About Sébastien Page

Sebastien is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iDB. Once a BlackBerry user, Sebastien instantly fell in love with the iPhone when it was first announced in 2007. Shortly after, he decided to start sharing his knowledge of iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking, which led to the creation of this blog. Sebastien currently owns 7 iPhones, 4 iPads, an iMac, a MacBook Air, and 2 Apple TVs. When he's not surfing the web, you can usually find Sebastien surfing the waves of Southern California, or traveling the world with his wife Tina and his daughter Chloé. You can find Sebastien on Twitter, Google+, and App.net. You can also email him at seb [at] idownloadblog.com.

10 Siri for Mac features I hope to see in OS X 10.12

by Sébastien Page on May 27, 2016

Siri is one of these features that feels like a broken promise. Not only it hasn’t evolved that much over the years, but it’s also not that much more reliable than it was when it was first introduced back in 2011.

If the rumor mill is any indication of what’s to come, it appears that Siri might make its way to the Mac, and maybe get even smarter with the introduction of an SDK for developers.

So I sat down and started thinking about what specifically I would want Siri to be able to do on my Mac, beyond the smart assistant’s existing capabilities. This is my wish-list.  Read More

 

Am I the only one wanting a keyboard on Apple Watch?

by Sébastien Page on May 25, 2016

Call me crazy or call me what you will, but when I saw Android Wear 2.0 was bringing support for third-party keyboards, I immediately started imagining how useful that would be on my Apple Watch.

Of course the screen is too small to accommodate a keyboard. Heck, it’s already too small to punch in your passcode without missing a tap target. Still, not only do I think there may me a need for it, but I also believe the technology to make this right is now available. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 136: Hey Siri, can you answer this?

by Sébastien Page on May 24, 2016

Cody and Sebastien answer readers’ mail, talk about the new iDB app update, shorter review times in the App Store, Google i/o, and what seems to be troubling times for Apple when it comes to artificial intelligence. Oh, and Cody got a new iPad because he got a good deal on it!

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Support Let’s Talk iOS: Bushel makes managing Apple devices in the enterprise easier. Try it for free! Your first three devices are free. Check them out at bushel.com/letstalkios. Read More

 

How did this movie streaming app get approved in the App Store? [update: it’s gone]

by Sébastien Page on May 24, 2016

We’ve seen our fair share of oddities when it comes to approval of apps in the App Store, but this one probably takes the cake for the most obvious reason: it lets you stream  movies directly from your iPhone or iPad at no cost. We’re not talking old movies that are in the public domain either. We’re talking recent movies, some of them still being played in theaters.

Update: Apple pulled this app from the App Store. It would have been nice to have an explanation about why and how it was approved in the first place, but I guess we’ll have to let our imagination run wild. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak teased, but don’t expect anything

by Sébastien Page on May 23, 2016

There is a jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3, but you shouldn’t hold your breath for it as you most likely won’t be able to enjoy it anytime soon, if ever. As he did in the past, Italian hacker Luca Todesco teased what appears to be an iPod touch running iOS 9.3.3. beta 1 with Cydia installed earlier today, and if the past is any indication of the future, nothing will materialize for jailbreak users like you and me. Read More

 

iDB app update: you can now remove ads, get push notifications, and more

by Sébastien Page on May 23, 2016

Today I am very happy to introduce iDB app version 1.2, which besides the usual round of bug fixes and stability improvements, lets you remove ads, receive push notifications, and save articles for offline reading. This version is now available in the App Store. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on May 22, 2016

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

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Want to support iDB? Visit our Deals Store and buy something from us. Read More

 

Nomad opens outlet store with huge discounts on some of their products

by Sébastien Page on May 21, 2016

Nomad recently opened an outlet store where you can get up to 50% off some of their most popular products. Even better, with exclusive promo code idb2016, you can get an extra 15% off your order.

When I asked Nomad if there was anything wrong with these products, I was told they are all brand new, in box, and unopened, so you’re definitely not getting some sort of refurbished product here. Just the same product you would get if you ordered from their main storefront, except you get a much better deal. Read More

 

Jailbreakers: here is how to stop your iPhone from rebooting at night

by Sébastien Page on May 20, 2016

If you’re one of those jailbreak users that have been plagued with random reboots of your iPhone when plugged in at night, then we might have a fix for you. As explained by Reddit user TuttoVaBene, those reboots seem to happen as your iPhone exceeds a certain memory limit. While there is no clear explanation of what really happens or why, it appears that manually increasing the memory limit can fix the problem. Read More

 

Apple Pay – that great feature I never use

by Sébastien Page on May 20, 2016

Like everybody, I was really excited when Apple released Apple Pay to the public in October of 2014. The idea of paying for physical goods or services, in a store, with my iPhone felt like the future we had been promised was finally available.

