Nostalgia for the iOS 6 App Switcher? Try VintageSwitcher

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 28, 2016

For anyone that isn’t much of a fan of the App Switcher Apple introduced in iOS 7 and later, a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called VintageSwitcher is taking things all the way back to iOS 6 with a simplified look and feel and a familiar user interface. Read More

 

New in iOS 9.3 beta 2: accessory firmware updates via iPad Pro’s Smart Connector

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2016

Aside from headline features such as Night Shift mode, new 3D Touch shortcuts, Notes improvements and more, the most recent beta of iOS 9.3 has been found to allow the iPad Pro to update accessories’ firmware through its Smart Connector.

As noted by German developer Stefan Wolfrum and relayed by Oliver Haslam over at Cult of Mac, Wolfrum was greeted with an “Accessory Update Available” prompt after plugging a Logitech Connect keyboard case into his iPad Pro. Read More

 

Siri making random outbursts? Here’s the fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 28, 2016

It’s happened many times to me before, and I can relate to those that it happens to – you’re trying to be quiet in the middle of class or in the middle of a meeting for work, and all of a sudden you hear a random noise and then Siri starts blabbering.

Siri says “I didn’t quite get that,” or “Sorry, I missed that.”

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to solve this problem once and for all. Read More

 

Deliveries gets massive update with 3D Touch, multitasking & new features

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

Delivery trackers are invaluable tools you can use on your iPhone or iPad to keep track of your inbound and outbound package deliveries from services like USPS, UPS, FedEx, and others to make sure they get to the places they need to go.

As we shared just a couple days ago, Deliveries by Junecloud is by far one of our favorite apps to do this with, and on Wednesday, Deliveries has received a massive update to version 7.0 with a change log so big we couldn’t even fit it on our Mac’s screen. Read More

 

76 percent of devices are now using iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

As measured by the App Store on January 25, 2016, and published on Apple’s App Store dashboard for developers, iOS 9 is now powering 76 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, a one-percentage point gain versus the 75 percent mark that was recorded two weeks ago.

At the same time, the adoption rate for iOS 8 has dropped from nineteen percent as of January 13, 2016, to seventeen percent, a two-point loss. Read More

 

Public beta testers: iOS 9.3 beta 2 and OS X 10.11.4 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Two days after seeding OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan beta 2 and iOS 9.3 beta 2 to members of the Apple Developer Program, public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program can now freely deploy these new beta builds on their Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

iOS 9.3 beta 2 is available as an over-the-air update in Settings → General → Software Update on enrolled devices. OS X 10.11.4 beta 2 can be downloaded through the Mac App Store’s Purchased tab for those who are enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program. Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with 70% fewer crashes, Spotlight integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Google’s mobile Chrome browser was updated this morning in the App Store and the new release promises a whopping 70 percent fewer crashes along with a few other goodies, such as Spotlight Search integration.

Google said that the dramatically reduced crash rate is due to Chrome’s adoption of WKWebView, a rendering engine from Apple which was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 back in 2014.

In addition, this release of Chrome for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad should be faster overall, with JavaScript execution now “dramatically faster.” Read More

 

Fingal brings your app icons to life

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

Take a moment to look at the Home screen on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; what do you see? Some things that come to my mind are: stillness, simplicity, and boredom.

With a promising new jailbreak tweak release dubbed Fingal, which is now available as a free download in Cydia’s ModMyi repository, you can add a touch of motion and liveliness to your Home screen. Read More

 

This tweak lets you search the web or define words from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 27, 2016

For the times when you want to quickly search for something on the internet or define a word you just read in a book that you have no idea the meaning of, TextSearchPro is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia that lets you find what you’re looking for in a heartbeat. Read More

 

Shazam updates iOS apps with rewritten Spotify integration & watchOS 2 support

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Shazam has released an update on Tuesday for its iOS apps in the App Store with some notable improvements to the way the apps integrate with Spotify, one of the more popular third-party music-streaming services that can be had on the iOS platform, as well as support for watchOS 2 on the Apple Watch. Read More

 

Spotify’s iPhone app gaining video content from BBC, Maker Studios and ESPN next week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

A Spotify-branded video-streaming service that should augment its music platform has been in the works since May 2015 and now the Swedish startup is poised to launch the new product, The Wall Street Journal said yesterday.

