How to free up your iPhone and iPad storage space by removing unwanted books

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

Our previous how-tos shared tips on saving storage space on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by removing photosvideos, songs and apps. And last week, we shared an excellent tip on clearing ‘Other’ storage occupied by Safari’s Reading List, app caches and temporary data.

With that in mind, you’d be surprised to learn that electronic books can take significant amount of storage space.

While a typical book found on the iBooks Store is about two megabytes in size, a textbook with enhanced features like audio and video will typically require anywhere between a few hundred megabytes to up to two gigabytes of storage, per textbook.

Now, if you’re anything like me, your devices are stuffed to the gills with multimedia-rich smart reads. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to identify the amount of on-device storage consumed by iBooks content, teach you how to reclaim storage space by removing books and PDFs you’ve read and share a few useful tips along the way that I bet you didn’t know about. Read More

 

Noted analyst: iPad sales will keep tanking in 2015

By Jake Smith on Feb 6, 2015

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out with a report on Friday that’s extremely bearish on the state of Apple’s iPad. The analyst, who expects Apple to release a new 12.9-inch model in the coming months, says the downward trend of iPad sales to continue, as much as 30 percent in 2015.

Kuo believes iPad shipments will “struggle to top” 45 million units in 2015, which is a 30 percent year over year decline from 2014. The first quarter of the year is said to be particularly bad, with a prediction that shipments will decline 52.7 percent in the first quarter of calendar 2015 to just 10.1 million units. Read More

 

The iPad is a real computer

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 6, 2015

If anyone has been following along over the last few months then you’ll probably know that I’ve been having a bit of a love-in with my iPad mini. After initially suffering the same fate as my other iPads and being all but discarded after the initial novelty wore off, the iPad mini with Retina – now renamed by Apple as the iPad mini 2 – has become my main computer.

And yes, I just called the iPad a computer.

So when I started reading Federico Viticci’s iPad Air 2 review, I was already interested to read how he found the switch from an iPad mini to the iPad Air form factor. Turns out he likes it, and I find myself wondering whether my next iPad should be of the larger variety, too. I’m still not convinced, but with the Airs getting thinner and lighter and with ever decreasing bezels, it’s something worthy of serious consideration after falling in love with the mini’s super portable size. Read More

 

Telltale releases Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

Following the inaugural release of the Game of Thrones adventure game series for the iPhone, iPad and Mac back in December, Telltale Games has now released the second installment of the six-episode game.

Titled The Lost Lords, Episode 2 finds House Forrester in disarray, their liege lord and his heir dead and Ironrath occupied by Whitehill soldiers.

Needless to say, the survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords is available in the App Store, Telltale Store and through Steam. Read More

 

Porsche reveals its latest car, the Cayman GT4, right within Real Racing 3

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

German automobile manufacturer Porsche has become the first car maker to reveal a premium vehicle in a video game.

As reported by AppAdvice, an update to Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3 contains the worldwide reveal of the Porsche Cayman GT4, a sports car with the distinctive mid-engine layout, marking the first time a real car has been unveiled through a mobile game. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 5

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include several new games that just landed in the App Store. Read More

 

SwiftKey gains iPad gesture typing, 800+ predictive emojis, key click sounds and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2015

SwiftKey, the popular third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad, has received a nice refresh today. The new version brings out support for eleven more languages, enables gesture typing on iPads, implements a new picker which provides access to more than 800 emoticons along with emoji predictions, adds the option to accompany each tap of a key with a click sound and other goodies. Read More

 

‘Angry Birds Seasons’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Feb 5, 2015

Apple has just named “Angry Birds Seasons” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular game, which normally retails for $0.99, for free.

The Angry Birds franchise needs no introduction—Rovio’s slingshotting fowls have been downloaded over 2 billion times—and this seasonal version has proven to be a fan favorite. The current episode is NBA All-Star. Read More

 

Paper by FiftyThree makes all tools free in iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2015

App and accessory maker FiftyThree on Thursday announced a big change in their business model. All the creative tools in Paper for iPad that used to be locked behind In-App Purchases are now available at no cost, including Sketch, Outline, Write, Color and Mixer.

These essential tools used to cost four bucks when purchased together, or $0.99 each when bought individually.

“By making Paper accessible to all, we hope to see more great ideas come to life – on Mix and everywhere,” developers said. Read More

 

More word Samsung will manufacture Apple’s next-gen A9 processor

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Apple is moving away from TSMC and back to Samsung to manufacture the chip that is the power house behind the iPhone, reports Recode.

The report notes that Apple had “hoped” to rely more heavily on TSMC for the next-generation A9 processor – probably, you know, because Samsung is a huge rival – but things didn’t work out that way because of TSMC’s limits in manufacturing.

