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Which are the best free iPhone apps?

Looking for the best free iPhone apps? We're here to help, with our guide to the best free apps for iPhone, covering the best news, photography, entertainment, work and social apps.

Nobody likes spending money if they can avoid it - even those who've just spent a fortune on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. In fact, you've probably got less cash to spare than the rest of us after settling up with Apple. Luckily there are masses of free apps on the App Store, many of which are just as good as the paid-for alternatives, enabling you to expand your device's capabilities in a myriad of exciting ways.

In this feature we're focusing on non-gaming apps, but if you're interested in gaming, take a look at our dedicated roundup of the best free iPhone games. (We also have an article listing the best free iPad games.) On the other hand, if you're interested in the dark side of the free app business model, check out Freemium is the worst thing in the history of gaming: a rant and Why apps need to be more expensive.

Reddit

The newest entry to our round-up of the best free iPhone apps is Reddit. It replaces the old Alien Blue Reddit app, which until April 2016 was the closest to an official Reddit app we'd seen so far after Reddit's acquisition of the company in 2014.

But now, Reddit has used what it learned from Alien Blue to come up with its own app built from the ground up. You'll see the latest news, trends and memes available to browse, search and discover within the app's clean, easy-to-use interface.

You'll also be able to access your inbox to stay up to date with messages, comment replies, post replies and mentions.

Buffer

Buffer is a neat tool that lets you easily post - or share pages you've found - to multiple social media accounts (although only a single account per social network, unless you upgrade to the paid-for version) at scheduled times.

It's fantastic for media and business types who've used analytics to find out the optimal time to send out tweets and Facebook updates; you can set up a series of strong posting times, and updates will automatically be queued up for the next window. 

Best free iPhone apps: Buffer

 

Facebook

If you're on Facebook - and if we're honest, most of us are - then this is probably the first app to download on a new iPhone. It's free, it looks good (and fits in with the design aesthetic of iOS 9) and does a good job of getting out of the way and letting you find out where your ex-girlfriend has been on holiday.

Find My Friends

Find My Friends had a pleasant make-over following the release of iOS 7, and those still interested in stalking their friends, checking up on their wife's whereabouts and making sure they don't end up in the same pub as their dad will find it as useful as ever. For those that haven't tried it, it's free to download and well worth exploring.

Gmail

If you're reliant on Google's mail service the Gmail is an obvious one to try. It's free, it looks good, and it's tightly integrated with other Google services.

Gmail for iPhone iOS 7

Messenger

Facebook introduced Messenger to the world in 2011, when they enabled the functionality of sending and receiving messages by an app, rather than via a browser. In order to use the app, you are required to sign into your Facebook account. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Periscope

This is one of those super-hot ideas that threatens to upend an entire industry. It remains to be seen whether 2016 will see all news reports delivered via live Periscope broadcast, but either way, this app has made waves.

It's a little like Snapchat, but for live video: you start a broadcast, which any of your followers can view as it happens, and the video remains viewable for 24 hours after you finish - and then is erased from existence. Thrillingly immediate, utterly nerve-wracking for journalists who used to have the best part of a month between filing an article and seeing it on the shelves, and lots of fun to try out. 

Best free iPhone apps: Periscope

Skype

Superb and versatile alternative to FaceTime for when you want to video-call friends and relatives who aren't on Apple devices. Features a slick, user-friendly interface and the ability to make calls over 3G, although call quality issues and data limits mean we'd recommend this as an occasional indulgence only. 

Skype for iPhone iOS 7

 

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter's free native iOS app is simple and effective. It's intuitive to use and ideal for the more basic aspects of using the service - which is what you want from the iPhone app.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is one of those apps that divides people into camps: the ones who haven't heard of it, and the ones who won't shut up about it. (See also: The best apps for messaging on iPhone)

It's superb for keeping in touch with groups of friends without spending a groat, allowing you to send text messages, videos, pictures and audio to your friends or family at no cost. The app is easy to use and in our experience totally habit-altering. It has also recently been announced that the app will now be completely free, removing its previous 69p subscription fee. 

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone

Adobe Photoshop Express

Originally called Adobe Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Express for iOS was first launched in 2009 as a cut-down, free version of Adobe's dominant image-editing software. Its limited palette of features was expanded with the second and third versions, adding packs of effects and camera effects which can be purchased from within the app, private online albums for ease of sharing and, of course, iOS 7 optimisation. 

Dubsmash

Want to have fun creating voice-overs or miming popular internet videos/sounds? Then Dubsmash is the perfect app for you! We find this app a lot of fun and is a nice way to pass-by time with your family and friends. You will need a login to use the app, but it’s free and easy to do so.

Flickr

If you’re a photographer and often upload your photos to Flickr, then this app is a must-have. If however you’re just a passer-by, and just like looking at beautiful and often professionally taken photographs, Flickr is a fantastic app that will make you stare at your screen for just that little bit longer. In order to use the app, you’ll need to have a Flickr account created. If you’ve not got one already, you can do so straight from the app.

Instagram

There are two main areas of Instagram: the photo editing and the social side to it. Editing photos is very simple: existing photos can be selected from your photo roll, or you can capture a new image within the app itself. Once you've chosen a photo, the Filter panel enables you to tweak the look of your photos using different effects.

 

But it's the social side of Instagram that really sets it apart. You can share your photos on your Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr accounts as well as with Foursquare, which enables you to tag a photo with its location. Instagram also works as a social network in its own right.

Musical.ly

A lot of people use this app to ‘Do it for the Vine’ – in other words, they lip sync a famous song whilst making fun, yet utterly pointless hand gestures to give their songs some flavour. It’s a fun app and who knows you might just end up as the next Beyoncé…at least that’s what the app will make you feel like.

Pinterest

Best free photo & video apps for iPhone: Pinterest: Often used to view the latest fashion and inspiring artists, Pinterest is a fun way to pin your favourite interests in one place. The app is well designed and fun to use. To use the app, you’ll need to sign in using a Pinterest or Facebook account.

Snapchat

Want to send a quick picture to your friends or family? Well Snapchat took the world by storm when it released back in 2011, and ever since it has grown from strength to strength. With various different functionalities and filters to choose from it’s a fun way of sharing your life moments with those close to you, without it actually being a stored photo – rather a quick photo that you set a timer on, once the timer is expired your contacts aren’t able to view it any more (unless you send it to your ‘Story’, where it is available for replay for 24 hours). Be warned though – Snaps, like other photos can be saved by those that receive it – so make sure you don’t send any sensitive material.

Snapseed

Snapseed might be free, but its tools and enhancements rival those of many paid-for photo apps on the iPhone.

From single tap Auto Correct and tools for cropping and straightening to more creative options such as Retrolux, Grunge and Tilt-Shift, Snapseed is packed with features and worthy of a place on your home screen.

Tumblr

This fantastic microblogging platform app is used by numerous users to procrastinate and share stories with each other. The app is simple to use and you’ll need a login in order to use it.

 

VSCO Cam

A must-have iPhone photography app, even in its free form.

Offers a solid choice of everyday editing tools along with striking, evocative photo presets. VSCO Cam also includes a social aspect in the form of VSCO Grid, a photo-publishing platform that allows users to submit work, find and follow photographers and view a curated selection of appealing images.

Best free iPhone apps: VSCO Cam

Best free work/office/business/productivity apps for iPhone

Adobe Acrobat Reader

On your iPhone you'll already be able to view and synchronise PDF documents via Safari and iBooks, but if you're looking for that extra bit of functionality, Adobe Acrobat Reader adds that zing - in other words, allows you to edit and annotate PDF Files.

