How to add iOS 9.1 emoji to a jailbroken device running iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2015

The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users. These new characters are all the rage, and rightfully so, as they bring a whole new range of emotions to the table.

But what about those of us stuck on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2? As you all know, Apple killed the Pangu jailbreak with iOS 9.1, so upgrading to iOS 9.1 isn’t an option for those of us wanting to maintain our jailbreak.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can enable the emoji keyboard and send new emojis to devices capable of displaying them. The bad news is that the tweak is still a work in progress, and as such, the new emoji don’t display properly in all apps.

Some apps will work fine, such as Mail, but other apps, like Messages, won’t properly display the new emoji. Developer PoomSmart says that he is working on a fix for the issue, so eventually, we may have a 100% fully working iOS 9 emoji package for iOS 9.1.

In the meantime, however, this tutorial is the next best thing. Watch our video to see how it works.
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App Store starts experimenting with landscape screenshots and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2015

Apple has seemingly begun experimenting with landscape screenshots and video in the App Store. A handful of App Store apps now offer landscape screenshots, video posters in landscape or both.

Twitter users and SplitMetrics have also noticed the change recently, which impacts the iPhone and is also showing on iTunes. Before the change, landscape App Store screenshots would show in portrait mode, requiring users to turn their head. Read More

 

Instagram releases Boomerang, a Live Photos-like iPhone app for creating looping clips

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015

Facebook-owned Instagram is taking on Live Photos, one of Apple’s headline iPhone 6s features, with a brand new 1-second video loop app called Boomerang. Available free of charge in the App Store, Boomerang aims to turn everyday moments into “something fun and unexpected.”

The app couldn’t be simpler. You just point your iPhone’s front or rear camera and press a button to take a burst of ten photos.

Boomerang then stitches the individual images together into a one-second sped-up video that plays forward and backward in a looping manner, similar in appearance and function to Apple’s Live Photos feature. Read More

 

Watch: seven new Apple Watch TV ads highlighting Apple Pay, Siri, and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2015

Apple is out tonight with seven new short TV ads for Apple Watch. The format is similar to what the company company up with two weeks ago, when it debuted the first ads in this series.

Each short film focuses on a specific feature of Apple Watch, from apps, Apple Pay, Siri, physical activity tracking, to the convenience the device can offer. Yes, convenience is a feature! Read More

 

Magic Trackpad 2 review: Force Touch-enabled and rechargeable, but should you upgrade?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2015

Of all of the new “Magic” devices in Apple’s lineup, perhaps no device is more deserving of the moniker than the Magic Trackpad 2. It’s the only device, out of the three new peripherals that Apple recently launched, that truly brings new functionality to the table.

While the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Keyboard are legitimate upgrades over the products they replace, the Magic Trackpad 2 is the most justifiable upgrade from a pure features standpoint, and Apple’s pricing for it says as much.

At $129.00, this isn’t exactly a knee-jerk purchase to be made on a whim. And if you already own the old Magic Trackpad, an impulse buy is lessened even more.

I’ve been testing out the new Magic Trackpad 2 for several days now, and it’s taken me a while to put my thoughts down in writing. This device takes significantly more time to get to know than either the Magic Mouse 2 or the Magic Keyboard. That’s because the Magic Trackpad offers the most diverse functionality of the trio.

With all of that said, is the Magic Trackpad 2 worth upgrading to if you already own the previous Magic Trackpad? Watch our video review, and read my full analysis for the details. Read More

 

SwitcherTweak: invert the App Switcher direction, enable vertical App Switcher scrolling, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

If you’re looking to customize the newly redesigned App Switcher in iOS 9, then look no further than the just-released SwitcherTweak. This is a jailbreak tweak that adds lots of new options to the App Switcher, including scrolling direction, respring options, padding, blur, and more.

SwitcherTweak is available for free right now via a third-party repo, and I recommend that you check it out. Watch our video walkthrough for a more in-depth look at what this tweak can do. Read More

 

A closer look at Activator’s new Application Shortcuts feature

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2015

Earlier today, we reported that Ryan Petrich had updated his beta repo, and with it, the Activator beta for iOS 9. The update brought overall compatibility to iOS 9, but more interestingly, it brought about a new feature called Application Shortcuts.

In our previous post about the iOS 9 compatible Activator beta, we briefly touched on the new Application Shortcuts, but in this post, I’d like to dive in a little deeper to show you exactly what these puppies can do, and why they’re so cool—even for older pre-iPhone 6s devices.

In a nutshell, Application Shortcuts let you access the shortcuts that are normally only available to 3D Touch capable iPhones on the Home screen, merging them with Activator gestures. The result is a super-cool feature that will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the iOS 9-enabled Activator. Read More

 

Magic Keyboard review: streamlined and rechargeable, but worth it?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

Along with my Magic Mouse 2, I decided to pick up a Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard, for me, is probably the least compelling of the “Magic” devices that Apple just released. That’s primarily because I’m a full time MacBook user, so I don’t actually have a real hardline need for an external keyboard.

Yet, I’m nonetheless intrigued by the Magic Keyboard. I’m a sucker for the streamlined design, and the rechargeable batteries. Anytime you can get me away from having to replace or swap out batteries, you’ve pretty much won me over.

But does the Magic Keyboard do enough to truly justify the upgrade? Admittedly, it’s a hard sell. Not only do you have to consider whether an upgrade is necessary, you then have to justify paying $30 more than the Wireless Keyboard that it replaces.

Is it worth it? Watch our video review and find out. Read More

 

EnableLivePhotos enables Live Photos on older iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

If you have an older device running iOS 9, it’s possible to create Live Photos if you’re willing to jailbreak your device. EnableLivePhotos is a recently released jailbreak tweak that not only lets you take Live Photos, but lets you display Live Photos on the Lock screen as well.

