An Easy Guide To Setting Up + Using Apple Pay In iOS 8.1

An Easy Guide To Setting Up + Using Apple Pay In iOS 8.1 1

One month after the release of iOS 8.0, Apple officially rolled out iOS 8.1 today with a major new feature: Apple Pay, the Touch ID-powered digital transaction software. As of now, Apple Pay is solely available for U.S. users of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it will also be supported — partially — by the iPad Air

Review: APC M5BK + M10BK 5000/10000mAh Mobile Power Packs

Review: APC M5BK + M10BK 5000/10000mAh Mobile Power Packs 8

The last time we reviewed an APC USB battery pack was all the way back in 2007: the handsome $70 UPB10 was capable of recharging the original iPhone twice, and came with its own wall adapter. Many new USB batteries have been released over the past seven years, but we haven’t seen anything new from APC until now. Thankfully, the

First Look: HiFiMan RE300i + RE-400 Waterline In-Ear Headphones

First Look: HiFiMan RE300i + RE-400 Waterline In-Ear Headphones 16

Admired by headphone obsessives for its value-focused audio gear, HiFiMan has debuted RE300i ($50), a budget-priced earphone model targeted at iPod, iPhone, and iPad users. Featuring an integrated three-button remote control and mic unit, RE300i’s glossy white all-plastic construction and sparing collection of pack-ins have a distinctly OEM-style first impression. But the inclusion of extra filters — the little parts

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2 + iPad mini 3

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2 + iPad mini 3 25

Every time Apple holds a media event, it delivers a pithy, upbeat spin on its new hardware and software—sometimes omitting good and bad details that prospective customers would want to know. Today’s iPad event was no different, as there were some interesting details left out about both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Here they are: (1) One

Apple introduces Apple SIM, multi-carrier cellular SIM card

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Buried in other announcements today, Apple has introduced Apple SIM, a single pre-installed SIM card that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.” Pre-installed on Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple SIM provides a list

New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad Air 2

New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad Air 2 32

Alongside today’s announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has updated the prior $39 iPad Smart Covers and $69-$79 iPad Smart Cases. Apple’s iPad Air Smart Cover now comes in seven colors—blue, red, yellow, green, black, white, or red—each made from polyurethane, and compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. By comparison, the leather

iPad stats: 225 million sold, 675,000 apps

During his introduction of new iPads today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that 225 million iPads have already been sold—70 million of them in the last 12 months, outstripping the unit sales of any PC manufacturer over the past year. Cook also noted that the product has a 100% customer satisfaction rating, and now has 675,000 iPad-specific apps available.

Apple formally debuts iTunes 12 after three months of betas

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Oddly released without any fanfare in beta form to developers back in July, iTunes 12 has officially debuted at Apple’s media event today. As noted in our What’s New in iTunes 12 article, the Mac and PC application has received a “flatter” cosmetic overhaul inspired by iOS 7 and iOS 8. It largely does away with the traditional sidebar found

iOS 8.1 gets official, adding Apple Pay, photo features (Oct. 20)

Following earlier beta releases of iOS 8.1, Apple today formally announced the release of the first point update to September’s iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 adds support for Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as bringing back user-requested features, including the Camera Roll. Apple is also using iOS 8.1

Apple Pay to launch Oct. 20 in U.S., 500 new banks on board

Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, has been confirmed for an October 20, 2014 launch in the United States. A collection of previously-announced retailers will be the first to have Apple Pay in their stores. Five hundred additional banks have signed up to support Apple Pay since it was announced,

Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An iPhone 6 (Plus) World?

Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An iPhone 6 (Plus) World? 34

Heading into Apple’s iPad and Mac event this Thursday, there’s no question that demand for their smaller brother — the iPhone — is surging. A record of 10 million iPhones sold in the opening weekend is reportedly on the cusp of being trumped by an additional 20 million pre-orders for China alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone 6

Review: SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers for iPhone 6

Review: SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers for iPhone 6 38

SwitchEasy is often one of the first companies to offer cases for Apple’s new devices, and almost always a leader in pricing, as well. Three new iPhone 6 cases represent a fairly wide array of different protective options for the smaller of Apple’s new iPhones. The first is 0.35 ($15), a 0.35mm thick layer of soft plastic sold in five

First Look: SwitchEasy Odyssey + Tones for iPhone 6

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Sent to us in somehow incomplete form, SwitchEasy’s new Odyssey ($20) and Tones ($20) are less expensive iPhone 6 versions of cases previously released for the iPhone 5/5s. Both cases are sold in two-tone variations, with Odyssey’s grippy rear bars evoking the minimalist, futuristic designs of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Tones using shapes that mimic the iPhone 6’s unusual

