Quick Tip: How to quickly access toggles, brightness, and music controls on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

At any given time while you are using your iOS device running iOS 7 or later, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center. This tray gives you access to toggles including Wi-Fi and Rotation Lock, a screen brightness slider, music playback controls, AirDrop settings, and quick shortcuts to apps and, on iPhone, a handy flashlight. This works on the home screen, in apps, and even on the lock screen. For additional quick tips and tricks for iPad (Mini), iPhone, and iPod Touch, click here: Quick Tips    

How to save battery life while using Turn by Turn directions with Apple Maps App

There is no doubt that whenever you use any mapping application on the iPhone or iPad (Mini) Cellular, there will be significant strain on the battery life of the device. This is because the GPS chip is constantly sending and receiving signals in order to provide you with moment by moment location updates. One of the tremendous advantages of using the turn-by-turn directions on the built in Apple Maps app is the way it is integrated into the operating system. This gives the Maps App a significant advantage over other mapping apps like Google Maps. Some of these advantages include Continue Reading →

Knock Review – Unlock your Mac using your iPhone

Knock lets you unlock your Mac by knocking on your iPhone, just like knocking on a door! Using it makes unlocking your Mac quick, easy, and fun. I use a pretty complex and long password to secure my Mac computers. While it’s true that entering my password is almost a reflex, I certainly don’t look forward to typing it in. Using Knock, though, makes unlocking my Mac a lot easier and more elegant. Let’s see how it works! Set Up – Knock consists of two different apps: one that runs on your iPhone and one that runs on your Mac. Both Continue Reading →

How to use airplane boarding passes in Passbook for iPhone

This post shows you how to add airplane boarding passes to the Passbook app and use them from your iPhone, letting you skip long airport check in lines! Recently, I took a flight from Portland to Dallas for work. I don’t fly very often so I was excited to try out my airline’s iPhone app and connect it with Apple’s Passbook. I was pretty impressed by the experience and it ended up saving me a lot of time in the airport. In this post, I’ll show you how to do this for yourself on your next trip! Step 1: Download Continue Reading →

iOS 7: How to use and turn off your iPhone Flashlight from the Lock screen

iOS 7: How to use and turn off your iPhone Flashlight from the Lock screen

This article will explain how to use and turn off your iPhone flashlight from the lock screen in iOS 7. Did you know that you can use your iPhone camera flash as a flashlight? Apple added a quick access feature in iOS 7 that allows you to turn the camera flash on and off and use it as a flashlight through Control Center. From your lock screen, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access several toggles as well as shortcuts to the flashlight, timer/alarm clock, calculator, and camera apps. To turn the flashlight on just tap Continue Reading →

Jailbreak 101 – Lesson 3: Pros and Cons of Jailbreaking

This post is part of a 4 part series that overviews jailbreaking, addresses common misconceptions about the process, discusses its pros and cons, and describes how perform a jailbreak on iOS 6 on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch.  This post, part 3 of a 4 part series on jailbreaking iOS devices, will discuss some of the major benefits and some drawbacks to the process. If you missed them, check out Lesson 1: An Overview of Jailbreaking and Lesson 2: Common Misconceptions about Jailbreaking. Also check out Lesson 4: How to Perform a Jailbreak. Pros of Jailbreaking The benefits of jailbreaking an iOS Continue Reading →

Jailbreak 101 – Lesson 1: An Overview of Jailbreaking

This post is part of a 4 part series that overviews jailbreaking, addresses common misconceptions about the process, discusses its pros and cons, and describes how perform a jailbreak on iOS 6 on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch. If you’ve been around the world of iOS devices for any length for time, chances are you’ve heard someone mention jailbreaking. There are many benefits to jailbreaking an iOS device, and also many misconceptions that go along with the process. In this post, part 1 of a 4 part series on jailbreaking, I will provide an overview of jailbreaking and Continue Reading →

Hands on with iOS 7 beta for iPhone and iPod Touch

Apple 2013 WWDC Keynote Summary (iOS 7 Features with Photos)

Hands on with iOS 7 beta for iPhone and iPod Touch First Impressions of iOS7 As soon as the WWDC concluded I quickly jumped on Apple’s Developer site to see if I could get my iPhone 5 setup to test the iOS 7 Beta. With my phone added to the developers portal, I made quick work of downloading the beta software for my phone and a fresh update to Xcode to do the install. After a little trouble shooting (couldn’t get my phone to activate without actually installing iTunes instead of Xcode) I was finally up and rolling. Responsive Display Continue Reading →

What is Passbook, how to set it up and use it on iPhone, iPod Touch

How to use Passbook App on iPhone and iPod Touch

In iOS 6, Apple introduced the Passbook App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Passbook is compatible with iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch. So, what is Passbook? Passbook is the digital, location and time aware manager for all your boarding passes, loyalty cards, retail coupons, movie tickets, and more.  And, the list of compatible apps is growing all the time. For example, airlines like American Airlines and United have integrated their boarding passes with Passbook (See this article for more helpful travel apps: 5 Essential Travel Apps). If you have added an airline boarding pass Continue Reading →

How to set Passcode Lock with delay on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

With the amount of data that is present on an iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch, it is extremely important to set a passcode lock. A passcode lock prevents someone from unlocking your device and accessing your content without first entering a 4 digit passcode (you can also set a longer passcode lock if you want). The frustrating thing with the passcode lock comes when you lock your iDevice and then need to unlock it again a few minutes later only to be required to enter the password over again. There is a feature that can help with this – Continue Reading →