The Ultimate Guide to Apple Pay

Apple Pay Guide

One of the major new features introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 is Apple Pay, an easy and secure way to pay for goods and services both at physical locations and online. The concept of using your iPhone for payment isn't anything new. Take a trip to any local Starbucks and you're guaranteed to see people whipping out their phones to pay for their grande peppermint mochas. Starbucks and a handful of retailers embraced Passbook, but it the process remains convoluted at best. Individual retailers needed separate accounts setup and in the case of Starbucks, you have to fund your account in order to make payments. Apple Pay changes all of that. It's a modern spin on an old payment system. Easy. Secure. There's a reason why it's a big … [Read more...]

Zagg InvisibleShield Glass for iPhone 6 Review

Zagg Glass Review

Since the existence of smartphones, screen protectors have been a necessary evil to protect displays from unwanted scratches. Often made of plastic, these still remain highly effective for the intended task. Over the years, manufacturers have expanded their offerings with different styles. You can purchase versions that offer a matte finish and in some cases, there are different price points for higher quality options. These are still available and prices have come down incredibly low, with a 3-pack often costing less than $10. In my experience, the Corning Gorilla Glass on the iPhone has seen vast improvements. Scratch protection is a smaller battle when looking to keep your iPhone in pristine condition. Of greater concern is protecting … [Read more...]

How to send an iTunes Gift

How to send iTunes gift

Tis' the season of gift giving and finding the right gift for that special someone isn't always easy. We all have that person on our Christmas list that "has everything", making it exceedingly difficult to find the perfect gift. If you have that kind of person on your list, a great option is a gift to the iTunes Store. If they own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, they can use it to purchase movies, TV shows, music, books and apps for iOS and Mac. The App Store is a subset of iTunes, so your gift can be used on apps, books or media. If you want to personalize your gift, you can go so far as to send a specific app or album. Sending your favorite app or album is a great way to share your something great with others. There are many options to give … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Black Friday iOS App Deals

Black Friday app deals

If you've recovered from your tryptophan induced turkey coma and looking to score some great Black Friday deals, you can do so right from your iPhone. Sure the focus each year is on doorbuster TVs, but with each year, consumers are often finding better deals before and after Black Friday. A sale isn't a great sale unless it's a great product. With that in mind, we've combed the App Store, selecting the absolute best iOS app deals for iPhone and iPad. There are plenty of apps on sale and plenty more to come with Cyber Monday. We've boiled down the list to those worthy of your consideration. Most of these apps have found their way to our Best Apps section or more recently, in our Apps of the Week features, where we highlight the best and … [Read more...]

Apple iPhone 6 Leather Case Review

Apple iPhone 6 leather case review

With any new iPhone, especially one that introduces a new form factor, there is a race to deliver new cases. The iPhone 6 is an absolutely stunning piece of aluminum and glass, but it's not impervious to scratches. As the manufacturer, Apple of course has advanced access and can spend time 'perfecting' their accessories. When it comes to cases designed by Apple, there are two distinctly different options – leather or silicone. Both command a slightly higher premium compared to third-party accessory manufacturers. I've spent time evaluating the Apple iPhone 6 Leather case. Does it hold up to the demands of every day use? Is it the perfect accompaniment to the iPhone 6? … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Crossy Road, Stringer and more

Apps of the week

It's been a busy week or so here at everythingiCafe, with our site moving to a new server. We missed last week's Apps of the Week, but we're not leaving those apps or you stranded. We're doubling down, offering you a look at the absolute best apps from the past two weeks. This week, we find fresh outlooks on crossing roads and shuffling our music, get ready to defend our towers and dispense with words in favor of our favorite animated gifs. This is the everythingiCafe Apps for the Week for November 24th. … [Read more...]

Killing The App Store, One Great Developer At A Time

The Killing App Store

What if I told you that developers were going to stop making apps? If you were around when the App Store didn't exist, the thought of an existence with nothing but stock apps is pretty scary. Try using an iPhone without any third party apps for a bit and let me know how that works out. I get frustrated when I have to wait for my apps to restore from iCloud. Apps are the lifeblood of any and all iPhones. That's why it pains me to see a rogue group of users slowly killing the App Store, one developer at a time. … [Read more...]

The Apple TV Setup Process Sucks, But It’s Fixable

4th gen Apple TV

The Apple TV setup process is awful, but it's not any different from the experience on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google's Nexus Player and any other obscure media streaming box you want to add to the bunch. Having set-up an Xbox One over the weekend, you can add that too. Pretty much everyone is in agreement that cable boxes and the overall TV watching experience is flawed. That's not going to improve anytime soon, but we should demand better from our streaming media boxes. We can all hope that Tim Cook rides in on his white horse with something that magically transforms TV. In the interim, Apple has an opportunity to rise above the crowded field of media streamers. I seem to collect media streamers as if they were Twitter clients. … [Read more...]

Netflix Update Optimized for iPhone 6, iOS 8, Offers 1080p on iPhone 6 Plus

Netflix iOS 8

Netflix released a major update today. Version 7.0 has been optmized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This means it takes full advantage of those big displays, allowing you to see more content, without scrolling. Also on the changelog is support for iOS 8 and Chromecast improvements. If you went big with this last iPhone release, this app offers some clear advantages for iPhone 6 Plus owners. On the iPhone 6 Plus, the Netflix app offers 1080p video. Not too shabby. Netflix is available as a free update from the App Store. … [Read more...]

Does the iPhone need more RAM?


Apple has typically been a company whose focus has been on the user experience and that's largely the same today, at least when marketing to their base. Their yearly events tell a different story, often using those to inform the tech industry of serious performance gains, all of which are warranted. The A8 processor is a beast of a processor and one that offers impressive performance gains over the previous generation. The iPhone 6 checks plenty of boxes. It's the first true big screen iPhone, follows their tradition of stellar hardware build and continues to ship with upgrades abound. In a year that saw so many upgrades, why are they continuing to ship iPhones with a paltry 1GB of RAM? … [Read more...]