Let’s Talk iOS 180: Non-event event

By Sébastien Page on Mar 28, 2017

Apple just released a bunch of new software updates for iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS, so Cody and Sebastien touch briefly on those. The guys also talk about everything Apple announced last week, including the red iPhone 7, a new iPad, and more. Finally, the two co-hosts discuss Apple’s recent acquisition of Workflow app.

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Speed up or slow down iTunes playback for podcasts, audiobooks, and music with Speed-Up

By Steffen Reich on Mar 24, 2017

Still enjoying iTunes despite the beautiful mess it has become on macOS? If the answer is yes, perhaps listen up for this one. Every once in a while, seemingly low-key and low-price apps pop up in the market, claiming to have identified an imperfection or gap in Apple’s software, and in the next breath promising the fix for it. Some of these apps are superfluous to the user for the simple reason that the touted feature is already in place in Apple’s mothership software (in some shape or form), other apps are gimmicky or overly flawed.

Speed-Up for Mac firmly sits in the opposite camp, the one where ostensibly small apps are extremely wholesome and deliver on the promised goods. So what does it promise you ask? Put simply, to speed up or slow down your iTunes playback, an option otherwise notably absent on macOS. If this sounds surprisingly succinct or sober to you, that’s because it is.

Speed-Up treasures simplicity over bells & whistles, and is probably worth a look if you have ever caught yourself wishing for a speed lever in the thick of an Audiobook or Podcast session on your MacBook. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 179: Not just a virtual or augmented reality

By Sébastien Page on Mar 21, 2017

Surprisingly there is no talk about iPhone 8 rumors in this week’s episode, but the guys make it up by talking about rumors of an imminent product refresh, which could be new iPad or maybe even a new Apple TV. Cody and Sebastien also discuss the latest rumors detailing Apple’s AR efforts, their favorite new iPhone case, and they also answer questions from listeners.

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How to turn off notifications for specific podcasts

By Steffen Reich on Mar 20, 2017

We are currently disassembling Apple’s Podcasts app here on iDB, turning over every rock in iOS to help you make the most of what the seemingly basic app has to offer. After walking you through automatic downloads for your favorite shows earlier this week, we’re back with another slick little trick designed to cut down unwanted notification clutter perpetrated by the app.

Because notwithstanding your fondness for the dozen podcasts you love to zap through, collectively they sure can generate a bevy of notifications on your iPhone. Speaking from experience, the crux of the matter is that some of these notifications are much more hotly anticipated (e.g. surprise releases) than others (daily shows), which means neither leaving all podcasts notifications activated nor fully switching them off is going to genuinely cut the mustard for most users.

If you have made it this far, you will already have an inkling that there is luckily enough a much more satisfying middle way. And thankfully, you called it right. The square, purple icon on your Home screen itself holds the answers we need when it comes to selectively dumping the episode-drop notifications. So in the interest of a tidy Notification Center and minimal maintenance efforts, here’s how to remain in control of podcast notifications by toggling off the ones that have been bugging you for too long.

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How to enable automatic downloads for your favorite podcasts

By Steffen Reich on Mar 16, 2017

Podcasts, especially our very own shows of course, are great. They can be the perfect medium to shorten car journeys or just keep your brain engaged at home, the gym or in any other place you fancy spending a significant amount of your time. 
If you’re an avid listener and follow our (or other) shows on Apple’s own Podcasts app, you will in all likelihood have made your fair share of experience with one of the major caveats of excessive podcast consumption: it eats up your mobile data quick, often times quicker than playing a bunch of your favorite tunes on Apple Music instead.

For most of us, two ways of dealing with the potential assault on our data plan come to mind. One of them entails manually downloading your selection of podcasts in the morning somewhere between breakfast and your morning commute, while the other one is basically dealing with it by not dealing with it, i.e. putting it on hold until you have entered the next safe Wi-Fi zone.

Luckily, next to two choices equally dissatisfying, iOS offers a third, proper solution in the shape of auto-downloads. To find out more about the setting, where to find it and how to customize it for each of your podcasts, check out our walkthrough below! Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 178: The big show

By Sébastien Page on Mar 14, 2017

It’s been a while since they’ve discussed Apple’s ambition in the auto industry, so Cody and Sebastien are back on the topic, following Intel’s large acquisition of Mobile. Other discussions involve a potential Apple event this month and what could be unveiled, some interesting iOS 11 concepts, and of course (of course!), iPhone 8 rumors.

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Let’s Talk Jailbreak 159: The gourmet version

By Sébastien Page on Mar 8, 2017

In this month’s episode, the guys discuss a potential solution for Yalu’s 7-day signing restriction, a recent Cydia update, and Joaquim’s trifecta of monster posts about Prometheus. Of course, the pair also talks about LiberTV, the new jailbreak for Apple TV. Finally, they go through a list of some of the best jailbreak tweaks released in the past month.

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Let’s Talk iOS 177: The bottom of the rumor barrel

By Sébastien Page on Mar 7, 2017

The new iPad Pro ads really want you to believe it can replace your computer, but Cody and Sebastien are still skeptical. The two discuss some enhancements that should be made to the software rather than the hardware to make iPad a worthy laptop replacement. And of course, the guys also talk about some of the latest iPhone 8 rumors, including use of USB-C port, in-screen fingerprint reader, and more.

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Let’s Talk iOS 176: On house arrest

By Sébastien Page on Feb 28, 2017

We’re back on schedule to talk about Apple Watch Series 3 rumors, Apple Park, a bunch of iPhone 8 rumors, Samsung’s next iPhone killer (?), and the realization that Apple may not be working on an Amazon Echo-like device.

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Let’s Talk iOS 175: Look at the gamut

By Sébastien Page on Feb 21, 2017

Your favorite duo of podcasters is back with more discussion about the latest iPhone 8 rumors that include a function area, facial recognition, and a large screen in a smaller body. Cody and Sebastien also discuss Apple’s new video content creation efforts and the release of trailers for Planet of the Apps, and Carpool Karaoke.

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