How to share pictures directly to Instagram from the Photos app 0

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 10

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! 10

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 6

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...

Best iPad apps for document editing and management 4

I’ve been spending the past week or so doing some app spring cleaning on my iPad, partially in preparation for the arrival of my new 9.7” iPad Pro on Thursday. During the process I realized that I have way too many document editing apps — half of which I have...

How to automatically add Trello cards to Todoist with iOS 0

As you may have noticed over the last month or so, I’ve had a little bit of a fascination with workflow automation and iOS. While some of it is the aftermath of trying to go iPad only, most of it is simply because I love using iOS to make managing...

7 must-have iPhone apps for traveling abroad 4

Traveling abroad, especially for the first time, can be overwhelming. From figuring out transit systems to finding places to say, there’s a lot to consider. That’s why over the past several years, I’ve come to rely on a handful of choice apps to help me travel better, smarter, and cheaper....

Best iPhone tripods and mounts for photographers 3

In a few weeks my partner and I are heading to London and Iceland for a 2 week long vacation. While London definitely isn’t a first for us, Iceland is. This trip also marks another important first for me — it’s the very first time I’m leaving my DSLR at...

How to track all 3 of your credit scores for free from your iPhone 0

There are lots of finance apps available for iPhone these days. Some of them make tasks that used to be painfully irritating easier than ever — like monitoring your credit report and viewing your credit scores. Even better, if you have the right combination of finance apps, you can regularly...