Sometimes it seems funny that the iPhone is still called the iPhone. It seems like we use it for everything other than actually talking to people on calls. But of course, that’s not everyone. If you still use your phone for making calls, either FaceTime or old-timey cellular calls, check out our list of tips and tricks for making that call experience a whole lot better.
Chances are, you’ve got the Shazam app installed on your iPhone. It’s what you use to look up that song that’s playing in the club or the cafe. It’s a great piece of technology that lets you identify almost any song, without having to talk to anything. Now that is innovative.
Apple has a new video making app out. It’s not a social network. It’s not a Snapchat clone. Apple’s Clips app is iMovie for the mobile generation. As long as you’re running iOS 10.3, you’ll be able to record, edit, and share square clips all from your iPhone. It can be something simple like you talking to the screen for 5 seconds. Or it can be a mishmash of your voice with some pre-recorded video, with a cool filter, animated title cards, cool stickers, and annotated text of what you’re speaking, embedded in the video. And all of that can be done on an iPhone.
If you’re like me, you come across interesting YouTube videos all the time. Someone shares a link with you in WhatsApp. A creator you follow raves about a video they loved on Twitter. You discover a Reddit thread filled with gems. But there’s no way you can watch those videos right then. You’re only goofing off from work for 15 minutes, you don’t actually have the time to watch that 5-minute video right now. And so that video is lost in the oblivion that is your browser history.
This year, Siri has been outshone and surpassed by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. While they’re not perfect, they’re doing things that Siri won’t, in a way that Apple wouldn’t. Apple’s privacy first, closed development policy isn’t quite working out when it comes to Siri. It’s time Apple unleashed its AI in iOS 11.
The state of automation on the Mac is a bit grim right now. Apple’s sole automation evangelist – the guy behind Automator, has been let go. There’s not going to be a replacement. But things are much more exciting on the iOS side. Apple has bought the stellar iOS automation app Workflow. The app is now free on the App Store.
Flux or f.lux, as the Apple fans like to say, has been Sherlocked. What Flux does, has now been rolled up into macOS Sierra 10.12.4 itself. Which is bad news for Flux. Convention wisdom being that there’s no need for Flux anymore and it will die of obscurity. But that’s almost never the case.
Samsung’s flagship for 2017 has been officially launched. And Samsung has really pushed the boundaries with some innovative features, especially when it comes to the hardware. It looks great, performed well and even comes with its own smart assistant. Here are the 5 features from the Galaxy S8 that we’d like to see in the iPhone 8.