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iOS 9.3.2 Public Beta 1 Has Been Released

Apple rolled out the first public beta of iOS 9.3.2 last night.  iOS 9.3.2 is largely expected to be a maintenance release and not expected to include any new tentpole features such as Night Shift.

If your iOS device is already enrolled in the iOS 9 Public Beta program, you can download the over 1GB installer oner the air using the Software Update feature.

iOS 9.3.2 Public Beta 1 comes on the heals of iOS 9.3.1, which was released on March 31, and iOS 9.3, which was released on March 21.

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Happy 40th Birthday, Apple! Stay Foolish!

Apple – 40 Years in 40 Seconds video originally show during Apple’s Spring 2016 event

In honor of Apple’s 40th birthday today, I decided to help celebrate by listing out all of the Apple gear that I have either owned (my own personal hardware) or I have used at work (which was a big Mac shop until the mid-2000’s).

Items that I owned have a picture and the approximate year in which I started using it. All of the hardware listed below has been listed in chronological order by the year Apple released it.

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ImageWriter II (1986)

Apple IIgs (1988)

Macintosh SE/30 (1995)

Macintosh Classic (1990)
Macintosh IIci (1996)

Macintosh LC (1992)

Macintosh IIsi (1995)

Macintosh PowerBook 100 (1992)

Macintosh PowerBook Duo 230 and DuoDock (1993)
Apple QuickTake 100 camera (1995)

Power Macintosh 7100/66av (1995)

Macintosh PowerBook Duo 2300c/100 and DuoDock (1996)
Macintosh PowerBook 5300ce (1996)
Apple StyleWriter 1200 (1996)

Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 (1998)
Power Macintosh 7600 (1997)

Macintosh PowerBook G3 “Wall Street” (1998)
Power Macintosh G3 Blue and White (1999)
Power Mac G4 Cube with Apple 17-inch Cinema Display and Apple Pro Speakers (2001)

iMac 17-inch Flat Panel (2002)
PowerBook G4 DVI (2002)
Power Mac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors (2002)
Power Mac G4 QuickSilver with Apple 20-inch Cinema Display (2003)
Apple iPod with Dock Connector (2003)
Power Mac G5 (2004)

PowerBook G4 (2004)

Xserve and Xserve RAID (2004)
Apple iPod 5th Generation (2005)
MacBook 13-inch (2006)
Mac Pro with 23-inch Cinema Display (2006)

iPhone 2G (2010)

iPod Touch (2008)
Apple TV 1st Generation (2009)
MacBook Pro 17-inch (2010)
iPad with Wi-Fi (2010)

iPhone 4s Sprint (2011)
iPad 3rd Generation with Wi-Fi (2012)
iPad mini 1st Generation with Wi-Fi (2013)
Apple TV 3rd Generation (2013)
iPad Air (2013)
iPhone 5s Sprint (2013)
iPhone 6 Sprint (2014)

Apple Watch Sport (2015)

iPhone 6s Plus Sprint (2015)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard (2015)

iMac Retina 5k, 27-inch (2016)

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2, Addresses Lock Screen Bug

 Today, Apple has rolled out iOS 9.0.2.  The 45MB update addresses a few minor issues with the new mobile operating system.

The unreported security update is the main reason why you will want to apply this update.  According to enthusiast blog AppleInsider, the unreported fix addresses a vulnerability with the lock screen security.

“…[T]he iOS 9.0.2 update issued today fixes a security issue that allowed malicious users to bypass a passcode protected lock screen and gain unfettered access to an iPhone’s photos and contacts.”

iOS 9.0.2 is available now for all devices that are running iOS 9, iOS 8 and iOS 7 via the Settings application > General > Software Update.

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.1 [Updated]

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 9 for all devices that are capable of running iOS 8.

Update:

Apple has released iOS 9.0.1, a minor update that fixes issues with the iOS 9 setup assistant, alarms and timers don’t alarm and a distorted image issue with Safari and Photos when playing video.  iOS 9.0.1 has been released for all devices running iOS 9.0.

iOS 9 can largely be thought of as a ‘tock’ release – in other words, iOS 9 is iOS 8’s “Snow Leopard.”  With iOS 9, Apple chose to go back and shore up all of the new features that have been released in iOS 7 (2013) and iOS 8 (2014).

Even with the focus of iOS 9 being on performance, stability, and setting the stage for what will come in the future, Apple did manage to add new features to iOS 9, including the all new News app, enhancements to Passbook, now called Wallet, Siri Suggestions, iCloud and Safari content blocker (read: ads and ad tracking blockers).  Here’s the full list of what’s in iOS 9, directly from Apple:

With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature. And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.

