How to restore older versions of iOS apps

It's not easy, but you can restore old versions of apps on iOS.

Usually, an app update is a good thing. But sometimes, things go wrong: An update does the opposite of what you expect it to do. In that scenario, you want to roll your apps back, but unfortunately, at least on the iOS and Mac App Stores, Apple makes that seemingly impossible.

But it isn’t impossible — just a little tricky. Here’s how to roll your iOS apps back to an older version when things go wrong.

Over on Medium, Kenny Yin posted a list of instructions on how to legally download any previous version of an App Store app through iTunes.

There’s a lot of steps, so we’ll let you check it out there. But if you’d rather follow a video walkthrough, Jeff Benjamin  has put together a useful explainer of the process.

This isn’t a process most people will need to undertake, but in the off chance you’ve installed an update that has broken your workflow, this could be a real lifesaver.

Forecast Bar is the next best thing to having Dark Sky on your Mac.

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Forecast Bar brings all the features you love about Dark Sky to a Mac app. Not only does it look similar to Dark Sky, but it’s powered by the same Forecast API which means you’re getting the same accurate weather predictions. Forecast Bar also works the way you want it to. Keep it in the menu bar or let it sit in your dock. Enable certain notifications and display a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day forecast — up to you. With its detailed weather and range of customization options, it should very quickly take your Mac by storm.

Whether you keep Forecast Bar in your menu bar or in the dock, it’s clear the app was meant to be in your menu bar. It works just fine as a dock app, but the window is still tall and slender as if it’s supposed to be dangling from the top of your screen. Don’t let the small footprint fool you though, Forecast Bar is packed with important weather data.

At the top, your standard information about the current conditions is prominent as it is in most weather apps. At a glance you can see the current temperature, high and low for the day and a description of the current weather. This is also where you add or switch locations, view a radar map or get details for severe weather alerts. The accuracy of the Forecast API seems to vary based on your location, but when you’re in one of its better locations, it’s hard to find something more reliable.

Underneath that is where the similarities to Dark Sky really become apparent. By default, a chart will show your 8-hour forecast. However, if rain is on the way within the next hour, this chart will switch to a detailed view of precipitation in the next hour. Below that is the extended forecast, which you can customize the length of in the app’s preferences.

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Additionally, you can click any part of the app — whether it’s current conditions, the hourly chart or the extended forecast — to get more advanced details. These include wind, humidity and UV index that are cleverly organized in pop-up charts alongside the anticipated precipitation amounts. At the very bottom is Time Machine, which lets you pick any date over the past 70 years and see the weather on that day.

The Mac App Store has been pretty void of any decent weather apps for several years and it’s nice to see a solid entry make it through Apple’s gates. Carrot Weather debuted on the Mac recently as well, which is also powered by the Forecast API. It remains one of my absolute favorite picks.

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Meanwhile, Dark Sky has garnered a pretty loyal fanbase on iOS. It features comprehensive forecasts, a pretty decent design and its famous down-to-the-minute weather predictions. Its developers haven’t gotten around to releasing a dedicated Mac app, but they do serve up the Forecast.io website and Forecast API for other developers to take advantage of instead.

Forecast Bar is $5.99 in the Mac App Store, which is less expensive than Carrot Weather, but it does come with some very odd in-app purchases. The app will refresh data every hour, but if you want more up-to-date reports, you’ll have to get them with a purchase. 10-minute updates cost you a one-time fee of — wait for it — $29.99. I can’t see why anyone would pay for that, but the good news is you don’t have to.

Overall, Forecast Bar is a reputable new weather app for the Mac. For six bucks, it’s one you should consider adding to your menu bar.

Protect yourself from massive iOS security breach.

False versions of Xcode may have gotten into your apps; here's how to fix the problem.

Apple has now been affected by the worst security snafu in iOS history when it found that hundreds of apps, mostly in the Chinese App Store, have malicious code in them, called “XcodeGhost.”

Apple’s pulled the affected apps from the App Store to contain the security breach, but you’ll still need to take a few more steps to make sure your iOS devices aren’t affected. Here’s what you need to do.

The otherwise legit apps were infected by developers who used a counterfeit version of Xcode from Chinese file-sharing service, Baidu, since it was faster to download than the official Apple version of Xcode. Doing so, however, caused the bad code to proliferate and cause this massive iOS security breach.

Since Apple doesn’t allow access to any API’s that a security company would need to know whether malicious code was in any installed apps, says mobile security firm Lookout, you have to protect yourself manually.

