Using pre-release software? You beta be sure

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 25, 2015

So there I was, two days into my carrier’s billing cycle looking at a text message saying I had used 80% of my 2GB data allowance. I’d used 1.6GB of 4G data in a couple of days, and I have Wi-Fi at home and at work. In fact, the only place I don’t have Wi-Fi in my day-to-day life is my car.

I’d used 1.6GB of 4G data in my car. How?

The answer came after much toggling of iOS option switches, browsing of websites and general trial and error. It turned out the ‘Documents and Sync’ portion of the inner workings of iOS was eating data like there was no tomorrow, which, once it reached that 2GB cap, wasn’t far from the truth. I had to buy more data just to give me wiggle room to do some more testing and once I knew where in iOS I could specifically track the usage that was causing me problems, I had somewhere to start.

Now believe it or not this post isn’t about hunting for strange iOS bugs and squashing them with the contempt that they deserve. It’s not even to point out that the culprit, after it was first thought to be iCloud Drive and in particular my favorite text editor, was actually iCloud Photo Library. It’s to remind everyone that betas aren’t as fun as you may think. Read More

 

Apple seeds fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta for developers and public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, available to download for registered developers and public AppleSeed beta testers. The beta, carrying build number 14D113c, is available to download via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store or from the Mac Developer Center. Read More

 

Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers, public testers

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2015

Apple seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update this morning. The software, labeled build 14D105g, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store for public testers, as well as the online Dev Center for all Mac developers.

The release comes less than a week after the previous OS X 10.10.3 beta, and it appears that it is nearly identically to its predecessor, save for a fix for a problem that prevented beta 3 from working with the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Read More

 

How to get WhatsApp voice calling on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 14, 2015

If you’re jailbroken, and have a little patience, you can get WhatsApp’s new in-beta voice calling feature on your iPhone right now. To do so, you’ll need to download the WhatsApp beta, download a package from Cydia, and following a couple of additional steps.

After following this tutorial, you will be able to access voice calling in WhatsApp. I can personally verify that this technique works, and was able to shoot a video walkthrough showing you the steps along with a live phone call. Read More

 

Apple fixes long-standing keyboard issue in iOS 8.3 beta

By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2015

It appears Apple plans to fix a long-standing keyboard issue which caused users to inadvertently tap the period key when aiming for the space bar in Safari. As noted by MacRumors, beta versions of iOS 8.3 feature a design change that should resolve the problem.

In 8.3, Apple has made the space bar longer on the keyboard that pops up when inputting text in Safari’s omnibar, and the ‘Go’ button shorter. This should make it less likely for users to encounter accidental period key presses when typing out their web searches. Read More

 

Here’s how iOS 8.3’s new Conversation List Filter works for the Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

iOS 8.3 brings a fairly significant new feature to the stock Messages app—Conversation List Filtering. This means that instead of just having one single “inbox” for conversations in the Messages app, you now have two, broken up via two tabs: Contacts & SMS and Filtered.

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Yosemite 10.10.3 beta with Photos for Mac now available via OS X Public Beta program

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2015

The first beta of the forthcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update which contains the long-expected Photos for Mac application, is now available via the AppleSeed Public Beta service.

Participants in the OS X Public Beta program can download the software update right now via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. The public beta carries a build number of 14D87, the same like the second 10.10.3 beta that the company seeded to its registered Mac developers a week ago. Read More

 

ReturnToSender: press the return key to send texts in the Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 1, 2015

Are you ever annoyed by the presence of the “return” key in the Messages app? Yes, sometimes it’s nice to be able to quickly insert line breaks in messages by means of this key, but it’s usually a rare need, and as such, some find such a key to be unnecessary.

Instead, wouldn’t it be cool if you could replace the return key with a send button? That’s the premise behind a beta tweak called ReturnToSender. Read More

 

iOS 8.2 beta 2 is no longer being signed

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Bad news for would-be jailbreakers of iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2—both firmwares are no longer being signed. There seems to be conflicting reports going around about whether or not Apple has killed access to beta 1, beta 2, or both beta firmwares, but I can personally confirm that Apple has shut down access to both.

