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.

Designing the new iMacs and Magic accessories…

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

As you know, the Apple news of the day is the official release of a much-improved 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, refreshed 27-inch iMacs and the new Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard wireless accessories.

Speaking with Apple’s engineering leaders Kate Bergeron and John Terns, technology writer Steven Levy shared in a Medium article some rather interesting tidbits pertaining to creating the new iMacs and how members of Apple’s Input Design Lab tackled the design issues encountered while engineering the new Magic accessories. Read More


Apple’s refreshed Magic accessories have introduced a new Bluetooth pairing process

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

Apple’s just announced Magic accessories—the $99 Magic Keyboard$79 Magic Mouse 2 and $129 Magic Trackpad 2—don’t just feature a refreshed design with an integrated litium-ion battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and a built-Lightning port for recharging, but a new way to pair them with your computer.

The previous-generation mouse, keyboard and trackpad had to be paired to your Mac using the standard wireless pairing process for Bluetooth-compatible peripherals: you would go through the Bluetooth pane of OS X’s System Preferences to scan for Bluetooth device and pair one to your computer.

With the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard, the pairing process has been vastly simplified, however. Read More


Meet Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

In addition to refreshing its iMac lineup with enhanced screen technology and faster chips across all models, giving the 21.5-inch iMac a brand new Retina 4K display and removing non-5K Retina models from the 27-inch lineup, Apple has also introduced a trio of new accessories today.

As rumored before, the second-generation Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad have been announced, as well as an all-new aluminum keyboard marketed under the Magic Keyboard moniker. Read More


Apple launches 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display, all 27″ models now have Retina 5K display

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

As suspected, Apple today announced a refresh to its all-in-one desktop, refreshing the 21.5-inch model with a brand spanking new screen with 4K resolution versus a 1080p screen on the previous-generation model.

In addition, the Retina 5K display is now available on every 27-inch iMac as Apple has removed the non-Retina 27-inch models from sale.

The updated all-in-ones come outfitted with more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.

Last but not least, the Cupertino firm has refreshed its keyboard, mouse and trackpad accessories with rechargeable batteries, Bluetooth 4.0 networking and more, with the Magic Trackpad 2 featuring Force Touch technology. Read More


New in iOS 9: scrub through your photos quickly

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

On the surface, the refined Photos app in iOS 9 hasn’t changed much from the previous release. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll discover a few gems that might not be readily apparent but will leave you wondering how you lived without them.

For example, images taken with your iPhone’s front-facing camera automatically go into a new ‘Selfies’ album.

Similarly, screenshots taken by simultaneously pressing the power and Home buttons get saved into a new ‘Screenshots’ album. Today, I want to talk about another new feature in iOS 9’s Photos app: quick photo-scrubbing. Read More


How to change dictation language on Apple Watch

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

As part of the Apple Watch setup procedure, you’re asked to select your preferred language that will be used system-wide in apps, the user interface and other places. Your choice also determines the language used for dictation.

For example, my watch is set to English even though my mother tongue is Croatian (I just find English user interfaces easier to use).

Unfortunately, this gives me headache if I want to dictate messages to my local buddies in Croatian, not English. But did you know that you can transcribe words spoken in languages other than your default one?

I sure as hell did not and am not ashamed to admit that I was totally oblivious to using multiple languages for the Apple Watch’s dictation feature. In this post, I’m going to teach you real quick how to do just that with a few easy-to-follow steps. Read More


How to customize default replies in Messages and Mail for Apple Watch

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The Apple Watch includes a pretty robust implementation of iOS’s Messages and Mail apps allowing you to respond to text messages with dictation, an animated emoji, a map showing your location, an audio clip or one of Apple’s built-in canned responses such as “On my way,” “Sorry, can’t talk right now…”, “See you soon” and some such.

You can select one of default replies when composing a new message or replying to one. Thankfully, stock replies are fully customizable so you can change them to say anything you like. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 9.1 beta 5 to developers

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Less than a week following iOS 9.1 beta 4, Apple on Monday issued a brand new, fifth beta of what would become iOS 9’s first major software update.

iOS 9.1 beta 5 (build 13B137) for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available to both members of the Apple Developer Program and public beta testers.

In addition, the software is available as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers. Read More


Vimeo updated with iOS 9 Spotlight support, iPad multitasking, picture-in-picture & more

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The popular video-sharing service Vimeo has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application in the App Store with full support for iOS 9 technologies. For starters, videos you upload to the service and other content can now be found through iOS 9’s much improved Spotlight Search engine.

Moreover, the new Vimeo 5.6 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now lets you multitask like a boss on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 in side-by-side Split View and Slide Over modes while enjoying video in iOS 9’s picture-in-picture mode. Read More


Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS gain comment editing, file renaming, fonts and much more

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Microsoft on Monday issued a refresh to its mobile office programs on the App Store: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These productivity applications now feature on-the-go comment editing, file renaming, quickly jumping to a page and much more.

Last month, the Windows giant has rolled out matching updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint with full support for iOS 9’s new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. In addition, the apps have gained useful shortcuts on iPads with wireless keyboards, Vietnamese localization and other perks. Read More


Facebook updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Facebook’s mobile iPhone and iPad application has received a quick update today, adding support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the Peek and Pop in-app features.

