TSMC establishing 10nm pilot line to build A10 chips for iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), the world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, is apparently scheduled to finish its 10-nanometer pilot production line by the end of June, with Taiwanese media suggesting that the new facilities will churn out an Apple-designed ‘A10’ processor said to power an ‘iPhone 7’ and other iOS devices due in 2016. Read More

 

NBA Jam by EA Sports selected as IGN’s free iOS game of the month

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

It took a little longer than usual, but IGN’s free iOS game of the month is finally here. Though the promotion is valid only in the US, UK and a few select markets, readers overseas can use an anonymizer service like SmartHide Online Anonymizer to visit IGN’s deals page as if there were accessing it from within the US and redeem the game.

Released in the App Store back in February of 2011, NBA Jam by EA Sports has never been free so this is your chance to grab the game and save five bucks right off the bat. Read More

 

Pac-Man receives big update, goes on sale for 35th anniversary

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

It may be hard to believe, but Pac-Man is celebrating its 35th birthday this weekend. The popular pellet-gobbling arcade game made its debut 35 years ago on May 22, 1980 (it launched first in Japan, and then Midway brought it to the US in October).

Unsurprisingly, Bandai Namco is going above and beyond to honor the anniversary. It’s hosting a party in Chicago with the creator of Pac-Man Professor Toru Iwatani tonight, and it’s pushed out an update and discount for the iOS port of the game. Read More

 

25 amazing apps and games are currently on sale for $0.99

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Apple this week launched a new promotion in the App Store called ‘Amazing Apps & Games for $0.99.’ The curated section highlights 12 great apps and 13 popular games, which normally run between $2 and $6, that are currently on sale for less than a buck.

Among the offerings are the endless snowboarder Alto’s Revenge, and premium creative apps like Procreate Pocket and Enlight. Many of these have already been mentioned in our App Recap, but we thought the deals were worth compiling into a single post. Read More

 

New book tells the story of how the iPhone crippled BlackBerry

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2015

There is a new book coming out later this month entitled “Losing the Signal,” and it explores the rise and fall of BlackBerry. The Canadian-based handset maker that once sat atop the smartphone market has spent the last two years fighting off bankruptcy.

On Friday The Wall Street Journal published an interesting excerpt from the book, which tells the story of the iPhone’s debut in 2007 and how it impacted folks inside BlackBerry. It’s clear that they had no idea it was coming, or what they could do to respond. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 22

By Cody Lee on May 22, 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’s picks include 9 new games and several app and game deals to help get you through the long weekend! Read More

 

How to make Apple Watch play nice with your iPhone on a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2015

Although not quite new, we reported this morning that Apple Watch can’t connect to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network. It’s not a bug or anything. It’s just a limitation of the current hardware found in Apple Watch. For those users that are not aware of this limitation, it can cause problems when believing that because you are on a known Wi-Fi network, Apple Watch and iPhone should still be able to connect even if they’re out of Bluetooth range.

There is just no way to make your Apple Watch connect to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network, but there are ways to work around that limitation. I’ve actually been helping people with that specific issue for a few days now, and because I’ve seen misinformation going around, I thought it would be best to just get things cleared up and explain how you can have both your iPhone and Apple Watch play nice with each other, even if your iPhone is connected to a 5Ghz network. Read More

 

Take a sneak peek at Spotify’s new experience with Running, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

An iDownloadBlog reader has sent in a number of gorgeous screenshots of Spotify’s major iPhone revamp. The software was just released to Spotify’s beta testers a few hours ago ahead of its impending public release.

You may have heard Spotify stepped on Apple’s toes with the announcement of new media types like news, video and podcasts, along with a flurry of feature additions like activity-based playlists, a cool Running feature and more.

With that in mind, we urge you to take a look at the screenshots included below and see for yourself how the new Spotify experience on mobile looks like. Read More

 

Catalyst Waterproof case protects your iPhone 6 up to 16 feet under water

By Lory Gil on May 22, 2015

When I go camping, I tend to leave my iPhone behind. Not because I’m trying to be closer to nature, or unplug from the world, but because I tend to worry about getting dirt, marshmallow goo, ash, or beer on my device. Even if I’m brave enough to bring it to the campsite, I still won’t take it anywhere near a body of water.

The Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case eases my fears by having a waterproof rating up to 16.4 feet deep. Plus the lanyard connector means I can secure my iPhone to my body for even more security and protection. Read More

 

How to use Google contacts on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2015

For the longest time, all my contacts and calendars were managed via Gmail and Google Calendars. It was just hard for me to mentally make the jump from everything Google to everything Apple. But with the advent of iCloud, I’ve completely broken up with Google to handle these two features and now entirely rely on Apple to handle both my calendars and contacts.

I realize not everybody can make that decision though, for both personal and professional reasons. Maybe you just don’t trust Apple with your contacts and calendars and want to rely exclusively on Google and Gmail for that. Or maybe your company uses Google Apps and it just makes more sense to make Google a more integrated part of your iPhone experience.

Whatever the reason might be, I’m going to show you how to import your Google contacts to your iPhone. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 21

By Cody Lee on May 21, 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’s selections include several great deals on apps and games, and some new games you have to try! Read More

 

Apple working on glasses-free 2D/3D display with adaptive eye-tracking

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application on Thursday entitled “Spatially interactive computing device.” The filing describes an advanced display system that can output both 2D and 3D images at the same time, without the need for specialized glasses.

More specifically, the display uses multiple layers to provide differing output to a viewer’s left and right eyes, as well as adaptive eye-tracking courtesy of a built-in image sensor. These technologies allow the display to produce 3D images to one user, or multiple images to different users, simultaneously. Read More

 

Physics-based puzzler ‘Magnetized’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

Apple has just named “Magnetized” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the abstract physics puzzler for both iPhone and iPad for free—an awesome savings of $2.99.

In Magnetized, you are tasked with navigating a moving ball through a series of neon mazes using magnetic control points. It sounds simple at first, but the mazes get increasingly difficult, forcing you to try and master momentum and direction. Read More

 

App Store highlights apps for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

By Cody Lee on May 21, 2015

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has begun highlighting apps with specialized accessibility features. The curated section features apps such as Instapaper, which offers text-to-speech, and Workflow, which can automate complex tasks, and is featured on the front page of the App Store.

Apple has long been praised for the accessibility features in iOS. Grammy Award-winning artist, who has been blind for most of his life, famously took time out of a concert to thank Steve Jobs and company for their work, saying “there’s nothing on the iPhone or the iPad that you can do, that I can’t do.”

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Shazam gains camera support for scanning QR codes and images with Shazam camera logo

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Music identification app Shazam now lets you scan QR Codes thanks to the latest update with camera support.

Now any image that contains QR codes or the Shazam camera logo can be scanned within the app to unlock additional content, interactive experiences, special offers and other embedded content. Read More

 

Asphalt 8 picks up new cars, exclusive decals, Tenerife track, widget support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft’s free-to-play arcade racing title for the iPhone and iPad, today received a major content update in the App Store. The game has gained a number of new cars, tracks and loads of other improvements, amongst them support for the Apple Watch and a widget for the iOS Notification Center.

Asphalt 8 was first to support Metal, Apple’s new graphics framework in iOS 8 that makes graphics intensive games run smoother with more effects. Now Gameloft provides the latest Asphalt update as a 64-bit application that should run even faster on iPhones and iPads powered by Apple’s A7 chip or newer. Read More

 

KGI claims Apple will unveil new iPhones in August before making them available for sale in September

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Apple usually launches new iPhones in September (and iPads in October), but this time around the company could bring the ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ to market a bit earlier, if a new analysis by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is an indication.

In a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by The China Post, Kuo writes that Apple will announce the new handsets in August before making them available for sale in September, the time frame that suggests the possibility of pre-orders in late August. Read More

 

Sunrise Calendar and Wunderlist integrate, letting you create and manage Wunderlist tasks in Sunrise

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

6Wunderkinder GmbH, the German developer behind the popular task/to-do app Wunderlist, and the team behind the cross-platform calendar application Sunrise Calendar, on Thursday announced feature-rich integration between the two apps.

The move allows fans of both services to create Wunderlist tasks directly in Sunrise, write a Wunderlist task as done and change its due date in Sunrise and more. Read More

 

Giveaway: enter to win the Apple device of your choice

By iDB Deals on May 21, 2015

If you’re an Apple fan, chances are you have at least one of their gadgets on your wish list right now. Which makes us pretty psyched to be the bearers of great news: you now have a chance to get the Apple toy of your choice off your wish list and into your hands. In partnership with StackSocial, The Choose Your Own Apple Toy giveaway is now open at iDownloadBlog Deals and you have until June 17th to enter.

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App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 20

By Cody Lee on May 20, 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’s selections include a number of deals on premium apps and games that you don’t want to miss. Read More