Beats Music App Reportedly Getting Bundled in iOS, Remain Paid Service

Beats Music Preview

According to a new report from The Financial Times, Apple will include Beats Music as part of the included apps in iOS, as soon as next year. The move will instantly create an opportunity to drastically increase the subscriber base, considering the millions of iPhones and iPads that will see Beats as part of their default install. This is a move that will undoubtedly put pressure on competitors like Spotify, Pandora and Rdio. Beats Music will remain a paid subscription service. Previous reports had Apple looking to reduce the overall cost of the service, which is now at $9.99 per month. … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.2 Beta With WatchKit


Apple isn't wasting any time. Yesterday we saw the public release of iOS 8.1.1. Today they announced the immediate availability of iOS 8.2 beta, available to developers. The new SDK, alongside Xcode 6, comes with WatchKit. This will provide developers with the necessary tools to begin creating apps for Apple Watch. In addition the necessary tools, Apple has a video to help guide developers to the opportunities and architecture of watch app design. Watch apps are delivered as part of an existing iOS app, acting as a component of the app. Beyond support for Apple Watch, we've yet to hear if there is anything new in iOS 8.2. One word of advice. Those updating to iOS 8.2 beta cannot be restored to an earlier version of iOS. … [Read more...]

Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 Update Has Been Released

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 update. In what is an extremely light changelog, Apple lists the 64.1MB update as including bug fixes and increased stability. It will also offer performance enhancements for the the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Let's hope this fixes some of the issues plaguing Safari users and forums. The update is available for download and install OTA, provided you have a WiFi connection. If you have storage issues which prevent you from downloading and updating, you can update by connecting your iPhone or iPad to iTunes. Here's a helpful guide on how to upgrade to iOS 8 if you are experiencing storage issues. You can discuss the release in the iOS 8.1.1 thread in our forums. … [Read more...]

Killing The App Store, One Great Developer At A Time

The Killing App Store

What if I told you that developers were going to stop making apps? If you were around when the App Store didn't exist, the thought of an existence with nothing but stock apps is pretty scary. Try using an iPhone without any third party apps for a bit and let me know how that works out. I get frustrated when I have to wait for my apps to restore from iCloud. Apps are the lifeblood of any and all iPhones. That's why it pains me to see a rogue group of users slowly killing the App Store, one developer at a time. … [Read more...]

The Apple TV Setup Process Sucks, But It’s Fixable

4th gen Apple TV

The Apple TV setup process is awful, but it's not any different from the experience on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google's Nexus Player and any other obscure media streaming box you want to add to the bunch. Having set-up an Xbox One over the weekend, you can add that too. Pretty much everyone is in agreement that cable boxes and the overall TV watching experience is flawed. That's not going to improve anytime soon, but we should demand better from our streaming media boxes. We can all hope that Tim Cook rides in on his white horse with something that magically transforms TV. In the interim, Apple has an opportunity to rise above the crowded field of media streamers. I seem to collect media streamers as if they were Twitter clients. … [Read more...]

Apple To Face Lawsuit Over Lost Text Messages

lost text messages

Apple is going to have to answer to a lawsuit regarding lost text messages caused by its iMessage service. The suit claims that Apple failed to inform customers that switching platforms would cause lost text messages. The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages. Moore switched from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and claims the loss of countless messages. According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided that Moore should have the opportunity in court to prove Apple violated California's unfair competition law by distrupting her wireless service contract with Verizon. … [Read more...]

Netflix Update Optimized for iPhone 6, iOS 8, Offers 1080p on iPhone 6 Plus

Netflix iOS 8

Netflix released a major update today. Version 7.0 has been optmized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This means it takes full advantage of those big displays, allowing you to see more content, without scrolling. Also on the changelog is support for iOS 8 and Chromecast improvements. If you went big with this last iPhone release, this app offers some clear advantages for iPhone 6 Plus owners. On the iPhone 6 Plus, the Netflix app offers 1080p video. Not too shabby. Netflix is available as a free update from the App Store. … [Read more...]

Does the iPhone need more RAM?


Apple has typically been a company whose focus has been on the user experience and that's largely the same today, at least when marketing to their base. Their yearly events tell a different story, often using those to inform the tech industry of serious performance gains, all of which are warranted. The A8 processor is a beast of a processor and one that offers impressive performance gains over the previous generation. The iPhone 6 checks plenty of boxes. It's the first true big screen iPhone, follows their tradition of stellar hardware build and continues to ship with upgrades abound. In a year that saw so many upgrades, why are they continuing to ship iPhones with a paltry 1GB of RAM? … [Read more...]