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Best way forward with water damaged iPhone 6S?

My iPhone 6S got wet during a rainy hike two days ago, and despite my efforts to dry it out so far, I still see moisture under the front camera lens and the screen is having major issues. I do not have AppleCare+. Can you help me think through my options for either repairing or replacing my phone? Specific questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Is Apple Pay Worth The Time Sucking Annoyance of Getting It Set Up?

Trying to set up Apple Pay on a new iPhone SE has been a huge and aggravating and unsuccessful time sink. It "Just Fails". If you use Apple Pay, do you like it? How often do you use it? In what circumstances do you still pull out a credit card? After 9+ hours of phone time with Apple support and card issuer support, turns out the card I use daily is not eligible for Apple Pay because it was issued to me several years ago to replace a "partner" card. Apple does not support "partner" cards. Obtained new, the card is fine with Apple Pay. But, my card, in effect, was grandfathered back to the "partner" card. The card issuer has no solution other than applying for a new card. A second card with a different card issuer can't be activated because the card issuer is texting a verification code to the wrong number. They "don't know" why, so they've opened ticket.
posted by justcorbly on Nov 19, 2016 - 28 answers

Smartest route for an iPhone 7 on Verizon?

I have an iphone 6 with Verizon. My contract is about to expire. Googling has left me with a wide variety of seemingly conflicting answers. What is the cheapest, smartest route for me to get a new iPhone 7? I'm not sure I trust the local Verizon people to give it to me straight, so what has your experience been? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me understand what is different about these geofencing options?

I do marketing for a chain of stores in the Midwest. One of the owners thinks we need to spend money on geofencing. He found a company that does it for a hefty price. But they claim that a person does not need to access their phone within the fence to receive an ad impression. Another company I work with tells us that your phone must be accessed within the fence. Both agree that you have to have location services on. Which is it? Are they both right? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Nov 15, 2016 - 6 answers

iPhone app the tells me the frequency of a guitar note - does it exist?

What I want is simple: I pluck the guitar string (or make some other sound), and the app tells me the frequency in Hz. [more inside]
posted by mai on Nov 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Screencapping video on iPhone

I want to be able to record moving images that are playing on my iPhone screen. Is there an app that will do this? It doesn't need to record audio, just video.
posted by MsMolly on Oct 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I move my sim into a different iPhone and just start using it?

My phone is an iPhone 6. Through work I have access to an unlocked iPhone 6S Plus. I would like to try using the iPhone 6S Plus as my everyday phone to see if the form factor works for me. Can I just move the sim from the 6 into the 6S Plus and start making calls, or do I need to involve my carrier (Verizon)? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust on Oct 19, 2016 - 4 answers

What is the best way to save reading for later, without Wi-Fi?

I sometimes end up in areas without Wi-Fi, for days at a time, and I do not want to be bored. It's there a good way to preemptively save reading to an iPad or iPhone for this scenario? What strategies work for you? What is the best approach for news feeds? How about magazines or ebooks?. Any other tips?
posted by mortaddams on Oct 17, 2016 - 18 answers

A Hertz, an Iphone and Crackerjack GPS?

Once I had a Garminfone, and when I’d rent a car, I’d plug the phone into the car’s USB outlet, run the GPS, and listen to podcasts, the radio, or just sit in silence. Now I have an iPhone 5s running on OS10, and I recently rented a Hertz, and found much of that impossible. Worse, Applemaps led me the long way round the Northeast recently, adding several hours to my trip. Soon, I’ll need to drive home. Please suggest a new mapping program. Without GPS, I’ll never get home at all. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Oct 14, 2016 - 23 answers

iPhone vs. home wifi

My iPhone (and only my iPhone) is having trouble with my home wifi (and only my home wifi). What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Is it safe?

Is it safe to update my iPhone to ios10 ? It keeps bugging me. I have a 6s plus.
posted by banshee on Oct 6, 2016 - 34 answers

Best way to combine overlapping video clips?

