5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother

iphoneOne of the many reasons Apple’s iPhone lineup has been so popular over the years is because of how smooth and consistent the user experience tends to be. When it comes to mobile devices, however, there are always little tricks that can help smooth things out even more. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software offers some huge performance improvements in addition to big visual changes, new feature additions and some bug fixes.

Even still, there are a handful of things users can do in order to ensure that their iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds are running as smoothly as possible.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of five simple tips and tricks that Apple device owners can use in order to improve the performance and overall user experience on their devices. These tricks are especially important for people who own older iPhones and iPads – all of the new features in Apple’s recent iOS updates bring additional heft to the platform that can really slow older hardware down.

1. Get rid of crap you don’t need

The post advises users to be aware of what’s on their phone and to clear out clutter that is no longer in use. “To check your usage, go to Settings, then General, then scroll down and click Usage. It might take a minute to load, but you’ll be able to see which apps are taking up the most space on your iPhone. Then, remove what you can. That weird game you never play might actually be taking up a ton of space on your phone. Trash it!”

You can use Syncios to uninstall unwanted apps in one click. How to?

2. Treat it like a computer and clear your browser’s cache

Clearing your iPhone’s browser’s history, cookies and other data can actually have an impact on performance, believe it or not. “To do this, go to Settings, then Safari (or whatever browser app you use), then you’ll see ‘Clear History’ and ‘Clear Cookies and Data.’”

3. Delete old texts

iMessage history is stored in the cloud but heavy SMS users can definitely clear some space by deleting old conversations that are no longer needed. Simply open a chat, and then tap and hold on a sent message until you see the “More…” option pop up. Then choose the messages you want to delete or tap “Delete all.”

If you have a lot of old chats you don’t need, you can also swipe chats to the left in the Messages app’s conversations view to reveal a hidden “Delete” button.

4. Turn off auto app updates

Most people enjoy getting their hands on new features afforded by app updates, but if speed and performance is your top priority, disabling auto-updates might be a good idea. “To turn off auto app updates, go to Settings, then scroll down and click iTunes & App Store. There, push all of the buttons to the left to turn off automatic downloads.”

5. Turn off location services

HuffPo notes that this tip is important not just for speed, but also for battery life and privacy. “A lot of apps use location services to determine where you are, and it’s generally not necessary. Go to Settings, then Privacy, then Location Services. From there, you can choose to turn it off completely (not necessary) or just turn it off for certain apps. Some, like Maps, obviously need your location to best serve you. But many, like Facebook, don’t need to know where you are. Turn off location services for apps that don’t necessitate it. ”

 

5 gorgeous iPhone apps you need to check out right now (July 2014)

Welcome to the latest edition of our series on gorgeous iPhone apps. We talk about apps a great deal here on Syncios and the reason is fairly obvious: apps make the phone. Thanks to the advent of on-device application stores, smartphones now ship as blank canvases, waiting for users to fill them with third-party software that extends their functionality in any number of directions.

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In this series, we try to bring you the cream of the crop — apps that are beautifully designed as well as useful — to help fill your canvas.

You can also check: 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (a $24 value!)

Sunrise Calendar

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Since the calendar app is one of the most important apps on our phones, we always try to bring good options to your attention when we come across them. We have highlighted several in previous coverage, and now you have another great app to add to the list. Continue reading

How to Download iOS 7 Theme from Cydia

On Monday 10th June, Apple gave us our first view of iOS 7.  There is absolutely no doubt that this is the most radical change in iOS firmware since the iPhone first made an appearance in 2007.  Unless you are a registered developer you will have to wait until the public release in autumn to be able to download it. Those who are paid members of the program are currently testing iOS 7 Beta 3 of the firmware.

iOS 7 Cydia

However, if you are one of those who have jailbroken their iPhone or iPod Touch there is a Winterboard theme that you can download that will give your device an iOS 7 look on iOS 6+.

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iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master

We have seen dozens of dummy mockups of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 over the past few months, and the odds are very good that we can expect Apple’s actual iPhone 6 to resemble them when it launches sometime this fall. But according to a recent report from Nikkei, which has a very good track record when it comes to Apple’s unreleased devices, these iPhone 6 mockups feature a massive design flaw compared to Apple’s real next-generation smartphone that will completely change the look of the device.

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Thankfully, we can now see what Apple’s iPhone 6 might look like without that big flaw, courtesy of one of the best in the business.

FROM EARLIER: These gorgeous images could show us what Apple’s iPhone 6 actually looks like

Graphic designer Martin Hajek has made quite a name for himself over the past few years. He’s certainly not the only designer who has taken it upon himself to imagine what future Apple products might look like, but there’s no question that he’s among the best there is when it comes to creating beautiful renders of upcoming Apple products. Continue reading

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (a $24 value!)

It’s the last week of July and as we enter the last month of summer freedom before school starts again, we need to make sure that we finish out the month on a high note. We’ve been sharing tons of paid iPhone and iPad apps we you lately that have gone on sale for free for a limited time, and we have no plans to slow down now. Monday has brought some great new sales with it, and we have hand-picked seven sweet paid iOS apps that you can get for free if you move quickly.

Free iPhone Apps

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they are free at the time this post is published. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “free,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Continue reading

Nexus 7 review: why the Nexus 7 is still the best tablet you can buy in 2014

Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 remains the best 7-inch tablet you can buy in the UK in 2014, even without a 2014 update.

Read 2014 Nexus 7 review to find out why.

