Tip: use Messages low quality image mode to conserve precious cellular data

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Apple’s Messages app provides an optional iOS-only mode which cuts down your cellular data consumption to a bare minimum when sending image attachments. I don’t know about you, but I worry about sharing high-resolution images when cellular data is on. In my experience, most normals are oblivious to the fact that sending a single shot-on-iPhone photograph through iMessage burns through one to five megabytes of data, sometimes even more.

In low quality mode, Messages uses only 100KB per image attachment. Another way to think about it: you can send 30 to 50 images for the same amount of data required to share a full-resolution attachment in Messages. In this brief tutorial, we’ll teach you how to tell Messages to send lower quality images in order to optimize your cellular data consumption and prevent unwanted overage fees. Read More

 

New low quality mode in iOS 10 Messages uses circa 100KB per sent image

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

As you know, iMessage overcomes many of the limitations of standard MMS. Every time you attach an image taken on your iPhone and iPad to an iMessage, it’s delivered in its original size and resolution. Some downscaling may occur, but only for very high resolution images: those taken with an iOS device are always delivered in their original form without any resizing taking place.

And herein lies a problem for those of you who send a lot of images via a cellular data connection.

Knowing a typical photo taken on an iPhone 6s weighs in at between three to five megabytes (or even more), it does add up pretty quickly. If you’re concerned about cellular data consumption (as you should be), pay attention as Messages on iOS 10 offers a brand new low quality mode.

We’ve determined it downscales images sent through iMessage to circa 100 kilobytes each. In other words, for the amount of data you’d normally spend to shoot someone a single photo via iMessage you get to send 30 to 50 images in low quality mode. Read More

 

iOS 10 gains convenient cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

iOS 10 takes 3D Touch, a pressure sensing technology which debuted a year ago on the iPhone 6s, to plenty new places throughout the operating system. With 3D Touch, you can clear all notifications in one fell swoop, rename folders quickly, prioritize downloads, interact with notifications and more.

You also get useful 3D Touch shortcuts upon pressing app icons in Control Center (sadly, 3D-touching Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles does nothing).

Worse, Control Center continues to inexplicably lack a dedicated cellular data toggle. But worry not, as Apple has found a way to slip in that sought-after cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch. Read More

 

CellularMonitor helps you keep track of your cellular data usage

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

With many modern data plans from various cellular providers, you’re capped on the amount of data you’re allowed to use each month before your carrier starts charging you extra or throttling your speeds.

With a new free jailbreak tweak called CellularMonitor, you can rest assured you won’t be going over your data caps ever again. Read More

 

This tweak lets you keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on when you toggle Airplane Mode

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 31, 2016

With a new jailbreak tweak released by the name of Keep On Airplane Mode, you can now use the feature to toggle only your cellular radios off while keeping your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios active. Read More

 

Battery concerns reportedly delay cellular-enabled Apple Watch 2

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Bloomberg just shot down The Wall Street Journal’s claim of a cellular-enabled Apple Watch 2, saying it’s been delayed over battery concerns and technological limitations. Instead, Apple Watch 2 models, which Bloomberg’s well-informed Mark Gurman says are coming this fall, will improve health tracking with an on-board GPS chip. Read More

 

Sprint reveals its own unlimited data plan

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Joining a chorus of carrier updates, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint today revealed an unlimited plan of its own. Called Unlimited Freedom and available starting at $60 per month, it offers unlimited 4G LTE data, talk and text, with the ability to add a second line for an extra $40 per month, or up to eight lines for an additional $30 per month each.

Additionally, Sprint’s prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile revealed a similar plan of its own. Both plans are available for new and existing customers starting tomorrow. Read More

 

AT&T unveils modest data upgrades at reduced costs ahead of iPhone 7 release

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Conveniently timed weeks ahead of the expected iPhone 7 launch next month, U.S. carrier AT&T on Wednesday unveiled modest data upgrades at reduced prices while dropping overage charges for exceeding monthly cellular data caps. The new data plans, available beginning August 21, include the 1GB/$30, 3GB/$40, 6GB/$60, 10GB/$80, 16GB/$90, 25GB/$110 and 30GB/$135 tiers.

Overage charges will become a thing of the past as the carrier will no longer slap you with a $15 per 1GB charge after using rollover data. Instead, your data speeds will decrease to the sluggish 2G (128 kbps) after all of the cellular data in your monthly bucket has been used up. Read More

 

You can now stream Apple Music videos via T-Mobile’s Binge On

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

T-Mobile customers can now stream any video content available on Apple Music through the carrier’s cellular network without using up any data available in their monthly data bucket. The carrier announced today that Binge On now supports video content from Apple Music and fifteen other streaming video providers, including the sign language channel D-PAN.TV, Dish Anywhere, NAT GEO TV, various ABC, Disney and FOX apps and other providers. Binge On streamed 765 million hours of video data-free since its inception 8 months ago. Read More

 

T-Mobile treats 2016 Summer Olympics attendees to unlimited 4G LTE data and calling

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless carrier T-Mobile USA today announced that all Simple Choice postpaid customers traveling to Brazil for 2016 Summer Olympics will be treated to unlimited high-speed 4G LTE data within the country during August.

