The Verge: How to use iOS 15’s Focus modes to quickly customize your iPhone’s homescreen

The Verge: How to use iOS 15’s Focus modes to quickly customize your iPhone’s homescreen. “Customizing your iPhone’s homescreen took off last year when iOS 14 introduced widgets and the ability to hide default app icons in favor of your own cool, customized ones. But iOS 15 opens up a new dimension to homescreen customization, thanks to Focus modes — which give a quick and easy way to hide and reveal groups of homescreens with just a single tap.”

Motherboard: Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO

Motherboard: Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO. “The hack relied on an unknown vulnerability—also known as a zero-day—in iMessage, which allowed the hackers to take over a target’s phone by sending them a message that was effectively invisible. These kinds of attacks are called zero-click exploits, as they don’t require the victim to click on anything. Citizen Lab wrote in a blog post that it believes this zero-day was being used since at least February of this year.”

Lifehacker: You Can Turn Your Live Photos Into Long Exposures, Loops, and Boomerangs

Lifehacker: You Can Turn Your Live Photos Into Long Exposures, Loops, and Boomerangs. “Live Photos are the little moving pictures you never knew you needed. Just like in Harry Potter, these little videos capture the essence of the moment, something that just can’t be captured in a still photo sometimes. Unlike GIFs though, they also record a snippet of sound, making them like micro-short videos of a moment. But there’s even more to Live Photos.”

CNET: Moving from Android to iPhone reveals my friends’ true feelings

CNET: Moving from Android to iPhone reveals my friends’ true feelings. “Yes, iMessage is convenient. Yes, so is FaceTime. While I personally decided to buy an iPhone 12 Pro Max for the redesign and app privacy controls in iOS 14.5, I didn’t expect it to make a difference to anyone in my social circle. I especially didn’t expect it to matter to the point of friends displaying fairly intense relief and jubilation.” I must admit I felt a bit of this when my mother switched from Android to iPhone. But not for long; she didn’t like the iPhone and switched back.

Lifehacker: Check These Settings Before You Lose Your iPhone so You Can Find It Later

Lifehacker: Check These Settings Before You Lose Your iPhone so You Can Find It Later. “It sucks when you end up losing your iPhone. Maybe you forgot it at the cafe, or it was stolen from the train station. Fortunately, it can be easy to track your iPhone (as long as it’s juiced up, and active). And if you already have a passcode enabled, the Find My iPhone feature is enabled automatically. Here’s how to find your lost or stolen iPhone.”

The Independent: Apple responds to growing alarm over iPhone photo scanning feature

The Independent: Apple responds to growing alarm over iPhone photo scanning feature. “Apple has responded to growing alarm over its new iPhone scanning feature from privacy experts and competitors. Last week, the company announced that it would be rolling out new tools that would be able to look through the files on a users’ phone and check whether they included child sexual abuse material, or CSAM.”

The Verge: Mastodon now has an official iPhone app

The Verge: Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. “Decentralized social network Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. The nonprofit behind Mastodon launched the app on iOS today, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms. The app is free and offers a similar feature set to Mastodon’s core service, although it doesn’t include Mastodon’s broad local and federated timelines.”

Ubergizmo: An iPhone 5s Won A Photography Award In 2021

Ubergizmo: An iPhone 5s Won A Photography Award In 2021. “What’s interesting is that out of the 54 winning photos, only seven of those photos were actually taken by an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, meaning that 47 of the other photos were taken by older iPhones. This includes devices like the iPhone X, iPhone XR, and the iPhone 7, just to name a few.” I rock an iPhone 6s Plus so this makes me happy.

Mashable: How to take stunning long exposure photos on your iPhone

Mashable: How to take stunning long exposure photos on your iPhone. “As long as you can take Live photos with your iPhone you can turn standard snapshots into artsy long exposure shots. Every iPhone since the 6s has had the ability to take ‘Live’ photos through Apple’s built-in camera. As long as you have the ‘Live’ setting turned on, long exposure stills are only a few taps away.”

The Verge: How to change your iPhone’s text size for a specific app

The Verge: How to change your iPhone’s text size for a specific app. “Sometimes you want the text in your app to be smaller, so you can fit more content on a single screen. Sometimes you want it to be bigger, especially if you’ve been putting off buying those reading glasses. But until recently, if you had an iPhone, you had to pick a single text size as a standard for all your apps. Not anymore.”

Mashable: How to set up Notification Summary in iOS 15

Mashable: How to set up Notification Summary in iOS 15. “If you get a million app notifications a day, and have become numb to the important ones, iOS 15’s Notification Summary feature is about to be your new best friend. Notification Summary will let you zero in on what you might call your ‘important-but-overwhelming-due-to-constant-pestering’ apps, and receive a summary report of their notifications for you to review at a time of your own choosing.”