Let’s Talk Jailbreak 161: The sweet spot

Some big news this month, but can you trust it? Besides discussing the latest iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak rumor, Joaquim and Sebastien talk about recent development in the community, including iDevice ReRestore, CoolBooter, and iPhone 3GS exploit, and more.

Let’s Talk iOS 183: Too good too fast

As Cody’s health drastically declined over the weekend, he manages to power through an hour of conversations about the new iDB app update, the prospect of having a Touch ID sensor on the back of the iPhone, and Apple’s future product development.

iTunes Podcasts rechristened as Apple Podcasts

Apple’s long offered a dedicated podcast directory, titled iTunes Podcasts. As first noted by 9to5Mac, the company has rebranded iTunes Podcasts as Apple Podcasts and is now offering redesigned badge artwork and icons for publishers to use via its Apple Podcasts Identity Guideline webpage.

Refreshed badge graphics is now showing the “Listen on Apple Podcasts” message.

Let’s Talk iOS 182: The act of contrition

Apple keeps on surprising us with what seems to be some sort of subtle apology about the lack of upgrades in the Mac line up as of late. Cody and Sebastien talk about this specifically, as well as what the future looks like for the Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

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Let’s Talk Jailbreak 160: On the gravy train for life

This month, Joaquim gives a brief update about the status of various jailbreak utilities including Cydia Extender, SemiRestore, and more. Sebastien talks about his encounter with Saurik last month, and the two discuss a bunch of interesting tweaks recently released.

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Let’s Talk iOS 181: Behind the curve?

After honoring the launch of the original iPad, Cody and Sebastien discuss the new Samsung Galaxy S8, its design, its features, its shortcomings, and its appeal. The guys also talk about the iPhone 8 and answer questions from listeners.

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Let’s Talk iOS 180: Non-event event

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

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.

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

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

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.