Wallpapers of the week: Apple’s demo Photos app images

By Jim Gresham on Dec 4, 2016

Every Sunday, the iDownloadBlog Wallpapers of the Week post aims to bring you photo quality wallpapers for your Apple devices. Different genres pop up throughout the year, but our most popular posts always have direct connections to Apple media events and official advertising images.

Today, I present a set of official Apple images AirDropped straight off the new MacBook Pro at my local Apple Store. The images in this set are used in the display demo Photos app to highlight the screen resolution and give users the chance to play with the photo editor. Consequently, you will find the original Apple files and they have been formatted for your devices. Step inside for the downloads.  Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: Columba for iOS 9, Force Delete, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 4, 2016

These past few weeks have felt pretty stale for the jailbreak community, but this week has seen a slight resurgence. Unfortunately, with no public announcements from reputable jailbreak teams at this point in time, there’s still no news as to when a public jailbreak for iOS 10 may drop.

Regardless, developers continue to make tweaks for iOS 9. In this roundup, we’ll show you everything that was released this week, starting with our favorites. Read More

 

Apple drones, AirPods, battery shutdowns, and other top stories on iDB this week

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2016

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 pens letter to NHTSA regarding autonomous vehicle policies

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

Apple in November penned a letter to the NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) regarding autonomous vehicle polices and other concerns. VentureBeat unearthed the letter, which was signed by Apple VP of Product Integrity and former Ford safety executive Steve Kenner. Read More

 

The best apps for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

By Andrew O'Hara on Dec 3, 2016

If you just picked up a new 2016 MacBook Pro, you may be wondering: aside from the stock apps, what are other great apps that take advantage of that shiny new Touch Bar? While apps are constantly being updated, we’ve gone ahead and picked out some of our favorites that are currently available.

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Space, Capsule, Listables and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means. It’s time for another one of our Apps of the Week roundups. This week we’ve selected some great titles for you including a new interactive app for exploring space, an AI service for documenting your life experiences, and an app for creating and viewing shareable todo lists. And as usual, we’ve picked out two great new games for you to try. Read More

 

10 great gift ideas for iPad users

By Cody Lee on Dec 2, 2016

The holidays are once again upon us, which for most folks means cooler weather, hanging decorations, and gift shopping. While we can’t help you with the first two things, we can offer up some great gift ideas so you don’t have to spend hours fighting your way through crowded retail stores. Today’s roundup is focused on iPad users. Read More

 

Apple Store app gains iOS 10 rich notifications, purchasing from Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s official mobile shopping app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was refreshed Friday with a pair of new features adding rich notification support on iOS 10 and buying accessories from Favorites with Apple Pay using one-tap authorization on your wrist via your Apple Watch.

Grab the Apple Store app at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

On the universe of negativity Apple now lives in…

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Stop me if you’ve already heard this one: Apple is doomed, doomed, DOOMED. Didn’t you get the memo? Investors have been displeased with Apple’s slowing growth since the dawn of time, saying iPhones and other Apple gadgets ought to be even more expensive than they already are.

Analysts think the company is embarked on a “decade-long malaise” because it supposedly “lacks the courage to lead the innovation”. And biased media with its collapsing ad revenues continue churning out click-friendly headlines which accuse Apple of anything you could think of, from falling behind Google in artificial intelligence to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election.

I guess that’s one way of looking at things.

Here’s what Apple’s world looks like from my vantage point. Read More

 

Analyst: Apple poised for a “decade-long malaise” as it “lacks the courage to lead innovation”

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s reliance on the iPhone is well documented, but that didn’t stop analysts at Oppenheimer from issuing an unusually scathing investor memo describing “strategic issues” at the Cupertino firm.

In the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, analyst Andrew Uerkwitz and his team charge Apple for being too reliant on the iPhone and headed in the wrong direction, saying the company “lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation”. Read More

 

Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 (build 14C89) to its registered developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program. The updated beta software can be deployed over-the-air through Settings → General → Software Update on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad which has installed a prior iOS 10.2 beta and an appropriate configuration profile. The full installer can be downloaded from Apple’s dedicated portal for developers at developer.apple.com. Read More

 

Apple: unexpected iPhone 6s battery shutdowns caused by a manufacturing issue

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, Apple issued a global battery replacement program to address a problem where some iPhone 6s handsets manufactured between September and October 2015 may unexpectedly shut down (see if your phone is eligible for a free battery via Apple’s web tool).

