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Why Apple Maps lead me to a meltdown in Central London

There are rumors that iOS 8 will be addressing a lot of lingering concerns over the reliability and usefulness of Apple's Maps. I very much hope so. Because I bring to you this Monday a tale of woe. A tale of using Apple Maps navigation, Central London and lots and lots of swearing. This is the...
iOS 7.1 is out! Update adds CarPlay support, improves Siri, iTunes Radio, more

iOS 7.1 is out! Update adds CarPlay support, improves Siri, iTunes Radio, iPhone 4 performance

Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1 . The new version is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) download. CarPlay, enhancements to Siri and iTunes Radio, and other changes have been made in the new release - including some performance improvement for long-suffering iPhone 4 users. Apple...
Cortana v Siri

Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple has updated their iOS version distribution, and it’s looking solid as ever. Six months after its launch, iOS 7 is on 87% of iPhones and iPads, while iOS 6 has 11% share, and 2% of users are running anything earlier. This is in stark contrast to Android’s latest version, KitKat 4.4, which...
Is iOS 7 functional — and stable — enough for you?

Is iOS 7 functional — and stable — enough for you?

Full disclosure: I live on my iPhone 5s. I'm on it almost constantly. I have very few problems with iMessage. I don't get a lot of crashes. And while I have a Nexus 5, when I'm on my iPhone I don't find myself missing much if any major functionality. (I am missing a bunch of minor stuff, but I'll...
Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

With iOS 7.1 Apple's added a new feature to Siri, their personal digital assistant — the ability to manually control how long Siri listens. The concept is remarkably similar to the old push-to-talk systems, just hold down the Home button, start talking, and then let go of the Home button and Siri...
iOS 7.1 review

iOS 7.1 review

It's trite. It's cliché. But it's what a lot of people are going to say. iOS 7.1 is what iOS 7 should have been. Given that iOS 7 enjoyed less development time than any previous version — 10 months instead of the usual 12, or the 15 afforded iOS 5 — it's certainly understandable. Given that it's...
iOS 7.1

Have you updated to iOS 7.1 yet?

Have you updated to iOS 7.1 yet? It's been just over 48 hours since iOS 7.1 hit, so have you updated yet? A point update – no matter how much some of us are waiting on it – doesn't usually draw the same excitement as a full blown new iOS version, but there's no denying that a lot of us have been...
Battery life

iOS 7.1 battery life the same or worse than before say iMore readers

A week ago we ran a reader poll asking about your iOS 7.1 battery life, and we've had some interesting results. A full week after the update came out, we'd all had a decent amount of time to discharge and recharge our iPhone and iPad batteries and get a better feel for whether or not anything had...
How to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0.4 with evasi0n 7

How to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0.4 with evasi0n 7

evasi0n 7 has recently been updated with many fixes to both the jailbreak itself and to Cydia, which solve a lot of the concerns that kept us from recommending it until now. If you've been waiting patiently to jailbreak iOS 7.0.4, we can walk you through the entire process from start to finish....

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iWork for iCloud updated for OS X and iOS, free with any new iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Numbers, Keynote, and Pages which comprise Apple's iWork suite have all been updated for both iOS and OS X. New features include collaboration tools to work in documents in conjunction with others. All three apps are also now free with the purchase of any new iOS device or Mac.

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iTunes Radio reaches 20 million listeners, over 1 billion songs played

iTunes Radio, which was debuted with iOS 7, has already reached over 20 million listeners and 1 billion played songs since it's launch in September, according to Tim Cook live from Apple's iPad event.

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How to block adult websites and other pages from iOS 7 Safari

If you're a parent and you own an iPhone or iPad, odds are your children spend a great deal of time with them too. If you have teenagers in the house who have their own iPhone or iPads, there may be websites you want to completely block from their devices. Luckily, iOS 7 lets you easily do so. Here's how:

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Apple 2013 iPad & Mac event preview

We're only hours away from Apple's 2013 iPad and Mac event, and just like the invitation says, there's a lot left to cover. Last year we got the improved iPad 4, all new iPad mini, redesigned iMac, and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. This year we're looking forward to a thinner, lighter iPad 4, Retina iPad mini 2, the all new Mac Pro, Haswell chipset-based MacBook Pro bumps, and... well, that's the real question, isn't it?

Tim Cook will come out and talk Apple Retail and Apple core values. Phil Schiller will show off new iOS and Mac hardware. Craig Federighi will demonstrate new features. Eddy Cue will take us to the iClouds. Jony Ive and Dan Riccio will show up in the videos. But what will they be talking about?

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How to rearrange locations in the Weather app for iPhone in iOS 7

The Weather app got quite the facelift in iOS 7 and some of the ways you perform certain actions have changed. One of those is how to rearrange all the locations you have inside the Weather app. Here's how:

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How to access iCloud Tabs in iOS 7 Safari for iPhone

iCloud Tabs let you quickly and easily access web pages that you've already opened in Safari on your other Apple devices, be they other iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, or Macs. That's right, any and every other Apple device you own, if it's logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID, will automatically share its tabs with every other device. (Tabs created in Private Browsing mode are excluded, of course - Apple doesn't judge!) While this isn't a new feature, and works pretty much the same on Mac and iPad as it did previously, for iPhone and iPod touch, the way you access iCloud Tabs has changed in iOS 7. Here's how it's done now!

