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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.
Cydia, first released by Saurik a number of years ago, hasn’t really changed all that much. Since Cydia became mobile, instead of root, there’s finally a solution for this. Introducing Reflectrix, the modern Cydia.
Reflectrix is not a alternative to Cydia, it is essentially an addon into Cydia, however it looks extremely nice! It is clearly based upon the Apple App Store as it has a Top Charts section along with Featured Tweaks. For jail-breakers, this is essentially heaven, trust me.
As you can see, there is a dedicated Reflectrix tab which then takes you into the Reflectrix experience, this is the same view within the Reflectrix app so it isn’t really necessary. Combined with very nice Featured Tweaks and a really sleek look for the Featured Apps along with a nice bit of caption information, it would be great if Cydia looked a little more like this!
A couple of minor downsides stop this from being perfect, however that is true with almost any Cydia tweaks. For a start, there is an unnecessary app for Reflectrix which would look a lot better within a Settings section within Cydia where you need to adjust anything necessary.
It is missing a crucial back button on the top charts packages which does make it extremely awkward to go back to the Top Charts. To go back simply tap another icon on the bottom tab bar and then go back to the Top Charts. Not ideal, but it works.
Unfortunately it’s currently in a beta process however fingers crossed, in the next couple of weeks it will be out and we can all try it and see if it lives up to its name.
What do you think about Reflectrix? Are you going to give it a shot or do you prefer the classic Cydia look? Leave a comment below.
Poke Go++ is the tweak you need to ‘catch them all’ without leaving your house. Compatible with iOS 7, 8 and 9, this tweak not only allows Pokemon Go to function on jailbroken devices, but it also gives it a few extras.
Poke Go++ primarily allows you, within Pokemon Go to change your location and also allows you to chat with fellow users (coming soon) nearby. Normally, with other tweaks you would get banned, as they would display your location as having ‘teleported’ to the location. This means there’s no suddenly catching Pokemon the other side of the globe.
Poke Go++ only allows you to walk/run within the app from your current location, however you are free to explore for as long as you like. You’ll probably want to be plugged in charging though as it can definitely drain your battery.
The location editing is actually very clever, a new ‘joystick’ appears on the screen, and all you need to do is drag it in the direction you want to explore, and you’re moving! Great if you’re stuck in the office or school but want to catch some!
Pokemon will appear as they would if they were normally around you and you’re about as safe as you can be from being detected, however as with anything you’re never 100% protected, but this is probably as close as you’ll get due to the way it edits your location.
Just don’t forget to make sure you’re on WiFi, as the further away you ‘walk’ with the joystick, the more new data it has to load. You certainly don’t want a big nasty phone bill at the end of the month when you’ve only managed to catch a Magikarp or a Pidgey.
Is this tweak one you’ll be using to go out and catch every Pokemon you can whilst stuck inside or are you going to stick to the old fashioned method of actually going out yourself and getting them? Leave a comment down below letting us know.
Vinculum, on the ModMyi repo, is a different view on Control Centre on iOS entirely, however is it a good one? With no functional controls, or utilities, it certainly isn’t for everyone!
Vinculum’s inspiration comes from the Google Nexus Nougat App Drawer, something which some users certainly prefer. An alternative to this, is the Win10 theme I covered earlier in the week.
Like Control Centre, simply swipe up from the dock, not the bottom of the screen and there you have it, a great, simple list of all your installed apps. However, there is more!
Simply hold down on any application within the app drawer to hide it, no respring, no fancy ‘in, out, move around, into a folder’ tricks just a simple hide. If there’s an app you definitely don’t want appearing at the top, or in your search, then this is a must! This is of course reversible and you can bring an app back from within the settings.
With a very simple configuration menu, and a very easy use, you’ll soon start to rely on it. Combined with a very useful search function which still allows browsing of the rest of your apps (Windows take note!!) at the same time, it’s great for narrowing down what you’re looking for.
It is currently only at Version 1 and the developer is promising great things so this is definitely something that you want to go and check out.
There is also a ‘dark or light theme’ to this, which fantasists of the Apple Dark mode I am sure will fall for immediately.
Mimicking a ‘control centre’ themed ‘pull bar’ you will struggle after a while to believe that actually, this wasn’t built into the OS in the first place and what have Apple been doing with their time.
With potential developments including 3D touch support definitely a possibility, don’t miss out!
Leave a comment below if you find this useful instead of relying on spotlight or manually sifting through those numerous pages of Apps. As always, feel free to get in contact via social media.
YouTube Go is what we’ve all be waiting for. The ability to download and view full content YouTube videos offline without any need to use up data. Announced today it allows not only offline viewing, but also sharing videos that you have downloaded with people using Bluetooth.
As it is a 1st party app, it is a lot more polished than anything else, as you would expect. With this, you can preview the video before you download it and you can control the quality (360p, 480p etc) with a display of the file size. This is particularly useful for people who are either on a metered connection, running off of cellular and are watching their cap or simply in an area with very slow internet connectivity.
