Posts tagged with: iOS 8
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    Apple's launch of iOS 8 has been met with some polarized reviews. While this is surely a more mature version of iOS 7, legacy devices like the iPhone 4s have nearly been crippled by the update, and on the other hand, a lot of the features are still not fully present, like Continuity for example. If you're wondering just how well iOS 8 is doing, you'll be shocked to know that even Apple doesn't admit good numbers. Apple has just published its iOS numbers, as tabulated by Apple Store visits. You'd assume that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would alone boost the numbers of iOS 8 ...

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    Each year, Apple brags about the hundreds of new features and changes made to its operating system. The fact of the matter is, most of those changes will go completely unnoticed. It’s like an iceberg – we only see a small fraction of the changes; the rest are buried deep within the OS or simply don’t pertain to us, like new support for languages we’ll never learn. The last two years have been different, however. Last year, iOS 7 brought a much-needed, long overdue facelift to the UI that had gone practically unchanged (minus things like the addition of wallpapers and folders) since ...

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    Big smartphones are in. The is evidenced by the fact that most high-end smartphones are approaching (and crossing) the 5-inch threshold. The new Moto X, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and many other notable smartphones are all 5-inches or larger. Apple, until now, avoided the growing fad. In 2012, when it announced the iPhone 5, Apple only stretched the iPhone 4S display vertically and added just enough pixels to maintain the 326 pixels per inch rating. It referred to the size of the iPhone 5 display as "a dazzling display of common sense", showing how it was sized perfectly for the ...

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    A couple of years ago, choosing an iPhone was easy since there was only one device to choose from. Apple changed things up a bit with the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but hardware internals aside, both devices were really the same size. Apple’s smartphone strategy for this year is significantly different. For the first time ever we see the company offering an iPhone in three different sizes, and if you’re still debating if the iPhone 6 is a better choice over the iPhone 5s, you’ve come to the right place. If you pay attention to all of the iPhone haters out there, you could ...

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    With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple's looking forward to what's next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn't just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We're already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community. On the surface, there aren't yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, ...

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    By this point, iOS users everywhere are familiar with the 8.0.1 mishap last week, and the release of iOS 8.0.2 Apple came through with a couple days later as a solution. But now that we're at 8.0.2, where do we go from here? With iOS 7, we saw several months of minor bugfix releases before 7.1 came around in March, and even then we only saw a couple more bugfix builds that brought us up to 7.1.2. But to look at some of the latest evidence, Apple could be planning something quite different for its iOS 8 cycle, and may already be testing elements of 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Signs of such iOS ...

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    The year is 2014. It's been seven years since the Keynote announcement that put Apple on the mobile map – and put its competition on notice. Six years since Google launched its own smartphone platform, which it quickly converted from a BlackBerry clone to something much more ... familiar. Four years since Microsoft revamped its archaic (but powerful) mobile software into something less archaic (and also less powerful). Three years since Palm imploded trying to push a mobile platform the world wasn't ready for. And about a year since BlackBerry collapsed ... before ...

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    Yesterday afternoon Apple started with distribution of its iOS 8.0.1 update. Having just looked at a leaked list of bugfixes and improvements, we were happy to see the update already going live, but those good feelings didn't last for long, as users were quick to take to social media to report major new issues being introduced with 8.0.1, especially a near-phone-killing bug that broke cellular radio connectivity. Apple subsequently pulled the plug on the update, but what happens now? In a new statement, the company confirms plans to deliver 8.0.2 in the days to come, as well as provides ...

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    One of the reasons that Apple has always been reluctant to release a large-screened phone was because you couldn't reach all parts of the screen with one hand while holding the device. That's a very important aspect of mobile phone usability. When we're mobile, we're often carrying something in one hand while walking with our legs and we may need to use a phone with one hand to make a call, send an email, look at a map, etc. That's the whole reason that Steve Jobs was so adamant that the original iPhone's screen size was the perfect size. Then screen sizes started getting bigger on the ...

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    Yesterday evening we were checking out the latest rumors about what's next for iOS 8, looking at a leaked list of improvements to expect in iOS 8.0.1. With word that the update was already in the hands of carriers, we were optimistic that a release could be just around the corner. As it turns out, that expectation was right on the money, and today we see Apple go ahead with distributing its iOS 8.0.1 update. Sure enough, the official release notes mention some of those bugfixes we told you about yesterday, along with quite a few additional improvements. Those include fixes for issues with ...

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    Two weeks ago Friday, I was sitting up in bed at 2:50 AM waiting on the flood gates to open. The iPhone 6 pre-orders were about to begin and I needed to make sure I ordered an iPhone 6 Plus before the dreaded backorder prompt appeared. Turns out, I was pretty lucky. After refreshing the Apple Store webpage at least four hundred times, I grabbed my iPad mini and opened up the Apple Store app. I added a 64GB Space Gray iPhone 6 Plus to my cart and finally checked out around 3:40 AM. According to Twitter at the time, I was one of the very first to complete an order. My friend Jason Cipriani ...

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    Apple's release of iOS 8 earlier this month may not have been off to the fastest start in the world, but in the days since we last brought you an update about how quickly users are upgrading, numbers are already on the upswing, no doubt as more users find the time to clear off space on their phones in preparation for the update's sizable storage requirements. But even as more and more Apple users make the plunge, we've got a new release waiting in the wings, and now a new leak attempts to reveal some of the changes to expect in the upcoming release of iOS 8.0.1. It's only a partial list of ...

