How to: Change Screen Brightness using Siri

Even though iOS and MacOS has the ability to change screen brightness on its own, sometimes, we still need to adjust it on our own. Normally, we’d have to go into Settings > Brightness (on an iOS device), or System Preferences > Displays on a Mac. You can do that and more just by using Siri. Here’s a list of commands for that feature (yes, both will work on iOS and Mac): “Make the Screen Brighter” “Brighten the Screen” “Make the Screen Darker” “Dim the Screen” “Change Screen Brightness” “Set Screen Brightness to 50 Percent” Just another way to make your life with iOS and/or Mac Click Here to Read more

How to create folders in iOS

Editor’s Note: Even though this tip may seem obvious to some, there are a lot of new iPhone users out there that may not be aware how to do the above.   When one gets a new iOS device (iPhone or iPad) the screen may seem overwhelming at first.  iOS has a way for you to organize those icons into “Folders” for you to better organize the screen and make it easier to use and find what you’re looking for. Here’s how to make a folder in iOS: Choose an icon from the screen, press and hold it until it Click Here to Read more

Report: Quality Control Person responsible for iOS 8.0.1 also Responsible for Maps app Debacle

AppleInsider.com is reporting that the same quality control person who was responsible for the Map app problems is the same one who also caused the iOS 8.0.1 problem as well. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s corporate structure, Bloomberg on Thursday reported the same Apple manager was in charge of quality assurance teams responsible for the two high-profile missteps. According to the publication, the manager leads a worldwide team of more than 100 people tasked with detecting and fixing iOS software prior to public release. Sources claim that Apple looks to human oversight for bug finding operations instead of automated solutions, making the team vital Click Here to Read more

Apple updates iOS to 7.1.2

Early Monday, Apple released an update to iOS.  7.1.2  contains the following upgrades and fixes: – Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability – Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners – Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iOS 7 Hits 90% acceptance rate ahead of WWDC

Just days before its replacement is to be officially revealed for the first time, iOS 7 has achieved an 89.7 percent adoption rate among Internet-active iPhones in North America, an ongoing study by mobile ad marketing and analysis firm Chitika has revealed. The survey also revealed that iPad adoption of iOS 7 has grown rapidly in the last three months, reaching 84.8 percent of US and Canadian web traffic from iPads. Source: MacNN.com / AppleInsider.com

E-Mail attachment issue in iOS 7.1.1 – Apple is aware, promises a fix

If you send email attachments on your iOS device, please be aware that they are not being encrypted before being sent.  This bug was found by Security researcher Andreas Kurtz.  An error that he found and he had revealed last month in a security bulletin to all corporations and businesses. Apple is aware of the problem and is working on a fix.  In the meantime, it is recommended that you send attachments with care.

Apple issues support document on FaceTime issues and iOS 6

Over the past week, users of iOS 6 have been experiencing issues with FaceTime not working on their devices. Mid Thursday, Apple issued a support document that says for people who can upgrade to iOS 7 should do so as soon as possible, for FaceTime to work again. The document says in part: “If you started to have issues making or receiving FaceTime calls after April 16, 2014, your device or your friend’s device may have encountered a bug resulting from a device certificate that expired on that date. Updating both devices to the latest software will resolve this issue.  Click Here to Read more

iOS 7.1.1 now available

We just got word that iOS 7.1.1 has been released and is available.  The update fixes various things such as: – Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition – Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness – Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled The update is available via Over The Air and should take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to complete.

Apple: "We're working on fix for random iOS 7 crashes."

Since iOS 7 became public in September, users have been complaining about random crashes from the home screen and with some 3rd party apps that have not been designed or updated to iOS 7, giving the user for what is now known as the “white or black screen of death.” According to AppleInsider.com, Apple issued a statement saying that it is aware of the issues and is working on a fix for the random errors: “We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash,” said Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller.” Click Here to Read more

Report: iOS 7 now installed on 78% of active iOS devices

According to Apple’s own stats, iOS 7 has been installed on nearly 78% of all active iOS devices.  That stat is up 4% from earlier in December. The figures cover a 7-day period ending on December 29th, 2013.  With iOS 7 installed on most of the devices, iOS 6 remains installed on 18% of user’s iPhones and related devices – while earlier versions of the operating system counts at just 4%. The gain shows that iOS 7 is growing in popularity and developers should consider updating there app(s) to the newest operating system, if they haven’t done so already.

How to: Get the .com (and other keys) back in iOS 7

One of the things that annoyed me about the new keyboard with iOS 7 is the apparent removal of the .COM button from the keyboard.  But during my Internet travels, I came across this tip  from AppleInsider.com to get the .COM (and other keys) to show up again.  Here’s how: 1.  Go in to Safari as normal. 2.  At the address bar, type in a web URL (such as www.google). 3.  Hold down the “.” (period) button.  A new pop open window comes up. 4.  Tap the .com choice. 5.  That’s it. This tip will also work with other extensions such Click Here to Read more

How to: Make iOS 7 run faster on older iPhones

“There are steps you can take to try to ease an older iPhone’s burden in the new iOS 7 operating system,” Rob Pegoraro reports for USA Today. “Apple already turns off most of iOS 7′s visual effects on the iPhone 4 to compensate for its reduced graphics power, but you can also try another frequently suggested remedy, stopping iOS 7 from checking for new data on behalf of third-party apps,” Pegoraro reports. “To do that, open the Settings app, select ‘General,’ tap ‘Background App Refresh’ in the right-hand pane, and touch the switch atop that category. Leaving enough storage space Click Here to Read more

Apple support boards getting slammed over iOS 7 motion sickness complaints

“Apple’s iPhone and iPad owners have been taking to the company’s forums over the past week to complain about iOS 7′s new parallax and zoom features,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET. “Many of the folks in the forum said that they’ve experienced motion sickness, vertigo, nausea, and headaches due to the motion on-screen,’” Reisinger reports. “‘The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache,’ one forum poster wrote last week. ‘It’s exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car.’” Reisinger reports, “Although Click Here to Read more