iPhone 7 catches fire and destroys an owner’s car, Apple investigating

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

As local outlet 7 News reported, Australian surfing instructor Mat Jones said he had left his iPhone 7 under clothes in his car while taking a surf lesson. Upon returning to his vehicle, he was shocked to discover it filled with smoke and burned up in the same area where he’d placed the phone.

“His pants, which he had wrapped the iPhone 7 in before heading to his lesson, were still on fire when he got to his car,” Fortune added. Could Apple have a massive iPhone 7 overheating problem on its hands akin to Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7? Read More


Apple Pay could launch in Germany soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Apple Pay could launch in its fifth European country soon. As first discovered by German blog iPhone-ticker.de, Apple’s support document highlighting participating banks and card issuers for Apple Pay in Europe appears to have accidentally highlighted Germany on a world map, suggesting the next possible expansion for the iPhone-driven service. Read More


Beats 1 Radio now has official Facebook page

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Apple has created the official Facebook page for Beats 1, its 24/7 radio station that broadcasts in more than a hundred countries via the Internet. The new Facebook page is in addition to the service’s presence on other social media channels, like Twitter. Before today, Beats 1 Radio posts were published through Apple Music’s own Facebook page. Read More


AT&T and Time Warner discussing possible merger

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2016

Senior executives at AT&T and Time Warner met in recent weeks to discuss various business strategies, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says that the talks are informal at this point, and neither side has hired a financial adviser, but the discussions have included the possibility of a merger.

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Data Saver mode is reportedly coming to Facebook Messenger in a few weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

I use Facebook Messenger literally every single day to message my friends and family and have always hated how the mobile app discriminately downloads media content regardless of whether I open the message or not.

Sometimes my friends would attach really long videos or high-resolution shots to their messages, prompting me to completely disable cellular access for Messenger on my iPhone, but then I don’t receive their texts on the go.

Wouldn’t it be better if Messenger handled data-hungry attachments more intelligently when the user is connected to a cellular network? As per a report by The Next Web a few days ago, a new data saver option is indeed coming to Messenger in a few weeks. Read More


Apple will live-stream October 27 Mac keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Invites for a new media event went out yesterday and Apple just confirmed that the keynote will be live-streamed through its website. As you’ve come to expect from iDownloadBlog, we will be providing remote coverage of the keynote along with details of the announcements. This could be the last event at Infinite Loop’s Town Hall campus.

That’s because the massive Campus 2 building AKA “iSpaceship” should open come January 2017, barring any unforeseen delays. The site includes a massive underground auditorium where future corporate and press events will be taking place. Read More


Apple seeds tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 for Apple TV to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Following fifth betas of iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 that were seeded yesterday to the registered developers and public beta testers, Apple today released a fourth beta of the upcoming tvOS 10.0.1 software update. tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (build “14U71”), a developer-only release, is available as an over-the-air update via the Software Update mechanism on fourth-generation Apple TVs with an appropriate configuration profile. Read More


WhatsApp update enables drawing on photos and videos, new camera features & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

WhatsApp’s latest update, which surfaced this morning on the App Store, brings the ability to draw on photos and videos and adorn your media with text or emoji. You can also express yourself by sticking huge emojis on top of photos and videos. Users automatically see the new editing tools when capturing a new photo or video or sharing one that’s already on their phone. Coming soon: support for Retina flash for the selfie camera, zooming during video capture and a shortcut for quickly switching between cameras. Read More


Will iOS 10.1 release for public consumption next Tuesday, October 25?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is holding a media event on October 27 to refresh Macs and we’re pretty sure that the upcoming machines will run macOS Sierra 10.12.1 out of the box. Currently being beta-tested, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 includes, among other things, support for Portrait albums in Photos.

Apple is also beta-testing iOS 10.1 which, too, packs in support for a new Portrait mode on dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus models. If the Sierra update drops ahead of new Macs, so should iOS 10.1.

