7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

There’s nothing worse than pulling an iPhone out of your pocket to capture that brief moment in life that will never repeat itself only to be met with a “storage almost full” message.

It’s a sinking feeling so no wonder that most folks tend to immediately remove older photos.

But there are better ways to free up storage space on your device that don’t necessarily involve deleting your precious memories. Faced with a low-storage prompt, your first order of business should be checking if apps you frequently use are gobbling up your storage by caching large amounts of data.

That’s just the starters, as there’re plenty of other space-saving techniques you should be employing on a regular basis. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to manually flush app caches, disable certain iOS features and flip the switches you never knew existed in order to remove as much of the cruft clogging up your iOS device as possible. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 109: Edited on iPad Pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 17, 2015

Episode 109: We recap our thoughts on the Apple TV, including our favorite games and apps. We also share our first impressions of the new iPad Pro, Apple’s new super-sized tablet, which packs more power than any iOS device to date.

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Tip: manually select what apps can be backed up in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 17, 2015

If you selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device during its initial set up, then most apps you install will have their settings automatically backed up in iCloud on a regular basis. This can be pretty handy in case you restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup because you won’t have to set up all your apps preferences again.

But what if you don’t want certain apps to automatically be backed up in iCloud? As it turns out, it’s pretty simple to handpick what apps can or cannot be backed up in iCloud. We show you how. Read More


Apple posts new ads highlighting apps for Apple TV

By Matthew Miller on Nov 17, 2015

Tim Cook has said in numerous interviews that apps are the future of TV. Apple’s marketing department seems to be taking that statement to heart, releasing five new Apple TV ad spots on their YouTube channel today. In these ads, Apple is showcasing both content and games, from a variety of creators.

All of the ads feature a slick introduction from the moment the app starts to when the actual apps are shown. No users of the Apple TV are shown, but instead Apple is focusing only on the content of the apps themselves. Read More


DisplayMate: iPad Pro has stellar screen, but not better than iPad mini 4

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Apple’s new iPad Pro with its massive 12.9 inch screen offers a stellar viewing experience but the device doesn’t quite match the quality of the iPad mini 4’s screen, according to an excruciating barrage of mobile display tests conducted by technology experts over at DisplayMate.

Surprisingly, the iPad Pro’s panel ranks slightly lower than that on Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid and earns the same “A” rating as the iPad mini 4. Read More


iOS 9 adoption rate hits 67 percent mark

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Two weeks after hitting precisely two-thirds of active iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, Apple’s latest iOS 9 mobile operating system is now powering 67 percent of iOS hardware.

The data comes via Apple’s dashboard for developers and is derived from App Store access logs on Tuesday, November 16, 2015. iOS 8 continues to comprise just shy of one-quarter of active iOS devices in use, while earlier iOS editions collectively account for nine percent of iOS devices being actively used. Read More


New space-saving features coming soon to Google Photos for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

If your iPhone is constantly running out of free storage space—and your Camera roll is packed to the gills—you’ll be delighted to know that Google is rolling out new space-saving features to the Google Photos app.

Google Photos for iOS will soon bring out a brand new “Free up space” option in settings and will keep track of your phone’s storage space for you and tell you when backed up photos should be removed from your device. Read More


Tumblr for iOS update turns your photo bursts and videos into animated GIFs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Yahoo-owned blogging service Tumblr is pushing an update to its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application in the App Store today, and it brings with it a headline new feature: a tool which helps turn your photo bursts and videos into animated GIFs that can be easily shared on the service, as first reported by The Verge.

This removes much of the friction that comes with having to do the conversion yourself. The update is being rolled out as we speak so you might not see it just yet. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 4 to developers and public testers

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2015

Apple on Tuesday released the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. The update is labeled build 15C47a, and is available to developers and public testers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s beta test site.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 3 of OS X 10.11.2, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion, and it has been nearly a month since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji. Read More


Apple to launch its own Apple Watch charging dock

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

According to a reliable source who spoke with French blog iGen.fr, an official Apple-branded dock for the Apple Watch has been in the works since the device’s April 2015 debut and is reportedly imminent. A leaked packaging photo suggests the charging dock will be marketed as the Magnetic Charging Dock. Read More


Fantastical gains Peek and Pop commands

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Flexibits’ calendar app, Fantastical for iPhone, was updated yesterday in the App Store with expanded support for pressure-sensing 3D Touch technology on the new iPhones, going beyond Home screen shortcuts that developers added last month.

