Inside iOS 7: How to Block Websites

IOS 7 logoiOS 7 is a refresh that we’ve all been waiting for. Amongst its new features is an included web restriction setting. This can be useful for parents who want to limit web activity for their children who use their iPhone or iPad. Step-by-step instructions on how to block websites follows.  (more…)

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Inside iOS 7: How to Enable or Disable Control Center on iPhone and iPod Touch

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Control Center is a useful new feature on iOS 7 that brings quick toggles to the iPhone, iPod touch and soon iPad, accessible by swiping up from the lock screen or home screen, but perhaps you don’t want to have the arrow icon showing on the bottom of your lock screen. Not to worry.

To enable or disable Control Center on the lock screen in iOS 7, simply navigate to Settings > Control Center > Access on Lock Screen and switch the toggle off. It’s that easy. This method applies to all devices that support iOS 7: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G and soon the iPad and iPad mini.

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Inside iOS: Battery Life – Tips and Tricks

Are you suffering from poor battery life on your iOS device? Does your iPad no longer last 10 hours? Consider using these tips and tricks to increase your battery life. You can also enable battery percentage as seen here. Click through for the full list of tips, tricks, and hacks focused around getting the most juice possible from that iPhone. Editor’s note: This guide was put together by the always-excellent Tkf1 of our forums. Be sure to give him a thank-you shout out!

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Inside iOS 6: Complete Gallery of New Emoji Icons

You may have already discovered that Apple has included new Emoji icons in iOS 6, but perhaps you have not yet deciphered all of the specific Emoji that have been added. After all, Apple has added dozens of new Emoji icons for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Fortunately, iFans forum member 42395_skyline has highlighted the entire collection of new Emoji icons that Apple has added in iOS 6 beta for use across text messages, folder names, Game Center and more.

In the screenshots you are about to see, the old Emoji are shaded out, while the new ones remain bright. Check out the complete gallery of new Emoji icons in iOS 6 by following this link. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Inside iOS 6: Passbook

Boarding passes, gift cards, theater tickets, and all that can be a lot to carry around with you when roaming through the city. Apple thought so too, so they added a new app to the iPhone in iOS 6 called Passbook. Instead of having to carry around your wallet with all of the aforementioned items, why not store them all in one place, which is, in this case, on your phone? It’s perfect unification, placing all your important passes and gift cards in one digital place where they can still be scanned like physical ones. You always have your iPhone with you, so why not use it? Keep reading for a bit more insight. (more…)

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Inside iOS: Security, Vulnerabilities, and Jailbreaking

This is a guest post by iFans forum member tw23, as part of the Inside iOS series on iFans.

iOS is one of the most secure mobile operating systems. You could even argue that it is more secure than Mac OS X itself, because of code signing.

This article will provide you with the basics of iOS security, some places you can find vulnerabilities in the kernel — thanks to the iOS Hackers Handbook — and some minor disadvantages of jailbreaking that you probably didn’t know about.

The Bootchain

When an iOS device boots up, this is the process:

BootROM -> security check -> LLB (NOR) -> security check -> iBoot (NOR) -> security check -> Kernel (NAND) -> security check -> iOS Software (NAND)

When an iOS device is in DFU mode, this is the process:

BootROM -> security check -> iBSS (NOR) -> security check -> iBEC (NOR) -> Kernel (or Ramdisk)

When an iOS device is in Recovery Mode, this is the process:

BootROM -> security check -> LLB (NOR) -> security check -> iBoot (NOR) -> Kernel (or Ramdisk)

As you can see, there are a lot of security checks to make sure that the file being loaded is not corrupted. Each file being loaded — iBSS or LLB, for example — is signed with Apple’s secret key, and the security checks make sure that it is Apple’s files that are being loaded. (more…)

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Inside iOS: Codesign

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Jailbreaking has been taken for granted for the longest time. However, there is one thing that jailbreakers have never gotten around, the codesign. The idea of a signature is nothing new. In the most simplest of terms, it’s simply an identity that you add to a program to give information on who made it, and to ensure nothing has been tampered with after things are final. However, it goes so much deeper than that. (more…)

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Inside iOS: Notification Customization

Notifications can either be very useful, or get on your nerves. The new notification system Apple has integrated with iOS 5 has been quite impressive, allowing more customization on how and where your notifications show up.

Perhaps alert badges annoy you? Are email alerts clogging up your lock screen and Notification Center? You can now easily change notification options to your liking.

Just go into Settings and and find Notifications. From here, you can customize how each app functions with Notification center, your lockscreen, and how a notification will appear; customize them to your preference.

This is just one of many ways to make iOS more tuned to you. Keep an eye out for future Inside iOS features, as we dive into both basic and advanced tips, tricks, and helpful information for iOS.

This is a guest post by iFans forum member Zach (Appman).

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Inside iOS: Keyboard Shortcuts

Every Thursday, Inside iOS provides tips, explanations, and other valuable information about using iOS for both beginners and advanced users. Feel free to visit our Inside iOS hub for previous tips.

Keyboard shortcuts are a rather simple, yet incredibly useful feature that can be enabled in iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Keyboard shortcuts allow for you to type short abbreviations that expand into predefined, lengthier phrashes that you set. For instance, you could set “bbl” to expand as “be back later,” or you could have “omwh” translate into “on my way home…”  (more…)

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Inside iOS: How to Turn on Battery Percentage in iOS

Every Thursday, Inside iOS provides tips, explanations, and other valuable information about using iOS for both beginners and advanced users. Feel free to visit our Inside iOS hub for previous tips.

The battery indicator in the top-right corner of the iPhone and iPod touch is useful, but it’s hard to determine exactly how much battery percentage you have remaining. Thankfully, there is a way to find out that exact percentage on iOS. For iPhone users, the process is tremendously easy. The first step is to navigate to Settings and tap on General. Then, you’ll want to tap Usage and turn on Battery Percentage. Voila, you’ve got a much more accurate way to determine how long your device will last before it needs to be recharged… (more…)

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