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 and water resistance: a quick guide to proper use and care

by Sébastien Page on Sep 27, 2016

If the original Apple Watch could sustain minor splashes, starting with Series 2, new models now have a water resistance rating of 50 meters, making Apple Watch the perfect companion for swimmers, surfers, or just about anybody who wants to splash around in the pool or in the ocean.

Despite your Apple Watch being completely capable of going in the water, there are still a few things to keep in mind. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 154: These guys have no idea

by Sébastien Page on Sep 27, 2016

Cody and Sebastien are definitely too old as they don’t get Snapchat’s Spectacles. After the sad realization that they’re clueless, the guys discuss their new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch devices, macOS Sierra, and Apple’s rumored Echo-like device.

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The top stories of the week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on Sep 25, 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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Apple releases iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 1 to public testers

by Sébastien Page on Sep 22, 2016

Just about twenty four hours after releasing iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 1 to developers, Apple has now released the same versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems for beta testers. Read More

 

How to hide Stories on Instagram

by Sébastien Page on Sep 21, 2016

Instagram recently unveiled a new feature called Stories which allows you to shoot, annotate, and share photos and short videos outside of your normal feed. By default, all of your followers can see the Stories your post. Likewise, you can see all the Stories the people you follow are posting. This is where it sometimes gets overwhelming.

I follow a lot of random people on Instagram because I appreciate the quality of the photos they share on their feeds. However, I care very little for their Stories, which are typically more about their personal lives than sharing beautiful shots. In this case, I’d rather not see their Stories at all.

There are also some people who follow me with whom I don’t want to share my Stories, so I am opting to hide my Stories from these people.

In this post we will learn how you can hide your story from select people, but also how you can prevent other people’s stories from filling up your screen. Read More

 

How to use Picture-in-Picture for YouTube videos on macOS Sierra

by Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

macOS Sierra was just released with a flurry of new features, one of them being the ability to watch videos in a new mode called Picture-in-Picture. When enabled, this allows you to detach a video from its player, and place it anywhere in a resizable window on your screen. This is particularly handy if you want to watch a video while working, for instance.

While the majority of video players you will encounter will already support Picture-in-Picture, there are a few rebels out there that still don’t, and YouTube is one of them. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround for this. Read More

 

How to invoke Siri with a keyboard shortcut on Mac

by Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

Your favorite assistant has finally made its way to the Mac, starting with the macOS Sierra software update that was recently released.

If you have used Siri on your iPhone or iPad before, then you’ll probably feel right at home with the assistant on your Mac since it works in a similar way. However, unlike your iPhone, you don’t have the ability to invoke Siri on your Mac by saying “Hey, Siri.” Instead, you will have to click on the Siri icon in the Menu Bar, or in the Dock.

Another way to invoke Siri is by using a keyboard shortcut. Admittedly, this is my preferred way of activating the assistant as it feels faster and more efficient than reaching for the mouse or trackpad and clicking on the Siri icon. Read More

 

Removing built-in applications from iPhone or iPad

by Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

Just like you probably do, I have a folder on my iPhone whose sole purpose is to store all of Apple’s apps that I don’t use. Stocks, Compass, Voice Memos, Tips, etc. They’re all in there because I can’t get rid of them. But this is changing!

Beginning with iOS 10, Apple now allows you to delete some built-in applications from your iPhone or iPad to help you tidy things up and bit and rid you of apps you don’t actually use.

This comes with some minor strings attached. For one, apps aren’t technically deleted from your device. That said, the process to remove them and get them back on the Home screen is similar to how you handle other apps. We’ll have a look at all this right now. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 153: First impressions of iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

by Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

Design, Home button, display, cameras, speed, battery, sound: Cody and Sebastien discuss pretty much every aspect of their respective new iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7. Sebastien also talks about his Apple Watch Series 2 featuring snappier performances, brighter screen, and improved battery life. Y’all ready for this?

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The top stories of the week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on Sep 18, 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

 

Apple releases second macOS Sierra Golden Master to developers

by Sébastien Page on Sep 15, 2016

Just eight days after releasing the macOS Sierra Golden Master, Apple has released a second version of the GM to registered developers today. Available via the Apple Developer Center, the new GM is build 16A323, while the previous one was 16A320. Scheduled to be released to the public on Tuesday, September 20th, this version of macOS Sierra will most likely be the final version. Read More

 

iMessage bubble and screen effects not working in iOS 10? Try this

by Sébastien Page on Sep 15, 2016

One of the flagship features of iOS 10 is the new pack of bubble and screen effects you can use to give some pop to your messages. If you’re anything like me and my wife, this is the first thing you tried after installing iOS 10. But if you’re anything like me and my wife, you might have also ran into some problems where one of the devices was able to send effects, but not receive them. Read More

 

How to have your iPhone announce who’s calling you

by Sébastien Page on Sep 14, 2016

Among the 100+ new features in iOS 10 is the ability to have your iPhone announce who’s calling when receiving a phone call. Based on the caller ID, your iPhone will vocalize the name of the caller, or tell you it’s an unknown caller in case the number isn’t in your contacts.

This is a nice little addition that can actually be configured in the Settings. Read More

 

How to filter and block spam phone calls in iOS 10 using third-party apps

by Sébastien Page on Sep 14, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, Apple is allowing a new type of applications in the App Store: apps that can detect and block spam phone calls from telemarketers, debt collectors, scammers, and automated systems. These apps act as an extension of the Phone application, and in theory, they can help you filter out those calls from people you don’t want to talk to.

In this post, we will have a look at how these applications work and how to use them. Read More

 

How to disable ‘Press Home to Unlock’ on iOS 10

by Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2016

iOS 10 has introduced a new way of unlocking Touch ID-capable devices, now requiring you to press the Home button to unlock the device and get to the Home screen. This, coupled with the new Raise to Wake feature can make for a nicer experience, but like every new interaction, it can be confusing, annoying, or just hard to break the habit.

Users who don’t like this new ‘Press Home to Unlock’ feature will be happy to learn that there is a way to turn this off and take things back to the way they were before iOS 10.  Read More

 

How to turn off Raise to Wake on your iPhone

by Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, some iPhone models now have a new feature called Raise to Wake, which like the name suggests, wakes the screen when you grab your device. This feature is only available on newer iPhones, including iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7.

Those of you who don’t like this new way of quickly accessing the Lock screen can easily disable that in the Settings app. We’ll show you where. Read More

 

Apple launches iTunes 12.5.1 with all-new Apple Music design ahead of iOS 10 release

by Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2016

Apple on Tuesday morning released iTunes 12.5.1 for Mac and Windows, ahead of the release of iOS 10 later that day, and macOS Sierra on September 20th. This release brings along an all-new Apple Music design supposed to bring greater clarity and simplicity to an otherwise clunky application. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 152: A tale of two pre-orders

by Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2016

After going over the tales of their pre-orders, Cody and Sebastien go back on last week’s event to share their perspective of the new products announced. Cody is more unsure than ever about Apple Watch, but Sebastien is still a strong believer, except for one annoying detail. This podcast was made possible thanks to our sponsors. And courage, of course.

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The top stories of the week on iDB

by Sébastien Page on Sep 11, 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

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

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

 

Pro Tips: how to pre-order your iPhone 7 as fast as possible tonight

by Sébastien Page on Sep 8, 2016

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pre-orders go live at 12.01am PT Friday morning, and as always, first come will be first served as supply is expected to be limited during the first few weeks. But fear not, because we have a few tips on how to make sure you get your pre-order in as fast as possible to put all the chances of getting a new iPhone on day one on your side. Read More

 
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