Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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MCX to end CurrentC beta, disable all user accounts

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 10:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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Put a fork in CurrentC, it might just be done.

Following layoffs of 30 employees in May, the Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the conclusion of the beta test, MCX will disable all consumer accounts and end their access to the service. The company offered the following comment in an email sent to beta testers:

“We will be concluding our beta test and postponing further releases of CurrentC on June 28, 2016. Therefore, June 28th will be the last day that transactions will be accepted using CurrentC,”

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Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta to users for feedback

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 12:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Well, now you get to feel almost as cool/elite as a developer.

Apple on Friday released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Users who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. For those of you who haven’t signed up and would like to, you can go through Apple’s beta testing web site, which offers users public betas of iOS and OS X as they become available.

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Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 09:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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Analyst: Apple Music to reach 8 million subscribers by end of 2015, 20 million by end of 2016

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2015, 06:34
Category: Apple Music, News

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The estimates are in and they’re impressive.

According to music business analyst Mark Mulligan, Apple may have 8 million Apple Music subscribers by the end of 2015 and 20 million by the end of 2016, thereby making it the second most popular streaming music service behind Spotify.

“Apple might not have found the subscription market quite the plain sailing it had anticipated but it has still managed to establish itself as the second player with astounding pace. Its platform and marketing assets are well known, but its clear commitment to making Apple Music work have surprised some.”

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Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta tester community

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 07:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.

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Improved Siri support found in tvOS 9.1 beta

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple Music, News, Software, TvOS

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Siri is going to start having a stronger presence in Apple’s tvOS and the new tvOS 9.1 beta might be proof of this.

Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of 2016, but a quick study has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.

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Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software

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This could be interesting.

A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.

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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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