Tag - IOS 9
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.
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).
On Monday, Apple updated its iOS beta program for the first time since before the holidays, with a new build of iOS 9.2.1, coming three weeks after the last one and with the build number only updated three times, suggesting that either development work slowed during the Christmas season or possibly hinting that changes are extremely minor, meaning that a public release is likely to come soon. The new build, 13D14, is just three increments higher than the previous build in mid-December.
A class action suit has been filed on behalf of iPhone 4s owners, claiming that Apple knew that the iOS 9 update would essentially cripple the older phones, and willingly didn't tell users about performance problems. The filing, made in the Eastern District of New York alleges that Apple was engaging in false advertisement by claiming compatibility, and forcing users to choose between an essentially nonfunctional phone, or taking the financial loss of upgrading to a new phone, or the double-impact of switching to Android and losing all of the purchased media and apps compatible with the iOS ecosystem.
File this under the category of utilities that Apple will eventually make redundant, but which for right now are very useful. Sidefari 1.1 is a workaround that fixes what we'd call an omission in iOS 9, and specifically in it on iPad Pro. Right now, Apple's Split Screen lets you have two separate apps open and in front of you at the same time: it doesn't let you have two windows from the same app. So you can't have two Word documents open, for instance. Nothing has addressed that so far, but perhaps the more common need is to have two Safari windows open, so that you can look at a pair of websites.
On Friday, Apple followed up on its Thursday release of a public beta of iOS 9.2.1 by issuing the public beta tester version of OS X 10.11.3, likely identical to the first developer beta that was released on Wednesday. The OS X beta, which has a build number of 15D9c, has no new features or focus areas in its release notes, says simply that "the OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." The public version of the iOS 9.2.1 release, build 13D11, is equally sparse in its notes.
Apple on Wednesday posted the first beta of iOS 9.2.1, an update to the recently-released iOS 9.2, which came out just over a week ago. At present, little is known about what improvements, security measures, and bug fixes are contained in the new beta, which is currently only available to registered developer accounts (a "public" beta will likely be released within the next 24 hours or so). The new beta is likely to focus on enhancements and further fixes for flaws found in iOS 9.2.
Apple has shipped software updates for iOS and tvOS at the same time, making changes to the fourth-generation Apple TV at the same time as its mobile device range. Arriving just under a month after the latest betas and the fourth iOS 9 update, version 9.2 is being made available as an over-the-air update to all iOS devices, while tvOS 9.1 is the first major update released to the public since the set-top box's launch.
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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