Here’s how iOS 8.0.2 compares to iOS 7 on an iPhone 4s.


Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4s when it comes to new software, despite the fact that it is now outdated by several generations. But while iOS 8 is technically usable by iPhone 4s owners, just how fast can it run compared to iOS 7?

Finding the answer to this question is the basis of a new video by YouTube user kabriolett, who staged a speed comparison between an iPhone 4s running iOS 7.1.2 and one running iOS 8.0.2.

The results are surprising.

Despite concerns about the amount of lag Apple’s “biggest ever” iOS update would create, the test shows that although iOS 7.1.2 does run slightly faster, there’s not actually a whole lot in it. The vid maker does, however, stress that the test was carried out on freshly restored phones, no yet weighed down by tons of text messages, full camera roll etc.

While it’s certainly nowhere near the speed of an iPhone 6 or even 5s running iOS 8.0.2 (and why would you expect a three year old phone to match a much newer one?) the video does demonstrate that iOS 8 is workable on a 4s.

Just one week after the launch of iOS 8 it was reported that 46 percent of iOS devices were running the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.


This simple app is the best way to hide your iOS Camera Roll porn from your mom.

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Let’s face it: We all have some photos on our iPhones or iPads we don’t exactly want other people seeing. When I hand my mother my iPhone to show her photos of my honeymoon in Turkey, there are some photos taken on that trip I don’t want her swiping to.

In iOS 8, you have the option to hide the photos you don’t want other people seeing in the Camera Roll, but it’s clunky and the photos still show up in other albums. A much better solution is Don’t Swipe.


A beautifully designed app that allows you to quickly and easily select photos to show friends, Don’t Swipe was designed by Caffeinated Apps. The name is a bit of a misnomer. In Don’t Swipe, you actually do want to swipe along a grid of all the photos in your Camera Roll to select the images you want to show other people.

Once you’ve done that, if you hand your iPhone to someone else they can only swipe between the photos you’ve selected. Shaking the phone exits the photo view, and allows you to select or deselect other photos for viewing.

Whether to focus the presentation of your best photos, or to hide your iPhone pornography from prying eyes, Don’t Swipe is a beautifully designed app that is, like the best iOS apps, wonderfully pared down in both features and functionality, while maintaining a laser-sharp clarity of focus. It costs $0.99 on the iTunes App Store.

Viber Joins The Flat Revolution With iOS 7 Update.


Nifty free voice call and instant messaging service Viber has upgraded to iOS 7.0 with its latest update — incorporating the flat design we’ve come to expect across all iOS apps.

With more than 100 million monthly active users, and having been recently acquired by e-commerce giant Rakuten for $900 million, the upgrade was definitely in order, and it looks great.

That’s not all the update brings, however. It also adds new features to the app — including the ability to send multiple photos at once, as well as the option to create a list of blocked numbers/contacts.

 A statement from CEO Talmon Marco had the following to say:

Viber has been redesigned from the start for simplicity and ease of use. Taking our cue from the clean, flat look of iOS 7, we wanted Viber to feel like a completely seamless part of your device. Our top priority is the enthusiastic community of users who rely on Viber every day to communicate with their friends, family, and important contacts. The new iPhone version we released today will make it easier and more fun than ever before to stay connected.

In all, Viber’s a great option for iOS users wanting to stay in touch — particularly among a younger demographic thanks to the app’s focus on fun stickers and emoticons.

Viber is available to download from the App Store for all iOS devices running iOS 6.0 and above.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Auxo 2 Takes Multitasking In iOS 7 To The Next Level For Jailbreakers.


The jailbreak tweak called Auxo did card-based app switching in iOS 6, and then Apple came along and fully implemented the idea in iOS 7. Auxo, which started as a concept that went viral online, was suddenly obsolete.

A successor to Auxo has been in the works for quite some time, and now it’s available for jailbreakers to install in Cydia. Auxo 2 doesn’t reinvent iOS 7 multitasking, but the tweak builds upon it by adding more controls and customization.

Another feature that can be enabled is Quick Switcher, a gesture-driven experience that requires a swipe up from the bottom left of the iPhone’s screen. From there, you can run your finger across a row of icons to switch between apps. Release your finger when you’re over the desired icon, and the app opens. The effect looks largely cosmetic at first glance, but I can see it actually saving a little time over swiping through one app at a time the normal way.While Auxo is installed, the app switcher functions basically the same. You still hop in and out of apps by double tapping the home button. The tweak’s most visual addition is Multi-Center, an interface that combines Control Center’s toggles and system controls with the app switcher.

The last major feature in Auxo 2 is Hot Corners, which allows you to go back to the home screen by swiping up from the bottom right of the iPhone’s screen. Swiping up from the bottom middle brings up Multi-Center, and swiping up from the bottom left triggers the Quick Switcher.

Auxo 2 looks like a very smart tweak that is pretty adaptable to how you prefer multitasking in iOS 7. There are a couple other useful features, like the ability to quickly kill all open apps, swipe through album covers, and scrub tracks playing in iTunes Radio.

For a video walkthrough of Auxo 2, check out this one:

Auxo 2 costs $4 in Cydia, and the tweak’s developers are selling it for half off to those who purchased the original Auxo for iOS 6.

How to set up a complex passcode on your iOS device.

passcode ios 7 screenSmartphones and tablets these days store an incredible amount of information, and with much of it sensitive and personal, many users like to keep their device somewhat private by limiting who has access.

