Apple MFi Specs To Allow Lightning Cable Headphones

Beats Lightning

Apple has reportedly made changes to the specifications in the MFi (Made for iPhone) program to all for headphones that are connected using Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. The new specifications provided to manufacturers paves the way for a new breed of headphones, one that could render the 3.5mm headphone jack useless. The new feature will require support that is reportedly coming in and update to iOS 7.1. … [Read more...]

How to search, view and schedule reminders in iOS

Schedule Reminders in iOS 7

Reminders in iOS 7 can be extremely useful, with an abundance of settings that include location, time and category. If you are creating reminder lists without any schedule attached to them, they can easily get lost in the sea of reminders. Your entire grocery list might not be a ideal for a time-based reminder, but maybe you're running low on cat food. The thought of kitty serenading you at midnight to fill his or her dish because you failed to pick up food is a good enough incentive to make sure that to-do list item is checked off. Whether it's an important phone call, something critical for work or simply picking up cat food, scheduling reminders can be a worthwhile endeavor. Here's how to search, view and schedule reminders in iOS 7. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Lets You Access Apps Based On Location

Location alerts

As we continue to dig into iOS 8, we've found a number of unannounced features. As more developers are getting hands-on time with Apple's new operating system, new information continues to flow with regards to new iOS 8 features that will be available this fall. One such feature is a new lockscreen quick acess to apps based on location. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Uses Peer-To-Peer Connections For AirPlay To Apple TV

Peer-to-peer airplay

iOS 8 changes how you stream content using AirPlay to Apple TV, using peer-to-peer connections. The feature is listed on Apple's website highlighting enterprise functionality. When using AirPlay on previous iOS versions, both devices would need to be on the same WiFi network. That's no longer a requirement, which should add a new level of convenience for AirPlay functionality. … [Read more...]

New Accessibility Options in iOS 8 Include Grayscale, Zoom, Speak Screen

iOS 8 grayscale

Apple has continued their efforts to make iOS more accessible and their efforts can be seen in iOS 8. Many of the features from iOS 7 have been carried over including options to reduce motion, use button shapes, bold text and change to a larger text size. The vision section of Accessibility in iOS 8 have options to will help those who have serious vision impairment. Among those new options are grayscale, assorted new zoom controls and a speech section that enables a new speak screen feature. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Makes It Easy To Track App Battery Usage

Battery usage by app iOS 8

With each new iOS release, battery life is a common complaint we often see in the forums. It's often difficult to troubleshoot. People have different iOS devices with different processors and this can certainly impact battery life. In iOS 7, like previous versions, usage times offered little if any pertinent information about what might be affecting battery drain. We offered everything from basics to extreme steps to increase battery life. While these will have an impact, it's not how Apple intended us to use our iPhones and iPads, continously worrying about power. From software tweaks to battery cases or accessory packs, these are stop-gap fixes for a larger problem. in iOS 8, Apple has taken a step in the right direction to helping us … [Read more...]

Apple’s iOS 8 Shows Open Can Thrive In A Walled Garden

iOS install base

When iOS is referred to as a 'walled garden', it's often derogatory, used to refer to Apple's unwillingness to open up their operating system. Since the first iPhone, software control started and ended with Apple, allowing them to control the iOS experience. More importantly, this has helped provide end users with a safe and secure platform, one that sees the vast majority of its user base upgrading on a yearly basis. As Tim Cook mentioned during the WWDC 14' keynote, Google's Android platform remains incredibly fractured, with only 9% of its users running KitKat, as compared to 89% of iOS owners running iOS 7. Android also owns a staggering 99 percent of the mobile malware market. That's not the market you want to dominate. But Google's … [Read more...]

Messages App in iOS 8 Gains WhatsApp, Snapchat Features And More

Messaging App iOS 8

Among the apps that saw big changes in iOS 8, Messages might be near the top of the list. For one, it will be one of the apps who will benefit greatly from the new interactive notifications. Users will be able to reply to text messages from the lock screen, a feature which sherlocks BiteSMS, one of the more popular apps amongst jailbreakers. But inside the Messages apps is even more exciting, with new features that borrow from popular messaging apps WhatsApp and SnapChat. Whether you are familiar with either of those apps, you will find the new features to be extremely useful. … [Read more...]

18 iOS 8 Features That Were Not Announced During WWDC

iOS 8 features

If you watched the live stream of Apple's WWDC today, you noted the speed at which features were announced. The entire two plus hour event was fast and furious. When you announce major software updates for mobile and desktop, each with hundreds of new features, stuff gets lost in the mix. Luckily, Apple knows this and their yearly inclusion of this slide helps us narrow down some of the iOS 8 features that were not announced today during the keynote. … [Read more...]

How to download and install iOS 8 beta

Install iOS 8 beta

Formally introduced at WWDC, iOS 8 beta was made available to developers immediately following the keynote. It joins Mac OS X Yosemite as two exciting new beta software releases that will transform your desktop and mobile computing experience. Mac OS X Yosemite will be available as a public beta, but what if you want to test drive iOS 8. Apple does not offer a public beta, nor will they anytime soon.  You should know that beta software is still very raw, sometimes buggy and can result in an iOS device that isn't very stable. It can also wreak havoc with third party apps. Remember, the developers attending WWDC have yet to install iOS 8 themselves, let alone do any extensive testing. If you are still brave enough to want to dive into the … [Read more...]