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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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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....

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