Twelve South unveils SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2014

I’ve been on the lookout on a case to protect my iPhone 6 Plus and think Twelve South’s just-launched SurfacePad fits the bill. Priced at $39.99 for the iPhone 6 and $49.99 for the iPhone 6 Plus, the SurfacePad is a premium “buttery soft leather jacket” that protects the new iPhones without adding bulk and weight or concealing their gorgeous design.

It has reinforced stitching around the perimeter for long-term durability, with soft microfiber lines protecting your precious investment from the inside and soft napa leather protecting your device from the outside.

Both the $39.99 SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and $49.99 for iPhone 6 Plus are available through the Twelve South website. Read More

 

Expedia is now ready for iOS 8 and new iPhone 6 screen sizes

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

After redesigning its iPad app with combined flight and hotel search in early September, Expedia on Wednesday gave its iOS app some more love by issuing an update which makes the software compatible with iOS 8 and the latest iPhones.

Expedia now supports the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, respectively, so you’ll see more content and scroll less.

Expedia Hotels & Flights is available at no cost in the App Store.
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Poll: are you using your iPad less often because of iPhone 6?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

I myself am a heavy tablet user who’s picking up his iPad at least a dozen times a day. I especially find the tablet indispensable for catching up on morning news and before nap time, when I would typically consume interesting stories I was saving for later throughout the day.

A month into my new iPhone 6 Plus and already I’ve found myself using my iPad Air less often.

And if a sketchy report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is to be trusted, Apple itself is mulling winding down iPad mini development and devote resources to developing a 12.2 or 12.9-inch iPad model.

While mini tablets may not be dead yet, there’s no question that today’s smartphone consumer is gravitating toward smartphone-tablet hybrids (phablets) like the iPhone 6 Plus. Which brings me to our question of the day: have you noticed using your iPad less often due to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Read More

 

How to enable full 60 FPS video recording on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s brought out support for shooting full HD video in a smooth sixty frames per second (FPS), as opposed to prior models which limit 1080p video capture to a suitable thirty frames per second.

High frame rates make motion-intense videos even more awesome. For example, video shooting at 60 FPS gets rid of the stutter when panning the camera or capturing fast-moving objects.

And with YouTube now accepting 60 FPS uploads, you can share your silky smooth footage with the web at large. While both new iPhones default to capturing video in the traditional 30 FPS, all it takes to enable the new frame rate is flipping a switch in the Settings app, here’s how. Read More

 

YouTube now accepts silky smooth 60FPS footage captured on your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2014

Announced four months ago at the VidCon conference, the Internet giant Google a few days ago began rolling out support for playback of YouTube videos recorded in 48 and 60 frames per second (FPS).

This is great news for both video creators and Apple fans, who can now upload their silky smooth 60FPS footage captured on their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to YouTube.

For those who have been sleeping under the rock, the new iPhones are capable of capturing full HD (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) footage at either 30 or 60 frames per second, depending on your preference set in Settings > Photos & Camera.

And with YouTube officially accepting 60FPS uploads, your high frame rate footage gets a treatment it deserves.

If you haven’t shot any 60FPS video on your iPhone 6 yet, do it now — I guarantee you’ll be amazed how smooth it plays back without any stutter, no matter how fast you pan the camera. Read More

 

AT&T and Verizon announce VoLTE interoperability for 2015

By Cody Lee on Nov 3, 2014

In a joint press release today, AT&T and Verizon announced their voice over LTE (or VoLTE) interoperability plans for 2015. The companies say they are working to allow customers from the two carriers to make VoLTE calls between each of their networks.

Engineers from Verizon and AT&T have begun extensive testing in lab environments and then plan on moving to field trials. “This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between networks,” the release said. Read More

 

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hitting new countries on November 14

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2014

Although Apple has not yet formally announced the third wave of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus roll-out, 9to5Mac spotted that local carriers in Brazil, Colombia, Philippines and a few other countries are now advertising November 16 availability of the new handsets.

Specifically, the publication was able to verify that local carriers in Brazil, Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, ChileGuatemala, Lebanon, Kenya and Nigeria have so far announced the November 14 availability of the new handsets. Read More

 

Sam’s Club will discount iPhone 6 to $99 on November 15

By Jake Smith on Nov 2, 2014

Retailer Sam’s Club will offer the iPhone 6 starting at $99 for the 16GB version on November 15th, according to a leaked flier obtained by GottaDeals. Black Friday doesn’t begin until November 28th, but apparently Sam’s Club is wanting to kick things off early, to presumably capitalize off the demand.  Read More

 

‘ForceGoodFit’ is reason enough alone to jailbreak the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2014

It’s been well over a month since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially touched down in retail stores, and even longer since iOS 8 became available. Still, as seems to be the case with each new major iPhone and iOS release, there are developers who take a while when it comes to updating their apps.

Sometimes the delays are legitimate—updates aren’t easy—and sometimes it seems like the delays are extended with little reason. Whatever the case may be, it makes for a less-than-desirable experience on the user end. With a device like the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, such delays are especially glaring, because the apps that haven’t be updated stand out like a sore thumb.