  • First off, keep an eye out for any odd dialogue boxes that show up on your screen. Don’t enter any information without being sure of the source.
  • If you’re running any of the affected apps — delete them and wait for a developer patch.
    • WeChat
    • Didi Chuxing
    • Angry Birds 2
    • NetEase
    • Micro Channel
    • IFlyTek input
    • Railway 12306
    • The Kitchen
    • Card Safe
    • CITIC Bank move card space
    • China Unicom Mobile Office
    • High German map
    • Jane book
    • Eyes Wide
    • Lifesmart
    • Mara Mara
    • Medicine to force
    • Himalayan
    • Pocket billing
    • Flush
    • Quick asked the doctor
    • Lazy weekend
    • Microblogging camera
    • Watercress reading
    • CamScanner
    • CamCard
    • SegmentFault
    • Stocks open class
    • Hot stock market
    • Three new board
    • The driver drops
    • OPlayer
    • Mercury
    • WinZip
    • Musical.ly
    • PDFReader
    • Perfect365
    • PDFReader Free
    • WhiteTile
    • IHexin
    • WinZip Standard
    • MoreLikers2
    • CamScanner Lite
    • MobileTicket
    • iVMS-4500
    • OPlayer Lite
    • QYER
    • golfsense
    • Ting
    • Golfsensehd
    • Wallpapers10000
    • CSMBP-AppStore
    • MSL108
    • TinyDeal.com
    • snapgrab copy
    • iOBD2
    • PocketScanner
    • CuteCUT
    • AmHexinForPad
    • SuperJewelsQuest2
    • air2
    • InstaFollower
    • CamScanner Pro
    • baba
    • WeLoop
    • DataMonitor
    • MSL070
    • nice dev
    • immtdchs
    • OPlayer
    • FlappyCircle
    • BiaoQingBao
    • SaveSnap
    • Guitar Master
    • jin
    • WinZip Sector
    • Quick Save
  • If any of the listed apps is on your iPhone or iPad, change your Apple account password and be wary of any phishing attempts to get it.

 

eMail Widget lets you view and manage your inbox from Notification Center.

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When it comes to the daily task of rummaging through email messages, I spend the first 30-minutes of my workday just trying to get my inbox under control. I can quickly delete or archive more than half of them, which helps me feel like I’ve made some progress

eMail Widget is a Notification Center app that allows users, not only to see new messages in their inbox, but perform a few basic actions in order to keep things under control without having to open a dedicated app.

Once downloaded and opened, users will be asked to allow the app to give permission to access your Gmail account (currently, eMail Widget only supports Gmail and Google apps). Then, you are all set.

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Go to the Today view of your Notification Center and tap the Edit tab at the bottom. Find eMail Widget and add it to your list. Then, you’ll be able to see all new emails in your inbox.

What makes this app stand out is that you can also perform basic actions, like archiving, starring, marking as read, tagging as spam, or throwing away emails. So, you can weed through a bunch of messages without even having to open up your email app.

Currently, this app is bare bones. It will eventually support other email services than Google. However, I’d like to see a few additional features, like the ability to send messages to specific folder, which users could customize.

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At only $0.99, eMail Widget is a huge time saver for anyone that gets a large influx of emails that they don’t have time to read through all at once. It is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

iOS 9 allows users to temporarily delete apps to free up space for software updates.

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A new iOS 9 feature added in beta 1 was only discovered when users attempted to update to beta 2 earlier today. This new feature will allow the operating system to intelligently delete applications if you don’t have enough free space to perform a software update. Once the update is complete, the apps will automatically be reinstalled and your data will remain intact.

Other space-saving features introduced in the new OS include “app thinning,” which allows developers to distribute only the necessary portions of their apps to users, and Swift libraries built-in so developers don’t have to include them with every app.

Apple Begins Accepting Apple Watch App Submissions From All Developers.

Apple announced on Tuesday that all registered developers can now submit Apple Watch app submissions based on WatchKit for approval on the App Store. A number of popular apps have already been updated with Apple Watch support on the App Store over the past week, and the approval process is now extended to all members of Apple’s Developer Program.

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Apple has updated its WatchKit website with details on how developers can optimize the design and development of their Apple Watch apps, including the app’s name, description, icon, screenshots, keywords, version number and build number. Apple Watch apps, excluding the ones that have already appeared on the App Store, should be steadily approved leading up to and following the launch of the wrist-worn device.

A select number of testers and reviewers will be able to access the apps prior to April 24, unless developers set the release date for their apps to “manual” and update on that date. Apple Watch apps that have started appearing on the App Store include Evernote, Sky Guide, Dark Sky, Target, NYTimes, Procreate Pocket, Yahoo Tourney Pick’em, ECB Cricket, The Wall Street Journal, MLB.com at Bat and Expedia.

Apple Maps adds animated landmarks like rotating London Eye and time-telling Big Ben.

london-eye-apple-mapsApple has added new, 3D animated imagery to its Maps application starting with some of the most famous British landmarks. Apple Maps now features a rotating London Eye and Big Ben’s clock* now shows the correct time when using the app’s Flyover feature.

These are neat new touches in the Apple Maps app follow the company adding a number of new international Flyover destinations in the app including Ediburgh, Linz, Venice, Cáceres, Rennes, Guadalajara and Ponce, all available to view in three-dimensions plus several new US cities.

* Yes, I am fully aware that Big Ben is the name for the bell and the clock tower is called Elizabeth Tower.