Why is this significant? It’s significant because iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2 were the only firmwares available that allowed users to jailbreak using PP Jailbreak on Mac or TaiG on Windows. Read More

 

OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta 2 seeded to devs

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Alongside the just-released iOS 8.3 Beta 2, Apple on Monday also seeded the second beta of a forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite software update to its registered Mac developers.

Carrying a build number of 14D87h, OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta 2 (like the first beta) bundles a pre-release version of Apple’s long-expected Photos for OS X application that will replace iPhoto and Aperture on Macs.

Registered Mac developers can apply OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta 2 through the Mac App Store’s Software Update mechanism. In addition to Photos for Mac, Apple is asking developers to specifically focus on Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

Apple has seeded iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers, now available to download over-the-air or from the Developer Center. Along with the iOS software, Apple has also seeded Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 for developers to begin using with their apps and a new beta for the Apple TV. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 22, 2015

Although Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.1.2, there’s still an inkling of hope for those of you who are developers and wish to jailbreak your devices. How so? iOS 8.2 beta 2 is still being signed by Apple, and this firmware is still jailbreakable.

What does this mean? It means that even if you’re currently on iOS 8.1.3 or any other firmware, you can downgrade or upgrade to iOS 8.2 beta 2 and then jailbreak your device using the PP Jailbreak tool for Mac. Read More

 

Apple reportedly launching iOS Public Beta program next month

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2015

“Multiple people briefed on the plans” told 9to5Mac’s well-connected Mark Gurman that Apple could soon launch the first-ever public beta program for its mobile operating system in an effort to help eradicate bugs that have traditionally plagued major iOS releases, especially iOS 8.

Tim Cook & Co. are said to release upcoming iOS 8.3 code-named Stowe as a public beta through the existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, matching the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers expected to release the same week. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.3 Beta 1: wireless CarPlay, 2-factor Google Accounts, new emoji layout, more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Monday morning, Apple somewhat unexpectedly seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can download the software through Apple’s Dev Center portal.

The first beta of iOS 8.3 arrives just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing and due for release soon.

BGR said recently that iOS 8.2 will arrive ahead of the Apple Watch launch in April so it’s unclear what new features iOS 8.3 brings to iOS. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 beta with new Photos app

By Jake Smith on Feb 5, 2015

The death of iPhoto is here, as Apple has begun rolling out OS X 10.10.3 to beta testers on Thursday with the all-new Photos app found within the pre-release software.

Developers can grab the OS X 10.10.3 software from the Mac App Store software update tool or through the Developer Center.  Read More

 

Apple seeds sixth OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C106a, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store, as well as the online Dev Center, for all Mac developers.

Today’s release comes exactly one week after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has once again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on the long-standing issue of Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this evening. The update, labeled build 14C99d, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just a week after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

Latest iOS 8.2 beta adds pairing with Apple Watch, confirms dedicated Watch app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

If you need more proof the Apple Watch is launching in March as recently reported, here it is.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac just discovered that installing a fourth beta of the upcoming iOS 8.2, which was seeded to Apple’s developers earlier today, enables Bluetooth connectivity with the upcoming wrist-worn device.

In addition, iOS 8.2 Beta 4 (build 12D5461b) makes it clear that the Cupertino firm is working on a dedicated app for setting up the Apple Watch and controlling it. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

Apple has this morning seeded the fourth iOS 8.2 beta to developers. The release comes three weeks after the previous iOS 8.2 beta, and follows this morning’s discovery that Apple has begun testing early iOS 9 prototype builds.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s still unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but we do know it’ll enable support for WatchKit. Read More

 

Apple could release iOS 8.1.3 next week

By Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

BGR is out with a report today claiming that Apple could be releasing a software update as soon as next week. It is unclear whether it would be a beta release, or the public release of iOS 8.1.3, but the publication notes the software could be available Tuesday or Wednesday.

iDB’s own analytics showed a very clear spike of traffic yesterday emanating from devices running iOS 8.1.3 on Apple’s networks, which could indicate that the public version of iOS 8.1.3 is right around the corner and currently being seeded to select Apple employees. Read More

 
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