tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple working to strengthen iCloud encryption without inconveniencing users

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2016

In the wake of the high-stake fight between Apple and the United States government over encryption and the right to create products with nearly unbreakable security measures, Apple is now working hard to make it impossible for law enforcement to gain access to data inside device backups on iCloud.

As reported today by The Wall Street Journal, Apple executives are “wrestling with how to strengthen iCloud encryption without inconveniencing users.” Read More

 

What to do if you’ve forgotten your iPhone passcode

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 12, 2016

So you’ve managed to forget your iPhone’s passcode. You might have even managed to put your iPhone into the disabled state. Tsk tsk tsk… Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In some cases, you’ll be able to get back in; in others, you’re going to be out of luck and you’ll lose everything on your deivce. In this piece, we’ll explain the options you have if you’ve forgotten your iPhone’s passcode and need to get back on it. Read More

 

How to change your iCloud profile picture

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2016

Have you customized your iCloud profile photo yet? If not, you really should. Providing a custom image file as your iCloud profile photo will enhance your experience on Apple’s platforms.

An iCloud profile photo appears as your account photo on iCloud.com in your browser.

It’s also shown in iCloud preferences on iOS and OS X devices and in a number of places like Messages, Contacts and Mail and other apps that use profile pictures.

In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to upload your profile photo to iCloud using the web interface, System Preferences on your Mac or the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Read More

 

How Apple secures its products and services

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 7, 2016

Apple’s security and privacy features that come standard on every iOS device, such as end-to-end encryption and Activation Lock, are getting all the talk around the internet as of late as the Apple vs. FBI case continues to escalate.

What can be learned from this case is not only does Apple want to protect your privacy, but the a large number of American people also want to have their privacy. The FBI, on the other hand, wants a quick way to get into any iPhone they deem “suspicious” so long as they can get a court order to search it.

So just how secure is your Apple data, and what protection standards does Apple have in place for you? That’s just what we’re going to talk about in this piece. Read More

 

How to share iCloud calendars

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2016

Apple’s Calendar application for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com makes it simple to share events and to-dos with select people, or let anyone with a link subscribe to a read-only calendar.

For example, you could share a “To Do” calendar with your significant other, create a calendar for your entire family so every member can put errands on it, invite your wife to a shared “Kids” calendar to keep parents in the loop about school activities and more.

Not only do shared calendars increase your productivity in the workplace, they help those who use them become more organized in everyday life. You can assign edit privileges to invitees, adjust how participants access the calendar and more.

Invitees have a myriad of options at their disposal to view shared calendars, including the iCloud Calendar web app, the stock Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or Microsoft Outlook on a Windows computer.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to share a calendar privately or publicly on iOS, OS X and iCloud.com, add or remove participants, change edit privileges, adjust calendar notifications and more. Read More

 

How to send large file attachments with Mail Drop on iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Mail Drop, a feature for sending encrypted attachments up to 5GB in size, was introduced in Mail for Mac with 2014’s release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

And with iOS 9.2, Apple has brought Mail Drop to its stock mobile Mail app on iOS devices.

You can also send Mail Drop attachments from the Mail web app, which is available in a browser at iCloud.com on your Mac or Windows PC.

We already covered sending large files with Mail Drop on the Mac and using Mail Drop on your iPhone and iPad, so step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will focus on attaching large files to emails using Mail Drop on iCloud Mail. Read More

 

Multiple iCloud services experiencing downtime, App Store/iTunes purchases affected

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Apple on Thursday morning reported a number of issues with various iCloud services. According to the iCloud Status webpage, these problems are preventing many users around the world from making purchases in Apple’s app and content stores.

In addition, “new and recently changed content may not have updated across devices for iCloud Drive, Backup, iCloud Notes, iWork for iCloud and Photos,” reads a notice on the webpage.

UPDATE: As of 9:10am PT, all of the affected iCloud services had been restored. Read More

 

How to hide or show the iCloud Drive app on your Home screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 25, 2016

iCloud Drive is a feature that comes with iOS 9 and allows you to view and edit files in iCloud that have been saved there via your apps, whether they’re native apps or third-party App Store apps.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide or show the iCloud Drive app from your iOS device’s Home screen. Read More

 

Best ways to store photos in the cloud

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2016

Those high-quality snaps and videos you take on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can pretty quickly eat up all of the available storage space on your device.

There are a number of techniques to increase your free storage, like deleting apps you no longer use, emptying system caches and so forth, but they all pale in comparison to the simplest of solutions—actually moving storage-hungry photos and videos off your device to safely store them in the cloud.

