CallKit issues reportedly force Apple to put some call-directory extensions reviews and approvals on hold

By Andrew O'Hara on Oct 16, 2016

If you’ve tried any of the call blockers, or spam identifiers in iOS 10, you’ve surely been disappointed. I’ve tested out a number of them and they really haven’t seemed to do anything at all. Most of the time not blocking, or even identifying calls. It appears we may now know why.

It looks to be an underlying issue with CallKit, Apple’s new framework that powers these types of apps. Read More


Reshape the Phone app’s dial pad buttons with PhoneDialReformer

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 16, 2016

You can now change the look and feel of your iPhone‘s dial pad buttons inside the Phone app with a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed PhoneDialReformer.

You can use this tweak to mess around with the roundness and corner radius of the dial pad buttons until they match your own personal tastes. Read More


How to hide Skype calls from the Phone app on your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Oct 13, 2016

Apple has recently introduced CallKit, a new framework available to developers that allows them to integrate their VoIP apps with the native Phone app user interface. In essence, this is a great addition that puts VoIP apps at virtually the same level as normal phone calls. Incoming Skype or WhatsApp calls, for example, are now displayed fully on the Lock screen, which is an improvement compared to how these calls were handled prior to iOS 10. Likewise, any call placed or received with a supported VoIP app will be logged into the Phone app like a normal call.

This tight integration of VoIP apps and the native Phone app UI can have a downside for some users who might prefer not to see their recent Skype calls history show up in their Phone app. If you’re one of these people, we’ll show you exactly how to stop Skype from showing recent calls in your Phone app. Read More


Skype for iOS updated with Siri, Phone, Contacts and Lock screen integrations

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Microsoft today announced availability of freshly updated Skype for iOS apps. Bumped to version 6.25, both Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad now include SiriKit support that lets them integrate with Siri so you can call people and send messages using just your voice. The apps also take advantage of CallKit, which allows VoIP Skype calls to behave like normal cellular calls with fullscreen contact images on the Lock screen and integration with Phone’s Recents and Favorites on iSO 10 devices. Read More


QuickDial Lite adds speed dial features to your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

QuickDial Lite is a new free jailbreak tweak intended for iPhones that allows you to quickly dial up to 9 of your favorite phone numbers in fewer keystrokes.

With this tweak, you can assign certain phone numbers to individual number keys on the keypad in the Phone app. Afterwards, you will be able to tap and hold on any of those assigned keys to automatically initiate a phone call to the number assigned to the key you held down. Read More


Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more. Read More


How to use voicemail transcription on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 21, 2016

One of the more useful features for iPhones that comes packed inside of Apple’s new iOS 10 release is voicemail transcription, which transcribes your voicemails into text so you can read them rather than listen to them.

The feature is available to users in the United States and it’s very much still in its beta stages despite the fact that iOS 10 is now a public firmware, but if you want to know how to use it, or to see if you can use it yet, then you’ll be happy to know it’s quite easy to follow. Read More


How to have your iPhone announce who’s calling you

By Sébastien Page on Sep 14, 2016

Among the 100+ new features in iOS 10 is the ability to have your iPhone announce who’s calling when receiving a phone call. Based on the caller ID, your iPhone will vocalize the name of the caller, or tell you it’s an unknown caller in case the number isn’t in your contacts.

This is a nice little addition that can actually be configured in the Settings. Read More


WhatsApp rolls out its iOS 10 update with Phone/Siri support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

WhatsApp is one of the showcase apps for CallKit, Apple’s new framework allowing VoIP calls to integrate with iOS 10’s Phone app and behave like cellular calls. Today, WhatsApp has rolled out its anticipated update which enables integration with Phone and Siri on iOS 10 while bringing out half a dozen other features and improvements like forwarding multiple chats at once, a new iOS 10 widget that lets you go to a recent WhatsApp chat or see which chats have unread messages, and more. Read More


Super VoiceMail: A slick new way to handle your iPhone’s voicemail

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 27, 2016

Just last week, we showed you a jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine that took the jailbreak community by surprise and showed us that the iPhone’s voicemail system has a lot to be desired. On the other hand, another new release called Super VoiceMail also looks very promising.

In this review, we’ll show you what Super VoiceMail has to offer and help you decide which of the two jailbreak tweaks you should go with. Read More


Phone++ now available for iOS 9, supercharges your Phone app

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 27, 2016

If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, then it’s time to supercharge that stock calling app with a new jailbreak tweak called Phone++.

