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iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:40
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.

Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.

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Apple releases third public beta of OS X El Capitan operating system

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 09:05
Category: Developer, News, Software

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If you’re feeling brave of heart, the new public beta of OS X El Capitan has been released and is ready for you to download and play with.

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The third public beta, which features no outward-facing changes, is thought to be an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Apple changes policy, iOS 9 beta users now prevented from submitting app reviews

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 08:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Well, this is kind of a kick in the teeth.

As of the latest iOS 9 beta, Apple is preventing beta users from submitting app reviews.

Testers running Apple’s fourth iOS 9 beta, currently for developers only, are able to access the iOS App Store as usual, but no longer have the ability to post reviews. Attempting to do so now results in an error pop-up that reads, “This feature isn’t available. You can’t write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS.”

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Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public betas

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:16
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.

Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

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Latest OS X El Capitan beta build hints at 4K 21.5-inch Mac, Bluetooth remote for possible new Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:09
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Hardware, iMac, News, Software

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It’s the beta builds that sometimes show the cool stuff that’s coming down the road.

The newest developer build of OS X El Capitan has revealed hints of a 4K 21.5-inch iMac as well as a Bluetooth remote control for the Apple TV.

The beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel. While the larger, more expensive 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make sense for the smaller screen to be upgraded to a 4K resolution.

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iOS 9 beta code finds references to Apple TV apps, larger iPad keyboard, new features for Photos

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Date: Monday, June 15th, 2015, 09:28
Category: Apple TV, Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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It’s the beta code that also gives away some nifty hints as to what’s coming down the road.

According to noted iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith who made the discovery, the current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the “iPad Pro,” and new options in Photos.

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Users express concern over watchOS downgrade issues, repair costs for downgrading

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Date: Friday, June 12th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Upgrading software is easy.

It’s downgrading that’s the hard part.

A number of deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online highlight a growing concern for Apple Watch users; specifically, the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users.

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Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features and changes, multitasking for iPad

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:36
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, WWDC

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Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.

As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.

Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”

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Apple swaps out discoveryd network protocol in latest OS X 10.10.4 beta, looks to overcome DNS-related errors

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Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 07:29
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite

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When in doubt, go back to the networking protocol that works best.

And, hey, it should hopefully fix some of the Wi-Fi bugs in Yosemite.

Apple, in an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in its Yosemite operating system, will be replacing its buggy discoveryd service with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The change was found in the newest OS X 10.10.4 beta, released on Tuesday, wherein Apple reinstated mDNSResponder to handle DNS processes previously assigned to discoveryd since the debut of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks into iBooks app, add new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 07:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been pointed out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as “track numbers”.

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