About Brady Snyder
Brady Snyder is a technology journalist that has written about mobile devices and computers for multiple publications. He graduated from St. John's University in 2023 with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in English. Prior to joining XDA Developers, Brady wrote over 500 articles for Screen Rant's tech team, where he covered an Apple beat. Based in New York City, he reviews consumer technology, software, and services. Brady is an expert in iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS — but experiments with Android and Windows as well. You can reach Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro Max packs a few camera upgrades, but is it enough to dethrone the Pixel 7 Pro, the current smartphone camera champ?
Google tried to steal Apple's thunder by confirming that the Pixel 8 series would debut early next month, but alas, the talk of the town is the new iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple's newest flagship smartphone packs a few key upgrades, but the biggest one is probably a new telephoto camera. We expect the iPhone 15 Pro Max to be one of the best smartphone cameras you can buy, but for now, Google's current Pixel 7 Pro holds that title. So, should you buy the new iPhone 15 Pro Max or go with Google's option instead? To help you out, we've put these two flagships up against each other.
Lightning is dead after an 11-year run, and many are eagerly ushering in USB-C. But Lightning served us well, and will have lasting impact.
"A modern connector for the next decade." That's how Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, described the Lightning connector at its introductory event in 2012. After nearly a decade of the 30-pin Dock connector powering iPods and iPhones, Apple felt it was time for a change. Although you might be correct to claim the Apple kept the Lightning connector around far too long, it's hard to deny the port's underlying impact. Looking back on the history of Lightning, it's clear that the connector was ahead of its time and paved the way for future advancements. It might even live on in future products and connection standards down the road, like the best iPhones.
Apple revealed the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and it arguably packs the most upgrades of any iPhone model. Here's how it compares to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple revealed a new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max at its annual fall event at Apple Park, and it marks the first time in years that the larger model has a different feature set than the standard model. That means there is even more of a reason to consider upgrading from an iPhone 14 Pro Max to the newer version. With features like an improved camera system, USB-C connectivity, a customizable Action button, and the A17 Pro system-on-a-chip, the iPhone 15 Pro Max might be the best phone launched at Apple's event. To help you device whether the iPhone 15 Pro Max is worth the upgrade from the iPhone 14 Pro Max — or whether you should choose the cheaper model instead — we've compared the two flagship smartphones here.
Continuity Camera allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents directly onto your Mac, thus making your workflow easier.
You might know Continuity Camera as the feature that allows you to use your iPhone's rear cameras as your Mac's webcam, and you can use it with these great iPhone mounts. However, before that iteration of Continuity Camera, Apple made it possible to scan documents to your Mac with your iPhone's camera. Though it might not be as flashy as Continuity Camera for webcams, you can still do it, and it's a surprisingly useful feature.
The Apple iPad is a great tool for students at all grade levels, and these are the most helpful apps available.
With school starting up again for high school and college students, it's time to start thinking about what back-to-school tech can aid your studies. The iPad is one of the best tablets for students thanks to its great user interface and the fantastic Apple Pencil, among other features. However, just going out and buying an iPad doesn't automatically make you a better student. There are key apps and services that can take your studies to the next level, if you know where to find them.
Even with Prime Day now in the rearview, you can still get deals on the best smartphones for a limited time.
Though most people by smartphones from their cellular carrier nowadays, there are a lot of benefits to purchasing one unlocked. Flagships can cost as much as over a thousand dollars in 2023, but unlocked phones give you more flexibility and aren't tied to a long-term contract. By choosing an unlocked phone over a carrier-locked model, buyers forego some of the best discounts on the greatest phones available. That's why people looking for unlocked phones should wait for a sales event like Amazon's upcoming Prime Big Deal Days. Here's everything you need to know about the sale hitting Amazon this October.
Amazon Prime Day is Amazon's annual two-day mega sale event during which Prime subscribers can save big on products across all verticals.
Amazon typically holds annual sales events for people who subscribe to its Amazon Prime membership, and there's one that is coming up shortly that will feature thousands of great deals. At first, Amazon held a single Prime Day event that usually took place in the summer months. Now, there's also a second sales event that gives buyers a preview of sales that will come during Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. While we don't know a lot of details about Amazon's planned sale, there are some things you need to know before shopping. We've rounded up all the details here, and you can stop by as the event gets closer for more information and early-access deals.
Good tablets can be a tough sell thanks to their high price tags, but these Prime Day deals shave hundreds of dollars off the best ones.
When you need something bigger than your phone but smaller than a laptop, a great tablet is a common solution. Most of us already have high-end smartphones and quality laptops, so spending extra cash on a tablet might be hard to justify. That's why it's a good idea to wait to buy a tablet until there's a good sale, like during Amazon's upcoming Prime Big Deal Days sales event. You can choose from a lot of quality options, from Samsung Galaxy tablets to iPads. Although the official Prime Day 2023 sale has passed, the Prime Big Deal Days sale will bring similar deals to tablets and other devices. Here's what you need to know about the sale, which will be a preview of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Amazon's Prime Day is bringing massive deals to wearables. If you're looking to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker, look here for the best offers.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers are ubiquitous in 2023, and they can provide utility or even save your life. But they are expensive, with the best smartwatches costing hundreds of dollars or more. That's in addition to what you've already paid for a smartphone, so wearables can be a hard sell if you're not sure how useful they will be. For that reason, the best time to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker is when there are great deals you can take advantage of. Amazon is holding a sales event next month called Big Deal Days, and it's a preview of what's to come during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While we don't know a lot about it just yet, we do know it'll be a great time to buy a new wearable.
Cellular connectivity has become commonplace on mobile devices from watches to tablets. Thin-and-light laptops are the next step.
