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iOS 12 to Improve 911 Emergency Location Sharing

A newly announced iOS 12 feature will make it easier for 911 operators to trace your location through your iPhone.

Adam Engst 24 comments

UK Travel Tips: Giffgaff for Cellular and Apple Pay for Transit

Planning a trip to the UK? After a family vacation there, Adam Engst has some advice for international travellers looking for an inexpensive way to get cellular data for their iPhones. He also suggests using Apple Pay for public transportation in London and recommends an inexpensive power adapter for charging devices.

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TipBITS: How to Recover Space from an iOS Update

iOS updates download automatically if there’s sufficient space on your device, but if you want to use that space for photos, videos, or whatnot before you’re ready to install the update, here’s how you can recover hundreds of megabytes (or even gigabytes!) of storage.

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Tim Cook Uses His iPhone Too Much

During a CNN interview, Tim Cook made a surprising confession: the Screen Time feature in iOS 12 made him realize that he uses his iPhone too much.

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Craig Federighi Talks about Bringing iOS Apps to the Mac

iOS apps are coming to the Mac. Apple’s Craig Federighi sat down with Wired to offer some specifics about how that will work.

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iOS 12 to Focus on Performance and Refinement

Instead of shaking up the iOS experience, iOS 12 focuses on improving performance, refineme, and features to help you fight against device addiction.

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iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, HomePod 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1 Finally Debut AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud

Apple has released a slew of updates for all of its non-Mac devices, adding the long-promised AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud.

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TipBITS: Make Sure Your iPhone Is Capturing Video

Have you ever thought you were recording video on your iPhone, only to realize after the fact that you failed to tap the record button properly? Here are a few things to look for to make sure you never miss a video again.

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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 7 Microphone Problems

Apple has distributed a document to Apple Authorized Service Providers discussing how to deal with microphone failures in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units running iOS 11.3 or later. A repair may be required.

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iOS 11.4 to Make iPhones Harder to Crack

iOS 11.4 betas include a USB Restricted Mode that would make it harder for law enforcement and government agencies to extract information from a locked iPhone.

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iOS 11.3.1 Fixes Bug on iPhone 8 Units Repaired with Third-Party Displays

Apple has released iOS 11.3.1 to address a problem where iOS 11.3 disabled touch input on iPhone 8 models that had received third-party screen repairs. It also provides security fixes for everyone.

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Apple Introduces New iPhone Disassembly Robot and Recycling Program

Apple is showing off Daisy, a new robotic iPhone disassembly system that works with several different models and can break down up to 200 iPhones per hour.

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: The Ecobee 4 Thermostat

Josh Centers is back to smartening up his home with a smart thermostat, the Ecobee 4. But it may be more than he bargained for and way more than he needed.

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Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Is Reducing Distracted Driving

A study by EverQuote suggests that iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is helping to reduce distracted driving, which has become a major cause of highway accidents.

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The Hidden Camera Level in iOS 11

iOS 11 quietly introduced a camera level that helps you take pictures that don't suffer from skewed sides. Read on to learn how you enable and use this subtle feature.