Any.DO

Any.do is a free productivity app for iPhone that delivers in just about every way. It's great to look at, easy to use, and effective at helping users get stuff done. In either the category or schedule view, the task list is presented in a clean, spare format, and Any.Do has many layers of organisation. It's both easier to use and more pleasing to look at than the native Reminders app in iOS.

Any.do for iPhone

Dictionary.com

Sometimes we forget how to spell a word and other times we want to know the meaning or origin of a word. Dictionary.com’s app enables you to find any word you desire and has a fantastic user-friendly interface that makes it easy to navigate on your iPhone.

Documents 5

Documents 5 is, as the name suggests, an app for keeping your documents in one convenient place, particularly when on the move. Those documents include text, audio, music files and web and email content. It's been awarded 'Editors' Choice' by Apple in more than 70 countries, which is a fair reflection of the app's quality and usefulness.

Dropbox

Dropbox's cloud service lets you store and sync files online, so they’re accessible from multiple computers. And with the company’s free iPhone app, you can access your Dropbox files on the go. (See also: iCloud vs Dropbox comparison review)

It’s a reliable and user-friendly offering. But Dropbox has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Photo Uploads. Install the Dropbox iOS app and switch this on and any pictures snapped in your iPhone will be copied to your Dropbox cloud storage, making it easy to quickly view the files and share them with other people.

Dropbox free app for iPhone

Evernote

This note and snippet managing service lets you type text notes and take photo notes with your iPhone's camera. After you capture a note, Evernote automatically uploads everything that you put into it to the company's servers, where your notes are indexed for easy search and retrieval, and become available for syncing to all your devices. Fast, smooth and extremely functional.

Google Translate

Having a translator at hand can be expensive. Thankfully Google created Google Translate, a free app which provides you a basic translation to almost every language imaginable. It’s a useful app to have on your phone, especially if you like travelling abroad and need to quickly and roughly know what something says.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is used all over the world to view and edit spreadsheets, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view spreadsheets via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is used all over the world to view and edit presentations, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view presentations via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

Microsoft Word

Word is used all over the world to view and edit documents, it’s available on your iPhone too – a worthy recommendation. However, you’ll only be able to view documents via the app, as if you want to edit or create them you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. Read next: Best iPhone Keyboards.

XE Currency

Having the ability to convert money on the fly, using the latest exchange rate (provided you’ve connected to the internet at some point) is extremely handy. The app is useful especially when you’re abroad and want to know the conversion rate or even how much the currency exchange booth is ripping you off by.

Amazon Mobile

Amazon's iPhone app lets you do exactly what you'd expect: search for products, read user reviews, compare prices, track packages, view and cancel orders, and actually buy stuff.

Brilliantly, however, the app takes things further into the realm of future-shopping . You can scan barcodes using your iPhone, or take photos of things you like while out in other retail establishments, and Amazon will do its best to provide you with price comparisons of the same or similar products on its own books. Clever stuff.

eBay

The first rule of online auctions is that you need to be constantly connected - if not, how will you be able to bid on a desired item last minute if you’re away from your computer?

Thanks to eBay's iOS app, you don't have to worry about ever missing an auction. This fully fledged app allows you to do just about anything eBay's full website does.

Groupon

If you’re looking for an app that provides you with discounts and coupons to events, restaurants among other places, the Groupon app is a must have on your iPhone. The beauty of this app is that it’s free and can save you up to 70% off the retail price of a product or service – it’s a win-win!

Gumtree

Selling that present that you never wanted and the shirt that you haven’t worn in a decade couldn’t be easier with Gumtree. The local-shoppingapp is fantastic as it connect you with local sellers or buyers. With Gumtree’s re-branding in early 2016, it has refreshed its complete look and made it even sleeker to look for used (or even new) goods. You’ll need a Gumtree account to sell and buy gear – but can still browse the app without an account.

JUST EAT

Everyone is hungry at some point during the day, and often we’re quite lazy, be it for genuine reasons that involve work and family versus you not willing to get off the sofa and cook a meal for yourself in the kitchen. No matter the reason, JUST EAT, as per its name allows you to…well you guessed it: EAT! This app gives you the power to order takeaway food from a choice of over 20,000 restaurants. The convenience of the app is its design based on location. It’s nifty and if you’re hungry whilst reading this, give the free app a go.

Tastecard

We can’t think of anyone that doesn’t like a deal, especially if it’s a restaurant and you’re strapped for cash. The tastecard app presents you with many 2 for 1 deals and 50% coupons at popular restaurants all over the UK. This includes fan favourites, such as Prezzo, Zizzi, Strada and even Pizza Express. This app is extremely useful for getting a cheaper meal on-the-go and better still not having to print out any vouchers – it’s all done straight from the phone.

Audiobooks from Audible

A lot of us now don't have time to read all the books that we want, and Audiobooks have grown in popularity. Audiobooks from Audible is a fantastic little app that allows you to listen to your books on the go, an extremely useful app if you commute a lot.

Chromecast

If you don’t have Apple TV, you'll know one of the many, a cheaper alternative is the Chromecast. If you happen to have a Chromecast or Chromecast 2 dongle at home, then this app will be extremely useful if you want to stream content from your iPad to a TV.

Netflix

If you have a Netflix account, this is a no-brainer. The app is useful to watch your favourite on-demand TV shows and films. You will of course need a Netflix account to use the app.

GarageBand

If you're a serious musician you might find the iOS version of GarageBand a bit gimmicky (although it's much more likely that you'll appreciate it as a handy portable notebook). However, for those who can hear it all in their heads, but have no training whatsoever, and never felt confident enough to try and lay it down, the interface of GarageBand for iOS is nothing short of a miracle.

It's free, but only for download to certain new models of iPhone - if you view its listing in the App Store in the browser on your Mac, for example, you'll see a price of £3.99.

Instapaper

Macworld is funded by advertising, and it's therefore debatable whether I should be recommending Instapaper, which offers a charmingly user-friendly way of consuming advertising-funded content without having to look at the adverts. Still, at least Instapaper users briefly glimpse the adverts when they visit the page they're interested in, unlike adblockers.

And make no mistake, Instapaper is really charming, and really user-friendly. You set up a Read Later button in your desktop browser, then whenever someone on Twitter links to an article that you want to read, but it's too long and you're at work, you just hit that button and then load it up - laid out beautifully and cleanly, with (most of the time) the images from the article in the correct places, or near enough, but none of the adverts - on your iPhone while you're commuting home.

It's perhaps the single biggest change that smartphones have made to the way I read, and a neatly designed app. Just a shame about that ad revenue.

Best free iPhone apps: Instapaper

iPlayer

With its large catalogue of television programs and radio shows, all streamed without commercials, the BBC iPlayer app enables you to watch any show broadcast in the last seven days on the move.

