By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016
With all of the time-saving shortcuts available for Apple’s stock apps on the Touch Bar, you’d think Apple would have brought the macOS app switcher to the the new MacBook Pro’s OLED strip. That’s why developer Maxim Ananov set out to create an app, called TouchSwitcher, which does just that. With TouchSwitcher, you can switch between your recently-used apps on the new MacBook Pro right from the Touch Bar. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016
aTV Flash Black developer Firecore today released Infuse 5, a major new version of his versatile media player for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s the single biggest Infuse update Firecore ever released and they’ve been working on it for the better part of the year.
Infuse 5 packs in a bunch of goodies, including iCloud sync, a new “Up Next” discovery list for the Apple TV, Split View and Picture in Picture support on compatible iPads, cloud streaming and much more. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 19, 2016
PullOver is a new free jailbreak tweak that lets you pin an app to your screen for easy access from anywhere in iOS.
With a minimal UI and animations that look and feel appealing, and flexible configuration to get to any app you need to, PullOver is an elegant new multitasking shortcut any jailbreaker could benefit from. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2016
iOS 10 provides only a few iPad-specific enhancements, among them an incredibly useful feature that Apple buried in the menus which permits you to view two tabs at the same time on your iPad using Split View in Safari.
Side-by-side Split View and Slide Over multitasking modes debuted more than a year ago with the release of iOS 9. As you know, Split View lets you select two apps to run simultaneously on an iPad.
Before iOS 10, however, you couldn’t select two documents within the same app to view them side by side. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to open two webpages in Safari using Split View mode on any supported iPad. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016
I’ve been a huge fan of OS X’s dark theme which debuted with the release of OS X Yosemite back in October 2014. I also like to multitask on my iPad using OS 9’s new Split View and Slide Over modes because they definitely increase productivity for me. But how cool would it be if Apple brought Split View to the iPhone 7 and OS X’s dark mode to iOS 10?
A detailed conceptual renderings, created by Brazilian magazine iHelpBR imagine precisely this future playing out. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on May 3, 2016
You probably use the App Switcher a lot throughout your day-to-day iPhone usage. It’s an essential part of multitasking because it lets you easily get back to the apps you’ve used recently.
On the other hand, it also takes a screenshot of your last activity in the apps you closed recently, so it’s a privacy hazard because anyone can peek over your shoulder to see what you’ve done recently when you’re switching between recently-used apps.
ASBlur is a new free jailbreak tweak that helps solve this problem by blurring the contents of your App Switcher app previews. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2016
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have brought out several new multitasking modes on compatible iPads and Macs, including a split-screen feature referred to as Split View. That term is now under fire by the Delhi High Court which has ordered Apple to stop actively using and marketing Split View in India over an alleged trademark infringement.
The infringement claim was filed by a company called Vyooh, a Microsoft vendor, which owns the trademark for the name ‘SplitView’, reports The Indian Times. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2016
Viber, the popular instant messaging application, has received an update in the App Store. Bumped to version 5.8, the app now works side-by-side with other apps in iOS 9’s new Split View and Slide Over multitasking on the iPad Pro.
On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, your most recent chats are now available right from the app’s 3D Touch shortcut menu on the Home screen.
This edition of Viber also packs in some other improvements related to ‘read’ and ‘liked’ icons in group chats and an all-new media browser for chats. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 31, 2016
One of the major new features Apple introduced in iOS 9 was the ability to take advantage of Picture in Picture mode on supported iPad models; a multitasking mode perfect for watching videos while tackling other tasks at the same time, such as web browsing, document writing, social networking, and more.
Oddly enough, the Apple TV, which is essentially a media entertainment system in itself, doesn’t come with a similar feature for users wanting to multitask more efficiently on their television sets.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has demonstrated Picture in Picture multitasking on the Apple TV 4 via a custom app he made for himself, showing that the hardware inside of the Apple TV on the latest firmware is capable of handing the feature, but it appears Apple has chosen not to include it (yet). Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2016
Introduced in iOS 7, Background App Refresh lets suspended apps (those that you quit or run in the background) check for new data so that they always present you with up-to-date content.
As useful as Background App Refresh is, it strains your battery due to periodical data fetching, which sometimes occurs even when your device is locked.
You can enable or disable this feature on a per-app basis in Settings → General → Background App Refresh. You can also save yourself a few taps by quickly disabling Background App Refresh for a single app without launching Settings, and here’s how. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015
The iPad Pro has just received what could be described as a killer app in the form of German developer Algoriddim’s djay Pro, a brand new iPad-exclusive apps for both pro and aspiring DJs which launched this morning in the App Store.