In unleashing Brazil this summer, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere noted that not only will Rio de Janeiro visitors enjoy the Summer Olympics without worrying about roaming charges, but also free calls within Brazil and to U.S. during the month of August. Read More

 

Resources discovered in iOS 10 suggest cellular data toggle possibly coming to Control Center

By Andrew O'Hara on Jun 18, 2016

iOS 10 has a lot going on. There are a lot of enhancements that we’ve covered so far, and many more we haven’t. New features aside, many people have been digging through iOS 10 beta in search for unannounced features, or upcoming devices.

Thanks to iOS developer Andrew Wiik, we have another idea of what might be coming in a future iOS 10 beta: the sought-after cellular data toggle in Control Center. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Intel cellular modems will be reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Supply chain whispers recently claimed that a significant portion of LTE cellular modems for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would be built by Intel instead of Qualcomm and now Bloomberg is reporting that Intel modems will be actually reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models.

Qualcomm is expected to remain Apple’s modem provider for Verizon and China-bound iPhone 7 handsets. Qualcomm’s boss had said he expected a major customer to diversify its supplier base. Read More

 

CoySIM lets jailbreakers get rid of annoying No SIM alerts on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 10, 2016

If you have more than one iPhone sitting around because one is your older handset and the other is your daily driver, then chances are your older iPhone no longer has service and may or may not still have its SIM card inside of it.

CoySIM is a new free jailbreak tweak that makes it so your iPhone won’t constantly pester you with alerts and Status Bar indicators all because you don’t have a SIM card installed in it.

We’ll show you how the tweak works in this review. Read More

 

5 alternatives to a SIM eject tool for easy SIM removal

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 2, 2016

SIM eject tools are really useful for getting SIM cards out of iPhones and iPads, and honestly, I would recommend everyone who owns one of these devices carry at least one of them at all times, whether in your wallet or on a key ring.

Of course, there are always those times when you’re out and about and you don’t have a SIM eject tool on your person when you really need one. So what alternatives can you use instead?

In this piece, we’ll talk about five alternatives to a SIM eject tool that you can use to get the SIM card out of your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Apple’s just been granted a patent for a MacBook with embedded cellular connectivity

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2016

The United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) today granted Apple a brand new patent which seems to address a longstanding complaint among MacBook owners: the machine’s lack of an embedded cellular connectivity.

Titled “Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas” and originally filed for in the second quarter of 2015, the invention describes using additional wireless circuitry for cellular data via cavity antenna structures that are not present on current MacBooks. Read More

 

Apple working to form ‘strategic partnerships’ with Indian carriers ahead of 4G expansion

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

Shortly after his pre-dawn spiritual experience at the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, Apple CEO Tim Cook met the country’s top wireless carriers in an effort to strike a “strategic partnership” ahead of a wide-scale LTE expansion in the country.

India, home to population of 1.25 billion people, is about to witness the advent of high-speed fourth-generation wireless networks, a move that Apple sees as the opportunity to expand the market for iPhones, as reported today by The Economic Times of India. Read More

 

DigiTimes: Intel to supply at least half of iPhone 7’s faster LTE cellular modems

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Rumors continue to swirl that Intel had been commissioned to build LTE modem chips for Apple’s upcoming smartphone refresh, a marquee win for the semiconductor giant.

Tuesday, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported that Intel may supply up to fifty percent of LTE modems for the forthcoming iPhone 7 models.

Although Intel itself will package the modems, the chips will be mass-produced by contract manufacturers TSMC and KYEC, as per DigiTimes, indicating that the iPhone 7’s ‘A10’ system-on-a-chip may integrate an Intel-built LTE modem. These Intel-designed LTE modems for the iPhone 7 are said to be faster than those in the iPhone 6s. Read More

 

Airplane Enhancer+ takes iPhone battery preservation to the extreme

By Anthony Bouchard on May 3, 2016

Airplane Mode is a feature built into your iOS devices that makes your devices airplane friendly by disabling all the wireless radios that could be a nuisance to on-board plane equipment, but it can also be used to increase your battery life.

Since the wireless radios are put to rest when your device’s Airplane Mode option is enabled, you’ll burn through less battery on a single charge with the feature turned on, and this is basically the idea behind a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Airplane Enhancer+. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple Watch 2 will have cellular connectivity

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

In its report Monday which details the first full year of Apple Watch sales, the Wall Street Journal newspaper has revealed a previously unknown tidbit pertaining to a second-generation Apple Watch. According to the publication’s sources, the Apple Watch 2 will feature cellular-network connectivity and a faster processor.

Although the Apple Watch can connect to Wi-Fi networks you have previously joined on your iPhone, the Cupertino company is reportedly aware that its wearable device suffers from limited usefulness because it cannot connect to cellular networks on its own and requires an iPhone for network connectivity if there are no known Wi-Fi networks around. Read More

 

Can’t activate your iPhone? Here’s why and how to fix it

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

It would be really nice if every single time you went to activate your new or restored iPhone, everything worked without any flaws, but that’s just not how man-made things work.

If you are having issues activating your iPhone after buying a new one, or after restoring your device in iTunes, we have some troubleshooting ideas that you can put to the test to solve the problem once and for all. Read More

 
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