As a blogger who writes more than his share of reviews of iPhone cases, I get a lot of them at no cost for review purposes. That’s why it’s a bit surprising that the case I’m currently protecting my iPhone 7 Plus with is one I paid for. With just one look, I knew I had to open my wallet, get out the credit card, and purchase the Slickwraps Retro Case ($36.99) to adorn my iPhone.
The case is actually a standard Spigen Ultra Hybrid case that has been modified with a Slickwraps print. But who cares? The point is, IT LOOKS LIKE AN ORIGINAL MAC!
Sorry about the yelling. Anyway, when a description of this case showed up in my inbox, I jumped to order the darned thing. The case is that lovely Pantone 453 beige that the earliest Macs came in, complete with the rainbow Apple logo and some faux cooling vents.
Google Maps for iPhone (free) has a new feature that’s been in Apple Maps for a while; the ability to set parking reminders automatically or manually.
Those who are using Apple CarPlay or the like to pair to a car via USB or Bluetooth should find that Maps places a pin on a parking location automatically when a phone is disconnected. If that doesn’t work for you — say, the parking location is never accurate enough — you can disable autosave through the options on the blue dot that marks a user’s current location.
Manual addition of a parking spot is done by tapping on the blue dot or by adding a red “pin”, then tapping on the menu at upper right to “Set as parking location”.
In addition, there’s now a new “Directions widget” that provides users with directions right on the lock screen (see image above). With a tap, both the starting and ending locations can be entered, then the lock screen widget shows the next step in directions to the destination.
Finally, Google Maps also added an iMessage app that gives users the ability to share their current location while in the Messages application.