Apple reportedly planning Force Touch for 2015 ‘iPhone 6s’ lineup

By Jake Smith on Feb 28, 2015

The 2015 line of iPhones that are expected to launch this fall will feature the Force Touch input that is found on the Apple Watch, according to AppleInsider.

The Apple rumor publication, citing its own sources, says the next-generation handsets are internally codenamed “N71″ for the 4.7-inch model and “N66″ for the 5.5-inch version. They’re said to keep the “iPhone 6s” naming convention like the iPhone 5s, and like with every “S” model release, will retain the same design as the previous version. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 27

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 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 more great game deals for you as we head into the weekend! Read More

 

Apple highlighting indie game sales in featured App Store section

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is currently highlighting several indie game sales in a new featured App Store section called ‘Amazing Indie Games.’ Users can find the section by visiting the ‘Featured’ section of the App Store and tapping on the banner image you see above.

All of the games listed in the section are made by independent developers (an individual or small team), and are being discounted by at least 50% for a limited time. Titles include Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure, Battleheart Legacy, Rules! and more. Read More

 

Google Maps update adds Local Guides, detailed POI/venue info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.

A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.

You can also add transit directions to your calendar.

Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More

 

Poll: thinness vs. better iPhone battery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Handset vendors stubbornly insist on making their gadgets thinner at a time when consumers have largely been craving for better battery life.

Apple, like no other company, is a poster child for the industry’s obsession with thinness. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, its slim profile gets prominently featured and communicated in ads.

This point was especially brought home for me in a recent Wall Street Journal article which argues that “survey after survey reveals there is one thing consumers wish manufacturers would change about their gadgets” and it’s better battery life.

Our poll today deals with this issue as we seek to learn whether you, our loyal readers, would rather have a millimeter or two thicker device with a stronger battery or as thins a phone as possible with a good enough battery. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 26

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 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 discounts for Duet Display and other apps, and several new games. Read More

 

iA Writer, the popular iOS/Mac app for focused writing, launches on Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

iA Writer, one of the best and most popular iPhone, iPad and Mac applications for distraction-free writing on the go, has been ported to Android and is now available for download in the Play store.

German developer Information Architects GmbH broke the news in a blog post earlier today. Like the iOS edition, iA Writer for Android is a paid download costing five bucks.

On Android, the app sports the familiar, polished interface with Focus Mode that highlights the current sentence being written. It also syncs with Dropbox and does Markdown — again, just like its iOS counterpart does. Read More

 

Tweetbot developer lays out iOS and Mac app roadmap, makes Weightbot free

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Today, developer Tapbots has shared some updates concerning state of development of its popular iOS and Mac Twitter client, Tweetbot, and the whole software lineup for that matter.

For starters, a completely redesigned Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac with Yosemite-friendly look and feel has been in the works for quite some time now. Tweetbot 4.0 for iOS is being readied as well.

“We are going to do a better job keeping our current apps up to date with each new OS release,” they promised. In addition, the company announced closing other projects in order to focus resources on upcoming (and long overdue) updates to Tweetbot for Mac and iPad. Read More

 

Apple grabs 89 percent of smartphone profits while Android captures record-low 11 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

The latest indication that even with its minuscule share of smartphone units sold Apple is clobbering everyone when it comes to profits came Thursday via research firm Strategy Analytics. The research company reported that the Cupertino firm took home an astounding 88.7 percent of operating profit share in smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year.

This is no doubt the effect of strong sales of Apple’s well-received iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Android, meanwhile, has fallen to a record-low eleven (11.3) percent. Read More

 

Readdle’s Printer Pro goes zero bucks, courtesy of Apple’s Free App of the Week promo

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Since its December 2011 debut, wireless printing software Printer Pro has never gone free, excluding a limited one-day promo last April.

That changes today as Apple’s editors have now marked the iPhone and iPad application down to $0 (regularly $6.99), listing the app its Free App of the Week in the App Store’s ongoing weekly promotion.

