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Metal in iOS 8: Explained

Metal in iOS 8: Explained

You know it's serious because Apple's Craig Federighi flipped a goat on stage at WWDC when he announced it. Metal. If the name sounds hardcore, it's because it's a hardcore improvement to the way games will be able to perform on iOS 8. Metal represents a much more no-nonsense approach to getting...
iOS 8 SceneKit: Explained

iOS 8 SceneKit: Explained

Games are the single biggest category of products available for download in the App Store, so it's fitting that iOS 8 sees changes designed to help game developers. One of those changes is the addition of SceneKit, a technology first introduced for OS X developers in Mountain Lion in 2012....
Interactive notifications in iOS 8: Explained

Interactive notifications in iOS 8: Explained

With traditional notifications you could be alerted when a message came in, an invitation was sent your way, news was shared with you, etc. but you couldn't do anything about it, not without leaving your current activity to switch apps, take action, and then find your way back. With interactive...
iMore show 407: Curated automation

iMore show 407: Curated automation

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode David Barnard of Contrast joins Rene to talk about the App Store in iOS 8 and what it means for developers, Launch Center Pro, Extensibility, and the Amazon Fire Phone. Support...
QuickType keyboard in iOS 8: Explained

QuickType keyboard in iOS 8: Explained

QuickType is the next generation of iOS virtual keyboard. Originally introduced with the first iPhone in 2007, Apple's approach was revolutionary for its time. But now it's 2014 and the state of the art of keyboards has changed. Prediction has taken the place of correction. So, with iOS 8, Apple...
Continuity in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Continuity in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Continuity is a new feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac to remain true to their form-factors while still working seamlessly together. Continuity includes a new, cross-compatible AirDrop, a new Instant Hotspot for effortless tethering, Handoff to pass app...
AirDrop and Instant Hotspot in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

AirDrop and Instant Hotspot in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

While perhaps not as new and sexy as Handoff, making or taking calls, or sending and receiving SMS/MMS, the final two Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will absolutely make life easier for anyone with an iPhone and/or iPad and Mac. And that's the new, cross-compatible AirDrop and the...
How to tell if your Mac has Bluetooth 4.0 (BT LE)

How to tell if your Mac has Bluetooth 4.0 (BT LE)

Some features coming to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are dependent on Bluetooth 4.0. Does your Mac have what it takes? There are a lot of cool features coming to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite this fall. One of the most hotly anticipated is Handoff, which enables you to pick up where you left off in an...
Sending and receiving SMS/MMS on iOS 8 for iPad and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Sending and receiving SMS/MMS on iOS 8 for iPad and OS X Yosemite: Explained

In addition to app and web Handoff in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Apple's new Continuity features include cross-compatible AirDrop, easy tethering, the ability to make and take iPhone calls on iPad and Mac, and the ability to send and receive SMS and MMS from all your green-bubble friends from all...
iOS 8 beta 2

iOS 8 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad now available for developers!

Beta 2 for iOS 8 has been released through Apple's Dev Center or through on-device updating. There are a bunch of new features included in iOS 8, and developers rely on these betas to make sure their apps are good to go for when iOS 8 goes live for the general populace this fall. The first beta...
Making and receiving phone calls on iOS 8 for iPad and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Making and receiving phone calls on iOS 8 for iPad and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Continuity is one of the most important features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite and one of the most important features in Continuity is call answering. Sure, Handoff is great, as is cross-compatible AirDrop and Instant Hotspot, and keeping in touch with our green bubbled SMS/MMS friends and...
iMore show 406: iOS 8 + Yosemite Q&A

iMore show 406: iOS 8 + Yosemite Q&A

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode Rene and Peter talk iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite one week later and answer your questions about Handoff, Extensibility, iCloud Keychain, Spotlight, Bing, and much, much more! Support...
Writing to the Metal (API)

Writing to the Metal (API)

Metal — throw the horns! — is iOS's new low-overhead, high-performance API for writing to the Apple A7 graphics processing unit (GPU). But given Apple's other graphical tools, from SpriteKit to SceneKit, where does Metal fit in, and what does it mean for developers and for the future of apps and...
Apple improves app discovery in the App Store with new 'Browse by category' option

Apple improves app discovery in the App Store with new 'Browse by category' option

For as long as the App Store has existed, Apple has been looking for ways to improve app discovery. Over the years there has been several improvements and it's come time for yet another. As announced on Twitter yesterday but seemingly only rolled out to the majority of users today, Apple has...
Top 5 tips to speed up an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s running iOS 7

Top 5 tips to speed up an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s running iOS 7

The iPhone 4 was a huge feat in engineering for its time on both a software and hardware level. However, several years later, the iPhone 4, and even the iPhone 4s, just don't run newer software the way they used to. For many people, iOS 7 really caused the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s to show their age...
Apple Maps in iOS 8: Explained

Apple Maps in iOS 8: Explained

There were a lot of hopes and rumors leading up to WWDC 2014 about improvements and enhancements to Apple's Maps in iOS 8. So now that the keynote has come and gone and the dust has settled, how are Maps doing and, more importantly, where are they taking us? Previously on Maps... The original...
Iterate 69: WWDC 2014 designer roundtable

Iterate 69: WWDC 2014 designer roundtable

Iterate brings together the best designers and app producers in the business to talk user interface, human interaction, icon design, and user experience from concept to implementation. On this episode Ged Maheux of the Iconfactory, Jared Sinclair of Unread, and Dave Wiskus of Vesper join Marc,...
Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Handoff is a major element of Apple's "integration" theme, and of the new Continuity feature set for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which also includes cross-compatible AirDrop, iPhone call and SMS handling on the iPad and Mac, and the new, much easier to connect, tethering service. Rather than trying...
TouchPal shows off its keyboard for iOS 8

TouchPal keyboard will swipe itself onto iOS 8 this fall

After Apple had announced that it would be opening up iOS 8 to third-party keyboards, TouchPal will be the latest to port its Android keyboard to Apple's mobile platform in a bid to offer consumers a different, and hopefully better, keyboard alternative. TouchPal joins a list of third-parties...
Timing

Timing

Timing is the difference between hitting and missing. Winning and losing. In technology, timing is the difference between products that dent universes and those that languish in return bins. Between features that change lives and those that merely check boxes. Timing requires enormous amounts of...

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