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iOS 7 round table review: One month later

iOS 7 launched a month ago, though in truth many of us have been using it for several months now, counting the beta. Some of the amazing new features have been transformative, and changed the way we use our iPhones and iPads every day. Others... have been buggy and frustrating. So, overall, how has iOS 7 been working for the writers and editors of iMore?

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How to quickly view all images in an iMessage or text thread on iPhone and iPad with iOS 7

The Messages app got a complete overhaul in iOS 7 and the changes weren't limited to just visual ones. One of the best new features of the Messages app is the ability to view all images you've received and sent in a thread in one easy to access place. Here's how:

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How to improve the audio quality of calls on iPhone

We've all undoubtedly been in a situation where we've had to take a call while there was lots of background noise going on around us. This can make it hard for the person on the other end to distinguish what we're saying. Luckily, iOS has some options that can help us improve call quality through noise cancellation as long as you're running iOS 7 or later. Here's how to enable the option:

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How to wipe all of your personal data off an iPad or iPhone

If you're selling your iPhone or iPad or passing it on to someone else, the first thing you'll want to do is make sure they won't have access to any of your personal data. Fortunately, iOS makes it very easy to wipe all your data off your old iPhone or iPad, no computer required. Here's how:

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How to create calendar events in iOS directly in the Messages and Mail apps

It's not uncommon for us to email and message people about plans we're making with them. If you pay close attention, iOS seems to know when we do this by underlining certain text. That isn't just to make it stand out more, it's to make it easier for you to add events to your Calendar app.

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How to let other people add photos to your shared Photo Streams with iOS 7

Prior to iOS 7 you could share a Photo Stream with friends and family but they could only comment on photos and view them. It left a lot of people not wanting to use Photo Stream due to the lack of full functionality and usefulness. Luckily, iOS 7 has changed that and now allows you to let other people contribute photos too.

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How to close multiple apps at once in iOS 7

Multitasking got a huge boost in iOS 7. Not only did Apple expand background processing to every app — and intelligently so! — but they created an entirely new fast app switcher interface as well. Based on the cards metaphor, you can now flip through them, and even flip them away... And you can do it for up to three apps at a time!

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How to disable nicknames for Messages, Phone, and Mail in iOS 7

When Siri came around with the iPhone 4S, we were then able to give ourselves a nickname for her to call us. This nickname then got added to our contact card. If you shared that contact card with anyone, they'd then have your nickname attached to it. Ironically, if you have nicknames enabled in iOS 7, that's the name that will show up for them in message threads, their Contacts, and any other communication you have with that person. In some cases, nicknames can be quite silly and you may not want that displaying for a certain contact.

Luckily you can completely disable iOS from using nicknames. Here's how:

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How to fix iOS 7 activation errors, get off expired betas, and get onto the release version

The iOS 7 betas have now expired, which means anyone still running one won't be able to use their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and won't even be able to get past Activation if they try. That's the reality of betas, and why only developers should be using them. But, stuff happens, people get stuck, and even developers can forget they're running betas. So, if your iOS 7 beta expired - whether you know it or not - and if you're experiencing activation errors, what can you do? Easy, just update to the release version of iOS 7. And luckily, iMore told you how to do it weeks ago.

You can try just updating first, you can try downloading the firmware files on your own, you can try an automatic restore, and all else failing, you can try a DFU restore. Here are the details:

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How to create your own station in iTunes Radio for iOS

If you're running iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad, iTunes Radio comes bundled right in the Music app. While you can always listen to the stations Apple is currently featuring, you can also create your own based on any genre, album, or track you'd like.

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Apple won't let you share directly to Google+, so Google's doing something about it

As it sits now, if you want to share a photo to Google+ from your iPhone, you need to take a photo with the Camera app, leave the app, and launch Google+. There really isn't any easy way to communicate with Google apps unless it's a third party developer that's went out of their way to include support. According to the Google+ Developers Blog, Google plans on changing that with a Google+ iOS SDK for developers.

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How to remove someone from your Block List in iOS 7

For iPhone and iPad users on iOS 7, you can easily block someone from being able to message, call, or FaceTime you. What if you ever decide you don't want someone blocked any longer?

Here's how to remove people from your iOS Block List:

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How to block phone calls, FaceTime calls, and Messages on iPhone or iPad

If you've got an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 or higher, you have the ability to block people from being able to call you, send you messages, or FaceTime you. No more annoying calls to your carrier or extra fees are necessary as long as you're using an iPhone or an iPad.

Here's how to add someone to your Block List:

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Don't like how iOS 7 only shows first names in the Messages and Mail apps? Here's how to fix it!

If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, you've probably already noticed that the Messages and Mail apps both default to only showing the first name of a contact in a conversation thread. For those of us that have more than one John in our contacts, it can get pretty confusing. Fortunately, there's a way to turn last names back on by default.

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