How to have your iPhone announce who’s calling you

With the 100+ new features in iOS 10 is the ability to have your iPhone announce who’s calling when receiving a phone call. Based on the caller ID, your iPhone will vocalize the name of the caller, or tell you it’s an unknown caller in case the number isn’t in your contacts.This is a nice little addition that can actually be configured in the Settings.

On your iPhone, launch the Settings app, and navigate to the Phone tab, then tap on Announce Calls.
From there you can specify under what circumstances your iPhone should announce calls. You can choose to have it name the caller for every call, only for calls received when you’re in your car or wearing headphones, only for calls you receive when wearing headphones, or simply never.

This new feature is particularly handy when walking with headphones on. You won’t have to reach for your phone to find out who’s calling. Instead, assuming the caller is in your contacts, Siri will announce the name of the caller.

This is the new iPhone 7

This is the new iPhone 7

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iPhone 7 camera lens

The iPhone 7 is official and it’s got most everything the rumor-mill has been clamoring for: a new high-gloss black colorway (they’re using a new anodization process so we’ll see about the scratches and dings), a dual-lens camera with curved appearance and accompanied by a new four-component LED flash, subdued antenna lines on the back, refined design using cutting-edge manufacturing process, and much more. Developing…
The new high-gloss finish is called Jet Black, but they’re also offering a classic Black appearance that’s matte. As mentioned, it has subdued antenna lines and glossy inset Apple logo. It will also be available in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

Home button

Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller said on stage that the iPhone 7 has a next-generation Home button, as rumored. It’s fully customizable, re-engineered, uses force sensors and Taptic Engine and doesn’t move when pressed, he said.

Apple is also providing a Taptic Engine API allowing apps to create new feelings and experiences when using features like Quick Actions, Messages, Notifications, Ringtones and so forth.

The iPhone 7 honors the IP67 protection standard. What that means is that you can submerge your iPhone in water like your Apple Watch and it’s also protected from dust 7 home button


Everything about the iPhone 7’s camera system is new.All iPhone 7 devices now have optical image stabilization and a wider f/1.8 six-element lens that lets in 50 percent more light. The sensor itself is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient and the camera now has a flicker sensor allowing it to remove flickering you see on photos of computer screens or photos taken under artificial light.

Apple’s all-new image single processor built into the A10 chip takes the pain out of adjusting camera settings for you, performing a hundred billion operations per image in just 25 milliseconds. All you need to do is press that shutter button

And of course, low-light photography has been improved greatly, and now video image stabilization is applied to Live Photos. As a bonus, developers can capture Live Photos in their apps using new APIs and the iPhone 7 also captures RAW images.

The FaceTime HD camera has gone from five to seven megapixels, captures sharper, wide color images like the back shooter, and more.

As for the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s got two cameras allowing it to do true 2x optical zoom, which uses two twelve-megapixel lenses to get closer to the subject. Of course, you can zoom beyond 2x but even digital zoom (up to 10x) now produces much better images thanks to the dual-lens system than with software zoom.

Lastly, Apple’s engineers have created a big breakthrough in photography with the iPhone 7 Plus: the ability to take shallow depth of field images like on DSLRs. When you take an image, machine learning analyzes the image and creates a depth map, applying a bokeh blur in the background while keeping the front subject in focus

You just select a new Portrait feature in the new Camera app and marvel at real-time deep depth preview before you even tap the shutter button. Of course, the iPhone 7 Plus won’t replace your DSLR, but the amount of work that has gone into the new cameras is impressive.

However, this new depth of field feature won’t be ready in time for launch as Apple said iPhone 7 owners will get it via a free software update later this year.

The Retina HD screens on the new iPhones have seen some hardware improvements, too. The display now shows wide color gamut like that on the iPad Pro and is end-to-end color managed to the cinema standard.Because the cameras on the new iPhones also capture wide color gamut and taking into account the fact that Photos’ filters are now also optimized for wide color gamut, any images taken with a new iPhone will look stellar on its display. Apple has said that a new version of Instagram app will use Apple’s new APIs to show wide color gamut images.

For the first time, the iPhone has stereo speakers, producing twice the volume versus the iPhone 6s. The other speaker is at the top, meaning you’ll get the best stereo experience in landscape mode.


