iDB’s ultimate Black Friday deals roundup: save big on iPhone, iPad, Beats, apps, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2014

Black Friday is upon us, and for the next few days, hundreds of retailers will be offering significant discounts on a number of items in an effort to coerce customers into their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. High definition televisions, cameras, and even various Apple products will be sold at rock-bottom prices.

But trying to keep up with who is offering what can prove to be a fairly overwhelming task, even for those who know what they’re doing, so iDB has decided to simplify things with a Black Friday deal roundup. Below you’ll find the best deals from top retailers on iPhones, iPads, Beats headphones, apps and much, much more. Read More

 

iOS apps and games on sale this week

By Sébastien Page on Nov 26, 2014

Black Friday is right around the corner, but most developers aren’t waiting for the end of the week to discount their apps and games. Whether you’re looking for a productivity app or for a game to waste time between the turkey and green bean casserole, we’ve created this roundup to make it easy for you to see what’s on sale. Read More

 

Blueprint of “iPad Air Plus” leaked by Japanese magazine

By Sébastien Page on Nov 28, 2014

Japanese magazine Mac Fan has leaked what appears to be the blueprint of what is referred to as the 12.2 inch iPad Air Plus, reports Macotakara. According to the January 2015 edition of the magazine, iPad Air Plus, as it is referred to, will be 305.31 mm x 220.8 mm x 7 mm and will be powered by the A9 processor. The device which has now long been rumored could be scheduled to ship between April and June 2015. Read More

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer hits iTunes and YouTube, watch it now

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

The official teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on Black Friday made its debut on iTunes. Lucas film yesterday tweeted that the trailer will hit iTunes after initially saying that it would only be shown in 30 movie theaters across the U.S. Disney in October 2012 acquired Lucasfilm in a transaction valued at a whopping $4 billion.

The acquisition brought Lucasfilm under Disney’s fold and gave the Mickey Mouse house rights to further develop the Star Wars franchise and film new movies in the series in co-operation with George Lucas. The trailer has also hit YouTube and we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure right after the break. Read More

 

Nintendo files for patent for Game Boy emulation on phones and other devices

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

As TechCrunch reported this morning, the United States Patent & Trademark Office yesterday published a patent application for “Hand-held Video Game Platform Emulation” that Nintendo filed on June 23, 2014.

The invention describes software emulation of Nintendo’s popular mobile game consoles such as the Game Boy family on a variety of mobile devices, including smartphones and in other settings such as seat-back displays in airplanes and trains. Read More

 

Best deal: get a $100 iTunes gift card for $75

By Sébastien Page on Nov 28, 2014

In what might be one of the best deals this Black Friday, you can currently get a $100 iTunes gift card for only $75 on eBay. Even those of you that aren’t good at math will be quick to realize this is a 25% discount on the full price, effectively giving you $25 of free iTunes credit. Read More

 

Apple’s Black Friday kicks off with iTunes Gift Card deals on qualifying purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

Apple this morning kicked off its Black Friday sale with $25-$100 (PRODUCT)RED iTunes Gift Cards on qualifying Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Beats by Dr. Dre purchases. Once your iTunes Gift Card has been redeemed, you can use your iTunes credit toward any purchase on the iTunes Store, including media and apps.

In addition to donating the proceeds from (RED) apps to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS until December 7, Apple will also automatically donate a portion of retail sales to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Read More

 

How to disable SpringBoard rotation on the iPhone 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2014

One of the big advantages of the iPhone 6 Plus when compared to the iPhone 6 is the 6 Plus’ ability to rotate into landscape mode while on the SpringBoard. Home screen rotation also works with smaller devices that use upscaling tweaks like LittleBrother or Upscale.

If you’re someone who find the Home screen rotation to be annoying, then you may be interested in disabling the rotation outright. Notate is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that. Have a look inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Work in progress tweak makes CarPlay work without an external display

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2014

Renowned jailbreak developer Adam Bell is working on an interesting project that makes it possible to use CarPlay without the normal external display requirements. The tweak, which is currently a work in progress, will make it so that users can reap the benefits of the simplified CarPlay interface, without the need of buying an expensive CarPlay enabled head unit.

The possibilities for such a tweak are extremely interesting. For example, you could, in theory, mount an iPad in your car and use it instead of using your stock head unit. The benefits of using an iPad are multifaceted, with one of the main benefit being the better responsiveness of the iPad’s capacitive touchscreen over the resistive touchscreens found in many head units.

Bell has created a video to showcase his work thus far and it looks very promising. Step inside to see the preview, and find more details about this ambitious project. Read More

 

Readdle’s Black Friday promo slashes up to 50% off popular productivity apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Readdle, the Ukrainian developer behind some of the best iOS productivity apps such as Calendars, PDF Expert and Scanner Pro, doesn’t do sales often.

But when they do, there must be a very good reason and I can’t think of a better reason than Black Friday.

Starting on Thursday, November 27 and lasting 48 hours only, Readdle’s premium productivity applications are available discounted by up to 50 percent. In addition to discounts on Calendars 5, Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, Printer Pro and PDF Converter, their Ultimate Productivity Bundle has been marked down, too. Read More

 

Apple launches star-studded Beats #SoloSelfie campaign

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

In addition to a new iPhone 6 television commercial featuring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and voice messaging in iOS 8’s Messages app, Apple and Beats (which got snapped up by the iPhone maker for $3 billion earlier this year) kicked off a new #SoloSelfie thingy.

