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+.

How to fix the ‘Redownload Unavailable’ error in the App Store

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Let’s face it; everyone experiences buyers remorse from time to time, which results in a change of heart about a purchase. Then there are those occasions when you regret changing your mind about changing your mind.

That’s what recently happened to me after I requested an App Store refund for an app that I later realized I actually wanted and needed.

Oddly, I encountered a weird error telling me that since I had previously requested a refund for the app, I could no longer purchase it again. That makes no sense. Why would Apple not want to take my money just because I had requested a prior refund?

Whatever the reason for the error, after searching Google, it’s obvious that I’m not the first to encounter this issue. The good news is that fixing the Redownload Unavailable with This Apple ID error is very easy to do… Read More


AnySpot for iOS 9: Search Spotlight from anywhere on your jailbroken iPhone

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Unless you happen to have a physical Bluetooth keyboard attached to your iPhone or iPad, you cannot invoke Spotlight on iOS 9 unless you happen to be on the Home screen. AnySpot for iOS 9 aims to change this.

AnySpot lets you assign an Activator gesture to Spotlight so that you can access the search interface from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, even if you happen to be within an app. If you want Spotlight search to work closer to how it works on the Mac, allowing you to access it from anywhere, then you should consider using AnySpot. Read More


Tatton: a jailbreak tweak that brings a grab bag of special settings to iOS

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Tatton is a recently released tweak that’s geared towards making your iPhone faster. In fact, the name Tatton itself is Greek for faster, and that’s what this tweak claims to do.

In order to accomplish this feat, Tatton, a free tweak available right now on the BigBoss repo, removes unnecessary features that can slow down iOS’ animations—think blurs and things of that nature. The developer of Tatton says that older devices in particular can benefit from his tweak. Does such a claim ring true? Read More


Nightmode9: a tweak that brings a system-wide dark mode to iOS 9

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Using a bright screen in a dark environment isn’t doing any favor to your eyes, and that’s why some apps incorporate a so-called night-mode for dark settings. But night mode features within apps have a big limitation, and that’s that they only work within specific apps.

Wouldn’t it be better if iOS had a true system-wide night mode that worked in apps as well as the iOS interface as a whole? That’s the basic idea behind Nightmode9, a recently released jailbreak tweak that adds tons of user-configurable night mode features to iOS 9. Read More


PwnTunes for iOS 9: manually manage music via Windows on a jailbroken device

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

PwnTunes is a jailbreak tweak that’s been around since the every early days of jailbreaking. If memory serves me correctly, I think it’s been available since the iOS 3 days, which seems like an eternity now that we’re only 7 months or so away from iOS 10.

The basic premise behind PwnTunes is that it affords Windows users drag and drop access to import and export music without iTunes. The tweak is able to accomplish this feat by turning an iPhone into a mass storage device that’s accessible via Windows Explorer. Read More


Review: Spigen Ultra Hybrid Tech case for iPhone 6s

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2015

I’ve been using the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Tech case for my iPhone 6s since the device launched. As many of you know, I’ve never been big on cases, but the dings and dents suffered on my previous generation iPhone 6 Plus convinced me that I needed to reconsider the case-less strategy.

I decided that I would try a case, but it had to be one that wasn’t overly bulky or gaudy. Thankfully, the choice was fairly easy, because the folks over at Spigen sent us a package with no less than 20 cases and accessories.

I’ve already covered some of their products in previous posts, but today I’d like to talk to you about the Ultra Hybrid Tech case for Apple’s latest flagship phone. Is it any good? Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 135: Bro Widgets

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2015

Episode 135: A look at some of the best WinterBoard jailbreak themes available for iOS 9. iPhone rebooting problems follow-up, our tweak wish list for an iPad Pro jailbreak, and a discussion about several new jailbreak tweaks, including AppBox 9, App Drawer, and more.

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Let’s Talk iOS 110: The Professional

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2015

Episode 110: Apple launches a new premium Apple Watch dock. Jeff recaps his workflow with the iPad Pro over the last week and a half. Discussing iPad Pro power user features like video editing and podcast editing. Can the iPad Pro replace a traditional computer? Tune in for the answer.

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App Drawer: an Android-inspired application drawer for jailbroken iPhones

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2015

App Drawer is a new jailbreak tweak that adds an Android-inspired application drawer to jailbroken iPhones. This is a good tool for those of you who want to view all of your installed iOS applications in one place, not scattered amongst multiple Home screen pages or within folders.

The iPhone-only jailbreak tweak is compatible with iOS 8 and iOS 9, and isn’t yet compatible with jailbroken iPads, though support for the iPad is said to be in the cards. Have a look as we break down the features that App Drawer brings to the table. Read More


Several new App Store categories, including News and Education, appear on the Apple TV

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 23, 2015

After being limited to just two app categories for the past few weeks, several new categories have appeared to help flesh out app discovery on Apple’s recently released set top box. Along with the Games and Entertainment categories, users will now find Education, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News and Sports categories.

To view the new categories, simply launch the App Store app on your Apple TV. The new categories may still be propagating, though it may be worth trying a reboot if they don’t show up immediately. Read More


10 reasons why the iPad Pro might be a better computer than your Mac

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 23, 2015

In my review of the iPad Pro, I made sure to establish that it wasn’t necessarily a replacement for your Mac. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that it can’t replace your Mac, or that it doesn’t do some things better than a Mac can.

