Apple Granted Patent for Fingerprint Reader Integrated in Display

It seems like the rumors of an iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge screen, no Home Button and TouchID integrated into the display are getting to the point where that are looking less like rumors, and more like legitimate leaks. Apple has now been awarded a patent for technology covering a fingerprint sensor integrated into a screen for authentication.

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How to view your Photo library by Geolocation

There are various ways that you can search, organize and view your photo library on your iPhone.  You can choose to view your photos based on when they were taken, or by how you grouped them into albums.  You can even view them based on when and who you shared individual or groups of photos with.  One lesser know use case is viewing your photos based on where the pictures were taken.  For this to be an option on your iPhone in the first place, you need to allow the Photos application to have access to your location.  You can check the setting and/or change it, by launching the Settings App and  selecting –> Privacy–> Location Services–> Photos.  Here you will have two options to choose from–allow the Photos App access only while you are using the app, and never allow.

To view your photos based on their geolocation tag, you must have  the “while using the app” feature selected or your pictures won’t even have a location associated with them to sort into groups .  Once you have the setting updated, all of your photos taken on your iPhone moving forward will now have a geolocation stamped into the metadata stored within the photo.  Armed with this knowledge, you can now sort and search your photos based upon this location.

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Review: Vaja Niko Wallet-Leather Case

I’ll preface this review by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of side-flip cases, and I’ve never actually used a wallet case with any iPhone that I have owned. With that said, it may seem a little odd that I would be taking a look at a side-flip wallet case, right? However, that doesn’t mean that I ever wrote off trying to find one that I like. In fact, lately I’ve been giving wallet cases a second look.

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iPhone App of the Week: MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing

MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing

Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is MMX Hill Dash — Off-Road Racing, by Hutch Games Ltd.  Sometimes, or most of the time if you’re like me and rarely let loose for some fun iOS gameplay on you iPhone, you just want to play a fun game that allows you to check out for a little while and forget about everything else going on around you.  With MMX Hill Dash you’ll get just that with a sprinkle of physics based racing that will leave you wanting more.

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Review: ZAGG Screen Guarantee Plan

Raise your hand if you’ve ever broken your iPhone’s screen? If you don’t have your hand raised, you are probably either new to smartphones, or lying. I’m as careful a mobile device user as you will ever find, and I managed to make it 15 long years, using PDAs, early smartphones, and then all the way up to the iPhone 5S before I finally joined the club. All it took was leaving the bottom part of my case off for a few minutes to do me in. I dropped my 5S on the concrete floor of a mechanical room, and the next thing I knew, I was out $150. Ouch.

I also didn’t have a screen protector on at the time, so as you can likely imagine, I haven’t been without one on any iPhone I’ve owned since. As such, I’m always on the lookout for the latest new designs, especially in glass and hybrid protectors that add additional protection. When I saw that ZAGG was offering a Screen Guarantee Plan with their latest top of the line screen protector, I took notice. ZAGG is the biggest and most respected name in mobile screen protection, so if they are willing to put a money-backed guarantee on your screen, then it’s a big deal, and worth taking a look at.

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Ten Years In- Part II: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

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In Part I of Ten Year In, we talked about Steve Jobs’ iconic original iPhone announcement in January of 2007, and how it looks in the light of history. Ten years is a perfect time to look back at where it all started. Now let’s go from there up to the present. Where are we now, and how did we get here? Let’s take a look.

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How to remove your device(s) from Find my iPhone


If the time comes when you want/need to remove your iPhone from Find my iPhone, you have several options available to you.  The quickest, and easiest way is to do it right from your device.  To do this on your iPhone, launch Settings–> Apple iD Tab at the top of the page–> iCloud–> Find My iPhone–> Toggle Find my iPhone to the off position.

However, perhaps your iPhone is not currently in your possession, or maybe you sold it and forgot to delete your data and/or turn this feature off.  No worries, you have additional options available.  There are two more options that are just as effective at removing your iPhone from the list of tracked devices.

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How to create offline Google maps on your iPhone

Google-MapsI don’t know about you, but in my line of work, I often find myself off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere. In times like these it’s super helpful to have maps that I can still reference, even without an active internet connection.  For the most part, if you don’t already have the poor coverage area pre-loaded in your map program, you won’t have the ability to interact with the map.  This can be a huge inconvenience when I am trying to pin-point specific particular lat & long coordinates.

I really wanted to be able to accomplish this in Apple Maps.  However, after some searching around, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it happen, nor could I determine if it is even a possibility.  No worries, though, Google Maps is a perfectly good alternative, and even a preference for many iPhone users.

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An Apple Campaign: One Night on iPhone 7 in Pictures


Back in November of 2016 professional photographers from all around the world set out to canvass the  globe for one night using only their iPhone 7.  As part of the “Shot on an iPhone” campaign these photographers set out to capture the essence and beauty of life from dusk to dawn showcasing the low-light camera capabilities.   The fruits of their work will be displayed around the world in 25 countries starting today.  The variety and range of their work encompasses Arctic ice caves and Indonesian volcanoes, as well as the clubs of Johannesburg and rooftops of Shanghai.

Photographers ventured out and endured conditions in some extreme climates in an attempt to push the limits of the iPhone 7 and find the perfect shot. From pictures taken with a drone carrying an iPhone 7 over active volcanoes, to the foreboding terrain of the Arctic, photographers pushed the limits of the iPhone armed with just their imaginations.  The final products were stunning and a remarkable tribute to what the iPhone is capable of.

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iPhone App of the Week: BADLAND 2

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Who doesn’t like great iPhone apps? At iPhone Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPhone app published here each week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite phone.

This week’s pick is BADLAND 2, by Frogmind.  The app is currently 50% off–what a great reason to give the sequel to Apple’s App of the Year a try!  Game apps on my iPhone are a tricky proposition for me.  For the most part they reside in one of two categories–apps that I would really like to try for one reason or another, or apps that I have played a few times, but have since been forgotten and now just take up space in my extra storage space.  One thing I’ve noticed over the last few weeks, is that I don’t make time in my day for any leisure/fun time–even if just for a 10 minutes at a time.  I haven’t made it a resolution or anything serious like that, but I’d like to allow myself a little more down time.

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