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+

The best Black Friday deals on apps and games

by Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2015

In addition to deals on electronics and other consumer products, a number of developers have placed their apps and games on sale for the Black Friday weekend. Everything from hit apps like Fantastical, to games like Hitman Sniper are currently available at deep discounts.

Once again we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the noise—hundreds of titles are seeing price drops for the holidays—to present you with a list of the top app and game deals for both Mac and iOS. We’ve even included a few of our favorite Mac productivity software bundles. Read More


Black Friday roundup: deals on Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Black Friday is upon us again, and that means that for the next few days, hundreds of retailers will be offering significant discounts on a wide variety of electronics and other items in an effort to coerce customers into their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

But trying to keep up with who is offering what can prove to be a fairly overwhelming task, so iDB has decided to simplify things with a Black Friday deal roundup. Below you’ll find the best deals from top retailers on, Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers, and much, much more. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for iPad

by Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Looking to pick up a new iPad this holiday season? iDB has you covered. We’ve rounded up all of the top promotions going on this Black Friday weekend regarding the popular tablet, so you don’t have to spend hours digging through the sales ads.

Unsurprisingly, we haven’t seen any deals related to the just-released iPad Pro, but all other iPad models are being significantly discounted. The Air 2 can be found for as much as $150 off, the mini 4 is $100 off, and older models are on sale as well. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for Mac

by Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

A lot of people associate Black Friday deals with frivolous, impulsive shopping, but did you know you can score great deals on larger, significant buys during the promotional event as well? Take the Mac, for example, which is being discounted by as much as $300 this weekend.

We’ve rounded up some of the best offers we could find on various MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models. There’s something for everyone in this list, whether you’re a student in search of a budget notebook, or a professional looking for your next workhorse. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for iPhone

by Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Those looking to pick up a new iPhone for themselves or as a gift this holiday season should pay attention to this weekend’s Black Friday sales. Both new and older models of Apple’s popular handset are being significantly discounted by several retailers.

We’ve sifted through stacks of advertisements, and picked out our favorite iPhone deals from retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Note that most of these offers require a contract or agreement of some sort with a carrier, and are in-store only. Read More


Verizon offering More Everything customers 2GB of free data to try out GO90 app

by Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up Verizon Wireless customers, the carrier is currently offering a limited-time promotion that awards free data to those on its More Everything plan. The promo is good for an extra 2GB for three months, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is download Verizon’s GO90 app.

So for those of you on one of the aforementioned plans, grab GO90 from the App Store here or the Google Play Store here. Once it’s downloaded, you should receive a text message from Verizon telling you that the free data has been activated on your account, along with an expiration date.
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Great deal: Mac app bundle with Parallels 11, 1Password and 6 other apps for just $80

by Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Supercharge your Mac with this Black Friday Bundle Deal from the good folks at Parallels. For just $80, you can pick up more than $500 worth of software, including apps like Parallels Desktop 11, Parallels Access, 1Password for Mac, Evernote Premium and more—a total of 8 useful, powerful applications.

Of course you all know what big fans of Parallels and 1Password we are here at iDB—we use the former in all of our virtual machine tutorials, and the latter is regarded as the best password management app for both Mac and iOS. Then there is Evernote and Pocket, neither of which need much introduction.

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Early Best Buy Black Friday deals: up to $100 off Apple Watch, $125 off iPad Air 2

by Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up holiday shoppers. Best Buy is offering early access to some of its Black Friday deals in a limited-time, online-only sale. Until midnight tonight (CT), you can take advantage of discounts of up to $100 on Apple Watch, $125 off iPad Air 2, and various other promotional prices.

For Apple Watch, Best Buy is taking $50 off Sport models and $100 off of Stainless Steel models—easily one of the best deals we’ve seen on Apple’s smartwatch. And for iPad, the retailer is knocking $100 off select 16GB and 64GB Air 2 models, and as much as $125 off of 128GB models. Read More


An offer you can’t refuse: The Godfather Trilogy is just $10 on iTunes right now

by Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, and unless you work in retail, chances are you have a long weekend coming up. And what better way to spend your extra free time than by watching one of the most popular film series in cinematic history: The Godfather Trilogy.

For a limited time, iTunes is offering the 3 movies, which follow the fictional Corleone crime family through the course of its history in the US and their homeland in Sicily, for just $9.99. That’s a savings of at least $20 over its Best Buy and Amazon counterparts. Read More


Best Buy offering discounts on select iPhone, iPad and Mac models in pre-holiday sale

by Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2015

Folks looking for good deals on electronics ahead of this weekend’s Black Friday mayhem will want to check out their local Best Buy. The popular retailer is currently offering discounts on a wide variety of smartphones, tablets and computers, including select iPhone, iPad and MacBook models.

