Airmail 1.5 for iOS gains Workflow integration, custom actions & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Airmail, the cross-platform email client by developer Bloop, has received a refresh on the App Store sporting a few noteworthy enhancements. Airmail 1.5 for iOS, a $4.99 download from the App Store, features integrations with the Bear Notes app and the popular iOS automation app Workflow. Other changes in Airmail 1.5 include new custom actions and Gmail authentication, the ability to select your default inbox, a new OpenURL action and minor fixes. Read More

 

The best HomeKit products announced at CES 2017

By Andrew O'Hara on Jan 9, 2017

CES has finished up and just like last year, we saw a barrage of new HomeKit items that will be soon coming to market. Last year we saw the additions of a bunch of new products like ceiling fans from Hunter, several new iDevices products, FirstAlert’s HomeKit safe, a whole range of switches and sensors from Elgato (that we reviewed), and much more.

This year there are even more new products, which is very promising. Admittedly while there are lots of new entrants, not everything is as original as a ceiling fan or safe. Instead we are seeing a lot of products that are making the HomeKit ecosystem more seamless, and giving you options when you look for something like a lock, thermostat, or wall switch. Read More

 

Sharp setting up OLED production line at Foxconn’s iPhone manufacturing plant

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn is taking advantage of its acquisition of Sharp as the Japanese giant plans to set up an OLED production line in Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of northern China, according to a report by Japan-based Nikkei that was cited Monday by trade publication DigiTimes. Read More

 

Testing the operating range of AirPods and Beats Solo3 vs non-W1 Beats headphones

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Much has been said about the virtues of the W1 chip Apple started baking into their latest wireless Beats line-up and of course the AirPods. By now we know for sure that W1 facilitates a much faster pairing process, as do we know that the chip significantly amplifies both battery life and conservation techniques. What’s less prominently talked about – at least from official sides – is the operating range of these wireless headphones and the presumed effect the W1 chip addition has had on that benchmark.

For I felt information on the internet was just a bit too murky to count on, I decided to take it upon myself and conduct a little experiment: I packed my rucksack with four headphones (two of which boast the new W1 chip) and headed to a nearby park in order to pit them against each other. Pairing them one after another and then slowly making a bee-line for the opposite direction, one thing quickly became clear: the results for the maximum distance obtainable aren’t surprising in terms of order, but they definitely are in their clarity. Read More

 

How to markup and annotate your own photos on iPhone or iPad

By Steffen Reich on Jan 9, 2017

Markup is a nimble annotation tool first introduced to iPhone and iPad in late 2015, which has since been showing up in more and more places throughout the OS. Here at iDB, Markup’s strengths have been illustrated widely (read on to learn about Markup in emails, or to find out about Markup in Messages), this being said there is always a little tidbit almost slipping through the cracks when Apple quietly update their software.

With the next one, it is a particularly useful tip because it essentially supplants (basic) third-party apps stored on your iPhone to do editing work in your own Camera Roll. Markup is mostly understood to be only at your disposal whenever you are sending media, but meanwhile it has also become a well hidden tool available for your personal use inside the Photos app. Once you know where to find it, you might quickly grow fond of doodling on your very own snapshots. Here’s the shortest path to the feature in Photos: Read More

 

KGI: 3 new iPads coming this year, including new 10-10.5-inch model

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2017

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo released a new research note on Sunday, giving investors his updated predictions for Apple’s tablet plans. In the report, the noted analyst says the company is working on 3 new iPads for 2017: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7-inch iPad, and a new high-end model with a bezel-free display between 10-10.5-inches. Read More

 

Apple celebrates 10-year anniversary of first iPhone unveiling

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2017

Apple on Sunday posted a press release entitled “iPhone at ten: the revolution continues.” The announcement recognizes that it’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone, and reflects on how far the handset has come.

By now, everyone knows the story. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took the Macworld stage and told the audience: “every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” And the rest, as they say, is history. Read More

 

Apple’s Chinese New Year wallpapers

By Jim Gresham on Jan 8, 2017

The iDownloadBlog Wallpapers of the Week section aims to bring you stunning, photo quality images every Sunday for your favorite iOS devices. Today, we feature an official Apple set of Chinese New Year wallpapers, by five Chinese artists, who place their modern impressions upon traditional Nianhua folk art. Get ready to celebrate on January 27 and 28!

