If you've heard somewhere on the Internet that iOS 7 makes your iPhone magically waterproof, please put your phone down and step away from the edge of the pool.
One of the most annoying things about messaging on iOS is the lack of true time stamps for messages. It felt as if iOS would randomly place a time stamp throughout a conversation, but there was no obvious pattern. Because the time stamp was so random, it was very difficult to go back and view when a message was sent or received mid-conversation.
Someone at Apple finally was able to convince the powers that be to time-stamp every message in the Messages app. Can I get a "Huzzah!"?
To view a time stamp for a message, open the … Read more
Last month I shared my thoughts on "How to talk to Siri the right way," the idea being to better understand -- and work around -- some of Apple's voice assistant's limitations.
With the arrival of iOS 7, however, we've got a smarter, more capable gal Friday (or, if you've changed Siri's voice, guy Friday). Here are seven new tricks Siri has learned and how to use them.1. Change your settings
Although the new Control Center makes it simple to toggle settings like Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and screen brightness, Siri can now … Read more
Quickoffice, an application for working with Microsoft Office documents, was acquired by Google in June 2012. The apps on Android and iOS have helped users on mobile devices gain access to documents, spreadsheets, and presentations without going back to their desktops. It's been more than a year, but Google has finally started making some good changes for Quickoffice.
If you've never had a chance to try Quickoffice on your mobile device, now is the time, as Google has released a free copy on both the Play store and App Store. As a second added perk for trying … Read more
Facebook is providing people around the globe with a flatter view of their social-networking world in a new version of its iPhone application that will be released Wednesday.
Facebook for iPhone adopts Apple's iOS 7 content-over-chrome design principles with flatter, less gradient-rich menus and buttons, and also introduces a tabbed navigation bar at the bottom of the application.
On the whole, the application's aesthetics should feel right home on iOS 7 and its new functions are meant to help members get to Facebook content faster, product manager Michael Sharon told CNET in an interview on the redesigned app. … Read more
There's a good reason why a significant portion of Apple's iPhone announcement last week was dedicated to showing off the flagship iOS game series Infinity Blade. That's because with iOS 7 -- rolling out to the public Wednesday -- and the new A7 chip's 64-bit architecture, Apple is signaling to the world that it's dead set on remaining the preeminent mobile-gaming ecosystem.
iOS has long been the leader in that space thanks to its robust platform and the ease with which developers of all sizes -- from single-app makers to triple-A studios with sprawling mobile … Read more
Even those of us disappointed with the iPhone 5S can't help but feel those familiar stirrings of it's-a-new-iPhone-I-want-it desire. Credit Apple's shrewd marketing department for putting a fresh coat of paint on what is basically just last year's iPhone.
But the reality is that unless you're nearing the end of a contract and looking to upgrade anyway, there are few compelling reasons to make the move to a 5S. Indeed, with a few tweaks, you can upgrade (well, OK, "upgrade") your iPhone 5 with nearly all the accoutrements of its newer Sibling. (Capital "S" intentional. See what I did there?)
A father whose SUV was stolen with his 5-year-old child inside used the Find My iPhone feature to help police locate the vehicle and rescue the boy.
The incident occurred in Houston, Texas, when the father left his son in the car while running to grab an item in a store. Someone took off with the vehicle, perhaps not knowing that a 5-year-old child was still inside. After the father discovered that his car and son were gone, he tapped into the Find My iPhone app. Fortunately, his iPhone was in the car, but he had his iPad with him, … Read more
We're almost ready for Apple's September 10 event, which we can basically call "The iPhone Event." But will it just be iPhones? And if it is, will these phones be able to do enough to excite would-be customers like last year's iPhone 5?
As I head out to Cupertino, Calif., this is what I'd like to see.CNET's live coverage of Apple's September 10 event
Answering the "Which one do I get?" question with two iPhones, and doing it clearly If Apple is really ready to offer two new iPhones … Read more