Still, you can now press firmly Facebook’s icon on the Home screen for quick access to the following shortcuts: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video and Write Post. Read More


Day One journaling app updated for iOS 9 with 3D Touch support and native watchOS 2 app

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Day One by Bloom Built, my go-to journaling app for iOS and the Mac, has had an app for the Apple Watch since April 2015, but it used to be hampered by the limitations of watchOS.

With watchOS 2, apps can now run directly on the wearable device and more independently of its connected iPhone, resulting in better responsiveness and faster execution. A brand new release of Day One now includes a native watchOS 2 app, support for 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and more. Read More


iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist, fully explained and demystified

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Wi-Fi Assist, a new feature in iOS 9, was initially met with some skepticism as Apple did a lousy job detailing how it works beyond stating that Wi-Fi Assist automatically uses cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor.

“With Wi-Fi Assist, you can stay connected to the Internet even if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection,” the iPhone maker said somewhat critically.

However, inexperienced users might encounter some unwanted effects when using their devices in areas with low Wi-Fi signal because Wi-Fi Assist will activate their carrier’s mobile data network and therefore possibly lead to increased data consumption and unwanted overage fees on the wireless bill.

Here’s what Apple is saying how Wi-Fi exactly works. Read More


Apple partnering with local retailer Croma to set up first stores in India next month

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

At long last, first Apple Stores are about to launch in India, home to population of 1.25 billion people. As reported by The Economic Times, Apple Stores will be debuting in India in partnership with Tata-owned consumer electronics chain Croma, which will host Apple products at six of its locations as a pilot.

Apple’s tried and tested store-within-a-store concept will go live at five Croma stores in Mumbai—Malad, Juhu, Oberoi Mall and Phoenix Mall—in addition to Croma’s Jayanagar store in the city of Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state and the center of the country’s technology industry. Read More


Google launching deep integration between search and iOS 9 apps by month’s end

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Google announced today that Apple fans who are running iOS 9 on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices will soon start seeing app content in their search results in the Safari browser.

The company’s so-called App Indexing feature is now compatible with HTTP deep link standards for iOS 9. Owners of iOS 9 devices should expect app content to begin surfacing in search results by month’s end. Read More


Review: Overcast 2.0 brings streaming support and new price—free (no IAPs whatsoever)

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Developer Marco Arment today issued a major update to Overcast, its praised podcast player and manager app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple Watch. Going from the freemium to free model, Overcast 2.0 is now a free app without In-App Purchases, advertising or other limitations.

Instead, you can now support the continued development of Overcast, if you want, by becoming a patron which entails a recurring subscription.

If not, enjoy everything Overcast hast to offer absolutely free of charge.

One of the major new features in Overcast 2.0 is streaming, which can now be used with Smart Speed and Voice Boost effects to save time when listening to podcasts by shortening moments of silence without having to download new episodes first. Read More


How to mute Activity reminders on Apple Watch for the rest of your day

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Among the small things Apple’s added to watchOS 2 is a new switch allowing you to mute Activity reminders for the rest of your day.

To be clear, hourly alerts to stand up and move a little, as well as other coaching reminders on your Apple Watch, can help a great deal when it comes to meeting your personal fitness goals.

But not everyone is a fitness buff.

If you yourself aren’t exactly an active person, you might find Activity alerts a bit distracting, if not downright annoying. But worry not, you can suspend coaching alerts for the rest of your day with just a few taps. Let me show you how. Read More


Watch ‘Steve Jobs’ scene with Woz confronting Steve over impending launch of NeXT Computer

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

The high-profile ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic, based on Walter Isaacson authorized biography of Apple’s mercurial co-founder, released today in select theaters across the United States and Universal posted a full scene on its YouTube channel to celebrate the launch.

In it, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen) warns Steve (played by Michael Fassbender) that the launch of NeXT, Jobs’s overpriced, cube-shaped workstation computer created during his wilderness years, will go down in history “as the single biggest failure in the history of personal computing.” Read More


Some of the previously pulled apps and games now returning to App Store’s Purchased history

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Many of the iPhone and iPad applications that have vanished from users’ Purchased histories are now returning to the App Store, TouchArcade reports, suggesting the whole brouhaha was but a glitch in the App Store.

Not all of the pulled games have returned, however, though some classics like Ngmoco’s games and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 can now be re-downloaded through the App Store’s Purchased tab again. Read More


How to check if you have TSMC or Samsung chip in your iPhone 6s

by Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

For the first time ever, Apple has dual-sourced the engine that drives the new handsets from more than one supplier. Both Samsung and rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) won contracts to build the Apple-designed ‘A9’ system-on-a-chip for the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

While these chips offer literally the same compute and graphics power, both synthetic benchmarks and real-life tests have shown small yet notable difference in terms of battery as the TSCM-built A9 appears to be more power efficient than its Samsung counterpart.

The question is, does your brand spanking new iPhone 6s have the TSMC or Samsung-built chip? You can find that out in just a few simple steps, let me show you how. Read More

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