Posts tagged with: iOS 9
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    Almost two months on the heels of iOS 10’s announcement during WWDC 2016, and likely still at least 30 days away from the commercial launch of the latest big platform redesign, it may seem a little counterproductive for Apple’s software engineers to continue focusing on ironing out iOS 9’s arguably numerous kinks. But if there’s one thing Cupertino takes more seriously than marketing, that’s definitely security, and apparently, iDevices running iOS 9.3.3 were left vulnerable to a memory corruption issue, despite patching a great number of bugs, as did builds 9.3.2, 9.3.1, 9.3, ...

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    Yesterday we took a look at how to improve battery life on Android phones, but fret not iPhone users! We haven't forgotten about you folks using iOS, and we've got a handful of tips for improving run time on your phones too. In fact we have one EXTRA tip that those Android folks didn't get... We use mobile devices pretty aggressively these days. Think back to where we were five years ago, and we have to acknowledge that we have seen steady and consistent growth in battery technology and capacity. It’s pretty normal these days to have a shockingly thin handset which also backs a ...

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    For a major iOS release that was relatively light on important new features off the bat, iOS 9 received a pretty big point update in the form of 9.3, with Night Shift Mode, more 3D Touch shortcuts for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and a host of noteworthy improvements for News, Health, and CarPlay apps. But the surprisingly momentous add-ons also hauled a fair share of bugs, including a few very problematic ones that prompted an expeditious sub-point iOS 9.3.1 rollout. Certain system glitches are unfortunately still standing, which is why Apple immediately started work on iOS 9.3.2. This ...

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    Apple might never get to find out exactly how law enforcement managed to elude its “impenetrable” iOS encryption on an iPhone 5c owned by a San Bernardino shooter at the time of the heinous 2015 attack, but another important piece of the unlocking puzzle may have just been uncovered. Forget everything you thought you knew about the nature and authors of the cyber-intrusion, as “people familiar with the matter” tell The Washington Post it was actually “professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw.” No Israeli ...

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    Classifying the iPhone SE is proving more difficult than we might have imagined. It's Apple's entry level iPhone option, but pricing is mid-pack in North America, and some of the tech on tap is top tier. While the design is a recycle from the iPhone 5S, the SE represents one of the more exciting moves from Apple of late. Instead of relying on older phones to fill in price gaps in the iPhone line up, this phone was purpose built to offer a less expensive, but still premium solution to price conscious shoppers. It also shows that Apple has learned from the abysmal failure which was the ...

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    The iPhone SE still has that new car smell. We just recently unboxed the phone and shared our first impressions, but what have we learned about it during the first day of use?Apple's mini-mid-ranger is checking a lot of the right boxes, and doing so while making a pretty compelling price argument. Sure, the screen is smaller and lower resolution than many people might be used to since the iPhone 6, but pairing that screen with the A9 processor and 12MP camera from the iPhone 6S makes for a snappy and powerful gadget. First day of battery life? Early audio impressions? Design? Ergonomics? ...

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    Apple’s “most stable” new software release “in years”? Please, iOS 9.3 has been riddled with the oddest bugs since day one, and while its first sub-point maintenance update managed to mend a few system flaws, at least another remains unfixed. What’s really infuriating is iPhone users on Sprint have been complaining both online and directly to the carrier about erratic connectivity for over a week now, and it took the Now Network all this time to even acknowledge the problem. They say an error confessed is half forgiven, but of course, Sprint needs to actually roll out a ...

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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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    Seven beta tests. That has to be some sort of record for an iOS point update. Granted, version 9.3 includes an unusually high number of meaningful improvements for everything from News to Health, CarPlay and Notes, as well as customary bug fixes and performance enhancements. And let’s not forget about Night Shift, the hotly anticipated and somewhat controversial Flux counterpart, which aims to help you get a better night’s sleep. Still, seven pre-release builds rolled out to developers and public beta testers in roughly two months? That feels a little extreme and overzealous, but ...

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    Apple was slow to bring forward its display modification settings when compared to F.lux's quashed efforts, but it did work out for the lot of iPhone users interested in not blinding their eyes past sunset. But it seems that Night Shift will become less useful when people want or need it soon enough, if changes hold from beta numbers 4 and 5 of iOS 9.3. First off is the new consumption limitation on use. Night Shift will be disabled in low-power mode, first introduced on iOS 9. We don't know the particulars of how much juice Night Shift uses, but apparently, it's too much to be a deemed ...

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    Unless you’ve perhaps been paying too much attention to the Super Bowl and heated US presidential race, chances are you’re either familiar with or directly affected by the latest widespread iOS 9 glitch connected to Touch ID hardware compatibility. In a nutshell, Apple’s extreme security policies have recently started to backfire on everyday iPhone 6 users who chose to get their broken fingerprint sensors fixed at “unauthorized” repair shops to save a buck. While everything may have seemed in order at first, and the component replacement actions looked like a success, once ...

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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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