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.

How to restore contacts from iCloud to your iPhone

by Sébastien Page on Jul 28, 2014

In our ongoing series of simple iOS tips and tricks, today we’re going to help my mom (or yours) restore her contacts from iCloud to her iPhone. You’d typically need to do this if you got a new iPhone for example, or maybe if you performed a restore. Or if you’re my mom, you might have just “accidentally” disabled iCloud contacts sync and you just have no idea how to turn it back on.

In this post, we’re going to assume that you previously synced your contacts with iCloud. Note that these steps work just as well for getting iCloud contacts back on an iPad. Read More

 

Swatch says it doesn’t need Apple, will launch its smart watch next year

by Sébastien Page on Jul 27, 2014

Some silly rumor made the rounds last week claiming Swatch was in talk with Apple to produce a line of iWatch devices. This was quickly denied by Swatch, who’s now saying it will bring its own smart watch/fitness tracker to market by next year.

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek recently told Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag (via Reuters) that the company will soon update its Swatch Touch line, which will be equipped with features appealing to athletes: Read More

 

This week on iDB: iOS 8 beta 4 and Yosemite public beta

by Sébastien Page on Jul 27, 2014

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

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

How to get your frayed Lightning cable replaced for free

by Sébastien Page on Jul 25, 2014

Why is this 6 month old cable already falling apart? That’s the question my wife asked one day, referring to the Lightning cable she has plugged by her side of the bed to charge her iPhone at night.

As much as I tried to find a good reason, there was nothing I could say that would actually explain why this fairly new cable was already fraying. The only explanation I could give her was that these cables are crap.

It’s not like we’re rough on these cables either. We actually take good care of them. My wife’s charger, for example, has never been anywhere but her bedside, just being used at night. This is not the kind of usage you’d think would be so detrimental to a cable supposed to last several years.

Since I believed this cable was still covered by my iPhone 5s warranty, I decided to take it to Apple and see if they would replace it. Read More

 

How to to delete songs from the Music app

by Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2014

It all started with a text message exchange with a friend who was asking how he could save storage space on his iPhone on the fly so he would have room to take more photos and videos. Deleting photos and videos from the device would usually be my first answer, but it wasn’t an option here since he wanted to keep his photos/videos, and actually add more.

The second option I gave him was to delete music from his iOS 7 device. How do you delete songs directly from the iPhone, he asked? A quick explanation followed by more questions made me realize that if my friend needed directions on how to delete music tracks from his iPhone, then he probably isn’t the only one.

In this post, I will show you several options to delete songs from iPhone and iPad to save up storage space. Read More

 

Fantastical 2 gets a major update, goes on sale for up to 50% off

by Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2014

One of our favorite (and my personal favorite) calendar application, Fantastical 2, just received a pretty big update for both its iPhone and iPad versions. The new features added have long been some of the most requested ones, so they’ll definitely be crowd pleasers.

On top of that, all versions of Fantastical have temporarily been discounted by up to 50%. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, now is your time. Read More

 

iOS 8 beta 4 comes with a new Tips app

by Sébastien Page on Jul 21, 2014

Released earlier today, iOS 8 beta 4 came with a new stock application called Tips, which as its name suggests, is here to share tips about new features to iOS users. So far, the app offers 6 different tips but it does invite users to check back later as apparently it will be updated every week.

As iOS is becoming a more complex operating system, the addition of this app will definitely be welcome by users that are not necessarily tech savvy. While the average iDB reader probably already knows about these tips, most users don’t. This is a good way to ensure that all users are aware of what they can do with their device, brought in a very simple and elegant manner.

Below are the tips shared in this first edition: Read More

 

This week on iDB: competition and community

by Sébastien Page on Jul 20, 2014

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

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

Ultratext is a fun app that will spice up your iMessages

by Sébastien Page on Jul 18, 2014

I’m not big on messaging. I don’t do Snapchat. I don’t do Whatsapp. I barely use Twitter DMs. However, I’m a pretty big iMessage user, the messaging platform introduced by Apple along iOS 5 in 2011.

iMessage is great because it allows you to communicate with any iOS user in a very simple way. There is no app to download, no account to create, and no password to remember. Oh, and yes, it works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac too.

While trawling the App Store earlier today, I found Ultratext, a fun app that lets you send GIF messages to your contacts, giving iMessage a little more spice and colors… Read More

 

BigBoss repo allegedly hacked [updated]

by Sébastien Page on Jul 18, 2014

BigBoss, one of the default repositories for jailbreak tweaks in Cydia, has allegedly been hacked by an individual or a group of individuals whose identity is still unknown.

The attackers were apparently able to gain access to all packages (paid and free) that are available in the BigBoss repo, and made the deb index and database available for download. The assailants went as far as creating a new repo which can be added to Cydia to download all BigBoss-hosted tweaks.

