In this roundup, we’ll talk about all the tweaks that launched within the last week. As usual, we’ll begin by showcasing our favorites, and we’ll cap off by outlining the rest afterward. … Read the rest of this post here
You can easily change the Weather app on iPhone to display the temperature degrees in fahrenheit or celsius, regardless of what country or region you’re. Yes that means if you’re in the USA you can set weather to Celsius or if you’re in Europe you can set weather to display in Fahrenheit, or whatever other … Read More
Most Snapchat users are accustomed to the Emoji and Filter features accessible in the app for supplementing your Snaps with further expression. On the other hand, Snapchat doesn’t provide users with as much freedom to move and transform filters as they do with Emojis.
Jailbreakers that use the Apple Store app to browse Apple’s product offerings can take advantage of a new free jailbreak tweak called DarkAppleStore by iOS developer CydiaGeek to spice up its user interface.
Post-installation, DarkAppleStore applies a darkened blur to the translucent tab bar at the bottom of the app, causing it to resemble the before and after images you see above and below…. Read the rest of this post here
It’s a common sight for App Store developers to bar jailbreakers from using their apps. As frustrating as this can be, jailbreak developers regularly find ways around these jailbreak detection methods and publish them in the form of jailbreak tweaks.
One of the latest of such tweaks to hit Cydia is Citrix Receiver Unblock by iOS developer Christoph Kolbicz, which permits the Citrix Receiver app to work as anticipated on jailbroken devices…. Read the rest of this post here
Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their…
Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto Rico, where it has not been licensed. Because LTE is not licensed on Band 8, many phones have not yet been… Read More
Apple on Friday seeded the fourth betas of upcoming software updates iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1. Registered developers can install the new betas from Apple’s Developer Center, or by using each platform’s respective over-the-air update mechanism…. Read the rest of this post here
iOS 11 goes a long way in turning the iPad into a full-fledged laptop replacement. The operating system handles more complex tasks, improves multitasking, adds Drag and Drop support, and more. Managing compressed files is also easier than ever.
We will observe three different ways to work with zipped files. First, we will see how to view zip files in the Files app, then we’ll see how to zip and unzip files using either Share Sheet extensions or Drag and Drop. Aside from an iPad or iPhone running iOS 11, you need one of two applications we tested: Kpressor and Zipped…. Read the rest of this post here
Tracking and mapping your runs to a T is something most of us runners do, mainly because it provides valuable insights into your training progress. At the same time, there is something to be said about archiving runs for posterity and having the ability to review and show off older running tracks. The likes of Nike+ or Runtastic – i.e. the big players in the game – have recognised the immense potential of route tracking years ago and beefed up their apps accordingly…. Read the rest of this post here
An unusual error can happen sometimes on the iPhone and iPad where iOS app names are replaced with “com.apple.mobileinstallation”, and when attempting to launch the apps with such a name, the app instantly crashes. Furthermore, attempting to delete the app with the name “com.apple.mobileinstallation” via the the traditional Home Screen approach usually fails, leaving the … Read More
Some iOS apps are for iPhone only, but that doesn’t mean you can’t download iPhone apps onto an iPad and use them on iPad too. Many iPad users would rather use the scaled up iPhone version of an app that is intended for a different screen device than no version of the app at all. … Read More
After you take a screenshot of an iPhone or iPad in iOS 11, a little thumbnail preview of the screenshot appears in the bottom left corner. Tapping on that screenshot preview opens Markup where you can draw on the screenshot or quickly share it, but if you’re not going to markup your screenshot then you … Read More
The Files app on iPhone and iPad is a bit like a light version of Finder on Mac, offering direct access to files and folders in iOS 11. If you find yourself accessing a particular folder often within Files app, you can make it quicker to access by adding it to your Favorites list. Once … Read More
If you use the iOS Notes app often and juggle a myriad of individual notes lists, you may find the new notes pinning feature to be helpful. By pinning a note to the top of the Notes list, you can access any particular note easier and faster than ever before, without having to scroll through … Read More
Apple are allegedly still intending to release its new MacBook by the end of the month with the plan for shipments to start soon after the media release. This is according to information from Mac Otakara.
