Internal Apple Document Details iPhone’s Service Eligibility Criteria

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
A leaked Apple document details how the company decides on when to offer an in-warranty, out-of-warranty, or deny service for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 series of handsets.  Continue reading

Photos Give an Inside Look at the Steve Jobs Theater Ahead of iPhone 8’s Launch Event on Sept 12

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Apple will be holding the iPhone 8 launch event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater inside its new campus, the Apple Park. The underground auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,000 which is slightly smaller than a few of the previous auditoriums where Apple had held an iPhone launch event. Continue reading

Convert Any File And Manage Your Media With This Bundle [Deals Hub]

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While everyone is starting to go to streaming services, there’s still plenty of people who like to own their media. The problem is, it can be hard to manage all your files and find room on your hard drive for all of your favorite movies and TV shows. TheMacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle can help you solve that problem. Get it on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

ScreenshotXI Brings iOS 11’s New Screenshot Feature to iOS 10 [Jailbreak Tweak]

Posted on by Ali Hassan Mahdi.
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We’re just a few weeks away from the official release of iOS 11, which is packed with tons of exciting new features such as a native screen recorder, a redesigned App Store and Control Center, smarter Siri, and much more. It also includes a new screenshot feature that lets you better manage the screenshots that you take. Continue reading

Apple’s fitness lab has collected 66,000 hours of exercise data

Posted on by Mallory Locklear.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Men's Health writer Ben Court got to take a look around Apple's not-so-secret-anymore exercise lab and the company's director of fitness for health technologies had some bold claims about the work the lab has done. Apple's Jay Blahnik told Court, "Our lab has collected more data on activity and exercise than any other human performance study in history. Over the past five years, we've logged 33,000 sessions with over 66,000 hours of data, involving more than 10,000 unique participants."

Source: Men's Health

Are the new crystal Playstation controllers worth it? Not if you make your own

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Sony is releasing a set of limited-edition translucent DualShock controllers for the PS4. But here's a secret: you can give your own controller a crystal-clear makeover for a sixth of the cost.

Sony announced in a recent blog post that the set of new clear, blue and red controllers - dubbed "crystal" controllers - would hit the shelves a little later this month. The poppy see-through colors are reminiscent of those available for the original Playstation, and it's apparent that Sony is attempting to cash in on the recent warm and fuzzy wave of 90's nostalgia. Adding to their collectibility, each color variant is exclusive to a certain retailer. "Crystal" will only be sold at GameStop, "Red Crystal" at Best Buy, and "Blue Crystal" at Walmart. However, the price will remain the same across all stores: $64.99.

See at Best Buy

You can make your own translucent PS4 controllers

If you think that seems too steep a price to pay for the #aesthetic, you're sort of right. If you're up for a bit of a do-it-yourself project, you can actually buy a translucent shell for the DualShock PS4 controller(s) you already own for approximately $10 or less and install it with little difficulty by following one of numerous online tutorials. And if saving all that sweet, sweet cash wasn't enough, PS4 shells come in a much wider variety of colors. You can pretty much get your hands on any hue - sites like Amazon and AliExpress have shells in pink, orange, green and more.

Because the changes made to the new controllers are purely cosmetic, gamers can be certain that whether they decide to customize the controller they already have or treat themselves to a brand new one, they won't be missing out on any tech features. The crystal controllers will still have the light bar, touch pad, and both USB and bluetooth connectivity.

See at AliExpress

Thoughts?

How do you feel about the new crystal controllers? Will you try to D.I.Y., or will you splurge on the certified limited edition colors? Let us know in the comments!

iMac Pro rumor roundup: Everything you need to know!

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
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Here's everything you need to know about Apple's iMac Pro!

At WWDC 2017, Apple announced its first new professionally oriented desktop since 2013, the iMac Pro. Using the same basic design as the rest of the iMac lineup, the iMac Pro blows past its brethren with a massive boost in power, including Intel Xeon processors, AMD's upcoming Vega graphics chips, a 5K Retina display, and much more. It won't be out until December, but in the meantime: Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming iMac Pro.