I'm trying to find a good way to combine multiple video clips that overlap (shared frames between the videos)-- ideally something can be run on Windows, but I'm interested in good solutions on toher platforms, as well. This is for H.264 Quicktime MOV files (1080p 12-15fps) that are captured as the live part of iPhone Live Photos. [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Oct 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Best practices for using an iPhone on a public Wi-Fi network?

I'm looking for best practices for using our iPhones and iPads on public Wi-Fi networks. That is, what can we do to best protect/secure/encrypt the data that is transmitted over such networks to/from the devices (aside from not using the public networks in the first place)? Would using a VPN accomplish this? Any recommendations for one? Something else? These are iPhone 7's and iPad Pro's, all running the latest version of iOS 10. Thank you!
posted by jroybal on Sep 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Editing vocals recorded on iPhone

I've been playing with recording songs or reading my poems as voice memos on my iPhone 5 (iOS 10) lately. I want to clean the audio up before I share it in any capacity. I have a PC running Windows 8.1. I'm hoping to learn the basics of things to specifically do in Audacity or another free program. I cannot afford software or recording equipment, and I have no previous knowledge of sound editing. For a sample here is a PJ Harvey cover I recorded today.
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Twitter opening Safari?

Why does the Twitter app on my iPhone open retweets in Safari? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Sep 27, 2016 - 3 answers

basic photo editing/collage app for iPhone

I'm looking for a photo editing/filtering and collage app for my iPhone SE. I'm pretty sure my requirements are fairly simple, but there are so many apps out there that I'm getting overwhelmed trying to find one that works. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Sep 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Should I trade my work BlackBerry in for an iPhone 6?

I work for the government and have a BlackBerry for work. I'm eligible for an upgrade and can choose between the BlackBerry Classic and the iPhone 6. My personal phone is an iPhone and I prefer them... but will I be shooting myself in the foot? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Sep 21, 2016 - 14 answers

What's the best camera app for the iPhone?

I have an iPhone 6s Plus, which has become pretty much my only camera for the last several months. I actually like it a lot and have been learning to get some photos out of it that I really like. However, I'd like to have more control over the camera settings than I get from the default app. Is there an app that does this well? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 21, 2016 - 7 answers

One hearing aid and one earbud

I have one bad ear and one good ear. Would there be any way to wear one hearing aid and one earbud and have my phone push audio to both of them at once? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Sep 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Navigating the iPhone upgrade in a post-subsidy world

Can you give me advice on the best course toward upgrading to an iPhone 7 Plus in this new non-subsidized phone world? The twist: I have a grandfathered AT&T unlimited plan. [more inside]
posted by karizma on Sep 8, 2016 - 15 answers

What iPhone USB Lighting cables do you recommend?

It's time for us to replace a lot of iPhone cables in the house and car that are of various lengths. The current ones became twisty and tears are starting appear in them. I'm hoping to find some cables in 3, 6 and 10 feet lengths that I don't have to replace every year. Or is that an impossible dream?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Best way to wirelessly connect two sets of headphones to a phone

I like to listen to the same podcasts as my girlfriend while going for walks, but using a cable splitter and wired headphones is pretty frustrating. Is there a good way to either connect two pairs of headsets over bluetooth and/or listen on one set of plugged in wired headsets while the other person listens wirelessly over bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Sep 7, 2016 - 2 answers

RECOMMENDATION NEEDED: simple diabetes tracking on both Web and iPhone

Can you help me find a diabetes tracker that I can update both on the Web and my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

repair iphone 6 headphone jack? (otherwise need *non* in-ear BT earbuds)

My iphone 6 headphone jack has got intermittent audio weirdness regardless of different known good headphones plugged into it. I can try to get it fixed, or I can get me some Bluetooth earbuds, which I otherwise don't need. But there are hardly any Bluetooth earbuds that are * NOT * in-ear - which I would need. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Sep 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Motion-Detection Video Recording App for iPhone or Android

Is there an iPhone or Android video recording app that only records when motion is detected? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Sep 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Best Bluetooth Headset with No Features?

