iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus tips and tricks

How to view recent Apple Pay transactions with Passbook February 19, 2015 10:47

  1. Launch the Passbook app on your iPhone or iPad that you use Apple Pay with.
  2. Tap on the card you'd like to view recent transactions for.
  3. Any recent transactions should appear directly underneath the card.
  4. Tap the Info button in the bottom right corner of any card to view more transactions.

How to setup Touch ID for the Lock screen February 17, 2015 09:42

1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.

2. Scroll down and tap on Touch ID & Passcode.

3, Enter your passcode if prompted.

4. Under the Use Touch ID For section, turn On the option for iPhone Unlock.

If you’ve never used Touch ID before, iOS will take you through the fingerprint setup process. If you have, your existing fingerprints will once again be enabled.

How to turn on week numbers in Calendar for iPhone and iPad February 12, 2015 16:57

The built-in Calendar app on your iPhone and iPad has a few extra add-on features that you can enable if you choose. Week numbers is one of them and lets you easily view what week number of the year it currently is and what week any date falls on, which is much easier than counting weeks manually!

How to turn on week numbers in Calendar for iPhone and iPad

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

3. Turn On the option for Week Numbers, which can be found under the Calendars subsection.

How to Use Ask to Buy in iOS 8 Family Sharing February 11, 2015 10:31

One feature of iOS 8 Family Sharing is the ability to set up child accounts. The kids can then use the family credit card to purchase apps, music, videos, and books for their device. But rather than just giving them free reign, you can set up “Ask to Buy” on their account. This will require that they ask a parent or guardian for permission to purchase. The parent can then approve or deny the purchase. Here is how to set up “Ask to Buy” in iOS 8.

1. The easiest way to set up “Ask to Buy” is to enable it when you create their account in Family Sharing. If they already have an account, you’ll need to connect it to your family. Open Settings > iCloud > Family amd tap Add Family Member

2. Enter the email address associated with their Apple account

3. Have them enter their password to connect their account to your family, or wait for them to accept the invitation

4. They will be added with full access, so you’ll need to tap on their name to set up Ask To Buy.

5. Slide the Ask To Buy slider to the right so it’s green.

6. Now when that child tries to purchase something, he is told he must ask to purchase it. This is true even for free purchases, shared media, and updates to existing apps.

7. You and any ot her approved parent or guardian will then get a notification asking to purchase the app. Tap on the approve button to approve the purchase or Decline to deny it.

If you approve the purchase, it will begin downloading on the child’s device. They can use the app when it’s done. That app (or song, video, tv show, or book) will then show up in their purchased section of the iTunes store

You can unlock your iPhone for free on any carrier starting this week February 10, 2015 09:49 2 Comments

Last summer, President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. This made it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones, but until now, carriers haven’t been required to sell unlocked phones or honor unlock requests (although most did anyway).

That’s going to change on February 11th.

Starting later this week, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular will have no choice but to unlock your phone if you ask them to (under a certain set of conditions). If you want to see the full unlocking policy for each carrier, you can check the links below:

U.S. Cellular

In order to have a carrier unlock your phone, you’ll need to be either paid off in full or have completed your contract term. So if you’re in the middle of paying off installments or just a few months into your 2-year contract, the carrier doesn’t have to oblige.

One important exception to the new law: any Sprint handsets sold before February can only be internationally unlocked, but will still be locked from activation on any domestic carriers.


How to Use iOS 8 Spotlight Search February 9, 2015 09:24

With the iOS 8 Spotlight tool you can search more than just your iPhone or iPad. You can now search the web, iTunes, the App Store. You can also get movie showtimes, find nearby locations, and more. Here’s how to configure your iOS 8 Spotlight and use it to search for all kinds of things.

1. Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search.

2. Check the items you want included in your results. Tap them once to remove the check mark if you don’t want them included

3. Grab the hamburger icon (on the right) to move the items to a different order

4. To open Spotlight search, swipe down from the middle of the screen when you’re not in an app

5. Type in what you want to search for.

You will get results from Music, Events, and your mail. As well as Wikipedia, the App Store, and the web.


How to use iMovie to create slow motion videos February 6, 2015 09:00

1. Create an iMovie project

Once you've opened iMovie, begin a new project (or open an existing one). You can do a quick slowdown or speedup in the Videos tab, but it's the same as it was in iOS 7—you'll have no fine-grained control.

Once you enter your project, tap the clip you want to slow down or speed up. Along the bottom left is a new control: speed modulation.

