3 third-party keyboards that’ll help you communicate better 2

With iOS 10 on the horizon, Messages users are about to get a ton of different fun messaging features and ways to communicate. There are a number of third-party keyboards available on the App Store, and while there still might be some kinks as to how quickly they load up,...

How to stop your iPhone from disturbing your sleep 0

We all love our devices, but oftentimes they can affect our sleep in a major way. You probably already know that we need a good amount of undisturbed sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips you can use to get a better night’s rest and keep...

5 helpful tips every Tweetbot user should know 0

Tweetbot has been my Twitter client of choice since the first time I used an iPhone. The official Twitter client has features tucked away and occasionally is not as intuitive as other 3rd party apps. As a long time Tweetbot user, I’d like to share some useful tips to help...

Best grilling and BBQ apps for iPhone 0

It’s the perfect season for grilling outside, but what if you have no clue what you’re doing behind the grill? With these apps you’ll find out how to get recipes, master techniques, and time your food just right. These apps are sure to help you go from an amateur to...

Best apps to mark up and annotate images on iPhone 5

One question I’m asked on a regular basis is “What apps are you using to mark up and annotate your images?” A few years ago, I would have told you that it wasn’t an easy task on iOS and you were better off using a Mac app, such as Napkin ....

How to share pictures directly to Instagram from the Photos app 1

I’ve never understood why there is no Instagram share extension for sharing pictures directly from the Photos app on my iPhone. In many cases, I prefer editing photos with apps like Afterlight or Polarr , both of which support app extensions and allow me to edit without ever having to leave the...

How to make your iPhone or iPad charge faster 12

All of us have been there, we have somewhere to be but our iPhone or iPad desperately needs to be charged. If you don’t have a battery pack at your disposal and are stuck waiting around, there’s a simple way you can make your iPhone or iPad charge faster....

How to share Apple Music and Spotify playlists the easy way 1

I was initially interested in Soundshare because I had been using Apple Music for the past couple of months and missed the collaborative playlists feature from Spotify, which I had used for years. Soundshare gives you the superpower to combine playlists no matter what music service you or your friends...

Experiencing bad iPhone battery life? Try this before restoring new! 11

For the past few weeks my iPhone 6s Plus ‘ battery has been dying way faster than it should. For example, on Sunday my battery was at 35% by 3pm under light usage. The next day it was at 18% by 2pm. Considering I’ve never experienced bad battery life on this particular iPhone,...

How to add custom recurring tasks to the Apple Reminders app 1

The Reminders app that comes with every iPhone and iPad is simple to use yet still offers more advanced features, such as recurring tasks. These are great for times when you want to set up certain reminders that you may have to remember to do on a daily, weekly, or...

6 Apple Watch apps I couldn’t live without 8

I’ve read numerous stories over the last few weeks about how the Apple Watch doesn’t seem to be useful in terms of apps, or how people are struggling to find uses for it. While I do agree there’s a lot of room for improvement, I don’t agree there aren’t any...

How to add Todoist tasks with Siri 5

Todoist has long been my favorite task manager for iOS. I use it every single day to make sure I stay on schedule with work and personal tasks. One thing I do always find myself missing with most task managers is the ability to quickly dictate something to Siri and have...

Double ended podcasting with iOS and iPad Pro 6

Ever since the release of the 12.9″ iPad Pro last fall, there has been a debate raging over whether or not it could truly be a laptop replacement. Last month’s launch of the 9.7″ model just fueled the fire. The iPad Pro is one of the more polarizing products Apple...

Developer tips: Quality assurance checks worth doing 0

The App Store has tons of applications and it can be hard to stand out amongst the big players. However, one of the ways developers can do this is by ensuring they get the little details right. A great app is one that stays great in all conditions. As a...

Episode 10: iPad Pro, apps, and cutting the cord 1

On this week’s episode of The App Factor Podcast Ally and Brian talk about the smaller iPad Pro and how Ally’s doing with the smaller Smart Keyboard. Brian also talks about cutting the cord and what apps and services are helping him do just that. And as always, lots and lots of apps!...

How to screen share on your Mac with iMessage 0

There are many times when family or friends need help with their Macs, or they aren’t sure how to do something. Trying to walk them through it blind is challenging, at best. Luckily, a little known feature in the Messages exists that allows me to share my screen instantly with...

Best manual camera apps for iPhone 6

Manual camera apps for iPhone offer better control over settings like exposure, focus, ISO, and shutter speed. If you’ve ever shot photos in an environment where the light wasn’t ideal or you had a rough time balancing shadows and light, you would benefit from a manual camera app. While these...

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard shortcuts guide 4

Back in November I purchased a 12.9″ iPad Pro and a Smart Keyboard to go with it. I was so used to my Belkin keyboard paired with my iPad Air 2 that I quickly became frustrated with the Smart Keyboard’s lack of a shortcut row. Before long I returned the...

How to unlock your Mac with an iPhone or Apple Watch 6

There aren’t a lot of apps I use regularly on my Apple Watch . The ones that I do use regularly consist of utilities that make my life easier, or apps that help me track things, like water intake or how many tasks I have left for the day. One of my favorite utilizes...

Best Apple Pencil apps if you don’t sketch or draw 8

When I purchased a 12.9” iPad Pro back in November, I bought an Apple Pencil to go with it. When I decided against the 12.9” iPad Pro , I still kept my Apple Pencil. Even though I don’t draw, I found a lot of other ways the Apple Pencil fit into my workflow — and because...