Big news for lovers of the iPhone SE, a franken-gadget made of old Apple parts and billed as a more affordable iOS device: It appears that the budget iPhone lineup is finally going to get its first refresh two years after the original model hit the market. The announcement could come as early as WWDC in June. In fact, Apple might be announcing several new iPhones.
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Clicking a link in Apple's Safari app achieves one of two things: the new page temporarily takes over your iPhone while it loads, or you waste precious seconds long-pressing the link so you can load it in a background tab instead. As it turns out, there's a third option that's been hiding in iOS for almost a year, and it's even better.
iOS: Every time you plug your iPhone into a computer, you see the same pop-up on your phone asking if you should "Trust" it. This may seem like a harmless question, but by granting trust to computers, you're essentially giving them access to everything on your iPhone, including photos, videos, contacts and "other content".
In a move reminiscent of Apple infamous "Error 53" problem, where the update to iOS 9.2.1 caused iPhones that had been repaired stopped working, it seems that iPhones that have a had a non-Apple display replacement are being rendered useless. The issue seems to be limited to the recently released iPhone 8 where the display has been replaced by a third-party and then upgraded to iOS 11.3.
If you want to do anything with your smartphone beyond the basics, there's no reason not to go Android. So, as someone who has not only owned some form of hand-built computer since age 15, but worked at a PC enthusiast magazine for five years — including being editor of the darn thing — why on Earth am I using an iPhone 5s and before that, an iPhone 4? It's complicated... but also not.
iOS: The red notification badges that pepper our iPhone home screens are mostly useful, but sometimes they can be downright annoying. For example, you're probably sick of seeing that ugly red dot sitting on your iPhone Settings app, a permanent reminder that it's time to set up Apple Pay. Thankfully, there's a simple solution hiding in plain sight - if you don't want to (or can't) link your credit card to Apple Pay.
Even though the Wanle Gamers Console case adds a bit of bulk to an iPhone - specifically, the iPhone 6 on up - it's a clever way to protect your device and give you a great Game Boy emulator you can carry around. I mean, the case even looks like a Game Boy. That's going to make for some interesting bar conversation when the people sitting near you watch you Face ID into your device, flip it around, and start throwing down some sick monochromatic Tetris moves.
If you don't have the need or the budget to upgrade your smartphone, then the next best thing is buying an upgrade for the phone you've already got. Cases, battery packs, and wireless charging pads are the obvious calls, but there are a ton of more exciting upgrades out there for you to spend your money on too - and these are some of our favourites types.
A few years ago, I decided to organise the apps on my home screen by colour, creating neat little columns of green, blue, red and grey. Over time, as apps updated their designs or disappeared entirely, my meticulously crafted system devolved into randomness, but a recent Twitter thread has me thinking about the beauty (and usefulness) of organising your app icons by colour all over again.
iOS: The Apps Dock is the most accessible bit of real estate on your iPhone. You can reach it from any page of the home screen, and it's never more than a single Home button press away (or a swipe up if you have an iPhone X). If you're like me, however, you've been criminally underusing the Dock by stocking it with single icons instead of a folder.
If you still own an iPhone 4, chances are it's sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. You've probably thought about throwing it out, but now there's finally something useful you can do with your old smartphone instead: turn it into a feature phone.
It's easy to complain about something. "My coffee is too bitter! The office is too warm! The dog didn't let me give him a bone-crushing hug!" Sure, some gripes are minor, but when it comes to interacting with technology, it can be the little things that push us over the edge. Case in point, Apple. Beautiful products. At least to look at.
Israel-based Cellebrite, a company that has forged a strong commercial bond with a number of US government departments, claims its engineers have the ability to get around the security of any device running iOS 11 - including the iPhone X with FaceID. They have already had success, according to one arrest warrant and the associated brief of evidence in a US case which could have global repercussions.
This morning, Samsung revealed pricing details for its Galaxy S9 smartphone series. Despite rumours of a hefty markup, the 64GB model will cost $1199 in Australia. That's the same exact price as last year's Galaxy S8. As a result, the iPhone X's $1500+ price tag is looking more absurd than ever.