The disappointing news is that it is only launching in India to start with, which does make sense logically, as disappointing as that is to us. The reason for this is that India is actually, the perfect place to test it, when you think about it. They aren’t as well connected when compared to places such as the UK with all the free WiFi we have and they certainly don’t have the fibre-optic speeds that we have all grown accustomed to and, combined with the expensive mobile data packages, can’t stream like we can.
Vice President, Johanna Wright on behalf of YouTube Product management said the following in a public statement:
YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos. YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social.
If you are currently in India, you can get involved and sign up right away to YouTube Go. Unfortunately, there was no mention about any future availability within different countries such as the UK, USA or anywhere else. There has also bene no launch date for India provided, as of yet.
This is of course, yet another app that YouTube is adding to their arsenal. Whether this is because there were too many complications integrating it into their current app or re-building from the ground up with an app was easier we will likely never know.
Is this a good idea or would you prefer to see it in your country? Is it another app too far? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to get in touch on social media.
If you’ve installed iOS 10 and prefer iOS 9, whether it’s to jailbreak or you just prefer it, you’re in luck. You can easily rollback/downgrade, however hurry as this window of opportunity won’t last forever.
Step 1– Backup
If you ever want to come back to iOS 10, or something goes wrong, you’ll thank yourself for having everything saved. I recommend iCloud simply for convenience. However, backing up to iTunes comes with the added advantage that you can archive it, however beware as backups aren’t so easily encrypted with iOS 10. Read here to find out more.
To carry out an iTunes backup, carry out the following steps.
Plug in your iPhone, iPod or iPad into your PC (USB only, no wireless syncing) and open iTunes.
Click the device icon, then select iTunes backup.
Click Backup now and watch the progress bar at the top.
Wait for said backup to finish.
Go to iTunes > Preferences > Devices (Mac) OR Edit -> Preferences -> Devices (Windows) and look for the backup you just completed.
Hold the Ctrl key (Mac) and click on the backup, or Right Click for Windows. In the context menu, select the option Archive.
Step 2 – Download iOS 9
I personally recommend a website called http://www.felixbruns.de, simply because it downloads from the official Apple website and offers a really great interface. You can also download IPSW files from iJailbreak’s download section.
Find the iPSW for your device, and download the latest iOS 9. The other’s have stopped being signed by Apple so you won’t be able to install them unfortunately.
Download it to your desktop, or somewhere else you can easily find.
While it’s downloading, take this opportunity to turn off ‘Find my iPhone’. Unless your iPhone is in DFU mode then it will need turning off before you restore otherwise iTunes won’t let you restore. If you are in DFU mode then don’t worry, iTunes can’t tell.
Once the download is complete, go into iTunes and instead of simply clicking the Restore button, hold down either Option & Command on a Mac, or hold down the Shift key on Windows, then click ‘Restore’
This will bring up a Finder window (Mac) or a Windows Explorer (Windows) window. Simply navigate to wherever you saved it (this is where keeping it somewhere memorable is useful!)
Select it, then click OK or double click, or press enter, or whatever else you normally do to select a file.
iTunes will now verify the integrity of the file and begin the restore. Just leave your device plugged in with a good cable and come back in 10-20 minutes and it will all be done.
I recommend, especially on Windows, leaving your computer just to restore your iDevice, as iTunes is hardly the most reliable program and you don’t want it bricking your device.
You’re now finished
If iTunes gives you any errors then Google them or leave a comment down below and the community will help you solve them.
As always, leave a comment below if you found this guide useful and are you going to stick with iOS 10? Or rollback to something a little more traditional?
I came across AppRestrict on the ModMyi repo and although it’s a little tweak, its usefulness is infinite. It is advertised as an ‘anti-procrastination’ tweak and that is what it does. It essentially allows you to limit what apps can be used and at what times.
For example, if you know you have a packed day of work ahead, it may be worthwhile turning off Facebook for a while, to stop you endlessly pulling down and refreshing for the next, latest post about something which, lets be honest, normally isn’t that interesting anyway.
Do you class yourself as a ‘workaholic’? Try using this to make sure you switch off from company matters such as the company email app, or maybe your invoicing app, or whatever it may be! When you go to launch it and find out it’s restricted, it gives you a chance to think ‘Do I really need to use this right now’? If the answer is no, then great! However, for urgent necessities, you can always disable the tweak.
With the latest update now preventing changes using TouchID and combining restriction power with apps hidden by tweaks such as ‘Spoof’, it receives regular updates which only makes it more useful. With options to set restrictions by time, and, a possible way of setting restrictions by location (perfect for forgetting about work, or for working harder) you’ll instantly notice a boost in your productivity.
I used AppRestrict whilst writing this article, and the number of times it stops you from opening up Instagram simply because you don’t want to do something, or opening up eBay to check on the latest bid of that item you checked on just one minute ago, it’s a real life saver.
So go on, download AppRestrict from the ModMyi repo, and drop a comment down below whether it has helped you with your procrastination problems, or whether it’s more of a hinderance than a hand.