Tag - OS X 10.11
On Wednesday, Apple released both developer and public-tester versions the fourth beta for its next current-release update for OS X and iOS, and a developer-only fourth beta for tvOS. Developers are also expecting to gain access to a second beta for the major upgrades to these and watchOS in the near future, as it has been two weeks since the first beta was released at WWDC. The latest updates -- iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, and tvOS 9.2.2 -- are focused on bug fixes, along with security and performance enhancements, as usual.
With just one week to go before its major Worldwide Developers Conference that is -- among other things -- expected to show off the next major upgrades to OS X, iOS, and various other software (and potentially hardware) items, Apple has released second betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2, along with a first beta of watchOS 2.2.2 for developers, with public-tester versions of the OS X and iOS betas expected to arrive tomorrow. While no user-facing changes have yet been revealed, each beta brings with it small tweaks and changes to improve stability, performance, and security.
On Wednesday, Apple issued the public-tester version of yesterday's iOS 9.3.2 developer beta, and also updated developer accounts with the third betas for OS X 10.11.5, and tvOS 9.2.2. In addition, Apple updated its Safari Technology Preview browser to a third beta, which is now available for public testing alongside the current stable release of Safari. The Safari TP version is meant to showcase features and speed improvements coming with the next release of OS X. It's unclear if a developer-only third beta of watchOS 2.2.1 will be issued soon.
On Wednesday, Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers, following the update of 9.3.1 to correct some important security and bug issues. The company also released the first betas of OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1, all developer-only at present (though a public beta of the iOS and OS X updates are expected in the next day or two). As usual, Apple has not listed any notable changes from the previous beta, though small updates, tweaks and other changes are usually reported by developers over the first few days in the process of testing.
A search of OS X 10.11.4 frameworks by developer Guilherme Rambo has turned up two interesting possible discoveries: a reference to "macOS" as a potential rebranding of OS X, and a unused but existing "FlightUtilities" framework that could be used to add flight tracking as a default service in future versions. With only a little over two months to go before the next Worldwide Developers Conference event, Rambo has speculated that the next major version of OS X, which was expected to be called 10.12 might now be rebranded to "macOS" and a version number (such as "macOS 11") to bring symmetry to the other OS platform names.
On the heels of reports of sporadic installation and authentication issues with iOS 9.3 by owners of the 2011-era iPad 2, new reports are claiming that an unknown but possibly small percentage of Mac owners are seeing authentication errors when trying to use FaceTime and iMessage under the new OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan. The problem, which appears to be the result of a geographic node gone wrong rather than a widespread problem, does not affect other iCloud services, and did not appear during beta testing.
Along with iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2, Apple on Monday also released the public version of OS X 10.11.4, which also focuses mostly on performance improvements, security, and bug squashing but includes some new features, such as encrypted items in the Notes app (a feature it shares with iOS 9.3), expanded Note importing abilities, and Live Photos support in Photos, Messages and AirDrop. Gmail accounts now work with VIP mailboxes, the broken t.co Twitter links are now fixed, and a number of other items are updated and improved.
We've spoken before in the Pointers column about the usefulness of Siri, and about the Reminders app (both of which are available nearly everywhere: on the Mac, on iOS devices, on the Apple Watch, and even on PCs and such using the iCloud.com website). Oddly enough, we've not written much about how massively useful Notes is, even after it got a major upgrade in usefulness with the arrival of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. In this Pointers, we'll address that, and get you to use both it and Reminders more with and without Siri, and even more so with and without an Apple Watch -- the latter of which turns out to be something of a "killer feature."
On Wednesday, Apple made available its second betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9 .3 to pre-registered public beta testers, two days after releasing them to developers. While the main aim of both betas is enhanced performance, improved security, and fixing bugs from earlier releases, each one has some new and minor features that users will uncover when the final versions are released.
On Monday, Apple updated its betas of all four of its platforms for developers, making a second beta of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2 for the fourth-generation Apple TV, and watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch available to registered developer accounts. While the main aim of all the betas is enhanced performance, improved security, and fixing bugs from earlier releases, each one has some new albeit minor features that users will uncover when the final versions are released.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE