FaceTime connectivity issues reaching many iOS users

By Jake Smith on Apr 17, 2014

Users on iOS 6, iOS 7, and Macs are having issues connecting FaceTime video calls on Thursday.

Many complaints have rung across Twitter and Apple Support communities. Even some of our devices here at iDownloadBlog are unable to connect for unknown reasons.  Read More

 

Samsung exec: we didn’t copy Apple’s iPhone, we just had better marketing

By Jake Smith on Apr 14, 2014

Apple is claiming in the latest patent trial on-going in a California court that Samsung ripped off its iPhone to become the top-smartphone maker in the world, while Samsung says it was just pure marketing genius that helped turn the smartphone tide over the years.

Todd Pendleton, the chief marketing officer for Samsung’s American division, became the first Samsung executive to take the stand on Monday in the latest patent spat. He explained that marketing Samsung’s phones as the “Next Big Thing” helped it beat Apple, HTC, and BlackBerry, who in 2011 all held a lead over the South Korean electronics giant.

“I think people knew Samsung for televisions,” Pendleton told the court, when reminiscing on 2011. “But in terms of smartphones, there was no recognition for what our product was or what it stood for.” Read More

 

What early iPhone 5 buyers wanted: stronger battery, better Maps, bigger screens and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2014

According to Apple’s internal survey conducted with early iPhone 5 buyers, the company was well aware it didn’t have what consumers wanted most, as far back as the Fall of 2012.

An internal research note from Apple’s lawsuit with Samsung, published by Business Insider reporter Jay Yarrow, indicates the one thing iPhone 5 buyers wanted most was longer battery life, hardly a surprise as the longer-lasting battery is the most frequently cited complaint among smartphone buyers in general.

Early iPhone 5 adopters were also asking for a much improved built-in Apple Maps application, the #2 item on the wish list, and a bigger screen as the third most often requested feature. We’re of course expecting iPhones with bigger screens in the second half of this year.

If there’s any substance to the rumors floating around, Apple is working on a 4.7-inch iPhone and another one with a screen measuring between five and 5.7 inches diagonally, although the latter model could be delayed over issues with in-cell production technology for the larger screen size… Read More

 

Pad & Quill introduces beautiful new wallet case for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 1, 2014

In the world of iPhone and Mac accessories, there are two names I trust almost above all others: Twelve South and Pad & Quill. Both of them have a keen sense of design, and both are known for making high quality products out of high quality materials.

Over the weekend, the latter unveiled a new iPhone case called the Traveler. Like many of P&Q’s cases it features a built-in pocket for carrying credit cards and other knick knacks around, but this time instead of a book-like design, they went with a rear shell… Read More

 

Sprint’s Ting adds support for the iPhone 5

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

Sprint’s MVNO Ting has announced that it now supports the iPhone 5. The carrier previously only supported the iPhone 4 and 4s, and a handful of Android devices, so the additional choice should make its customers happy.

For those unfamiliar with Ting, it’s essentially the T-Mobile of the prepaid/MVNO world. It’s mission is to disrupt the way users are billed for their cell phone usage, by only charging for minutes, messages and data they use… Read More

 

New ‘Wello’ iPhone case measures blood pressure, temperature and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2014

Rumor has it that Apple’s so-called iWatch will be capable of reading your blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. But you may not have to wait until its release to purchase such a device. Meet the ‘Wello,’ the all-in-one health-tracking iPhone case.

The Wello has built-in sensors that can give you a picture of your overall health after holding it for just a few seconds. It measures heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and blood oxygen levels—and can even test your lung function via a small attachment… Read More

 

Best Buy to start discounting iPhones $50 this weekend

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2014

Folks looking to score an iPhone in the near future may want to check out their local Best Buy. Starting Sunday, February 16, the retailer will start discounting iPhone models by $50 as long as they’re purchased with a two-year contract.

The promotion will apply to all late iPhone models, for subscribers on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. And to give you an idea of what it will look like, the 16GB iPhone 5 will come down to free, the 5c $50, and the iPhone 5s $150… Read More

 

Good deal: 35% off this MacGyver-approved multitool iPhone case

By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2014

About a year ago, we wrote an article about an Indiegogo project that was looking to fund production of a multitool iPhone case. We referred to it as a combination between a Swiss Army knife and a case, as it features a knife blade, screwdriver and various other handy tools.

That project went on to get funded, and the TaskOne case is now for sale. And wouldn’t you know it, Stack Social is running a deal on it. So for those of you who were interested in picking one of these up for your iPhone 5 or 5s, you can now do so at a nice 35% discount… Read More

 

Slo-mo Mod: enable slow motion video capture on unsupported devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 24, 2014

One of the iPhone 5s’ flagship features, the Camera app’s baked-in slow motion mode, is now available to owners of older devices like the iPhone 5, and the iPod touch 5th generation. Slo-mo Mod is the jailbreak tweak that makes it so that slow motion mode is no longer an iPhone 5s exclusive.

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of this tweak, but after giving it a shot, I came away thoroughly impressed. No, it doesn’t allow you to have 120 fps video capture, but it will do 60 fps on the iPod touch 5th-gen hardware, and that’s more than enough frames to come away with some excellent looking slow motion video. Read More

 

iPhone 5s owners guzzling up 20 percent more data than iPhone 5 users

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2014

A new research report from JDSU has revealed that owners of the iPhone 5s are gobbling up 20 percent more data compared to people who own an iPhone 5. This means that for every five megabytes (or gigabytes) of cellular data consumed by an iPhone 5 owner, an additional megabyte (or gigabyte) gets guzzled up by an iPhone 5s owner.