With the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, Apple sought to make iOS devices more secure by making security as simple as a fingerprint. But with Touch ID currently an iPhone 5s-only feature, where does that leave all other iOS users?

Thankfully, there’s a solution.

The default passcode setting in iOS 7 only allows for a 4-digit numeric string, otherwise known as a simple passcode. But when you’re really serious about device security — or just want to be extra sure no one finds out about your Taylor Swift app or questionable weekend photos — iOS 7 offers more complex passcode protection.

With a complex passcode, you can pick a passcode that includes letters, numbers, and special characters. What’s more, a complex passcode can be much longer than just four characters. In iOS 6, the string limit was 37 characters long. But in iOS 7 I was able to enter in over 90 characters without receiving a warning about having too long of a passcode. This makes the task of guessing another’s passcode exponentially more difficult.

Time to get started.

To set a passcode that can include numbers, letters, and special characters, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. If you’ve grown weary of Touch ID and would like to do this on an iPhone 5s, it’s listed under Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode.

Next, simply toggle off the “Simple Passcode” setting. If you haven’t set up a passcode at all yet, you’ll first have to select the “Turn Passcode On” option located near the top of the settings pane.

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Upon doing so, you will be prompted to enter a complex passcode with the ability to choose from an array of numbers, letters, and special characters. You’ll be prompted to enter the passcode twice, the first time you tap ‘Next’ to continue and the second time you tap ‘Done.’

While you can insert special characters like ñ or é in a complex passcode, you unfortunately cannot use emoji icons. Which is a damn shame because a passcode like this would be pretty cool.

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As is always the case, it’s important to make sure that your passcode is hard for others to guess but easy for you to remember.

After setting up a complex passcode, your new passcode lock screen will look like this, offering up a full text-and-number keyboard for your passcode entry.

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Is a Complex Passcode even necessary?

With a 4-digit numeric passcode, there are potentially 10^4 (10,000) different passcode options. That sure seems like a lot, but a study on common iOS passwords reveals that many people still rely on passcodes that aren’t terribly hard to guess. Some common passcodes to avoid include 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555 and 5683 (which spells out ‘love’). Also try and avoid passcodes that represent (easy to guess) birth years such as 1949, 1985, and 1999.

When using a complex passcode, however, the number of possible passcode combinations increases exponentially. With about 77 characters (numbers+letters+special characters) to choose from, and a passcode that can be as long as 50 characters (at least), that’s already 77^50 possible permutations right there, making it effectively impossible for anyone to ever guess your passcode without peering over your shoulder. Even opting for a slightly longer 6 character passcode increases the number of possible passcode combinations from 10,000 to 208.4 billion (77^6).

And with that, may your device always remain secure from prying eyes.

As a final note, this comic strip about password strength from XKCD is on topic and worth sharing.

Apple security update fixes iOS vulnerability.

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Apple on Friday released the latest update of its mobile operating system. It’s of note because it fixes an SSL connection issue, an important encryption vulnerability.

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is one of the most basic forms of encrypting Internet traffic. Without it, almost anybody can see what you’re doing online. According to Apple’s fulldescription of the update, the software previously had problems validating the authenticity of the connection, and the software fix restores steps that were missing in the validation process.

The company said the fix would stop an attacker from capturing and modifying data when supposedly shielded by SSL.

The patch is also available for older versions of Apple’s operating system, with an iOS 6.1.6 update. The fix comes weeks after another minor iOS 7 update, which had to do with network errors in China. A more robust update, iOS 7.1, is expected next month.

Apple has been mum regarding specific details of the bug. So for that reason, it’s difficult to gauge the magnitude of the situation. “It has the potential to be a very serious issue,” said Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS forensics expert. But he emphasized that many of the conclusions we can draw are only speculation, since Apple only vaguely and briefly described the vulnerability.

He did point to the possibility of man-in-the-middle attacks, where an eavesdropper could intercept data from a user’s phone. He also points out that Apple didn’t specifically mention any certain restrictions in its explanation of the vulnerability — like, say, the bug only being applicable when a certain app is running. The lack of that caveat could indicate that the bug potentially affected the whole phone, giving an attacker complete control over the device and personal information on it.

Apple did not return a request for comment. We’ll update this post if we hear back.

Source: CNET.

How To Speak Privately In An iPhone Conference Call.

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Cult of Mac reader Rob J asks,

Having an issue with the conference call feature on iOS 7 and thought you might be able to help. Getting everyone on the call is no problem but I can’t seem to figure out how to have a private conversation with one person in the call.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do, if not super intuitive.

 First off, you’ll need to make a conference call. Call the first person you want in the call, and when they answer it, tell them to stay on the line. Tap on the big plus symbol (add call) and select another contact you want to add to the mix. Tap on their number in their contact entry to add them to the call.

When the second (or third, or fourth) person gets on the line, tap the “merge calls” button, which has two arrows merging into one. Now you’ll be on a call with all of the added people. You’ll know it worked because there’s a big “Conference” word at the top.

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To speak with any of the folks on the call privately, tap on that big “Conference” word at the top. It will rotate through the names of your callers, too, so you can just tap whatever’s at the top of the conference call screen.

Here’s where it gets good. When you tap that top bit, you’ll get a screen that shows all of the callers in your conference call. Tap on the Private button to chat just with them, putting the other folks on HOLD. You’ll go back to the conference call screen, but this time, only one caller will be live, while the others will say, appropriately, HOLD. Tap the caller on hold to switch to a private conversation with just them, or then tap on the “merge calls” option again to bring all the lines back together.

Source: Cult of Mac.