iOS 5

Complete review of Apple's iOS 5 software update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 5 software for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

iOS 5, code-named Telluride, was introduced by Apple during the WWDC 2011 keynote on June 6 and shipped on October 21. Tentpole features included Notification Center, Newsstand, Reminders, iMessage, Siri, integration with iCloud, and more. iOS 5.1, code-named Hoodoo, was released on March 7, 2012. The last version, iOS 5.1.1 was released on May 7, 2012.

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iOS 8 review: 3 months later

Three months ago we reviewed iOS 8, arguably the most jam-packed versions of the iPhone and iPad operating system we've seen since the introduction of the App Store back in 2008. Since then we've gotten updates — up to iOS 8.1.2 on the production branch and iOS 8.2 beta 2 on the developer branch. We've gotten bug fixes, performance enhancements, and even more new features. But with the good comes the bad. With new possibilities come new frustrations and with new workflows come new bugs. So, how has it held up? How are we liking iOS 8 now, some three months later?

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App Santa returns to bring you some of the best apps for iOS and Mac for up to 60% off!

App Santa is back! From December 16 to December 26, a number of independent developers have banded together to bring you some of the best apps for iOS and OS X for up to 60% off. From App Santa:

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Continuity: Where it is now, and our hopes and dreams for the future

Continuity is one of the major new features across Apple's new operating systems, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and the one that's best embodied Apple's "integration" theme. It lets you AirDrop just about anything between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It makes hotspots instantly available. It relays your phone calls and SMS/MMS between your iPhone and your iPad or Mac, and back again. And it lets you handoff activity between all of your devices. Yet, for all Continuity does, it's still a version 1.0. That means there are some frustrations, but also a lot of hopes, dreams and wants for the future. Here they are!

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Workflow: Automator-style action for your iPhone and iPad

DeskConnect's Workflow is incredible. It brings a variant of OS X's Automator to the iPhone and iPad, giving mobile users detailed automation workflows for the first time. And it does so in an uncomplicated, easy-to-learn style, with a clean, smart interface. Once you've built a workflow, you can use extensions and Web Clips on your home screen to launch them, no interaction with the main app needed.

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How to get Voice Memos off your iPhone

I use Apple's Voice Memos app for a variety of tasks — recording notes for work; strange foley sounds that might work well for The Incomparable's radio show; or, more recently, short song sketches or covers.

When I want to get those off my iPhone, I've got a few different options: It all depends on what computer I'm using.

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iOS 8.2 beta 2 available now for beta crowd

If you happen to be in the iOS 8 beta program, there's an OTA update for iOS 8.2 beta 2 waiting for you. This update's said to include bug fixes and performance improvements. The previous release of the 8.2 beta was the first to include the WatchKit SDK for building Apple Watch apps.

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The case for a 'Safari view controller' for iOS 9

Web views are an incredibly convenient way to handle in-app browsing. Since they're WebKit, you get the same kind of experience and performance as Safari, but you don't have to send people hurtling out of your app and into Safari simply to show them a link. However, web views can't store cookies, so logins can't persist, and having to login to a web view isn't good from a security perspective anyway. So what's the solution?

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iOS 9 wish-list: VIP for Contacts, not just Mail

Mail's VIP feature is great. I can "star" the people most important to me, thus enabling sound and Lock screen notifications solely for them. It's a great way to make sure I'm alerted when I get email that matters, and avoid being interrupted when it doesn't. My problem? VIP currently only exists as a feature in the Mail app. There's no way to do the same for Messages or any other communication app I have installed.

I'd love to see VIP moved from Mail's settings to Contacts proper, so that I can make sure the people who are literally "very important" get through more easily, no matter how they choose to communicate with me. And it'd be great if it happened with iOS 9.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.2

Apple has released a new iOS 8 to the public, this time iOS 8.1.2. The update is available for download over the air on your device or through iTunes. This update is supposed to correct an issue that may have caused ringtones purchased through iTunes to be removed from devices.

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Transmit update removes uploading to iCloud at Apple's request

Transmit, the popular cloud storage management app for iOS scored an update today, but that isn't the big news. Along with bug fixes, Panic, the developers behind Transmit, had to remove the app's ability to send files to other services, including iCloud, because of a conflict with Apple's guidelines.

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