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.

Rumor: iPad mini 4 featuring A8 processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi may arrive soon

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Apple may soon refresh the iPad mini 3 with a speedier processor and upgraded Wi-Fi networking features, according to a new report by a fairly accurate Japanese blog.

The so-called ‘iPad mini 4’ is said to include Apple’s speedy A8 processor found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, Macotakara reported Friday. Read More

 

Apple’s upcoming subscription music service apparently won’t offer ad-driven free tier

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Apple’s subscription-based music-streaming service based on Beats technology will not include a free tier supported by advertising akin to iTunes Radio, Re/code reported Friday morning.

This doesn’t exclude the possibility of a time-limited trial for new customers, the publication added. According to unnamed sources who have talked to Apple executives, led by SVP Eddy Cue and Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine, the music business “needs to get behind a paywall.” Read More

 

Amazon Game Studios announces four new mobile games coming to iOS platform

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Amazon Game Studios, a games-publishing arm of the online retail giant, announced it will soon be bringing four new iPhone and iPad games to the iOS platform.

“We’re excited to share that two new games, Lost Within and Til Morning’s Light along with customer favorites Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, will be coming soon to iOS and more Fire devices,” said the studio in a media release Friday. Read More

 

Apple to replace AT&T on the Dow on March 18

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

Apple of California will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close of trading on March 18, Reuters reported this morning. The famed Dow Jones Industrial Average is indicative of the overall market health so Apple joining and replacing the nation’s second-largest carrier on the index is certainly an encouraging sign for the economy.

Because the Dow is a weighted average of absolute stock price (unlike other indices), Apple was unable to join the Dow until its seven-to-one stock split, which took place in June of last year. Read More

 

Jony Ive discusses Apple Watch in another fascinating interview ahead of April launch

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

The Apple Watch is just around the corner and Apple’s PR department is in full swing. In addition to a series of fashion magazine covers featuring the device and a wide-ranging interview with Jony Ive in The New Yorker, London’s Financial Times newspaper has now been given access to Apple’s design czar.

Billed as “the man behind the Apple Watch”, Ive shares a few interesting details with FT’s Nick Foulkes regarding crafting Apple’s first wearable device.

He also touched upon other related topics such as the team’s meticulous attention to detail, the myopic approach to designing the Watch, how the device differs from the iPhone in terms of usage patterns and much more. Read More

 

Apple names Temple Run: Oz its new Free App of the Week

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

The exhilarating sequel to the classic endless runner with a Disney movie tie-in throw in for good measure, Temple Run: Oz is now available at no cost until next Thursday as part of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion.

Released precisely on this day a year ago, this marks the first time Temple Run: Oz has been marked down to zero bucks on the App Store (regularly $1.99).

The game is based on the 2013 film ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and features the same great gameplay as the original infinite runner, with an Oz twist to it. Read More

 

5 new indie iPhone and iPad games worth playing

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Like any Thursday, last evening the App Store was refreshed with a myriad of new game releases. Rather than highlight juicy games like Real Steel Champions, Warhammer: Snotling Fling and other new arrivals from big name publishers, this time around I’ve decided to do something entirely different.

Therefore: introducing a list of new game releases by independent publishers that I think deserve additional exposure and your attention.

Without further ado, here are five indie games that I think you should definitely check out and hopefully put on your Home screen. Read More

 

Google updates Sheets, Slides and Docs for iOS with doc copying, accessibility improvements

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Thursday, Google issued updates to its trio of cloud-powered productivity apps in the App Store: Sheets, Slides and Docs. These apps let you create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets, documents and presentations and now include the ability to make a copy of a document, a feature previously reserved for the web UI.

Moreover, a new accessibility settings menu appears within Slides and Sheets when VoiceOver is enabled in Settings. Read More

 

Apple’s Beats-based music streaming service reportedly delayed until WWDC

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Apple’s rumored subscription music service based on Beats Music and with stock iOS Music app integration will be formally announced at this year’s summer developers conference rather than in March, as previously reported.

Although some have hoped Monday’s “Spring Forward” media event might serve as a launchpad for the service, Apple is now reportedly planning on introducing it in beta form at its Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, 9to5Mac said Thursday. Read More

 

Imgur releases brand new iPhone client for browsing the fascinating world of animated GIFs

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

After releasing its inaugural iOS app back in 2013 only to remove it from the App Store less than a year later over numerous user complaints, Imgur on Thursday tried its luck again and released a brand new iPhone application.

Unlike the now-defunct app that offered a spartan web view of the mobile Imgur website, the newly released client does feature sleek appearance and native performance.