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    This year's iOS update is one of the best yet. But as with most things, there are two sides to the story. While iOS 8 brings many long-requested features to Apple's mobile OS, it also brings something most users aren't used to seeing on the platform – honest to goodness bugs and glitches. In droves. Let's take a step back for a second. This update, iOS 8, is long overdue and quite nice. It brings many great things. In particular, Apple added third-party APIs, which it calls Extensibility, to allow more third-party developer and user control over the operating system and, ultimately, the ...

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    Over the last few years, smartphones have evolved to accommodate for new use cases, primarily multimedia consumption – gaming, watching YouTube videos and movies, and browsing the web. As a result smartphones have grown from less than 4-inches in size to an average rapidly approaching the 5-inch threshold. Apple is one of the very last to jump on the larger smartphone bandwagon. Its last increase in size was from a 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch display, adding only vertical dimension and pixels to the existing panel. That wasn't enough, though. Other smartphones dwarfed the iPhone 5 and ...

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    That title calls for a disclaimer. As anyone who's looked at my Twitter profile knows, I’m not just a Windows phone user; I use Android too, and I occasionally sprinkle in BlackBerry and Sailfish when I'm feeling sporty. But I spend a little less than half my waking time with Windows software powering my communicator of choice, and my last 24 hours with iOS have given me a few insights about how these platforms differ – and how they don’t. From aesthetics to fluidity, Apple and Microsoft match up nicely. Both iOS and Windows Phone are tightly controlled software experiences that ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    After years of customers begging for a larger iPhone, Apple finally obliged. Just last week, it announced the brand new set of bigger iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch display while the 6 Plus comes with a rather larger 5.5-inch display. The new iPhones are launching alongside Apple's newest version of its mobile software, iOS 8. This brings much-anticipated features, like third-party keyboards, sharing, widgets, and access to TouchID. Despite very few visual changes, this is one of the most notable iOS updates ever. The new iPhones feature an ...

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    Android Wear and Apple Watch may be here (or in the case of the latter, just around the corner), but that doesn't mean the folks over at Pebble aren't constantly improving their popular wearables with software updates. The latest of which, the Pebble Firmware 2.5 update released today, brings many much-appreciated changes to what's already one of the best wearable platforms out on the market. First of all, the Pebble Firmware 2.5 brings emoji support. Previously, emoji showed up as rectangular boxes on the watch's display, and now emoji will be able to accurately display – this will ...

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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    Apple's iOS 8 has been out for a day now. And understandably, plenty of iOS users are flocking to update their hardware to this very latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. But not everyone's quite so keen to be an early adopter, and traffic stats from a number of trackers are revealing a pattern, showing far slower iOS 8 adoption than we saw last year with the release of iOS 7. Obviously, a lot of factors are going to affect the timetable by which an Apple user upgrades to a new version of iOS – maybe they're worried about early bugs and are waiting for Apple to iron-out any ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8 should be more than just a software update on your radar if you value privacy. One of the major changes to the OS is that Apple no longer stores your encryption keys, meaning, only you have access to your passwords and data. This is great since it eliminates any known possibility for your data to be shared with any law enforcement agency without your consent, but then again, if you forget your password, keep in mind there's no way to retrieve it later. Apple has also taken its time to publish a full website with all the changes that the company has implemented to ...

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    Apple released the iOS 8 developer betas back in June, following WWDC 2014. We did a quick hands-on of iOS 8 Beta 1, showing off all the new features and talking about the things iOS 8 would eventually bring to the table. Being a beta release, not everything worked and some things were a little buggy … as expected in an early beta. However, iOS 8 was publicly released today and several changes have been made. Some visual alterations were made, usability has understandably improved, and many (not all) of the missing features have been activated. Things like Continuity and iCloud Drive ...

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    iOS 8 is Apple's second iteration of the full revamp that iOS received with iOS 7. It's now a more mature platform, with a ton of new features that make a lot of sense, but that have taken years for Apple to acknowledge as necessary to satisfy its customers. If you've been curious to know what all the fuzz has been about, your wait is over, sort of. Apple has just released iOS 8 to the public, and if you're rocking an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch (5th generation), or any iPad that's iPad 2 or newer, you're eligible for the update. iOS 8 brings a bevy a new features ...

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    When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, one of the features that was talked about the most was its A7 64-bit chip. Surely to this moment we're still struggling to find the benefits behind it, but one thing we do remember is that benchmarks completely blew away any Android competitor at the time. Still, that didn't matter with Apple's conservative approach to software, and if you're wondering how it'll be with the iPhone 6, some information has already emerged. Some early GPU benchmarks have emerged of the iPhone 6 and its new A8 chip, and the results score 21,204 points in graphics performance ...

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    We're just a couple of days away from Apple's official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and with that, more details emerge on what you're getting when you unbox the phone. At the moment, we do know that the box will contain the usual stack of EarPods, Lightning connector and charger, since Apple is that predictable. What is a change though, is that it seems that Apple will bundle more software as part of your unboxing experience. Retail Store employees are reportedly being trained on the apps that will be included on every iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If you purchased a 16GB iPhone ...

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