OS X Yosemite (QuickTime iOS device screencast 001)

The vast majority of Apple bloggers who grab screenshots of iPhone and iPad applications don’t seem to be ashamed by the low or no cellular signal strength showing right in their status bar, or incomplete Wi-Fi or – worse of all – low battery.

And who could blame them?

Touching up the images to have the status bar show full cellular/Wi-Fi signal and 100 percent battery takes time and a great deal of effort to get it right.

I’ve seen folks like MacStories editor Federico Viticci obsess over the issue and even write scripts and devise complex workflows in order to correct the messed up status bar on their iOS screenshots. Having been constantly pressed for time, I’m not that particular about my screenshots.

Luckily, QuickTime in Yosemite includes a nifty little feature which automatically cleans up the status bar when capturing an iOS device’s screen, so your screencasts look professional…

For those unaware, when OS X Yosemite launches this Fall, people will be able to record a video of whatever is on their iOS 8 device’s screen using QuickTime.

You’ll simply connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8 to a Mac via a Lightning cable and fire up QuickTime – no pricey A/V adapters or HDMI capture cards needed.

Apple’s maniacal attention to detail now manifests itself in QuickTime’s automatic cleaning up and prettifying of the iOS status bar on your screencasts, as first noticed by Daniel Celeste over at AppAdvice.

While recording video of the Rdio app just for the sake of testing out the feature, I noticed that my iPhone’s status bar was acting strange. All of the signal dots were full, I was apparently on Wi-Fi even though I had it turned off, it was somehow 9:41 a.m. in the afternoon, and my battery had magically charged itself.

Man, they even bother doing 9:41AM! How’s this for attention to detail?

A quick side-note: if you’ve been wondering why official photos of Apple products show the same time (you guessed right, 9:41AM), it’s because Steve Jobs started unveiling the original iPhone at 9:41.

Again, those wishing to check out this sweet feature would need the latest beta build of Yosemite and of course an iOS device running a beta of iOS 8.

So there you have it.

Bloggers who used to routinely embarrass themselves posting iOS screenshots showing no cellular service, low Wi-Fi signal and 5 percent battery in the status bar will now sleep better knowing that Yosemite will take care of their first-world problem.

I think Apple has implemented this feature with developers in mind.

Come this Fall, developers will be able to upload video previews of their apps on the App Store. I really can’t think of any reason why any developer or a fellow blogger would want their screencasts to leave an impression of sloppiness by showing a low battery icon or strange times like 3:27AM.

If only Apple built this into iOS 8 so that capturing a screenshot directly on an iOS device would clean up the status bar, too.

See also: how to record your OS X screen on the Mac using QuickTime.

  • swag

    wow cool

    • swag

      much swag

  • thomas

    why doesn’t Yosemite let me take screenshots anymore? The keyboard shortcuts in preferences are in place

    • What do you mean? I can still take screenshots on the latest Yosemite Developer Preview.

      • thomas

        before I would only need to press command shift 4 to take a screenshot. but now I can’t since I updated to yosemite. I try command shift 3,2,4 etc. but nothing happens. my keyboard shortcut settings in system preferences are in order, so I don’t see the problem

  • Parth Patel

    Which app it is in the first image?

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein



      • highNiggaPie


      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        F*ck you, I answered his question and improved his English.

      • highNiggaPie

        Are u his English teacher? This is the internet no one cares how their grammar or spelling is neither should u try worrying about stuff that actually matters

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Maybe I am, what does that have to do with anything? If I want to correct him I do. This is the internet, GET OVER IT.

      • highNiggaPie

        Exactly it’s the internet and since I know ur not gettin paid to sit here and correct people like ur perfect what’s the point other than being a d|ck

      • Decio Arruda

        I still don’t understand one thing about this whole conversation… What’s wrong with being a D1ck?

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        The point is to help people get better at English, and if you think I’m a d1ck for teaching English, then you’re the one being a d1ck!

    • The app displaying the iPhone screen is QuickTime. And the app on the iPhone is Rdio.

      • Parth Patel


  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    I have always wondered why they used 9:41! Thanks Christian!

  • Eikast

    Are you scuurd idownloadblog? Now the everyday Joe will compete with you! Mwahahaha. Jk.
    That’s a nice feature and looks to be EXTREMELY useful for app developers when it comes to marketing their applications.

  • Ian Leon

    What about cleaning THIS up

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  • Kuzame

    I was first confused when I’m certain my iPad’s battery was supposed to be below 90% at the time, but then it was already 100% charged. But then later suddenly, it drops to below 90% again lol. Also it’s weird that there is a “full signal” on iPad, they might’ve forgot to conclude this (I thought it was because of hand off feature with my iPhone)