iOS 9 Beta 2 Released for Developer Testing

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 9 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The new beta build is 13A4280e and can be downloaded as firmware through the Apple Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update on a device currently running the prior iOS 9 beta through Settings > Software Update.

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iOS 9 Beta 2 Released for Developer Testing


Much like the prior version, the new build can technically be installed on any device without UDID activation, though that is strongly not recommended. Users who are curious about running iOS 9 are better off waiting for the official iOS 9 Public Beta program to launch in the coming weeks, if not being a bit more patient for the final stable release due out this fall.

It remains possible to downgrade from iOS 9 back to iOS 8 if you happen to update to the unstable beta builds and would like a return to a regular version.

iOS 9 includes a variety of new features, with a heavy emphasis on refinements and intelligent changes rather than big additions. With smart recommendations based on habits and device usage, a smarter Siri, revamped keyboard, and a new focus on battery optimization, and, for newer iPad users, an all new multi-tasking mode with split screen functionality and Picture-in-Picture hovering displays.

Separately, Apple has released a beta of Watch OS 2 (and has since pulled it for some reason), and  OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 2 as well. An updated version of Xcode 7 beta 2 is also available for developers to download.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Apple has released iOS 8 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update offers significant improvements and many new features to prior versions of iOS and is recommended for all users to install on their devices. If you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to prepare for iOS 8 before updating the system software.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 is supported by the following hardware; iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPod touch 5th generation.

How to Update to iOS 8 with OTA

The simplest way to update to iOS 8 is to use the Over-the-Air update mechanism on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings app, then to “General”, and then to “Software Update”
  • Choose “Download & Install” when iOS 8 populates

The OTA download weighs in close to 1GB and requires nearly 5GB of free storage space on-device to install.

It’s always a good idea to back up your devices before installing an iOS update, at the very least make a quick backup to iCloud or, better yet, go all out and backup to both iTunes and iCloud before beginning.

How to Update to iOS 8 with iTunes

Users can also install the iOS 8 update through iTunes and a computer, though you’ll need to connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Mac or Windows PC with the latest version of iTunes to do that.

  1. Update iTunes if you haven’t done so already, then relaunch iTunes
  2. Connect the iOS device to the computer with USB
  3. Click on “Update” if the update option to install iOS 8 does not appear automatically

This updates to iOS 8 by downloading the update from Apple and using the computer to load it onto the iOS device, and it may or may not be faster to update your device this way, depending on a variety of conditions. One significant advantage to using iTunes is that it allows users to skip the “cannot install update” error due to storage capacity limitations on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

 

If you’re going to update through iTunes, be sure to backup the device to the same computer with iTunes before beginning the actual update process – or again – back up to both icloud and iTunes if possible.

Related to iTunes, users also have the option to download IPSW firmware files for iOS 8and install that manually onto their devices. That route is generally considered a more advanced procedure and is best reserved for individuals who have a good reason to go with the IPSW method. You can find direct downloads to iOS 8 firmware here.

Apple TV Update Revamps Interface

Apple also released an update for Apple TV, which changes the interface and icons a bit to be more in line with the bright colors of iOS 7 and iOS 8, as this image from MacRumors shows:

The Apple TV update also adds support for iOS 8 features, making it a good idea to update for those users who have a third gen Apple TV.

Apple TV users can get the update from Settings > General > Software Update

iOS 8 Release Date Set for September 17

Apple has announced that iOS 8 will be released on Wednesday, September 17, two days prior to the release of iPhone 6. As usual with iOS, the major software update will arrive as a free download from the Over-the-Air update mechanism, or through iTunes.

iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPod touch 5th gen, and iPad Mini with Retina display. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will ship with iOS 8 pre-installed.

iOS 8 Release Date Set for September 17

iOS 8 Release Date Set for September 17


iOS 8 includes many new features and enhancements to the mobile operating system, making it a must-have update for all iPhone and iPad users. With the update appearing next week, now is a great time to prepare for the iOS 8 update by doing some house cleaning and backing up your devices.

Mac users also have extra incentive to install iOS 8 on their devices thanks to the Handoff feature of OS X Yosemite, which allows users to pass sessions from their iOS devices to their Macs, and vice versa. Presumably, iOS 8 will be required for compatibility with the Apple Watch and it’s slew of new features as well.

Developers can get access to iOS 8 today with the freshly released GM build.

Apple’s WWDC banners show iOS 8, next OS X are coming

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

 

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WWDC 2014

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Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

 

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)

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.

 

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.