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The 7 worst iPhone apps for your privacy

 Apple has written data protection in big letters on its flags. Every operating system tries to protect your data as best as possible, but some apps circumvent this in a tricky way. We would like to introduce you to some "bad" apps. WhatsApp The popular messenger has been under criticism not just since the new privacy policies, which at this point have been put on hold until further notice. The Facebook subsidiary has long been considered our apps that sometimes know your most personal information. Check out alternatives like Signal or Threema. Facebook In late 2020, Facebook rebelled when Apple announced the app tracking feature to allow users: ins to choose whether or not to be tracked across multiple apps. The company felt its advertising revenue was in jeopardy. That's because every time you open the app, it learns the latest news about you and can thus shower you with even more targeted advertising. By the way, the Facebook app also collects data when you are not act

Apple’s iPhone 14 Lineup Is Getting All-New, ‘High-End’ Front Camera Systems

This year’s iPhone lineup may finally include a nice upgrade to the selfie camera. A new report revealing that Apple has stepped up to a higher quality supplier adds weight to last month’s rumors of upcoming front camera improvements. In April, the venerable Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the coming of autofocus and a wider aperture to the iPhone 14 TrueDepth camera system. Today, a report from Korea IT News seemingly corroborates this with news that Apple has stepped up to a better class of camera supplier, reclassifying the front cameras as “high-end” components. For years, the iPhone front camera modules have been supplied by an unnamed Chinese manufacturer and Japan’s Sharp. At roughly one-third of the cost of the rear camera, the Chinese and Japanese-made components had been considered low-cost parts. However, this year Apple is going with LG Innotek to supply the front camera. This South Korean company has been providing high-end rear-facing cameras to Apple for a while but has recently

Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your iPhone You Didn’t Know

 Not everyone wants to pay a premium to store stuff on their iPhone. Many people opt for the entry-level model with the lowest storage capacity figuring it will be enough. Unfortunately, this guesstimate is often incorrect. Instead of ample space, these iPhone owners scramble daily to find additional space for photos, messages, and more. Most people know how to delete pictures to liberate space. Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your iPhone You Didn’t Know. Clear Safari Cache If you browse the web on your iPhone, you may not realize how much space each site you visit takes up on your iPhone. Over time, Safari website data can occupy a surprising amount of storage. To free up this space. You need to go to Settings > Safari. Scroll to Clear History and Website Data and follow the prompts to confirm the removal. Next time you open the browser, you may be required to re-enter passwords, addresses, and other site-specific information. Remove Messages Automatically The Messages app can be a g

Is Your iPhone at Risk of Catching Fire?

 You’ve probably heard stories about iPhones unexpectedly catching on fire. A few years back, an Australian surfer couldn’t surf the waves or the internet because of his self-combusting iPhone 7. More recently, an iPhone exploded into flames while being fixed at a repair shop. Though the cause of the fireball isn’t always discovered, most often the culprit is ultimately found to be the battery. So here are five things you can do to lower the risk of your iPhone going up in smoke. Don’t use a knockoff charger or cable Don’t use a cheap knockoff charger or charging cable. Buy a quality charger or cable from Apple or a trusted brand like Belkin or Anker. Knockoff chargers and cables are not built with the same quality material and safety standards as the name brands. As a result, they are more likely to break, overheat or experience other electrical issues that could lead to a fire. Charge on a safe surface More than one iPhone caught fire while its owner was charging the phone in their b

Steve Jobs Wanted the First iPhone on Verizon to Avoid a SIM Card Slot

 The story of the iPhone may have unfolded very differently had Apple’s engineers not convinced Steve Jobs to abandon one of his design principles. According to “iPodfather” Tony Fadell, Apple’s legendary co-founder, and CEO as opposed to the original iPhone having a SIM card slot, as he felt it would detract from the device’s elegant design. Fadell recounted the story to journalist Joanna Stern during an interview at a special event for The Computer History Museum , where he was promoting his new book, Build An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making. When the original iPhone was still in its nascent design stages, Fadell was heading up Apple’s iPod division and was involved in many high-level conversations among engineers and designers. According to Fadell, Jobs was firmly against having a SIM card slot in the original iPhone. The oft-mercurial CEO told the group working on the device that “we don’t need another hole” in it. [Steve] was such a reductionist. He didn’t want a SI

How to set screen time on iPhone and iPad for parental control

 Nowadays, children are spending more and more time using iPhones and iPads. iPhones and iPads are also learning and entertainment tools for children, and there are thousands of great apps for children on them. However, it also brings new challenges for parents to manage their children's use of iPhone and iPad and control their time of use. Today let's talk about how to set screen usage time on iPhone and iPad to achieve parental control to manage electronic devices. What is screen time? Apple has added a new "Screen Time" feature in the iOS 12 update. Screen Time is a feature that allows you to restrict and monitor the use of apps on iPhone and iPad; helps you manage the time your kids spend on iPhone and iPad to prevent them from getting addicted to games and control the length of time you use iPhone and iPad to prevent myopia. If your iPhone or iPad is still on iOS 11 or earlier, you need to consider upgrading your system because Apple has added the "Screen Ti

What Is the Best iPhone for Kids?

