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Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

iOS 8 will feature some important updates for Siri. This includes some hands-free functionality, the rumored Shazam functionality, and streaming voice recognition. When you plug Siri in, in your car, for instance, you will be able to activate Siri simply by saying "Hey Siri". Additionally, the...
Apple announces new enterprise features in iOS 8

Apple announces new enterprise features in iOS 8

Apple has announced new enterprise features as part of iOS 8. These include more powerful S/MIME features, VIP threads, and much more. Enterprise is a very important area for Apple, with 98% of Fortune 500 companies using iOS devices. iOS 8 will feature per-message S/MIME, VIP threads with...
iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

As part of the announcement of iOS 8 today at WWDC, Apple unveiled and redesigned Spotlight for iOS. Spotlight now features suggestions, just like on Yosemite. Spotlight will now show you more when you search. You will see things like apps from the App Store that you don't already have,...
iOS 8

Apple officially announces iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Looks like those banners were right! On stage at the WWDC 2014 keynote Apple has officially revealed the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8. Some of the highlights include: Over 800 million iOS devices sold AirDrop and Handoff tie together sharing between OS X and iOS Your...
WWDC Flashback 2013: iOS 7, Mavericks, new Mac Pro and more

WWDC Flashback 2013: iOS 7, Mavericks, new Mac Pro and more

As we head towards WWDC 2014 we thought it would be fun to look back at Apple World Wide Developer Conferences past, what they introduced, and what impact they made. Today let's take a look at WWDC 2013, where Apple introduced iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, new MacBook Airs, new Time Machines and the...
Should modern web browsers show the URL or just the site name? [Poll]

Should modern web browsers show the URL or just the site name? [Poll]

Should web browsers stop showing URLs? A recent Canary build of Google Chrome replaced the uniform resource locator (URL) of websites with the domain name of the website. So, for example, instead of www.imore.com/should-modern-web-browsers-show-url-or-just-site-name it would only give you imore....
Apple is aware of iOS 7 mail attachment bug, working on a fix

Apple is aware of iOS 7 mail attachment bug, working on a fix

A bug has been discovered in iOS 7 that causes email attachments to not be encrypted. Before anyone panics, however, in order for an attacker to exploit the bug they'd need to a) steal your device and, b) brute force or jailbreak-bypass the passcode or password, which c) currently means there's...
iOS 8 wants: Files.app + DocumentPicker, because file handling on iPhone and iPad has hit a brick wall

iOS 8 wants: Files.app + DocumentPicker, because file handling on iPhone and iPad has hit a brick wall

I deeply, truly, desperately want Apple to add a Files app and DocumentPicker controller to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 8. I've wanted it going on 4 years, and every year more than the last. It is, in my very humble opinion, one of the biggest, most frustrating holes remaining on Apple's mobile...
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...
Early iPhone engineer shares stories of Safari's move to mobile

Early iPhone engineer shares stories of Safari's move to mobile

What was it like moving Apple's Safari web browser from the Mac to the original iPhone? More interestingly, what was it like doing it under the attention of Steve Jobs? Former Apple engineer Francisco Tolmasky, one of the team members who helped do just that, spoke with Brian X. Chen about it as...
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...
Yahoo search on iPhone

Yahoo really really wants to be the default search engine for iPhones and iPads

Fire up Safari on your iPhone or iPad today and you'll most likely find Google as the default search engine — but if Yahoo has their way that might change. Users have the option to change from Google to other search providers such as Bing or Yahoo, but Google's had the default spot locked down...
Apple Maps

Why Apple Maps lead me to a meltdown in Central London

There are rumors that iOS 8 will be addressing a lot of lingering concerns over the reliability and usefulness of Apple's Maps. I very much hope so. Because I bring to you this Monday a tale of woe. A tale of using Apple Maps navigation, Central London and lots and lots of swearing. This is the...
Cortana v Siri

Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
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...
Battery life

iOS 7.1 battery life the same or worse than before say iMore readers

A week ago we ran a reader poll asking about your iOS 7.1 battery life, and we've had some interesting results. A full week after the update came out, we'd all had a decent amount of time to discharge and recharge our iPhone and iPad batteries and get a better feel for whether or not anything had...
iOS 7.1

Damn near 75% of iMore readers updated to iOS 7.1 in just 2 days!

When iOS 7.1 dropped last week, we ran a quick poll to capture the approach of the iMore readership to snagging the update. Turns out there was an overwhelming result showing that a whopping 74% of you jumped on iOS 7.1 as soon as it dropped! There are several different thought processes when...

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