A new beta of macOS Sierra has been seeded to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Seven days following the release of a seventh beta of macOS Sierra, Apple today seeded an eighth beta of the upcoming software to its registered developers and public beta testers. Both macOS Sierra beta 7 for members of the Apple Developer Program and macOS Sierra beta 7 for members of the Apple Beta Software Program are now available through the Mac App Store on computers with an appropriate configuration profile and as standalone downloads on Dev Center. Read More

 

Apple also seeds tvOS 10 beta 7 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

In addition to seeding iOS 10 beta 8 to developers and iOS 10 beta 7 to public beta testers, Apple today made available a seventh beta of tvOS to its registered developers. tvOS 10 beta 7 (build number “14T5329a”) is available as an over-the-air update via the Software Update mechanism on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple issues iOS 10 beta 8 to developers & beta 7 to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Apple today released an eighth beta of iOS 10 (build number “14A5346a”) to members of the Apple Developer Program and the seventh beta of iOS 10 to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program. It’s worth repeating that iOS 10 beta 8 for developers and iOS 10 beta 7 for public beta testers contain the same features.

The devices on a prior beta can be updated in Settings → General → Software Update, but some users are reporting issues trying to update to beta 8. Read More

 

Apple seeds macOS Sierra beta 7 to developers, beta 6 to public testers

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the seventh beta of macOS Sierra to developers. Registered Mac developers running the latest betas can update via the Mac App Store, or access the standalone download in the developer center.

Today’s release comes a week after Apple issued beta 6 of macOS Sierra to developers and 3 days after beta 7 of iOS 10 was released. Apple has entered the fine-tuning stage as it prepares to release the updates to the public.

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Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 7 to developers, beta 6 to public testers

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2016

Apple on Friday seeded the seventh beta of iOS 10 to developers. Registered developers running the latest betas can access the update via the OTA mechanism in iOS, or as a standalone download via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release obviously comes as a surprise, given that Apple just issued beta 6 on Monday. The timing suggests that Apple has entered the fine-tuning stage, as it prepares to release iOS 10 to the public in the next few weeks. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes in beta 6 for iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS 3

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

As you know, Apple yesterday seeded a sixth beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to its registered developers and public beta testers along with developer-only builds of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

As we’re now weeks away from their tentative fall release, small wonder the latest betas lack new outward-facing features. Here’s Andrew’s hands-on video detailing changes in the latest betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3. Read More

 

Apple seeds sixth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, macOS Sierra and tvOS 10

By Sébastien Page on Aug 15, 2016

Apple has seeded the sixth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, macOS Sierra, and tvOS 10 to developers today. These new beta software versions come a week after the previous versions. Touting the usual bug fixes and improvements, these betas aren’t likely coming with new features, but rather with small adjustments to both the UI and existing features. Read More

 

iOS 10 Preview: Phone gains spam alerts, VoIP integration, transcribed voicemails & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2016

iOS 10 turns the iPhone’s boring Phone app into a software platform in its own right. Developers are now permitted to add previously unheard-of capabilities to Phone using Apple’s new application programming interface (API), called CallKit, allowing Voice over IP (VoIP) calls from apps like Skype and WhatsApp to behave like cellular calls.

CallKit-enabled apps put contact images on the Lock screen for incoming VoIP calls and are deeply integrated with Contacts and Phone’s Recents and Favorites.

Phone on iOS 10 packs in other exciting improvements that we honestly started to believe would never get implemented on the iOS platform, like voicemail transcription à la Google Voice and third-party extensions for detecting spammy calls automatically.

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Video hands-on: here’s everything new in iOS 10 beta 5

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2016

Somewhat unexpectedly, Apple this morning issued new developer-only betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3—a mere week after posting their respective fourth beta. While Apple’s release notes for iOS 10 beta 5 (build number “14A5335b”) mention no new features as we inch closer to a Gold Master, there are a few tidbits and tweaks to wet your appetite.

Aside from other changes, for instance, iOS 10 beta packs in a new lock sound and lets you download apps from the App Store after a reboot without needing to re-authorize Touch ID purchase with your Apple ID password. Read More

 

Apple issues fifth betas of tvOS 10 and watchOS 3

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2016

Following iOS 10 and macOS Sierra releases, Apple on Tuesday issued beta 5 of both tvOS 10 and watchOS 3. Registered developers with updated profiles can install the over-the-air updates via the Watch app in iOS 10, or the Update mechanism in tvOS 10.

