Here’s why an OLED touch bar would make a stellar addition to the MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has caused quite a stir among the faithful with yesterday’s research note in which he predicted a major redesign for the MacBook Pro. He claims the refresh includes, among other features, an OLED display touch bar replacing the physical function keys, which are located above the keyboard on current machines.

As some have observed insightfully, the rumored OLED bar could actually turn into a way more powerful feature addition than meets the eye. Read More

 

Am I the only one wanting a keyboard on Apple Watch?

By Sébastien Page on May 25, 2016

Call me crazy or call me what you will, but when I saw Android Wear 2.0 was bringing support for third-party keyboards, I immediately started imagining how useful that would be on my Apple Watch.

Of course the screen is too small to accommodate a keyboard. Heck, it’s already too small to punch in your passcode without missing a tap target. Still, not only do I think there may me a need for it, but I also believe the technology to make this right is now available. Read More

 

LetMeSwitch is a tweak that improves keyboard switching in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on May 25, 2016

One of the things that can be really peeving about third-party keyboards in iOS is how you can only jump to the next keyboard instead of actually being able to pick a new keyboard to use immediately after.

iOS developer PoomSmart has the right idea with a new free jailbreak tweak called LetMeSwitch, which makes switching from a third-party keyboard to a different keyboard easier than ever. Read More

 

Apple Pay – that great feature I never use

By Sébastien Page on May 20, 2016

Like everybody, I was really excited when Apple released Apple Pay to the public in October of 2014. The idea of paying for physical goods or services, in a store, with my iPhone felt like the future we had been promised was finally available.

Fast-forward eighteen months, and I am now facing the sad realization that I barely use Apple Pay. It’s not entirely Apple’s fault either. Read More

 

Duo of tweaks enables round profile pictures in Facebook & Twitter apps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

As iOS moves forward in design, square profile pictures across the platform are becoming somewhat dated in terms of aesthetics.

A new free jailbreak tweak duo called Round Profile Pic (for Facebook) and (for Twitter) are available in Cydia that let you bring the round profile picture effect to Facebook and Twitter, an aesthetic that already exists throughout all modern iOS versions in various native apps. Read More

 

ThemeStore tweak lets you customize various aspects of the App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

ThemeStore is a new customization platform intended specifically for the App Store app on your jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With it, you’ll not only be able to customize the look of the App Store, but you’ll also find some functional goodies packed inside of it.

We’ll walk you through some of the features of ThemeStore in this review so you can decide if it’s the tweak for you. Read More

 

Kairos lets you schedule text messages to be sent later [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Text message scheduling is a useful feature that I’m surprised Apple hasn’t already built into iOS’ Messages app as a stock feature. After all, sometimes you want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or wish them a great holiday and you may remember before the fact, but you forget when the time actually comes.

Kairos is a new jailbreak tweak that streamlines scheduling out text messages in iOS, and we’ll show you how it works in this review. Read More

 

Apple just loves China these days

By Sébastien Page on May 17, 2016

Apple is having a hard time in China these days. The economy of Apple’s largest market after the US is slowing down, which led the company to sell not as many iPhones it would have hoped in the last quarter. Just as worrisome, Apple is also facing some pushback from the government, which recently shut down the iBooks and iTunes Movie Stores in the country. What’s Apple to do about it? Read More

 

iQunix makes an affordable, high-quality stand for MacBook

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

If you’re looking for a durable aluminum stand for your Apple notebook, then don’t count out iQunix. Although the popular brand names look appealing and are tried and true, we had the chance to go hands-on with the iQunix Edin, which is also a very high-quality stand for all MacBook models, all this at a lower price.

In this review, we’ll show you how the iQunix Edin looks and touch on its build quality and features. Don’t be shy; we think you’re gonna like it! Read More

 

PersonalAssistant: a 7-in-1 tweak that supercharges your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 10, 2016

There comes a time every once in a while where a jailbreak tweak is groundbreaking and has the potential to shake up the entire jailbreak community, and folks, we definitely think a new tweak release in Cydia called PersonalAssistant is one of those tweaks.

In this review, we’ll walk you through this monster of a tweak, which the developer notes has seven tweaks built into one unified interface.

Excited yet? You should be… Read More

 

Phenomenon: an intuitive tweak that combines the App Switcher with Control Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016

In terms of utilitarian thinking, the current App Switcher and Control Center interfaces in iOS 9 do their jobs just fine.

It’s those with creative minds that continue to look past the individual interfaces and find new ways to combine them together into all-in-one interfaces that continue to power App Switcher replacement jailbreak tweaks in Cydia.

Yet another new Cydia release to do such a thing is a jailbreak tweak called Phenomenon, which we’ll be showing you in this review. Read More

 

Magnasonic’s pocket-sized LED Pico projector lets you take the big screen anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016

Magnasonic’s new LED Pico Projector is just what you need if you’re an on-the-go business person, want to watch movies on your wall, or need a quick way to show off a presentation at work or in class. But the uses don’t stop there.