According to Mac Otakara, they have contacts with a ‘reliable Chinese Supplier’ with alleged information that Apple will launch new 13 and 15 inch models, continuing on the current size spectrum that they have within their Pro lineup. There is also a small amount of information regarding a new MacBook Air featuring USB C however this is sketchy as it would bring the new MacBook and the MacBook Air very close specification wise.
The new MacBook Pro would apparently replace the existing lineup, like in previous releases with the MacBook Air apparently having both USB – C ports and Thunderbolt 3, with very little mention of classic, traditional outputs such as HDMI or USB-A.
The new MacBook Pro however could have both USB C and USB A, however Apple are more likely to push towards their USB C output on their devices, such as was featured in the new MacBook. This would of course most likely remove the MagSafe connection which is unique to the MacBook’s and a key feature for some users.
As with any iteration of MacBook’s, it would most likely have a thinner body along with their new keyboard mechanism with the possibility of an OLED display touch panel at the top of the body to replace the normal function keys. This OLED panel would have, most likely, API’s allowing developers to program their apps to utilise it, such as Spotify Play/Pause functions.
A sketchy rumour also suggests that their may be Touch ID integrated into the MacBook Pro to speed up both unlocking and security of individual files however this could have a number of usability problems.
Mac Otakara, has an interesting track record and the rumours shouldn’t be taken as 100% reliable however the October release date is something that is agreed with across a number of sources.
With no media invites sent out and not long before the end of October, do you think that Apple are going to release their new machines in time for Christmas. If so, what would you like to see most on these new models? Drop a comment below letting us know.
Update: According to Re/Code, the event will take place on the 27th.
Playtopia is a Cydia tweak available for anyone jaibroken running iOS 9 or below. Playtopia brings the miniplayer that is famous within iTunes, onto iOS, meaning you always have access to your media controls without needing to bring up control centre.
Playtopia has a great UI which fits in great with the rest of iOS and you will struggle to believe after a bit of use that it wasn’t built in the first place. Not only does it show which app, or source, that your music is coming from but it will also show the album art as well which is great for those that appreciate it.
If you tap on the album art it changes the slider between the music sequence scrubber to the volume slider, allowing you to make subtle changes without needing to do much. Playtopia even has it’s own ‘Dark Mode’ with a button to the left of the slider allowing you to switch in between light and dark mode, great for fitting in with the time of day or the rest of your devices theme.
If you’re really pressed for space on an old iPhone 5 perhaps, or even the iPhone 4S, you’ll appreciate the super compact ‘miniature’ mode which is just a little larger than the standard app size on your home screen. This mode is a circular icon with the centre being a play/pause button and the scrubber circling the outside.
For those of you who have never really got on with any other mini music players or just like having the most screen estate possible on a smaller device, then you will really appreciate the sleek interface of this mode.
It has a simple configuration however warning, it requires something called ‘AppList’ which it will help you install where necessary. This simply allows you to configure what apps you don’t want the miniplayer to work in, such as games for example.
If you think Playtopia is the tweak for you then you can download it off of the BigBoss repo today for $2.99. Are you going to be downloading it or is it not quite you’re thing. Leave a comment letting us know you’re experience on it or why you didn’t decide to install it.
With an iOS 10 jailbreak possibly not being released for a while, if you’re still on a jailbroken iOS 9 but missing the iOS 10 features, fear no more! With this handy article you’ll have iOS 10 features on your device in no time.
Raise To Wake
This is only supported on the 6S, 6S Plus and the iPhone SE due to the newer ‘motion co-processor’. Personally, if they wanted to include this on older devices they could have.
With FaceOff, you can do just this, and more! It can detect whether it’s in or out of your pocket as well modify when it will detect your proximity, such as when you’re plugged in charging.
With a whole list of tweaks including various ways to disable it, delays and different standards of sensitivity as to when the screen should light up, you won’t struggle configuring this to your exact preference!
