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[Updated: public-tester versions of OS X 10.11.5 and iOS 9.3.2 have now been issued] One week after the previous releases, Apple on Tuesday released developer versions of the fourth betas for iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5, and tvOS 9.2.1. A new release of the developer-only watchOS 2.2 is still missing from the lineup, and no third beta for the wearable's OS version appeared last week either. It is possible that Apple has opted to bring the watchOS beta in-house again in order to prevent leaks of any notable changes, or it could signal that the minor 2.2 update is imminent.
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 Tuesday, one week after the last one, Apple has issued a third developer betas of iOS 9.3.2 for testing. The main obvious change in iOS 9.3.2 over previous versions is the fixing of a frequent Game Center bug that would cause some games to go to a white screen and become unplayable, and which has been a frequently-reported issue for months. The latest iOS beta also re-introduces the ability to use the Night Shift screen-coloring feature in Low Power Mode.
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Microsoft has shipped its second software keyboard for the iPhone, a few weeks after the first, and one that has already made an appearance on other platforms. The Word Flow keyboard for iOS is now available to download from the App Store for free, with the Microsoft Garage keyboard transferring over from Windows Phone with an intelligent word prediction system and an Arc mode claimed to make it easier to reach all the keys while using the iPhone one-handed, even for larger displays.
Apple's iOS continues to be the leading platform for developers looking to monetize their apps, according to App Annie. Although Google's Android is the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide, its users remain much more frugal than iOS users when it comes to spending money on apps or in-app purchases. In fact, despite the Play Store generating around twice the number of downloads as iOS users, the iOS App Store took in 90 percent more revenue.
[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.
Apple has given media access to members of its software security engineering team to take questions on its approach to software security, reports Tech Crunch. Although currently at loggerheads with the US government over the provision of 'backdoors' for law enforcement, Apple's engineers said that the company's primary focus is on protecting users from hackers, not the government. According to Apple's engineers, it is in a much better position to protect users from hackers than the competition, as it controls both the hardware and software allowing to create multiple layers of protection.
Apple has revamped its App Store Developer website to coincide with its official WWDC 2016 announcement. Its center piece is the four distinct platforms that developers can create apps for, including iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. In highlighting the ability for developers to monetize their apps by choosing to develop for Apple's platforms, Apple notes that there have now been in excess of 100 billion apps downloaded from the App Store, with $40 billion paid out to developers.
The FBI, in a new case involving a murder, has applied for a new warrant to renew expired ones in an effort to extract further data from a seized iPhone 5s running an unknown version of iOS which the agency believes has further information than it originally extracted with the help of its contractor Cellebrite. The latter company was able to obtain location data from the iPhone, according to the court filing, but failed to go further, which caused older warrants to expire. The FBI now seems to be planning to use its recently-obtained new tools and its own San Diego forensics facility to unlock additional location information.
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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