Hands-on with iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iMac with Retina 5K display

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

So you’ve watched Apple’s keynote, and you’ve been keeping up with the news today, but thus far you’ve only seen the new iPads and Retina iMac from either afar or in marketing materials. Obviously, the products are going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following the event today, select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the two new iPads, and 5K iMac, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these clips that show folks trying out the devices for the first time. Read More


Early hands-on videos for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the web

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don’t officially launch until Friday, but it seems that some users have managed to get their hands on the two devices early. YouTube channel UNDERkg, which appears to be based in South Korea, has posted hands-on videos for both a Space Gray iPhone 6 Plus and a Gold iPhone 6.

The two clips are 4 minutes long and 7 minutes long respectively, and are both shot in 4K for excellent detail. The videos do a good job of exploring the external hardware of the handsets, as well as some of the more nuanced features in the iOS 8 software. If you have the time, they’re definitely worth a look. Read More


Hands on with iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

So you’ve watched Apple’s keynote, and you’ve been keeping up with the news today, but thus far you’ve only seen the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch from either afar or in marketing materials. Sure, the products look good in rendered photos, but what do they look like up close and personal?

Select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the aforementioned products after the event today, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of those clips of folks trying out the iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch for you below. Read More


Roundup of initial iPad Air and Retina iPad mini impressions

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Apple introduced two new tablets this morning at a media event in San Francisco: the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Both tablets got performance boosts thanks to the A7 64-bit processor, among other changes.

After the event, attending journalists were given the chance to go hands-on with the new devices. And for those of you who still don’t know what to make of the two new iPads, we’ve collected some of their initial impressions of them… Read More


Hands-on with the new 16GB iPod touch (video)

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2013

Apple yesterday phased out the fourth-gen iPod touch in favor of a new entry-level $229 16GB model. Basically the fifth-generation, it includes EarPods and has the same four-inch Retina screen, Lightning I/O and the A5 chip as other models – sans the iSight camera and the lanyard hook.

However, there’s one more major difference between this iPod touch and the more capacious models. Ben Pasternak of Sydney, Australia was one of the first buyers and posted a quick hands-on video… Read More


First look at the new iPad mini Smart Cover

By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2012

Although the iPad mini won’t start hitting shelves and doorsteps until this Friday, it appears the Cupertino company has decided to go ahead and start shipping the tablet’s accessories. Earlier this afternoon, my local FedEx driver dropped off this little guy: a Dark Grey polyurethane iPad mini Smart Cover.

At first glance, the smaller Cover may seem like an exact replica of its larger sibling. But there’s one significant difference between the two, and that’s the hinges. Instead of using a bare metal hinge, like it does in the full-sized Smart Cover, Apple used a covered hinge in the mini version. So there’s no metal on metal… Read More


Hands on with Google Drive [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2012

A few minutes ago, Google released their official Google Drive app on the App Store. We’ve since then downloaded the app and have put it through its initial paces.

What we found was a first offering that’s lacking a whole lot of what makes other apps like DropBox great. You can easily view your files, but that’s where most of the fun ends.

Sadly, you can’t create new documents, or even upload photos via this initial version of Google Drive. The interface is decent, and the app seems solid from a stability perspective, but there really isn’t a compelling reason to choose it over something like DropBox thus far… Read More


iOS 6 brings an array of new Emoji to your iDevice

By Sébastien Page on Jun 14, 2012

Those of you that are really into Emoji will be happy to learn that iOS 6 is bringing a multitude of new icons to the mix.

The ones displayed in the image above are just a few examples of what’s to come in Apple’s latest mobile operating system, which is still in beta, and should be released to the public in the Fall… Read More


iOS 6 lets you easily tell new apps apart

By Guest Author on Jun 13, 2012

In case you weren’t sure what apps have been newly downloaded on your iDevice, iOS 6 is making this clearer than ever as it now displays a little blue “New” label in the corner of the app icon.

I’m not sure it’s going to be one of those life changing new features but I like how it makes it clear that you have downloaded an app and haven’t launched it yet… Read More


Details like these make me love Apple even more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 12, 2012

Something that has always amazed me about Apple – even long before I actually converted to the cult – is that the company pays an incredible amount of attention to details. It seems that everything has to be meaningful and thought all the way through.

The latest extreme attention to detail we came across was sent to us by iDB reader Aaron, and refers to the volume knob of the Music app in iOS 6…

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New in iOS 6: App Store app doesn’t close anymore when downloading an app

By Guest Author on Jun 12, 2012

One major annoyance I had with iOS so far is that anytime you download an application from the App Store, the app would close and take you back to the Home screen. If you want to download a new app, you have to launch the App Store app again, and repeat the process.

iOS 6 puts an end to this small nonsense and now lets you download as many apps as you want without closing… Read More


New in iOS 6: custom dictionary in the cloud

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2012

While we already know a ton about the major new features in iOS 6,  we are still learning about the update’s lesser-known enhancements. Things that didn’t make it into Apple’s keynote yesterday.

The latest one we’ve come across, as pointed out by Gizmodo, is that your customized (personalized, whatever) dictionary gets the iCloud treatment in iOS 6, syncing it across all devices… Read More


New in iOS 6: Do Not Disturb

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012

We touched on this feature a bit earlier, and now we’re getting the chance to check it out for ourselves. Here it is, the new Do Not Disturb option in iOS 6.

As the name implies, the Do Not Disturb feature will silence all incoming phone calls and other alerts from pretty much anyone, or app, you tell it to… Read More


New in iOS 6: new Photos app sharing menu

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012

One of the more notable changes we’ve come across in iOS 6 is a new sharing menu screen offered up in the Photos app.

Not only has Apple switched from text to icons here, but there are a few new choices to pick from as well… Read More


This is what the redesigned iTunes and App Store apps in iOS look like in iOS 6

By iDB Staff on Jun 11, 2012

As we reported earlier today, the iTunes and App Store apps now sport a much needed redesign. While it’s by no means groundbreaking or revolutionary, it does add some slickness to the whole experience.

We have a bunch of screenshot below for your eyes’ pleasure… Read More


New in iOS 6: update Twitter and Facebook from Notification Center

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012

Along with adding deep Facebook integration into iOS 6, Apple has also implemented a new Update bar in Notification Center. The bar allows users to quickly compose a new tweet or status update.

While this may not be the third-party widgets we were all hoping for, it will certainly prove useful. Now you’ll be able to post to both Twitter and Facebook, without ever having to open their respective apps… Read More


iOS 6 brings brand new privacy settings you can’t miss

By iDB Staff on Jun 11, 2012

You might remember the privacy fiasco that started earlier this year when it was discovered that Path was uploading your whole address book to its servers. Of course, Path wasn’t the only app to do that, but it was the first to get the backlash that followed, forcing Apple to slightly change what the company requires app developer to do with your data and how they notify you.

Because privacy is such a hot topic these days, Apple has gone the extra mile in the beta release of iOS 6, giving “privacy” its very own tab inside the Settings app… Read More


New in iOS 6: relocated Bluetooth Toggle

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012

Ok, so it isn’t the NCSettings or SBSettings-like feature we were hoping for. But Apple did make the Bluetooth toggle more accessible in iOS 6.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the Bluetooth option has been relocated in the Settings app. Now it takes a few less taps to access… Read More