Review: GE Link Connected LED Bulb + Wink Hub

Review: GE Link Connected LED Bulb + Wink Hub 60

The growth of iOS-compatible home automation products has been impossible to ignore, especially over the past year: accessory makers are now competing to release everything from power outlets to wall switches, thermostats, and lightbulbs with wireless connectivity. In partnership with Quirky, General Electric has just set off a much-needed price war in the lightbulb category with an LED bulb family

Review: Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air

Review: Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 67

Premium-priced iPad keyboard cases face a substantial obstacle: there are so many good or great sub-$100 options that it’s hard to justify a $130 or $150 MSRP. That hasn’t stopped developers from trying, however, and the results have been consistently interesting, though rarely worth recommending. Last year, Belkin came up with an exception called the Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for

Review: Logitech Type+ Case With Keyboard For iPad Air

Review: Logitech Type+ Case With Keyboard For iPad Air 76

When the original iPad debuted four years ago, we pegged keyboard cases as a critically important accessory category — the bridge between tablets and laptops. Despite Apple’s insistence that people would eventually prefer typing on virtual keyboards, the iPhone demonstrated that tiny glass surfaces with zero feedback were no match for physical keyboards in comfort or accuracy; even the iPad’s

Review: Touchfire Case and Keyboard for iPad Air

Review: Touchfire Case and Keyboard for iPad Air 84

When the original iPad debuted four years ago, we pegged keyboard cases as a critically important accessory category — the bridge between tablets and laptops. Despite Apple’s insistence that people would eventually prefer typing on virtual keyboards, the iPhone demonstrated that tiny glass surfaces with zero feedback were no match for physical keyboards in comfort or accuracy; even the iPad’s

Review: Flote Orbit Tablet Stand

Review: Flote Orbit Tablet Stand 93

Most of the iPad stands we test are small and effectively portable: lightweight, made from plastic or metal, and relatively inexpensive. Some iPad stands, however, have been ridiculously overpriced; it’s hard to justify $80-$130 price tags when virtually identical functionality can be had for $20-$30 elsewhere. Flote’s Orbit ($130) is the rare iPad stand that’s actually worthy of a premium

Editorial: Why I Switched To T-Mobile (And You Might, Too)

Editorial: Why I Switched To T-Mobile (And You Might, Too) 100

There really shouldn’t be anything momentous about switching cellular carriers, but this year was different for me. After seven years of using AT&T, I finally switched to one of its competitors. I’ve been expecting to switch for six years, yet the process of actually doing it turned out to be a bigger deal than I’d imagined. If you’re thinking of

Review: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Review: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 107

One of the challenges we face when reviewing any new accessory in a crowded category is recognizing when a collection of little features elevate something that’s good on the surface to something great overall. Wacom’s Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($80) is arguably one of those accessories – roughly the 50th stylus we’ve seen for iOS devices, but one that hits

The Early Guide To Apple Watch Apps

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Apple is marketing the upcoming Apple Watch as a fashion, fitness, and functional accessory—something to wear, work out with, and use to do everyday tasks. Ever since the Watch was shown last month, iLounge’s editors have been discussing what truly makes it different from the earlier sixth-generation iPod nano, the device that obviously inspired Apple Watch’s basic look and feel.

iLounge’s Top iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Case Picks (Fall 2014)

iLounge’s Top iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Case Picks (Fall 2014) 148

Dozens of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases have arrived at our offices over the past month — some of them preceding the official releases of the iPhones themselves. We’ve been busy testing all of them, and now that we’ve seen what most of the major iPhone case makers have done this generation — hint: modest updates to

Review: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Review: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 168

Several times over the past decade, excellent first-generation JBL speaker designs have proved difficult to improve upon in sequels. Harman Multimedia’s budget-conscious division has released desktop and portable speakers that were unbeatable for their price points, then tried with mixed results to develop more compelling “step up” models at $30 to $50 premiums. As just one example, the 2013 speaker

Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones

Review: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones 174

Thanks to continuous improvements in technology, the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” maxim is hard to follow these days. Digital music players considered superb several years ago seem antiquated today despite continuing to perform wonderfully, so it’s no surprise that yesterday’s near-perfect music accessories are receiving updates to remain relevant. Bowers & Wilkins’ original C5 In-Ear Headphones