Joining Algoriddim’s existing djay Pro for Mac, djay 2 for iPhone and djay 2 for iPad apps, djay Pro for iPad replicates the productivity of its Mac counterpart with extensive support for more than 70 keyboard shortcuts and iOS 9’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking modes.
More importantly, the software takes full advantage of the iPad Pro’s A9X chip to deliver pristine sound quality, desktop-class performance and features like high-definition waveforms, four decks, and video mixing with 4K support—all in real-time and without ever skipping a beat. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015
The Mac edition of Tweetbot, Tapbots’ popular Twitter client, has received an update this morning in the Mac App Store. The refreshed app now supports El Capitan’s Split View multitasking mode and can be taken to OS X’s native full screen mode as well.
With design refinements made to match Tweetbot 4 for iOS, this edition of Tweetbot for Mac also brings out muting changes and introduces an overahuled tweet details view that now shows conversation and replies in the same order as its iOS counterpart. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2015
Although Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was designed to just work, there are always going to be instances when a misbehaving app will need to be purged from the memory. And with the device’s ability to download third-party apps and games, more things can now go wrong than ever before.
Just like your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, your Apple TV also lets you easily close a running app in order to free up system resources. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how you can force-quit any app on the Apple TV 4 using your Siri Remote. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2015
El Capitan has a nifty little productivity boost that makes it both easy and fun to run two apps side-by-side in OS X’s native full-screen mode.
This can be indispensable when focusing on specific tasks at hand while disregarding everything else, like online research and taking notes, or blogging and writing, or reading news while keeping tabs on your Twitter feed and so forth.
This mode, called Split View, is normally activated by dragging an app to either side of the screen by its window’s upper left green button, and then choosing another app to fit the other half of the screen.
But the multi-step process is often a tad confusing for novice users, especially those accustomed to Windows 7’s effortless window snapping. Thankfully, your Mac supports creating Split Views right within Mission Control, which in El Capitan has been tidied up and made clearer and more obvious.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to go, and exit, Split View just by dragging app windows inside your Mac’s Mission Control. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015
Google today pushed a small update to its Chrome mobile browser in the App Store. The new edition, officially bumped to version number 46.0.2490.73, brings support for iOS 9’s new Split View multitasking mode on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.
Moreover, Slide Over multitasking view and Picture-in-Picture video mode are supported in this Chrome edition as well. These are certainly welcomed additions for those of you who do a lot of research online as you can now browse the web with Chrome and run another app like Notes side-by-side. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2015
Google’s native translator app in the App Store has received a productivity-focused update earlier this morning. The free of charge software was bumped to version 4.2 and the big news in this edition is support for iOS 9’s side-by-side Split View multitasking mode on supported devices like the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the upcoming iPad Pro.
In addition to Split View multitasking, Google Translate 4.2 for iOS has picked up camera translation from German and English to Arabic, joining other language packs. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 17, 2015
Today, I got my first chance to try out Multiplexer, the highly anticipated upcoming multitasking tweak from Elijah Frederickson and Andrew Abosh, that’s currently setting the jailbreak community ablaze.
Multiplexer can rightly be labeled as an “ultimate multitasking tweak”, because it basically combines six multitasking-oriented jailbreak tweaks into one.
The tweak blends traditional side-by-side multitasking options along with enhanced backgrounding, and multiple desktops. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. Step inside as we give you the first hands-on look at Multiplexer on video. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 8, 2015
Multify—one of the most impressive multitasking jailbreak tweaks that we’ve seen thus far—is now available for jailbreakers running iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4. Up until now, the tweak wasn’t compatible with the latest jailbroken firmware, but that has now been remedied.
We reviewed the original version of Multify back in March, and were super-impressed by what it brought to the table. Now, jailbreakers who perhaps haven’t had a chance to take the tweak for a spin get to do so. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015
Back in the day, there was a jailbreak tweak called Backgrounder, which brought true app backgrounding to users before iOS even had native multitasking. That tweak no longer works for the latest firmware, but a new tweak called Watchdog aims to make true app backgrounding available today on iOS 8.
Watchdog is a beta tweak that’s available via developer Allan Kerr’s third-party repo. In this post, I’ll show you how you can get Watchdog on your jailbroken device, and share a few use case scenarios. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 1, 2015
Yesterday, we brought you a full review of a hot new jailbreak tweak called Mirmir (formerly Mimir). This is a new tweak that allows you to have true side-by-side windowed multitasking on jailbroken iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4.
If you’d like to try Mirmir, you can get it today for $3.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Watch our video review in this post if you’d like more info before you buy. Read More