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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


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”.


Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 14:09
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.

A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification entirely.


Apple releases iOS 8.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 15:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software


It’s a day of muchos updates for OS X and iOS users.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.3 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, a 487 megabyte download, contains a massive helping of fixes and changes. Among them are more than 300 new emoji symbols, a scrolling keyboard, additional languages for Siri and improvements to unknown number filters in iMessage.


HBO NOW service, app rolls out for Apple TV, iOS devices

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 10:58
Category: Fun, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


Amidst the slew of quiet content updates to the Apple TV, the HBO NOW channel is now one of them. The channel has also released its app for the iPhone and iPad, which can stream all of HBO’s past and present original content while the standalone streaming service costs $14.99 per month, with customers receiving the first month free if they sign up in April.

The HBO NOW app and service now divides its content into assorted categories such as a watch list, series and movies. The app also includes a search engine and settings menu and the Apple TV channel itself should surface today alongside the app.


TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple Maps data

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 09:10
Category: iOS, News, Software


Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.

Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV won’t support 4K video streaming

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 09:46
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


If you’re hankering for 4K support on your next Apple TV device, you might have to wait a bit.

Sources close to the story stated that the fourth-generation Apple TV will not support 4K content streaming at launch.

“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said an unnamed source.

In November, a report claimed Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was capable of outputting 4K video. If Apple sticks with convention the chip will likely power a next-generation Apple TV, leading some to believe the set-top box would also offer 4K support.


Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News


It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.

Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned interface, new features

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 12:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to.” Users can also add dates, times, and location-based geofences (when I arrive/when I leave) to their reminders.


Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2015

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 13:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


There’s maybe a nugget of truth to be found here, albeit the source itself it sometimes sporadic.

Digitimes is claiming that Apple will release three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.

Where it was rumored that the iPhone “C” units would disappear after the launch of the iPhone 6, Digitizes is claiming that Apple will debut an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5 and 5s.

Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 06:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Uncategorized


This qualifies as both useful and cool.

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.

The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.

But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is going to pick up Swift and get to coding full-on iOS or Mac apps without some guidance. For those beginning to work with Swift, the Swifty App provides an interactive set of tutorials that gradually guide you through the basics of Swift on your iOS device.