Configuring Automatic Downloads on your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 27, 2016

Some people like it when music, apps, and other media is automatically downloaded on all of their devices after having been downloaded on another device they own, but for others, this is something that we’d just wish to have turned off.

No matter what side you’re on, we’ll walk you through how you can manage your Automatic Downloads on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to change your Apple ID

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 27, 2016

Many of us still have the same email address associated with our Apple ID that we made years and years ago when we got our first device. We use it to sign into each and every one of our devices when we buy one new from the store or restore an existing one to factory settings.

On the other hand, times change. Sometimes you may get new email addresses, and sometimes you want to use something new to log in with rather than your high school email address. Perhaps you’ve made one that is a little more professional looking and seek to use it instead.

Apple provides a way to change your Apple ID email address so you can use something different to sign into everything you use. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how that’s done. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

KUKE: an affordable iPhone battery case with built-in storage expansion

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Because your battery is such a precious asset to your iPhone, you can never go wrong with trying to expand its life. This is especially the scenario for people who put a lot of miles on their device each day, sending hundreds of text messages back and forth with friends and checking social media on a regular basis.

The KUKE, made by Kuner Tech, is a battery case for the iPhone, fresh out of an Indiegogo campaign, that does away with the clunkiness of many third-party options, and blows Apple’s Smart Battery Case out of the water in performance and usability. Not only will it give you a truckload more battery life for your iPhone, but it also provides additional storage space for your documents, media, and more.

In this review, we’ll show you what the KUKE case is all about! Read More

 

SongShift easily transfers your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016

If you’re a Spotify user, or were, and are now deciding to make the move over to Apple Music, then you might want a quick and easy way to transfer your playlists from Spotify over to Apple Music.

A new app called SongShift now available in the App Store gives you the ability to import your Spotify music playlists right on over to Apple Music in a matter of moments.

It antiquates those desktop software apps that would typically take forever to complete the process and also require a tethered computer connection to work, and in this review, we’ll walk you through how the SongShift app works. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

84 percent of devices are now using iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

iOS 9, Apple’s latest and greatest edition of the mobile operating system powering the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is currently installed on 84 percent of device, according to the freshest stats posted on Apple’s official App Store dashboard for developers.

In less than a month, iOS 9 adoption rate has climbed from the eighty percent mark, a figure Apple officially shared during its March 21 ‘Let us loop you in’ media event, to 84 percent—a cool four-point gain. Read More

 

New App Store resources help developers find success on Apple platforms

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

In addition to formally announcing that it will be kicking off the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote on Monday, June 13 in San Francisco, Apple yesterday quietly refreshed its portal for developers with a brand new section dedicated to helpful App Store resources which Apple has created to make it easier for its developers to find success on the App Store.

“Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide,” said the company on the new “Making Great Apps for the App Store” webpage. Read More

 

Check out this endless runner game you can play from Notification Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 19, 2016

Knowing that Apple has been restrictive in the past on what is and what isn’t allowed to pass in the App Store for a Notification Center widget, it can be fun when little gems find their way into the top charts section and you stumble upon them.

While looking through them, I discovered a free endless runner game called Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur, but unlike other endless runners you’ve played before, this game is played inside of a Notification Center widget rather than from the app itself. Read More

 

Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More

 

Apple working on paid search results and other App Store changes

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has a “secret team” exploring various changes to the App Store, reports Bloomberg. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says among the ideas being pursued is paid search results, where developers pay to have their apps more prominently displayed.

Such a move would drastically impact search results, as a developer with a word puzzle game in the App Store could essentially pay to have their game listed among the top search results—similar to Google.com. It would also give Apple a new way to make money from the App Store. Read More

 

‘Apps for Earth’ App Store promo sends 100% of proceeds from select App Store purchases to WWF

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on a brand new App Store initiative that will have the world’s leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species receive 100 percent of the proceeds from select App Store purchases until April 24, just in time for Earth Day.

Descriptions of participating apps were updated this morning to reflect that “Apple and WWF are working together to protect life on our planet”. Read More

 

How to prevent apps on your iPhone and iPad from being installed or deleted

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

With iOS’s built-in Restrictions control, parents can impose limits on what their kids can do with their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It’s also a great place to restrict certain features on your own device.

For instance, after setting up my Mom’s iPad Air with her favorite apps I then disabled the ability for her to delete or download them from the App Store.

Our tutorial will teach you how you to do just that on your own iOS device in order to prevent accidental app deletions and stop your kids, or other people using your device, from downloading apps. Read More

 

How to convert images to different file types on iPhone or iPad with The Image Converter

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

It comes up every so often where you may want to convert the file type of an image file stored on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

For example, screenshots are saved as .png files, while photographs taken with the camera are saved as .jpg files. Because .jpg files are typically smaller in size due to the lesser-quality detail, you could save some storage space by converting screenshots to .jpg rather than storing .png alternatives.

In this review, we’ll walk you through how to convert the file type of an image file on your iPhone with The Image Converter, a useful conversion all for iOS that can be had from the App Store for just $2.99. Read More

 

Apple may soon permit users to hide unwanted stock apps on iOS, iTunes metadata suggests

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

Strings discovered in iTunes metadata suggest that the ability to remove Apple’s stock iPhone and iPad apps such as Compass, Voice Memos, Find My Friends, Tips and Stocks is coming very soon.

For those wondering, iTunes metadata provides information about iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps that can be found on the App Store, such as the date an app was released, its size, the store category it’s in and so forth.

As explained by AppAdvice, a pair of new keys—labeled “isFirstParty” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp”—started showing up in iTunes metadata a few weeks ago on every app in the App Store. Read More

 

MacID price drops 75% in the App Store for a limited time

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

MacID, the popular app for iPhone and iPad that lets you use Touch ID or your Apple Watch (and yes, even your Pebble) to unlock your Mac over a Bluetooth connection, is on sale in the App Store this week for 75% off the usual price.

The app received an important update over the weekend with support for new features found in iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, giving users the ability to configure multiple Apple Watches with MacID and use them to unlock their Mac.

Marked at just $0.99 for a limited time, you can grab MacID and start using your iOS device’s Touch ID sensor or Apple Watch to unlock your Mac instead of typing in a password each time it locks itself. Read More

 

FreeChat for WhatsApp brings a free native desktop app for WhatsApp to Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

Anyone who uses WhatsApp Messenger who has been looking for a truly free native-style desktop app experience on their Mac has been hard-pressed to find a really good client that didn’t have hidden costs and worked extremely well in the same package.

Fortunately, FreeChat for WhatsApp is an app on the Mac App Store that you can download on your Mac at no cost whatsoever, and it will work exactly how you would expect a WhatsApp Messenger client to work on your Mac without any hidden costs, ads, or caveats Read More

 

MacID update adds multi-Apple Watch support, improved battery life, pairing reliability, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 25, 2016

The popular MacID app for iOS and OS X has received an update on Friday that adds support for new features in the newly-released watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3 firmware.

MacID has been made popular for its ability to unlock Mac computers with Touch ID or from an interactive notification on the wrist of the app’s user by way of their Apple Watch, rather than having to type a pasword to unlock the Mac from a sleep.

Version 1.3.3 of MacID is now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Apple Watches, and version 1.3.3 of MacID for the Mac is available from the developer’s website. Read More

 

iOS 9 adoption hits 80 percent mark

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

In less than two weeks since iOS 9 was powering a reported 79 percent of devices, that figure has now climbed by one percentage point to eighty percent of devices, a significant milestone. While the new iOS 9 adoption numbers are yet to be publicized on Apple’s App Store dashboard for developers, the freshest figure was mentioned on stage at yesterday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ media event by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of iPhone Marketing. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More

 
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