GPS not working on your iPhone? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

Your iPhone’s GPS capabilities can be really useful, whether you’re using them to navigate to a special event, play Pokémon GO, or even to just grant your favorite apps your current location so they can do what they were made to do.

Of course, like all things, GPS can sometimes be flaky and it doesn’t always want to work right, causing headaches for you. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. There are a number of troubleshooting steps you can take that might help your GPS work properly. Read More


This tweak enables Touch ID unlocking after you respring your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

If you have a jailbroken device with a Touch ID Home button, then you’re probably all too familiar with the fact that you can’t immediately use Touch ID to unlock your device right after you respring it.

Touch ID Respring Fix is a new free jailbreak tweak that fixes this problem, and it’s available in Cydia right now. Read More


SmallVolumeStep lets you set a custom number of volume steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

Normal behavior for the volume level in iOS is for it to adjust one step at a time, up or down, depending on the button you press on the side, but a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallVolumeStep can change that Read More


SIM-free iPhone 7 now available in Apple’s online store

By Cody Lee on Oct 13, 2016

Heads up to those of you who have been waiting for SIM-free iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models to come available. You can now buy the unlocked handsets on Apple’s website, starting at $650 and $770, respectively.

While you could previously buy the iPhone 7 at full retail, it had to be tied to a carrier. These new models, as the name suggests, come without a SIM card, meaning they can be active with any carrier at a later time.

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Health Data Importer makes moving your Health data from one iPhone to another a breeze

By Sébastien Page on Oct 13, 2016

When developer Dan Loewenherz got his new iPhone 7 last month, he looked for a way to migrate his old iPhone’s Health data into his new one. He eventually stumbled on a post I wrote about how to export and import your Health data last year, but he was surprised the process wasn’t easier. So he decided to develop his own app. Enters Health Data Importer. Read More


Apple’s free app of the week: Shadow Bug

By Cody Lee on Oct 13, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Shadow Bug. This means that for the next 7 days you can pick up the popular platformer for free on both iPhone and iPad—a handsome savings of $4.

In Shadow Bug, you play an underdog ninja hero that must save your home forest from the evil factory by taking out monsters. The game has been praised for its mesmerizing, parallax graphics and breathtaking soundtrack. Read More


Apple hires COO and engineers from iPhone graphics provider Imagination Technologies

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Combing through multiple LinkedIn profiles, MacRumors has discovered that Imagination Technologies COO John Metcalfe left the company in June along with a bunch of engineers and is now listed as a Senior Director at Apple, where he started in July. Imagination GPUs are found in Apple’s in-house designed mobile chips for iOS devices. Read More


You can now stream Facebook videos to your TV while browsing your News Feed

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Facebook today announced that users of its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can take advantage of some newly expanded options that let them stream any native video from Facebook to their television through devices like the Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle.

Wait, haven’t we always had the ability to stream any video from an iOS device to the Apple TV or an AirPlay-enabled device via Apple’s AirPlay feature?

Yes, but this is different in that you can watch Facebook videos on the big screen while browsing the News Feed on the device you’re streaming at the same time. Read More


Periscope update brings camera and sharing improvements & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Periscope, Twitter’s live video-streaming app, has been refreshed in the App Store this morning with a few new features related to in-app camera, sharing and more. For starters, you’ll notice improved tap-to-focus while broadcasting live video, plus you can now follow a broadcaster from the viewers list with one tap. There are also improvements to Persicope’s VIP Program and more. Read More


Google Photos for iOS gains new features that suggest rotations, resurface images & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

Google yesterday announced a pretty interesting update to its free of charge Photos application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which brings out four features driven by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm.

