Posts tagged with: iOS 8
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    With the arrival of iOS 8 last year, Apple's iPhone picked up a valuable new feature: WiFi calling. For users spending much of their days indoors, where cellular reception can be hit-and-miss, being able to route voice calls over a convenient WiFi connection can be a real lifesaver. So far, you've been able to take advantage of it in the US if you had an iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus running on T-Mobile's network. That's great for TMo users, but what about the rest of us? Today millions of additional iPhone users start getting access to the the same capabilities, as the ...

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    For years the debate between Android and iOS has hinged on few important factors, including stability. Fans of iOS have been quick to call out the shortcomings in Android's offerings in the past, while Android lovers haven't shied away from doing the same for iOS. But we've never really reached a definitive answer – in perspective, which really is the more stable platform? If a report today from Crittercism is accurate, it looks like Android finally takes the cake, with Android Lollipop stability edging out iOS 8 to claim victory. With the release of so many new features for both ...

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    If you are an Apple developer you'd better make sure that starting February 1, your apps submitted to the Apple App Store include 64-bit support and that they're built with the iOS 8 SDK. Apple has released yet another warning (probably the last one) on its Developer page, reminding all app builders that the deadline, February 1, is just around the corner. Should you not obey this requirement, your app will probably be rejected from the App Store. If you're a user, you should know that 64-bit iPhone apps (and iPad apps as well) should land to bring you an improved experience while using ...

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    Sales of the Apple Watch should be getting started in just a few more weeks, with a retail launch sometime in March now looking like the most probable target for the smartwatch's arrival. We've already talked a lot about what Apple's doing in preparation for those sales, including a program to train salespeople for this new class of product. The other side to those preparations comes in the form of software, as Apple readies the rest of its iOS gear to play nicely with the Watch. In a new iOS 8 beta update hitting developers today, we can clearly see just how those efforts are coming ...

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    It was one month ago today when Apple released its latest iOS 8-series update, delivering 8.1.2 to waiting users. With little but minor bugfixes on its changelog, it wasn't much to talk about. Still fixes are fixes, and anything Apple can do to help further smooth-out its mobile OS is welcome in our book. Now the next iOS update looks to be nearly here, as rumors (along with a smattering of evidence) suggest Apple's preparing to release it next week. At first we just heard a general rumor about an iOS update coming out sometime next week, without any details about the version number, nor ...

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    Back in the early days of 2014 we took a look at a breakdown of several popular phones, ranking them all based on how much storage space was actually available to users. Apple appeared to be doing quite well, with both the iPhone 5S and 5C arriving with between 70 and 80 percent of their total storage (for the 16GB models) available out of the box – compare that with Samsung and the Galaxy S4, which had less than 55 percent of its space free. But even Apple's relatively small iOS footprint there isn't good enough for some people, and now a new class-action lawsuit seeks to hold Apple ...

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    Just as with mobile payments and a ton of other services, Apple wasn't first in allowing third-party keyboards to work on its iOS products. Apple's stock iOS keyboard isn't as bad as some stock Android keyboards we've tested, but it's always good to give people options to choose what better solves their particular needs. The biggest problem is that third-party keyboards on iOS are sluggish, and it seems that Apple also wants them to become less functional. Nintype has become very famous because of all the added functionality that the developer has envisioned you would like in a keyboard. ...

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    Apple has had its good batch of ups and downs with iOS 8. On the positive side, the company has launched a more mature version of the operating system, and has addressed a lot of the things we asked for with iOS 7. That being said, its initial launches led to some bricked iPhone 6 units, and some slow legacy devices. iOS 8.1.2 was recently launched with some silent bug fixes, but it seems that was just part of the story. Apple hasn't really seeded iOS 8.1.3 to developers as is customary, but some activity logs are already claiming its existence. This wouldn't be the first time that Apple ...

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    We've been able to share files instantly on Android devices and even certain services on Windows Phones for the longest time, and still, Apple didn't wake up to that need until iOS 8. That being said, even if the feature exists today, it still depends on the speed at which developers have decided to adopt iOS 8, and that's taken a bit. You'd think it would only be a matter of time for this feature to become famous, but a new iCloud restriction pulls things back. Developers are already complaining about an odd new rule that doesn't allow them to submit applications that share content with ...

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    Even though Apple has never been a fan of the existing Android spec race, that doesn't mean that the company hasn't done its fare share of innovation in hardware with every existing iPhone. The iPhone 5s became famous for sporting the first 64-bit mobile processor, and that legacy has continued with the iPhone 6 and its new A8 chip. What's interesting is that we keep discovering that the processor has more capabilities than those marketed by Apple. The developers of WALTR, an app that allows Mac users to upload and view video files that aren't supported by iOS devices, have discovered that ...

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    If you can’t decide between the new Nexus and the new iPad, you’re probably hung up on one of two factors: ecosystem or price. Nothing we say here will change the fact that the Nexus 9 is about $100 cheaper, and if you’re already invested in Apple’s or Android’s walled garden, the decision is already made based on which smartphone you’re carrying. Probably. But if you’re thinking about jumping platforms, or this will be your first tablet, there are a few differences worth discussing. Those differences span hardware, software and day-to-day performance – and the end ...

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    Just like there's a daring community of users that can't live without rooting an Android phone, there's also another community that still believes in the need of an iOS Jailbreak. So far, jailbreaking devices isn't getting any easier, and at the same time, the community has slowly lost its importance as Apple keeps addressing the needs for people to Jailbreak. If you've accidentally upgraded your iOS device to iOS 8.1.1, there's hope for you, but with a catch. We now see a video that shows that iOS 8.1.1 has already been Jailbroken, something that shows that there is progress in the ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.1.1 yesterday brought some much-needed repair to those of you running the OS on legacy devices like the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. I personally still use an iPhone 4s for my running routine, and after testing it today, I did notice a much more fluid response from both the operating system, and the third-party apps that I have installed. Apple did mention that there were other bug fixes in this software update for existing devices as well, but what the company didn't mention was an added bonus to iPad users. User forums have already begun to report that iOS 8.1.1 is ...