With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice if you could force an app that hasn’t been updated to run as if it had? That’s the underlying premise behind ForceGoodFit. It forces apps that haven’t been updated to fit the screen resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It basically makes apps that haven’t been update look much better than they did before.

Have you been looking for a good reason to jailbreak your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Then look no further. Read More

 

iFile is now available for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2014

Legendary file management app, iFile, is now available with several notable updates in tow. Most importantly, the Finder-like tool for iOS has been updated for iOS 8. Secondly, support has been added for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iFile is one of the most important apps that you can download on Cydia. It brings true file management to iOS, something that just isn’t possible with native App Store apps. Have a look inside for the full change log and more iFile love. Read More

 

Google optimizes Play Music for iPhone 6 screens

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2014

Another day, another high-profile app receives its iPhone 6 focused update. After Apple optimized the WWDC app for the bigger iPhone screens, the Internet giant Google on Friday refreshed its Play Music iOS client with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens. The refreshed application has additionally squashed several bugs and introduced “lots of little tweaks”.

Google Play Music is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Apple updates WWDC app with iPhone 6 support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2014

Apple on Friday issued a small update to the official iPhone and iPad application for the Worldwide Developers Conference, its annual pilgrimage for developers which traditionally takes place each summer at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

Now sitting at version 2.1.3, the updated software brings out support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes.

Furthermore, it resolves a bug that would crash the software at launch on devices running iOS 8 or later.

WWDC is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Samsung faces grim Q3: Mobile business drops by 60%

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

The situation for Samsung is a tad grim, as the South Korea-based company reported a 74 percent year-over-year decline in net profit during Q3. This marks Samsung’s fourth consecutive quarterly decline, and marks its lowest profit margin since the second quarter of 2011. Read More

 

Sprint brings Spark to 17 more cities, now available in 46 total

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Sprint is expanding its Spark network, what it calls an enhanced version of LTE, to 17 new cities on Wednesday, including Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, and Seattle. The expansion is part of Sprint’s plan to expand Spark coverage to 100 million people by year-end, and as of today, brings the network technology to 46 markets across the country. Read More

 

Apple may bring iPhone to Iran, beginning talks with distributors

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Apple is in preliminary talks to offer its iPhone in Iran, perhaps one day marking the company’s first entry in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Cupertino-based company is said to be in contact with Iranian distributors in case “Western sanctions ease sufficiently” and it makes sense to enter the country for business.  Read More

 

ForceGoodFit: make older apps fit on your larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 29, 2014

Although the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus boast a larger screen and come with a Retina HD display, some of the apps on the App Store have not yet been updated to support the larger screen, therefore causing the apps to zoom in and appear blurred. If you’ve got a favorite app that hasn’t been updated for the larger iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus yet, you should probably check out a new jailbreak tweak known as ForceGoodFit.

Just as the name implies, the tweak forces old apps to stretch to the iPhone 6’s larger screen and allow you to view the app in full screen mode instead of having them zoomed in. From the two screenshots above, the left one is taken without the tweak install while the right one is with ForceGoodFit enabled. The tweak is quite similar to FullForce which was developed by Ryan Petrich to optimize apps for the larger iPhone 5. Read More

 

iOS 8 reaches half of all active iOS devices

By Jake Smith on Oct 28, 2014

Apple’s iOS 8 has been rolled out 52 percent of all active iOS devices, indicating a slower rollout than versions of Apple’s mobile software in the past. Apple updated its Developer Center with the data on Tuesday, indicating that some of iOS 8’s early flaws may have slowed down its rollout over the last five and a half weeks. Read More

 

Amazon App and Path updated with iPhone 6 support so you can see more content

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

iPhone 6 related updates for your favorite apps continue to roll in more than a month following the release of Apple’s bigger handsets.

Following Plex’s iPhone 6 update earlier this morning, both Amazon and Path have now refreshed their respective iOS applications with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus models.

If you’re an early iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus adopter, you know why these updates matter: not only do optimized apps look crisp as anyone would expect, but also take advantage of greater pixel count to display more content, thereby requiring fewer taps and less scrolling. Read More

 

Plex updated with iPhone 6 support, Chromecast improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Plex, the popular cross-platform media player and my go-to home theater solution, on Tuesday issued a nice refresh to its iPhone and iPad application containing support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens.

Plex 3.5.2, now compatible with iOS 8, has also been updated with improved support for Google’s $35 Chromecast HDMI dongle and contains additional bug fixes.

The universal app will run you $4.99. Read More

 

Feedly app updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, tagging and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2014

Popular RSS service Feedly has posted an update for its iOS app, bringing the client to version 24.0. The update brings about support for the higher resolution displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the ability to tag articles in-app.

Both of these changes are welcomed improvements, considering the larger iPhones have been out for more than a month now, and Feedly users have long been requesting that the team add the ability to organize content in the app via tags. Read More