Why do we need an iMac Pro?

Great question. In Apple's mind, this sits in-between for folks who want the iMac's all-in-one design along with powerful internal hardware. Not only will it theoretically fill a hole for graphics and video professionals, but the Mac's increased processing and graphics power will also make this the first VR-capable Mac desktop.

The iMac Pro is also Apple's first entry into its new line of professional desktop Macs: The company is planning on releasing a Mac Pro redesign as well in 2018-2019.

Who is this for?

Currently, Apple appears to be targeting this machine toward high-end professionals who need to do 4K video editing work, software development, and virtual reality development. In addition, it's the first desktop Mac that will be able to support VR headsets out of the box.

How is the iMac Pro different than the iMac or Mac Pro?

Apple is packing this computer full of professional-grade components: Intel Xeon Processors, AMD Vega graphics chips, more memory than an iMac's ever seen, as well as faster storage.

In addition, if Pike's Universum and the leaked iMac Pro's firmware is to be believed, the computer will come with a Security Enclave Processor (SEP).

You know. Like the one that was added to the MacBook Pro's with Touch Bar and Touch ID, but this time to (also?) support a new feature called Apple SecureBoot (for the SEP only?)...

The iMac Pro may eventually support – with a later firmware/seed update – a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar and Touch ID – perhaps optionally – but I'm not saying Apple will. That is still a mystery. The fact that Device (ASOC) is missing in the currently available ACPI tables may hint to not.

Processors & graphics cards

While it hasn't specified the exact models yet, Apple will offer 8-, 10-, and 18-core configurations for its Intel Xeon processors. Pike's Universum theorizes (based on the leaked iMac firmware) that the computer may be using Purley Xeon chips, code-named "Basin Falls":

The information on the Intel roadmap for Basin Falls, aka workstations with a single processor, points to a "Server Socket R" (the R4 socket). The top of the line Xeon's (Platinum and Gold) use a LGA3647 (Server Socket P) and supports six memory channels. The images of the open iMac Pro on Apple's website show "only" four memory modules. As noted by a reader in the comments.

The filenames use both "Basin Falls" and "Purley" in them and thus suggest that Apple is in fact using Purley Xeon's, but I don't expect Apple to use Platinum or Gold Xeon's. The latter are destined for scalable server grade hardware with 2, 4 or 8+ processors. In short. The iMac Pro may come with a Purley Xeon, but not one with a LGA3647 socket.

Apple has opted to use AMD's new Vega graphics architecture in the iMac Pro. By default, the iMac Pro will come with a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory. You can bump this to a Vega 64 chip with 16GB of memory if you need the extra power.

These graphics chips can deliver up to 11 teraflops of single-precision computing power or 22 teraflops of half-precision.

Storage and memory

You'll get a 1TB solid state drive in the base configuration of the iMac Pro, with options for 2TB and 4TB. The drives will have a maximum throughput of 3GB/s.

As for the RAM, Apple will utilize DDR4 Error-correcting code (ECC) memory, in configurations of 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB and with a speed of 2666MHz.

Ports

The iMac Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports; there are also four USB 3 type-A ports for legacy peripherals, along with a 10Gb Ethernet port, SDXC card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. (

Displays

The iMac Pro features a 27-inch 5K Retina display with a resolution of 5120x2880. It sports 500 nits brightness and, like its less-professional siblings, the P3 wide color space.

You can also connect up to four external displays to your iMac Pro (depending on the resolution of those screens) via Thunderbolt 3. For example: You can hook up four 4K UHD (3840x2160) displays, which will operate at 60Hz; four Cinematic or True 4K (4096x2304) displays, also running at 60Hz; or two external 5K displays running at 60Hz.

What else can you tell me about the iMac Pro?

All of the power in this machine creates a lot of heat, so Apple has created an all-new thermal architecture for the iMac Pro. It features dual blowers, extra venting, and a huge heatsink array.

Are there color options?

Right now, Apple has only displayed iMac Pro in space gray, along with a matching keyboard and mouse. Other colors may show themselves as we get closer to launch.

