How to put the App Switcher in Reachability view

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2015

Switchability is yet the latest jailbreak tweak to incorporate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability view with a jailbreak modification. In this case, Switchability places the App Switcher into Reachability view, hence the name Switchability. I’ve been testing out the tweak for a while, and what I’ve found was a great concept, but its execution needs a little work before it’s truly ready for primetime. Read More

 

‘Price is Right’ contestant thinks iPhone 6 costs $7,500

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

This is one of those moments where all you can think to yourself is: “Oh. Oh, no.”

Two contestants on the ‘Price is Right’ shocked host Drew Carey when they thought the retail price of the iPhone 6 was $7,500.  Read More

 

Phones4U liquidating its entire iPhone, iPad stock in the UK

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

If you live in the UK and have been wanting to get your hands on some killer Apple deals, now may be your chance. UK retailer Phones4U is entering administration – aka bankruptcy – and as a result is liquidating its entire stock of products, including iPhones, iPads, and Beats headphones. Read More

 

Apple faces class-action lawsuit over how much storage iOS 8 takes up

By Jake Smith on Dec 31, 2014

“The biggest iOS release ever.”

SiliconBeat reports Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging it doesn’t inform its customers how much storage iOS 8 takes up on their device, and then asks them to buy more space on iCloud.

The case was filed in a San Francisco Bay federal court on Tuesday, claiming iOS 8 can take up to 23.1 percent of storage on the iPhone 5s and 23.1 percent on an iPod. It says Apple isn’t truly representing the storage available on its devices.  Read More

 

Apple dominated Christmas, activating 2.9 devices per one Samsung

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry is out with its December Christmas week research, like it does every year, and one thing is extremely evident – Santa loves Apple. The iPhone accounted for 51 percent of new device activations from December 19th to December 25th, putting a pretty good beating on Samsung, who only accounted for 18 percent.

Flurry found that for every one Samsung device that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices. We’ll have to wait until Apple’s earnings call probably sometime in January for more of a per-device breakdown, but it looks like the iPhone 6 far outweighed any other version of the iPhone. Read More

 

Chevron to integrate Apple Pay at the pump in 2015

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

Oil giant Chevron is working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate Apple Pay directly with its gas pumps in 2015, to allow customers to pay with their phone directly at the pump, the company revealed in a tweet on Monday. Read More

 

The Scarf is the perfect ultrathin iPhone 6 case for minimalists

By Sébastien Page on Dec 26, 2014

If like me you’re not into cases but do care about adding a layer of protection to your iPhone, then you might want to check out The Scarf, an ultrathin case made by California-based company Totallee. Self proclaimed the world’s thinnest case, The Scarf is 0.35 mm thin, and weights less than 0.20 ounces (about 5.5 grams), which equals to about the weight of a standard sheet of paper. In essence, The Scarf is the perfect case for the minimalists who usually wouldn’t use a case, such as me.

Made of lightweight yet tough polypropylene, The Scarf provides basic protection against scratches and daily wear and tear, while complimenting your iPhone with a minimalistic design. Read More

 

Russian Online Store back for business with pricier products

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

After being offline for six days straight, the Russia Online Apple Store went back online Monday with expectedly higher price points for the latest iPhones and other products as a direct result of the country’s collapsing ruble currency.

The latest iPhone 6, for example, is now a whopping 54 percent pricier compared to Apple’s previous asking prices before the store went offline and will now set would-be shoppers 53,990 rubles for an entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage, which works out to about $984 off-contract and excluding taxes. Read More

 

Disney World confirms accepting Apple Pay beginning December 24

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

Disney World confirmed this morning that it will be accepting Apple Pay starting Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Supporting Apple’s mobile payment solution by Disney’s theme park empire in time for the holidays will allow visitors who own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to use it to make contactless payments.

Apple Pay will be accepted in most Disney World stores, quick service restaurants, bars and to purchase tickets. Read More

 

Apple forming Apple Pay team in London to launch mobile payments in more countries

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple looks to be gearing up to bring its mobile payment service Apple Pay to countries in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa, after a launch in the US in October. A job listing on Wednesday revealed Apple is forming a new team focused on Apple Pay at its London office, along with hiring an “Apple Pay Site Reliability Engineer” in China.

“Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa,” the company wrote. Read More

 

Apple says after June app updates will need to include 64-bit support

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple sent out an email to registered iOS developers on Wednesday, reminding them that beginning February 1, 2015, new apps submitted to the App Store will have to feature 64-bit support and be built on the iOS 8 software development kit.  Read More

 

ReachWeather: view current weather conditions when invoking Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Do you ever wish that you could use the blank space that appears when invoking Reachability on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? The developer of ReachWeather apparently did, and so he did something about it. ReachWeather is a new jailbreak tweak that uses the available Reachability real estate to place something useful there—current weather conditions for a predetermined location. Read More

 

Google Wallet for iPhone adds Touch ID and iPhone 6 support, more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

The Internet giant Google has upped the ante in the mobile payment arena with Tuesday’s refresh to its Wallet iOS app. The new version brings out support for Touch ID allowing owners of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the iPhone 5s and onward to unlock the app with their finger.

And with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus display resolutions, the app now takes full advantage of the screen real estate available to owners of Apple’s latest handsets. Read More

 

BBM gains iOS 8 and iPhone 6 support, stickers in group chats and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2014

BlackBerry is rolling out a new version of BBM for iOS with support for Apple’s latest iOS 8 mobile operating system, native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, the ability to send stickers in a group chat and more.

“You can’t help but notice the sleek and modern design updates like a flat UI and attractive transparencies,“ boasted Canada’s embattled company. The overhaul makes the app look sharp across supported Apple devices. Read More

 

Twelve South launches premium BookBook leather wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2014

Participating in the multi-billion dollar accessory industry yields substantial financial incentives for vendors that ready their cases by the time the next iPhone hits the market, but Twelve South has never been about the money alone.

That’s especially evident in the case (pun intended) of the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. Because the new phones represent a major departure from the established phone design and form factor, Twelve South has decided to take their time to get their premium BookBook case right for the bigger iPhones.

And it’s finally here. Introducing the BookBook for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

Google iOS app gains Material Design, iPhone 6 support, Recents and Maps in search results

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

The search monster Google this morning posted a major update to its main search app for iOS.

The company says it’s enhanced the software by bringing out support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens, a fresh new look with Material Design appearance, Maps alongside search results, easier-to-find recent searches, a “G” button that lets you start a new search from anywhere within the app and more.

You can grab the completely rebuilt Google 5.0 app for the iPhone and iPad free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

SoundCloud adds playlist creation feature and native iPhone 6 support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform, on Thursday issued a long-expected updated to its iOS client which has finally added support for the new iPhone resolutions so it no longer looks oddly scaled on your brand spanking new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. In addition to playlist creation and iPhone 6 support, SoundCloud 3.6 contains various bug fixes. Read More

 

Spotify gains iPhone 6 support, adds new ‘Top Tracks in Your Network’ playlist

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Better late than never: Spotify, the popular music-streaming service hailing from Sweden, today at last gave its iOS clientproper support for the new iPhone screen resolutions so it no longer runs scaled on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

More importantly, version 2.2 has added the “Top Tracks in Your Network” playlist which shows the most played songs among the people you follow.

Top Tracks in Your Network rolling out as we speak to all users and can be found under the new Top Tracks button in the Browse section of the Spotify app. Read More

 

Snapchat updated with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support

By Sébastien Page on Dec 9, 2014

Popular photo messaging app Snapchat was updated tonight with a few features, the most important one probably being support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This update, which brings Snapchat to version 8.1.0, also brings about improved captions and the ability to stack filters on top of each other. Read More

 

Selfy case kinda turns your iPhone into a GoPro

By Jim Gresham on Dec 7, 2014

Where do I even begin talking about selfies? Everyone loves a good selfie. They are wildly popular across the world, even causing South Korea to ban “unregulated” selfie stick sales. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, and other forms of popular social media channels are completely filled with selfies. What caused our self obsession will never be explained, but the selfie is here to stay.

The selfie stick was one of the first hardware selfie assistants. I saw them around touristy places when I traveled, but didn’t think much of them about a year ago. Now, they are increasingly popular and being utilized in everyday places. Several iterations of selfie-inspired accessories cropped up and iLuv is capitalizing on the fad. Launching “selfy,” iLuv guarantees you will always have a quick way to snap a selfie and includes a laundry list of add-ons to assist. Read More