iPhone OS 2.0

App Store Year One: Shocking successes, game-changers, and unpredictable pain

Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone OS 2.0 software for iPhone and iPod touch

iPhone OS 2.0, code-named Big Bear, was previewed in April of 2008 and released on July 11, 2009. Tentpole features included Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and other enterprise feature support, integration with MobileMe - since replaced with iCloud - and most importantly, the App Store. iOS 2.1, code-named Sugarbowl, shipped on September 9, 2008 for the iPod touch, and September 12, 2008 for the iPhone. iPhone OS 2.2, code-named Timberline, shipped on November 21, 2008. The final version, iPhone OS 2.2.1 shipped on January 27, 2009.

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iOS 8.1.3 is here! Fixes Spotlight, takes less space to install, and more bugs squashed!

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone and iPad devices. The over-the-air update has a number of fixes and improvements, including one that should cut down on the amount of storage needed for future software updates.

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Comics: The Guardians of the Stylii

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. This week: The Guardians of the Stylii.

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Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift course from Stanford now live on iTunes U

Stanford has just launched their new iOS 8 course on iTunes U and this year it's focused on Apple's brand new programming language, Swift. Taught by professor Paul Hegarty, two sessions and accompanying slides are online — Logistics, iOS 8 Overview; and More Xcode and Swift, MVC.

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Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

According to Apple, as of January 19, 2015, 69% of devices — iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch — currently accessing the App Store are running iOS 8. That leaves 28% still running iOS 7, and 3% running iOS 6 or earlier.

The iPhone 4, originally released in 2010, is the only device capable of running iOS 7 that can't be updated to iOS 8. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 all shipped with iOS 8.

Everything else, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini 2, can be updated to iOS 8. It's reasonable to assume some portion of that 28% is comprised of iPhone 4. Tens of millions were sold between 2010 and 2014 and many are likely still in use. How many is impossible to say.

Presuming you're not using an iPhone 4 or older device, however, and your device is capable of running iOS 8, and you haven't updated yet, what are you still waiting for?

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Here's why Apple might make a stylus for the iPad

There's been a lot of talk lately about styluses — specifically, an Apple-branded stylus pen that might ship alongside the rumored iPad Pro.

As an artist, frequent note-taker, and all-around scribbler, I've wanted a Wacom-esque pressure-sensitive stylus since the iPad's release. I wrote about iPad styluses time and time again as we saw creative developers try and build around the iPad's hardware limitations. I've looked longingly over at Wacom's half-baked tablet solutions. And I haven't been happy.

Could Apple make an iPad stylus that actually fulfilled my wants — and those of other artists — for a tablet next year? It could. But would it want to? This year, quite possibly.

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Apple and the pain of platform transitions

The stability of Apple's platforms has been the subject of a lot of debate recently. Whether you agree with it or not, there's a growing sentiment that the quality of Apple's software has gone downhill in recent years, and that some form of "Snow Leopard moment" is needed to get it back on track.

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Secret Safari shortcuts: Ten gestures to speed up your iPhone browsing!

Safari for iPhone spun out of Safari for Mac and was one of the very first fully functional web browsers ever to hit mobile. Taking all that power and making it simple and accessible for the masses meant that, over the years, a lot of shortcuts and time savers got hidden away behind gestures. Luckily, once you know how to long-tap (touch and hold) and swipe your way around, you'll be using Safari for iPhone faster than ever!

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iWork apps for iOS and OS X updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

Apple has released a set of maintenance updates for its iWork applications on both iOS and OS X today. Overall, there's not much to report other than the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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Apple will reportedly expand iOS beta testing to include Apple Store employees

We've already seen Apple open up testing a tad more with a public beta program for OS X Yosemite, and now it looks like the tech giant is set to open up a bit more on the iOS front as well. According to a new report, Apple will soon extend testing of pre-release iOS builds to its retail store employees.

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iOS 8 now installed on 68% of devices

Apple has released the latest App Store distribution numbers, which give a breakdown of what percentage of devices are using which version of iOS, and iOS 8 has climbed a bit in the past few weeks. Versions of Apple's latest major release now stand at 68% of total iOS installations as of Jan. 5, 2015. iOS 7 now stands at 29%, with iOS 6 and earlier holding a total of 4% of installs.

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