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.

Another leaked schematics reaffirms dual-camera as iPhone 7 Plus exclusive

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Differences between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6/6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus are mostly confined to screen size, battery and optical image stabilization on the bigger model.

With the next iPhone, this imaging gap between the regular-sized model and its 5.5-inch brethren is expected to widen by a significant margin.

Purported iPhone 7 technical drawing discovered on Chinese forum Baidu by Italian-language HDBlog serves as yet another indication that the flagship iPhone 7 Plus model will be exclusively outfitted with a rumored dual-camera system, leaving the regular-sized iPhone 7 model with modest photography improvements stemming from a larger camera package. Read More

 

19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Most of the time, your Mac just works—until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer.

For example, you could be a pro user who dual boots between OS X and Windows on a daily basis. Others might be wondering about booting a Mac from a disk other than their designated startup disk. Or perhaps you’re looking to isolate the cause of a software issue in OS X’s Safe Mode or boot straight into Recovery OS as the last option?

For those of you who have wondered about the many ways you can start up your Mac, here’s a quick list of the keyboard shortcuts you can invoke to access handy OS X features which are only available at boot time. Read More

 

New concept video imagines assumed iPhone 7 Plus features based on the rumors

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Apple’s next smartphone refresh may or may not bring a major design overhaul to the iPhone that fans have been holding their breath for, but we still fully expect the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be worthwhile upgrades in terms of both the looks and the features.

The rumor-mill does think, however, the device could have a cleaner look and feel due to the antenna lines being relocated to the very top and bottom.

The rear camera is said to protrude less from the housing and have a bevelled look and we might even get a pair of grilles at the bottom for stereo speakers. Taking it all in, Dutch 3D artist Jermaine Smit has imagined the iPhone 7 Plus in a concept video. Read More

 

Production machinery orders spiking ahead of iPhone’s switch to OLED screens

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Many in the rumor-mill agree that Apple is planning to build an iPhone around the brighter, more power efficient AMOLED screen tech. New clues of 2017 bringing a major change to the iPhone’s display technology appeared with news this morning that the world’s top maker of display-making equipment, Applied Materials, reported an almost fourfold leap in orders for OLED production machinery. Read More

 

Spotify price-matches Apple Music’s $14.99 per month family plan

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Spotify may currently be running circles around Apple Music with the more than 30 million paid accounts versus about 13 million paying customers on Apple’s music service, but that doesn’t mean they’re standing still.

In an attempt to make its service more competitive with Apple’s, Spotify said today that families of six can now subscribe for just $14.99 per month, or appropriate local pricing, effectively price-matching Apple Music’s family plan. Read More

 

Camera bump to remain part of iPhone design for another year, leaked photo suggests

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

A claimed photo of an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 7 backplate, which surfaced on a Weibo account this morning, gives us a closer look at the handset’s protruding camera, cleaner antenna lines and more. Prior leaks showed a camera design not flush with the housing, but the new photo suggests that the rear camera could be slightly bevelled, too. Read More

 

Airmail 3 for OS X is here, brings best features from its iOS edition to the Mac

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Developer Bloop on Monday issued a major update to its excellent OS X email client on the Mac App Store, Airmail. Available as a free upgrade for existing users, Airmail 3 brings some of the best features from its iPhone and iPad edition to the Mac.

In addition to improved handling of your VIP contacts and the ability to quickly reply to emails from a notification, Airmail 3 includes a rich set of options for customizing your menus, gestures, keyboard shortcuts and folders.

The app now integrates with your calendar, has a lot faster message rendering engine, will sync more settings via iCloud between OS X and iOS editions (rules, VIP contacts and Smart Folders) and more. Read More

 

Apple asks suppliers to prepare for much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production

by Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Peak iPhone? If the latest supply chain report is to be trusted, the Cupertino firm doesn’t envision iPhone sales tapering off anytime soon, at least not this year. Barron’s said Monday, citing a report in the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily Times, that Apple has now asked its contract manufacturers and Asian suppliers to prepare for a much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production volume in 2016.

Instead of ordering about 65 million handsets, which would have been in line with what Wall Street had been predicting, Apple needs between 72-78 million units of the new iPhone produced this year. Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 7 Plus parts reaffirm dual cameras, suggest 16/64/256GB models

by Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

French leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer yesterday republished an image of some claimed iPhone 7 Plus components, found on Weibo.

The photo appears to show an alleged dual-camera module said to be destined for the handset’s refresh, along with NAND flash chips which suggest that the iPhone 7 could include a new 256-gigabyte model.

The presence of both 16GB and 64GB memory modules on the photo might indicate that, disappointingly, the iPhone’s highly criticized low-storage 16GB model won’t be going away with the forthcoming hardware refresh. Read More

 

Odd iPhone 7 prototype shell with iPad Pro-like four speaker setup leaks

by Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

Thus far, we’ve heard conflicting rumors regarding the next iPhone’s speaker setup, with some sources being adamant that the handset would arrive outfitted with stereo speakers and others shaking their head in disagreement, suggesting the iPhone 7 would have the plain old single-speaker setup, like prior models.