I'm looking for a comfortable, loud, good-sounding bluetooth dingus with no features to use with my iPhone. Something that doesn't talk to me, doesn't play my music, doesn't have firmware updates. I want dead simple like a can opener. [more inside]
posted by churl on Sep 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Smashed iPhone into a Million Pieces, now what?

Things got a little heated, iPhone was a casualty. Was thrown intentionally and smashed terribly, beyond any state of repair. Can I tell this to insurance? Am I looking at paying full retail?
posted by kmr on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

iPhone dictation - a couple of small frustrations

I dictate my text messages, but there are a couple of things I'm finding tricky to do! 1) I'd like to say "etc", something I say a lot, but if I say "etcetera" it writes it out in full. 2) I'd like to say "idk" and not have it render in capitals! I can theoretically do this with "no caps idk" but that just becomes "i DK".
posted by piato on Sep 1, 2016 - 4 answers

iPhone event tracker app including time data?

I would like to record multiple instances of an event on my iPhone. This event happens several times a day, at more-or-less random times. I would like to be able to do something very simple (like touch an icon on my phone screen) to note that "this happened now" and then to go back over time and see each occasion (with date and time info) when the event happened. [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Aug 31, 2016 - 11 answers

iPhone file management, in-phone or on a Windows computer

I need to manage my iPhone files, as I recently ran out of space when trying to take some more photos. I have all my photos backed up, but iTunes on my Windows laptop doesn't (appear) to help me, as I can only manage audio, podcasts and video, and deleting photos on my iPhone is time consuming. Bonus points: all-around photo managing/ tagging software that can also manage iPhone photos. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Switching from Android to iPhone

My 3+ year-old HTC One has developed a bug where the camera turns everything purple, battery life is so bad I have to plug it in before lunch, and it's developing some weird keyboard entry errors. Thinking of switching to the iPhone 6SE, but have questions! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Landscape only iPhone text editor

I like typing in landscape but browsing in portrait. Unlocking the orientation means it turns sideways whenever I lie down. I'd really like a landscape-only text editor. Plain as you like. Markdown and Dropbox support a bonus! I have a 6 Plus, iOS 9.
posted by danteGideon on Aug 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Apple Lightning Charger cable that won't wear out in a few weeks?

When I got my iPhone, it came with a Lightning charger cable that went almost a year before I had to hold it at a certain angle in order to keep my iPhone charging. I have bought various replacements on eBay that appeared to be genuine, but got the same problem MUCH quicker with these. Is there anywhere I can get an actual genuine cable that will last, without paying a fortune? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Signing out of iCloud for domestic abuse survivor

my friend needs a way to get her iphone 6 de-linked from an icloud account owned by her abusive soon-to-be ex husband because he is using it to stalk her. [more inside]
posted by miss so and so on Aug 19, 2016 - 22 answers

How to get a new iPhone, 2016 edition

Mr. BlahLaLa, Kid BlahLaLa and I are ready for new iPhones. We currently each have a 4s, and a family plan with AT&T. Figuring this out is mindboggling. Help. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 18, 2016 - 9 answers

"Oh God, How I Miss TV!”

We don't have cable or receive OTA signals. We'd like to watch some TV (NetFlix, YouTube, network streaming). We have WiFi, a Samsung SmartTV(450, 2010?), a Toshiba TV, a Wii, an old MacBook w/ dying monitor (6,1 OS X 10.6.8), an old iPod Touch (4th Gen?), and an iPhone 5. Please suggest setups and options using the resources we have or cheap peripherals (<$100) that would make our TVing satisfying. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Aug 6, 2016 - 18 answers

iPerseids?

