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+

Riffsy launches customizable GIF keyboard for iOS 8

by Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2014

Riffsy has added to the onslaught of third party keyboards we’ve seen since iOS 8 launched last week with its new GIF Keyboard. It installs natively, and as the name suggests, it allows you to quickly send a variety of animated GIFs directly from your keyboard.

While it may sound gimmicky, the app has a library of “millions” of GIFs that Riffsy has collected over the past year. And since many of them are tagged with hashtags, it’s actually pretty easy to search for and find a specific GIF that conveys your current mood. Read More

 

Apple rumored to unveil rebranded Beats Music service in February

by Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2014

Following up on yesterday’s news that Apple is looking to sunset the Beats Music brand, Recode reports today that Apple has picked a timeframe for when it wants to unveil the new service. The site says it hopes to make the introduction sometime in early February, possibly time to the Grammy Awards.

Recode’s John Paczkowski hedges on the claim, calling it “a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt,” but given his track record in predicting Apple’s plans, we’d be crazy not to pay attention. The one thing he hasn’t heard, however, is what the company plans on calling the new subscription service. Read More

 

iOS 8.0.1 said to bring fixes for bugs in keyboard, Safari, Phone and more

by Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2014

Apple has provided carrier partners with a pre-release version of iOS 8.0.1, reports MacRumors. This means that, barring any major issues, the public release shouldn’t be far behind, and it sounds like it’s going to include a number of bug fixes.

According to the site, iOS 8.0.1 will address the bug in mobile Safari that causes some videos not to play, and one that prevents Passbook passes from being shared over AirDrop. It will also address an issue with installing VPN profiles, and more. Read More

 

Apple posts two new iPhone 6 ads: “Cameras” and “Huge”

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple has posted two new iPhone 6 ads to its YouTube channel. The commercials are titled “Cameras” and “Huge,” and they highlight some of the benefits of the updated cameras and larger displays found on the recently-launched handsets.

The two videos are very much inline with the spots we saw during the iPhone 6 event, in that they feature voice overs done by celebrities Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon running down various new features of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

Report claims iPad Air 2 to launch in October, new iPad mini in early 2015

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple is planning to unveil a new iPad Air next month, according to a new report from the Commercial Times. The Taiwanese news outlet says that the refreshed tablet is entering mass production this month, and will be ready to ship by mid-October.

Interestingly enough, the site claims that the next iPad mini may not launch alongside the new Air. Instead, it says the second-gen Retina iPad mini could be delayed until early 2015, meaning it could land around the same time as the rumored iPad Pro. Read More

 

Apple said to be working with GT Advanced on “super sapphire” screens

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple and GT are continuing their work to strengthen sapphire, according to a new report from Wall Street Forensics. The site says the pair are hoping to reduce the material’s “fundamental flaw of cracking,” as well as improve its reflective properties.

On September 18th, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers new processes to both aid in the strengthening of sapphire, and cut manufacturing costs—a major point of contention with sapphire critics. Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Apple’s environmental efforts at Climate Week NYC

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Tim Cook turned up in Manhattan today, to help kickoff the Climate Week NYC 2014 conference. The CEO was invited to speak as part of the ‘enterprise-focused global solutions’ portion of the event, and he participated in a short on-stage interview regarding Apple’s carbon footprint.

More specifically, Cook talked about the various things Apple is doing to reduce its carbon footprint. Not only is it working to ensure that many of its facilities are run on renewable energy, but it’s also working to make impactful changes through its supply chain and at the product level. Read More

 

Apple reportedly looking to shut down Beats Music [updated]

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

Apple is looking to shut down its Beats Music streaming service, according to a new report from TechCrunch. Citing “several prominent employees” at both companies, the outlet says that many Beats engineers have already been pulled off the product, and moved on to other projects.

If true, such a move would be interesting considering the public praise Apple and its execs—namely Tim Cook and Eddy Cue—have given the service. It also recently added Beats Music to the ‘Apps by Apple’ section in the App Store, and launched a new Beats Music channel on Apple TV. Read More

 

Video shows side by side speed comparison of all 10 iPhone models

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2014

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro posted an interesting video this weekend, showing multiple side by side speed comparison tests of all 10 iPhone models. This includes the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and the original iPhone.

The clip, which is about 4 minutes long, shows a wide range of speed tests such as shutdown, startup, webpage loading, and even a GeekBench benchmark test. For the most part everything works out like you’d expect, with the newer devices outpacing their predecessors, but there are a few surprises. Read More

 

New App Store section highlights apps updated for iPhone 6

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

You may have noticed over the past 24 hours that a new section has appeared in the App Store entitled “Apps & Games for iPhone 6.” As you’d expect, the section is meant to highlight apps and games that have been updated for the larger displays on the two new iPhones.

There are likely thousands of apps that are compatible with the handsets, with many more to come. Apple rounded up about 65 of them, and we thought we’d share 10 of our favorites, so you know what apps we’ll be downloading when we get our new iPhones tomorrow. Read More

 

iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals 1GB of RAM, high-capacity battery

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

We’ve still got a good 8 hours or so before the iPhone goes on sale here in the US, but it’s already begun flying off the shelves in Australia. And as usual, the folks over at iFixit were on hand at the launch to grab one of the new iPhone 6 Plus models for their customary teardown.

After popping the handset open, the team discovers what it says is a very similar layout to the iPhone 5s, albeit a much bigger battery. In line with the rumors, the battery is rated at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh of energy, for a total of 2915 mAh—nearly double the capacity of last year’s 5s. Read More

 

App bundles are now live on the App Store, here are a few worth checking out

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

Alongside iOS 8, the App Store received a number of improvements, including video previews and support for app bundles. And with yesterday’s release, several app bundles popped up in Apple’s digital storefront, so we’ve decided to roundup a few worth checking out.

To give you an idea of how this works, among our list is the Runtastic Cardio Pack, which includes 5 iPhone apps made by runtastic that are meant to track various fitness activities. Individually, these apps would cost you $16, but the bundle is just $8—a 50% savings. Read More

 

SwiftKey’s new iOS 8 keyboard surpasses 1 million downloads in first day

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

SwiftKey has announced today that its new iOS 8 keyboard has already surpassed the 1 million downloads mark. The news comes just 24 hours after Apple released the software update, which activated support for third party iOS keyboards.

At the time of this writing, SwiftKey is the #1 app in the Top Free chart of the US App Store. Other third-party keyboard apps like Swype and Fleksy are also sitting at the top of their respective charts, as users rush to try out the new feature. Read More

 

Apple said to have ‘War Room’ hunting for iOS 8 bugs on social media

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

Apple is fairly well known for its over-the-top customer service, and we’ve come across a story that provides the perfect example why. Reddit user Kiggsworthy posted an anecdote in r/Apple today captioned “Pretty indescribable Apple service experience yesterday,” and we thought it was worth sharing.

Like many of us, Kiggsworthy was playing with iOS 8 yesterday when he came across an issue with Family Sharing that did not allow him to download content from his wife’s account. So naturally, he tweeted about his problem, and to his surprise, an actual Apple employee responded to his call for help. Read More

 
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