iOS 10 found to store call logs for up to 4 months, Apple explains

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

iOS 10’s been found to upload missed call logs from apps like WhatsApp and Skype to servers, as well as near-real time FaceTime call logs—even if iCloud backup has been turned off, according to a Russian company called Elcomsoft which makes iPhone forensic tools aimed at law enforcement agencies.

Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov suspects in an interview with Forbes that this is most likely a result of iOS 10’s expanded scope of call logging due to the new CallKit framework which was designed to make VoIP calls from apps like Viber, WhatsApp and Skype behave like cellular calls and integrate with Phone’s Recents and Favorites.

According to Apple itself, call log syncing through iCloud is a convenient feature that elevates user experience by allowing customers to easily return calls from VoIP apps. Read More

 

Disappointingly, MacBook Pro’s FaceTime camera has not been upgraded to 1080p

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

If you thought the refreshed innards of the new MacBook Pro would let your friends and family see you in crisp 1080p video resolution via FaceTime, you’re in for a major disappointment. Much to my surprise, the built-in FaceTime camera (which, by the way, Apple calls “high definition”) has remained at 720p.

High-end laptops from other vendors are increasingly outfitted with 1080p cameras which provide sharp images during video calls, but not the new MacBook Pros. Read More

 

Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $302.4 million in patent retrial

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2016

A jury has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to VirnetX Holding Corp over using its patented virtual private networking protocols in FaceTime and iMessage on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The case will now go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC before VirnetX sees any payout, Reuters and Bloomberg reported today. Read More

 

Super VoiceMail: A slick new way to handle your iPhone’s voicemail

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 27, 2016

Just last week, we showed you a jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine that took the jailbreak community by surprise and showed us that the iPhone’s voicemail system has a lot to be desired. On the other hand, another new release called Super VoiceMail also looks very promising.

In this review, we’ll show you what Super VoiceMail has to offer and help you decide which of the two jailbreak tweaks you should go with. Read More

 

AnsweringMachine: the amazing voicemail experience iOS never had (until now)

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 21, 2016

iOS’ voicemail system has always had a lot to be desired. On the other hand, a new jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine aims to fill all the gaps that users have wanted for the iPhone for ages.

In this review, we’ll talk about what you can do with AnsweringMachine and show you why it’s a significant upgrade from the stock voicemail system. Read More

 

Tip: change your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac to match your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 1, 2016

Do you like the default ringtone that you hear on your Mac when someone initiates a FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone call?

Many people set up custom ringtones on their iPhones, but when the call gets forwarded to their Mac via Continuity, they end up hearing something completely different from it than they do their iPhone.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac so it sounds the same as your iPhone. Read More

 

What to do if you can’t make or receive FaceTime calls iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on May 9, 2016

Have you ever received one of those annoying messages that basically tells you FaceTime is having problems on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? They can be incredibly annoying, but usually they’re easy problems to fix.

In this piece, we’ll talk about why you might be getting FaceTime errors on your iOS device and walk you through some ways to correct the problem. Read More

 

LiveRinging brings video ringtones to your jailbroken iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on May 5, 2016

For deeper customization of the incoming call screen from iOS that goes deeper than just blurring your wallpaper background or showing the contact picture of the person who is calling you, you may want to check out a new jailbreak tweak called LiveRinging.

This tweak replaces the background of the incoming call screen with a video of your choice and gives iOS a feature Android users know and love known as video ringtones.

In this review, we’ll show you how LiveRinging works and demonstrate its capabilities. Read More

 

This tweak keeps music from resuming after hanging up a call on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016

Anyone who uses their iPhone to pick up calls, whether they’re phone calls or FaceTime calls, knows that when music is playing, iOS will automatically pause the music until the phone call ends. When it does, iOS will resume the song where it left off.

Those who don’t like how the music resumes after a phone call really have no way to disable the feature on a stock iPhone; instead, you would have to go back to the app that is playing the music and pause it manually.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PauseAfterCall solves this problem. Read More

 

How to clear recent calls in FaceTime for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

I use FaceTime on a regular basis to place cellular iPhone phone calls through my Mac and engage in immersive video calls with friends and family.

Each and every missed, placed, received and declined audio and video FaceTime call is captured on the recent calls list so that you can click an entry to quickly dial that person.