The BBC iPlayer app should be a stock download for all iOS device owners in the UK. The ability to cache shows for 30 days - added in version 2 - will make it a vital component for anybody going on long journeys without reliable connection, and also make it less data intensive for watching television shows.

iPlayer free app for iPhone

iPlayer Radio

BBC iPlayer Radio brings together the corporation's vast and varied radio output into one dedicated, convenient app for computers and iOS devices. It's a sensible approach, complementing the BBC's popular iPlayer while emphasising audio over visual content. The BBC has a lot of audio content to offer - both live and archived via catch-up and podcasts - which clearly can get overlooked in the search for the latest episodes of popular TV shows like EastEnders, Top Gear and Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer Radio

Kindle

How do you judge a reading app? We demand an app with a pleasant reading experience; benefits like a built-in dictionary, easy and fast navigation and search, and customisation options; and a store with a massive ebook selection, and one that's easy to browse from an iOS device. Amazon's Kindle app shines on all those fronts. That's why - despite competition from no less a giant than Apple and its iBooks offering - it's still the best e-reading option in the App Store. 

Kindle free app for iPad and iPhone

Podcasts

Apple's first stab at its Podcasts app didn't support playlists, didn't sync podcasts between devices, and its Now Playing screen was split into two pieces. But since version 1.2 - Podcasts is on version 2.2 - it's been a different matter. Playlists (called Stations) have been added, iCloud syncing has been implemented to ensure synchronisation between devices (and with iTunes on your computer), and the Now Playing screen is a single unit that blessedly lacks the old tape-deck interface.

Podcasts free app for iPhone

Radioplayer

Founded by various broadcasting heavyweights, including the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre, Radioplayer bills itself as a not-for-profit company with a single purpose: 'to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy'. The app delivers on that promise.

If your musical map doesn't extend beyond the UK, then Radioplayer really is an excellent choice, with plenty of favourite channels available despite the geographical limitations. Its 'Recommended' option, much improved by logging into Facebook, also helps discover new channels and broadcasters for when you want to broaden your horizons a little.

Radioplayer

Shazam

Shazam started life before the advent of smartphones and tablets but has essentially been refining one idea, the ability to identify the music all around you, over the last 10 plus years. Users simply tap the Shazam button to identify tracks they like the sound of - or indeed want to avoid ever hearing again.

For music fans, Shazam really is an essential app, one that should also appeal to casual users who simply want to identify which song is being used to soundtrack a new ad or drama, without resorting to a trawl through the internet. Its ability to identify even the most obscure of tracks is very impressive.

Sky+

Sky's free Sky+ app puts you in full control of your Sky+HD box from the sofa in front of it to the other side of the world.

Most useful is the ability to set your Sky+ box to remote-record your favourite TV programmes away from home and on the move. Forgotten to set the final episode of Games of Thrones to record? Getting round Sky's bug of recording that second back-to-back episode via series link? The free Sky+ app sorts all that out for you from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet.

Sky+ free app for iPhone

SongKick Concerts

Another neat and ingenious free app, SongKick noses through the artists in your music library, then creates a calendar of upcoming concerts in your area. Simple but radically convenient.

SongKick Concerts free iPhone app

SoundCloud

Finding the latest music trends or even some of the best DJs around the world can be sometimes hard to listen to. SoundCloud brings music lovers together to enjoy and listen to songs for free. Sometimes you're even able to legally download the songs you listen to. Via the app you'll be able to follow friends and artists, discover podcasts, comedy and even listen to the news. You aren't required to sign into a SoundCloud account to use the app, but in order to fully benefit from the functionalities, we recommend creating or signing into your SoundCloud account.

Spotify

Arguably one of the most popular music streaming services, Spotify allows users to listen to 20 million tracks for free (although peppered with ads) or ad-free via the £12.99-per-month Spotify Premium service.

A neat trick is that tracks can be stored locally on the iPhone. This means you can listen to tracks even when you haven't got a data connection, or when you're out and about and don't want to waste your 3G data contract. In this sense, Spotify becomes an almost complete replacement for (or at least an effective addition to) the Music app built into the iPhone.

TuneIn Radio

Possibly the best app to listen to radio from across the world; provided you have an internet connection, TuneIn Radio provides an easy way of listening to music no matter where you are. There are pop-up adverts through the app, which can be annoying after a while, but you are able to get rid of them if you purchase the Pro version of the app for £7.99.

Twitch

Games are always fun to play, but sometimes we like to watch others play it too. Twitch is the go-to app for watching streams or people ramble on about games (or even technology streams). You won’t need an account to watch the streams, but can create an account to mark your favourites. Read next: Best iPhone Games.

Google Maps

It's time to take sides: are you Apple Maps or Google Maps?

Actually, the joy of free apps is that you can hedge your bets and try both as much as you like. Apple Maps is now used by far more iPhone users, but this is obviously influenced by Apple's own app getting preferential treatment - location links from the Mail app, Safari and so on will always default to Apple Maps. And Google Maps has a lot to recommend it.

Indeed, while Apple Maps has done a good job of catching up over the past few years, adding public transport directions when iOS 9 launched, for example (Google Maps had that features before Apple Maps existed), most users reckon Google is still ahead, and we'd strongly recommend that you download Google Maps and test it out for yourself. What people need from a navigation app is accuracy, and we still feel that Google is more reliable.

London Bus Live Countdown - FREE Bus Stop Checker

Bus checker apps, such as this free example for Londoners, fit into the category of apps that quietly improve your life. Stuck at a Barnet bus stop late at night with no idea if it's worth waiting for the next 184? Hook yourself into the TfL mainframe and see a ticker of approaching buses and their approximate times. (With the emphasis on approximate - look out for the crushing disappointment of the very occasional 'phantom bus'. But that's down to glitches in the system, rather than the fault of the app builders.)

There are adverts - such is the price of free. You can remove them for £2.29, which incidentally is the same price you'd pay for the rival bus checker app we tend to favour, London Bus Checker.

London Bus Live Countdown

National Rail Enquiries

Having the ability to know when and where your next train is can be extremely useful. Whereby using the National Rail app allows you to plan your journey and even check for delays. As we all know there are always delays on public transport…so this app comes in very handy!

Navmii GPS UK & ROI

Navmii is a free satnav app available for the UK, Ireland, USA and other countries from the App Store. It operates just as a TomTom or Garmin satnav would: you enter a postcode or an address, and it provides a quick and effective route to get you where you need to be. Additionally, you can also carry out a Google search for a business name then navigate to that business based on the results fed back to the app. It may be free, but it gets the job done.

Trainline

This extremely useful app allows you to arrange your travel plans with greater ease. You can check live train times (including delays and cancellations), check the platform as you rush out of the taxi or bus and event buy UK rail tickets on the fly. What more could you ask for? An app that produces coffee? This free app is fantastic for? travellingby train around the UK.

TripAdvisor

This app provides fantastic information for those that like travelling, by providing users with the chance to view and read reviews, find photos of iconic places and restaurants and even see the map of a city. The app is a must-have when you want to go on holiday and have access to an internet connection.

Tube Map London Underground

As someone who commutes and works in London, having a map handy with service information is really useful. The Tube Map for the London Underground does just that and gives you the vital information at a touch of a button. Furthermore, if you happen to get lost on the Tube or unable to find a map, the app will allow you to see the London Tube map even when you’re offline.

Wheely

Wheely is a free app that adds convenience to the cab-booking process, and may even save you money. Because the journey fee is agreed before you step in to the vehicle, you know exactly how much you're going to pay regardless of how long the journey will take. Given London's notorious traffic, that can only be a good thing.

And if you do get stuck in a jam, all of Wheely's vehicles offer free onboard Wi-Fi so you can keep working as you wait. Or, let's face it, you can send emails, surf the web, tweet about your predicament and generally faff about as only the internet allows you to faff about.