In this review, we’ll show you how Phone++ can improve access to your contacts from your favorite social apps and make your life easier. Read More


AnsweringMachine: the amazing voicemail experience iOS never had (until now)

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 21, 2016

iOS’ voicemail system has always had a lot to be desired. On the other hand, a new jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine aims to fill all the gaps that users have wanted for the iPhone for ages.

In this review, we’ll talk about what you can do with AnsweringMachine and show you why it’s a significant upgrade from the stock voicemail system. Read More


Apple and other tech giants join forces with FCC to crack down on spammy robocalls

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2016

Robocalls, phone calls that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, may become a thing of the past as Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley giants join forces with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on spammy automated phone calls, according to Reuters this morning.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is expected to make the announcement at the first “Robocall Strike Force” meeting at the FCC later today. Read More


iOS 10 Preview: Phone gains spam alerts, VoIP integration, transcribed voicemails & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2016

iOS 10 turns the iPhone’s boring Phone app into a software platform in its own right. Developers are now permitted to add previously unheard-of capabilities to Phone using Apple’s new application programming interface (API), called CallKit, allowing Voice over IP (VoIP) calls from apps like Skype and WhatsApp to behave like cellular calls.

CallKit-enabled apps put contact images on the Lock screen for incoming VoIP calls and are deeply integrated with Contacts and Phone’s Recents and Favorites.

Phone on iOS 10 packs in other exciting improvements that we honestly started to believe would never get implemented on the iOS platform, like voicemail transcription à la Google Voice and third-party extensions for detecting spammy calls automatically.

So let’s get to it… 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


iOS 10’s Phone app gains Voicemail Transcriptions, Spam Alerts, VoIP support

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 13, 2016

iOS 10 was shown off at WWDC 2016 on Monday, and with all of the new features Apple brought to the table, the Phone app is certainly one of the spotlights that deserves attention.

Apple’s new Phone app in iOS 10 is going to get a lot of useful new features to make using the phone aspect of your iPhone a whole lot better.

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This tweak keeps music from resuming after hanging up a call on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016

Anyone who uses their iPhone to pick up calls, whether they’re phone calls or FaceTime calls, knows that when music is playing, iOS will automatically pause the music until the phone call ends. When it does, iOS will resume the song where it left off.

Those who don’t like how the music resumes after a phone call really have no way to disable the feature on a stock iPhone; instead, you would have to go back to the app that is playing the music and pause it manually.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PauseAfterCall solves this problem. Read More


How to record phone calls on iPhone, no jailbreak or additional apps required

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2016

Apple’s gone to great lengths to guarantee the privacy of your phone calls. For instance, when you call someone or receive a call, audio from the call cannot be routed through AirPlay to a recording app, such as Vidyo. This is also why there’s a notable shortage of apps for recording phone calls in the App Store.

Jailbroken users have been able to easily record their phone calls for ages now, but what if you’re not jailbroken? As it turns out, there’s a nice workaround solution involving voicemail and the beauty of it is that there’s absolutely nothing Apple can do to stop you from employing this trick to record your phone calls like a pro. Read More


‘IfFound 3’ makes it easier for good Samaritans to return your lost iOS device

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

Nothing gives you a lower-sinking gut feeling than when you accidentally leave your $650+ iPhone sitting somewhere and forget about it, or when it ends up stolen.

Fortunately, good Samaritans now have an easier way to get in touch with you if your device is ever found thanks to a recent Cydia release called IfFound 3.

Indeed this jailbreak tweak is a new iteration of a tweak that has existed for ages, but it’s back and it’s ready for iOS 9, and in this review, we’ll show you exactly how it works. Read More


Tip: quickly redial the last number on your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, pressing iOS’s Phone icon gives you shortcuts for calling your top three favorite contacts right from the Home screen. But aside from 3D Touch, the Phone app has received little innovation in years past.

That being said, a lot of iPhone owners are not completely familiar with the ins and outs of the Phone app beyond making and receiving phone calls. Many of my friends, for instance, routinely go to Phone → Recents to call the last dialed number.

Apple’s interface designers have thought of that, too, but unfortunately their solution is not readily apparent in Phone’s interface. In this quick tutorial, we’ll teach you how to call the last dialed number right from Phone’s Keypad section. Read More

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