When iOS 10 is jailbroken, I will certainly be trying to get this on my device as Raise to Wake would be great to have on my iPhone 6, and very useful!
Apple introduced their very own Home app which included the ability to set scenes and use your Apple TV 4 to control your home when you’re away. This app you don’t even need to be jailbroken for as it is available on the iOS App Store today. This third party Home app is essentially the same as Apple’s new app, allowing for changing your light’s brightness and colour as well as controlling other HomeKit utilities. This includes but isn’t limited to ceiling fans, your doors or even the thermostat! Download it on the App Store.
Notification Centre Widgets
Slowly but surely, Apple are finally beginning to welcome widgets into their operating system, something which can’t come quick enough. With iOS 10 there are now some pretty useful widgets such as Music, Calendar, Mail and others with developers allowed to create their own as well. Although they aren’t fully there yet, it’s definitely going in the right direction.
To get some widgets on your iOS 9 device however, you need to make a small purchase on the BigBoss repo and download DopeLock. You get a few customisation options well as the ability to customise your notification centre. This tweak isn’t quite a perfect replacement however it’s as good as you’ll get I think.
The ‘people’ tab within the Photos app is actually pretty nifty and for the most part, works well. I’ve had a few people feel quite insulted at the suggestions that they might be someone else who, looks nothing like however overall it works fairly well.
If you find the need for being able to filter out photos based on who’s in them, then Google Photos is the app for you. Although it does require having your photos stored in Google Drive, it’s a great replacement and for the most part, works really well.
Even better, is that it works with animals as well, something which Apple quite hasn’t got nailed.
Parked Car Locator
This is really useful for those of you who end up wondering through a car park trying to find your car, however the slight flaw I found with Apple’s built in system is that it only works in an Apple Car Play Car. Maybe that’s just me, but it doesn’t seem to work otherwise. Shame.
Track Back is a great little replacement and does exactly what it says. It stores your cars location and then you can even get maps directions back to it if you can’t find it, something which will definitely be useful if you have a habit for parking your car down a small side street.
Combined with an Apple Watch App, you won’t need to look like a complete idiot wondering around trying to find your car.
Delete Stock Apps
This was an addition which all users of iOS 10 welcomed with open arms. With the default apps taking up almost 2 pages now, it was definitely a good option. For those of you who don’t want to be stuck using spoof or moving apps in and out of folders to try and cause a glitch, worry no more.
On cydia.jerryen.com, is a tweak called AppHide which allows you to toggle on apps that you don’t want to see. Perfect!
There are more alternatives for different features, so if you’d like to see more drop a comment below letting us know. Will these tweaks allow you to keep your sanity on iOS 9 or do you feel you have to upgrade?
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has had stock issues ever since launching in the UK. With Apple stores in the USA now having plenty of stock, for some reason over here we’re still lacking.
Unfortunately over here, they are still in extremely short supply. With next to no stock available in any stores and even iPhone Upgrade Program users struggling to get their hands on it, this wasn’t Apple’s smoothest launch.
I carried out a little experiment of my own, to see how soon I could get my hands on Apple’s new ‘premium’ standard device, the Jet Black model. Even though I would never buy one due to it being a complete finger print magnet, it’s interesting to see just how short a supply they have. This has been rumoured to be because there is an extremely high quality control process with over 50% not reaching the desired standard and being re-milled.
With only the 128GB or 256GB options available to me, there was essentially no stock saying that I wouldn’t receive it for around a month, with most people’s orders being pushed back further. For people who have brought their devices from a mobile carrier, a lot of carrier’s are operating reimbursement voucher schemes, either giving money off the device purchase itself or giving around £50-£100 vouchers off of items such as accessories from their own stores by way of apology.
The bad news only continues for Store Stock as I was unable to pick up one within a 30 mile radius of me, with stores beyond this still not having any stock.
It was rumoured that Apple didn’t actually have as much stock as they normally do for iPhone launches due to late production but also for advertising purposes as headlines reading “Apple can’t supply enough iPhone’s” are better than “Apple have an excess of iPhones”.
