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.

Apple Watch event invite, and other top stories from this past week

by Sébastien Page on Mar 1, 2015

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:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Multitasking tweak Stratos now available in Cydia

by Sébastien Page on Feb 25, 2015

The highly anticipated multitasking manager tweak Stratos is now available in Cydia. Largely inspired by the original version of Auxo, Stratos is a beautiful multitasking tweak that aims to “simplify the way you interact with your iPhone.” Read More

 

15 tweaks you should check out today

by Sébastien Page on Feb 22, 2015

After several weeks of slower and slower output of new jailbreak tweaks, it seems the trend is finally reversing. This week saw quite a few new releases, and some very interesting ones too. I gather all the new tweaks that were released on Cydia here so you don’t have to scroll through all those font packages you’ll likely never use. Read More

 

The most read stories this week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on Feb 22, 2015

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:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Apple Watch Edition: tech vs luxury

by Sébastien Page on Feb 20, 2015

People will get their panties in a bunch when Apple announces the Watch Edition costs several thousand dollars, but that’s mostly because these people don’t understand what Apple is doing.

This quote from John Gruber’s post about Apple Watch pricing hits the nail on the head: Read More

 

Google Wallet: your personal data is the priority

by Sébastien Page on Feb 20, 2015

The differences between Apple and Google’s strategies in the mobile space couldn’t be more obvious. One company is making a big bet on privacy. The other, is making a big bet on everything but privacy. These strategies give each companies different priorities, and mobile payments is once again a clear illustration of that.

Apple clearly states that absolutely no data is collected or shared when making purchases with Apple Pay. As Tim Cook said before, the transaction is just between you and the merchant. No one in between. Your privacy is one of Apple’s priorities.

Google, on the other hand, has different priorities when it comes to mobile payments. Based on its long-time business model, Google wants to collect data about what you buy so it can serve you more targeted ads. Read More

 

How to rotate photos on iPhone or iPad

by Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2015

We’ve all been there: you want to take a photo in landscape mode, but before your iPhone accelerometer has registered it should rotate from portrait to landscape, you’ve already taken the shot. The result is a nice photo, but one that looks funny on your screen. Try to rotate the screen, and the photo rotates with it. It’s annoying, but of course, as you may already know, there is an easy way to rotate that photo so it looks good on your screen. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate now at 73%

by Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2015

According to Apple’s own data, adoption rate for iOS 8 is now at 73%, a small one percentage point up from when it was measured last, two weeks ago. iOS 7 is of course behind at 24%, and 3% of devices are running a software version that two or more years old. Read More

 

Southwest Airlines app updated with Passbook support

by Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2015

The official Southwest Airlines app was updated today with Passbook support, allowing passenger to store their mobile boarding passes for quick and easy access when needed during security screening and boarding at the gate.

Those mobile boarding passes can be downloaded directly from the Southwest Airlines app, or any official email or text message containing boarding information sent by the airline. Read More

 

11 tweaks to look over this weekend

by Sébastien Page on Feb 15, 2015

A week just ended, and a new one is starting, which gives us an opportunity to look at what was released on Cydia during the last few days. Once again, the trend gets clearer as less and less jailbreak tweaks are being released, something that we’ve been confirming every week for the past several weeks. This week we’ve go 11 tweaks for you to look at. Read More

 

Apple Car and other top stories of the week

by Sébastien Page on Feb 15, 2015

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:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Here is what an Apple Car could be like

by Sébastien Page on Feb 14, 2015

The chatter about Apple Car went from 0 to 60 faster than Tesla’s Model S P85D, and it is now pretty clear that there is more to it than just rumors. If the sightings of mysterious vans, and the outing of Project Titan, and its team of 1,000 employees didn’t convince you, maybe the high-profile hires will give you something to think about.

