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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...
Location permissions in iOS 8: Explained

Location permissions in iOS 8: Explained

Every day our iPhones and iPads become a little more integrated in our lives. Every day they learn a little more about us and become more capable than they were before. And every day many of us make a choice to hand over more information about ourselves in exchange for features and convenience....
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2

Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with fixes and improvements

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2. This update contains bug fixes and security updates. These include an update to iBeacon connectivity and stability, data transfers for 3rd party accessories, and data protection class issues with Mail attatchments. Users can download iOS 7.1.2 over the air by...
Widgets in iOS 8: Explained

Widgets in iOS 8: Explained

Widgets are part of Extensibility, one of the biggest new features in iOS 8, and one of the most important, most enabling new technologies to come to the iPhone and iPad since the launch of the App Store. With Today view extensions, any app can present a widget that displays information and...
Apple kicks Aperture (and iPhoto) to the curb; are we ready for Photos?

Apple kicks Aperture (and iPhoto) to the curb; are we ready for Photos?

Apple's plan to kill Aperture (and iPhoto) for Photos will cost it goodwill with Mac-using photography pros During the WWDC 2014 keynote presentation Apple showed off a new app for OS X Yosemite currently in development called Photos. It won't be out until 2015, but it looks like it's going to...
Carplay

Audi confirmed as latest CarPlay partner for 2015 launch

Audi has confirmed it will be adding support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle technology to some of its models, with plans for a launch sometime in 2015. Audi says that the addition of CarPlay will happen thanks to "intensive dialog between the Audi development lab in Silicon Valley and Apple" and...
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...
SceneKit in iOS 8: Explained

SceneKit in iOS 8: 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...

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