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+

Shipping times improve for select iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models

by Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

With the all-important Black Friday shopping weekend just around the corner, Apple continues to improve supply of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Shipping estimates for select models of the handsets have recently ameliorated for Apple’s US online store and in other countries.

Both 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models, as well as the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, are now showing ship dates 7 to 10 days out for all colors across all major US carriers. And the 16GB iPhone 6 is now shipping in 5 to 7 days, with Personal Pickup available at a number of Apple Stores. Read More

 

Disney Store app updated with support for Apple Pay

by Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

The Disney Store app has received an update, bringing it to version 3.2.1. Just in time for the holidays, the update includes support for Apple Pay, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to pay for their purchases using Apple’s new payment method.

While in-app Apple Pay is supported by the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, it doesn’t appear the iPad version of the Disney Store app takes advantage of it yet. It also looks like folks utilizing Apple Pay will still have to enter all of their shipping info. Read More

 

EA Mobile teases upcoming game “Need for Speed No Limits”

by Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

EA Mobile has posted a new teaser trailer for its upcoming game “Need for Speed No Limits.” The game is being built by Firemonkeys, the combined teams of Firemint and IronMonkey Studios, who both have racing backgrounds.

The video features professional rally driver Ken Block, of the Hoonigan Racing Division, playing the new Need for Speed on his iPhone 6. The gameplay footage shown is fairly impressive, flaunting sharp graphics and intense gameplay. Read More

 

Best Buy launches pre-Black Friday sale with discounts on iPods and iPads

by Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

Joining Walmart and other retailers looking to get a head start on next week’s Black Friday festivities, Best Buy today began offering limited-time deals on a number of products. Among those products is a first generation iPad Air, and fifth-gen iPod touch, both of which have been significantly discounted.

For the next three days, Best Buy is taking between $80 and $100 off all iPad Air models—the discount depends on the model you buy. While the original Air is more than a year old now, it still features a newer hardware design and packs plenty of power. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model is a steal at just $319. Read More

 

Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

by Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C68k, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just a few days after Apple officially launched 10.10.1 to the public, which featured bug fixes and Wi-Fi improvements—although some users are still complaining of Wi-Fi issues after updating. Read More

 

Billboard to begin incorporating streaming services in top 200 chart

by Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

On Wednesday, December 3, Billboard says it will premiere its biggest upgrade to its 200 chart in more than 23 years. The chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales.

To do this, the chart will incorporate streaming service data measured by Nielsen Entertainment by way of a new algorithm. Billboard says it’s the “most substantial methodology update since 1991,” when Billboard began using point-of-sale data to measure album sales. Read More

 

Telltale posts first trailer of upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ game

by Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

After dropping some details regarding its upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ game last week, Telltale Games today released its first trailer. The video sets the stage for what could be Telltale’s biggest releases, given how popular HBO’s GOT franchise has become.

The game will tell the story of the House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westerns, loyal to the Starks Winterfell. Players will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fates. Here’s the new trailer. Read More

 

Apple adds new data providers to enhance Maps business listings

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list of data providers for its Maps app, according to Apple Maps Marketing. In a post, first spotted by 9to5Mac, the site says it was given the information by the Cupertino company itself in response to an inquiry.

The inquiry was in regards to submitting one of its clients with a few hundred locations to Apple Maps Connect. Apple replied, saying it’s currently only accepting submissions from businesses with 1,000+ locations, but it could reach out to several firms. Read More

 

Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic, Universal rumored to take over

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Sony Pictures has dropped the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, according to Deadline. The outlet reports tonight that Sony has put the film in turnaround—meaning that another studio can purchase the movie.

It sounds like that studio is going to be Universal. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr says he is hearing that the Comcast subsidiary is nearing an agreement, and the deal could close by tomorrow, meaning the project should lose little momentum. Read More

 

Badland, Blek and other popular iOS games on sale for $1

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

With Thanksgiving coming up, it appears that a number of developers have decided to begin their holiday app sales. As noted by TouchArcade, several popular iOS games have been discounted from their original prices down to a $1.

The games participating in the promotion span across several genres, so no matter what you’re into, chances are you’ll come across something you like. There’s Badland, Blek, Gameloft’s 9mm, Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, and more. Read More

 

New ‘Sync Solver’ app sends Fitbit data to Apple’s Health app

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

In October, Fitbit announced that it had no plans of integrating its activity trackers or software with Apple’s Health app. This means that if you have a Fitbit Flex or other device, the data it gathers will not be shared with Health, crippling its attempt to be your fitness data dashboard.

