It’s not always easy to appreciate all of the hard work that goes into building mobile applications. This is especially true when they involved synchronizing data to remote servers, and even more true when they involve synchronizing data to remote servers when that data is also being synchronized with other devices. That’s one of the many reasons email is so difficult — beyond developing a novel and useful client, you also have to grapple with complex sync issues in order to put together a good solution.
It used to be that Apple took its sweet time with iOS updates, but the company appears to be embracing a new strategy focused on releasing software enhancements, tweaks and bug fixes faster than ever before.
Just about two weeks after releasing iOS 9.3, MacRumors is reporting that Apple has already seeded developers with a beta version of iOS 9.3.2. What’s that you say? What happened to iOS 9.3.1? Well, you might have missed it because Apple quietly rolled it out less than a week ago.
While iOS 9.3.2 in and of itself doesn’t appear to be a momentous update – just the typical smattering of performance improvements and bug fixes – Apple’s more aggressive iOS release schedule is encouraging.
Nintendo’s first smartphone app is coming west. On Tuesday, Nintendo announced that Miitomo will launch in the United States on Thursday, March 31st. That will also mark the two week anniversary of the social app releasing in Japan, where it managed to rack up over one million downloads in just three days. More →
Apple refused to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI, but the Bureau might be interested to learn that there’s some seriously sensitive information that can be accessed on an iPhone without even having to unlock it. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what anyone and everyone has access to on your iPhone without knowing your PIN or passcode.
There’s some good news to be had as well, though: Switching one simple setting will plug up this potentially serious flaw and ensure that your data is safe and secure. More →
Though Apple typically saves major iOS upgrades for September, the company shook things up last week with the release of iOS 9.3. Typically, mid-year iOS updates are rather boring affairs that tend to focus on minor security enhancements and even more minor bug fixes. iOS 9.3, however, delivers a number of compelling features, including Night Shift and the ability to secure Notes behind Touch ID.
Ahead of the iOS 9.3 roll out, Apple released to developers seven betas of the relatively major software update. Nonetheless, Apple didn’t seem to catch a major bug that recently began affecting many users who opted to upgrade to iOS 9.3 just a few days ago.
Though it took a few years to get there, Apple with iOS 8 finally introduced support for third-party keyboards, thereby allowing iPhone and iPad users to install and enjoy custom keyboards for the very first time. Looking to get in on the action, The Verge reports that Google has been busy developing its own third-party keyboard for iOS.
When it comes to making significant positive changes in your life, there’s only one thing that can make any effort a success: willpower. The simple fact is that nothing important will ever be easy so if you want to make major life improvements, you need to have the drive to initiate change and the determination to stick with it. Trust me, I know — I recently lost 50 lbs in three months, and I’ve shed even more weight since then. It took a huge amount of hard work and focus, and it paid off in the end.
But I had help. While there are never any shortcuts that will allow you to entirely avoid putting forth effort, there are definitely tools that will help you excel and work smarter instead of just harder. In this article, we’ll focus on two major things that people strive for — losing weight and saving money — and we’ll show you five free apps for the iPhone and Android devices that have the potential to help you quite literally change your life. More →
The iPhone is generally safer than Android when it comes to malware infections though Apple’s smartphone isn’t impervious to such threats. We’ve seen various malware attacks in the past, some of them targeting jailbroken iPhones, or Apple’s older versions of Xcode to sneak malicious apps in the App Store.
A brand new malware strain was just discovered, a sneaky attacks that fooled not only Apple’s app review team into allowing malware apps into the App Store, but that can also quietly install apps on any iOS device without the user’s explicit knowledge or permission. A jailbreak status is not even needed for the attack to work. More →
Earlier today, Apple updated its App Store dashboard and revealed that iOS 9 adoption has now jumped up to 79%, a slight increase from when Apple released iOS 9 adoption figures in February. All the same, it’s worth noting that iOS 9 adoption is still outpacing iOS 8 adoption, albeit by a very small margin. By way of contrast, iOS 8 adoption at this time last year checked in at 77%.
Apple software engineering VP Craig Federighi recently dispelled one of the more long-standing myths about iPhone battery life. In short, if you spend a few minutes every day double clicking the iPhone home button and manually closing up applications in an effort to maintain battery life, you’re wasting your time.
In a report published on 9to5Mac, we learn that an iPhone user recently emailed Tim Cook asking if frequently quitting iOS apps from the multitasking pane is necessary to ensure optimal battery life. Though Cook didn’t respond, the message was passed on to Federighi who responded with an emphatic ‘no.’
Undoubtedly, Federighi’s response may come as a surprise for many. For whatever reason, ever since Apple added multitasking support to the iPhone with iOS 4, it quickly became common practice for people to open up the multitasking pane and manually close applications in order to ostensibly prevent battery drain.
With so much buzz surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE and the highly anticipated iPhone 7, we curiously haven’t heard much about iOS 10, the software that will power Apple’s next-gen lineup of smartphones.
With rumors surrounding iOS 10 few and far in between, visual designer Sam Beckett recently put together a concept video showcasing some intriguing and clever ideas Apple might be smart to incorporate into the upcoming version of its mobile OS.
People can be so cruel at times. For no reason other than to trick people into rendering their iPhones useless, someone recently put together an elaborate hoax. It was discovered that if an iPhone’s date was manually set to any day earlier than a certain point in the past and reset, the phone would enter an endless reboot cycle and become completely unusable. So naturally, someone created a graphic that looked like a page from Apple’s website and explained that by setting the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970 and rebooting the device, a special retro Mac theme would appear.
Needless to say, a whole lot of people fell for it and bricked their phones. More →