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.

Revised version of iTunes 12.6 removes non-functional “Show on Profile Page” toggle

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2017

iTunes 12.6 was released alongside a slew of Apple product refreshes three days ago, bringing the ability to watch iTunes movies rented in the app on your other devices, and vice versa. Interestingly, the app shipped with a new Show on Profile Page toggle that a Reddit user discovered on the Playlist Edit page. Late yesterday, Apple issued a revised build of iTunes which, as first spotted by MacRumors, removes that option. Read More

 

T-Mobile unveils two anti-scam network features, here’s how to enable them

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2017

Wireless carrier T-Mobile on Friday announced a pair of new anti-scam features aimed at blocking robocalls and scam calls on your iPhone or other smartphone. Called Scam ID and Scam Block, the new tools were designed to either automatically block incoming calls identified by the system as scam (Scam Block) or warn you that a call is coming from a mobile phone number possibly related to spammers (Scam ID). Read More

 

Apple: iPhone and Mac vulnerabilities detailed in WikiLeaks CIA dump were fixed years ago

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2017

WikiLeaks yesterday published a new batch of internal CIA documents which highlighted some of the hacks and programs that the spy organization has been developing internally for years. Those tools were specifically designed to infest Apple’s all-in-one iMac desktop and MacBook notebooks if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device.

One of the methods involved utilized patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit. Apple told TechCrunch that the documents detail old exploits fixed years ago. Read More

 

Red iPhone 7, new 9.7″ iPad & updated iPhone SE now available

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2017

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, a new 9.7-inch iPad model (called simply “iPad”) and iPhone SE with twice the storage are now available to order. The red iPhone can be purchased worldwide via Apple’s online stores and brick-and-mortar locations. The new iPad can be ordered from apple.com and starts delivering to customers and arriving next week in Apple Stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. Read More

 

How to use Wish List to track iOS apps and games

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2017

Wish List is one of the lesser-known features of App Store. Your Wish List is accessible in App Store on mobile and iTunes on desktop. As the feature’s title suggests, you can add iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps and games to your Wish List that you might want to explore or purchase later.

With this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add, remove and downloads items on your Wish List on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC devices. Read More

 

Apple patent envisions a MacBook powered by your iPhone or iPad

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published Apple’s patent application for an “Electronic accessory device” acting as a dock that would turn your iPhone or iPad into a touchscreen-enabled Mac notebook, something many people have been craving for. The patent application outlines an ultra-portable MacBook of sorts with a special dock into which an iOS device could be inserted to provide compute power, software, storage and other features.

As with many other Apple patents, there’s no telling when this particular invention might see the light of day, if ever. Read More

 

Instagram unveils blurred posts, Two-Factor Authentication now available to everyone

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

Facebook-owned Instagram is continuing to build a safer, kinder community for all its customers by introducing helpful features aimed at increasing user security and privacy on the service. Thursday, the company announced a pair of important updates in the form of a Two-Factor Authentication security feature, now available to everyone, and blurred posts aimed at reducing “unwanted experiences” in the app, a free download from App Store. Read More

 

Barclays: iPhone 8 to launch in September, but will be hard to come by

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

According to the latest research from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley and Jerry Zhang, obtained by MacRumors, Apple may still launch iPhone 8 in September alongside the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus series, albeit in limited quantity. However, the majority of iPhone 8 stock may not be available until much later in the fourth quarter.

In other words, the company’s Tenth Anniversary iPhone aka “iPhone Edition” may be hard to come by when it debuts in September (like Jet Black iPhone 7 models last year). Read More

 

Apple responds to ransom threat: iCloud, Apple ID and other systems have not been breached

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

Yesterday, a hacker group known as “Turkish Crime Family” told Motherboard it had obtained access to hundreds of millions iCloud and Apple ID accounts. They’ve threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe Apple devices of all their data, including photos, videos and messages, unless the company pays a ransom of either $75,000 in the Bitcoin/Ethereum cryptocurrencies or $100,000 in iTunes Gift Cards, by April 7. Today, Apple denied the hacking claims, telling Forbes that iCloud, Apple ID and other systems haven’t been hacked into directly. Read More

 

WikiLeaks details CIA’s infestation software targeting iMac and MacBook computers

by Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

Following the initial release of documents, dubbed “Year Zero,” which detailed tactics the CIA leverages to breach iPhones, iPads, Windows, smart TVs and other devices, WikiLeaks today published additional “Vault 7”-series materials. Code-named “Dark Matter,” the latest batch of secret files provides an insight into other CIA hacks and programs that have been internally developed and maintained for years with the goal of infesting Apple’s all-in-one iMac desktop and MacBook notebooks. Read More