We believe iOS 10.1 will release for public consumption next Tuesday, October 25, two days before the Mac event, and here’s why. Read More


One-handed iPhone keyboard discovered in iOS code, invoked by edge swipes on the keys

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Last night, developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered within iOS code a previously unknown one-handed iPhone keyboard. The unused keyboard is not exposed to users. It has left and right mode, invoked by an edge swipe on the keys, and has been present since at least iOS 8, Troughton-Smith said. Will Apple ever enable it for users? Read More


Apple Maps transit directions live for iOS 10.1 beta users in Japan ahead of launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is currently beta-testing the first major update to iOS 10 since its public release last month. Aside from a Portrait shooting mode for iPhone 7 Plus owners and a new toggle in Settings to allow Messages animations when Reduce Motion is enabled, the software update should bring official support for transit directions in Japan within the stock Maps application, Japanese blog Ata Distance said today. Read More


Jamf and UC San Diego Health to create a better hospital stay using iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple device management firm Jamf yesterday announced an interesting collaboration with UC San Diego Health that strives to equip each of the 245 patient rooms inside the future Jacobs Medical Center with an iPad, an Apple TV and a big screen TV to create a better hospital stay and provide a range of features to patients. Read More


Explo-Sung case makes your iPhone look like an exploded Galaxy Note 7

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

I wish I thought about this: someone’s actually made a case with a decal designed to make your iPhone look like an exploded Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. Aptly named Explo-Sung iPhone Skin, it’s available for all iPhones from the iPhone 5 onward. The $24.95 case is made by a company called UniqFind which happens to sell a range of skins for Mac notebooks and iOS devices on Amazon. Read More


Will Apple call next-gen MacBook Pro’s rumored OLED strip “Magic Toolbar”?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is holding a media event on October 27 to unveil new Macs. Everyone is expecting the company to announce a next-generation MacBook Pro with a rumored OLED strip that would replace the physical function keys at the top of the keyboard with programmable shortcuts which would change from one app to another. But what could Apple call that rumored OLED touch bar?

According to trademark agent Brian Conroy who was able to uncover a trademark application that a shell company quite likely filed for on behalf for Apple, the feature could be marketed as “Magic Toolbar.” Read More


iOS 9 downgrades no longer possible as Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 20, 2016

On Tuesday, Apple pulled the plug on signing iOS 9.3.5 for its entire iOS device lineup, and since it was the last iOS 9 release since iOS 10’s launch last month, that means you can’t downgrade your firmware anymore.

It’s worth also mentioning that the signing process was also killed for iOS 10.0.1, which means anyone who tries to restore their device(s) in iTunes will be forced to install iOS 10.0.2 or later (10.0.3 is only for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus). Read More


Google inks deal with CBS for upcoming YouTube TV service

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

Google has reached an agreement with CBS to carry the broadcast network on its upcoming TV service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the deal marks the first major TV network to sign on to the service, which is expected to launch in 2017 on Google’s YouTube platform.

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Apple listed as exhibitor at next year’s Mobile World Congress

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2016

Apple is slated to make an appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, reports MacRumors. The site points to a page (which has since been pulled) on the MWC website, which shows the company has booked exhibitor space for the event.

This is significant for a few reasons. For one, Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry. And two, Apple’s been absent from most major trade shows and conferences since the early 2000’s. Read More


macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 released to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Aside from releasing a fifth beta of iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode and other changes, Apple also seeded a fifth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to its registered developers and public beta testers. The new beta arrived eight days following the previous macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 4 release.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (build “16B2553a”) does not introduce any new outward-facing user features. The Mac software update could release for public consumption after Apple’s anticipated October 27 Mac event. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 10.1 beta 5 for iPhone 7/Plus to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Apple on Wednesday morning released a fifth beta of iOS 10.1 for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus only. The latest beta came out two days after the release of iOS 10.1 beta 4 on Monday.

iOS 10.1 beta 5 is available as an over-the-air download on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with a prior beta. Today’s iPhone 7-focused release likely contains a cellular connectivity bug that Apple patched with an emergency update on October 17. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 also released today. Read More


Scanbot 6 is out: PDF editing, on-demand OCR, enhanced annotations & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Scanbot, the popular PDF, document and QR code scanner for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, received a major update this morning billed by its developers as “our biggest release yet”. And it certainly is. In Scanbot 6.0 for iOS, you can now add, rotate, delete and move pages in a PDF at any time, use a new pen tool to annotate scans, print documents with one tap, run OCR on existing documents and much more. Read More

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