EnableLivePhotos is the best implementation of Live Photos that I’ve seen for non-iPhone 6s devices. Watch our video and see how it works. Read More

 

Dismiss breadcrumb links in iOS 9 with a new jailbreak tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

One of the new features in iOS 9 is a new app linking structure. This allows you to navigate back to the originating app that linked you via a handy breadcrumb link in the upper left-hand corner of the status bar. Some people hate it, most love it, but I think all can agree that it’s a little awkward at times.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could dismiss the breadcrumb link once you’ve arrived at a destination, and had no intentions of going back? BreadcrumbsAway is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that. It allows users to dismiss breadcrumb links and regain the full status bar view in iOS 9. Read More

 

Apple posts new iPhone 6s ad highlighting 3D Touch

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted a new iPhone 6s commercial, with a special focus on its new 3D Touch feature. During the ad, you hear a voiceover explain how Peek and Pop work, followed by a list of several things you can do with them.

In typical Apple fashion, most of the tasks covered by the voiceover are demonstrated by users on-screen. At one point we even see actor/singer Jamie Foxx, who uses 3D Touch in the Music app to access his just-released R&B album. Read More

 

Magic Mouse 2 review: rechargeable and sturdier, but is it worth the upgrade?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

I’ve been a huge proponent of the Magic Mouse ever since it first debuted. I use this mouse almost daily, even though I have a MacBook with a trackpad.

When editing video in Final Cut Pro X, a mouse is pretty much a necessity due to the precision required. With this in mind, the Magic Mouse is one of my most cherished companions when it comes to my daily workflow.

As you know, Apple just updated its Magic Mouse with several new features. The headlining feature of the new Magic Mouse is its built-in rechargeable battery. The new mouse is also lighter with a sturdier build and features an optimized foot design for better movement. But for existing Magic Mouse users, is it worth the upgrade? Read More

 

How to put folders inside folders on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Since folders first appeared on iOS, there have always been glitches that make it possible to place a folder within a folder. iOS 9 is no different, it too allows you to nest folders on your iPhone. To do so is extremely easy, and requires no quick movements, or ridiculous over the top finger cramping combinations methods.

The only downside about using this method to nest folders is that you’ll have to do it all over again when you restart your iPhone. In this post and video, I’ll show you how simple it is to nest folders on iOS 9 in just a few seconds. Read More

 

Vimeo updated with iOS 9 Spotlight support, iPad multitasking, picture-in-picture & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The popular video-sharing service Vimeo has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application in the App Store with full support for iOS 9 technologies. For starters, videos you upload to the service and other content can now be found through iOS 9’s much improved Spotlight Search engine.

Moreover, the new Vimeo 5.6 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now lets you multitask like a boss on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 in side-by-side Split View and Slide Over modes while enjoying video in iOS 9’s picture-in-picture mode. Read More

 

Going beyond Likes, Facebook is testing empathetic Reaction emojis ahead of public launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

Facebook, the social networking behemoth, is testing half a dozen reactions that go beyond Likes—among them Love and Angry—while at the same time prototyping a new feature that would make it easy to send “Happy Birthday!” videos to friends on mobile, according to The Next Web. The publication writes that Facebook’s iPhone and iPad application is prompting some users to send a video as a birthday greeting directly from within the app. Read More

 

How to send video wirelessly from your Mac to TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

Since OS X 10.9 Mavericks owners of the Apple TV have been able to wirelessly mirror their Mac screen to the big screen TV with an AirPlay feature called AirDisplay. There was just one slight problem: you couldn’t stream individual videos without mirroring the whole screen.

Apple has solved this annoyance with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which introduced richer AirPlay support permitting you to send video from Safari and other apps to the Apple TV. Read More

 

Watch: Apple Watch Hermès unboxing video

By Sébastien Page on Oct 6, 2015

The special Apple Watch Hermès became available for sale in select locations across the globe yesterday, and we now have a first look at it in this unboxing video.

The watch comes in a bright orange packaging very similar to that of the Stainless Steel Apple Watch, with some extra Hermès branding added to justify the price tag. Read More

 

Video, time-limited images and more coming to Facebook profiles soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Facebook is currently testing a brand new look for profile pages on mobile with a small number of iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California.

The upcoming mobile-friendly features were designed to bring Facebook profiles to life with videos, time-limited images, custom layouts and other new features coming soon to everyone, said Facebook. Read More

 

5 awesome 3D Touch tips that you may not know

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 1, 2015

Now that we’ve had the new iPhone 6s for about a week, it’s time to share a few more 3D Touch tips that we’ve picked up over the last few days. By now, everyone knows about the basic 3D Touch features, but there remain a few usage scenarios that continue to fly under the radar. In this post and video walkthrough, we’ll examine five different 3D Touch gestures that can help make your life easier when using your iPhone 6s.  Read More

 

OS X El Capitan: how to use the new Mission Control

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

OS X El Capitan now features a redesigned Mission Control that’s smarter and more efficient. Now, all of your apps are easily viewable with just a swipe up gesture on your trackpad. Because OS X now arranges all windows in a single layer,  it’s now easier than ever to see everything that you have open on your Mac.

Mission Control El Capitan also places windows in a position relative to where they currently are on your screen. This makes it easier to quickly locate the specific app that you’re looking for when entering and exiting Mission Control

But that’s not all. Mission Control now allows you to easily place an app on a different desktop or in its own full screen view by simply dragging the app towards the top of the interface. Watch our video walkthrough and see how it all comes together. Read More

 
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