By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2013
Lots of people have asked me how I go about recording footage directly from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The process is one that is simple and straightforward with the help of a couple of hardware and software tools.
From time to time I will record footage directly from an iOS device, while at other times, I like to record the screen using an external camera so that you can see my hands as I work with the device. Depending on the circumstances, I’ve been known to switch up my methods for doing so.
The bottom line is that there are times in which you should definitely go the direct feed route as opposed to recording the screen externally. As the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat, but the method that I’ve been using has been working quite well for me. Have a look inside as I spill the details on what makes a successful iOS device recording setup. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2013
If you had any any doubts concerning popularity of the iOS 7 which caused – and continues to cause – quite a commotion among the punditry with its light design, here’s your wake up call. According to Apple’s official data, iOS 7 is now installed on more than three-quarters of iOS devices in active use.
Specifically, Apple’s data indicates a 74 percent adoption rate for iOS 7 as of December 1. Apple released iOS 7 on September 18, 2013.
The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate is a huge share no matter how you look at it, especially versus the 22 percent seen by iOS 6. The company put the older iOS versions at just four percent.
By comparison, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently installed on a meager 1.1 percent of Android devices. That the iPhone maker has been able to put iOS 7 on three out of each four devices in the wild in less than three months iOS 7 has been on the market is nothing short of phenomenal… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2013
Last night, I tweeted a picture of an error message I received while trying to download an app from the App Store. The error was: FATAL::Unable to process your request. Please try again.
I had never encountered that error message until then, and I chalked it up to the random iOS 7 problem. After rebooting my phone and logging out of my Apple ID account via Settings > iTunes & App Store, I was met with the same exact error message. Even when trying on another device the error message persisted. I decided to go to bed, hoping that everything would be okay in the morning.
Well, I just tried to download an app again, and was met with the same exact error message. I thought to myself, “Okay, perhaps this is an iOS 7 issue since I had only tried it on iOS 7 enabled devices up to that point.” Nope. After trying it on my iPod touch, which is still running iOS 6, I was met with the exact same FATAL error message. In fact, I was met with the same error on my Mac when attempting to download from the Mac App Store. So what gives? Apple’s System Status page is showing everything is okay, but that’s obviously not the case… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2013
iCloud Keychain is a nice new addition to iOS 7, because it allows you to save username and password combinations to the cloud. This means that it’s possible to save login information for sites you frequent and auto login to those sites using the saved username and password info.
iCloud Keychain has been criticized by the tech press for being half baked. While that is certainly true—it has many opportunities for improvement and refinement—it’s better than nothing if you ask me.
Some have lamented about the fact that certain sites force passwords to go unsaved. Web sites have the option of requesting passwords not to be saved, and many sites—especially financial services like banks—have opted in to this. This feature, among other issues, is a thorn in the side of many iCloud Keychain users. Fortunately, it’s an issue that can solved with relative ease. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2013
Over time, I’ve managed to purchase a lot (too many?) of apps for my iOS devices and Macs. But if you asked me to name one instant purchase I have never, ever regretted, I’d easily pick TextExpander by Smile Software in a heartbeat.
This handy utility doesn’t come cheap: the Mac edition will run you $34.99, and then an additional $4.99 for the touch-optimized version for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Despite dropping forty bucks on this particular app, I’ve recouped my investment many times over in just a few short months, by cutting down on the time spent typing common terms and phrases. TextExpander lets me create handy shortcuts which automatically expand during text entry.
For example, I have the ‘iDB’ shortcut set up to auto-expand to ‘iDownloadBlog’. Same with common URLs, brand names and other oft-used snippets of text. The problem is, the curious little trick the app employs to manage and sync those snippets across third-party iPhone and iPad apps that integrate with TextExpander hasn’t sat well with Apple.
The App Store review team has refused to approve a recent update on the grounds that Smile’s use of the stock iOS Reminders app for shared snippet storage is no longer acceptable. In response, Smile has introduced a new snippet-sharing method and updated an accompanying SDK for third-party app makers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2013
I generally dig software by German developer Sonico Mobile. As I’m not a native English speaker, you could imagine Sonico’s free translator and dictionary program called iTranslate is one of the apps I always keep on my Home screen no matter what. I’m happy to report that the team has now produced a universal binary which perfectly adopts to iOS 7 by functionality and design.
The new iTranslate for iPhone and iPad is now available free in the App Store, bringing with it the native iPad interface featuring revamped appearance for iOS 7 aesthetics. Check out the screenshots and additional tidbits right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2013
Much fuss has been made in the tech press over the most recent market share data by IDC and Gartner showing Google’s Android growing unabated and commanding a whopping 80 percent of smartphones, though some caution that these estimates are flawed because they include cheap no-name Android handsets as well as Android-based HDMI dongles and other non-smartphone devices from China.
Google said back in July that Android activations surpassed one billion devices. The bigger question is, when will there be one billion iOS devices in use? Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013
Winocm, the developer leading the work on the iOS 6.1.3/4 jailbreak, has managed to port iOS to a non-Apple device. The photo you see above is the iOS core, known as the “XNU Kernel,” running on a Nokia N900 smartphone.
The port is extremely primitive, as it doesn’t include any of iOS’s or OS X’s user-interface elements and cannot be run as a useable operating system. But it does signal a major development for the ongoing open source project… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
As you know, Apple earlier in the month has promised to bring back dozens of recently-removed iWork features over the course of six months. In keeping with that promise, a barrage of updates has gone live Wednesday on the App Store and Mac App Store, adding new capabilities to the iWork suite of applications on Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods.
This is the first major refresh since last month’s downgrade stealthily removed arguably less popular though essential features in favor of cross-platform document compatibility between OS X, iOS and the web.
