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iOS 8 release date set as September 17

iOS 8 release date set as September 17

We learned at today's iPhone 6 event that iOS 8 will be a free update available on September 17 for the iPhone 4s, and everything launched since then. If you're curious to hear what's new, dig into our massive series on iOS 8: Explained.
iPhone 6 event liveblog! (Replay)

iPhone 6 event liveblog! (Replay)

We're live at Apple's 2014 iPhone event where we expect to see the iPhone 6 announced, iOS 8 go gold master, and the iWatch get teased. The event starts at 10am PT/1pm ET. You can watch it live at apple.com/live but you'll want to keep this page open beside it so you don't miss a moment of our...
onenote

Microsoft said to be adding share extension support to OneNote for iOS 8

It looks like Microsoft could support share extensions in its OneNote app after the release of iOS 8. The extension would allow users to save websites, attachments, and more to their OneNote notebook using the standard iOS share sheet. An apparently leaked Microsoft video details the extension,...
Apple CarPlay

Hands-on with Apple CarPlay from Pioneer: Same great experience without a new car

Apple CarPlay has been a real thing for a while now, though we're not yet seeing it actually out on the roads – incredibly expensive Ferraris not withstanding. Of course, for those of us who want the experience without buying a new vehicle, third party units are what we'll be looking at. Like...
iPhone 6 mockup

5.5-inch iPhone could offer iPad-like interfaces in landscape mode

It looks like the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will offer landscape mode, with a two-column user interface similar to that of the iPad. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith tweaked the resolution of the iOS simulator to 736 points x 414 points, going by the assumption that the new iPhone...
Manual camera controls in iOS 8: Explained

Manual camera controls in iOS 8: Explained

While the Camera app in iOS 8 is only getting a few new features, the Camera application programming interfaces (API) — what developers use to make App Store camera apps — is getting the most significant update in the history of the platform, including and especially manual controls for focus,...
Apple releases TestFlight beta testing app for iOS 8 devices

Apple releases TestFlight beta testing app for iOS 8 devices

Apple has released its TestFlight app on the App Store, but only for iOS 8 devices. TestFlight is Apple's new beta testing service, and allows developers to have more beta testers than was previously possible. The app lets testers manage the beta apps that they have installed on your device,...
Adaptive UI in iOS 8: Explained

Adaptive UI in iOS 8: Explained

Gone are the early days of the App Store where there was just one iPhone for developers to target. Now there are original and widescreen iPhones, iPhone and iPads, in portrait or landscape, with standard and Retina displays. What are pixel-perfect developers and designers to do? According to...
Apple updates developer guidelines for iOS 8 apps, disallows HealthKit data on iCloud, IAP for Extensions

Apple updates developer guidelines for iOS 8 apps, disallows HealthKit data on iCloud, IAP for Extensions

To help developers get through the iOS 8 app approval process, and to help protect customers from any misuse, accidental or intentional, Apple has updated their App Store Review Guidelines to cover Extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit, Test Flight, and more. The update includes a restriction against...
Minuum lifts the veil on their resizing keyboard for iOS 8

Minuum lifts the veil on their resizing keyboard for iOS 8

Minuum has previewed their upcoming keybaord for iOS 8. The Minuum's keyboard is built around a powerful autocorrect and has its own predictive text interface. But the most notable feature of the keyboard is its ability to resize. Minuum can be completely condensed, bringing all letters into...
HomeKit in iOS 8: Explained

HomeKit in iOS 8: Explained

HomeKit is the name for Apple's home automation framework for developers. With HomeKit, our iPhones and iPads will have a rational way to configure, communicate with, and control "the internet of things" around us, including connected lights, speakers, security systems, appliances, and more. Both...
Touch ID in iOS 8: Explained

Touch ID in iOS 8: Explained

Touch ID is the name of Apple's personal fingerprint identity sensor. It's what currently lets you authenticate yourself to unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize iTunes and App Store purchases on your account. With iOS 8, Apple is making an application programming interface (API) available to...
Health in iOS 8: Explained

Health in iOS 8: Explained

Health is the name for a new, built-in Apple app coming with iOS 8. It serves as both a repository for all the health-related data accumulated by your iPhone, your apps, and your accessories, and a dashboard to help you make better, more visual sense of it — a front-end for your quantified life....
Spotlight in iOS 8: Explained

Spotlight in iOS 8: Explained

Spotlight is the name of Apple's system-wide search feature on both the Mac and iOS. With iOS 8, Spotlight is getting some new smarts, including location and context awareness, so it can help you find not only what you're looking for on your iPhone or iPad, but on the web as well. But how does...
Big Nerd Ranch hits the road this fall with iOS 8 and Swift

Big Nerd Ranch hits the road this fall to teach iOS 8 and Swift

App development education group Big Nerd Ranch has announced a roadshow for Swift and iOS 8. Coming this fall, the eight-city show will offer advanced classes for both Swift and iOS 8 to experienced iOS developers. These will be one-day courses, and developers can sign up for either or both. They...
Photos in iOS 8: Explained

Photos in iOS 8: Explained

The built-in Photos got its makeover last year as part of Apple's overall iOS 7 mobile redesign. This year iOS 8 is bringing Photos a much-needed functionality boost. In addition to new sharing and filter extensions, Photos is also getting a new sync solution courtesy of iCloud Photo Library, as...
'iPhone slow' explained: The truth about iOS updates

'iPhone slow' explained: The truth about iOS updates

The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets sensationalized. Most recently some research into correlation vs. causation in big data analytics and how it shouldn't be misinterpreted was — wait for it —...
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Apple reportedly looking for more partners for its HealthKit effort

A new report claims that Apple is in talks with a number of major medical and health organization to have them support their HealthKit efforts that were announced last June as part of the upcoming iOS 8. Reuters reports, via unnamed sources, that Apple has has talks with Mount Sinai, the...
1Password for iOS now on sale, iOS 8 update to be free for existing users

1Password for iOS now on sale, iOS 8 update to be free for existing users

Over the course of the its existence, 1Password has gone on sale many times at various different price points and once again, AgileBits has reduced the price. This time around, you can grab 1Password for iOS for only $9.99, which is grand total of 40% off the original price. In addition to the...
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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