Along with seeding the fifth developer beta of iOS 16, Apple also welcomed back the battery percentage indicator in the status bar. That's pretty big news all on its own! But, of course, the "reveal" also brought with it some feedback from folks who, well, might not like how Apple reinstated the feature.
Right now, getting a firmware update for your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max doesn't really mean a lot of information is shared with you. Sometimes a firmware update is just meant to fix some underlying issue, or it adds new features. But it looks like Apple is going to be a bit more transparent moving forward with firmware updates.
Earlier today, Apple seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers. And, as is par for the course, the new seed also includes a few new tweaks to the formula. Nothing is quite set in stone, and some of these new elements may not make it to the final cut when the software launches to the public later this year.
When Apple introduced the iPhone X, it also took something away: the battery percentage present in the status bar. This used to be a handy feature, making it easy to see just how much battery life remained in your iPhone at a glance. Especially if you prefer percentages. But, Apple removed it, and, up until today, it didn't appear that the company was too ken on bringing it back.
Back in November of last year, Netflix officially launched Netflix Games. The company saw it as another way to draw in more eyeballs and interactions, all with a gaming slant. Now, it turns out that not a lot of subscribers are actually taking advantage of their subscription perk.
Apple has been working on revamping the Maps experience for years now, starting back in 2018 when the new experience launched in Northern California. Since then, Apple has been expanding availability of the new look and new features. Which continues this week for three new areas.
Apple's Studio Display is absolutely not the cheapest standalone display out there, and with that there are expectations that it should not only show great images, but also have great sound thanks to the built-in speakers. However, it's not a secret that the display suffers from intermittent audio issues, including garbled sound. But, it looks like Apple is aiming to address these issues.
The rumor mill continues to churn, especially as we near the fall season and, ultimately, new products from Apple. The company itself typically tries to stick to an annual routine when it comes to new launches, but sometimes it has to make some tweaks. And apparently this year will see a minor change of action when it comes to the iPadOS 16 release window.
It has been rumored since earlier this year that Apple is probably going to replace one color in the iPhone 14 lineup, especially in the Pro series, with a new option. It has been the company's go-to move for a while now, so it stands to reason that trend will continue this year. And for fans of purple, the wait is almost over.
Apple Maps has been slowly improving over the years. Especially when it comes to adding features like cycling directions and others. Of course, actually getting coverage is the most important part of any new feature, and the good news is Apple now has all 50 U.S. states covered with cycling directions.
The endless runner category of games is pretty popular on mobile devices. Jetpack Joyride, which launched all the way back in 2011, is one of the most popular titles out there. And for fans of the game, and who also happen to subscribe to Apple Arcade, there's good news. A sequel is finally coming.
Mask mandates haven't completely gone away out in the world, but their presence is certainly waning. Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues. So, it's not too surprising to hear that Apple is moving forward and dropping the mask mandate it has in place. At least, for "most" of its corporate locations.