The select iPhone models all fall within the 6 and 6 Plus line, meaning no 3D Touch, starting as low as $1 with a two-year contract from either Verizon or Sprint. The iPads in the promo are also a year old (iPad Air), with discounts up to $249, and there is a mix of old and new MacBooks on sale. Read More


Holiday shutdown: don’t expect new apps or updates between December 22-29

by Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2015

Apple on Friday announced to developers that it will be performing its annual iTunes Connect shutdown for the holidays next month. The company posted the bulletin on its developer portal this afternoon, saying that it will not be accepting new app or update submissions beginning on December 22 through the 29th. Read More


Stackables photo app goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2015

Apple on Thursday updated the App Store with a new App of the Week: Stackables for iPhone and iPad. This means that from now through next Thursday, you can pick up the popular photo editor for free—a solid savings of $6.

Stackables is a beautifully-designed effects and layering app. It’s packed with over 200 effects expertly crafted by by renowned photographer Dirk Wuestenhagen including textures, light leaks, analog film filters, grain and more. Read More


You can get $50 off Apple Watch at Best Buy right now

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2015

Folks in the market for an Apple Watch will want to check out their local Best Buy. During our research for iDB’s upcoming Black Friday roundup, we noticed that the popular electronics retailer is currently offering a $50 discount on all of its Apple Watch models.

This means that for a limited time, you can pick up an Apple Watch for as little as $299. That’s for the base 38mm Sport model of course, but the promotion applies to all of Best Buy’s online models (in-store inventory varies) up to the 42mm SS with Milanese Loop. Read More


Vine update makes it super easy to remix your favorite videos

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

Vine on Wednesday announced a new update for its popular mobile video-sharing app. It appears that this is a backend update, as I didn’t have to download anything to see the changes (although I did restart the app), but there are a few new features worth noting.

The first is a new audio remix option. With Remix, users can make their own creations with sound from any Vine with the touch of a finger. Just tap the […] button beneath a Vine clip within the mobile app, and select “Make an audio remix” from the popup menu. Read More


Sprint launches LTE Plus network in 77 markets with speeds up to 100Mbps

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has flipped on the switch for its LTE Plus network in 77 major markets. The next-generation network is now available in several big cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando and Boston.

In a press release, Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw explains the benefits of LTE Plus over standard LTE, such as stronger and more reliable service, and of course faster speeds. Saw says the new technology is capable of peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on compatible devices. Read More


Griffin WatchStand Charging Station: a solid two-in-one dock with some trade-offs

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

Earlier this month I reviewed the Belkin Charge Dock, a stylish dock for your iPhone and Apple Watch. I praised it for its classy, minimalistic design and embedded chargers, but knew that its steep $130 price tag would be a turnoff for many potential buyers.

This time around I want to tell you about a more affordable option—the Griffin WatchStand Charging Station. It too offers space for your iPhone and Apple Watch to rest and recharge, at less than half the price, but that savings does come with a few tradeoffs.

First, there’s design. I don’t think the WatchStand looks bad—in fact, Sebastien called its identical smaller sibling “sleek”—but I also don’t think it looks anywhere near as good as the Belkin. Second, there are no cables included, meaning you have to supply your own.

So does the WatchStand’s price and functionality offset these shortcomings? Let’s find out. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 4 to developers and public testers

by Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2015

Apple on Tuesday released the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. The update is labeled build 15C47a, and is available to developers and public testers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s beta test site.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 3 of OS X 10.11.2, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion, and it has been nearly a month since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji. Read More


Verizon gets FCC waiver to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling

by Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave Verizon permission to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling. As noted by MacRumors, the Commission granted the carrier a waiver today that will allow it to rollout the feature, which was introduced last year with iOS 8.

The news comes a month after AT&T was granted the same waiver, and it activated Wi-Fi Calling for compatible devices days later. In a statement, it also criticized the FCC for excusing the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile have long been offering the feature without a waiver. Read More


App Store search results are now smarter and more relevant

by Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2015

Apple has been working hard in recent weeks to make App Store search results smarter and more relevant, reports TechCrunch. The outlet points to comments from high profile app developers, who began noticing changes to the search results earlier this month and a major algorithm update on November 12.

“I just searched Twitter on the App Store and Instagram is gone,” Contrast’s David Barnard pointed out on Twitter. “Tweetbot is #4, Twitterrific #5, and more relevant results overall.” Tapbots developer Paul Haddad also spotted the change, noting that the change has had a significant impact on his app searches. Read More


Great deal: 50% off Shure SE215-K sound isolating in-ear headphones

by Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2015

Folks in the market for a new set of in-ear headphones may want to check out the Shure SE215-Ks. For those who aren’t familiar with them, these are popular earbuds with premium tech like sound isolation, detachable cables, and a single dynamic micro driver for crystal clear sound. And for a limited time, you can grab a pair for just $99—a 50% savings. Read More

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