Wheely free app for iPhone

Yelp

Apple's Maps service features built-in Yelp reviews of Local business, but if you don't like Maps - or just want to get straight to the reviews - the company's own app is free. The information available (especially on restaurants and bars) is pretty detailed. As well as reviews, you get pricing, nearest transport options, photographs, opening hours, and even information on ambience, noise level and expected attire.

Yelp is certainly worth downloading. It's a good way to find local listings, and a good tool for business owners too.

Yelp free app for iPhone

BBC News

BBC's News app provides the latest news from around the world, and offers push notifications to alert you to breaking news as it happens. You can tailor the news categories to your preferences, and there are video reports on most of the top stories.

BBC Weather

BBC Weather is a useful, attractive addition to the wealth of weather-related apps, and while there are more detailed and varied alternatives available, the BBC's offering wins out for ease of use and clarity.

BBC Weather

Flipboard

We've popped the mighty Flipboard in our news and reference section, but it could have easily appeared with the other social apps - because social networks are where it sources its articles. According to the team behind the app, Flipboard "is on a quest to transform how people discover, view and share content by combining the beauty and ease of print with the power of social media".

Flipboard is a must-have app. Beautifully tactile and responsive, it makes reading anything on your iPhone an absolute pleasure, one ideal for exploring both favourite news sources and discovering new and inspirational content, including wonderful user curated personalised magazines.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Yahoo Weather

After BBC Weather, here's another brilliant and free alternative to Apple's own Weather app for the iPhone - is Apple doomed?

Well obviously not, but armchair meteorologists have plenty to enjoy on the App Store. 

Yahoo Weather is a vast improvement on Apple's (Yahoo-powered) preinstalled Weather iPhone app, combining plenty of weather-junkie data with attractive views of the UK and beyond. Apple was impressed enough to award Yahoo Weather an 'Apple Design Award 2013' award, proclaiming that the app "stands apart with its simple, uncluttered, and beautiful visual design". High praise indeed for what amounts to a direct rival.

Yahoo Weather stands out amongst the crowd thanks to accurate forecasts, good balance of information and an attractive yet simple design.

Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

BBC Sport

When it first launched, we criticised the BBC Sport app for its bugs and lack of ambition, but the offering has been polished and improved in the intervening years. And the vital simplicity and ease of use remains.

They've also added a feature called My Sport, which allows you to create a personalised page that will supply the latest scores for the teams you support (or strongly dislike, if you're into the whole schadenfreude thing) as well as news that involves them.

Best free iPhone apps: BBC Sport

ESPNcricinfo Cricket

Obviously this one's a bit more niche than the BBC's general-sports offering, but when your niche is the world's greatest sport - "battle and service and sport and art" - then you're probably doing okay.

Like the best website-to-free-app translations, ESPNcricinfo offers essentially the same content and offering that you'd find on its website, but arranged in an easier-to-consume and mobile-friendly format. You can swipe easily between the most important sections - scores (leading through to deliciously stat-heavy ball-by-ball live commentary), news, and a section called Editor's Picks where the site's best long- or longish form journalism appears.

The only thing that's missing right now is an Apple Watch companion app to give you a wrist tap when a wicket falls, a niche that's currently only filled - to our knowledge - by the English Cricket Board's official app, which is all right but (other than this killer feature) a bit uninspiring.

Best free iPhone apps: Cricinfo

Reuters

Knowing what’s going on in the world is always useful, and Reuters is a well-designed app which allows you to quickly see breaking news, analysis and even market data.

The Weather Channel and weather.co.uk

Arguably one of the best apps to check the weather on the iOS App Store. Its pleasant and easy interface allows you to quickly check the weather. It can also be used within the Notification Centre in the Today view.

Yahoo News Digest

A beautifully designed news app from Yahoo has earned the app several design awards. We really love the app: it's sleek and stylish and provides the information you want to know at a glance. It naturally uses Yahoo's in-house news to offer a digest of the day's big stories.

Chrome

Google's Chrome browser for iOS is well made and a pleasure to use, particularly if you're deeply entrenched in Google's ecosystem. If you use Chrome on the Mac, for instance, you can sign into Chrome on both and sync your tabs.

Like Dolphin (below), Chrome includes a voice-search mechanism, but this time it's bundled with the browser for free; and we all know how good Google is at voice control.

Chrome's tab management is excellent, if currently quite similar to Safari. You can quickly create new tabs, rearrange them and move between them in a 3D manager view; unlike in Safari's equivalent, swiping any tab to the right closes it.

The general interface is strong, too: back in the main view swiping right takes you to the previously viewed tab, and we like the user-friendly 'drag down to refresh' that you get on all web pages.

As with Dolphin, it's easy to invoke 'private browsing', although in this case it's called Incognito Mode. And like Opera Mini, Chrome offers to cut your data usage with a Data Saver optimisation mode. According to Google the reduction may be as much as 50 percent.

Best free iPhone apps: Chrome

Dolphin

Dolphin is a feature-rich alternative to Safari with impressive gesture support.

Dolphin supports tabs (just as Safari does) but we find it easier to navigate between them. Swipe from the righthand edge to bring up the tabs page and pick an option: an approach we prefer to the showier but generally less informative and intuitive '3D view' offered in Safari on the iPhone.

A horizontal swipe from the lefthand edge allows you to access bookmarks and navigation shortcuts.

Dolphin's gestures can be used to navigate to a page or refresh the current one, or open a new tab, among other things. The app lets you draw your own custom gestures directly on the screen, and we've found its gesture recognition consistently accurate.

Dolphin's range of features is hugely impressive, although this can be overwhelming for new users.

Best free iPhone apps: Dolphin

Ghostery

If you don't like advertisers tracking the websites you visit - and this is a widespread practice - then Ghostery is the browser for you.

The app is designed with anonymity as its primary aim. The app collects no user data, and there are no cookies and no signups. And if the web page you're on is using any ad trackers, Ghostery will spot them and warn you with a red icon.

Best free iPhone apps: Ghostery

Opera Coast

Compared to Opera Mini (below), Opera Coast's attitude to data usage is positively profligate, and it's quite happy to slow things down (very slightly) by introducing the odd fancy animation. Whereas Opera Mini is a stripped-down browser for speed freaks, this is a heavily designed browser that's designed to look good. It also likes to recommend online content it thinks you might like, based on the terms you search for.

Opera Coast can be baffling initially: it takes a while to grasp what's going on and even how to access a new web page (there's no conventional URL bar, for instance - you enter the name of the website in the 'search the web' field and it will attempt to autocomplete its address). But that's an inevitable side effect of the app's bold design.

Every aspect of the user experience has been re-evaluated from a mobile point of view; instead of trying to replicate a desktop experience on a smaller screen, Coast starts from scratch. The result is a highly mobile-optimised, beautiful one-thumb browser.

Best free iPhone apps: Opera Coast

Opera Mini

Opera Mini takes the approach that speed is key. By some clever trickery involving proxy browsers returning static pages (don't worry about it), Mini is quicker than the most popular browsers.

In (very unscientific) tests it appeared to return pages in about half the time it took Safari and Chrome (oddly enough, Dolphin was the slowest, although it has the habit of returning a page fairly quickly but then sitting with the progress bar virtually finished for another 10 seconds, so the experience isn't significantly worse). It's also an economical browser, reducing your data usage significantly.

Opera Mini makes compromises to achieve these savings, but you are able at least to choose how extreme you want these compromises to be. There are three settings - Mini, Turbo and Off, of which the fastest, confusingly, is Mini - and you can choose to load or not load images, and at what quality you want them to appear.