Created by Ukrainian developer Readdle, Printer Pro has been downloaded two million times. It’s a great app that lets you print attachments, documents, web pages and more right from your iPhone or iPad to any printer.

It automatically finds and connects to a printer on your Wi-Fi network. You can even connect to a USB printer if you install a free helper desktop app on your Mac or PC. Read More

 

iOS activation in enterprise jumps to 73 percent, increasing Apple’s lead over Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks in no small part to strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, Apple has been able to extend its enterprise lead over Android during the fourth quarter of last year.

According to the new Mobility Index Report data (PDF download) by research firm Good Technology, iOS activations in the enterprise market jumped from 69 percent in the third quarter of last year to 73 percent during the last three months of 2014, while Android activations fell from 29 percent to 25 percent. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 25

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 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 some of the better game deals we’ve seen in since the holidays. Read More

 

Director explains how Modern Family episode was filmed using iPhones and iPads

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

The highly anticipated episode of ABC’s popular sitcom “Modern Family” that was shot entirely using iPhone and iPad cameras airs tonight, and to celebrate, BuzzFeed News got in touch with the episode’s director Steven Levitan to find out how they pulled it off.

In a video conversation, which you can download here, Levitan explains that the iOS devices were placed in holsters operated by cameramen and held by the actors. This allowed the pros to control the shots, while still appearing as though the actors held the devices. Read More

 

Numerous gains Google Sheets, Tesla and Celestial Events channels and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Numerous for iOS has been updated with three new channels today: Google Sheets, Tesla and Celestial Events, including SpaceX.

The Sheets channel is of particular importance as you can track any number or date in a Google spreadsheet. For instance, you could track changes to your checking account balance, your company’s monthly recurring revenue and even the results of a survey created using Google Forms.

Of course, it’s just as easy to track any other number or date in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. You can even elect to be notified when values change or exceed a threshold you set. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 24

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 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 some solid app deals, a handful of great new puzzle games, and more. Read More

 

At last, Facebook Messenger gets native iOS 8 Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Today, social networking behemoth Facebook issued a small yet important update to its mobile messaging software for the iPhone and iPad. Facebook Messenger version 22 is now available in the App Store and with it comes a much appreciated and long overdue iOS 8 extension.

With it, you can at last send pieces of content to Messenger without leaving other apps. Using iOS 8’s standard Share sheet, it’s simple to share photos, videos and links directly with Messenger contacts, without leaving context of the app you’re currently using. Read More

 

Samsung reportedly supplying advanced DRAM memory for upcoming iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

In addition to landing a contract to build Apple’s next-generation A9 mobile processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung is said to be supplying the Cupertino firm with its advanced DRAM memory chips to be used in next-generation iPhones, as well as LG’s upcoming G4 flagship handset.

The South Korean firm files as the world’s biggest memory chip supplier. According to a report Tuesday by The Korea Times citing two people familiar with the deal, the contract is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and last at least for a year. Read More

 

WordPress for iOS gains WYSIWYG visual editor, in-line image management and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Blogging on the go has just become a whole lot more easier thanks to an update issued to WordPress’s mobile application in the App Store.

Bumped to version 4.8, the software at last brings out an all-new visual editor with additional text styling features and the ability to add images in-line, align them, access image formatting options and more.

What’s more, the WYSIWYG editor takes the guessing work out of the equation as it renders your post as closely as possible to what it will look like when published, so you’ll preview less and edit more. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 23

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 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 we’ve collected several great freebies and discounted apps just for you. Read More

 

This iPhone 6c concept looks plausible

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

We don’t know yet whether or not Apple will introduce an ‘iPhone 6c’ when a next-gen model debuts this fall but if it does, it might resemble these curiously looking mockups posted by 3DFuture.net.

For what it’s worth, the prospect of refreshing its plastic handset with a fingerprint sensor, a bigger Retina HD screen, an improved eight-megapixel iSight camera and a speedy processor is certainly tantalizing.

Check out the images after the jump and meet us in comments. Read More