As is always the case when this type of security breach happens, jailbreak users should be cautious and stay away from this. Read More

 

This is the coolest iPhone photography you’ll see this week

by Sébastien Page on Jul 17, 2014

We’re big fans of iPhone photography here at iDB. Whether we’re sharing simple tips or powerful apps, at the end of the day, we just want you to have the tools to become a better photographer, or at least learn a couple things along the way.

Those of you who are in search of a creative boost might find inspiration in these photos by French photographer François Dourlen, who has been mixing movie characters with real life situation, resulting in what might very well be the most original photos you’ll see this week… Read More

 

Saurik on competition and community

by Sébastien Page on Jul 13, 2014

Every once in a while, a group of individuals surfaces to offer a new “Cydia alternative.” Full of good intentions, these individuals usually realize quickly enough that building a replacement or even a complement to Cydia isn’t an easy task.

The latest Cydia alternative to generate interest within the community is iMods, an elegant installer that doesn’t necessarily aim to take on Cydia, but rather target a different user base, as one of its developer explains. The concept, both in terms of design and engineering sounds promising, but is it viable?

Does it even make sense to try to bring a new installer to market? What does it take to do so, and what hurdles should the developers of such a tool be ready to face? These are some questions that Saurik tries to answer in a 5,600 word essay… Read More

 

This week on iDB: iOS 8 beta 3

by Sébastien Page on Jul 13, 2014

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

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard now play nice together

by Sébastien Page on Jul 11, 2014

The jailbreak community didn’t have to wait for iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support to iPhone and iPad. For several years now, jailbreakers have been treated to some clever keyboard tweaks to improve on the usability of the devices.

Two of these tweaks, SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard 2, somewhat overlapped each other’s functionalities when released a few months ago, forcing jailbreak users to choose either one or the other.

With both tweaks now having been updated to support each other, this issue is a thing of the past, as SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard can now run side by side properly…  Read More

 

For China, the iPhone location tracking feature is a “national security concern”

by Sébastien Page on Jul 11, 2014

The WSJ is out this morning with a piece based on a report recently broadcasted on the state-run China Central Television, quoting the iPhone location tracking feature as a “national security concern.” Nevermind the fact that you can turn off the feature.

As the largest market, one that is greatly untapped, China is a big bet for Apple, and just about any other company. With 6% of the Chinese smartphone market share, Apple is trailing behind the competition, most notably, Samsung, and Xiaomi, but it didn’t stop the Chinese broadcaster to make Apple the main target… Read More

 

This week on iDB: iOS 7.1.2 and its jailbreak

by Sébastien Page on Jul 6, 2014

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

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

We’re social! Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

How to deactivate your Apple ID account

by Sébastien Page on Jul 5, 2014

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, chances are that you have created an Apple ID account at some point. If you have an iTunes, App Store or iCloud account, then you have an Apple ID. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to delete your Apple ID account outright. But we’ve prepared this guide on how to deactivate your Apple ID account so that it is no longer linked to any devices or services…  Read More

 

Apple warns developers of incoming CloudKit data wipe, suggesting iOS 8 beta 3 might be around the corner

by Sébastien Page on Jul 4, 2014

Apple just sent an email to its registered developers warning them that the company will be performing a server-side CloudKit data wipe for iOS 8 beta and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview, on Monday July 7.

If this data wipe is not unusual, it definitely comes at an interesting time, suggesting that not surprisingly, iOS 8 beta 3 and and the third OS X Yosemite Developer Preview might be right around the corner… Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 035: The most beautiful lanyard we’ve ever made

by Sébastien Page on Jul 1, 2014

Episode 35: On the seventh anniversary of the iPhone, we reflect on the original iPhone launch and our thoughts on the iconic product nearly a decade later. Cody comes back from vacation, Sebastien has a new baby boy, and we catch up on all of the latest Apple news, including rumors of exclusive features for the 5.5″ model.

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Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by Betterment, the automated investment service built on the idea that investing intelligently should be intuitive, automated and accessible to everyone, whether you have $10,000 or $10 million. For a limited time, listeners can get up to 6 months of free automated investment management by visiting betterment.com/ios. Read More

 

Apple to release Q3 2014 financial results on July 22nd

by Sébastien Page on Jun 30, 2014

Apple just announced via its Investor Relations portal that the company will be discussing financial results of its third fiscal quarter on July 22nd, during a conference call starting at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m ET. Based on past behavior, it is safe to assume that Apple will be publishing a press release with all relevant financial information a few minutes prior to the call’s beginning.

During the conference call, Apple will discuss basic sales numbers and financials for its line of products, but don’t expect them to reveal anything about future products. We will of course be on deck to report any information that might be relevant to our readers… Read More

 
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