As suspected, the iPhone 7 ditches the 3.55mm headphone jack. And yes, Apple will include a wired Lightning-based edition of the EarPods, as well as a dongle to connect your legacy 3.55 mm headphones, in every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus box. Apple has also said that there are more than 900 million Lightning connector devices in the world now.

Why is Apple removing the 3.5mm connector? Courage, Schiller said, to move on and try something new. And more importantly, removing the 3.5 mm connector which takes a lot of space inside the device has created space inside the device for new hardware without making the phone thicker.

Wireless AirPods

Apple has taken it upon itself to really deliver quality sound to headphones wirelessly while solving some of Bluetooth’s pain points with an entirely new Apple-designed W1 chip built into a new headphones. Yes, you can say hello to the new AirPods.

Designed without any wires to dangle around as you’re working out, each headphone fits inside your ear. The infrared sensor detects when you wear the headphones, automatically turning them on and off.

You also get a built-in motion and accelerometer sensor and the accessory responds to touch, allowing you to invoke Siri by double-tapping the headphones. When you’re speaking, it detects the direction of your voice to block unwanted noise from the outside.

They have a five-hour battery, come in a charging case and there’s no pairing like with Bluetooth (you get 24 hours total run time with the charging case). You just take them out from the case and tap Connect on one of your devices: from that point on, iCloud tells your other devices about the headphones and they just work.

Plus, as you move rom one device to another, headphones automatically switch to the new device so you don’t have to.


Apple’s silicon team is killing it in performance, but the new phones take that to a whole new level with an all-new Apple-designed “A10 Fusion” chip. It’s got a four-core CPU with more than 3 billion transistors.

OF the four CPU cores, two are high performance and two are designed with power efficiency in mind. The high-performance cores run 40 precent faster than the iPhone 6s’s A9 chip while the high-efficiency cores kick into action when you do light tasks that don’t require the full power of the CPU, like browsing the web, checking your email and so forth.

These high-efficiency cores run at just one-fifth the power of their high-performance counterparts (which are used for graphics-intensive applications, like games). How does the system know which cores to use?

Well, an Apple-designed performance controller analyzes how you used your device and in real-time determines which cores to use.In terms of graphics, A10 Fusion packs in six GPU cores that allow for fifty percent faster graphics performance than last year’s A9 inside the iPhone 6s and 3x faster than the iPhone 6’s A8 while consuming two-thirds of the power of the A9 (half the power of the A8)

Running iOS 10, the new iPhones deliver the longest battery life on any iPhone. On average, Apple said, iPhone 6s users moving to an iPhone 7 can expect two additional hours of battery life per day versus their iPhone 6s.

And if you plan on upgrading from an iPhone 6s Plus to an iPhone 7 Plus, you’re looking at an additional hour of run time.Of course, Apple will be offering New cases battery cases, charging docks


Thankfully, Apple has replaced the current 16/64/128GB storage tiers by doubling the storage tiers to 32/128/256GB. By the way, the Jet Black comes only in 128GB and 256GB sizes.

Pricing and availability
The iPhone 7 starts at $649, just like the iPhone 6s which is now a $100 cheaper, with higher-storage models and the iPhone 7 Plus costing more. As a rule of thumb, the new lineup costs the same as the iPhone 6s family cost before today’s announcement.

Oh, and the iPhone Upgrade Program has expanded and is now available in the United States, United Kingdom and China to give customers there financing options when buying a new device.Apple will start taking pre-orders for the new phones this Friday, and they’ll be shipping on September 16 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and select other countries.

One week later, the new phones will hit additional markets. The new AirPods will ship in late October, priced at $159, while iOS 10 will release next Tuesday, September 13.

AirPods price availability
To learn more about the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the technologies built into these new phones, read Apple’s press release and see

And that, boys and girls, is the new iPhone 7

iPhone tricks Apple has been hiding from its Users

Set a sleep timer for your music.

If you like to drift off to peaceful slumber to serene, relaxing music, but you don’t want it to keep playing long after you’re asleep, you can set a timer through the Clock app.timer

Create your own custom vibration pattern.

