Posts tagged with: iOS 9
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    Despite their creeping commoditization, smartphones are still some of the most exciting pieces of technology you can buy today. The old joke about using such a powerful device mainly for watching cat videos is a good one, but I find myself identifying more strongly with its setup than its punchline, the bit about carrying a device "capable of accessing the entirety of knowledge known to man." Knowledge is useless, though, without a fast and easy means of accessing it. That's where, for the past decade or so, smartphone manufacturers have been trying to one-up one another. Because more ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    Connectivity options for smartphones are going through some big changes right now. USB type-C is making its presence felt on Android and Windows 10 Mobile alike, and while right now that means some bumpy periods of adjustment (how many times have you needed to charge your type-C phone and couldn't find a suitable adapter lying around?), that's one change that promises to bring us into a bright future full of broad cable interoperability. Apple users may be facing some serious shifts in cable connectivity, as well, and one of the most prolific (to say nothing of controversial) rumors ...

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    Aside from new 3D Touch shortcuts, more Siri languages, better Apple Pay – Wallet interaction, and the adoption of a cool Night Shift mode for smart screen color adjustment in low-light conditions, iOS 9.3 should bring a fair share of your typical bug patches to the table as soon as it’s ready to move out of beta. Of course, the ninth major version of Cupertino’s acclaimed operating system is far from unstable, especially after its .2 December maintenance update, but at least one vexing glitch will need to be thoroughly repaired before long. For the time being, you can dodge it by ...

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    "Planned obsolescence" is a tired old phrase and a favorite of Apple critics when talking about how the company likes to get people to upgrade to shinier iPhones. The supposed menacing aspect of having Apple actively pull users up to newer devices or push down older device owners' experiences is what's troubling at least 100 people who are participating in a class action lawsuit against the Cupertino giant. Specifically, those holding the iPhone 4s are asking for at least $5 million in damages and fees plus admission of wrongdoing in ads and disclaimers because of extremely degraded ...

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    We’ve heard generally good things about iOS 9.2, which aimed and likely succeeded in crushing bugs generated by previous software releases, also bringing new language support for Siri and USB Camera Adapter capabilities. But that doesn’t mean Apple will just rest on its laurels now, wait for iOS 9 adoption rates to resume their growth, and count the days until it’s time to launch the world’s first iOS 10-powered iPhone (s). Granted, since version 8.3 of the second most popular mobile platform around barely saw daylight back March, it’s unlikely Cupertino shall move beyond build ...

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    Focused a lot less on groundbreaking new features and add-ons than its predecessors, the ninth major release of Apple’s beloved mobile platform managed to significantly improve iPhone and iPad battery life while messing up tons of small things. Before you call that claim biased or outright inaccurate, keep in mind Cupertino rolled out iOS 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 maintenance updates in September, then 9.1 in October, and now, 9.2, each of these software builds primarily aiming to solve glitches. Some of them minor, we’ll give you that, but a few dozen bugs, no matter how insignificant, will ...

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    Mozilla imaged an entirely new development medium for those who were interested in the Firefox OS 2.5, but weren't willing to take the complete dive: by packaging an easy-to-install Android launcher and sending it right to you. Turns out it's not going to be of much use to those devs anymore. In fact, the platform is now dead. At least on the smartphone side. Mozilla senior vice president of connected devices Ari Jaaksi tweeted out the twist in Firefox OS's legacy saying that it will focus on the smartphone web experience and divert development towards the Internet of Things. #Mozilla ...

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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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    Standing alone, the iPad Pro is a pretty confusing product. Priced within a stone's throw of the much-more-capable MacBook Air and packing dimensions closer to a desktop monitor than anything you'd willingly include in your everyday carry bag, Apple's latest tablet seems strangely out of character for the company better known for cautious iteration than bold reinvention. Last year's move to a larger screen size with the iPhone 6 Plus was an essential choice given consumers' ever-growing appetite for supersized smartphones; by contrast, no one seems to be asking for a nearly-13-inch ...

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    Smartphones these days are offering better connectivity than ever before, thanks in no small part to how intelligent their software is getting about managing wireless connections. Google's Project Fi, for instance, is built all around the idea of seamlessly transferring connections from carrier, to carrier, to WiFi. With iOS 9, Apple's introduced its own system for choosing the best data connection, allowing WiFi Assist to temporarily move to a cellular network when the quality of an in-use WiFi connection dips. It sounds good in theory, but the idea of automatic consumption of cellular ...

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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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    Apple's approach to public betas has become quite a thing over the last couple of software releases. In the past iOS beta testing was just a benefit that developers could take advantage of, and that remained a solid practice until a year or so ago. Now public betas are not just a common thing, but also quite timely when compared to developer variants, and that's the case today. Apple has just launched iOS 9 Public Beta 1 to all, and as long as you already have the beta profile installed on your device, your software update section should start showing it at the moment. Those of you ...

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    A smartphone should be smart and not just capable, and that's the case when devices are smart enough to not turn off the display if you're still staring at it, just as much as you'd want a phone to be smart about keeping you connected when in need of navigation. Samsung devices have been able to do some of these things for a bit, but it's not until iOS 9 that Apple decided to be smart about how to assist your Wi-Fi connectivity. The problem is when these changes challenge the usual consumer learning curve that some people face, and such is the case here. A couple has just filed a class ...