What do you think? Is this launch a bit of a shambles or is it some clever advertising going on. Did you have much luck getting your iPhone near launch date? Leave a comment below letting us know.
The iOS 10 jailbreak could already exist having been made by the Pangu development jailbreak team. If this was the case, why haven’t they already released it to everyone you may wonder.
With every iteration of iOS, finding usable exploits gets harder as Apple patches more and increases their security measurements. There will only ever be a certain amount of usable exploits and eventually, Apple will most likely patch them all.
Tech analysts have claimed that actually, Pangu may already have the solution to an iOS 10 jailbreak in hand but aren’t releasing it just yet. This could be to ensure maximum compatibility with devices as well as to prevent any embarrassing hiccups with installation as have happened in the past. It is also a possibility that they have the basics it just needs tidying up.
Why no news then?
It’s actually quite simple. Apple is famous for releasing small iterations such as iOS 10.0.1 with iOS 10.0.2 following it fairly quickly. These minor updates always have the possibility to close off the exploit that Pangu were expecting to use.
When iOS 9.3 was released, people moaned as a jailbreak had just been released however it wasn’t supported in 9.3. Pangu could be waiting for iOS 10.1 to be released first before they expose their exploits. Remember, each jailbreak uses a number of different exploits and it doesn’t really make sense to release it just yet, as much as we’d all love it.
This rumour has been speculated by YouTube bloggers and other analysts as releasing a jailbreak after a semi-major iteration software update means that people will get to use the new Apple features as well as enjoy a jailbreak at the same time.
Remember, even though Luda Tudesco demoed it, he didn’t release the tools he used and there are a number of reasons that the jailbreak displayed there is not quite what it looked like.
For now, just hang on in there and wait for Pangu to launch their tool, and don’t download anything else saying it will jailbreak your device, as it won’t. Check back on ijailbreak.com regularly as this will be one of the first places to announce the launch of the tool.
What would you do with a jailbreak on iOS 10 or are you quite happy with Apple’s built in software. Leave a comment down below letting us know.
Apple Music and Beats 1 go hand in hand however unfortunately, Apple don’t provide a built in option to play these as an alarm sound. Today, you can change that.
Personally, I get extremely bored of the same old alarm sounds or the same song and more often than not, I get so used to it that I will simply fall straight back to sleep, so much for an alarm!
With this, you can have Beats 1, Apple Music playlists or a certain playlist play as your alarm, which is another example of what Apple needs to integrate into their software but jailbreakers have to do it for them.
First off, if you don’t have it installed already, you need to go and install a tweak called Activator. Most of you will probably already have it as a majority of tweaks do rely on it to perform functions however if you’re new to the scene, you may need to download it. It’s free and it’s available on the default repo’s so there is no need to go adding any more repos to Cydia!
Once installed, you want to tap on the ‘More’ button in the top right.
Head on down to the scheduled section and then select the necessary day’s and times. For most people that will be the Monday – Friday 6:30 AM wakeup I would imagine!
Once selected, confirm it by tapping ‘Save’ and then under the ‘Custom Actions’ section, you want to tap ‘Ask Siri A Question”. This will allow you to type out a question which will automatically be ‘asked’, without you having to say anything, as you’ll be asleep!
Simply type in what you want to ask, for most I’d advise the below, however if you have a certain playlist, just use that. As long as Siri supports the phrase when you say it normally, it will work with whatever you type in.
Question: Siri Play Beats 1
Once that’s done, you’re all set! You can now have Beats 1 play when you wake up, which is much better than the default alarm sounds!
Are you going to be tuning into Beats 1 a lot more frequently or do you prefer blaring noises to get you out of bed in the morning. Leave a comment below letting us know.
The Samsung Note 7 has now officially been discontinued after less than 2 months on the market, Samsung have decided to call it a day on their attempt of a flagship model. Launched in August 2016, it has done nothing but hit major headlines, for all the wrong reasons.
Originally, with the explosion issues this was due to early models having a faulty / poorly made battery in them, following Samsung’s recall and replacement program. This has evidently not worked as after the last week, there have been several experiences of the phones bursting into flames or starting to smoke.