Fast-forward eighteen months, and I am now facing the sad realization that I barely use Apple Pay. It’s not entirely Apple’s fault either. Read More

 

Build your own Mac apps bundle for $21.99 (and get your money back)

by Sébastien Page on May 19, 2016

If Vito Corleone was writing this post, he’d be saying “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.” And he’d be right because this has to be by far the best deal you’ll get on Mac apps this year.

The folks at BundleHunt have put together a deal where you get to chose 10 out of 38 Mac apps for the total price of $21.99. But there is a happy twist! For every dollar you spend, you actually get it back as credit in your BundleHunt account, meaning you can use that money on any future bundle or deal through their store. Read More

 

The right band for the occasion

by Sébastien Page on May 19, 2016

I went to a wedding in Chicago this past weekend, and I as I was packing my suitcase, I started thinking about what kind of Apple Watch band I would bring along with me. The Nomad Strap for the flight, and the Link Bracelet for the wedding? Or just the Link Bracelet? Or maybe buy a Milanese Loop?

It was the first time I realized the band I am using on my Apple Watch is just as important as what I am wearing. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone from counting your steps and tracking fitness activity

by Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016

Newer iPhones come with a chip called a motion coprocessor which gathers data from the accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses of the device to precisely measure motion and fitness data such as body motion, step count, stairs climbed, and more. Most people, including yours truly, do appreciate the data collected as it’s particularly helpful if you want to use your iPhone as a step counter and pedometer, for instance. Others are creeped out by this feature.

If you belong to the latter group of people, then I will show you a quick and easy way to stop your iPhone from tracking your steps and other fitness activity. Read More

 

The Roll helps you organize and find your best shots

by Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016

The Roll is a new application that aims to help you organize your photos, but also find your best shots. Using a proprietary algorithm, The Roll will sort, tag, and even score your photos in a way that will make it very easy for you to uncover your best images. Read More

 

Apple just loves China these days

by Sébastien Page on May 17, 2016

Apple is having a hard time in China these days. The economy of Apple’s largest market after the US is slowing down, which led the company to sell not as many iPhones it would have hoped in the last quarter. Just as worrisome, Apple is also facing some pushback from the government, which recently shut down the iBooks and iTunes Movie Stores in the country. What’s Apple to do about it? Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 135: If it flies, it dies

by Sébastien Page on May 17, 2016

The guys talk about the spree of updates Apple just released for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS, including the release of iTunes 12.4 and the minor design tweaks it brings. Cody and Sebastien also discuss the $1 billion investment Apple recently made in Chinese company Didi, iPhone 7 claims and rumors, and Siri’s many shortcomings.

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Support Let’s Talk iOS: Go to Harrys.com and enter promo code iOS at check out to get $5 off your order. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on May 15, 2016

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

Subscribe on iTunes

Want to support iDB? Visit our Deals Store and buy something from us. Read More

 

What’s on your Home screen: Sebastien Page

by Sébastien Page on May 14, 2016

“Show me your Home screen and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Indeed, the Home screen is a very personal place that reflects who we are and how we use our devices. The way we organize apps and folders can tell a whole lot about our personality, and so does our specific choice of apps.

I’ve been asked twice this week to share a screenshot of my Home screen set up, so I figured I might as well share with all of you and explain the rational behind the placement of icons and the overall layout, and of course, the specific apps I use. Read More

 

How to easily transfer contacts, photos, and videos from an iPhone to another

by Sébastien Page on May 13, 2016

Depending on your set up, transferring contacts, photos and videos from your old iPhone to your new one can be pretty simple. You might use iCloud to store all this data, in which case, your contacts and photos/videos will automatically come back once you sign in your new device. Or maybe you back it all up in iTunes, which allows you to sync all that data from your computer to your new iPhone. Maybe you don’t do any of that, and if you’re looking for a relatively quick and easy way to transfer all this data from one iPhone to another, then read on. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone or iPad from deleting old calendar events

by Sébastien Page on May 12, 2016

If you’ve ever looked at the calendar application on your iPhone or iPad and realized a bunch of old events were missing, then let me reassure you, you’re not the only one, and there is an easy fix! In this post, I will show you how to stop your past appointments from disappearing, and restore past events at the same time. Read More

 
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