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On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

One of the new iOS 9 features Apple announced for the iPad was "trackpad mode". Place two fingers down on the QuickType keyboard and it transformed into a trackpad allowing for highly accurate cursor placement and better control for text editing. It would be terrific to have the same feature on...
On iOS 9, El Capitan, bugs, and app compatibility (or, please don't be a jerk)

On iOS 9, El Capitan, bugs, and app compatibility (or, please don't be a jerk)

With beta software comes beta responsibility iOS 9 for iPhone and iPad, and OS X El Capitan have just gone into public beta. And that means it's time once again to gently remind everyone—including ourselves!—that Wheaton's Law is in full effect. So, what does that means? Betas are not advanced...
What would you change about the Home screen?

What would you change about the Home screen?

The app launcher as home screen dates all the way back to the Newton, but how much further should it go? There's a lot to recommend the iPhone-style Home screen. It's understandable to almost everyone, it's simple and predictable to use, and static icons are highly memorable and locatable. If...
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iOS 8.4.1 beta 2 heads out to developers

iOS 8.4.1 beta 2 heads out to developers

Apple has released the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers. It can be found at Apple's iOS Developer Resource Center, or as an over-the-air download on devices with the previous beta installed. Not much is known about the changes in iOS 8.4.1, though it seems likely that it will fix bugs...
Regarding built-in iOS apps being split out into the App Store

Regarding built-in iOS apps being split out into the App Store

Would there really be any benefit to moving built-in app updates to the App store? The idea of Apple unbundling the built-in apps so they can be split out and updated at any time via the App Store is an old one. There are some merits to the idea but also some drawbacks. In theory, it would allow...
On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

On trackpad mode in iOS 9 and the iPhone

One of the new iOS 9 features Apple announced for the iPad was "trackpad mode". Place two fingers down on the QuickType keyboard and it transformed into a trackpad allowing for highly accurate cursor placement and better control for text editing. It would be terrific to have the same feature on...
iOS 9 bublic beta 2 now available for download

iOS 9 Public Beta 2 now available for download

Apple has released the second public beta version of iOS 9 to members of its Beta Software Program. This release comes hot on the heels of the latest developer beta. Testers with the previous version of the public beta installed on their device can download the new update over-the-air. iOS 9...
Home Sharing for music is back in the latest iOS 9 beta

Home Sharing for music is back in the latest iOS 9 beta

Apple removed Home Sharing for music in iOS 8.4, which was likely a result of licensing deals with record labels following the launch of Apple Music. Eddy Cue confirmed earlier this month that the feature would be coming in iOS 9, and the latest beta version — launched yesterday for develoers —...
This is Tim: Apple's CEO on iPhones, iPods, Apple Music, and Apple Watch

This is Tim: Apple's CEO on iPhones, iPods, Apple Music, and Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the phones today to talk with analysts about Apple's third-quarter results for 2015, along with Apple Watch, iPhone, China, and more. Follow along below with our live-updating transcript of his remarks. Tim's opening remarks Thanks, Nancy. Good afternoon, everyone,...
Apple launches new iOS 9 betas for developers and testers

Fourth iOS 9 beta now available for developers

The fourth beta of iOS 9 is now available to developers. It can be downloaded from Apple's iOS Developer Resource Center, or as an over-the-air update on a device running the previous beta version. iOS 9 will arrive for all users later this year, and bring with it a number of experience...
rocking any of apples public betas this summer? gross! no thanks.

Comic: The Alpha of Betas

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: The Alpha of Betas Read more comics from The Pixel Project.
Alto's Adventure: Tips, tricks, and pointers to get you past the triple backflip and more

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, and its 1.1 update makes it even better. 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,...
iOS 8.4.1 is now available in beta for developers

iOS 8.4.1 is now available in beta for developers

Apple has released a beta version of iOS 8.4.1 to developers. It can be downloaded from Apple's iOS Developer Resource Center right now. No details about what is new in iOS 8.4.1, but it likely contains a number bug fixes and improvements. Apple released iOS 8.4 just about two weeks ago,...

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