September 9 event wallpaper: “Hey Siri, give us a hint”

By Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, Apple released the media invitation for an event on September 9. The fall announcements typically highlight updates for iOS devices. Sometimes iPhone and iPad are announced separately, but it is estimated both devices will receive a refresh in the coming weeks.

In line with new invitations, the web quickly rushes to build corresponding, celebratory wallpapers. Inside, we have some quick work done by avid iDB readers. Within hours, they shared their collections and we pass them on to you. Read More

 

How to sell your iPhone on Craigslist like a pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m sort of a Craigslist junky. I have sold literally hundreds of items on Craigslist over the years, and I can’t remember ever having any big problems with a transaction.

Since the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is only a couple of weeks away, many people are now interested in selling their current iPhone in order to finance the new iPhone. This is a smart move, as value of the last generation phones will dip and continue to do so once the new iPhones come out.

So what’s the best way to go about selling an iPhone on Craigslist? I’ve discussed this topic several times on our Podcast, Lets’ Talk iOS, but now I’ll fully break down what makes a successful Craigslist selling experience. Read More

 

Nighty Night Circus goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday named “Nighty Night Circus” its featured App of the Week in the App Store. This means for the next 7 days, you will be able to download the popular bedtime story and lullaby app for kids for free—saving you a solid $3.

The sequel to Apple’s 2012 App of the Year, Nighty Night!, Nighty Night Circus allows children to play with a variety of circus animals and tuck them in as they go to sleep. The app features beautiful imagery, great narration and lullaby music. Read More

 

September 9 tidbits: no iPhone 6c, renamed Force Touch and no sapphire screen on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple today officially confirmed its rumored media event will be indeed taking place on Wednesday, September 9. The press conference is widely expected to bring new iPhones, iPads and possibly a next-generation Apple TV.

New pieces of information continue to surface in the run-up to the event. According to latest tidbits from a reputable publication with reliable sources, Apple won’t unveil an ‘iPhone 6c’ at the event. Read More

 

Apple teams up with PayAnywhere for new Apple Pay card reader

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced that it has teamed up with payment service PayAnywhere on a new mobile NFC card reader. It will attach to iOS devices, and support both traditional credit cards and those stored within Apple Pay.

The reader, which will be available exclusively in Apple Stores in September, will open the door for smaller businesses to begin supporting Apple Pay. PayAnywhere is easy to setup and there are no monthly fees to worry about. Read More

 

Is Apple Watch the next frontier for ads?

By Sébastien Page on Aug 27, 2015

I just finished tracking a run using the free version of Map My Run, and after saving that workout directly from my Apple Watch, I was presented with the above screen. Granted, I use the free ad-supported version of the Map My Run app, and while I do expect to see ads on the iPhone app, it was kind of surprising to see an ad right there on my wrist. Read More

 

Instagram now lets you share photos and videos in portrait or landscape mode

By Sébastien Page on Aug 27, 2015

Instagram announced today that users are now able to upload photos and videos in either portrait or landscape mode, on top of the current square format that has became a marquee feature of the app. Available via the Instagram app update version 7.5 on iOS, this new capability will certainly be welcome by many users, as Instagram notes in a blog post that nearly 1 in 5 photos or videos posted on the service aren’t in square format. Read More

 

Apple to live-stream September 9 media event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Those not in attendance will be happy to learn that Apple just confirmed it will provide a live-stream of its upcoming September 9 media event.

Like the company’s major events held in the past two years, the September 9 event should be presented at the www.apple.com/live micro-site in the blog format, with cherry-picked tweets, juicy photos and quotes updating in real-time right below the video stream.

The iPhone maker sent out invites for the press conference earlier today. Invite graphics sports the colorful Apple logo and a tagline reading “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. Read More

 

iOS automation app Workflow picks up Today widget, Health actions, syncing and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Workflow, the powerful software that makes it relatively simple to automate iOS by chaining multiple actions together, has picked up a Today widget and support for Apple Health actions in its most recent update which hit the App Store this morning.

In addition to the ability to activate your saved workflows directly from the Notification Center’s Today view, Workflow 1.3 for iOS has gained yet another useful feature to back up and synchronize your workflows across multiple devices. Read More

 

Apple sends out invites for September 9th event: ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

As expected, Apple has sent out invitations to for its iPhone event to be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The event will go down at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransisco, CA starting at 10am PST.

It’s widely expected that the main topic of the event will be the new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. We also expect to see follow-up details on iOS 9 along with its launch date, along with information on OS X El Capitan. Read More

 

iPhone 6s said to bring 12MP sensor, 4K video recording, and improved FaceTime camera

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

A lot has been said thus far about “the biggest camera jump ever” expected to grace Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones. A report Thursday by 9to5Mac attempts to bring Apple’s next-generation camera technology into full view.

