Tip: your iPhone’s stock Compass app has a level built into it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016

There’s a feature hiding inside of your iPhone’s Compass app that could come in handy in many scenarios.

You’ve probably downloaded third-party level apps from the App Store at one time or another to make sure that a picture frame or something you built turned out nice and flat without any signs of being crooked, but did you know you didn’t have to? Read More


How to set up repeating reminders on Mac and iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Reminders are very useful for when you want to make sure you don’t forget something, and all-too-often, you need a reminder for the same thing more than once at different intervals.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you show to set up a reminder that repeats more than one time on both your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: Spotlight Suggestions in Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

On iOS 10, Spotlight Suggestions appear in more places than before. We recently told you about Spotlight Suggestions in the Look Up interface (formerly known as the Define feature). We also discussed iOS 10’s expressive Messages app in depth and mentioned its super useful inline previews of URLs.

As it turns out, not only does Messages support inline previews of media URLs, but underlines specific terms in your chats—such as movie and app names—that Spotlight Suggestions can give you more info about. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: sending broken hearts via iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

iOS 10’s much-enhanced Messages app includes the Digital Touch interface that first appeared on the Apple Watch. With Digital Touch, users can create iMessages that contain doodles, digital taps, video with effects and more.

We recently explained how Digital Touch can be taken advantage of to send nicely animated hearts to your recipients. Here’s another iOS 10 tidbit: Messages on iOS 10 also lets you shoot animated broken hearts to someone for those times you wish to convey more specific feelings. Read More


Google wants to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Apple is opening a new facility in India early next year, aimed at improving the skills and success of Indian developers building iOS applications, and now Google hopes to do the same for Android. In introducing a new initiative this morning, called Android Skilling, Google hopes to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent to Android. Read More


Jailbreak tweak of the week: it was a very slow week

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 10, 2016

Cydia’s not getting any busier in the absence of a jailbreak for the latest iOS firmware, but that’s not to say that jailbreak tweak releases have ceased entirely. In this roundup, we’ll talk about this week’s Cydia traffic. Read More


Apple’s European iOS App Development Center opening at University of Naples in October

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

We learned in January that Apple would be opening its first European iOS App Development Center in Italy and now German website Macerkopf.de notes that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Naples has officially confirmed partnering with Apple on the initiative.

Beginning in October 2016, the upcoming iOS App Development Center will let Naples university students take part in a nine month curriculum which was designed by Apple itself. Read More


Apple should to do something about useless App Store “change logs”

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 8, 2016

The App Store is the best way to download and use apps on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and every so often, you get an update for one of your apps that is supposed to fix problems or add new features.

Of course, what are you supposed to make of app updates that don’t really give you any information about what you’re downloading? Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: warning message when launching apps that aren’t 64-bit compliant

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

In April 2015, Apple reminded developers that as of June 2015 all apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support. After more than a year, some apps are still stuck on 32 bits and lack support for 64-bit devices. iOS 10 takes a naming and shaming approach by including a brand new warning message that appears when you open a 32-bit app on a 64-bit iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More


iOS 10 and macOS Sierra launching for public beta testing today

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Apple will be releasing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas to public beta testers who enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, The Verge reports. iOS 10 is turning out to be much more than another release, with dozens of refinements and little things on top of headlining new features, some of which allow developers to build apps for the stock Messages, Maps and Phone apps, as well as integrate with Siri. Read More


It seems that iOS 10 beta 2 locks some people out of their Apple ID

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Some folks with iOS 10 beta 2 installed on their iPhone are finding that they’ve been locked out of their Apple ID account, unable to perform a password reset. As per a new thread on Reddit, the problem seems to affect a portion of iOS 10 beta 2 users whose Apple ID account has been protected with Apple’s two-step authentication system, which requires both a password and a one-time six-digit code when using iCloud on a new device.