The tab manager view is 3D, as is apparently industry-standard now, and like Chrome allows you to simply swipe a tab to close it. The tabs are arranged horizontally, though, and therefore swiped upwards. This horizontal layout also means (in this user's humble opinion) that it's a little easier to see at a glance what's on each page.

Opera Mini's keyboard, meanwhile, is masterly - the best of any browser in this roundup. It includes two handy shortcut buttons: one to input a QR code, and another to switch between default searches in Google, Wikipedia, eBay and Amazon. But its triumph is the central slider/rocker switch that deftly moves the cursor in the URL bar and, if you hold it down for a moment, selects text too. The only thing missing is a '.com' or 'co.uk' autocomplete button.

Author:  David Price

Source:  http://www.macworld.co.uk/

Categorized in News & Politics
In the fight against encryption, Apple has positioned itself as a staunch defender of its user privacy by refusing the federal officials to provide encryption backdoors into its products, as well as implementing better encryption for its products.

However, a new report from a security firm suggests Apple's online syncing service iCloud secretly stores logs of its users' private information for as long as four months — even when iCloud backup is switched off.

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft discovered that Apple's mobile devices automatically send its users' call history to the company's servers if iCloud is enabled, and stored that data for up to four months.

And it turns out that there is no way for iCloud users to stop this phone call syncing service unless they completely disable the cloud synchronization feature.

Elcomsoft, which sells software to extract data from Apple's iCloud backups and works with police and intelligence agencies, says the company should tell its customers exactly what personal data it is backing up—and should give users an easy option to turn it off.
 

Why does this Matter?

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If you own an iPhone or iPad, your device automatically collects and transmits private information — including call history, phone numbers, dates, the length of calls, missed calls, FaceTime calls — to iCloud if it is enabled.

Not just this, your iPhone also send information collected from other third-party applications that use VoIP service, including WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, and Facebook Messenger.

"We discovered that yet another piece of data is stored in the cloud for no apparent reason," Elcomsoft's Oleg Afonin writes. "Using an iPhone and have an active iCloud account? Your calls will sync with iCloud whether you want it or not."
Apple stores this information for as long as 4 months, and while the company encrypts everything, Privacy buffs note that Apple could become an easy target for law enforcement seeking access to user data.

The security firm also raised doubts over possible government surveillance that could be performed.
 

What's more? Elcomsoft says that the logs are uploaded from any iPhone which has iCloud Drive enabled and that this effectively allows spying on you "without you even knowing."

"Syncing call logs happens almost in real time, though sometimes only in a few hours," says Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov. "But all you need to have is just iCloud Drive enabled, and there is no way to turn that syncing off, apart from just disabling iCloud Drive completely. In that case, many applications will stop working or lose iCloud-related features completely."

Apple: No Need to Worry

However, Apple says there is no reason to worry.

Yes, the company says there is nothing wrong with its feature, as it is simply part of its iCloud service that allows its users to access their calls from any of their devices that use an Apple ID.

Moreover, Apple guarantees that all of its customers' data is encrypted and two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security for blocking any hacking attempts from hackers or law enforcement.

Here's what the company said in the statement:

"We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers' data. That is why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user's passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user's Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication."

So, as long as you keep your Apple ID to yourself and use a strong password, you do not need to freak out over this report of your call logs being "secretly" sent to Apple.
 

Disable iCloud Drive to Prevent Apple from Logging Your calls

The solution? At the time, the only way to prevent Apple from logging your call history is to simply disable iCloud Drive altogether.

Besides this, you can also manually delete every call entry from your iPhone or iPad, and this will automatically remove the data from iCloud on the next backup.

Apple is not the only company that syncs its users' call logs to the cloud. Android smartphones also sync its users' call logs to the cloud as part of backups. Windows 10 mobile devices also sync call logs by default with other Windows 10 devices that use the same Microsoft account.
Author : Swati Khandelwal
Categorized in Social

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft recently discovered that Apple’s mobile devices with enabled iCloud feature automatically transmit their users’ call logs to the company servers without any notification.

According to Elocomsoft the relayed information contains a list of calls made and received on the mobile device and also phone numbers, dates, times and duration of the calls. Furthermore, it is not only call logs that are sent to Apple’s servers, but calls made through WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Facetime; with the data being stored by Apple for as long as 4 months.

Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft, told Sputnik that users are essentially left unaware of this feature because there’s no notification that call logs can actually be synched with iCloud. He also remarked that it’s hard to say exactly how legal this particular feature is in terms of privacy issues.

"To be honest, I haven’t read Apple’s privacy agreement completely – it is a very large document, about twenty pages or so. ofcourse it does mention that some of your information can be stored to iCloud. But there’s other document that shows and describes in detail what information stored in the iCloud can be shared by Apple with the law enforcement, by the legal request of course; and there’s no single mention of the call log synching there. Apple only says that they can provide law enforcement with iCloud backups, the information stored in the iCloud backups and some other data stored in the iCloud, but nothing about the calls," he said.

Katalov pointed out that such information could be of great interest to law enforcement agencies and that there are basically two ways for them to access that data.

"Law enforcement people can contact people directly and get all the information stored there; it is encrypted of course, but the thing is, everything stored in Apple’s iCloud (well, almost everything) is encrypted in the way that the encryption keys are stored along with the data, so there’s no problem for Apple to decrypt everything and provide the plain-text information. And the other way of course is to use the software like ours to get access to the information stored in iCloud, but in that case of course you will need iCloud credentials such as the Apple ID and password or the authentication token," Katalov explained.

He added that there are also two ways for iPhone users to protect their information, but each of these methods has its own drawbacks.

"The simplest, but probably not the most effective one is to disable iCloud completely; if you can't do that then at least enable th two-factor authentication for your account to make it harder for hackers to get at your information. But still, you have to know that law enforcement can access your information stored there regardless of whether the two-factor authentication is enabled or not," he surmised.

Author:  TECH

Source:  https://sputniknews.com

Categorized in Social

After Samsung's global recall of their Galaxy Note 7, we thought stories of exploding phones were a thing of the past. 

Now, the world's most iconic phone, the iPhone seems to be experiencing similar issues according to user stories with its 7 and 7 Plus variants .

iPhone 7 blew up

According to a report by GizmoChina, an iPhone 7 Plus exploded when it hit the ground. 

The impact, after a 1.6 foot fall, reportedly caused the phone's battery to catch fire, and the iPhone began vibrating and emitting smoke. The phone's display completely detached, and was so damaged it doesn't seem repairable.

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Recently, an Australian surfing instructor claimed that his phone caught fire and set his car ablaze after he left it in car.

Apple iPhone7 sets car on fire


He'd bought the phone only a week ago, and not used it with any accessories not include with the phone.

In August this year, an Australian man suffered grievous burn injuries when his iPhone 6 exploded in his back pocket, melting both his shorts and two layers of skin in the process. OUCH!

Author:  Kunal Anand

Source:  indiatimes.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

Citing the dangers of a digital world that thereatens to spill beyond the user's control, Mozilla has launched the Firefox Focus last Nov. 17. The company promised it will let the public use the internet without any trace, and it is only available to iPhones and other iOS devices.

New Private Browser

Firefox Focus is essentially a private browser that recalls Google Chrome's Incognito mode.

"Firefox Focus is set by default to block many of the trackers that follow you around the Web. You don't need to change privacy or cookie settings," Mozilla said in a blog post. "You can browse with peace of mind, feeling confident in the knowledge that you can instantly erase your sessions with a single tap — no menus needed."

