iOS 9 offers more details about apps battery usage

By Sébastien Page on Oct 5, 2015

Battery usage is always a hot topic among smartphone owners, and although I try not to think too much about it, there are times where I’m just curious to find out what apps have been draining my battery the most. Apple makes this pretty easy to find out, and with the release of iOS 9, it’s even giving a little more details about how individual apps have been impacting your battery. Read More


How to keep Apple Watch display awake for 70 seconds instead of 15

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

The watchOS 2 software update allows users to extend the screen awake time of their Apple Watch from the hard-coded fifteen seconds imposed by the original Apple Watch software to the optional 70 seconds with watchOS 2.

Power users who glance at their wearable gizmo dozens, if not hundreds times per day, should use this new option sparingly as the nearly sixfold increase in screen awake time draws more juice compared to the previous, rather aggressive 15-second limit. Read More


Fix: the last backup could not be completed

By Sébastien Page on Oct 3, 2015

Yesterday I decided to look at when my new iPhone 6s backed up to iCloud for the last time when I realized that it hadn’t actually been backed up since September 25, which coincidentally was the first day I got this new device.

I imagined it was just a small hiccup in iCloud, and proceeded to manually initiate an iCloud backup by tapping on “Back Up Now” in Settings > iCloud > Backup. At first, it appeared to work fine as it would show the “Backing Up…” status with the usual “Estimating Time Remaining” message. But after a few seconds, the backup would stop and it would show the following error message: “the last backup could not be completed.”

No matter what I’d do, it kept telling me my iPhone backup couldn’t be completed. The problem appeared to be a little more complex than a simple reboot, but I eventually figured it out.

In this post, I will highlight some of the steps you can take if you are seeing a similar error. Although I cannot guarantee it, I’m pretty confident these steps could actually fix most problems related to iCloud. Read More


How to quickly access Wallet and Apple Pay on the Lock screen

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Those who have tried Apple Pay can attest that paying with your iPhone couldn’t be simpler. You just hold your device near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID to pay for the goods or services you bought.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could choose any provisioned card from your Apple Pay account on the Lock screen, without having to unlock your iPhone?

Thanks to iOS 9, you can make your purchases by double-clicking the Home button to access Wallet without unlocking your iPhone, a feature partially borrowed from the Apple Watch. You then simply choose a card and authenticate your purchase via Touch ID.

Here’s how you can enable Wallet access right from the iPhone’s Lock screen in iOS 9 with just a few taps. Read More


How to view Live Photos on older devices

By Sébastien Page on Oct 2, 2015

If the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus currently are the only two devices capable of shooting Live Photos, any iOS device running iOS 9 can actually see these Live Photos, assuming they were sent in one of the only three ways to share them while preserving the live aspect. In this post, we’ll show you how to see these Live Photos on your device. Read More


How to save your iPhone voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them with others

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

If you updated your iPhone to iOS 9 or later, you have gained the ability to save voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them directly as audio files with Messages, Mail or Airdrop.

This can prove quite useful, if you ask me. Before iOS 9, your voicemails were confined to the Phone app as there was no way to get them out of there.

In addition, saving voicemails as voice memos lets you trim the audio in the Voice Memos app before sharing them with others. Read More


How to enjoy Apple Music at high bitrates on mobile data connections

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Apple Music on iOS 9 includes a new option to stream your music at high bitrates over a mobile data network at all times. As you know, Apple Music defaults to high-quality streams on Wi-Fi.

With this new toggle, you can control your cellular data usage by enabling or disabling high bitrates when streaming or downloading music over your carrier’s cellular data network. Read More


How to share Live Photos

By Sébastien Page on Oct 1, 2015

Apple won’t describe them as such, but Live Photos are just short video files, and like any files, they can quickly be shared with friends and family. But unlike video files, Live Photos need to be shared in very specific ways in order to preserve the live aspect of the photo.

For instance, if you email a Live Photo to someone, the file will be stripped of the video component and will be attached and sent as a jpeg. So how do you send a Live Photo while making sure the “live” part of the photo remains? Read More


How to stop Photos from automatically launching when plugging your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Sep 30, 2015

Since I updated to Mac OS X El Capitan, the Photos app has decided to automatically launch every time I plug my iPhone in my computer for charging. This is kind of an annoying behavior which I’ve quickly taken care of in the past for iPhotos and iTunes. Here we go again, this time with Photos.

My first instinct was to go to Photos preferences panel, but nothing helpful could be found there. Then the obvious hit me. Read More


OS X El Capitan: how to use the new Mission Control

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

OS X El Capitan now features a redesigned Mission Control that’s smarter and more efficient. Now, all of your apps are easily viewable with just a swipe up gesture on your trackpad. Because OS X now arranges all windows in a single layer,  it’s now easier than ever to see everything that you have open on your Mac.

Mission Control El Capitan also places windows in a position relative to where they currently are on your screen. This makes it easier to quickly locate the specific app that you’re looking for when entering and exiting Mission Control

But that’s not all. Mission Control now allows you to easily place an app on a different desktop or in its own full screen view by simply dragging the app towards the top of the interface. Watch our video walkthrough and see how it all comes together. Read More


How to disable the mouse pointer shake gesture in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

Have you ever woke your Mac up from sleep, and couldn’t find the mouse pointer among the mess of windows and desktop icons. We’ve all been there before.

