Apple preparing initial batch of Apple Watches for shipment

By Cody Lee on Apr 20, 2015

Apple on Monday began notifying pre-order customers that it is preparing their Apple Watch orders for shipment. Multiple members of the iDB team saw the status of their Watch orders change from ‘Processing Items’ to ‘Preparing for Shipment’ this afternoon.

Apple also began charging customer credit cards for their orders on Monday, something that it typically doesn’t do for new products until they are ready to be shipped. Combined, these signs bode well for Apple’s ability to get Watches out to customers this week. Read More

 

Google removes YouTube app support for older versions of iOS, Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2015

Google announced on Monday in a support document that its YouTube app will no longer work on older versions of iOS and the first and second generation Apple TV “after April”. Read More

 

Twitter now lets you receive DMs from anyone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2015

Twitter apps for mobiles are getting a small yet significant update Monday, bringing out the ability to receive direct messages (DMs) from anyone. The company originally rolled out this feature as an experiment in October 2013 only to pull it the following month because it was unfinished and not ready for prime time yet. You opt-in to use the new feature by ticking a box next to “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” in the settings.

This lets anyone on Twitter send you a private message, regardless of whether or not they’re following you. Previously, direct messaging has only been possible between users who follow each other.

The current implementation doesn’t pose a major threat to established messaging services due to an account limit of 1,000 DMs sent per day. Once you hit this limit, you won’t be able to send any more DMs for the day. The update is currently rolling out to App Stores around the world so check back in a few hours if it’s not live yet. Read More

 

How Apple Watch measures your heart rate

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2015

A support document Apple published earlier this month contains a number of interesting tidbits and nice-to-knows regarding the Watch’s built-in heart rate monitor. We thought it’d be useful to give you a quick summation of the technologies the wrist-worn device uses to provide accurate readings of your heart rate.

The document also confirms that the Watch can connect wirelessly to external heart rate monitors such as Bluetooth chest straps for even more precise readouts.

All in all, Apple’s done a fine job outlining in Layman’s terms the tech and the sensors that measure a user’s heart rate, a feature many reviewers have described as seamless. In Apple’s parlance, it just works and here’s exactly how it works. Read More

 

Android Wear update takes aim at Apple Watch, adding Wi-Fi and gesture support

By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2015

Google announced a sizable update to its Android Wear platform on Monday, days before the Apple Watch lands on the market to much fanfare. Google’s update to Android Wear is the platform’s largest yet, making it more usable, and even gets rid of the need to use it with a smartphone. Read More

 

Video suggests Apple Watch may take twice as long to boot as iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2015

A new video surfaced on the web Monday, ostensibly showing the Apple Watch booting up to the Clock face in a little more than sixty seconds, or twice as long as the iPhone’s average startup time of about thirty seconds, depending on the model.

The clip, first shared by 9to5Mac, was recorded inside an Apple Store by an enthusiast and should be taken with a grain of salt because it shows an in-store unit which runs demo software that may or may not be exactly the same as the actual shipping Watch OS. Read More

 

Apple posts ‘Better Starts Here’ video highlighting environmental progress during 2014 fiscal year

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2015

Apple on Monday published 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report and an accompanying video entitled ‘Better Starts Here’, which highlights “significant progress” the company has made in terms of its commitment to preserving our environment during the 2014 fiscal year.

“We don’t want to debate climate change,” said the iPhone maker. “We want to stop it.” The video, along with the latest Environmental Responsibility Report, highlights projects that focus on renewable energy, climate change and forest preservation, as well as Apple’s efforts to preserve resources throughout its supply chain, data centers and solar power plants and get rid of toxins in its products. Read More

 

Have a look at the iOS 8.4 jailbreak you’ll never enjoy

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Well-known hacker Stefan Esser, also known as i0n1c, has posted a new proof of concept video showing an iOS 8.4 beta 1 jailbreak running on an iPhone 6. In the video, which shows Cydia prominently showcased on the Home screen, he shows off the Apple Watch companion app, and the newly redesigned Music app to prove he’s on iOS 8.4 beta 1.

i0n1c is a talented hacker, and based on his past body of work, we have no doubt that this demonstration is real. Just don’t expect a public jailbreak for iOS 8.4 or any other firmware to come from i0n1c. This is for his personal work, and he’s very proud of his work, hence he is showing it off in this dazzling new video. Read More

 

Apple quietly confirms CarPlay coming to future Porsche vehicles

By Jake Smith on Apr 19, 2015

Apple quietly confirmed in an update to its CarPlay webpage that Porsche is the latest brand to commit to providing CarPlay in its line of future automobiles. Read More

 

Apple begins notifying WWDC 2015 ticket lottery winners

By Jake Smith on Apr 19, 2015

Were you lucky enough to get a ticket to the “epicenter of change”?

