Ottm is a stunning hardwood wrist band for your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 25, 2016

Back in March, a really sweet Indiegogo campaign for a trio of Apple Watch wrist bands made completely of wood dubbed Ottm was announced, and now the first units are making their way from the production line over to the hands of consumers.

We’ve finally got ours after months of waiting, and we’ve excited to show you what we think about them. Read More

 

How to show the storage drive icon on your Mac desktop

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 18, 2016

Depending on how often you access stuff in your Mac’s file system, you might benefit from having a quick shortcut to your Mac’s primary storage disk(s) on your desktop.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the shortcut on your Mac’s desktop painlessly. Read More

 

SSD in the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can’t be upgraded

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 15, 2016

After seeing in iFixit’s teardown that the base model of the new 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar had a removable PCIe SSD storage unit, many were excited at the possibility of aftermarket upgrade parts across the new MacBook Pro lineup.

But new images surfacing on the web this week after the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar units began reaching the hands of buyers are showing that the Touch Bar models don’t follow suit and have SSD storage chips soldered into their logic boards instead. Read More

 

iFixit tears down the 2016 MacBook Pro base model

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 1, 2016

iFixit officially got its hands on the 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard, and their team has already completed one of the detailed teardowns the firm is known for.

The new MacBook Pro appears to contain a lot of new tech, highlighting large advancements in Apple‘s pro notebook lineup. Read More

 

The different kinds of memory states on your Mac and what they mean

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 31, 2016

I was recently asked about the difference between active, inactive, and wired memory on computers. Many memory measure tools use these terms to describe your memory usage and doesn’t really go into much depth about what they mean.

In this piece, I hope to shed some light on this confusion and explain the differences between these memory states the best I can. Read More

 

20 cool things you can do with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

One of the new flagship features on the 2016 MacBook Pro is the new Touch Bar. This is essentially a versatile OLED bar at the top of your keyboard that replaces the function keys with software-based buttons that change based on what app you’re in and what you’re doing.

In this post, we’ll mention 20 awesome things you can do with the Touch Bar on your new MacBook Pro. Read More

 

2016 MacBook Pro tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

Apple’s new line of MacBook Pros was finally revealed at the ‘hello again’ presentation on Thursday, October 27th, and the initial first impressions with smaller form factor, new Touch Bar, and upgraded specs are stunning.

Apple is sticking to its gun with both the 13-inch and 15-inch sizes in its lineup, and in this post, we’ll outline the spec differences between each of them for you. Read More

 

Nomad’s Silicone Strap for Apple Watch is both durable and comfortable

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 26, 2016

If you’ve been tuning into iDB lately, then you probably know we’re big fans of Nomad’s Apple Watch wrist straps here. My colleague Sebastien recently shared his own opinion on the leather strap they offer, but the company also has a rugged silicone option as well.

Coupled with a custom lug design that gives the Apple Watch a more masculine appearance and quality materials that feel like they’re going to last a long time, it’s hard to go wrong with any Nomad-branded Apple Watch wrist strap. That said, the vulcanized LSR silicone strap is just another quality piece we’d like to take the time to show you in this review. Read More

 

What Automatic Graphics Switching is on your MacBook Pro and how to use it

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 22, 2016

Depending on the model of MacBook Pro you have, you may be able to physically choose whether your computer uses the high power discreet graphics card for better performance or the low power integrated graphics chip for better battery life by using an option known as Automatic Graphics Switching. Read More

 

Benchmarks reveal how higher capacity iPhone 7 units can be faster

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 18, 2016

When you go to get your new iPhone every year, do you get the higher-capacity handset to have the best of the best, or do you get the lower capacity handset to save some dime?

If you typically pick the latter choice, you might want to re-think your decision for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Read More

 

iPhone 7 outlasts Samsung Galaxy S7 in 35-foot water immersion

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 20, 2016

When it comes to competition in the technology world, there’s nothing fiercer than that of what exists between Apple and Samsung.

Apple’s new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus handsets are water resistant, and recent water resistance testing has shown that it’s probably under-rated at IP67, but Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is rated to IP68 standards. So how do they compare? Read More

 

Here’s how to force restart and enter DFU mode on the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 19, 2016

Every so often, iPhones have a brain fart and you may have to force them to restart or use DFU mode to restore because they either stop responding or start behaving sporadically.

With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which no longer have a Home “button,” there is a new process to force restart your device or enter DFU mode. These are both essential parts of any troubleshooting process, so it’s good to know how how to do them. Read More

 

A look at how the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus perform in drop tests

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

Every year when a new iPhone comes out, you can expect to see drop test videos that see just how durable the device is.

In this post, we’ll show you some of the best drop test videos for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Read More

 

Just how water resistant is the iPhone 7?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

As revealed at Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote, the new handset is water resistant (not waterproof), and this means it can supposedly handle some water splashes and light submersion and come out unharmed.

Now that the iPhone 7 is officially available to the public, you can probably imagine some people have already started putting the device through water tests. So how did it do? Read More

 

Some iPhone 7 & 7 Plus owners report an odd ‘hissing’ noise when the CPU is pegged out

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

Only one day after the official launch date of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets, users are already reporting problems.

The latest comes from those who are putting heavy loads on the new A10 Fusion CPU, which reportedly causes the handset to exhibit a strange hissing noise. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both sport larger batteries

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are said to sport higher-capacity internal Lithium-Ion batteries than their predecessors.

No official battery capacity specs are listed on Apple’s website, but they do say that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are supposed to get 2 and 1 additional hour(s) of battery life respectively, in what are supposed to be after effects of the new power-sipping A10 Fusion chip combined with the efficient iOS 10 firmware.

On the other hand, a higher-capacity internal battery may also have something to do with it. Read More

 

Geekbench benchmark reportedly confirms iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

New Geekbench benchmark test scores have surfaced online and appear to confirm the rumor that the iPhone 7 Plus comes with 3GB of RAM, the highest amount of memory ever built into an iPhone to date. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 is a bit thicker and heavier than the original Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Although they look just about the same on the outside, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is built just a little bit thicker and heavier than the Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch.

The findings might be a deal-breaker for some people who already thought the original Apple Watch was too thick to begin with. After all, many were hoping Apple would thin out the footprint of the next-generation Apple Watch, rather than make it thicker. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

The Apple Watch Series 2, which was announced at yesterday’s keynote, is Apple’s answer to improving on what was already one of the best-selling smartwatches on the market today.

In this piece, we’ll recap all the technical specifications of the new Apple Watch lineup. Read More

 

Poll: Which iPhone 7 configuration will you buy?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

There are two new iPhones in Apple’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both are power-houses, but each has its differences. With that in mind, we’re curious about what iPhone configuration you’re planning to buy. Read More

 
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