You can tap out your own vibration pattern to customize it for certain contacts or for types of notifications. Just go to Settings>Sounds>Ringtones>Vibration>Create New Vibration and use your finger to tap out the pattern.vib.jpg

Flashing alerts.

If you’re in a crowded restaurant and waiting on an important call, you could easily miss your ringtone or vibration. Take it up a notch by enabling the camera’s LED for notifications through Settings>General>Accessibility.


Make your phone run faster by clearing up RAM.

If you hold down the power button long enough to see the “slide to power off” prompt and then hold down the home button, the screen will go blank and then your home screen will re-appear.


Provide critical medical information in case of emergency.

You always knew your phone was a lifesaver, but now it literally could be. You don’t necessarily want to rely on your phone to cough up important information when your life is on the line, but it’s another helpful tool. Fill out the form under the Health app with as little or as much detail as you like; remember, this information is available without unlocking your phone, so only put in info that you’re comfortable sharing.

Hard reset.

When absolutely nothing else will work, it’s time for a hard reset. Sometimes your phone just needs a timeout. Hold down the home and lock buttons for five seconds or until the Apple symbol shows up and you’ll be back in business.hard reboot.jpg

Am sure With this few tricks you can now operate and enjoy your iPhone smoothly. feel free to comment and add your contributions.

Apple Music Festival London lineup announced: Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, more

The Apple Music festival in London has been always been a staple of the fall pop music scene, but never has it been more integral to Apple’s operations than this year – when Apple Music is locked in a battle for supremacy among streaming services and Tim Cook is pushing services revenue as a replacement for Apple’s sagging hardware unit sales.This year’s event will not only be available on Apple’s product lineup but also PCs, and for the first time through the Apple Music App on Android which launched in November of last year. That means a much wider audience. Today, Apple announced the headlining lineup …Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975 Headline Festival’s 10th Anniversary. 
Dates for the festival, which marks its 10 year anniversary this year, were announced 3 days ago. More artists may yet be added to the line-up. Last year, the festival was headlined by Pharrell and One Direction but several other artists were announced including The Weeknd before it kicked off. Last fall, Apple renovated the Roundhouse venue where the festival is held to make it more environmentally friendly. Apple also hopes to avoid the ticketing issues that have caused issues in years past.Apple Music Festival 2016 runs from September 18 to September 30. Fans based in the UK can apply to win tickets by entering prize draws on Apple Music, as well as through select media partners.

Apple’s has published artwork for the artists listed above and included quotes from many of them in the press release below.

“I love London and performing at the Roundhouse! I can’t wait to see you there. It’s going to be magic!” – Alicia Keys
“We’re massively excited to play Apple Music Festival for many reasons, but mainly because it’ll be our first proper London show after the release of our new album, ‘Wild World.’” “The Roundhouse is such a beautiful venue and it’s in our hometown, so I can’t think of a better place to play a bunch of new songs for the first time.” – Bastille
“I’m so excited to go back to London, which is a special place for me to visit and I’m really looking forward to performing at the Apple Music Festival. It’s also their 10th birthday! It’s going to be a great party.” – Britney Spears
“I’m very excited to be headlining at this year’s Apple Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London, and for everyone around the world to be able to watch it live on Apple Music.” – Calvin Harris
“I am so excited to be playing at the Roundhouse. I love London and can’t wait to share this fantastic experience at the Apple Music Festival with my fans.” – Elton John
“We are looking forward to returning to the iconic Roundhouse this year to play one of our favorite festivals, the Apple Music Festival, and perform new music for our fans!” – OneRepublic
“We’re really looking forward to being a part of this year’s Apple Music Festival. We loved playing at The Roundhouse for the 2013 Festival and are excited to be heading back this year.” – The 1975

WhatsApp starting to share data with Facebook – here’s how to opt out

When Facebook bought secure messaging app WhatsApp for $19B back in 2014, the company was careful to reassure users that its commitment to privacy would not be in any way compromised. WhatsApp has today updated its privacy policy to allow it to share both phone numbers and analytics data with Facebook.By coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them.While the change is a relatively small one, and the company stresses that your phone number will not be sold or shared with advertisers, some may still be unhappy with the move.

