iOS 8 adoption rate slowing down ahead of iOS 9, now sits at 86 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

Our tracking of iOS 8 adoption rates continues with the newest update from the App Store dashboard indicating that the company’s mobile operating system is now powering an impressive 86 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on August 17, 2015.

iOS 7 continues to account for thirteen percent of iOS devices, with older iOS versions continuing to scrape out a mere two percent. A month ago, iOS 8 adoption stood at the 85 percent mark and iOS 7 comprised thirteen percent of iOS hardware in the wild.
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Why Force Touch makes sense for iOS platform

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2015

Yesterday’s report by a credible outlet provided an interesting outline of how Force Touch works and feels under iOS and on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones. The basic premise behind outfitting an iPhone with a force-sensing screen is making user interface interactions faster with focus on shortcuts.

But there are still plenty of doubters out there who don’t think Force Touch iPhones make much sense, arguing the technology is but a marketing gimmick which doesn’t provide any benefit versus long-tapping items on the screen.

While there’s some merits to those voices, I’m inclined to think they’re missing the big picture and here’s why. Read More


Sources reveal how Force Touch works and feels on upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Multiple credible sources are adamant that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones will come outfitted with a screen which responds to pressure. Additionally, there ‘s some pretty solid evidence out there that iOS 9 on these new iPhones will feature built-in Force Touch support, potentially indicating a wider roll-out of the feature on future iOS devices.

And now, sources who spoke with 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman have provided interesting tidbits related to how Force Touch works and feels under iOS. Read More


Learn to build your own app for iOS 9 with this exclusive coding course

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iOS 8 adoption rate grows to 85% of devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

As measured by the App Store on July 20, 2015, iOS 8 is now powering 85 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

iOS 7 has dropped from fourteen percent of devices a month ago to thirteen percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in the wild. Earlier iOS releases continue to comprise a meager 2 percent of installed hardware.

We’ve been tracking iOS 8 adoption rates for months now and to call this an impressive achievement would be an understatement given iOS 8 hit a mere ten months ago. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 9 beta 4 to developers, here’s what’s new

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9 beta 3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad two weeks ago which gave developers access to Apple Music on their development devices while bringing out the News app and a host of refinements, Apple today released iOS 9 beta 4 (build 13A4305g) to registered members of the Apple Developer Program. Read More


How to disable Apple Music Connect

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

After you enable Apple Music on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.4 or later, the Music app gains the following five tabs alongside the bottom: For You, New, Radio, Connect and My Music.

Described by Apple as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world,”Apple Music Connect permits music lovers to view and follow an artist’s stream, like and comment on their posts and more.

Apple Music Connect is basically Ping 2.0. The feature is a tad crude in appearance and feels rough around the edges so little wonder that some folks don’t view Connect as valuable enough for it to deserve its own tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of the Connect tab? Thankfully, there is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Connect feature couldn’t be disabled: Apple has made sure to burry and hide it in an obscure place. In this post, I’m going to explain precisely how you can disconnect from Connect in Apple Music on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac and replace it with the infinitely more useful Playlists functionality. Read More


A look at Apple’s new, more secure 2-factor authentication in iOS 9 and El Capitan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

At WWDC, Apple has made a promise to step up security with native two-factor authentication in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Before today, the feature was unavailable on iOS 9 betas prior to beta 3.

But with today’s release of iOS 9 beta 3, the new system has made its debut, with some users offered the option to upgrade their Apple ID to use the new two-factor authentication.

Here’s what you need to know about this new system, how it increases your security and how it’s different from Apple’s existing two-step verification process. Read More


iOS 8 adoption flat at 84 percent, but iOS 8.4 matches Android KitKat and Jelly Bean adoption

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

A history of iOS 8 usage paints a rosy picture of more or less steady adoption of Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system. But according to latest data published Wednesday on Apple’s dashboard for developers, iOS 8 adoption rates have remained flat at 84 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on July 6, 2015.

Two weeks ago, the same 84 percent figure was captured by Apple, indicating that the number of users who have upgraded from previous iOS editions to iOS 8, or bought a new device with iOS 8 pre-installed, wasn’t enough to move the needle.

More interesting than that, however, is the latest data point by analysts Mixpanel which basically tells us that the recently-released iOS 8.4 software update now accounts for 40 percent of all iOS usage, just one week after release. Read More


Cool new feature in iOS 9 beta 3: dedicated ‘Selfies’ and ‘Screenshots’ folders in Photos app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015

Having been combing through the newly released iOS 9 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in search of new features, I’ve stumbled upon something that instantly brought a smile to my face: a pair of brand new dedicated folders inside the Photos app.