That it puts the millions of the web’s memes in the palm of your hand (and will soon make it easy to upload your own GIFs to the service) doesn’t hurt it either. Read More

 

Personal engraving will be reportedly available for Apple Watch

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Apple has long offered an option to add a free laser-engraved message to any new iPod or iPad sold through its online store and now a fresh new rumor out of France is claiming that the forthcoming Apple Watch will offer customers free personal engravings as well.

Though not quite sure if the customization option will be available from day one, French blog iPhonote reportedly heard from an anonymous source involved with Apple that the company will eventually offer free laser-cut custom messages on Watches. Read More

 

iOS 8.2 arriving Monday, here are full release notes

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Backtracking on its previous report which claimed iOS 8.2 would be released for public consumption this week, BGR is now claiming that the software will be released to the public next week.

According to BGR founder and editor Jonathan Geller, Apple’s decided to release one more Gold Master (GM) version crying a build number of 12D508 to employees and testers ahead of an expected launch this coming Monday.

Jump past the fold for full release notes. Read More

 

EU rules e-books can’t be subject to lower taxes

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

The top court of the European Union has determined that e-books shouldn’t be treated like their printed counterparts when it comes to taxes and therefore should be subject to higher tax rates, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

“But the European Commission signaled it may change the rules next year to allow for equal taxation of books in any form,” reads the report. Read More

 

iPad Pro rumored to adopt oxide LCD display tech

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

The rumored iPad Pro could adopt an oxide LCD screen technology, with Sharp, LG Display and Samsung Display all sending out samples, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Thursday.

The company allegedly assessed different technologies ranging from a-Si, TFT LCD and oxide LCD before deciding to go with the latter. The report adds that the iPad Pro will go into mass production in the third quarter of 2015. Read More

 

Specs of 13″ MacBook Air refresh leak as rumors of Retina Air intensify

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Images of what appear to be the specifications of a 13-inch MacBook Air refresh have surfaced on the forums of Chinese website Feng.com.

The seemingly genuine screenshots suggest a minor hardware bump based on Intel’s latest Broadwell processors with more powerful Intel HD 6000 graphics, and a slightly bigger battery as well.

Although the source did not provide info related to the 11-inch MacBook Air model, Apple is likely to upgrade that machine with new Intel chips alongside the 13 incher.

In addition, a questionable report has suggested that a twelve-inch Air with a Retina screen is up for an announcement at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, thought to focus mostly (but not exclusively?) on the Apple Watch. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s has 2GB RAM and Apple SIM

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Apple’s upcoming S-refresh to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus apparently includes two gigabytes of random-access memory (RAM), a feature long expected by Apple fans who have been eyeing top-end Android handsets with 3GB of RAM with envy. More RAM = better multitasking = longer battery life.

Furthermore, the phone ship with the Apple SIM which debuted alongside the iPad Air 2, as reported by AppleInsider quoting “a person familiar with Apple’s future product plans” who in the past has provided “reliable info.” Read More

 

Asphalt 8 gains car decals, new Ferraris and car collections, revamped garage and more

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

This morning, French games maker and publisher Gameloft pushed out an update to Asphalt 8: Airborne, its arcade-y racer for the iPhone and iPad.

The download brings out car decals (the most requested feature) and five new Ferrari sports cars that Gameloft says you’ll be able to drive “soon”. On top of that, the garage has been redesigned from the ground up and there are new car collections to enjoy now.

The update is available now on iOS and is coming soon on Android and Windows 8. Read More

 

Apple Watch wins 2015 iF Gold Award, snags another fashion mag cover

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Apple’s Watch has just won an aptly named iF Gold Award from the International Forum in its annual industrial design competition, and it’s not started shipping yet!

According to the award organizers, the meticulously designed wrist-worn gizmo is “already an icon” even though it’s slated to ship in April.

Also, the device’s tour of the world’s fashion and lifestyle magazines continues with another Watch appearance, this one on the cover of the Chinese magazine Yoho. Read More

 

Apple confirms ‘FREAK Attack’ patch for iOS and OS X due next week

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

A new exploit dubbed ‘FREAK Attack’ — which stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys” — that takes advantage of a security flaw dating back to the 1990s will be patched soon by Apple.

As we speak, the iPhone maker is readying a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week, a spokesperson for the Cupertino firm told iMore.

Plagued by this security flaw, users of Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices are at risk when visiting vulnerable websites that downgrade a secure HTTPS connection to a weaker encryption method. Read More

 

Waze is rolling out AMBER alerts in US

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Waze, a popular crowdsourced GPS, maps and traffic service, announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out AMBER alerts in the United States.

Realized through a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the move brings AMBER alerts to Waze users when a child in their area has been abducted or gone missing. Read More

 
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