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2020 iOS Predictions: iPad Pro and so many iPhones

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 08:15

All told, 2019 was a relatively quiet year for the iPhone and iPad. Apple brought back some old favorites to round out the iPad product line, and a new batch of incrementally improved iPhones was released in the fall, as anyone could have predicted.

But quiet years aren’t really quiet. They generally mean that at Apple Park, there are projects coming to fruition, only to be sprung on an unsuspecting public the next year. And so, once again, I present one man’s attempt to guess what projects will finally become products in 2020.

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How to free up iCloud storage space

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 07:30

When Apple introduced iCloud in 2011, it announced that every customer with an Apple ID would receive 5GB of iCloud storage space for free. You can add more storage: 50GB ($1 per month); 200GB ($3 per month); or 2TB ($10 per month). But if you’re not interested in ponying up extra cash for iCloud storage, that 5GB can quickly get tight.

That’s especially true if you use your iCloud storage allotment to back up your iOS devices. You may find that you’re unable to back up both an iPad and iPhone to iCloud, because you don’t have enough room. Does that mean you need to either pay for more storage or revert to old-fashioned iTunes backups?

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How to connect your iPhone or iPad to a secured Wi-Fi network without a password

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 06:15

It can be a drag to obtain and enter the Wi-Fi network password for an otherwise free and publicly available network—or even the network at a friend’s house or colleague’s place of work. With an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 or later, you can avoid entering a password altogether if someone you know is nearby.

A whopping six conditions have to be met, which seems like a lot. However, each of these is straightforward:

  • Both devices must have iOS 11 or later or macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later installed.

  • You both must have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled.

  • The email address used for your Apple ID has to be in their Contacts list.

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Kleverness Smart Lighting review: This hub-based lighting system is unfinished and expensive

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 06:00
Smart light switches and dimmers are often superior to smart light bulbs, but the Kleverness system is most certainly not.

The decade in dumb: Looking back on the silliest of Apple commentary

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 08:30

Depending on who you talk to, the decade is either ending tonight or a year from now. The Macalope’s not going to weigh in on whether or not a decade runs from 0 to 9 or 1 to 10. This is a technology column, he doesn’t get into religion.

Regardless, a lot of people are looking back on the decade of Apple news and taking stock of what were the big events and products of the last ten years that are at least an elapsed decade whether or not they are a canonical decade.

Which, if The Macalope knows his terminology, is a decade that you can fire out of a cannon. Just checking his notes and… yes, it can be any cannon. Military, shirt, confetti, what have you.

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A decade of Apple: The most impactful moments of the past 10 years

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 07:15

As 2019 comes to a close, Apple is stronger than it’s ever been. Its market cap is well over a trillion dollars, services are in full swing, and all indications are that the holiday quarter will both set a new record and recover from last year’s stumble.

But the road to success wasn’t nearly as clear in the closing weeks of the 2000s. Yes, there were clear signs of the iPhone’s impending dominance, but the Apple we know today was quite different 10 years ago. Here are the top 10 moments that defined Apple’s decade.

The iPad is unveiled January 27, 2010

Apple entered several new categories over the past 10 years but none were more landscape-shaping as the iPad. An instant hit, the iPad took the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen and super-sized it to 9.7 inches to make reading, watching movies, and surfing the web easier on the eyes. The iPad has spawned dozens of imitators, but no one has been able to nail it like the original iPad did.

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The 10 best iPhone and iPad games of 2019

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 06:15
Ordia ($2.99)

Image by Loju LTD

Ordia plays a lot like Angry Birds: Pull back on your avatar with your finger, and it fires off in the direction you aimed in. But that’s about where the similarities end. Here you’re a gloopy eye-like blob ascending through the primordial ooze, so you do your platforming vertically rather than horizontally. Along the way, you plop over to other gloopy blobs for support and calculate catapults over spikes, until at last you break through the surface at the end of the stage—and, perhaps, to the next stage of evolution.

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Fresh starts: Hey, cord-cutters! Stream a few of these movies to ring in the new year

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 06:00
These great movies celebrate the New Year, and they're all available for streaming.

PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT speakers review: The convenience of Bluetooth, the accuracy of studio monitors

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 06:00
The PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT are Bluetooth speakers aimed at owners of home music and video studios, but anyone who wants good sound can use them.

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 07:15

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

Updated 12/30/2019: We've updated our selection of recommended apps.

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How to sell or trade in your old iPhone

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 06:30

Even if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have an old iPhone languishing in a drawer somewhere unused. And if you buy your iPhone outright each year, you can usually recoup a good amount of that cost by selling the old model every time you upgrade. Here’s what you need to know about selling or trading in your old iPhone for top dollar.

How to get an old iPhone ready for sale Take good care of it

This probably goes without saying, but you’ll get the most money if your iPhone is in pristine shape. That means keeping it in a case to prevent bumps and dings to the corners. But if your phone shows some wear and tear, don’t worry—it’s still sellable, you’ll just get a little less. Keeping your original box and including the charger and cable also helps you get the most money.

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House of Marley Positive Vibration XL headphone review: Eco-friendly, good features, good sound

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 06:00
House of Marley's Positive Vibration XLs are environmentally responsible headphones that deliver good sound a very comfortable fit.