Parts shipments for 12.9-inch iPad Pro likely to begin in September

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

According to a J.P. Morgan investor memo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, parts shipments for Apple’s mythical 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ are most likely to begin in September. J.P. Morgan’s analysts reaffirmed claims that the iPad Pro will use an improved touch panel design.

Dubbed Glass-Film-Film (GFF), as opposed to the Glass-Film (GF) panels found on the iPad Air and iPad mini, GFF tech allows for greater touch accuracy and performance. These two prerequisites would be crucial for an Apple-built stylus accessory that the rumor-mill believes might sell as an optional accessory as soon as the iPad Pro arrives. Read More

 

Lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer has been hired away by Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Talk that Apple could be working on an augmented reality project of its own intensified Monday with news that the iPhone maker poached Nick Thompson, the lead audio engineer for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality project.

As noted by Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel, Thompson’s LinkedIn page reveals he started working as an engineer at Apple this July. Before joining Apple, he was the HoloLens Audio Hardware Engineering Lead at Microsoft from September 2012. Read More

 

Nomad launches iPhone car charger with 3,000 mAh battery, USB C and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Nomad, makers of beautiful accessories for Apple’s mobile gadgets, today announced a new car charger for the iPhone and other gadgets that offers some novel features normally not found in car chargers.

Billed as “the first battery pack designed for your car,” the Nomad Roadtrip integrates a 3,000 mAh battery and provides both the standard USB port and USB-C for charging the latest devices. Read More

 

T-Mobile starts punishing data-hungry customers who conceal their tethering

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

T-Mobile announced today that it will throttle LTE data and speeds for users on unlimited plans who illegally use more data than they bought by concealing their tethering.

A small percentage of T-Mobile customers on unlimited 4G LTE plans have been discovered to be gaming the system in order to make their tethering look like smartphone usage.

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans offer a set amount of mobile hotspot data (up to seven gigabytes) and include tethering at no extra charge. Making tethering look like smartphone usage allows data-hungry customers to use significantly more 4G LTE tethering than their plan includes, with some people consuming up to two terabytes a month.

Their activities have a “disproportionately negative impact” on other users as these rule-breakers “can compromise the network experience for other T-Mobile customers.” The carrier will now clamp down on those people by starting to throttle their data speeds, especially if the carrier determines that they’re misusing their data to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Read More

 

New Apple Music commercial debuts during 2015 MTV Video Music Award

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Continuing its strong marketing push of Apple Music, a brand new Apple Music commercial debuted during last evening’s 2015 MTV Music Video Award ceremony. Consisting of a pair of videos running sixty seconds each, the ad features The Weeknd, a Canadian PBR&B singer, songwriter and record producer who is one of the most played artists on Beats 1 Radio. Read More

 

Hyper review: a video magazine for people with busy lives

By Lory Gil on Aug 31, 2015

I could literally spend hours on the Internet looking at funny, educational, and inspirational videos. However, I don’t have the luxury of spending hours on the Internet. I often miss a lot of the great content that comes out regularly.

Hyper is a video magazine for the iPad that pulls together a few of the top videos every day so you won’t end up going down the rabbit hole that is the Worldwide Web, unless you want to. We’ve got a hands-on app review of Hyper for you today. Read More

 

Good deal: ZeroLemon’s Slim Juicer 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6

By iDB Deals on Aug 31, 2015

The iPhone 6 is an incredible piece of tech, but battery life can be a problem for the heavy user. Packing a sizeable 3100mAh of power into its sleek contours, the Slim Juicer Battery Case could be the solution you’ve been looking for. This solid and contemporary case provides 170% additional charge for your cell. It can be yours for $30.99, a 38% savings.

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SmartClose places apps in a state of deep sleep to intelligently preserve system resources

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 30, 2015

Ryan Petrich’s SmartClose, a popular tweak that takes backgrounded apps and places them immediately into a deep sleep state, has finally been updated for iOS 8. Due to the tweak’s usefulness in terms of battery life and system resource preservation, many of you have been clamoring for a SmartClose update ever since the iOS 8 jailbreak was released.

What makes this tweak so beloved and effective? How does it work? Check out the post for all of the details.

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Meerkat now supports YES/NO polls, showing photos to watchers and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2015

Meerkat, the popular live video streaming software that competes with Twitter-owned Periscope, today issued a nice little update to its iOS application in the App Store.

With version number bumped to 1.5.4, this edition of Meerkat includes a few enhancements like a revamped feed and the ability to show your watchers photos from your Camera roll.

Perhaps most crucially, Meerkat now includes a polling feature which allows anyone to ask their watchers simple YES/NO questions about anything, as they’re broadcasting. Read More

 

New Apple TV expected to launch in October for under $200

By Cody Lee on Aug 30, 2015

The next-generation Apple TV will launch in October for less than $200, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims that company executives are still finalizing pricing, but the latest options call for a starting price of either $149 or $199.