Instead of putting up tickets and letting the fastest purchase them within minutes, Apple now uses a lottery system to sell tickets to its World Wide Developers Conference.

The 2015 lottery for a chance to get a WWDC ticket ended at 10AM PST on Friday, and over the weekend, Apple began notifying developers who signed up for a chance to attend the five-day, twenty-sixth in a row WWDC if they get a ticket or not. Read More

 

MaterialOne for Vex: a new Android Lollipop-inspired theme for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Vex—the tweak that allows you to apply custom themes to both Notification Center and Control Center—features several built-in options that look great. But none of the built-in themes look as good as MaterialOne.

MaterialOne for Vex is a new third-party theme that’s available free of charge on the MacCiti repo. It allows you to apply an Android 5.0-inspired look to both Control Center and Notification Center. Watch our video and see how. Read More

 

Beep Beep: modify what happens when you plug in your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015

Would you like an easy way to modify the vibration, charging sound, and screen power on when plugging in your iPhone to a power source? If so, then Beep Beep will allow you to do just that.

Although the sound and vibration exists to provide you with confirmation that the iPhone is indeed properly  connected to a power source, it can be annoying depending on your circumstances. In this video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to manage the charging confirmations using Beep Beep. Read More

 

Star Wars wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Apr 19, 2015

Star Wars Celebration ends today after a lot of stirrings in the Force. During the previous few days, both the newest Episode VII and Battlefront trailers were publicly released. Panels of cast members shared stories and hopes for the future, including classic cast members from Luke to Chewie to Leia and even the newest droid BB-8. Naturally, thousands of fans flocked to Anaheim for the occasion. If you want to follow along with the last day, make sure to download the official Star Wars Celebration app for either iPad or iPhone.

Following the renewed excitement for Star Wars after the event, we compiled a small list of Star Wars wallpapers. We have never highlighted Star Wars wallpapers in a past Wallpapers of the Week post for a simple reason: there are way to many to choose from. Consequently, this post is in no way an attempt to provide access to all of the best Star Wars wallpapers ever created. Merely, this post is a single entry in the much larger world of Star Wars walls. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: CyNotifier, FolderBlur, Eclair, and more…

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2015

It seems that the tweak release drought that hit us a few weeks back is over. Not only jailbreak developers are staying busy, but the most amazing thing to me is that smart people keep coming up with incredible tweaks. This week is no different. Read More

 

The four stages of my Apple Watch purchase: elation, denial, buyer’s remorse and confidence

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 19, 2015

I have an Apple Watch on pre-order. Many of us do. How I got here hasn’t been as simple as most though, because I feel like I have been through the four stages of Apple Watch purchasing – elation, denial, buyer’s remorse and confidence. And not necessarily in that order and some more than once. Read More

 

Review: RHA T10i earphones

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 19, 2015

When I reviewed the RHA MA-750i earphones a couple of months ago, I wrote about how they made me enjoy music again, and I stand by that to this day. When I wrote that review in February the MA-750i earphones were the best I had ever used.

They’re not anymore. Read More

 

iDB’s top stories of the week

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 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.

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SmoothCursor brings a beautifully animated cursor to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

When I first heard about SmoothCursor, I didn’t imagine that it would have much of an effect on the typing experience. While it’s true that it doesn’t have any real bearing on the actual input process, it definitely has a noticeable look from a visual standpoint.

SmoothCursor borrows the same cursor movement popularized by Microsoft Office. Instead of a cursor with well-defined keyframes of animation, the cursor features smoothly animated motion as you type.  Read More

 

Particle Wallpapers brings brand new dynamic wallpapers to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

The dynamic wallpapers present in iOS are nice looking, but there’s just not enough of them to choose from. It would be nice if Apple provided us with additional dynamic wallpapers via a download, or if they included them with a future iOS update.

In the meantime, you can use Particle Wallpapers to add additional dynamic wallpapers to iOS. Particle Wallpapers is a free new jailbreak tweak that lends eight new wallpapers to the seven wallpapers that already exist in the dynamic category. The new wallpapers look nice, but they do come with a few potential downsides that should be considered. Read More

 

PrismBoard adds beautiful colors to the stock iOS keyboard

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2015

PrismBoard is a jailbreak tweak that adds a new look to the stock iOS keyboard. Like the geometric figure it’s named after, it produces all sorts of different colors. Each key press results in a random color on the key pop-up. If you want a way to spice up the look of the keyboard on your jailbroken iPhone, then PrismBoard should be near the top of you list. Read More

 
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