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+

Charge your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with these dual USB chargers

by Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2015

The first night I took off my Apple Watch, I ran into a problem. I went to plug the charger into the outlet behind my nightstand, and I realized both spots were taken—1 by my iPhone alarm dock and the other by my lamp. So I started looking into dual USB chargers.

Figuring I wasn’t the only one coming up a plug short, I decided to share my findings here on iDB. I’ve compiled a list of 8 dual USB chargers that I feel are worth checking out. The chargers vary in price and design, and as usual, I’ve only included those with high ratings. Read More


10 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new Apple Watch

by Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2015

If you’re wanting to listen to music privately, directly from your Apple Watch, you’re going to need a pair of Bluetooth headphones. So for those of you who picked up a Watch this weekend, and don’t already own Bluetooth headphones, we’ve put together a list of some we think are worth checking out.

The list contains 10 options, ordered from cheapest to most expensive, and it features various styles and price points for all tastes and budgets. It’s also been curated to only include headphones that have received positive reviews from well-respected publications, or customers on websites like Amazon. Read More


Apps to download for your new Apple Watch

by Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2015

If you’re one of the lucky few that were able to get their Apple Watch pre-ordered within the first few minutes, there’s a good chance that your wearable will arrive in the mail today. And after going through all of the stock apps and settings, there may come a time when you think to yourself “ok, now what?”

That’s where we come in. For the past several weeks, iDB has been compiling a list of Apple Watch apps that we think are worth checking out. It’s a curated list, so you won’t see *all* of the apps here, but we’ve selected a wide variety of useful and innovative titles that we think make for a great starter kit.

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10 great accessories for your new Apple Watch

by Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2015

The Apple Watch officially goes on sale today, and if you happen to be one of the lucky ones picking one up (or having one delivered to you), you may be wondering what kind of accessories are available for it. Unfortunately, as with most major product launches, the choices are limited.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. We’ve put together a list of 10 accessories for your new Apple Watch, including cases, stands and replacement bands, that we think are worth checking out. All of the items on this list are either available now, or will be shortly, and have high ratings. Read More


Apple posts 3 new Apple Watch ads: ‘Rise,’ ‘Up’ and ‘Us’

by Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2015

It’s officially Apple Watch launch day, and Apple has already started celebrating by debuting 3 new advertisements for the wearable. On its YouTube channel, the company posted new videos entitled ‘Rise,’ ‘Up’ and ‘Us,’ respectively.

The ads are a major departure from the ‘Reimagined‘ commercial Apple has been playing since March. Each one focuses on a tentpole feature—time, fitness and communication—and demonstrates them using real-world scenarios. Read More


Apple offering online Personal Setup for new Apple Watch users

by Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2015

Apple on Thursday night began emailing Apple Watch pre-order customers (whose orders have already shipped), informing them that their wearable would be arriving soon and that they can get help setting it up in “the comfort of their own home.”

The online “Personal Setup” service is essentially a video session in which you get instructions on setting up your Watch and an overview of key features. As with in-store Personal Setups, online sessions require you to schedule an appointment. Read More


Apple Watch teardown exposes Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, battery and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2015

Customers in Australia and other time-forward countries began receiving their Apple Watch orders earlier today, and the folks at iFixit have acquired a 38mm Sport Apple Watch, and have begun their customary teardown process.

After prying the display off, the team gained access to the battery—which at 205 mAh is tiny compared to the Moto360’s 300 mAh battery—the new Digital Crown and Taptic Engine, and yes—the mysterious diagnostic port is still there. Read More


Apple Watch User Guide

by Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted its official Apple Watch User Guide to the web, offering information and instructions on all of the wearable’s major features and functions. The move follows the rollout of the Apple Watch App Store, and the seeding of the first Watch firmware update, as Apple prepares for folks to start receiving their Watch orders tomorrow. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 22

by Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great new games, and discounts on apps such as Busy and Coinverter. Read More


Some fashion boutiques will have Apple Watches on hand this Friday

by Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

As it turns out, you will be available to buy the Apple Watch in stores on Friday—just not Apple’s. The New York Times is reporting that select destination fashion boutiques around the world have their own stock, and will be offering the wearable for sale at the end of the week.

