iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Released for Developers

Apple has released the 4th beta version of iOS 7.1 to those registered with the iOS Developer program. As usual with these updates, the release focuses on improving performance and refining features, resolving bugs, and making other adjustments to system functionality.

iOS 7.1 Beta

iOS 7.1 Beta

Developers who are currently running iOS 7.1 beta 3 can download beta 4 through Over-The-Air, accessible through Settings > General > Software Update. The OTA update is versioned as build 11D5134c, and weighs in between 70MB and 200MB, depending on the iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone being installed upon. Those who would prefer to install the update through IPSW can find firmware files and a new version of Xcode available through Apple’s Developer portal website.

The updated beta release represents Apple’s progress towards releasing the first major update to iOS 7 to the wider public. Though Apple hasn’t specified a particular schedule for a public release of iOS 7.1, developer beta versions of iOS typically run through six to eight revisions before turning into public. At the current release cycle rate of roughly a new beta every other week, users could expect to see the 7.1 public release date sometime next month, though this is obviously just speculation based upon past scheduling.

App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012

Record-Breaking December with Over Two Billion Downloads

CUPERTINO, California―January 7, 2013―Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps*, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone. The App Store℠ has over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. Apple’s incredible developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide, and developers have been paid over seven billion dollars by Apple.

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

In 2012, the husband and wife team at Imangi Studios saw their game Temple Run downloaded more than 75 million times; Backflip Studios and Supercell, two emerging game development studios, brought in over $100 million combined for their leading freemium titles DragonVale and Clash of Clans; and emerging services including Uber, Flipboard, HotelTonight, and AirBnB attracted millions of users on iOS. Companies including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Autodesk, Marvel and Major League Baseball continued to expand their iOS offerings, while developers like JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive and Bottle Rocket Apps continued to push the boundaries of what iOS apps can do.

“The success of our game Temple Run in 2012 was nothing short of astonishing,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “We were simply looking to create a game that was fun and easy to play, but once it hit the App Store, the game took off. This past year, we saw more than 75 million downloads of Temple Run on iOS.”

“Our success on iOS has been incredible,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products for Autodesk. “We set off with the modest goal of bringing SketchBook to iPhone users as a way of introducing them to Autodesk. Fast forward three years, we now offer 20 apps to iOS users that have achieved more than 50 million downloads, and we continue to roll out new creativity and design tools that appeal to both professionals and consumers.”

“The App Store provided us with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams,” said Bad Robot Interactive’s JJ Abrams. “Our app Action Movie FX was designed to bring Hollywood special effects to anyone’s self-made video, whether that be on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and we’re just thrilled that millions of fans around the world were as excited as we were about the possibilities that this app brings.”

“Bottle Rocket Apps now employs over 100 full-time employees, dedicated to nothing but building great apps,” said Calvin Carter, president of Bottle Rocket Apps. “In my 20 plus years in technology, I have never seen such a vibrant marketplace for software like the App Store.”

Apple offers developers a wealth of resources and tools to help them make great apps, plus a robust ecosystem and marketplace which provide customers a safe and easy way to discover them. Apple also provides developers great ways to monetize apps including in-app purchase, subscriptions and advertising, and helps market and support developer efforts in the App Store and beyond.

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 775,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps available. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

*40 billion unique downloads excluding re-downloads and updates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Apple Rolling Out Fix for iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ Bug Jan. 7

Apple today promised that an iOS “Do Not Disturb” glitch that cropped up on New Year’s Day would be fixed by Jan. 7.

“Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013,” Apple said in a note on its support forums. “Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.”

 

iOS 6 do not disturb

iOS 6 do not disturb

Complaints surfaced Tuesday on a number of forums that the Do Not Disturb feature, which silences calls, alerts, and notifications while enabled, had been stuck in the “on” position since New Year’s Day. Apple confirmed the problem, saying that after Jan. 1, 2013, Do Not Disturb mode stayed on “past its scheduled end time.”

To access the scheduling feature, tap Settings, then Notifications, then the Do Not Disturb toggle switch.

The issue was tripped, apparently, as the New Year rolled in, based on a poster in Japan who caught the issue on his iPhone 4 and iPad 2 by 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 31.

“I am finding that my iOS devices are showing ‘Do Not Disturb’ even though it is outside of the time I set for them,” spacesamurai said. “Not sure if this is related to the new year. Reloading the devices does not help and the software is up-to-date.”

People in Spain, Australia, the U.S., China, and a number of other countries reported the problem on the MacRumors forum.