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    Apple introduced native multi-pane app tasking to iOS 9 before Android will. Right now, though, the feature's availability is just about as limited as what you might see from a couple of OEMs' Android devices — namely, Samsung, LG and Sony flagships. So, if you can't see yourself with one of the latest iPads in order to get Split View, Picture-in-Picture and/or Slide Over, what can you do? Well, if you've jailbroken your iOS 9 or above device (yes, iPads and iPhones alike), you can hop into Cydia and install Medusa. @cpdigdarkroom pic.twitter.com/3rDKH1dQNB — Fahad (@viperorton72) ...

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    With over 1.5 million broadcasters and around 100M monthly visitors as of January 2015, live gaming-focused video watching platform Twitch has become a worldwide phenomenon, despite back in the day playing second fiddle to now defunct Justin.tv. The Twitch.tv website is free for all PC users, no matter their OS of choice, and dedicated Android and iOS apps available as gratis downloads have undoubtedly helped build and expand the service’s great community of late. Parent company Twitch Interactive seems to have understood even the future of hardcore computer gaming telecasting depends on ...

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    If putting up with the "Apple Way" of doing a mobile operating system has you bored, the smartest thing to do for most is to Jailbreak it. Sadly as iOS has become more capable, it has also become less interesting to Jailbreak lately, even if the process has gotten much better. If you are already running iOS 9, it seems that as of today you're entitled to some fun. The Chinese research team that we currently know as PanGu has just released a Jailbreak for iOS 9. Now, the reason why we suggest you act fast is because this jailbreak only works on devices running iOS 9.0 and up to 9.0.2, and ...

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    iOS 9 brings a ton of nifty features for most, if not all devices that are compatible with it. One of the features that was silently pushed though, was Wi-Fi assist. In a nutshell, what the service does is assist Wi-Fi with cellular data in case Wi-Fi is struggling to deliver. This clearly generated a ton of concern over people worried about having their data plan go crazy, and Apple has just spoken up about it. Apple has just issued a support document that pretty much confirms that there is very little to worry about with your cellular data. According to Apple, Wi-Fi assist will not work ...

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    The S cycle is an interesting part of the iPhone buying experience. Since 2007, Apple has introduced at least one new iPhone every year, but only half of them are redesigns. The other half ... are reimaginings. Improved takes on tried-and-true existing hardware. These takes are never the most exciting phones, but they’re always the ones worth buying. This year, that reimagining means a new software revision, improved camera optics, and even a new way to interact with the screen. It may not be revolutionary, but this might just be Apple's biggest evolutionary update yet. Decide for ...

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    The introduction of iOS 9 had its highs and lows. Foremost of the hills was the quick pace of adaption as compared to iOS 8. The bad news, of course, was contained within gremlins and bugs of a v.x.0 release. Now, as we head off to iOS 9.0.2, Apple is not looking back, which isn't good news for iOS 8.4.1 jailbreakers. Your iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will not be able to downgrade back down to iOS 8.4.1 nor can it go to iOS 9.0 if it's been updated past that threshold. Apple closed the signing window for iOS 8.4.1 to all of itsdevices. It seems that devices from the iPhone 6 generation and ...

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    Even though iOS 9 was supposed to be about killing bugs and bringing stability to Apple's new mobile operating system, it seems this is not necessarily the case. Just as quickly as we received iOS 9, Apple immediately launched a minor update to deal with some of the last minute bugs. Today the company has done it again, and we kind of understand why. Apple has just launched iOS 9.0.2, and the list of bug fixes includes improvements for iCloud Backup, just in case you noticed how slow it was. We also notice that bug fixes were brought to iMessage activation, Apple’s Podcasts app, and the ...

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    Let's get this out of the way: this article will probably upset almost everyone. Android fans will feel betrayed that "Joe the Android Guy™" jumped ship and used a "fruit-phone" for an entire week. How dare he?! Apple fans will feel like I'm jaded and can't possibly approach such an endeavour in an unbiased manner. He's an Android guy, he can't be trusted!! I'll try my best to be frank, honest, and unapologetically real, m'kay? Now that we've gotten all that out of the way, and now that iOS 9 is available for you to install on your own iPhone, let's get down to the actual experience, ...

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    We're coming up on the end of the flood of new devices for the year, but of course, late September can only ever mean one thing: iPhone time. Apple unveiled its latest additions to the iPhone family, the 6s and 6s Plus, earlier this month, and now we have them both in hand. We already unboxed the larger 6s Plus yesterday, and now we're freeing the smaller model from its shrink wrap holding. Aesthetically, not much seems to have changed from last year, but the internal components are a whole different story, and we're excited to start seeing the effects of improvements like more RAM, a ...

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    Among the myriad features Apple announced for iOS 9 back when it first unveiled the platform at WWDC this year, the company revealed a plan to help slim-down app sizes by not bogging them down with unneeded resources: what Apple called App Slicing. Right now, an iOS app can contain resources needed to support a whole lot of different devices: different resolution graphics, code to work with various GPUs, 32-bit and 64-bit binaries – just a lot of redundancies. With App Slicing, iTunes would only send your phone or tablet the parts of an app that are used by that specific device. Now iOS ...

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    With its new public beta program for iOS, Apple's been testing its latest mobile platform release like never before. With this new group of users joining iOS devs, to say nothing of Apple's own internal testers, iOS 9 has likely had more eyes on it during development than any previous iOS build. And while all that testing has helped Apple iron out no shortage of bugs, it's inevitable that some are going to remain. One week ago, we saw iOS 9 arrive for the public at large, and now it's time for Apple to follow that up with its first iOS 9 bugfix update. Today Apple gets distribution rolling ...

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