This smoking and bursting into flames is not just for the devices that were plugged in charging however, a number of reports have stated that the phones started to heat up to ridiculous temperatures even when left on the night stand overnight with a large number of people refusing to charge the devices unless they were awake and could watch them charging, to prevent being caught unawares.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung has officially axed the Note 7 project, meaning that there will be no more sales or production of the devices. A spokesperson on behalf of Samsung officially told TechCrunch: “We can confirm the report that Samsung has permanently discontinued the production of Galaxy Note 7.”
The Note 7 battery issues were far from minor however, with some experiments reckoning that simply minor pressure on the battery region of the device would cause it to combust. It would strike most people as obvious that these issues be discovered within pre-production models however whether they were we won’t know, Samsung has definitely lost some significant market share with this shamble of a launch. Their stock price has been fluctuation recently due to the reports of explosions hitting major newspaper headlines as well as other media sources.
Image Source: gizmodo.com
Apple has, of course, benefited massively from Samsung’s mistake with their shares up 2% for the first time since December, whereas Samsung has had over $1.8 billion wiped off of its market value. Of course, this is pocket change for these multi-billion dollar companies however it is the principle that counts.
Did you have much luck with a Note 7 or did you decide you didn’t fancy burning down your house? Leave a comment down below letting us know you’re opinion on the matter or your experience with the device.
The Apple TV was released by Apple a good few years ago, and although there were minor upgrades to bring us to the TV3, nothing as substantial as the new Apple TV4, which I’m hoping to get my hands on soon.
The ATV3’s are extremely cheap now, I managed to pick mine up for just £30 on eBay, everything included. It’s used to essentially turn my pc monitor into a TV when I’m finished working for the day and it’s time to kick back and relax, and for that it works, kind of.
Before I go on, I am fully aware of the App Store on the ATV4, however this is for people thinking about buying the ATV3.
Let’s start with the Apple classics; Music, Video and Home Sharing.
Music, great if since day 1 you have purchased your music off of the iTunes Store and no where else, you’ll have a great experience and I can’t fault it. Not so great if, like I and many others, you are subscribed to Apple Music, you’re out of luck. It is not supported on this model which is a massive let down, there is of course a work around with simply streaming from iOS or macOS, however it means it’s no longer just a standalone TV anymore.
Video, same situation really, you need to have purchased it off of the iTunes Store for it to be any use at all, otherwise you’ll just need to rely on AirPlay.
Home Sharing, now I’m sure that Apple have done some sneaky coding here because even with Home Sharing off of my main media PC which has all of my Apple Music subscription music downloaded onto it, it still can’t access it off of Home Sharing, whether this is intentional I don’t know however it wouldn’t surprise me if Apple did this deliberately to make you upgrade.
The only other apps I use are Netflix and YouTube. Netflix is great and does the job really, it streams films, perfect. YouTube likewise really, you can search and do anything basic that you’d need to do really and I can’t really fault it on that part one bit.
In my opinion, the AppleTV is not actually a TV, it works better for presentations than media. Why? I have a very good internet connection, yet streaming over AirPlay causes lag, jutter, stuttering and causes audio and video to be out of sync creating that extremely annoying experience of the actor mouthing what they are saying before you actually hear the words.
At work however, the manager will plug in the Apple TV to give a presentation from his iPad and for this it is perfect, and this is really what it is for, the media side is just an extra.
For me, I think to fully get the ‘TV’ experience I need to consider investing in the ATV4 however right now, it isn’t quite worth the price point for me.
What do you think about it? Have you had positive experiences with the Apple TV’s or do you prefer a proper, set top box? Leave a comment down below.
WiFi on iOS has always been a problem, with signal dropping and no real fix to this, it’s never been perfect. On the BigBoss repo is a solution for this.
Compatible from iOS 7 upwards to 9.3.3 (the latest supported jailbreak version), The Strongest Link essentially automatically switches to the strongest WiFi network in your location. Typically, iOS stays loyal to the network you’re on and tries to cling on until it literally cannot sustain signal anymore, and even then might try and stay through the use of Wi-Fi Assist (using up your 3G).