The updates come just a week after Apple sent out fourth betas to developers, suggesting we are now in the finishing touches stage ahead of their expected fall releases. Both tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 have been in beta since they were introduced in June. Read More

 

macOS Sierra beta 5 now available to developers

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2016

Continuing with its releases, Apple issued beta 5 of macOS Sierra to developers on Tuesday. The update is available for registered Mac developers in either the Updates tab of the Mac App Store, or in Apple’s Dev center.

Today’s fifth beta comes just one week after Apple issued beta 4, and nearly two months after the original developer beta was made available. The software, of course, was first introduced during Apple’s WWDC keynote. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 5 to developers

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth beta of iOS 10 to developers. Registered developers running the latest betas can access the update via the OTA mechanism in iOS, or as a standalone download via Apple’s developer center.

Beta 5 comes just one week after the fourth beta, suggesting Apple has entered the fine-tuning stage as it prepares for a public release next month. Beta 4 added new emoji, new keyboard sounds and several other minor tweaks. Read More

 

You’ll be surprised to learn why Apple provides public iOS betas

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

Fast Company today published a wide ranging interview with Apple’s boss Tim Cook, software boss Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue, who is in charge of Internet software and services, that touches upon a number of interesting topics, including competition, iPhone sales slowdown, why public iOS betas exist (the real reason is now what you think) and more.

Cook also comments on the gloom-and-doom sentiment that has always surrounded Apple while admitting that the company does make mistakes along the way, and more. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: 20+ changes, fixes and new features in iOS 10 beta 4

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

The fourth beta of iOS 10 was seeded to Apple’s registered developers yesterday and the matching iOS 10 Public Beta 3 dropped this morning. For those of you who have been wondering what’s new in iOS 10 beta 4, here’s a video hands-on of nearly two dozen changes, enhancements and fixes that we’ve managed to discover in iOS 10 beta 4 thus far. Read More

 

macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 just dropped

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

If you’re signed on the Apple Beta Software Program, you can now install the latest beta of macOS Sierra on your Mac even if you’re not a developer as macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 just went live minutes after the Cupertino firm posted the third public beta of iOS 10.

macOS Sierra Public Beta 3 contains the same features as the developer-only macOS Sierra beta 4. Developer-only fourth betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 were pushed yesterday. Read More

 

iOS 10 Public Beta 3 is now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

Just 24 hours following the fourth developer-only betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3, Apple on Tuesday morning has made the latest beta of iOS 10 available to public beta testers who are singed on the Apple Beta Software Program. If your device is registered for public betas, runs a prior iOS 10 beta and has a proper configuration profile installed, iOS 10 Public Beta 3 should appear in Settings → General → Software Update.

iOS 10 Public Beta 3 and developer-only iOS 10 beta 4 contain the same features. Read More

 

Apple seeds fourth beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Two weeks following the release of the third beta of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple on Monday issued iOS 10 beta 4, macOS Sierra beta 4, watchOS 3 beta 4 and tvOS 10 beta 4 to members of the Apple Developer Program. The public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra matching the latest developer-only releases should be released tomorrow to public beta testers enrolled with the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More

 

tvOS 10 Preview: Dark Mode comes to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

On tvOS 10, you can switch between Dark and Light appearance. Dark Mode, one of the new features of tvOS 10, adjusts the look of your Home screen and backgrounds so that posters and icons are easier to read at night. As such, it makes watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.

Conversely, selecting Light background makes posters and icons pop. Our video guy Andrew O’Hara has tested Dark Mode on tvOS 10, here’s his quick hands-on video. Read More

 

iOS 10’s Safari improves animated GIF experience, prevents spammy videos from autoplaying

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Among other enhancements, Safari on iOS 10 boosts the animated GIF experience for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users while preventing spammy autoplay videos from interrupting your browsing, according to the WebKit blog. On iOS 9, an animated GIF won’t start playing until it’s tapped.

With the new Safari, silent videos autoplay on webpages when they’re visible because iOS 10 respects their “autoplay” attribute when source video tracks have no audio or have been muted.

But if a video gains an audio track without user interaction, like those spammy autoplay video ads on websites, playback automatically pauses. Read More

 

Video walkthrough: changes & fixes in macOS Sierra beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Monday, Apple seeded a third developer-only beta of macOS Sierra (build number “16A254g”) to members of the Apple Developer Programfollowed by a version suited for public beta testers 24 hours later.

After spending some quality time with Sierra’s third beta, our own Andrew O’Hara summed up for you guys all the changes and fixes he’s discovered in Sierra’s beta 3 in a hands-on video. Read More

 
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