About Christian Zibreg

Chris follows Apple with passion and has seen his articles published by a number of online media outlets, such as 9to5Mac.com, 9to5Google.com, Geek.com, TGDaily.com and Brightsideofnews.com You can network with him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, learn more on About.me or drop him an email at dujkan@idownloadblog.com.

Foxconn obtains government permission to repair iPhones at its Shanxi, China subsidiary

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

iPhone manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known in the Western press as Foxconn, has obtained approval from the local government to repair iPhones at its subsidiary in Shanxi, China, according to a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News newspaper cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. This marks a second Foxconn subsidiary that can now repair iPhones.

The business model helps Apple to “save 40 percent of its costs on its smartphone maintenance services,” added the paper. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple Watch to gain new sleep tracking and fitness apps & more

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

In an effort to advance its HealthKit framework, Apple has reportedly been developing a pair of new apps for the Apple Watch.

One will help users track and analyze their sleep and the other will their track fitness levels by measuring the time taken for the heart rate to fall from its peak to resting level, Bloomberg reports.

The company has hired “scores of healthcare experts” to develop improved electronic health record software and help turn the Apple Watch into a tool that diagnoses disease. Read More

 

Apple begins removing zombie apps from the App Store

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

In keeping true to its promise, The Great App Store Purge is now underway as Apple recently began removing old, outdated and seldom updated apps from the App Store, as first spotted by French blog iGen.fr. “We noticed that your app has not been updated in a significant amount of time,” reads Apple’s message to affected developers.

To keep their apps alive on the App Store, Apple is demanding that developers submit updated versions for review within 30 days. Read More

 

IBM unlocks all the server-side capabilities now available in Swift 3.0

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

In February 2016, IBM promised to bring Apple’s new programming language Swift to the cloud. Today, the firm has made good on that promise with the introduction of Bluemix Runtime which allows developers to write server-side code for iPhone, Mac and Windows PC apps in Swift.

“Swift is now ready for the enterprise,” Mike Gilfix, IBM’s Vice President of MobileFirst and Smarter Process, said in an interview with Mike Gilfix of Computerworld. Read More

 

Top Apple analyst expects fewer iPhone 7 sales than iPhone 6s garnered in 2015

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

Despite Note 7 fires and carriers suggesting iPhone 7 sellouts, top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn’t entirely convinced that strong consumer demand will offset slowing shipments. In a note to clients obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo predicted 70-75 million iPhone 7 sales in 2016—lower than that of the iPhone 6s in 2015.

Kuo cautions that strong iPhone 7 sales are not “not entirely due to market demand” because carrier promotions inflated sales numbers and a larger amount of launch countries led to depleted inventories worldwide. Read More

 

How to edit, annotate & manage attachments in Messages for iPhone and iPad

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

Apple’s expressive Messages application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes features that help you annotate image attachments with the Markup tools, touch them up with just a few taps using built-in Photos filters and browse files such as PDF or Pages docs separately of images—all without ever leaving the Messages app.

In this step by step tutorial, we’re going to teach you how you can edit, annotate and manage attachments in Messages for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

A mysterious wireless Apple device with Bluetooth and NFC has surfaced in an FCC filing

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

A mysterious low-powered wireless device from Apple has just passed testing by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and could be released in the United States in the next few months, according to an FCC filing that was first spotted by French blog Consomac.

It’s designated by the model number “A1844”, includes both Bluetooth wireless functionality and built-in NFC and is rated at between 100mA and 700mA (from 5.5V to 13.2V). Read More

 

Project “Invisible Hand” would let users fully control Apple devices via Siri within 3 years

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

Bloomberg today published an article that shed more light on Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri hardware, which has purportedly exited the research and development lab and is now in prototype testing. As part of the report, Bloomberg alleges that Apple has another secretive project in the works that would improve Siri on iPhones and iPads.

Code-named Invisible Hand, the project would give us the ability to fully control our Apple devices through “a Siri command system within three years”. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple’s Echo-like Siri appliance is now in prototype testing

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri hardware has exited the company’s research and development lab and is now in prototype testing, Bloomberg reported Friday. The project started more than two years ago, but Apple is now “pressing ahead” with the development of its unnamed Siri-driven smart home appliance after Amazon’s Echo proved a surprise hit, even to Apple engineers working on the project. Read More

 

How to use bubble and screen effects in Messages for iPhone and iPad

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Apple’s expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to change the way the message bubbles look and deliver your chats across in an impactful way with animations that take over the entire Messages screen.

