Let’s Talk iOS 066: One crappy battery life

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 27, 2015

Episode 66: Sebastien and Cody discuss Apple Watch battery life, Microsoft’s latests moves in the tech industry, Google’s perplexing position, more MacBook Air 12″ leaks, and we talk about several awesome new apps.

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Photos for Mac goes from “early 2015” to “available at a later date”

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Photos for Mac, a missing piece in the iCloud Photo Library puzzle, has just gotten delayed until later this year.

Last summer, Apple took us by surprise saying it would cease development of Aperture and transition users to Photos for Mac, a new app that was supposed to replace iPhoto on OS X Yosemite as well. But Yosemite came and went and native Photos Mac app was nowhere to be seen.

Apple then gave us a vague new shipping date: “early 2015.” However, the updated wording in this support docs now lists the app as being “available at a later date.” Read More


More than 25 million Apple TVs sold to date, though growth may be slowing

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Forgetting for a minute that Apple obliterated expectations by announcing a truly fantastic 74.5 million iPhone sales while earning an astounding $18 billion in profit, how did the company’s hobby project, the Apple TV, do?

As you may have guessed, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster got that question in during the Q&A section of Apple’s conference call with analyst, to which CEO Tim Cook responded by confirming his company has managed to move about 25 million set-top boxes to date. Read More


15 interesting points from Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple announced its financial results for its fiscal first quarter of 2015 this afternoon, and the numbers are staggering. The company sold 75.4 million iPhones and earned $74.6 billion in revenue, smashing both Wall Street expectations and its own records.

We’re just finishing up the conference call, where Tim Cook and other members of the executive team discussed Apple’s performance, and offered up some insights into its future. And as usual, we’ve rounded up the 15 most interesting points for you below. Read More


Apple Pay gains support at 200,000 kiosks, vending machines and more

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

USA Technologies announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing Apple Pay support to 200,000 acceptance points, which includes owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances. Read More


Apple has sold over one billion iOS devices to date

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

During the company’s quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company has sold its one billionth iOS device since the original iPhone was released roughly seven years ago – a huge accomplishment. Read More


Apple announces Apple Watch shipping in April

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook just shed more light on the Apple Watch’s launch this spring, announcing on the company’s quarterly earnings call the Apple Watch will be shipping to customers in April. Read More


Apple patches several vulnerabilities used by TaiG jailbreak in iOS 8.1.3

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has posted a support page on the security content of the just-released iOS 8.1.3, confirming fears that the firmware effectively breaks the TaiG jailbreak tool. In the page, the company credits the TaiG Jailbreak Team for discovering four vulnerabilities patched in the update.

Among those vulnerabilities was a hole in the symbolic linking mechanism of AppleFileConduit, which allowed access to protected parts of the filesystem, and a state management issue, which gave local users the ability to execute unsigned code. Keep reading for a full rundown. Read More


Apple’s record-smashing Q1 2015 earnings: 74.5M iPhones, 21.4M iPads, $74.6B revenue

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has posted its [fiscal] first quarter earnings report for 2015 this afternoon and they are incredible. The company says it sold a staggering 74.5 million iPhones and recorded $74.6 billion in revenue during the holiday-driven 3-month period.

Both of the numbers beat even the most optimistic Wall Street estimates, and are all-time records for the company. To give you an idea of how big this is, Apple sold 51 million iPhones and earned $57.6 billion in the exact same quarter last year.

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Apple Maps gains 3D imagery for a dozen new locations across Europe, US and elsewhere

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Apple Maps has an impressive feature called Flyover that taps high-resolution aerial photography turned into three-dimensional terrain, landmarks and buildings that can be rotated around in the full 360-degree freedom.

It’s pretty awesome and also quite expensive to create. Apple basically has to fly a fleet of special aircraft to do terrain mapping in the sky. That’s why, as of this writing, Flyover was available in a little more than a hundred locations around the world.

As spotted by Dutch website iCulture.nl, a dozen new cities and landmarks across Europe (and some in the U.S.) have received their Flyover treatment in Apple Maps. Read More


YouTube stops using Adobe Flash, now defaults to HTML5 video player

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

When Steve Jobs was challenged on the iPad’s lack of support for Adobe’s Flash runtime for web video, manifested at the time as black rectangles on websites in place of Flash video, he said that “those holes are getting plugged real fast”.

And guess what? He was damn right.

It was a time of the prevalence of Flash and web developers had only begun experimenting with HTML5 for online video delivery, but boy what a difference a few years make.