Based on Mozilla's description, however, it seems that it might be offering an advanced private browsing in the Firefox Focus. Chrome's Incognito Mode does not prevent websites from tracking your activities.

"You aren't invisible," Chrome tells you when opening an Incognito window. "Going incognito doesn't hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider, or the websites you visit."

Blocking Web Trackers

Firefox Focus blocks websites that are tracking visitors' activities, which also sets it apart from a VPN tool. According to Mozilla, its algorithm is designed to target web tracking technologies, and websites that rely on tracking will simply not work. If a user does not mind tracking or wants to go to a blocked website, Firefox Focus will direct him to Firefox or Safari.

It is important to note that there is a Firefox Focus serving as a Safari content blocker extension. With the introduction of a stand-alone Focus browser, that feature became an option within its range of functionalities. In its Settings menu, there is an option to integrate Safari and enable tracking blocker.

Like Chrome's Incognito browsing, Focus will erase all traces of the user's sessions when the app is closed.

Firefox Focus Interface

The user interface is another notable feature in the Firefox Focus. The options and elements are essentially barebones. Users, for instance, can only use one tab or essentially no tab because you only have the main Focus window. There are also no menus, ad popups, bookmarks and configuration options.

Some observers, however, found it strange that Mozilla has decided to use Yahoo as Firefox Focus' default search engine. The company has been involved in one of the largest data breaches to date. There is no way of changing the search engine yet, but Mozilla said that it will be offering more choices in the next update.

Focus On Speed

According to Mozilla, because Focus blocks website trackers and is not outfitted with all the features in conventional browsers, it is able to load pages faster.

There are those who could say that the Firefox Focus is at risk of being a mere appendage of a more full-fledged internet browser. Blocking web tracking technologies could make contents such as videos disappear, or they will simply not work. However, users can still do something about this. In the Settings menu, they can toggle the type of data that they want to block.

Author:  Chris Loterina

Source:  http://www.techtimes.com/

Categorized in Internet Privacy

It is that time of year again, when the Internet is abuzz with speculations about what Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will add to its latest iPhone. As Sept. 7 fast approaches, everyone seems to have an opinion on the matter regarding what new features should be in the iPhone 7 (assuming that’s what the new device will be called).

For business users, the iPhone represents a very powerful tool that brings together voice communication and online access, as well as access to applications, payment systems and, of course, entertainment (because you can’t work all the time.) So every new iteration of the phone is highly anticipated by this segment because it will mean yet another tool they can use to improve their level of efficiency and productivity.

At this point, it is all speculation as to what will be in the iPhone 7, so with that in mind here are eight plus things business users should know about the new phone, assuming all the rumors. leaks and speculation out there turn out to be true.

Anticipated iPhone 7 Features for Business Users

RAM

The standard RAM in flagship phones is now more than 3GBs, with many providing 4 and even 6GBs. For some reason, Apple has been behind on this front, but the new phone could have 3GBs or more.

The dual-lens camera, as well as video conferencing, gaming and other graphic intensive applications will demand more RAM. Business users will need the power to better communicate and work on their phones.

Storage

Apple has also skimped on storage, generally starting at 16GB. For the iPhone 7 the starting tier will be 32 GB, with capacities that are reported to increase to 128 and 256 GBs.

With rich media now part of how business users communicate, such as voice and video conferencing, recording the content is also part of meeting compliance regulation for different industries. Having 256 GB will ensure even the longest of conference calls can be recorded and stored.

Processor and iOS

 The new processor, which is called the A10 chip, will undoubtedly have more power. When it is combined with Apple’s iOS 10 software, it will improve battery life and other functionalities. Without a hands on review, it will be impossible to see how much of it will translate into real-life usage. However, if it proves to be true, business users can expect faster response times for the applications they use.

A Smart Connector

The iPhone has many different functionalities, but for business users more is always better. A smart connector, such as the one in the iPad Pro, will make it possible to connect accessories such as the Smart Keyboard.

With this feature, additional devices can be connected to the iPhone, including projectors, monitors and other devices in the future to give the business user a tool he or she can use outside of the office without compromise.

Dual-lens Camera

Capturing images is just as important as being able to talk or use an application on an iPhone these days. For businesses that rely on high quality images, such as designers, photographers, real estate agents, sales people and others, it will be a key feature.

A dual-lens camera can deliver professional grade images. And if the rumored reports come to fruition, the 2-3x optical zoom capabilities and dual-lens arrangment will be able to capture two images and merge them together to deliver high quality images that can be used for most applications.

As reported by Macrumors, possible applications include depth mapping for taking 3D scans of real world items or using depth information to refocus an image. With 3D printing increasing in adoption, it could prove to be very useful to print directly from the images the iPhone 7 captures.

LTE Speed

Connectivity is the life blood of much business today. A slow connection can ha,,per not only voice communication, but also online access and app functionality.

The sourcing of LTE modems from Intel by Apple has led to speculations the iPhone 7 will have the Intel 7360 LTE modem with a theoretical downlink speeds of up to 450 MB/s, uplink speeds of up to 100 MB/s, and support for LTE category 10 and 29 bands.

However, Intel is not the only company that might be supplying the LTE modem. Qualcomm may also provide the modem, but unlike the Intel, its X12 chipset has theoretical download speeds up to 600Mb/s and upload speeds up to 150Mb/s. It also supports, LTE Advanced carrier aggregation, automatic LTE and Wi-Fi switching, 4×4 MIMO, and LTE-U small cells.

Faster connections means accessing hosted services in the cloud without any lag, and of course being able to download and upload content more efficiently. Business users will be able to access what they need with speeds that are comparable to fixed broadband.

Battery Life and Fast Charging

The one issue common to all road warriors when it comes to their smartphones is battery life. The information available for this upgrade is limited, but a better battery is supposedly part of the new phone. If the dual-lens camera and other features that will require more power become part of the phone, it will be almost mandatory to increase battery capacity.

A rumored faster charging feature, which is standard on many flagship Android devices, will be welcomed also if it is true. Getting 50 percent juice in as little as 15 to 30 minutes is a great option for power users, especially for a device in which you can’t remove the battery to replace it with a fresh one.

It goes without saying, for business users more battery means more productivity.

Dual SIM

Dual SIMs, which have been standard on most Android phones, are extremely useful. The feature is a great option for business travelers so they can use the services from multiple carriers at the same time.

Some of the other expected features of the iPhone 7 include: no headphone jack, improved water resistance, pressure sensitive home button, and new antenna design.

Conclusion

If all of the rumors regarding the iPhone 7 become a reality, the device will far surpass its predecessor: the 6S.

The initial date for the announcement of the new phone is also only conjecture, for now. Though it’s expected to be Sept. 7 with a release to the public the week of Sept. 12.

It remains to be seen how the new phone will measure up.

Source : smallbiztrends.com

Categorized in Business Research

You've managed to get your hands on a new iPhone 7, and now you need to download some apps.

We've handpicked seven of the best apps that show off the new iPhone's upgraded camera and iOS 10 software. These apps will help you take better pictures, find places to eat, quickly send people money with Siri, and more.

Put the iPhone 7's upgraded camera to the test with Adobe Lightroom.

Put the iPhone 7's upgraded camera to the test with Adobe Lightroom.
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Not only is Adobe Lightroom an impressive mobile editing app, but it can also shoot photos in full-resolution RAW (or DNG) format, which is the same format used by professional photographers.Adobe Lightroom is free to download in the App Store.