Among the hires Apple recently made, one name keeps coming back: Johann Jungwirth, former President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development. Jungwirth worked on some incredible projects, among them is the Mercedes-Benz F 015, a concept car that might just give us a hint of what Apple could be looking into. Read More

 

Project Titan: Apple’s secret electric car

by Sébastien Page on Feb 13, 2015

Apple has several hundred employees secretly working on creating an electric vehicle, reported the Wall Street Journal on Friday, citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Code-named Titan, the project currently sports the design of a minivan.

According to the Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook approved the project about a year ago, putting product design Vice President Steve Zadesky in charge. A former Ford engineer, Zadesky has been a long time Apple employee who helped create the iPod and later the iPhone.

Zadesky is said to have created a team strong of 1,000 people, which tends to prove that Apple is serious about the project, rather than considering this electric car a hobby. Read More

 

Apple Pay gets major backing from US Government

by Sébastien Page on Feb 13, 2015

As Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity on Friday, the White House announced that Apple Pay will be enabled for federal payment cards, including Social Security and veterans benefits that are issued via debit cards.

The news represents a major vote of confidence for Apple Pay and Apple in general. While it shouldn’t be considered a proper endorsement from the White House, it is still a major win for Apple. Read More

 

How to straighten iPhone photos

by Sébastien Page on Feb 13, 2015

If you look at my Instagram account, you’ll clearly see a similarity to a majority of my shots: they usually feature some straight lines, generally the line of the horizon. I’m kind of obsessed with straight lines, because, well, I guess I’m just OCD like that. The problem is all photos aren’t shot perfectly straight, and more often than not, you’ll have to manually straighten them to get them leveled to your liking.

Straightening a photo isn’t a pro tip by any means, but the feature isn’t necessarily very obvious either, hence this quick tip on how to straighten a photo on iPhone. Read More

 

Photos app and the power of search

by Sébastien Page on Feb 12, 2015

You’d think that searching through your photos should be an impossible task. Unlike a text document, there are no actual words you can look for in a photo. But your photos can hold very precious information that can help surface some details about your shots. If you have Location Services enabled for your iPhone camera app, then all your shots contain location metadata, allowing you to perform very specific searches in the stock Photos app of iOS.

And with the release of iOS 8, Apple has included some very powerful features to help you find that one photo you were looking for. Read More

 

How to see places where your iPhone photos were taken

by Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Before iOS 7, there was an easy way to have a visual overview of where your photos were taken on a map. This feature called Places was actually part of the Photos app. While it arguably had limited purposes, the Places tab was sometimes a nice way to browse your photos based on the location where they were taken.

But with the release of iOS 7, that feature went bye bye and was replaced by a more subtle way of looking at the different locations where your photos were shot, assuming of course you have Location Services turned on for the Camera app. If the feature is similar, the way to access it is definitely more tricky.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can visualize the location where your photos were taken directly from the Photos app. Read More

 

Starbucks app now supports Apple Pay

by Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Reloading your Starbucks Card directly from the app just got that much easier, with today’s update that brings support for Apple Pay. Although the coffee chain was listed as one of the Apple Pay partners at launch, it took the company several months to update their app to offer full support for Apple’s new mobile payment service. Read More

 

Mission: Pic is an iPhone app that turns mobile photography into a game

by Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

If your mobile photography is running out of inspiration, you might want to take a look at Mission: Pic, a half game, half social network iPhone app that adds a layer of fun to your iPhone photography, while fueling your creativity in the process.

Every day, a new “mission” or assignment is revealed inside the app. The goal is to take a photo with your iPhone based on that assignment and share it with your community of friends, then people vote on the best shots in a Tinder-like fashion, and the results are showed on a leaderboard. Read More

 

16 new tweaks to consider this weekend

by Sébastien Page on Feb 8, 2015

We’re now entering the fourth week of straight decline in amount of new jailbreak tweak releases. I’m not sure if there is anything to get too concerned about at this point, but it’s definitely worth noting.

If you haven’t had a chance to get on Cydia this week, I’ve rounded up all the new tweaks that shipped over the last few days, with a short description of each of them. That should give you a quick overview of what was released and what might be of interest to you. Read More

 
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