Apple's AirPods became an instant meme thanks to the assumption that they would be easy to misplace due to their wireless design, but all jokes aside, losing a $160 accessory isn't really all that humorous. AirPods lack the wires that tether standard earbuds and other headphone accessories to their owners. This makes them smaller and easier to lose while you are on the go, exercising or performing other outdoor activities. The AirPods are also not tethered to each other, meaning you could misplace just one, forcing you to shell out $70 for an individual replacement. Luckily there is now an app available that helps you locate your missing AirPods.
All iPhone models running iOS 8.0 or later now feature an app icon on the Lock screen. These shortcuts appear based on your location. For example, your Starbucks app may appear when you're near a Starbucks location. The Lock screen app shortcuts also works with the Apple Watch. The icon on the Lock screen will match the last app you were using on your Apple Watch. This allows you to quickly perform other tasks on your iPhone that you can't perform on your Watch, such as respond to emails.
Great news for Twitter fans who enjoy reading the latest tweets after dark. The official Twitter app has received a built-in night mode. When enabled, this mode reverses text and background colors to enhance reading in low-light situations. While the feature is simple, it does the trick efficiently. Images are not altered, and night mode cannot be invoked automatically or on a schedule.
The wait is over for Apple TV owners looking forward to a new remote control option. The official Apple TV Remote app has been released by Apple after being revealed earlier this year. Once installed, any compatible iOS device will function as a remote control for second, third and fourth-generation Apple TV set-top boxes. Not only does the app simplify text entry with a keyboard for search fields, it offers full control of media playback.
Sometimes apps, especially games, can get stuck or crash while you are using them. This isn't a common occurrence on iOS devices but it does happen from time to time, and it can be annoying. Luckily there is an easy solution to the problem. To restart/reboot a crashed app just double tap your Home button to open the App Switcher. The App Switcher will display all the apps currently open on your device. Locate the window for the stuck app then swipe up to swipe it away. This will reboot the app and allow you to reopen it and start using it again.