Apple releases iOS 11 beta 9 to developer community

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017, 04:15
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, photos, Siri, Software

Only three days after its last release, Apple has made the ninth beta version of iOS 11 available to the developer community to test and provide feedback on.

The timing suggests that a release is imminent in conjunction with new products that need the operating systems to function.

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Newly published patent applications note possible Apple Pencil support on next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

Roughly a year ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that he had used an Apple Pencil on an iPhone.

On Thursday, Patently Apple noted a series of patents describing this, publishing two of them in the process:

Today two more patent applications from Apple about Apple pencil working with a smartphone have surfaced. For the first time, Apple’s patent verbiage actually listed the ‘iPhone’ as a target product for Apple Pencil.

In patent application 20170242499 titled “Noise Correction for a Stylus Touch Device,” Apple notes that their patent figure 1 shows a touch screen such as a ‘smartphone or tablet.’ The patent later specifically clarifies that the smartphone and tablet are indeed an iPhone and iPad.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 7 to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 05:04
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPhone SE, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you’re in the mood to fiddle around with it, Apple rolled out iOS 11 developer beta 7 build (15A5362a) on Monday. The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models and is probably as close to the final version of iOS 11 before it enters gold master status and is then officially released.

The beta requires an Apple Developer account and an iPhone SE or newer, fourth generation iPad or newer, or a sixth generation iPod touch to install and run. The update is available through the iOS Software Update option, or through the Developer website if you haven’t signed up for beta testing yet.

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iOS 11 feature could allow iPhone Touch ID feature to be disabled, thereby adding additional layer of privacy via “cop button”

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, Software, Touch ID

Over the years, Apple’s Touch ID technology has proven to be a legal gray area whenever law enforcement or border patrol asked you to hand over your iPhone.

A new feature may have surfaced in a beta of iOS 11 that essentially functions as a “cop button”, wherein the iPhone owner can set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on or not. Instead of relying on Touch ID, users could incorporate a long, complex password, thus locking out cops and anyone who doesn’t know the passphrase.

Currently, police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, but they can’t force you to use your password — something that has been proven by law to be protected.

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Apple Pay expands to 22 additional U.S. institutions, available in more Russian, Chinese, U.K. banks

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News

If you’re traveling in Russia, China or just looking for additional U.S. banks that support Apple Pay, you’ll like this.

In recent days, Apple added Australia’s Latitude Financial Services and RACQ to the roster of banks and institutions that support Apple Pay. In China, six institutions — Beijing Rural Commercial Bank, Haikou Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangsu Jiangnan Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangsu Jiangyin Rural, Commercial Bank, Shengjing Bank and Yunnan Rural Credit Cooperatives activated Apple Pay while Dahsing Bank in Hong Kong jumped on board with support for issued Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Apple Pay also went live for a number of Russian institutions this month with Bank “Devon-Credit,” Credit Union “Payment Center” Ltd. (Mastercard Prepaid cards), Khlynov, Kuban Credit, Levoberezhny, Primsotcbank and Sovcombank activating Apple Pay within the past two weeks.

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New hints surface from leaked HomePod firmware, hunt at 240 fps 1080p video capture, biometric authentication for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 02:38
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software

As it’s being studied, the leaked HomePod firmware continues to be a treasure trove of upcoming Apple features for the upcoming iPhone.

In addition to recent findings, iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has uncovered even more strings hidden inside of Apple’s HomePod firmware, which could possibly point to new features in upcoming iPhone hardware.

The strings highlight the presence of a camera capable of supporting 240 frames per second video capture at a 1080p resolution. The current iPhone 7 is also able to capture video at 240 fps, but it’s limited to just 720p resolution. 240 fps video capture results in smoother slow motion video, and having that video at full HD resolution would make for a significant increase in quality.

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Apple launches official Instagram account to showcase iPhone photographers’ work

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Android, Fun, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple launched its official @apple Instagram account on Monday, wherein the account features a series of photo sets comprised of iPhone photographers’ work. Each album asset is actually a video slideshow of a photographer’s work with an accompanying sound clip of her or him talking about the subject matter. Apple encourages other Instagram users to participate through the hashtag “#ShotoniPhone.”

The company currently maintains multiple verified Instagram accounts, including one for Apple Music, iTunes, Beats 1, iBooks, Carpool Karaoke, and Planet of the Apps. Apple has yet to create an account to highlight iPhone photography, which represents a heavy segment of Apple’s marketing efforts via its “Shot on iPhone” campaign on billboards.

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition to aid in Apple Pay payments for forthcoming iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, 03:27
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, News, Touch ID

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

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Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:02
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Software, Touch ID

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

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Developer comments on newly-released HomePod firmware, points out new interface changes

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

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