Sebastien is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iDB. Once a BlackBerry user, Sebastien instantly fell in love with the iPhone when it was first announced in 2007. Shortly after, he decided to start sharing his knowledge of iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking, which led to the creation of this blog. Sebastien currently owns 7 iPhones, 4 iPads, an iMac, a MacBook Air, and 2 Apple TVs. When he's not surfing the web, you can usually find Sebastien surfing the waves of Southern California, or traveling the world with his wife Tina and his daughter Chloé. You can find Sebastien on Twitter
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After spending hours in the App Store looking for and trying out a multitude of multiplications apps for iPhone and iPad, I came to a daunting conclusion: there is nothing out there I would want my fourth-grade daughter to learn and practice her times tables with.
So I decided I would make my own app!
After a few months hiatus, Cody and Sebastien got the old band back together for a special episode. After sharing what happened to Cody and discussing the future of the podcast, Cody and Sebastien talk about Apple's September 2021 event where the company unveiled a new 10.2-inch iPad, a new iPad mini, Apple Watch Series 7, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
Over the last year or so, my kids have spent an unhealthy amount of time on YouTube on their iPad or the family Apple TV. It’s not so much about the time they spend on YouTube, it’s more about the quality of what they watch on YouTube, which I can’t always control or oversee.
So what may start as a couple of educational videos about the solar system can easily end up being an hour watching Preston and Briana play Minecraft. And don’t get me started about the vlogs of Sofie Dossi and her prankster friends. But I digress!
This post aims to give concerned parents like myself ways to block, lock, and restrict YouTube access on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, whether it is through the YouTube app itself, or via a web browser.
Knowing when your iPhone or iPad has been fully charged can be helpful depending on the circumstances. Maybe you're waiting for your iPhone to reach 100% of battery before leaving your home. Or maybe you just don't like to keep your device plugged in once the battery has been fully charged. Whatever your reason may be, there is a way to be alerted the minute your iPhone or iPad has reached a full charge.
Using the Shortcuts app, we will create a personal automation that will run when battery level reaches 100%. At that time, we will have different options as to how we want to be alerted.
No, it's not just you! TestFlight is currently down for some users, including yours truly. While Apple took a bit of time to acknowledge the issue, the System Status page has now been updated to reflect the issue.
Update: the issue has now been resolved!
According to Apple, the issue started at 8.35 AM Pacific Time and is currently ongoing. The company notes that "Users are experiencing a problem with this service. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available."
Sebastien goes over his favorite features announced at WWDC 21. He also addresses a few concerns he has about some questionable features.
After carrying out an informal survey of Downtime listeners and iDB readers, Sebastien reveals some of the announcements that YOU want to see at WWDC this year.
After introducing iDB's new site design, Sebastien reviews the new Apple TV remote, and AirTag's one and only alternative, the Chipolo ONE Spot. Finally Sebastien plugs one of his apps and answers a few questions from listeners.
I've been toying around with AirTags since they came out a few weeks ago, and I was impatient to try the only third-party alternative available at this time: the Chipolo ONE Spot. Chipolo is one of only three companies that have been approved by Apple at this time to be part of the Find My network. Out of the three, it's the only company that has built an item tracker similar to AirTag. So if you're in the market for an item tracker that works with the Find My app, your options are either the Apple AirTag or the Chipolo ONE Spot.
With that said, the folks at Chipolo sent me a ONE Spot for review ahead of their official launch later in June. This post will essentially be a Chipolo ONE Spot review and a direct comparison with AirTag.
Sebastien goes solo again in this monologue about Apple Music, and being stalked by an AirTag. He also talks about his Birthday Reminder app, cocktail habits, and his decision to not use an Apple Watch anymore.
I've been running some unscientific tests for the past few days, essentially stalking myself with an AirTag that was set up using an Apple ID other than mine. The goal was to find out how quickly I would get notified about someone tracking me, but I was also curious about what the process would be to alert me about it.
After several days of tracking myself, this is what I found out.
Sebastien is free soloing this special episode where he answers questions from listeners, talks about one of his apps, and gets to do his favorite section of the show. It's different, but hopefully just as good.