Apple’s WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to be issued by random selection April 7

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.

Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to be issued by random selection April 7

Apple’s WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to be issued by random selection April 7

Developers can register for WWDC, which will be held as usual at Moscone West, starting today, through next Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. They will be issued through random selection that same day, and developers will be notified of their status by 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern.

“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”

Registration is now available at developer.apple.com/wwdc/.

Apple also announced that 200 student scholarships will be available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket. In addition, this year the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.

Events scheduled for WWDC 2014 include:

  • More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • a new series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities;
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Apple also announced that the June 2 State of the Union session and the Apple Design Awards will be live streamed via the WWDC website, allowing developers from around the world access to the latest information in real time. Videos from all technical sessions will be posted throughout the week on the Apple Developer website and will be available to all registered developers.

Apple updates iWork for iOS, OS X and iCloud with enhanced usability, graphics tweaks

Apple on Tuesday released a series of updates to the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, including new iOS and OS X app versions, as the company continues to refine its web-based productivity suite. On iCloud, all three applications gained new Retina display-ready graphical assets as well as the ability to open files directly from iCloud Mail. Additionally, users can now share documents with a ‘view only’ security setting.

Pages

Pages received a new document editor design, improved text wrap, and new document templates for iCloud. Users can also edit charts contained in imported documents. The view only option is also available on the iOS and Mac versions.

For iOS, Pages brings the following enhancements:

  • New “view only” setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Search documents by name
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Improved support for bi-directional text
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Improved ePub export
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Usability improvements

Pages for Mac was also updated on Tuesday and adds the following features to those seen above:

  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Create custom data formats
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
  • Improved ePub export

Pages is a free download from the iOS and Mac App Stores for new device owners.

Numbers

Apple’s Numbers (iOS, OS X)was was given a fresh coat of paint, with the Excel competitor gaining improved pop-up menu support for more complex spreadsheets.

In addition to the read-only feature introduced in PagesNumbers for iOS includes:

  • Search spreadsheets by name
  • Progress indicator for calculations
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Faster CSV import
  • Improved Microsoft Excel compatibility
  • Usability improvements

The Mac version includes the same improvements plus the following:

  • Set margins in print setup
  • Create headers and footers in print setup
  • New printing options: page numbering, page ordering and zoom
  • Create custom data formats
  • Create custom table styles
  • Drag and drop a CSV file directly into a sheet
  • Automatically update an existing table by dragging in a CSV file
  • Cell-based import feedback
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Usability improvements

Numbers for iOS and OS X can be downloaded via the appropriate App Stores.

Keynote

Keynote (iOS, OS X) was not left off of the visual tweak train, with the new iCloud version bringing an updated presentation editor design. Like PagesKeynote users can also edit charts in imported documents.

For iOS:

  • Use your finger to illustrate on slides as you present
  • New “view only” setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
  • New portrait layout option in presenter display
  • Search presentations by name
  • New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Export to PPTX format
  • Detailed presentation import feedback
  • Improved animation performance
  • Improved bi-directional support: switch direction for text, lists and tables
  • Usability improvements

The Mac version adds the following:

  • Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
  • Improved Magic Move including text morphing
  • Apply motion blur to animations
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Directly specify start and end points of movies
  • Create custom data formats
  • Export to PPTX format
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Allow objects on slide to layer with master
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Usability improvements

Keynote is available now in the iOS and Mac App Stores.

 

Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security features

Apple on Tuesday rolled out an update to its Safari Web Browser for Mac, with new features like enhanced push notification settings coming to users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security features

Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security featuresApple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security features

Perhaps most significant among Safari version 7.0.3′s new features is greater control over push notifications, which in the past required per-website management.

With the latest release, users can simply uncheck a box for “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications,” which effectively disables all incoming push attempts. In addition, the update includes a fix to an issue that could block the receipt of push notifications.

Support for webpages with new top-level domains, like “.cab” and “.clothing,” has also been added, allowing Safari to move directly to a webpage instead of initiating a Web search.

