About Jeff Benjamin

Jeff has been with iDownloadBlog since 2010, acting as resident video specialist, and tutorial expert. He earned his degree in Computer Network Systems back in 2001, but decided Cisco routers and the like just weren’t for him. Since then, he’s been heavily involved with online writing. He’s written for numerous tech and video game sites since the late 1990′s, and has a knack for explaining things in a simple, clear, and concise manner. Jeff works primarily from the east coast on his Retina Macbook Pro, and shoots video with a Canon DSLR. During downtime he likes to travel the world, visiting the various Apple Stores across the globe. You can email him at jeff [at] idownloadblog.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffBenjam or on Google+.

Let’s Talk iOS 049: Apple’s rough week

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 29, 2014

Episode 49: We discuss the so-called “bendgate” controversy, and Apple’s embarrassing release of iOS 8.0.1. We also chit-chat about rumors of Retina-enabled iMacs, the future of Beats Music, and our thoughts on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after more than a week’s worth of usage.

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This trick lets you refresh the App Store app in a jiffy

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 26, 2014

Have you ever ventured into the App Store expecting a new update, only to find that the update has not yet appeared? Since the App Store has no refresh button, I used to force close the app, and reopen it to check for new updates.

But in iOS 8 there’s an even easier way to refresh the App Store. I’m not sure if it was purposely done, or if it’s a bug, or what. All I know is that this refresh trick works on iOS 8, and it doesn’t appear to work on lesser firmware.

Inside, I’ll show you how to quickly refresh the App Store and check for new updates in a flash. Check out the video. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 74: Show off your widgets

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 24, 2014

Episode 74: The guys talk about what the new features in iOS 8 could mean for jailbreak tweaks. We also discuss the potential of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus when it comes to jailbreaking.

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How to downgrade iOS 8.0.1 to iOS 8.0

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 24, 2014

So iOS 8.0.1 was filled with bugs that broke Touch ID and cellular data for many iOS users on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But Don’t fret, if you’re in this precarious situation, we have an easy fix for you: Downgrade to iOS 8.0.

Well, actually, it’s sort of an upgrade in a weird and ironic way. Check inside for the full step-by-step tutorial. After you’re finished, your iPhone should work like normal. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 048: Analyzing the iPhone 6 and iOS 8

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 22, 2014

Episode 48: It’s been three days since we got the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it’s been nearly a week since iOS 8. In this episode, we sing praises and share complaints about the new iPhones and Apple’s latest update to iOS.

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How to downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2014

If you’re interested in downgrading your iOS device from iOS 8 back to iOS 7.1.2, you can still do so for a limited time. Obviously, your device must be capable of running iOS 7.1.2 in the first place, so devices like the newly released iPhone 6 and its larger brethren, the 6 Plus, do not qualify.

Downgrades are only possible when Apple is signing the firmware that you wish to downgrade to. Traditionally, Apple is fairly fast with its cutoff point, as it usually stops signing firmware that’s not the current release, in short order.

As of this post, Apple is still signing iOS 7.1.2, so if you wish to downgrade, you better act fast. Inside, we’ll walk you through downgrading to iOS 7.1.2 on an iPhone 5s, but the same rules apply to any device that is currently running iOS 8, but is capable of running iOS 7.1.2. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 047: iPhone 6 Launch Special

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 19, 2014

Episode 47: Listen to Jeff, Sebastien, and Cody’s first impressions and launch stories regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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What you can do with your iPhone’s plastic screen protector

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 19, 2014

So you just got your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Or, perhaps you’re waiting for it to arrive via the mail. Whatever the case may be, you just got (or are getting) a new device, and you’re thrilled.

Now, the question that all of us have to ponder at some time during the day: What do I do with the plastic screen protector that wraps around my iPhone?

If you’re like most people, the answer to this question is simple: Remove it as fast as humanely possible, and let your hands enjoy the build quality and curves of Jony Ive’s latest creation.

But for me, and no doubt, others, the answer to that question is a tad more complex. Sometimes I find myself removing the plastic, yet at other times, I like to keep it on my device. It is free, after all… Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 73: Preparing for iOS 8

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2014

Episode 73: Cody, Jeff, and Sebastien discuss how to prepare for tomorrow’s release of iOS 8. We talk about what you should consider before upgrading, how to keep your jailbreak, the best jailbreak backup methods, and more. We also discuss the latest jailbreak malware, and some of the latest tweaks to hit Cydia.

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Let’s Talk iOS 046: One more thing

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 15, 2014

Episode 46: An in-depth look at the new iPhones, the Apple Watch, and last Tuesday’s Apple event. Plus, we discuss Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose, Samsung’s questionable marketing tactics, and Jeff talks about what he’s been working on for the last couple of months.

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Let’s Talk iOS 045: iPhone 6 and Apple Watch first impressions

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2014

Episode 45: We recap the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event.

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The technology behind the Apple Watch

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2014

It’s safe to say that no one knew anything about the Apple Watch until it was revealed on stage at Cupertino’s Flint Center, just a few hours ago. With that in mind, expectations were varied, and it was hard to guess what type of tech Apple would be putting into its diminutive device.

Sure, we heard rumblings about some of the various sensors that might be included in the watch, and some of it was common sense more than anything. But ultimately, what was just unveiled by Tim Cook and company came as a surprise to us all.

We’ve already broken down many of the personalization options and design principals, but the technology behind the Apple Watch is especially fascinating. Inside, we’ll talk about some of the most prominent technological feats to make its way to Apple’s inaugural wearable device. Read More

 

Apple Watch design: 3 collections, 6 finishes, 18 bands, 2 sizes, 11 faces

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2014

The Apple Watch is as much about individuality and customizability as it is about technology. Tim Cook and company proudly showcased the many customization options available for the Apple Watch, and it is quite impressive.

Whereas other wearable have launched with perhaps a handful of self-identifying options, the Apple Watch features a gaggle of possible combinations. It’s quite possible that everyone in your circle could buy an Apple Watch, and all of them would look vastly different.

The Apple Watch comes in 3 collections, 6 different finishes, a plethora or bands, two sizes, and nearly a dozen faces. Its a mix and matcher’s dream, and certainly one of its biggest selling points. Check inside, as we break down all that the Apple Watch has to offer when it comes to personalization. Read More

 

iOS 8 will be available on September 17th

by Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2014

Apple’s much-anticipated iOS 8 upgrade will be available on September 17th, just two days before the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The upgrade will become available as a delta upgrade for existing devices running iOS 7. All iPhone 6 devices will come with iOS 8 preinstalled.

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