One aggregates screenshots taken by holding down the power and Home button at the same time. The other is for face shots you take with your iPhone’s front-facing camera, as first noted by The Verge. Read More


Apple’s ‘El Capitan’ European trademark filing confusingly includes tablets

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2015

Is Apple really readying an iPad that could run both iOS and OS X? The toaster-refrigerator dilemma has been occupying the collective mind of fans who have been keeping their fingers crossed for the convergence of the Mac and iPad ever since the original iPad debuted more than five years ago.

Apple’s European trademark filing for ‘El Capitan’ is certainly intriguing, to say the least, as it mentions tablets as one of the devices targeted by the desktop operating system, as revealed yesterday by Patently Apple. Read More


Beats 1, Apple’s new global Internet radio, starts broadcasting with DJ Zane Lowe

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2015

Beats 1, Apple’s 24/7 radio station, has just started broadcasting live in over a hundred countries around the world following the release of iOS 8.4 with a much improved and revamped Music app with Beats 1 and Apple Music integration.

Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 8.4 (and soon on Mac and Windows PCs with an impending iTunes update), Beats 1 is hosted by former BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, with additional actors Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenoma in London. Read More


iOS 8.4 with Apple Music, Beats 1 and revamped Music app hits iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2015

As promised, Tuesday morning Apple released the free iOS 8.4 software update which introduces an all-new Music app with Apple Music and Beats 1 built-in. The over-the-air update is now available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. As these things take some time to propagate, the software update may not show up in your region yet.

“This update introduces Apple Music—a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists—all included in the redesigned Music app,” release notes accompanying the update explain. “iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes,” Apple states.

To apply the update over-the-air, open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and choose Software Update in the General section. Alternatively, connect your device via USB cable to a Mac or Windows PC running the latest version of iTunes and an update prompt should pop up automatically.

If you enjoy jailbreaking as much as we do, you’re wholeheartedly advised to read this first in order to prepare for iOS 8.4 properly. Read More


Last chance to pay what you want for the iOS designer bundle

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iOS 8.4 launching at 8am Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit increasing to 100,000 with iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2015

Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers wrote in a blog post yesterday that iOS 8.4 with Apple Music will release for public consumption on Tuesday, June 30, at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern. A few hours later, however, Rogers has updated his post removing mention of the specific timing.

“Tuesday morning we’ll be unveiling the next chapter,” reads the post. “Please make a note to upgrade to iOS 8.4 Tuesday, June 30 and listen to our first day of broadcasting.”

Rogers is now a Senior Director of Apple Music. Read More


iOS 9’s Low Power mode throttles down CPU performance to preserve iPhone’s battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

With iOS 9, Apple has brought out a brand new Low Power mode which kicks in when you’re nearly out of juice. It was designed to help extend your iPhone’s battery life, providing up to three hours of additional time before charging.

After using Geekbench’s iPhone application to measure an iPhone 6’s processor performance in Low Power, MacRumors was able to determine that this mode reduces processor performance by about forty percent. As a result, an iPhone 6 in Low Power mode would be roughly on par with an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 in terms of sheer CPU performance. Read More


Kenwood’s aftermarket CarPlay receivers now shipping

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015

Kenwood, a Japanese manufacturer of amateur radio,Hi-Fi and portable audio equipment, on Tuesday started shipping its new in-car receivers with CarPlay to car dealers. The new accessories support both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platform, depending on your preference and connected smartphone.

The Japanese company owned by JVC-Kenwood said in a media release that both the DDX9702S and DDX9902S units are available now starting at $900 and $950, respectively. Read More


New in iOS 9: App Deletion—temporarily delete apps to make room for software updates

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

Unable to apply the latest iOS software update because you’ve run out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad? It’s a common theme amongst owners of devices with just sixteen or, worse, eight gigabytes of storage.

If your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is packed to the gills with apps and media, chances are you don’t have enough free storage to download and install an iOS software update.

As discovered by iOS developer Kaleb Butt, to ensure those people can still deploy iOS software updates without being greeted with an ‘insufficient space for download’ message, Apple has created an interesting new feature in iOS 9.

Called App Deletion, it offers to temporarily delete apps on the device in order to clear the necessary storage space. Any deleted app gets automatically reinstalled right after the software update completes, leaving all app data and settings intact so you can pick up right where you left off. Read More


84 percent of devices are now using iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

According to Apple’s dashboard for developers which monitors iOS devices that are accessing the App Store, iOS 8 is now powering 84 percent of active iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

The most recent data point was measured by the App Store on June 22, 2015 and represents a single percentage point increase over the 83 percent milestone from two weeks ago.

A month ago, iOS 8 adoption rate stood at 82 percent. Read More


Apple seeds watchOS 2 beta 2 and iOS 9 beta 2 to developers, here’s what’s new

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

Tuesday, Apple has released a second beta of the forthcoming WatchOS 2 software update to its registered developers. Alongside the new beta firmware for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models, Apple has also released an updated version of iOS 9 Developer Preview which now carries a build number of 13A4280e. Read More

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