Well, how about four speakers?

Prolific leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer today posted on his French-language blog NowhereElse.fr a set images of images of an alleged iPhone 7 prototype case which shows not one, not two, not three but four speakers, two at the top top and an additional two at the bottom. Read More

 

What’s on your Home screen: Christian Zibreg

by Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2016

Sebastien tries to keep all his apps and folders on only one screen. I’m like Sebastien, with one difference: I never have more than one folder on the first Home screen. But just because I’m not jailbroken doesn’t mean my Home screen is a mess, quite the contrary! As a big believer in efficient organization, I take pride in my Home screen layout.

There’s logic behind every app choice and a story to be told behind every icon placement. Without further ado, here’s what’s on my Home screen, and why. Read More

 

Tim Cook lays out his vision for India

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Right after visiting China on Monday, Apple’s boss Tim Cook flew to India the following day. He spent a few days touring the populous country, meeting with decision makers, negotiating with carriers and taking to end users and developers alike.

Speaking with The Hindu, Cook has now laid out his vision and strategy for India, a very important market for Apple where the company, despite a massive population of 1.25 billion people, has a single-digit share of the smartphone market. Read More

 

Xiaomi’s first drone to take off next Wednesday

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Xiaomi, the ambitious consumer electronics maker from China, is about to release a consumer drone of its own at a media event scheduled for next week.

Writing on its official blog, the Chinese firm said that its first-ever flying machine, a quadricopter, would take off next Wednesday, May 25. A dramatic device image was shared as part of the tease. Read More

 

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update following 9.7″ iPad Pro bricking complaints

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Following an avalanche of complaints from the affected 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners who saw their device bricked and reporting an iTunes error 56 after installing the latest iOS 9.3.2 software update, Apple has now pulled iOS 9.3.2 for that device from its servers. As first noted by MacRumors 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners who have not installed iOS 9.3.2 no longer see the over-the-air update on their tablet. Read More

 

BMW to finally kick off CarPlay roll out this fall with X5M and X6M models

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

BMW still doesn’t have any vehicle on the market with integrated CarPlay support, but that’s about to change this fall, Bimmerpost said Friday. As the German-language publication gleaned from BMW’s official price list, BMW’s mid-size luxury crossover models, the X5M and X6M, will have built-in CarPlay when they arrive in August. Read More

 

Making your iPhone and iPad charge faster

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

It’s somewhat depressing that Android manufacturers increasingly outfit their flagship smartphones with fast-charging capability while iPhones, and especially iPads, still take forever to charge from zero to hundred percent. And if you happen to actually use your iOS device while it’s connected to power, you’ll experience even slower-than-usual charging times.

But as it turns out, there’s one simple trick everyone should employ every time they plug their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power brick in order to make it charge faster. Read More

 

iPhone 7 may launch with LG-made dual-lens camera because Sony is behind schedule

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Remember the rumor, backed by a report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that only a 5.5-inch model of an ‘iPhone 7’ would have a dual-lens camera while its 4.7-inch brethren would get stuck with a boring single-camera module?

Now we know where that came from: Apple’s camera supplier Sony has fallen behind schedule, prompting the iPhone maker to add another dual-camera supplier to the mix: LG’s Innotek division. That’s the current word on the street, according to a Barron’s report citing Nomura Securities analysts. Read More

 

Job listings suggest Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn could open for business this year

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Following setbacks, Apple’s first retail store in Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, could open some time this year.

That’s because the company’s now started a recruiting process for the Brooklyn area. The store should be located at 247 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of North 3rd Street, in Williamsburg.

A series of job post on Apple’s website, first spotted by MacRumors, advertise positions for Creatives, Experts, Geniuses, Specialists, Business Leaders and management, with LinkedIn ads seeking a Retail Manager and Senior Manager specifically in Brooklyn. Read More

 

Uber starts testing self-driving car technology

by Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Uber announced yesterday that it began testing a self-driving car technology of its own, with the ultimate goal of potentially replacing drivers with computers for its ride-hailing service in a not-so-distant future. Read More

 

Infuse 4.2 adds Library view on tvOS, trakt ratings sync, Spotlight search on iOS and more

by Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

The versatile Infuse media player for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV by aTV Flash Black developer FireCore today got bumped to version 4.2, bringing dozens of new features, enhancements and refinements to both the iOS and tvOS edition of the software.

Infuse 4.2 now surfaces your content in Spotlight search, lets you sync ratings for rate content on trakt.tv and has new Continuous Playback options.

On the fourth-generation Apple TV, Infuse gained a new Library mode and Smart Filters, an artwork picker for your Favorites and lots of other improvements. Plus, audiophiles will be pleased to learn that Infuse for Apple TV is now capable of reproducing 7.1 content. Read More

 
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