When will these machines ship?

While Apple showed off the iMac Pro for the first time during the WWDC 2017 keynote, the machines won't actually start shipping until December 2017. We don't have prices for most of the configurations just yet, but Apple says that the base configuration, an 8-core processor with 32GB of RAM, 1TB or storage, and an 8GB graphics processor will come in at $4999.

Questions?

If you want to know more about the iMac Pro, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Updated August 28, 2017: The iMac Pro won't be released at Apple's September event, but there's still a lot to read about while we wait for December to arrive.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Beta 9 to Developers

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Apple announced macOS High Sierra at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, showing off an update that’s meant to refine an already great desktop operating system. Continue reading

Apple is Closing Its Retail Store in Simi Valley, California

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
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Today, Apple has announced that it is closing one of its retail stores in California, one that has been around for more than a decade. Continue reading

Person-to-Person Apple Pay is about to make iMessage even more valuable

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Peer-to-peer Apple Pay is coming to iMessage, and it's going to make Apple's messaging platform even more valuable.

Messaging has become a primary interface and platform layer in its own right. There's no telling how long that will last — if it's here to stay or if it's part of a larger transition towards multi-sensory assistant interfaces — but today it's used by people around the world not just for text chat but for an ever-increasing number of important transactions. Those range from things as emotionally valuable as emoji and stickers to online orders and payments.

It's what's made WeChat the primary platform in China and what led to Facebook pushing Messenger, buying WhatsApp, and doing everything it can to own intercommunications. It's also what's apparently frustrating Google and the myriad of chat apps it seemed to be spitting out every year.

For Apple, it's all about iMessage.

Though proprietary and only available on Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, that still constitutes hundreds of millions of people around the world. And a growing amount of U.S. teens.

Previously, Apple added app integrations (including the aforementioned stickers), bubble and screen effects, markup, and more to make iMessage more useful and more fun. With iOS 11, the company is adding Apple Pay.

Previously, with Apple Pay, you could tap an NFC terminal to make an in-person transaction or use Safari to make a web transaction. Now, with peer-to-peer Apple Pay, you can send and receive money right inside iMessage.

It's clever too. You have to approve initial requests, so no one can spam you with money requests. Once you approve, if you get a request, it's super easy to accept it with Apple Pay, right inside the iMessage timeline.

It's also super easy to receive money. It goes into an "Apple Cash" card, which means you don't have to pay transaction fees unless and until you want to withdraw money from it to your bank. And you can use the "Apple Cash" to make your own Apple Pay purchases in the meantime.

It's like a low-friction transaction buffer.

I've had a chance to see Apple Pay in iMessage in action and it worked great. For people already in the Apple ecosystem, especially those like my friends and family who only ever use iMessage, it's one less service to have to maintain — and one less security and privacy vector to worry about.

That's because, like everything iMessage, it's end-to-end encrypted and Apple has absolutely no interest in harvesting, aggregating, and profiting off our transaction data. And, frankly, that's become just as if not more important to me than the service itself.

Apple Pay in iMessage will debut this fall in the U.S., but I hope to see it in Canada, the E.U., and more places soon.

SanDisk introduces new iXpand Base for all your iPhone backup needs

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Calling all busy, lazy and forgetful iPhone lovers: SanDisk's innovative iXpand Base automatically backs up all of your contacts and media as you charge your phone, saving you time, effort and storage fees.

If you're like me, you care passionately about the photos and videos saved to your iPhone but often forget to take the time to back them up (no matter how often the Geniuses at your local Apple Store scold you). Enter SanDisk's iXpand Base, here to save your treasured family snapshots, friends' phone numbers, and that video of your cat doing that weird side-flop it does. You just plug your phone into the base to charge it as you would normally, and the base does all the work for you. In tandem with the iXpand Base app, the device stores up to 256 GB of content. If you require less storage, there are also 128 GB, 64 GB and 32 GB models.

Once your files are safely tucked away, restoring them to your current phone or even a new iPhone is fairly foolproof: you just plug the cable into your phone as you would to charge it and tap "Restore" within the iXpand Base app.

