Through many iOS releases, major or minor, Apple still hasn’t bothered to change its lockscreen interface. The design and its functionality remain the same even though the company did modernize it a little bit to live up with the design standards. Earlier this month, we saw a post on Jailbreak sub-Reddit about a redesigned lockscreen interface made by a former Apple employee. Of course, everyone has to love it and sure enough someone decided to come up with a jailbreak tweak that integrate these features into our iOS devices.
A recently released tweak called FutureLock is here to turn the concept into reality. With that being said, let’s dive into it and see what’s so special and cool about this package.
Last year when iPhone 6 comes out, I received the Aero case from UAG for review and eventually it becomes from go-to case for my iPhone 6. I use it almost everyday, except having my olloclip lens clipped on. The case offers superb protection to my fragile iPhone 6 and I don’t have to worry breaking it despite that I have Apple Care+ associated with the device.
The rumor mill is now pacified as Apple has finally released the official features of iOS 8 with more goodies and overhauls in store for developers and end-users.
At the WWDC event, which started June 2, 10:00 AM Pacific time (June 3, 1:00 AM, Hong Kong time), Tim Cook and the other Apple executives took charge while armed with the keynotes, as users worldwide were able to watch the event in real-time via Apple live stream.
So, for our roundup, here are the iOS 8 features:
New camera features
Apple beefed up the iOS 8 camera with Time Lapse photography, an interesting feature, which developers can take advantage of since there’s a new programming kit for the camera app that will allow third-party sources to access the camera features and integrate extension that weren’t possible in current software version.
The Photos app includes editing options that will allow users to make necessary changes of images with a simple thumb gesture. The features are quite similar with the iPhoto, but simpler. It has smart image analysis on the changes (seen in the demo) and post-edited photos will be synced with the iCloud. With Photos app in iOS and Apple’s plan of building a Yosemite version, there’s a possibility that the iPhoto will be ditched.
We’ve heard rumors and seen leaked images with native fitness and health integration (dubbed as Healthbook) in the upcoming iPhone and iOS 8. Apple provides the Healthkit API for developers to start building apps that will allow them to link apps and unify users personal health data to a single database. As Apple has shown, the data will be available to medical platforms and applications where you can privately store the data, or even better, show them to your doctor(s). Apple showed the list of healthcare companies and institutions, too.
Better and seamless syncing—that’s what Continuity is all about. It’s a group of features that automatically integrates your iOS and Mac devices activities, files and more.
Seamless iCloud drive sync
Aside from the mail and documents backed up in your iCloud, your photos will now be synced automatically in iCloud with free 5GB storage. Other storage plans start at $1 per month.
Files are merged; there’s no difference between local and cloud files. What’s stored in your device operates like a cache on what’s in your iCloud. We just hope that there will be more security on this turf.
Improved Mail app
Apple also deployed a few tweaks on the Mail app that allows users to mark a message as “Mark as Read” with a single swipe gesture, and more actions for “Trash, Flag, and More” (right to left) with another swipe, or entirely pull it to delete the message.
Spotlight features are also beefed up where users can access it (swiping downward) on a locked screen with more results and suggestions from a number of sources, aside from the native database of the device, such as Wikipedia, News, iBooks store, iTunes store, music, suggested websites and many more.
New interactive notifications
Users can interact with the notifications without leaving the current app. This can also be done on a locked screen (tap and swipe) where it won’t require users to unlock it. Got a new message? You can type reply (downward swiping) without closing or leaving the app.
This feature allows iOS devices to interact seamlessly with the OS X Yosemite. From the name itself, your iPhone knows what your Mac is doing and likewise. If you’re working on a Mail message in the PC and would like to take a break, you can pick it up where you left it and continue what you’re working on your iOS device.
New keyboard features
This is one of my favorite features—the iOS 8 keyboard comes with QuickType, a context-sensitive predictive typing that provides users words they can use by tapping the suggested words instead of typing. What’s more, the iOS keyboard will welcome third-party apps such as Swype or SwiftKey.
Siri is getting beefed up, too, with Shazam built-in integration and automatic interaction once you plug it in your car (just say, Hey Siri! Without touching the home button). It will also allow users to purchase apps in iTunes. It has 22 new dictation languages in its database and streaming voice recognition.
Touch ID with apps
The Touch ID feature will allow users to access their account via bank app and useful for authorization.
It’s easier to share all files with your family with this new feature—from family calendar to photos and locations—with each member updated. They can also share e-books, music, movies, and share the same credit card. What’s more, the credit card holder (e.g. Dad) will receive a notification for permission if one needs to purchase an app.
Extensions for developers
There are a lot of goodies in store for developers, such as extensions and the ability to integrate widgets just like in OS X. From Safari widget, to eBay widget, and extensions of custom keyboards, the new iOS ecosystem provides opportunities for developers and users to make the mobile experience more interactive and engaging.