 Getting a phone for your kids is fast becoming a rite of passage that ranks highly alongside other adolescent milestones like learning to drive. Kids are more active than ever, and it is essential that you have a way to contact them, and they have a way to contact you. What Is the Best iPhone for Kids? However, phones are expensive, and you want to ensure that you are not throwing good money after bad. So here are three options to consider as you look for the best iPhone for your child. 1. The iPhone SE (2020) The 2020 iPhone SE is an excellent choice if you are getting your child their first iPhone. Whether you buy it outright or spread the cost over installments, the $399 price tag is affordable for most families. In terms of performance, the iPhone SE is no slouch. It has the same A13 processor that was used in the iPhone 11 Pro, so it's fast and capable of running all the apps and games from the store. The 4.7-inch screen isn't as big as the ones you will find on budget An

Where Are iPhone Photos Stored?

If you have recently switched from Android or are buying your first smartphone, it's reasonable to ask where iPhone photos are stored. After all, a major reason people buy phones these days is the camera. Where Are iPhone Photos Stored? An iPhone handles photos a little differently from an Android phone, so in this quick guide, we will look at where they are stored on the phone and how to back them up so you don't lose those precious memories. The iPhone Photos App The Apple Photos app is the default storage place for all the photos and videos that you take with the Camera app on your iPhone. The Photos app comes pre-installed on all iPhones, so everyone can access it. Because of the importance of this app, it's impossible to delete it from your iPhone. If you can't find the Photos app, unlock your iPhone, swipe downwards on your home screen with one finger, and use the search bar to look for the Photos app. How Are Photos Organized? The Photos app is organized in a few

How to transfer photos from iPhone to a Windows PC

 You might think it's more difficult to transfer photos from iPhone to a Windows computer than to a Mac, and you'd technically be right. But that doesn't mean it's impossible — in fact far from it. How to transfer photos from iPhone to a Windows PC? We've all seen the smug face Apple users pull when they seamlessly AirDrop files from their iPhone onto a nearby Mac or iPad. As an Apple user myself, believe me, I've pulled that face too. But while it's true that the Apple ecosystem works beautifully for quickly sharing things via AirDrop or AirPlay, that doesn't mean you need all Apple tech to simply get something off your iPhone.  I own and use two Apple computers, so readily admit that M1 Macs and MacBooks are among the best computers and best laptops out there. But I also have three Windows PCs, one being the machine on which I do the bulk of my photo editing, so it's often helpful — nay, necessary — to be able to transfer large numbers of photos fr

How to use your iPhone’s Back Tap feature

 Back Tap is one of the easiest ways to put an iPhone function you use all the time literally at your fingertips. It is exactly what it sounds like: a way to access different phone features by tapping the back of your phone — kind of like an extra, user-customizable button. It was introduced with iOS 14, and the feature works on devices as old as the iPhone 8, which was launched five years ago — so it’s highly likely that you’ve got a compatible phone. How to use your iPhone’s Back Tap feature? Here’s how to set up Back Tap. For reference, I followed these steps on an iPhone 13 Pro Max running iOS 15.4.1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap Choose Double Tap or Triple Tap to set a custom function for those gestures WHAT YOU CAN DO For either double or triple tap, you have a lot of options — too many to list here. For starters, you can assign any of your shortcuts to Back Tap, which opens up a bunch of possibilities. You can tap the back of your phone to order you

How to find, add, and remove Home Screen widgets on iPhone

 With the iOS 14 update, iPhone users can enjoy the benefits of widgets on the Home Screen. And these widgets can be anywhere you like, not just in Today View. How to find, add, and remove Home Screen widgets on iPhone. You can have widgets for Apple apps like Notes and Photos or third-party apps like Spark and Pedometer++. Widgets let you see things at a glance, quicker and easier than ever. Here, we’ll show you how easy it is to find, add, and remove widgets from your iPhone Home Screen. Widgets on your Home Screen The Widget Gallery Appropriately named, the Widget Gallery showcases available widgets for your Home Screen. You can see popular widgets and perform a search if you want a particular one. Just note that not all apps, especially those from third parties, offer widgets. So if you are hoping your favorite app offers a widget, but don’t see it in the Widget Gallery, make sure you have the latest version of the app from the App Store and check the App Store details to see if it