What's more, the iXpand Base doesn't need to sacrifice any charging power in favor of storage capacity. It delivers 15W of power - five more watts than a standard Apple iPhone charger.

Design-wise, the iXpand is pretty sleek and convenient. It's a good size and shape to sit tidily at the corner of a desk, and it has a rubberized top to keep your phone safely in place while charging. It also features a little groove around its edge to keep cables neatly separated and organized.

You can pre-order the iXpand Base on Amazon. Prices range from $99.99 to $199.99.

See at Amazon

What do you think?

Would the iXpand Base encourage you make backing up your iPhone a regular part of your day? Let us know in the comments!

This $11 Extech digital multimeter makes sure you’re never guessing around electricity

Posted on by John Levite.
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Whether building a PC or doing some other project around the house, the team at Thrifter knows you'll need this multimeter to do it right!

Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day features a couple of Extech products on sale. The Extech MiniTec digital multimeter is down to $10.99 until the end of the day. Tools like this have a long shelf-life, and this multimeter has been around since at least 2011. In all that time it has never dropped very far below its $33 street price until recently. That's huge savings compared to other multimeters, even other models sold by Extech that go for $45.

The other Extech item on sale is this infrared thermometer for $19.99. It hasn't been around as long, only appearing on Amazon in June, but it has sold between $23 and $33 since then. This deal is its lowest price ever.

Multimeters are essential for any do-it-yourself projects you've got going on around the house that involve power and electricity, even building your own computer. This iFixit article breaks down multimeters really well, including how to use them and what they're good for. Electricity is always dangerous to mess with if you don't have the right tools, and a multimeter is a great step in the right direction.

The features for this multimeter include:

  • Easy-to-use with large, 2000 count, LCD display measures AC/DC Voltage, AC/DC Current, and Resistance.
  • Includes 1.5V and 9V battery test modes to easily test a wide variety of batteries.
  • 10A fuse protection as well as overload protection and indication keep you safe.
  • A Continuity beeper allows you to easily test for a complete circuit.
  • The MN25 includes a protective rubber holster, 9V battery, and test leads.

You can buy extra test leads and probes for $17 with this Extech electronics kit.

See at Amazon

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How to back up your Mac to the cloud

Posted on by Mike Tanasychuk.
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What are the best online and offsite backup services for your Mac? Here are the ones that could literally save your bits. All of them!

Time Machine or another local backup tool for macOS should be your first line of defense. You should always have a way to recover if you delete an important file or if your hard drive fails. But backup hard drives can go bad. What's more, if you have a major catastrophe, like a robbery, house fire, or flood, you could lose your backups along with your primaries. To make sure your backup strategy is complete, you need to take it offsite and a simple way of doing that is to take it online. That's right — to the cloud!

Backblaze

Backup

  • Set up a new account and download the software from Backblaze.
  • Follow the installation instructions.
  • Backblaze will immediately begin to back up your hard drive. The initial backup can take days or weeks depending on the upload speed of your Internet connection. To change the speed, select Backblaze preferences... from the Backblaze menu then click on the Performance tab. Uncheck Automatic Throttle and set Manual Throttle to the setting you'd like.
  • Preferences also allows you to adjust Backblaze's schedule, security level and exclusions list (you can exclude specific folders and files or entire file types, if you'd like). You can also view a report to see what's been backed up.

How to restore

  • Click on the Backblaze menu and select Restore Files...
  • Log in to the Backblaze website using your user ID and password.
  • Depending on the size of your restoration, you can either restore over the Internet by downloading a compressed .zip file, or if you want to pay extra you can order a USB flash drive or a USB hard drive. Whole drive restorations can be faster and more convenient if you're mailed a drive, depending on the size.
  • If you want to restore a portion of your drive, just drill down until you find what you're looking for, then click the Continue with Restore button.
  • Backblaze will email you as soon as the archive is ready for download. For smaller files it's usually immediate.

For my money, Backblaze offers the superior interface and is easy to use. Also, Backblaze by default excludes things like apps, which will dramatically bulk up your first backup and slow you down. I consider that a plus, because I can reinstall most of those if I need to.