In a nutshell, it’s a campaign that promotes the Solo2, ”the world’s best-selling headphone.” Like other Beats campaigns, #SoloSelfie includes more than a dozen celebrities including Kendall, Kylie Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Kenan Thompson and a bunch more who can be seen snapping selfies while wearing the high-end headphones. Read More

 

Pixelmator for Mac and iPad go half price in Black Friday sale

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Pixelmator, the powerful Photoshop replacement for the Mac and iPad, has gone half price ahead of Black Friday tomorrow. Sébastien yesterday posted a running list of iOS apps and games on sale this week, but Pixelmator definitely deserve’s a post of its own due to its tremendous popularity and quality.

This capable image editor features full support for the latest Yosemite and iOS 8 Continuity technologies such as Handoff and iCloud Drive. The Mac edition of Pixelmator has been marked down to $14.99.

The app normally costs $29.99 so you can save fifteen bucks if you purchase it discounted. And Pixelmator for iPad, which debuted in the App Store a month ago, is still just $4.99 as the team extended launch promotion for another week. Read More

 

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Oddworld, the popular platform-based action adventure originally released on consoles back in 2005, has been ported to iOS and is now available in the App Store as Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.

The game puts you in the shoes of a tall, dark and enigmatic figure, a drifter turned bounty hunter simply named Stranger. Your goal: capture outlaws and collect bounties, armed with your trusty double-barreled crossbow that fires insects and small animals.

The iOS port sports a highly detailed graphics engine capable of rendering towns, realistic water effects, lush forests, massive industrial facilities and vast outdoor panoramas in console-grade fidelity. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘Voice Text’ iPhone 6 ad

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

Apple tonight posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel showcasing the recently-launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The ad is entitled ‘Voice Text’ and it highlights the new voice messaging feature found on iOS 8 and of course the new iPhones.

Coming just a few days after the last two spots, the ad once again stars Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. In similar fashion to recent ads, the pair provide comedic voiceovers as they demonstrate the benefits of voice messaging. Read More

 

Review: AppHeads an incredibly fast iOS multitasking tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

AppHeads, the tweak that brings a fast multitasking experience to iOS7 and iOS 8, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Inspired by Facebook’s ChatHead system, AppHeads brings a fresh and new multitasking method to iOS.

We’ve already previewed the tweak once before, and now it’s available for purchase for $4.99. Is it worth its relatively steep asking price? Does it live up to the hype and potential? Check inside for the video walkthrough and review. Read More

 

Good deal: name your own price on this awesome Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

Good news Mac owners, StackSocial is running another one of its popular “name your own price” software promotions. There are 9 apps in the bundle, and 1 instructional course, which combined normally sell for $543. But, as the headline suggests, you can literally name your own price.

What’s the catch? The deal site keeps a running average of what people are paying for the package, which is currently at $4.51. Pay below the average price, and you’ll only get 3 of the applications mentioned below, but pay equal to or above the average price, and you’ll get the entire package. Read More

 

‘Pyx’ adds smooth animations to the iOS app switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Looking to change up the look of the App Switcher animations on iOS 8? If so, then look no further than Pyx, a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that allows you to add over half a dozen animations to the App Switcher.

As you’ll see from our video walkthrough inside, Pyx isn’t the most elegant tweak that you’ll run across, but it works well enough to leave most satisfied with the results. Have a look at our video for the full scoop. Read More

 

Fantastical is on sale: get up to 65% off this great app

By Sébastien Page on Nov 26, 2014

Flexibits just announced that is is having a pretty big sale on Fantastical for iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as on Chatology for Mac. Discounted by up to 65%, Fantastical is an award winning calendar application that has routinely been ranked as one of the best calendar apps on iDB. Read More

 

WatchBoard: a new Apple Watch SpringBoard replacement for iPhone and iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 26, 2014

Aaron Ash, the creator of the legendary jailbreak tweak called Barrel, is back with a brand new creation called WatchBoard. WatchBoard is based off of the Apple Watch UI, and it’s the best implementation of said concept that I’ve seen thus far.

Ash’s expertise in this area is immediately apparent when it comes to design decisions, settings, etc. Not only that, but the tweak works on both the iPhone and the iPad. Have a look at our video walkthrough of WatchBoard after the break to see what makes it so good. Read More

 

Shopping on Amazon has never been so beautiful with Canopy for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2014

Not sure about you, but holidays always stress me out. More Black Friday deals than I could possibly process isn’t the worst part, it’s hunting for great gifts that’s both time-consuming and exhausting.

This is especially true when shopping on Amazon. If only someone curated the best and finest products available for purchase on the Internet’s biggest catalog…

That’s where Canopy jumps in. Created by CanopyCo, Inc., this nifty little iPhone application presents you with a beautifully designed list of Amazon products, neatly organized by categories and brands and curated by “a community with great taste.”

In addition to shopping by categories and brands, the free app lets you find gifts by personality type, see what’s new, trending or the most popular in the product feeds, build a personal collection of your favorite Amazon products and much more. Read More

 
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