But a new app launched this week in the App Store that aims to change this. It’s called Sync Solver, and it allows Fitbit wearers to track all of the important data collected by their wearables within the Health app, without ever having to use the standalone, dedicated Fitbit application. Read More

 

Pocket updated with support for 1Password extension, Dynamic Type and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Popular read-it-later service Pocket pushed out a notable update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 5.6.2. The update includes a number of improvements, including support for Dynamic Type and the 1Password extension.

The addition of Dynamic Type support means that text in Pocket will now reflect whatever you have set as your system font size preference. And of course 1Password extension support means users can now login to Pocket with Touch ID. Read More

 

Google buys iOS app prototyping startup RelativeWave, makes Mac app free

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Google has acquired RelativeWave, the team responsible for the popular iOS app prototyping software Form. Form is available for Mac and iOS, and allows designers and developers to create rich interactive app prototypes and run them on their iPhone or iPad.

In a note on its website today, RelativeWave announced that they would be joining Google to continue their work on the software, saying they “want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is [their] first step in accomplishing that goal.” Read More

 

Walmart Black Friday sales begin early with discounts on iPhone 6, iPad Air 2

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Walmart on Wednesday announced that it is launching a number of its Black Friday sales a week early. In a press release, the company said that its ‘Pre-Black Friday Event’ will kick off at 8 a.m. on November 21, and give customers an early taste of its Black Friday prices.

A number of items are being discounted in the sale, including iPhones and iPads. Walmart will be offering 16GB iPhone 6 models for $179 (with two-year service agreement), along with a free $75 gift card, and 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 models for $489 with a $100 gift card. Read More

 

iH8sn0w shows off untethered iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Well known iOS hacker iH8sn0w has posted a new video on his YouTube channel of an iPad 3 (J2a model) running an untethered iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak. This is significant because 8.1.1 patched 3 of the Pangu team’s exploits, effectively killing the latest jailbreak.

As usual, just because we have proof that a firmware can be jailbroken, doesn’t mean that we’re guaranteed to see a public release anytime soon. In fact, it’s worth pointing out that iH8sn0w has in the past demonstrated jailbreaks that never saw the light of day. Read More

 

Telltale offering first episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us’ for free right now

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Heads up gamers, Telltale Games is currently offering the first episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us’ for free right now. We named the game one of our ‘Apps of the Week‘ for the iPhone and iPad back in February, and it normally retails for $4.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, The Wolf Among Us is a violent, mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books. It’s made by the same team behind The Walking Dead, and features similar decision-making gameplay mechanics. Read More

 

PayPal mobile payments app now available for the Pebble smartwatch

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

PayPal has announced that its popular mobile payments app is now available for the Pebble smartwatch. In a blog post, first spotted by VentureBeat, the company said that owners can now pay for goods and services at select locations using their Pebble, linked to their PayPal account.

Users can make PayPal payments using one of two methods: by checking into a store using the PayPal app, or by providing the store with an auto-generated payment code. Both ways require that the particular location support PayPal payments, and the latter requires special POS hardware. Read More

 

Snapchat app updated with support for new Snapcash service

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Snapchat updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 8. The update activates the company’s new ‘Snapcash’ money transfer service, which it announced yesterday, that allows users to quickly send money to one another by simply sending a message.

Snapcash is a collaborative project between Snapchat and Square, built using the SquareCash concept. SquareCash allows users to send money via email, text message and Bluetooth with little friction, so it’s not hard to see how they made the jump to Snapchat. Read More

 

Apple keeping Arizona plant despite GT Advanced bankruptcy

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Apple plans to keep the sapphire production factory it built with GT Advanced in Mesa, Arizona, according to a report from Bloomberg. The outlet says the company has told officials that it’s committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to the area, despite GT’s bankruptcy.

“They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady told Bloomberg. “Apple is focused on preserving jobs and promised to “work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps.” Read More

 

Shazam updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Audio identification service Shazam updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 8.1. The change log for the update is very short, but it does include one significant item: the app now officially supports the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“Shazam now makes the most of the big, beautiful screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so you can get the full glory of those extra pixels.” reads the text, which was posted by the developers in the App Store earlier today. “We get it, size matters.” Read More

 
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