Backblaze pros and cons

Backblaze punts your restore to a web site, which I find a bit disruptive; I do wish the app would integrate restoration. But my major beef with Backblaze is its pricing structure. It's $5 per month per computer. That sounds great if you only have one computer, but whole households will have a bit more difficult of a time: If you have a family of four, each with their own computer, and two with laptops, that's $30 per month, total.

See at Backblaze

Carbonite

Backup

  • Set up a new account and download the software from Carbonite. You can try it free for 15 days.
  • Follow the installation instructions.
  • Carbonite will automatically back up select folders on your hard drive — those it deems important. Like the other services, this could take a very long time, depending on how much data you have, you internet connection, and a smattering of other factors.
  • Carbonite lets you access your files from any internet-connected device, so your stuff is with you wherever you go.

How to restore

  • Open Carbonite.
  • Click Restore Files.
  • Choose to either put your files back where they were or to restore them to a folder of your choosing. You can also choose to just restore specific files instead of everything.

Carbonite pros and cons

First off, it's named after carbonite from Star Wars — already a win. Carbonite offers options for home use (individual and family plans) and also offers plans for businesses, which can include both cloud backup and on-site backup. The user interface is quite pleasant and easy to use — not cluttered or overly complex.

That being said, I've found Carbonite often slower than other online backup services — it's more of a set-it-and-forget-it kind of backup process. According to Carbonite's speed records, it can take weeks to restore 1TB of data; faster services can do the same transfer in days. You also won't get a personal encryption key for your Mac as with the PC version of Carbonite, according to Top Ten Reviews.

See at Carbonite

iDrive

Backup

  • Download the iDrive software.
  • Create a new account.
  • Pay for a subscription, starting around $70 per year.
  • Backup your data following the on-screen instructions.

How to restore

  • Open iDrive.
  • Click Restore.
  • Choose what you want restored and where you want it.

iDrive pros and cons

iDrive's biggest con is the fact that it's not even a little bit free — no free trial, nothing. However, that's also because the smallest amount of storage you can buy is 1TB for personal use and 250GB for businesses.

That being said, iDrive is a very secure way to store precious data, with native 256-bit AES encryption and two-factor authentication, and their iDrive Express service recognizes that backing up 1TB to the cloud is a colossal bandwidth suck. Here's iDrive Express in a nutshell: Once yearly for personal users and three times a year for business users, iDrive will send out a 1TB external hard drive. You then back up your data and mail it back in a prepaid priority post envelope. The service is free and can save you a ton of time and bandwidth.

See at iDrive

Arq

Backup

  • Download the Arq software to start your free 30-day trial or pay a one-time fee of $49.99.
  • Follow the on-screen installation instructions.
  • Create an account with your full name and email address.
  • Select a destination for your backup. You can send it to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more.
  • Back up your data by following the on-screen instructions.

How to restore

  • Open Arq.
  • Click the backup under Restore Files in the Arq app.
  • Click to restore and follow the on-screen instructions.

Arq pros and cons

The main con is that Arq is essentially a middle man. It doesn't house your data in its own centers, rather it acts as a vehicle for managing data in your existing cloud storage services.

That being said, a huge pro is that you can have Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and other cloud storage options all in one spot, so you can manage all of your data right in one app. The other great part is that you only pay $50 once and then you own Arq — no yearly subscriptions or any of that annoying nonsense. Just know that you'll be using your existing cloud services for actual storage.

Acronis

Backup

  • Download the Acronis software to start your free trial.
  • Launch the Acronis app.
  • Create your account by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Back up your data by following the on-screen instructions.

How to restore

  • Launch the Acronis app.
  • Click Recovery.
  • Choose the data you want to restore.

Acronis pros and cons

Acronis has a lot going for it, both as a vehicle for cloud storage and as its own cloud storage service. If upgrade, you can get 250GB or 1TB of storage with the company itself. The Mac client is also Touch Bar-compatible for the folks with recent MacBook Pros.

