This week’s top stories: El Capitan, Low Power Mode, waterproof iPhones, and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 4, 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.

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Fix: the last backup could not be completed

By Sébastien Page on Oct 3, 2015

Yesterday I decided to look at when my new iPhone 6s backed up to iCloud for the last time when I realized that it hadn’t actually been backed up since September 25, which coincidentally was the first day I got this new device.

I imagined it was just a small hiccup in iCloud, and proceeded to manually initiate an iCloud backup by tapping on “Back Up Now” in Settings > iCloud > Backup. At first, it appeared to work fine as it would show the “Backing Up…” status with the usual “Estimating Time Remaining” message. But after a few seconds, the backup would stop and it would show the following error message: “the last backup could not be completed.”

No matter what I’d do, it kept telling me my iPhone backup couldn’t be completed. The problem appeared to be a little more complex than a simple reboot, but I eventually figured it out.

In this post, I will highlight some of the steps you can take if you are seeing a similar error. Although I cannot guarantee it, I’m pretty confident these steps could actually fix most problems related to iCloud. Read More


Leave your wallet at home with the Q Card Case for iPhone 6s

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2015

Earlier this week, Lory told you about the CM4 Q Card Case, a hard plastic case that doubles as a wallet. I’ve been trying out the Limited Edition leather version of the Q over the past few days, so I wanted to offer up some insight on the accessory for those considering buying it.

Evaluating an iPhone case essentially boils down to answering two simple questions: does it look good? And is it functional? If the answer to both is yes, the case is usually a winner. If both answers are no, then it’s usually not. If the answer to one question is yes and the other is no, you just have to decide which is more important to you. And that seems like a good place to start this review. Read More


Apps of the week: Shooty Skies, Hooks, Mori, and more

By Lory Gil on Oct 3, 2015

Thanks to the recent updates to both iOS and OS X, there have been plenty of new features for us to learn about. Plus, now that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are in our hands, there is no reason to do anything else but play with your iPhone. If you are looking for some apps and games to add to your device, check out our list below. You may just find something you never knew you have always wanted. Read More


Apple acquires UK-based voice technology startup VocalIQ

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2015

Apple has acquired UK-based voice technology startup VocalIQ, according to a report from the Financial Times. A spokesman for the Cupertino company has confirmed the buyout with the usual boilerplate statement of “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Read More


How to quickly access Wallet and Apple Pay on the Lock screen

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Those who have tried Apple Pay can attest that paying with your iPhone couldn’t be simpler. You just hold your device near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID to pay for the goods or services you bought.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could choose any provisioned card from your Apple Pay account on the Lock screen, without having to unlock your iPhone?

Thanks to iOS 9, you can make your purchases by double-clicking the Home button to access Wallet without unlocking your iPhone, a feature partially borrowed from the Apple Watch. You then simply choose a card and authenticate your purchase via Touch ID.

Here’s how you can enable Wallet access right from the iPhone’s Lock screen in iOS 9 with just a few taps. Read More


Apple Faces: a website for Apple Watch wallpapers

By Lory Gil on Oct 2, 2015

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of websites and apps dedicated to providing a variety of background wallpaper designs for the iPhone and iPad. Now that watchOS 2 allows us to use our own images as custom watch faces, the Apple Watch wallpaper market is sure to take off.

We found a Tumblr blog that already has nearly four-dozen specially designed wallpapers that you can use to make your Apple Watch as stylish as you want. Read More


How to view Live Photos on older devices

By Sébastien Page on Oct 2, 2015

If the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus currently are the only two devices capable of shooting Live Photos, any iOS device running iOS 9 can actually see these Live Photos, assuming they were sent in one of the only three ways to share them while preserving the live aspect. In this post, we’ll show you how to see these Live Photos on your device. Read More


How to save your iPhone voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them with others

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

If you updated your iPhone to iOS 9 or later, you have gained the ability to save voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them directly as audio files with Messages, Mail or Airdrop.

This can prove quite useful, if you ask me. Before iOS 9, your voicemails were confined to the Phone app as there was no way to get them out of there.

In addition, saving voicemails as voice memos lets you trim the audio in the Voice Memos app before sharing them with others. Read More


AT&T delays public release of Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As reported by Fierce Wireless, U.S. carrier AT&T is delaying a public release of the Wi-Fi Calling feature over the decision to wait for a waiver by The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would temporarily relieve the company of having to support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Attempting to enable the feature on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later by flipping the Wi-Fi Calling switch in Settings → Phone to the ON position yields a “Wi-Fi Calling is not yet available. It will be coming soon” message. Read More


How to enjoy Apple Music at high bitrates on mobile data connections

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Apple Music on iOS 9 includes a new option to stream your music at high bitrates over a mobile data network at all times. As you know, Apple Music defaults to high-quality streams on Wi-Fi.

