Find out if Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 and iTunes Match are available in your country

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Apple’s new music package, available across 115 countries around the world, packs in Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 Radio, iTunes Match and Apple Music on-demand streaming. But not all of these services are available in each and every country.

For example, people in Romania can only enjoy iTunes Match. Beats 1 Radio is currently off-limits in nearly two dozen countries. In addition, eight countries currently lack access to Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Beats 1 Radio.

This article helps you find out in which countries you can join Apple Music, listen to Apple Music Radio (formerly iTunes Radio) and Beats 1 Radio or subscribe to iTunes Match. Read More

 

TaiG 2.2.1 released with setreuid patch and stability improvements

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 2, 2015

After a false start earlier this morning with an update to its iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool, TaiG has officially released version 2.2.1.

This update is security oriented, as it contains the setreuid patch to prevent applications from obtaining to root privileges through setreuid. The update also contains stability improvements. If you’ve yet to jailbreak your iOS 8.4 device, it is recommended that you use this latest version of TaiG’s tool, version 2.2.1.  Read More

 

Rumor: Apple Watch 2 screen to remain square, resolution unchanged

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Contrary to speculative reporting, a next-generation Apple Watch will not switch to a round screen instead as some watchers have been hoping. Moreover, the device’s screen resolution will remain unchanged from the first-generation model.

According to sources in Asian supply chain who spoke to Taiwanese media, it does however appear that the Apple Watch 2 display will be a tad thinner in order to accommodate a bigger battery. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s has 5MP FaceTime camera, 12MP back camera with 4K video capture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

This year’s “S-upgrade” to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should introduce “the biggest camera jump ever,” as Apple pundit John Gruber claimed on his Daring Fireball blog. Numerous rumors have pointed to a resolution upgrade in the form of a twelve-megapixel camera on the back.

Thursday, an unconfirmed internal document that surfaced on Chinese microblogging website Weibo suggested that the back-facing camera of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also capture video in 4K resolution. Read More

 

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 with automatic scanning, Scan Radar feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle has a number of fine productivity apps in the App Store, among them a scanning app called Scanner Pro.

Today, Readdle released Scanner Pro 6, the next major version which adds interesting new features like automatic scanning, the ability to find documents for scanning in Photos, cool Automatic Scanning mode and more.

This update is free to existing users and they’re celebrating the launch by discounting Scanner Pro for new users to just $2.99, more than half off its regular asking price. Read More

 

TaiG releases, then pulls its 2.2.1 update for jailbreaking iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 2, 2015

TaiG has updated its iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool to fix a security issue, but as of now, that update is no longer available on its website or via Cydia. TaiG 2.2.2, which includes a setreuid patch to prevent applications from obtaining to root privileges through setreuid, was deemed unsafe by saurik. With this in mind, please don’t upgrade. Read More

 

Amazon removed as a Cydia payment option

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015

If you’ve tried to make a purchase on Cydia lately, you may have noticed one big difference with the available payment options. Amazon is no longer available as a means to make payment, leaving only PayPal as an option.

For me, this is really unfortunate, because Amazon allowed you to authorize a set number of dollars in advance, making it easy to make multiple Cydia purchases over a period of months without necessitating a reauth. I’ve never been a fan of PayPal and its business practices, but I also hate how cumbersome it can be to simply log in to PayPal.

As of today, we’re down to a single option for Cydia purchases, but that could be changing soon.

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‘Mirmir’ multitasking tweak for iOS 8.4 now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015

Yesterday, we brought you a full review of a hot new jailbreak tweak called Mirmir (formerly Mimir). This is a new tweak that allows you to have true side-by-side windowed multitasking on jailbroken iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4.

If you’d like to try Mirmir, you can get it today for $3.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Watch our video review in this post if you’d like more info before you buy. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out one-tap viewing of Snaps and Stories, Add Nearby feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

Snapchat no longer requires you to tap and hold to view a Snap or Story, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday. According to developers, a new version of Snapchat, which is rolling out now on the App Store, lets you view Snaps and Stories with a single tap.

The new tap-and-view experience means your thumb will be no longer tiring while sorting through a bunch of Snaps or watching a several-hundred-second Story. Read More

 

Analyst: ‘iPhone 6c’ to replace polycarbonate shell with metal casing based on iPhone 6 style

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

According to Jefferies analyst Ange Wu, Apple’s next iteration of the the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c will do away with its polycarbonate shell in favor of a more robust metal casing based on iPhone 6 style.