If you want to opt out of your data being shared with Facebook, there are two ways you can do it. First, by unchecking the box you’ll see just above the ‘Agree’ button when you are asked to agree to the revised terms. Second, by going into account settings at any time in the 30 days after agreeing the terms.The change comes a month after a security researcher found a message storage flaw in WhatsApp that he believes is also present in iMessage. On a more positive note, FreedomPop’s latest SIM offers unlimited WhatsApp usage completely free of charge.

Apple signs deal with Cash Money Records to fund documentary

 Apple’s deal with Cash Money Records isn’t for exclusive Apple Music content, but rather for an exclusive documentary, reports Bloomberg.Apple today has inked a new deal with one of the most popular music labels, Cash Money Records. The co-founder of the label, Birdman, posted on Instagram confirming the deal, sharing a picture of himself with Apple Music executive Larry Jackson. “It’s official…Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music,” Birdman’s Instagram post said.Cash Money Records, for those unfamiliar, houses some of the top artists in rap and all of music right now, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Birdman, and others. Former Cash Money artists include Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Bow Wow, and others.

Since Apple Music’s launch, Apple has had a strong relationship with Drake, who was on-stage during the Apple Music unveil keynote and reportedly inked his own $19 million deal with Apple earlier this year. As part of that deal, Drake’s recent “Views” album was an Apple Music exclusive for two weeks. Additionally, Drake has hosted a show on Apple’s always-on Beats 1 radio service.Cash Money Records, however, has had a rocky few years. Lil Wayne has accused the company and Birdman of not paying artists promptly and mismanaging talent. Wayne has also accused Birdman of stifling creativity and not allowing artists to release music on time.Nevertheless, the deal with Apple could help Cash Money solve some of its problems. Young Money Entertainment – the imprint of Cash Money that houses Tyga, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and others – has put out eleven number 1 albums in the United States and should Apple be able to get exclusive rights to future offerings, it would have a strong advantage over services like Spotify. Interestingly, however, Lil Wayne is believed to be a part-owner of Tidal (via MBW).
Part of the deal likely hinges upon Apple offering Cash Money artists free promotion both in iTunes and on Apple Music, something it has done in the past for various exclusive offerings, including Taylor Swift’s tour documentary.
Beyond exclusive streaming rights, the partnership could see Apple and Cash Money working together to co-produce video content. It’s been reported in the past that Apple has worked directly with artists on music videos, while Eddy Cue himself has explained that the company is looking for exclusive content opportunities when they complement existing products.
Over recent weeks, Apple has gained exclusive rights to a pair of big upcoming releases: Britney Spears’ “Glory” and Frank Ocean’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Even if Cash Money’s reputation has become slightly tainted over the past two years, this deal is big for Apple. Apple is likely hoping that its money and talent will breathe new life into Cash Money and its artists.

Uploading photos and videos from your library to your Instagram story

1) In the Instagram app, tap on the + sign in the upper left corner to add a new story. This will take you into camera mode.

2) This is where you can choose to record a video, or snap a photo. But what we want to do is bring up our photo library. To do this, simply pull down on the screen, and an image picker will be revealed at the top.

3) From there, simply choose the photo or video you want to upload. You may of course annotate it before uploading it.

There are some limitations to this. First and foremost, only pictures or videos captured within the last 24 hours will be available and eligible to be shared on your story. Anything shot over 24 hours ago will not even show in the image picker.The second limitation is that if you upload a video that is longer than 10 seconds, it will automatically be cropped to fit the the 10-second format. In that case, I’d suggest editing the video first to crop it as you want it, then upload it to your story.And that is all there is to it. It’s definitely not complicated, but not completely obvious either.

How to Identify Touch ID Fingerprints on iPhone & iPad with an Easy Trick

For most of us setting up Touch ID, users go through the initial process of adding a fingerprint or two on their iPhone or iPad and don’t think much beyond it. Maybe you went through the process again to add the same finger a few times to make unlocking with Touch ID more reliable. For users who have added multiple different fingers to Touch ID though, if you didn’t name them to begin with, you may find that “Fingerprint 1” and “Fingerprint 2” aren’t the most descriptive names on the planet, and you have no idea which corresponds to your actual fingers in Touch ID.

