iOS

Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Yell "Hey, Siri!" on podcast — or out loud at an event — and you'll get dozens of complaints from people whose phones suddenly went into voice mode.

That might sound like an edge-case for Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, but here's something more common — a family charging station with several iPhones devices plugged in. How do you target yours and yours alone? How do you make sure only your voice can activate Siri on your iPhone or iPad? On your Apple Watch? In your car or around your house?

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iOS 8 adoption rate now stands at 77%

Apple's latest App Store distribution numbers show that iOS 8 has now been installed on 77% of all compatible devices as of March 16, 2015.

iOS 7 now stands at 20%, with all the older versions claiming a total of 3% of installs.

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Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

These days, simple passwords aren't good enough to secure your data. Hackers are too good, and security systems flawed. Longer complicated passwords created by generators like 1Password and Safari's iCloud Keychain can help, but the best way to lock down your accounts is to add extra authentication options.

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What would you change about Notification Center?

Notification Center is a way to collect all your widgets and alerts all in one place.

Since its debut in iOS 5, Apple has included first-party widgets, removed them, then added support for third-party widgets. Apple has added a missed tab and then taken it away. Apple has added predictive widgets — Notification Center can now tell you how long it will take to get to your next likely destination — but they haven't expanded on the concept. Apple also added Control Center to iOS 7. Instead of bundling toggles sliders, buttons, and shortcuts into the top-down Notification Center, they created a new, separate bottom-up drawer instead.

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iOS 8.3 beta now on AppleSeed, appears to be invitation only

Apple has started sending out email invitations to some members of the AppleSeed program, inviting them to beta test iOS 8.3.

Based on the contents of the email — some of us here received it — it looks like Apple is not doing a full-on public beta like they did for OS X Yosemite, but are instead inviting a subset of Apple Seed members to participate in the iOS 8.3 beta. In other words, not every Apple Seed member appears to be getting invited, so you shouldn't join AppleSeed expecting to get an iOS 8.3 invitation.

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Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode 6.3

Apple has released the third beta for iOS 8.3 for developers. Registered developers can grab the beta from Apple's Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update to any device with the previous beta installed.

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How to turn off your iPhone if your Lock button doesn't work

If your iPhone's sleep/wake button stops working, here's how to power it down with AssistiveTouch!

The iPhone only has two main buttons, the Lock (sleep/wake) button, and the Home button. Day in and day out we use these two buttons constantly. So what happens if one of them fails? In this case, a reader asked how they can completely power down their iPhone if their Lock button has stopped working. AssistiveTouch doesn't make it very obvious, but you actually can power down your iPhone with it. Follow along and I'll show you how!

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums, no registration required, or send me an email at ioshelp@imore.com

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support and several improvements

Apple has released iOS 8.2 to the public. The second major update to iOS 8 is available to customers over the air right now, and should soon be available to customers through iTunes.

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Alto's Adventure: Tips, tricks, and pointers to get you past the triple backflip and more

Alto's Adventure is an addictive, delightful endless runner. Here's how to master it.

As anyone who follows me on Twitter can attest, I've become a teensy bit obsessed with Alto's Adventure. The endlessly-charming endless runner combines llamas, snowboarding tricks, beautiful landscapes, and devilishly hard goals to keep you coming back time and time again. I've spent the last week mastering Alto's twisting slopes and precipitous chasms, and here are my top tips for acing each one of those 60 levels and beating your friends' high scores.

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Udacity opens enrollment for first iOS developer Nanodegree, focusing on Swift

Udacity, the online "university by industry" born out of a Stanford project, has rolled out their first "Nanodegree" program for learning iOS development — and it's focused on Swift. Why Swift?

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