The biggest downside is how few features you receive with the one-time $50 fee. You get about half of what you'd get with the $100/year, 1TB subscription and only two-thirds of what you'd get with the $50/year, 250GB subscription. You do, however, get great savings by signing up more than one computer (5 computers are only $100 to start).

See at Acronis

Bottom line

In the end, we strongly suggest giving one of these services a try. On-site backups are a good first step, but off-site backups keep your personal data secure in the event of a catastrophe, water leak, burglary, or pet problem.

It won't cost you anything for either Backblaze or Carbonite's free trials: See which you like best and go with that one. They're both reliable services, and they all offer an iOS app that lets you view your backups and even access your files when you need to.

What's more, if you're on the road for an extended period — on a business trip or vacation, for example — and away from your usual means of backup, it's good to know that you have another system that you can set and forget and use in a pinch if you need to recover a file or a drive.

What online backup service do you use?

If you already have an online backup service and you recommend it, let me know which one and why. If you try any of these out, let me know how you like them. If I missed your favorite, tell me all about it in the comments below!

Updated August 2017: Added Arq and Acronis as two great options.

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Apple Provides Another Look at Its Secretive Apple Watch Fitness Lab

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
It is no secret that Apple has a secret testing lab for the Apple Watch where the company works on refining the various algorithms used in the smartwatch for detecting various exercises. Apple had previously given ABC an inside look at this lab, and now ahead of the September 12 event from the company, it has once again given Men’s Health magazine a look at this lab. Continue reading

How to prepare your iPhone for sale

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

So you're trying to convince someone that your outdated iPhone is still worth money. Well, guess what? It is!

Your old iPhone is still worth money. Someone out there wants one, but doesn't quite have enough to spend on a brand new model. Though yours may be two years old, you can still get a pretty penny for it on the resale market. There're just a few things you should do before putting it up on the auction block.

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone

In general, smartphones are worth a lot more money if they've been unlocked from their original carrier first. If you purchased an unlocked phone, you're already there. If you bought your iPhone from AT&T, Verizon, or another carrier, you'll have to request it to be unlocked from the company directly. Each carrier has different rules, including contract status and sometimes fees. Check your carrier to see what the unlocking policy is.

If you're not sure whether your iPhone is unlocked, call your current carrier and ask customer support for the status.

Major carrier device unlock policy links:

For more detailed information on how to unlock your iPhone on each of these carriers, check out our ultimate guide.

How to unlock your iPhone before selling it

Step 2: Unpair your Apple Watch

Before your iPhone goes on to another happy owner, you should unpair your Apple Watch so you can easily pair it with another iPhone without having to jump through any unnecessary hoops.

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap your Watch.
  4. Tap the Info button to the right of Watch details. It looks like an i with a circle around it.

  5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
  6. Tap Unpair [Watch name] to confirm.
  7. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted.
  8. Tap Unpair.

Step 3: Back up your iPhone

It's important to have the most up-to-date version of your iPhone backed up before you erase it. This ensures you can easily transition to your new iPhone without skipping a beat.

How to manually trigger a backup in iCloud

If you back up your iPhone data in iCloud, it happens automatically when your device is plugged in and connect to your local Wi-Fi. However you can manually trigger a backup at any time.

  1. Openthe Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.

  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Tap Back Up Now.

How to manually trigger a backup via iTunes

If you use iTunes on your computer to back up your iPhone, you'll want to run one last backup before you shut it all down.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC using your Lightning cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Click on the iPhone icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  4. Tick the box to Encrypt Backup and add a password.
  5. Click on Back Up Now.
  6. Confirm you want to Back up Apps, if asked.

Step 4: Sign out of iCloud

To ensure that no one is able to access your iCloud data after you've handed your iPhone off, you should sign out of everything that is connected to your Apple ID. Though you're going to erase everything on your iPhone in the next step, you should still sign out of iCloud first.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Sign Out.

Note: If you use a separate account for iTunes and the App Store, make sure to sign out of those, as well. Settings > Apple ID banner > iTunes & App Store > your Apple ID > Sign Out.