Now iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owners can use Peek and Pop commands in Fantastical to preview upcoming events and reminders without leaving the main view, or jump straight into them from the preview by pressing the screen a little harder. Read More


Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c apparently won’t run A9 chip after all

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Reliable analyst who have been calling for a refresh to the now discontinued four-inch iPhone 5c may have gotten one detail wrong: it sounds like the device, expected to be branded under the ‘iPhone 6c’ moniker, will run Apple’s A8 processor used in last year’s iPhone 6 rather than the latest A9 chip powering the new iPhone 6s.

That’s what Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a pretty good track record when it comes to Apple leaks, said this morning citing “credible sources” familiar with the device. Read More


UK’s TSB and Tesco Bank now support Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

In addition to adding Canada as the third country where Apple Pay is available (limited to American Express cardholders at launch), availability of Apple’s mobile payments service in the United Kingdom, where Apple Pay launched this summer, increased today with financial institutions TSB and Tesco Bank now supporting the service. This leaves Barclays as the last UK major bank without support for Apple Pay. Read More


Apple Pay hits Canada with American Express

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

A year following its October 2014 debut in the United States, Apple’s mobile payments service is now available to American Express cardholders in Canada, the company said on Twitter.

“Cardmembers can earn the same rewards they already enjoy using Amex with Apple Pay,” said the financial services corporation. In addition to the US and UK, where Apple Pay launched this summer, this marks the third country where the service is available. Read More


Memory Palace will put your concentration and memory to the test

By Lory Gil on Nov 17, 2015

We are constantly consuming all manner of information, media, and entertainment. It goes into our brains, and much of it ends up in our subconscious. The more we cram into our heads, the harder it becomes to remember everything we’ve learned.

Memory Palace Game is a memory game that makes you remember illustrations in a specific order. If you correctly list the objects, you’ll unlock a larger palace, and possibly unlock a larger area in your memory. Read More


This 3-in-1 lens kit turns you into an iPhone photography pro without breaking the bank

By Lory Gil on Nov 17, 2015

Getting the perfect shot using a smartphone is not easy. Even though the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have huge improvements in camera technology, there are still times when a little outside help is needed.

The Camkix Universal 3 in 1 lens kit is just the help you need to get in close, or widen the shot and the universal clip makes it possible for you to carry the kit along with you to future generations of iPhones. Read More


How to quickly search iDB using Launch Center Pro

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 16, 2015

My colleague Timothy Reavis shared a slick little Launch Center Pro action with me, and it was so good that I felt obliged to share it with you guys. Launch Center Pro is, of course, the long running app that brings all sorts of handy shortcuts to your iOS device.

With 3D Touch, Launch Center Pro is even more powerful, because you can quickly execute actions directly from the iOS Home screen. As such, it’s possible to initiate a search of iDownloadBlog from anywhere on the Home screen of a 3D Touch-equipped iOS device. Read More


Appendix: launch apps from folders using 3D Touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 16, 2015

Appendix is a new jailbreak tweak that breathes new life into Home screen folders on iOS. It allows you to launch apps directly from folders using the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch gesture.

Instead of having to open a folder to select an app that you wish to launch, users with Appendix installed, a free jailbreak tweak now available on Cydia, can open apps with a single gesture. It’s not the perfect solution for directly launching apps found in folders, but it’s pretty interesting nonetheless. Read More


4GB of RAM in the iPad Pro makes for a better Safari experience [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 16, 2015

The iPhone 6s made a big difference when browsing the web with Safari when compared to previous iPhones. This can primarily be attributed to the addition of an extra gigabyte of RAM in Apple’s latest flagship phone, which brought its total amount up to 2GB.

The iPad Pro takes the amount of RAM found in iOS devices a step further. It features a whopping 4GB of RAM—double the amount found in the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6s. This means that the iPad Pro contains more RAM than any other iOS device since the platform’s inception.

The result? Unsurprisingly, when compared to the next most powerful iPad, the iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro performs much better when it comes to keeping web pages loaded in memory. Hence, browsing the web tends to be a smoother and more cohesive experience on the iPad Pro when compared to lesser equipped iPads. Watch our video walkthrough and see for yourself. Read More


iPad Pro review: not just for professionals

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 16, 2015

I never thought I’d want an iPad Pro. Out of all of the products that Apple was rumored to launch this year, the iPad Pro was at the absolute bottom of my totem pole.

That began to change somewhat after Apple’s most recent keynote, and it completely changed once I was able to actually go hands-on with the super-sized tablet at my local Apple store.

The iPad Pro isn’t for everyone, but it’s less of a specialty device than many might have expected… Read More

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