Intelligence
    •    Proactive assistance
    •    Presents relevant information even before you start typing
    •    Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions
    •    Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps
    •    Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail
    •    Siri improvements
    •    Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names
    •    Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages
    •    Request directions via public transit
    •    Spotlight search improvements
    •    Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices
    •    Simple math calculations and conversions
    •    Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results

New iPad Features
    •    Slide Over
    •    Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you’re in
    •    Easily switch between Slide Over apps
    •    Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
    •    Split View
    •    View and interact with two apps at once
    •    Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another
    •    Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
    •    Picture in picture
    •    Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps
    •    Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps
    •    QuickType improvements
    •    Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad
    •    Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad
    •    Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts
    •    Support for all Unicode emoji flags

Built-in Apps
    •    Map improvements
    •    Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities
    •    Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more
    •    Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
    •    Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities
    •    Redesigned Notes app
    •    Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library
    •    Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap
    •    Sketch a quick thought using just your finger
    •    Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu
    •    All-new News app
    •    Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics
    •    Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more
    •    Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read
    •    Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later — even when you’re offline
    •    Mail improvements
    •    Search improvements help you quickly find what you’re looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options
    •    Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back — without leaving Mail
    •    Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message
    •    Apple Pay and Wallet improvements
    •    Support for Discover cards
    •    Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
    •    To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID
    •    New iCloud Drive app
    •    Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac
    •    Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose
    •    Organize folders and files
    •    Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen
    •    CarPlay improvements
    •    Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices
    •    Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps
    •    Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers

Foundation
    •    Longer battery life
    •    Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery
    •    Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use
    •    Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours
    •    Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later
    •    iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance
    •    Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices

Other improvements
    •    New San Francisco system font
    •    Leave a message option if recipient isn’t available for a FaceTime call
    •    Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet
    •    Flight and package tracking for data detectors
    •    Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types
    •    HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories
    •    Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you
    •    Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
    •    Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
    •    Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit http://www.apple.com/move-to-ios for more details

Expanded language support
    •    New PingFang Chinese system font
    •    Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType
    •    Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard
    •    Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages
    •    Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway
    •    Added Spotlight search support for Mexico
    •    New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu
    •    Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish
    •    Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
    •    Spell check for Finnish and Korean
    •    Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish
    •    Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English
    •    New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType
    •    Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi

Enterprise & Education
    •    Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured
    •    Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16
    •    Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients
    •    New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs
    •    New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices
    •    Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks

Accessibility
    •    Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations
    •    Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own
    •    Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users
    •    Additional customization of AssistiveTouch
    •    Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys
    •    Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability and http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

apple · ios 8 · ipad · iphone · ipod touch · update

Apple Releases iOS 8.4.1 Update for Apple Music

Today, Apple released iOS 8.4.1 for all current model iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.

Apple’s release notes for iOS 8.4.1 appear below.

This release includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music.
  • Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
  • Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
  • Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from
  • Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
  • Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
  • Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn’t work as expected while listening to Beats 1
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

The iOS 8.4.1 release is available now as an over the air (OTA) update from your devices.  Just go to:
Settings > General > Software Update to begin the install.

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Thoughts Regarding the iOS 9 Public Beta

It’s that special time of year once again where we have been shown all of the wonderful software enhancements that Apple is cooking up for us this fall.  It is also the time when we, the brave nerds, install not quite fully finished software on our iDevices and Macs.  All of this is done in the name of being nerdy.

Actually, what I’m talking about is the pre-release public beta versions of Apple’s upcoming operating systems: iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Both of these new operating systems are still under development so it’s not fair to judge either of them on their technical merits, stability or performance.  The completed versions of both iOS 9 and El Capitan are due out “this fall.”  What I want to talk about here are some of the user facing enhancements in iOS 9.

Keyboards

Last year, one of the big ticket items in iOS 8 was Apple allowing third-party keyboards to be installed on iOS.  While having alternate keyboards available was fun, I dumped all of them inside a week.

This year, I’m far more interested in the tweak Apple has baked into the iOS 9 public beta: changing keyboard key cap states.  With iOS 8, I could never keep the Shift key state straight in my head: What was the CAPS mode icon state again? Solid white?  Or was that grey?  I can’t remember.  Better keep mashing the Shift key and retyping.  At least half the time while I was banging out a long text in Messages, a tweet in Twitter or a long email in Mail, I would get the state wrong.  So annoying!

In iOS 9, now the key caps change state depending on whether or not Shift is engaged or not.  Below is a sample of iOS 9 Public Beta 1 running on my iPhone 5S (left) and iOS 8.4 running on my iPhone 6 (right).

I think I really like that enhancement.

News and iCloud Drive

After installing iOS 9, you will get two new stock apps: News (as featured in the WWDC June 8 keynote) and iCloud Drive.

News appears to be everything Apple showed in the keynote.  I was really excited about News when is was unveiled during the keynote address.  As I said in my summary post on this year’s WWDC keynote, I think this will be a worthwhile feature for both the iPhone and iPad.  With Apple’s focus on user privacy, I think this could become the go-to alternative for things like Facebook Instant Articles.  The beta apps has lots of great articles from across the spectrum of publishers and topics.  I think the biggest challenge users will face is taking the time to fine tune their news feeds.

iCloud Drive, in my opinion, is a new iOS client app to help round out the features of iCloud document storage that launched as part of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite last year.  With iCloud Drive, you now have access to the folders and documents that you have stored in iCloud.  iCloud Drive works similarly to Microsoft’s OneDrive or Google’s Drive iOS apps.

On the left, you can see the top level folder view for iCloud Drive.  On the right, you see the list view of the contents of the Keynote folder.  It’s pretty basic stuff to be sure, but is also a utilitarian feature that Apple needs to gain parity with Google and Microsoft.

iOS 9 will be released later this year and is expected to run on any iOS device that is already running iOS 8.

For more information about iOS 9, check out Apple’s iOS 9 preview website.