One optimistic user suggested taking his phone into an Apple Store to get it replaced. “Wonder if I take it in and complain they will swap it for a new/refurb phone,” anthdci wrote today. “Mine has some chips in the band so looking for an excuse to change it.”

Do Not Disturb was rolled out in June, along with other iOS 6 features, including a revamped Maps app — which turned out to be the bane of Apple’s existence — Siri on the iPad, Facebook integration, and FaceTime video chat over cell networks.

iOS 6 Development Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using iOS 6 SDK to develop code. if you are the iOS Developer then you need to take care in the below areas

  1. Accounts Framework
  2. Address Book
  3. Audio
  4. Bonjour
  5. Core Image
  6. Event Kit
  7. Game Center
  8. iCloud
  9. iTunes
  10. Location
  11. Maps
  12. Media Player
  13. Passbook
  14. Security
  15. Shared Photo Stream
  16. Simulator
  17. Social
  18. Status Bar
  19. UIKit
  20. WebKit and Safari

Record 10M in weekend iPhone sales likely for Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is poised for a record iPhone 5 debut and may not be able to keep up with demand as customers lined up in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and New York to pick up the latest model of its top-selling product.

Global sales started at the Apple Store in Sydney’s George Street at 8 a.m., as about 500 people waited to buy the device. Sales also began in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, France, Britain, Canada and the United States. With a new wireless contract, the device costs $199, $299 and $399 in the U.S., depending on the amount of memory.

Keenen Thompson, 22, waited in line for three days to be among the first to snag an iPhone at Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

“It’s extremely exciting,” said Thompson, who works in fashion media. “It’s more about the experience and all the people I met and got to hang out with. We decided we might come stand in line even earlier next year.”

The crowds reinforce estimates from analysts that the iPhone 5 will be the largest consumer-electronics debut in history. Apple may sell as many as 10 million iPhones during the weekend sales rush, according to Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. Because Apple generates about two-thirds of its profit from the iPhone, a successful debut is critical to fuel growth that has led investors to catapult Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple to the world’s most valuable company.

Apple climbed less than 1 percent to $700.10 at the close in New York. The stock has gained 73 percent this year.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Digital Business. “It used to be that with tech products the nerds got them, obsessed about them, and talked about them, and the cool kids wanted no part of that conversation. That’s just not true anymore.”

Apple may have trouble keeping up with initial demand because of supply shortages of components such as in-cell screen displays, according to Barclays. Already, the company had to push out some deliveries to October after early online purchases topped 2 million in 24 hours, double the record set last year with the iPhone 4S.

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, was among those waiting at an Apple Store before the opening. He wrote on Twitter that he was in line in Australia to pick up the new iPhone.

In Sydney, the first 11 places in line were taken up by companies using the sale to promote their own business. Some of them were there since Sept. 18, and were paid as much as A$200 ($210) a day to stand and advertise for business. Apple employees in blue T-shirts applauded as the first shoppers got into the store while police tried to manage the crowd outside.

At the Apple Store in Tokyo’s shopping district Ginza, about 750 people had lined up by 8 a.m.

“I’ve been taking time-offs since Saturday and waiting,” said Mitsuya Hirose, 37, who was the first in line. “When I bought the iPad, I was the third person in line, so I am happy now,” said Hirose, who bought his first iPhone three years ago.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of people jammed the entrance of the Apple Store in Hong Kong’s IFC mall, chanting and cheering as customers waited to be let in. Police and security guards were standing by as the store opened at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. Only those customers who registered online to reserve a handset were allowed in.

Among them was Michael Chan, a 29-year-old airline industry worker, who called in sick at work to be able to buy two 64 GB black-colored iPhones. Chan said he had bought all previous versions of the iPhone, since they were introduced in 2007.

At three outlets in western Japan’s Osaka, 191 iPhone 5s were stolen earlier Friday, Kyodo News reported, citing police at the prefecture. A resident near one of the outlets saw three men break into the store and then leave in a car, the news agency said. Thefts were also reported from Kobe City, Kyodo said, citing local police.

In central Paris, the crowd of about 500 people in front of the Apple Store near the Garnier Opera included protesting Apple retail staff demanding better compensation, perks and work conditions.

“We won’t block the sale of the iPhone and ruin the day,” said Thomas Bordage, a representative for the SUD union, which represents a minority of Apple Store employees in France. “We generate massive revenue for Apple and we’re just hoping for a gesture to show the company will share some of that with us.”

Jasmine Khounnala-Abécassis, an Apple spokeswoman in France, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

In London’s Covent Garden, a crowd of about 1,000 outside the local Apple store this morning received pastries from a local cafe chain and water bottles from Apple staff.