Use Siri to get a ride with Uber.

Use Siri to get a ride with Uber.
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Third-party apps like Uber and WhatsApp can be controlled with Siri in iOS 10. Once the Uber app is installed on your iPhone, just tell Siri something like "Get me an Uber ride" and you'll be on your way. Lyft also supports Siri in iOS 10.Uber is free to download in the App Store.

Get smart notifications about where to eat and drink with Foursquare.

Get smart notifications about where to eat and drink with Foursquare.
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iOS 10's expanded notifications let apps like Foursquare send more than just text to your lockscreen.Foursquare's smart notifications, for example, can use your taste in restaurants and past visits to send custom recommendations with photos and locations when you're out and about.Foursquare is free to download in the App Store
 

Square Cash can send your friends money in iMessage or with Siri.

Square Cash can send your friends money in iMessage or with Siri.
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iOS 10's iMessage apps can be used for more useful things than sending fun stickers. Square Cash, for example, lets you send friends money from your bank account at no charge.Square Cash is free to download in the App Store

Dark Sky's hyper-accurate weather forecasts will let you know when to bring an umbrella.

Dark Sky's hyper-accurate weather forecasts will let you know when to bring an umbrella.
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Dark Sky is the most accurate weather app in the App Store, and in iOS 10 it can send info-packed notifications that tell you exactly when it's about to start or stop raining. You can also add its custom widget to your lockscreen to see the forecast without unlocking your iPhone.Dark Sky costs $3.99 to download in the App Store
 

Quickly get from point A to B with Citymapper's 3D Touch shortcuts.

Quickly get from point A to B with Citymapper's 3D Touch shortcuts.

The iPhone 7's 3D Touch support allow you to press in on an app icon to quickly access shortcuts.The best public-transit app, Citymapper, shows all kinds of useful shortcuts and saved stops (like home or work) from its 3D Touch shortcut. Tapping one will open the app and begin your journey.This feature also works with last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.Citymapper is free to download in the App Store.

Can't wait for "Super Mario Run" to arrive in the App Store? Send your friends Mario stickers in iMessage.

Can't wait for "Super Mario Run" to arrive in the App Store? Send your friends Mario stickers in iMessage.

While you wait for Nintendo to release "Super Mario Run" in the App Store later this year, download the game's companion sticker app for iMessage and send Mario to your friends.Super Mario Run Stickers is free to download in the App Store
 
Source : businessinsider.com
Categorized in Social

If you’ve ever been miffed that iOS reveals your “frequently visited” websites whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, good news: that’s one of several Safari options that you can easily change.

Not only can you hide Safari’s “Frequently Visited Sites” feature, you can also change the way newly opened tabs behave, pick a new folder for your Favorites, choose a new Reader mode font, and more.

1. Hide your most-visited websites

When you tap the address bar in Safari for iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a grid of your website Favorites, along with a second grid of “frequently visited” sites—or at least, your most-visited sites according to iOS, given that some sites in the grid seem to appear after just a single visit.

Hide your most-visited websites

Ben Patterson

If you don’t want your “frequently vistied” sites revealed whenever you tap Safari’s address bar, you can hide them by changing a single iOS setting.

If you’d rather Safari keep its reckoning of your oft-visited sites to itself, there’s a setting that’ll disable the “frequently visited” panel altogether.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General section, then switch off the Frequently Visited Sites option.

Bonus tip: To keep the Frequently Visited Sites grid but nix a specific site, simply tap and hold its icon, then tap the Delete bubble.

2. Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

By default, the grid of Favorites in Safari for iOS is based on the bookmarks in Safari’s Favorites folder. If you want to pick a different folder of bookmarks to appear in the Favorites panel, it’s an easy change.

Pick a new bookmarks folder for Favorites

Ben Patterson

You can pick any bookmarks folder you like for your Safari Favorites.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading again, tap Favorites, then choose a new folder from the list of bookmark folders.

The folder of bookmarks you picked will appear whenever you tap the address bar, and any new sites you flag as a favorite (just tap the Action button at the bottom of the screen, then tap Add to Favorites from the second row of buttons) will be added to that folder.

Bonus tip: Not only can you quickly delete sites from the Favorites panel by tapping and holding them, you can also drag icons to rearrange them.

3. Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

If you’re using Safari on an iPad, you get the luxury of a desktop-style Favorites bar sitting just below the address bar. But if you want to make the most of your iPad’s screen real estate or you’re just not a fan of the Favorites bar, there’s a simple way to hide it.

Show or hide the Favorites bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Don’t need the Favorites bar in Safari for iPad? There’s an easy way to hide it.

Tap Settings > Safari, then scroll down and switch off the Show Favorites Bar option. Keep in mind that even after the Favorites bar disappears, you can still tap the address bar to reveal your Favorites in grid form.

4. Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Another desktop-like advantage of Safari for iPad is the tabs bar, which shows all your open tabs just below the address bar (or the Favorites bar, if you still have it enabled). As with the Favorites bar, you can hide the tabs bar to make more room for actual webpages.

Show or hide tabs bar (iPad only)

Ben Patterson

Once you hide the tabs bar in Safari for iPad, you’ll need to tap the tabs button to switch tabs, or you can pinch the page to jump to the tabs overview.

Tap Settings > Safari, scroll down to the General heading, then switch off the Show Tab Bar setting.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to tap the Tabs button in the top-right corner of the display to change tabs, or pinch the screen to get to the tabs overview screen.

(Note: In my tests with an iPad Air running iOS 9.3.4, I could have the Safari tabs bar revealed while hiding the Favorites bar, but not the other way around, even with the Show Favorites Bar setting enabled. Hmmm.)

5. Change the way new tabs behave

By default, opening a link as a new tab in Safari for iOS will open the new tab in the foreground, replacing the tab you just had open. If you like, though, you can set Safari to open new tabs in the background, keeping the current tab open while tucking the new tabs behind.

Change the way new tabs behave

Change Safari’s “Open Links” setting to make new tabs open behind the current tab.

For iPhone, tap Settings > Safari > Open Links, then select In Background. For iPad, tap Settings > Safari, then enable the Open New Tabs in Background setting.

Now, when you tap and hold a link in Safari, the pop-up menu will include an Open in Background options. Tap it, and the link you open will disappear behind your currently open tab.

If you’re using an iPad and you have the tabs bar enabled, tapping and holding a link will give you an Open in New Tab option; tap it, and the new tab will open next to but behind the currently open tab.

6. Change the font and background of Reader mode

Safari for iOS’s “Reader” mode does a nice job of taking a web article and reformatting it for easy reading, stripping away all the extraneous elements while leaving the text, headlines, and images intact.

Change the font and background of Reader mode

With the arrival of iOS 9, Safari’s Reader mode now boasts a selection of text fonts and background colors.

Until recently, you couldn’t customize reader mode beyond changing the font size, but all that changed last year with the arrival of iOS 9.

Now, when you’re in Reader mode (which you can enable by tapping the three-line button on the left end of the address bar), not only can you change font sizes, you can also choose between eight fonts and four background colors.

Just tap the font button (“aA”) in the address bar, then tap to pick a new background color (white, beige, gray or black), or select a new font from the list (choices range from Athelas to Times New Roman).

Source : macworld.com

Categorized in Research Methods

Apple has admitted that a manufacturing fault has been causing some iPhone 6s devices to switch off at random even when they have a significant amount of battery. 