Unannounced, but confirmed…
DuckDuckGo in Search features
Apple is also expanding Safari’s search engine features with DuckDuckGo, a startup, which is allegedly known as an anti-Google, that doesn’t track users for advertising purposes.
And many more…
You can send text messages and videos whether via keyboard or voice messaging. The Enterprise features are tailored for corporate end-users with built-in self-configuration functions and stronger encryption.
We know you’re very much excited to test the iOS 8. But for now, the goodies go to the developers, as Apple seeds the beta version. The official iOS will be available in the fall for free.
Do you feel frustrated when you could not or forgot to check-in at memorable scenery or restaurants while you just can’t do it back date with apps like Instagram or Foursquare? Now here’s a jailbreak tweak for you.
Fake GPS is an recently released Cydia App which you can change your iPhone or iPad’s current location as per your wish. After setting a fake location with just a long hold and press on a map view, all enabled location-based apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Line, Wechat, etc on your device immediately identify and believe you are there. As per the developer, by changing your location, you can protect your location privacy, get around the location specific locks that some apps put in place to prevent you from viewing content in certain regions. Go where you have never been before, and meet people there, in a second.
The iPhone 5S and 5C were just launched with fans excited to use an all plastic body 5C as well as experience their own fingers as passwords with the introduction of Touch ID for iPhone 5S. Over the last couple of days, a lot has been said about the next generation of Apple smartphones leading to some visionary conclusions of how their big brother iPad will progress on it’s own pipeline.
According to experts you can expect the launch of the much anticipated iPad 5 as soon as October right before the holiday season kicks in. With the current generation iPad it’s almost unclear as to how and what new features Apple is going to incorporate in their new tablets. Based on the September 10th event I couldn’t help myself but take some inspirations from Apple’s latest series of iPhones and come up with my own predictions for the things to include in the next generation iPad.
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and other martial art legends have one thing in common, they can leave most people mesmerized with their combat moves. The style of combat has been featured in movies, cartoons and video games as well.
iOS users now have a chance to take a part in similar action with Ultimate Stick Fight, a game that features two heroes who have various martial art combination skills.
A management for iPad? Sounds like the same old story, but the new DragNSYNC app takes file management to a whole different level. You may raise a question how it’s different from other apps of similar nature? Well, it will let you manage files, create folders and add privacy to them without enabling any third party to access the information.
After downloading and installing the app on your iOS tablet, you can start importing files from different sources such as a personal computer or any other source. The imported files are divided into folders named My Videos, My Music, My Files and My Photos. Files can also be zoomed in or out and users can also resize them. The Favorite directory can be used to add files, which makes accessing them more convenient.
The four folders are already there by default, but they can be renamed and new folders can be created as well, which is a seamless process with DragNSYNC. Secret folders can also be made which can’t be accessed by anyone. You can also create sub-folders which allow for better organization. The app can be used to e-mail or print images directly. iCloud backup is supported so other apps can also be used to open up the folders. However, the files need to be copied to the cloud as the backup is not automated.
You’ll be required to enter your credentials for name and e-mail after starting the app and will be presented with instructions on how to use the app. The next things required to be configured include a secret question and its answer, a recovery e-mail in case you forget the passcode and the passcode. The passcode will be required for most of the importing process.
Apart from the passcode, there’s also triple layer security featured in the app. It keeps any file secure. The images created through the app aren’t saved on the camera roll. A ‘decoy mode’ is also present, which can be used to set a dummy password. This password allows others to see the app, but keeps the files hidden from them.
DragNSYNC can open most file formats including .PDF and zip. It’s the ultimate file management tool for iPad and can be used for syncing and securing important documents that are not meant to be seen by others. The app is available for $2.99 on App Store and works on iPad. Let us know if you try it out.
Apple’s technology gets better every year, but no technology is infallible, no matter how much money you spend on it. When you come to rely on an electronic appliance, it can be very scary when things go awry. The most important thing is to always back up your information to iCloud, so you do not lose your music, documents, photos, or contacts no matter what happens. Apart from that, there are a few options to get your beloved iPad working the way it did when you bought it.
I was searching for a noteworthy app that I could recommend to our avid readers and found Pics and Words. If you’re a word game enthusiast, you might want to browse the 7 Mind-Boggling Word Game Apps I wrote recently. I believe Pics and Words should be included in the list.
When the iPad was released, it basically created the tablet craze. Every company out there that made smartphones also started making tablets that looked like the iPad.
The iPad was the benchmark. Featuring a 10-inch screen and very little buttons, it was sleek and stylish. As time went on, the manufacturers created tablets that expanded the basic design of the iPad. These included an IR blaster that can control your TV, and the most common-expandable storage.
Non-expandable storage is one of the most common complaints about the iPad, or any Apple product in general. The biggest iPad people can buy is the 64 GB version. While it’s already spacious, many people fill it with plenty of apps. Not to mention, many people like to have their whole music library on the iPad, not just on the computer. That’s why they need more space.