Video: iPhone 7 mockups in Gold, Rose Gold and rumored Space Black

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Many rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus suggest a refined iPhone 6s industrial design with subdued antennal lines on the backside and the usual Gold, Rose Gold and Silver finishes, with at least one source pointing at a possible Apple Watch-like Space Black variant.

Ran Avni of YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone posted an interesting video yesterday, depicting iPhone 7 mockups in Gold, Rose Gold and Space Black to give us an idea what the handset might look like when it launches this fall. Read More

 

ThinCharge for iPhone review: an extremely slim battery case with a few big caveats

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

A lot of manufacturers like to claim they make “thin” iPhone battery cases, but it’s really just a marketing gimmick. I’ve tried dozens of iPhone cases with built-in battery packs over the years, and despite having words like “ultra-slim” and “air” in their branding, most of them were still far too bulky to carry on a daily basis.

Enter the ThinCharge case by ChargeTech. The company sells the case as the “thinnest iPhone 6/6s battery case on the market,” and I have to say they might be right. I’ve been using the case on and off for the past several weeks, and I can confidently say that this is—by far—the thinnest iPhone battery case I’ve ever tried.

How thin are we talking? Well the case itself measures just 11mm thick. So if you consider that the iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thick, then the ThinCharge is only adding around 3.9mm of thickness, which is super impressive. Additionally, there’s no ugly chin to be found down around the Lightning port, like on most other cases.

Having said all of this, the ThinCharge is no where near perfect. I ran into multiple issues during my testing, including slow charging rates for both the case and my iPhone, as well as a finicky cover over the charging port and other annoyances. So is the thinness of the case worth these caveats? Read on for my full review. Read More

 

Tip: check your cell signal with the Received Signal Strength Indicator

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 21, 2016

When you have an iPhone, your carrier’s signal strength can be one of the most important things that helps you decide which carrier to go with. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to enter Field Test mode on your iPhone and display the RSSI value in the Status Bar, rather than the basic signal bar indicators. Read More

 

New feature in iOS 10 warns you if liquid is detected in Lightning port

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

It appears that Apple has added a feature in iOS 10 that can detect if there is liquid in your device’s Lightning connector. As seen in the above images, posted to Reddit by u/lucioghosty, if liquid is detected, iOS 10 warns you to keep the port clear until it dries.

The alert takes up the full screen, and apparently stays until you either disconnect whatever Lightning is plugged into the port, or you tap the Ignore button. Note that tapping Ignore pops up another warning saying, “this may damage your iPhone.” Read More

 

Daily Deals: Smart LED light bulb $50, Xbox One console $170, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

iOS 10 Public Beta 2 now available to testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

Two days following the developer-only release of iOS 10 beta 3, Apple today released iOS 10 Public Beta 2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software is now available to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.

For those wondering, iOS 10 Public Beta 2 and developer beta 3 offer the same features.

Folks on the first public beta with an appropriate configuration profile installed on their device should see an over-the-air download in Settings → General → Software Update. Read More

 

Meet Swiftmoji, SwiftKey’s new emoji-predicting keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.

Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.

This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More

 

Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

If you write books, manuals or lengthy manuscripts for a living, chances are you rely on Scrivener for Mac for your work. If so, you’ll be delighted to learn that the app’s creator, British developer Literature & Latte Ltd., has released Scrivener for iOS following a long period of thorough beta testing. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app costs $19.99 and provides the full range of features writers need to create, edit and update their work on the go with full-screen mode on the iPad and other perks. Read More

 

Apple posts two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showcasing camera capabilities

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2016

Following up the two clips it released earlier this week, Apple on Tuesday posted another pair of new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos to its YouTube channel. The new ads follow the now-familiar structure with 15-second runtimes and catchy soundtracks paired with engaging footage.

The first video, shot by Robert S. in Bregenz, Austria, shows a first-person view of Robert zip-lining. The second video has more of an artsy vibe. Shot by Mark Z. in Manhattan, New York, it features a young woman with her hair flowing in the wind, captured using slow motion. Read More

 

Daily Deals: up to 50% off Logitech accessories, $300 off iPhone 6s Plus, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: auto-playing full-screen effects in Messages for texts like “Happy Birthday”

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

iOS 10’s Messages app offers a number of new features and meaningful improvements, such as bubble effects, smarter emoji, full-screen animations and so forth. Moreover, iOS 10 turns Messages into a software platform of its own with support for third-party iMessage Apps, stickers and other downloadable items via the App Store.

