Posts tagged with: iOS 8
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    With April Fools’ Day still a solid 16 hours or so away at the time of this writing, at least stateside, you have to wonder what kind of pseudo-scientific research Apteligent must have conducted to conclude iOS 9.3 is Apple’s “most stable new release in years.” Yes, more stable than all iOS 8 sub-versions, and less plagued by bugs and crashes than iOS 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Technically, the words “bug” or “glitch” don’t come up in the latest system stability report, with a neat graph merely comparing the crash rates of recent iOS iterations ...

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    We're at a crossroads in Apple's fight to overturn an order issued by the FBI to assist in decrypting an alleged mass shooter's iPhone. The FBI is currently testing a hacking method it has learned from "an outside party." Apple is now saying that if the agency finds success in decrypting the San Bernardino iPhone without the company's assistance, a similar case going on in New York could go without its help. That's the argument Cupertino makes in a letter filed to federal court in Brooklyn. Apple is involved in a case where it is being asked by the Justice Department to help decrypt an ...

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    It appears that the camps have set up and whatever change comes next will either be out of necessity, a mistake or will have to wait until another big point upgrade. We've tracked the meteoric adoption rate of iOS 9 over the past season and now comes the quiet. Apple is reporting that as of November 30, 70 percent of active iPhones are running iOS 9. iOS 8 remains on 22 percent of the rolling stock while other versions tick down to 8 percent. Earlier that month, we reported a 66 percent take-up about 50 days after initial release. Three-month tallies for iOS 8 and iOS 7 stood at 60 ...

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    The ninth major release of Apple’s increasingly popular mobile operating system was slow to roll out, but fast to adopt right off the bat, so now that compatibility kinks are all ironed out, it makes perfect sense for virtually everybody to be on iOS 9. While that might feel like a biased exaggeration, the objective truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is the current 66 percent adoption exceeds Apple’s wildest dreams and crushes iOS 8’s prevalence at the same stage in its rise last year. Despite looking lighter on new features than its predecessor (and fittingly tipping ...

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    The general attitude towards software updates has been perceived as a negative one. The reality is that if the contents of that update feature significant changes and improvements, users will probably jump on the ball to do an OTA pull. It was the case with iOS 7. Not so much with iOS 8 and the 8.0.1 debacle didn't really help the case. This time around with iOS 9, we're looking at an 24-hour adoption rate somewhere between the two. Analytics firm Mixpanel has made available a tracking chart of all the active iPhones so far which have updated to iOS 9. You can pore over the data as it ...

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    It’s getting hard to dispute Apple’s hardware roster is slowly growing fragmented, with two new iPhones replacing two old ones, a low-cost model also expected out soon, and a Pro variant introduced at the high-end iPad spectrum, but an Air 3 still possible, and Minis very much alive. Of course, you could always call this diversity and embrace it, particularly as Cupertino doesn’t look prone to Android-grade software fractures, handling every iOS release itself, and blocking any outside attempts at customization for better or worse. Exactly how unified is the ecosystem now that the ...

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    Even though Apple is geared to continue perfecting its versions of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, that doesn't mean that the company has stopped improving what still is active. We've seen a couple of updates come to OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8.4 is a clear example that Apple will continue to kill bugs to its existing products, while the rest are ready. Today we get more information on the progress of these efforts. Apple has just launched beta 2 for iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5 to developers. This means that while we continue to wait for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Apple is still planning to send us a ...

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    Apple first announced HomeKit at WWDC 2014 when drawing the curtain back on iOS 8. HomeKit would allow iOS software to talk with home automation products, and with features like voice control through Siri, it all sounded very promising – except we've still yet to see it arrive. While Apple never publicly offered a specific date for when that might happen, some of its HomeKit hardware partners had been talking about their HomeKit-compatible products launching in May or June. Now a new rumor suggests that Apple is pushing back its timetable, and instead we're looking at a late summer ...

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    One thing that cannot be disputed is the fact that Apple does a good job getting a vast majority of its user base to use the newest available software revisions. Despite being available for less than a year at this point, iOS 8 adoption has managed to reach quite a respectable percentage; 81% of all iOS devices currently in use are running the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. This information is as reported by the App Store and measured on April 27; it's quite likely these figures are accurate for actively-used iOS devices. The reason for such a large percentage can be ...

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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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