I’ve included full release notes and a couple of highlights right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
Some time ago, a source with dubious credentials approached me with a bunch of claimed screenies of WhatsApp’s long-anticipated iOS 7 refresh.
The genuine-looking images apparently showed off work-in-progress code, but I was reluctant to publish as the source’s veracity couldn’t be established with a satisfactory degree of certainty.
WhatsApp (free download) recently passed 300 million users and is quite popular.
With that in mind, one could imagine yours truly has since been on the lookout for more proof for it seemed to me there had to be some fire to go along this smoke. Finally, yesterday I stumbled upon a video hands-on which I felt was credible enough to warrant sharing here.
Without further ado, this is what WhatsApp’s forthcoming iOS 7 refresh will look like… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 14, 2013
Apple has just released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Along with the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, iOS 7.0.4 fixes a bug which would sometimes prevent users from making a FaceTime call.
The update is available over the air, directly from Settings > General > Software Update, or by plugging your device in iTunes… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 14, 2013
Following this morning’s release of iOS 7.0.4, we’ve been getting many questions regarding the safety of updating to the latest software version for those who are hoping to be able to jailbreak their device one day.
The good news is that it is completely safe to update to iOS 7.0.4 as it will not hinder your chances to jailbreak, should we ever get a jailbreak for iOS 7… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2013
Apple by now has updated much of its own iPhone and iPad applications that area available on the App Store, with the two major holdouts: iBooks and iTunes U (also pending in the update queue: Find My Friends and Keynote Remote, a Keynote presentation software companion).
Now, Jony Ive’s been feeling your pain so today Apple issued a pair of long-expected updates bringing iBooks and iTunes U in line with the general iOS look and feel.
The revamped iBooks “has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7,” says Apple. The refresh includes a completely revamped iBook Store.
Did they kill the page curl? Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2013
Pebble has had basic support for iOS Notifications in place from day one. The implementation, however, left a lot to be desired as the Pebble smarwatch could only relay the most basic of iOS notifications through a companion iPhone app.
Eagle-eyed readers will remember that the company last week confirmed an upcoming update would enable additional iOS 7 Notification Center alerts.
And just like clockwork, a new version of Pebble’s iOS app has gone live now in the App Store, introducing full integration with the iOS 7 Notification Center. This allows Pebble owners to receive any alerts enabled in Notification Center on an iOS 7 device and have them displayed on their $150 smartwatch.
Yes, this includes alerts from third-party apps such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and lots more. Go past the fold for more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2013
Henri Lamiraux, Apple’s top VP of engineering for the iOS platform has left the company after 23 years. Lamiraux started as a Mac software engineer in the early 90′s, and joined Scott Forstall’s iPhone OS team in 2005.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Henri’s reason for leaving is simply ‘retirement.’ But his talents will surely be missed, as he was in charge of a number of important aspects in iOS such as developing the stock applications… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2013
Apple has cunningly devised a novel though controversial way of promoting its own iOS 7 stock apps, features and services right in the App Store search. The application store has seen a whopping 60 billion cumulative downloads thus far and with over a million apps carried it’s serving a lot of customers on a daily basis.
If you now go to the App Store and run a search for popular generic terms such as ‘browser,’ ‘movies’ and ‘SMS’, the first entry popping up in your search results should be a banner advertising a related stock iOS 7 apps or feature like Safari, iTunes Store, Messages and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2013
We were told last month Facebook had been working on a new version of its iPhone client with Graph Search and testing a major rethinking to the standalone instant messaging software, Facebook Messenger (a free download from the App Store).
Today, the social networking behemoth announced a new Messenger experience is now available for limited testing on Android and coming soon to iOS. Representing a major refresh, Messenger has undergone a substantial facelift and now lets folks instant-message each other using only their phone numbers, putting Messenger on a collision course with WhatsApp… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013
One of the easily overlooked aspects of last week’s iPad keynote is how Apple revolutionized software pricing. “The days of spending hundreds of dollars to get most out of your computer are gone,” charismatic software chief Craig Federighi enthusiastically remarked just before revealing that OS X Mavericks will be a free upgrade to everyone.
The move has ushered in “a new era of Mac,” he said. And of course on the iOS side, the iLife and iWork suite of apps for content creation and productivity has gone from paid to free for every new iOS device owner.
The best part: future updates to iWork/iLife apps and upcoming new versions of the Mac operating system are going to continue to be completely free. What sort of dark magic is that? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2013
With Tuesday’s free release of OS X Mavericks, Apple users can now opt to have their Safari web passwords securely synchronized across their iOS devices and Macs through the power of iCloud. The useful feature dubbed iCloud Keychain made a brief appearance in iOS 7 betas before being pulled from iOS 7 Gold Master, only to re-surface in iOS 7.0.3. What you probably don’t know is that iCloud Keychain isn’t necessarily supported everywhere so Apple’s published a handy list detailing iCloud Keychain availability by country… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2013
A smaller percentage of owners of Apple’s new iPhone 5s flagship have been inundated with inaccurate compass and inclinometers readings.
As you’ve likely heard by now, some of the affected customers in Apple’s support forums reported readings consistently off by a noticeable margin. This has been blamed on a change of supplier.
Rather than tap its longtime supplier STMicroelectronics, Apple has opted to buy accelerometer sensor for these new iPhones from Bosch, a large German industrial company producing household appliances, automotive parts and many other items.
Haters came out of the woodwork screaming Bosch hardware was at fault to suggest Apple had run out of options and will now supposedly need to recall the affected units. Turns out the issue was easily fixable because the newly released iOS 7.0.3 update has made inaccurate sensor readings a thing of the past… Read More