iPhone OS 1.0

History of the App Store: Year Zero

Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone OS 1.0 software for iPhone and iPod touch

iPhone OS 1.0, originally simply called OS X and code-named Alpine, was previewed alongside the original iPhone in January of 2007 and shipped on June 29, 2007. Key features included its capacitive multitouch interface, a mobile version of the Safari web browser, seamless multitasking between built-in apps, full HTML mail, an iPad-branded and compatible music player, and more. iPhone OS 1.1, code-named Little Bear, shipped alongside the original iPod touch on September 14, 2013, and included the iTunes Store app, and was made available to the iPhone on September 27. iPhone OS 1.1.1, code-named Snowbird, shipped on January 15, 2008, and included a bevy of new features like the full suite of built-in apps for the iPod touch, web clips, location services, and more.

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iOS 8 now installed on 60 percent of devices

Apple has announced that its iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad now is installed on 60 percent of devices as of November 24. With the latest numbers, iOS 7 is installed on 35 percent of devices while prior iOS versions are on 5 percent of devices.

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Fantastical, Chatology get deep price cuts through the new year

There are sure to be tons of apps on sale as we approach black friday, but Flexibits is doing one better and slashing the prices of its apps through the new year. Starting today, you can pick up Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac for much cheaper than its normal going rate. Also in tow is a deep price cut for Flexibits' message searching app, Chatology.

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How to let others add photos to your shared Photo Streams

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you easily share photos with other iPhone and iPad owners in what's called a shared Photo Stream. Once you create the stream and they join it, they can view, comment, and like any photos you add. And, if you like, you can even let other people add photos to your shared Photo Stream. It's great for family and friends, for vacations, and for sharing pictures of the kids.

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Apple Pay adds Commerce Bank MasterCard support

The Apple Pay system has quietly added another US bank to its list of supported institutions. Commerce Bank, which has branches in a number of states, mostly in the Midwest, is now listed on Apple's support site, but just for its MasterCard.

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Apple Pay TV ads from Chase will start airing today featuring pop band Bleachers

Chase is debuting their first commercial featuring Apple Pay. The ad stars indie band Bleachers, and features the group going through the day before a show, doing things like getting a haircut, eating a meal, and more, and paying for all of it with their Chase cards through Apple Pay. Apple had final say over the content of the ad, though Chase said that Apple was easy to work with.

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Automated iAd sales begin with a trio of partners

Apple's official expanding the breadth of iAd ad system for iPhone and iPad by partnering with three established advertising firms: Rubicon Project, MediaMath, and AdRoll. The first actually posted the news two days ago, and now we're learning more about the full extent of the collaboration that will bring more advertisers into the iAd fold, possibly helping boost revenues for both developers using Apple's advertising platform and for Apple themselves.

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How to set up and use Reading Lists in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Reading Lists is Apple's own take on a read-it-later service. Built right into the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad, Reading Lists let you save any articles you stumble across while browsing the web so you can go back and read them at your convenience. Because Reading Lists sync via [iCloud], that can be on the go with your iPhone, lounging at home on your iPad, or while you're enjoying a coffee at your Mac. Since Safari Reading List can save stories from almost any site, it's also perfect for recipes, funny articles, and anything else you want to remember to share later.

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What you need to know about WatchKit

Time to break out the big ideas for watch-based computing: WatchKit, Apple's software development kit for creating apps for the Apple Watch, has arrived.

You'll need an iOS developer account to start developing with WatchKit and dive into the nitty-gritty technical details, but if you're merely curious as to what WatchKit will let your favorite developers create, Apple was kind enough to publish a few informational guidelines and a 28-minute video in the public-facing area of their developer center.

If 28-minute videos aren't your jam, however, here's what you need to know about WatchKit — along with a few hints we picked up about the impending Apple Watch.

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iOS 8.2 beta SDK, WatchKit beta SDK mean you can start making Apple Watch apps

Starting today developers can start making their own apps for the upcoming Apple Watch, well before it's expected to go on sale. Apple today announced the availability of the first version of their WatchKit dev tools as part of the iOS 8.2 developer SDK release.

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How Apple keeps your Handoff data private and secure

Handoff is part of Continuity, which is designed to make iPhones, iPads, and Macs work together more quickly, easily, and seamlessly than ever before. Rather than putting the same interface across all their devices, or making the web the center of the universe, Handoff is keeping things personal. Devices have to be logged into your Apple ID. You have to be within Bluetooth Low Energy (BT LE) proximity. And instead of automatically pushing your data out, Handoff waits for you to elect to use it. That all makes it private, but what makes it secure?

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