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iMessage in iOS 8: Explained

iMessage in iOS 8: Explained

Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple. Given the enormous demand for instant messaging, and the integration Apple's provided with traditional carrier SMS (simple messaging service) and MMS (multimedia messaging service), that should come as no surprise....
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Apple releases iOS 8 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad to developers

Apple has released IOS 8 beta 5 to app developers today, which contains a number of bug fixes and improvements for the operating system that will likely be officially released for the iPhone and iPad later this fall. The 269 MB download, which can be accessed via the iOS Developer Center, is...
NSFW: Apple, iOS 8 Health, and the Gordian Knot of healthcare bureaucracy

NSFW: Apple, iOS 8 Health, and the Gordian Knot of healthcare bureaucracy

This year I've spent a lot of time in doctor's offices and I see what a giant mess the electronic health records (EHR) industry really is. And I don't think Apple's going to solve the problems facing the American healthcare industry. Apple's telling us that iOS 8's Health feature will give us a...
How to add, remove, and reorder locations in Weather for iPhone

How to add, remove, and reorder locations in Weather for iPhone

The Weather app for iPhone can show you a list of cities along with local times and temperatures. That makes it incredibly easy to glance at wide range of information. In addition to the weather for your current location, you can also add additional locations based on city name, area or zip code...
1Password shows off the convenience of passwords with iOS 8

1Password leverages Touch ID, iOS 8 extensions to make passwords easy

1Password creator Agile Bits is showing off the convenience and security of having passwords in third-party apps while using its software and iOS 8's extensions. Because of the new extensions system in iOS 8, third-party apps can now better communicate with each other along with Apple's...
Document provider extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Document provider extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Document provider extensions in iOS 8 are part of the new Extensibility system and allow the features from Document Picker and associated file handling to go beyond iCloud Drive to encompass enterprise storage and popular online services like DropBox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, and more....
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4, developers grab it now!

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 — developers grab it now!

Beta 4 for iOS 8 has been released to developers. Registered developers can go ahead and grab it directly on their iOS device over-the-air or through the Apple Developer Center. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then select Download & Install to...
iCloud Drive and Document Picker for iOS 8: Explained

iCloud Drive and Document Picker for iOS 8: Explained

iCloud Drive and its associated Document Picker are new features of iOS 8 that allow the app you're using to open files created in a different app, import them, move them, or export them right back out again, all without creating any unnecessary steps or complicated workflows. Everything is also...
Action extensions in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Action extensions in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Action extensions promise to rework your Yosemite workflow by putting your content front and center instead of your apps OS X's Yosemite's new Markup tool is an example of a new class of technology called Action extensions. Action extensions promise to save you time and make you more productive...
Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

iPhones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8's key improvements is more convenient family sharing. This is what it is and how it works. Easier media sharing and better parental control You've been able to share media...
iOS 8 wish-list scorecard: How many came true?

iOS 8 wish-list scorecard: How many came true?

Back before WWDC 2014 I wrote a series of posts detailing some of the things I wished very much to see from Apple in iOS 8. Some of them I'd been wishing for for years. Others I'd only just begun to think about. After the keynote I'd meant to go through and see just how many of my wishes had,...
iTunes Extras are now on Apple TV, coming this fall to iOS 8

iTunes Extras are now on Apple TV, coming this fall to iOS 8

If you have an Apple TV, you can now dive into your iTunes Extras on your biggest screen — and in the not-too-distant-future you'll be able to do that on an iOS 8equipped iPhone or iPad as well. The fun part of the Apple TV getting iTunes Extras is that the feature was remotely enabled a week...
Improving graphics performance on OS X: Is Metal the answer?

Improving graphics performance on OS X: Is Metal the answer?

I've previously discussed Metal in iOS 8 and why it's so important: Because reducing overhead imposed by OpenGL ES means games (and other apps) can run faster and more efficiently on the right iOS hardware. Can the same happen for OS X? Metal and the problem it solves First, let's do a quick...
Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboard extensions, part of iOS 8's new Extensibility feature, allow developers to almost completely replace the default, system-wide iOS keyboard with ones of their own devising. (That's in addition to Apple's own, new QuickType predictive keyboard.) Not only does that include favorites...
Inter-app photo and video editing in iOS 8: Explained

Inter-app photo and video editing in iOS 8: Explained

Photo extensions are part of iOS 8's new Extensibility feature, one of the biggest platform advances since the launch of the App Store. With Photo — and video — extensions, we get the ability to access filters and effects from any app right inside Apple's Photos and Camera apps. So, how does...
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3, developers, go get it!

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3, developers, go get it!

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 3. Registered developers can go ahead and grab it through Apple's Developer Center, or through an over-the-air download. To install beta 3 over the air, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then select Download & Install. How to update iOS...
Apple advises developers that CloudKit data, including iCloud Drive, Photo Library, and Mail Drop will be wiped on July 7

Apple advises developers that CloudKit data, including iCloud Drive, Photo Library, and Mail Drop will be wiped on July 7

Enjoying the betas for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite? Just a heads up that Apple has warned developers that a server-side data wipe will be happening on CloudKit public and private databses. This wipe will take place in three days on July 7. Here's the message going out from Apple: Dear...
Action extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Action extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Share Sheets in iOS have another name behind the scenes — activity view controllers. That's fitting because, in addition to providing sharing options, they also provide for other "activities", like action options. Traditionally, that's been system options such as copy, save, print, etc. However,...
Share extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Share extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Share extensions, part the new Extensibility features in iOS 8,are some of the most important additions to the platform since the launch of the App Store. That's right, sharing isn't just for Apple's own services and partners any more. Now, any app can hook into the system-wide Share Sheets and...
iOS 7.1.2 update freezing on you? There's a reboot fix for that!

iOS 7.1.2 update freezing on you? There's a reboot fix for that!

Apple released the iOS 7.1.2 update earlier today and it seems for some people trying to install via Settings > General > Software Update, things are freezing before they finish. Over-the-air (OTA), on-device updates are typically the easiest, fastest way to update, but freezes are the...

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