Items tagged with ios 9

Accidents happen, and even if you use a case, a hard drop could end up cracking your screen or damaging other components in your smartphone. If you own an iPhone 6 from Apple, you might want to think twice about going to an unauthorized service center to have your device repaired. Since getting a screen replacement from Apple is often quite pricey, some people turn to technicians not certified by Apple for repairs. Be it an ad you see via Craigslist offering “mobile” $75 screen replacements right in your home or place of business, or mall kiosks that advertise repairs in less than an hour, consider yourself warned. Some iPhone 6 users are finding out the hard way that those repairs can lead... Read more...
Apple meant well with its brand new Wi-Fi assist functionality in iOS 9, but its implantation isn’t sitting well with some iPhone customers. Things have gotten so bad that Apple is now facing a class action lawsuit stemming from Wi-Fi Assist. How did we get to this point so soon after the release of iOS 9? Well, let’s take look at what Wi-Fi actually accomplishes for starters. Wi-Fi Assist was designed to make browsing the Internet a seamless experience, even if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t exactly as strong as it could be. As Apple explains in the support documentation for Wi-Fi Assist: For example, if you're using Safari with a poor Wi-Fi connection and a webpage doesn't load, Wi-Fi Assist will... Read more...
Apple on Monday announced that it fixed an issue with its app slicing feature in iOS 9, and in doing so, developer's now have permission to begin using it. This is good news for Apple device owners rocking only 16GB or even just 8GB of internal storage, provided they've updated to iOS 9.0.2 (app slicing doesn't work on previous iOS builds). App slicing is part of Apple's nifty app thinning feature designed to optimize the installation of iOS and watchOS apps on specific devices. Using app slicing, developers can build apps that install only the parts needed for a particular device while ignoring space hogging resources for other devices. For example, an iPhone user installing an app built with... Read more...
Apple gave us a heads up that it was expecting a huge weekend opener for its new flagships: the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. “We are on pace to beat last year's 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale Sept. 25,” said Apple in a statement to CNBC earlier this month. “As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.” Apple’s crystal ball was right on the money, and the company once again broke records with opening weekend sales for its two new flagships. Last year — the year in which Apple finally woke up and answered the calls for larger-screened smartphones with the... Read more...
Zerodium, a new cybersecurity firm that pays independent researchers for their zero-day discoveries, is offering a big reward to anyone who creates an untethered, browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9. By "big" we're talking seven figures -- $1 million dollars, which it will pay out to the first three people or teams who can provide a remote jailbreak for the latest version of Apple's mobile software. "Apple iOS, like all operating system, is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities, however due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple's iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS. But don't be fooled, secure does not... Read more...
Apple hasn’t exactly started Monday off on a high note. Earlier today, we reported that Apple acknowledged that a rogue copy of Xcode was responsible for littering its impenetrable iOS App Store with malware-laced apps. This is a first for Apple and is just the kind of news that the company was looking to avoid as it prepares its biggest hardware launch of the year with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But the company is forging ahead, and is trying to sprinkle a bit of sugar on the bitterness of GhostXcode. Apple announced that iOS 9, which was released to customers on September 16th, has been adopted faster than any other previous iOS release. “iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace... Read more...
After first announcing the operating system in June, Apple is now ready to make iOS 9 available to the masses. Apple switched things up a bit leading up to the official release of iOS 9, allowing the public widespread access to the beta operating system which allowed customers to be on the bleeding edge of Apple’s software releases, while at the same time giving Apple a larger device pool to draw data and feedback from. "With this update, your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features," states Apple’s release notes for iOS 9. "New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side... Read more...
If you know anyone that’s been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a “junk” folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they don’t use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They can’t even be hidden unless you jailbreak — but jailbreaking can have some unwanted consequences if you aren’t careful. In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed, Apple’s Tim Cook was surprisingly open about the wishes of some iOS users to be able to remove these junk apps. Users either want them gone to reclaim whatever little storage space their taking up, or more likely, to end the process of creating a junk folder in the first... Read more...
When it comes to onboard RAM, Android smartphones often come fully stocked. These days, you expect at least 2GB of RAM on all but the most low-end devices. 3GB is common with most flagships, and some recently released Android smartphones come packing 4GB of RAM. However, Apple has always been stingy when it comes to the amount of RAM included on its smartphones (although it could be argued that iOS memory management is a bit better than what's found on Android). The iPhone 5, which was introduced back in 2012, gave us 1GB of RAM — but the iPhone has been stuck at the same 1GB through the releases of the iPhone 5S (2013) and iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus (2014). Apple is now ready to give customers more... Read more...
Who knows when or even if Apple will ever launch its long-planned streaming TV service (the latest buzz is that those plans have been pushed to 2016 due to stalls in negotiations with media companies). In the meantime, the company stays relevant in the streaming space with its Apple TV set-top box, and word on the web is that the next version will sport several upgrades.New hardware is a given. The chassis is likely to look similar to previous versions, though reportedly it will be thinner and a tad wider. Of more interest is the new dedicated remote control that will ship with Apple TV boxes. This larger remote will feature more tactile keys along with touch-based input and support for gestures.... Read more...
There are a lot of new features coming to iOS 9, the latest version of which is currently in the hands of developers in beta form. Some are pretty ho-hum, like more wallpapers (not dynamic ones, mind you, just a collection of static images), but there's one upgrade that has the potential to be awesome, albeit subtle. It's called Wi-Fi Assist.The thing about iPhones, and smartphones in general, is that they're stubborn devices. They'll hook into wireless connections just fine, but if the connection is poor or otherwise appears strong yet isn't working well for whatever reason, if at all, the iPhone will stay connected. It's a 'for better or worse' kind of deal, and at times it can be frustrating.In... Read more...
Hardworking iOS app developers are finally getting a reprieve from busybody app reviewers thanks to a policy update from Apple. Up until this week, users running beta versions of iOS software have been able to leave reviews for apps in the App Store with reckless abandon. It doesn’t take long to see why this has been a problem. Developers that have created apps for an existing, stable platform (i.e., iOS 8) have been penalized by beta testers leaving negative reviews for their apps running on beta versions of the operating system (i.e., iOS 9). It’s common sense that beta testers might experience app irregularities, crashes, and general wonkiness when running beta software, but developers shouldn’t... Read more...
When Apple announced OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June, it promised to make available public betas of both operating systems this summer. True to its word, Apple opened the floodgates today by giving everyday consumers a taste of test versions of both operating systems, which will be released this fall. Apple has offered a public beta of OS X Yosemite last year, but this the first time that the company has offered a wide-scale public beta of its iOS operating system. In order to take advantage of the public betas, you will first need to register via the Apple Beta Software Program website. In the case of the El Capitan beta, Apple suggests backing... Read more...
I was about to throw my arms up in the air and give up on technology when I first heard that Apple expanded its HealthKit app in iOS 9 to track sexual activity. My initial thought was, “Oh great, like I really need Siri telling me ‘You're doing it wrong, she doesn't like that’ or ‘Try pulling her hair for a better response.’” Awkward, right? Thankfully, that's not the sort of thing that will happen (well, not yet anyway). It's actually a lot more useful and less uncomfortable than that. There's a Reproductive Health category that's being added to HealthKit and it contains half a dozen subcategories. They include Basal Body Temperature, Cervical Mucus Quality, Menstruation,... Read more...
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