Nexus 7 reviewThe second-generation Google Nexus 7 has been around for about a year now. The 2013 update of the Nexus 7 is still one of the best 7in Android tablets that money can buy, if not the best. And that is just as well, because the word on the street is that the next smaller Nexus tablet will be a Nexus 8 made by HTC, and that could be curtains for the Asus-built Nexus 7.

That would be a travesty, and we retain hopes that the 2013 Nexus 7 will get a little refresh for 2014. In the mean time we’ve taken the time to refresh our Nexus 7 review.  The original Nexus 7 caused quite a stir in the tablet market, primarily due to its low price. This was despite its premium build and specifications, which led many to suspect that Google was subsidising the tablet in order that more people would choose Android and buy more apps, books, music and movies from its digital stores.

The updated Nexus 7 went on sale in summer 2013 and was even better in lots of ways than the original. Yes, it cost more, but even in 2014 it remains money well spent, as you’ll see.

Nexus 7 (2014 review): Design and build

Design and build is highly unlikely to change. The new Nexus 7 looks very much like the original version but if you’re upgrading from that model then within seconds of taking it out of the box you can tell it’s next-generation stuff. It’s slimmer and lighter, measuring just 8.7mm thin and weighing 290g.

It’s marginally taller but far more important are the few millimetres which have been trimmed from the width. It doesn’t sound like much but the new tablet is significantly easier to hold in one hand. The vast majority of rival 7in tablets, including the Tesco Hudl, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 are all noticeably wider when held upright – enough to make it uncomfortable to stretch your thumb and fingers to grip both sides.

Instead, the Nexus 7 is taller and this makes it look rather like an over-sized smartphone. Indeed, the Nexus 7 isn’t that much bigger than a phablet such as the Nokia Lumia 1520 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Google has dropped the silver band from the edge of the tablet: it’s an all-black affair this time. Buttons and ports are placed as before but the rear casing has a completely smooth surface which feels soft to the touch. It becomes grubby after a while, and isn’t particularly easy to clean.

Two design changes which are particularly welcome are the stereo speakers, now placed at either end of the tablet improving sound; and the addition of a notification LED below the screen.

Nexus 7 review

Excellent build quality has been maintained with no signs of unwanted gaps in the casing or wobbly buttons. The only thing we can really mark it down for is a lack of premium materials such as aluminium, but even that would be unfair at this price. Take a look at our Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 2 comparison review. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 Beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch

In the Apple’s iOS beta 3, we were introduced to a new iCloud Drive feature, an option to disable QuickType, time indicators for Recently Deleted pics, and a way to keep “self-destructing” media.

Now, just a few weeks later, iOS 8 beta 4 is out, and we’ve got several new additions to the Settings menu, a new (un-deletable) app, a better looking Control Center, and more. Get a look at all of the new features below in our hands-on walkthrough of beta 4 for iPad and iPhone.

There’s a New Stock App Called “Tips”

Hinted about at WWDC, the Tips app has finally made its way to iOS 8. In it, you can scroll through Apple’s weekly pointers that can help you navigate through all of iOS 8′s new features.

As of now, there are only six tips—including short guides on how to use voice messages and the ”Hey Siri” feature—but look for that to increase when iOS 8 is released to the public later this year.

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Syncios – iPad Air File Transfer

iPad AirApple has officially announced the latest version of its iPad tablet on October 23, 2013. You thought it would be named as iPad 5? It’s the iPad that’s so light, they needed a whole new name, that is, iPad Air.

The iPad Air will be available in silver and white and space grey and black color options starting at $499 on November 1st. An LTE version will be available starting at $629. If you are going to have one, use Syncios as free iPad Air file transfer.

The iPad Air is just 7.5mm thick, 20% thinner than the current full-size models and weighs just 1 pound, down from 1.4 pounds. It’s a 9.7-inch Retina Display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution and features the 64-bit A7 chip and M7 motion co-processor inside. The tablet’s Wi-Fi will be twice as fast as well, supporting the new MIMO 802.11n. The iPad Air will also have a 5-megapixel iSight camera, 1080p video, a new FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, and 10-hour battery life.

You can check: Differences between iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display.

How to Transfer Video and Photos from Computer to iPad Air? Continue reading

iOS 8 beta 5 to be released August 4th, beta 6 on August 15th

iOS 8 Beta 4

According to our sources, Apple is nearing the end of the beta testing cycle for iOS 8. We are told that the company plans to seed iOS 8 beta 5 to developers on August 4th, and a final version of the OS, iOS 8 beta 6 on August 15th. After that we most likely are going to have a lull of several weeks until Apple is ready to release the iOS 8 GM (this is the final version, barring any unforeseen emergency fixes / problems). The latest version of Apple’s upcoming mobile software, iOS 8 beta 4, is the most stable and smooth out of all the releases so far, and it also incorporates new design and user interface tweaks, bug fixes and feature enhancements.

Cydia iOS 7 Theme

On Monday 10th June, Apple gave us our first view of iOS 7.  There is absolutely no doubt that this is the most radical change in iOS firmware since the iPhone first made an appearance in 2007.  Unless you are a registered developer you will have to wait until the public release in autumn to be able to download it. Those who are paid members of the program are currently testing iOS 7 Beta 3 of the firmware.iOS 7 Cydia iPhone 5

However, if you are one of those who have jailbroken their iPhone or iPod Touch there is a Winterboard theme that you can download that will give your device an iOS 7 look on iOS 6+.

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It’s called iOS 7 Theme and the developer is AR7. It’s not a complicated tweak, it just replaces your iOS 6 icons with the new flat vibrant ones from iOS 7. While it doesn’t give you any of the functionality of iOS 7 it will give you a pretty good idea of what it will look like.

 

How to Download iOS 7 Theme from Cydia : Continue reading