As reported by VentureBeat, YouTube announced today that it’s ditched Flash for HTML5 video by default. “Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success,” YouTube said in a statement. Read More


You’ll never guess whom Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt named his personal hero… or will you?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Google’s former CEO and Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has a penchant for exaggeration. Not just infamous for telling bad jokes, Eric is known for going into a sputter when pressed on Google’s privacy practices and making platitudinous statements on Android and rivalry with Apple that earn him headlines.

The iPhone 6, for example, he dissed by stating that “Samsung had these products a year ago”. Sometimes, he can’t control himself to the point of risking public ridicule over claims like “Android is more secure than the iPhone”.

No doubt a talented technology executive, he’s such a multi-layered personality and it’s therefore perfectly fine to ask ourselves what principles guide Schmidt’s thinking. Does he have a personal hero he looks up to, both in tech and outside of the technology industry? Read More


Introducing the iDB Deals Store

By Sébastien Page on Jan 27, 2015

Everybody at iDB is happy to announce the iDB Deals Store. Developed in partnership with our friends at StackSocial, the iDB Deals Store will bring you exclusive deals on Apple and iOS gear, accessories, software, and more. And to mark the launch of the store, we’re offering 10% off everything in there for the next week! Read More


Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with improved Wi-Fi, Spotlight security fix and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Alongside the release of iOS 8.1.3, Apple has also rolled out OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the public this morning. The firmware, which has been in testing for several weeks now, includes fixes and improvements for Wi-Fi, Safari, Bluetooth headphone syncing and more, and can be downloaded through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store. Read More


iOS 8.1.3 is out with reduced firmware storage strain, Spotlight fix and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 this morning, after weeks of extensive testing. The release notes say that the update includes increased stability and performance improvements, as well as various major bug fixes. It also reduces the amount of storage required to perform updates.

You can access the new firmware over the air via Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes by connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer. But as usual, we recommend that users who are jailbroken, or plan to jailbreak, avoid the update for now. Read More


Apple now top smartphone vendor in China for first time, research says

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Canalys is out with a note on Tuesday saying that Apple has garnered first place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first time by units shipped.

The research firm says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were behind the large amount of growth in China in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the Cupertino-based company to the top spot. Read More


Kim Kardashian mocks herself in T-Mobile’s Super Bowl advertisement

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

In an effort to continue boosting its subscriber numbers, T-Mobile will be airing an advertisement in the Super Bowl this Sunday, with none-other than Kim Kardashian. And in typical T-Mobile fashion, it’s a hilarious ad spot that should garner some attention. #KimsDataStash Read More


Snapchat rolls out Discover feature that highlights curated stories and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Tuesday, Snapchat announced a new feature called Discover which highlights curated stories from Snapchat’s different editorial teams.

Snapchat is moving to become a media platform so they’ve partnered with some of the major names in media like the ESPN, Vice and CNN to build a storytelling format which puts the narrative first.

“This is not social media” nor is it aboutwhat’s most new and trending, remarked the firm in a blog post. No, sir — Snapchat believes in curation and high-quality content so “We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.” Read More


Google Play Newsstand gets Handoff & offline support and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Google’s Play Newsstand iOS app (formerly Google Currents) was updated Tuesday with a few new features and several bug fixes.

The software now implements support for Handoff, a technology Apple built into iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to make it easy to seamlessly transition between Macs and iPhones/iPads in apps.

With Handoff support in Google Play Newsstand, it’s now easy to resume reading on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8. Jump past the fold for other changes in Google Play Newsstand 3.1. Read More


Apple TV picks up a new channel for Sports Illustrated’s 120 SPORTS network

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

As spotted by MacRumors, Apple TV has just gained a brand new channel with content from Sports Illustrated’s 120 SPORTS network.

120 SPORTS provides on-demand and streaming coverage from major sports networks, including content from the likes of MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA Tour, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NASCAR and leading college leagues.

It’s is an over-the-air update that doesn’t require a restart. If it’s not available on your box yet, choose Software Update in Apple TV’s Settings. The new channel arrives just a few weeks following the addition of the Tennis Channel Everywhere channel to the set-top box. Read More


You can now send money via Western Union and pay bills using Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Western Union just issued a press release this morning announcing that its rolling out support for Apple Pay at thousands of its flagship locations and kiosks. By accepting Apple Pay, customers will be able to transfer money and pay bills via Western Union with their iPhone and Apple Pay. Read More

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