Apple said it would fix the iPhone 6s handsets that shutdown unexpectedly for free. It added that the problem affects some devices manufactured between September and October 2015.

The fault, which affects the batteries on a small number of iPhone 6s devices, can be resolved by replacing the battery.

"Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down," the company said. "This is not a safety issue and only affects devices with a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015." 

Apple has added a tool to its website where customers can check if their phone is affected. It will change the battery on all affected models for free. 

Those who have replaced their batteries at their own expense can also contact Apple about getting a refund. 

Check if your phone is eligible for a fix

To check if your iPhone 6s is one of the affected models go to the Unexpected Shutdown Issues page on Apple's website.

Find your device's serial number by going to General -> Settings -> About. Then enter the country where you bought the device and the serial number on Apple's site and hit Submit. Apple will tell you if it is an affected model. 

If it is, the company will replace your battery for free so long as your phone is in working order. Apple advises customers to take their faulty iPhone 6s to an Apple Store, Apple Authorised Service Provider or to contact its Technical Support team. It also said customers should call their service provider in advance to check availability for replacements, and to book ahead of time on its website for appointments at the Apple Store. 

Before taking your phone for battery replacement, Apple advises that customers back up their data to iTunes or iCloud, turn off Find my iPhone, and erase data and settings. You can do this last step by going to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase all Content and Settings.

Phone that are damaged in anyway, such as having a cracked screen, will need to be fixed beforehand or at an additional cost during the replacement process, Apple said.

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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Categorized in Others

The wait is over, the iPhone 7 is on sale. Oh, and so is the iPhone 7 Plus. Great, now we have to make a decision. Arghh.

Sure, line the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus up next to each other and size is the most obvious difference. But there's more separating these two than just the added inches. There's also key features and must-have functions that come between them.

Are innovative improvements worth the increased footprint and supersized price tag, though? Well, that will depend largely on what you're looking for. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus might be the on-paper winner, but that doesn't necessarily translate into real-life skills. We've pitted the two against each other to see not just which comes out on top in the battle of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus, but which, ultimately, is best suited to your needs.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Design: The same, but different

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

These two phones might look the same, but there are a few notable differences. Namely the size. The 4.7-inch iPhone is small by modern standards and dwarfed by its 5.5-inch big brother. Neither hold their size particularly well though, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offering larger screens at similar, if not slightly smaller footprints.

What the iPhones have going for them, however, is sleek lines and an effortlessly cool appearance. Yes, they look a lot like their predecessors, but there are enough design updates here to get excited about. Those ugly antenna lines have been stripped back to create a cleaner look and two new black models (a matt and a gloss option) have replaced the Space Grey colour scheme. These are joined by the now customary gold, silver and rose gold options whichever size you plump for.

Both now also boast impressive new water resistance. We're not just talking about a bit of drizzle either: the IPX7 finish means the 7 and 7 Plus can stand up to spilled drinks and accidental toilet drops (you too?) without succumbing to a watery demise.

They also share the new range's worst design feature – the lack of a headphone jack. Despite the traditional 3.5mm audio connection being on pretty much every pair of headphones going, Apple has left it out of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Looks like you'll have to make do with a pair of Bluetooth cans.

So far, so similar. There is one big design difference between the two, however, and it's around back. While the iPhone 7 features just a single, traditional camera, the 7 Plus mixes things up with a dual camera array. That means a larger camera protrusion. It looks pretty cool though, and we'll delve into its benefits a little more later.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Screen: Proving size DOES matter

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

Y'know how you were told size doesn't matter? It was all a lie. When it comes to smartphone screens the bigger the better, and that's certainly Apple's approach. As well as being bigger – we're talking 5.5-inches of onscreen real estate compared with 4.7-inches – the iPhone 7 Plus's panel is sharper and more detailed. Notably so.

While the iPhone 7's 1334 x 750 pixel Retina HD panel is decent, it's not ground-breaking. Not only does it lag significantly behind the likes of the HTC 10 and LG G5 on the raw detail front, its 326 pixels per inch image density is also significantly behind the 1920 x 1080p, 401ppi panel found on the 7 Plus.

Although the iPhone 7 Plus has the edge in image quality, the two new iPhones are matched on colour range and brightness. With a new, wider colour gamut helping both phones pop, a 25% increase in brightness ensures the screen is vibrant in all situations.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Features & Performance: Much and much alike

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

While their screens might be different, beneath the hood these two are identical. That's anything but a bad thing though. Powered by the new A10 Fusion chipset, each handset offers more grunt than you're ever likely to need. Three times more powerful than last year's phones, this upgrade also brings with it graphics bumps, perfect for those with a slight mobile gaming addiction. 

That's not where the improvements end either. Both models have seen their storage options increased, with new 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB devices competing the line-up. Each of these will run the new Messages-enhancing, Siri-improving, Photos-revolutionising iOS 10 operating system. They each also play host to Apple's new Touch ID home button that boasts haptic feedback to enhance its input options.

On to battery, and the Plus's juice pack – which was bigger to begin with – has made slightly less progress. While the iPhone 7 offers two hours' more battery life compared with last year's iPhone 6S, the 7 Plus provides just an extra hour's juice when lined up side-by-side with the 6S Plus. That means both will now comfortably take you into a second day before a trip to the mains is necessary.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Camera: Where the differences lie

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

OK, this is where the real differences come in because, in case the pictures hadn't made it clear, the iPhone 7 Plus doubles down on its camera efforts, boasting not just one, but two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. Why? Well, it's all in the name of improved image quality. How? Well, that's where things get a little bit more complicated.

First, the iPhone 7. Although retaining its 12-meg count, everything's changed. The new, larger sensor not only lets in more light, but is 60% faster than past models to offer sharper snaps. Paired with a new six-element f/1.8 wide aperture lens and it's capable of producing more detailed, brighter results, even when the lights come down.

Despite playing host to the same sensor, the iPhone 7 Plus pairs this f/1.8 wide-angle lens with a second telephoto offering. This means you can now get closer to your shooting subject without getting off your arse, and all without losing image quality. While you'll be able to pick to shoot with these lenses individually, you'll also be able to shoot with both simultaneously for better overall results.

By merging the two snaps, your photos will be filled with more detail and allow you to alter focus points. It also means that more light's coming in, and that means brighter, more detailed, less noisy shots. Around front, both handsets toe the same line with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera replacing last year's 5-meg offering.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Price: Very expensive or extortionately so

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

The specs sheets might be quite similar, but the prices most certainly aren't, and they've been given a serious post-Brexit hike (once again, thanks, British public). Starting off with the iPhone 7 and prices now start at £599 for the 32GB model (up on last year's £539 asking price for the base level 16GB unit).

That's just the lofty starting point too. From there, the 128GB and 256GB models will hit you for £699 and a wallet-busting £799 respectively. Things are much worse if you've got your eye on the iPhone 7 Plus too. Starting at £719, ouch, the trio of storage options move past £819 to a remortgage needing £919.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Which is best for me?

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

On paper the iPhone 7 Plus is the superior handset, but it's not going to be for everyone. That dual camera and slightly higher resolution display are definite boons, but fans of skinny jeans and smaller handbags will struggle with its size. As will those without a bottomless overdraft.

Whichever handset you plump for, however, you won't be disappointed. The core feature set that's carried across the two devices will appease any smartphone owner, even if the missing headphone port is sure to annoy.

Source : digitalspy.com

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