2 Big Reasons Why You Might Want to Buy iPhone 6 Plus Over iPhone 6

Sep 27, 2014 - 33 Comments

Why iPhone 6 Plus

Much has been said about the iPhone 6 Plus already, and there are plenty of thorough reviews describing the hardware, the design, camera, and every other little improvement and detail of the device. After using one for a week, two things in particular really stand out to me which differentiate the iPhone 6 Plus over every other iPhone ever made, and for many users they could be the determining factor as to why you’d want to get an iPhone 6 Plus over another model. And no, this is not a geeky technical-based preference at all, this is based entirely on two significant usability factors.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 33 Comments

Resolving an iTunes “iPhone Software Update Server Could Not Be Contacted” Error Message When Updating iOS

Sep 26, 2014 - 4 Comments

iPhone Software Update Server could not be contacted error message

Some iPhone and iPad users who went to update to the latest version of iOS using iTunes may have discovered an error message saying the following: “The iPhone Software Update Server Could Not Be Contacted. Make sure your network settings are correct and your network connection is active, or try again later.”

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Troubleshooting - 4 Comments

iOS 8.0.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Sep 25, 2014 - 21 Comments

iOS 8.0.2 OTA Download

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users running iOS 8. The update includes multiple bug fixes, including resolutions to problems introduced by the failed iOS 8.0.1 launch. Full release notes for iOS 8.0.2 are included below.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 21 Comments

How to Regain a Missing URL Address Bar in Safari for Mac OS X

Sep 25, 2014 - 3 Comments

Missing Address Bar in Safari

The address bar in Safari shows you what website URL you are currently visiting, and it also doubles as a search bar in recent versions too. That makes it a fairly critical component of the Safari browser for many of us, so if you use Safari as your default web browser and find that it mysteriously has gone missing, it’s understandable if you’d be a bit annoyed.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Add Third Party Keyboards to iPhone & iPad in iOS 8

Sep 25, 2014 - 1 Comment

Third party iOS Keyboard

iOS 8 gained the ability for users to add third party keyboards to their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This has allowed for popular keyboards from the Android world, like the gesture-based Swype keyboard, to arrive to iOS, many of which aim to make typing on a touch screen significantly easier. Such keyboard are available to download from the App Store, and many of them are worth exploring, particularly if you find typing on the iOS keyboard to be annoying or difficult.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Delete the Buggy iOS 8.0.1 Update from Your iPhone & Prevent Accidental Installation

Sep 24, 2014 - 5 Comments

Flush iOS 8.0.1 buggy update

The original iOS 8.0.1 update has proven to be a disaster for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, where it has led to a nonexistent cellular connection and malfunctioning Touch ID. This has forced users to restore or downgrade their iPhones to resolve the iOS 8.0.1 problem, a nuisance to say the least. While many users were able to avoid the iOS 8.0.1 update, others may have downloaded it onto their devices but haven’t yet installed it, with the update just sitting there waiting to install and wreak havoc on their device.

Fortunately you can easily delete any iOS update that has already been downloaded onto your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch, though in this case, the iOS 8.0.1 problems only impact iPhone 6 users).

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

iOS 8.0.1 Cause “No Service” on Your iPhone? Here’s How to Fix It

Sep 24, 2014 - 7 Comments

iOS 8

The iOS 8.0.1 update is causing a lot of iPhone owners grief, particularly those who have a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, where it has apparently killed the cellular signal of those devices, leading to a persistent “No Service” problem. Additionally, Touch ID has stopped working on those devices. Obviously this is not good, and users who have not yet updated are advised to avoid the update until a fix has been released by Apple.

If you already updated to iOS 8.0.1 and are now experiencing the cellular connectivity failures and Touch ID issues, you have three choices: wait for an update from Apple which is sure to arrive as soon as possible, restore through iTunes, or downgrade to iOS 8. The latter two resolutions we’ll cover here.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 7 Comments

iOS 8.0.1 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch [Update: Avoid For Now]

Sep 24, 2014 - 17 Comments

iOS 8

IMPORTANT: iOS 8.0.1 update has caused some users to lose cellular signals and Touch ID capabilities, and Apple has pulled it from their servers. Users are strongly advised to not install the update yet. More information about the “No Service” issues and other complaints with the update are available below. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can fix the “No Service” problem with these instructions.

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1 (build 12A402) for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are capable of running iOS 8.0. The update includes multiple bug fixes and improvements to iOS, and is said to resolve some of the complaints that users have experienced recently with third party keyboards, Reachability, Safari uploading, and more. Release notes for the iOS 8.0.1 update are included below.

While there is no specific mention of addressing wi-fi issues or battery life complaints, it’s possible that resolutions to those issues have been included in the update as well.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 17 Comments

Improve iOS 8 Battery Life Drain Problems with These Eight Tips

Sep 23, 2014 - 17 Comments

iOS 8 battery life tips

Some users have reported battery draining quicker than usual on their iPhones and iPads that have been updated to iOS 8. While it’s not a universal experience, there are some settings in iOS 8 that may have an impact on how long your battery lasts, thus we’re going to focus on adjusting those settings to preserve the battery life of your iOS devices.

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How to Leave a Group Chat in Messages for iOS 8

Sep 23, 2014 - 6 Comments

Messages icon If you’ve ever been included in a group text messaging thread that you had no intention on being a part of, you know how annoying it can be to have your iPhone (or iPad) chime repeatedly as new messages come in to the conversation you aren’t following. The longstanding strategy has been to just mute the iOS device and let the conversation play out, but iOS 8 has a better choice with the ability to leave an iMessage thread.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Commercials Airing on TV [Videos]

Sep 23, 2014 - 1 Comment

iPhone 6 commercials

Apple has started to run new TV advertisements for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The commercials feature the voices of late night TV personality Jimmy Fallon and popstar Justin Timberlake, who lightheartedly discuss a feature of the new phones. If you haven’t seen them air on TV yet, videos of the advertisements have been embedded below for easy viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

iOS 8 Wi-Fi Connection Problems? They Are Probably Simple to Fix

Sep 22, 2014 - 75 Comments

iOS 8 Wi-Fi problem troubleshooting

The iOS 8 update went smoothly for most users, but like every software update there are sometimes bothers, hangups, and difficulties that arise for a subset of users. One frustrating issue that is impacting some iPhone and iPad users are recurrent wireless connection difficulties post iOS 8 installation. Since these devices are so reliant on the internet for their functionality, that can obviously be an extreme annoyance.

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