2. Speed modulation controls

In speed modulation mode, your clip has a little yellow bar along the bottom of it that controls that portion of the clip's speed. If your clip was filmed in 120 or 240 fps to begin with, it should have multiple speed modulation segments on it, with the currently selected one in yellow.

You can change that highlighted section by dragging the slider towards the turtle (slow, up to 1/8th the original speed) or toward the rabbit (fast, up to 2x). You can also adjust how much of the clip is sped up or slowed down by tapping and dragging each end of the yellow section, or by moving the playhead and tapping the Add button to add a new speed modulation segment. You can even add freeze frames into the video by tapping Freeze.

And if you're unhappy with how your clip's speed modulation looks, just tap reset and start over.

This is much easier than the previous version of iMovie, which expected you to cut up your clip first to apply a speed modulation—and you could only apply it to the entire clip. Now, you don't have to cut a clip to apply speed changes at all; just use the speed modulation section of iMovie. And because this is all done within a single clip, those speed changes ramp in and out, similar to the Photos app's simple slow-motion controls.


Unlike the Photos app, you can use iMovie's speed controls on any clip—whether it was filmed in 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, or 240fps. That said, your clip will look significantly better the more frames you have to work with—if you try and slow down a 30fps clip, iMovie will try and "fake" the slowdown by duplicating frames in your clip, and it won't play as smoothly.


How to share Photo Streams from iPhone to Android phones February 5, 2015 09:00

How to share a Photo Stream with people not using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Shared tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on Sharing at the top to return to all your streams, since iCloud Photo Sharing launches to the activity section by default.
  4. Tap on the stream you'd like to create a link for.
  5. Tap on People in the bottom.
  6. Turn On the option for Public Website.
  7. Tap the Share Link button when it appears and share the link however you'd like.

Keep in mind anyone you share the link with can also turn around and share it with anyone else. In other words, treat it as public and don't put anything there you wouldn't want found.

How to instantly share photos using Family Sharing for iPhone and iPad February 4, 2015 08:00

Family Sharing not only lets you share iTunes and App Store purchases with other members of your household, but also gives you a way to share photos instantly. By using iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing lets you share photos to a single stream that everyone in your family has access to. Once you've set up Family Sharing and everyone has joined, all you've got to do is start sharing photos!
How to share photos with Family Sharing and the Photos app
  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Shared tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on the Sharing button in the upper left hand corner to get to the main iCloud Photo Sharing list of streams.
  4. Tap on the Family stream.
  5. Tap on the plus sign.
  6. Select the photos you want to add and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner.
  7. Type a description if you'd like and then tap Post in the popup window.


How to get a refund from iTunes or the App Store February 3, 2015 06:30

  1. Launch iTunes on either your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on your name at the top and in the dropdown select Account Info.
  3. Type in your password when prompted in order to proceed.
  4. Click on See All under your Purchase History.
  5. Click on the arrow next to the purchase batch that contains the purchase you'd like a refund for.
  6. Click on Report a Problem next to the single purchase you'd like a refund for, unless there is only one, then you may use the large Report a Problem button.
  7. You will be routed to Apple's website. Just follow the steps after signing in and request the Refund option and explain why.

iTunes typically won't refund purchases that are over 90 days old. Once you've made your request, you'll get a confirmation email. Valid refund requests are typically processed within a day or two.

How to save all your iCloud contacts to your computer from iCloud.com February 2, 2015 12:15

How to save all your iCloud contacts to your computer from iCloud.com

  1. Go to www.icloud.com in any web browser and log in to your iCloud account.
  2. Click on Contacts.
  3. Click on any contact in the All Contacts section and hit Command + A to select all (Control + A on Windows).
  4. Click on the gear icon in the lower left hand corner.
  5. Click on Export vCard...
  6. On your Mac, you should be asked to import your contacts right into theContacts app. On a Windows computer, you should have the option to save the archive wherever you'd like.

Apple releases iTunes 12.1 with OS X Notification Center widget, syncing improvements, and more January 30, 2015 10:24

Apple has released a new update for iTunes on OS X that introduces support for a Notification Center widget. The widget will allow users to control their music and buy songs from iTunes Radio directly from the system-wide panel.

iTunes 12.1 also includes a “quick tour” feature that runs on the app’s second launch. It’s the same quick tour that has been available on Apple’s website since last year, but it is now included natively in the app to help users get acclimated to the new design.

The update also improves syncing performance for iOS devices. You can get the iTunes 12.1 from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store now.