Messages offer four built-in effects to animate the bubbles with different expressions and five fullscreen animations. Here’s how you can use these animated effects to deliver your chats in style. Read More

 

How to adjust iPhone 7 Home button “clicks”

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

The iPhone 7 has a shiny new Home button that takes advantage of built-in pressure sensors and an enhanced Taptic Engine to detect and simulate clicks. Because the button no longer uses any moving parts, you’re less likely to break it. A new “Meet the new Home button” section in the iOS installer allows you to “make your iPhone experience even more personal by choosing the click that’s right for you”.

Of course, you can select between three degrees of haptic feedback that simulate clicks at any time using the stock Settings app, here’s how. Read More

 

Two new “Made by Google” smartphones to be unveiled on October 4

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Google earlier this week posted a video on YouTube that strongly hints at plans to launch a pair of brand new smartphones at a media event scheduled for October 4. According to web reports, Google will no longer market its own phones under the Nexus brand and is instead going to advertise them as Pixel-branded phones, indicating a break from the past six years of flagship Nexus devices. The Pixel is Google’s Chromebook notebook with a Retina-class display which has been selling since 2013Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more. Read More

 

Snapchat rolls out Sticker Search

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Snapchat recently rolled out a minor refresh to its iPhone application in the App Store, bumping version number to 9.39.3.0 and bringing out a new Sticker Search feature. As the feature’s name suggests, this lets you find precisely the sticker you want simply by typing its description. A previous Snapchat update introduced a few tweaks, including support for caption styling with the new bold, underline and italic options. Read More

 

Google’s Allo messaging app hits the App Store and it logs all your chats

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

At the annual I/O developer conference in April 2016, Google previewed two new mobile apps: a one-to-one video calling app called Duo, which released in mid-August, and a messaging software called Allo, which surfaced on the App Store this morning as a free download.

It sports features commonly found in messaging apps and includes a built-in Assistant, Google’s conversational artificial intelligence helper, an Incognito mode and more.

While Google originally promised Allo would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, the firm’s had a change of heart as Allo logs all chats by default. Read More

 

Tip: use Messages low quality image mode to conserve precious cellular data

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Apple’s Messages app provides an optional iOS-only mode which cuts down your cellular data consumption to a bare minimum when sending image attachments. I don’t know about you, but I worry about sharing high-resolution images when cellular data is on. In my experience, most normals are oblivious to the fact that sending a single shot-on-iPhone photograph through iMessage burns through one to five megabytes of data, sometimes even more.

In low quality mode, Messages uses only 100KB per image attachment. Another way to think about it: you can send 30 to 50 images for the same amount of data required to share a full-resolution attachment in Messages. In this brief tutorial, we’ll teach you how to tell Messages to send lower quality images in order to optimize your cellular data consumption and prevent unwanted overage fees. Read More

 

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

With Auto Unlock, a new Continuity feature from Apple, logging into your Mac is as easy as wearing an authenticated Apple Watch on your wrist—no password typing required whatsoever.

For added security, Auto Unlock uses Bluetooth proximity information to determine when the watch you’re wearing and your Mac are at an arm’s length.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’re going to take you through the process of setting up and using Auto Unlock on your Mac. Read More

 

How to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Two-Factor Authentication strengthens the security of your Apple ID by preventing anyone from accessing or using it, even if they know your password. With Two-Factor Authentication, one of your trusted devices generates a one-time code when you make a purchase or sign in to your Apple ID, iCloud, iCloud.com, iMessage, FaceTime or Game Center account on a new device. Two-Factor Authentication is also required for Auto Unlock so you can unlock your Mac by wearing an Apple Watch.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication or, if you’re still using the older and less secure Two-Step Verification, upgrade to Two-Factor Authentication. Read More

 

How to save Instagram posts as drafts

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Instagram has been testing a Drafts feature with a subset of its users since this summer. Today, the company has rolled out Drafts to everyone. With Instagram Drafts, you can save any half-finished photo edits and work on them later, which is handy for those times you get too busy to pos right away. And if you run an Instagram account for your business, letting your social media manager save a post as a draft makes it easy for you to review it in advance of publishing. Read More

 

60+ new features in macOS Sierra

by Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2016

Apple released macOS Sierra today as a free update in the Mac App Store. Aside from headlining new features such as Siri, Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard, picture in picture video, tabs in almost every app and so forth, Sierra happens to include a lot of under-the-hood tweaks and enhancements than we originally expected. To help get you up to speed, we’ve created this detailed overview of everything new in macOS Sierra so give it a read while Sierra is installing on your Mac. Read More

 
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