To be honest, the iPad Pro does quite a few things better than my MacBook Pro with Retina display. In this post, I’ll consider 10 reasons why the iPad Pro might be the better computer of the two for your workflow. Read More


Watch the iPad Pro go toe-to-toe with a MacBook Pro when exporting 4K video

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 23, 2015

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m extremely excited about the iPad Pro and what it brings to the table. It features a super-powerful A9X system on a chip, 4GB of RAM, and improved memory architecture. It’s a beast of a machine, no doubt.

But is the iPad Pro beastly enough to go toe-to-toe with an 2.3 Ghz Intel i7 equipped MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM? Surely that’s crazy talk, no? Watch my video to find out… Read More


Review: the Aukey outdoor Bluetooth speaker is a nice shower companion

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 22, 2015

This might sound weird, but the idea of listening to music and podcasts while in the shower has always appealed to me. It’s one of the reasons that I initially looked forward to the Apple Watch, thinking that I was going to be able to use it to listen to podcasts directly from the Apple Watch itself.

While that outlook has yet to materialize, I do appreciate the ability to easily control my iPhone’s music player via my Apple Watch while in the shower. But the iPhone’s speaker leaves a lot to be desired. I need a proper Bluetooth speaker that can take being exposed to the shower.

I recently acquired said Bluetooth speaker from Aukey, and it has proved to be the answer that I needed. It looks a bit weird, but its IPX4 waterproof rating and rugged design makes it a great option for a precarious environment like the shower. Read More


Review: the $10 iPad Pro Smart Case

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 22, 2015

Earlier today, I got my hands on the JETech Smart Case for iPad Pro. The JETech is an uber-cheap iPad Pro case offering that’s currently available for purchase on Amazon.

As you’re probably aware of, Apple hasn’t produced an all-in-one Smart Case solution for the iPad Pro. Instead, users wanting full 360° coverage will need to opt for both a Smart Cover and a Silicone Case. That combination, while certainly premium feeling, also comes with a premium price at around $140 before tax. In contrast, I was able to pick up the JETech case for a hair under $10.

The JETech isn’t perfect, but its exceptionally low price will tempt more than a few iPad Pro adopters. Of course, you do tend to get what you pay for, so should you even bother? Read More


Apple launches new Guided Tour video highlighting Apple Pay

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

In the midst of an advertising blitz from competitors Google and Samsung, Apple has posted a new video to its YouTube channel as a means of informing customers and potential customers about Apple Pay.

The video, which falls under the Guided Tour umbrella, details the Apple Pay setup process, security information, touch-less payment at POS terminals, and more. For those of us who use Apple Pay everyday, there’s nothing new to learn here, but it’s a great overview for new users and potential customers. Read More


Sidefari review: A clever app that lets you use two Safari windows with Split View

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

Sidefari, an App Store app first brought to my attention by MacStories, is a release that allows you to view two Safari windows side by side by means of some clever use of iOS 9’s Safari View Controller.

The app, which is available for purchase for only $0.99, comes courtesy of developer Franscico Cantu. Just made available today, Sidefari can come in handy for any user with an iPad that’s capable of Split View, but will be something that is most appreciated by iPad Pro owners. Read More


AppBox 9 brings powerful Lock screen launching options to iOS 9

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

AppBox 9 is a jailbreak tweak that serves as a powerful Lock screen add-on for jailbroken iOS 9 devices. The tweak, which is available now on Cydia for $1.50, allows users to quickly unlock and open straight to an app, activate plugins when specific app icons are long-pressed, and more.

Is this the type of functionality that you’ve been missing on your jailbroken iPhone running iOS 9? Read on and see for yourself. Read More


Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pre-orders available at Staples, shipping November 25th

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

If you missed out on Best Buy’s earlier sale of the Apple Pencil, then I have some good news for you. Staples is now accepting pre-orders for both the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro.

If you act now, you can expect both items to ship on November 25th, which is next Wednesday. If you choose 1-day shipping, chances are you could receive both items by next Friday. That’s a whole lot better than Apple’s end-of-December estimates, but you better act fast… Read More


Apple Pencil now in stock at Best Buy online stores with Monday delivery

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 20, 2015

The Apple Pencil is now available for online order at Best Buy, and you can get it delivered Monday, if you act fast. There are three delivery options that I see: December 2nd with free shipping, or expedited or express shipping that will have the Apple Pencil at your door by early next week. If you’ve been looking for an Apple Pencil, you should head over to Best Buy today, and get your order in fast. Read More


Springtomize 3 for iOS 9 is now available on Cydia

by Jeff Benjamin on Nov 19, 2015

Springtomize 3, a jailbreak tweak that many iOS 9 jailbreakers have been looking forward to for quite some time, has been updated for iOS 9 and is now available for download on Cydia.

Users who have already purchased the tweak in the past will be happy to hear that the iOS 9 compatibility update comes free of charge. New users can expect to pay $2.99 for the privilege of using a tweak that brings an immense amount of customization to iOS. Read More

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