Tag - Beta
On Monday, Apple seeded to registered developers the first betas for new updates to OS X, iOS, and tvOS. The latest updates begin their beta cycles just weeks before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, and could conceivably be released on or around that conference, which is expected to offer a sneak preview of the next major upgrades of OS X and iOS, respectively known as OS X 10.12 (though the "OS X" nomenclature may well be dropped in favor of simply "macOS" or "MacOS") and iOS 10.
[Update: added detail to iOS 9.3.2 beta] On Wednesday, Apple issued the second developer beta for OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1, all coming two weeks after the previous betas. The updates are all bereft of any immediately-obvious changes, though some notable tweaks may be discovered later by testers. As with this entire update cycle, the focus with the releases has been on bug fixes and performance and stability improvements. One significant improvement in the iOS 9.3.2 is a possible fix for a long-standing Game Center bug that sometimes results in a blank screen, preventing users from playing the games involved.
Breaking with the recent tradition of multiple beta releases on one day, Apple has released a new version of OS X 10.11.4. Beta 7 of the forthcoming OS X patch is now available only to developers, eschewing last week's developer and public release on the same day, at least for now.
Following the release on Monday of the sixth betas for OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, and watchOS 2.2, Apple has now released a sixth (developer only) beta of tvOS for the fourth-generation Apple TV. No reason was given for the delay, and the latest beta's build number is 13Y5232a. The forthcoming update, expected later this month, brings a few new features to the developer operating system, including support for home-screen folders, a redesigned app switcher, restored support for Bluetooth keyboards, and more.
On Monday, Apple updated its various OS platforms to a sixth developer beta for most of its respective systems, with public-tester betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 also seeded simultaneously. 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. While small "fit and finish" issues are often the most notable changes, the focus of all the betas is concentrated on fixing bugs.
On Monday, Apple updated its various OS platforms to the fourth developer beta for the respective systems, with public-tester betas of OS X and iOS likely to appear in the next day or two. For OS X, the fourth beta of the imminent 10.11.4 update has no immediately obvious changes, but the update generally will bring several changes. The fourth iOS 9.3 beta sports another change to the Night Shift icon, a feature that adjusts the color temperature of the display. The new watchOS and tvOS betas also offer minor changes, with all four expected to be release on or around a rumored mid-March Apple event.
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.
This is only in the new beta release of iOS 9.3, which means that it is not on your iPhone, unless you went to a little trouble to get it. However, it's going to be on your iPhone shortly, and we are covering the beta of this one feature of the not-so-small point update from iOS 9.2 to 9.3 because we can't wait. Night Shift is good for you -- and like many things that are good for you, you're going to hate it.
Following Monday's release of first betas for OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 to developers (along with updated betas for watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2), versions are now available for pre-registered public beta testers. In addition, Apple has taken the rare step of updating its beta for iOS 9.3 to "version 1.1" -- an emergency fix that plugged a few critical bugs, chiefly regarding an installation issue with the original beta -- the new updated build number is build 13E5181f. While both releases focus on the usual bug fixes and enhancements, iOS 9.3 introduces some additional new features.
On Monday, Apple unleashed a slew of new first betas for forthcoming updates to OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and tvOS. Even as some of the programs have ongoing betas being tested, the company has granted registered developers access to OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 even as 10.11.3 is still in beta testing, and iOS 9.3 even as testers continue working with the upcoming iOS 9.2.1. In addition, the first beta of watchOS 2.2 is out, as well as a first beta of tvOS 9.2 (it is normal for tvOS betas to be one update behind the current iOS in numbering).
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z