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.

Mysterious new chip has been discovered on a leaked iPhone 6s display component

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

As various iPhone 6s parts continue to leak out like crazy, a source provided MacRumors with new high-quality images and information pertaining to a screen assembly on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’.

The claimed part is slightly heavier and thicker than on the iPhone 6, but the biggest takeaway is a mysterious new chip which seemingly confirms that Force Touch is coming to the next iPhone. Read More

 

September 9 tidbits: no iPhone 6c, renamed Force Touch and no sapphire screen on iPhone 6s

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple today officially confirmed its rumored media event will be indeed taking place on Wednesday, September 9. The press conference is widely expected to bring new iPhones, iPads and possibly a next-generation Apple TV.

New pieces of information continue to surface in the run-up to the event. According to latest tidbits from a reputable publication with reliable sources, Apple won’t unveil an ‘iPhone 6c’ at the event. Read More

 

Apple to live-stream September 9 media event

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Those not in attendance will be happy to learn that Apple just confirmed it will provide a live-stream of its upcoming September 9 media event.

Like the company’s major events held in the past two years, the September 9 event should be presented at the www.apple.com/live micro-site in the blog format, with cherry-picked tweets, juicy photos and quotes updating in real-time right below the video stream.

The iPhone maker sent out invites for the press conference earlier today. Invite graphics sports the colorful Apple logo and a tagline reading “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. Read More

 

iOS automation app Workflow picks up Today widget, Health actions, syncing and more

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Workflow, the powerful software that makes it relatively simple to automate iOS by chaining multiple actions together, has picked up a Today widget and support for Apple Health actions in its most recent update which hit the App Store this morning.

In addition to the ability to activate your saved workflows directly from the Notification Center’s Today view, Workflow 1.3 for iOS has gained yet another useful feature to back up and synchronize your workflows across multiple devices. Read More

 

iPhone 6s said to bring 12MP sensor, 4K video recording, and improved FaceTime camera

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

A lot has been said thus far about “the biggest camera jump ever” expected to grace Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones. A report Thursday by 9to5Mac attempts to bring Apple’s next-generation camera technology into full view.

According to sources who spoke with author Mark Gurman, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will introduce “a major revamp” to the camera system that ostensibly includes a twelve-megapixel iSight sensor out the back that can capture video in full 4K resolution, in addition to a simple software trick designed to bring flash support to the FaceTime camera out the front. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s sports animated backgrounds inspired by Apple Watch’s Motion face

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones are said to include animated backgrounds inspired by the Apple Watch’s Motion face, 9to5Mac learned from sources. Of course, Apple has offered dynamic wallpapers since iOS 7, but it’s a single motif in seven color choices.

These new animated backgrounds created for upcoming iPhones are being described as sharing the same theme as the Motion face on the Apple Watch, which shows painstakingly crafted animations of jellyfish, multi-colored butterflies and brightly colored flowers. Read More

 

Review: Astropad Mini turns your iPhone or Apple Watch into a pro graphics tablet for your Mac

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

We wrote about Astropad Graphics Tablet, an app that turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac, shortly following its February 2015 debut.

Designed and built by smart ex-Apple engineers Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli, the app has since been updated with support for FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus and gained other new features.

The team just released Astropad Mini, an iPhone edition of Astropad’s iPad app with Apple Watch support for remote drawing into Mac apps and more. Read More

 

Review: Lara Croft GO is the essence of adventure that feels unmistakably Tomb Raider-y

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

It only took a few minutes for me to get hooked on Lara Croft GO, a new premium title from Hitman GO creators Square Enix Montréal.

Created in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, this gorgeously done puzzle-solving adventure takes Hitman GO’s turn-based strategy concept and simplicity of action to a whole new level while managing to incorporate several marquee aspects of the traditional Tomb Raider formula and gameplay.

But Lara Croft GO, a $4.99 download in the App Store, is hardly the same game as Hitman GO. More than the collection of its impressive parts—mesmerizing soundtrack, artful animations and gorgeous visuals—Lara Croft GO manages to distill the famed series down to its essence.

I spent a few hours playing and reviewing this game in the days leading up to its release, here are my hands-on impressions and findings. Read More

 

Scanbot 4.0 rolls out with Quick-Actions, Workflows, FTP & OneNote support and more

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Scanbot, a powerful document and QR code scanner for iOS which sports optical character recognition and a slew of other cool features, was bumped to version 4.0 today.

Available on a freemium basis with optional paid upgrades, Scanbot 4.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad introduces Workflows and Quick-Actions, a pair of major new features aimed at increasing your productivity by automating repeating tasks such as uploading scans to cloud services. Read More

 

Google’s new YouTube Gaming app is now available in the App Store

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

As expected, Google’s YouTube Gaming app has begun rolling out in the App Store. Earlier this morning, Google launched a new website which sits at gaming.youtube.com, dedicated to watching and live-streaming gameplay videos.

The free of charge companion mobile app should be now available for download in your local App Store. Featuring a selection of live-streaming and on-demand content, the app acts as your one-stop shop for not just gameplay videos but video how-tos and walkthroughs as well. Read More

 

Swatch attempts to justify ‘One more thing’ trademark with a silly explanation

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Swatch would have you think that its controversial “One more thing” trademark has nothing to do with Apple. A company spokesperson told Techradar today that its trademark for the “One more thing” phrase was inspired by a line from the TV show “Columbo,” an explanation people following technology news will have a hard time believing.

Swiss watchmaker Swatch became the subject of the Internet ridicule following news that it was recently granted a trademark on “One more thing,” a catch phrase late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs used extensively when introducing new surprise products during Apple’s media events. Read More

 

Google takes on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Originally announced two and a half months ago, YouTube Gaming went live this morning as the search giant’s Twitch competitor slowly but surely comes into full view.

Basically a YouTube built for gamers, the all-new YouTube Gaming website is live in the United States and United Kingdom at gaming.youtube.com with a selection of live-streaming videos showing people playing various games.

Much like Amazon-owned Twitch service which allows people to stream their gameplay videos and others to watch it, YouTube Gaming was designed to host gameplay videos, video how-tos and walkthroughs pertaining to popular games and more. Read More

 

Portal for iOS: wireless file transfers from your computer to iPhone made easy

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Portal, an Android app that launched earlier this summer, is now available on your iPhone free of charge in the App Store.

Created by a company called Pushbullet which makes a namesake cross-platform notification mirroring utility, Portal for iPhone uses QR codes and takes advantage of peer-to-peer connectivity to transfer very large files and folders between your devices in a snap.

With Portal, you can transfer files from your computer to an iOS device via a simple interface that can be accessed through any web browser. The app lets you transfer as many files as you’d like and imposes no file size limits.

Here’s a quick review of Portal based on my brief hands-on time with the app. Read More

 

Official: Samsung stole trade secrets from TSMC

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Samsung lifted trade secrets from rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), the world’s #1 independent semiconductor foundry, Taiwan’s top court has ruled.

According to a report published Wednesday by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, the court has determined that Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of research and development at TSMC, revealed TSMC’s trade secrets and patents related to its advanced FinFET process technology to Samsung Electronics.

The report makes no mention of Apple, but the connection couldn’t be clearer: Samsung might have been able to leverage the stolen secrets to win orders for Apple’s next-generation ‘A9′ processor. Prior reports have posited that both Samsung and TSMC got to build Apple’s A9 chips on the advanced 14-nanometer FinFET process technology which uses entirely new three-dimensional transistors. Read More

 

Read-later app Pocket rolls out personalized Recommendations feed

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

You can now check out the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed using Pocket’s newly launched Recommendations feature. Available in Pocket’s latest 6.0 update in the App Store, Recommendations takes “the absolute best content being saved across Pocket” and tailors it to your own saving and reading habit, based on what you save, read and watch in Pocket. Read More

 

Video of partially assembled iPhone 6s reveals a few previously unknown tidbits

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

A video of a partially assembled ‘iPhone 6s’ is making rounds on the web, revealing previously unknown details about Apple’s next-generation handset which is set for unveiling at a rumored media event on Wednesday, September 9.

According to MacRumors, the authenticity of the components used to kinda assemble the phone couldn’t be verified though the parts appear to resemble previously leaked ones from an iPhone 6s prototype. Read More

 

Germany’s highest appeals court invalidates Apple’s slide-to-unlock patents

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Germany’s highest appeals court has ruled that Apple’s famous slide-to-unlock patents are invalid, VentureBeat reported Tuesday.

The ruling basically reaffirmed a 2013 decision in which the lower Federal Patent Court rejected Apple’s claims on the grounds of ‘prior art’. The German courts discovered that Apple’s slide-to-patent involves a similar technique as that featured on a smartphone released before the iPhone by a Swedish company called Neonode. Read More

 

Facebook Moments is now available outside US with new features

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Moments, a Facebook-made app that lets you “get the photos you didn’t take”, is no longer confined to the United States, thanks to a 2.0 update that went live in the App Store earlier this morning.

For starters, Moments is now available in a total of 34 different markets such as Japan, Russia, China, Germany and Italy, to name just a few.

The app also comes with an interesting new feature that appears to be borrowed from Google Photos, which automatically creates a movie from your photos, while providing bug fixes, performance improvements and improved upload performance. Read More

 

MagCable brings MagSafe-like experience with fast-charging to your iPhone

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

If the 12-inch MacBook is indicative of Apple’s future plans, the popular MagSafe adapter is on its way out as USB-C comes into full view.

Sadly, USB-C is plagued with a major drawback: the standard doesn’t use Apple’s proprietary MagSafe charging method which employs magnets to ensure your notebook doesn’t fly off a desk or wiggle the pins when you trip on the cord.

With MagSafe’s future hanging in the balance, a company called aMagic Ltd. set out to replicate the MagSafe charging experience on Lightning-enabled iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Read More

 

Philips launches dimming kit for Hue wireless bulbs

by Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Philips’s ‘Hue’ programmable LED lights can now be controlled in a more traditional fashion with the new Hue Wireless Dimming Kit and white bulbs.

Announced this morning, the Dimming Kit allows you to adjust the brightness of up to ten white bulbs at the same time and can be installed directly on the wall or used as a remote control of sort for Hue lights.

The Hue Wireless Dimming Kit can be hooked up to Philips’ existing Hue hardware via the company’s Hue bridge accessory to control the standard Hue and Hue Lux lighting. Read More

 
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