The new version will be rolling out today in the App Store, making it easier to fix some of the pesky sideways photos in your library by suggesting rotations, resurface your forgotten photos for you and more. Read More


Pokémon GO updated with catch bonuses, easier gym training, improvements to gameplay

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 12, 2016

A new update for the hit multi-platform game Pokémon GO is now available for avid Pokémon trainers to download. The update is out for iOS users, as well as Android users in their respective application stores. Read More


Waterproof cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 12, 2016

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are “water resistant” (though Apple’s warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage), and that’s fine for accidental spills and splashes, but it’s not good enough protection for taking pictures in the pool. For that, you’re going to want a waterproof case.

Since the iPhone 7 is still rather new, there aren’t a ton of waterproof cases available for it just yet—popular accessory-maker Lifeproof still says ‘Coming Soon’ on its website—but we were able to put together a list of some solid options based on feedback and features. Read More


HideRedditDownButton hides the floating ‘scroll down’ button in the Reddit app

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 12, 2016

HideRedditDownButton is a new free jailbreak tweak that hides the double-arrow scroll down button in the official Reddit app for iOS. Read More


Daily Deals: $400 off 15-inch MacBook Pro, $140 off GoPro camera, and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 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


How to manage and optimize downloaded music storage on your iPhone or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Subscribed to Apple Music? If so, you probably download a bunch of songs to your iOS device so you can listen to your favorite tunes on the go, without an Internet connection. Of course, offline music cache takes up your device’s precious storage and some folks forget that they’ve downloaded songs in the first place.

You can, of course, manually remove any offline tracks stored on the device or have iOS limit music storage on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch—just like on the Apple Watch. This tutorial will teach you how to manage music storage on your iOS device, manually delete offline songs, change settings to your liking and more. Read More


Snapchat launches Story Playlist, no longer automatically loads the next Story

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Snapchat is removing the Auto Advance feature to give users control of their Story viewing experience once again. It was about goddam time, if I might add. Shortly after Auto Advance debuted in March of this year, folks began complaining that Auto Advance made it impossible to individually choose Stories to watch. The updated app has now replaced Auto Advance with an all-new feature they’re calling Story Playlist. Read More


Dropbox for iOS gains iMessage app, PDF signing, iOS 10 widget, PiP video & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Cloud storage startup Dropbox today announced a major update to its mobile application for the iPhone and iPad, bringing new iOS 10-focused features that will make you more productive. Dropbox 18.2 for iOS packs in a brand new iMessage app for sharing Dropbox files through Apple’s Messages app.

You can now sign legal PDF documents with your finger, and see newly updated Dropbox files on your Lock screen via a new Today widget, and much more. Read More


Facebook targets Slack, Google Apps and others with new Workplace for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced a new Workplace mobile app which it has used to run its own company “for many years”. Available at no charge from the App Store, Workplace for iPhone (formerly known as Facebook at Work) is now available to any company or organization that wants to use it. In a nutshell, Workplace puts the best of Facebook at your fingertips while packing in a few notable productivity features businesses may like. Read More


New Apple patent would embed light sensors into the display, hints at iPhone 8 technology

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) today awarded Apple a patent describing a process for embedding light-sensing sensors into a mobile display. The invention, titled “Electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors,” potentially paves the way for next year’s iPhone.

Apple’s new patent specifically mentions the ambient light and proximity sensors, which are found on the front face of the device, as being integrated into the display assembly.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and pundits in the know, like Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, the iPhone 8—or whatever a 2017 iPhone (or Tenth Anniversary iPhone) ends up being called—should be a major design departure from prior models as it would supposedly get rid of the chin and forehead bezels by integrating Touch ID and the front-camera along with other sensors directly into the display.
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Apple pegs iOS 10 adoption rate at 54 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

I’ve long been saying that we shouldn’t trust any iOS adoption rate “research” based on the assumption that users have on their phone specific apps which incorporate third-party tracking software. Yesterday, for instance, Fiksu and Mixpanel each estimated that iOS 10 was powering two-thirds of active devices, or about 66 percent.

Well, Apple this morning posted iOS 10 adoption rates on the official App Store dashboard for developers which reveal that iOS 10 is currently installed on 54 percent of active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Read More

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