About Cody Lee

In 2011, Cody turned his part-time hobby of writing about Apple and the mobile industry into a full time job, and hasn’t looked back since. In his spare time, he’s a self-proclaimed pool shark and likes hanging out on the beach. You can email him at cody [at] idownloadblog.com or follow him on Twitter and Google+

Daily Deals: Bluetooth headphones $18, 55-inch Sony 4K TV $800, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple passes 1 billion iPhones sold

by Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that it recently passed the 1 billion iPhones sold milestone. In a press release, the company said that during a staff meeting in Cupertino this morning, Tim Cook told employees that they had sold their one billionth handset last week.

The news comes just a day after Apple issued its third quarter earnings report, in which it said it sold just over 40 million iPhones during the 3-month period. That number is down some 7 million units from Q3 2015, but obviously they still have a reason to celebrate. Read More

 

15 interesting points from Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings call

by Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2016

Apple announced the financial results for its fiscal third quarter of 2016 this afternoon, and although they beat Wall Street estimates, the numbers are pretty rough. iPhone sales are down 7 million units, and revenue is down $7 billion from the year-ago quarter.

Following the release of its earnings, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri hopped on a conference call to talk about Apple’s performance over the last few months, and offer up some insights into its future. Here are your 15 most interesting points from that call. Read More

 

Apple buys hit TV segment ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Apple Music

by Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2016

Apple has purchased the rights to turn Carpool Karaoke—the viral segment that broke out on the Late Late Show With James Corden—into its own series, reports The Hollywood Reporter. It plans to develop 16 episodes, that will stream weekly on Apple Music.

“We love music, and Carpool Karaoke celebrates it in a fun way that is a hit with audiences of all ages,” said Eddy Cue. “It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music — bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favorite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.” Read More

 

Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings: 40.4M iPhones, 10M iPads, $42.4B revenue

by Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2016

Apple on Tuesday released its earnings report for the third [fiscal] quarter of 2016. The Cupertino company exceeded expectations, selling 40.4 million iPhones, 10 million iPads and earning $42.4 billion in revenue. The numbers are still down year-over-year, however, with 47.5 million iPhones and nearly $50 billion in revenue in Q3 2015. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 off 9.7-inch iPad Pro, up to $200 off Apple Watch, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $50 off iPhone 6s, $100 off iPad mini 4, Sony PlayStation Plus 1-Year $39, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Highly, Bangers, Tinycards, and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2016

We’re back with another edition of our Apps of the Week post. This is a weekly roundup of a handful of new and unique apps and games we think are worth checking out this weekend. Today’s selections include new apps for highlighting and sharing interesting quotes from around the web, making music, and learning more about new topics, and of course we have two new games for you to try. Read More

 

Pokémon GO set App Store record for most first week downloads

by Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2016

Pokémon GO set an App Store record for most downloads during its first week of availability, reports The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple. This should come as no surprise to folks who have been following the craze surrounding the hit game, which has sat atop the App Store’s Top Free and Top Grossing lists since it launched earlier this month. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $475, 12-inch MacBook $1,000, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $50 off UE Megaboom speaker, $200 off iPhone 6s, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Arc Light

by Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Arc Light.  This means that for the next 7 days you’ll be able to pick up the popular arcade shooter for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $2.

For those who haven’t played Super Arc Light, it’s a minimalistic radial shooter, in which you must defend your base to the death against waves of challenging enemies. The developer describes it as Super Hexagon meets Geometry Wars. Read More

 

ThinCharge for iPhone review: an extremely slim battery case with a few big caveats

by Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

A lot of manufacturers like to claim they make “thin” iPhone battery cases, but it’s really just a marketing gimmick. I’ve tried dozens of iPhone cases with built-in battery packs over the years, and despite having words like “ultra-slim” and “air” in their branding, most of them were still far too bulky to carry on a daily basis.

Enter the ThinCharge case by ChargeTech. The company sells the case as the “thinnest iPhone 6/6s battery case on the market,” and I have to say they might be right. I’ve been using the case on and off for the past several weeks, and I can confidently say that this is—by far—the thinnest iPhone battery case I’ve ever tried.

How thin are we talking? Well the case itself measures just 11mm thick. So if you consider that the iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thick, then the ThinCharge is only adding around 3.9mm of thickness, which is super impressive. Additionally, there’s no ugly chin to be found down around the Lightning port, like on most other cases.

Having said all of this, the ThinCharge is no where near perfect. I ran into multiple issues during my testing, including slow charging rates for both the case and my iPhone, as well as a finicky cover over the charging port and other annoyances. So is the thinness of the case worth these caveats? Read on for my full review. Read More

 

New feature in iOS 10 warns you if liquid is detected in Lightning port

by Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

It appears that Apple has added a feature in iOS 10 that can detect if there is liquid in your device’s Lightning connector. As seen in the above images, posted to Reddit by u/lucioghosty, if liquid is detected, iOS 10 warns you to keep the port clear until it dries.

The alert takes up the full screen, and apparently stays until you either disconnect whatever Lightning is plugged into the port, or you tap the Ignore button. Note that tapping Ignore pops up another warning saying, “this may damage your iPhone.” Read More

 

Daily Deals: Smart LED light bulb $50, Xbox One console $170, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple posts two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showcasing camera capabilities

by Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2016

Following up the two clips it released earlier this week, Apple on Tuesday posted another pair of new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos to its YouTube channel. The new ads follow the now-familiar structure with 15-second runtimes and catchy soundtracks paired with engaging footage.

The first video, shot by Robert S. in Bregenz, Austria, shows a first-person view of Robert zip-lining. The second video has more of an artsy vibe. Shot by Mark Z. in Manhattan, New York, it features a young woman with her hair flowing in the wind, captured using slow motion. Read More

 

Daily Deals: up to 50% off Logitech accessories, $300 off iPhone 6s Plus, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 iTunes gift card $85, Logitech Bluetooth keyboard $22, and more

by Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple issues beta 3 of macOS Sierra to developers

by Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

In addition to iOS 10 and tvOS 10, Apple also released the third beta of macOS Sierra to developers on Monday. The update is available for registered Mac developers in either the Updates tab of the Mac App Store, or in Apple’s Dev center.

Today’s beta 3 release comes just about two weeks after Apple issued beta 2, and just a little more than a month after the original developer beta was made available. The software, of course, was first introduced during Apple’s WWDC keynote. Read More

 

Apple seeds beta 3 of watchOS 3 to developers

by Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

Alongside several other software releases, Apple on Monday issued beta 3 of watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch. Registered developers can download and install the over-the-air update via the Watch app in iOS 10.

Today’s beta 3 has build number “14S5290d” and comes nearly two weeks after beta 2 was released, and about a month after the original beta landed. Introduced at WWDC, watchOS 3 brings about a number of new features and improvements. Read More

 
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