Since this will be considerably more expensive than other streaming media devices on the market, 9to5Mac says that Apple plans to keep the current third-gen Apple TV around. Its more modest $69 price tag will serve as an entry-level product into the Apple TV line. Read More

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 wallpaper optimized for iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Aug 30, 2015

Whether Apple fanboys want to admit it or not, there are other providers in the market that have some decent offerings. If you didn’t know, Redmi Note 2 is a recent release by Xiaomi in the budget smartphone category ($125), but it boasts a full HD display at 401 ppi. While Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 overall hardware package is not our cup of tea, the stock wallpapers are worth a download. Read More

 

The best ultrathin cases for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Aug 30, 2015

We’ve been telling you about a variety of accessories for the iPhone 6 throughout the year. Our goal is to let you know the different options available so you can make a well-informed decision when choosing what to buy.

Below is an accessory round up for what we believe are some of the best ultrathin cases for the iPhone 6. You may recall our previous minimalist case list and wonder what the difference is. It’s subtle, and sometimes they overlap, but minimalist cases focus on design, while ultra thin cases are all about being nearly invisible. If you don’t see your favorite ultra thin case on our list, feel free to add it in the comments section. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: FutureLock, MusicScroller, SimpleReach, and more

By Sébastien Page on Aug 30, 2015

Another interesting week for the jailbreak community. Despite the reports of thousands of iCloud account being compromised by some shady jailbreak tweaks installed from some shady repos you’ve probably never heard of, we’ve seen some good tweaks being released in Cydia.

In case you don’t want to scroll through dozens and dozens of packages, we round up all the new jailbreak tweaks that appeared this week on Cydia. Read More

 

This week’s top stories

By Sébastien Page on Aug 30, 2015

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.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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CCMore places full quick launch apps inside Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 29, 2015

CCMore is a tweak that lets users integrate the Control Center’s quick launch apps directly into the Control Center interface. The quick launch apps—Timer, Calculator, and Camera—already appear as shortcuts at the bottom of Control Center, but CCMore takes it a step further, letting you access these apps within Control Center itself. Read More

 

Claimed iPhone 6s parts show larger FaceTime camera, Force Touch

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2015

Some new photos surfaced this weekend, showing what is said to be the front face of an iPhone 6s. 9to5Mac shares the high resolution images of the claimed component, which appears to offer up insight into two of the unannounced handset’s new features.

The first is a higher resolution FaceTime camera. We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that the iPhone 6s will feature an improved front-facing camera for taking better selfies, and if legitimate, this part confirms it with a larger FaceTime camera sensor. Read More

 

How to use Time Machine on your Mac – the full roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 29, 2015

Over the last several months, we’ve revisited Time Machine, the backup utility present in OS X. We’ve showed you everything from performing an initial Time Machine setup, to encrypting Time Machine backups, to restoring specific files from those backups.

Time Machine is a great tool that every OS X user should become intimately familiar with, and in this roundup, we’ll revisit each of the topics covered over the last couple of months. Read More

 

Check out these apps: Forest Spirit, Emo Chorus, Recolor, and more

By Lory Gil on Aug 29, 2015

Apple’s big announcement earlier this week has got us all in a spin. Not only will new iPhone models be unveiled in less than a month, but also the next generation of operating system for both iOS and watchOS will probably have an official launch date. Not to mention Apple TV.

If you need something to keep you calm this weekend, check out our list of apps and games. Don’t worry, Sept. 9 will be here sooner than you realize. Read More

 

FireCore adds YouTube functionality back to the Apple TV 2 with new version of aTVFlash (black)

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 28, 2015

By this point, you may have forgotten about your Apple TV 2, but the folks over at FireCore sure haven’t. Today, they released a new version of the popular aTV Flash (black) tool for jailbroken Apple TV 2s.

aTV Flash black is a tool with a suite of features that can transform and supercharge your Apple TV 2. It’s basically a way to add a ton of new functionality to Apple’s long-neglected little streaming box.

We’ve covered aTV Flash (black) plenty of times in the past, and it continues to be one of the reasons for owning (and holding on to) an Apple TV 2. This latest update to aTV Flash (black) brings the version number up to 2.6, and adds YouTube functionality back into the mix. Read More

 

Apple’s subscription television service reaffirmed to remain on hold ahead of September 9 event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

A next-generation Apple TV hardware with Siri voice control, a revamped remote and a dedicated App Store is expected to launch alongside new iPhones and iPads at the September 9 media event at San Francisco’s gigantic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

But don’t expect a rumored subscription television service to go live anytime soon.

A report Friday by Jessica Lessin of The Information contends that content makers are not down with a monthly subscription fee Apple reportedly wants to charge consumers for streaming live television and premium channels to their devices. Read More

 
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