I first saw these little portable LED projectors emerging on the market just a couple of years ago, and I’ve been itching to try one ever since, but the technology is really coming around to being practical for use and the prices are just starting to become more affordable.

In this review, we’ll show you how Magnasonic’s new LED Pico Projector works and walk you through all of its features. Read More

 

KUKE: an affordable iPhone battery case with built-in storage expansion

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Because your battery is such a precious asset to your iPhone, you can never go wrong with trying to expand its life. This is especially the scenario for people who put a lot of miles on their device each day, sending hundreds of text messages back and forth with friends and checking social media on a regular basis.

The KUKE, made by Kuner Tech, is a battery case for the iPhone, fresh out of an Indiegogo campaign, that does away with the clunkiness of many third-party options, and blows Apple’s Smart Battery Case out of the water in performance and usability. Not only will it give you a truckload more battery life for your iPhone, but it also provides additional storage space for your documents, media, and more.

In this review, we’ll show you what the KUKE case is all about! Read More

 

Upgrading your MacBook Air/Pro storage capacity with the OWC Aura Pro SSD

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.

OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.

Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.

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Blockhead makes your MacBook charging brick less annoying

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 15, 2016

I love my Mac, but honestly, I hate the AC adapter. The ‘wall wart,’ as I like to call it, sticks out so far from the wall that it can be incredibly inconvenient for plugging in behind couches and in other tight spaces.

Blockhead, which was only just recently announced, eliminates the annoying protrusion of Apple’s AC adapter and is now available from Ten One Design.

Now that the Blockhead is available for purchase, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on one. In this review, we’ll walk you through its design and how it looks. Read More

 

Timeframe: the Apple Watch desk stand that doubles as a case

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016

Fellow Apple Watch users, the Timeframe by Ten One Design is a wonderful way to enjoy Night Stand mode while it charges at night.

Moreover, it’ll still feel as though your device is well-protected from falls or pets that might like to climb up on your night stand at night because it offers a protective bezel that surrounds all of the delicate parts of the device.

In this review, we’ll walk you through our thoughts on the Timeframe. Read More

 

BatteryBox Mini keeps your iPhone (and much more) powered while on the go

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 11, 2016

Because I’m always out and about, and my iPhone can always use a good charge when I’m away from an outlet, external battery accessories are always of great interest to me. BatteryBox, which you may remember made it to both my top 5 accessories for iPhone and top 5 accessories for Mac lists, has long filled that void for me.

Nevertheless, I’ve been looking for something a little easier to carry around with me when I leave the house or leave the car, and something I can use a little more easily while walking around and while not carrying a backpack.

One solution I’ve found to work quite well for this need is BatteryBox’s little brother, dubbed BatteryBox Mini, which can be had on the BatteryBox website for less than $35. In this review, we’ll take you through the features of BatteryBox Mini and show you whether it’s a good investment for your needs. Read More

 

Mountie: a simple way to mount your iOS device side-by-side with your MacBook

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

Whether you’re looking to make multitasking easier by having your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad right next to your computer, or you’re using some kind of screen-extension software like Duet Display, the Mountie by Ten 1 Design is a great way to use your iOS device side-by-side with your Mac or PC.

The Mountie, which can be had in either Blue or Green flavors on Amazon for just under $25, is an affordable way to keep your iOS device right where you want it – in front of your face – without needing to shell out big bucks on fancy desk stands.

In this review, we’ll show you how the Mountie works and give you our general opinion on why you should or shouldn’t consider it for your Apple accessory wish list. Read More

 

Quick thoughts on the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By Sébastien Page on Apr 4, 2016

Successfully transitioning from a Mac or PC to an iPad depends largely on what you need it for, and how far you’re willing to go out of your way to make it work. Personally, I’ve always doubted the iPad can be a replacement for a Mac, at least for what I do, as I’m sure some people have successfully made the switch without looking back.

This said, I’m not really looking at the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. To me, it’s still a tablet that I will mostly use to read and reply to emails, browse the web, check Twitter, and catch up with my RSS feed. However, I have started to get out of my comfort zone and try to do simple work-related tasks on it, just to put the Pro moniker to the test.

It’s in this state of mind that I will share my first impressions of this new iPad with you. It’s not a review per say. There are dozens of these reviews online, many of them very detailed. Instead, I will share some quick thoughts and remarks about my first few days with this new iPad. Read More

 

Poll: have you updated to iOS 9.3?

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 22, 2016

After closing its ‘Let us loop you in’ special event on Monday, Apple released iOS 9.3 to the public, along with OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2.

iOS 9.3 is a big update for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads, and as a result, we’re interested in learning whether or not the update was big enough for you to download on your daily drivers. Read More

 
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