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    Many boast that Apple's support for legacy devices is better than its competitors, and in a way, we could say that is true. You can walk into any Apple Store and notice customers still getting support for Macs and iPhones that are years old, which is great, but that doesn't mean that Apple doesn't try to convince you to upgrade through some planned obsolescence. Many complained that even though the legacy iPhone 4s and iPad 2 were still supported by iOS 8, this slowed their devices to a crawl, and it seems that Apple has decided to address that. Apple has just launched iOS 8.1.1, which we ...

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    It's hard to review an iPad these days. The last Apple products to cross our review desk, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, were significant upgrades that catapulted the company into the realm of the large-format smartphone, while maintaining the ease-of-use and reliability that made the iPhone so popular to begin with. The Apple products that keep Pocketnow running day in and day out are some of the most impressive computers we've ever used, with even our lower-tier MacBook Airs capable of handling very intense video production tasks every day for years without giving up the ghost. In the palm ...

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    Nobody likes to get left behind when it comes to mobile updates. In a perfect world, maybe we'd upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware the moment it came out, but financial realities have a way of forcing us to make do with the older stuff for as long as it holds out. Luckily for iOS users, Apple has a decent track record for supporting its older gear, like we saw this year with iOS 8 handling hardware as old as 2011's iPhone 4S or iPad 2. But while iOS 8 runs on such devices, newer software like that can be pushing the limits of what they can handle, leaving users with an experience ...

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    Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week! As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific. So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we're here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow's Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from Microsoft's ...

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    At WWDC this year, Apple announced a brand new feature for iOS devices and Macs called Continuity. The idea was to streamline the process between switching devices and to make iOS and Mac OS work more closely together. It's a software feature that lets you use your iPhone, iPad, and Mac interchangeably, for almost any task. Answer an incoming phone call on your iPhone using your iPad or Mac, load the same web page you have open in Safari on your Mac on your iPhone, or load the spreadsheet you've been editing on your iPad on the Mac, all without having to sift through dozens icons and other ...

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    It has been entirely too long since we had the opportunity to talk about an iOS jailbreak, last touching base with jailbreak progress back when iOS 8 was still a developer beta. We've come a long way since then, with Apple releasing the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3, as well as making iOS 8 – and now iOS 8.1 – publicly available. Sometimes the arrival of new hardware and new software like that (not to mention new SoCs) can throw a spanner in the jailbreak works, derailing progress and sending devs back to square one. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be what's happening ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.1 yesterday marks the completion of Apple's promise for what iOS 8 should've always been since we saw it announced at WWDC 2014. Apple spent a great deal of time announcing products like iCloud Drive, Apple Pay and Continuity, but none of these services worked as they should until this new "dot" update. It also includes a ton of the bug fixes that customers asked for after the launch of iOS 8. Make sure you walk our first impressions video of how iOS 8.1 enhances your experience with an Apple mobile device. Services like Continuity intend to give Apple customers an ...

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    We've talked about iOS 8 and all the new and useful features plenty of times now, but we haven't had the chance to focus on those individual features and, more importantly, the third-party support for said features. One of our favorites, which actually surprised us, was the introduction of widgets in the Today section of Notification Center. These widgets display different types of at-a-glance information, provide shortcuts to different features or settings, and even help your remember things. There are dozens (maybe even hundreds or thousands) of applications which have been updated with ...

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    Today was Apple’s day to breathe new life into a slowly stagnating lineup of iPads that … do exactly what the original iPad did, only faster. Going into today’s announcements, we were told we might see something new, something potentially game-changing. Rumors suggested there could be an iPad Pro (or Plus) with a 12.9-inch display. Theories about what the larger iPad would entail have varied from “not much else” to a full-on Mac OS tablet or a device that could switch between iOS and Mac OS on the fly. Either way, that didn’t happen today. Instead, today’s iPad announcement ...

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    When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this year, I actually got very excited for an iOS update for the first time … possibly ever. I use iOS daily and, despite popular belief, I don’t hate it. However, for the last few years, iOS has been a bore, and it’s been a little behind the curve, particularly in the ability to share information between apps, or interoperability. This stemmed from a combination of Apple’s walled garden, as many like to call it, and sandboxed applications. Apple only officially allowed cross-application sharing between a few, select applications, like its ...

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    We're still waiting on those new iPads, but Apple's press event this afternoon continues to deliver announcement after announcement. We just heard that Apple Pay was going live on Monday, and you can't have Apple Pay without iOS 8.1. So when's that update going to arrive? Apple has confirmed that iOS 8.1 will also arrive on Monday, October 20. Among the features to look forward to in the release of 8.1 is the return of Camera Roll, following its previous removal from iOS. There's also the aforementioned Apple Pay support, as well as new control over app permissions, letting you view and ...

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    It's funny to admit that no matter where you go, anyone that notices that you're using an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus will most likely ask you if your phone has bent. This is to say that yes, "bendgate" was a huge driving force of bad publicity for the iPhone 6 Plus, though you'd think it would be bad enough to affect Apple's demand for the device. Actually, the reality is quite the opposite, and even though Apple hasn't provided any solid iPhone 6 Plus numbers, some credible sources have just detailed its status. According to the Wall Street Journal, the demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is ...

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