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.

Apple confirms its new Differential Privacy feature will be opt-in only

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra tap into an interesting technology, called Differential Privacy, which makes possible data collection from a large number of users without compromising individual user’s security and privacy. Re/code has now learned from Apple that Differential Privacy will be opt-in only, meaning privacy-minded folks won’t be required to use the feature unless they specifically want to.

Bottom line: Apple won’t collect your data to make its services a lot smarter unless you specifically let it. Read More

 

Next-gen Apple display with integrated graphics card reportedly remains in the works

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Since yesterday’s official news that the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display is dead, pundits have been wondering if the move signals Apple’s exited the external display business altogether. Not so fast. According to John Paczkowski, Managing Editor with BuzzFeed News, Apple isn’t done with the Thunderbolt Display and is continuing work on a brand new display with a rumored integrated graphics card. Read More

 

BitTorrent’s new media-streaming app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is arriving soon

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

BitTorrent yesterday announced it’ll be releasing a brand new application in the near future. Called Now, the software will let users stream videos and music from independent artists and studios to their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Read More

 

Honda says CarPlay coming to 2017 Accord refresh

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Japanese car manufacturer Honda currently uses Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system in the 2016 Accord and Civic, as well as in the 2017 Ridgeline.

Today, the company announced that CarPlay will be returning in the 2017 Accord which will be arriving in showrooms on Monday, starting at $22,355. Read More

 

Sharp to begin producing OLED screens for a future iPhone before 2018

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

In addition to LG Display and Samsung’s mobile display arm, both of which are now pouring significant resources into ramping up OLED panel production ahead of Apple’s switch from LCDs to OLEDs for iPhones, Japanese outlet Nikkei is reporting today that Sharp is expected to do the same before 2018.

Apple is widely expected to make a switch to OLED screens in time for a tenth anniversary iPhone, due in 2017. Read More

 

Offline viewing on Netflix to launch by year-end?

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Video-streaming company Netflix seems to be secretly developing a feature that would permit subscribers to download specific television shows and movies for viewing without an Internet connection, industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz told LightReading. Offline viewing on Netflix should launch before the end of this year. A Netflix spokesperson denied comment on the report. Read More

 

Twitter is rolling out location-based feeds today in partnership with Foursquare

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter has partnered with local search and discovery service Foursquare on a location-based feed feature deigned to aggregate tweets based on the location they were posted from.

Called Twitter Location Feeds, the new feature will go live later today in Twitter’s mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, TechCrunch said this morning. Read More

 

2017 Apple Watch could use power-sipping micro-LED panels

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Apple is reportedly prepping to switch from flexible OLED screens utilized on the current Apple Watch to a more power-efficient micro-LED display technology that could be used for an Apple Watch hardware update in 2017, DigiTimes reported Friday. The Taiwanese trade publication said Apple could replace OLED displays in the Apple Watch with micro-LED panels as early as the second half of 2017. Read More

 

macOS Sierra preview: Universal Clipboard + Desktop & Documents sync

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Our ongoing macOS Sierra previews continue unabated as Andrew and I take a closer look at two new useful features in Sierra: Universal Clipboard and shared Desktop. You’re definitely going to use Universal Clipboard quite a bit: in addition to being a great time-saver, it “just works”.

Universal Clipboard lets you copy and paste items across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices and Mac computers like a boss. Sierra also puts your iCloud storage to good use by keeping any Desktop items along with the files within the Documents folder synchronized across your other devices. Read More

 

Deal: Alto’s Adventure goes 75 percent off in summer sale

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

There’s no need to despair in case you missed developer Snowman’s two-day sale on Alto’s Adventure last month, which discounted this award-winning endless snowboarding title by a cool 66 percent, because another Alto’s Adventure sale has just gone into effect. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: Emergency Bypass overrides Do Not Disturb on a per-contact basis

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

In iOS 10, each individual contact in the Contacts app now has a dedicated switch, called Emergency Bypass, which overrides the Do Not Disturb feature for that person. This handy new feature lets you permit audio and vibratory alerts from a specific person in your Contacts even when Do Not Disturb is enabled globally in your device’s Settings app. Read More

 

Grand opening of fifth Apple Store in Hong Kong scheduled for June 30

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, will get its fifth Apple retail store a week from today on Thursday, June 30, Apple announced today. Located inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall at 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, the store will be open seven days a week between 10:00am to 10pm local time. Read More

 

Sage Bionetworks co-founder joins Apple to work on health projects

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Sage Bionetworks said in a media release today that is president and co-founder Dr. Stephen Friend has joined Apple. “Dr. Friend has accepted a position with Apple Inc. where he will work on health-related projects,” reads the release.