Fortunately there’s an easy way to identify fingerprints in Touch ID and highlight a match with a super simple trick.
Highlighting & Identifying Fingerprints in Touch ID in iOS
This reads the fingerprint and shows you exactly which entry in Touch ID relates to what is being read by the sensor:

  • Open the Settings app and go to “Touch ID & Passcode”
  • Scroll down to the ‘Fingerprints’ section of the settings screen
  • Now place your finger on the Touch ID sensor to highlight the matching fingerprint within the Touch ID settings

The fingerprint match will highlight in gray briefly, fading in and out, making an easy and immediate identification when a print is matched to one existing in Touch ID. If there is no print match, nothing will highlight.

This is a great trick to help improve the feature by removing a fingerprint from Touch ID if it is not working well, and then adding a fingerprint a few times to make the unlocking ability even more reliable. This is particularly helpful for using Touch ID in cold weather where skin dries out, but it can apply to humid climates as well. Just remember to clean off your fingers first, a bunch of crusted cheeto fuzz is not going to improve the experience of recognition.One more thing to note; when you add a new fingerprint to Touch ID in the future, it’s a good idea to give it a name, as it helps in identifying beyond just using this fingerprint match trick.

Customize the Background Color, Font, & Text Size in Safari Reader for iOS

Safari Reader is a nice feature of the Safari web browser for iOS and Mac OS X that allows users to simplify the look of a webpage or article to just focus on the text and image content. Now with the latest versions of iOS, you can customize the look of Safari Reader too, and choose a background color, a font, and even adjust the font size of onscreen text on any webpage on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This makes Reader particularly great for users who are reading text on webpages and find it too difficult to read, or perhaps they want to implement their own ‘night mode’ and reduce the bright white glare of the text background.
How to Change Font, Font Size, & Background Color of Safari Reader View in iOS

  • The customizations are possible in Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Open Safari in iOS as usual and browse to a webpage or article that you would typically place into Reader view
  • Tap on the Reader icon in the URL bar of Safari to enter into 

Now in Reader mode, tap on the “aA” button in the opposite corner of the Reader button to access the various customization options for Safari Reader modeCustomize SAFARI READER BUTTON

  • Set changes to Safari Reader as follows:
  • Small A – Shrink the font size
  • Large A – Increase the font size (tap repeatedly to greatly increase the text size on webpages)
  • The color bubbles: white, beige, dark grey, black – these set the background color of Safari reader view
  • Choose a font option as appropriate to your preferences; Athelas, Charter, Georgia, Iowan, Palatino, San Francisco, Seravek, Times New Roman

Customize Safari Reader appearance with font size and font changes and background color

  • Enjoy the article in Safari Reader view, exit by tapping the Reader button in the left corner of the URL bar again

You’ll notice when playing around with the customizations that the effects are instant, giving you a live preview of what the freshly styled Safari Reader view looks like.For example, here’s Safari Reader set with a dark background for nighttime reading, and a much bigger font:

Safari Reader customized for night mode with big fonts

Safari Reader is particularly useful on the iPhone where it can turn a non-mobile friendly page into a mobile friendly and more readable version, particularly if you’ve requested the mobile site from the desktop site and it failed to load, or perhaps because the site didn’t have a mobile version or it still wasn’t friendly enough to read.Interestingly enough, the ability to adjust only the font size this way was around in some of the earlier versions of iOS Safari, but was removed for 7 and 8, to make a return again in iOS 9 Safari, with even more customizable options and reader improvements. Thus, if you don’t see the feature, it’s likely because you haven’t updated iOS to the latest version, or you’re on a very ancient version.

Hands on new ios 10 beta 4 features changes

iOS 10 beta 4 was released earlier today, and while there are fewer new features as we get closer to the final release, there are some notable additions and changes.The headlining feature in iOS 10 beta 4 is definitely the new and updated emoji. Not only will you find brand new emoji, but you’ll also find updates to many existing emoji characters. We’ve outlined some of the emoji-centric changes in a previous post.

Here the new features for now 

  • New Control Center splash screen
  • Date in Notification Center
  • No haptic feedback when locking iPhone
  • Star ratings for popular music make a return to the Apple Music
  • Old wallpaper makes a comeback
  • Faster animations
  • Safari delete bug fix
  • New keyboard sounds
  • Full screen quick reply
  • New and updated emoji