Wu wrote in yesterday’s note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by Barron’s, that the so-called ‘iPhone 6c’ will be an extended version of the iPhone 5s with a four-inch Retina display and a unibody metal casing. Read More

 

Hidden iTunes assets hint at new iPod colors

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

Apple yesterday unleashed iTunes 12.2 with Apple Music and Beats 1 integration and as per usual, enthusiasts combing through the installer have managed to find traces of unreleased products.

Hidden device graphics uncovered by MacRumors depicts new color options for iPods, including a gold iPod nano and a brighter pink iPod shuffle.

It’s unclear if the unreleased devices are coming, if they might offer only new color options or if a more substantial hardware upgrade is in tow for the aging music player lineup, but additional assets suggest the new colors will be applied across the lineup. Read More

 

Universal releases full trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’ film

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

Following a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie we saw back in May, Universal on Wednesday released the full official trailer for the forthcoming flick.

“Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter,” teases Universal Pictures. Read More

 

Leaked iPhone 6s logic board shows Qualcomm MDM9635M chip for up to 300Mbps LTE speed

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

Apple’s next iPhone should double LTE download speeds from a theoretical maximum of 150Mbps on the present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus up to 300Mbps on the next-generation ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus,’ according to a purported logic board leaked by 9to5Mac.

A photo of the alleged ‘iPhone 6s’ logic board shows a chip identified as the MDM9635M module from Qualcomm, part of its ‘Gobi’ modem platform. Read More

 

GigSky brings affordable mobile data at local rates with Apple SIM to 90 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

The versatile Apple SIM is coming to more than 90 countries and territories around the world, including much of Europe, offering roaming users affordable cellular data plans and the convenience of changing carrier on their cellular iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.

The latest expansions is the result of a partnership Apple signed with GigSky, a company that provides access to a local prepaid data service in markets around the world, at local rates. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 114: Another week another jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015

Episode 114: The fun doesn’t stop. An in-depth discussion on the new iOS 8.4 jailbreak by TaiG, along with a recap of last week’s exciting events.

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Apple Music bitrate dependent on connection, new iOS 9 seed due early next week

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

Apple Music audio quality depends on whether you’re streaming over Wi-Fi or cellular, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, said on Twitter. In addition, users on iOS 9 Developer Preview will be able to sign up for and use Apple’s music-streaming service “early next week” when the company is scheduled to seed a new beta of the software to members of its Apple Developer Program, Cue added. Read More

 

Get a custom designed Apple Watch band from Casetify for 28% off

By iDB Deals on Jul 1, 2015

The Apple Watch is undoubtedly the year’s coolest tech gadget, but it just got even cooler with the Casetify Apple Watch Band. Loved by TIME magazine, this awesome add-on lets you create custom and unique watch straps. Spend just $50 and you’ll get a $70 credit to spend on the Casetify store with this exclusive iDownloadBlog deal.

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10 tips for Apple Music

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

Apple Music is here, and after using it for several hours today, I can attest that it’s pretty great. Not only does it live up to the hype, but it’s been relatively stable as well.

I think the future for artists on Apple Music is relatively bright. Here is a paid streaming service that I think many will be more than willing to get behind.

To celebrate the launch, here are 10 tips for getting more out of Apple Music. Read More

 

Activator beta now available for iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

If you’re looking to try some of the available jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8, chances are you’ll need Activator to support them. Since the current public version of Activator doesn’t yet play nice with iOS 8.4, Ryan Petrich has graciously released a beta version on his beta repo. Be sure to grab this Activator update to ensure better compatibility with all of your favorite jailbreak tweaks. Read More

 

The iOS 8.4 jailbreak roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

To state that today has been busy would be an egregious understatement. Actually, the last two weeks have been downright insane with releases.

As you’re likely aware of by now, Apple dropped iOS 8.4 today with the new Apple Music service. This has proved to wildly popular, and many, including yours truly, didn’t hesitate to ditch the iOS 8.3 jailbreak for iOS 8.4. I personally did so knowing that the likelihood of an iOS 8.4 jailbreak was very high given the timing.

Well, not a few hours after 8.4 went live and everyone was enjoying the new Beats 1 radio station, news began to spread that a jailbreak was released. That, as it turns out, was true. The rest, as they say, is history.

Here’s our full roundup of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak. As we did with iSO 8.3, anything related to this firmware from a jailbreak perspective will be contained in this post. Read More

 
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