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...]

Why should I have to buy a new car to use Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay

I use my iPhone 5s in the car each and every day. It's mounted on an iOttie to the right of my steering wheel. Like many of you, my app usage in the car is typical. I use Google Maps for navigation, Music (Beats Music) for tunes, Phone for calling and Messages for reading or sending text messages. My iPhone is within arms length, but I only use Maps when driving and that's only within navigation. If I need to enter an address, I use Siri. For the other apps, I wait until I'm not moving, either at a stop sign, red light or parked on the side of the road. I consider myself to be a safe driver. I keep to the speed limit and try to keep driving distractions to a minimum. Navigating the iPhone is easy, but less so when mounted and in the car. … [Read more...]