Other fixes include an problem that could cause a webpage to load prematurely when typing a search term into the address field, credit card autofill compatibility and several security issues.

Safari 7.0.3, or Safari 6.1.3 for those running older OS X versions, is a free download from the Mac App Store or Software Update.

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features [IPSW Download Links]

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, the first major system software update to iOS 7 since the launch last year. The update includes many bug fixes, feature enhancements, speed improvements, as well as a variety of updated user interface elements. Updating to iOS 7.1 is recommended for all users who are currently running any prior version of iOS 7 on their devices.

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features

iOS 7.1 also includes some new features, with CarPlay support, an event overview for Month display in Calendar app, country specific holidays, improvements to Siri, additions to Accessibility including button shapes and further reduced motion effects, and much more. Full release notes are included at the bottom of this article for those interested in specific details.

Update to iOS 7.1 with OTA

The easiest way for most users to update to iOS 7.1 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism:

  1. Open “Settings” and head to “Software Update”
  2. Choose “Download & Install”

Always back up your iOS device before beginning a system software update.

Troubleshooting iOS 7.1 Update

Unable to install because not enough storage? Some users may see a “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least 1.9GB of storage. You can make more storage available by deleting items in Usage Settings.” error message on their iPhone or iPad when attempting to install the update. The simplest way to resolve that is to delete enough apps or data to install the update, though that’s not always an option. A secondary choice would be to install the update through iTunes using a computer, as described below.

Downloading & Updating to iOS 7.1 through iTunes

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can also update to iOS 7.1 using iTunes. This will also allow them to get around the capacity error mentioned above.

  1. Connect the iOS device to a computer with USB
  2. Launch iTunes and choose “Download & Install” when a notification about the iOS 7.1 update appears

Again, always back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch before installing system software updates.

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features

iOS 7.1 IPSW Download Links

Advanced users who are comfortable using IPSW firmware files can also update manually with iTunes. The files below are hosted on Apple’s servers, right-click and choose “Save As” for best results:

The iOS 7.1 update patches the iOS 7 jailbreak, thus users who prefer to keep their devices jailbroken using the evasi0n tool should avoid updating to 7.1.

iOS 7.1 Release Notes

An overview of the release notes for iOS 7.1 per iTunes:

CarPlay

- iOS experience designed for the car

- Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle

- Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps

- Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons

Siri

- Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking

- New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio

- Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song

- Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing

- Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free

Calendar

- Option to display events in month view

- Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

Accessibility

- Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs

- Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations

- New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point

Other

- New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s

- iCloud Keychain support in additional countries

- FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device

- Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash

- Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition

- Improved performance for iPhone 4

- Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000

- Continued user interface refinements

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Full release notes from Apple will be available soon.

An update to Apple TV is also available.

OS X 10.9.2 Released with Fix for Mail Problems, SSL Security Flaw, & More

Apple has released OS X 10.9.2, a fairly major update to OS X Mavericks that includes resolutions to many problems and bugs encountered by Mac users. Critically, the OS X 10.9.2 update patches the SSL / TSL vulnerability for Macs that was fixed earlier for mobile devices with the iOS 7.0.6 update. The SSL fix alone makes the 10.9.2 update a particularly important release that all Mac users running Mavericks should install as soon as possible.

The OS X Update 10.9.2 also resolves remaining issues with OS X Mail, including resolutions to new email retrieval from services like Gmail and Outlook, fixes the Mail Archive problems, and the bundled SMB fixes should solve some of the issues encountered within the Finder. Separately, some additional features have been added to OS X, including native FaceTime Audio support, FaceTime call waiting support, iMessage blocking, and a variety of other stability and performance improvements.
OS X 10.9.2 Released with Fix for Mail Problems, SSL Security Flaw, & More

OS X 10.9.2 Released with Fix for Mail Problems, SSL Security Flaw, & More

OS X 10.9.2 Release Notes

The release notes bundled with the Mavericks 10.9.2 update are as follows. Notably, there is no specific mention of the SSL / TSL security bug or a fix for it for Macs, but we can confirm the SSL bug has been patched with the 10.9.2 final build.

  • Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime Audio calls from OS X to OS X and to iOS
  • Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
  • Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
  • Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail
  • Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
  • Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
  • Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
  • Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites
  • Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes
  • Includes improvements to Gmail labels
  • Improves Safari browsing and Software Update installation when using an authenticated web proxy
  • Adds additional layers of awesomeness to OSXDaily.com readers who read release notes
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the Mac App Store to offer updates for apps that are already up to date
  • Improves the reliability of diskless NetBoot service in OS X Server
  • Fixes braille driver support for specific HandyTech displays
  • Resolves an issue when using Safe Boot with some systems
  • Improves ExpressCard compatibility for some MacBook Pro 2010 models
  • Resolves an issue which prevented printing to printers shared by Windows XP
  • Resolves an issue with Keychain that could cause repeated prompts to unlock the Local Items keychain
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent certain preference panes from opening in System Preferences
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent migration from completing while in Setup Assistant

The complete security specific notes can be found here.

Additional Security Updates for OS X Mountain Lion & Lion Available Separately

Aside from the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update, there is a Security Update to OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion Security Update available for users who are continuing to run Macs with older versions of OS X. Those updates can also be found in the Mac App Store on those machines, or downloaded directly from Apple as available here Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion) and Security Update 2014-001 (Lion).

As usual, it is generally recommended to install the latest version of OS X available to you.

iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Apple has released a small but critical update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, versioned as iOS 7.0.6 with a build number of 11b651. The security update notably includes an important fix for SSL connection verification, and weighs in between 13MB and 36MB, depending on the iOS device being installed upon. This update should be installed on all compatible devices as soon as possible.

The initial release notes bundled with the iOS 7.0.6 update are very brief, stating simply “This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.” Apple elaborates a bit further on their knowledge base article, providing the following details for what the update resolves:

iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Downloading iOS 7.0.6

The easiest way to download iOS 7.0.6 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism, accessible through the Settings app > Software Update. Choose “Download and Install” and agree to the terms and conditions to start the update process. Despite being a minor update, it can take a while to install as the ‘verifying update’ process lingers for a while on the home screen, before rebooting to the Apple logo where the actual firmware update occurs. Users can also choose to update through iTunes.

iOS 7.0.6 IPSW Direct Download Links

Users who prefer to use .IPSW firmware files to update devices manually can choose to download the complete update directly from Apple’s servers using the links below:

In addition to iOS 7.0.6, Apple also released iOS 6.1.6, which includes the same security fix, for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation devices that are not able to run iOS 7. The build number for iOS 6.1.6 is 10b500. An update to Apple TV, versioned as 6.0.2, is also available.

 

iOS 7.0.5 Released for iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C with Minor Bug Fixes

Apple has released iOS 7.0.5 for select iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. The minor update includes bug fixes which are said to correct network provisioning for these two specific iPhone models that have been sold in China. In other words, if you don’t have an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C that is compatible with Chinese cellular networks, you won’t see this update available.

iOS 7.0.5 Released for iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C with Minor Bug Fixes

iOS 7.0.5 Released for iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C with Minor Bug Fixes

Though the update release notes specifically mention devices sold in China, many other users throughout the world have found the iOS 7.0.5 update available for their compatible iPhone models. Initial reports suggest that users based in the USA will not find the update for their devices.

As of writing, iOS 7.0.4 remains the most recent publicly available iOS version for other iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. iOS 7.1 remains under development and is currently limited to users registered in the iOS developer program through Apple. Users can always check for the newest version of iOS available by opening the Settings app on their devices, heading to “General” and choosing “Software Update”.

iOS 7.0.5 IPSW direct download links

Direct links to firmware files are available through Apple servers below.

These will only install on compatible devices and are not intended for every 5S or 5C device. IPSW is best used by advanced users, most individuals should update their iPhone through iTunes or OTA.