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How to turn off Background App Refresh in iOS 7

For the first time since the introduction of the first iPhone and iOS, apps can run in the background, carrying out whatever tasks are requested. Until now, location services, music playback, and VoIP calls were the only types of apps that could run in the background on iOS.

The biggest factor that kept Apple from opening up background apps was battery life. Well, apparently Apple feels it's finally ready to open up iOS apps on iOS 7 and let developers have full access to background activities.

Should you find your battery life isn't as good as you'd … Read more

How to completely silence Do Not Disturb in iOS 7

When Apple first introduced Do Not Disturb (DND) in iOS 6, it was welcomed as a solution for not interrupting meetings or waking you up all night from alerts.

While DND succeeds at those two claims, immediately after the release of iOS 6 users realized it needed more. You see, on iOS 6 users who had DND turned on but were still using their device would still see and hear alerts while the screen was on. The only time DND was truly silent is when the phone was locked and the screen was off.

For users who want to truly … Read more

New in iOS 7: App Store, iTunes Wish List

Spotting an app in the App Store you want to purchase, but not being sure if you're ready to pull the trigger, or wanting to wait until it goes on sale is common. Same goes for a movie, book, or album in the iTunes Store.

In the past, iOS left you to remember what content it was you were on the fence about. Thankfully, with iOS 7 Apple has given users the ability to add apps and iTunes content to a Wish List, where it will be ready for purchase at any time.

Adding an app from the App … Read more

The complete guide to iOS 7 (roundup)

A few months after iOS 7 was first shown off by Apple at its World Wide Developer Conference, the wait is finally over. iOS 7 is now available for iOS users around the world to download, install and start putting to use.

With the number of changes Apple included in iOS 7 there's bound to be questions regarding how to use old and new features alike. But that's what we're here for. Below you'll find a roundup of posts covering every possible aspect of iOS 7 we think should be covered; all of which will show … Read more

How to adjust the systemwide font size on iOS 7

In prior versions of iOS, users were able to adjust the font size for specific core apps through the Accessibility menu. Those apps were Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, and Notes. Sure, this was helpful to those who had trouble seeing the default text size on an iOS device, but outside of those apps it was of no help.

With iOS 7, users can change the default size of text across the entire device, so long as developers have properly updated their apps to support the latest APIs found in iOS 7.

To change the size of Dynamic Text (its technical … Read more

Four features to know about in Safari on iOS 7

From a new tab layout to a unified search and address bar, there's a lot to learn when it comes to using Safari on iOS 7. It can be an intimidating experience the first time around, but that's what we're here for. Let's take a look at some things that have changed in Safari on iOS 7.

Smart Search The first thing you'll likely encounter that's different is the address bar. As you can see there are no longer two different text fields, one for entering a URL and one for search. Instead Apple … Read more

Where to find the '.com' button in Safari on iOS 7

After updating to iOS 7 and launching Safari for the first time, you may notice the .com button is gone. This is the button you could tap and hold to bring up other domain extensions, without having to type them out as in previous versions of iOS.

iOS 7 combines the search and address field in Safari into one "smart search" field, allowing you to enter either a search query or a URL using the same keyboard layout. You'll no longer see common URL characters on the keyboard, along with the disappearance of the extension shortcut key.… Read more

No joke, iPhone 5S Touch ID faces hack bounty

The iPhone 5S won't hit the streets until tomorrow, but there's already more than $16,000 in cash offered to the first person to hack its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. is the brainchild of Nick DePetrillo, an independent security researcher whose last major public research was 2010's Carmen San Diego Project.

Soon after DePetrillo promoted the Touch ID site on Twitter, he was joined by Robert David Graham, a security researcher at Errata Security who created one of the first personal firewalls, and most recently the sidejacking technique for "eavesdropping" on browser cookies. … Read more

How to disable automatic app updates on iOS 7

I think Sen. John McCain spoke for a lot of iOS users when he quizzed Apple CEO Tim Cook about why he had to constantly update his apps. His view, and the view of many other users, is that iOS should automatically download and install any app updates when they are available.

The senator (and a lot of iOS users) will be happy to know that on iOS 7, apps will automatically update in the background. Just to be sure you realize an app has updated, the App Store will display a notification in Notification Center listing any updated apps. … Read more

Keep apps from using cellular data on iOS 7

Prior to iOS 7, apps weren't truly allowed to run in the background. With the new operating system, Apple has taken off the training wheels and let developers update their apps in the background. This is both good news and bad.

The good news is that it opens the door for developers to do a lot more with apps. The bad news is that this can eat into your tiered data plan if apps are frequently updating while you're on a cellular connection. Apple claims the apps will only sync in the background at opportunistic times, so battery … Read more