With this new toggle, you can control your cellular data usage by enabling or disabling high bitrates when streaming or downloading music over your carrier’s cellular data network. Read More


Google Photos gains people labeling and animation sharing to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As promised, the Internet giant Google today pushed an update to its Photos for iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. Bumped to version 1.4, the software has gained some of the features Google promised to enable before the end of this year. For starters, you can now label people in photos and merge face groups so they’re easier to search. Read More


The Apple Watch is coming to Target online and retail stores later this month

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 2, 2015

It’s one thing to be featured in Best Buy stores, a retailer that specializes solely in technology. It’s a whole another thing to be featured in Target stores, one of the most popular general retailers in the United States.

That’s right, later this month, the Apple Watch will go on sale at Target’s online store and retail stores. Beginning on October 18th, you’ll be able to buy the Apple Watch from Target’s online store. Seven days later, on October 25th, you’ll be able to walk into any physical Target location and purchase an Apple Watch. Read More


Apple ‘trying to fix’ iPhone roaming charges

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

The wireless industry has been plagued with a bunch of illogical business practices, most of which were conceived to take advantage of consumers, really. On the other hand, carriers like T-Mobile have successfully exploited the sad state of the U.S. wireless industry to fix some of the most glaring customer pain points.

Apple, too, appears to have vested interest in wrestling power away from the carriers. According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue in the British publication The Evening Standard, the Cupertino firm is now “trying to fix” one of the wireless industry’s dirtiest tactics: exorbitant roaming charges. Read More


The SuperCase iPhone 6s armband makes your runs a bit safer

By Lory Gil on Oct 2, 2015

Now that the days are getting shorter, your morning run (or evening jog) might take place while the streetlights are still on. You could carry a flashlight, or wear a headlamp, or you could let your iPhone keep you safe.

The SuperCase armband holds your iPhone 6s securely on you arm while providing a bit of nighttime protection in the form of a reflective strip to make drivers aware of your position. Read More


Tweetbot 4 launches with iPad and landscape support, Statistics, Activity and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

At long last, Tapbots’ widely expected update to Tweetbot, its popular mobile Twitter client, has gracefully landed on the App Store. Twitter 3 for iPhone, which was last updated in July 2015, and Twitter for iPad, an outdated app that saw its last refresh back in June 2014, are no longer available for download in the App Store. Replacing them is Tweetbot 4, a universal app supporting any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.

Tweetbot 4 packs a bevy of new features like Quick Reply from notification banners, landscape support, revamped profile views, split-screen multitasking on iPads, Activity and Statistics analysis and much more.

Tweetbot 4 is a $4.99 download for both new and existing customers. Read More


Review: Spigen Slim Armor Volt wireless charging case

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 1, 2015

In addition to Spigen’s GLAS.tR SLIM screen protector, I’ve been using its Slim Armor Volt wireless charging case for my iPhone 6s Plus. Spigen sent me a care package filled with a boatload of cases, and this one was by far the most intriguing to me.

There are a good number of Android phones that feature wireless charging capabilities out of the box, but there has never been such a feature for the iPhone. Instead, iOS users will need to opt for some sort of third-party wireless charging case solution, and the Spigen Slim Armor Volt fits the bill.

How well does it work? Watch our full video review and see for yourself. Read More


Review: CiderTV doubles as gesture-rich Apple TV remote and volume control for your television

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

I was researching software remotes for the Apple TV the other day and stumbled upon CiderTV by Aivee Apps. But wait, doesn’t Apple’s own Remote app for the iPhone and iPad get the job done?

Er, not quite. It’s buggy, slow and just a pain in the you-know-what. I want a solution that goes beyond Remote’s basic functionality, with features like richer gestures and DLNA volume control for compatible TV sets.

That way, I wouldn’t have to constantly juggle between the tiny Apple TV remote and another one for my TV. CiderTV does just that—and then some more—and is available at no charge. Read More


Hit RPG Combo Quest goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Oct 1, 2015

Apple on Thursday named Tapinator’s “Combo Quest” its App of the Week for this week. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to grab the popular role playing game for free for both your iPhone and iPad—a nice little savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Combo Quest is an epic, time-tap role-playing adventure. You play a knight that must fend off vicious enemies and terrifying beasts on a heroic quest to retrieve the Combo Crown, taken by a mischievous dragon. Read More


How to convert units and currencies and get exchange rates with Spotlight on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

In addition to running simple math with a little help of iOS 9’s vastly improved Spotlight Search, your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad also lets you run unit and currency conversions, and get live exchange rates, right from any Home screen.

This convenient feature is another great time-saver provided by iOS 9, even more so if you resort to third-party apps for live currency conversions on the go.

With Spotlight in iOS 9, you can convert dollars to euros, feet to meters, pounds to kilograms, hectares to acres and much more, here’s how. Read More

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