We’re posting this as convenience for those who have been affected. If you’re seeing this, you probably don’t need to worry about your Apple ID being hacked and unrecoverable, it’s just a bug in iOS 10 beta 2. Read More


iOS 9.3.3 beta 5, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 released for testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

Two weeks after seeding a fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3, Apple today released a fifth beta of the mostly bug-fix software update to members of the Apple Developer Program and public beta testers signed up with the Apple Beta Software Program. The new software is available as an over-the-air update on devices running a prior beta of iOS 9.3.3 through the Software Update mechanism in Settings. Apple also released tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 to its registered developers and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 to developers and public beta testers. Read More


Has Apple gone mad? More iOS 10 parts left unencrypted in beta 2

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

As you know, security experts were baffled realizing that the iOS 10 kernel in beta 1 was not encrypted. Apple argued it was no big deal because the kernel contained no user data so the company had left it unencrypted intentionally in order to increase general system performance, in their own words.

But Apple didn’t stop there.

As first discovered by prominent jailbreak developer and iPhone hacker, MuscleNerd, iOS 10 beta 2 actually leaves more parts of the operating system unencrypted.

What’s going on here? Read More


Does your iPhone support Raise to Wake on iOS 10?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

iOS 10 makes waking your iPhone from sleep as easy as raising it in your hand. Aptly named Raise to Wake, this useful feature automatically wakes the screen as you raise the device so that you can instantly see all your notifications at a glance. It may sound like it’s no big deal, but it is. However, Raise to Wake requires iOS to constantly capture and interpret data from the iPhone’s many sensors to determine how you’re holding the phone in your hand.

In order to realize this feature in a power-frinedly manner, it reads data from the sensors using  an Apple-designed motion coprocessor, which also happens to be required for tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ functionality. So, does your iPhone support Raise to Wake on iOS 10 or not? Read More


Video walkthrough: everything new in iOS 10 beta 2

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

Apple today seeded a second beta of iOS 10 to its registered developers and this time around, release notes are pretty packed to reflect that the company has squashed many bugs in iOS 10 beta 2 while also bringing out a bunch of notable changes, refinements and new features. Here’s our running list of everything that has been changed or tweaked in iOS 10 beta 2. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

Following the first developer-only preview of iOS 10 which was issued following the June 13 WWDC keynote, the Cupertino firm today pushed iOS 10 beta 2 (build number “14A5297c”) to the members of the Apple Developer Program. The new software is available as an over-the-air download on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that run the first beta. A beta of iOS 10 will be made available to public beta testers in July. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: unlocking iPhone and iPad without launching Home screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

As we wrote before, iOS 10 changes the way unlocking your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch works. For starters, iOS 10 does away with the familiar slide-to-unlock gesture so instead of “Slide to Unlock”, which now takes you to a dedicated widgets screen, you get to see a new “Press Home to unlock” message on the Lock screen.

As a result, unlocking a Touch ID-outfitted iOS device now requires you to press the Home button rather than rest your finger on it, like in prior editions of the software. But as it turns out, iOS 10 gives users another, previously unavailable option for unlocking their device without automatically launching the Home screen. Read More


iOS 10’s Health app will let US users sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

Apple announced Tuesday that it will add an organ donor registration option to the stock Health app in iOS 10. People in the United States will be able to use a built-in option in the Health app when iOS 10 launches for public consumption this fall to register themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors.

CEO Tim Cook told the Associated Press that the feature should help ease a longstanding donor shortage, reminding the public that the problem hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an “excruciating” wait for a liver transplant in 2009. Read More


Clearing your search history from the Instagram app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 5, 2016

Instagram users who search for things frequently leave a trail behind that shows everything they’ve searched for, and to some who are used to hiding their tracks, this could be considered a privacy concern.

If you want to clear your search history from the Instagram app on your iPhone or iPod touch, then follow along as we take you through the simple steps to do so in this tutorial. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: using Digital Touch in Messages to send kisses instead of hearts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2016

Aside from a lot of other advances, iOS 10 turns the Messages app into a platform upon which developers can build downloadable stickers, full-screen animations and chat bubble effects. Messages in iOS 10 also supports Digital Touch, a feature that first debuted on the Apple Watch.

With the new Digital Touch interface in iOS 10 Messages, users can draw and sketch with their finger on photos and video, send hearts and create other digital effects on video. But as it turns out, users also have the option to send animated kisses instead of heart beats using a simple gesture. Read More