Any advice for taking good photographs of the night sky with an iPhone 6? I want to photos of the Perseids meteor shower, but I'd rather not bring along my "real" camera, tripod, etc. What's the most I can do, with the least amount of additional gear? Apps are good; things that increase weight are bad.
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 4, 2016 - 5 answers

iOS app that has historical weather data

I have the best weather app, Dark Skies. I am looking for an app that will show me historical weather data by day, or something close to it. My ideal app would show me today, the record temps, and then just historical data for the date. E.g., the temp last year, the year before, in 1964, etc. I'm most interested in temperature data, but other stuff like precipitation would be great too. I feel like some enterprising soul must have made an app like this.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 3, 2016 - 3 answers

How can we screen share iPhone apps?

Hi there! My boyfriend and I would like to be able to do the NYTimes crossword puzzle together, even though we are in different cities. He already has the app, so we are looking for a free way to share or mirror screens on our iPhones. [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jul 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Which unlocked phone to buy in the US for use in Israel?

I'd like to buy a phone for around $250 or less that I can use now as well as with a new SIM card from an Israeli carrier when I move there this fall. Would the Moto G4 Plus allow me to do that? Is that a decent option? An older iPhone? Other? I'm open to anything Android or iOS, as long as I can post to Instagram and play Pokemon Go. :)
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Cell phone options when traveling from North America to Europe

Looking for advice from travelers to Europe, about obtaining a prepaid GSM (data) service for a ~3 week trip in France and Switzerland, as well as about unlocked GSM iPhones. [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Is there a decent hiking GPS app for the iPhone?

My dad and I are now in the planning/training phase of the Presidential Traverse that I asked about earlier this month. I'm hoping to bring my iPhone plus a recharging pack and make that my total electronics solution. However, the one hiking GPS app I've tried is unsatisfactory and the others cost more than I'm willing to spend just to try them out. Review and comparison sites are not helpful. Is there a hiking GPS app for the iPhone that will do what I need? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jul 20, 2016 - 7 answers

What do i want on my iPhone 6 before several long international flights?

Im seeking suggestions for games or any apps to download before taking an upcoming trip. I will have a couple f 15+ hour flights, several shorter ones and plenty of time stuck in a car in traffic (although I should have data service and will certainly have more entertaining things to look at for the road portions of the journeys). I'm not opposed to spending some money but I am not looking to shell out a ton of cash on games/apps which I will tire of immediately.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris on Jul 14, 2016 - 21 answers

iPhone headache

Issues with iPhone 6 with Sprint, Eastern USA, major metro area. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me record calls on iPhone

Freelancer business writer here. Recommend me the best app to record interviews using an iPhone. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jul 6, 2016 - 13 answers

iPhone Tumblr App Safari Integration Issue

I have an iPhone 6 running iOS v. 9.2. I downloaded the Tumblr app but for some reason it's not properly integrating with Safari. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Jul 5, 2016 - 2 answers

How can I used my iPhone SE in Canada?

I'm traveling to Canada this weekend from the states (Oregon to Vancouver BC). How can I use my unlocked, GSM iPhone SE (currently on Ting) while on the trip without incurring massive data fees? [more inside]
posted by alan on Jun 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Best way to photograph paintings with iPhone

Hey iPhonographers, I need to take a bunch of photos of paintings (6x4 feet) and drawings (18x10 inches) with my iPhone. How can I get close to taking professional shots? The setting for the large paintings will be outdoors, and I will have a helper to hold the art vertical. The drawings can be flat indoors, but domestic lighting. I can buy a few items (like a tripod) but not an expensive light kit. I have an iPhone 5.
posted by nologo on Jun 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Bday present for guy who likes to control stuff with his phone?

My special person likes techy gadgety things. He has an iphone 6s. He already has a nest thermostat and can control his light switches too. What else can he control with his phone? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Jun 20, 2016 - 13 answers

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