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iOS 8 sits at an 83% adoption rate, still lagging behind iOS 7 rate

iOS 8 has an 83% adoption rate currently, and while that number seems great, it still lags behind the iOS 7 adoption rate.

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Can't download iOS 8? Not enough free space? Here's the fix!

iOS 8 brings the biggest functional increase to the iPhone and iPad since... forever. But it also brings the pain of 4GB of storage you need to free up before you can install it.

When you use Software Update to download and install iOS 8, not only do you need the space to store the file, you need the space to stage it while the update takes place. That might not be a problem on a 64GB or 128GB device. On an 8GB or 16GB device, however, it can be maddening. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make downloading and installing iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad much, much easier.

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How to instantly turn your iPhone into a flashlight

If it's dark and you need a flashlight, don't fumble through your cupboards, just reach for your iPhone!

The iPhone is the ultimate modern convergence device, seamlessly combining telephone, music player, and internet communicator all into one. Thanks to Control Center and the LED flash, however, the iPhone is only ever a swipe away from being something more — a flashlight! From kitchen to bedroom to car to studio to server room, your iPhone as a flashlight isn't just convenient, it can be a life-saver.

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Secret Spotlight searches: 9 super-smart suggestions!

Spotlight is Apple's built-in search system.

It started life on the Mac, but Spotlight quickly moved to the iPhone and then iPad as well. Over the years, Spotlight hasn't just gotten more knowledgeable in more areas, but its gotten smarter. Now, with Spotlight Suggestions, it can not only help you find the information already on your device, but it can help you find out about what's happening in the world around.

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How to manually backup your iPhone or iPad to iCloud or iTunes

Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will automatically backup to iCloud once a day, when it's plugged in and on Wi-Fi, or to iTunes when it connected via USB to your Mac or Windows PC. You can, however, trigger a manual backup at any time. Whether you're traveling, upgrading or replacing a device, or installing a new version of iOS, making sure you have a recent backup isn't just important, it's easy!

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What would you change about iTunes Music?

Apple says music is in the company's DNA, but what needs to be in its music offering?

The original iPhone shipped with an iPod app that played the music you synced over via USB from iTunes on the desktop. A half a year later it was joined by the iTunes Store app, and you could buy music directly. Eventually, you could even buy over cellular. Then came iCloud and re-downloads, the short-lived Ping social music network, iTunes Match as a music locker, and iTunes Radio as music stations. Then Apple bought beats, and as a result we didn't hear much about music for a while. Now rumor has it Apple has a new music service on the way for iOS 9, to be previewed perhaps as early as WWDC 2015 on June 8. But what do you want from it?

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Apple said to be taking on Google Now with upcoming service codenamed 'Proactive'

According to new reports, Apple has been working on a service which is codenamed 'Proactive', which would tie Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps together for deeper search results. The feature is said to make its debut in iOS9.

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Transit directions may roll out to a limited selection of cities with iOS 9

Apple is reportedly planning a staged rollout for transit directions in iOS 9, choosing only a handful of cities across North America, Europe, and China in which to debut the feature.

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iOS 9 said to pack support for Force Touch on the iPhone 6s

Apple is said to have built in support for Force Touch interactions into iOS 9, ahead of the reported introduction later this year of the iPhone 6s.

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Stability and security said to be the primary focuses for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

Apple has apparently focused more on stability and security with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, opting to include fewer tentpole features for users.

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