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Can't delete songs in the Music app on your iPhone and iPad? Here's the fix!

Can't delete songs in the Music app on your iPhone and iPad? Here's the fix!

The Music app in iOS 7 didn't just come with an all new design, it came with an all new bug that's giving some of us trouble with deleting songs. What's supposed to happen is that you swipe a song, it brings up the delete button, and with a tap the song is gone. Unfortunately, for iTunes in the...
Dynamic affordance: Can the iOS 8 interface be made smarter?

Dynamic affordance: Can the iOS 8 interface be made smarter?

Depending on who you are and how you feel, iOS 7 either took the training wheels off to fully embrace digital design, or it removed so much interface as to crush usability. Both are true. iOS is used by a wide range of people, from the digital and mobile immigrant — those who grew up reading...
Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Critics against "flattening" OS X say it takes iOSification a step too far. But does it? There's been some talk about OS X 10.10 code-named "Syrah," getting a "flatter" look. System icons would edge more towards how they look in iOS 7, losing some of their three-dimensional quality, and certain...
Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple has updated their iOS version distribution, and it’s looking solid as ever. Six months after its launch, iOS 7 is on 87% of iPhones and iPads, while iOS 6 has 11% share, and 2% of users are running anything earlier. This is in stark contrast to Android’s latest version, KitKat 4.4, which...
Multipeer, meshed networks, and why risk managers will love them

Multipeer, meshed networks, and why risk managers will love them

Apple's gotten a lot of attention recently for iOS 7's multipeer networking frameworks. I covered them briefly in my enterprise and education overview back in September 2013 when iOS 7 first launched but they're worth a closer look. Multipeer networking makes use of Bluetooth, Infrastructure Wi-...
Iterate 65: iOS 7 redux, wearables, and everywhereables!

Iterate 65: iOS 7 redux, wearables, and everywhereables!

Live from Macworld|iWorld 2014, Rene talks to Brad Ellis, Jessie Char, and Louie Mantia of Pacific Helm, Clarko of FitBit, and Sebastiaan de With of DoubleTwist about iOS 7 six months later, and interfaces on wearables and everywhereables. Subscribe in iTunes...
iOS 7.1 review

iOS 7.1 review

It's trite. It's cliché. But it's what a lot of people are going to say. iOS 7.1 is what iOS 7 should have been. Given that iOS 7 enjoyed less development time than any previous version — 10 months instead of the usual 12, or the 15 afforded iOS 5 — it's certainly understandable. Given that it's...
How to fix iPhone and iPad battery life problems!

How to fix iPhone and iPad battery life problems!

iOS 7.1 is here and it fixes a ton of problems but, as with every update, it's also had an impact on some people's battery life. Whether it's from a restore gone bad or new features overloaded for the first time, some people just aren't getting the same charge out of their iPhone or iPad as...
iOS 7.1 lets you take some of the magic — and all the motion sickness! — out of your iPhone and iPad

iOS 7.1 lets you take some of the magic — and all the motion sickness! — out of your iPhone and iPad

iOS 7.1 goes a long way towards "fixing" the usability problems some people experienced with the original version of iOS 7 — not by taking a step back but by taking a step diagonally. Apple has always led the industry when it comes to accessibility. With iOS 7, however, the added improvements...
iPhone 4 owners: Has iOS 7.1 improved performance?

iPhone 4 owners: Has iOS 7.1 improved performance?

Has iOS 7.1 improved performance on your iPhone 4? One of the features Apple lists for the just-released iOS 7.1 software update is "Improved performance for iPhone 4". That's great since previously performance on the was bad enough it had many people desperate to downgrade. That's nothing new...
How to tell if the shift key is lower case, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK in iOS 7.1

How to tell if the shift key is lower case, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK in iOS 7.1

One of the more subtle yet potentially frustrating changes in iOS 7.1 is how the state of the shift key is displayed. Not only isn't it intuitively obvious which state the shift key is in — lowercase, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK — but it can be downright counter-intuitive to the point that you find...
How to install iOS over USB using iTunes

How to install iOS over USB using iTunes

While it's much faster and easier to install iOS updates using the on-device Software Update feature if you backup using iTunes or simply have problems doing an over-the-air install, you can also update using iTunes. How to update iOS using iTunes and a USB cable Back up your device to either...
How to update iOS over-the-air using Software Update

How to update iOS over-the-air using Software Update

When a new version of iOS arrives, the quickest, easiest way to update on-device and over-the-air (OTA) using the Software Update built into Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You need to be on Wi-Fi, be plugged in or have more than half your battery life remaining, and you need...
iOS 7 game controller support remains a promise unfulfilled: A gamer's lament

iOS 7 game controller support remains a promise unfulfilled: A gamer's lament

Boy, MFi game controller support on iOS 7 hasn't worked out the way I hoped it would. Right now, it's a mess. When Apple announced MFi controller support in iOS 7 at WWDC last June, I got excited. The iPhone and iPad are tremendously powerful devices and there are lots of great games, but not...
Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps

Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps

Apple has added a new Design Guides and Resources section to their developer center. It includes videos and documentation on user interface design for apps and games, overviews of what's new in iOS 7, best practices, a look at how iPhoto was designed, Apple's famed Human Interface Guidelines (...
iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for iPhone and iPad released, go get your bug fixes! [Update: Apple TV too!]

iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for iPhone and iPad released, go get your bug fixes! [Update: Apple TV too!]

Apple on Friday released iOS 7 version 7.0.6 and iOS 6 version 6.1.6. Both are no available as over-the-air (OTA) downloads. Apple describes the 7.0.6 update thus: "This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification." Update 1: Apple has posted the security update contents...
Improve your iPhone's bedside manner with this quick Do Not Disturb tip

Improve your iPhone's bedside manner with this quick Do Not Disturb tip

Two weeks ago I wrote a ranty editorial on iMore in regards to the areas where I personally find the iPhone's features are lacking while I'm in bed catching zzzzz's. If you missed it, it's worth reading. It got a huge response and sparked an amazing community discussion. And I'm extremely glad I...
iOS 7.0.5 is here... but only for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China?!

iOS 7.0.5 is here... but only for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China?!

Apple has released iOS 7.0.5, a minor point release aimed at fixing iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c network provisioning in China. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any bug fixes or performance and stability fixes for anyone else in there, which is kinda maddening. Because, re-springs. Update: iOS 7...
iOS in the Car discovered buried in iOS 7.0.3, shown off on video

iOS in the Car discovered buried in iOS 7.0.3, shown off on video

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith did some digging into the currently shipping version of iOS, iOS 7.0.3 — not a beta! — and found iOS in the Car, something Apple announced back at WWDC 2013 in June but isn't shipping until laster this year. He notes in the YouTube description: Supports...
iOS 7 adoption rate ticks up to 80%

Apple claims iOS 7 is the most popular operating system in the world!

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that the adoption rate for iOS 7 has ticked up a couple of points since the end of December, now standing at 80%. iOS 6 is installed on 17% of iOS devices, while iOS 5 and earlier is installed on 3%, according to the Apple Developer Portal. That compares to...

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