iOS 8 and iPhone 6 launch: everything to remember from this week

By Sébastien Page on Sep 21, 2014

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

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Apple releases iOS 8, now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: Apple has released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to the public on Wednesday after months of testing by developers.

Download iOS 8: download links for all devices that support iOS 8.

The best new features of iOS 8: to celebrate the release of iOS 8, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen new iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight.

List of iOS 8 third-party keyboards: A comprehensive list of the keyboard apps that are available for users to download and install on iOS 8 right now.

iOS 8 apps with Notification Center widgets: we’ve compiled an extensive list of apps that support iOS 8′s new Notification Center APIs and are available to download and install on iOS 8.

iOS 8 apps with Touch ID support: we’ve been busy gathering a collection of apps that have introduced support for the new Touch ID API alongside the launch of iOS 8.

Photo apps optimized for iOS 8: we’ve brought together a list of the photo apps that have been updated to support Apple’s PhotoKit and can be downloaded now.

Where did your iOS 8 Camera Roll go? Apple Support Forums are already buzzing with disgruntled users who are venting their frustration with iOS 8 presumably removing some of their photos, a point driven home by the company’s inexplicable removal of the Camera Roll album in iOS 8. We explain everything.

Early iPhone 6 case roundup: a collection of iPhone 6 cases available for sale.

iPhone 6 cases: a look at Spigen’s line up: over the weekend, we put together an early iPhone 6 case round up but it appears Spigen hosts one of the largest order-ready inventories. Inside we take a look of all the cases they have to offer.

Photographer tests iPhone 6 cameras: Teaming up with The Verge, professional photographer Austin Mann put the handsets’ enhanced cameras through the paces on beautiful locations in Iceland. The results are quite impressive.

PanguTeam confirms it’s working on iOS 8 jailbreak: good news for those of you missing out on today’s iOS 8 festivities in order to save your jailbreak, the PanguTeam says it’s on the case.

8 awesome things you can do with Activator: we’ve put together a list of some useful Activator actions/gestures you can set up on your iOS device.

‘AppBuyer’ malware steals Apple IDs and passwords from jailbroken devices: security research firm Palo Alto Networks reported this weekend about a new iOS malware that’s affecting jailbroken devices. It’s called ‘AppBuyer,’ and it’s programmed to steal a user’s Apple ID and password for the purpose of purchasing apps from the App Store.

The best to-do list apps for iPhone: whether you need something simple, or something complex, we’ve got a list for you today of what we think are the best to-do apps for iPhone.

Apps of the week: if you are excited about the new features in iOS 8 that you’ll be able to take advantage of, or just want something fun to pass the time with, we’ve got a list of apps and games we think you’ll enjoy.

iPhone 6 wallpaper packs: The Wallpapers of the Week section is dedicated to bringing stellar images to you on a weekly basis. Step inside for your newest downloads.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

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We also recorded a special episode of Let’s Talk iOS on iPhone 6 launch day. It’s short and to the point:

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

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How to downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2014

If you’re interested in downgrading your iOS device from iOS 8 back to iOS 7.1.2, you can still do so for a limited time. Obviously, your device must be capable of running iOS 7.1.2 in the first place, so devices like the newly released iPhone 6 and its larger brethren, the 6 Plus, do not qualify.

Downgrades are only possible when Apple is signing the firmware that you wish to downgrade to. Traditionally, Apple is fairly fast with its cutoff point, as it usually stops signing firmware that’s not the current release, in short order.

As of this post, Apple is still signing iOS 7.1.2, so if you wish to downgrade, you better act fast. Inside, we’ll walk you through downgrading to iOS 7.1.2 on an iPhone 5s, but the same rules apply to any device that is currently running iOS 8, but is capable of running iOS 7.1.2. Read More

 

Photo apps optimized for iOS 8

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 20, 2014

Back in June, Apple announced PhotoKit, a new way to edit photos using third-party apps and filters – all from the stock Photos app. Many legacy photography apps have received updates enabling these features, making accessible a great deal of functionality, all in one app. iOS users can now apply watermarks, filters, effects, and more directly in Photos, a feature iPhoneographers are sure to love.

We’ve brought together a list of the photo apps that have been updated to support Apple’s PhotoKit and can be downloaded now.  Read More

 

Looking for an alternative to Zephyr? Try Tage

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 20, 2014

Zephyr was one of the most popular multitasking tweak for iOS 6, however it hasn’t been updated yet for iOS 7. If you miss the tweak, you should definitely check out an alternative to it known as Tage.

Developed by Ma Jun, Tage features functionality similar to Zephyr and changes the way you switch between opened apps. The tweak is made up of five major parts. You can swipe the left or right side of the screen to switch between active apps. Additionally, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to either close the app or launch the App Switcher. Finally, swiping left or right from the top edge of the screen allows you to lock your device. Read More

 

Apps of the week: keyboards, widgets, bundles, and more

By Lory Gil on Sep 20, 2014

Oh boy, oh boy. For me, the best part about a big update to Apple’s mobile operating system is the super cool updates and new apps that make use of new features. This weekend is going to be fun for me. If you are excited about the new features in iOS 8 that you’ll be able to take advantage of, or just want something fun to pass the time with, we’ve got a list of apps and games we think you’ll enjoy. Read More

 

AudioOut: output audio through speaker when the headphone is connected

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 20, 2014

Normally, when you connect your headphone to your iOS device, it will start to output the audio from the headphone rather than the speaker and there’s no way you can switch to the latter. AudioOut is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to save your day by fixing this issue.