He will stay on as Sage’s chairman of the board.

Sage was one of the launch partners for ResearchKit, a framework Apple launched in March 2015 to accelerate advanced medical research by allowing medical professionals to create iOS apps which tap into the iPhone’s many sensors to collect anonymized data on various diseases and symptoms. Read More

 

Obstacles to launching Apple Music in Korea reportedly removed

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Although Apple had previously attempted to roll out its subscription-based music-streaming service in Korea, the Cupertino firm ultimately failed to reach a consensus with local music copyright associations. But as of recently, Tim Cook & Co. have apparently managed to cut deals with local right holders and copyright associations.

As a result, the service could launch in South Korea, a 50 million people market, sooner than later, according to a news report today by The Korea Herald. No firm date for the launch was given at post time. Read More

 

Purported iPhone 7 pricing leaks: 256GB version across all models, ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ mentioned

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Citing a post on Chinese social network Weibo, PocketNow reported this morning that the flagship 256-gigabyte version of the iPhone 7 Plus could price-match the top-of-the-line 128-gigabyte iPhone 6s Plus model. According to the leaked pricing, the next iPhone lineup would include 32/64/256GB models for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

Its bigger brother, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, somewhat strangely gets listed with 32/128/256GB storage choices. The Chinese price list also mentions a brand new model for the upcoming iPhone refresh, referred to as ‘iPhone 7 Pro’. Read More

 

iTunes 12.4 bug causing Apple Music playback issues with tracks shorter than 60 seconds

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

There seems to be a bug in iTunes 12.4 which causes playback issues with Apple Music tracks shorter than 60 seconds, MacRumors reported today.

The problem allegedly stems from a buffering bug that apparently causes iTunes to never begin downloading the next song in the queue if it’s shorter than 60 seconds. Basically, iTunes is left waiting for a download to finish that has in fact never started. The bug has been reported to Apple and we expect it to be fixed in a future iTunes update. Read More

 

Instagram is working on a text translation feature

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Yesterday, Instagram took to its own photo-sharing service to announce that it’s working on a text translation for its mobile app. The new feature will begin rolling out in the coming month.

A Translation button will appear on feed stories and profile bios if they’re written in languages different from your own. Captions and comments on posts in your feed and the bio on your profile will be translated automatically based on the language they’re written in and the language settings of the person viewing it. Read More

 

T-Mobile offering free 4G data to US customers traveling in Europe this summer

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier T-Mobile USA on Thursday announced a new promotion which gives postpaid customers free unlimited 4G LTE data across all of Europe, except Andora, between July 1 and August 31, 2016. Only postpaid customers who reside in the United States and primary use T-Mobile’s US network are eligible for this promotion. In addition to free data, texting is free and calls are just 20 cents a minute throughout Europe and a host of other destinations. Read More

 

Apple explains why iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Following the discovery by MIT Technology Review that the kernel in iOS 10 beta is unencrypted, Apple has gone on the record to explain why that’s the case. Speaking with Dave Mark of The Loop, an Apple spokesperson has officially confirmed that the decision was intentional.

Now, some security experts speculated that leaving the iOS 10 kernel unencrypted would aid anyone, nefarious users included, looking for security weaknesses in the iOS software.

Apple explains why such fears are unfounded. Read More

 

WhatsApp is about to get a whole lot better

by Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has some notable improvements in the pipeline, including support for large emoji characters, all-new public groups, the ability to share locally stored tracks and Apple Music songs with friends and family, deeper Facebook integration, profile codes, stickers and multi-account support, to name a few.

But we’re just getting started. Read More

 
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