OS X El Capitan is hoping to help out with that, courtesy of a brand new addition to the OS. It’s certainly not a headline feature, but El Capitan can help you quickly locate your mouse or trackpad pointer by simply shaking your mouse or swiping your finger back and forth on the trackpad in quick succession.

Watch our video inside to see how it works. We’ll also show you where to go to disable the feature in System Preferences.

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How to turn a Live Photo into a still photo

By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2015

Live Photos is one of the main features of iOS 9 and iPhone 6s. Some might see it as a gimmicky feature, others like me might see it as a great way to inject a little more life into photos.

The process of taking a Live Photo is pretty simple. It’s on by default, and you have nothing to do. Simply shoot a photo like you would normally do, and you’re done. Your device will capture an extra 1.5 second of video before and after the photo was taken, stitching it together and turning a frozen moment into a lively one.

But what if you want to turn a Live Photo into a still one? As with most things iOS, it’s actually pretty simple. Read More


You can finally send messages completely hands free with watchOS 2

By Sébastien Page on Sep 28, 2015

A new feature of watchOS 2 finally allows users to send messages completely hands free, and even though there is a catch, it’s a much welcome improvement to communicate via text message without having to physically touch the device.

The catch is that this new feature only applies to messages you create from the Home or Watchface screen using Siri. It does not work for replies to messages you receive, and doesn’t work if you go straight to the Messages app and tap Reply. Still, if used right, it can make the process of sending messages completely frictionless. Read More


How to zoom in and out of your iPhone 6s screen with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2015

We have been covering various 3D Touch features extensively here on iDownloadBlog and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

In addition to using your iPhone 6s keyboard in trackpad mode, adjusting the sensitivity of 3D Touch and turning the feature on and off, iOS 9 also provides a way for iPhone 6s owners to use its built-in zooming capability in conjunction with 3D Touch, based on the amount of force exerted on an on-screen controller.

They’re calling it Peek Zoom and once activated lets you invoke iOS’s standard Zoom feature through 3D Touch rather than requiring you to double-tap with three fingers. Read More


Why 4K video matters on the iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 28, 2015

Why would Apple enable 4K video capture on a phone that can’t actually display 4K content in full resolution on screen? The reasons are multifaceted, but one obvious reason is that it allows users to zoom in on video while still maintaining crisp resolution.

Coincidently, iOS 9 now supports pinch to zoom and double-tap to zoom on videos in the Photos app. This makes it possible to zoom in to a specific portion of the video without necessarily sacrificing the amount of resolution needed to look great on most of today’s displays. Zooming also allows for creative and flexible video editing solutions while working in apps like iMovie, which supports 4K editing. To make a long story short: it’s all about the zoom. Read More


How to enable 1080p Slo-mo videos on iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2015

The iPhone 6s iSight camera received several remarkable improvements this year, headlined by its ability to shoot 4K video. Another big feature is its ability to shoot slow motion videos in 1080p. Older iPhones, like the iPhone 6, were only capable of shooting “Slo-mo” videos in 720p resolution. With the new iPhone 6s, you can now enjoy slow motion videos in full HD glory. Read More


How to snap stills while capturing video on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2015

The ability to take a still photo while shooting video has been available on iPhones since the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus take this further thanks to the super-fast A9 microchip with its much-improved image signal processor. On these devices, you can take clearer eight-megapixel snaps during full 4K video capture (2,160-by-3,840 pixel resolution) at 30 FPS, without skipping a beat. Read More


How to use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s: a video tutorial

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 26, 2015

3D Touch is the biggest new feature to come to the iPhone 6s, and it brings a whole new interaction paradigm to the iPhone. 3D Touch is possible by means of a new pressure sensitive screen used in Apple’s new iPhone hardware.

By tapping into this new input method, Apple and third-party developers are able to lend users access to quick Home screen shortcuts, in app previews, and quicker access directly to specific pages within an app. Not only is 3D Touch an awesome feature today, but its potential for the future is even more exciting.

In the following video, I’ll share over 15 different points on 3D Touch. Perhaps you’ll find something in this list that you weren’t aware of. Read More


How to turn iPhone 6s keyboard into a trackpad with 3D Touch and select text with precision

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2015

iOS 9 has brought out a new feature for iPads called easy text selection which lets you slide two fingers on the screen to turn the keyboard into a trackpad of sorts. While in this mode, you can control cursor movement and select chunks of text with precision.

Thanks to 3D Touch, you can bring up this trackpad-esque functionality on Apple’s new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus in order to easily select and manipulate text with great precision, here’s how. Read More


How to adjust 3D Touch sensitivity

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2015

Using a grid of 96 sensors that read microscopic changes in the distance between the cover glass and the backlight, your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus is able to detect different degrees of pressure. This headline new feature, called 3D Touch, is used extensively throughout iOS 9 to reveal content previews and contextual menus within apps and quick actions on app icons on the Home screen.

Like any new feature, 3D Touch may take some time getting used to. Do you feel like 3D Touch requires you to press the screen too hard? If so, iOS 9 offers a handy slide to change the amount of pressure you need to activate the feature. Read More

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