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port on an ‘iPhone 7’ to focus exclusively on supporting Lightning-enabled headsets and wireless headphones, a new supply chain rumor published Tuesday by Chinese websites Anzhuo.cn and Feng claims that the Cupertino firm will actually bundle the next iPhone with a wireless version of its EarPods headphones to make up for the missing headphone jack. Read More

 

iOS 9.2 lets you import photos and videos directly to iPhone via USB

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2015

The just released iOS 9.2 brings with it something that iPhone users have been wanting for quite some time now: the ability to import photos directly from a USB source via Apple’s USB Camera Adapter. Data transfer is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds, but having the option to work on videos and photos shot on traditional cameras is a nice new perk for iPhone users. Read More

 

Apple launches Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds on iPad Pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2015

If you’re looking to quickly transfer photos and videos from your camera’s SD Card to the iPad Pro, then look no further than Apple’s own Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader ($29.00) to handle the job. Apple explicitly states on its store page that the peripheral supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro.

Interestingly, the same cannot be said for Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, as that still only supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which just launched and is available to ship in 3-5 business days from Apple’s online store, appears to be the only accessory to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro at this time. Read More

 

Blue Spark Digital review: the best bang for your buck microphone for iOS devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 1, 2015

The Blue Spark Digital ($127.74 on Amazon) is a handy little condenser microphone that’s much smaller than its better-known big brother, the Blue Yeti. While the Blue Yeti excels at a lot of things, and can handle a wider variety of applications than the Spark Digital, the latter has one big advantage—the ability to directly connect to an iOS device via the included Lightning cable.

Just try to connect your Blue Yeti to your iPad, and you’ll be quickly met with the dreaded “this device uses too much power” message. You’ll see no such ominous messages when using the Blue Spark Digital, because it was made with iOS, specifically the iPad, in mind.

Although this microphone lacks the versatility of the Blue Yeti, most users will be more than satisfied with the sound quality for things like podcasting and voice-overs. The Spark lacks the varied polar patterns of Yeti, and thus can’t be used as an all-in-one microphone, but for a one-man gig, it’s almost perfect. Read More

 
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