This isn’t top secret information. Premium retailers such as Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan have all been openly advertising that the Apple Watch would be available “in-store” on Friday, April 24. Read More


Apple confirms it’s shipping Apple Watch orders ahead of schedule

by Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

Apple confirmed this afternoon that the reports are true, Apple Watches are shipping ahead of schedule. A spokesperson for the company told BuzzFeed that “[Apple] is happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected.”

Additionally, the spokesperson said Apple “is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received,” and explained the company is aware that many customers are still facing long lead times, and it appreciates their patience. Read More


Google unveils ‘Project Fi,’ an MVNO with plans starting at $20 per month

by Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

After years of rumors and speculation, Google is officially getting into the wireless business. The tech giant on Wednesday announced “Project Fi,” an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) set to shake up the wireless industry with plans starting at $20 per month.

Google has teamed up with Sprint and T-Mobile for the project, and it will piggyback on their networks. The service is designed to allow devices to dynamically switch between the carriers’ networks and nearby Wi-Fi networks, depending on which offers better service. Read More


Some Apple Watch pre-orders with May and June ship dates now ‘Preparing for Shipment’

by Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

Potentially good news today for folks looking at lengthy lead times on their Apple Watch pre-orders. Some customers with 4-6 week and June shipping estimates are reporting that Apple has charged them for their Watch purchases, and their order statuses have changed from ‘Processing Items’ to ‘Preparing for Shipment.’

Given how crazy the Apple Watch launch has been thus far, it’s possible that this doesn’t mean anything—perhaps it’s a system glitch or Apple’s trying out a new processing strategy. But typically, these actions indicate that Apple is about to ship an order, and that has raised hopes that Watches will arrive earlier than expected. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 21

by Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wondrous world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we’ve got some great new games, deals and Apple Watch app updates. Read More


Angela Ahrendts addresses retail employees about Apple Watch launch

by Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts sent out a video to Apple retail employees today, addressing concerns and questions regarding the Apple Watch and MacBook launches. In the video, posted by French site Mac4Ever, Ahrendts reiterates much of what was said in an internal memo that was sent out to employees last week. Read More


Apple hiring software engineers to help integrate transit info into Maps

by Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

Apple is working on integrating public transit information into its Maps app, according to a job listing spotted by AppleInsider on Tuesday. The company is hiring software engineers for its Maps division’s Routing team, which it says is working on “one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps.”

The job listing calls for applicants with experience in developing high quality, robust software systems using C++ and Linux, excellent problem solving and analytical skills, and asks that they have “in-depth knowledge about public transit, both as a consumer of those services and the technical aspects.” Read More


EA Sports UFC now available in the App Store

by Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

Following a soft-launch earlier this year, EA on Tuesday released EA Sports UFC for both iOS and Android. The game promises to bring the intensity of MMA (mixed martial arts) to your fingertips like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

UFC offers everything you’ve come to expect from major EA franchise mobile releases. It has HD-quality visuals, intuitive touch controls for action-packed gameplay, and a laundry list of content and features to keep you playing for hours. Read More


Apple gives developers a chance for an expedited Apple Watch order

by Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

Apple on Tuesday began sending out emails to select iOS developers, giving them the chance to purchase a 42mm Apple Watch with a Blue Sport band that is guaranteed to arrive by April 28, 2015. Supplies are of course extremely limited, so Apple says that it is choosing the developers via a lottery system.

The move is part of an ongoing effort to help app developers test their WatchKit apps directly on Apple Watch, which can help them gather much better performance data than the Mac simulator. Prior to pre-orders, Apple was said to be inviting some developers to its Cupertino headquarters for such testing. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 20

by Cody Lee on Apr 20, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include deals on some great apps such as Prompt 2 and Orby Widgets. Read More


NimbleBit releases new word game ‘Letterpad’ with Apple Watch support

by Cody Lee on Apr 20, 2015

Long-time developer NimbleBit, responsible for several hit titles such as Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes, released a new game on Monday called ‘Letterpad.’ It’s a word puzzler, and it’s available for free for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Apple Watch.

The game tasks players with finding words related to the given topic, hidden within a group of 9 letters. So if the topic is ‘Music,’ you’ll want to uncover words related to that such as radio or jam. Find all the words, and work your way through over 200 puzzles. Read More

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