By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016
Apple has been researching software solutions that would tap into a user’s Apple Watch to intelligently adjust an iPhone’s alert volume on the fly, by monitoring and comparing ambient sound samples.
Filed for with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) back in 2014 and published on Thursday, the patent application titled “Volume control for mobile device using a wireless device” outlines volume control adjustments by having a Watch’s built-in microphone sample an alert generated on an iPhone to “detect a distinct contribution corresponding to the audible alert.” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015
Your universal infrared remote which used to control your old Apple TV should work just fine with the fourth-generation Apple TV right out of the box. In some cases, however, your legacy remote might need configuring in order to learn the signals that the Siri Remote generates.
In this post, we’re going to show you how you can program a universal infrared remote that came with your TV, cable box or DVD/Blu-ray player in order to navigate the entirety of tvOS, or use it with a prior Apple TV model. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015
In addition to using your Siri Remote to navigate the tvOS user interface and play games on the fourth-generation Apple TV, you can program it to control power and adjust volume levels of your television set or home theater receiver.
That’s because your Apple TV and the Siri Remote that came with it are compatible with HDMI-CEC and outfitted with a built-in infrared receiver and blaster.
This means owners of the new Apple TV can adjust the volume of their TVs and home theater receivers via the HDMI cable or line of sight, using just their Siri Remote.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to program your Siri Remote and configure it to work with your home entertainment equipment. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015
Starting with iOS 9, you can now shut Siri up as easily as turning the mute switch to silent. Prior to iOS 9, Siri would not respond to the state of the ringer switch.
Indeed, how many times did you wish you could chat with Siri in the middle of the night but didn’t out of fear her loud voice might wake up your significant other?
As it turns out, a quick trip to the Settings app on iOS 9 and a couple of taps is all it takes to tell Siri to honor the state of your ringer switch. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 5, 2014
Normally, when you increase or decrease the volume on your iPhone, a large volume HUD appears on the center of the screen that displays the volume level as you adjust it. VolumeNotifier is a brand new jailbreak tweak that goes a little step further and notifies you when you change the volume on your device.
The tweak adds a sound effect when you’re changing the volume such that when you increase or decrease the volume, a beep sound is made, just like how it works on Mac. Read More
By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 18, 2014
One of the ways of finding out the current volume level of your device is to press the volume buttons on the side of your device. VolumeStatus 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly determine the current volume level of your device directly from the Status Bar.
The tweak adds a volume indicator to the Status Bar that allows you to take a quick peek at the volume level without pressing the volume buttons. The tweak doesn’t display the exact volume level, but it gives you an idea of how much the volume is. The icon is followed by curved lines indicating the device’s volume level. Read More
By Ed Sutherland on May 28, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great if the iPhone could detect when you are holding the handset to your ear or sitting on a desk, automatically adjusting the volume? Apple thought so, as well. Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the iPhone maker a patent on a way to adjust the speaker volume based on proximity.
The patent, filed just a year after the iPhone was unveiled, uses the smartphone’s many sensors to detect the device’s proximity from a user. Just as a proximity sensor is used to detect when the phone is at your ear (thus turning off the touch screen), sensors could also adjust speaker volume… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2012
BrightVol is a new jailbreak tweak, which allows you to adjust the brightness settings of an iPhone or iPod touch using the device’s hardware volume buttons.
While similar tweaks have been created in the past, none of them, to my knowledge, allows you to dynamically switch between brightness settings and traditional volume settings as easy. BrightVol allows you to do just that, and that’s what really separates it from the rest of the pack. Take a look inside for our full video walkthrough… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2011
Sometimes you just don’t feel like exercising your index finger or thumb to scroll on your favorite webpages. Sometimes your fingers need a break.
A situation like this calls for a jailbreak tweak like PhyScroll, a tweak that allows you to scroll on any page using nothing more than your iDevice’s accelerometer. You’ve got to see it on video to get a good idea how it works, so check out our hands-on experience inside…
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2011
After our initial use, we had a sneaking suspicion that Apple pumped up the volume on the iPhone 4S, so we figured that it would only be right to perform a test.
I happily headed over to iDB labs (my office) and put together a test that was as accurate as I could possibly pull off.
The results? Well, they speak for themselves. The iPhone 4S’s speaker is much louder than the iPhone 4’s, and this video proves that without a doubt… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2011
If you ask me, the iPhone 4’s design is the epitome of phone designs. It’s why we’re going on a year and a half since it was released, and there still isn’t a device that truly rivals its beauty or function.
I wasn’t really worried about Apple straying too far from this design, because in general, they tend to stick with what works for a decent length of time, e.g. the iMac, Mac Pro, etc. All of those products have basically remained the same over the past few years, sans a few minor tweaks here and there.
But then, Case-MateGate happened; purported iPhone 5 mockups along with them, and stuff just got real… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2011
If you’re serious about customizing your iPhone’s sound, there’s likely no better candidate to meet your needs than MyVolume.
This is a jailbreak tweak for serious customizers only; casuals need not apply.
That’s because MyVolume allows you to modify nearly every function of your iPhone’s volume controls, almost to a fanatic level…
By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2010
This is a boring day for the jailbreak community. After checking out the somewhat useless EZDecline this morning, we’re now having a quick look at App Switcher Volume, a new jailbreak application that adds a volume slider to the “now playing” bar of your app switcher.
That’s all it does and really, for $0.99, I sure hope it does it well…
Does that look interesting enough to download?
By Sébastien Page on Aug 28, 2010
There is a new jailbreak app available called Volume Booster 4.0 that supposedly boosts up the volume of your iPhone. I say “supposedly” because it didn’t work for me, although I tried on 2 different iPhones. Maybe you’ll be more successful than I was…
After downloading Volume Booster from Cydia, you have to go an activate it in WinterBoard, just like you would activate a theme. You won’t see any icon or options in the settings.app. Read More