This tweak will not only automatically switch to the strongest network around you (providing you have previously been connected to it) but it will also enhance by default your device’s WiFi scan range. Wait a minute, how does software influence hardware.
Well, it doesn’t, however by default, iOS doesn’t always show you every single network around you, it will show you the one’s it believes it can maintain a strong connection to and then when it refreshes, it will show you more and more. Have you ever wondered why sometimes the network you’re looking for doesn’t show up immediately, well that is why.
Anyway, this tweak shows you all the networks available as well as a much more detailed description of the network including its BSSID and what type of encryption security technology it uses as well as some more information, that for the security conscious of you may be necessary.
As well as this, have you ever been in that situation where you’re logged into a WiFi network and someone wants the code but you can’t remember it? Luckily, as long as you have logged in successfully before, ‘The Strongest Link’ will show you the password in plain, unencrypted format for you to either input onto another device or give to a friend in desperate need of access to the WiFi.
Is ‘The Strongest Link’ something you think you’ll be using or would you rather just keep it old school with iOS’s default method? Try it out on the BigBoss repo and drop a comment below about your experience with it.
Today Apple dropped the latest betas to developers for iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1 and MacOS 10.12.1
With no major new features in the change log for the second beta’s, these are relatively small updates however.
The biggest update for iOS 10.1 is the Portrait mode for the new iPhone 7 Plus allowing for a DSLR like quality for depth of field.
Of course, there will be other improvements under the hood with a couple of minor improvements already popping up in the Messages app relating to stickers. Nothing major, but the software engineers are definitely still hard at work!
iOS 10 was a huge update this year which allowed a much needed open-door to developers to integrate their apps deeper into iOS. Now apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype, thanks to CallKit you can receive calls using the standard iOS call visuals as well as quick replies in messages. Not only this but opening up Siri allows for you to send WhatsApp’s etc using Siri, simply say “Siri, send a WhatsApp to Tim saying Lunch at 2?”. Normally this works without a hitch but I still find myself going into the app to check that it has sent properly as I still have my doubts.
For watchOS this increment is fairly insignificant and mostly contains software performances to make it run a little bit smoother, something which the original generation Apple Watch definitely needs! If you find a new feature in this increment drop a comment below.
Don’t forget after all that watchOS 3 brought us some fairly significant improvements including SOS, Scribble Replies as well as locally stored apps and, of course, some new watch faces!
macOS also hasn’t seen anything major in this beta with performance improvements a guaranteed and no reported major changes or visual changes. However there has been support added for the new Portrait mode within the Photos application. This was also released for the participants of the Public Beta which suggests that a Public Beta will soon be available for watchOS and iOS.
macOS Sierra provided not only a new name to fall in line with the rest of the OS’s but also some well-needed additions such as Siri (although I still don’t use it that much myself) along with security improvements as well.
Announced today on EE’s official Twitter page, the brand new Pixel and Pixel XL phones by Google are only going to be available from EE starting out. Of course, it will be available on places such as eBay however this is definitely a major way for Google and EE to boost their sales. As EE is made up of T Mobile the connection is clear.
BREAKING NEWS: Pixel and Pixel XL phones by Google will only be available direct from EE, the UK’s fastest 4G network #MadeByGoogle
The brand new Pixel phones come packed with some great new technology which, Google aim will help beat the competition, mainly Samsung and Apple as they’re now running their own software, on their own hardware. Sound familiar *cough Apple*.
Sporting the new USB Type-C connector, an amazing new 12 MP camera, 4GB of RAM along with a astonishingly beautiful looking unibody with a great looking display, this device definitely has the potential to be a massive hit!
Combating the feared move over from platforms, Google have created a tool that lets people “transfer contacts, photos, videos, music, texts and even your iMessages.” The idea is you literally plug in the phones together and it will do all this, if it does that will definitely be cool and perhaps we’ll see a change in platforms from!
Google are also introducing their new fingerprint sensor, dubbed the ‘Pixel Imprint’ along with a metric tonne of other great new features.