18 solutions to fix widgets not working or refreshing on iPhone and iPad

 Widgets on the iPhone and iPad Home Screen and Today View show helpful information at a glance. They cut or reduce the need to open the app. Weather, Stocks, Maps, and most other widgets must frequently refresh to give you the latest, correct, up-to-date information. 18 solutions to fix widgets not working or refreshing on iPhone and iPad? However, if Apple and third-party app widgets are not working, updating, or refreshing on your iPhone or iPad, here’s what you should do to fix these issues. Operating systems that support widgets Widgets in Today View (accessed by swiping right on the first Home Screen or Lock Screen) has been on iPhone and iPad since iOS 8, released in 2014. Starting with iOS 14, released in 2020, you can also place widgets on the iPhone Home Screen (except the Dock). Related: How to find, add, and remove Home Screen widgets on iPhone 18 solutions to fix widgets not working or refreshing on iPhone and iPad Here’s how to fix widget problems in iOS and iPadOS: Ensur

Some iPhone Users Are Getting Stalking Alerts for AirTags That Aren’t There

 In its efforts to prevent criminals from using AirTags for unwanted tracking, it seems that Apple may have gotten a bit overzealous and introduced some big bugs into the system. Some iPhone Users Are Getting Stalking Alerts for AirTags That Aren’t There. Even though Apple was the first company to even think of adding anti-stalking alerts to its location-tracking tags, the company got pilloried in the weeks following their release, accusing it of not doing enough to protect victims of domestic violence. While many of the criticisms were valid — it’s fair to say Apple probably should have consulted with some of these groups when AirTags was still in development — Apple also responded to the allegations pretty quickly. It reduced the amount of time before an orphaned AirTag would sound an audible alert, released an Android app for detecting AirTags, added new warnings, and improved notification options in iOS 15.4, and most recently, it even made the audible warning sound even louder and

TikTok is going nuts over an iPhone trick that unlocks hidden keyboard secrets

 Back in the day, obtaining a working knowledge of iPhone tips and tricks was something that was reserved for tech-minded nerds who had no qualms about eagerly reading books or websites on the topic. These days, thanks to the popularity of TikTok, it’s easier than ever for anyone to become something of an iPhone expert. To this point, TikTok is going nuts over an iPhone trick that unlocks hidden keyboard secrets. Interestingly, TikTok is brimming with so many useful iPhone tips that even seasoned iPhone users will find themselves taken aback by new tricks. As a personal example, I’ve been a heavy iPhone user for over a decade but never knew it was possible to record video with background music from Spotify or Apple Music until I stumbled across a TikTok video about it. That said, the latest iPhone trick going viral on TikTok shows users how to unlock hidden keyboard characters. Don’t Miss: How to block spam texts on your iPhone iPhone message trick: access is hidden keyboard characters

These are 8 iPhone tricks you may not know

 The sheer volume of iPhone tricks lurking beneath the surface is truly astounding. We’ve covered quite a few of them before, and today we’re back with a few more iPhone tricks that you probably didn’t even know existed. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m still not sure why Apple doesn’t create an easily accessible repository for lesser-known iPhone tips and tricks. So until that happens, we’ll continue to bring these iPhone tricks to light. These are 8 iPhone tricks you may not know. As a quick aside, WWDC is right around the corner which means that a preview of iOS 16 is just a few weeks away. So with a plethora of new iPhone features on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with some existing iPhone power-user features. We already showed you some hidden iPhone secrets that were blowing up on TikTok. Now, it’s time to check out even more great iPhone tricks. DON'T MISS: How to block spam texts on your iPhone Take a screenshot by tapping your iPhone The Back

This hidden feature of the iPhone allows you to make your own music videos

It wouldn't surprise us if you didn't know how to add music to a video on iPhone, as Apple has the feature well-hidden. So well hidden, in fact, you can't actually do it using the normal video mode in the camera app. This hidden feature of the iPhone allows you to make your own music videos. Normally, any audio you're playing turns off automatically when you start recording a video on an iOS device. But there's a hack. If you use the QuickTake video option available on recent iPhone models, you can bypass this limitation and give your clips whatever soundtrack at the moment. If you've been waiting to make an iPhone music video but without needing to download separate apps or having a second device playing a song in the background, now's your chance. In our opinion, it's small but super handy features like this that make the iPhone one of the best phones around. Just make sure your device is compatible below, and we'll take you through the process. Co

How to block spam texts on iPhone

 It happens to every single iPhone user… you are being inundated with spam texts and you can’t handle it anymore. Indeed, it’s been an ongoing and frustrating problem for quite some time now. How to block spam texts on your iPhone. For some people, it’s only gotten worse recently. What makes the issue particularly irritating is that spammers have become more clever and sophisticated with time. For example, you’ve likely seen spam texts on your iPhone originating from numbers that look eerily close to your own phone number. This is done to trick users into thinking that the text itself is legitimate. And taking things even further, scammers are now texting unsuspecting users from their own numbers. This issue, we should note, only impacts Verizon users and the company claims that they’ve “made a significant effort to limit the current activity” of the scheme. But even if you’re not a Verizon subscriber, you could still probably stand to receive fewer spam texts. Here’s how to stop spam