We previously covered various Messages capabilities on iOS 10, like Spotlight Suggestions in chats, using Digital Touch to send animated kisses and broken hearts, managing read-receipts on a per-chat basis, to mention just a few. Today, we take a look at another cool Messages feature: the ability to automatically play appropriate full-screen effects based on certain messages. Read More

 

Thanks to Pokémon GO, Nintendo is now worth more than Sony

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

This morning, Nintendo shares finished trading another fourteen percent higher following the release of its crazy popular augmented-reality game, Pokémon GO, which launched on the App Store on July 6. Put simply, Nintendo shares have doubled in value since the launch of Pokémon GO, BBC said.

The report adds that thanks to the game, Nintendo’s market capitalization has now surpassed that of another Japanese giant, Sony. Read More

 

Claimed “Sonora” and “Dos Palos” iPhone 7 code-names suggest no ‘Pro’ model

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

The rumor-mill briefly toyed with the idea of so-called ‘Pro’ model being added to this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lineup. We even saw claimed iPhone 7 Pro dummy case and an alleged detailed iPhone 7 Pro design schematics. On the other hand, lack of leaked iPhone 7 Pro parts casts doubt on that theory.

According to prolific leakster Evan Brass of @EVLeaks, who this morning tweeted purported iPhone 7 code-names, the iPhone 7 Pro may not be in the cards for 2016 iPhone lineup after all. Read More

 

Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS brings out Magnetic Selection, Quick Selection & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

The popular Photoshop alternative, Pixelmator, on Tuesday refreshed its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch application on the App Store, bringing out two desktop-class tools—Magnetic Selection and Quick Selection—along with numerous selection improvements and a bunch of fixes for the Apple Pencil, the iPhone version of the app and more. The Smart Selection and Magnetic Selection tools first appeared in Pixelmator for Mac in May 2016. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: everything new in iOS 10 beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Apple this morning released a third beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The latest build is available right now to developers registered with Apple Developer Program and public beta testers signed on Apple Beta Software Program. Like prior iOS 10 beta releases, beta 3 packs in about a dozen or so tweaks, refinements and some new features. Without further ado, here’s our overview of everything new in iOS 10 beta 3. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $100 iTunes gift card $85, Logitech Bluetooth keyboard $22, and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

‘Shot on iPhone’ continues with a pair of new videos highlighting Slo-Mo video capture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

It’s been a while since Apple released any new ‘Shot on iPhone’ work by its fans in the form of slideshow videos. This morning, however, a pair of new clips surfaced on the company’s official channel on YouTube, each running fifteen seconds long and highlighting videos scenes captured on an iPhone using a slow-motion feature.

Each clip highlights work by a different user, one located in Tel-Aviv, Israel and the other in Greater Sudbury of Canada’s Ontario. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.3 released with bug fixes and performance improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Apple is releasing minor OS updates to its install base today, starting with a bug-fix focused watchOS 2.2.2 update for the Apple Watch and continuing with iOS 9.3.3, which appears to include a bunch of bug fixes and unspecified performance improvements. The update can be applied on your device over-the-air in Settings → General → Software Update or downloaded through desktop iTunes. Read More

 

Claimed ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ shown on newly leaked photos

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Dutch blog iPhoneabonnementen.com re-posted Monday some interesting new photos that allegedly show off a three-model iPhone 7 lineup consisting of the claimed ‘iPhone 7’, ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ and ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ models. The images were originally posted on Chinese social network Weibo by an unknown source and should be taken with a grain of salt. Read More

 

Nintendo delays Pokémon Go launch in France “as a sign of respect” for Nice victims

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Last Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack in France’s Nice left eighty-four people dead when an attacker ploughed a lorry into people celebrating the national Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. In the aftermath of the attack, Nintendo is postponing the planned release of Pokémon Go in the country out of respect for the French people “in this time of national mourning,” a Pokémon Company spokesperson told IGN France. Read More