5G connectivity has become commonplace in 2023, with even budget devices offering support for the wireless standard in some cases. Before that, a slew of mobile electronics supported some type of cellular connectivity. It started with mobile phones, of course, but then stretched to tablets and even smartwatches. But there's a natural next step to the emergence of cellular connectivity across mobile electronics, and it's taking longer than expected.
The taskbar can be a useful tool in Windows 11, but at times, it just gets in the way. Here's how to hide it.
Microsoft gave its famous operating system a facelift when it redesigned Windows 11, so you might find the feel to be both familiar and different. One area where Microsoft made a few changes was the taskbar, where the design and positioning of items are slightly different from what you'd find on Windows 10.
Modern Pro iPhones have displays that can refresh as fast as 120Hz, and these great mobile games take advantage of this technology.
Apple has taken a while to bring high-refresh-rate displays to the iPhone, despite them being found on the best iPads for many years now. The first ProMotion display came to the iPhone in 2021 when Apple debuted the iPhone 13 Pro series. Even though the new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max also have ProMotion displays, the company hasn't given this treatment to base-model phones.
The Motorola Razr+ marks the return of the Razr to North American markets, and these are the best accessories for the foldable.
Regardless of whether you think the Motorola Razr+ or the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the best clamshell foldable out now, there's no doubt Motorola has found a winner with its latest folding phone. After spending a year out of the North American foldable market, Motorola made a triumphant return with the Razr+. It's a clamshell foldable, so it'll fold horizontally to become more compact when placed in your pocket or a bag. But with this smartphone, there's also an expansive 3.6-inch cover screen that you can utilize for quick tasks without opening up the device.
Steve Jobs is forever enshrined as the leader of Apple, but it wasn't always that way. On this day, he resigned from the company he helped found.
Tim Cook has led Apple for over a decade now, and he's done a pretty good job, helping it become the first trillion-dollar company ever. Many of us still think of Apple as Steve Jobs' company, since he helped Apple rise through a few dark periods to create successful products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and more. But before the late Apple co-founder was enshrined as a legendary technology CEO, Jobs resigned from the company he helped found 38 years ago to this day. Perhaps more surprising is that he was re-hired as Apple's boss 12 years later as part of a high-profile acquisition.
iPhone fans are thrilled with the 5x optical zoom available on iPhone 15 Pro Max, but does Samsung have the better offering in the Galaxy S23 Ultra?
Apple debuted its new iPhone 15 Pro Max at the company's annual fall event, and the phone's biggest feature is arguably the 5x optical zoom offered by a new telephoto lens. That instantly brings up a comparison to Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra, which features a flagship periscope lens with 10x optical zoom. Both smartphones are the best phones that Apple and Samsung have to offer, so if you're looking for the latest and greatest, you might be choosing between these two devices. But they also have a lot of differences, from design and form factor to processor and operating system. To help you figure out which powerful smartphone is right for you, we've put the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Galaxy S23 Ultra up against each other.
On this day, Apple released the last computer in the Apple II family, which was the company's first personal computing hit.
Apple created the first widely successful personal computer with the Apple II, which sparked a lineage of great Macs and PCs. But on this day in 1986, the company released its final iteration, called the Apple IIGS. It was the family's most powerful computer and had already been on the market for six years, so why did Apple abandon its claim to fame at a time when it arguably had the most potential? It had to do with Apple's direction not only in the personal computing space but as a technology company as a whole.
Apple has abandoned Boot Camp on Apple Silicon Macs, which means Parallels 19 might be your best chance at running Windows on a Mac. Is it any good?
Even the most fervent macOS users will probably run into a situation where they need to use an application or service that only runs on Windows. In the time since Apple began switching from Intel processors to Apple Silicon systems-on-a-chip, running Windows on a Mac has become more difficult. While this used to be officially supported via Boot Camp, a built-in tool that enabled dual booting macOS and Windows partitions on the same drive, this was removed on Apple Silicon Macs. Enter Parallels 19, a virtualization software that aims to run everything from Windows to Linux on your Mac in virtual machines.
Apple's new base-model iPhone is here, with the standard model featuring a 6.1-inch display. Keep it safe from scratches and cracks with these cases.
Apple unveiled the newest base-model iPhone 15 at its September event in Apple Park, and it's actually a pretty big upgrade. Aside from the highly-anticipated switch to USB-C, the smartphone also got a display, camera, and chip upgrade. The smartphone slots into a 2023 lineup with the iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max as the smallest and cheapest option available. With pre-orders on the horizon, there is one accessory you'll want to shore up before buying an iPhone 15: a compatible case.
Apple unveiled new iPhones at its September event, which will come with iOS 17. Here are five features you need to try once you get the update
Apple previewed iOS 17, the company's upcoming operating system upgrade for iPhones, at WWDC this summer. We've been testing it in beta all summer, but now that the company has held its annual September event, we're that much closer to public release. Generally, iPhones made in 2018 or newer are compatible with the new update, but you can find the full list of compatible devices here.
Apple's brand-new iPhone 15 Pro is a great addition to the company's 2023 lineup, but you'll want to keep it safe with these cases from day one
Apple finally revealed the latest iPhone 15 Pro at a special event in Apple Park on September 12, alongside the Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2, and three other iPhones. Though there aren't a lot of changes between this year's iPhone 15 Pro and last year's iPhone 14 Pro, the 15 Pro slots into Apple's lineup as the higher-end 6.1-inch smartphone. Preorders for the device open up on Friday, with availability beginning in most regions on Sept. 22. That means you still have some time to choose a great case for your smartphone so it's protected as soon as you get it.