Samsung will be building the A9 chip using the 14nm process, which allows the chip to run cooler and draw less power from the iPhone’s battery. TSMC is unable to manufacture anything smaller than the 20nm process that is currently used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 4

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have tons of new freebies you won’t want to miss! Read More

 

Poll: your next computer — iPad Pro or Retina Air?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

If the rumors pan out, we could see both an iPad Pro and a Retina upgrade to the MacBook Air some time in the following months, possibly as soon as April.

Both are thought to include an ultra high-resolution screen measuring about twelve inches diagonally, run quietly thanks to fanless design and the latest power-savvy chips and redefine portability with an even lighter and thinner appearance. True, you’d be hard-pressed to call a twelve-inch tablet ultra portable.

But given Apple’s obsession with thinness and lightness, I suspect a larger iPad could be easier to carry around than you’d think. And assuming that rumored creative stylus accessory is indeed in the works, Apple would be wise to create a vastly improved iOS version with true multitasking, side-by-side apps and other productivity features.

With a proper OS, powerful chips, a screen to die for and an optional accessory, the iPad Pro could be the ultimate productivity tablet you’ve been waiting for.

On the other hand, the twelve-inch Air is said to be almost as light and thin as the iPad. It’s poised to blur the line between the notebook and the tablet even further. Therefore, why bother struggling with an oversized tablet if the new Air will be just as light and thin, while offering a built-in keyboard and OS X? Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 3

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include some great discounts you won’t want to miss, as well as a few interesting new apps.  Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption jumps to 72 percent of devices

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2015

According to the official App Store Distribution data as of yesterday, iOS 8 is now running on 72 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

That’s up notably over the 69 percent figure recorded just two weeks ago, when iOS 8 adoption rates were slowing in the post-holiday season.

By comparison, Google’s own Developer Dashboards webpage was refreshed yesterday and now shows Android 5.0 Lollipop as finally making a blip on the radar, with the operating system recording a tiny 1.6 percent share of the current Android install base. Read More

 

How to reclaim ‘Other’ storage on your iOS device

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2015

If your iPhone or iPad is running out of space, manually removing unwanted photosvideossongsapps and stuff like Safari’s Reading List is a good way of freeing up some store space. But more often than not, this isn’t enough.

The devil, as they say, is in the detail — in this case, the mysterious ‘Other’ category that iTunes displays after connecting your iOS device to a computer.

‘Other’ storage is a section iOS uses to store temporary data, cache files inside apps and items retrieved through the iOS Background Refresh feature to make apps load faster. ‘Other’ storage balloons over time and can quickly add up to anywhere between a few hundred megabytes to a couple gigabytes of wasted on-device storage.

Aside from performing a clean install of iOS or restoring your device as new, there’s no easy way of manually reclaiming your ‘Other’ storage. But thanks to a brilliant new Mac app in town, created by Nice Mohawk, anyone — even novice users — can free up storage space on their iPhone and iPad in minutes. Not only does the app let you reclaim your ‘Other’ storage, but also delete caches, back up your photos and videos, as well as remove large apps and music. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 2

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include a number of freebies, and a few new apps and games. Read More

 

Slow Shutter! available for free within the Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2015

Those of you who enjoy app deals may be interested to know that Slow Shutter! has gone free for a limited time. Apple is currently offering promo codes for the popular camera app, which typically costs $1.99, within its Apple Store app.

Slow Shutter’s flagship feature is its ability to capture long-exposure photographs. This means that you can create the kind of beautiful photos of moving objects (think moving cars at night) typically reserved for more expensive cameras. Read More

 

Review: PlugBug World by Twelve South, the versatile little charger Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Aren’t you sick and tired of those unsightly, clunky wall chargers lying underneath your desk? I’m all for simplification so solutions that cut down the number of power adapters needed to juice up my devices are bound to win my attention.

Twelve South’s PlugBug World is a cute hybrid charger which connects to any MacBook brick or Apple USB wall charger.

By integrating an additional 2.1-Amp USB port, this compact accessory can quickly recharge any iOS device, or a lower-powered USB device, while feeding power to a MacBook at the same time.

Continue reading as I let you in on the PlugBug’s little secrets, such as its cunning adaptability, versatility and smart design choices that make it stand out from other products and turn it into an indispensable companion in your mobile arsenal. Read More

 

Apple airs its first advertisement targeted specifically at China

By Jake Smith on Feb 1, 2015

No, not a Super Bowl advertisement.

The China arm of Apple has debuted its first television advertisement in the region on Sunday, during a time when China has been crucial to Apple’s quarterly profits.

The one minute and a half advertisement, shown on the Apple China website and titled “Start Something New”, is geared towards the Chinese New Year. It’s similar to the US Apple advertisement called “The Song”. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 30

By Cody Lee on Jan 30, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today we have some great app and game discounts, as well as several high profile updates. Read More

 
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