Combined with this is the additional software extras that Google are including, attempting to truly revolutionize the Android phone platform. They’re allowing an unlimited, full resolution backup plan for all Pixel users so your photos are safely stored in the Cloud. As many, for as long as, you like. iCloud, take note!
Also, unlike normal with Android where you have to wait for your network operator to release the software update, Google are making a ground breaking step within the Android platform to allow the updates to come straight from them via OTA packages, which means Pixel users will now always have the latest and greatest in software.
This is just a tiny taster of what’s now available including 24 hour live video tech support, astonishingly large batteries, fast charging, Virtual Reality compatibility and more, could this be the next flagship?
Leave a comment down below if you think this is going to be your next daily driver. If not, why? If you want to see more in-depth articles about the Pixel let us know!
According to Japanese blog MacOtakara, Apple are planning to ship three brand new iPad Pro models in the Spring of 2017 with a 7.9, 9.7 and 12.9 inch model to complete their lineup.
The blog post claimed that ‘reliable sources’ had told them that the 12.9 inch flagship model would feature Apple’s new True Tone display technology, just like the relatively new 9.7 inch model. This includes using very advanced ambient light sensors which automatically adapt the colour and the intensity of the display brightness depending on the surrounding environment.
The re-vamped 12.9 inch model is also claimed to feature the new 9.7 inches 12 megapixel rear iSight camera and the rear True Tone flash, designed to make the lighting much more natural when taking photos in low-light environments.
The new, rumoured 7.9 inch model, which is likely to be the successor of the iPad mini generation, will most liekely include the smart connector featured on the other two Pro devices allowing for keyboard and other accessories to connect to. The reason for this is so Apple could standardise their entire iPad lineup. Is this the start of the end of any non-Pro devices?
Controversially however, these new Pro models will retain their 3.5mm headphone jacks which has just been released from Apple’s flagship device, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It is also likely that the new iPad’s will gain quad microphones to allow for stereo recording, to improve the current dual system.
According to KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo however, Apple could just be planning on naming the 2 larger devices as their Pro models with the smaller one to retain some advanced features but be removed from a Pro lineup, however this wouldn’t make much sense if they’re trying to standardise the lineup.
MacOtakara doesn’t have a perfect history with Apple rumours however it has been right on previous occasions, and this is a very believable rumour due to the way that Apple didn’t update their iPad lineup this year (so far) and this does follow in the direction that they are heading in anyway.
What do you think? Do you think the new iPad Pro lineup is going to be a hit or is it an unnecessary revamp. What features would you like to see on the next generation of iPads?
One of the most noted new features of the iPhone 7 is its lack of a physical home button, with Virtual Home, you can emulate that on your jailbroken device as well. Available on the BigBoss repo, this is great if you want to try and trick your friends into thinking you have an iPhone 7, or if you just can’t click your home button anymore.
All you need is an iPhone with Touch ID, and of course, it has to be jaibroken. When you install it, it will be setup with default Activator functions, however you can change this in the Settings app anytime you like.
To use it, simply tap on the home button once and it will treat it as if you clicked, and you’ll be taken straight back to the Home Screen. By default, tapping and then holding/resting the home button brings up the multitasking/app switcher view. Personally, I’d change this to two taps to make it feel a bit more normal.
For the conservative users amongst you, this can actually save the wear and tear on the home button. Although they are one of the parts designed to last the longest as obviously it will get the most use on the device pretty much. Unfortunately tapping doesn’t work for everything such as Guided Access, however for the basic functions it works just fine
The best thing about Virtual Home is that although it does utilise the Touch ID sensor to function, it doesn’t actually require a validated/registered finger to be used on it, which means once/if your device is unlocked, anyone can use it, not just you. The only use for Touch ID in this sense, is to detect whether there is a finger touching the button or not.
What do you think about Virtual Home? Is it something you think you’d use or just a little gimmick? Leave a comment down below letting us know.
With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 2, I decided to get my hand on an original Apple Watch, just to try. I have mixed feelings, is it really needed or is it just an added luxury.