Developed by vibez, AudioOut allows you to listen to a song from the device’s external speaker even when the headphone is plugged in. Not only this, but the tweak also lets you control the audio from the headphone’s controls such as its volume. This means that you can listen to a song from the device’s external speaker and at the same time control the sound with the headphone’s remote control. Read More

 

A first look at SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS 8

By Lory Gil on Sep 19, 2014

My brother is an Android user and I am an iOS 8 user. So of course he is always showing me things that he can customize on his smartphone that I can’t. One time, he showed me how he could swipe his finger across his keyboard to type words. “Big deal,” I said. “Jealous,” I thought.

Now that SwiftKey Keyboard is available as a default keyboard for iOS 8, I was quick to download it to see just how cool the feature really is. SwiftKey is mainly a predictive keyboard that learns your writing style and gives you suggestions for what you might want to say next. But, it also has that cool “Flow” swiping feature so you can type without tapping. Read More

 

Where did your iOS 8 Camera Roll go?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

Following Wednesday’s public release of iOS 8 and today’s launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Support Forums are already buzzing with disgruntled users who are venting their frustration with iOS 8 presumably removing some of their photos, a point driven home by the company’s inexplicable removal of the Camera Roll album in iOS 8.

Indeed, it looks like Apple has introduced a major customer pain point by not elaborating whether the missing Camera Roll has anything to do with iOS 8′s newly gained ability to access large photo libraries in iCloud within the Photos app.

So, where did your Camera Roll go and is there anything sensible to be done about it? Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 047: iPhone 6 Launch Special

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 19, 2014

Episode 47: Listen to Jeff, Sebastien, and Cody’s first impressions and launch stories regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Parental Controls For iOS restricts the amount of time your child spends on your device

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 19, 2014

One of the features that iOS 7 lacks is the ability to control the amount of time your child spends using your device. Parental Controls for iOS is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to bring this highly anticipated feature to jailbroken iOS 7 devices.

Developed by Ge0rges, the tweak allows you to limit the amount of time a person can use your iOS device. Once the time has ended, the user will be automatically be locked out of your device and a pop-up will be displayed with three buttons: ‘Emergency Call’, ‘Add One Hour’ where a person will be allowed to use the device for an extra hour once the parental passcode has been entered and an ‘Ok’ button. The only way your child can gain access to your device once the time limit has been reached is when you choose to add an extra hour.  Read More

 

Apple updates iCloud for Windows utility with iCloud Drive integration in Windows Explorer

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

Apple on the iPhone 6 launch day Friday issued an updated version of its iCloud utility for Windows users with support for iCloud Drive and the ability to manage your cloud documents and upload/download files directly from Windows Explorer.

iCloud Drive can also be accessed in any desktop browser through the web interface at iCloud.com. Read More

 

OmniFocus 2 for iPad now available with new iOS 8 features

By Lory Gil on Sep 19, 2014

OmniFocus is probably the most comprehensive getting things done (GTD) app available on the iPhone. It makes project management easy and convenient, helps keep you organized and on task, and makes it possible for you to schedule your busy life.

Finally, OmniFocus 2 is now available on the iPad as a new download. It has a completely redesigned user interface that takes advantage of the larger screen. It combines all of the best features of OmniFocus 2 for Mac and OmniFocus 2 for iPhone into one great app on the iPad. Read More

 

Photographer tests iPhone 6/Plus cameras, Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, OIS and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

As Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit store shelves in the United States and a few major markets around the world, first hands-on videos are appearing online (and let’s not forget about torture tests, too).

Teaming up with The Verge, professional photographer Austin Mann put the handsets’ enhanced cameras through the paces on beautiful locations in Iceland.

He took a series of photographs and videos that do an excellent job showing off improvements such as the new Focus Pixels, manual Exposure Control, higher-resolution Panorama photography, Slo-Mo video enhancements and Optical Image Stabilization.

The results are quite impressive: the more accurate sensor, Apple’s enhanced signal image processor inside the A8 chip and iOS 8′s software improvements enable noticeably sharper images, despite the same eight-megapixel camera resolution. Read More

 

What you can do with your iPhone’s plastic screen protector

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 19, 2014

So you just got your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Or, perhaps you’re waiting for it to arrive via the mail. Whatever the case may be, you just got (or are getting) a new device, and you’re thrilled.

Now, the question that all of us have to ponder at some time during the day: What do I do with the plastic screen protector that wraps around my iPhone?

If you’re like most people, the answer to this question is simple: Remove it as fast as humanely possible, and let your hands enjoy the build quality and curves of Jony Ive’s latest creation.

But for me, and no doubt, others, the answer to that question is a tad more complex. Sometimes I find myself removing the plastic, yet at other times, I like to keep it on my device. It is free, after all… Read More

 
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