An update to Spotify’s iPhone and iPad application with support for ad-free video content for all users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden is expected by the end of next week. Read More

 

Tip: use Siri to toggle system settings

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Siri is the personal voice assistant pre-installed on your iOS device. Introduced in iOS 5, the voice assistant allows a wide variety of functions, conversions, information queries, and fun comments to be invoked with just your voice.

But did you know Siri can also be used to toggle certain system settings on or off too? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to bulk delete attachments from the iOS Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Apple’s Messages app for iOS is capable of not only sending and receiving texts in the form of iMessages or SMS, but it can also send and receive files, which are known as attachments.

Over time, attachments add up, taking up valuable storage space on your device and keeping a paper trail of everything you’ve sent and received to one another.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can easily bulk delete attachments from a conversation in the Messages app without deleting the entire conversation. Read More

 

Microsoft’s incoming iOS keyboard to feature special one-handed mode

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2016

The Windows Phone keyboard Microsoft is bringing to iOS will feature a special one-handed mode, reports The Verge. Speaking with sources familiar with the company’s plans, the site says that an early version of the keyboard is currently in internal beta, and it will soon be available to public testers.

One of the more interesting things the beta has revealed thus far is that the iOS version of Microsoft’s Flow keyboard will feature a special one-handed mode. Yes, the Windows version also has a one-handed mode, but those who have tried the iPhone version say that there are a few noticeable differences. Read More

 

Need a coin toss or roll of the dice? Have Siri do it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 25, 2016

When it comes right down to it, you may not always have a coin or a die in your pocket, but fortunately, you probably have your iPhone with you, and all recent iPhones can take advantage of the pocket voice assistant Siri.

Siri is a powerful tool, and you may not have known this, but if you forgot your coin and die at home, Siri has you covered for all of your chance-taking needs – she never forgets hers! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to have Siri flip a coin or roll a die for you. Read More

 

Apple releases tvOS 9.1.1 software update for Apple TV 4 with new Podcasts app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

Today, Apple released tvOS 9.1.1, a brand new software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV which brings the Podcasts app to the set-top box along with a fix for unexpected password prompts when downloading apps when restrictions are set and unspecified security improvements.

If it’s not showing up on your Apple TV 4 yet, wait a few minutes and try again because software updates take some time to propagate. Read More

 

How to find a specific word or phrase inside webpages in Safari for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

With iOS 7, Safari for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has ditched its dedicated search field in favor of a unified URL/search bar at the top, not unlike Google’s Chrome. But did you know that this field also lets you easily find all occurrences of a specific word or a phrase within any webpage?

I use this feature on a daily basis to jump to specific pieces of information within long articles without having to read them in their entirety.

In this post, I’ll show you how searching inside webpages works in Safari for iOS. Read More

 

This prank webpage will crash your iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

Jokers on Twitter are tweeting out links to a new prank webpage that, when clicked, will crash your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac, or cause the device to become unresponsive.

As Gizmodo explains, the aptly named website CrashSafari.com uses just four lines of code to crash Safari for iOS and OS X by running a script which adds thousands of characters per second into the address bar, causing Safari to overload its memory.

In the case of the Mac, you’ll see the beach ball spinning and your computer will become unresponsive. On the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, Safari will hang and start heating up your phone until it reboots itself. Read More

 

5 Notification Center widgets I use every day

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 25, 2016

When it comes to my own personal iPhone, many of the apps I use on a daily basis have Notification Center widgets that provide information to and even have shortcuts to different actions right from inside of Notification Center.

Apple originally introduced the ability for third-party app developers to create Notification Center widgets with iOS 8, so long as they follow strict guidelines, but that doesn’t keep them from being useful.

In this roundup, I’ll share my five favorite Notification Center widgets that I use on a daily basis and why I like them. 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