First up – The Setup
In classic Apple style, the setup was a breeze with the Watch app. Point with the camera and I was paired (I’d love to know how that works), few bits of admin (iCloud, iTunes, Siri, the usual) and it began it’s spinning circle of setting up. This I learned, is a bit of a frequent occurrence.
I received it running WatchOS 2, so I instantly updated to WatchOS 3. Boy, that was a mistake right in the middle of the day. Update overnight, for your own sake.
I can normally download a full 1.3 GB iOS file, from Apple’s servers in 8 minutes, so nothing to do with my internet. To download WatchOS 3, (a 512mb file for me), the download alone took 3 hours. I left the Watch app open in case the background process was slowing it down, I wish that was the case. Whether it’s the servers, the app or something else, it was painstakingly slow.
Once it finally downloaded, it had to install the update. I understand the data was being transmitted over Bluetooth and all that good stuff, but it took 1 hour to install. This I put down to a first generation processor, however I thought I’d never see the Apple progress circle complete!
My advice, just put it down, and leave it well and truly alone to do its own thing. You’ll have to check a real watch for a while!
Next – Built In Apps/Functionality
This isn’t a review of WatchOS 3, just a quick overview of what was on it that’s useful, or not so much.
First off, I love the idea of SOS (hold the lock button/lower down button) for a while and it’ll start blaring and vibrating, before calling the police. Great for the idea, but the sound and the extended time it takes for the countdown to finish, means any close proximity situation, this may not work so well.
Apple Pay – Great if you have any device lower than a 6 that doesn’t support contactless, but otherwise it’s just stupid. Don’t get me wrong, saves reaching for my phone, but it’s really not necessary. And the loyalty cards / non-contactless, that’s a waste of time. The screen is too small, and you’re more likely to scratch the screen than actually scan your card. Sorry, but it’s true.
Health and Fitness – I could go on for ages, long and short is it does the job, but it’s not a dedicated tracker so don’t think it is. One weird thing was that I found hours missing out of my heart rate data, so not sure quite what went on there.
Breath – This just annoys me, I know how to breathe and although I swear I turned the notifications off, it still keeps nagging me. Feels like my other half all over again!
Music – Useful but the delay in updating means I’d be quicker just pulling my iPhone out.
Stopwatch / Timer – Does what it says on the tin, it could be one app!
Camera Shutter – It’s a camera shutter really, not much to say here!
Photos – The most pointless app in my personal opinion. You need to sync an album / select photos and the screen just isn’t big enough to show off anything more than the general idea.
My favourite part. Having tried other FitBit’s etc, no one quite got notifications right, well Apple have. Combined with the opening up of the OS, they’re finally useful! I can look at a message, scribble or decide I don’t want to talk. The haptic feedback really does weird me out sometimes and it’s impossible to explain, it’s so much different to a vibrate, it’s something you have to try. Rich notifications are great, and that is basically what this watch is for, to save you looking at your iPhone.
Nope, don’t like it. Half the time it thinks I’ve said ‘hey siri’ when I haven’t, then it takes 5 minutes connecting to my phone before ‘tapping me’. We need offline Siri on a device like this, or don’t have it at all, period. I look and feel like an idiot yelling at my watch for the 5th time to send that text to Jeff about the meeting being cancelled, I’m better off texting like a cave man!
It’s not needed, and with only a text feedback, not too useful in some situations either. It will work, eventually, but they need to make it work properly first.
This isn’t a full in depth article, and I could go on, but there’s no need. Personally, it isn’t for me. I love it, but in my heart I know it isn’t. All it is, is a glorified notifications provider, to save your phones battery from lighting up. Obviously with a few tricks along side, but it’s still early days and it’s just not there yet.
For me, the battery wasn’t a problem by the way, I could last a day and finish at 50%, you simply can’t power use on this, it’s all too slow, with too many spinning circles.
Maybe the series 4 will be more my thing, who knows.
What’s your experience with the Apple Watch been like? Has it turned into a 5th limb for you or are you going to keep it old school? Drop a comment below about what you think.