How to set up "Hey Siri" in iOS 9

Hey Siri Set Up

You may have noticed that the "Hey Siri" voice activation feature has stopped working on your iPad or iPhone since you have installed iOS 9.0. This is because iOS 9 disables the "Allow Hey Siri" toggle in your Settings when it is installed. iPad and iPhone users running iOS 9 need to set up the feature again by speaking a series of commands to help Siri recognize their voice. To do this you need to open the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone and navigate to General > Siri. From here you can tap the "Allow Hey Siri" slider so it is green, then follow the prompts to set up the feature.

Pixelmator for iPad updated with iOS 9 multitasking support

Pixelmator iOS 9

The popular image editor Pixelmator has been updated to version 2.1. The update adds support for iOS 9 multitasking features such as Split View and Slide Over. The app also now supports 8K resolution images and Open in Place image management across iOS devices.

Pixelmator users can now edit pictures within the app while performing other tasks side-by-side, such as surfing Safari, or use the Slide Over feature to open a second app without leaving the photo editor.

iPad 2 and iPad mini 2 do not support iOS 9 transit directions

iPad Maps

iOS 9 is the first Apple update to support older devices like the iPhone 4s, original iPad mini and iPad 2, but these discontinued products do not support all the features found in iOS 9. Apple mentions on its iO9 device compatibility page that some devices won't support features, such as Split View, but it gives no indication of what other features older devices may not include.

iPad mini 4 display matches iPad Air 2 in colors, color accuracy and more

iPad mini 4 Display

After conducting an analysis of the iPad mini 4, DisplayMate has determined that the fourth-generation tablet has become "a full fledged respectable iPad family member with a high performance display that Steve Jobs would be proud of." The 7.9-inch tablet features a record low 2.0 percent screen reflectance, beating the iPad Air 2, and it matches the color accuracy of all current iPad and iPhone models.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: The Game Center curse returns

Game Center Login

If you downloaded iOS 9 this week then you may have noticed that the annoying Game Center login has returned. Users who choose not to log in to Game Center are sometimes met with an annoying login screen right in the middle of playing a game. I'm not sure if this only happens on older devices, or why there is such a long delay, but I do know it is one of the most frustrating issues on iOS. It makes me want to smash my iPad or iPhone every time it happens. Biting the bullet and logging in to Game Center doesn't help because then you have to deal with the "Welcome Back" banner disrupting gameplay instead of the login screen. The only known fix for this is to keep logging in and canceling Game Center over and over until it stops appearing.

Amazon launches 7-inch Fire tablet for $50, offering six-packs for $250

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon today announced a new 8GB 7-inch Fire tablet for $50, and it is selling them in six-packs. That's right, tablet sales have fallen so hard that you can now buy a six-pack of them for around $250. We're probably one cycle away from them being completely free.

$50 will nab you a 1024 x 600 IPS display, a 2MP rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera and the latest version of Fire OS. The 7-inch Fire is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and promises up to "seven hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music."

iPad mini 4 faster than iPhone 6, slower than iPad Air 2

iPad mini 4

Apple quietly announced its fourth-generation iPad mini 4 at its Sept. 9, 2015 keynote. The new 7.9-inch tablet was made available on immediately after the event, which means it is the first new Apple product tech blogs have been able to test. Ars Technica was one of the first to get their hands on a model and has confirmed that the iPad mini 4 is equipped with a 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM. This of course makes the new iPad mini faster than its predecessors, but it falls short of matching the speed of the iPad Air 2 and its A8X chip.

Is Apple TV better than cable?

Apple TV 4

Now that Apple has revamped its set top box is it time to ditch cable once and for all? The simple answer is no, and it's not because cable is better than Apple TV or vice versa. Most of the television apps on Apple TV, such as ESPN, require a cable or satellite subscription to work. Only a few apps offer free content, and it's normally in the form of clips, not live or full shows.

Five popular questions about the Apple Pencil answered

Apple Pencil

Apple introduced its first stylus called Apple Pencil on September 9th at the at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, showed a video highlighting the new stylus, but the Jonathan Ive voiced demo manages to leave Apple fans with a few unanswered questions.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Star Wars: Uprising and more

Star Wars: Uprising

As you already know Apple announced several new products on Tuesday including the iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 and Apple Pencil. We've been busy updating our FAQ with all the new info and should be back to our regular schedule starting next week. But for now here's our weekly look at all the noteworthy iPad apps and games released to the App Store for 09/06/15 to 09/12/15. Don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.


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