Step 5: Erase your iPhone

Once you're backed up and signed out, it's time to make the iPhone like new again. Erase!

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.
  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. Tap Erase iPhone.
  7. Tap Erase iPhone again to confirm.
  8. Enter your Apple ID password to turn of Activation Lock and remove the device from Find my iPhone.
  9. Tap Erase.

Step 6: Clean your iPhone

To get the most moolah for your merchandise, you'll want your iPhone to look as brand new as possible. You may not be able to get rid of all the scuffs and scratches (or cracked screens), but you can make it nice and shiny with a good cleaning.

It's especially important to make your iPhone look as clean as possible when selling it yourself, like through eBay or Craigslist.

How to clean your iPhone

How to clean your iPhone's charging port

Step 7: Gather the accessories (especially cables)

If you're selling your iPhone yourself, you'll be able to command a better price for your device if you include all of the original peripherals, like the Lightning cable, (unused) EarPods, and power adapter. Still have the original box? Even better. If you have any additional accessories that you don't want to carry over to your new iPhone, like a case that only fits that model, throw it in with the sale. If you're selling it on an online auction house, like eBay, it'll fetch a little more if it comes with a special case or other accessory.

Any questions?

That's every thing you need to prepare your iPhone for sale. Now all you have to do is get out there and sell it. If you have any questions about how to get your iPhone ready for sale, put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

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DJI releases Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Drone lovers rejoice: Drone-maker DJI revealed upgraded versions of its already beautiful and powerful Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro drones at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and they're awesome.

According to DJI, The new Mavic Pro Platinum boasts an 11% increase in flight time in comparison to its predecessor. This allows the drone to fly for a whopping 30 minutes - a big deal if you consider that most drones currently on the market can only assure up to 20 minutes in the air. In addition, the Platinum edition also 60% quieter thanks to a new propeller design. If you can't afford to upgrade just yet, however, fear not: the propellers are also compatible with the original Mavic Pro.

DJI also rolled out a new look for its Phantom 4 Pro, a professional aerial imaging drone suited to more serious aerial photographers. Enthusiasts can now get the drone with an attractive matte-gray magnesium shell, complete with electroplating and anti-fingerprint coating.

Last but certainly not least, DJI announced the new and unique "Sphere mode" for the Spark, a mini camera drone entirely controlled by hand gestures. Perhaps the most fun of the new drone features, Sphere allows you to create extremely nifty panoramic photos with a fisheye lens effect and post them directly to social media.


I think the coolest aspect of all of this is the increased opportunities for beautiful aerial photography. DJI states that their main priority is to foster creativity, and these freshly upgraded drones open the door to a new (and more efficient) world of artistic possibilities.

Thoughts? Questions?

Which drone upgrade is your favorite? If you're a novice drone user, which one would you most like to try? Give us a shout in the comments!

Get this powerful Mac utility software for just $39

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Have you noticed your Mac is slowing down? After a few years of heavy use, your hard drive is in need of some TLC. There are some built-in utilities that can help, but why not use what the experts at the Genius Bar use?

Maintain and protect your Mac with Drive Genius 5! Learn more

That would be Drive Genius 5! Drive Genius is the clear choice for Mac users in the know, as it will silently work to speed up, clean up, protect, and even bring your Mac back from the dead. It will also keep you up-to-date on potential hard drive issues with its alert system that does Malware Scans, physical checks, and much more.

Usually, this software sells for around $100, but you can save 60% via iMore Digital Offers and get this critical software for only $39! This latest edition includes 19 utilities and includes the following features:

  • Scan your system automatically & identify malware while in idle mode using the brand new Drive Pulse feature
  • Create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive w/ the BootWell feature
  • Optimize & speed up your Mac for maximum performance
  • Alerts you of problems before they escalate into major issues
  • Find large files & duplicates; delete ones you don't need
  • Personalize, set custom icons & make drive identification easier
  • Measure the performance of your drive & check for hardware related problems
  • Check for possible file & folder corruption to prevent data loss
  • Repair most kinds of logical file & folder errors to prevent future critical problems

Make your Mac run like new again with Drive Genius 5! Learn more

What are you waiting for? This powerful Mac utility package can be yours for only $39. Breathe new life into your Mac with Drive Genius 5!

