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Apple posts support document to address iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist complaints

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


In the wake of complaints about iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature and the fact that it can add to a monthly cellular bill, Apple has posted a support document to help deal with the issue.

“Because you’ll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might use more cellular data,” Apple cautions in one part of the document. “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage.”

Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default, and is meant to ensure a smooth Internet experience. Because it switches over to cellular whenever it decides that a Wi-Fi signal is weak and not simply absent, however, this can potentially cause people to exceed carrier data caps without realizing.


Facebook iOS app updated to 41.0, now includes 3D Touch support

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 10:48
Category: iOS, News, Software


It wasn’t in the release notes, but Facebook quietly added it anyway.

The Facebook iOS app, which just hit version 41.0, added full 3D Touch features this morning.

The new version allows you to use a long, sustained tap on any iOS device with a 3D Touch screen to perform functions like writing a post of uploading photos or videos.


Some users report email-based issues after iOS 9 update

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 08:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


A bug fix may be in order.

Since its release on September 16th, a number of iOS 9 users have reported having trouble opening emails with attachments. There’s currently a 22 page thread on the Apple discussion forums covering the issue, which currently has more than 200 replies from users who are all experiencing the same problem.

The issues, which cover a wide range of devices, often report a “Message not yet downloaded from server” error whenever they attempt to open an email message with an attachment. The problem appears to be affecting Apple customers who have POP email accounts and is causing issues with both new and old emails.

Deleting email accounts and adding them back in does not fix the issue, but downloading an alternate email program from the App Store seems to have worked for many users as a temporary fix. Turning off Wi-Fi also allows some users to read their previously downloaded emails and access attachments, but images are not viewable.


Developer Marco Arment releases Overcast 2 podcast app

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 10:40
Category: iOS, News, Software


In the wake of his pulling the Peace ad-blocking app from the App Store, Apple offering a full refund to Peace’s customers and the fallout from this, developer Marco Arment has just released something else that looks pretty slick.

Overcast 2, Arment’s podcast player, has just been released. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

– Streaming

– Chapters

– Storage management


Google app for iOS hits version 9.0, adds new features

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software


The Google app for iOS just hit version 9.0 and brought some decent updates with it.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes:


Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit compatibility

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News


This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an entire household of lights with a single command.


Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update, allows for device-specific resources to be downloaded as needed

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS


Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.


Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.

The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.

– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the Smart Search field. Maps users can search for the aforementioned public transit info, and also push directions to an iPhone, much like Google Maps.


Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 14:23
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


It’s not the biggest iOS update in the world, but it might make a difference.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.2. The update, a 71.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage.

– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users.


Google Maps updated to 4.11.0, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables


You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.

Which is both nifty and useful.

Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.