10 must-have iPhone apps

On June 29, 2007, Apple released the first-generation iPhone. Apple's extraordinary mobile device put the world in your hand: You could make calls, listen to music, keep a calendar, browse the Web, send texts and emails, and ... use third-party webapps. It would be another year before the iPhone gained the ability to run native third-party apps (with the launch of the App Store and its initial 500 apps on July 11, 2008). Today, several million apps... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , iOS Software , Music Software , Lifestyle Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPhone apps

Apple responds to WikiLeaks CIA docs

In response to purported CIA documents released by WikiLeaks, Apple said late Tuesday that its "initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities."

The leaked documents include thousands of pages detailing CIA hacking tools and methods that allegedly give the agency access to, among other tech devices, iPhones and Android phones, Samsung TVs, Wi-Fi networks, and Skype.

Despite initial... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , security

Apple previews fall iPhone and Apple Watch lineup

This morning Apple held its annual September event in San Francisco, where it unveiled its fall mobile lineup, including iPhones 7 and 7 Plus, Series 2 Apple Watches, and iOS 10 and WatchOS 3 updates.

Gaming and iWork

Apple's event led with work and play in its software updates. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, announced that Mario is finally coming to iOS. The brand-new Super Mario Run will be exclusive to the App Store and available by the holidays, with pricing... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple

Celebrate Apple's 40th anniversary with our 40 favorite memories

Apple celebrates its 40th birthday on April 1 and has shared a short video highlighting its major milestones. Join the party with our 40 favorite Apple moments.

1. "Hello, I'm a Mac."

Apple changed how we talk about computers. Traditional PC ads rely on tech specs to sell their wares. Apple presented deeper emotional choices through its advertising. You could join the revolution, become one of the crazy ones, snicker at John Hodgman as PC,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

How to use Apple's Night Shift for iOS 9.3

Apple's new Night Shift is here to help those of you up late reading on your iPhone or iPad. Studies show that late-night browsing makes it more difficult to fall asleep later. That's because the blue and green light emitted from LED screens interferes with your body's melatonin production, which in turn shortens your sleep cycle.

Night Shift, part of the iOS 9.3 update, relies on your iOS device's clock and geolocation to figure out when the sun... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple's former ad slogan was "Think different," but today's media event might have been tagged "Think small." Apple unveiled more compact versions of its iPhone and iPad Pro, plus new watchbands and updates to iOS and TVOS.

iPhone SE

The new 4-inch iPhone SE is a replacement for Apple's 4-inch iPhone 5S, which Apple released in 2013. Despite the success of its larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, Apple said the smaller model remains popular, especially with first-time buyers -- 30 million... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPad

Stop receiving calls and texts on your iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch

Since the release of Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 in late 2014, you can use Continuity to hand off a task from one device to another. So, for example, you can start an email on your MacBook and finish it on your iPhone, or vice versa. You can also use Instant Hotspot to connect your Mac to your iPhone's Wi-Fi.

Continuity is unquestionably handy, but one thing bugs me: I hate receiving phone calls and texts on my iPhone,... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

Are you having trouble reading on your iPhone or iPad? Do you wish you could check your phone in bright light or in the dark and actually see something? The forthcoming Night Shift feature, currently in iOS 9.3 beta, aims to ease night reading by warming your display colors after sunset. While you wait for that release, here are five actions you can take right now to see text more clearly on your iPhone or iPad.

Adjust brightness

If you're in... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Facebook becomes even more of a time suck if you're forced to fish for it in your app library, and Shazam is just a space waster if the deep-crate ditty that you're trying to identify is over before you can find the app. If your apps are in a random jumble, then it's time to tidy up your iPhone or iPad's home screen. There are several ways to get organized, but the first step is to delete unnecessary... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPad

​How to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi

If you're out at a coffee shop, hotel, or airport and can't get a data connection on your phone, then you'll need to connect to Wi-Fi.

First and most importantly, you should only join a Wi-Fi network that's reasonably secure. Head to the Settings app, then toggle Wi-Fi on, and a list of available networks should pop up. You'll see a padlock next to networks that require a password. That doesn't guarantee that the network is safe, because you don't... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , wi-fi