In fact, looking at the list of top ten devices that downloaded most data in 2013, Apple’s iOS gadgets took six slots. I’m guessing Tim Cook is smiling as we speak for this survey is another sign of Apple’s devices getting far more actual use compared to Android-driven handsets, Android’s lead in terms of sheer volume notwithstanding… Read More

 

Good deal: 65% off 6-piece iPhone photography lens kit

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014

If you’re an avid iPhone photographer and find that the handset’s tiny lens just isn’t cutting it anymore, there are a number of add-on lens kits to choose from. Olloclip makes several, Sony makes one, and there are countless options from lesser-known brands.

These kits usually only contain a couple of lenses, but a company called Bazaared is taking things a step further with its Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit. It includes 5 lenses, a tripod and carrying case, and it’s being heavily discounted right now over at Stack SocialRead More

 

CES 2014: Sensus case adds pressure-sensitive touchpads to your iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

There’s been no shortage of iPhone cases trying to think outside the box at CES this year. We’ve seen cases from OtterBox that are both thin and protective, a backup battery and storage case from Mophie, and now we have a new one to share.

This is the Sensus case, from Canopy, and its big standout feature is that it adds pressure-sensing strips to the sides and back of any iPhone 5 or 5s. These strips essentially add an extra method of input for navigating apps or playing games… Read More

 

CES 2014: Flir One case brings true thermal imaging to your iPhone 5/5s

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2014

Avid iPhone photography fans are always on the lookout for new ways of improving their snaps and photography skills to give their work an added edge.

Pitched as the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One case slides right onto your iPhone 5 and lets you “see the heat wherever you go”.

It slides onto your iPhone like an ordinary protective case and displays the infrared world on its screen.

We’re talking true thermal imaging here, not the kinds of fake infrared effects you see in many photography apps on the App Store… Read More

 

OtterBox shows off new Symmetry Series case for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, OtterBox showed off a brand new series of iPhone cases it’s calling ‘Symmetry.’ The new cases are surprisingly minimal, compared to the accessory-maker’s other offerings, and consists of just one solid piece.

OtterBox says that the new case is the culmination of over a year of design, testing and innovation. It’s one of the slimmest, most protective cases in its class, and will be available in a number of different colors and graphic designs… Read More

 

How to make most tweaks and apps work with iOS 7 on pre-A7 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 28, 2013

Are you jailbroken on iOS 7? Are the apps and tweaks installed via Cydia not showing up on your device? If you’re running into this problem, you’re not alone. I’ve received numerous questions about this problem over the last few days; so many, that I thought it would good to make a post and video on it for those that need help.

The short answer to the question is Mobile Substrate. Most of the apps and tweaks that you install from Cydia rely on Mobile Substrate, and Mobile Substrate has not been updated for the latest iOS 7 jailbreak as of yet. An update has been promised to come soon, but Saurik, its developer, is no doubt inundated with about a thousand and one different tasks related to the just released jailbreak.

Let’s give Saurik the time he needs to get a properly updated working release of Mobile Substrate in our hands. In the meantime, if you’re running a non-64-bit device, you can take the following steps to make your favorite apps and tweaks work. Read More

 

Give your iPhone the power of wireless charging with the iQi Mobile

By Cody Lee on Dec 20, 2013

Despite a number of rumors and patent filings, Apple has yet to give any of its iOS devices the power of wireless charging. While many manufacturers have built the technology into their handsets, iPhones continue to use the plug-n-charge approach.

Luckily, for those looking for wireless charging, there are a handful of third party options available. And today, we’re going to talk about a new one called iQi Mobile. It’s a Qi standard wireless charging receiver, with a unique, ultra-thin flexible design… Read More

 

New slide-on case gives your iPhone a BlackBerry-style keyboard

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2013

Apple gave physical keyboards the finger (literally) when it introduced the all-touchscreen iPhone back in 2007. Skeptics were quick to dismiss the device, saying a touchscreen could never replace a physical keyboard, but it has since become the norm.

But for the folks who still long for a physical keyboard, there are several options to choose from that allow you to keep your iPhone. And today we’re adding a new one to the stack for all of you BlackBerry fans: the Typo Keyboard case for the iPhone 5/5s… Read More

 

Apple Worm case for iPhone features built-in stand and Lightning cable

By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2013

If you’ve perused the wall of iPhone accessories at your local Apple Store, you know that cases aren’t just for protecting the handset anymore. Some of them have built-in batteries or flashlights, and some even feature built-in knives.

The case we’re talking about today is also multi-functional. It’s called the Apple Worm, and in addition to protecting your iPhone, it features a built-in Lightning cable that will allow you to charge the device and doubles as a stand… Read More

 

Good deal: 50% off Spigen iPhone 5/5s case and GLAS.t bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013

Looking for a way to protect that shiny new iPhone 5s you just purchased? What about your iPhone 5? Either way, if the answer is yes, you should definitely check out this new Spigen promotional bundle from Stack Social.

For a limited time, the deal site is offering the Tough Armor Case, the GLAS.t SLIM—which we reviewed back in March, and loved—and an LCD Cleaner set for your iPhone at a significant discount. More details after the fold… Read More

 

Good deal: 46% off iPhone 5/5s accessory bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 16, 2013

Those of you having trouble figuring out what to get that special someone for Christmas this year, may want to consider smartphone accessories. This is something that they would use everyday, and they’re usually fairly inexpensive.

In fact, as luck would have it, Stack Social has an awesome iPhone 5/5s accessory bundle going on right now that could take care of 3 people on your list. The deal site is offering 2 iPhone cases and a pair of earbuds for nearly half off… Read More