The five image collection is hosted via Apple and available for iPhone, iPad, and desktop. All original works of art, step inside for your downloads. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: CasualAlarm, MultiActions, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

This week wasn’t quite as busy in terms of jailbreak tweak releases as the last was, but it’s still a lot higher than it has been these last several months without a stable public jailbreak for the latest iOS firmware versions.

In this roundup, we’ll talk about all the jailbreak tweaks that were launched throughout this past week. We’ll start with our favorites and move on to the rest afterwards. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

By Sébastien Page on Jan 8, 2017

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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AutoLaunch can re-launch apps after they crash unexpectedly [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Apps, whether they’re downloaded from the App Store or Cydia, can crash from time to time because of underlying bugs, and re-launching it will sometimes let you go about using the app without any issues.

If you use a particular app that seems to crash here and there, then a new free jailbreak tweak called AutoLaunch could be your next best friend. It can automatically re-launch any app that crashes on your device so you don’t have to re-launch it yourself. Read More

 

Littlemoji shrinks the large Emojis in the Messages app on iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2017

Starting with iOS 10, Apple has super-sized all of the Emojis that you send and receive via iMessage whenever they’re used without any complementary text.

Because the Emoji experience on iOS 10 feels a lot more like Facebook Messenger’s sticker system now and not everyone’s on board with it, a new free jailbreak tweak called Littlemoji can be used to return them back to their pre-iOS 10 size. Read More

 

MultiActions lets you move and delete apps in bulk

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 7, 2017

One of the major shortcomings for those with iPhones and iPads, especially those with lots of apps installed on them, is the fact that you have to move or delete your apps one at a time. This becomes cumbersome when you want to put a number of your apps in or out of folders or delete multiple apps at once.

A new jailbreak tweak called MultiActions, on the other hand, will exclude your device from these shortcomings, as it allows you to move or delete multiple apps in bulk without having to do things one at a time. Read More

 

Eightydays.me, Background, Pie and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2017

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means! It’s time for another addition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some great selections, including an app for helping you plan your trips and vacations, a wallpaper gallery, and an app for taking 360 videos. And as usual, we’ve picked out a couple new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Apple planning to open first retail store on Samsung’s home turf

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

Apple is planning to open a retail store in Seoul, South Korea, reports Reuters. This will be the company’s first official store in the country, which also plays home to the headquarters of Samsung, Apple’s largest competitor in the smartphone space.

A spokesperson for Apple confirmed the plans with Reuters via email, saying “We’re excited about opening our first Apple Store in Korea, one of the world’s economic centers and a leader in telecommunication and technology, with a vibrant K-culture.” Read More

 

Apple shares wallpapers created with Mac and iOS devices for Chinese New Year

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Apple has launched a new section on its website in select Asian countries with exclusive wallpapers. The images feature contemporary versions of traditional “Nianhua” folk art, and they were created by 5 young Chinese artists using Mac and iOS devices. Read More

 

How to add Live Photos to your Instagram stories

By Sébastien Page on Jan 6, 2017

In a new update released to its users this week, Instagram has added the option to upload Live Photos shot on iPhone and turn them into Boomerangs, all this from within the app itself. The only limitation at present time is that Live Photos can only be used in your stories (not in your main Instagram feed), although this may change in the future.

In this post, I will show you how to turn your Live Photos into Boomerangs in your Instagram stories. Read More

 

This is what the iPhone’s interface could have looked like

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

New photos and a video have surfaced online showing an early-stage prototype of the original iPhone with a click wheel interface. Noted tipster Sonny Dickson is behind the leak, who says Apple called the operating system “Acorn OS.”

As you can see in the images, Acorn OS’s interface closely resembled that of the iPod, with a touchscreen click wheel and a small gray menu. You can also see phone functions like Dial and SMS, and features like Contacts and Notes. Read More

 

TSSChecker now correctly supports iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 6, 2017

It seems tihmstar has been busy putting right the flaws in his suite of tools; just one week after he revealed that a bug in his .shsh2 saving tool TSSChecker had led to all iPhone 7(+) blobs saved with it being invalid, a new update restores the ability to correctly save blobs on Apple’s most recent flagship device. Read More

 

Apple executives miss out on cash incentives as company falls short of sales goals

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

Tim Cook and other executives received less revenue in 2016, as Apple failed to hit its revenue and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal points to a regulatory filing, which says the miss kept the leaders from hitting some cash incentives.

Apple said its annual sales were $215.6B, 3.7% below its target of $223.6B, and its operating income of $60B was 0.5% short of their $60.3B target. As a result, Cook received $8.75 million in 2016 compensation, down from $10.3 million in 2015. Read More

 
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