According to sources who spoke with author Mark Gurman, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will introduce “a major revamp” to the camera system that ostensibly includes a twelve-megapixel iSight sensor out the back that can capture video in full 4K resolution, in addition to a simple software trick designed to bring flash support to the FaceTime camera out the front. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s sports animated backgrounds inspired by Apple Watch’s Motion face

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones are said to include animated backgrounds inspired by the Apple Watch’s Motion face, 9to5Mac learned from sources. Of course, Apple has offered dynamic wallpapers since iOS 7, but it’s a single motif in seven color choices.

These new animated backgrounds created for upcoming iPhones are being described as sharing the same theme as the Motion face on the Apple Watch, which shows painstakingly crafted animations of jellyfish, multi-colored butterflies and brightly colored flowers. Read More

 

PowerColor brings custom color gradients to the iOS battery indicator

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

Want to better visualize the current status of your iPhone’s battery? PowerColor is a new tweak that lets you enjoy a gradient of colors ranging from green (fully charged) to red (empty). As the power level of your iPhone’s battery decreases, the color of the battery indicator will subtly change to represent the appropriate range of remaining charge. Read More

 

Review: Astropad Mini turns your iPhone or Apple Watch into a pro graphics tablet for your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

We wrote about Astropad Graphics Tablet, an app that turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac, shortly following its February 2015 debut.

Designed and built by smart ex-Apple engineers Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli, the app has since been updated with support for FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus and gained other new features.

The team just released Astropad Mini, an iPhone edition of Astropad’s iPad app with Apple Watch support for remote drawing into Mac apps and more. Read More

 

New details emerge on recent iCloud breach of jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

Two days ago, we told you about an attack on jailbroken iPhones that compromised the accounts of some 220,000 iCloud users. New details have since emerged about the breach, that confirm what we initially speculated in the post on Tuesday evening.

The vast majority, if not all of the accounts, were of Chinese origin. On Wednesday morning, I personally confirmed this with someone directly in the know about the attack.

To that extent, a website has been created for potential victims of the attack to see if their account was compromised. That website is in Chinese, further emphasizing the origin and the region that was affected by this recent breach.

In all, there are a whopping 105,275 valid iCloud accounts out of the 220,000 compromised. That means that nearly half of those accounts captured contain active username and password combinations.

As speculated, this was indeed the result of a jailbreak tweak, but it was also self-inflicted, meaning users installed both the repo and the tweak responsible for the intrusion. Read More

 

Review: Lara Croft GO is the essence of adventure that feels unmistakably Tomb Raider-y

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

It only took a few minutes for me to get hooked on Lara Croft GO, a new premium title from Hitman GO creators Square Enix Montréal.

Created in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, this gorgeously done puzzle-solving adventure takes Hitman GO’s turn-based strategy concept and simplicity of action to a whole new level while managing to incorporate several marquee aspects of the traditional Tomb Raider formula and gameplay.

But Lara Croft GO, a $4.99 download in the App Store, is hardly the same game as Hitman GO. More than the collection of its impressive parts—mesmerizing soundtrack, artful animations and gorgeous visuals—Lara Croft GO manages to distill the famed series down to its essence.

I spent a few hours playing and reviewing this game in the days leading up to its release, here are my hands-on impressions and findings. Read More

 

Crisp: a clean and simple email template keyboard for iOS

By Sébastien Page on Aug 27, 2015

How many times a day or a week do you send the exact same email to people? It usually is a canned reply to an often asked question, or maybe it is a tidbit of personal information such as your address. If you use email, chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Crisp, a new app available in the App Store today, wants to make this better by offering a clean and simple email template keyboard for iOS. Read More

 

Oeago’s Ultra Thin iPhone 6 case is just 0.3mm thick

By Lory Gil on Aug 27, 2015

One of the best features of the iPhone 6 is the ultra slim design. It is so thin, it could hide behind a CD case. You may want to protect your high tech device but not want to add any bulk at all.

Oeago makes an Ultra Thin case for the iPhone 6 that is actually the thinnest you can buy. At only 0.3mm thick and weighing only 0.3 ounces, the case adds the least amount of bulk to your iPhone 6 possible so you can maintain the same aesthetic you love. Read More

 

Force Touch code discovered in iOS 9

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Developer and noted iOS beta hacker Hamza Sood has discovered code relating to Force Touch in iOS 9. Sood tweeted out a screenshot of the code this evening, saying it appears Apple has been “testing keyboard trackpad gestures on the iPhone 6s, activated via Force Touch.”

Given that the 6s is expected to be unveiled within the next few weeks, and believed to already be in mass production, it would seem the code all-but-confirms that the new iPhone will include Force Touch technology—a feature that already exists in MacBooks and Apple Watch. Read More

 

Apple rumored to hold September event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple has rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its all-but-confirmed September iPhone event, reports Hoodline. The publication says it has seen documentation from event logistics indicating the company has the building through September 12th.

Today’s news follows speculation from earlier this week that Apple is behind a mysterious “trade show” booking at the Civic Auditorium for the first two weeks in September. On Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the building. Read More

 
Page 112345...