In this post, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the most popular cloud storage solutions. We’re going to detail backing up your media to each of them and discuss recommended strategies for freeing up as much storage space as possible, without destroying your personal memories or changing your workflow much. Read More

 

Oceanhorn gets iCloud save compatibility with Apple TV, flashier graphics on iPad Pro and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Oceanhorn, the beautifully crafted fantasy adventure game from FDG Mobile Games GbR, has received an essential update in the App Store today. Bumped to version 2.7, this edition fixes the problem with iCloud save files created on the iPhone and iPad not being recognized on the Apple TV.

Those lucky iPad Pro owners will enjoy this update’s ultra quality graphics on their tablet, with an improved world map and environment decoration.

Lastly, Oceanhorn 2.7 sports a better sound engine and fixes various bugs. Read More

 

How to delete documents and data stored in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud. Read More

 

Tip: manually select what apps can be backed up in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 17, 2015

If you selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device during its initial set up, then most apps you install will have their settings automatically backed up in iCloud on a regular basis. This can be pretty handy in case you restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup because you won’t have to set up all your apps preferences again.

But what if you don’t want certain apps to automatically be backed up in iCloud? As it turns out, it’s pretty simple to handpick what apps can or cannot be backed up in iCloud. We show you how. Read More

 

How to add and remove trusted devices for Apple ID two-factor authentication

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015

Back in July, we provided you with an overview of Apple’s two-step authentication. This is the security method that requires at least two factors of authentication—a password and a trusted device—in order to successfully access an account.

Two-factor, or two-step, as it’s sometimes referred to, is a great security method, because it forces one to have physical access to a security key, in this case, an iPhone or an iPad.

Needless to say, we here at iDB highly recommend using 2FA for any account that allows it, Apple ID, or otherwise. In fact, if a service that you’re using doesn’t offer 2FA, I’d seriously think twice about using that service—it’s that important for keeping your data secure.

If you have two-factor enabled for your Apple ID, and you should, then you’ve doubtlessly run into the screen that asks you to verify your identify when logging in with your Apple ID. On that screen, it may list some of your Apple devices, and at least one verified phone number. These devices act as security authentication keys.

Have you ever wondered what the requirements are for the devices that are listed here? Have you ever wanted to remove or add a device? In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through managing your iOS trusted devices for two-factor authentication. Read More

 

Find my Friends web app launches on iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

In addition to today’s major releases of iOS 9.1, OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 and watchOS 2.0.1 software updates, it appears that iCloud has gained a brand new web app: Find My Friends.

With both Find My iPhone and Find My Friends now preloaded on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with iOS 9.0 or later, it does make sense to add Find My Friends to Apple’s stable of web apps given iCloud’s long had the web version of the Find My iPhone app. Read More

 

How to share Reminders lists

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

Although not apparently obvious, Apple’s Reminders app on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com lets you share to-dos and checklists with friends and family.

Sharing a reminder list with, say, your girlfriend (or wife) is particularly convenient as you’ll both be able to add, delete and check off items as completed, and all changes will instantly appearing on everyone’s devices thanks to seamless iCloud syncing.

This isn’t just great for grocery lists, shared to-dos and interactive lists among family members, but for business, too. For example, you could share a to-do list with team members to keep everyone apprised of what needs to be done on any particular day.

In this post, we’re going to show how easy it is to create a list in Reminders and invite others to participate across iOS, OS X and the web. Read More

 

How to create shopping lists, to-dos and other interactive checklists in Notes app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2015

A much-improved Notes application is one of my favorite features of iOS 9 and El Capitan. With it, you can now draw sketches with your finger, enrich your thoughts with photos, maps and web links—and even create a checklist of to-dos.

Checklists work perfectly for stuff like grocery lists, wish lists, quick to-dos and what not, and they’re interactive so you can tick off individual items to mark them as completed. And with iCloud, changes to your notes are automatically pushed to all your devices.

In this post, we’re going to demonstrate how easy it is to create interactive checklists in Notes on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com. 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

 

New iCloud storage pricing is now live

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Despite an earlier report coming from Reddit that Apple’s new iCloud Storage pricing would go live on September 25th, the same day of the iPhone 6s launch, Apple has launched its updated iCloud storage pricing plans today.

In my opinion, this makes more sense, as iCloud is more aligned with the software, and iOS 9 just went live as well. Apple has updated its iCloud storage pricing page with the updated prices for its three cloud storage tiers, and has also introduced new international pricing for iCloud storage. Read More

 

New iCloud storage pricing said to launch on September 25th

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 13, 2015

As noted in last week’s iPhone 6s keynote, Apple will be significantly upping the value of its iCloud storage plans by providing much more storage for the money. Apple will be keeping around its free 5GB tier, but it’s upping the amount of storage provided by its $0.99 tier by 30GB, and reducing the price of its highest $19.99 tier.

If you go to the iCloud section of the Settings app today and select the Upgrade iCloud Storage option, you’ll still see the old pricing setup. This has left many to ask the question: when will the new iCloud storage pricing go live? An iCloud user who recently reached out to Apple support thinks they have the answer. Read More