Don’t miss out on these awesome Anker Bluetooth headphones for $20

Posted on by Jared DiPane.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Don't worry about the lack of headphone jack on your next phone thanks to this great deal from our friends at Thrifter!

Right now you can pick up Anker's popular SoundBuds Slim Bluetooth headphones for just $19.99, a savings of $6 from the regular list price. Bluetooth headphones continue to become more of a necessity as manufacturers remove headphone jacks from more and more phones, but not everyone has hundreds of dollars laying around to spend on a pair.

While they may not sound like a pair of JayBird or Bose headphones, the quality and performance of these is actually quite impressive. With over 2,000 Amazon reviews, the headphones maintain a 4-star rating.

  • Listen Up: Precision engineered 6mm drivers, fed via Bluetooth 4.1, offer powerful and skip-free audio.
  • Find Your Fit: Lightweight design with customizable EarTips and InEar-Hooks give anyone a strong and comfortable fit.
  • Leading Playtime: Listen for up to 7 hours on a single charge. Enough juice to soundtrack your day.
  • Water-Resistant: Run in the rain or sweat it out in the gym. IPX4 water-resistant shell and internal nano-coating provide a double layer of water protection.
  • What's In The Box: SoundBuds Slim, XS/S/M/L EarTips, S/M/L InEar-Hooks, FitClip, Shirt Clip, Micro USB Cable, Travel Pouch, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

This is the lowest price these headphones have sold for since being released earlier this year. If you want to see what all the rage is about with Bluetooth headphones, be sure to get your order in before the price jumps back up.

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Best iPad Deals for September 2017

Posted on by Jared DiPane.
Categories: Uncategorized.

What is the best iPad or iPad Pro deal available right now? Let's take a look at where you can score the biggest savings!

Want to pick up an iPad or iPad Pro but don't want to pay full price for it? There are always deals at various retailers. Some of them offer discounts, while others offer gift cards or accessories with your purchase to sweeten the deal. Keeping up with all of the deals around the web can be a pain as they change weekly, but we've got you covered with the best deals you can find in September 2017.

Here are the best iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro deals that you can find right now!

iPad

In simplifying its iPad lineup, Apple announced an all-new 9.7-inch iPad. It features Apple's A9 chip, an 8MP rear camera, and comes in 32GB or 128GB. Sadly, there is no Rose Gold variant of the 2017 iPad, which left some people pretty sad.

iPad mini

If you aren't looking for a big display, and would rather have something smaller, the iPad mini 4 is the option for you. This tablet is almost pocketable, making it super easy to carry it around everywhere you go.

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has become more popular in recent months, and with Apple introducing a 120Hz display for the 10.5-inch version, people have become very interested. From its sweet Pro Motion display to Apple's A1-X Fusion chip to deliver extra power, there is a lot to be desired here. The current lineup includes a 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch version, with the 9.7-inch now becoming retired.

Your favorite deal?

Have you spotted another deal that isn't mentioned here? If so, be sure to let us know what the deal offers and where to get it so that others can take advantage of it as well!

Apple may move original content team to storied Hollywood studio

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple is reportedly looking to move its original content group to The Culver Studios in Hollywood. While the move would apparently mostly be for the office space, it would also be a signal for just how serious Apple is about its original content production push.

From Financial Times (sign-in required):

The Culver Studios would give Apple room to expand as it hires top Hollywood talent, according to three people familiar with the discussions. The site has 13 soundstages up to 32,000 sq ft in size that can accommodate TV show shoots and full-length feature film work. But Apple is mainly looking for office space, albeit in an iconic location that signals its ambitions to become a big force in Hollywood.

The Culver Studios has been the shooting location for films such as Gone With The Wind and The Matrix, and has been used in numerous television projects from The Andy Griffith Show to Scrubs.

Apple has been making more notable pushes into original content in recent years, releasing two original shows through Apple Music. The company was recently reported to have set aside $1 billion for content development.