iOS

iOS is the mobile operating system that runs on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and other mobile hardware from Apple. Though it may look differently and run on different hardware, iOS is based upon a highly modified version of OS X, the desktop operating system software that runs on Macs.

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Turn Off the FaceBook App Sound Effects on iPhone

Feb 16, 2015 - 6 Comments
Turn off Facebook app sounds in iOS

The modern versions of Facebook app for iOS make various sound effects when interface elements are interacted with in the app, from liking something to leaving comments and refreshing the feed. The little popping and squishing sounds have annoyed some people apparently that use Facebook, but some of our readers have found that you can … Read More

Get Awkward with Siri for Valentines Day

Feb 14, 2015 - Leave a Comment
siri-valentine-rejection

Looking for a date this Valentines Day of the artificial intelligence variety? Maybe hoping for that “Her” experience? Well your iPhone may provide you some form of company, but don’t turn to Siri, for much more than a laugh at least. Unless you want to get rejected, of course. Yup, among the many amusing things … Read More

Turn iPhone or iPad Screen Into Black & White with Grayscale Mode

Feb 13, 2015 - 5 Comments
iOS Grayscale Mode vs Color Mode

The latest versions of iOS support an optional display mode that turns everything shown on the screen of an iPhone or iPad to black and white. Called Grayscale mode, the setting is mostly intended as an accessibility option, but it has other uses beyond that as well.

Why You May See a “This Cable is Not Certified and May Not Work Reliably” Error on iPhone & iPad

Feb 12, 2015 - 34 Comments
Cable not certified may not work reliably error message

Rarely, when you plug an iPhone or iPad into a particular Lightning charger cable you’ll see a pop-up or lock screen message on the device that says something to the effect of “This cable is not certified and may not work reliably”. This usually prevents the lightning cable from charging the device as well. Though … Read More

How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone to Indicate Remaining Battery Life

Feb 12, 2015 - 3 Comments
Show battery percentage remaining in iOS

A simple trick that can help manage iPhone battery life is to set the battery percentage remaining to be visible. This battery percentage indicator is off by default in iOS, and while that adds an element of simplicity to the status bar, the lonely battery icon isn’t particularly informative – to me, anyway. We’re going … Read More

iOS 8.3 Beta 1 Released to Developers

Feb 9, 2015 - 2 Comments
iOS 8.3 Beta 1

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 8.3 to those registered with the iOS Developer program, arriving as build 12F5027d. This is somewhat unusual given that iOS 8.2 is also currently still in beta release as version 8.2b5, but it may suggest a different focus for each point version of the operating system.

iOS 9 Said to Emphasize Performance, Stability, & Bug Fixes

Feb 9, 2015 - 25 Comments
big-iphone-vs-tiny-iphone

iOS 9 will primarily aim for system performance and stability improvements, according to a new report from the well-sourced 9to5mac. Furthermore, iOS 9 will have a ‘”huge” focus’ on fixing bugs and bringing under the hood improvements to the mobile experience, while the new iOS version will have less of an emphasis on bringing new … Read More

How to Check What Cellular Carrier Network an iPhone Uses (or Used)

Feb 8, 2015 - 5 Comments
Check cellular carrier on the iPhone even without a SIM card or cell service

Knowing what network an iPhone uses can be important for trying to repurpose an old device, buying a used iPhone, or simply to determine if a particular iPhone will work on a network of choice. While the iPhones top status bar will show the carrier name of an active cellular network, if the device isn’t … Read More

View iPhone Cellular Signal & Battery Life from Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2015 - 8 Comments
OS X Instant Hotspot lets you view an iPhone signal and battery life

The Instant iPhone Wi-Fi Hotspot feature in OS X is incredibly useful if your Mac is on the go or you need an alternate internet connection, but even if you’re not aiming to use the cellular internet sharing capability of iPhone there are some other handy uses for the feature, like checking two of your … Read More

iOS 8.2 Beta 5 Released for Developers

Feb 2, 2015 - 1 Comment
iOS 8.2 beta 5

Those registered with the iOS Developer program will find a new beta of iOS 8.2 available. The fifth beta version build arrives as 12D5480A and continues to focus on general bug fixes and improvements. The upcoming iOS release will also include support for iPhone and iPad communicating with the Apple Watch, the Watch is set … Read More

Apple Watch Release Set for April

Jan 28, 2015 - 11 Comments
A fancy Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will start shipping to customers in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Though Apple Watch has always been said to launch sometime in “early 2015″, this is the first mention of a specific release month when the device will become available.

iOS 8.1.3 Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Jan 27, 2015 - 26 Comments
Download & Install iOS 8.1.3

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The minor point release primarily focuses on bug fixes, but is also said to increase general stability of iOS as well. All eligible devices running prior versions of iOS 8 are recommended to install iOS 8.1.3.

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