While the company originally did not say why these devices are shutting down when the battery indicator drops below the 30 percent mark, MacRumors points us to a message posted in a support document on Apple’s website in China which blames the problem on a manufacturing issue. Read More

 

OWC’s ThunderBay 4 mini is now available with up to 40TB SSD storage

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Other World Computing (OWC) expanded its ThunderBay lineup of storage devices with the introduction of the speedy ThunderBay mini 4 portable SSD storage with RAID 5 two years ago. Recently, OWC introduced its highest capacity and fastest desktop SSD configurations yet by adding 10, 20, 30 and 40TB SSDs to the ThunerBay mini 4. Read More

 

Apple is switching App Store pricing from USD to regional currencies in 9 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s emailed its registered developers to inform them of some upcoming App Store pricing policy changes in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Tanzania and Vietnam.

No longer will prices of paid downloads on these local App Stores be shown in US dollars. According to the communique, the App Store in these markets will now show prices of apps and In-App Purchases in their domestic currency. Read More

 

iOS 10.1.1 bug allows researchers to bypass Activation Lock protection on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Back in November, India-based security researcher Hemanth Joseph discovered a bug in iOS 10.1 which permitted him to bypass Apple’s anti-theft Activation Lock feature by entering an excessively long string of characters in the Wi-Fi setup text fields.

Apple has patched the flaw in iOS 10.1.1 but now, as noted by SecurityWeek, researchers at Vulnerability Lab have managed to find another method of bypassing Activation Lock protection on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.1.1 and they posted video evidence to prove it. Read More

 

How to hide mounted volumes from your desktop and the Finder

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 2, 2016

We’ve already covered how to completely prevent partitions from mounting under macOS but, as one iDB reader pointed out, sometimes you want a partition mounted and ready to use but still want the benefit of it not cluttering up your desktop and the Finder sidebar.

The example our reader enquired about was Time Machine, and that really is a perfect case in point. Many people want their Time Machine partition constantly mounted and backing up throughout the day but don’t need it to be visible at all. Finder’s preferences allow for hiding all volumes from the desktop but offer no control on a volume-by-volume basis, and though drives can be manually removed from the Finder window sidebar, this is an inelegant extra step and the drives still show elsewhere.

Luckily, there is a way to leave specific volumes mounted whilst hiding them from both the desktop and the entirety of the Finder in one fell swoop.

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How to see websites visited by other users on your Mac with Parental Controls

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016

If you use Parental Controls on your Mac, it’s possible to see a list of websites visited in Safari or another web browser by any of your controlled users and see the date and time those websites were accessed.

This comes in handy in a number of scenarios, but perhaps the most obvious is when you’re a parent and you want to make sure your kids aren’t doing things they shouldn’t be while online. Read More

 

SmallHint keeps a subtle hint for your passcode on your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016

Forgetful people can now combat their inability to remember their iPhone or iPad passcodes with a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallHint.

What this tweak allows you to do is put an inconspicuous hint on your Lock screen, just below the date, that can help jog your memory in the event that you forget your passcode. Read More

 

10 great gift ideas for iPhone users

By Cody Lee on Dec 1, 2016

The holidays are once again upon us, which for most folks means cooler weather, hanging decorations, and gift shopping. While we can’t help you with the first two things, we can offer up some great gift ideas so you don’t have to spend hours fighting your way through crowded retail stores. Today’s roundup is focused on iPhone users. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Toca Hair Salon 2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Like every Thursday, Apple today updated its Free App of the Week promotion on the App Store with a brand new item, a kids-friendly game called Toca Hair Salon 2. This means that for the next seven days, you’ll be able to download this app free of charge—a savings of $2.99.

In Toca Hair Salon 2, you play as one of the six charming characters and run a hair salon of your own.

There are lots of virtual tools of trade at your disposal which you’d find in any hair salon that let you cut, color and style any way you want, from a simple comb and scissors to a curling iron and a straightener. Read More

 
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