For privacy reasons, you might want to remove some of the items from your recent calls. In this tutorial, we’re going to lay out two ways of removing traces of any particular FaceTime call while telling you about a cool trick toclear your recent calls list completely. Read More

 

How to stop your iPad and other devices from ringing when you get a call on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

If you own more than one Apple device, be it an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod touch, or a Mac, you might have encountered this situation where a call on your iPhone rings simultaneously on your other devices. This is part of a feature called Continuity, and in most cases, it’s really helpful.

But if like most of us at iDB, you own several Apple devices, the situation can quickly escalate and you end up having your iPhone, two iPads, and maybe even your Mac ring at the same time.

For some, this can be incredibly useful, but for others it just creates an array of unwanted notifications and multiple devices ringing at once. This can get really annoying if you have all of your devices sitting around the same desk when you get a call because it sounds like a phone call symphony.

If you’d like to fine-tune which of your devices are allowed to take phone calls from your iPhone, then follow along with us. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to keep your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from ringing every time your iPhone gets a phone call. Read More

 

9.7″ iPad Pro certainly doesn’t skimp on camera tech, but is this a new normal for iPads?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

Apple’s best mobile cameras go into iPhones, not iPads, though a curious thing happened at today’s unveiling of a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro—both it and the iPhone 6s share a powerful Apple-designed camera subsystem which takes sharp snaps in twelve megapixels and shoots video in 4K.

Even more curiously, the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains stuck with a previous-generation shooter even though that device was released barely six months ago.

The decision to give the 9.7-inch iPad Pro virtually the same camera subsystem as the iPhone 6s is a welcome surprise which we hope kicks off a new trend for Apple. Read More

 

VirnetX seeking to extract $532 million from Apple in patent infringement retrial

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Patent holding firm VirnetX yesterday told a federal jury that Apple should be slapped with a $532 million fine over an alleged patent infringement pertaining to FaceTime, iMessage and VPN technologies used in its products, which is nearly 45 percent higher than an initial damages award vacated last year.

According to Bloomberg, the notorious patent troll “keeps moving the boundary, asking for more and more and more,” said Apple’s lawyer. Read More

 

How to transition to FaceTime on your iPhone during phone call

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016

From the onset, the iPhone has supported common features such as mid-call switching to an incoming phone call, creating a conference call between multiple parties and more. These features extend to FaceTime, Apple’s solution for making audio and video calls over the Internet that bypass a carrier’s voice network.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a quick transition to a FaceTime call on your iPhone without hanging up on the current call. Read More

 

How to temporarily disable and prevent further access to FaceTime on your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

If you want to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without signing out in Settings → FaceTime and having to manually log back in with your Apple ID to re-enable it, you’ve come to the right place.

This tutorial will show you how to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iOS device and teach you to quickly re-enable it, without having to jump through hoops. Read More

 

iPhone 6s front camera has panorama and slow-mo modes, Apple readying iPad Pro keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2015

Earlier in the week, 9to5Mac corroborated analyst and supply chain reports that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones will also bring major improvements to the front-facing FaceTime camera which should go from a paltry 1.3 megapixels on current iPhones to five megapixels.

Today, the blog said that the FaceTime camera on upcoming iPhones will feature support for selfie panoramas and slow-motion video capture. The report added that Apple is working on a keyboard accessory for an ‘iPad Pro’ and offered a few more tidbits regarding Apple’s announcements come this Wednesday. Read More

 

KGI confirms iPhone 6s has 5MP front camera

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones were previously rumored to incorporate a five-megapixel sensor out the front and now a revered analyst is reaffirming those rumors.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst in the world, is reporting in a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that aside from upgrading the back shooter to twelve megapixels, the front-facing camera on the new phones will be five megapixels. Read More

 

Claimed iPhone 6s parts show larger FaceTime camera, Force Touch

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2015

Some new photos surfaced this weekend, showing what is said to be the front face of an iPhone 6s. 9to5Mac shares the high resolution images of the claimed component, which appears to offer up insight into two of the unannounced handset’s new features.

The first is a higher resolution FaceTime camera. We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that the iPhone 6s will feature an improved front-facing camera for taking better selfies, and if legitimate, this part confirms it with a larger FaceTime camera sensor. Read More

 

Apple posts an update improving FaceTime camera compatibility on Windows for Boot Camp users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

If you use Apple’s Boot Camp software to run Windows and OS X in a dual-boot configuration, you’re advised to install the company’s new driver update for the FaceTime camera on 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The FaceTime Camera Driver Update, a manual download from Apple’s website, improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. This update is recommended for all Boot Camp users. Read More

 

February 25 Modern Family episode shot on iPhone and iPad, takes place on a MacBook screen

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.

The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More

 
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