Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Software Update, Apps With In-App Purchases Labeled

Block text messages in iOS 7

Apple today has released iOS 7.1.1, a minor update that includes improvements to Touch ID, bug fixes and security updates. According to the changelog, the following are included in iOS 7.1.1. Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness Fixes and issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled Update: One of the more notable changes is in the App Store. When viewing apps in either the Top Charts or Featured sections, applications that include in-app purchases are now labeled. While iOS 7.1 was a rather big update, this one is about fixing a few bugs and providing users with a more stable release. You can download and install the update OTA, provided … [Read more...]

Apple WWDC 2014 Begins June 2nd, Tickets Available Through Random Drawing

WWDC 2014

Apple today announced the dates for the 2014 WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), with the conference taking place from June 2nd through June 6th. Demand for the event has consistently exceeded capacity, resulting in a shift in how Apple will distribute tickets. Developers interested in attending can purchase tickets now through April 7th at 10:00 AM PST, but that does not guarantee entry. A random drawing will take place and those awarded tickets will be notified by 5:00 PM PST on April 7th. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Wish List: Make Siri Proactive, Instead of Reactive

Siri

In advance of the iOS 8 release, it's fun to speculate on what Apple may include in the update coming sometime later this year. Apple is hard at work and we've seen a number of iOS 8 rumors that point to improvements to Maps, mysterious new apps appear in screenshots and a possibly massive move into health and fitness tracking with Healthbook. With each new update, Apple continues to improve Siri and this year we'll likely see more of the same. So what's on my iOS 8 Wishlist for Siri? … [Read more...]

Details of Apple’s Healthbook Emerge, May Not Debut with iOS 8

Healthbook

Apple's Healthbook is the software center of the universe for their ambitious plans for health monitoring and fitness tracking that is currently being tested using iOS 8. Mark Gurman, known for his stellar track record, provides us with details fo the forthcoming app and renderings designed based upon information provided by sources. As with previous years, Apple will likely debut iOS 8 beta early this summer at WWDC, though Apple could push-back the release of Healthbook if required hardware is not yet introduced. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 May Bring Minor Changes To Notification Center, Messages, Removal of Game Center

Notifications

While still months away from even a beta release, sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple is reportedly considering making a few minor changes to Notification Center and the Messages application in iOS 8.  A number of reports this week from Mark Gurman tip us on possible new apps in iOS 8, which include Healthbook, Preview, Text Edit and moving iTunes Radio to a standalone app. The stock app creep is increasing, but users may get some relief with the removal of the Game Center app. These changes are still under consideration, meaning it's not a sure thing. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Screenshots Leak, Provide Glimpse At New Preview, Text Edit and Healthbook Icons

iOS 8 screenshots

Screenshots from iOS 8 have reportedly leaked on a Weibo account, with sources telling 9toMac that they are indeed actual images. They provide us with a first look at a few new apps and their respective icons. The heavily rumored Healthbook icon takes its design cues from Apple's Passbook icon. The three individual icons representing some of the capabilities of Apple's new health monitoring app, which may interact with their move into wearable devices. A new Tips app is a relative unknown, but you can safely expect this to be some sort of app-based user guide providing owners with assorted iPhone and iPad tips. Now that we're officially starting to move into the next big software update from Apple, we've opened up the new iOS 8 … [Read more...]

The iOS 7.1 Shift Key Couldn’t Be More Confusing

Shift key iOS 7.1

If you've recently updated to iOS 7.1, you may have found yourself doing a double-take or three or four when brushing up against the shift key in iOS 7.1. By default, the iOS 7.1 shift key ( represented by an up arrow) is white set against a gray background. From a UI perspective, one would think it would be the same as every other key, black set against a white key. When you first encounter the shift key, it looks as if it's on. That would be the assumption most right-minded individuals. Tap on it once and the arrow is black, set against white. Caps lock, achieved by a double-tap, retains the same colors, but is recognizable by the familiar line under the arrow. If this sounds backwards, you are not alone in your thinking. It's even … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Maps Upgrade To Benefit From Improved Data, Public Transit Directions

Maps transit

Apple's IOS 8 Maps application will receive a major upgrade in an effort to provide customers with an improved mapping experience that would put it on par with Google's Maps application for mobile phones. Apple took over the stock Maps application when iOS 6 was introduced and has been one of their rare missteps. The Maps UI was beautiful, with stunning 3D Flyover views, but suffered from flawed data and the lack of public transit maps. Sources tell Mark Gurman that a new upgraded Maps will look to solve those issues, with the aim of bring an updated Maps app in iOS 8 that lives up to Apple's high standards. … [Read more...]